13 Day From the Shannon to the Thames

Globus Coach Tour starting in Shannon and finishing in London

Countries Visited: Ireland  Northern Ireland  Scotland  England 
2014 Globus Europe & UK Tours Operator: Globus Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
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Duration: 13 Days    Compare Tour
From: Shannon to London    Save to Shortlist
Tour Code: GU

Tour Description

This exciting itinerary combines scenic highlights of Ireland, Scotland and England. Start in Limerick with two overnights and an excursion to the Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Rathbaun Farm, where you learn about sheep hearing and scone baking. Take in the stunning 100-mile drive around the Ring of Kerry and stop in the popular resort town of Killarney. Then Blarney, Cashel, and Dublin including a comprehensive orientation drive. Cross into Northern Ireland, visit fascinating Giant's Causeway, and in Belfast the Titanic Exhibition. Next, board the ferry to Scotland, then drive through the Scottish Lowlands to Edinburgh with its castle housing the Scotland's Crown Jewels. In Alnwick, decide whether you want to visit the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe, or explore the lavish Alnwick Garden. Your Tour Director will take you on a walking tour through the narrow Shambles in York. Then, travel to Stratford for a visit of William Shakespeare's birthplace before setting off for our Local Favorite, supper in a village inn at 13th-century Castle Combe in the Cotsworlds. The Roman Baths, pre-historic Stonehenge and London, with a guided sightseeing tour including all the famous landmarks, are the final highlights of your vacation.†

Local Favorites

  • Rathbaun farm visit
  • Excursion to the 13th-century Castle Combe in Bath including dinner at a village pub

Included Features

  • LIMERICK: Welcome dinner
  • CLIFFS OF MOHER: Savor the spectacular views
  • GALWAY: Orientation
  • RATHBAUN FARM: See the farmer at work, bake your own scones and enjoy them with coffee in the farmhouse
  • ADARE: Admire the thatched cottages
  • RING OF KERRY: Scenic peninsula drive
  • BLARNEY: Visit the famous village
  • ROCK OF CASHEL: Take photographs of this famous landmark
  • DUBLIN: Orientation drive, visit Trinity College
  • COUNTY ANTRIM: Visit Giant's Causeway
  • BELFAST: Orientation; visit the Titanic Exhibition
  • BELFAST-CAIRNRYAN: Cross the North Channel by ferry
  • EDINBURGH: Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle
  • ALNWICK: Visit the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland or explore the spectacular garden
  • YORK: walking tour
  • STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Take pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage, visit Shakespeare's birthplace
  • BATH: Excursion to 13th-century Castle Combe including dinner at a village pub; visit the Roman relics
  • STONEHENGE: Visit the prehistoric monument
  • LONDON: Guided sightseeing and see the Changing of the Guard, if held
  • MEALS: Full English breakfast (B); 4 three-course dinners (D) with choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Limerick, and 1 dinner at a village pub
  • TRANSPORTATION: Motorcoach; ferry Belfast-Cairnryan
  • HEADSETS: Throughout the tour
  • 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.

Superior Hotels

  • LIMERICK Strand (SF), KILLARNEY Scotts (F), DUBLIN Royal Marine (SF) at Dun Laoghaire, BELFAST Stormont (SF), EDINBURGH The King James Hotel (F), LEEDS Crowne Plaza (SF), BATH Hilton (F), LONDON DoubleTree by Hilton London-Hyde Park (SF)

Tour Meals

  • Breakfast - 12
  • Dinner - 5

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Arrive In Shannon, Ireland-Limerick
Cead mile failte! A hundred-thousand welcomes! After checking into your hotel, free time to relax and perhaps enjoy the hotel's leisure amenities or explore the city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.(D)
Limerick-Cliffs Of Moher And Galway Excursion
Your vacation starts in earnest with a drive to the breathtaking CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 204 metres (668 feet) above the Atlantic Ocean, to savor the magnificent panorama of the Clare coast. Then, visit Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center colourful shops and a busy cafe and bar culture. And finally, a special treat: try your hand at scone making at RATHBAUN FARM, and learn from the farmer about sheep shearing and dog whistling. Afterwards, enjoy COFFEE and your SCONES, fresh from the oven. A suggestion for a unique night out: an optional medieval banquet at Knappogue Castle. (B)
Limerick-Adare-Ring Of Kerry-Killarney
A day full of splendid scenery. Head south and stop at quaint Adare with its pretty thatched cottages. At Killorglin, join the famous RING OF KERRY for a 160 kilometre (100 mile) panoramic drive around the island's southwestern tip. Plenty to focus your camera on here: sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly coloured farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Overnight is in the popular resort of Killarney. (B/D)
On the way to Dublin, stop in Blarney, renowned for its castle and magical Kissing Stone, and at the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached in the 5th century. Later, why not join an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter? (B)
The morning's orientation drive in the "Fair City" includes statue-lined O'Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Then, a highlight visit to Oscar Wilde's TRINITY COLLEGE, famous for the 1,200-year-old Book of Kells and the magnificent Old Library. The afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse. (B)
Dublin-Armagh, Northern Ireland-Giant's Causeway-Belfast
On your way to Northern Ireland, cross the River Boyne, then stop in Armagh, seat of the Archbishop of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland. Travel on to experience awe-inspiring GIANT'S CAUSEWAY with its new visitor center. Then, in Belfast, an orientation drive introduces you to City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, Queens University, and the Parliament House at Stormont. (B/D)
Belfast-Edinburgh, Scotland
First thing this morning, visit the fascinating TITANIC EXHIBITION and learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. Next, board your FERRY and 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)
Morning city sightseeing with a local expert 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. The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. For departure numbers 0730, 0806 and 0813, 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)
Edinburgh-Alnwick-York, England-Leeds
This morning at ALNWICK CASTLE the choice is yours: visit the CASTLE itself, the opulent ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, or explore ALNWICK GARDEN, where the fountains and waterfalls are a breathtaking feature. In York, England's most complete medieval city, follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. Your overnight is in Leeds, renowned for its major role in the wool trade during the 17th and 18th centuries and later for its ornate and opulent Victorian shopping arcades.(B/D)
Head for Stratford-upon-Avon to take your photographs of Anne Hathaway's Cottage, then visit SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHPLACE and take some time to wander around the historic market town. In the afternoon, drive to elegant Georgian Bath and in the evening, join an excursion to the picture-book 13th-century village of Castle Combe followed by DINNER at a village pub. (B/D)
There is time this morning to explore the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS and walk where Romans walked 2,000 years ago. Then, try to figure out the intriguing riddle of STONEHENGE, the most famous monument of prehistoric Europe. In London, your final destination, why not take in a Shownight Theater Evening? (B)
Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the River Thames, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall's mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister's Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held. Free time in the afternoon for independent activities or to join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its fabulous Crown Jewels. Later, an optional dinner, followed by a relaxed night time cruise on the Thames River, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights, would be an incredible finale to your vacation. (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B
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+
Style: Premium 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?

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

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

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

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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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