Essential Britain & Ireland

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Don’t think you can see the top sights of Britain and Ireland in 10 days? Sharpen your pencils to cross off your bucket-list destinations in five fabulous countries. A jolly good time awaits in England, Scotland, and Wales, plus both territories of Ireland, as you explore the lively capital cities of each and the thatched-roof-dotted countryside in between. C...
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Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Stonehenge: Visit the prehistoric monument
    • Bath : Visit the Roman relics
    • Newport : Welcome dinner
    • Cardiff : Orientation drive, guided tour of Cardiff Castle
    • Pembroke–rosslare: Cross St. George’s Channel by ferry
    • Waterford: Enjoy an Irish Coffee demonstration; guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal
    • Kilkenny: Visit Kilkenny Castle
    • Dublin : Orientation drive
    • Belfast: Orientation
    • Belfast–cairnryan : Cross the North Channel by ferry

What's this trip about?

    Don’t think you can see the top sights of Britain and Ireland in 10 days? Sharpen your pencils to cross off your bucket-list destinations in five fabulous countries. A jolly good time awaits in England, Scotland, and Wales, plus both territories of Ireland, as you explore the lively capital cities of each and the thatched-roof-dotted countryside in between. Coast through rolling hills, ferry across legendary waterways, and skip down cobblestone streets to discover the wonders of Stonehenge, Waterford, York, and more on this essential tour of Britain and Ireland. Along the way, you’ll drink in the sights of fairytale castles and storybook settings as well as the locally brewed ales, strong Irish coffees, and perfectly aged Scotch whiskies passionately poured in every pub. Factor in time to shop for bits and bobs and taste local favorites like fish and chips, and you’d be off your trolley not to come along!

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start City LONDON, ENGLAND
End CityLONDON

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Europe
  • United Kingdom
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Ireland

Attractions

  • Bath
  • Belfast
  • Britain
  • Cardiff
  • Dublin
  • Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh
  • Hadrian's Wall
  • Kilkenny
  • London
  • Stonehenge
  • York

Activities

  • Culture

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Travel Map

Day 1: ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND

Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts will be waiting to welcome you. Free time this afternoon.

Day 2: LONDON–STONEHENGE–BATH–NEWPORT, WALES

Ancient Stones & Spa Days LONDON Meet your Tour Director and travel companions at 8 am and drive to Stonehenge. STONEHENGE Visit the prehistoric monument. BATH Visit the excavations of the Roman Baths. 164 mi / 264 km (Breakfast,Dinner)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT CUL...

Day 3: NEWPORT–CARDIFF–WATERFORD, IRELAND

Welsh Dragons, Daffodils & Castles CARDIFF Morning visit to Cardiff Castle. PEMBROKE Ferry crossing St. George’s Channel to Rosslare. 168 mi / 271 km (Breakfast,Dinner)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT CAPITAL CITY Explore the Welsh capital, see many historic buildings and d...

Day 4: WATERFORD–KILKENNY–DUBLIN

Cut Glass & Cobblestones WATERFORD Take a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal. KILKENNY See one of Ireland’s most quaint towns with medieval cobblestones. 115 mi / 195 km (Breakfast)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT ART & ARCHITECTURE Discover over 800 years o...

Day 5: DUBLIN

Ireland’s Capital City DUBLIN Take a morning orientation drive to see O’Connell Street, Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. Free time this afternoon. (Breakfast)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT CITY SIGHTS “In Dublin’s fair city where girls are so pr...

Day 6: DUBLIN–BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND–EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

Irish Crossings BELFAST Pause at the magnificent City Hall before crossing the North Channel to Scotland's Cairnryan. 234 mi / 376 km (Breakfast)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT CITY SIGHTS Northern Ireland’s capital city of Belfast has seen its share of the ‘Troubles’ but its ...

Day 7: EDINBURGH

Drummers, Pipers & Precious Jewels EDINBURGH Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the New Town, the Old Town, and a visit to Edinburgh Castle to see Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Free time this afternoon. EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO Attend the world-reno...

Day 8: EDINBURGH–JEDBURGH–YORK, ENGLAND

Augustine’s Monks & Medieval Markets JEDBURGH Take photos at the Augustinian abbey ruins. Drive into Northumberland National Park and see a section of Hadrian’s Wall. YORK See York Minster on [LF] a guided walk through The Shambles. 198 mi / 318 km (Breakfast,Di...

Day 9: YORK–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–LONDON

Mr. & Mrs. Shakespeare STRATFORD-UPON-AVON See Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. 260 mi / 418 km (Breakfast)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT A LEGEND SLEPT HERE Ah, young love! Even more true as Shakespeare’s fiancée was eight years his senior. Se...

Day 10: LONDON

Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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