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Britain and Ireland Explorer (Premium)

Operated by: Insight Vacations

15 Days from $3,776 per person
Guards marching at Buckingham Palace, London, England

Countries Visited

England, Ireland ...more England, Ireland

Locations Visited

York, Durham, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Pitlochry, Inverness, Windermere, Chester, Conwy, Dublin, Kildare, Killarney, Waterford, Cardiff ...more York, Durham, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Pitlochry, Inverness, Windermere, Chester, Conwy, Dublin, Kildare, Killarney, Waterford, Cardiff
  1. 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.

    hotel The Grosvenor Hotel/Amba Hotel Marble Arch, London.
  2. Day 2 Stratford-upon-Avon and Medieval York.

    At 07:30, meet your Travel Director and journey to Stratford to visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Continue on to York, where you walk within the old city walls to the crooked houses of the Shambles and see York Minster. 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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton York.
  3. 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.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace.
  4. Day 4 Scotland’s Capital of Culture

    Journey down the Royal Mile to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse - official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen - 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 colourful mixture of historic battles and military manoeuvres with pipes and drums.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace.
  5. 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, passing the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, famous for its salmon run. Travel via Blair Atholl and past the Grampian Mountains to the sparkling Spey Valley. Later, continue to Inverness and your hotel.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Columba Hotel, Inverness.
  6. 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.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, Windermere.
  7. 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?This evening, enjoy a delightful Farm-to-Table dinner at a local restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection by Best Western.
  8. Day 8 North Wales and over to Dublin

    In the morning, step back into Roman times in Chester, where you see the city’s ancient encircling walls and remarkable 13th century black and white Rows.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.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Trinity City Hotel/Radisson Blu Royal, Dublin.
  9. Day 9 In Dublin’s Fair City

    Before it opens to the public, 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 and enjoy a private masterclass and tasting, where you will learn to pour the perfect pint. 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.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Trinity City Hotel/Radisson Blu Royal, Dublin.
  10. 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.' Continue to view the Rock of Cashel, crowned with the noblest group of medieval monuments in Ireland. Cross the rolling pastures that encircle Tipperary before reaching Killarney. At night, your Dine-Around Evening offers authentic and intimate dining with your friends, from a hand-picked selection of fine local restaurants.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Killarney Plaza / The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney.
  11. 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 between a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys or 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.In the afternoon, perhaps take an optional ride with the locals on one of Killarney's jaunting cars?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Killarney Plaza / The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney.
  12. Day 12 Blarney Castle and Waterford

    Explore Blarney with Insight Choice. Climb up the ramparts and see the famous Stone of Eloquence, or 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 craftsman. In the evening, after miles of fun and fascinating sights, spirits will be high during your Celebration Dinner. Toast to your newfound friends — Sláinte!(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Dooley's Hotel Waterford.
  13. 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.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Clayton Hotel, Cardiff.
  14. Day 14 Roman Baths and Stonehenge.

    Cross the Severn Bridge to reach the City of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Georgian streets and crescents. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room built above on of Britain’s hot, mineral springs. 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 below. 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. Your exploration of Britain and Ireland draws to a close upon your return to London, where you are at leisure for the rest of the day.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Grosvenor Hotel, Amba Hotel Marble Arch, London.
  15. Day 15 Homeward Bound.

    Your journey comes to an end after breakfast.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
  • We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
  • You may purchase transfers from/to London Heathrow and Gatwick airports on arrival and departure days, or when additional night accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations
  • Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport

Authentic Dining

  • Dublin: Before it opens to the public, visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about Ireland's national drink. Experience a private masterclass and learn to pour the perfect pint.
  • York: In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and the chance to get to know your fellow travellers.
  • Loch Lomond: Enjoy a light lunch and admire the oak woodlands and incredible scenery as you cruise one of Scotland's most beautiful lochs, a favourite nature spot of the local's.
  • Chester: Enjoy a delightful Farm-to-Table dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Killarney: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Waterford: Celebrate the culmination of your escorted journey with wine, good cheer and palate-pleasing cuisine.
  • Dining Summary: 14 Breakfasts (B), 3 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Insight Choice

  • Killarney: Choose between a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys or 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.
  • Blarney: Choose between a visit to Blarney Castle where you will see the famous Stone of Eloquence. Alternatively, visit the lush gardens of the estate with a senior gardener.

