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Britain & Ireland Explorer (Premium)

15 Days from $3,915 per person

Style: Premium | Pace: Active

The leisurely pace and beauty of the Irish countryside is blended with historic English towns, Welsh hospitality and the austere Scottish Highlands for a truly memorable exploration of the British Isles.

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

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The leisurely pace and beauty of the Irish countryside is blended with historic English towns, Welsh hospitality and the austere Scottish Highlands for a truly memorable exploration of the British Isles.

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:The Grosvenor Hotel
  2. At 7:15 am, 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 artifacts 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Hilton York
  3. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace
  4. 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 Edinburgh Military Tattoo—a colorful mixture of historic battles and military maneuvers with pipes and drums.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace
  5. Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife and make your way to St. Andrews, passing the Old Course as you arrive 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. Your travels continue as you cross the Tay and journey to 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Columba Hotel
  6. 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 absorb 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 and pass the village of Grasmere, where the poet William Wordsworth is buried, before arriving at your lakeside hotel.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel:Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
  7. In the morning, discover the beauty of the Lake District, its fells, lakes and valleys combine to make it one of England's best-loved regions. Perhaps take a lake cruise on the tranquil waters of Windermere. Later, step back into Roman times in Chester where you see the city's ancient encircling walls and remarkable 13th-century black and white Rows.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Hallmark Hotel The Queen
  8. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Trinity City Hotel/Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
  9. 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. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Trinity City Hotel/Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
  10. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa/Killarney Avenue Hotel
  11. 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. In the afternoon, perhaps take an optional ride with the locals on one of Killarney's jaunting cars.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa/Killarney Avenue Hotel
  12. Start the day visiting Blarney Castle, home of the famous Stone of Eloquence—once kissed, never forgotten! 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 crystal factory and to 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!

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

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Clayton Hotel Cardiff
  14. 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 Britain's only 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:The Grosvenor Hotel
  15. Your journey draws to a close after breakfast this morning. 

    meal(s):Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,350 per person

Triple Room Supplement: $120 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $142 per person.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels

Included Quality Dining

14 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners and 3 Dinners with Wine, all with tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences:

  • Visit House of Waterford Crystal.
  • Kildare: Join an equine professional for a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish National Stud. Then visit the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe, for a 'journey through life' as you wander by the beautiful floral displays.

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.
  • Cross the Irish Sea by ferry • Drive along the Ring of Kerry
  • Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace • Hadrian's Wall • Edinburgh Castle • Rock of Cashel • Blarney Castle • House of Waterford Crystal • Roman Baths and Pump Room of Bath • Stonehenge
  • City tours of Edinburgh and Dublin with Local Experts
  • See York Minster and Shambles • Durham's Castle and Cathedral • Old Course of St. Andrews • Pitlochry • Inverness Castle • Loch Ness • Wandsworth's grave in Grasmere • Chester's city walls • Conwy Castle • Killarney • Reginald's Tower and the city walls of Waterford • Cardiff Castle and Principality Stadium • Bath Abbey.
  • Stratford: 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.
  • Durham: See the castle and Romanesque cathedral.
  • Hadrian's Wall: Stop to see part of the ancient wall that once marked the border of the Roman Empire.
  • Edinburgh: 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 the official Scottish residence of the Queen, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • Edinburgh: Walk with a Local Expert inside the walls of the Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, 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: Hear tales of the famous Nessie as you drive along Scotland's famous loch.
  • Grasmere: Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth and visit his grave.
  • Chester: During you orientation with your Travel Director see the cathedral, city walls and famous black and white Rows.
  • Conwy: See the castle upon the river.
  • Holyhead: Set sail for Dublin.
  • Dublin: Walk with your Local Expert, through the elegant squares of this fine city to see O'Connell Street, Custom House and Dublin Castle.
  • Cashel: See the Rock of Cashel where St. Patrick preached.
  • Ring of Kerry: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you travel the Ring of Kerry.
  • Killarney: Enjoy hearing of the history of Killarney during your city orientation.
  • Blarney: Visit the castle and climb the battlements for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence.
  • Waterford: Explore the town and see Reginald's Tower and the remains of the city walls.
  • Waterford: Meet a master craftsman on your guided visit of the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal.
  • Rosslare: Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea.
  • Cardiff: During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the castle and Principality Stadium.
  • Bath: The Roman Baths have existed for over 2,000 years and are now one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world. Learn the importance of this historic site, still used as a center for bathing and socializing.
  • Bath: During your orientation of the city, your Travel Director will show you the Georgian houses, the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.
  • Stonehenge: Visit the mysterious circle of upright stones, which stands as strong today as it did 5,000 years ago.
  • 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.
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Reviews

