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Romantic Britain and Ireland - Small Group

20 Day Tour to London, Dublin & Edinburgh

20 Days
5 Countries

England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Wales

35 Cities

London, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Lincoln, York, Lake District National Park, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Pitlochry, Inverness, Loch Ness, Lock Duich, Skye, Fort William, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Limerick, Adare, Dingle Peninsula, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle, Waterford, Cardiff, Bath, Glastonbury, Torquay, Plymouth, Dartmoor, Stonehenge

28 Meals

19 Breakfasts, 8 Dinner with Wines, 1 Afternoon Tea

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 20

Insight - Small Groups

If you prefer to travel with a smaller group of curious fellow travelers passionate about diving into incredible experiences, Insight Vacations Small Group tours are the perfect choice. With all the premium features of Insight Vacations including 4 and 5-star hotels, one-of-a-kind inclusions, immersive local cultural experiences and superior dining, small group departures have a maximum of just 24 guests allowing for a more intimate, premium touring experience. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Insight Vacations Small Group departures are limited to only 24 guests. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, more personalized attention from your Travel Director, and the opportunity to form closer connections with fellow travelers. Perfect for couples, families, and solo travelers who want to explore must-see destinations with like-minded people.

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Nurture your soul on this romantic tour of Oxford’s cobbled alleyways, Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse. Spanning the stunning Lake District, Britain’s yesteryear Viking capital of York, Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford and William Wordsworth’s home village of Grasmere, this three week tour has it all. In Ireland, the lofty Cliffs of Moher offer truly stunning vistas, while the Dine Around in Killarney experience serves up a traditional Sunday roast dinner—with all the trimmings. The journey through the Ring of Kerry boasts breathtaking views of mountains fading into the distant sea and after a stop at the famous kissing stone in Blarney Castle, Local Experts add some extra sparkle with a personal tour through the House of Waterford Crystal.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to London

Welcome to London. After checking into your hotel, the afternoon is free to enjoy a city that is famous for its pomp and pageantry. Perhaps relax with a walk along the Serpentine in Hyde Park or window shop in the elegant boutiques of Knightsbridge? Alternatively, you may want to stroll along the Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London.

Tower Bridge over The Thames in London, England
Accommodation The Cumberland Hotel

Day 2

Oxford and Stratford

Meet your Travel Director in London before 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. Tonight, enjoy a warm and friendly dinner with drinks at a local pub.

See the picturesque cotswolds houses, Cotswolds, England
DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon View Hotel Details
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DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon

About the Hotel

Stratford-upon-Avon, England

The DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon offers stylish guest rooms, within walking distance of the historic city center.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Gardens in front of Christchurch College, Oxford, England
Oxford Orientation

See the spires and colleges of this world-famous university town.

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

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

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Authentic Dining Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with fellow guests in Stratford Upon Avon, England
Stratford-upon-Avon Welcome Dinner

Savor British cuisine with dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 3

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.

View of York City Wall and York Minster in York, England
Hilton York View Hotel Details
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Hilton York

About the Hotel

York, England

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

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Exchequer gate leading to Lincoln Castle Lincoln, England
Lincoln Castle Visit

Visit Lincoln Castle and admire one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta, which is over 800 years old.

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

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

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Day 4

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.

Scenic view of Lake Windermere, Windermere, England
Accommodation Virgin Hotels Edinburgh
Included Meals Breakfast
Top Rated Highlights Grasmere Lake in Grasmere, Lake District, England.
Visit William Wordsworth's Grave in Grasmere

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

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

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

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

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

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Day 5

Scotland’s Capital of Culture

Travel down the Royal Mile to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse — official Scottish residence of His Majesty, The King - 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 colorful mixture of historic battles and military manoeuvres, complete with pipes and drums.

Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Virgin Hotels Edinburgh
Included Meals Breakfast
Top Rated Highlights Guided castle tour of Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle Visit

Visit Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Mons Meg and other artefacts with your Local Expert.

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Top Rated Highlights Princes street in Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh City Tour

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

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

A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from t...

