2016 SEASON
Jul 2016 - Sep 2016
2017 SEASON
Apr 2017 - Sep 2017

22 Day Britain & Ireland Discovery

Insight Vacations Guided Tour starting in London and finishing in London

Read 9 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Insight Vacations's 22 Day Britain & Ireland Discovery. A well paced tour with a blend of two-night stays in key cities plus the change of pace with two different Irish ferry crossings and pleasant driving days with frequent stops....read more

Overview

Operator: Insight Vacations
Type: Guided Tour (Premium)
Style: Regional Experience
Duration: 22 Days
From: London to London
Tour Code: B959
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Day By Day

1

London, Oxford, Cotswolds And Stratford-upon-avon

After a warm welcome from your Tour Director, settle into your luxury coach and head westwards through the green Chiltern Hills. Stop in Oxford for an orientation tour of the 'City of Dreaming Spires' and home to the world's most famous university. With time at leisure, why not enjoy a visit to the world famous Ashmolean Museum or browse through the local indoor market, before continuing via pretty Cotswolds villages to Stratford-upon-Avon? Visit the half-timbered house where the bard was born, now a museum full of memorabilia relating to his life. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception, with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. Stay: Alveston Manor, Stratford-upon-Avon
2

Medieval York

A leisurely drive brings you to the historic city of York, its story going back to the time of the Romans and the Vikings. Inside the ancient city walls, see the Minster, the largest medieval church in northern Europe, then go exploring through the maze of narrow streets to the topsy-turvy 'Shambles', where warped, over hanging timber-framed houses lean so far that they almost touch! Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Stay: Marriott, York
3

Through The English Lakes To Edinburgh

Travel across the Yorkshire Dales and wild Pennines to the picturesque English Lake District. Here a scenic wonderland awaits - rugged mountains and tranquil waters, inspiration to a host of English poets including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Tennyson and Shelley. After a visit to Wordsworth's grave in the village of Grasmere, cross into Scotland and stop briefly at Gretna Green. This is the famous spot where runaway lovers were married over the anvil at the Blacksmith's shop. Then it's on to the majestic Scottish capital. At night, selected departures attend the spectacular Military Tattoo - a colourful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Stay: Roxburghe / Crowne Plaza Royal Terrace, Edinburgh
4

Edinburgh, Scotland's City Of Culture

Join a Local Expert and drive along Princes Street to see the ornate Victorian Gothic monument to Sir Walter Scott. Then tour the elegant 18th century New Town with its classical Adam facades. Over in the Old Town, visit the castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and Scotland's glittering crown jewels. At the bottom of the Royal Mile, stands the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of the Queen. The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps research your family tartan in the Tartan Centre or visit the art treasures in the National Gallery? Stay: Roxburghe / Crowne Plaza Royal Terrace, Edinburgh
5

St. Andrews, Culloden And The Highland Capital Of Inverness

Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife and make your way to St. Andrews, the home of golf. After some time to explore, cross the Tay and drive to the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, famous for its salmon leap. Continue via Blair Atholl and over the Grampian Mountains to the sparkling Spey Valley. Travel to Culloden Moor, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was finally crushed in 1746. Visit the Culloden Visitor Centre before continuing to stately Inverness, where your centrally-located hotel looks over the River Ness and up to Inverness castle. Stay: The Columba Hotel, Inverness
6

Along The Shores Of Loch Ness To Wick

Start the day with a journey of discovery on a Loch Ness cruise. Soak up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales of 'Nessie' in the heart of Scotland's great glen. Next, follow the rugged coast north to the fishing port of Wick. Pause at the Old Pulteney Distillery to taste a wee dram of whisky and learn about the production of the national drink. Don't blink as you drive on to your hotel - you pass Ebenezer Place, which at 2.06m, is the world's shortest street! Stay: Norseman Hotel, Wick
7

Orkney Islands Experience

Visit the most northerly town on the British mainland, John O'Groats. Board the ferry to the beautiful Orkney Islands - where the hardy locals live 'below the wind and above the water'. Sightseeing includes visits to the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the mysterious Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall and the small chapel built by Italian prisoners of war during WWII. Return to your hotel for your evening meal. Stay: Norseman Hotel, Wick
8

