Britain and Ireland

Britain & Ireland

Regional Journey

Britain and Ireland Discovery (Summer 2018)

Duration: 25 days Visiting: England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales

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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.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Arrive London

    Welcome to London. After checking into your hotel, the afternoon is free to enjoy a city that is famous for its pomp and pageantry. Perhaps relax with a walk along the Serpentine in Hyde Park or window shop in the elegant boutiques of Knightsbridge? Alternatively, you may want to stroll along the Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London.

  3. Day 3

    London to Stratford-upon-Avon.

    At 08:15 meet your Travel Director at the trip's hotel in London. After a warm welcome, settle into your luxury coach and head westwards through the green Chiltern Hills. Stop in Oxford where your Travel Director will introduce you to the City of Dreaming Spires and home to the world's most famous university. With time at leisure, why not enjoy a visit to the world-famous Ashmolean Museum or browse through the local indoor market? Continue via pretty Cotswolds villages to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit the half-timbered house where William Shakespeare was born, now a museum full of memorabilia relating to his life. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a local restaurant for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with drinks and the opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Medieval York.

    A leisurely drive brings you to the historic city of York, its story going back to the time of the Romans and the Vikings. Inside the ancient city walls, see the York Minster, the largest medieval church in northern Europe. Explore the maze of narrow streets to the topsy-turvy Shambles, where warped, overhanging timber-framed houses lean so far that they almost touch! Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

  5. Day 5

    By the lakes to Edinburgh.

    Travel across the Yorkshire Dales and wild Pennines to the picturesque English Lake District. Here a scenic wonderland awaits - rugged mountains and tranquil waters, inspiration to a host of English poets including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Tennyson and Shelley. After a visit to Wordsworth’s grave in the village of Grasmere, cross into Scotland and stop briefly at Gretna Green. This is the famous spot where runaway lovers were married over the anvil at the blacksmith's shop. Then it’s on to the majestic Scottish capital. At night, select departures will attend the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo - a colourful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

  6. Day 6

    Scotland's City of Culture.

    Join a Local Expert for a trip along Princes Street to see the ornate Victorian Gothic monument to Sir Walter Scott. Walk the elegant 18th century New Town to see its classical Adam facades. Over in the Old Town, visit the castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and the Honours of Scotland, Scotland’s glittering Crown Jewels. At the bottom of the Royal Mile, stands the Palace of Holyroodhouse - the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen. The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps research your family tartan in the Tartan Centre or visit the art treasures in the National Gallery?

  7. Day 7

    The Highland Capital of Inverness.

    Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife and make your way to St. Andrews, passing the Old Course where golf was born in the 15th century. Enjoy free time to explore. Perhaps stroll to West Sands Beach where the famous 'Chariots of Fire' scene was filmed? Alternately, wander to St. Andrews University where the love story of Kate Middleton meeting her Prince Charming began. Cross the Tay and journey to the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, famous for its salmon run. Continue via Blair Atholl and pass the Grampian Mountains on the way to the sparkling Spey Valley. Stop at Culloden Moor, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was finally crushed in 1746 and visit the Culloden Visitor Centre. Travel to stately Inverness, where your centrally-located hotel is set on the banks of the River Ness and looks up to Inverness Castle.

  8. Day 8

    Loch Ness to Wick.

    Start the day with a journey of discovery on a Loch Ness cruise. Soak up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales of Nessie in the heart of Scotland's great glen. Your travels then follow the rugged coast north to the fishing port of Wick. Pause at the Old Pulteney Distillery to taste a wee dram of whisky and learn about the production of the national drink. Don't blink as you drive on to your hotel - you pass Ebenezer Place, which at 2.06 m, is the world's shortest street!

  9. Day 9

    Orkney Islands Experience.

    Visit the most northerly community on the British mainland, John O’Groats. Board the ferry to the beautiful Orkney Islands - where the hardy locals live 'below the wind and above the water.' Guided sightseeing includes visiting the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the mysterious Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall and the small chapel built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II.

  10. Day 10

    Over the sea to Skye.

