Britain & Ireland in Depth (GT)

24 days from London to London

2023 Tour Details

The drawbridges are down. The silver is polished. The tea is brewing. One lump or two? How about five?! Showing you the sweet sights of five captivating countries over 24 days, our most in-depth tour of Britain and Ireland truly pours on the charm. Royals and writers, artists and architects, real-life warriors and fictional spies — you’ll walk in the footsteps of them all throughout the legendary cities, seaside villages, and quaint countryside hamlets of England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. Coast to coast, castle to castle, and pub to pub, you’ll drink in the classic landmarks and landscapes, the famous rivers and ruins, the breathtaking islands and Highlands, and the celebrated stories behind them all. From Abbey Road to Penny Lane and Stonehenge to Clava Cairns, this is the rock star of all Britain and Ireland vacations.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

LONDON
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral

STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument

DARTMOOR
Visit Widecombe-in-the-Moor

PLYMOUTH
Welcome dinner, see the Mayflower Steps

CORNWALL
Take pictures of St. Michael’s Mount, visit St. Ives; Plymouth Sound cruise

BATH
Visit the Roman relics

FISHGUARD-ROSSLARE
Cross St. George’s Channel by ferry

WATERFORD
LF Enjoy an Irish Coffee; guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal

KILLARNEY
LF Enjoy dinner and music at Scruffys pub

RING OF KERRY
Scenic peninsula drive

DINGLE PENINSULA
Visit the Blasket Islands Centre

ADARE
Admire the thatched cottages

CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views

BELLEEK
Guided tour of the pottery

COUNTY ANTRIM
Visit Giant’s Causeway

BELFAST
Orientation drive, visit the Titanic Experience

DOWNPATRICK
Visit the Saint Patrick Centre

DUBLIN
Orientation drive

DUBLIN–HOLYHEAD
Cross the Irish Sea by ferry

LIVERPOOL
Visit the Beatles Story

GRASMERE
LF Try original Grasmere gingerbread

MALLAIG–ARMADALE
Cross the Sound of Sleat by ferry

ISLE OF SKYE
Visit the Museum of the Isles

INVERNESS
Visit the Highland capital

CLAVA CAIRNS
Visit the sacred prehistoric site featured in Outlander

CULLODEN MOOR
Visit the battle site’s visitor center

BRODIE
Visit the castle

EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle & Holyrood Palace

FLOORS
Visit the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe’s castle

YORK
Walking tour

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace

COTSWOLDS
Enjoy LF dinner at a local pub

BLENHEIM
Visit the palace

Notes:

  • July 16 through August 6 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included

Transportation:

Motorcoach; Plymouth Sound cruise; ferries Fishguard-Rosslare, Dublin-Holyhead, Mallaig-Armadale. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 8 three-course dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts will be waiting to welcome you. Free time this afternoon.

Day 2

LONDON The Royal Treatment LONDON Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes sights of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall, Prime Minister’s Downing Street residence, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, and a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Breakfast Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SITES See the legendary landmarks of England’s historic capital city. Walk where voices have rung out for centuries in Parliament Square and where chimes rise high above you with the ringing of Big Ben’s quarter bells. See Westminster Abbey, where royal coronations, weddings, and funerals have made history.

Day 3

LONDON–STONEHENGE–ILMINSTER–PLYMOUTH Prehistoric Finds & Pub Food LONDON Meet your Tour Director and travel companions at 8 am and drive to Stonehenge.
STONEHENGE Guided visit.
ILMINSTER Lunch at a local pub.
PLYMOUTH LF Cruise on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbors. See the Mayflower Steps in The Barbican.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch
221 mi / 356 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
EPIC RIDE Cruise the deep natural inlet of Plymouth Sound, the harbor from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail on the Mayflower bound for the New World in 1620. The wealth of history to be found in The Sound includes Sir Francis Drake’s expeditions, Napoleon’s imprisonment in 1815, and Charles Darwin’s 1831 embarkation on the HMS Beagle – to name a few!

