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15 Day Tour to England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland

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15 Days
4 Countries

England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland

26 Cities

London, Stratford-upon-Avon, York, Durham, Hadrian's Wall, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Inverness, Loch Ness, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Windermere, Lake District National Park, Chester, Liverpool, Conwy, Dublin, Kildare, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Blarney, Waterford, Pembroke, Cardiff, Bath, Stonehenge

21 Meals

14 Breakfasts, 5 Dinner with Wines, 2 Lunchs

Leisurely

3 or more nights in 1 destination. Requires 1-2 miles of walking per day to participate in top sites primarily flat surfaces and with some stairs.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations
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Discover the ancient Roman Baths of Bath with their healing waters, learn to pour a pint like a pro at Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse and take an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the National Stud Farm in Kildare — the epicenter of Ireland’s thoroughbred horse breeding history. This all-encompassing tour showcases the regal heritage of Edinburgh Castle, the stunning beauty of England’s Lake District, the historic grandeur of Durham’s Romanesque cathedral and the rolling hills of Pembrokeshire in Wales. Pay homage to the literary legacy of Shakespeare as you visit his birthplace in Stratford Upon Avon, tour the medieval Shambles of old York, admire the ancient border of the Roman Empire at Hadrian’s Wall and set sail from Holyhead to Dublin, on this journey through Great Britain and Ireland.

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Day 1

Welcome to London

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.

Tower Bridge in London, England
The Clermont Victoria View Hotel Details

The Clermont Victoria

About the Hotel

London, England

The Clermont Hotel Victoria is centrally located right next to Victoria Station and only a short walk to Buckingham Palace. The guests rooms blend Victorian opulence with modern comforts, making for an enjoyable stay in the vibrant capital. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Safe deposit box

Style

  • Historic

Day 2

Stratford-upon-Avon and Medieval York

At 07:30, meet your Travel Director and journey to Stratford, beautifully situated on the River Avon. Visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare, full of interesting memorabilia and artefacts relating to his life.
Continue on to York where you walk within the old city walls to the crooked houses of the Shambles and see York Minster, England’s largest medieval cathedral.
Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with drinks and the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

River Avon in Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Hilton York View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hilton York

About the Hotel

York, England

The Hilton York is situated within the city walls, close to the York Minster and the best this city has to offer.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Tudor street in Stratford upon Avon, England
Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history's most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore ...

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Top Rated Highlights Old street leading to Bootham Bar, a gateway in York, England
York Orientation

Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during your orientation of the city.

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Authentic Dining Meet your Travel Director and fellow guests at a Welcome Dinner in York, England
York Welcome Dinner

In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and the chance to get to know your fellow travelers.

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Day 3

Durham, Hadrian's Wall and Edinburgh

Stop in Durham to see the castle and Romanesque cathedral. Then view part of Hadrian's Wall, Britain's most impressive Roman monument, once spanning 80 miles from coast-to-coast, marking the northern frontier of the mighty Roman Empire. Cross the Scottish border to reach the elegant Scottish capital, Edinburgh.

Skyline view of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh
Included Meals Breakfast
Top Rated Highlights Evening sunshine on Durham Cathedral, Durham,  England
See the Durham Cathedral

See the castle and Romanesque cathedral.

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Top Rated Highlights A stretch of Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland, England
See Hadrians Wall

Stop to see part of the ancient wall that once marked the border of the Roman Empire.

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Optional Experiences Glasses of Whisky in Edinburgh, Scotland
Dinner In Edinburgh

Edinburgh has more eateries per head than any other city in the UK and your Travel Director knows which ones shine and which ones to shun! Join you...

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Optional Experiences Enjoy Ceilidh evening dinner see Scottish Piper Ghillie dhu, Edinburgh in Scotland
Ceilidh Evening and Dinner at Ghillie Dhu

Experience the best of Scottish tradition at Ghillie Dhu, where we'll be welcomed by a Scottish piper and enjoy a welcome drink before settling in ...

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Day 4

Scotland’s Capital of Culture

Journey down the Royal Mile to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse - official Scottish residence of His Majesty the King - before crossing over to New Town.
Next, walk with your Local Expert inside Edinburgh Castle for spectacular views of the town and to see Scotland's Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
The afternoon is free to shop on Princes Street.
In the evening, select departures will enjoy the spectacle of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – a colorful mixture of historic battles and military manoeuvres with pipes and drums.

