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2015 SEASON
Aug 2015 - Sep 2015

20 Day The Best of British Isles

Globus Coach Tour starting in London and finishing in London

Discover the best of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland on this getaway that features five two-night stays. Your journey begins in England with visits to London, Henry the VIII's Hampton Court Gardens, Oxford, Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle, and medieval York, where your Tour Director takes you on...read more

Overview

Operator: Globus
Style: Premium
Duration: 20 Days
From: London to London
Tour Code: GL
Our Price From:
$ 4,674
Per Person
Save This Month:
$ 200
Per Person
Countries Visited: England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales

Day By Day

1

Arrive In London, England.

Welcome to London! Your local 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. This afternoon, why not join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle or the Tower of London, and later, maybe an optional dinner, followed by a cruise on the Thames River? (B)
3

London - Oxford - Stratford-upon-Avon - Warwick.

Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and depart London at 8 am for a lovely day of sightseeing: a special visit to admire the breathtaking ORNAMENTAL GARDENS of Henry VIII's Hampton Court Palace; Runnymede, site of the sealing of the Magna Carta; and a walking tour in the university city of Oxford. At Stratford-upon-Avon, visit SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHPLACE and take your pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (B/D)
4

Warwick - York.

A spectacular start to the day with a special, pre-public-opening guided tour of magnificent WARWICK CASTLE. Marvel at the opulent Great Hall and State Rooms, and visit the former private apartments. Later, in York, stand in awe in front of the great Minster, then follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. (B/D)
5

York - Jedburgh, Scotland - Abbotsford - Edinburgh.

See a section of Hadrian's Wall, and in Jedburgh, take pictures of the abbey ruins and the house of Mary, Queen of Scots. Then, take a guided tour of Sir Walter Scott's newly refurbished ABBOTSFORD HOUSE, and after the tour, enjoy a CUP OF TEA and SHORTBREAD at the new visitors' centre. Spend the next two nights in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital. Tonight, consider an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (B)
6

Edinburgh.

Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old "New Town" and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the "Old Town," drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland's Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (except when the Queen is in residence). Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia to see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure numbers 0802 through 0825, tickets are included for tonight's performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B)
7

Edinburgh - St.andrews - Braemar - Inverness.

Drive over the elegant Forth Road Bridge and through Fife to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing. Then, through Braemar, home of the Royal Highland Games, to BALMORAL CASTLE (when available). Overnight at Inverness, the Highland capital. (B/D)
8

Inverness - Culloden - Fort William - Glasgow.

At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE, hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie's Scottish clans. Then, enjoy a day full of Highland splendor: Loch Ness with its mysterious monster, Fort William beneath Ben Nevis, Loch Linnhe, and haunting Glen Coe. Motor across wild Rannoch Moor to the "Bonnie Banks" of Loch Lomond for a CRUISE on the loch before heading south to Glasgow. (B/D)
9

Glasgow - Gretna Green - Grasmere, England - Liverpool.

On the way through the Lowland Hills, stop at Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Enter the beautiful Lake District and visit Grasmere, home of poet William Wordsworth. In Liverpool, visit the award-winning BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the "Fab Four." (B)
10

Liverpool - North Wales - Dublin, Ireland.

Cross the border into North Wales and drive to lovely Betws-y-Coed and through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park. After a stop at tongue-twisting Llanfair... board your FERRY at Holyhead for the crossing to Dublin. For a first taste of Ireland, why not join an optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter? (B)
11

Dublin.

An orientation drive in the Irish capital includes 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 the vibrant city. Maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse. (B)
12

Dublin - Kildare - Cashel - Limerick.

Across the Curragh to the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare. On the way to Limerick, see the Rock of Cashel, Tipperary, and on arrival, an orientation drive acquaints you with St. Mary's Cathedral, King John's Castle, and the stone where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691. Tonight, you might like to join an optional banquet at Knappogue Castle. (B)
13

Limerick. West Coast Excursion.

A breathtaking view of the Clare coast from the 204-metre (668-foot) CLIFFS OF MOHER, then a drive across the limestone plateau of The Burren to the port city of Galway. Next, a real Irish farm experience at RATHBAUN FARM. Try your hand at scone making, and learn from the farmer about sheep shearing and dog whistling. Afterwards, enjoy COFFEE and your SCONES, fresh from the oven. (B)
14

Limerick - Adare - Ring Of Kerry - Tralee.

Via quaint Adare with its pretty thatched cottages, and Killorglin on Dingle Bay, join the spectacular RING OF KERRY for a 161-kilometres (100-mile) panoramic drive around the island's southwestern tip. Take your photos of the Lakes of Killarney, then spend some time in this resort town before arriving in Tralee. (B/D)
15

Tralee - Blarney - Waterford.

Morning visit to Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone. Time for lunch, to walk up to the castle, and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts. In the afternoon, proceed via Cork to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings, where you join a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. (B/D)
16

Waterford - Cardiff, Wales.

By FERRY from Rosslare across St. George's Channel to Pembroke and a drive through South Wales. Why not join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner tonight? (B)
17

Cardiff - Bath, England - Glastonbury - Exeter.

