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  • 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: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy a traditional Irish coffee; guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal
  • AVOCA: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy lunch

Spectacular scenery combined with fascinating architectural remains and energetic cities—all of this awaits you on this fabulous Britain and Ireland tour. Your tour starts and ends in London with overnights in between in Newport, Wales; Waterford and Dublin in Ireland; Edinburgh, Scotland; and York, England.

Trip Description

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 in 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!

Travel Theme
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

Globus Travel Reviews & Ratings
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Took the Globus "Bonnie Scotland" tour last May. November 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The tour bus was very comfortable, the driver was excellent and the Globus guide was very personable and knowledgeable. The accommodations were very good in the larger cities (Glasgow and Edinburgh) and good in the smaller ones. The tours of Stirling Castle, Scone Castle Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Yacht Britannia and the whiskey distillery were very informative. The sheepdog demonstration was great fun to watch. We enjoyed the tour.
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Awesome tour January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I took the Continental Introduction tour with Globus Journeys. This was a guided tour that visited 6 countries in 2 weeks. The tour started in Paris with 2 nights there. While in Paris we had a cruise down the Seine River and a wonderful group dinner on the banks of the Seine. We visited the Eiffel Tower where we could go to the top if we wished. The next destination was Lucerne, Switzerland with one night there. While in Lucerne we went to the top of Mt. Pilatus by way of gondola going up and the world's steepest cogwheel train coming down. There were some in our group who had never seen snow, so it was nice that there was plenty of snow. After Lucerne, we went to Lugano, Switzerland. This was a very lovely lake town and we took a boat cruise on the lake and had a nice dinner at a wonderful restaurant. The boat then took us back to Lugano for the night. The next day we traveled to Florence, Italy for 1 night with a stop in Pisa. We toured the Academy and saw Michael Angelo's David statue. After Florence we traveled to Rome for 2 nights. We toured Rome, the Vatican, the Form, the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, etc. We had the most wonderful dinner in Rome! After Rome we were in Venice for 2 nights. While in Venice we visited the Murano Glass Factory. We saw a glass blower demonstration. We also toured the Doges Palace and had gondola rides. After Venice we headed to Munich, Germany with a stop in Innsbruck, Austria. Beautiful travel through the Tyrolean Alps. We were in Munich for 1 night then headed to Bingen am Rhine. Beautiful area and our hotel was right on the banks of the Rhine River. We took a cruise down the Rhine for several hours and saw many beautiful villages and castles. After Bingen we headed to Amsterdam for the last 2 nights of our journey. While in Amsterdam we did a canal cruise, traveled to Vollendam with a stop at a working windmill, a cheese factory, and a clog makers shop. We had a very special dinner in Vollendam the last night of our trip. Our tour director was wonderful. She saw that everyone was where they needed to be and made sure that everything ran very smoothly. In each city we had local guides who helped us experience each city in a very unique way. Our bus driver was wonderful as well. He was very helpful and fun and was excellent in navigating the streets and highways to see that we arrived at each destination safely and on time. This trip was very fast paced and is to give you an overview of a large area. Since this was my first trip to Europe this was a perfect way to experience many countries in two weeks. All of our hotels were highly rated and were perfect.I highly recommend Globus. Every aspect of our trip was top notch all the way. I will definitely do another Globus tour in the future!
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New England Fall Colors March 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
It was a great vacation! Being from California, this was one of the best places to visit. Going there in early October was the best time to see the awesome Fall foliage. My favorite places were outside of the main cities, like out in the rural areas. Maine was beautiful, especially Bar Harbor and Portland. The Globus tour guide was very knowledgeable even though she was also from California.
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great company to travel with June 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
So far we have taken only 2 guided tours, both with Globus. We are impressed with the organization, competence, friendliness, and knowledge of the staff. For our next destination we will definitely look at Globus first.
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Great Britain June 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The Globus tour guide was well informed about little bits of British history and had great stories to tell while we traveled from London to Land's End to Wales, Glasgow, The Isle of Skye, Inverness, Edinburgh, York and back to London. Each day had at least three stops to see villages and historic sites. And the bathroom stops were well planned! The hotels were comfortable and well placed within the cities. To be honest, I wish I had more time to explore all the sights!
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DAY 1: Arrive in London, England

Accommodation: Hilton London Metropole

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 2: London–Stonehenge–Bath–Newport, Wales

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Hilton Hotel Newport

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.

DAY 3: Newport–Cardiff–Waterford, Ireland

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Tower Hotel

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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite IRISH COFFEE.

DAY 4: Waterford–Avoca–Glendalough–Dublin

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Spencer or The Gibson

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL, and at Avoca, visit Ireland’s oldest HANDWEAVING MILL and watch the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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.

DAY 5: Dublin

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Spencer or The Gibson

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.

DAY 6: Dublin–Belfast, Northern Ireland–Edinburgh, Scotland

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Edinburgh

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.

DAY 7: Edinburgh

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Edinburgh

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.


