Essential Britain & Ireland 2017

Essential Britain & Ireland 2017


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

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 Cardiff Castle, dating back over 2,000 years. Hear about its history of invasions, abductions, and conflicts, and see its fairytale towers. You'll also visit Edinburgh Castle, dating back to the 12th century, once residence of Scottish monarchs and today home to the Scottish Crown Jewels. 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. You'll see more artisans at work on your visit to Ireland's oldest hand weaving mill at Avoca—a special treat arranged by Globus for you. Also in Ireland, you'll visit Glendalough, an early Christian monastic site set in a glaciated valley with two lakes founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Globus has also included special experiences for you throughout this tour. For example, you'll enjoy a traditional Irish coffee demonstration in Waterford and a light lunch in the charming Elizabethan town of Stratford-upon-Avon. It's just another way Globus brings these destinations to life on this tour of Britain and Ireland—a vacation of a lifetime!

Day 1: Arrive in London, England.
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.

Day 2: London-Stonehenge-Bath-Newport, Wales.
Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart London at 8 am for a memorable day's sightseeing. Try to unravel the mystery of prehistoric STONEHENGE. Explore the visitor center 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 with wine at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 3: Newport-Cardiff-Waterford, Ireland.
A morning orientation drive in the Welsh capital features all the major attractions. Take a guided tour of Cardiff Castle, and discover its history of invasions, abductions, and conflicts over the past 2,000 years. Continue along the South Wales coast to Pembroke, where your FERRY will be waiting. Sail across 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 [LF] IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION. (B,D)

Day 4: Waterford-Avoca-Glendalough-Dublin.
This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL, and at Avoca, visit Ireland's oldest HANDWEAVING MILL and watch the [LF] WEAVERS at work. Travel on to GLENDALOUGH, the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. See the engaging audiovisual Ireland of the Monasteries, then let your Local Guide show you the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. On arrival in Dublin, top the day with an optional Irish cabaret evening including dinner, dance, song, and laughter. (B)

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 for you to explore this vibrant city. Tonight, maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse. (B)

Day 6: Dublin-Belfast, Northern Ireland-Edinburgh, Scotland.
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)

Day 7: Edinburgh.
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," 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 excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. For departure numbers July 30 through August 20, 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)


Day 8: Edinburgh-Jedburgh-York, England.
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)

Day 9: York-Stratford-Upon-Avon-London.
On the last leg of your journey, stop at Stratford-upon-Avon, the fascinating Elizabethan town. Take pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage, visit SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHPLACE, and enjoy [LF] a light LUNCH. On return to London at about 3:30 pm, a Shownight Theater Evening would be an incredible finale to your vacation. (B,L)

Day 10: London.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

NOTES:

  • July 30 through August 20 Departures- Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included
  • June 20 Departure-Stonehenge will be closed due to Summer Solstice and a visit to Salisbury Cathedral will be included instead.

SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES
STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument

BATH
Visit the Roman relics

NEWPORT
Welcome dinner

CARDIFF
Orientation drive, guided tour of Cardiff Castle

PEMBROKE-ROSSLARE
Cross St. George's Channel by ferry

WATERFORD
[LF] Enjoy an Irish coffee demonstration; guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal

AVOCA
[LF] Guided tour of the handweaving mill

GLENDALOUGH
Guided tour of St. Kevin's center of Irish Christianity

DUBLIN
Orientation drive

BELFAST
Orientation

BELFAST-CAIRNRYAN
Cross the North Channel by ferry

EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle

JEDBURGH
Take pictures of the abbey ruins

YORK
Walking tour

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage, visit Shakespeare's birthplace and [LF] enjoy lunch

Headsets throughout the tour except London

MEALS
Full English breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 3 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Newport


TRANSPORTATION
Motorcoach; ferries Pembroke-Rosslare, Belfast-Cairnryan. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

