Essential Britain & Ireland 2020

Essential Britain & Ireland 2020


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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 Edinburgh Castle, dating back to the 12th century, once residence of Scottish monarchs and today home to the Scottish Crown Jewels; and Kilkenny Castle, in Ireland, built in 1195 to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several route ways. 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. We have also included a special experience for you on this tour: a traditional Irish coffee demonstration in Waterford. It’s just another way Globus brings a special touch to this Britain and Ireland vacation!

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 at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 164 mi / 264 km (B,D)

Day 3: NEWPORT–CARDIFF–WATERFORD, IRELAND.
A morning orientation drive in the Welsh capital features all the major attractions: Cardiff Castle, Cathays Park, and the stately civic buildings. Continue along the South Wales coast to Pembroke, where your FERRY will be waiting. Cross 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.
Today’s Distance: 168 mi / 271 km (B,D)

Day 4: WATERFORD–KILKENNY–DUBLIN.
This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL, then travel on to Kilkenny, one of Ireland’s prettiest towns with medieval cobblestones and Old-World charm. Visit magnificent KILKENNY CASTLE, which overlooks the Nore River and has guarded this important river crossing for more than 900 years. The gardens, with extensive woodland paths, rose garden, and ornamental lake, create the setting for a beautiful stroll. On arrival in Dublin, top the day with an optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter.
Today’s Distance: 115 mi / 195 km (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 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.
Today’s Distance: 234 mi / 376 km (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,” visit 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 August 2 through August 23, 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.
Today’s Distance: 198 mi / 318 km (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, to take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE. On return to London at about 3:30 pm, a Shownight Theater Evening would be an incredible finale to your vacation.
Today’s Distance: 260 mi / 418 km (B)

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

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Inclusions

  • August 2 through August 23 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included
  • Your sightseeing may be moved to an alternate day due to events in the city

Sightseeing & Activities:

STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument

BATH
Visit the Roman relics

NEWPORT
Welcome dinner

CARDIFF
Orientation drive

PEMBROKE–ROSSLARE
Cross St. George’s Channel by ferry

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

KILKENNY
Visit Kilkenny Castle

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 birthplaceMotorcoach; ferries Pembroke-Rosslare, Belfast-Cairnryan.

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


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$680

No Triple Room Reduction

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

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
London: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
Situated opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge places guests at the heart of central London. Dining option include Brasserie Joël, Ichi Sushi & Sashimi, 1WB Lounge & Patisserie, and Primo Bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness center with a 15-meter pool and Mandara Spa. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guest throughout the hotel.
Address:
200 Westminster Bridge
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: 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, dining, imbibing, and relaxing really well. The chic restaurant and bar offers pan-Asian cuisine; or choose the sleek outdoor terrace lined with bamboo to enjoy wicked cocktails and a great choice of beers and wines. The gym and a relaxation area with outdoor baths invite you to relax after a day out in town.
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: Mercure Edinburgh Princes Street
A fine 3 star Edinburgh hotel, ideally located in the city center's popular Princes Street. Mercure Edinburgh City Princes Street Hotel has great views of Edinburgh Castle. The 158 stylish rooms all have internet access and satellite TV. Princes Dining Room and Bar are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as for light snacks and drinks.
Address:
53 Princes Street
Edinburgh , United Kingdom
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