Ullapool And Over The Sea To Skye

Relax and enjoy the pristine landscapes of lochs and mountains on your way to the fishing town of Ullapool. Then drive alongside Loch Carron and through Glen Carron, before crossing to the magical Isle of Skye - the largest and most beautiful island of the Inner Hebrides. Hear the story of the song 'Over the Sea to Skye', which tells of young Flora MacDonald and how she helped to rescue Bonnie Prince Charlie, who fled in disguise after his defeat at Culloden. Admire the scenic splendour on the way to your hotel in Broadford. Stay: Dunollie Hotel, Broadford
9

Along The Banks Of Loch Lomond To Glasgow

Return to the mainland to see remote Eilean Donan castle, which under a clear sky offers a perfect reflection in its loch. Move on to the WWII Commando Memorial where there are views of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. Continue on to the Valley of Glencoe, its dramatic peaks still echoing with the ghastly cries of massacred clansmen. Stop on the 'Bonnie Banks' of Loch Lomond, the 'Queen of Scottish lakes' according to Sir Walter Scott, before arriving in Glasgow. Stay: Marriott Glasgow
10

Walk In The Giant's Steps On The Way To Londonderry

Cross the Irish Sea, enjoying views of the Island of Arran on the way. Prepare yourself for miles of breathtaking beauty! The road clings to the coastline at the mouth of the famous 'nine glens of Antrim', alongside sandy beaches beneath towering basalt cliffs. Stop at the Giant's Causeway, and hear the legends which surround this geological masterpiece, created by the cooling of lava which burst through the Earth's crust millions of years ago. Continue to the ancient walled city of 'Derry'. Stay: Ramada Da Vinci's Hotel Derry, Londonderry
11

Belleek And Sligo Bay

Sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you inside Derry's well-preserved walls, still topped with cannons, and down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic Guildhall. Cross the border to see O'Donnell's Castle in Donegal. Drive south to visit the Belleek Pottery centre, nestled on the banks of the River Erne. Meet some of the specialist crafts people and see artisan techniques in action during your visit. Continue to the churchyard at Drumcliff, the last resting place of Irish poet WB Yeats. Then it's on to your country retreat, set on the scenic shores of Sligo Bay. Stay: Radisson Blu Sligo, Sligo
12

Connemara, Galway And Limerick

(Relaxed Start) Experience the beautiful rugged landscape of Connemara, a wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. Continue to Galway and see St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President John F. Kennedy. Move on to your hotel in Limerick, famous for rhymes, lace and Georgian houses. Stay: George Boutique Hotel, Limerick
13

The Pretty Village Of Adare To Killarney

(Relaxed Start) An orientation tour shows you King John's Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral and the treaty stone. Continue through the land of song and legend via the picturesque thatched village of Adare, into County Kerry and your Killarney hotel. Stay: Killarney Plaza, Killarney
14

Ring Of Kerry Experience

(Relaxed Start) In the morning, enjoy a trip around the Ring of Kerry, one of the world's greatest scenic journeys. See towering cliffs, lush lakelands, remote villages, Ireland's highest mountain range and the three peaceful Lakes of Killarney. With time at leisure, perhaps hire a bicycle and take advantage of the many cycle trails that Killarney has to offer, around the lake or through the National Park? At night your Dine-Around evening offers you authentic and intimate dining at a selection of local restaurants, ranging in style and ambience. Stay: Killarney Plaza, Killarney
15

Blarney Castle And Waterford

(Relaxed Start) Cross the rugged Derrynasaggart Mountains this morning and head for Blarney. Visit the ruined castle, the home of the famous Stone of Eloquence, once kissed - never forgotten! Continue on to Cork, Ireland's second most populous city, built on the River Lee. See the City Hall and St. Finbarr's Cathedral, before a delightful coastal drive brings you to historic Waterford, with its 9th century Reginald's Tower and remains of the old city walls. Stay: Dooleys Hotel, Waterford
16

Waterford Crystal, Kilkenny And Dublin

First admire the sparkling display of crystal on your guided visit to the world famous crystal factory and meet a master craftsman.Then drive to Kilkenny where you will experience first hand the ancient Celtic game of Hurling. Hear all about the world's oldest and fastest field game and learn first hand from a true craftsman, the art of making the Hurley. Continue to Ireland's lively capital, Dublin, and spend a leisurely evening relaxing, exploring or taking in a famous Irish Cabaret show. Stay: Clyde Court / Clayton Cardiff Lane, Dublin
17

