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Britain and Ireland Discovery

Britain and Ireland Discovery (Insight Vacations)
 

Summary:

This epic adventure illuminates the hidden corners of the British Isles. Along the way, encounter the full arc of Celtic heritage, cultures, legends and traditions.

Duration
22 Days
Countries
4
Next Departure
16-May-2021
Starting at
USD 5,495.00
USD 4,946.00
Price per day
USD 225.00

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Insight Vacations
Tour
Britain and Ireland Discovery

Summary

This epic adventure illuminates the hidden corners of the British Isles. Along the way, encounter the full arc of Celtic heritage, cultures, legends and traditions.

Short Itinerary

Day 1.
London To Stratford-Upon-Avon
Day 2.
Medieval York
Day 3.
By The Lakes To Edinburgh
Day 4.
Scotland's City Of Culture
Day 5.
The Highland Capital Of Inverness
Day 6.
Loch Ness To Wick
Day 7.
Orkney Islands Experience
Day 8.
Over The Sea To Skye
Day 9.
Loch Lomond To Glasgow
Day 10.
Walk In The Giant’S Steps On The Way To Londonderry
Day 11.
Belleek And Sligo Bay
Day 12.
Galway And Limerick
Day 13.
Adare To Killarney
Day 14.
Ring Of Kerry Experience
Day 15.
Blarney Castle And Cork
Day 16.
Kilkenny And Dublin
Day 17.
In Dublin’S Fair City
Day 18.
Across The Irish Sea To Chester
Day 19.
The Welsh Marches To Cardiff
Day 20.
Bath And Glastonbury
Day 21.
The Cornish Coast Experience
Day 22.
Ancient Stonehenge To London

Visited Countries (4): England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales

Visited cities (19): Bath, Cardiff, Chester, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Galway, Glasgow, Glencoe, Inverness, Isle of Skye, Killarney, Loch Ness, London, Oxford, Plymouth, Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon, York

 

Remarks

Highlights

Authentic Dining

  • Stratford upon Avon: Get to know your fellow travellers during your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Wick: Whisky's are known for their distinctive flavours, often bursting with the power and subtlety of the sea. Share a wee dram with a master distiller who imparts the age-old techniques of whisky production.
  • Dublin: Before it opens to the public, visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about Ireland's national drink. Experience a private masterclass and learn to pour the perfect pint.
  • Killarney: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Abbey Cwm Hir: Enjoy a light lunch of locally sourced delights including Welsh favourites such as a cheeseboard featuring Welsh cheeses and chutney, artisan breads and bara brith.
  • Cornwall: Celebrate the culmination of your travels in style with wine and palate pleasing cuisine.
  • Dining Summary: 21 Breakfast (B), 11 Dinner with Wine (DW), 1 Lunch (L)

Insight Choice

  • Dartmoor: Choose between a walk amid the rolling valleys of Dartmoor National Park or alternatively, set sail from Plymouth harbour, where the pilgrims left over 400 years ago.