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

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

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

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

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Day 6

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. Stop at Atholl Palace and Gardens for a delicious cream tea. Originally opened in Victorian times, the hotel retains many of its traditional features.

View of Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Kingsmills Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner with Wine

Kingsmills Hotel

About the Hotel

Inverness, Scotland

Originally the mansion of a prominent local family, today the Kingsmills Hotel is a luxury accommodation in the heart of the Highlands. Renovated with contemporary rooms, the hotel is well-known for it's impeccable hospitality.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Swilcan Bridge, St Andrews, Scotland
Visit the University Town of St. Andrews

Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.

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Top Rated Highlights View of Pitlochry church in Pitlochry, Scotland
Visit Pitlochry

Visit this town, famous for its salmon leap.

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

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

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Authentic Dining Silver teapot on tray with cups, saucers and scones for traditional English tea
Atholl Palace Afternoon Tea

Atholl Palace, built as a Victorian Baronial retreat, is over 130 years old. The Palace plays host to your afternoon tea. You are welcomed into the...

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Optional Experiences Visit Blair Castle in Pitlochry, Scotland
Blair Castle

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

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Day 7

Across the Sea to Skye

Enjoy a journey of discovery on a Loch Ness cruise. Soak up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales of Nessie in the heart of Scotland's great glen.
Afterwards, pause for a photo of Eilean Donan Castle, set idyllically on a headland on Loch Duich. Listen to tales of Flora MacDonald and her defense of the Bonnie Prince as you cross over the sea to Skye.

Saint Andrew's cathedral in St Andrew, Scotland
The Dunollie Hotel View Hotel Details
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The Dunollie Hotel

About the Hotel

Broadford, Scotland

Boasting an incredible location by Broadford Bay, The Dunollie Hotel is set at the base of outstanding mountains. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Picturesque Eilean Donan Castle, Eilean Donan, Scotland
See Eilean Donan Castle

Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle built on an island in the Loch.

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Top Rated Highlights Loch Ness view with Urquhart Castle in the distance, Loch Ness, Scotland
Loch Ness Cruise

Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of Nessie during a cruise on one of Scotland's most famous lakes.

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Optional Experiences Old Man Of Storr in Isle Of Skye, Scotland
Isle Of Skye Tour

A wonderful opportunity to experience the spectacular scenery of the Trotternish Peninsula with a Local Expert. Hear about the way of life on this ...

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Day 8

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.

Beautiful natural landscape, Loch Lomond, Scotland
Radisson Blu Hotel View Hotel Details
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Radisson Blu Hotel

About the Hotel

Glasgow, Scotland

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow features award-winning architecture, boasting a stunning atrium and rooms with wall-to-ceiling windows.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights The Commando Memorial, Fort William, Scotland
Fort William World War II Commando Memorial

Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.

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Top Rated Highlights George Square in Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow Orientation

See the grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral.

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Optional Experiences Evening meal in Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow Dinner

In recent years, Glasgow has developed a fearsome culinary reputation. With its elegant and chic atmosphere, tonight's dining experience will featu...

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Guided Visit and Dinner at The Mackintosh at the Willow

Step inside the stunning surroundings of Mackintosh at the Willow after-hours and relax with a glass of prosecco. Explore the history of the tearoo...

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Day 9

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 of Belfast 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.

Republican murals in Falls Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Accommodation Titanic Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Top Rated Highlights Belfast City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast City Tour

Meet Hilda, a true Belfast local, having lived in the same house her entire life. During your panoramic tour, hear about the history of the city an...

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Optional Experiences Sunset at the Titanic Belfast in Northern Ireland
Titanic Experience

Follow the story of this ill-fated ship and her people, from the launch in this very city. Explore the exhibition in this stunning award-winning bu...

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Optional Experiences Republican murals in Falls Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Exclusive Walk with a Street Artist

An exclusive private tour of Belfast's Street Art, with one of the Artists. Often Street art was used in Belfast to mark territory, but something t...

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Day 10

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.

