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Romantic Britain and Ireland

Operated by: Insight Vacations

21 Days from $5,108 per person
Avon River, Bath, England

Countries Visited

England, Ireland ...more England, Ireland

Locations Visited

London, Oxford, Lincoln, York, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Inverness, Fort William, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Killarney, Waterford, Cardiff, Bath, Glastonbury, Torquay, Plymouth ...more London, Oxford, Lincoln, York, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Inverness, Fort William, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Killarney, Waterford, Cardiff, Bath, Glastonbury, Torquay, Plymouth
  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 Park Plaza Victoria, London.
  2. Day 2 Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon

    Meet your Travel Director at 07:45 at the hotel in London. Depart for the famous university town of Oxford with its beautiful spires. With time at leisure, why not visit the world-famous Ashmolean Museum or browse through the local indoor market? Continue via pretty Cotswolds villages to Stratford-upon-Avon. Discover how William Shakespeare and his incredible works continue to shape society today when you visit his birthplace, full of interesting memorabilia and artefacts relating to his life. Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with drinks at a local pub.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford.
  3. Day 3 Oxford and Stratford.

    Meet your Travel Director at 07:45 at the hotel in London. Depart for the famous university town of Oxford with its beautiful spires. With time at leisure, why not visit the world-famous Ashmolean Museum or browse through the local indoor market? Continue via pretty Cotswolds villages to Stratford-upon-Avon. Discover how William Shakespeare and his incredible works continue to shape society today when you visit his birthplace, full of interesting memorabilia and artefacts relating to his life. Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with drinks at a local pub.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon.
  4. Day 4 Lincoln and Medieval York

    Travel through the heart of ‘Robin Hood Country’ on your way to visit Lincoln. Continue to York, once the Viking capital of Britain and one of England's oldest cities. Saunter along the Shambles to reach the York Minster, in the heart of this medieval gem. Your hotel lies within the walls facing Clifford’s Tower.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton York.
  5. Day 5 The English Lakes to Edinburgh

    Drive through the Lake District National Park, a scenic wonderland of rugged mountains and tranquil lakes, inspiring a host of English poets. Stop in Wordsworth’s village of Grasmere and see the poet’s grave in the churchyard. Cross the border at Gretna Green, where runaway lovers were married, and continue to the Scottish capital.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace.
  6. Day 6 Scotland’s Capital of Culture

    Travel down the Royal Mile to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse — official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen - before crossing over to New Town. Walk with your Local Expert inside Edinburgh Castle for spectacular views of the town and see the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.The afternoon is free to shop on Princes Street. In the evening, select departures will attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo — a colourful mixture of historic battles and military manoeuvres, complete with pipes and drums.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace.
  7. Day 7 St. Andrews and Inverness

    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 wander to St. Andrews University where the love story of Kate Middleton finding her Prince Charming began when her and Prince William were students there. Alternately, 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.Pass Culloden Moor, the scene of the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite army in 1746. Stop at Blair Castle and Gardens, home to the Atholl Highlanders for over 19 generations. Be treated to authentic Farm-to-Table tea and scones - an experience not to be missed in Scotland! Continue to Inverness, where your luxury hotel is set within four acres of manicured grounds.(Breakfast / Afternoon Tea / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness.
  8. Day 8 Across the Sea to Skye

    Enjoy a journey of discovery on a private Loch Ness cruise. Afterwards, pause for a photo of Eilean Donan Castle and cross over the sea to Skye.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel The Dunollie Hotel, Broadford.
  9. Day 9 Loch Lomond and Glasgow

    Return to the mainland and drive to the World War II Commando Memorial in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Continue through Fort William to absorb the dramatic scenery of Glencoe, the Valley of the Weeping, where the dreadful massacre of the MacDonald's took place in 1692. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, en route to Glasgow. Your Travel Director will show you Glasgow's grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo’s Cathedral.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow.
  10. Day 10 Across the Irish Sea to Belfast

    Bid farewell to Scotland as you cross the Irish Sea and continue your journey to the vibrant capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Meet Hilda, your Local Expert, for a passionate city tour including views of the City Hall, Queen's University, the Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents.. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Europa Hotel, Belfast.
  11. Day 11 Dublin city sightseeing.