In Dublin's Fair City

See Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, Irish President's home, O'Connell Street and The Customs House with a Local Expert. Then experience Ireland's national and world-famous drink with a guided visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Gain a fascinating insight into the history and traditions behind its production and enjoy a tasting with a Guinness expert. The afternoon is at leisure. Stay: Clyde Court / Clayton Cardiff Lane, Dublin
18

Across The Irish Sea Via Conwy To Chester

Bid farewell to Ireland as you board the ferry to Wales. Cross the Isle of Anglesey (via the village bearing Britain's longest name), then continue over the Menai Straits for a stop in the walled market town of Conwy. Next, follow the north coast of Wales, to re-enter England at Chester. This fine town still boasts relics of its history as a Roman fortress, as well as the unique black and white shopping arcades known as the 'Rows'. Your sightseeing tour shows you the well preserved city walls, Jubilee Clock and impressive cathedral. Stay: Best Western Premier Queen Hotel, Chester
19

Through The Welsh Marches To Cardiff

(Relaxed Start) Follow the Welsh border to ancient Ludlow. This bustling town is still dominated by the massive castle, built to resist the frequent Welsh raids, while the medieval timber framed buildings and Georgian mansions reflect a later time of peace and prosperity. Continue through the countryside to the Welsh capital and see the Millennium Stadium and civic buildings before checking in. Stay: The Park Hotel, Cardiff
20

The Roman City Of Bath

Cross the soaring Severn Bridge to reach the elegant Georgian city of Bath, built amphitheatre-style on the surrounding hills. An orientation tour shows you the impressive Royal Crescent and Pulteney Bridge, both built in mellow local stone. See the angels climbing Jacob's Ladder on Bath Abbey before visiting the Pump Room and ancient Roman Baths. Stay the night in the Cornish Countryside. Stay: St. Mellion International Resort, Saltash
21

Plymouth And The Cornish Coast Experience.

(Relaxed Start) In the morning, cross the moorlands of Dartmoor, home to 'wild' ponies, on your way to maritime Plymouth. Numerous famous voyagers have set off from this ancient port and you will see the 'Mayflower Steps', from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America. Visit a picturesque Cornish fishing village, where contraband was once landed in the dead of night. Experiences shared lead to lasting friendships. Back in Saltash, enjoy a glass of wine with your newfound friends at the delectable Celebration Dinner and toast to an inspiring journey of discovery. Cheers! Stay: St. Mellion International Resort, Saltash
22

Glastonbury And Ancient Stonehenge To London

Travel to Glastonbury, known as the resting place of the legendary King Arthur and the Holy Grail. After some time to explore, continue across Salisbury Plain to visit pre-historic Stonehenge, whose strange and awe-inspiring monoliths are reputed to be up to 5,000 years old. Your trip concludes back at London's Amba Hotel Marble Arch / Grosvenor Hotel.

Day By Day

1

London, Oxford, Cotswolds And Stratford-upon-avon

After a warm welcome from your Tour Director, settle into your luxury coach and head westwards through the green Chiltern Hills. Stop in Oxford for an orientation tour of the 'City of Dreaming Spires' and home to the world's most famous university. With time at leisure, why not enjoy a visit to the world famous Ashmolean Museum or browse through the local indoor market, before continuing via pretty Cotswolds villages to Stratford-upon-Avon? Visit the half-timbered house where the bard was born, now a museum full of memorabilia relating to his life. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception, with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. Stay: Alveston Manor, Stratford-upon-Avon
2

Medieval York

A leisurely drive brings you to the historic city of York, its story going back to the time of the Romans and the Vikings. Inside the ancient city walls, see the Minster, the largest medieval church in northern Europe, then go exploring through the maze of narrow streets to the topsy-turvy 'Shambles', where warped, over hanging timber-framed houses lean so far that they almost touch! Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Stay: Marriott, York
3

