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Britain & Ireland Discovery

24 Days from $5,745 per person

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This epic adventure illuminates the hidden corners of the British Isles. Along the way, encounter the full arc of Celtic heritage, cultures, legends and traditions.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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This epic adventure illuminates the hidden corners of the British Isles. Along the way, encounter the full arc of Celtic heritage, cultures, legends and traditions.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Welcome to London. After checking into your hotel, the afternoon is free to enjoy a city that is famous for its pomp and pageantry. Perhaps relax with a walk along the Serpentine in Hyde Park or window shop in the elegant boutiques of Knightsbridge. Alternatively, you may want to stroll along the Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London.

    hotel:Amba Hotel Marble Arch/The Grosvenor Hotel
  2. At 8:00 am meet your Travel Director at the trip's hotel in London. After a warm welcome, settle into your luxury coach and head westwards through the green Chiltern Hills. Stop in Oxford where your Travel Director will introduce you to the City of Dreaming Spires and home to the world's most famous university. With time at leisure, why not enjoy a visit to the world-famous Ashmolean Museum or browse through the local indoor market? Continue via pretty Cotswolds villages to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit the half-timbered house where William Shakespeare was born, now a museum full of memorabilia relating to his life. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers at a local restaurant for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with drinks and the opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Macdonald Swan's Nest Hotel
  3. A leisurely drive brings you to the historic city of York, its story going back to the time of the Romans and the Vikings. Inside the ancient city walls, see the York Minster, the largest medieval church in northern Europe. Explore the maze of narrow streets to the topsy-turvy Shambles, where warped, overhanging timber-framed houses lean so far that they almost touch! Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Hilton York
  4. Travel across the Yorkshire Dales and wild Pennines to the picturesque Lake District. Here a scenic wonderland awaits—rugged mountains and tranquil waters—inspiration to a host of English poets including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Tennyson and Shelley. After a visit to Wordsworth's grave in the village of Grasmere, cross into Scotland and stop briefly at Gretna Green. This is the famous spot where runaway lovers were married over the anvil at the blacksmith's shop. Then it's on to the majestic Scottish capital. At night, select departures will attend the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo—a colorful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel
  5. Join a Local Expert for a trip along Princes Street to see the ornate Victorian Gothic monument to Sir Walter Scott and the elegant 18th-century New Town with its classical Adam facades. Over in the Old Town, visit the castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and the Honours of Scotland, Scotland's glittering Crown Jewels. At the bottom of the Royal Mile, stands the Palace of Holyroodhouse—the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen. The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps research your family tartan in the Tartan Center or visit the art treasures in the National Gallery.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel
  6. Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife and make your way to St. Andrews, passing the Old Course where golf was born in the 15th century. Enjoy free time to explore. Perhaps stroll to West Sands Beach where the famous 'Chariots of Fire' scene was filmed? Alternately, wander to St. Andrews University where the love story of Kate Middleton meeting her Prince Charming began. Cross the Tay and journey to the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, famous for its salmon run. Continue via Blair Atholl and pass the Grampian Mountains on the way to the sparkling Spey Valley. Stop at Culloden Moor, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was finally crushed in 1746 and visit the Culloden Visitor Center. Travel to stately Inverness, where your centrally located hotel is set on the banks of the River Ness and looks up to Inverness Castle.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Columba Hotel
  7. Start the day with a journey of discovery on a private Loch Ness cruise. Soak up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales of Nessie in the heart of Scotland's great glen. Your travels then follow the rugged coast north to the fishing port of Wick. Pause at the Old Pulteney Distillery to taste a wee dram of whisky and learn about the production of the national drink. Don't blink as you drive on to your hotel—you pass Ebenezer Place, which at 6.76 feet, is the world's shortest street!

