The Best of the British Isles (GL)

20 days from London to London

2019 Tour Details

From the lively cities to the breathtaking scenery, discover the very best of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland on this British Isles tour. You’ll have 2-night stays in London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Limerick and Exeter as well as an overnight in Warwick, York, Inverness, Glasgow, Liverpool, Killarney, Waterford and Cardiff. You’ll visit some of Britain’s famous castles and palaces, including Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace where you’ll visit the beautiful gardens; Warwick Castle, with a history dating back almost 11 centuries and where you’ll have a special pre-public-opening guided tour; Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels; and Holyrood Palace (when available), The Queen’s official Scottish residence.

You’ll also witness spectacular scenery on this British Isles tour! You’ll cruise on Scotland’s Loch Lomond, mainland Britain’s largest body of fresh water; pass through England’s beautiful Lake District; visit the 668-foot Cliffs of Moher, with its breathtaking views of rugged cliffs dropping into the ocean; join the Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile panoramic drive through rugged and magnificent landscapes; drive through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park in Wales; cruise on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbors; and more. Plus, you’ll also experience some charming British towns, such as Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of Shakespeare; Pitlochry, the Victorian mountain resort; Looe, a small Cornish fishing village; Bath, where you’ll visit the Roman ruins; and much more.

Throughout this British Isles tour, Globus also has included unique experiences for you, such as afternoon tea at a 150-year-old farmhouse in Ireland and a light lunch at Abbotsford House, Sir Walter Scott’s home in Scotland. All of this and much more await you on this fabulous British Isles vacation!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

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

HAMPTON COURT
A special walking tour through the palace’s ornamental gardens

OXFORD
Walking tour

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

WARWICK
Welcome dinner; private pre-public-opening guided tour of the castle

YORK
Walking tour

ABBOTSFORD
[LF] Light lunch and guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s house

EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace

PITLOCHRY
Visit the Victorian mountain resort

CULLODEN MOOR
Visit the battle site’s visitor center

LOCH NESS
Visit the fascinating exhibition

FORT WILLIAM
Guided tour of the Ben Nevis whisky distillery

LOCH LOMOND
Cruise the loch in a private boat

LIVERPOOL
Visit the Beatles Story

HOLYHEAD–DUBLIN
Cross the Irish Sea by ferry

DUBLIN
Orientation drive

KILDARE
Guided tour of the Irish National Stud

LIMERICK
Orientation drive

CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views

RATHBAUN FARM
[LF] Visit and Afternoon Tea

RING OF KERRY
Scenic peninsula drive

WATERFORD
Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal

ROSSLARE–PEMBROKE
Cross St. George’s Channel by ferry

BATH
Visit the Roman relics

DARTMOOR
[LF] Dinner at a local pub

CORNWALL
Visit the fishing village of Looe and Plymouth, [LF] Plymouth Sound cruise

STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument

Headsets throughout the tour except London

Notes:

NOTE:

  • August 1 through August 22 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included

Transportation:

Motorcoach; private cruise on Loch Lomond; Plymouth Sound cruise; ferries Holyhead-Dublin, Rosslare-Pembroke. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full English breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 7 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Warwick plus 1 dinner at a local pub in Dartmoor

 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. This afternoon, why not join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle or the Tower of London, and later, maybe an optional dinner, followed by a cruise on the Thames River?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

London–Oxford–Stratford-Upon-Avon–Warwick. Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart London at 8 am for a lovely day of sightseeing: a special visit to admire the breathtaking ORNAMENTAL GARDENS of Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace; Runnymede, site of the sealing of the Magna Carta; and a walking tour in the university city of Oxford. At Stratford-upon-Avon, visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE and take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

Warwick–York. A spectacular start to the day with a special, pre-public-opening guided tour of magnificent WARWICK CASTLE. Marvel at the opulent Great Hall and State Rooms, and visit the former private apartments. Later, in York, stand in awe in front of the great Minster, then follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 5

York–Jedburgh, Scotland–Abbotsford–Edinburgh. See a section of Hadrian’s Wall, and in Jedburgh, take pictures of the abbey ruins. Then, enjoy [LF] a light LUNCH at Ochiltree’s Dining before taking a guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s ABBOTSFORD HOUSE. Spend the next two nights in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure numbers August 1 through August 22, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B,L)

Day 6

Edinburgh. Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available). Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, consider an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