Ha'penny bridge on a bright day in Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation Riu Plaza The Gresham
Included Meals Breakfast
Top Rated Highlights The Custom House in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin City Tour

See Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House with a Local Expert

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

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

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Day 11

A pint of the 'Black Stuff'

Experience Ireland's national and world-famous drink in the Guinness Storehouse. Gain a fascinating insight into the history and traditions behind its production. The rest of the day is yours to shop, continue sightseeing or maybe take an optional drive to the ruined monastic site of Glendalough.

Guinness tasting at the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation Riu Plaza The Gresham
Included Meals Breakfast
Authentic Dining Pulling a pint at Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland
Visit the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin

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

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

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

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Optional Experiences Dinner in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Dinner

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

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Day 12

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 Center 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.

Sightseeing Galway, Ireland
The George Hotel Limerick View Hotel Details
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The George Hotel Limerick

About the Hotel

Limerick, Ireland

The George Hotel Limerick is a modern, centrally-located boutique hotel and provides the perfect base for exploring what wonders Limerick has to offer.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Boutique
Top Rated Highlights Colourful pedestrian streets in town centre, Galway, Ireland
Galway Orientation

Fascinating stories and interesting locals take center stage on your orientation of the historic heart of Galway. Visit the Lynch Memorial Window. ...

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Top Rated Highlights View of the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty, Ireland
See the Cliffs of Moher

Towering cliffs and the dramatic sea, the Cliffs of Moher has inspired countless travelers. Visit the Exhibition Center and look out over the Wild ...

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Optional Experiences Shannon Castle banquet in Shannon, Ireland
Shannon Castle Banquet

Calling all Lords and Ladies! Please be seated for a delicious banquet in the great hall of the castle. In the splendor of a bygone age, entertainm...

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Day 13

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.

Sheep grazing along the Irish Coast in the Dingle, Ireland
Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa View Hotel Details
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Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa

About the Hotel

Killarney, Ireland

In the heart of the town center, the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa overlooks Killarney National Park and is the perfect location to enjoy the stunning scenery and the local 'craic.'

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights King John's Castle, Limerick, Ireland
See King John's Castle in Limerick

See King John's Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral and the treaty stone.

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

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

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Authentic Dining Enjoy a homely Sunday Roast dinner in Killarney, Ireland
Killarney Sunday Roast

There's nothing quite as homely as the Irish tradition of a Sunday roast, served with all the trimmings.

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

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

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Optional Experiences Celtic steps in Killarney, Ireland
Celtic Steps

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

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Day 14

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. Meet John for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit his family-run seaweed farm on the Ring of Kerry. Learn about sustainable farming practices that protect the wild Irish Atlantic coasts. 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? 

Ring of Kerry landscape with Muckross lake and mountains, Killarney, Ireland
Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa View Hotel Details
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Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa

About the Hotel

Killarney, Ireland

In the heart of the town center, the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa overlooks Killarney National Park and is the perfect location to enjoy the stunning scenery and the local 'craic.'

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Make Travel Matter Ring Of Kerry Seaweed Farm Killarney, Ireland
Seaweed Foraging Walk

Meet John, a seaweed advocate and educator for a seaweed foraging walk at Atlantic Irish Seaweed. Stroll along the shore learning about how they wo...

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Make Travel Matter

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

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

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

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

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Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Jaunting cart ride from Killarney, Ireland
Jaunting Car Ride

Experience the best of the Irish countryside on a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourn-Vincent National Park. Formerly known ...

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Day 15

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.

Blarney Castle and gardens, Blarney, Ireland
Granville Hotel View Hotel Details
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Granville Hotel

About the Hotel

Waterford, Ireland

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

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Experiences Blarney Castle grounds from high in the tower, Blarney, Ireland
Visit Blarney Castle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Day 16

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.

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

About the Hotel

Cardiff, Wales

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

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

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

Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea.

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

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

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

Take an ‘insider’ look at this unique Castle started by the Romans 2,000 years ago where we have our own private tour. The refurbishments done in t...

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

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

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

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

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Day 17

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 learn how this hub of culture is pioneering educational investments to benefit the community, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. 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.