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh
Included Meals Breakfast
Top Rated Highlights Princes street in Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh City Tour

Explore the city with your Local Expert as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and...

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Top Rated Highlights Guided castle tour of Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle Visit

Your Local Expert walks with you inside the walls of the Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Mons Meg and other artefacts.

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Top Rated Highlights Witness Edinburgh's Military Tattoo, Edinburgh, Scotland
Witness the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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 t...

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Optional Experiences Skyline view of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
Royal Edinburgh

We’ll enjoy views of the Queen's Park and take in a spectacular panorama of Scotland’s Capital before arriving at Holyrood Palace - the King’s offi...

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Optional Experiences Visit Rosslyn Chapel in Edinburgh, Scotland
Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we’ll hear the inside story of the famous Rosslyn Chapel from a Local Specialist...

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Optional Experiences View of Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh - The Untold Story

Walk Edinburgh's heart with your Local Expert, to hear about the ultimate loyal dog, grave robbers, executions and other untold stories. Stroll thr...

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Day 5

St. Andrews and Inverness

Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife. Make your way to St. Andrews, home to the Old Course and birthplace of golf. Enjoy free time to explore. Perhaps stroll to West Sands Beach where the famous 'Chariots of Fire' scene was filmed? Your travels continue as you cross the Tay river. Journey via Blair Atholl and past the Grampian Mountains to the sparkling Spey Valley. Later, continue to Inverness and your hotel.

Saint Andrew's cathedral in St Andrew, Scotland
Accommodation AC Hotel Inverness by Marriott
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Top Rated Highlights Swilcan Bridge, St Andrews, Scotland
Visit the University Town of 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.

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Top Rated Highlights Inverness In The Scottish Highlands, Inverness, Scotland
Inverness Orientation

See the River Ness, Inverness Castle and beautiful scenery as you explore the history of this Highland city.

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Optional Experiences Visit Blair Castle in Pitlochry, Scotland
Blair Castle

Journey into the fascinating past with a visit to the ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl. Brimming with treasures inside and out, magnificent Bl...

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Day 6

Loch Ness and Glencoe

In the morning, travel along Loch Ness and hear tales of the famous Nessie. Continue your journey through some of the most stunning scenery in all of Scotland, found in the region of Glencoe.
Reach the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and admire the incredible scenery as you cruise what is arguably one of Scotland's most beautiful lochs, while enjoying a light lunch.
Cross the English border before arriving at your lakeside hotel.

Scenic valley below the mountains of Glencoe, Highlands, Scotland
Castle Green Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Castle Green Hotel

About the Hotel

Kendal, England

Set in the spectacular English Lake District, Castle Green Hotel offers elegant guest bedrooms surrounded by 14 acres of wooded gardens. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Urquhart Castle ruins on the banks of Loch Ness, Scotland
Drive the Shores of Loch Ness

Drive along the shores in search of the legendary monster.

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Authentic Dining The picturesque Loch Lomond, Scotland
Loch Lomond Lunch Cruise

Enjoy a light lunch and admire the oak woodlands and incredible scenery as you cruise one of Scotland's most beautiful lochs, a favorite nature spot of the locals.

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Top Rated Highlights Grasmere Lake in Grasmere, Lake District, England.
Visit William Wordsworth's Grave in Grasmere

Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth and visit his grave.

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Day 7

The English Lakes to Chester

In the morning, discover the beauty of the Lake District. Continue to your hotel in Chester. In the afternoon, why not join The Beatles City Tour Optional Experience in Liverpool?

Scenic view of Lake Windermere, Windermere, England
The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection by Best Western View Hotel Details
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The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection by Best Western

About the Hotel

Chester, England

The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection is set in a grand Victorian building with contemporary decor, moments away from the city center. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym

Style

  • Historic
Top Rated Highlights Grosvenor Shopping Centre along Bridge Street, Chester, England
Chester Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director see the Jubilee Clock, the cathedral, city walls and famous black and white Rows.

