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From the lively cities to the breathtaking scenery, you’ll discover the best of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Northern Ireland on this in-depth Britain and Ireland tour.Britain and Ireland are known for their breathtaking scenery, and this tour will not disappoint. You’ll see the 100-mile Ring of Kerry, with its rugged and magnificent landscapes; stunning scenery on Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula; the spectacular 668-foot Cliffs of Moher; Northern Ireland’s awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, formed millions of years ago; Brecon Beacons National Park, with its dramatic landscapes; and the Isle of Skye, with some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. Enjoy time in the Scottish Highlands, filled with dramatic landscapes, rolling farmland, picturesque seaside towns, and beautiful lochs (lakes).Britain and Ireland are also known for their picturesque and historic towns and cities. On this Britain and Ireland tour, you’ll visit many of these towns, including Oxford, home to some of England’s most famous colleges; Stratford-upon-Avon, where you’ll get a glimpse into life in 16th-century England in Shakespeare’s hometown; York, England's most complete medieval city with its cobbled streets and the magnificent York Minster, England’s largest Gothic cathedral; Berwick-upon-Tweed, a peaceful coastal town with a turbulent past; Strathpeffer, known in its Victorian heyday as a spa resort; Looe, a pretty fishing village; the seaside town of Tramore; Bath, known for the excavations of Roman baths used for bathing and socializing 2,000 years ago; and many more. You’ll also visit the capitals—London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Dublin, and Belfast.These are just some of the many highlights of this tour through the British Isles. For value-minded vacationers, this is the perfect way to see England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Northern Ireland!From the lively cities to the breathtaking scenery, you’ll discover the best of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Northern Ireland on this in-depth Britain and Ireland tour.
Bath , Belfast , Belleek , Blarney , Brighton , Cardiff , Cliffs of Moher , Cotswolds , Dartmoor , Derry , Dingle Peninsula , Dublin , Dungarvan , Edinburgh , Ennis , Fort William , Galway , Glasgow , Glastonbury , Highlands , Holyhead , Inverness , Isle of Skye , Kilkenny , Killarney , Liverpool , Loch Lomond , London , Newcastle , North Berwick , Oxford , Pitlochry , Plymouth , Ring of Kerry , Royal Deeside , Sligo , Stonehenge , Strathpeffer , Tramore , Ullapool , Waterford , York
ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND.Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, there’s time to rest or to start exploring the lively British capital; uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.
LONDON.What’s your pleasure? Today is devoted to exploring on your own or enjoying our exciting program of optional activities. You may choose to join a Local Guide for an optional morning sightseeing tour of the city’s famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street residence, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. The highlight is a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece built between 1675 and 1708. Later, maybe visit Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its spectacular Crown Jewels. Tonight, we recommend our optional Taste of London excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illumination cruise on the Thames River. (B)
LONDON–OXFORD–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–WETHERBY.Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing, including a walking tour of Oxford, one of the country’s oldest seats of learning; then, skirt the Cotswold Hills to Shakespeare’s Stratfordupon-Avon.Take photos of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and explore the town at your own pace. Overnight in Wetherby. (B,D)Today’s Distance: 255 mi/ 410 km
Meals: Breakfast Dinner
WETHERBY–YORK–NEWCASTLE.This morning, head north to 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. Stop for the night in Newcastle, once an important center for the wool trade and coal mining and now a vibrant, modern city. (B)Today’s Distance: 103 mi/ 166 km
NEWCASTLE–BERWICK-UPON-TWEED–NORTH BERWICK, SCOTLAND–EDINBURGH.On your way to Scotland, drive along the picturesque coastline to Berwickupon-Tweed, situated just south of the Scottish border. This peaceful town suffered a turbulent past, and its Elizabethan walls, built to keep invading Scots from entering the town, could tell a colorful tale. Stop for photographs of the Firth of Forth in pretty North Berwick before arriving in Edinburgh. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, which was once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Tour five decks and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departures August 8 and August 22, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned Military Tattoo. (B)Today’s Distance: 121 mi/ 195 km