Insight Experiences

  • Kildare: Join a working member of the famous Irish Stud Farm for a private, behind-the-scenes visit of the stud where many legendary racehorses were bred. After, stroll through the finest Japanese gardens in Europe, designed by master horticulturalists, Tassa and Minoru Eida.
  • Waterford: Visit Waterford Crystal to learn more about the art of crystal carving that has been practised here since the late 1700s. See master craftsmen utilise traditional cutting and blowing methods at one of the few remaining artisan workshops.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Scenic Drives: Admire some of the world's most spectacular scenery as you travel through the Scottish Highlands, past the Grampian Mountains, Spey Valley and Glencoe, along Loch Lomond and Loch Ness, through the English Lake District, Tipperary, Ring of Kerry, Dungarvan, Pembrokeshire, and across Severn Bridge and Salibury Plain.
  • 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 this pretty town with its iconic Tudor houses.
  • York: Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during you orientation of the city.
  • Durham: See the castle and Romanesque cathedral.
  • Hadrians Wall: Stop to see part of the ancient wall that once marked the border of the Roman Empire.
  • Edinburgh: Your Local Expert walks with you inside the walls of the Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
  • 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.
  • Inverness: See the River Ness, Inverness Castle and take in the scenery around you as you hear about the beauty and history behind Inverness.
  • Loch Ness: Drive along the shores in search of the legendary monster.
  • Grasmere: Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth and visit his grave.
  • Chester: During you orientation with your Travel Director see the Jubilee Clock, the cathedral, city walls and famous black and white Rows.
  • Conwy: See the castle upon the river.
  • Holyhead: Set sail for Dublin.
  • Dublin: A Local Expert will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.
  • Cashel: See the Rock of Cashel where St. Patrick preached.
  • Killarney: Enjoy hearing of the history of Killarney during your city orientation.
  • Ring of Kerry: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you journey the magical Ring of Kerry.
  • Waterford: Explore the town and see Reginald's Tower and the remains of the city walls.
  • Rosslare: Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea.
  • Cardiff: Learn more about Wales' capital and cultural hub, Cardiff, as you enjoy an orientation of this vibrant city with your Travel Director.
  • Bath: Explore the well-preserved Roman Baths with your Travel Director. Once used for public bathing, they are now open for visitors to explore their grounds and onsite museum.
  • Stonehenge: Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.

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Reviews
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Thomas Mihalic
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
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
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
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
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
Saturday, August 31, 2019
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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
Monday, August 26, 2019
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Wonderful experience.
Vacation
We thought the Staff were wonderful!
Anne Rampersad
Monday, July 29, 2019
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The travel director Peter Staff was an excellent tour guide
Vacation
Things were well coordinated
Cheryl Werth
Monday, July 1, 2019
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I would highly recommend GET to friends and family in fact I already have. The booking experience was very easy and well organized. Whenever we had a question we call the 1 800 number and had our question answered promptly. All the service people had excellent detailed answers and were very friendly and nice. If they didn't have an answer they immediately transferred us to someone else who answered our questions. Great help for novice travelers like us.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your kind words and recommendations. We appreciate your business and confidence in our team.
Monday, July 1, 2019
Vacation
We went on the England, Ireland , Scotland, and Wales Explorer trip not the country road of Scotland tour.
James Castle
Sunday, May 19, 2019
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Brain was very helpful
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The trip was very enjoyable, the country side was great, I only had one problem, I signed up for the Liverpool Trip along with 17 other people and we were told that that was not enough. Then we asked David about that he Hesitated and come up with a number of 24, so ok, but he did not ask if ww would then like to join the rest of the group that was taking the boat & train trip.
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