Pulteney Bridge over Avon River in Bath, England
The Imperial Torquay (Sea view rooms) View Hotel Details
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The Imperial Torquay (Sea view rooms)

About the Hotel

Torquay, England

The Imperial Torquay is perched on a cliff top overlooking the English Channel and was a favorite haunt of Agatha Christie, who wrote about it in several of her novels. Your spacious, traditional-style room has an ocean view, ensuring a comfortable stay.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

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

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

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

Visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths. Discover 2,000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational in...

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Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights Town Orientation Glastonbury, Uk
Glastonbury Orientation

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.

Included in Trip

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Day 18

The Cornish Coast

Explore Dartmoor with Insight Choice. Choose to join a scenic exploration of Dartmoor National Park. Alternatively, enjoy a relaxing cruise of Plymouth harbor and see the Mayflower Steps, Barbican, Royal Citadel and Plymouth Hoe. In the evening, enjoy a glass of wine with your Celebration Dinner - a fitting finale to your travels.

A Dartmoor Pony grazing in the scenic countryside, Dartmoor, England
The Imperial Torquay (Sea view rooms) View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

The Imperial Torquay (Sea view rooms)

About the Hotel

Torquay, England

The Imperial Torquay is perched on a cliff top overlooking the English Channel and was a favorite haunt of Agatha Christie, who wrote about it in several of her novels. Your spacious, traditional-style room has an ocean view, ensuring a comfortable stay.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Choice Walk in Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park, England
Dartmoor National Park Walk

Learn about the history of stone circles and indigenous traditions from your knowledgeable Local Expert on a scenic exploration 

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Insight Choice Dartmoor Sightseeing Plymouth, Uk
Plymouth Harbor Scenic Cruise

Set sail on a relaxing cruise from Plymouth harbor, where the pilgrims left over 400 years ago.

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Authentic Dining View to sea in restaurant at The Imperial Hotel Torquay, England
Torquay Celebration Dinner

Blend a little wine with great cuisine and good company for a rousing dinner.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 19

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.

Scenic view of Salisbury Plain, Salisbury, England
Accommodation The Cumberland Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Top Rated Highlights First light at Stonehenge, Salisbury, England
Visit Stonehenge

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

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Day 20

Homeward Bound

Your journey comes to an end after breakfast.

The view from the Park Plaza Victoria Hotel in London, England
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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

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Oxford Orientation

See the spires and colleges of this world-famous university town.

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Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

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

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Lincoln Castle Visit

Visit Lincoln Castle and admire one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta, which is over 800 years old.

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York Orientation

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

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Visit William Wordsworth's Grave in Grasmere

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

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Edinburgh Castle Visit

Visit Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Mons Meg and other artefacts with your Local Expert.

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Edinburgh City Tour

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

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Witness the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from t...

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Visit the University Town of St. Andrews

Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.

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Visit Pitlochry

Visit this town, famous for its salmon leap.

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Inverness Orientation

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

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See Eilean Donan Castle

Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle built on an island in the Loch.

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Loch Ness Cruise

Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of Nessie during a cruise on one of Scotland's most famous lakes.

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Fort William World War II Commando Memorial

Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.

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Glasgow Orientation

See the grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral.

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Belfast City Tour

Meet Hilda, a true Belfast local, having lived in the same house her entire life. During your panoramic tour, hear about the history of the city an...

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Dublin City Tour

See Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House with a Local Expert

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Galway Orientation

Fascinating stories and interesting locals take center stage on your orientation of the historic heart of Galway. Visit the Lynch Memorial Window. ...

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See the Cliffs of Moher

Towering cliffs and the dramatic sea, the Cliffs of Moher has inspired countless travelers. Visit the Exhibition Center and look out over the Wild ...

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See King John's Castle in Limerick

See King John's Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral and the treaty stone.

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Killarney Orientation

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

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Seaweed Foraging Walk

Meet John, a seaweed advocate and educator for a seaweed foraging walk at Atlantic Irish Seaweed. Stroll along the shore learning about how they wo...

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The Ring of Kerry Scenic Drive

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

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Insight Experiences
Visit Blarney Castle

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

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Insight Experiences
Visit the House of Waterford Crystal

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

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See the Reginald Tower in Waterford

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

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Rosslare to Pembroke Ferry

Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea.

