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BRITAIN & IRELAND IN DEPTH - 2017

Tour Code - GT 25 days - LONDON to LONDON

Traveling through the small towns and larger cities, this Britain and Ireland tour is our most complete view of the British Isles. On any tour through Britain and Ireland you’d expect to visit ancient ruins, majestic castles and palaces, magnificent cathedrals, and historical sights. That’s why Globus has included visitations to prehistoric Stonehenge; the ancient Roman ruins in Bath; Edinburgh Castle, dating to the 12th century; Holyrood Palace, The Queen’s official residence in Scotland; Floors Castle, Scotland’s largest inhabited castle; Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; Cawdor Castle, the romantic castle dating to the 14th century; Royal Pavilion, an exotic palace built in the early 1800s; St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece; and Canterbury Cathedral, to where pilgrims have made their way since the Middle Ages.     
You’d also expect lush landscapes and breathtaking scenery. That’s why Globus has included a photo stop at England’s breathtaking Land’s End; a drive on the 100-mile Ring of Kerry, with its rugged and magnificent landscapes; stunning scenery on Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula; the spectacular 668-foot Cliffs of Moher; Northern Ireland’s awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, formed millions of years ago; a scenic drive through Snowdonia National Park in Wales; England’s tranquil Lake District; the Isle of Skye, with some of Scotland’s best scenery; and much more.  
What you may not expect on a Britain and Ireland tour are special and unique experiences. That’s where Globus is different and has included them. For example, you’ll enjoy a cruise on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbors, and you’ll have fun joining the locals for dinner and traditional Irish music at a local pub in Killarney.

  LOCAL FAVOURITES

Cruise on Plymouth Sound, one of the world's great natural harbors
Enjoy an Irish coffee demonstration
Enjoy dinner and music at Scruffys pub in Killarney
Try original Grasmere gingerbread

 

Standard Features

Destinations

  • 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; Plymouth Sound cruise.
  • 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; guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal.
  • KILLARNEY
    Enjoy dinner and music at Scruffys 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 Experience.
  • 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.
  • CLAVA CAIRNS
    Visit the sacred prehistoric site featured in Outlander.
  • 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; Plymouth Sound cruise; ferries Fishguard-Rosslare, Dublin-Holyhead, Mallaig-Armadale.
  • HEADSETS
    Throughout the tour except London.
  • 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.
  • MYACCOUNT
    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
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Full English breakfast (B) daily
10 three-course dinners (D) with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Brighton plus 1 dinner at a local pub in Killarney.

Day by Day

  1. ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND.
    Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

  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)

  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)

  4. BRIGHTON-STONEHENGE-PLYMOUTH.
    This morning, visit prehistoric STONEHENGE and its 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)

  5. PLYMOUTH. CORNWALL EXCURSION.
    A day full of West Country sights as you head through Cornwall, of Poldark fame. After viewing St. Michael's Mount, rising boldly out of the sea, take photos at Land's End before exploring the popular seaside resort of St. Ives. Then, follow in the footsteps of Drake, Raleigh, and the Pilgrim Fathers with a CRUISE on Plymouth Sound, one of the world's great natural harbours. You will also have time at the historic Plymouth Barbican to see the Mayflower Steps. (B,D)

  6. PLYMOUTH-GLASTONBURY-BATH-NEWPORT, WALES.
    In 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)

  7. NEWPORT-BRECON-CARMARTHEN-WATERFORD, IRELAND.
    Your journey through Wales takes you north along the Usk 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)

  8. WATERFORD-BLARNEY-KILLARNEY.
    Start your day with a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. Then, 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)

  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 Scruffys pub for DINNER and join the locals in an evening full of live, traditional Irish music. (B,D)

  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 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)

  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)

  12. LIMERICK-CLIFFS OF MOHER-GALWAY-KNOCK-DRUMCLIFF-BUNDORAN.
    Motor to the spectacular CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 203 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. Before arriving at your overnight destination, visit the grave of native son and poet W.B. Yeats in Drumcliff. (B,D)

  13. BUNDORAN-BELLEEK, NORTHERN IRELAND-DERRY-GIANT'S CAUSEWAY-BELFAST.
    A fascinating day today: BELLEEK POTTERY, renowned for its exquisite Parian china; Derry, one of the finest examples of a walled city; and aweinspiring GIANT'S CAUSEWAY, composed of thousands of strangely symmetrical basalt columns jutting out to sea. Overnight in the vibrant city of Belfast. (B,D)

  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 EXPERIENCE. 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)

  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)

  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)

  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)

  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)

  19. INVERNESS. HIGHLANDS EXCURSION.
    Fascinating visits on today's excursion. Stop first at CLAVA CAIRNS, featured in the popular TV series Outlander and one of Scotland's most evocative sacred prehistoric sites with three exceptionally well-preserved burial cairns, each enclosed by stone circles. At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE, the story unfolds of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie's Scottish clans. Then, visit 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 and Urquhart Castle optional excursion, which includes a cruise on the loch. (B)

  20. INVERNESS-PITLOCHRY-ST. ANDREWS-EDINBURGH.
    Main features today: the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry; St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing; and the Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect residence for glittering state visits and family holidays, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. For departure numbers 0717 through 0807, tickets are included for tonight's performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B)

  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 (when available). The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Tonight, consider an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (B)

  22. EDINBURGH-JEDBURGH-YORK, ENGLAND.
    This morning, visit FLOORS CASTLE, the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe's family home and the largest inhabited castle in Scotland. Then, in York, England's most complete medieval city, follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. (B,D)

  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 pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHPLACE. (B,D)

  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)

  25. LONDON.
    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Prev Year Available 2017 Tours Next Year
Pre/Post City Start Date End Date Single Price
(from)
Twin Price
(from)
Triple Price
(from)
PRE LONDON 01 Nov 2017 31 Dec 2017 $419 NZD $240 NZD $226 NZD
PRE LONDON 01 May 2017 31 Oct 2017 $562 NZD $314 NZD $287 NZD
POST LONDON 01 Nov 2017 31 Dec 2017 $419 NZD $240 NZD $226 NZD
POST LONDON 01 May 2017 31 Oct 2017 $562 NZD $314 NZD $287 NZD
Charge Type Name Price
OPTIONAL Gratuity $282 NZD

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