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Optional Experiences Cruise on Lake Windermere with steam train, England
Steam Train Ride and Windermere Cruise

There is no better way to appreciate the scenic beauty of the English Lake District than a relaxing cruise and steam train ride. First take to the ...

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Optional Experiences Beatles city tour in Liverpool, England
Liverpool & The Beatles City Tour

Join a local Blue badge guide to discover the home of The Beatles. With our Local Expert, we'll see famous sights associated with the Fab Four, alo...

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Day 8

North Wales and over to Dublin

Today, continue through Wales, passing the massive Conwy Castle before crossing over to the Isle of Anglesey. The village with the longest name in Europe will be visible - see if you are able to read it aloud! 
From the port of Holyhead, set sail for Dublin in Ireland.

Sign with the longest city name in Anglesey, Wales
Trinity City Hotel View Hotel Details
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Trinity City Hotel

About the Hotel

Dublin, Ireland

Trinity City Hotel is situated on a historic site in the heart of Dublin, adjacent to Trinity College Dublin. The boutique rooms are have modern decor with pops of color and are a 5 minute walk from the lively Temple Bar district. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Historic
Top Rated Highlights Famous suspension bridge beside Conwy castle, Conwy, Wales
See Conwy Castle

See Conwy Castle, the magnificent medieval fortress still towering over the town after 700 years. Climb the restored spiral staircase, scale the gr...

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Top Rated Highlights Holyhead To Dublin Ferry Holyhead, Uk
Holyhead to Dublin Ferry

Set sail for Dublin.

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Optional Experiences Dinner in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Dinner

Join us for some warm Irish hospitality over a three course dinner in a family run pub, that was formerly the haunt of nobility and notorious highw...

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Day 9

In Dublin’s Fair City

Experience Ireland's national world-famous drink with a guided visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Gain a fascinating insight into the history and traditions behind its production.
Later, become acquainted with Dublin’s elegant squares during sightseeing with a Local Expert. See famous O’Connell Street, the Custom House and Dublin Castle.
For the rest of the afternoon, you are free to soak up the Irish atmosphere or browse the shops along Grafton Street.

Guinness tasting at the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland
Trinity City Hotel View Hotel Details
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Trinity City Hotel

About the Hotel

Dublin, Ireland

Trinity City Hotel is situated on a historic site in the heart of Dublin, adjacent to Trinity College Dublin. The boutique rooms are have modern decor with pops of color and are a 5 minute walk from the lively Temple Bar district. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Historic
Top Rated Highlights The Custom House in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin City Tour

A Local Expert will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.

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Authentic Dining Pulling a pint at Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland
Visit the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin

Visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about Ireland's national drink. 

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Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Dinner and show in Dublin, Ireland
Dinner & Cabaret

Ireland conjures of images of hearty meals and toe-tapping entertainment. Indulge in a bit of both over an evening of fine food and fun as Ireland’...

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Optional Experiences Visit the Irish countryside and Glendalough, Ireland
Irish Countryside & Glendalough

An afternoon drive takes you through the rural countryside of County Wicklow - the garden of Ireland. With our Local Expert, we'll pass through the...

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Day 10

From Dublin to Killarney

Travel to Ireland's premier thoroughbred horse breeding region for a fascinating, behind-the-scenes visit of the National Stud with an equine professional. You then visit the acclaimed 100-year-old Japanese Gardens, where you can 'journey through life.' Cross the rolling pastures that encircle Tipperary to Brookfield Farm and join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Meet Ailbhe Gerrard, a passionate farmer and beekeper, who shares her secrets to crafting the most delicious and sustainable honey of the island over a delicious Farm-to-Table lunch. At night, your Dine-Around Evening offers authentic and intimate dining with your friends, from a hand-picked selection of fine local restaurants.

Picturesque field with cows at the bottom of Rock of Cashel in Cashel, Ireland
The Gleneagle Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

The Gleneagle Hotel

About the Hotel

Killarney, Ireland

Nestled on the edges of Killarney's National Park and Lakes is The Gleneagle Hotel. This four star venue boasts traditional style rooms, a leisure center and restaurant.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Experiences Kildare Irish Stud visit, Kildare, Ireland
Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens

Horse-racing is key part of Irish culture; and you'll get a rare peek into it over your visit to the Irish National Stud. Set in Kildare at the br...

