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Britain & Ireland Explorer (Premium)

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16 Days from $3,788 per person

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.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. 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.

  3. Drive 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. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

    hotel:Hilton, York.
  4. 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.

    hotel:Crowne Plaza Edinburgh Royal Terrace
  5. Journey down the Royal Mile to the Queen’s Holyroodhouse Palace before crossing over to the ‘New Town’. Next, walk with your Local Expert inside Edinburgh Castle for spectacular views of the town.The afternoon is free to shop on Princes Street. In the evening, selected departures enjoy to the Military Tattoo – a colorful mixture of historic battles and military manoeuvres with pipes and drums.

    hotel:Crowne Plaza Edinburgh Royal Terrace.
  6. 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):BB, D
    hotel:The Columba Hotel, Inverness.
  7. In the morning, take a private cruise on Loch Ness, where you will soak up the scenery, historic monuments and 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. Travel along the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, before crossing the English border. Pass the village of Grasmere, where the poet William Wordsworth is buried, before arriving at your lakeside hotel.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, Bowness-on-Windermere.
  8. 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):BB, D
    hotel:Hallmark Hotel the Queen, Chester.
  9. 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.

    hotel:Trinity City Hotel, Dublin.
  10. Experience Ireland's national and world-famous drink with a guided visit to the Guinness Storehouse before it opens to the public. Gain a fascinating insight into the history and traditions behind its production and enjoy a tasting with a Guinness expert. 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.

    hotel:Trinity City Hotel, Dublin.
  11. Drive to Ireland's premier thoroughbred horse breeding region for a fascinating visit of the National Stud and acclaimed 100-year-old Japanese Gardens where you can ‘journey through life'. Continue to view St. Patrick's great 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 you authentic and intimate dining with your friends at a selection of fine local restaurants.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:The Malton, Killarney
  12. 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?

    hotel:The Malton, Killarney
  13. 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, for 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):BB, DW
    hotel:Dooleys Hotel, Waterford.
  14. 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.

    hotel:Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa, Cardiff.
  15. 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. Return to London and check-in to The Grosvenor Hotel. The evening is at your leisure.

    hotel:The Grosvenor, London
  16. Your journey draws to a close after breakfast this morning. 


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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 $1,120 p.p.

Triple Room Supplement: $90 p.p.

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

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15 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 3 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences


  • Walk with a Local Expert inside the walls of the Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
  • 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.

Loch Ness:

  • Soak up the scenery and hear tales of the infamous 'Nessie' during a private cruise.


  • Walk with your Local Expert, through the elegant squares of this fine city to see O'Connell Street, Custom House and Dublin Castle.


  • Join an equine professional for a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens.


  • Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you tour the Ring of Kerry.


  • Visit the castle and climb the battlements for the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone for the gift of eloquence.


  • Meet a master craftsman on your guided visit of the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal.


  • Visit the Roman Baths, where offerings and curses were thrown to the Roman Goddess Sulis Minerva.


  • Visit the mysterious circle of upright stones, which stands as strong today as it did 5,000 years ago.