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Cardiff Orientation

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

Included in Trip
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Bath Orientation

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

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Visit the Roman Baths

Visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths. Discover 2,000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational in...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Glastonbury Orientation

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.

Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Dartmoor National Park Walk

Learn about the history of stone circles and indigenous traditions from your knowledgeable Local Expert on a scenic exploration 

Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Plymouth Harbor Scenic Cruise

Set sail on a relaxing cruise from Plymouth harbor, where the pilgrims left over 400 years ago.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Stonehenge

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

Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
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.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

19 Breakfasts, 8 Dinner with Wines, 1 Afternoon Tea

Stratford-upon-Avon Welcome Dinner

Savor British cuisine with dinner at a local restaurant.

Atholl Palace Afternoon Tea

Atholl Palace, built as a Victorian Baronial retreat, is over 130 years old. The Palace plays host to your afternoon tea. You are welcomed into the banqueting room to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea accompanied by sandwiches, scones, Scottish shortbread and traditional Scottish tablet.

Visit the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin

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

Killarney Sunday Roast

There's nothing quite as homely as the Irish tradition of a Sunday roast, served with all the trimmings.

Dine-Around in Killarney

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

Torquay Celebration Dinner

Blend a little wine with great cuisine and good company for a rousing dinner.

Hand-Picked Hotels

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

DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon
Hilton York
Kingsmills Hotel
The Dunollie Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel
The George Hotel Limerick
Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa
Granville Hotel
Clayton, Cardiff
The Imperial Torquay (Sea view rooms)

Optional Experiences

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

Optional Experience
Dinner In Edinburgh

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

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Edinburgh - The Untold Story

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

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Royal Edinburgh

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

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Ceilidh Evening and Dinner at Ghillie Dhu

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

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Blair Castle

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

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Isle Of Skye Tour

A wonderful opportunity to experience the spectacular scenery of the Trotternish Peninsula with a Local Expert. Hear about the way of life on this ...

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Glasgow Dinner

In recent years, Glasgow has developed a fearsome culinary reputation. With its elegant and chic atmosphere, tonight's dining experience will featu...

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Guided Visit and Dinner at The Mackintosh at the Willow

Step inside the stunning surroundings of Mackintosh at the Willow after-hours and relax with a glass of prosecco. Explore the history of the tearoo...

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Titanic Experience

Follow the story of this ill-fated ship and her people, from the launch in this very city. Explore the exhibition in this stunning award-winning bu...

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Exclusive Walk with a Street Artist

An exclusive private tour of Belfast's Street Art, with one of the Artists. Often Street art was used in Belfast to mark territory, but something t...

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Dinner & Cabaret

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

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Irish Countryside & Glendalough

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

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Dublin Dinner

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

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Shannon Castle Banquet

Calling all Lords and Ladies! Please be seated for a delicious banquet in the great hall of the castle. In the splendor of a bygone age, entertainm...

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Gaelic Roots

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

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Celtic Steps

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

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Jaunting Car Ride

Experience the best of the Irish countryside on a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourn-Vincent National Park. Formerly known ...

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Waterford Walking Tour

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

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Cardiff Castle Tour

Take an ‘insider’ look at this unique Castle started by the Romans 2,000 years ago where we have our own private tour. The refurbishments done in t...

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Pub Dinner

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

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Welsh Evening

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

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Great Britain & Ireland

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

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

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

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

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

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

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

Packing Tips for Your Tour

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

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

Clothing:

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

Sun Protection:

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

Medications and First Aid:

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

Toiletries:

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

Electronics:

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

Miscellaneous:

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

Optional:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Electricity

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

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

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

Air Conditioning

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

Traveling by coach

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

Airport transfers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Local Specialists

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

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

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

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

Hotel services

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

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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
Vacation
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
Review date: Sunday, September 24, 2017
Service
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.
Vacation
The tour director did an outstanding job. Also, the bus driver did an outstanding job driving the narrow roads.
Sandra Polsinelli
Review date: Monday, May 22, 2017
Service
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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