Through The English Lakes To Edinburgh

Travel across the Yorkshire Dales and wild Pennines to the picturesque English Lake District. Here a scenic wonderland awaits - rugged mountains and tranquil waters, inspiration to a host of English poets including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Tennyson and Shelley. After a visit to Wordsworth's grave in the village of Grasmere, cross into Scotland and stop briefly at Gretna Green. This is the famous spot where runaway lovers were married over the anvil at the Blacksmith's shop. Then it's on to the majestic Scottish capital. At night, selected departures attend the spectacular Military Tattoo - a colourful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Stay: Roxburghe / Crowne Plaza Royal Terrace, Edinburgh
4

Edinburgh, Scotland's City Of Culture

Join a Local Expert and drive along Princes Street to see the ornate Victorian Gothic monument to Sir Walter Scott. Then tour the elegant 18th century New Town with its classical Adam facades. Over in the Old Town, visit the castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and Scotland's glittering crown jewels. At the bottom of the Royal Mile, stands the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of the Queen. The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps research your family tartan in the Tartan Centre or visit the art treasures in the National Gallery? Stay: Roxburghe / Crowne Plaza Royal Terrace, Edinburgh
5

St. Andrews, Culloden And The Highland Capital Of Inverness

Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife and make your way to St. Andrews, the home of golf. After some time to explore, cross the Tay and drive to the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, famous for its salmon leap. Continue via Blair Atholl and over the Grampian Mountains to the sparkling Spey Valley. Travel to Culloden Moor, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was finally crushed in 1746. Visit the Culloden Visitor Centre before continuing to stately Inverness, where your centrally-located hotel looks over the River Ness and up to Inverness castle. Stay: The Columba Hotel, Inverness
6

Along The Shores Of Loch Ness To Wick

Start the day with a journey of discovery on a Loch Ness cruise. Soak up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales of 'Nessie' in the heart of Scotland's great glen. Next, follow the rugged coast north to the fishing port of Wick. Pause at the Old Pulteney Distillery to taste a wee dram of whisky and learn about the production of the national drink. Don't blink as you drive on to your hotel - you pass Ebenezer Place, which at 2.06m, is the world's shortest street! Stay: Norseman Hotel, Wick
7

Orkney Islands Experience

Visit the most northerly town on the British mainland, John O'Groats. Board the ferry to the beautiful Orkney Islands - where the hardy locals live 'below the wind and above the water'. Sightseeing includes visits to the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the mysterious Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall and the small chapel built by Italian prisoners of war during WWII. Return to your hotel for your evening meal. Stay: Norseman Hotel, Wick
8

Ullapool And Over The Sea To Skye

Relax and enjoy the pristine landscapes of lochs and mountains on your way to the fishing town of Ullapool. Then drive alongside Loch Carron and through Glen Carron, before crossing to the magical Isle of Skye - the largest and most beautiful island of the Inner Hebrides. Hear the story of the song 'Over the Sea to Skye', which tells of young Flora MacDonald and how she helped to rescue Bonnie Prince Charlie, who fled in disguise after his defeat at Culloden. Admire the scenic splendour on the way to your hotel in Broadford. Stay: Dunollie Hotel, Broadford
9

Along The Banks Of Loch Lomond To Glasgow

Return to the mainland to see remote Eilean Donan castle, which under a clear sky offers a perfect reflection in its loch. Move on to the WWII Commando Memorial where there are views of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. Continue on to the Valley of Glencoe, its dramatic peaks still echoing with the ghastly cries of massacred clansmen. Stop on the 'Bonnie Banks' of Loch Lomond, the 'Queen of Scottish lakes' according to Sir Walter Scott, before arriving in Glasgow. Stay: Marriott Glasgow
10

Walk In The Giant's Steps On The Way To Londonderry

Cross the Irish Sea, enjoying views of the Island of Arran on the way. Prepare yourself for miles of breathtaking beauty! The road clings to the coastline at the mouth of the famous 'nine glens of Antrim', alongside sandy beaches beneath towering basalt cliffs. Stop at the Giant's Causeway, and hear the legends which surround this geological masterpiece, created by the cooling of lava which burst through the Earth's crust millions of years ago. Continue to the ancient walled city of 'Derry'. Stay: Ramada Da Vinci's Hotel Derry, Londonderry
11

