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Essential Britain & Ireland

Spectacular scenery combined with fascinating architectural remains and energetic cities—all of this awaits you on this fabulous Britain and Ireland tour. Your tour starts and ends in London with overnights in between in Newport, Wales; Waterford and Dublin in Ireland; Edinburgh, Scotland; and York, England.

If you’re a fan of castles, you’ll enjoy your visit to Edinburgh Castle, dating back to the 12th century, once residence of Scottish monarchs and today home to the Scottish Crown Jewels; and Kilkenny Castle, in Ireland, built in 1195 to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several route ways. Even older than these castles are the Roman baths in Bath, constructed around 70 AD and today one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world, and Stonehenge. You’ll visit both of these on this Essential Britain & Ireland tour. You’ll also visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and the House of Waterford Crystal in Waterford, where you’ll see the highly-skilled craftsmen at work in the production of this famous crystal.

We have also included a special experience for you on this tour: a traditional Irish coffee demonstration in Waterford. It’s just another way Globus brings a special touch to this Britain and Ireland holiday!

Please note: Itinerary is based on 2020, and is subject to change. Full details will be confirmed in September 2020.
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Tour Provider Globus
Number of Days
Price From
Start Location
London, United Kingdom
End Location
London, United Kingdom
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Tour Themes
No specific theme
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
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Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts will be waiting to welcome you. After checking into your hotel and an afternoon at leisure, we recommend our optional Taste of London excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illuminations cruise on the Thames River.
Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and depart London at 8 am for a memorable day's sightseeing. Try to unravel the mystery of prehistoric STONEHENGE. Explore the visitor centre with its imaginative exhibitions, then admire the magnificence of the monument up close. At the elegant Georgian city of Bath, see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. Then, cross the Severn River for a late-afternoon arrival in Wales. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. (B,D) Today's Distance: 164 mi / 264 km
A morning orientation drive in the Welsh capital features all the major attractions: Cardiff Castle, Cathays Park, and the stately civic buildings. Continue along the South Wales coast to Pembroke, where your FERRY will be waiting. Cross St. George's Channel to Rosslare on the Emerald Isle and proceed to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853. After dinner this evening, enjoy an IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION. (B,D) Today's Distance: 168 mi / 271 km
This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL, then travel on to Kilkenny, one of Ireland's prettiest towns with medieval cobblestones and Old-World charm. Visit magnificent KILKENNY CASTLE, which overlooks the Nore River and has guarded this important river crossing for more than 900 years. The gardens, with extensive woodland paths, rose garden, and ornamental lake, create the setting for a beautiful stroll. On arrival in Dublin, top the day with an optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter. (B) Today's Distance: 115 mi / 195 km
Day 5 - DUBLIN.
An orientation drive in Ireland's capital 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 to explore this vibrant city. Tonight, maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse. (B)
On your way to Northern Ireland, cross the Boyne River, then skirt the Mountains of Mourne. In Belfast, where the Titanic was built, take in the city's vibrant history and view the impressive City Hall. Next, board your FERRY to cross the North Channel to Cairnryan on Scotland's southwest coast and continue through the scenic Scottish border country to Edinburgh. Tonight, relax and enjoy our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (B) Today's Distance: 234 mi / 376 km
Morning city sightseeing with a local expert introduces you to the 200-year-old "New Town" and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the "Old Town," visit EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland's Crown Jewels. The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. For departure numbers 0802 through 0823, tickets are included for tonight's performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO, a vast spectacle of massed Scottish pipe bands that takes place in an arena on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. (B)
This morning, drive past the abbey ruins at Jedburgh into wild Northumberland National Park. Later, see a section of Hadrian's Wall, the Roman coast-to-coast defense against marauding northern tribes. In York, England's most complete medieval city, stand in awe in front of the great structure of York Minster, then follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. (B,D) Today's Distance: 198 mi / 318 km
On the last leg of your journey, stop at Stratford-upon-Avon, the fascinating Elizabethan town, to take pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHPLACE. On return to London at about 3:30 pm, a Shownight Theater Evening would be an incredible finale to your holiday. (B) Today's Distance: 260 mi / 418 km
Day 10 - LONDON.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Inclusions Expand
9 breakfasts
9 dinners
Departure dates Expand
Start End Availability Price
11 Apr 2021 20 Apr 2021 Open $3,749
25 Apr 2021 04 May 2021 Open $3,749
02 May 2021 11 May 2021 Open $3,779
09 May 2021 18 May 2021 Open $3,779
23 May 2021 01 Jun 2021 Open $3,819
30 May 2021 08 Jun 2021 Open $3,819
13 Jun 2021 22 Jun 2021 Open $3,779
20 Jun 2021 29 Jun 2021 Open $3,779
27 Jun 2021 06 Jul 2021 Open $3,779
04 Jul 2021 13 Jul 2021 Open $3,779
11 Jul 2021 20 Jul 2021 Open $3,779
25 Jul 2021 03 Aug 2021 Open $3,779
01 Aug 2021 10 Aug 2021 Open $3,989
08 Aug 2021 17 Aug 2021 Open $3,989
15 Aug 2021 24 Aug 2021 Open $3,989
22 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 Open $3,989
05 Sep 2021 14 Sep 2021 On Request $3,819
12 Sep 2021 21 Sep 2021 Open $3,819
19 Sep 2021 28 Sep 2021 Open $3,779
26 Sep 2021 05 Oct 2021 Open $3,749
10 Oct 2021 19 Oct 2021 Open $3,699
17 Oct 2021 26 Oct 2021 Open $3,599