25 Day Britain & Ireland In Depth – Globus
Globus Coach Tour starting in London and finishing in London
This guided tour offers our most complete view of the British Isles. In England, enjoy a guided sightseeing of London, visits to Canterbury Cathedral and the exotic Royal Pavilion in Brighton, mysterious Stonehenge, historic Plymouth, Land’s End, St. Ives, and the Roman ruins at Bath. Travel through Brecon Beacons National Park, then take a ferry to the Emerald Isle. Via Waterford and Blarney journey to Killarney where you experience the 100-mile panoramic drive around the Ring of Kerry, then on to Limerick, the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, Knock, Belleek, and fascinating Giant’s Causeway. In Belfast, visit the Titanic Exhibition, and in Dublin, enjoy an in-depth orientation tour. Return across the Irish Sea and through North Wales to Liverpool for a visit to the Beatles Story. Head north through the Lake District to Scotland, with highlights that include Gretna Green, Glasgow, the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, the Isle of Skye, and Loch Ness. From Inverness, visit Cawdor Castle, setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and Culloden Moor battlefield, then head south to pretty Braemar, St. Andrews, the Scottish capital of Edinburgh with its castle and Holyrood Palace, and fairytale Floors Castle. Back in England, explore medieval York, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, and magnificent Blenheim Palace on your way back to London.
Day By Day
Day 1 Arrive In London, England.
Welcome to London! Your local Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.
Day 2 London.
Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Highlights are a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held. (B)
Day 3 London – Canterbury – Brighton.
Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and depart London at 8 am. Drive through the orchards of Kent to visit CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL/ where you hear about the Black Prince and Thomas a Becket. Then, in the Regency seaside resort of Brighton, tour the exotic ROYAL PAVILION, built for the Prince Regent in the early 1800s. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (B/D)
Day 4 Brighton – Stonehenge – Plymouth.
This morning, visit prehistoric STONEHENGE and its brand-new visitor centre before travelling through Salisbury Plain and along the Dartmoor National Park to Plymouth. Upon arrival, hear about Sir Francis Drake and see the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked in 1620. This evening, why not join an optional excursion into Dartmoor National Park for an evening of storytelling at a local pub? (B)
Day 5 Plymouth. Cornwall Excursion.
A day full of West Country sights as you head through Daphne du Maurier’s Cornwall, where you will be treated to an authentic CORNISH PASTY. After viewing St. Michael’s Mount, rising boldly out of the sea, take your photos at Land’s End before exploring the popular seaside resort of St. Ives. (B/D)
Day 6 Plymouth – Glastonbury – Bath – Newport, Wales.
At Glastonbury, hear about King Arthur, and in Bath, see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. Overnight is in Newport. Why not join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner tonight? (B)
Day 7 Newport – Brecon – Carmarthen – Waterford, Ireland.
Your journey through Wales takes you north along the Taff Valley and through Brecon, a historical market town in the Brecon Beacons National Park, to Carmarthen and then to Fishguard. Cross St. George’s Channel to Rosslare in Ireland and proceed to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853. After dinner, enjoy an IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION. (B/D)
Day 8 Waterford – Blarney – Killarney.
In Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone, there is time to walk up to the castle and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts before continuing to the popular resort town of Killarney, your County Kerry base for the next three nights. (B/D)
Day 9 At Leisure In Killarney.
A full day to relax or join our optional excursion that includes a horsedrawn jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park to Ross Castle, and a boat ride to Innisfallen Abbey and across the lakes to Muckross House. After lunch on your own, the excursion continues with a visit to the house and gardens, returning to your hotel mid-afternoon. Later, walk to The Danny Mann pub for DINNER and join the locals in an evening full of live, traditional Irish music. (B/D)
Day 10 Killarney. Ring Of Kerry Excursion.