    Travel alongside the Mountains of Mourne before crossing the historic Boyne Valley, site of the battle where William of Orange defeated the forces of Catholic King James. Continue to Dublin, Ireland's 'fair city where the girls are so pretty,' and see O’Connell Street, Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, with your Local Expert.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Clayton Hotel Charlemont, Dublin.
  12. Day 12 A pint of the 'Black Stuff'

    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. The rest of the day is yours to shop, continue sightseeing or maybe take an optional drive to the ruined monastic site of Glendalough?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Clayton Hotel Charlemont, Dublin.
  13. Day 13 Galway, the Cliffs of Moher and Limerick

    Travel west to Galway, known as the City of the Tribes. Guided by your Travel Director, enjoy free time in this artsy, bohemian city. Cross the limestone landscape of the Burren, to the Visitor Centre at the Cliffs of Moher for breathtaking vistas of the Clare Coast. Journey to the town of Limerick, nestled on the shores of the River Shannon.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The George Hotel Limerick.
  14. Day 14 The Dingle Peninsula to Killarney

    In the morning, your Travel Director will show you the 12th century St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone before setting off to Tralee via the picturesque thatched village of Adare. Enjoy more spectacular scenery as you make your way through the great cliffs, wide skies and ocean views of the Dingle Peninsula to Killarney. For dinner you are treated to a traditional Sunday roast, with all the trimmings.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa.
  15. Day 15 Ring of Kerry Experience

    A delightful morning excursion will take you around the Ring of Kerry, where mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words.Continue through Ireland’s highest mountain range, the MacGillicuddy Reeks, to the three peaceful Lakes of Killarney. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy. Maybe take the opportunity to ride a jaunting car around the lake or through the National Park?In the evening, you are invited to choose your own dining experience from a selection of restaurants in Killarney for your Dine-Around Evening.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa.
  16. Day 16 Blarney Castle and Waterford

    Visit the ruined 15th century Blarney Castle. Will you hang upside down from the ramparts to kiss the stone and ensure a lifetime of eloquence? Continue to the walled city of Waterford and see the 11th century Reginald's Tower. On your guided visit of the House of Waterford Crystal, you will meet an artisan and see their fine work.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Dooley's Hotel Waterford.
  17. Day 17 Across the Irish Sea to Cardiff

    From Rosslare, take the ferry across the Irish Sea to Pembroke and continue on with a pleasant journey through the rural scenery of Pembrokeshire. Travel past the valleys of southern Wales to the capital, Cardiff, famous for its imposing castle and the brilliant Principality Stadium. Enjoy an orientation of the port city, upon the River Taff.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Clayton Hotel, Cardiff.
  18. Day 18 Bath and Glastonbury

    Cross the Severn Bridge to reach the City of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built above Britain's only thermal, mineral springs. Enjoy an orientation with your Travel Director, through the Georgian streets and crescents. Visit the Roman Baths and 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. Your journey continues to mystical Glastonbury where you will see the abbey, reputedly the legendary burial place of King Arthur. Continue south, to reach the seaside town of Torquay.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Imperial Torquay.
  19. Day 19 The Cornish Coast

    Explore Dartmoor with Insight Choice. Choose between a walk and foraging experience in Dartmoor or alternatively, enjoy a scenic cruise of Plymouth harbour and see the Mayflower Steps, Barbican, Royal Citadel and Plymouth Hoe. Continue on to a quaint Cornish fishing village, before returning to Torquay. In the evening, enjoy a glass of wine with your Celebration Dinner - a fitting finale to your travels.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel The Imperial Torquay.
  20. Day 20 Salisbury Plain and Stonehenge.