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Top Rated Highlights Rock of Cashel with dark sky, Cashel, Ireland
See the Rock of Cashel

See the Rock of Cashel where St. Patrick preached.

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Make Travel Matter Enjoy a Farm to Table meal.
Farm-to-Table Lunch at Brookfield Farm

Meet entrepreneur Ailbhe and hear about her passion for sustainable farming. Learn about biodiversity, regenerative agriculture and the secret to c...

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Authentic Dining Choose from a selection of venues on your Dine-Around Evening in Killarney, Ireland
Dine-Around in Killarney

Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.

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Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Music and dance show in Killarney, Ireland
Gaelic Roots

The origins of Irish culture spring to life over a tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance at this Gaelic Roots show. Using tradit...

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Optional Experiences Celtic steps in Killarney, Ireland
Celtic Steps

Enjoy a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians and showcasing the music of Kerry and beyond...

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Day 11

Ring of Kerry Experience

In the morning, join a delightful trip around the Ring of Kerry, a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages. Get a sense of the unhurried pace of Irish life as you pass through Ireland’s highest mountain range and make your way to the three peaceful Lakes of Killarney.  Explore Killarney with Insight Choice. Choose a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys. Alternatively, join a gentle hike with a Local Expert along the lake shore and past the grounds of Ross Castle, admiring the incredible scenery of the National Park. While there aren't any mountains to climb, walkers should be fit, have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and rain gear. At night, your Dine-Around Evening offers authentic and intimate dining with your friends, from a hand-picked selection of fine local restaurants.

Ring of Kerry landscape with Muckross lake and mountains, Killarney, Ireland
The Gleneagle Hotel View Hotel Details
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The Gleneagle Hotel

About the Hotel

Killarney, Ireland

Nestled on the edges of Killarney's National Park and Lakes is The Gleneagle Hotel. This four star venue boasts traditional style rooms, a leisure center and restaurant.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Choice Guests enjoying a jaunting car ride in Killarney National Park, Ireland
Killarney Horse-Drawn Jaunting Ride

Enjoy a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys as you explore the lush scenery of Killarney National Park.

 

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Insight Choice

Insight Choice Choice Killarney, Ireland
Hike through Killarney National Park

Join a gentle hike with a nature guide in Killarney National Park and admire stunning mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls. Stroll along the lake...

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Top Rated Highlights The main street in Killarney, Ireland
Killarney Orientation

Enjoy hearing of the history of Killarney during your city orientation.

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Top Rated Highlights A couple enjoying the landscape view of Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Ireland
The Ring of Kerry Scenic Drive

Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands, beaches, fields dotted with sheep, rocky coastline, remote villages and historical sites, ...

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Authentic Dining Choose from a selection of venues on your Dine-Around Evening in Killarney, Ireland
Dine-Around in Killarney

Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.

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Authentic Dining

Day 12

Blarney Castle and Waterford

Explore Blarney with Insight Choice. Choose to climb up the ramparts and see the famous Stone of Eloquence. Alternatively, visit the lush gardens of the estate with a senior gardener. 
Travel on through the scenic port of Dungarvan to the historic walled city of Waterford, with its 11th century Reginald Tower. Enjoy a guided visit of the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal and meet a master crafter.
In the evening, after miles of fun and fascinating sights, spirits will be high during your Celebration Dinner. Toast to your newfound friends — Sláinte!

Blarney Castle and gardens, Blarney, Ireland
Granville Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Granville Hotel

About the Hotel

Waterford, Ireland

The Granville Hotel Waterford dates back to 1700's and combines elegant old-world charm with modern comforts. Located in the heart of the city center, The Granville Hotel is short walk from the top attractions to explore Waterford's rich history. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Laundry
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Room Service

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Experiences A craftsman carves crystal at Waterford Crystal in Waterford, Ireland
Visit the House of Waterford Crystal

Visit Waterford Crystal to learn more about the art of crystal carving that has been practised here since the late 1700s. See master crafters utili...

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Insight Choice Blarney Castle grounds from high in the tower, Blarney, Ireland
Visit Blarney Castle

It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone, the famous stone of eloquence, are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. Take yo...

