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Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between September 16, 2015 and April 25, 2017 for travel in 2017. Offer reliant on space availability. Applies to new 2017 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply. May be withdrawn at any time.
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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)
Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
No Triple Room Reduction
Extra nights per person in London:
in single room $264-$396, in twin $149-$221, in triple $140-$202
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Most rooms were very small for two people.
Everything was outstanding and I was very satisfied with the whole service.
Staff were all friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating to our needs. We really enjoyed the journey.
I have booked several trips with Affordable Tours.com and always had a good experience. I find their staff to be very helpful and courteous.
Everything was outstanding.
The hotel management, tour director and coach driver were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and accommodating.
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.
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!
Tour Guide and driver were really exceptional in terms of knowledge,humor and watching out for the group and individuals.
Ireland and Scotland were beautiful. I would suggest the tour not book at the London Metropole. Edgeware Rd was kind of seedy.
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!!!
We had a wonderful trip. Thank you for all your assistance!
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."
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
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
AFFORDABLE TOURS DID A GREAT JOB AND THE GLOBUS TOUR WAS REALLY OUTSTANDING.
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