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Britain and Ireland Discovery - Small Group

24 Day Tour of England, Scotland & Ireland

Britain and Ireland Discovery
24 Days
5 Countries

England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Wales

42 Cities

London, Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, York, Lake District, Grasmere, Gretna Green, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Culloden, Inverness, Loch Ness, Wick, Orkney Islands, Ullapool, Skye, Eilean Donan, Fort William, Glencoe, Glasgow, Londonderry, Belleek, Sligo Bay, Sligo, Connemara, Galway, Limerick, Adare, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle, Cork, Kilkenny, Dublin, Conwy, Chester, Cardiff, Bath, Plymouth, Dartmoor, Stonehenge

35 Meals

23 Breakfasts, 10 Dinner with Wines, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

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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Edinburgh Military Tattoo Tours

Enjoy included tickets to Scotland's prestigious Edinburgh Military Tattoo on select August departures. Military bands from around the world travel to Edinburgh Castle Experience the breathtaking spectacle of music, dance, and precision performances at the iconic Edinburgh Castle.

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Small Group Tours

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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Take a one-of-a-kind trip to the ancient Roman city of Bath, enjoy a private pint-pouring masterclass at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin and experience the majesty of Holyroodhouse Palace in Edinburgh. This 22-day tour of Britain and Ireland is brought to life by Local Experts, with an arsenal of immersive experiences. Visit Orkney Islands for a glimpse of Britain’s furthest northern reaches and the 1000-year-old Kirkwall Town, while Ireland’s medieval city of Kilkenny serves up the chance to experience hurling—a 3,000 year old Celtic sport. Prehistoric Stonehenge towers over England’s Salisbury Plains, where a tour unlocks some of the secrets held by these 5000-year-old monoliths, while the Viking city of York charms all with its maze of narrow streets and close quarter homes.

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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
Thistle Marble Arch View Hotel Details

Thistle Marble Arch

About the Hotel

London, England

Located at the west end of Oxford Street and just 2 minutes from Hyde Park, Thistle Marble Arch is less than a mile from London's famed West End.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional

Day 2

London to Stratford-upon-Avon

At 08:00, meet your Travel Director at the trip's hotel in London. After a warm welcome, settle into your luxury coach and head westward through the green Chiltern Hills. Stop in Oxford, where your Travel Director will introduce you to the City of Dreaming Spires, home to the world's most famous university. With time at leisure, why not enjoy a visit to the renowned Ashmolean Museum or browse through the local indoor market? Continue via pretty Cotswolds villages to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit the half-timbered house where William Shakespeare was born, now a museum full of memorabilia relating to his life. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers at a local restaurant for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with drinks.

See the picturesque cotswolds houses, Cotswolds, England
Swan's Nest Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Swan's Nest Hotel

About the Hotel

Stratford, England

The MacDonald Swan's Nest Hotel is a 17th century, riverside hotel with the town center only a five minute walk away.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • 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

Get to know your fellow travelers during your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 3

Medieval York

A leisurely drive brings you to the historic city of York; its story going back to the time of the Romans and the Vikings. Inside the ancient city walls, see the York Minster, the largest medieval church in northern Europe. Explore the maze of narrow streets to the topsy-turvy Shambles, where warped, overhanging timber-framed houses lean so far that they almost touch! Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

View of York City Wall and York Minster in York, England
Hilton York View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

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 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

By the Lakes to Edinburgh

Travel across the Yorkshire Dales and wild Pennines to the picturesque Lake District. A scenic wonderland awaits, with rugged mountains and tranquil waters that inspired a host of English poets, including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Tennyson and Shelley. After a visit to Wordsworth’s grave in the village of Grasmere, cross into Scotland and stop briefly at Gretna Green. This is the famous spot where runaway lovers were married over the anvil at the blacksmith's shop. Then it’s on to the majestic Scottish capital. 

Beatrix Potter, Lake District, Cumbria, England
Accommodation Edinburgh Marriott Hotel Holyrood
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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Top Rated Highlights The signpost at the Scottish town of Gretna Green - famed for 'runaway' marriages, Gretna Green, Scotland
Visit Gretna Green

Visit the spot where runaway lovers were married.