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Insight Choice A stone house in the gardens surrounding Blarney castle, Ireland
Grounds Tour with Gardener

Your up close and personal encounter with the lush gardens of the Blarney Castle estate is brought to life on a guided tour with a senior gardener....

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Top Rated Highlights S.S. Coningbeg Memorial and Reginald's tower in Waterford, Ireland
See the Reginald Tower in Waterford

Explore the town and see Reginald's Tower and the remains of the city walls.

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Authentic Dining Guests enjoying a Celebration Dinner in Waterford, Ireland
Waterford Celebration Dinner

Celebrate the culmination of your escorted journey with wine, good cheer and palate-pleasing cuisine.

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Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Walking tour with pub visit in Waterford, Ireland
Waterford Walking Tour

Join an extremely knowledgeable and entertaining historian for an insightful walking tour of Ireland's oldest city. Meet a range of colorful charac...

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Day 13

Across the Irish Sea to Cardiff

From the port of Rosslare, board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea. A pleasant drive will then take you into the rural scenery of Pembrokeshire.
Continue past the valleys of southern Wales to the capital, Cardiff, famous for its imposing castle and brilliant Principality Stadium.

Norman Keep at Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, Wales
Clayton Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Clayton Hotel

About the Hotel

Cardiff, Wales

Nestled among some of Cardiff’s most iconic sights, the Clayton Hotel ensures you don’t miss any action, be it shopping or exploration. Unwind in its restaurant and bar, where you can choose from a sophisticated selection of wine, premium beers and spirits.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Aerial view of an old coastal fort, Pembroke, Wales
Rosslare to Pembroke Ferry

Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea.

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Top Rated Highlights Sunset in Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales
Cardiff Orientation

Learn more about Wales' capital and cultural hub, Cardiff, as you enjoy an orientation of this vibrant city with your Travel Director.

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Optional Experiences Cardiff Castle tour in Cardiff, Wales
Cardiff Castle Tour

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 t...

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Optional Experiences Traditional Welsh evening and dinner in Cardiff, Wales
Welsh Evening

Join us for a lively night celebrating Welsh food and culture at a stunningly-renovated deconsecrated church in the heart of Cardiff. Enjoy a tradi...

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Optional Experiences Enjoy a traditional Welsh evening with dinner in Cardiff, Wales
Pub Dinner

Visit a traditional country pub with its stone floors, real ale, and a cozy atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy a mouth-watering meal, featuri...

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Day 14

Roman Baths and Stonehenge

Visit the well-preserved Roman Baths, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, pioneering new educational investments to benefit the community. Your journey continues across Salisbury Plain for a visit to mysterious Stonehenge - no-one can be sure why they were built, or even how prehistoric man could move such huge blocks of stone. Upon your return to London you are at leisure for the rest of the day.

Pulteney Bridge over Avon River in Bath, England
The Clermont Victoria View Hotel Details
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The Clermont Victoria

About the Hotel

London, England

The Clermont Hotel Victoria is centrally located right next to Victoria Station and only a short walk to Buckingham Palace. The guests rooms blend Victorian opulence with modern comforts, making for an enjoyable stay in the vibrant capital. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Safe deposit box

Style

  • Historic
Make Travel Matter Steam rising off the Roman Baths in Bath, England
Visit the Roman Baths

Visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths. Discover 2000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational inv...

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Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights The Royal Crescent in Bath, England
Bath Orientation

During an orientation you will see the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.

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Top Rated Highlights First light at Stonehenge, Salisbury, England
Visit Stonehenge

Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.

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Day 15

Homeward Bound

Your journey comes to an end after breakfast.

Thames River Dinner Cruise, London, England
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Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history's most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore ...

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York Orientation

Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during your orientation of the city.

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See the Durham Cathedral

See the castle and Romanesque cathedral.

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See Hadrians Wall

Stop to see part of the ancient wall that once marked the border of the Roman Empire.

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Edinburgh City Tour

Explore the city with your Local Expert as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and...

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Edinburgh Castle Visit

Your Local Expert walks with you inside the walls of the Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Mons Meg and other artefacts.

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Witness the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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 t...

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Visit the University Town of 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.

