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10% off Young Traveler discount based on the full land-only cost of the tour. Only applies to Globus and Cosmos; does not apply to Avalon Waterways, vacations including Oberammergau or Escapes Vacations by Globus. To receive the Young Traveler discount, the age of the traveler must qualify at start date of the vacation. Does not apply to custom groups. Discount is applicable to any accommodation. Additional restrictions may apply.
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Up to $500 Welcome Back Credit for Repeat Travelers
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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 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)
- 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
Visit the prehistoric monument
Visit the Roman relics
Cross St. George’s Channel by ferry
Enjoy an [LF] Irish Coffee demonstration; guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal
Visit Kilkenny Castle
Cross the North Channel by ferry
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle
Take pictures of the abbey ruins
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplaceMotorcoach; ferries Pembroke-Rosslare, Belfast-Cairnryan.
Full English breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Newport
Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
No Triple Room Reduction
Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.
225 Edgware Road
London , United Kingdom
200 Westminster Bridge
London , United Kingdom
Newport-Gwent , United Kingdom
Waterford , Ireland
Dublin , Ireland
Dublin 1 , Ireland
53 Princes Street
Edinburgh , United Kingdom
1 - 3 Baxter's Place
Edinburgh , United Kingdom
York , United Kingdom
Skelton-York , United Kingdom
Question: We live in Syracuse NY. Is there a local office we can book our Trip? Or do we have to it online or by phone?
Question: Does your agency help set up flight arrangements?
Question: Can you extend your time in London at the end of the tour? Would Globus set up the hotel and a trip to the airport?
Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?
Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?
This is the 3rd tour we took with Globus. While this tour was adequate, it did not measure up to the high quality tours that we have come to expect from Globus. The Tour Guide an Bus Driver were not the quality we expected. The Tour Guide tried to go to long between toilet stops which caused problems for many on the tour. The Driver was questionable with his sudden braking and erratic turning. All in all, this Tour did not measure up to Globus standards.
I took my two oldest grandchildren on this trip of a lifetime. We had so much fun! I worried we wouldn't have enough time to explore on our own but we did. We loved the food of different countries and just walking around and taking in the sights.
Our consultant, Bobby, was great. We appreciate that he was attentive & helpful without being pushy.
A wonderful trip. We saw a lot in 10 days and we realized we could never have driven a car in the UK. Traveling by bus through the country side was comfortable and enjoyable
The hotel accomodations were not consistent with american standards of 4 star ratings, however, as this was the first time I traveled to the UK my expectations may have been too high. The facilities were OK but suffered from a variety of probliems like, no air conditioning, noisy, uncomfortable beds. The breakfasts were a nice surprise and included buffet style dining.
Best trip ever!
The hotels were the worst I have ever stayed in. No A/C, old and worn out carpets, sub standard in every way. In my entire life I have never had worse food. Ten days of simply horrid food. The Scottish evening was dreadful! The meal at the French restaurant following the show was inedible - simply unacceptable. I will NEVER book a tour thru this company again. I wish I could get my money back.
The trip was awesome - Although the weather was way above normal - the hotels did their best to make certain we were comfortable.
Great experience with Affordable Tours. Our travel consultant Rachel was extremely helpful with our add on air travel, lodging for extra days, and for insurance.
The tour was excellent except that the Hilton Metropole room was too small. The Mercure Fairfield bed was way too low and the outlets did not work with my voltage adapters which worked fine everywhere else. The dinner at Chez Mal restaurant was below standard.
Our tour with Globus to UK and Ireland was wonderful and exceeds our expectations. I would love to book a tour with Globus again thank you for making our trip a memorable one
The rooms were inconsistent. In all locations (except Waterford) the location was away from the city center...in Edinburgh the hotel was on a college campus and felt like a dormitory. The hotel was a 25 minuite bus ride into town. If you did not participate in the optional "Scottish Heritage Show, you were left on a college campus at least 10 miles from town with no public transportation.
Everyone from Globus was very courteous. Our tour guide, however, was not overly helpful or enthusiastic. This trip was more bus time (which I don't mind) versus actually seeing anything of note. We drove a lot without a lot to see. Also no prep message stated the first ferry was 4 HOURS. I might have thought twice about going because of extended travel time. First trip I took with Globus that I did not feel I got my money's worth. It needs a city tour of London.
For the price we paid, I expected more included activities. We spent a lot of time on the road, but didn't get the in-depth experiences I have had with other Globus tours in the past.