Belleek And Sligo Bay

Sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you inside Derry's well-preserved walls, still topped with cannons, and down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic Guildhall. Cross the border to see O'Donnell's Castle in Donegal. Drive south to visit the Belleek Pottery centre, nestled on the banks of the River Erne. Meet some of the specialist crafts people and see artisan techniques in action during your visit. Continue to the churchyard at Drumcliff, the last resting place of Irish poet WB Yeats. Then it's on to your country retreat, set on the scenic shores of Sligo Bay. Stay: Radisson Blu Sligo, Sligo
12

Connemara, Galway And Limerick

(Relaxed Start) Experience the beautiful rugged landscape of Connemara, a wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. Continue to Galway and see St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President John F. Kennedy. Move on to your hotel in Limerick, famous for rhymes, lace and Georgian houses. Stay: George Boutique Hotel, Limerick
13

The Pretty Village Of Adare To Killarney

(Relaxed Start) An orientation tour shows you King John's Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral and the treaty stone. Continue through the land of song and legend via the picturesque thatched village of Adare, into County Kerry and your Killarney hotel. Stay: Killarney Plaza, Killarney
14

Ring Of Kerry Experience

(Relaxed Start) In the morning, enjoy a trip around the Ring of Kerry, one of the world's greatest scenic journeys. See towering cliffs, lush lakelands, remote villages, Ireland's highest mountain range and the three peaceful Lakes of Killarney. With time at leisure, perhaps hire a bicycle and take advantage of the many cycle trails that Killarney has to offer, around the lake or through the National Park? At night your Dine-Around evening offers you authentic and intimate dining at a selection of local restaurants, ranging in style and ambience. Stay: Killarney Plaza, Killarney
15

Blarney Castle And Waterford

(Relaxed Start) Cross the rugged Derrynasaggart Mountains this morning and head for Blarney. Visit the ruined castle, the home of the famous Stone of Eloquence, once kissed - never forgotten! Continue on to Cork, Ireland's second most populous city, built on the River Lee. See the City Hall and St. Finbarr's Cathedral, before a delightful coastal drive brings you to historic Waterford, with its 9th century Reginald's Tower and remains of the old city walls. Stay: Dooleys Hotel, Waterford
16

Waterford Crystal, Kilkenny And Dublin

First admire the sparkling display of crystal on your guided visit to the world famous crystal factory and meet a master craftsman.Then drive to Kilkenny where you will experience first hand the ancient Celtic game of Hurling. Hear all about the world's oldest and fastest field game and learn first hand from a true craftsman, the art of making the Hurley. Continue to Ireland's lively capital, Dublin, and spend a leisurely evening relaxing, exploring or taking in a famous Irish Cabaret show. Stay: Clyde Court / Clayton Cardiff Lane, Dublin
17

In Dublin's Fair City

See Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, Irish President's home, O'Connell Street and The Customs House with a Local Expert. Then experience Ireland's national and world-famous drink with a guided visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Gain a fascinating insight into the history and traditions behind its production and enjoy a tasting with a Guinness expert. The afternoon is at leisure. Stay: Clyde Court / Clayton Cardiff Lane, Dublin
18

Across The Irish Sea Via Conwy To Chester

Bid farewell to Ireland as you board the ferry to Wales. Cross the Isle of Anglesey (via the village bearing Britain's longest name), then continue over the Menai Straits for a stop in the walled market town of Conwy. Next, follow the north coast of Wales, to re-enter England at Chester. This fine town still boasts relics of its history as a Roman fortress, as well as the unique black and white shopping arcades known as the 'Rows'. Your sightseeing tour shows you the well preserved city walls, Jubilee Clock and impressive cathedral. Stay: Best Western Premier Queen Hotel, Chester
19

Through The Welsh Marches To Cardiff

(Relaxed Start) Follow the Welsh border to ancient Ludlow. This bustling town is still dominated by the massive castle, built to resist the frequent Welsh raids, while the medieval timber framed buildings and Georgian mansions reflect a later time of peace and prosperity. Continue through the countryside to the Welsh capital and see the Millennium Stadium and civic buildings before checking in. Stay: The Park Hotel, Cardiff
20

The Roman City Of Bath

Cross the soaring Severn Bridge to reach the elegant Georgian city of Bath, built amphitheatre-style on the surrounding hills. An orientation tour shows you the impressive Royal Crescent and Pulteney Bridge, both built in mellow local stone. See the angels climbing Jacob's Ladder on Bath Abbey before visiting the Pump Room and ancient Roman Baths. Stay the night in the Cornish Countryside. Stay: St. Mellion International Resort, Saltash
21

Plymouth And The Cornish Coast Experience.