First this morning, journey to the elegant Georgian city of Bath to explore the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. You will also have time to explore the town further on your own. Then, focus on King Arthur's Glastonbury before heading to Exeter, your destination for the next two nights. Later, head into wild and romantic Dartmoor for a tasty DINNER at a local pub. (B/D)
18

Exeter. Cornwall Excursion.

Your Cornwall excursion takes you first to the pretty shark-fishing village and former smuggler's port of Looe. Then, cross the Tamar River to Plymouth to see the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked in 1620, and hear about Sir Francis Drake. Why not join an optional cruise on Plymouth Sound before you return to Exeter? (B/D)
19

Exeter - Stonehenge - London.

For the finale of your journey, travel to prehistoric STONEHENGE and try to unravel its mystery. Explore the stunning new visitor centre with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. Return to London around 4 pm. How about celebrating the success of your holiday by taking in one of the great West End shows? (B)
20

London.

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • LONDON: Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul's Cathedral & see the Changing of the Guard, if held.
  • HAMPTON COURT: A special walking tour through the palace's ornamental gardens.
  • OXFORD: Walking tour.
  • STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Take pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage, visit Shakespeare's birthplace.
  • WARWICK: Welcome dinner; private pre-public opening guided tour of the castle.
  • YORK: Walking tour.
  • ABBOTSFORD: Guided tour of Sir Walter Scott's house, then tea/coffee & shortbread.
  • EDINBURGH: Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.
  • BALMORAL: Visit the castle (when open).
  • CULLODEN MOOR: Visit the battle site's visitor centre.
  • LOCH LOMOND: Cruise the loch in a private boat.
  • LIVERPOOL: Visit the Beatles Story.
  • HOLYHEAD-DUBLIN: Cross the Irish Sea by ferry.
  • DUBLIN: Orientation drive.
  • KILDARE: Guided tour of the Irish National Stud.
  • LIMERICK: Orientation drive.
  • CLIFFS OF MOHER: Savour the spectacular views.
  • RATHBAUN FARM: See the farmer at work, bake your own scones, and enjoy coffee in the farmhouse.
  • RING OF KERRY: Scenic peninsula drive.
  • WATERFORD: Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal.
  • ROSSLARE-PEMBROKE: Cross St. George's Channel by ferry.
  • BATH: Visit the Roman relics.
  • CORNWALL: Visit the fishing village of Looe and Plymouth.
  • DARTMOOR: Dinner at a local pub.
  • STONEHENGE: Visit the prehistoric monument.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Motorcoach; private cruise on Loch Lomond; ferries Holyhead-Dublin, Rosslare-Pembroke.
  • 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.

Local Favourites

  • Guided tour of Sir Walter Scott's house in Abbotsford including morning tea
  • Visit Rathbaun farm and bake your own scones
  • Dinner at a local pub in Dartmoor

Included Meals

  • Full English breakfast (B); 7 three-course dinners (D) with choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Warwick, and 1 dinner at a local pub in Dartmoor.

Superior Hotels

  • Hotel Classifications: Deluxe (D), Superior First Class (SF), First Class (F)
  • WARWICK Hilton (F), YORK Holiday Inn (F), EDINBURGH Radisson Blu (SF), INVERNESS Columba (F), GLASGOW Thistle (F), LIVERPOOL Novotel (F), DUBLIN Royal Marine (SF) at Dun Laoghaire, LIMERICK Strand (SF), TRALEE Carlton (SF), WATERFORD Granville (F), CARDIFF Mercure Holland House (F), EXETER Mercure Exeter Southgate (F)

Operator Details

Region: UK & Ireland
Style: Premium
Accommodation: 4+ Star
Hotels: Central - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Coach: 5+ Star
Average Age: 50+
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: Available
Tips: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 44 (Avg. 36)
Free Coach WiFi: Yes
* Source: Globus for tours in UK & Ireland. Some variances may occur on this tour and information is provided as a guide only.

Reviews (5)

Overall Rating

We had a great time, saw lots. Globus experience excellent as was Georgie at Global Journeys for booking our extra nights' accommodation and the whole tour. Would recommend Globus to anyone interested in doing a British Isles tour.

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This was the first overseas tour or trip I have taken. I travelled alone from Sydney to London and went on two coach trips. Globus and Trafalgar. So I had a very good time. I must say in my opinion the Globus tour was the most informative with information, Trafalgar was a whole lot different. At first I could not get the change, but I got used to the lack of information an settled back to enjoy the tour.

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Our holiday was fantastic. Everthing that was promised was delivered. Our tour director Julian Cleary was amazing. His knowledge of history was outstanding. We were all treated with respect & dignity. As for Mark, the coach driver, wow, he could manouver that bus anywhere. The only dampener we had was that both of us ended up with the flu, but we were well looked after!

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Well organized, great tour director, would definitely travel with him again. His knowledge patience & great sense of humour were incredible. The coach driver was amazing his knowledge of roads & streets was incredible. Magnificent would & have recommend Global Journeys to our friends. Hope to do a European adventure in the not to distant future.

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2015 SEASON
Aug 2015 - Sep 2015

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