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:The Norseman Hotel
  8. Visit the most northerly community on the British mainland, John O'Groats. Board the ferry to the beautiful Orkney Islands—where the hardy locals live 'below the wind and above the water.' Your Local Expert was born and bred on the islands and accompanies you as you visit the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the mysterious Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall and the small chapel built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:The Norseman Hotel
  9. Relax and enjoy the stunning landscapes of lochs and mountains on your way to the fishing town of Ullapool. Continue alongside Loch Carron and through Glen Carron, before crossing to the magical Isle of Skye—the largest and most beautiful island of the Inner Hebrides. Hear the story of the song 'Over the Sea to Skye,' which tells of young Flora MacDonald and how she helped to rescue Bonnie Prince Charlie, who fled in disguise after his defeat at Culloden. Admire the scenic splendor on the way to your hotel in Broadford.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:The Dunollie Hotel
  10. Return to the mainland to see the remote Eilean Donan Castle, which under a clear sky offers a perfect reflection in its loch. Move on to the World War II Commando Memorial for a chance to view Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. Continue on to the Valley of Glencoe, its dramatic peaks still echoing with the ghastly cries of massacred clansmen. Stop on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, known as the 'Queen of Scottish Lakes' according to Sir Walter Scott, before arriving in Glasgow.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Radisson Blu Hotel
  11. Cross the Irish Sea, enjoying views of the Island of Arran along the way. Once you arrive in Northern Ireland, prepare yourself for miles of breathtaking beauty! The road clings to the coastline at the mouth of the famous Nine Glens of Antrim, alongside sandy beaches beneath towering basalt cliffs. Stop at the Giant's Causeway, and hear the legends which surround this geological masterpiece, created by the cooling of lava which burst through the Earth's crust millions of years ago. Continue to the ancient walled city of Derry.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Da Vinci's Hotel Derry
  12. In the morning, meet Ronan, one of the nation's great storytellers, as he takes you inside Londonderry's well-preserved walls, still topped with cannons. Walk down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic Guildhall, and cross the border to see O'Donnell's Castle in Donegal. Journey south to the Belleek Pottery & Visitor Center, nestled on the banks of the River Erne. Meet some of the specialist craftspeople and see artisan techniques in action during your visit. Continue to the churchyard at Drumcliff, the last resting place of Irish poet W.B. Yeats. Then it's on to your country retreat, set on the scenic shores of Sligo Bay.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa
  13. Experience the beautiful rugged landscape of Connemara, a wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. Continue to Galway, where your Travel Director will show you St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President John F. Kennedy. Move onto your hotel in Limerick, famous for rhymes, lace and Georgian houses.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:The George Hotel Limerick
  14. Start the day with an exploration of Limerick where you will see King John's Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Treaty Stone. Continue your journey through the land of song and legend via the picturesque thatched village of Adare, into County Kerry and onto your Killarney hotel.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa
  15. In the morning, enjoy a trip around the Ring of Kerry, one of the world's greatest scenic journeys. See towering cliffs, lush lakelands, remote villages, Ireland's highest mountain range and the three peaceful Lakes of Killarney. With time at leisure, perhaps hire a bicycle and take advantage of the many cycle trails that Killarney has to offer, around the lake or through the National Park. At night your Dine-Around Evening offers you authentic and intimate dining as you choose from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants, ranging in style and ambiance.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa
  16. Cross the rugged Derrynasaggart Mountains this morning and head for Blarney. Visit the ruined 15th century castle and home to the famous Stone of Eloquence. It is said that those whose lips caress the Stone of Eloquence are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. Continue on to Cork, Ireland's second most populous city, built on the River Lee. See the City Hall and Opera House, before a delightful coastal drive brings you to historic Waterford, with its 9th century Reginald's Tower and remains of the old city walls.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Dooley's Hotel Waterford
  17. Admire the sparkling display of crystal on your guided visit to the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal, where you will meet a master craftsman. Travel to the medieval city of Kilkenny, home of the world's fastest field game. The ancient Celtic sport of hurling is over 3,000 years old and Ireland's national sport. Meet a player who will share his passion through a demonstration of skills. Continue to Ireland's lively capital, Dublin, and spend a leisurely evening relaxing, exploring or perhaps taking in a famous Irish Cabaret?