Start a scenic day with a drive to Killorglin on Dingle Bay, and join the spectacular RING OF KERRY for a 161-kilometre (100-mile) panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Take your photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. How about joining an entertaining optional evening in Tralee, with dinner and tickets for the National Folk Theatre? (B)
Day 11 Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – Adare – Limerick.
Breathtaking scenery on Dingle Peninsula. At the BLASKET ISLANDS CENTRE, learn about the way of life on the remote islands evacuated by its inhabitants in 1953. Via quaint Adare, head for the city of Limerick. Tonight’s optional recommendation: a medieval banquet. (B)
Day 12 Limerick – Cliffs Of Moher – Galway – Knock – Sligo.
Motor to the spectacular CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 204 metres (668 feet) above the Atlantic. Via the limestone plateau of The Burren and Galway-a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan centre with cobblestone streets, colourful shops, and a busy cafe and bar culture-reach Knock, a village that attracts pilgrims from all over the world. Then, spend the night in Sligo. (B/D)
Day 13 Sligo – Drumcliff – Belleek, Northern Ireland – Derry – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast.
A fascinating day today: the grave of native son and poet W.B. Yeats in Drumcliff; BELLEEK POTTERY, renowned for its exquisite Parian china; Derry, one of the finest examples of a walled city; and awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, composed of thousands of strangely symmetrical basalt columns jutting out to sea. Overnight in the vibrant city of Belfast. (B/D)
Day 14 Belfast – Downpatrick – Dublin, Ireland.
This morning’s highlights are a “living history” orientation drive with a Local Guide and a visit to the fascinating TITANIC EXHIBITION. Learn all about the building of the largest passenger steamship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. Travel to Downpatrick and visit the inspiring SAINT PATRICK CENTRE before you drive back again into the Republic. Why not join an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter? (B)
Day 15 Dublin.
Your orientation drive in the “Fair City” includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian Squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. The afternoon is at leisure. Top the day with an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse. (B)
Day 16 Dublin – North Wales – Liverpool, England.
Back across the Irish Sea for a photo stop at tongue-twisting Llanfair on the Welsh Isle of Anglesey, a scenic drive through Snowdonia National Park, over spectacular Llanberis Pass, and via pretty Betws-y-Coed to Liverpool. (B)
Day 17 Liverpool – Grasmere – Gretna Green, Scotland – Glasgow.
Start the day with a visit to the award-winning BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.” Enter the tranquil Lake District, and in Grasmere, home of poet William Wordsworth, try original GRASMERE GINGERBREAD. Then, head north for the Scottish border and to Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Overnight is in Glasgow. (B/D)
Day 18 Glasgow – Fort William – Isle Of Skye – Inverness.
Follow the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, then proceed via Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, and Fort William, and follow the “Road to the Isles” to Mallaig, where you board your FERRY for the crossing to the Isle of Skye. Visit the MUSEUM OF THE ISLES, then return to the mainland and trace the shores of Loch Ness on the way to Inverness. (B/D)
Day 19 Inverness. Highlands Excursion.
Fascinating visits on today’s excursion. At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE the story unfolds of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Then, call at CAWDOR CASTLE, set in stunning grounds with beautiful gardens, and home to the Thanes of Cawdor since 1370. Back in Inverness, the rest of the day is at leisure. Our recommendation would be to join the Loch Ness Experience optional excursion, which includes a cruise on the loch followed by dinner. (B)
Day 20 Inverness – Braemar – St. Andrews – Edinburgh.
Main features today: Braemar, home of the Royal Highland Games; St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing; and the Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. Tonight, an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (B)
Day 21 Edinburgh.
Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” as well as the “Old Town.” Drive up the narrow Royal Mile to visit EDINBURGH CASTLE, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (except when the Queen is in residence). The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect residence for the Queen’s glittering state visits and family holidays, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B)
Day 22 Edinburgh – Jedburgh – York, England.