EDINBURGH.A full day to enjoy the Scottish capital. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town,” home to famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the “Old Town,” visit Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Afternoon at leisure. A suggestion for this evening: a traditional Scottish night out, with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and, of course, the Ceremony of the Haggis. (B)
EDINBURGH–ST. ANDREWS–PITLOCHRY–CULLODEN MOOR–INVERNESS–STRATHPEFFER.A day of memorable sightseeing. Take the elegant Forth Road Bridge to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing, then cross the Firth of Tay and, via Dundee and Perth, head into the Highlands, with a stop in the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry. Cross the battlefield of Culloden Moor with its memories of Bonnie Prince Charlie, then via Inverness, head for your Highland destination. (B,D)Today’s Distance: 221 mi/ 355 km
Meals: Breakfast Dinner
STRATHPEFFER. WEST COAST EXCURSION.More spectacular Scottish scenery: Dornoch Firth, the Kyle of Sutherland, the Falls of Shin, the Mountains of Assynt, and Knockan Crag. Then, follow Strath Oykel for a visit to Ullapool, a remote fishing harbor on Loch Broom, before returning along Loch Glascarnoch. Our recommendation for this afternoon: join the optional Loch Ness Experience, which includes a cruise on the loch, followed by supper. (B)Today’s Distance: 123 mi/ 198 km
STRATHPEFFER–ISLE OF SKYE–FORT WILLIAM–GLASGOW.More heather-clad moors as you drive through the western Highlands to Lochalsh and the Inner Hebridean Isle of Skye. The route back to the mainland is by ferry across the Sound of Sleat to Mallaig, then breathtaking scenery all the way to Fort William beneath Ben Nevis. Glen Coe, where the MacDonald Clan was massacred in 1692, and a drive along the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond are scenic highlights on the way to Glasgow, Scotland’s great cultural city. (B,D)Today’s Distance: 234 mi/ 377 km
Meals: Breakfast Dinner
GLASGOW–ALLOWAY–BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND.On this morning’s orientation drive through Scotland’s largest city, see the fine 12th-century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares, built by wealthy tobacco barons. Later, stop at Alloway, the birthplace of Robert Burns, before boarding the ferry for the Irish Sea, crossing to Belfast. (B)Today’s Distance: 100 mi/ 160 km
BELFAST–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–DERRY–BELLEEK–SLIGO, IRELAND.Take the scenic route along the Antrim Coast to awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, then let the province’s story unfold as you head for the city of Derry. Later, visit Belleek Pottery, renowned for its exquisite cream-colored Parian china, before arriving in Sligo, tonight’s destination. (B,D)Today’s Distance: 214 mi/ 344 km
Meals: Breakfast Dinner
SLIGO–GALWAY–CLIFFS OF MOHER–ENNIS.Travel south to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture. Then, cross the limestone plateau of The Burren to visit the spectacular 668-foot Cliffs of Moher. Tonight, a chance to attend an optional medieval banquet at a historic castle. (B)Today’s Distance: 161 mi/ 260 km
ENNIS–DINGLE PENINSULA–KILLARNEY.Via Clonderlaw Bay to Killimer for the ferry across the Shannon estuary. Breathtaking scenery this afternoon on the Dingle Peninsula, where the 32-mile Slea Head drive affords magnificent vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. Afternoon arrival in Killarney, your destination for the next two nights. (B,D)Today’s Distance: 125 mi/ 201 km
Meals: Breakfast Dinner
KILLARNEY. RING OF KERRY EXCURSION.At Killorglin, join the road known as the Ring of Kerry for a 100-mile coastal panoramic drive featuring sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and spectacular views of the Lakes of Killarney. Then, a special optional adventure: take a horse-drawn jaunting car along the national park lakeshore for pictures of Ross Castle. Later, enjoy the optional outing to Tralee for dinner and a performance at Siamsa Tire, Ireland’s National Folk Theatre. (B)Today’s Distance: 99 mi/ 158 km
KILLARNEY–BLARNEY–DUNGARVAN–TRAMORE.More scenic splendor as you head into County Cork. Stop in Blarney, famous for its Stone of Eloquence, with time at your leisure to see the castle, and shop for Irish crafts and handmade crystal. After lunch, drive past Cork, the country’s second-largest city. Finally, pass Dungarvan and travel along the Copper Coast to the seaside resort of Tramore. Tonight, maybe join an optional pub tour before dinner at your hotel. (B,D)Today’s Distance: 131 mi/ 211 km
Meals: Breakfast Dinner
TRAMORE–WATERFORD–KILKENNY–DUBLIN.On your northbound journey pause in Waterford, famous for its exquisite crystal, and visit Kilkenny, one of Ireland’s prettiest towns with medieval cobblestone streets and Old-World charm. Afternoon arrival in Dublin—top off the day with an optional Irish cabaret evening including dinner, dance, song, and laughter. (B)Today’s Distance: 128 mi/ 205 km
DUBLIN.A day in the “Fair City” starts off with an orientation drive through Ireland’s capital and includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The rest of the day is free to enjoy Dublin at leisure. This evening’s optional dinner excursion is to the famous Guinness Storehouse. (B)