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Trinity City Hotel
  18. Before it opens to the public, experience Ireland's national and world-famous drink with a guided visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Gain a fascinating insight into the history and traditions behind its production and enjoy a private masterclass where you will learn to pour the perfect pint. Then meet your Local Expert who will show the sights of the city, including Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House. The afternoon is at leisure.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Trinity City Hotel
  19. Bid farewell to Ireland as you board the ferry to Wales. Cross the Isle of Anglesey, via the village bearing Britain's longest name, and continue over the Menai Straits for a stop in the walled market town of Conwy to see the castle. Travel along the north coast of Wales and cross the English border to arrive at Chester. This fine town still boasts relics of its history as a Roman fortress, as well as the unique black and white shopping arcades known as the Rows. An exploration with your Travel Director will show you the well-preserved city walls, Jubilee Clock and impressive cathedral.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Hallmark Hotel The Queen
  20. Head south as you follow the Welsh border to The Hall at Abbey Cwm Hir. Meet the proud owner of the home, Paul Humpherston, as he explains the history and restoration of the stunning building and its surrounds. Enjoy a light lunch of locally-sourced delights including Welsh favorites such as a cheeseboard featuring Welsh cheeses, artisan breads and Welsh chutney, bara brith—a traditional Welsh bread served with butter, Welsh cakes and fresh fruit. Continue through the countryside to the Welsh capital and see the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:Clayton Hotel Cardiff
  21. Cross the soaring Severn Bridge to reach the elegant Georgian city of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in amphitheater-style on the surrounding hills. An orientation of the city will show you the impressive Royal Crescent and Pulteney Bridge, both built in mellow local stone. See the angels climbing Jacob's Ladder on Bath Abbey before visiting the Pump Room and ancient Roman Baths to see the incredibly well-preserved remains of one of the greatest spas of the ancient world, still flowing with the natural hot water from the springs. Journey on to Glastonbury, rumored to be the resting place of legendary King Arthur and the Holy Grail. After some time to explore, continue on to the Cornish countryside for the night.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:St. Mellion International Resort
  22. In the morning, cross the moorlands of Dartmoor, home to wild ponies, to reach maritime Plymouth. Numerous famous voyagers have set off from this ancient port. See the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America. Visit a picturesque Cornish fishing village, where contraband was once landed in the dead of night. Experiences shared lead to lasting friendships, and back in Saltash you will enjoy a glass of wine with your newfound friends at your delectable Celebration Dinner. Toast to an inspiring journey of discovery. Cheers!

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:St. Mellion International Resort
  23. Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the prehistoric and mysterious Stonehenge, where the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths are reputed to be up to 5,000 years old. Your discovery of Britain and Ireland concludes upon your return to the trip's hotel in London where the evening is at your leisure.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Amba Hotel Marble Arch/The Grosvenor Hotel
  24. Your journey draws to a close after breakfast this morning. 

    meal(s):Breakfast
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Included Quality Dining

23 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 8 Dinners and 3 Dinners with Wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences:

  • Orkney Isles: Your Local Expert leads you on a fascinating excursion of discovery on the very fringes of Britain. Strewn across the windswept Orkneys are relics that span human history, from pagan stone circles to reminders of wartime tragedy.
  • Londonderry: What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he walks with you inside the city walls.
  • Kilkenny: Kilkenny has the greatest amount of All Ireland titles of its national sport of hurling. Meet a player to gain an exciting insight into this unique Irish cultural experience, through a demonstration of skill.
  • Waterford: Meet a master craftsman on your guided visit of the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal.

Top Rated Highlights:

  • Edinburgh: A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from the drawbridge. For a limited time in August, witness the incredible spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
  • Cruise on Loch Ness • Cross the Irish Sea by ferry • Drive along the Ring of Kerry
  • Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace • Edinburgh Castle • Culldoen Visitor Center in the Highlands • Giant's Causeway • Belleek Pottery & Visitor Center • Blarney Castle • House of Waterford Crystal • Roman Baths and Pump Room of Bath • Stonehenge
  • City tours of Edinburgh, the Orkney Isles, Londonderry and Dublin all with Local Experts
  • See the spires and colleges Oxford • York Minster and Shambles • Wordsworth's grave in Grasmere • Gretna Green • Old Course of St. Andrews • Pitlochry • Loch Ness • Inverness Castle • the world's shortest street in Wick • John O'Groats • St. Mungo's Cathedral in Glasgow • Eilean Donan Castle • Ben Nevis and the World War II Commando Memorial at Fort William • William Butler Yeats grave in Drumcliffe • Galway's Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square • King John's Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral and the treaty stone in Limerick • the thatched cottages of Adare • Killarney • Cork's Grand Parade and Opera House • Reginald's Tower and the city walls of Waterford • Conwy Castle • Chester's Jubilee Clock and black and white Rows • the Georgian mansions and castle of Ludlow • Cardiff Castle and Principality Stadium • Bath Abbey • Glastonbury • Plymouth Hoe, the Barbican and Mayflower Steps
  • Oxford: See the dreaming spires and colleges of this world-famous university town.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: Venture inside the timber-framed building where the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare, was born and grew up.
  • York: Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during you orientation of the city.
  • Grasmere: Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth and visit his grave.
  • Edinburgh: Your Local Expert reveals why this is Scotland's City of Culture. Travel along Princes Street and see the monument to Sir Walter Scott, before walking through the New Town.
  • Edinburgh: Led by your Local Expert, walk with a inside the walls of the Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
  • Gretna Green: Visit the spot where once runaway lovers were married.
  • St. Andrews: Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.
  • Pitlochry: Visit this town, famous for its salmon leap.
  • Highlands: At the exciting Culloden Visitor Center, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour, yet changed the Highland way of life forever.
  • Inverness: See the River Ness and Inverness Castle.
  • Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of Nessie during a private scenic cruise.
  • Wick: See the world's shortest street, Ebenezer Place.
  • John O'Groats: Visit Britain's most northerly, yet tiny, mainland village.
  • Glasgow: During your orientation with your Travel Director, drive past the civic buildings and St. Mungo's Cathedral.
  • Eilean Donan: Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.
  • Fort William: Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.
  • Cairnryan: Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea.
  • Giant's Causeway: The towering hexagonal basalt columns are a geographical wonder to behold.
  • Belleek: Enjoy a guided tour of the porcelain production process and meet some of the specialist craftspeople.
  • Drumcliffe: Visit the final resting place of Irish poet William Butler Yeats.
  • Sligo Bay: Explore this scenic town during an orientation with your Travel Director.
  • Galway: An orientation with your Travel Director will show you the Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
  • Limerick: See King John's Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral and the treaty stone.
  • Adare: Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.
  • Killarney: Get your bearings during an orientation.
  • Ring of Kerry: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you travel the Ring of Kerry.
  • Blarney: Visit the castle and climb the battlements for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence.
  • Cork: Your Travel Director will show you the Grand Parade and South Mall, along with City Hall and the Opera House.
  • Waterford: Explore the town and see Reginald's Tower and the remains of the city walls.
  • Dublin: A Local Expert will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.
  • Dublin Port: Board the ferry to return to mainland Britain.
  • Conwy: See the castle upon the river.
  • Chester: During you orientation with your Travel Director see the Jubilee Clock, the cathedral, city walls and famous black and white Rows.
  • Ludlow: Explore the narrow streets and lanes in front of the castle. Admire the medieval timber-framed buildings and Georgian mansions.
  • Cardiff: During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the castle and Principality Stadium.
  • Bath: The City of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built atop of Britain's only natural mineral springs. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room, built by the Romans over 2,000-years-ago as a place to wash and socialize.
  • Bath: During an orientation you will see the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.
  • Glastonbury: Explore the town rumored to be the resting place of legendary King Arthur and the Holy Grail, and location of one of the world's largest music festivals.
  • Plymouth: During your orientation tour with your Travel Director see Plymouth Hoe, the citadel and continue to the Barbican and Mayflower Steps. Then head out to explore a quaint Cornish fishing village.
  • Stonehenge: Visit the mysterious circle of upright stones, which stand as strong today as they did 3,500 years ago.
  • Scenic Drives: Travel through the Chiltern Hills, Cotswolds, Yorkshire Dales, Pennines, English Lake District, Grampian Mountains, Spey Valley, Scottish Highlands, Ullapool, Loch Carron, Glen Carron, Isle of Skye, Valley of Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Antrim Coast, Sligo Bay, Connemara, Derrynasaggart Mountains, Severn Bridge, Cornish Countryside and Salisbury Plain.
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Sunday, October 7, 2018
Gloria Boyett
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Excellent organization from start to finish!
Vacation : This trip included all the major highlights of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. We were busy from breakfast through dinner. Our tour director was so organized, very informative and so witty. He always made sure everyone was on track and took care of all our needs. The scenery was breathtaking throughout the trip. Every day brought new adventures and our travel group was wonderful!
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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Vacation:
Service rating : There was always excellent communication and organization.
Vacation : It gave us an excellent insight into the countries of the UK and Ireland!
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  • U.S. citizens traveling to UK and Ireland must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering the UK or Ireland.