    Relax and enjoy the stunning landscapes of lochs and mountains on your way to the fishing town of Ullapool. Continue alongside Loch Carron and through Glen Carron, before crossing to the magical Isle of Skye - the largest and most beautiful island of the Inner Hebrides. Hear the story of the song 'Over the Sea to Skye,' which tells of young Flora MacDonald and how she helped to rescue Bonnie Prince Charlie, who fled in disguise after his defeat at Culloden. Admire the scenic splendour on the way to your hotel in Broadford.

  11. Day 11 - Relaxed Start

    Loch Lomond to Glasgow.

    Return to the mainland to see remote Eilean Donan Castle, which under a clear sky offers a perfect reflection in its loch. Move on to the WWII Commando Memorial for a chance to view Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Continue on to the Valley of Glencoe, its dramatic peaks still echoing with the ghastly cries of massacred clansmen. Stop on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, known as the 'Queen of Scottish Lakes' according to Sir Walter Scott, before arriving in Glasgow.

  12. Day 12

    Walk in the Giant’s Steps on the way to Londonderry.

    Cross the Irish Sea, enjoying views of the Island of Arran along the way. Once you arrive in Northern Ireland, prepare yourself for miles of breathtaking beauty! The road clings to the coastline at the mouth of the famous Nine Glens of Antrim, alongside sandy beaches beneath towering basalt cliffs. Stop at the Giant’s Causeway, and hear the legends which surround this geological masterpiece, created by the cooling of lava which burst through the Earth’s crust millions of years ago. Continue to the ancient walled city of 'Derry'.

  13. Day 13

    Belleek and Sligo Bay.

    In the morning, meet Ronan, one of the nation's great storytellers, as he takes you inside Londonderry's well-preserved walls, still topped with cannons. Walk down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic Guildhall, and cross the border to see O’Donnell’s Castle in Donegal. Journey south to the Belleek Pottery & Visitor Centre, nestled on the banks of the River Erne. Meet some of the specialist craftspeople and see artisan techniques in action during your visit. Continue to the churchyard at Drumcliff, the last resting place of Irish poet W.B. Yeats. Then it’s on to your country retreat, set on the scenic shores of Sligo Bay.

  14. Day 14

    Galway and Limerick.

    Experience the beautiful rugged landscape of Connemara, a wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. Continue to Galway, where your Travel Director will show you St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President John F. Kennedy. Move onto your hotel in Limerick, famous for rhymes, lace and Georgian houses.

  15. Day 15 - Relaxed Start

    Adare to Killarney.

    Start the day with an exploration of Limerick where you will see King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Treaty Stone. Continue your journey through the land of song and legend via the picturesque thatched village of Adare, into County Kerry and onto your Killarney hotel.

  16. Day 16 - Relaxed Start

    Ring of Kerry Experience.

    In the morning, enjoy a trip around the Ring of Kerry, one of the world’s greatest scenic journeys. See towering cliffs, lush lakelands, remote villages, Ireland’s highest mountain range and the three peaceful Lakes of Killarney. With time at leisure, perhaps hire a bicycle and take advantage of the many cycle trails that Killarney has to offer, around the lake or through the National Park? At night your Dine-Around Evening offers you authentic and intimate dining as you choose from a hand-picked selection of local restaurants, ranging in style and ambience.

  17. Day 17

    Blarney Castle and Waterford.

    Cross the rugged Derrynasaggart Mountains this morning and head for Blarney. Visit the ruined 15th century castle and home to the famous the famous Stone of Eloquence. It is said that those whose lips caress the Stone of Eloquence are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. Continue on to Cork, Ireland's second most populous city, built on the River Lee. See the City Hall and Opera House, before a delightful coastal drive brings you to historic Waterford, with its 9th century Reginald’s Tower and remains of the old city walls.

  18. Day 18 - Relaxed Start

    Kilkenny and Dublin.

    Admire the sparkling display of crystal on your guided visit to the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal, where you will meet a master craftsman. Travel to the medieval city of Kilkenny, home of the world's fastest field game. The ancient Celtic sport of Hurling is over 3,000 years old and Ireland's national sport. Meet a player who will share his passion through a demonstration of skills. Continue to Ireland’s lively capital, Dublin, and spend a leisurely evening relaxing, exploring or perhaps taking in a famous Irish Cabaret?

  19. Day 19

    In Dublin’s Fair City.

