The Best Of The British Isles 2013

The Best Of The British Isles 2013


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Discover the best of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland on this getaway that features five 2-night stays. Your journey begins in England with visits to London, Henry the VIII’s Hampton Court gardens, Oxford, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle, and medieval York, where your Tour Director takes you for a walking tour through the narrow Shambles. Heading north, it’s on to the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands for visits of Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford House, Edinburgh with its castle and Holyrood Palace, St. Andrews, Braemar, Inverness, Culloden Moor, Glasgow, Gretna Green, and a cruise on Loch Lomond. Return to England to take in the serene Lake District and the Beatles Story in Liverpool before passing through Snowdonia National Park in Wales en route to Ireland. Some of the highlights include the “Fair City” of Dublin for a visit to Trinity College, the Irish National Stud at Kildare, the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, Galway, scone baking at Rathbaun Farm, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Blarney, and the House of Waterford Crystal. Ferry across St. George’s Channel and drive to Bath to see the amazing Roman excavations. Enjoy two nights in Plymouth, including an excursion to the former smuggler’s port of Looe, then return to London via prehistoric Stonehenge and Salisbury.

Day 1: Arrive in London, England.
Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 2: London.
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, and Buckingham Palace. Highlights are a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held. This afternoon, why not join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle or the Tower of London, and later, maybe an optional dinner followed by a cruise on the River Thames. (B)

Day 3: London–Oxford–Stratford-Upon-Avon–Warwick.
Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart London at 8 am for a lovely day of sightseeing: a special visit to admire the breathtaking ORNAMENTAL GARDENS of Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace; Runnymede, site of the sealing of the Magna Carta; and a walking tour in the university city of Oxford. At Stratford-upon-Avon, visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE and take your pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 4: Warwick–York.
A spectacular start to the day with a special, pre-public-opening guided tour of magnificent [LF] WARWICK CASTLE. Marvel at the opulent Great Hall and State Rooms, and visit the former private apartments. Later, in York, stand in awe in front of the great Minster, then follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. (B,D)

Day 5: York–Abbotsford–Edinburgh, Scotland.
See a section of Hadrian’s Wall, and in Jedburgh, take pictures of the abbey ruins and the house of Mary, Queen of Scots. Then, take a guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s newly refurbished ABBOTSFORD HOUSE, and after the tour, enjoy a [LF] CUP OF TEA and SHORTBREAD at the brand new visitors’ center. Spend the next two nights in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital. Tonight, consider an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (B)

Day 6: Edinburgh.
Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide 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, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (except when the Queen is in residence). Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia to see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departures July 28 through August 18, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B)

Day 7: Edinburgh–St. Andrews–Braemar–Inverness.
Drive over the elegant Forth Road Bridge and through Fife to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing. Then, through Braemar, home of the Royal Highland Games, to BALMORAL CASTLE (when available). Overnight at Inverness, the Highland capital. (B,D)

Day 8: Inverness–Fort William–Glasgow.
At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE, hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Then, enjoy a day full of Highland splendor: Loch Ness with its mysterious monster, Fort William beneath Ben Nevis, Loch Linnhe, and haunting Glen Coe. Motor across wild Rannoch Moor to the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond for a CRUISE on the loch before heading south to Glasgow. (B,D)

Day 9: Glasgow–Lake District, England–Liverpool.
On the way through the Lowland Hills, stop at Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Enter the beautiful Lake District and visit Grasmere, home of poet William Wordsworth. In Liverpool, visit the award-winning BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.” (B)

Day 10: Liverpool–North Wales–Dublin, Ireland.
Cross the border into North Wales and drive to lovely Betws-y-Coed and through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park. After a stop at tongue-twisting Llanfair..., board your FERRY at Holyhead for the crossing to Dublin. (B)

Day 11: Dublin.
An orientation drive in the Irish capital includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Then, visit Oscar Wilde’s TRINITY COLLEGE, famous for the 1,200-year-old Book of Kells and the magnificent Old Library. Maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse? (B)

Day 12: Dublin–Kildare–Limerick.
Across the Curragh to the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare. On the way to Limerick, see the Rock of Cashel, Tipperary, and on arrival, an orientation drive acquaints you with St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle, and the stone where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691. Tonight, an optional banquet at Bunratty Castle. (B)

Day 13: Limerick. West Coast Excursion.
A breathtaking view of the Clare coast from the 668-foot CLIFFS OF MOHER, then a drive across the limestone plateau of The Burren to the port city of Galway. Next, a real Irish farm experience at RATHBAUN FARM. Try your hand at scone making, and learn from the farmer about sheep shearing and dog whistling. Afterwards, enjoy [LF] COFFEE and your SCONES, fresh from the oven. (B)

Day 14: Limerick–Adare–Ring of Kerry–Tralee.
Via quaint Adare with its pretty thatched cottages, and Killorglin on Dingle Bay, join the spectacular RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Take your photos of the Lakes of Killarney, then spend some time in this resort town before arriving in Tralee. (B,D)

Day 15: Tralee–Blarney–Waterford.
Morning visit to Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone. Time for lunch, to walk up to the castle, and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts. In the afternoon, proceed via Cork to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings, where you join a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. (B,D)

Day 16: Waterford–Cardiff, Wales.
By FERRY from Rosslare across St. George’s Channel to Pembroke and a drive through South Wales. Tonight’s optional excursion is to Cardiff Castle for an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner. (B)

Day 17: Cardiff–Bath, England–Glastonbury–Plymouth.
First this morning, Georgian Bath, with time to explore the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS, then focus on King Arthur’s Glastonbury. Visit pretty Widecombe-in-the-Moor as you head across Dartmoor to Plymouth, your destination for the next two nights. (B)

Day 18: Plymouth. Cornwall Excursion.
Cross the River Tamar on your way to the pretty shark-fishing village and former smugglers’ port of Looe. Back in Plymouth, a leisurely afternoon. See the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked in 1620, and hear about Sir Francis Drake. Maybe an optional cruise on Plymouth Sound. (B,D)

Day 19: Plymouth–Stonehenge–Salisbury–London.
Two sightseeing highlights on the last leg of your journey: first, try to figure out the intriguing riddle of STONEHENGE, then stroll through pretty Salisbury with its vast cathedral. Return to London around 4 pm. How about celebrating the success of your vacation by taking in one of the great West End shows? (B)

Day 20: London.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

NOTE:

  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included for departures July 28 through August 18.