  • The currency in the UK is the Pound (£) and in Ireland is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in the UK and Ireland. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • English specialties include fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, sausages, stilton cheese, and scones with clotted cream. Culinary experiences to not to miss include a traditional pub meal, afternoon tea, and full English breakfast.  In larger cities like London you’ll also find restaurants serving a variety of international cuisine.

    Irish national specialties including Irish stew, coddle, potato bread, corned beef and whiskey cake. Be sure to try an Irish breakfast, visit a chip shop for fresh fish and chips, and enjoy hearty lunch at a good local pub. 

  • The climate in the UK and Ireland is temperate, with regular rainfall throughout the year. We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress.  A few important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping in Britain and Ireland is less common than in the U.S. When dining out, some restaurants will add a service charge of 12.5 percent to your bill, especially for groups.  If a service hasn’t been added, it’s appropriate to leave 10 – 15 percent gratuity.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Edinburgh

Scottish Dinner & Cabaret

Adult Price: £60.00

Join us for a lively and memorable evening of traditional Scottish song, dance, tartan and bagpipes. In addition to wine and dinner, your kilted hosts will lead you through some of the best-loved Scottish music and songs. You'll learn a Highland dance or two and sample Scotland’s national dish - haggis. An exceptional Scottish experience!

Edinburgh

Dinner In Edinburgh

Adult Price: £39.00

Edinburgh has more eateries per head than any other city in the UK and your Tour Director knows which ones shine and which ones to shun! Join your fellow companions for a fun evening out in this vibrant city. Visit a prized local restaurant for a delicious three course dinner with a glass of wine, beer or soft drink included.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh's Most Haunted

Adult Price: £27.00

Join our Ghouls and Ghosts to embark upon a scary and mirth-filled tour of Edinburgh's old town as never seen before! We'll enjoy a drink afterwards to calm our nerves before returning to the land of the living.

Edinburgh

Royal Yacht Britannia

Adult Price: £23.00

This magnificent ship has hosted some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. For four royal couples, Britannia was to provide a honeymoon sanctuary before the onset of married life in the world's most photographed family. Now berthed in Leith, you are welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

Scottish Highlands

Blair Castle

Adult Price: £20.00

Journey into the fascinating past with a visit to the ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl. Brimming with treasures inside and out, magnificent Blair Castle is set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery. During your informative tour, see how the castle has been transformed through the ages and learn how Queen Victoria's famous stay led to the creation of Europe's only private army.

Wick

An Evening of Scots-Gaelic Culture

Adult Price: £25.00

A rare opportunity to enjoy an introduction to the Gaelic culture that is so unique to the Highlands. Stories, song, music and Highland history await you in the warm atmosphere of a centuries-old Highland hostelry

Skye

Isle Of Skye Tour

Adult Price: £15.00

A wonderful opportunity to experience the spectacular scenery of the Trotternish Peninsula with a local expert. Hear about the way of life on this remote inner Hebridean island, steeped in myth and legend. While touring the 'Isle of Mist' see the Old Man of Storr, the red and black Cuillin Mountains and picturesque Portree, the largest town on the Island. This is an opportunity not to be missed.

Wick

Castle of Mey

Adult Price: £20.00

Visit the much loved holiday home where the late Queen Mother spent many happy summers for nearly 50 years. Spectacularly set on the Caithness Coast with views across the Pentland Firth, Britain's most northerly castle is very much a family home and offers a rare glimpse into the relaxed Royal lifestyle away from the public eye. Your tour takes in the Queen Mother's bedroom, library, drawing room, Princess Margaret's room and kitchens. Of special interest are the greenhouses and the old fashioned shrub roses and climbers of the Shell Garden, where she loved to sit in the afternoon with her dogs.

Glasgow

Glasgow Dinner

Adult Price: £37.00

In recent years, Glasgow has developed a fearsome culinary reputation. With its elegant and chic atmosphere, this restaurant is very much at the forefront. In the hub of Glasgow's vibrant cosmopolitan capital, enjoy an evening of Scottish fayre and experience the unique atmosphere of the city at night.This meal may be offered as a lunch.

