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17 Day The Best Of British Isles (2014)

Globus Coach Tour starting in London and finishing in London

Countries Visited: England  Scotland  Ireland  Wales 
2014 Globus Europe & UK Tours Operator: Globus
Reviews: (5)
Category: Premium    Email a Friend
Duration: 17 Days    Compare Tour
From: London to London    Save to Shortlist
Tour Code: GL
  

Tour Description

This comprehensive holiday offers the very best of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland for those who want to see it all, with four two-night stays. Your journey through England begins in London and comprises visits to Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and medieval York. Then it's on to the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands for visits to Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Braemar and Inverness, and a cruise on Loch Lomond. Enjoy England's serene Lake District, and Wales's Snowdonia National Park en route to Ireland. The 'Fair City' of Dublin, the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Blarney and Waterford are all Irish highlights. Take a ferry across St. George's Channel and a drive through southern Wales to Bath to see the amazing excavations. Enjoy two nights in the seaside resort of Torquay, and an excursion into Cornwall, before returning to London via prehistoric Stonehenge and Salisbury.

Local Favorites

  • 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 Features

  • 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 center
  • 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, visit Trinity College
  • KILDARE: Guided tour of the Irish National Stud
  • LIMERICK: Orientation drive
  • CLIFFS OF MOHER: Savor 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
  • 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
  • TRANSPORTATOIN: Motorcoach; private cruise on Loch Lomond; ferries Holyhead-Dublin, Rosslare-Pembroke
  • FREE WI-FI: Available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies
  • HEADSETS: Throughout the tour
  • Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable

Superior Hotels

  • 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)

Tour Meals

  • Breakfast - 16
  • Dinner - 8

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Day
1
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 at your hotel. (D)
Day
2
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)
Day
3
York-Jedburgh-Abbotsford-Edinburgh, Scotland
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' center. 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)
Day
4
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 0729 through 0821, tickets are included for tonight's performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B)
Day
5
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)
Day
6
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)
Day
7
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)
Day
8
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. (B)
Day
9
Dublin
An orientation drive in the Irish capital includes statue-lined O'Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Then, visit Oscar Wilde's TRINITY COLLEGE, famous for the 1,200-year-old Book of Kells and the magnificent Old Library. Maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse? (B)
Day
10
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, an optional banquet at Knappogue Castle. (B)
Day
11
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)
Day
12
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 160 kilometre (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)
Day
13
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)
Day
14
Waterford-Cardiff, Wales
By FERRY from Rosslare across St. George's Channel to Pembroke and a drive through South Wales. Tonight's optional excursion is to Cardiff Castle for an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner. (B)
Day
15
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. In the evening, head into wild and romantic Dartmoor for a tasty DINNER at a local pub. (B/D)
Day
16
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 River Tamar 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)
Day
17
Exeter-Stonehenge-London
For the finale of your journey, travel to prehistoric STONEHENGE and try to unravel its mystery. Explore the stunning new visitor center 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., where your holiday ends. (B)

17 Day The Best Of British Isles (2014) Reviews

Tour reviews from past clients of Global Journeys. 5 Reviews. Average Rating 5.0 of 5.

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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We undertook two tours, this review relates to our Globus tour of the UK which was excellent, and the help I received from Yvonne at Global Journeys was superb. On this tour we were extremely fortunate to have Jim Lemmon as our Tour Guide. He was well organised, very helpful and pleasant at all times, and he was a 'Walking Encyclopedia'. He managed to link all the regions, towns and buildings etc to their interwoven history in a most enjoyable way. His little 'asides' and bits of history and knowledge were most entertaining. Tony the Irish bus driver was also extremely confident and competent in his driving, and was amazing to watch as he easily negotiated the narow difficult roads and parking spots. The two had obviously worked together often and had a friendly and entertaining repartee for us about the locations etc. They were both most enjoyable. The small detours/alternate routes were most worthwhile as was Jims selection of entertainment and places to visit at the various stops. The group was large - possibly too large at 44 for a top quality tour, so that it was difficult to get to know everyone, and to easily move around. The first coach we had was quite good, but when it went in for servicing in Ireland, the replacement had quite a noisy engine etc. which made sitting near the rear a bit 'tiring', and the next coach we got had many seats that would not recline which was annoying. We saw a huge amount of fantastic places in the 17 days, but it was extremely 'busy' (as I expected), so that the duration of 17 days was definitely a maximum to do before exhaustion set in. It was more enjoyable when we had two nights in the one spot, so that packing up was reduced (and the washing could be completed). There were a few days where we had to travel long distances, but these needed a stop at something of interest to break up the journeys rather than the uninspiring truckstops. The first of these was between York and Hadrians Wall, the second was from Pembrooke to Newport (a very boring day following the very long ferry ride), the third was from Plymouth to Stonehenge, and the fourth was from Salisbury to London. We were lucky with the weather, and all the spots we toured/visited were very interesting and great value, and should not be missed. Perhaps the only let-down was the entertainment in Edinbrough, and the hotel there. Otherwise the accomodation and included meals were generally top value - except for the Glascow hotel where the buffet kept running out of food courses. There were so many excellent highlights of this tour it is difficult to list them all, suffice to say that none should be missed. Overall, these minor negatives were overcome by the excellent service and amazing and historic places we were guided through with some fantastic detailed commentary. The detailed tour information, patient guidance and help from Yvonne Brooks from Global Journeys was fantastic, and she made our first time overseas trip a hassle-free experience. (GJ: Review split over the two tours taken.)