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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 5

Scotland's City of Culture

Join a Local Expert for a trip along Princes Street to see the ornate Victorian Gothic monument to Sir Walter Scott and the elegant 18th century New Town with its classical Adam facades. Over in the Old Town, see the Palace of Holyroodhouse - the official Scottish residence of His Majesty, The King and visit the castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and the Honours of Scotland - Scotland's glittering Crown Jewels. The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps research your family tartan in the Tartan Center or visit the art treasures in the National Gallery? In the evening, select departures will attend the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo - a colorful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Edinburgh Marriott Hotel Holyrood
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 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 6

The Highland Capital of Inverness

Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife. Make your way to St. Andrews, home to the Old Course and birthplace of golf. Enjoy free time to explore. Perhaps stroll to West Sands Beach where the famous 'Chariots of Fire' scene was filmed? Alternately, wander to St. Andrews University where the love story of Kate Middleton meeting her Prince Charming began. Cross the Tay and journey to Blair Atholl and pass the Grampian Mountains on the way to the sparkling Spey Valley. Stop at Culloden Moor, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was finally crushed in 1746 and visit the Culloden Visitor Center. Travel to Inverness, where your centrally located hotel is set on the banks of the River Ness and looks up to Inverness Castle.

Saint Andrew's cathedral in St Andrew, Scotland
Accommodation AC Hotel Inverness by Marriott
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
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 Grave stone at the Battlefield of Culloden, Scotland
Highlands Culloden Visitor Center

At the exciting Culloden Visitor Center, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour yet changed the Highland way of life forever.

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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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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

Loch Ness to Wick

Start the day on 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. Your travels then follow the rugged coast north to the fishing port of Wick. Visit a whisky distillery to taste a wee dram and learn about the production of the national drink. Don't blink as you drive on to your hotel - you pass Ebenezer Place, which at 2.06 m, is the world's shortest street!

Urquhart Castle ruins on the banks of Loch Ness, Scotland
The Norseman Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

The Norseman Hotel

About the Hotel

Wick, Scotland

The family-run Norseman Hotel is nestled in the viking town of Wick, overlooking its river. Guest rooms and designed in a classical style and the on-site restaurant prides itself on its commitment to providing fresh Highland cuisine from locally sourced produce. 

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
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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Top Rated Highlights Historic bridge in Wick, Scotland
See Ebenezer Place in Wick

See the world's shortest street, Ebenezer Place.

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Authentic Dining Guests tasting Whisky in Wick, Scotland
Old Pulteney Distillery Whisky Tasting

Whiskeys are known for their distinctive flavors, share a wee dram with a master distiller.

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Authentic Dining

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An Evening of Scots-Gaelic Culture

A rare opportunity to enjoy an introduction to the Gaelic culture that is so unique to the Highlands. Stories, song, music and Highland history awa...

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Day 8

Orkney Islands Experience

Start the day by boarding the ferry to the beautiful Orkney Islands where the countryside is breathtakingly majestic and the tranquillity supports a quieter pace of life. Here the hardy locals say they live ‘below the wind and above the water.’ Your Travel Director accompanies you as you visit the 5000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the old Norse Town of Kirkwall, the mysterious Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall and the small chapel built by Italian prisoners during World War II.

The neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, Orkney, Scotland
The Norseman Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

The Norseman Hotel

About the Hotel

Wick, Scotland

The family-run Norseman Hotel is nestled in the viking town of Wick, overlooking its river. Guest rooms and designed in a classical style and the on-site restaurant prides itself on its commitment to providing fresh Highland cuisine from locally sourced produce. 

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Sunset on Neolithic Ring of Brodgar, Orkney Island, Scotland
Discover the Orkney Isles

Cruise to the windswept Orkney Islands on a full day guided journey. Come face-to-face with relics spanning human history, from pagan stone circles...

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Day 9

Over the Sea to Skye

Relax and enjoy the stunning landscapes of lochs and mountains on your way to the fishing town of Ullapool. Continue alongside Loch Carron and through Glen Carron, before crossing to the magical Isle of Skye - the largest and most beautiful island of the Inner Hebrides. Hear the story of the song 'Over the Sea to Skye,' which tells of young Flora MacDonald and how she helped to rescue Bonnie Prince Charlie, who fled in disguise after his defeat at Culloden. Admire the scenic splendor on the way to your hotel in Broadford.