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Inverness Orientation

See the River Ness, Inverness Castle and beautiful scenery as you explore the history of this Highland city.

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Drive the Shores of Loch Ness

Drive along the shores in search of the legendary monster.

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Visit William Wordsworth's Grave in Grasmere

Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth and visit his grave.

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Chester Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director see the Jubilee Clock, the cathedral, city walls and famous black and white Rows.

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See Conwy Castle

See Conwy Castle, the magnificent medieval fortress still towering over the town after 700 years. Climb the restored spiral staircase, scale the gr...

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Holyhead to Dublin Ferry

Set sail for Dublin.

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Dublin City Tour

A Local Expert will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.

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Insight Experiences
Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens

Horse-racing is key part of Irish culture; and you'll get a rare peek into it over your visit to the Irish National Stud. Set in Kildare at the br...

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See the Rock of Cashel

See the Rock of Cashel where St. Patrick preached.

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Make Travel Matter
Farm-to-Table Lunch at Brookfield Farm

Meet entrepreneur Ailbhe and hear about her passion for sustainable farming. Learn about biodiversity, regenerative agriculture and the secret to c...

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Killarney Horse-Drawn Jaunting Ride

Enjoy a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys as you explore the lush scenery of Killarney National Park.

 

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Hike through Killarney National Park

Join a gentle hike with a nature guide in Killarney National Park and admire stunning mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls. Stroll along the lake...

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Killarney Orientation

Enjoy hearing of the history of Killarney during your city orientation.

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The Ring of Kerry Scenic Drive

Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands, beaches, fields dotted with sheep, rocky coastline, remote villages and historical sites, ...

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Visit the House of Waterford Crystal

Visit Waterford Crystal to learn more about the art of crystal carving that has been practised here since the late 1700s. See master crafters utili...

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Visit Blarney Castle

It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone, the famous stone of eloquence, are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. Take yo...

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Grounds Tour with Gardener

Your up close and personal encounter with the lush gardens of the Blarney Castle estate is brought to life on a guided tour with a senior gardener....

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See the Reginald Tower in Waterford

Explore the town and see Reginald's Tower and the remains of the city walls.

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Rosslare to Pembroke Ferry

Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea.

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Cardiff Orientation

Learn more about Wales' capital and cultural hub, Cardiff, as you enjoy an orientation of this vibrant city with your Travel Director.

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Visit the Roman Baths

Visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths. Discover 2000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational inv...

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Bath Orientation

During an orientation you will see the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.

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Visit Stonehenge

Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.

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Authentic Dining

14 Breakfasts, 5 Dinner with Wines, 2 Lunchs

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

York Welcome Dinner

In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and the chance to get to know your fellow travelers.

Loch Lomond Lunch Cruise

Enjoy a light lunch and admire the oak woodlands and incredible scenery as you cruise one of Scotland's most beautiful lochs, a favorite nature spot of the locals.

Visit the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin

Visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about Ireland's national drink. 

Dine-Around in Killarney

Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.

Dine-Around in Killarney

Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.

Waterford Celebration Dinner

Celebrate the culmination of your escorted journey with wine, good cheer and palate-pleasing cuisine.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

The Clermont Victoria
Hilton York
Castle Green Hotel
The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection by Best Western
Trinity City Hotel
The Gleneagle Hotel
Granville Hotel
Clayton Hotel

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Dinner In Edinburgh

Edinburgh has more eateries per head than any other city in the UK and your Travel Director knows which ones shine and which ones to shun! Join you...

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Ceilidh Evening and Dinner at Ghillie Dhu

Experience the best of Scottish tradition at Ghillie Dhu, where we'll be welcomed by a Scottish piper and enjoy a welcome drink before settling in ...

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Royal Edinburgh

We’ll enjoy views of the Queen's Park and take in a spectacular panorama of Scotland’s Capital before arriving at Holyrood Palace - the King’s offi...

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Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we’ll hear the inside story of the famous Rosslyn Chapel from a Local Specialist...

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Edinburgh - The Untold Story

Walk Edinburgh's heart with your Local Expert, to hear about the ultimate loyal dog, grave robbers, executions and other untold stories. Stroll thr...

