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Globus Highlights of Britain & Ireland(GK)

15 days from London to London 
On your escorted Britain and Ireland tour, you’ll see bustling cities and charming small towns as you travel to magnificent palaces, castles, and ancient ruins. Traveling through the land of queens, kings, and leprechauns, you’ll begin and end your escorted tour of Britain and Ireland in London as you embark to Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England.

You’ll visit some of the splendid castles and palaces for which Britain and Ireland are famous. You’ll stroll through the gardens and tour Malahide Castle, one of the oldest castles in Ireland and home to the Talbot family for over 800 years. In Edinburgh visit Edinburgh Castle, where you’ll marvel at the Scottish Crown Jewels, and Holyrood Palace, The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Finally, enjoy a tour through majestic Blenheim Palace, built in the early 18th century and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

On this guided tour through Britain and Ireland, you’ll enjoy guided sightseeing in many of the cities with Local Guides—experts from the area who will give you in-depth, insider knowledge of the cities and their attractions. In London, your sightseeing includes a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral; in Waterford you’ll see the highly-skilled artisan glass-makers at work; and in Edinburgh your sightseeing includes both the “New Town” and “Old Town.”

Additionally, at the National Irish Stud in Kildare, you’ll be shown some of the most magnificent horses in the British Isles. You’ll be treated to tea and scones, and enjoy a light lunch the Birthplace Café before learning about Shakespeare’s life and times in Stratford-upon-Avon. All of this, including a visit to prehistoric Stonehenge, is included on this fabulous Britain and Ireland escorted tour.
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Globus Highlights & Sightseeing

LONDON
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral

STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument

BATH
Visit the Roman relics

NEWPORT
Welcome dinner

CARDIFF
Orientation drive

FISHGUARD–ROSSLARE
Cross St. George’s Channel by ferry

WATERFORD
[LF] Enjoy an Irish Coffee demonstration; guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal

BLARNEY
Visit the famous village

KILLARNEY
Visit the popular resort town

RING OF KERRY
Scenic peninsula drive

ADARE
Admire the thatched cottages

KILDARE
Guided tour of the Irish National Stud, enjoy [LF] tea and scones at the Japanese Gardens Restaurant

DUBLIN
Orientation drive

MALAHIDE
Guided tour of Malahide Castle

BELFAST
Orientation drive; visit the Titanic Experience

BELFAST–CAIRNRYAN
Cross the North Channel by ferry

EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace

YORK
Walking tour, visit York Minster

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and [LF] enjoy lunch

BLENHEIM
Guided tour of the palace

Itinerary (2018)

Day 1ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND.
 Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.
Day 2LONDON.
 Your 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. The highlight is a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece built between 1675 and 1708. This afternoon, why not join an optional excursion to the Tower of London or Windsor Castle, and later, maybe an optional dinner, followed by a cruise on the Thames River? (B)
Day 3LONDON–STONEHENGE–BATH–NEWPORT, WALES.
 Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing. First, travel to prehistoric STONEHENGE; explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then admire the magnificence of the monument up close. In the elegant Georgian city of Bath, see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. Cross the Severn River into Wales, and tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. (B,D)
Day 4NEWPORT–CARDIFF–WATERFORD, IRELAND.
 An orientation in the Welsh capital features the major attractions: Cardiff Castle, Cathays Park, and the stately civic buildings. Continue along the South Wales coast to Fishguard, where your FERRY is waiting. Cross St. George’s Channel to Rosslare and proceed by coach to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853. After dinner this evening, enjoy an [LF] IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION. (B,D)
Day 5WATERFORD–BLARNEY–KILLARNEY.
 Your first highlight today is a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. Via the port city of Cork, motor to Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone, then on to Killarney for a two-night stay. Later, join an entertaining optional evening in Tralee with dinner, followed by tickets for Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre. (B)
Day 6KILLARNEY. RING OF KERRY EXCURSION.
 Follow the road known as the RING OF KERRY for a spectacular 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip, and take your photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. This afternoon, maybe an optional fun-filled, horse-drawn jaunting car ride. (B)
Day 7KILLARNEY–ADARE–CASHEL–KILDARE–DUBLIN.
 Drive to quaint Adare with its colorful thatched cottages and on to the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached. Then, visit the IRISH NATIONAL STUD, whose fine thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. After your guided tour, enjoy [LF] TEA and SCONES at the Japanese Gardens Restaurant. Tonight, you may wish to enjoy an optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter. (B)
Day 8DUBLIN.
 Get an overview of Ireland’s capital as you drive to statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy this vibrant city. Why not join an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse? (B)
Day 9DUBLIN–MALAHIDE–BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND.
 Set in 250 acres of park land, and formerly both fortress and private home of the Talbot family for nearly 800 years, your first visit is at MALAHIDE CASTLE. Join your guide on a tour of the castle with its interesting mix of architectural styles, then stroll through the extensive gardens. On your way to Northern Ireland, cross the Boyne River and drive on to Belfast, where an orientation drive takes in all the famous landmarks, including City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, and Queens University. Then, visit the fascinating TITANIC EXPERIENCE, where you learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. (B)
Day 10BELFAST–EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND.
 Enjoy a leisurely morning before you board the FERRY to cross the North Channel to Cairnryan on Scotland’s southwest coast and continue through the scenic Scottish border country to Edinburgh. Tonight, enjoy our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (B)
Day 11EDINBURGH.
 Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available). Afternoon at leisure. Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure numbers 0724, 0731, 0807, and 0814, tickets are included for the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B)
Day 12EDINBURGH–ALNWICK, ENGLAND–YORK.
 Relax and enjoy vistas of the beautiful North Sea coastline as you drive via Berwick-upon-Tweed to Alnwick, voted the “best place to live in Britain” in a national survey. In York, England’s most complete medieval city, visit YORK MINSTER, the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. Then, follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. (B,D)
Day 13YORK–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON.
 Discover the beautiful hometown and final resting place of Stratford’s most famous son, William Shakespeare. Stop first for photographs at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the 500-year-old farmhouse where the Bard courted his future wife. Then, enjoy [LF] a light LUNCH and visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE, where he grew up and lived the first years of his married life. (B,L,D)
Day 14STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–LONDON.
 Today’s highlight is a guided tour of magnificent BLENHEIM PALACE, home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Depart after lunch and return to London at about 3:30 pm. How about celebrating the success of your vacation by taking in one of the great West End shows? (B)
Day 15LONDON.
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Globus Meals

Full English breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 4 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Newport

Globus Pricing Details

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$974

Triple room reduction per person:
$61

Extra nights per person in London:
in single room $191-$281, in twin $109-$152, in triple $103-$143

Globus Notes

  • June 19 Departure – Stonehenge will be closed due to Summer Solstice and a visit to Salisbury Cathedral will be included instead.
  • July 24, 31 August 7, and 14 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included

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