Edinburgh–St. Andrews–Pitlochry–Culloden–Inverness. Drive over the elegant Forth Road Bridge and through Fife to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing. Then, through Dundee and the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry to the CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE, where you hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Overnight at Inverness, the Highland capital.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 8

Inverness–Fort William–Glasgow. Start your day with a drive along Loch Ness with its mysterious monster and stop at the LOCH NESS EXHIBITION, a fascinating experience, revealing the legends, history, and natural wonders of the world’s most famous lake. Then, at BEN NEVIS WHISKY DISTILLERY, discover the art of converting barley, water, and yeast into a heart-warming liquor. Along Loch Linnhe, over haunting Glen Coe and across wild Rannoch Moor, you reach the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond for a CRUISE on the loch before heading south to Glasgow.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

Glasgow–Gretna Green–Lake District, England–Liverpool. On the way through the Lowland Hills, stop at Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Pause in the beautiful Lake District and in Liverpool, visit the award-winning BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.”
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

Liverpool–North Wales–Dublin, Ireland. Cross the border into North Wales and drive to lovely Betws-y-Coed and through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park. After a stop at tongue-twisting Llanfair..., board your FERRY at Holyhead for the crossing to Dublin. For a first taste of Ireland, why not join an optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

Dublin. An orientation drive in the Irish capital includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy the vibrant city. Maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12

Dublin–Kildare–Cashel–Limerick. Across the Curragh to the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare. On the way to Limerick, see the Rock of Cashel, Tipperary, and on arrival, an orientation drive acquaints you with St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle, and the stone where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691. Tonight, you might like to join an optional banquet at Knappogue Castle.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13

Limerick. West Coast Excursion. A breathtaking view of the Clare coast from the 668-foot CLIFFS OF MOHER, then a drive across the limestone plateau of The Burren to the port city of Galway. Next, a special treat at RATHBAUN FARM: watch the farmer shear a sheep and maneuver a flock with the help of a sheep dog. Then, enjoy [LF] TRADITIONAL TEA in the 150-year old farmhouse.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14

Limerick–Adare–Ring of Kerry–Killarney. Via quaint Adare with its pretty thatched cottages and Killorglin on Dingle Bay, join the spectacular RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Later, you might like to take an optional jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park, with glorious views of the Lakes of Killarney and ancient Ross Castle.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 15

Killarney–Blarney–Waterford. Morning visit to Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone. Time for lunch, to walk up to the castle, and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts. In the afternoon, proceed via Cork to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings, where you join a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 16

Waterford–Cardiff, Wales. By FERRY from Rosslare across St. George’s Channel to Pembroke and a drive through South Wales. Why not join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner tonight?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 17

Cardiff–Bath, England–Glastonbury–Dartmoor–Exeter. First, this morning, journey to the elegant Georgian city of Bath to see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. You will also have time to explore the town further on your own. Then, head into wild and romantic Dartmoor for a tasty [LF] DINNER at a local pub. The next two nights are spent in Exeter.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 18

Exeter. Cornwall Excursion. Today’s excursion takes you to Cornwall, of Poldark fame, and to the pretty fishing village and former smuggler’s port of Looe. 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 before returning to Exeter.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 19

Exeter–Stonehenge–London. For the finale of your journey, travel to prehistoric STONEHENGE and try to unravel its mystery. Explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. Return to London around 4 pm. How about celebrating the success of your vacation by taking in one of the great West End shows?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 20

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.

TRICIA WILLIAMSON

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"What I love most is the magnificent scenery of the British Isles, the pleasure of being able to show travelers evidence of our long and varied history, and the opportunity to meet so many interesting people; both the travelers themselves and the people we encounter at the many stops along the way!"

Tour Director -  TRICIA WILLIAMSON

 Accommodations

CARDIFF

MERCURE CARDIFF HOLLAND HOUSE

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

DUBLIN

CLAYTON CARDIFF LANE

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

EDINBURGH

MARRIOTT COURTYARD

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

EXETER

MERCURE EXETER SOUTHGATE

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

GLASGOW

HALLMARK HOTEL

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

INVERNESS

COLUMBA HOTEL

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

KILLARNEY

KILLARNEY TOWERS HOTEL

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LIMERICK

ABSOLUTE HOTEL

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LIVERPOOL

NOVOTEL LIVERPOOL

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LONDON

HILTON LONDON METROPOLE

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Superior First-Class
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WARWICK

HILTON WARWICK

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

WATERFORD

TOWER HOTEL

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

YORK

HOLIDAY INN YORK

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

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