(Relaxed Start) In the morning, cross the moorlands of Dartmoor, home to 'wild' ponies, on your way to maritime Plymouth. Numerous famous voyagers have set off from this ancient port and you will see the 'Mayflower Steps', from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America. Visit a picturesque Cornish fishing village, where contraband was once landed in the dead of night. Experiences shared lead to lasting friendships. Back in Saltash, enjoy a glass of wine with your newfound friends at the delectable Celebration Dinner and toast to an inspiring journey of discovery. Cheers! Stay: St. Mellion International Resort, Saltash
22

Glastonbury And Ancient Stonehenge To London

Travel to Glastonbury, known as the resting place of the legendary King Arthur and the Holy Grail. After some time to explore, continue across Salisbury Plain to visit pre-historic Stonehenge, whose strange and awe-inspiring monoliths are reputed to be up to 5,000 years old. Your trip concludes back at London's Amba Hotel Marble Arch / Grosvenor Hotel.

Trip Inclusions

Signature Experiences And Dining

  • Stratford: Venture inside the timber-framed building where the 'Bard of Avon' was born and grew up.
  • Edinburgh: For a limited time in August, witness the breathtaking spectacle of the Military Tattoo.
  • Edinburgh: Within the walls of Edinburgh Castle, view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
  • Highlands: At the exciting Culloden Visitor Centre, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour, yet changed the Highland way of life forever.
  • Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of 'Nessie' during a scenic cruise.
  • Orkney Isles: Join a fascinating excursion of discovery on the very fringes of Britain. Strewn across the windswept Orkneys are relics that span human history; from pagan stone circles to reminders of wartime tragedy.
  • Giant's Causeway: The towering hexagonal basalt columns are a geographical spectacle to behold.
  • Londonderry: City sightseeing with a Local Expert.
  • Belleek: Enjoy a guided tour of the porcelain production process and meet some of the specialist crafts people.
  • Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you tour the Ring of Kerry.
  • Blarney: Visit the castle and climb the battlements for the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone for the gift of eloquence.
  • Waterford: A guided visit of the crystal factory.
  • Kilkenny: Learn first hand from a true craftsman, the art of making the Hurley, used in the Celtic game of Hurling.
  • Bath: Visit the Roman Baths, where offerings and curses were thrown to the Roman Goddess Sulis Minerva.
  • Stonehenge: Visit the mysterious circle of upright stones, which stands as strong today as it did 3,500 years ago.

Additional Included Highlights

  • Oxford: See the 'spires' and colleges of Oxford.
  • York: See York Minster, city walls and walk through the topsy-turvy 'Shambles".
  • Lake District: Visit William Wordsworth's grave in Grasmere.
  • Gretna Green. Visit the spot where runaway lovers were married.
  • Edinburgh: Drive along Princes Street, see the Sir Walter Scott monument. Tour the 18th century New Town. Drive along part of the Royal Mile to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • St Andrews: See part of the 'old course' home of golf.
  • Loch Ness: Look for the monster.
  • Wick: See the world's shortest street.
  • Eilean Donan: Photo opportunity at the famous castle.
  • Derry: Walk inside the walls to the Gothic Guildhall.
  • Drumcliff: Visit the last resting place of Irish poet WB Yeats.
  • Connemara: Tour the workshop of the famous marble factory.
  • Galway: See St Nicholas Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
  • Limerick: See King John's Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral and the treaty stone.
  • Adare: See the picturesque thatched cottages.
  • Cork: See the City Hall and St Finbarr's Cathedral.
  • Waterford: See Reginald's Tower, the ruined city walls and enjoy a guided visit to the Waterford Crystal Factory and Showrooms.
  • Kilkenny: See the Norman Castle and ancient Cathedral.
  • Dublin: See the Georgian squares, Irish President's home, O'Connell Street and Customs House.
  • Caernarfon: Stop in the shadow of the mighty castle.
  • Chester: See the unique 'Black and white' 'Rows', well preserved city walls, Jubilee Clock and impressive cathedral.
  • Ludlow: Explore the narrow streets and lanes in front of the castle. Admire the medieval timber framed buildings and Georgian mansions.
  • Cardiff: See the Millennium Stadium and civic buildings.
  • Bath: See the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.
  • Plymouth: See the 'Mayflower Steps', Barbican and Hoe.
  • Looe: Visit the picturesque fishing village.
  • Glastonbury: Drive past the ruined Abbey.
  • Scenic drives: Cotswolds, Lake District, Highlands, Glencoe, Isle of Skye, Loch Lomond, Antrim coast, Connemara, Ring of Kerry, Severn Bridge, Cornish Coast, Dartmoor.

