Britain & Ireland in Depth (GT)

25 days from London to London

2019 Tour Details

Traveling through the small towns and larger cities, this Britain and Ireland tour is our most complete view of the British Isles. On any tour through Britain and Ireland you’d expect to visit ancient ruins, majestic castles and palaces, magnificent cathedrals, and historical sights. That’s why Globus has included visitations to prehistoric Stonehenge; the ancient Roman ruins in Bath; Edinburgh Castle, dating to the 12th century; Holyrood Palace, The Queen’s official residence in Scotland; Floors Castle, Scotland’s largest inhabited castle; Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; Cawdor Castle, the romantic castle dating to the 14th century; Royal Pavilion, an exotic palace built in the early 1800s; St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece; and Canterbury Cathedral, to where pilgrims have made their way since the Middle Ages.

You’d also expect lush landscapes and breathtaking scenery. That’s why Globus has included a photo stop at England’s breathtaking Land’s End; a drive on the 100-mile Ring of Kerry, with its rugged and magnificent landscapes; stunning scenery on Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula; the spectacular 668-foot Cliffs of Moher; Northern Ireland’s awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, formed millions of years ago; a scenic drive through Snowdonia National Park in Wales; England’s tranquil Lake District; the Isle of Skye, with some of Scotland’s best scenery; and much more.

What you may not expect on a Britain and Ireland tour are special and unique experiences. That’s where Globus is different and has included them. For example, you’ll enjoy a cruise on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbors, and you’ll have fun joining the locals for dinner and traditional Irish music at a local pub in Killarney.

Castles, palaces, cathedrals, ancient sights, breathtaking scenery, special treats, and so much more are offered on this in-depth Britain and Ireland tour. A vacation of a lifetime!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

LONDON
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral & see the Changing of the Guard, if held

CANTERBURY
Visit the cathedral

BRIGHTON
Royal Pavilion tour; welcome dinner

STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument

CORNWALL
Take pictures of St. Michael’s Mount, visit Land’s End & St. Ives; [LF] Plymouth Sound cruise

BATH
Visit the Roman relics

BRECON
Visit the historical market town;

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

DRUMCLIFF
Visit W.B. Yeats’ grave

BELLEEK
Guided tour of the pottery

COUNTY ANTRIM
Visit Giant’s Causeway

BELFAST
Guided “Living History” tour, 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 at the Clan Donald Centre

INVERNESS
Visit the Highland capital

CLAVA CAIRNS
Visit the sacred prehistoric site featured in Outlander

CULLODEN MOOR
Visit the battle site’s visitor center

CAWDOR
Visit the castle and gardens;

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

BLENHEIM
Guided tour of the palace

Headsets throughout the tour except London

Notes:

NOTE:

  • July 17 through August 7 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 English breakfast daily; 10 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Brighton plus 1 dinner at a local pub in Killarney

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

Arrive in London, England. Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 2

London. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Highlights are a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

London–Canterbury–Brighton. Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart London at 8 am. Drive through the orchards of Kent to visit CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL, where you hear about the Black Prince and Thomas à Becket. Then, in the Regency seaside resort of Brighton, tour the exotic ROYAL PAVILION, built for the Prince Regent in the early 1800s. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

Brighton–Stonehenge–Plymouth. This morning, visit prehistoric STONEHENGE and its visitor center before traveling through Salisbury Plain and along the Dartmoor National Park to Plymouth. Upon arrival, hear about Sir Francis Drake and see the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked in 1620. This evening, why not join an optional excursion into Dartmoor National Park for an evening of storytelling at a local pub?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

Plymouth. Cornwall Excursion. A day full of West Country sights as you head through Cornwall, of Poldark fame. After viewing St. Michael’s Mount, rising boldly out of the sea, take photos at Land’s End before exploring the popular seaside resort of St. Ives. Then, follow in the footsteps of Drake, Raleigh, and the Pilgrim Fathers with a [LF] CRUISE on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbors. You will also have time at the historic Plymouth Barbican to see the Mayflower Steps.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

Plymouth–Glastonbury–Bath–Newport, Wales. In Glastonbury, hear about King Arthur, and in Bath, see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. Overnight is in Newport. Why not join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner tonight?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

Newport–Brecon–Carmarthen–Waterford, Ireland. Your journey through Wales takes you north along the Usk Valley and through Brecon, a historical market town in the Brecon Beacons National Park, to Carmarthen and then to Fishguard. Cross St. George’s Channel to Rosslare in Ireland and proceed to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853. After dinner, enjoy an [LF] IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 8

Waterford–Blarney–Killarney. Start your day with a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. Then, in Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone, there is time to walk up to the castle and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts before continuing to the popular resort town of Killarney, your County Kerry base for the next three nights.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

At Leisure in Killarney. A full day to relax or join our optional excursion that includes a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park to Ross Castle, and a boat ride to Innisfallen Abbey and across the lakes to Muckross House. After lunch on your own, the excursion continues with a visit to the house and gardens, returning to your hotel mid-afternoon. Later, walk to Scruffys pub for [LF] DINNER and join the locals in an evening full of live, traditional Irish music.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 10

Killarney. Ring of Kerry Excursion. Start a scenic day with a drive to Killorglin on Dingle Bay, and join the spectacular RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Take photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. How about joining an entertaining optional evening in Tralee, with dinner and tickets for the National Folk Theatre?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

