Essential Britain & Ireland


  • 10 days

  • UK

  • Active pace

tour : GB

Save 10% on 2021

Was from

£1,899pp

Now from

£1,709pp

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers

Overview

Operated by ?

Spectacular scenery combined with fascinating architectural remains and energetic cities—all of this awaits you on this fabulous Britain and Ireland tour. Your tour starts and ends in London with overnights in between in Newport, Wales; Waterford and Dublin in Ireland; Edinburgh, Scotland; and York, England.

If you’re a fan of castles, you’ll enjoy your visit to Edinburgh Castle, dating back to the 12th century, once residence of Scottish monarchs and today home to the Scottish Crown Jewels; and Kilkenny Castle, in Ireland, built in 1195 to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several route ways. Even older than these castles are the Roman baths in Bath, constructed around 70 AD and today one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world, and Stonehenge. You’ll visit both of these on this Essential Britain & Ireland tour. You’ll also visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and the House of Waterford Crystal in Waterford, where you’ll see the highly-skilled craftsmen at work in the production of this famous crystal.

We have also included a special experience for you on this tour: a traditional Irish coffee demonstration in Waterford. It’s just another way Globus brings a special touch to this Britain and Ireland vacation!

 

Please note: 2021 itinerary is based on 2020 and is subject to change, but by booking today you will lock in your price. Full details will be confirmed in September 2020.

Highlights

STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument
BATHVisit the Roman relics
NEWPORTWelcome dinner
CARDIFFOrientation drive
PEMBROKE–ROSSLARECross St. George’s Channel by ferry
WATERFORDEnjoy an [LF] Irish Coffee demonstration; guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal
KILKENNYVisit Kilkenny Castle
DUBLINOrientation drive
BELFASTOrientation
BELFAST–CAIRNRYANCross the North Channel by ferry
EDINBURGHGuided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle
JEDBURGHTake pictures of the abbey ruins
YORKWalking tour
STRATFORD-UPON-AVONTake pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace

Flights available from most UK airports

Tour prices are shown without flights: make your own arrangements, or purchase your flights with us from most UK airports. All flight-inclusive tours are ATOL-protected, so you can book with confidence.

Flights available from most UK airports

2021 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners

ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND

Day
1

Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts will be waiting to welcome you. After checking into your hotel and an afternoon at leisure, we recommend our optional Taste of London excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illuminations cruise on the Thames River.

LONDON–STONEHENGE–BATH–NEWPORT, WALES

Day
2

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart London at 8 am for a memorable day’s sightseeing. Try to unravel the mystery of prehistoric STONEHENGE. Explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then admire the magnificence of the monument up close. At the elegant Georgian city of Bath, see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. Then, cross the Severn River for a late-afternoon arrival in Wales. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 164 mi / 264 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

NEWPORT–CARDIFF–WATERFORD, IRELAND

Day
3

A morning orientation drive in the Welsh capital features all the major attractions: Cardiff Castle, Cathays Park, and the stately civic buildings. Continue along the South Wales coast to Pembroke, where your FERRY will be waiting. Cross St. George’s Channel to Rosslare on the Emerald Isle and proceed to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853. After dinner this evening, enjoy an LF IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION.
Today’s Distance: 168 mi / 271 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

WATERFORD–KILKENNY–DUBLIN

Day
4

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL, then travel on to Kilkenny, one of Ireland’s prettiest towns with medieval cobblestones and Old-World charm. Visit magnificent KILKENNY CASTLE, which overlooks the Nore River and has guarded this important river crossing for more than 900 years. The gardens, with extensive woodland paths, rose garden, and ornamental lake, create the setting for a beautiful stroll. On arrival in Dublin, top the day with an optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter.
Today’s Distance: 115 mi / 195 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DUBLIN

Day
5

An orientation drive in Ireland’s capital 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 to explore this vibrant city. Tonight, maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DUBLIN–BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND–EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

Day
6

On your way to Northern Ireland, cross the Boyne River, then skirt the Mountains of Mourne. In Belfast, where the Titanic was built, take in the city’s vibrant history and view the impressive City Hall. Next, board your FERRY to cross the North Channel to Cairnryan on Scotland’s southwest coast and continue through the scenic Scottish border country to Edinburgh. Tonight, relax and enjoy our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Today’s Distance: 234 mi / 376 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

EDINBURGH

Day
7

Morning city sightseeing with a local expert introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” visit EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. For departure numbers August 2 through August 23, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO, a vast spectacle of massed Scottish pipe bands that takes place in an arena on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

EDINBURGH–JEDBURGH–YORK, ENGLAND

Day
8

This morning, drive past the abbey ruins at Jedburgh into wild Northumberland National Park. Later, see a section of Hadrian’s Wall, the Roman coast-to-coast defense against marauding northern tribes. In York, England’s most complete medieval city, stand in awe in front of the great structure of York Minster, then follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles.
Today’s Distance: 198 mi / 318 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

YORK–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–LONDON.

Day
9

On the last leg of your journey, stop at Stratford-upon-Avon, the fascinating Elizabethan town, to take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE. On return to London at about 3:30 pm, a Shownight Theater Evening would be an incredible finale to your vacation.
Today’s Distance: 260 mi / 418 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LONDON

Day
10

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Why book with us?

Other Holidays in this location