Britain and Ireland 10 Day Tour: $2249**

Changing of the Guard - London, England

Changing of the Guard – London, England

Britain & Ireland 10 Day Tour: July 23 – Aug. 2, 2016

(Other dates available.)

10 Day Tour from London to London

MRTA Member Price is $2249*

 

*Based on double occupancy (two to a room). Seats are limited. Air fare is not included in price but is available for purchase.

Trip Protection = $189.

GB map 10 day, Essential Brit. Ire.

Vacation Overview

This comprehensive vacation introduces you to all five countries that make up the British Isles.

If you’re a fan of castles, you’ll enjoy your visit to Cardiff Castle, dating back over 2,000 years. Hear about its history of invasions, abductions, and conflicts, and see its fairytale towers. You’ll also visit Edinburgh Castle, dating back to the 12th century, once residence of Scottish monarchs and today home to the Scottish Crown Jewels. 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. You’ll see more artisans at work on your visit to Ireland’s oldest hand weaving mill at Avoca—a special treat arranged by Globus for you. Also in Ireland, you’ll visit Glendalough, an early Christian monastic site set in a glaciated valley with two lakes founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century.

Globus has also included special experiences for you throughout this tour. For example, you’ll enjoy a traditional Irish coffee is Waterford and a light lunch in the charming Elizabethan town of Stratford-upon-Avon. It’s just another way Globus brings these destinations to life on this tour of Britain and Ireland—a vacation of a lifetime!

Day 1Arrive 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 2London–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 stunning new 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 with wine at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 3Newport–Cardiff–Waterford, Ireland

A morning orientation drive in the Welsh capital features all the major attractions. Take a guided tour of Cardiff Castle, and discover its history of invasions, abductions, and conflicts over the past 2,000 years. Continue along the South Wales coast to Pembroke, where your FERRY will be waiting. Sail across 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 a traditional [LF] IRISH COFFEE. (B,D)

Day 4Waterford–Avoca–Glendalough–Dublin

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL, and at Avoca, visit Ireland’s oldest HANDWEAVING MILL and watch the [LF] WEAVERS at work. Travel on to GLENDALOUGH, the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. See the engaging audiovisual Ireland of the Monasteries, then let your Local Guide show you the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. On arrival in Dublin, top the day with an optional Irish cabaret evening including dinner, dance, song, and laughter. (B)

Day 5Dublin

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 for you to explore this vibrant city. Tonight, maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse. (B)

Day 6Dublin–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. (B)

Day 7Edinburgh

Morning city sightseeing with a local expert 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. 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. (B)

NOTE:
For departures August 2 – 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.

Day 8Edinburgh–Jedburgh–York, England

This morning, drive past the abbey ruins at Jedburgh and the house of Mary, Queen of Scots, 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. (B,D)

Day 9York–Stratford-Upon-Avon–London

On the last leg of your journey, stop at Stratford-upon-Avon, the fascinating Elizabethan town. Take your pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE, and enjoy [LF] a light LUNCH. On return to London at about 3:30 pm, a Show night Theater Evening would be an incredible finale to your vacation. (B,L)

Day 10London

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales in Depth

Vacation Highlights

STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument

BATH
Visit the Roman relics

NEWPORT
Welcome dinner

CARDIFF
Orientation drive, guided tour of Cardiff Castle

PEMBROKE–ROSSLARE
Cross St. George’s Channel by ferry

WATERFORD
[LF] Enjoy a traditional Irish coffee; guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal

AVOCA
[LF] Guided tour of the handweaving mill

GLENDALOUGH
Guided tour of St. Kevin’s center of Irish Christianity

DUBLIN
Orientation drive

BELFAST
Orientation

BELFAST–CAIRNRYAN
Cross the North Channel by ferry

EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle

JEDBURGH
Take pictures of the abbey ruins

YORK
Walking tour

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and [LF] enjoy lunch

NOTE:

  • Edinburgh MilitaryTattoo ticket included for departures August 2-23.