Scenic view with highland cow in Isle of Skye, Scotland
The Dunollie Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

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
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 10

Loch Lomond to Glasgow

Return to the mainland to see the remote Eilean Donan Castle, which under a clear sky offers a perfect reflection in its loch. Move on to the WWII Commando Memorial for a chance to view Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Continue on to the Valley of Glencoe, its dramatic peaks still echoing with the ghastly cries of massacred clansmen. Stop on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, known as the 'Queen of Scottish Lakes' according to Sir Walter Scott, before arriving in Glasgow.

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 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 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 11

Walk in the Giant’s Steps on the way to Londonderry

Cross the Irish Sea, enjoying views of the Island of Arran along the way. Once you arrive in Northern Ireland, prepare yourself for miles of breathtaking beauty! The road clings to the coastline at the mouth of the famous Nine Glens of Antrim, alongside sandy beaches beneath towering basalt cliffs. Journey to the iconic Giant's Causeway, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Learn how the National Trust is enabling farming and biodiversity to work together, supporting both wildlife and quality food production. This geological masterpiece was created by the cooling of lava which burst through the earth's crust millions of years ago. Continue to the ancient walled city of 'Derry'.

Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
Da Vinci's Hotel Derry View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Da Vinci's Hotel Derry

About the Hotel

Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Located a short drive from the city center of Derry, relax in your spacious and comfortable room, complete with modern amenities. With free WiFi available throughout the hotel, you'll be able to share all your adventures with friends and family.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Contemporary
Make Travel Matter Sunset at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland
Visit Giant's Causeway

Visit the legendary Giant's Causeway, site of wonders. At the visitor center, learn about the efforts to protect biodiversity and ecosystems, parti...

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Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights Larne Cairnryan Ferry Atlantic Coast N.Ireland
Ferry across the Irish Sea

Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea.

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Day 12

Belleek and Sligo Bay

In the morning, meet Ronan, one of the nation's great storytellers, as he takes you inside Londonderry's well-preserved walls, still topped with cannons. Walk down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic Guildhall, and cross the border to see O’Donnell’s Castle in Donegal. Journey south to the Belleek Pottery & Visitor Center, nestled on the banks of the River Erne. Meet some of the specialist craftspeople and see artisan techniques in action during your visit. Then it’s on to your country retreat, set on the scenic shores of Sligo Bay.

Belleek Pottery Tour, Belleek, Ireland
Clayton Hotel Sligo View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Clayton Hotel Sligo

About the Hotel

Sligo Bay, Ireland

Clayton Hotel Sligo is set on beautiful grounds, within a historic building, offering traditional, comfortable rooms for your stay.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Experiences The Guildhall in Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Londonderry City Tour

There's no better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the ...

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Top Rated Highlights Belleek Pottery Tour, Belleek, Ireland
Belleek Pottery Tour with Specialist Craftspeople

Enjoy a guided tour of the porcelain production process and meet some of the specialist craftspeople.

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Top Rated Highlights Town centre view of Sligo, Ireland
Sligo Bay Orientation

The area surrounding the town of Sligo was home to one of Ireland's most famous literary figures, the poet William Butler Yeats. On your journey in...

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Day 13

Galway and Limerick

Experience the beautiful rugged landscape of Connemara, a wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. Continue to Galway, where your Travel Director will show you St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President John F. Kennedy. Move onto your hotel in Limerick, famous for rhymes, lace and Georgian houses.

A horse grazing in Connemara, 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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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 14

Adare to Killarney

Start the day with an exploration of Limerick where you will see King John's Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Treaty Stone. As a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, meet John and Freda, passionate restaurant owners. Learn how their farm-to-table concept operates and enjoy a delicious meal made from fresh ingredients all sourced within a five-mile radius.
Continue your journey through the land of song and legend via the picturesque thatched village of Adare, into County Kerry and onto your Killarney hotel. At night your Dine-Around Evening offers you authentic and intimate dining as you choose from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants, ranging in style and ambiance.

A thatched Cottage in Adare, Ireland
Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 Thatched Cottages in Adare, Ireland
Adare Orientation

Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.