Day 4

PLYMOUTH. EXCURSION TO CORNWALL Legends of Land & Sea PLYMOUTH Scenic drive through the West Country to Poldark’s Cornwall with photo stop at St. Michael’s Mount.
ST. IVES Enjoy free time in the popular seaside resort.
PLYMOUTH Free time this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast
161 mi / 255 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
EPIC RIDE Breathtaking views of Cornwall, including the setting of Winston Graham's ‘Poldark’ saga of Cornish life in the 18th century, will leave you breathless on a scenic drive through the stunning West Country.

Day 5

PLYMOUTH–GLASTONBURY–BATH–NEWPORT, WALES Timeless Kings & Thermal Springs GLASTONBURY Visit the city of King Arthur and the legend of the Holy Grail.
BATH Visit the excavations of the Roman Baths followed by free time.
NEWPORT Free time.
Breakfast Breakfast
167 mi / 267 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURAL GEMS The traditions of one ancient Roman ritual are in full flow in Bath. Amid the remarkable Roman and Georgian architecture and the best-preserved Roman Baths of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, a good spa day is never hard to find in one of the “Best Spa Towns in Europe.” The city of Bath sits above geothermal springs that bubble up from the limestone below. Bath also turns up the heat with some of Britain's grandest Georgian buildings, a mecca for elite 18th-century society.

Day 6

NEWPORT–WATERFORD, IRELAND Coffee with Cream NEWPORT Drive through South Wales to Fishguard and take a ferry to Rosslare.
WATERFORD Enjoy an LF Irish coffee demonstration after dinner.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
183 mi / 294 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES It’s crystal clear why we get a warm feeling in Waterford with traditional Irish Coffee – as much a warm welcome now as it was for stranded travelers in 1943. It was a wintry night in Limerick when Foynes Port chef Joe Sheridan concocted this soothing elixir of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and whipped cream to make their cancelled flight a little more palatable. Raise a toddy glass of Caife Gaelach with a hearty “slainte!”

Day 7

WATERFORD–BLARNEY–KINSALE Fine Crystal & The Gift of Gab WATERFORD Take a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal.
BLARNEY Visit the village renowned for its magical Kissing Stone.
KINSALE Free time.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
105 mi / 168 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDS & LORE Cut the blarney and hear the history of how telling tales is forever linked to the 15th-century castle and the village below in Blarney. One of the last estate villages that remain standing in Ireland, Blarney was built by an 18th-century landlord to house the castle workers there. It’s true!

Day 8

KINSALE–RING OF KERRY–KILLARNEY Beauties in Counties Kerry & Clare RING OF KERRY Panoramic drive around part of Ireland’s southwestern peninsula.
KILLARNEY Free time this afternoon.
Breakfast Breakfast
154 mi / 247 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
NATURAL WONDERS Explore the emerald tapestries of green fields and ocean views that make other coastlines green with envy. The Ring of Kerry begins and ends in Killarney, taking you on a trip along the southwest coast of Ireland. Discover a paradise of panoramic cliffs, lush landscapes, and breathtaking beaches of the Iveragh Peninsula.

Day 9

KILLARNEY Traditional Dishes & Ditties KILLARNEY Free time before LF pub dinner with traditional Irish music.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES Join the locals of Killarney for an Irish dinner of traditional and modern dishes with festive Gaelic tunes in the heart of this historic Irish town.

Day 10

KILLARNEY–DINGLE PENINSULA–ADARE–LIMERICK Irish Eyes & Cheeky Rhymes DINGLE PENINSULA Visit the Blasket Islands Centre.
ADARE Stop at the quaint village to see its thatched cottages.
LIMERICK Free time.
Breakfast Breakfast
160 mi / 257 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
PHOTO OPS There once was a town called Adare, with charm that was beyond compare... Adare’s charming thatched-roof cottages create visual poetry, earning this village in County Limerick, some say the prettiest village in Ireland.

Day 11

LIMERICK–CLIFFS OF MOHER–GALWAY–SLIGO Notes Above High Sea CLIFFS OF MOHER Visit the 668-foot-high cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean.
GALWAY Free time.
SLIGO Free time this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
167 mi / 270 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
PICTURE PERFECT Feast your eyes on a stunning spectacle of sea and sky on the Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way. Try to resist the inspiration that has moved artists, poets, and scientists throughout the ages as you stand on the edge of 320 million years of geologic perfection on the rugged coastline of County Clare.