    Before it opens to the public, experience Ireland's national and world-famous drink with a guided visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Gain a fascinating insight into the history and traditions behind its production and enjoy a tasting with a Guinness expert. Then meet your Local Expert who will show the sights of the city, including Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O’Connell Street and the Custom House. The afternoon is at leisure.

  20. Day 20

    Across the Irish Sea to Chester.

    Bid farewell to Ireland as you board the ferry to Wales. Cross the Isle of Anglesey, via the village bearing Britain's longest name, and continue over the Menai Straits for a stop in the walled market town of Conwy to see the castle. Travel along the north coast of Wales and cross the English border to arrive at Chester. This fine town still boasts relics of its history as a Roman fortress, as well as the unique black and white shopping arcades known as the Rows. An exploration with your Travel Director will show you the well-preserved city walls, Jubilee Clock and impressive cathedral.

  21. Day 21 - Relaxed Start

    The Welsh Marches to Cardiff.

    Head south as you follow the Welsh border to Ludlow. This bustling town is still dominated by the massive castle, built to resist the frequent Welsh raids, while the medieval timber-framed buildings and Georgian mansions reflect a later time of peace and prosperity. Continue through the countryside to the Welsh capital and see the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle.

  22. Day 22

    Bath and Glastonbury.

    Cross the soaring Severn Bridge to reach the elegant Georgian city of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in amphitheatre-style on the surrounding hills. An orientation of the city will show you the impressive Royal Crescent and Pulteney Bridge, both built in mellow local stone. See the angels climbing Jacob's Ladder on Bath Abbey before visiting the Pump Room and ancient Roman Baths to see the incredibly well-preserved remains of one of the greatest spas of the ancient world, still flowing with the natural hot water from the springs. Journey on to Glastonbury, rumored to be the resting place of legendary King Arthur and the Holy Grail. After some time to explore, continue on to the Cornish Countryside for the night.

  23. Day 23 - Relaxed Start

    The Cornish Coast Experience.

    In the morning, cross the moorlands of Dartmoor, home to wild ponies, to reach maritime Plymouth. Numerous famous voyagers have set off from this ancient port. See the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America. Visit a picturesque Cornish fishing village, where contraband was once landed in the dead of night. Experiences shared lead to lasting friendships, and back in Saltash you will enjoy a glass of wine with your newfound friends at your delectable Celebration Dinner. Toast to an inspiring journey of discovery. Cheers!

  24. Day 24

    Ancient Stonehenge to London.

    Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the pre-historic and mysterious Stonehenge, where the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths are reputed to be up to 5,000 years old. Your discovery of Britain and Ireland concludes upon your return to the trip's hotel in London.

  25. Day 25

    Homeward Bound.