Insight Experiences

  • Orkney Isles: Cruise to the windswept Orkney Islands on a full day guided journey. Come face-to-face with relics spanning human history, from pagan stone circles to reminders of wartime tragedy. Join a local for a fascinating journey into the history of this remote part of the world.
  • Londonderry: There's no better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls. See the Gothic Guildhall and the Georgian houses of Shipquay Street.
  • Kilkenny: Meet James, a former professional player, for a fun session to discover the skills involved in hurling. Learn about this 3,000-year-old discipline, a proud legacy of Ireland's heritage, and have a go for yourself on the pitch.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Edinburgh: A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from the drawbridge. For a limited time in August, witness the incredible spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
  • Scenic Drives: Travel through the Chiltern Hills, Cotswolds, Yorkshire Dales, Pennines, English Lake District, Grampian Mountains, Spey Valley, Scottish Highlands, Ullapool, Loch Carron, Glen Carron, Isle of Skye, Valley of Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Antrim Coast, Sligo Bay, Connemara, Derrynasaggart Mountains, Severn Bridge, Cornish Countryside and Salisbury Plain.
  • Oxford: See the dreaming spires and colleges of this world-famous university town.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: Venture inside the timber-framed building where the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare, was born and grew up.
  • York: Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during you orientation of the city.
  • Grasmere: Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth and visit his grave.
  • Edinburgh: Your Local Expert reveals why this is Scotland's City of Culture. Travel along Princes Street and see the monument to Sir Walter Scott, before walking through the New Town.
  • Edinburgh: Led by your Local Expert, walk with a inside the walls of the Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
  • Gretna Green: Visit the spot where once runaway lovers were married.
  • St. Andrews: Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.
  • Pitlochry: Visit this town, famous for its salmon leap.
  • Highlands: At the exciting Culloden Visitor Centre, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour, yet changed the Highland way of life forever.
  • Inverness: See the River Ness and Inverness Castle.
  • Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of Nessie during a private scenic cruise.
  • Wick: See the world's shortest street, Ebenezer Place.
  • John O'Groats: Visit Britain’s most northerly, yet tiny, mainland village.
  • Glasgow: During your orientation with your Travel Director, drive past the civic buildings and St. Mungo’s Cathedral.
  • Eilean Donan: Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.
  • Glasgow: See the grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral.
  • Fort William: Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.
  • Cairnryan: Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea.
  • Giant's Causeway: The towering hexagonal basalt columns are a geographical wonder to behold.
  • Belleek: Enjoy a guided tour of the porcelain production process and meet some of the specialist craftspeople.
  • Drumcliffe: Visit the final resting place of Irish poet William Butler Yeats.
  • Sligo Bay: Explore this scenic town during an orientation with your Travel Director.
  • Galway: Enjoy an orientation tour of the many landmarks in Galway such as the Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
  • Galway: An orientation with your Travel Director will show you the Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
  • Limerick: See King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the treaty stone.
  • Adare: Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.
  • Killarney: Enjoy hearing of the history of Killarney during your city orientation.
  • Killarney: Get your bearings during an orientation.
  • Ring of Kerry: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you travel the Ring of Kerry.
  • Blarney: It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ramparts!
  • Blarney: Visit the castle and climb the battlements for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence.
  • Cork: Your Travel Director will show you the Grand Parade and South Mall, along with City Hall and the Opera House.
  • Dublin: Board the ferry to return to mainland Britain.
  • Dublin: A Local Expert will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.
  • Dublin Port: Board the ferry to return to mainland Britain.
  • Chester: During you orientation with your Travel Director see the Jubilee Clock, the cathedral, city walls and famous black and white Rows.
  • Conwy: See the castle upon the river.
  • Cardiff: Learn more about Wales' capital and cultural hub, Cardiff, as you enjoy an orientation of this vibrant city with your Travel Director.
  • Chester: During you orientation with your Travel Director see the Jubilee Clock, the cathedral, city walls and famous black and white Rows.
  • Ludlow: Explore the narrow streets and lanes in front of the castle. Admire the medieval timber-framed buildings and Georgian mansions.
  • Bath: Explore the well-preserved Roman Baths with your Travel Director. Once used for public bathing, they are now open for visitors to explore their grounds and onsite museum.
  • Cardiff: During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the castle and Principality Stadium.
  • Plymouth: During your orientation tour with your Travel Director see Plymouth Hoe and the Citadel then continue to the Barbican and Mayflower Steps. Then head out to explore a quaint Cornish fishing village.
  • Bath: The City of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built atop of Britain's only natural mineral springs. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room, built by the Romans over 2,000-years-ago as a place to wash and socialise.
  • Looe: Journey to the quaint coastal town of Looe. A holiday hotspot in the Victorian era, explore its comely stores and winding streets at leisure.
  • Bath: During an orientation you will see the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.
  • Stonehenge: Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.
  • Glastonbury: Explore the town rumored to be the resting place of legendary King Arthur and the Holy Grail, and location of one of the world's largest music festivals.
  • Plymouth: During your orientation tour with your Travel Director, explore the harbour where the famous Mayflower set sail 400 years ago and commemorate the anniversary. See Plymouth Hoe, the citadel and continue to the Barbican and Mayflower Steps, the site said to be the departure point of the ship. Then head out to explore a quaint Cornish fishing village.
  • Stonehenge: Visit the mysterious circle of upright stones, which stand as strong today as they did 3,500 years ago.

Travel Package

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Tour (Round Trip) London London

This is an Organised Group Tour: the itinerary has been predefined by the tour operator. The tour destinations, duration, accommodations, departure dates and the price are fix. You can join, enjoy and meet other people.

Tour Variations

Britain and Ireland Explorer (13 Days)

The leisurely pace and beauty of the Irish countryside blends with historic English towns, Welsh hospitality and the austere Scottish Highlands, for a truly memorable exploration of the British Isles.

Next Departure: 16-May-2021
Starting at: USD 3,725.00

    

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