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Accommodations

London: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
This contemporary hotel is located within minutes of London's famous landmarks in the heart of city. Dining options include Brasserie Joël, Ichi Sushi & Sashimi, 1WB Lounge & Patisserie and Primo Bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre with 15-metre pool and Mandara Spa. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guest throughout the hotel.
Address:
200 Westminster Bridge
London , United Kingdom
London: Hilton London Metropole
This contemporary, centrally located 1,054-room hotel is just a few minutes' stroll away from the West End and Oxford Street, London's major shopping area. Hyde Park and Regent Park are nearby, as are art galleries, museums and theaters. Dine on international cuisine at Fiamma Restaurant, savor Asian Fusion favorites and views of London at Minako at the Met on the 23rd floor, or enjoy exciting sports events in the Sports Bar. Discover the latest additions to the hotel, the contemporary EDG Bar & Lounge and the Whisky Lounge, serving an impressive range of whiskies. The hotel also boasts a LivingWell Health Club, a 12.5 meter heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room and the beauty salon.
Address:
225 Edgware Road
London , United Kingdom
Newport: The Coldra Court by Celtic Manor
Business hotel with understated courtyard design & relaxed atmosphere; spacious conference facilities; near Cardiff and Bristol.
Address:
Chepstow Road
Newport-Gwent , United Kingdom
Waterford: Granville Hotel
Family-owned Hotel overlooking the River Suir; former home of Waterford's mayor, Thomas Meagher the father of a Civil War General.
Address:
The Quay
Waterford , Ireland
Waterford: Tower Hotel
Traditional 4-story Hotel situated along the Quay, opposite historic Reginald's Tower (1003 A.D.).
Address:
The Mall
Waterford , Ireland
Dublin: The Gibson
The Gibson does sleeping, meeting, dining, imbibing, gigging, touring, wedding and relaxing really really well. They mix all these things with a fresh, energetic, slightly off center approach and know it works. Hoover exhibitions, supporting local artists, prohibition events, urban weddings and the odd celebrity are elements of what makes them different to the normal Dublin Hotel. You will find the staff friendly, responsive and happy.
Address:
Point Village
Dublin , Ireland
Dublin: North Star
The newly refurbished North Star Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Dublin's City Centre. The hotel property boasts 160 exceptionally appointed guest rooms and suites offering every amenity to ensure a comfortable and luxurious stay for all guests.  This central Dublin hotel is the ideal location for corporate or leisure stays in Dublin. It is on the doorstep of a host of Dublin tourist attractions within walking distance.
Address:
Amiens Street
Dublin 1 , Ireland
Edinburgh: Marriott Courtyard
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh is the newest edition to the Scottish capital, combining heritage and style with an innovative design and locally inspired furnishings. The hotel has a prime location, just a five-minute walk from Princes Street and Waverley Station. Spacious, modern hotel rooms include quality amenities, such as a selection of in-room entertainment, plush bedding, and a work desk. Meals are served in The Lantern Room and the lobby offers an innovative and sophisticated space for working and relaxing.
Address:
3-5 Baxter's Place
Edinburgh , United Kingdom
Edinburgh: Holiday Inn Edinburgh
Aside from its convenient location the Holiday Inn Edinburgh provides all the comforts of home including wireless connectivity, swimming pool, fitness center, restaurant and lounge.
Address:
132 Corstorphine Road
Edinburgh , United Kingdom
York: Mercure York Fairfield Manor
18th century Georgian manor house set in its own grounds. This York hotel enjoys views of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and is 6 km from York Castle and the Jorvik Viking Museum.
Address:
Shipton Road
Skelton-York , United Kingdom
York: Holiday Inn York
The friendly Holiday Inn York is set within a lush setting on leafy grounds. Wireless Internet is accessible throughout the property including the lobby which is appointed with oak furnishings or the beautiful, tree-lined outdoor patio.
Address:
Tadcaster Road
York , United Kingdom

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By Sheryl H on Oct 20, 2015

Most rooms were very small for two people.

By Rosario M on Aug 11, 2015

Everything was outstanding and I was very satisfied with the whole service.

By Jeffrey T on Jul 21, 2015

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By Susan M on Aug 08, 2013

The hotel management, tour director and coach driver were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and accommodating.

By Ina P on May 23, 2013

All accommodations were first class, except for the Novotel Hotel where the room was very bare bones. In my previous tour, the Novotel hotels were also bad. Surprisingly, the wait staff at the restaurant were excellent.

By Katherine D on Apr 30, 2013

The first hotel in London, the Metropole, had extremely small rooms which were laid out quite poorly. Luckily, on our return to London after touring England, Wales, Ireland, N. Ireland and Scotland, our hotel was the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, which was AMAZING in all respects! All the other hotels during the tour were fine, each very different from the next. Breakfasts and included dinners were excellent at all hotels. Optional excursions were very well thought out, run like well-oiled machines, and very worth spending the money on. FUN!

By Sharon G on Sep 20, 2012

Tour Guide and driver were really exceptional in terms of knowledge,humor and watching out for the group and individuals.

By Stephan I on Sep 06, 2012

Ireland and Scotland were beautiful. I would suggest the tour not book at the London Metropole. Edgeware Rd was kind of seedy.

By Jacqueline O on Jul 03, 2012

The vacation we went on was fabulous!! Our only negative comment would be the lack of selection on the meals that were included in the package. The same 3 selections every time. Other than that, it was spectacular. Our tour guide was absolutely incredible. Very knowledgable and presented the history in such a way that it kept your attention. Kudos to her!!!

By Alexander A on May 31, 2012

We had a wonderful trip. Thank you for all your assistance!

By Elinor R on May 29, 2012

Tour guide was very knowledgeable in history, literature, and language relevant to the tour. Mornings seemed too early sometimes, but days were packed full so probably good to get early start. The optional Irish evening was outstanding, but Scottish only so-so. Nice to end with the play "Wicked."

By Karen S on May 03, 2011

This was an excellent tour. Tour guide was awesome and was a wealth of information. The couch driver was equally wonderful. Would highly recommend this tour

By Theresa L on Aug 10, 2010

Everyone on the tour was professional, knowledgeable and did go out of their way to make things as comfortable as possible for us. Thanks to all

By James M on May 11, 2010

AFFORDABLE TOURS DID A GREAT JOB AND THE GLOBUS TOUR WAS REALLY OUTSTANDING.


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