Saturday, October 14, 2017
Service rating : Tour guide was very good, not perfect, but who is? The 1/2 day tour of London was not at all what it could have been... 1st it was 2 hours not 1/2 a day, 2nd we only say one small part of London,ie. Trafalgar Square area. We had time to see the Globe Theatre, that building that looks like an Easter egg, Baker St., Whitehall area, the Tower Bridge and for that matter... the Tower of London. All in all we did see alot in 14 days. The included dinners were not very imaginative, would have loved to have the famous GB fish & chips... we loved the Scottish Dinner, the show was so - so and really not worth the money. The "Optional Experiences" were "pushed" too hard, I paid $10,000. for my wife and myself and where we come from that is a LOT OF MONEY. Many of our friends think I was crazy to spend that much,and then to be badgered to purchase additional thing to "make our trip, worth it!" Was somewhat insulting. The bus was a great part and I can't say enough positive about Les and his coach!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We apologize for the fact that you felt badgered to purchase the Optional Experiences.  Just about every Guided Vacation Operator offers some type of Optional plan or if they do not, they have considerably higher overall trip costs.  With the trips we offer, Optionals are handled on site which allows guests to make their own choice as to join the optional tour or spend time on their own. 
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Vacation : I have already commented enough.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Service rating : The tour specialist - INSIGHT/Nigel Hannay - was great. Very organized and very determined to maintain schedule on a day-to-day basis. Wonderful accommodations under the circumstances permitted, great in-depth lectures throughout the tour brought history of the different areas to life and provided great understanding of how we managed to be where we are today. Added local tours very worthwhile.
Vacation : The tours I purchased in addition to the package were the icing on the cake.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Service rating : Great trip, all was well organized. Hotels in very central locations. Meals great. Our tour director was fantastic. Very knowledgeable.
Vacation : All was fantastic. Would recommend highly.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Service rating : GET is always competent with respect to setting up and coordinating our travel with their consortium partners.
Vacation : Some of the optionals should have been included. This was the least enjoyed of three insight experiences.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Service rating : the travel agent was superb. she had an exceptional knowledge of the area and provided helpful information as the trip progressed
Vacation : most hotels were good; however the London accommodation was only ok, not up the standard expected
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Service rating : Trip is good, some option tours are not too good, like lake Ness tour.
Vacation : Schedules are too tight, some dinner shows are redundant, like there are two Irish dance shows, one is optional,
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Service rating : It was so easy to travel with them. The only decision I had to make was where to be and at what time. They handled every aspect from there. As a lone travelier, that was awesome.
Vacation : Saw more with great educational information that I could even begin to imagine. Our guide, Christina, was beyond amazing. Fun, highly knowledgeable, catered to our every needs.
Monday, September 25, 2017
Service rating : You turned our trip over to another travel company who delivered an inferior product.
Response from Grand European Travel:
All of our Guided Vacations are operated by our sister companies Insight Vacations or Trafalgar Tours. We do try to point this out in our brochure and our website, as well as our payment invoices.  We apologize if this was not made clear to you at the time you booked. Thank you for taking the time to share your comments.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Vacation : see above comment and following letter.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Service rating : Everything was well planned and controlled. Even the rest stops were set accurately
Vacation : Discount and free travel insurance
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Service rating : Booking was real easy. Actual tour guide and bus driver were excellent. Taryn and Mark couldn't do enough. They were knowledgable and extremely pleasant.
Vacation : Fair enough. Bus was long.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Service rating : Well planned, and excellently managed.
Vacation : Great tour leader and guide.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Service rating : We had many wonderful adventures on this tour of GB and our tour director, Denise, was great. But the tour guide for the 1/2 day tour London just prior to leaving for the notrh was not so good as he left me even though I arrived back at the bus at the appointed time. How disconcerting.
Vacation : I purchased all the extra experiences and they were excellent except for the man who shared his experiences of trying to find the Loch Ness Monster. This was a total waste of my time and money.
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Service rating : I've waited my entire life to go on this trip and it was more than I dreamed it could be. The tour guide, Cam, was knowledgable and very pleasant. We visited so many wonderful places I didn't know anything about. My camera bit the dust but thankfully I had my phone to take photos. The hotels were lovely and the food really good. Our luggage was always in our rooms promptly and we didn't have to worry about a thing.
Vacation : How can you top excellent? It was wonderful.
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Service rating : I've had more personalized service from other travel agents, but I got what I needed and they do have lots of itineraries. They are responsive to email and will work with you to solve problems. Only - small - quibble? I did not need the reams of paperwork in the fake leather folder, one each for my husband and me. Used up part of my weight allowance on luggage, and it turned out I never needed a bit of it. Though it was possible that I might have needed the vouchers at one or more of the hotels, etc., none of them ever asked for a voucher.
Vacation : Itinerary was wonderful, jam-packed, exhausting, but wonderful! Hotels and food were very good; included entertainment ranged from awful to truly wonderful. BUT - there were way too many 'optional' experiences that we had to pay extra for, and we had to decide on the very first day which ones we wanted to do. I was particularly upset that, in a couple of cases, the 'optional' experience included remaining on the bus, while those who did not sign up had to get off the bus and find something else to do for that time. Those experiences should have been included.
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Service rating : Great tour specialists. Everything went as planned.
Vacation : Very worthwhile. Hotel accommodation s were excellent, director and driver were most helpful. Got a terrific overview of the countries.
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Service rating : Our tour director (Cam) was well prepared and extremely organized.
