The drawbridges are down. The silver is polished. The tea is steeping from meadow to moor. One lump or two? How about five?! Showing you the sweet sights of five captivating countries over 24 days, our most in-depth tour of Britain and Ireland truly pours on the charm. Royals and writers, artists and architects, real-life warriors and fictional spies—you’ll walk in the footsteps of them all throughout the legendary cities, seaside villages, and quaint countryside hamlets of England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. Coast to coast, castle to castle, and pub to pub, you’ll drink in the classic landmarks and landscapes, the famous rivers and ruins, the breathtaking islands and Highlands, and the celebrated stories behind them all. From Abbey Road to Penny Lane and Stonehenge to Clava Cairns, this is the rock star of all Britain and Ireland vacations.
Location: Arrive In London, England
Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts will be waiting to welcome you. Free time this afternoon.
LONDON Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall, Prime Minister’s Downing Street residence, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, and a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral.
LONDON Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions at 8 am and drive to Stonehenge.STONEHENGE Guided visit.ILMINSTER Lunch at a local pub. 221 mi / 356 km
Location: Plymouth. Excursion To Cornwall
A scenic drive through the West Country to Poldark’s Cornwall with photo stop at St. Michael’s Mount.ST. IVES Free time in the popular seaside resort.PLYMOUTH LF Cruise on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbors. See the Mayflower Steps in Barbican. Free time this evening. 161 mi / 255 km
Location: Plymouth–Glastonbury–Bath–Newport, Wales
GLASTONBURY Visit the city of King Arthur and the Holy Grail legends.BATH Visit the excavations of the Roman Baths followed by free time.NEWPORT Free time. 167 mi / 267 kmENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Newport with an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
Location: Newport–Waterford, Ireland
Drive through South Wales to Fishguard.FISHGUARD Ferry crossing to Rosslare.WATERFORD LF An Irish coffee demonstration after dinner. 183 mi / 294 km
WATERFORD Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal.BLARNEY Visit the village renowned for its magical Kissing Stone with free time to explore.KINSALE Free time. 105 mi / 168 km
Location: Kinsale–Ring Of Kerry–Killarney
RING OF KERRY Panoramic drive around part of the island’s southwestern tip.KILLARNEY Free time this afternoon. 154 mi / 247 km
KILLARNEY Free time before LF dinner at Scruffy’s pub with traditional Irish music.
Location: Killarney–Dingle Peninsula–Adare–Limerick
DINGLE PENINSULA Visit the Blasket Islands Centre.ADARE Stop at the quaint village to see its pretty thatched cottages.LIMERICK Free time. 160 mi / 257 km
Location: Limerick–Cliffs Of Moher–Galway–Sligo
CLIFFS OF MOHER Visit the 668-foot-high cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean.GALWAY Free time.SLIGO Free time this evening. 167 mi / 270 km
Location: Sligo–Belleek, Northern Ireland–Derry–Giant’S Causeway–Belfast
BELLEEK Visit a pottery renowned for its Parian porcelain.DERRY Walk on the city walls with a Local Guide.GIANT’S CAUSEWAY See more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns formed millions years ago. 227 mi / 352 km
Location: Belfast–Carlingford–Dublin, Ireland
BELFAST Orientation drive includes City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, and Queen’s University. Visit the Titanic Experience museum.CARLINGFORD Stop in the charming village on the Cooley Peninsula. 128 mi / 206 km
DUBLIN Orientation drive to see O’Connell Street, Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. Free time.
Location: Dublin–North Wales–Liverpool, England
DUBLIN Ferry crossing on the North Channel.NORTH WALES A photo stop at tongue-twisting Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. Scenic drive through North Wales to Liverpool.LIVERPOOL Free time this evening. 126 mi / 203 km
Location: Liverpool–Grasemere–Gretna Green, Scotland–Glasgow
LIVERPOOL Visit The Beatles Story.LAKE DISTRICT (a UNESCO World Heritage site) Scenic Drive.GRASMERE Visit Wordsworth’s beloved village and LF try the original Grasmere gingerbread.GRETNA GREEN See where the blacksmith would wed runaway couples. 238 mi / 382 km.
Location: Glasgow–Fort William–Isle Of Skye–Inverness
Drive past Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, and Fort William en route to ferry crossing to the Isle of Skye.ISLE OF SKYE Visit the Museum of the Isles before driving across the Inner Hebridean island.LOCH NESS Drive the length of the legendary lake. 251 mi / 404 km
Location: Inverness. Highlands Excursion
THE HIGHLANDS Visit the prehistoric site of Clava Cairns. Visit but the Culloden battlefield site and visitor center. Visit Brodie Castle. 30 mi / 48 km
Location: Inverness–Pitlochry–St. Andrews–Edinburgh
PITLOCHRY Walk through the Victorian mountain resort.ST. ANDREWS See the home of golf and famous university town. 202 mi / 326 km
EDINBURGH Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the New Town, and the Old Town. Visit Edinburgh Castle to see Scotland’s Crown Jewels and visit Holyrood Palace (when available, excluding August and other occasional dates). Free time.
Location: Edinburgh–York, England
KELSO Visit Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland.YORK See York Minster on a guided walk through The Shambles. 213 mi / 343 km
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON See Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace.COTSWOLDS Scenic drive followed by LF dinner at a local pub. 162 mi / 260 km
WOODSTOCK Visit to Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.LONDON Free time this afternoon. 98 mi / 159 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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