Limerick

Shannon Castle Banquet

Adult Price: € 69.00

Calling all Lords and Ladies! Please be seated for a delicious banquet in the great hall of the castle. In the splendour of a bygone age, entertainment is provided by the court jester, castle musicians and attendants of the medieval court. It won’t be long before you're making merry with the fine music, singing, dancing, good food and laughter. You'll be sure to take home warm memories of this delightful evening.

Killarney

Gaelic Roots

Adult Price: € 33.00

A tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance, Gaelic roots showcases Ireland at its best. Using traditional instruments, Irish dance and time-honoured folk songs, this energetic show will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.

Killarney

Jaunting Car Ride

Adult Price: € 21.00

Clip-clop your way through the charming streets of Killarney into the beautiful Bourne Vincent National Park. A local “jarvie” informs you of the local history, legend and folklore aboard one of the famous jaunting cars.

Waterford

Waterford Walking Tour

Adult Price: € 23.00

Join an extremely knowledgeable and entertaining historian for an insightful walking tour of Ireland's oldest city. Meet a range of colourful characters and learn about the town's history from the arrival of the Vikings through to British rule as you stroll to various key sights. Afterwards, rub shoulders with the locals with a drink in a typical pub.

Waterford

Waterford Rural Pub and Music

Adult Price: € 28.00

Visit a 300-year-old Irish pub and experience how pubs become part of their community, while sipping a drink or two and listening to fine Irish music.

Dublin

Dinner & Irish Cabaret

Adult Price: € 71.00

Over an excellent dinner of quality Irish food, enjoy a nonstop show of comedy, dance, song and music. Ireland’s musical history unfolds in a cabaret that will delight you long after the night has ended. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the fun, and it’s all wrapped up in the spirit of Irish humour. At the end of your meal, cap off one of Ireland’s best nights out with an Irish Coffee.

Dublin

Dublin Dinner

Adult Price: € 45.00

Join us for some warm Irish hospitality a three course dinner in a family run pub, that was formerly the haunt of nobility and notorious highwaymen. Lovely exposed brick walls and dark wood make for a cosy atmosphere in which to enjoy your hearty pub meal.

Dublin

An Epic Voyage

Adult Price: € 43.00

Stroll with your Travel Director along the Banks of the Liffey to view the historic architecture of Custom House Quay, including the Triumphal Arch of 1813 and the ever poignant Famine Memorial statues. Enter the two-century-old Vaults, for an exclusive reception of canapés and drinks, before touring "Epic". Here, walk with your ancestors to hear how the emigrating Irish influenced the four corners of the world and modern life as we know it.

Cardiff

Welsh Evening At Millennium Centre

Adult Price: £54.00

Join us for a lively night celebrating Welsh food and culture at the stunning Welsh Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Enjoy a traditional and locally-sourced three-course meal whilst being entertained by Welsh stories, enchanting music and renowned Welsh singers.

Cardiff

Cardiff Castle Tour

Adult Price: £21.00

Take an ‘insider’ look at this unique Castle started by the Romans 2,000 years ago where we have our own private tour. The refurbishments done in the 1800s have been described as outrageous to opulent, bogus to brilliant and some even say the architect, William Burgess, smoked his opium pipe too much!  His influences include Arab and Islamic art, Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales and even Aesop's fables. In addition, we can walk on the battlements and climb the 1,000-year-old Norman keep for superb views over Cardiff.

Cornwall

Cornwall Dinner

Adult Price: £40.00

There can be nothing better on a long summer's evening, then a delightful meal in a quintessential English country pub. Enjoy a three-course dinner of superb local food with wine. Cheers!

Plymouth

Plymouth Harbour Cruise

Adult Price: £15.00

Join us for a pleasant cruise around the harbour of this most famous seaport. Your skipper provides all the informative commentary as you enjoy panoramic vistas of Plymouth Hoe, site of Drake’s legendary game of bowls.  View the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America, and ships weighed anchor for Australia, New Zealand and Newfoundland. Continue into the Royal Navy Dockyard for a chance to see some of the more modern vessels of the Royal Navy

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place every year in August.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, often referred to as "the most spectacular show on earth," is an exciting celebration showcasing the best of Scottish music, dance, and military pageantry. In 2019 it will take place in Edinburgh from August 2nd to August 24th, and is sure to draw entertainers and spectators from around the world.

Tickets and arrangements have been included on these select departures. Book early as they will sell out quickly!

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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