Authentic Regional Flavours

  • Wick: The Old Pulteney distillery produces whisky with a distinctive flavour, bursting with the power and subtlety of the sea. Share a wee dram with a master distiller who imparts the age-old techniques of whisky production.
  • Killarney: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around evening.
  • Dublin: Visit the Guinness Storehouse and enjoy a tasting with a Guinness expert.
  • Exeter: Celebrate the culmination of your tour in style with wine and palate pleasing cuisine.

Stay At The Best Addresses

  • Killarney: The Towers is a contemporary hotel, centrally located and offers all modern conveniences.
  • 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 21 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 8 three-course Dinners, plus tea or coffee (D) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD).

Additional Five Star Services

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • London Airport transfer service available.

Trip Inclusions

PREVIEW 2017

  • 2017 tours at 2016 prices! If the 2017 price goes up, you pay no more; if it's lower, we will refund you the difference. You can't lose!
  • Book by 12th September to secure these savings and your place on tour!

Signature Experiences And Dining

  • Stratford: Venture inside the timber-framed building where the 'Bard of Avon' was born and grew up.
  • Edinburgh: For a limited time in August, witness the breathtaking spectacle of the Military Tattoo.
  • Edinburgh: Within the walls of Edinburgh Castle, view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
  • Highlands: At the exciting Culloden Visitor Centre, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour, yet changed the Highland way of life forever.
  • Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of 'Nessie' during a scenic cruise.
  • Orkney Isles: Join a fascinating excursion of discovery on the very fringes of Britain. Strewn across the windswept Orkneys are relics that span human history; from pagan stone circles to reminders of wartime tragedy.
  • Giant's Causeway: The towering hexagonal basalt columns are a geographical spectacle to behold.
  • Londonderry: City sightseeing with a Local Expert.
  • Belleek: Enjoy a guided tour of the porcelain production process and meet some of the specialist crafts people.
  • Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you tour the Ring of Kerry.
  • Blarney: Visit the castle and climb the battlements for the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone for the gift of eloquence.
  • Waterford: A guided visit of the crystal factory.
  • Kilkenny: Learn first hand from a true craftsman, the art of making the Hurley, used in the Celtic game of Hurling.
  • Bath: Visit the Roman Baths, where offerings and curses were thrown to the Roman Goddess Sulis Minerva.
  • Stonehenge: Visit the mysterious circle of upright stones, which stands as strong today as it did 3,500 years ago.

Additional Included Highlights

  • Oxford: See the 'spires' and colleges of Oxford.
  • York: See York Minster, city walls and walk through the topsy-turvy 'Shambles".
  • Lake District: Visit William Wordsworth's grave in Grasmere.
  • Gretna Green. Visit the spot where runaway lovers were married.
  • Edinburgh: Drive along Princes Street, see the Sir Walter Scott monument. Tour the 18th century New Town. Drive along part of the Royal Mile to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • St Andrews: See part of the 'old course' home of golf.
  • Loch Ness: Look for the monster.
  • Wick: See the world's shortest street.
  • Eilean Donan: Photo opportunity at the famous castle.
  • Derry: Walk inside the walls to the Gothic Guildhall.
  • Drumcliff: Visit the last resting place of Irish poet WB Yeats.
  • Connemara: Tour the workshop of the famous marble factory.
  • Galway: See St Nicholas Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
  • Limerick: See King John's Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral and the treaty stone.
  • Adare: See the picturesque thatched cottages.
  • Cork: See the City Hall and St Finbarr's Cathedral.
  • Waterford: See Reginald's Tower, the ruined city walls and enjoy a guided visit to the Waterford Crystal Factory and Showrooms.
  • Kilkenny: See the Norman Castle and ancient Cathedral.
  • Dublin: See the Georgian squares, Irish President's home, O'Connell Street and Customs House.
  • Caernarfon: Stop in the shadow of the mighty castle.
  • Chester: See the unique 'Black and white' 'Rows', well preserved city walls, Jubilee Clock and impressive cathedral.
  • Ludlow: Explore the narrow streets and lanes in front of the castle. Admire the medieval timber framed buildings and Georgian mansions.
  • Cardiff: See the Millennium Stadium and civic buildings.
  • Bath: See the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.
  • Plymouth: See the 'Mayflower Steps', Barbican and Hoe.
  • Looe: Visit the picturesque fishing village.
  • Glastonbury: Drive past the ruined Abbey.
  • Scenic drives: Cotswolds, Lake District, Highlands, Glencoe, Isle of Skye, Loch Lomond, Antrim coast, Connemara, Ring of Kerry, Severn Bridge, Cornish Coast, Dartmoor.