    Your journey comes to an end after breakfast.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Londonderry: What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he walks with you inside the city walls.
  • Belleek: Enjoy a guided tour of the porcelain production process and meet some of the specialist craftspeople.
  • Waterford: Meet a master craftsman on your guided visit of the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal.
  • Kilkenny: Kilkenny has the greatest amount of All Ireland titles of its national sport of Hurling. Meet a player to gain an exciting insight into this unique Irish cultural experience, through a demonstration of skill.
  • 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. Walk through the New Town and visit Edinburgh Castle.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stratford: Venture inside the timber-framed building where the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare, was born and grew up.
  • Giant's Causeway: The towering hexagonal basalt columns are a geographical wonder to behold.
  • Scenic Drives: Experience the wonderful countryside of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, with some of the world's best scenery. Travel through the Chiltern Hills, the Cotswolds, the Yorkshire Dales, the Pennines, the English Lake District, the Grampian Mountains, Spey Valley, the Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness, Ullapool, Loch Carron, Glen Carron, the Isle of Skye, the Valley of Glencoe, Loch Lomond, the Antrim Coast, Sligo Bay, Connemara, the Ring of Kerry, the Derrynasaggart Mountains, Severn Bridge, the Cornish Countryside and Salisbury Plain.
  • Adare: Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.
  • Bath: During an orientation you will see the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.
  • Chester: During you orientation with your Travel Director see the Jubilee Clock, the cathedral, city walls and famous black and white Rows.
  • Dublin Port: Board the ferry to return to mainland Britain.
  • Ludlow: Explore the narrow streets and lanes in front of the castle. Admire the medieval timber-framed buildings and Georgian mansions.
  • Plymouth: During your orientation tour with your Travel Director see Plymouth Hoe and the Citadel then continue to the Barbican and Mayflower Steps.
  • Waterford: Explore the town and see Reginald’s Tower and the remains of the city walls.
  • Galway: An orientation with your Travel Director will show you the Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
  • Cork: Your Travel Director will show you the Grand parade and South Mall, along with City Hall and the Opera House.
  • Cairnryan: Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea.
  • Drumcliffe: Visit the final resting place of Irish poet William Butler Yeats.
  • Eilean Donan: Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.
  • Fort William: Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.
  • Gretna Green: Visit the spot where once runaway lovers were married.
  • Inverness: See the River Ness and Inverness Castle.
  • 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.
  • Wick: See the world's shortest street, Ebenezer Place.
  • Ring of Kerry: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you travel the Ring of Kerry.
  • John O'Groats: Visit Britain’s most northerly, yet tiny, mainland village.
  • Grasmere: Visit the grave of the English poet, William Wordsworth.
  • Blarney: Visit the castle and climb the battlements for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence.
  • Dublin: A Local Expert will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.
  • 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.
  • Stonehenge: Visit the mysterious circle of upright stones, which stand as strong today as they did 3,500 years ago.
  • 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.
  • Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of Nessie during a scenic cruise.
  • Orkney Isles: Join a fascinating excursion of discovery on the very fringes of Britain. Strewn across the windswept Orkneys are relics that span human history, from pagan stone circles to reminders of wartime tragedy.
  • 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.
  • Oxford: See the dreaming spires and colleges of this world-famous university town.
  • York: Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during you orientation of the city.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Killarney: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening, for a more authentic and intimate experience.
  • Dublin: Before it opens to the public, visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about Ireland's national drink and enjoy a tasting with a Guinness expert.
  • Cornwall: Celebrate the culmination of your tour in style with wine and palate pleasing cuisine.
  • Wick: The Old Pulteney Distillery produces whisky with a distinctive flavour, 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.
  • Dining Summary: 21 Full Breakfasts (FB), 8 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all tea or coffee.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • You may purchase transfers from/to London Heathrow and Gatwick airports on arrival and departure days, or when additional night accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trips. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Scottish Dinner & Cabaret

Join us for a lively and memorable evening of traditional Scottish song, dance, tartan and bagpipes. In addition to wine and dinner, your kilted hosts will lead you through some of the best-loved Scottish music and songs. You'll learn a Highland dance or two and sample Scotland’s national dish - haggis. An exceptional Scottish experience!

Adult Price: GBP 60.00

Code: EDI0002

Dinner In Edinburgh

Edinburgh has more eateries per head than any other city in the UK and your Tour Director knows which ones shine and which ones to shun! Join your fellow companions for a fun evening out in this vibrant city. Visit a prized local restaurant for a delicious three course dinner with a glass of wine, beer or soft drink included.

Adult Price: GBP 38.00

Code: EDI0001

Royal Yacht Britannia

This magnificent ship has hosted some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. For four royal couples, Britannia was to provide a honeymoon sanctuary before the onset of married life in the world's most photographed family. Now berthed in Leith, you are welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

Adult Price: GBP 23.00

Code: EDI0003

Edinburgh's Most Haunted

Join our Ghouls and Ghosts to embark upon a scary and mirth-filled tour of Edinburgh's old town as never seen before! We'll enjoy a drink afterwards to calm our nerves before returning to the land of the living.

Adult Price: GBP 27.00

Code: EDI0005

Blair Castle

Journey into the fascinating past with a visit to the ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl. Brimming with treasures inside and out, magnificent Blair Castle is set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery. During your informative tour, see how the castle has been transformed through the ages and learn how Queen Victoria's famous stay led to the creation of Europe's only private army.