Vacation : Wonderfully thought out itinerary.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Service rating : Great bus and driver. Tour guide was very knowledgeable but very stand-of fish. We could not have asked for a better group of people even though 80%of us got sick. There were a couple of days that seemed very rushed and overwhelming. Otherwise the tour was great.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your comments.  We're glad to hear that, despite some issues, the Britain & Ireland Explorer lived up to your expectations.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Vacation : Just what we wanted and good prices.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Service rating : I would recommend Grand European, as we had a great experience with them on our first tour. However, this trip was under Insight and we were not as impressed with their attention to detail. We were told that Tristar would be picking us up at the airport to tranport us to hotel as we paid for this service. It didn't happen and we contacted Insight. We were stuck at the airport for two hours. We were told an Insight representive would welcome us at the hotel but they were gone when we got there. When it came to the time for information on what time we would be transported to the airport at the end of the tour, our names were not on the list even though this was also paid for. Our tour guide Denise did follow through with this issue and got it settled in a timely fashion. Not sure if Insight or Grand European was responsible for the error. Other than these issues, we enjoyed the tour. The only other suggestion we might have is there should be more time to to visit the places on the itinerary and less time for shopping and eating. We met lots of nice people and Denise did a very good job.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you very much for taking the time to write us.  We're sorry to hear about your troubles at the beginning of your trip, but very glad that overall the Britain & Ireland Explorer met your expectations.  We take this feedback very seriously and will use it to improve our products and service.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Vacation : The places we ot to visit was worth the price
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Service rating : Daniel Pelleiter made the initial steps easy. Our tour guide, Michelle Worthington was amazing. She knew everything about the places we visited - the history, the geography, the culture, little idiosyncrasies we should heed. She was organized, thoughtful, and kind. Our driver, Karl, was the best, and navigated those windy, narrow roads with ease.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your kind comments about Daniel, Michelle and Karl.  Glad to bear your trip to Britain and Ireland was wonderful!
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Vacation : There were places that really merited more time than allotted on this tour. To be a 5 star trip, it should probably be a full 3 weeks, not 17 days. The Scottish Cabaret and Gaelic Roots were truly not worth the expense. Surely there is better entertainment available.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Service rating : We visited many amazing sights but cramming over 2000 miles into 13 days detracted from the experiences. We rarely spent two nights in the same hotel. Dinners were scheduled too late with early morning departures leaving us exhausted. We may not do a land tour again but if we did, we would make sure significantly fewer miles were covered per day.
Vacation : We visited many amazing sights but cramming over 2000 miles into 13 days detracted from the experiences. We rarely spent two nights in the same hotel. Dinners were scheduled too late with early morning departures leaving us exhausted. We may not do a land tour again but if we did, we would make sure significantly fewer miles were covered per day.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Service rating : Our representative from Getours, Barb Gardner was there for us in a very professional way, through the entire planning process.
Vacation : Tour included much to enjoy and bus was comfortable, except for seat upright position being at about a 25% recline. Bus driver worked very hard and very pleasant. Tour director apparently uninterested in providing anything other than the logistics of the tour. Little knowledge provided on long stretches of bus rides to enhance our knowledge of the area or prepare us, historically for our next destination. Also, as the last reviewer mentioned, she decided our tour was "over", the night before it was actually over, and literally dropped our bags and ourselves at the hotel to fend for ourselves. Not what we expected from a tour company billed "premium".
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry to hear about your disappointment with your Travel Director.  Their performance is reviewed on a regular basis and we will be sure to pass on your feedback to the team who manages their reviews.  Thank you fro bringing this to our attention. 
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Service rating : The advanced information was very good. The trip was great until the very end. We were told in the information that our trip was over after breakfast on the day we flew home. However, the service was over as we stepped off the bus in London. All trip, our luggage was brought to our rooms and the tour director gave us our keys. This was not the case on our final stop. As we entered London, we were told to get our own luggage. When we got in the hotel, we had to stand in line to check in. We even needed our passport that many people had buried in their luggage.
Vacation : The optional activities were good but over-priced.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Service rating : good tour guide and driver. great history lesson
Vacation : saw a lot of things and met some really nice people
Friday, June 2, 2017
Service rating : The first rep was very easy to work with---even though he booked the wrong tour. It was corrected easily when I realized it. Things were working well. When I called back closer to departure and asked about luggage, I was told the tour was booked to capacity (29 out of 40 is not capacity!) and there was no exception to be talked about- we would have to hold the carry-on on my lap or at my feet----so not true. Insight was wonderful about it, and several other people also had extra baggage.
Vacation : The tour was wonderful Insight was top notch. Our tour guide, Nigel, was so well versed on every where we went.
  • 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.

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


Dinner In Edinburgh

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 or wine, beer or soft drink included.

Edinburgh's Most Haunted

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.

Royal Yacht Britannia

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 Dinner & Cabaret

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!


An Evening with Nessie

Join us at the only pub on the shores of Loch Ness, overlooking Dores beach. Enjoy a drink whilst 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"!

Scottish Highlands

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 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.

Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere Cruise & Steam Train Ride

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 Lake 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 & The Beatles

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 Dinner

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 cozy atmosphere in which to enjoy your hearty pub meal.

Dinner & Irish Cabaret

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 humor. At the end of your meal, cap off one of Ireland’s best nights out with an Irish Coffee.


Gaelic Roots

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

Jaunting Car Ride

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


Waterford Walking Tour

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

Pub Dinner

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

Welsh Evening At Millennium Center

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

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place every year in August and is included on five departures in 2018:

August 3, August 5,  August 10, August 13, and August 17.

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.  

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

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