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Make Travel Matter Guests enjoying Farm-To-Table dinner at 19th Green, Killarney, Ireland
Locally Sourced Farm-to-Table Meal at 19th Green Killarney

Meet passionate restaurant owners John and Freda at their beautiful guesthouse in Killarney, where you'll hear more about their farm-to-table conce...

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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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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 15

Ring of Kerry Experience

In the morning, enjoy a trip around the Ring of Kerry, one of the world’s most scenic journeys. See towering cliffs, lush lakelands, remote villages, Ireland’s highest mountain range and the three peaceful Lakes of Killarney. With time at leisure, perhaps hire a bicycle and take advantage of the many cycle trails that Killarney has to offer  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
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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Day 16

Blarney Castle and Cork

Cross the rugged Derrynasaggart Mountains this morning and head for Blarney. Visit the ruined 15th century castle that is home to the famous Stone of Eloquence. It is said that those whose lips caress the Stone of Eloquence are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. Continue on to Cork, Ireland's second most populous city, built on the River Lee. Enjoy a city tour before checking into your hotel.

Blarney Castle and gardens, Blarney, Ireland
Maldron Hotel South Mall Cork City View Hotel Details
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Maldron Hotel South Mall Cork City

About the Hotel

Cork, Ireland

Maldron Hotel South Mall is perfectly positioned in the heart of the city, overlooking the River Lee on Beasley Street and only a short walking distance to the cities sights.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights City Orientation Cork, Ireland
Cork Orientation

Ireland's second city - "Rebel Cork" dates back to the 7th century. Your Travel Director will show you the Grand Parade and South Mall, along with ...

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Top Rated Highlights 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 Choice A stone house in the gardens surrounding Blarney castle, Ireland
Grounds Tour with Gardener

Your up close and personal encounter with the lush gardens of the Blarney Castle estate is brought to life on a guided tour with a senior gardener....

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Insight Choice

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Queenstown Story

Experience this intriguing port town, home to the world's second-largest natural harbor. We’ll visit stunning St Colman’s Cathedral and the Queenst...

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Day 17

Kilkenny and Dublin

Travel to the medieval city of Kilkenny to visit Kilkenny Castle. With a Local Expert, learn how the castle was built in 1195 after the Norman Conquest of Ireland and admire its beautifully restored Victorian era rooms. Continue to Ireland’s lively capital, Dublin, and spend a leisurely evening relaxing, exploring or perhaps taking in a famous Irish cabaret?

 

Ha'penny bridge on a bright day in Dublin, Ireland
Trinity City Hotel View Hotel Details
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Trinity City Hotel

About the Hotel

Dublin, Ireland

Trinity City Hotel is situated on a historic site in the heart of Dublin, adjacent to Trinity College Dublin. The boutique rooms are have modern decor with pops of color and are a 5 minute walk from the lively Temple Bar district. 

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Historic
Insight Experiences Kilkenny Castle in Kilkenny-Ireland
Visit the Majestic Kilkenny Castle

Visit Kilkenny Castle with a Local Expert. On a guided tour, learn the history of this magnificent castle and that of the powerful family that came...

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Insight Experiences

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 18

In Dublin’s Fair City

Experience Ireland's national, world-famous drink with a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Gain a fascinating insight into the history and traditions behind its production. Then meet your Local Expert who will show you the sights of the city, including Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O’Connell Street and the Custom House. The afternoon is at leisure.

Guests enjoying the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland
Trinity City Hotel View Hotel Details
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Trinity City Hotel

About the Hotel

Dublin, Ireland

Trinity City Hotel is situated on a historic site in the heart of Dublin, adjacent to Trinity College Dublin. The boutique rooms are have modern decor with pops of color and are a 5 minute walk from the lively Temple Bar district. 

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Historic
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

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

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. 

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

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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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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Day 19

Across the Irish Sea to Chester

Bid farewell to Ireland as you board the ferry to Wales. Cross the Isle of Anglesey, via the village bearing Britain's longest name, and continue over the Menai Straits for a stop in the walled market town of Conwy to see the castle. Travel along the north coast of Wales and cross the English border to arrive at Chester. This fine town still boasts relics of its history as a Roman fortress, as well as the unique black and white shopping arcades, known as the Rows. An exploration with your Travel Director will show you the well-preserved city walls, Jubilee Clock and impressive cathedral.