    Start the day by crossing the Salisbury Plain and stop to visit the mysterious megaliths of Stonehenge, the world's most famous prehistoric monument, its true meaning lost in the mists of time. Your escorted journey draws to a close on your return to London where the rest of the evening is at your leisure.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Park Plaza Victoria, London.
  21. Day 21 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

  • Blair Atholl: Visit Blair Castle and Gardens, which has been home to the Atholl family for over seven centuries, and tour the ballroom to learn about the history of the estate. Relish a delicious afternoon sipping on freshly brewed coffee or tea and tasting homemade scones with berry jam and sweet cream.
  • Stratford upon Avon: Get to know your fellow travellers during your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • 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.
  • Killarney: There's nothing quite as homely as the English tradition of a Sunday Roast, served with all the trimmings.
  • Killarney: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Torquay: Blend a little wine with great cuisine and good company for a rousing end of tour Celebration Dinner.
  • Dining Summary: 19 Breakfasts (B), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 5 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Insight Choice

  • Dartmoor: Choose between a walk amid the rolling valleys of Dartmoor National Park or alternatively, set sail from Plymouth harbour, where the pilgrims left over 400 years ago.

Insight Experiences

  • Belfast: Meet Hilda, a true Belfast local, having lived in the same house her entire life. During your panoramic tour, hear the history of the city and learn why Hilda is proud of its progress and current prosperity. You'll also see the City Hall, Queen's University, Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents.
  • 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: Fall in love with incredible scenery and countryside as you pass the Cotswolds, English Lake District, Scottish Highlands, Loch Duich, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Mountains of Mourne, Boyne Valley, the Burren, Dingle Penisula, MacGillicuddy Reeks Mountain Range, Pembrokeshire, valleys of south Wales, Severn Bridge and Dartmoor.
  • Oxford: See the dreaming spires and colleges of this world-famous university town.
  • 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.
  • Lincoln: Visit Lincoln Castle and admire one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta, which is over 800 years old.
  • York: Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during you orientation of the city.
  • Grasmere: Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth and visit his grave.
  • Edinburgh: 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.
  • 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: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of Nessie during a cruise.
  • Eilean Donan: Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.
  • Fort William: Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.
  • Glasgow: See the grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral.
  • Belfast: Meet Hilda, a true Belfast local, having lived in the same house her entire life. During your panoramic tour, hear the history of the city and learn why Hilda is proud of its progress and current prosperity. You'll also see the City Hall, Queen's University, Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents.
  • Dublin: A Local Expert will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.
  • Galway: Enjoy an orientation tour of the many landmarks in Galway such as the Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
  • Limerick: See King John's Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral and the treaty stone.
  • 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.
  • Blarney: It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ramparts!
  • 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.
  • Glastonbury: Explore the town rumored to be the resting place of legendary King Arthur and the Holy Grail, and location of one of the world's largest music festivals.
  • Stonehenge: Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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We have been on two GET tours, and what was most outstanding about both of them was the quality of the tour directors. Of course the destinations were beautiful and fascinating and would be fun under any circumstances but having someone dedicated to meeting our needs, providing information all the way, handling the reservations and the bags and the directions and the suggestions, was sorely missed when the trip was over!
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Wow! We're so glad we got to be a part of your amazing trip! Thank you for sharing and for being a part of our travel family.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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We definitely paid for the quality of the trip, but we did feel it was worth it. Have no concerns about getting our value out of the investment. It will produce memories for the rest of our days. Suggestion: see if the motor coach can get anti-reflective coating on the inside of the windows. Reflections from the other side of the bus interfered with appreciation of the view out the windows!
Robert Tompkins
Sunday, September 24, 2017
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I really enjoyed the tour. The tour director really knew his area. He would tell us what was coming up around the corner while we were driving. If we had a problem, he took care of it right away. The only problem was some of the hotel were not up to standers. At all hotels except one, the eggs had a lot of water in them. Also the ride to the airport, after the tour was over, was all messed up. Wasn't sure who's cab was who's.
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The tour director did an outstanding job. Also, the bus driver did an outstanding job driving the narrow roads.
Sandra Polsinelli
Monday, May 22, 2017
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The hotel in Isle of Skye was deplorable. The mattress had springs popping thru and was so small was hard to walk to the bathroom. Also the basic room at the Grosvenor Hotel was also horrible small and not the standard used to, I know that the deluxe double is only 20 pounds a night more, what we pay for the tour there is no reason to put us in substandard accommodations. Our tour director Matt was fabulous, sights amazing. Some of historic stops, we could have used more time, & there was time in our travel schedule.
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