Killarney–Dingle Penninsula–Adare–Limerick. Breathtaking scenery on Dingle Penninsula. At the BLASKET ISLANDS CENTRE, learn about the way of life on the remote islands evacuated by its inhabitants in 1953. Via quaint Adare, head for the city of Limerick. Tonight’s optional recommendation: a medieval banquet.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12

Limerick–Cliffs of Moher–Galway–Knock–Drumcliff–Bundoran. Motor to the spectacular CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic. Via the limestone plateau of The Burren and Galway—a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with cobblestone streets, colorful shops, and a busy café and bar culture—reach Knock, a village that attracts pilgrims from all over the world. Before arriving at your overnight destination, visit the grave of native son and poet W.B. Yeats in Drumcliff.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 13

Bundoran–Belleek, Northern Ireland–Derry–Giant’s Causeway–Belfast. A fascinating day today: BELLEEK POTTERY, renowned for its exquisite Parian china; Derry, one of the finest examples of a walled city; and awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, composed of thousands of strangely symmetrical basalt columns jutting out to sea. Overnight in the vibrant city of Belfast.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 14

Belfast–Downpatrick–Dublin, Ireland. This morning’s highlights are a “living history” orientation drive with a Local Guide and a visit to the fascinating TITANIC EXPERIENCE. Learn all about the building of the largest passenger steamship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. Travel to Downpatrick and visit the inspiring SAINT PATRICK CENTRE before you drive back again into the Republic. Why not join an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15

Dublin. Your orientation drive in the “Fair City” includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian Squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. The afternoon is at leisure. Top the day with an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 16

Dublin–North Wales–Liverpool, England. Back across the Irish Sea for a photo stop at tongue-twisting Llanfair…, on the Welsh Isle of Anglesey, a scenic drive through Snowdonia National Park, over spectacular Llanberis Pass, and via pretty Betws-y-Coed to Liverpool.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 17

Liverpool–Grasmere–Gretna Green, Scotland–Glasgow. Start the day with a visit to the award-winning BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.” Enter the tranquil Lake District, and in Grasmere, home of poet William Wordsworth, try original [LF] GRASMERE GINGERBREAD. Then, head north for the Scottish border and to Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Overnight is in Glasgow.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 18

Glasgow–Fort William–Isle of Skye–Inverness. Follow the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, then proceed via Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, and Fort William, and follow the “Road to the Isles” to Mallaig, where you board your FERRY for the crossing to the Isle of Skye. Visit the MUSEUM OF THE ISLES, then return to the mainland and trace the shores of Loch Ness on the way to Inverness.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 19

Inverness. Highlands Excursion. Fascinating visits on today’s excursion. Stop first at CLAVA CAIRNS, featured in the popular TV series Outlander and one of Scotland’s most evocative sacred prehistoric sites with three exceptionally well-preserved burial cairns, each enclosed by stone circles. At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE, the story unfolds of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Then, visit CAWDOR CASTLE, set in stunning grounds with beautiful gardens, and home to the Thanes of Cawdor since 1370. Back in Inverness, the rest of the day is at leisure. Our recommendation would be to join the Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle optional excursion, which includes a cruise on the loch.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 20

Inverness–Pitlochry–St. Andrews–Edinburgh. Main features today: the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry; St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing; and the Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect residence for glittering state visits and family vacations, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. For departure numbers July 17 through August 7, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 21

Edinburgh. Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” as well as the “Old Town.” Drive up the narrow Royal Mile to visit EDINBURGH CASTLE, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available). The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Tonight, consider an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 22

Edinburgh–Jedburgh–York, England. This morning, visit FLOORS CASTLE, the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe’s family home and the largest inhabited castle in Scotland. Then, in York, England’s most complete medieval city, follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 23

York–Coventry–Stratford-Upon-Avon. In Coventry, view the splendid modern cathedral, which rose from the rubble of severe World War II bombings, and in Stratford-upon-Avon, take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 24

Stratford-Upon-Avon–London. A final highlight: enjoy a guided tour of magnificent BLENHEIM PALACE, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and there is also time to explore the landscaped parkland. Return to London around 3:30 pm. How about celebrating the success of your vacation by taking in a West End show?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 25

London. 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 4 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

 Accommodations

BELFAST

STORMONT HOTEL

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

DUBLIN

NORTH STAR

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Superior First-Class
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EDINBURGH

PRINCIPAL EDINBURGH GEORGE ST

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Superior First-Class
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GLASGOW

HALLMARK HOTEL

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First-Class
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INVERNESS

COLUMBA HOTEL

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First-Class
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KILLARNEY

SCOTTS HOTEL

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First-Class
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LIMERICK

CLAYTON HOTEL LIMERICK

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Superior First-Class
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LIVERPOOL

NOVOTEL LIVERPOOL

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First-Class
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LONDON

PARK PLAZA WESTMINSTER BRIDGE

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Superior First-Class
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NEWPORT

THE COLDRA COURT BY CELTIC MANOR

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First-Class
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PLYMOUTH

CROWNE PLAZA PLYMOUTH

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Superior First-Class
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SLIGO

RADISSON BLU SLIGO

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Superior First-Class
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STRATFORD - UPON - AVON

CROWNE PLAZA STRATFORD UPON AVON

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Superior First-Class
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WATERFORD

GRANVILLE HOTEL

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Superior First-Class
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YORK

HOLIDAY INN YORK

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First-Class
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 Optional Excursions

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