DUBLIN–CAERNARVON, WALES–LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND.Take the ferry across the Irish Sea to Holyhead on the Welsh Isle of Anglesey with its tongue-twisting names. Explore North Wales on the way to Caernarvon where the castle saw the investiture of Charles as Prince of Wales, before arriving in Liverpool. (B)Today’s Distance: 180 mi/ 290 km
LIVERPOOL–BUILTH WELLS, WALES–BRECON–CARDIFF.A day dedicated to Wales as you head south through the ancient market town of Builth Wells and Brecon Beacons National Park, land of salmon rivers and the Welsh mountain pony. In Cardiff, an orientation drive takes in Cathays Park with its splendid civic buildings and Cardiff Castle. Tonight’s optional excursion is an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner. (B)Today’s Distance: 174 mi/ 281 km
CARDIFF–BATH, ENGLAND–GLASTONBURY–WIDECOMBE–PLYMOUTH.Across the Severn Bridge to the elegant Georgian city of Bath, famed for its Roman relics. Into the West Country via Glastonbury and its legends of King Arthur, and wild and romantic Dartmoor with a visit to the picture-book village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Upon arrival in Plymouth, hear about Sir Francis Drake and see the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked in 1620. (B,D)Today’s Distance: 198 mi/ 319 km
Meals: Breakfast Dinner
PLYMOUTH. LOOE EXCURSION.Today’s excursion takes you to the pretty fishing village and former smuggler’s port of Looe. Then, follow in the footsteps of Drake, Raleigh, and the Pilgrim Fathers on an optional cruise on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s greatest natural harbors. (B)Today’s Distance: 45 mi/ 65 km
PLYMOUTH–STONEHENGE–LONDON.An interesting day heading into Thomas Hardy’s Wessex and a visit to intriguing, prehistoric Stonehenge. Explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then admire the magnificence of the monument up close. Return to London in the early evening. How about celebrating the success of your tour with a night out on the town? (B)Today’s Distance: 215 mi/ 346 km
LONDON.Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Host Service in London
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; round-trip Irish Sea crossings by day ferry; ferry across the Shannon estuary
Full English breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners with choice of menus
Health and Safety Protocols for Cosmos Tours
Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Cosmos' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Cosmos has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.
It all starts with Cosmos' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Cosmos' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.A SAFE & WARM WELCOME
Cosmos will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE
Cosmos will ensure safe distances for guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology – including Cosmos' Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between guests and other travelers on excursions.FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH
To ensure a healthy environment for team and guests, Cosmos will conduct regular temperature checks for both guests and team, and when necessary, masks will be worn by Cosmos' team members when with guests.TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS
Traveling with Cosmos removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Cosmos are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Cosmos will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.COMMITMENT TO CLEAN
As a part of Cosmos' commitment to clean, Cosmos is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH
Cosmos has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.
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Trip was Terrific!! Our Tour Guide, Julie was the best we have encountered in 40 years of travel.
This is a perfect trip for someone who wants to see Great Britain in depth. We were the only two Americans on our trip. The others were predominantly Australians and New Zealanders. That was a great experience and then the sightseeing was another experience. Both were delightful.
As reported to Cosmos on their comment sheet, I thought the trip was geared to selling overpriced optional packages.Whenever there was an optional evening tour with included dinner, we were ususally booked at a hotel somewhere in the boondocks with no places to eat other than at the hotel and nothing else around to do for the evening. And I say "overpriced" because a lot of the options could be booked directly on the internet at far cheaper prices. It appeared Cosmos was routinely adding a third to a half on. And further to that, I should have read the fine print on the itinerary offerings more closely as I was thought there would be a lot more included on a 24 day trip other than only four admissions. Mostly we were taken to a place famous for something and given the time to take it in if we wanted to pay the admission price. Then we were given too much drop off time to do anything but pay out of our pocket and take the attraction in. I've had previous trips with Trafalger, Global, Insight, and Cosmos as well as being a retired tour director myself working for 5 different companies doing coach tours around N. Am. Never have I run into anything like this trip offered (or more correctly, didn't offer). On the plus side the scenery was great, the taste of the UK and Ireland was wonderful and we had a superb tour director.