LONDON
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral & see the Changing of the Guard, if held

HAMPTON COURT
A special walking tour through the palace’s ornamental gardens

OXFORD
Walking tour

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace

WARWICK
Welcome dinner; [LF] private pre-public-opening guided tour of the castle

YORK
Walking tour

ABBOTSFORD
Guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s house, then [LF] tea/coffee & shortbread

EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace

BALMORAL
Visit the castle (when open)

CULLODEN MOOR
Visit the battle site’s visitor center

LOCH LOMOND
Cruise the loch in a private boat

LIVERPOOL
Visit the Beatles Story

HOLYHEAD–DUBLIN
Cross the Irish Sea by ferry

DUBLIN
Orientation drive, visit Trinity College

KILDARE
Guided tour of the Irish National Stud

LIMERICK
Orientation drive

CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views

RATHBAUN FARM
[LF] See the farmer at work, bake your own scones, and enjoy coffee in the farmhouse

RING OF KERRY
Scenic peninsula drive

WATERFORD
Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal

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

BATH
Visit the Roman relics

CORNWALL EXCURSION
Visit the fishing village of Looe

STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument


MEALS
Full English breakfast (B); 7 three-course dinners (D) with choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Warwick

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Accommodations

LONDON The Grosvenor Victoria (SF)
WARWICK Hilton (F)
YORK Mercure York Fairfield Manor (F)
EDINBURGH The Carlton (SF)
INVERNESS Mercure Inverness (F)
GLASGOW Radisson Blu (SF)
LIVERPOOL Novotel (F)
DUBLIN Royal Marine (SF) at Dun Laoghaire
LIMERICK Strand (SF)
TRALEE Carlton (SF)
WATERFORD Granville (F)
CARDIFF The Angel (F)
PLYMOUTH Holiday Inn (SF)
LONDON Hilton London Metropole (SF)

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$857.

Triple room reduction per person:
$70.

Extra nights per person in London:
April: in single room $167, in twin $94, in triple $89.
May-October: in single room $270, in twin $167, in triple $160.

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By Scott L on May 10, 2016

Ours was a good tour with the only drawback being that covering in excess of 2500 miles in under 3 weeks resulted in an excessive amount of bus time.

By Michael P on Sep 07, 2014

The itinerary of the trip was nicely varied, and lots of fun. The extra excursions were enjoyable, but some fairly tourist oriented. We would like to see more like the 2 pub nights in Ireland (Waterford) and England (out of Exeter) that were more authentic. We personally went to a concert at Siamsa Tire in Tralee, Ireland, and there were lots of buses there. So I know that could be arranged in season. Top of the line entertainment. Although the "castle" nights were fun, the group we saw, Turas, was much better.

By Frank A on Jul 08, 2014

Two of the hotels did not have air conditioning in the rooms. Improvement can be made with the quality of the meals provided on the tour.

By James B on Sep 15, 2013

Our booked trip with cosmos was cancelled so we were offered an excellent deal with Globus. It proved to have 5 star hotels and fantastic tour guide. It is impossible to travel the British Isles by car, as the traffic and opposite side of the road driving is crazy. Our bus driver was an unbelievably great driver but fill of personality and funny. Our tour guide was very informative, funny and organized. We loved her. Great trip Thank you

By Margaret M on Sep 01, 2013

Globus' tour director for our trip was amazing. Her knowledge of, and witty stories about every place we visited was so entertaining. We decided she was largely responsible for the wonderful time we had. I've been on other Globus tours and this one was the best. I would highly recommend them as the tour group to chose.

By Kathleen H on Sep 01, 2013

This was my first trip with Globus and I have to say it was just wonderful. It far exceeded my expectations. We had the most wonderful tour guide. Her knowledge of all the stops was incredible. Our bus driver was also the best. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed all of the places we visited.

By Thomas L on Aug 11, 2013

This being our 3rd tour booked through Affordable Tours we are extremely satisfied with the services that you provided.

By Suzann T on Jul 28, 2013

Regarding the accommodations, most were very good. The exceptions were both Mercure Hotels and the Holiday Inn in Plymouth. We made a note of this with Globus. They were not terrible but not as good as the others. Holiday Inn was the only hotel not to offer free Wi-Fi. Otherwise, the trip was wonderful as Globus always is.

By Terry B on Jun 09, 2013

We were very impressed with them on this trip. The tour director was great. The director and bus driver were always very professionally dressed. The bus was always neat and clean and the Globus organization of the tour was outstanding.

By Craig E on May 19, 2013

Wonderful job by Globus. First class tour director. A lass with class. Our agent did a great job, as usual

By Carole H on May 01, 2011

It was a great trip and we had an especially wonderful tour guide. Our guide was very knowledgeable and caring. Our bus had a bad accident, but no one was injured and we got another bus and driver and went on our way without much loss of time. Globus did a fabulous job.


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