Saturday, October 20, 2018
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The you met or exceeded my expectations in providing the best possible experience for our entire travel group.
Vacation : While most of our accommodations were wonderful, a couple rooms were very small and difficult for two people to maneuver.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Janet Jones
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Vacation:
Service rating : Great tour director and driver. Sights were interesting but it needed more time in York and Batg.
Vacation : It was a good to excellent tour, but it needed more time. The selection of cities and locations was lovely and interesting.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Linda Gardner
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Our tour guide, Peter Staff and bus driver, Mark were the best. Peter had a wealth of knowledge of all the countries we were in. Mark handled our bus like he was driving a car. The bus was always clean and he helped everyone on and off the bus. All the tours were exceptional as were the tour guides. Some of the hotels weren't quite the best. The Grosvenor Hotel in London was the worst. Only one lift was working and 2 1/2 weeks later when we returned it still wasn't working. Rooms were exceptionally small. Waited over 45 minutes for our suitcases. Eventually had to go down and find them ourselves and bring them up. None of the hotels had any instructions on how to turn the TVs on or work the AC if they had it.
Vacation : Worth every cent. Packed with all the major sights that you would want to see.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Michael Sanford
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Service rating : I would highly recommend GET and more specifically, the Britain and Ireland Explorer trip, to anyone wanting to learn about the history of the UK while meeting new people and enjoying a fun vacation. Our tour guide, David Perry, was simply outstanding! Not only is he extremely knowledgeable about all regions explored, but makes the time on the coach pleasurable. He also provided many benefits and personal details, including tastings of local foods and drinks, at his own expense. We were never in want for anything. David was also very well organized and managed the groups expectations with precision. I can not state enough how beneficial he was as a tour guide and captain. It's safe to say I would take another GET trip just to have him as the host. Also of major importance and due accolades is the coach driver, Jason Croton. He was always at the ready to assist the passengers off the coach with a friendly smile. These two gentlemen make a great team! Regarding the route and stops planning, I believe this is a well thought out trip. It truly is the best of the UK! Other than a few rainy days, there were no bad spots on the trip. Even these days had their good points.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are honored that you highly recommend us, beyond pleased that you had a wonderful time, and couldn't be happier that we could be there for you to help make your travels that much more memorable. Thank you, this is 100% what we aim to hear from our guests: that they made friends, felt taken care of, and truly enjoyed their travels. We're always here for you, for any travel questions and all your future plans!
Monday, September 24, 2018
Vacation : Since my return, I've told numerous friends about the value of the trip. Pound for pound and Euro for Euro, this is the best deal I've ever had.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Sandra Self
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Service rating : David Perry was the best tour guide ever. He was organized, professional, knowledgeable and FUN. Our coach driver Jason was an excellent driver and skilled at driving a big coach. David provided specials at every turn including stops for a sip of Drambuie, a birthday card and prosecco and chocolates for my birthday, and small things like providing small bags to separate our different currency coins. Awesome adventure!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you! We're over the moon knowing that you had an awesome adventure in Britain and Ireland and that David helped to make your trip beyond memorable. We hope you enjoy your excellent memories and photos for years to come and we're excited to help you plan where you'd like to go next!
Monday, September 24, 2018
Vacation : Excellent value for an adventure that included a lot of territory, cities, and the drive was a beautiful part of the trip. Our fellow travelers were courteous to travel with and we felt like kindred spirits to enjoy this experience together.
Monday, September 17, 2018
Beth Murillo
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Several of the hotels did not meet the expected standard for a premium tour. There were very small rooms and rooms not very clean. The worst was at the end of the tour our luggage was dumped off the bus on the sidewalk in front of a hotel that only has stairs to the lobby. we were required to drag our own luggage up the steps into the lobby and then check ourselves in. That whole process was a big mess, I consider myself as Insight's responsibility until the end of the next day, which is designated as travel home day and felt like we were abandoned and left to our own devices when it was still your responsibility to get everyone in their room and the luggage delivered just like it was every day during the tour.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We do apologize for this shortcoming and the quality and conditions of some of the hotels on your trip. We will be sure to address these issues with Insight Vacations directly.
Monday, September 17, 2018
Vacation : See previous comment on hotels.
Monday, September 10, 2018
Pamela Walch
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Service rating : Our tour guide was excellent, very good at history and information. The stops on the tour were very good, and we especially enjoyed the Military Tattoo in Edinburgh. That was the original reason for choosing this tour.
Vacation : This tour was very enjoyable, and the food was also good. We believe Grand European is a terrific way to see the world.
Monday, September 10, 2018
Mary Ann Mull
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The tour guide, driver and the sites visited were great. A couple of the hotels were marginal as far as service, location and cleanliness.
Vacation : It was a good trip and the pace was enjoyable.
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Kathleen Hass
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Vacation:
Service rating : Tour director Matt Lawson was exceptional Military Tattoo was highlight of trip Enjoyed extra leg room on bus! Loved set rotation on bus!
Vacation : Rushed on multiple events Limited down time
Sunday, September 2, 2018
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Booking was excellent. I did not like having so many extra costs presented to me. Trip cost should include everything. The leader was doing his job, but seemed completely detached.
Response from Grand European Travel:
This time does cover quite a bit of ground and there can be some long days on the bus in between stops. We are sorry to hear it fell short of your expectations. We will share your feedback with Insight Vacations for improvement
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Vacation : I just did. read it and understand
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Kathleen Frontz
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Vacation:
Service rating : The booking agent was very helpful and kept in touch as the trip came closer. Amazing tour director and driver.
Vacation : Hotels very niche, lovely meals, excellent sharing of the history to make it come alive. Our Tour Director Matt & driver Keith kept us safe, entertained and made us feel important to them as a customer and made us feel like a friend.
Monday, August 27, 2018
Marie Buckley
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Vacation:
Service rating : Great representative Randy Fay takes care of my trips. The flight are very good within good timing. His recommendations work out great.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much! We will be sure to share your comments with Randy and appreciate your business very much.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Vacation : This tour covered it all. I loved the pace and the number of places I got to experience. The Military Tattoo was magnificent.
Monday, August 27, 2018
Gayle Wright
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Very helpful with the booking and airline booking. We had no hassles with any of the trip.
Vacation : Edinburgh Hotel was too far away to comfortably walk into the heart of city (for 2 60+ year olds), and not enough time to enjoy seeing the city. Ditto for Dublin, although we enjoyed the walk around Dun Laoghaire. Maybe less time in Bath, although it was fascinating. Over all, it was a great trip to see the UK and Ireland.
Monday, August 27, 2018
Alexander Currie
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Vacation:
Service rating : I would rate the tour guide very good plus. He could have been more considerate of the people in the back of the bus. By the time we got off he was two blocks down the road and it was hard to catch up. European plumbing is still not up to North American standards (tubs that would not drain, low water pressure, no fan in bathroom) Other than that the hotels were very good.
Vacation : A litle more time needed in Stratford-on-Avon and York. Seemed we were always a little behind schedule ( I know, traffic is hard to predict).
Monday, August 6, 2018
Joan Burns
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Vacation:
Service rating : Everything was perfectly timed to give us a reasonable but not overwhelming gander at interesting places (i.e., cathedrals, towns, special placs like Irish National Stud and Gardens, Blarney, etc. You name it, we loved it and were responding in kind by returning on time for the next sight or experience.
Response from Grand European Travel:
How wonderful! So glad we could be a part of your amazing Ireland trip.
Monday, August 6, 2018
Vacation : Oh, come on! How much more can one add? If I have a photo With enough class to include, but I do not yet have time to sort it all out.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Elba Laino
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Vacation:
Service rating : We had the most experienced, personable and resourceful tour Director, Cheryl Duke. She was on top of everything and offered some "perks" as we went along. Our bus driver was very experienced as well and we had no idea how he made it through some narrow streets and highways along the way. Some of the hotels, however, were not very nice. Some lack refurbishing and update their lifts and areas in need of repair. But, we did enjoy it very much and we would think of GET for our future travels. Keep up the good work!!
Vacation : Please, refer to my previous comments
Janine Joyner
Service:
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Service rating : My husband and I enjoyed our tour to England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales very much. It was just long enough and our tour guide, Peter Staff of Insights was fantastic. He handled all our hotels, luggage and most meals but his knowledge of the history of all the places we visited was unbelievable. More then that, he was able to answer the many questions the 40 of us asked along the way. And, GET's handling of our reservations, including our light arrangements, was excellent.
Response from Grand European Travel:
How wonderful to hear that you had such an amazing time on your Britain and Ireland journey! We're so pleased to know you had such a lovely time, learned about the countries, and had a hassle-free trip. We're here when you're ready for your next adventure. Happy travels!
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Vacation : The trip was just long enough for us senior folks, with just about enough walking that we could handle and interesting enough to hold our attentions. Got to see all the highlights of the 4 countries and learned a lot about each of them. Wonderful trip.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Always provide detailed information. Answer all questions thoroughly. Break down itemized costs. Knowledgeable, courteous, excellent communication skills.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so glad to know we helped make your trip through Great Britain and Ireland go as smoothly as possible. We'll pass along your comments to the team, thank you for sharing your experience! Happy travels!
Friday, June 22, 2018
Vacation : Even more amazing than anticipated. Covered a lot of history and ground and it was exciting and fun!
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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.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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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.