The combination of popular and innovative destinations, flawless service, and integrity, have earned Globus an enviable record in the travel industry. Customer loyalty is such that seven out of ten Globus customers have been recommended by past travellers, or travelled before.
Region: UK & Ireland Guided: Tour Host & Driver Average Age: 50+
Tour Type: Coach Tour Coach: 5+ Star Flights: Not Included
Accommodation: 4+ Star Max Group Size: 44 (Avg. 36) Airport Transfers: Available
Hotels: Central - Generally Free Coach WiFi: Yes Tips: Option to Pre Purchase
* Source: Globus for tours in UK & Ireland . Some variances may occur on this tour and information is provided as a guide only.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should we choose to tour the UK with Globus?

Globus tours are designed to offer you flexibility, choice, and a pace that best fits the way you want to travel. Globus offers more included features, more quality hotels, and more experience with over 80 years of taking travellers on unforgettable journeys. In addition, Globus offers more value with an average price less per day than our nearest competitor. The safety of our travelers and the richness of our vacations is a priority and it is what has made Globus the worldwide leader in travel and name you can trust.

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Who else and how many will be travelling with me?

The average number of people on a Globus tour is 38, and we limit the number of tour members on our tours to a maximum of 44. This ensures smaller groups giving you more space, comfort and legroom. However our Platinum Collection tours carry a maximum of 40 passengers.

Will the coach be modern and comfortable, and how many will be on tour with me?

If there is ever a time you'll appreciate choosing Globus, it's when you board our luxury coaches. In Europe for instance, we limit our group size to just 44 people with the average group size being 38, this means fewer seats providing extra legroom for greater comfort. With panoramic windows, air-conditioning, state-of-the-art sound system and reclining seats, you'll journey in style when travelling from one superb destination to the other. Our Platinum Collection tours carry a maximum of 40 passengers. We offer daily rotation of seating, which gives everyone a variety of views.

What is the difference between a tour director and a local guide? What are they like?

Your tour director will accompany you from the start to the end of your tour, educating you on the places and the history of the destination. Local guides are included in many cities to give you in-depth information on the culture, history and attractions of the city. Both Tour Director and Local Guides have a passion for travel, people and the destination and look forward to sharing their passion with you. If you chose to book either a "pre" or "post" - vacation extension, please note that your Tour Director may not escort you during this part of your vacation. However, in such cases, a Local Host will be available should you require any assistance.

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It is customary worldwide to pay tips to Tour Directors and Drivers on all international vacations and these are not included in your quote. The option to prepay these tips prior to departure is possible however. Please ask your consultant to include this in your quote. You will receive Gratuity vouchers with your travel documents and all you need to do is give this to the Tour Director and driver or Cruise Director and ship's crew at the end of the vacation.

Does Globus offer more tours that are not printed within each brochure?

Yes, Globus offers over 200 tours worldwide and it's not possible to include them all in a brochure. All tours are featured on our website however!

I'm finding it difficult to match two tours together?

Have you considered pre or post tour accommodation? We offer fantastic rates hard to find elsewhere and this may enable you to select sequential tours with minimal disruption to your intended travel plans.

What can my London Host offer me?

Unlike other tour operators Globus has 50 hosts located at the airport and in each of our London hotels, so you only have to walk to the lobby not half way across London for assistance. Your host is there to help you with all your questions on London, they will provide you with maps, directions and a wide range of tours to ensure you see the best of London. Whether it be a city orientation tour, or dinner and a West End show your host will provide you with all the information and assistance you require.

Do you have a share program for singles?

Globus do not take reservations on a "share" basis. Sidestep the single room supplement by travelling with a friend if you can.

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Airport Transfer Information

Globus tour members may reserve our airport transfer service at AU$ 25 per person one way on the tour start and end date of the tour and are available for flights arriving/departing, within the following times. Please see travel documents for full details regarding set pick-up times at designated airport locations. For very early departures, please note that breakfast cannot be included.

  • London (Heathrow) - 24 hours
  • London (Gatwick) - 6am to 3pm

Note: Airport transfers can be arranged when you purchase extra nights before or after the tour at AU$ 45 per person

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16 Sep 2014 02 Oct 2014 AU $3,794 AU $4,641 AU $150 AU $3,644  
18 Sep 2014 04 Oct 2014 AU $3,794 AU $4,641 AU $150 AU $3,644  
23 Sep 2014 09 Oct 2014 AU $3,794 AU $4,641 AU $150 AU $3,644  
25 Sep 2014 11 Oct 2014 AU $3,794 AU $4,641 AU $150 AU $3,644  
30 Sep 2014 16 Oct 2014 AU $3,794 AU $4,641 AU $150 AU $3,644  
02 Oct 2014 18 Oct 2014 AU $3,794 AU $4,641 AU $150 AU $3,644  
07 Oct 2014 23 Oct 2014 AU $3,783 AU $4,630 AU $150 AU $3,633  
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