Sign with the longest city name in Anglesey, Wales
The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection by Best Western View Hotel Details
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The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection by Best Western

About the Hotel

Chester, England

The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection is set in a grand Victorian building with contemporary decor, moments away from the city center. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym

Style

  • Historic
Top Rated Highlights A lighthouse in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Ferry to Britain

Board the ferry to return to mainland Britain.

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Top Rated Highlights Famous suspension bridge beside Conwy castle, Conwy, Wales
See Conwy Castle

See Conwy Castle, the magnificent medieval fortress still towering over the town after 700 years. Climb the restored spiral staircase, scale the gr...

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Top Rated Highlights Grosvenor Shopping Centre along Bridge Street, Chester, England
Chester Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director see the Jubilee Clock, the cathedral, city walls and famous black and white Rows.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 20

The Welsh Marches to Cardiff

Continue through the countryside to the Welsh capital and see the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle.

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

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 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.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

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

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 21

Bath and Somerset

Cross the soaring Severn Bridge to reach the elegant Georgian city of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in amphitheater-style on the surrounding hills. An orientation of the city will show you the impressive Pulteney Bridge and gothic Bath Abbey, famous for the sculpture of angels climbing Jacob's Ladder. Visit the well-preserved Roman Baths, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, pioneering new educational investments to benefit the community. Journey on to Somerset, see Wells Cathedral, as you make your way to Plymouth for the night.

Pulteney Bridge over Avon River in Bath, England
Crowne Plaza Plymouth View Hotel Details
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Crowne Plaza Plymouth

About the Hotel

Plymouth, England

Crowne Plaza Plymouth offers breath-taking views overlooking the Plymouth Sound and is the perfect location for exploring Cornwall.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Concierge
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 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.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

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

Visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths. Discover 2000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational inv...

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Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Optional Experiences
Cornwall Dinner

There can be nothing better than a delightful meal in a quintessential English country pub. Enjoy a three-course dinner of superb local food with wine. Cheers!

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Drive and dinner in Dartmoor, England
Dartmoor Excursion And Dinner

A scenic drive across the mysterious moors takes us to the capital of the area, Princetown. Here we’ll see the infamous Dartmoor prison, before dri...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 22

Discover Dartmoor

Explore Dartmoor with Insight Choice. Choose to join a scenic exploration of Dartmoor National Park. Alternatively, cruise the scenic Plymouth harbor, where 400 years ago the Mayflower set sail for America. Back in Plymouth, enjoy a glass of wine and a delectable Celebration Dinner with your newfound friends as you toast to an inspiring journey.

Guests enjoying a Celebration Dinner in Saltash, England
Copthorne Hotel Plymouth View Hotel Details
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Copthorne Hotel Plymouth

About the Hotel

Plymouth, England

The comfortable Copthorne Hotel Plymouth is ideally located in the heart of the city a short walk away from the Barbican and iconic Mayflower steps.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Room Service

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Guests exploring the harbour in Plymouth, England
Plymouth Orientation

During an orientation tour with your Travel Director, see Plymouth Hoe and the Citadel before continuing to the Barbican and Mayflower Steps. After...

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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 Dine at your chosen restaurant
Cornwall Celebration Dinner

Celebrate the culmination of your travels in style with delicious wine and local cuisine.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 23

Ancient Stonehenge to London

Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the prehistoric and mysterious Stonehenge, where the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths are reputed to be up to 5,000 years old. Return to your hotel in London for a final evening at leisure.

Scenic view of Salisbury Plain, Salisbury, England
Thistle Marble Arch View Hotel Details
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Thistle Marble Arch

About the Hotel

London, England

Located at the west end of Oxford Street and just 2 minutes from Hyde Park, Thistle Marble Arch is less than a mile from London's famed West End.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Traditional

Day 24

Homeward Bound

Your journey comes to an end after breakfast.

Big Ben with the houses of parliament, 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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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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Visit Gretna Green

Visit the spot where runaway lovers were married.

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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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Highlands Culloden Visitor Center

At the exciting Culloden Visitor Center, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour yet changed the Highland way of life forever.