Day 12

SLIGO–DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–BELFAST Derry Girls & Daring Giants DERRY Visit the second-largest city in Northern Ireland.
GIANT’S CAUSEWAY See more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns formed millions of years ago.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
227 mi / 352 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDS & LORE Follow in the legendary footsteps of giants at the foot of the cliffs along the coast of Northern Ireland, where 40,000 massive black basalt columns jut out of the sea. Hear the legendary myth of two battling giants that caused the magnificent geological wonder of Giant’s Causeway, which actually evolved through volcanic activity 50–60 million years ago.

Day 13

BELFAST–CARLINGFORD–DUBLIN, IRELAND An Unsinkable Legend BELFAST Orientation drive includes City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, and Queen’s University. Visit the Titanic Belfast Experience.
CARLINGFORD Stop in the charming village on the Cooley Peninsula.
Breakfast Breakfast
128 mi / 206 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT Explore the fascinating Titanic Belfast Experience for an in-depth look at the history and mystery of the legendary ocean liner. See artifacts and amazing accounts of Belfast’s boom in shipping and those who built her. Learn about the courage and loss of all involved on a fateful night in April 1912. Get an immersive look at the launch, sinking, and final resting place of the doomed ship, with myths and reality revealed.

Day 14

DUBLIN Ireland’s Capital City DUBLIN Orientation drive to see O’Connell Street, Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. Free time.
Breakfast Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CITY SIGHTS “In Dublin’s fair city where girls are so pretty,” you’ll also find great personality and charm. The charisma of Dubliners and the bounty of pubs here is matched only by the gorgeous Georgian Squares, 12th-century St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the legendary library of Trinity College.

Day 15

DUBLIN–NORTH WALES–LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND Welsh Word Challenge DUBLIN Board a ferry to cross the North Channel.
NORTH WALES Photo stop at tongue-twisting town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. Take a scenic drive through North Wales to Liverpool.
LIVERPOOL Free time this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast
126 mi / 203 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
PHOTO OP The village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll may be impossible to pronounce, but its English translation is no walk in the park, meaning “St. Mary's Church in the hollow of white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the red cave.” Nevertheless, this small Welsh town with the big name is a quaint coastal spot in North Wales.

Day 16

LIVERPOOL–GRASEMERE–GRETNA GREEN, SCOTLAND–GLASGOW Songs, Sonnets, and Secret Vows LIVERPOOL Visit The Beatles Story for a fascinating journey into the life and music of the Fab Four.
LAKE DISTRICT Take a scenic drive.
GRASMERE Visit Wordsworth’s beloved village and LF sample original Grasmere gingerbread.
GRETNA GREEN See where a Scottish blacksmith performed weddings for eloping young couples.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
238 mi / 382 km.

LOCAL FAVORITE
TIMELESS TRADITIONS Sweeten the day with classic gingerbread and hear about Sarah Nelson, a Victorian cook who invented it in 1854.

Day 17

GLASGOW–ISLE OF SKYE–LOCH NESS–INVERNESS Spectacular in Scotland GLASGOW Depart for a drive past Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, and Fort William en route to ferry crossing to the Isle of Skye.
ISLE OF SKYE Visit the Museum of the Isles before driving across the Inner Hebridean island. Return to the mainland.
LOCH NESS Drive the length of the legendary lake en route to Inverness.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
251 mi / 404 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDS & LORE Survey the shores of famed Loch Ness for the chance to catch a glimpse of its mysterious Nessie. Hear of the folklore and firm believers in the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, which is said to swim in the shimmering waters.

Day 18

INVERNESS. HIGHLANDS EXCURSION The Bronze Age & Brave Battles THE HIGHLANDS Visit the Bronze-Age chamber tomb site of Clava Cairns. Visit the Culloden battlefield site and visitor center. Visit Brodie Castle.
Breakfast Breakfast
30 mi / 48 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ART & ARCHITECTURE Walk through history in the dramatic countryside of the Scottish Highlands to visit the rose-colored Brodie Castle, ancestral home of the Brodie clan for over 400 years. Discover a magnificent collection of furniture, ceramics, and artwork, including works by 17th-century Dutch Masters and the legendary 20th-century Scottish Colourists, as well as an impressive library housing over 6,000 treasured volumes.