This morning, visit FLOORS CASTLE, the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe’s family home and largest inhabited castle in Scotland. Later, pass the house of Mary, Queen of Scots, see a section of Hadrian’s Wall, and in York, England’s most complete medieval city, follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. (B/D)
Day 23 York – Coventry – Stratford-upon-Avon.
In Coventry, view the splendid modern cathedral, which rose from the rubble of severe World War II bombings, and in Stratford-upon- Avon, take your pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE. (B/D)
Day 24 Stratford-upon-Avon – London.
A final highlight: enjoy a guided tour of magnificent BLENHEIM PALACE, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and there is also time to explore the landscaped parkland. Return to London around 3:30 pm. How about celebrating the success of your holiday by taking in a West End show? (B)
Day 25 London.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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- LONDON: Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral & see the Changing of the Guard, if held.
- CANTERBURY: Visit the cathedral.
- BRIGHTON: Royal Pavilion tour; welcome dinner.
- STONEHENGE: Visit the prehistoric monument.
- CORNWALL: Take pictures of St. Michael’s Mount, visit Land’s End & St. Ives; Cornish pasty treat.
- BATH: Visit the Roman relics.
- BRECON: Visit the historical market town.
- FISHGUARD-ROSSLARE: Cross St. George’s Channel by ferry.
- WATERFORD: Enjoy an Irish Coffee demonstration.
- KILLARNEY: Enjoy dinner and music at The Danny Mann pub.
- RING OF KERRY: Scenic peninsula drive.
- DINGLE PENINSULA: Visit the Blasket Islands Centre.
- ADARE: Admire the thatched cottages.
- CLIFFS OF MOHER: Savour the spectacular views.
- DRUMCLIFF: Visit W.B. Yeats’ grave.
- BELLEEK: Guided tour of the pottery.
- COUNTY ANTRIM: Visit Giant’s Causeway.
- BELFAST: Guided “Living History” tour, visit the Titanic Exhibition.
- DOWNPATRICK: Visit the Saint Patrick Centre.
- DUBLIN: Orientation drive.
- DUBLIN-HOLYHEAD: Cross the Irish Sea by ferry.
- LIVERPOOL: Visit the Beatles Story.
- GRASMERE: Try original Grasmere gingerbread.
- MALLAIG-ARMADALE: Cross the Sound of Sleat by ferry.
- ISLE OF SKYE: Visit the Museum of the Isles at the Clan Donald Centre.
- INVERNESS: Visit the Highland capital.
- CULLODEN MOOR: Visit the battle site’s visitor centre.
- CAWDOR: Visit the castle and gardens.
- EDINBURGH: Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle & Holyrood Palace.
- FLOORS: Visit the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe’s castle.
- YORK: Walking tour.
- STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace.
- BLENHEIM: Guided tour of the palace.
- TRANSPORTATION: Motorcoach; ferries Fishguard-Rosslare, Dublin-Holyhead, Mallaig-Armadale.
- FREE WI-FI: Available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
- Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
- Cornish Pastry treat
- Enjoy an Irish coffee demonstration
- Enjoy dinner and music at The Danny Mann pub in Killarney
- Try original Grasmere gingerbread
- Full English breakfast (B); 11 three-course dinners (D) with choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Brighton, and 1 dinner at a local pub in Killarney.
- Hotel Classifications: Deluxe (D), Superior First Class (SF), First Class (F)
- BRIGHTON Hilton Metropole (SF), PLYMOUTH Holiday Inn (SF), NEWPORT Hilton (F), WATERFORD Granville (F), KILLARNEY Scotts (F), LIMERICK Clarion (SF), SLIGO Radisson Blu (SF), BELFAST Stormont (SF), DUBLIN Hilton City (SF), LIVERPOOL Novotel (F), GLASGOW Thistle (F), INVERNESS Columba (F), EDINBURGH The King James Hotel (F), YORK Novotel (F), STRATFORD-UPONAVON Holiday Inn (SF)