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

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

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

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.

Inverness

An Evening with Nessie

Adult Price: £20.00

Join us at the only pub on the shores of Loch Ness, overlooking Dores beach. Enjoy a drink whislt listening to the tales of Steve, a man who has devoted over twenty-five years of his life to hunting for the elusive Loch Ness Monster. A unique evening, following the journey of the ultimate "Nessie Hunter"!

Lake District

Windermere Cruise & Steam Train Ride

Adult Price: £19.00

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 limpid waters of Windermere for a spectacular voyage, offering magnificent views of rugged mountains, secluded bays and wooded islands. At the southern end of the lake, your cruise connects with a steam locomotive for a nostalgic ride along the banks of the beautiful River Leven to Haverthwaite Station.

Liverpool

Liverpool & The Beatles City Tour

Adult Price: £16.50

Join a local Blue badge guide to discover the home of the Beatles. See the famous sights associated with the Fab Four along with the two Cathedrals and hear tales of emigration and the Titanic connection.

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

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.

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.

Killarney

Celtic Steps

Adult Price: € 36.00

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

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.

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.

Cardiff

Pub Dinner

Adult Price: £35.00

Visit a traditional country pub with its stone floors, real ale, and cosy atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy a mouth-watering meal  featuring freshly cooked traditional British food.

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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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