Authentic Regional Flavours

  • Wick: The Old Pulteney distillery produces whisky with a distinctive flavour, bursting with the power and subtlety of the sea. Share a wee dram with a master distiller who imparts the age-old techniques of whisky production.
  • Killarney: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around evening.
  • Dublin: Visit the Guinness Storehouse and enjoy a tasting with a Guinness expert.
  • Exeter: Celebrate the culmination of your tour in style with wine and palate pleasing cuisine.

Stay At The Best Addresses

  • Killarney: The Towers is a contemporary hotel, centrally located and offers all modern conveniences.
  • 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 21 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 8 three-course Dinners, plus tea or coffee (D) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD).

Additional Five Star Services

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • London Airport transfer service available.

Trip Notes

  • Insight's 2017 UK Preview pricing is available on select itineraries and are valid until 12 September 2016.
  • A non-refundable deposit is required per standard booking conditions to lock in the "best price". If the tour price is higher once the main brochure is released in mid-September, Insight will honour the lower Preview rate - if it is lower, Insight will refund the difference.
  • Please note all itineraries, hotels and prices are subject to change and will be finalised when the 2017 Europe brochure is released.

Operator Details

Region: UK & Ireland
Style: Regional Experience
Accommodation: 4+ Star
Hotels: Central - Mostly
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Coach: 5 Star
Average Age: 60+
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: Not Included
Tips: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 40 (Avg. 32)
Free Coach WiFi: Yes
* Source: Insight Vacations for tours in UK & Ireland . Some variances may occur on this tour and information is provided as a guide only.

Reviews (9)

Alan & Sandra's Holiday

Australia
Trip Date: 13/04/2016

“An exquiste taste of the UK and Ireland”

Our Britain & Ireland Discovery tour with Insight has been the most enjoyable trips we have done so far in our touring experiences. The tour guide with his enlightening stories, the places that were visited, the comfort and extra room of the Insight Coaches. The trip had a great mix and a pace that was just right of the beautiful countryside and historic places of the UK and Ireland, thanks Global Journeys and Insight we will be back!

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Australia
Trip Date: 09/08/2015

“Enjoyed every moment”

We had a brilliant experience and enjoyed every moment of our holiday. Global Journeys provided very easy online booking facility in order to arrange the holiday and our agents personal communication and ability to make requested adjustments was greatly appreciated. I would definitely consider using Global Journeys for future holiday bookings. Thanks.

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Australia
Trip Date: 19/07/2015

“Interesting, informative and a lot of fun as usual”

Booking with Global Journeys is a hassle free experience, we always get a prompt and competent service and a competitive price. We have travelled with Insight for many years and we have never been disappointed with their tours. This trip was interesting, informative and a lot of fun as usual. The sights were memorable and varied. The highlights for us were Skara Brae, the neolithic village in Orkney Islands and the Giant Causeway on the shores of Norther Ireland. I will also remember when I was asked to sit in a special chair of the late Queen Mother, at her private residence, the Castle and Gardens of Mey, (optional tour in Scotland), making the other ladies in the group a little jealous. Apparently, the late Queen Mother was rather small in stature like myself!

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Australia
Trip Date: 24/06/2015

“Very well organised and directed”

Excellent tour, very well organised and directed. Very good experience with Emily from Global Journeys - completely conducted on the internet - very professional.

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