Adult Price: GBP 20.00

Code: SCO0002

An Evening of Scots-Gaelic Culture

A rare opportunity to enjoy an introduction to the Gaelic culture that is so unique to the Highlands. Stories, song, music and Highland history await you in the warm atmosphere of a centuries-old Highland hostelry

Adult Price: GBP 25.00

Code: WIC0001

Isle Of Skye Tour

A wonderful opportunity to experience the spectacular scenery of the Trotternish Peninsula with a local expert. Hear about the way of life on this remote inner Hebridean island, steeped in myth and legend. While touring the 'Isle of Mist' see the Old Man of Storr, the red and black Cuillin Mountains and picturesque Portree, the largest town on the Island. This is an opportunity not to be missed.

Adult Price: GBP 15.00

Code: SKY0001

Castle of Mey

Visit the much loved holiday home where the late Queen Mother spent many happy summers for nearly 50 years. Spectacularly set on the Caithness Coast with views across the Pentland Firth, Britain's most northerly castle is very much a family home and offers a rare glimpse into the relaxed Royal lifestyle away from the public eye. Your tour takes in the Queen Mother's bedroom, library, drawing room, Princess Margaret's room and kitchens. Of special interest are the greenhouses and the old fashioned shrub roses and climbers of the Shell Garden, where she loved to sit in the afternoon with her dogs.

Adult Price: GBP 20.00

Code: WIC0002

Glasgow Dinner

In recent years, Glasgow has developed a fearsome culinary reputation. With its elegant and chic atmosphere, this restaurant is very much at the forefront. In the hub of Glasgow's vibrant cosmopolitan capital, enjoy an evening of Scottish fayre and experience the unique atmosphere of the city at night. This meal may be offered as a lunch.

Adult Price: GBP 37.00

Code: GLA0001

Shannon Castle Banquet

Calling all Lords and Ladies! Please be seated for a delicious banquet in the great hall of the castle. In the splendour of a bygone age, entertainment is provided by the court jester, castle musicians and attendants of the medieval court. It won’t be long before you're making merry with the fine music, singing, dancing, good food and laughter. You'll be sure to take home warm memories of this delightful evening.

Adult Price: EUR 69.00

Code: LIM0001

Jaunting Car Ride

Clip-clop your way through the charming streets of Killarney into the beautiful Bourne Vincent National Park. A local “jarvie” informs you of the local history, legend and folklore aboard one of the famous jaunting cars.

Adult Price: EUR 21.00

Code: KIL0001

Gaelic Roots

A tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance, Gaelic roots showcases Ireland at its best. Using traditional instruments, Irish dance and time-honoured folk songs, this energetic show will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.

Adult Price: EUR 33.00

Code: KIL0008

Waterford Walking Tour

Join an extremely knowledgeable and entertaining historian for an insightful walking tour of Ireland's oldest city. Meet a range of colourful characters and learn about the town's history from the arrival of the Vikings through to British rule as you stroll to various key sights. Afterwards, rub shoulders with the locals with a drink in a typical pub.

Adult Price: EUR 23.00

Code: WAT0001

Waterford Rural Pub and Music

Visit a 300-year-old Irish pub and experience how pubs become part of their community, while sipping a drink or two and listening to fine Irish music.

Adult Price: EUR 28.00

Code: WAT0003

Dinner & Irish Cabaret

Over an excellent dinner of quality Irish food, enjoy a nonstop show of comedy, dance, song and music. Ireland’s musical history unfolds in a cabaret that will delight you long after the night has ended. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the fun, and it’s all wrapped up in the spirit of Irish humour. At the end of your meal, cap off one of Ireland’s best nights out with an Irish Coffee.

Adult Price: EUR 71.00

Code: DUB0008

Dublin Dinner

Join us for some warm Irish hospitality a three course dinner in a family run pub, that was formerly the haunt of nobility and notorious highwaymen. Lovely exposed brick walls and dark wood make for a cosy atmosphere in which to enjoy your hearty pub meal.

Adult Price: EUR 45.00

Code: DUB0009

An Epic Voyage

Stroll with your Travel Director along the Banks of the Liffey to view the historic architecture of Custom House Quay, including the Triumphal Arch of 1813 and the ever poignant Famine Memorial statues. Enter the two-century-old Vaults, for an exclusive reception of canapés and drinks, before touring "Epic". Here, walk with your ancestors to hear how the emigrating Irish influenced the four corners of the world and modern life as we know it.