In this tour , we drove almost 2800 mikes in 21 days. Lot of countryside driving. On way we stopped st few tourist places. We were expecting Cosmos to include entrance fee to local sight seeing included in the price we paid, but mist of the places ( castles , museums ) were optional and to be paid by ourself. It is good tours if you want to get God idea of UK and Ireland. Too many optional sight seeing in the tour.
Costco has improved their hotel selections, more 4 stars.
Everything ran very smoothly. Even the stormy crossing of the Irish Sea was taken in stride. The tour guide was very helpful when My husband took ill and when I forgot my camera at a hotel.
There were some changes made by director that most of us were it happy with. She never asked for the group's input so there were things we didn't see. And things we would have skipped instead. One hotel had no hot water for the night. Another hotel water would only come out of the shower on and off. Had to rinse with a glass with water from the sink. Was very hot there not what they usually have. So hotels with no A/C were very hot. Some hotels had fans but if you waited to long you were without. Then come to find out the had a whole wing with air but let us melt in the heat. If we were pets they would have been ticketed. The bus rotation was not always followed and there was never a list posted of the times for meals, departure. Not a one. And the lack of local guides. On the whole 25 day tour there was 0ne 1 guide. Would it take this trip again or recommend it to other's. Disappointing having been on two other great trips with Cosmos.
Overall the trip was great. The coach (don't call it a bus...), coach driver, and tour guide were excellent. The only issue is that some of the hotel rooms were not the greatest. Air Conditioning is nonexistent in most, and the shower water pressure and temperature control was not the best in some. I suggest taking showers at night, because sometimes there is no hot water in the morning. The last hotel we stayed in "Holiday Inn London, Kensington High Street" had about the smallest room I have every stayed in. Basically there was about 18 inches on either side, and foot of the bed.
two rooms were inadequate for two persons with luggage - couldn't move. Cosmos needs to have directors who actually take the time to get to know who their travelers are, no name tags, even? No introductory social get together, no departing social get together? Tour director actually spent VERY little time with us travelers and moved way too fast when leading walks to specific sites in local towns - those less agile were left behind. Cosmos should NOT book people to arrive at a hotel at 7 am after being up for close to 24 hours with no rooms. Hotels don't want you sitting around the lobby and you have to means (or desire) to start exploring the surroundings!
This tour was all that we wanted it to be, from beginning to end. We have never done any foreign travel and felt that the UK was a good place to start. Nothing disappointed us. Our tour director was friendly and so knowledgeable! The British Isles In Depth is recommended by us. The only drawback...it was a little tiring but not due to any bad experience. We met great people that we plan on staying in contact with.
The actual tour itself was exceptional. The number of countries and historical sites visited was overwhelming in an excellent way. We are so happy that we chose this trip. Our tour guide was not up to the standards we had on our France and Spain/Portugal tours we took with Cosmos. He did not accompany us on most of the sites and was not available for questions. He did have a lot of knowledge about the countries we visited and shared it with us while riding on the bus. He did also seem to have perhaps financial arrangements with the places he recommended to us for purchases. A couple of the hotels were not that comfortable and were in out of the way places where we did not have options to go out during the night, therefore necessitating us to go on the optional tours, some of which were worthwhile, others not.
In regard to our trip. One of the things we were disappointed in was that on the itinerary it said we would be going to such and such a place. When we arrived if we wanted to go in (i.e. Stone Hedge, a castle, church) we had to pay. The last trip I took to the UK - these things were included in the trip itinerary at no extra cost.
Had a wonderful time in London and touring England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The tour guide made it so enjoyable with his daily commentaries and excellent service.
Our Tour Director did a fantastic job. His knowledge of the geography and history of all four countries meant so much to the 6 of us that booked together. Even when the weather was not what we would have asked for, he mitigated our concerns , altered some plans and just simply keeping us up to speed on the changes. We couldn't have asked for or received a more skilled individual. He responded to a medical matter that my wife experienced, by helping to arrange a quick visit to a medical practitioner. He truly contributed largely to our overall satisfaction with the tour.
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