Day 19

INVERNESS–PITLOCHRY–ST. ANDREWS–EDINBURGH Mulligans & Military Music PITLOCHRY Walk through the Victorian mountain resort.
ST. ANDREWS See the home of golf and famous university town.
EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO Attend the world-renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance. (Departures July 18 through August 8 only).
Breakfast Breakfast
202 mi / 326 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ICONIC FOOTSTEPS See the fairways and greens at the birthplace of golf, where legendary players of the Scottish game made history in the university town of St. Andrews.

Day 20

EDINBURGH Crown Jewels & Castle Views EDINBURGH Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the New Town, and the Old Town, and a visit to Edinburgh Castle to see Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Free time.
Breakfast Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT Ascend to Castle Rock to explore Edinburgh Castle, one of the most important historical strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland, with an 11,000-year history as "the most besieged place in Great Britain." Here, you’ll find the royal regalia and Scotland’s Crown Jewels.

Day 21

EDINBURGH–YORK, ENGLAND Castle Heirs & English Fare KELSO Visit Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland.
YORK See York Minster on a guided walk through of the best-preserved medieval shopping streets called The Shambles.
Breakfast Breakfast
213 mi / 343 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURAL GEMS The Roxburghe Estate of Floors Castle has been the home of the Innes-Ker family since it was built for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721. Surrounded by fine Victorian gardens, this historic stately home is known as the gem of the Scottish borders spanning 52,000 acres that are also home to sheep, cattle, and Cheviot lamb.

Day 22

YORK–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON Mr. & Mrs. Shakespeare STRATFORD-UPON-AVON See Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
COTSWOLDS Scenic drive followed by LF dinner at a local pub.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
162 mi / 260 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES Quench your thirst with local ales and ciders while tasting traditional pub fayre prepared following century old recipes. Nothing eases homesickness like hearty cooked food concocted with care and love like grandma used to make. Just like home away from home!

Day 23

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–LONDON Churchill’s Beginnings WOODSTOCK Visit Blenheim Palace, Sir Winston Churchill’s birthplace.
LONDON Free time this afternoon.
Breakfast Breakfast
98 mi / 159 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDS SLEPT HERE Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoys a fascinating history. Built as a gift in 1704 from Queen Anne to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, this massive and magnificent masterpiece of English Baroque architecture is also home to exquisite artwork and gardens.

Day 24

LONDON Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

TOM BURTCHAELL

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

"I was brought up in a house where history and tourism were in the air and inevitably I caught the bug. My first ever tourism and hospitality job was as a young teen and I've been involved since. I have a passion for meeting people and imparting information on landscapes, history, geography and culture. I strive to create positive memories that will last long after the tour has finished."

Tour Director -  TOM BURTCHAELL

WILL COLLINS

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"Nothing beats the joy of watching people from all walks of life get excited about seeing an iconic site for the first time. Being central to this joy is what gives me that great sense of satisfaction and reward from the work that I do."

Tour Director -  WILL COLLINS

LIZ RYAN

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

"As a guide I feel fortunate to share the scenery and cultures of Ireland and the United Kingdom with our guests. In telling the stories of kings and queens and bringing the history, legends, and folklore to life, I get to share my passion for these wonderful islands."

Tour Director -  LIZ RYAN

 Accommodations

LONDON

PARK PLAZA WATERLOO

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

PLYMOUTH

CROWNE PLAZA PLYMOUTH

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

NEWPORT

THE COLDRA COURT BY CELTIC MANOR

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

WATERFORD

GRANVILLE HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

KINSALE

TRIDENT

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

KILLARNEY

SCOTTS HOTEL KILARNEY

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

LIMERICK

CLAYTON HOTEL LIMERICK

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

SLIGO

RADISSON BLU SLIGO

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Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

BELFAST

STORMONT HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

DUBLIN

HILTON GARDEN INN DUBLIN CITY CENTRE

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First-Class
  Free Wifi

LIVERPOOL

PULLMAN LIVERPOOL

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Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

INVERNESS

MERCURE INVERNESS HOTEL

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First-Class
  Free Wifi

EDINBURGH

MARRIOTT COURTYARD

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Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

YORK

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON YORK

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Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

STRATFORD - UPON - AVON

CROWNE PLAZA STRATFORD UPON AVON

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Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

GLASGOW

CLAYTON HOTEL GLASGOW

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Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
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