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Blair Castle

Journey into the fascinating past with a visit to the ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl. Brimming with treasures inside and out, magnificent Bl...

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Steam Train Ride and Windermere Cruise

There is no better way to appreciate the scenic beauty of the English Lake District than a relaxing cruise and steam train ride. First take to the ...

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Liverpool & The Beatles City Tour

Join a local Blue badge guide to discover the home of The Beatles. With our Local Expert, we'll see famous sights associated with the Fab Four, alo...

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Dublin Dinner

Join us for some warm Irish hospitality over a three course dinner in a family run pub, that was formerly the haunt of nobility and notorious highw...

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Dinner & Cabaret

Ireland conjures of images of hearty meals and toe-tapping entertainment. Indulge in a bit of both over an evening of fine food and fun as Ireland’...

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Irish Countryside & Glendalough

An afternoon drive takes you through the rural countryside of County Wicklow - the garden of Ireland. With our Local Expert, we'll pass through the...

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Gaelic Roots

The origins of Irish culture spring to life over a tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance at this Gaelic Roots show. Using tradit...

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Celtic Steps

Enjoy a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians and showcasing the music of Kerry and beyond...

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Waterford Walking Tour

Join an extremely knowledgeable and entertaining historian for an insightful walking tour of Ireland's oldest city. Meet a range of colorful charac...

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Cardiff Castle Tour

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 t...

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Welsh Evening

Join us for a lively night celebrating Welsh food and culture at a stunningly-renovated deconsecrated church in the heart of Cardiff. Enjoy a tradi...

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Pub Dinner

Visit a traditional country pub with its stone floors, real ale, and a cozy atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy a mouth-watering meal, featuri...

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Great Britain is made up of three countries: England, Scotland, and Wales. These countries are located on the island of Great Britain, which is the largest island in the British Isles
  • The United Kingdom (UK) consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland
  • The Republic of Ireland, also known simply as Ireland, is a sovereign nation located in the northwestern part of Europe. It occupies most of the island of Ireland and is an independent country separate from the United Kingdom, with its own government, institutions, and culture.
  • Languages across the United Kingdom and Ireland: English is the dominant language throughout the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland). While the main language in Scotland is English, Scots and Scottish Gaelic are minority languages. In Wales, both English and Welsh Gaelic are spoken. If you're visiting Northern Ireland, you'll also hear English and Irish or Gaeilge. In the Republic of Ireland, Irish is the official language.
  • Currencies used in Great Britain: British Pound Sterling (£) is used throughout the United Kingdom. The Euro (€) is used in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Capitals Cities: London (England), Edinburgh (Scotland), Cardiff (Wales), Belfast (Northern Ireland), and Dublin (Rep. Ireland)
  • Time Zone(s) in the United Kingdom: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1) during daylight saving time

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

United Kingdom and Ireland passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter the United Kingdom or Ireland.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

The climate in the United Kingdom is generally classified as temperate maritime, characterized by mild winters and cool summers. The weather is known for its variability and can change frequently throughout the day. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with showers being common. The western parts of the UK, particularly areas like Wales and Scotland, tend to experience higher rainfall compared to the eastern regions. The UK is influenced by the warm Gulf Stream, which helps to moderate temperatures and prevent extreme heat or cold.

The Republic of Ireland has a temperate maritime climate characterized by mild winters and cool summers. Average temperatures in winter range from 4°C to 8°C (39°F to 46°F), while summer temperatures average between 14°C to 20°C (57°F to 68°F) in coastal areas. Rainfall is frequent throughout the year, with the western and northwestern coastal regions experiencing higher precipitation levels. The weather is often changeable, with a mix of sunny spells, rain showers, and cloud cover. The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream influence Ireland's climate, helping to moderate temperatures.

