20 Days The Best of The British Isles Tour Package from Globus Journey $3179/- (Posted on Jun 23 2011)

20 Days The Best of The British Isles Tour Package from Globus Journey $3179/-

THE BEST OF THE BRITISH ISLES – 2011
20 days from London to London, or 21 days incl. travel

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 of London, Hampton Court gardens, Oxford, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, and medieval York. Heading north, it’s on to the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands for visits of Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Braemar, Inverness, 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. The “Fair City” of Dublin, the Irish National Stud at Kildare, the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Blarney, and Waterford are just some of the Irish highlights. 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.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Special Departures:
Tickets for the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included for July 31 through August 21 vacations.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 Arrive in London, England
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? (Breakfast)

DAY 3London–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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 4 Warwick–York
A spectacular start to the day with a special guided tour of magnificent WARWICK CASTLE. 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 5 York–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. Next, visit Sir Walter Scott’s ABBOTSFORD HOUSE for an enlightening guided tour. Spend the next two nights in Edinburgh, the “Prince of Cities.” Tonight, an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (Breakfast)

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 departure numbers 0802 through 0823 tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (Breakfast)

DAY 7 Edinburgh–St. Andrews–Braemar–Inverness
Drive to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing, and through Braemar, home of the Royal Highland Games, to BALMORAL CASTLE (when available). Overnight at Inverness, the Highland capital. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Glasgow Scotland

Glasgow Scotland

DAY 8 Inverness–Fort William–Glasgow
At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE, hear about 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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, take a guided tour of the award-winning BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.” (Breakfast)

DAY 10 Liverpool–North Wales–Dublin, Ireland
Cross the border into North Wales and drive through Snowdonia National Park to lovely Betws-y-Coed. After a stop at tongue-twisting Llanfair…… board your FERRY at Holyhead for the crossing to Dublin. Ask your Tour Director for tonight’s dining suggestions. (Breakfast)

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? (Breakfast)

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. (Breakfast)

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. Enjoy the unspoiled region of Connemara, and at Moycullen, visit the Joyce family’s MARBLE WORKSHOP. (Breakfast)

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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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 newly opened HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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

DAY 17 Newport–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. (Breakfast)

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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 19 Plymouth–Stonehenge–Salisbury–London
Two sightseeing highlights on the last leg of your journey: first, prehistoric STONEHENGE, then 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? (Breakfast)

DAY 20 London
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Dublin

Dublin

ACCOMMODATION

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

SUPERIOR HOTELS – (D) Deluxe (SF) Superior First-Class (F) First-Class
London Park Plaza Westminster Bridge (SF), Warwick Hilton (F), York Novotel (F), Edinburgh Thistle (F), Inverness Ramada (F), Glasgow Novotel (F), Liverpool Novotel (F), Dublin Royal Marine (SF) at Dun Laoghaire, Limerick Strand (SF), Tralee Carlton (SF), Waterford Granville (F), Newport Hilton (F), Plymouth Holiday Inn (SF), London Hilton London Metropole (SF)

PRICE Starting: $3179/-
Single room supplement: $862
Triple room reduction: $92

Extra nights per person in London:
Apr.: in single room $122 in twin room $73, in triple room $67
May-Oct.: in single room $220, in twin room $132, in triple room $122

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