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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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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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See Ebenezer Place in Wick

See the world's shortest street, Ebenezer Place.

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Discover the Orkney Isles

Cruise to the windswept Orkney Islands on a full day guided journey. Come face-to-face with relics spanning human history, from pagan stone circles...

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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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Glasgow Orientation

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

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Visit Giant's Causeway

Visit the legendary Giant's Causeway, site of wonders. At the visitor center, learn about the efforts to protect biodiversity and ecosystems, parti...

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Ferry across the Irish Sea

Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea.

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Insight Experiences
Londonderry City Tour

There's no better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the ...

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Belleek Pottery Tour with Specialist Craftspeople

Enjoy a guided tour of the porcelain production process and meet some of the specialist craftspeople.

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Sligo Bay Orientation

The area surrounding the town of Sligo was home to one of Ireland's most famous literary figures, the poet William Butler Yeats. On your journey in...

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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 King John's Castle in Limerick

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

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Adare Orientation

Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.

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Make Travel Matter
Locally Sourced Farm-to-Table Meal at 19th Green Killarney

Meet passionate restaurant owners John and Freda at their beautiful guesthouse in Killarney, where you'll hear more about their farm-to-table conce...

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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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Cork Orientation

Ireland's second city - "Rebel Cork" dates back to the 7th century. Your Travel Director will show you the Grand Parade and South Mall, along with ...

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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 Choice
Grounds Tour with Gardener

Your up close and personal encounter with the lush gardens of the Blarney Castle estate is brought to life on a guided tour with a senior gardener....

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Visit the Majestic Kilkenny Castle

Visit Kilkenny Castle with a Local Expert. On a guided tour, learn the history of this magnificent castle and that of the powerful family that came...

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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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Dublin Ferry to Britain

Board the ferry to return to mainland Britain.

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See Conwy Castle

See Conwy Castle, the magnificent medieval fortress still towering over the town after 700 years. Climb the restored spiral staircase, scale the gr...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Chester Orientation

During your orientation with your Travel Director see the Jubilee Clock, the cathedral, city walls and famous black and white Rows.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Cardiff Orientation

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

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
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 2000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational inv...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Plymouth Orientation

During an orientation tour with your Travel Director, see Plymouth Hoe and the Citadel before continuing to the Barbican and Mayflower Steps. After...

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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.

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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

23 Breakfasts, 10 Dinner with Wines, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Stratford-upon-Avon Welcome Dinner

Get to know your fellow travelers during your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Old Pulteney Distillery Whisky Tasting

Whiskeys are known for their distinctive flavors, share a wee dram with a master distiller.

Dine-Around in Killarney

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

Visit the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin

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

Cornwall Celebration Dinner

Celebrate the culmination of your travels in style with delicious wine and local cuisine.

Hand-Picked Hotels

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

Thistle Marble Arch
Swan's Nest Hotel
Hilton York
The Norseman Hotel
The Dunollie Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel
Da Vinci's Hotel Derry
Clayton Hotel Sligo
The George Hotel Limerick
Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa
Maldron Hotel South Mall Cork City
Trinity City Hotel
The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection by Best Western
Clayton Hotel
Crowne Plaza Plymouth

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
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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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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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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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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An Evening of Scots-Gaelic Culture

A rare opportunity to enjoy an introduction to the Gaelic culture that is so unique to the Highlands. Stories, song, music and Highland history awa...

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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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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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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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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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Optional Experience
Queenstown Story

Experience this intriguing port town, home to the world's second-largest natural harbor. We’ll visit stunning St Colman’s Cathedral and the Queenst...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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’...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Cornwall Dinner

There can be nothing better than a delightful meal in a quintessential English country pub. Enjoy a three-course dinner of superb local food with wine. Cheers!

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dartmoor Excursion And Dinner

A scenic drive across the mysterious moors takes us to the capital of the area, Princetown. Here we’ll see the infamous Dartmoor prison, before dri...

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Additional Cost Applies

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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Excellent organization from start to finish!
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This trip included all the major highlights of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. We were busy from breakfast through dinner. Our tour director was so organized, very informative and so witty. He always made sure everyone was on track and took care of all our needs. The scenery was breathtaking throughout the trip. Every day brought new adventures and our travel group was wonderful!
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