This tour was not as good as the prior Globus tours we have taken. In several cities, Edinborough particularly, the accommodations were subpar; less wine and beverages with meals; not enough time at some of the more interesting sites.
This is our 3rd trip with Globus. I would recommend Globus and a travel consultant at Affordable Tours to everyone. They are always helpful, patient and informative.
We saw all the High points of British, Scottish, and Irish cultures, wonderful castles and churches. Our guide was vey knowledgable and guided us to the best shops and restaurants. He was also friendly and funny.
I was disappointed in the hotel quality for Globus and the locations. They were not located city center. Compared to Cosmos, hotel choices and location were about the same with Cosmos costing much less.
Most rooms were very small for two people.
The hotel locations on this particular trip were not nearly as centrally located as on other trips I've taken with Globus, which was a major disappointment, that was one of the main reasons I booked with Globus. I found the older lady that worked at the Globus London Metropole office to be extremely rude. We had asked for help with something and she completely dismissed us! I found her to be an extremely bad representative for Globus.
Holiday Inn had plumbing problems; couple had to take cold showers and were told there was no other room available. At Holiday Inn at York, England the toilet seat had only one bolt to secure it to the toilet which made it dangerous to sit on. All tubs on tour except for The were dangerous for the disabled as they were too high. Seating policy on bus of rotation of seats created problems and in one case, a male tour group member hit a woman in the head because she sat in the wrong seat! Tour director was not told about this. Bus seating should be first come, first served. People got mad at each other each day we boarded the bus. American Airlines was disorganized, making last minute gate changes and departure times. Will never fly American again!!
The Globus tour was a great experience however Globus' seating policy is the WORST!!! It caused lots of unnecessary stress and conflict amongst the travelers. Only half of the people on the bus adhered to the rules (in an annoying and often times bitchy way), while the other half sat in whatever seat they desired. So it created constant chaos and confusion. For me personally, I found it unfair that I was forced to sit in a seat with an obstructed view while another girl who had an amazing view slept on her pillow the entire ride. I love taking photos of the countryside, and every sheep, cow, pig we passed so I wanted a good window seat in the middle of the bus. She had a late night of partying and was hungover so she looked like she would've loved the back. Arghh!!!! Globus' assertion that everyone wants to sit in the front is wrong thereby making this policy unfair and counterproductive. That said, it could possibly work if the Tour Director enforces it fully and clearly. I suggest putting name cards on the seat each morning so everyone knows exactly where they are supposed to sit for the day. Or, allow people to select their seats in advance like the airlines. Or, and my preference, let it go! Let people sit wherever they want. First come, first seated. If this policy continues to exist, I will definitely select another tour company for future trips because it's no fun being kicked out of your seat! It just kills the spirit of vacation which should be laid back, carefree and fun!
Well done. Thank you.
Everything was outstanding and I was very satisfied with the whole service.
Didn't realize the tour was a "4 star" for hurry. Still, had a good time.
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.
Some of the hotels were not acceptable, but for one night was bearable. The tour guide was not very helpful as compared to previous Globus tour guides. He was very hands off and didn't make suggestions for us travelers new to a foreign country. We chose not to do the optional excursions, as we wanted to explore on our own. We used several of the hotel staff to give us recommendations for food places, entertainment and local sights/shopping. We felt this was something our guide could have done. Also, it would have been nice to have known about tipping in the local restaurants. We were somewhat confused by this as some places would add the tip and others would not give you the option to add it to your credit card payment. We did not carry cash on us and left without tipping which made us feel bad. We caught on and made sure we had cash on hand, but it would have been nice to know beforehand.
We felt that the Globus staff took good care of us.
My first time overseas. Wonderful experience!
We need more time to visit some places
Everything was outstanding.
The hotel management, tour director and coach driver were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and accommodating.
Globus Staff at Metropole were not very helpful when we had a long wait to get a room assignment. Considering we went 3 days early, our accommodations could have been better(as some of the other people on the tour had beautiful accommodations). Also, the hotel was extremely hectic in the Lobby area and elevator area. On the other hand loved the Hotel Grosvenor and its location. Our Globus tour guide and driver were the best!! Our agent of your staff(Affordable Tours) has helped us tremendously in planning the trip. Any complaints were with Globus, not your staff.
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!
Some of the hotels could be better. (Novotel). Complimentary wifi should be included or discounted. Overall a good trip. Each hotel should have a tub/shower combination.
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."
I have stayed in many Hilton hotels and the Hilton London Metropole was the worst one that I have ever stayed in! It is a disgrace to the Hilton name.
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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