Highlights of Britain & Ireland - 2021

Visiting: LONDON., LONDON–STONEHENGE–BATH–NEWPORT, WALES., NEWPORT–CARDIFF–WATERFORD, IRELAND., WATERFORD–BLARNEY–KILLARNEY., KILLARNEY. RING OF KERRY EXCURSION., KILLARNEY–ADARE–CASHEL–KILDARE–DUBLIN., DUBLIN., DUBLIN–MALAHIDE–BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND., BELFAST–EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND., EDINBURGH., EDINBURGH–ALNWICK, ENGLAND–YORK., YORK–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON., STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–LONDON., LONDON.


Tour Operator: Cosmos

Physical rating: Steady pace


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Tour Overview

On this Britain and Ireland tour, you’ll see Britain’s & Ireland’s highlights— from the bustling cities to the small towns and from the magnificent palaces and castles to the ancient ruins. Traveling through the lands of queens, kings, and leprechauns, begin and end in London and pass through Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England. You’ll visit some of the splendid castles and palaces for which Britain and Ireland are famous. You’ll stroll through the gardens and tour Malahide Castle, one of the oldest castles in Ireland and home to the Talbot family for over 800 years. In Edinburgh visit Edinburgh Castle, where you’ll marvel at the Scottish Crown Jewels, and Holyrood Palace (when available), and The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Finally, enjoy a visit to majestic Blenheim Palace, built in the early 18th century and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.On this tour through Britain and Ireland, you’ll enjoy guided sightseeing in many of the cities with Local Guides—experts from the area who will give you in-depth, insider knowledge of the cities and their attractions. In London, your sightseeing includes a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral; in Waterford you’ll see the highly-skilled artisan glass makers at work; and in Edinburgh your sightseeing includes both the “New Town” and “Old Town.” Additionally, at the National Irish Stud in Kildare, you’ll be shown some of the most magnificent horses in the British Isles, and you'll hear about Shakespeare’s live and times in Stratford-upon-Avon.You will also learn how to make a traditional Irish coffee and savor a pub dinner in the beautiful Cotswolds. All of this—and much more, including a visit to prehistoric Stonehenge—are included on this fabulous Britain and Ireland tour.   Please note: 2021 itinerary is based on 2020 and is subject to change, but by booking today you will lock in your price. Full details will be confirmed in September 2020.

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND.

Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

icon Day 2 LONDON.

Location: LONDON.

Your morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, 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. This afternoon, why not join an optional excursion to the Tower of London or Windsor Castle, and later, maybe an optional dinner, followed by a cruise on the Thames River?

icon Day 3 LONDON–STONEHENGE–BATH–NEWPORT, WALES.

Location: LONDON–STONEHENGE–BATH–NEWPORT, WALES.

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing. First, travel to prehistoric STONEHENGE; explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then admire the magnificence of the monument up close. In the elegant Georgian city of Bath, see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. Cross the Severn River into Wales, and tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.Today’s Distance: 162 mi / 262 km

icon Day 4 NEWPORT–CARDIFF–WATERFORD, IRELAND.

Location: NEWPORT–CARDIFF–WATERFORD, IRELAND.

An orientation in the Welsh capital features the major attractions: Cardiff Castle, Cathays Park, and the stately civic buildings. Continue along the South Wales coast to Fishguard, where your FERRY is waiting. Cross St. George’s Channel to Rosslare and proceed by coach 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

icon Day 5 WATERFORD–BLARNEY–KILLARNEY.

Location: WATERFORD–BLARNEY–KILLARNEY.

Your first highlight today is a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. Via the port city of Cork, motor to Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone, then on to Killarney for a two-night stay. Later, join an entertaining optional evening in Tralee with dinner and tickets for Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre.Today’s Distance: 129 mi / 207 km

icon Day 6 KILLARNEY. RING OF KERRY EXCURSION.

Location: KILLARNEY. RING OF KERRY EXCURSION.

Follow the road known as the RING OF KERRY for a spectacular 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip, and take your photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. This afternoon, maybe an optional fun-filled, horse-drawn jaunting-car ride.Today’s Distance: 99 mi / 158 km

icon Day 7 KILLARNEY–ADARE–CASHEL–KILDARE–DUBLIN.

Location: KILLARNEY–ADARE–CASHEL–KILDARE–DUBLIN.

Drive to quaint Adare with its colorful thatched cottages and on to the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached. Then, visit the LF IRISH NATIONAL STUD, whose fine thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. Tonight, you may wish to enjoy an optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter.Today’s Distance: 204 mi / 328 km

icon Day 8 DUBLIN.

Location: DUBLIN.

Get an overview of Ireland’s capital as you drive to statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy this vibrant city. Why not join an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse?

icon Day 9 DUBLIN–MALAHIDE–BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND.

Location: DUBLIN–MALAHIDE–BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND.

Set on 250 acres of park land, and formerly both fortress and private home of the Talbot family for nearly 800 years, MALAHIDE CASTLE is your first visit today. Join your guide on a tour of the castle with its interesting mix of architectural styles, then stroll through the extensive gardens. On your way to Northern Ireland, cross the Boyne River and drive on to Belfast, where an orientation drive takes in all the famous landmarks, including City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, and Queen’s University. Then, visit the fascinating TITANIC EXPERIENCE, where you learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912.Today’s Distance: 110 mi / 178 km

icon Day 10 BELFAST–EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND.

Location: BELFAST–EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND.

Enjoy a leisurely morning before you board the FERRY to cross the North Channel to Cairnryan on Scotland’s southwest coast and continue through the scenic Scottish border country to Edinburgh. Tonight, enjoy our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.Today’s Distance: 132 mi / 212 km

icon Day 11 EDINBURGH.

Location: EDINBURGH.

Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide 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, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available, excluding August and other occasional dates). Afternoon at leisure. Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure numbers July 28 through August 18, tickets are included for the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.

icon Day 12 EDINBURGH–ALNWICK, ENGLAND–YORK.

Location: EDINBURGH–ALNWICK, ENGLAND–YORK.

Relax and enjoy vistas of the beautiful North Sea coastline as you drive via Berwick-upon-Tweed to Alnwick, voted the “best place to live in Britain” in a national survey. In York, England’s most complete medieval city, visit YORK MINSTER, the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. Then, follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles.Today’s Distance: 213 mi / 344 km

icon Day 13 YORK–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON.

Location: YORK–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON.

Discover the beautiful hometown and final resting place of Stratford’s most famous son, William Shakespeare. Stop first for photographs at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the 500-year-old farmhouse where the Bard courted his future wife. Then, visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE, where he grew up and lived the first years of his married life. Later, enjoy a drive through the beautiful Cotswolds, followed by a traditional Sunday roast LF DINNER at a local pub.Today’s Distance: 162 mi / 260 km

icon Day 14 STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–LONDON.

Location: STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–LONDON.

Today’s highlight is the visit to magnificent BLENHEIM PALACE, home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Depart after lunch and return to London at about 3:30 pm. How about celebrating the success of your vacation by taking in one of the great West End shows?Today’s Distance: 100 mi / 160 km

icon Day 15 LONDON.

Location: LONDON.

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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    Tuesday Apr 27, 2021

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