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 8: Edinburgh–Jedburgh–York, England

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Holiday Inn York or Novotel York

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.

DAY 9: York–Stratford-Upon-Avon–London

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a light LUNCH. On return to London at about 3:30 pm, a Shownight Theater Evening would be an incredible finale to your vacation. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 10: London

Meals: Breakfast

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,041

Price Per Day:

$ 204 per person
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 549

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement: $549

Triple room reduction per person: $40

Extra nights per person in London:

in single room $273-$413, in twin $153-$238, in triple $144-$220

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Trip Includes
  • Transportation: Motorcoach; ferries Pembroke-Rosslare, Belfast-Cairnryan. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
  • Meals: Full English breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 3 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Newport
Trip Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses
Optional Activities
  • Guinness Storehouse Visit & Supper for £58 GBP per person
  • Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion & Dinner for £56 GBP per person
Meals Included:

9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 3 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max

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


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

Waterford: Tower Hotel


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

Dublin: The Gibson

Superior First-Class

The Gibson does sleeping, meeting, dining, imbibing, gigging, touring, wedding and relaxing really really well. They mix all these things with a fresh, energetic, slightly off center approach and know it works. Hoover exhibitions, supporting local artists, prohibition events, urban weddings and the odd celebrity are elements of what makes them different to the normal Dublin Hotel. You will find the staff friendly, responsive and happy.

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: Novotel York


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

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Additional Information:

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.


A Taste of London

A unique chance to combine a traditional London pub experience with a relaxed, night-time river cruise, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights. Enjoy a three-course dinner with several local menu choices, including fish and chips and steak and ale pie at an historic London pub in the City of London. Following dinner you will enjoy scenic views from the comfort of your private cruiser. Highlights include Tower Bridge, St. Paul's and the Houses of Parliament, with commentary from your guide as you cruise along the River Thames.

Approximate value: £74 GBP per person

Shownight - Beautiful (Monday-Friday)

This fully escorted, door-to-door evening excursion includes a gourmet dinner at a first class restaurant. Choose from a tasty 3 course, 3 choice menu with wine and coffee. Dinner is followed by best seats to see the sensational musical BEAUTIFUL. Return transfers are included, and your Local Host accompanies you during this wonderful evening in London's West End. BEAUTIFUL is the untold story of Carole King8217's journey from schoolgirl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to her remarkable rise to stardom.

Approximate value: £114 GBP per person

Shownight - Kinky Boots (Monday-Friday)

This fully escorted, door-to-door evening excursion includes a gourmet dinner at a first class restaurant. Choose from a tasty 3 course, 3 choice menu with wine and coffee. Dinner is followed by best seats to see the sensational musical KINKY BOOTS. Return transfers are included, and your Local Host accompanies you during this wonderful evening in London's West End. KINKY BOOTS is Broadway's huge hearted, high heeled hit and it's coming to London! With songs by Grammy and Tony award winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendship we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. With direction and choreography by two time Tony award winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a book by Broadway legend and four time Tony award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), Kinky Boots is the winner of 6 Broadway Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography. Take a step in the right direction and discover that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out...

Approximate value: £114 GBP per person


Guinness Storehouse Visit & Supper

Guinness is known the world over - located in the heart of the St James's Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse, a former fermentation plant, has been remodeled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness. This visit will teach you everything about the world famous beer: from how Guinness is made, to the ancient craft of barrel making in the cooperage. The highlight is the 7th floor Gravity Bar, where you will sample a pint of "the black stuff" and enjoy the breathtaking views across Dublin City. Round the evening off with an excellent buffet dinner with wine.

Approximate value: £55 GBP per person

Traditional Irish Cabaret Evening

The enchanting evening starts with a four-course dinner with wine and a traditional Irish coffee. Then enjoy an evening of quality entertainment, celebrating the best of everything Irish in comedy, music, song & dance from Ireland's leading entertainers. Enjoy a lively blend of traditional Irish dance, ballads and tunes. The dancers thrill audiences as they twirl and tap with exuberance to the musical accompaniment of the accordion, uileann pipes, guitar and piano. A fun and unforgettable evening.

Approximate value: £64 GBP per person


Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion & Dinner

Enjoy a visit to the former Royal Yacht Britannia, which was used on over 700 overseas visits and sailed over a million nautical miles. Having served royalty and prime ministers and hosted presidents, the last commissioned royal yacht offers a rare opportunity to explore areas not normally seen on a conventional visit to a royal residence; from the bridge through the private and state apartments, from the officer and crew quarters to the engine room. After the visit, dine at a fine local restaurant.

Approximate value: £59 GBP per person

Scottish Evening with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis

No visit to Scotland's capital city would be complete without joining a Scottish evening. A piper welcomes you in traditional Scottish style, then savor a delicious four-course banquet with wine and let your host lead you through an evening of music, song and dance culminating in the traditional Ceremony of the Haggis and the joint singing of 'Auld Lang Syne' written by Robert Burns.

Approximate value: £67 GBP per person

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