Meals

Full English breakfast; 1 lunch; 3 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Newport

Charming Europe

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

Meals

Full English breakfast; 1 lunch; 3 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Newport

 

Transfers from the airport to the hotel upon arrival at the beginning of the trip*

Transfers from the hotel to the airport at the end of the trip*

Superior first class hotel accommodations throughout the trip

Porterage and hotel taxes and fees

Baggage handling at each hotel stop

Professional Tour Director throughout the trip

VIP admissions to popular sites – no waiting in line, admission included

Motor coach transportation throughout the tour

Full buffet breakfast daily

Special Welcome Dinner in Wales

Favorite Activities – experiences to help you become immersed in the local flavor and lifestyle

Headsets for sightseeing tours

Complimentary Wi-Fi on motor coach and at most hotels

*If air fare is purchased with the tour

 

Hotels

London

 

Hilton London Metropole

Superior First-Class

This contemporary, centrally located 1,054-room hotel is just a few minutes’ stroll away from the West End and Oxford Street, London’s major shopping area. Hyde Park and Regent Park are nearby, as are art galleries, museums and theaters. Dine on international cuisine at Fiamma Restaurant, savor Asian Fusion favorites and views of London at Minako at the Met on the 23rd floor, or enjoy exciting sports events in the Sports Bar. Discover the latest additions to the hotel, the contemporary EDG Bar & Lounge and the Whisky Lounge, serving an impressive range of whiskies. The hotel also boasts a LivingWell Health Club, a 12.5 meter heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room and the beauty salon.

Newport

 

Hilton Hotel Newport

First-Class

Business hotel with understated courtyard design & relaxed atmosphere; spacious conference facilities; near Cardiff and Bristol.

Waterford

Tower Hotel

First-Class

Traditional 4-story Hotel situated along the Quay, opposite historic Reginald’s Tower (1003 A.D.).

Dublin

The Spencer

Superior First-Class

Overlooking the River Liffey, this contemporary hotel is close to major tourist attractions, including the Custom House, O’Connell Street, Temple Bar, Grafton Street, the stunning Bord Gais Energy Theatre, O2 concert hall, and Aviva Stadium. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel. Guests can enjoy American style steak house dining at Excise Grill and traditional Asian cuisine at Spencer’s Asian Kitchen, or just enjoy drinks and cocktails at the bar. Other amenities include The Spencer Health Club, which boasts an 18-meter swimming pool, sauna, steam room, and gym; and the French Beauty Day Spa.

The Gibson

Superior First-Class

The Gibson hotel is a contemporary 4* located at the Point Village Dublin right at the end of the red Luas line. Urban and funky, the Gibson is the ultimate urban retreat. All 252 bedrooms are designed with comfort and tranquility in mind – with luxurious Respa beds, power shower, free 100MB broadband, air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, iron & ironing board and power hair dryer. Hemi Bar and Coda Eatery offer a little something for everyone, with Pan Asian dishes & cocktails served in Hemi Bar to a range of delicious prime cut steaks in Coda Eatery. Guests can avail of the 24hr guest gym and private relaxation area. Only a 15min journey to Dublin Airport via the Port Tunnel or a 12 minute ride to the city centre on the Luas the Gibson offers convenience, accessibility & much more.

Edinburgh

Holiday Inn Edinburgh

Superior Tourist-Class

Aside from its convenient location the Holiday Inn Edinburgh provides all the comforts of home including wireless connectivity, swimming pool, fitness center, restaurant and lounge.

York

 

Holiday Inn York

First-Class

The friendly Holiday Inn York is set within a lush setting on leafy grounds. Wireless Internet is accessible throughout the property including the lobby which is appointed with oak furnishings or the beautiful, tree-lined outdoor patio.

Novotel York

First-Class

Modern Brick Hotel overlooking River Ouse, 10 minutes from city center.

London

 

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Superior First-Class

Situated opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge places guests at the heart of central London. The London Eye, the London Aquarium, and the city’s finest theaters, restaurants, and bars are just steps away. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and communal areas of the hotel. Dining options include Brasserie Joël, Ichi Sushi & Sashimi, 1WB Lounge & Patisserie, and Primo Bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness center with 15-meter pool and the Mandara Spa.

 

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$526

Triple room reduction per person:
$39

Extra nights per person in London:
March-April & November: in single room $208, in twin $117, in triple $110
May-October: in single room $322, in twin $188, in triple $175

Britain and Ireland

Britain and Ireland

 

 

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