Electricity

  • American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.
  • Type G outlets are used throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
    Adapters are used to change the plug style from American-style plugs with two flat prongs to fit into these outlets, which take three rectangular prongs.
  • You will need a plug adapter and voltage converter to use your appliances in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in European and United Kingdom hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.
  • Most hotels in Europe or the UK can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport Transfers for Europe flights not arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold 
  • Your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings

Airport Transfers for Europe flights arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold
  • You booked your land tour and flights as a land/air package through GET. If you book your flights independently via London Heathrow, you can *purchase a transfer through us.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Barbara Hamernik
Review date: Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Service
The whole trip was wonderful, really enjoyed the people involved.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your business and are so happy that you enjoyed Insight Vacation's Britain and Ireland Explorer.
Thursday, September 7, 2023
Vacation
Great trip. Would recommend it to any family and friends. Loved the sites choosen
Maurice Leap
Review date: Sunday, September 11, 2022
Service
The Grand European Travel Specialists worked with us as expected to schedule the trip. We have recommended Grand European Travel to others.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you enjoyed your trip to Britain & Ireland despite a few issues. We certainly do appreciate your recommendations as well as your feedback regarding this tour. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. Take care!
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Vacation
With exception of the hotel in Inverness and the nonfunctioning air conditioning on the bus, the trip was excellent.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, June 11, 2022
Service
The travel agent took our order for granted. We were not impressed with her. She also did not tell us that she had included the tips. We only found that out from Lisa who was great.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to share your honest feedback. We apologize for the shortcomings in our service before your trip and the disappointment in parts of the trip itself. Your credit has been processed and you should see it in your account in 3-5 business days. We appreciate your business and hope that some happy memories were made on your trip.
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Vacation
Some of the hotels were not that nice. Also, some of the optional tours should have been included. The Blair castle was in the middle of nowhere and if you did not pay for the optional you say on the bus. This should have been included. All the optional walking tours should haven been included. Also, we have still not received our credit from the cancelled trip. Would not do another trip trip through Grand European Travel for that reason.
Thomas Mihalic
Review date: Sunday, September 29, 2019
Service
Dave Frontella has been excellent to work with in planning our trip and answering all my questions. He managed to get us a great airfare price and made the whole experience awesome. In fact, he is working on another trip for us in June 2020. Great job Dave,
Response from Grand European Travel:
We can't thank you enough for being a valued past guest. We love having you as part of our travel family!
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Vacation
Great! Awesome! Saw the best sights throughout the British Isles.
Ernest Cross
Review date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Service
GET booking experience was excellent . This was my 5th trip with GET and as always they did a great job
Vacation
great tour director ,everything went smooth, Really great value overall.
Margaret Hubbard
Review date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Service
Our experience with GET was excellent. The booking agent was very helpful and knowledgeable.
Vacation
Overall, our trip was wonderful, but we were disappointed with the quality of some of the hotels. We paid for a premium trip with 4 and 5 star hotels, but some of the hotels were dirty and rooms so small you could hardly move around. Our hotel room in Wales was dirty and very small, as was the hotel in Inverness. Also, we thought more meals should have been included. Our tour director was excellent, as was our driver. The tour overall was excellent, with the exception of the hotels.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Service
The process was easy via email with only slight confusion about voucher docs.
Vacation
Terrific over view of the UK and Ireland with good excursions.
Judith King
Review date: Monday, September 9, 2019
Service
#1 and most important, have a room ready for travelers when they arrive, most travel many many many hours of flight time and having to wait 7 hours for a room is cruel. #2 less bus time,waaay too much time spent on a bus and not enough time spent at sights One day was 9 hours on the bus and ankles were swollen twice their size from sitting so long #3 way too many attractions NOT included in travel price, if we wanted to enjoy the stop we were required to pay extra-
Vacation
We also were not given the schedule we signed up for, they said the itinerary was changed- we paid for and signed up for 17 days,and got 15
Response from Grand European Travel:
We do apologize for the misunderstanding, but it appears you booked your trip from an expired 2018 brochure. Changes were made to this itinerary since then and when it was brought to our attention, our sales manager did assist you in booking extra nights in London and adjusting your flights before your departure so that you would have the full 17 day experience.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, August 31, 2019
Service
Very helpful and friendly.
Vacation
Excellent in many ways. Cancelled flight at end and associated problems were a negative. Tour director was the best. Sights were great. Expert guides on bus pointing out things were a weak point. Too much too fast. Lots of time spent getting from here to there. Necessary, yes, but.... Loved the scenery.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, August 26, 2019
Service
Wonderful experience.
Vacation
We thought the Staff were wonderful!
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