Adult Price: EUR 43.00

Code: DUB0014

Cardiff Castle Tour

Take an ‘insider’ look at this unique Castle started by the Romans 2,000 years ago where we have our own private tour. The refurbishments done in the 1800s have been described as outrageous to opulent, bogus to brilliant and some even say the architect, William Burgess, smoked his opium pipe too much!  His influences include Arab and Islamic art, Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales and even Aesop's fables. In addition, we can walk on the battlements and climb the 1,000-year-old Norman keep for superb views over Cardiff.

Adult Price: GBP 21.00

Code: CAR0003

Welsh Evening At Millennium Centre

Join us for a lively night celebrating Welsh food and culture at the stunning Welsh Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Enjoy a traditional and locally-sourced three-course meal whilst being entertained by Welsh stories, enchanting music and renowned Welsh singers.

Adult Price: GBP 54.00

Code: CAR0005

Cornwall Dinner

There can be nothing better on a long summer's evening, then a delightful meal in a quintessential English country pub. Enjoy a three-course dinner of superb local food with wine. Cheers!

Adult Price: GBP 40.00

Code: COR0007

Plymouth Harbour Cruise

Join us for a pleasant cruise around the harbour of this most famous seaport. Your skipper provides all the informative commentary as you enjoy panoramic vistas of Plymouth Hoe, site of Drake’s legendary game of bowls.  View the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America, and ships weighed anchor for Australia, New Zealand and Newfoundland. Continue into the Royal Navy Dockyard for a chance to see some of the more modern vessels of the Royal Navy

Adult Price: GBP 15.00

Code: PLY0001

Accommodation

 

Macdonald Swans Nest Stratford

Stratford Upon Avon (Central) - England

Macdonald Swan's Nest, Stratford

Hilton York

York (Traditional) - England

Situated in the walls of York, close to the minster and the best York has to offer.

Apex City Edinburgh

Edinburgh (Contemporary) - Scotland

The Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel is located in the heart of Grassmarket in Edinburgh city centre, just minutes from The Royal Mile.

Columba Hotel Inverness

Inverness (Traditional) - Scotland

This traditional hotel provides enviable views over the River Ness and Inverness Castle.

The Norseman Hotel Wick

Wick (Traditional) - Scotland

This hotel is nestled in the Viking town of Wick overlooking its river.

Dunollie Hotel Broadford

Broadford (Traditional) - Scotland

A hotel boasting an incredible location by Broadford Bay, set at the base of outstanding mountains.

Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow

Glasgow (Contemporary) - Scotland

The Radisson Blu Glasgow features award-winning architecture, boasting a stunning atrium and rooms with wall-to-ceiling windows

Da Vincis Hotel Derry Londonderry

Londonderry (Contemporary) - Northern Ireland

Ramada Da Vincis Hotel

Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa Sligo

Sligo (Contemporary) - Ireland

The George Boutique Hotel Limerick

Limerick (Contemporary) - Ireland

This modern, centrally-located hotel provides a perfect base for exploring Limerick. Examine what wonders Limerick has to offer from this hotel.

Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa Killarney

Killarney (Traditional) - Ireland

In the heart of the town centre, the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa overlooks Killarney National Park and is the perfect location to enjoy the stunning scenery and the local 'craic.'

Dooleys Hotel Waterford

Waterford (Traditional) - Ireland

This hotel has been family run for 3 generations and located inside Waterford’s City Centre

Trinity City Hotel Dublin

Dublin (Contemporary) - Ireland

This hotel is situated in the heart of Dublin, adjacent to Trinity College Dublin.

Hallmark Hotel The Queen Chester

Chester (Traditional) - England

This hotel is set in a grand Victorian building and has just undergone a multi-million pound restoration.

Clayton Hotel Cardiff

Cardiff (Contemporary) - Wales

Clayton Hotel Cardiff is located in the heart of the city on St. Mary Street, just a short walk from Cardiff's premium sporting facility, Millennium Stadium.

St Mellion International Resort Saltash

Saltash (Contemporary) - England

Enjoy the best of Cornish hospitality at the plush St. Mellion International Resort, featuring a unique blend of contemporary style and unique facilities sprawled across 450 acres of peaceful countryside.

Amba Marble Arch London

London (Traditional) - England

Located at the west end Oxford Street and just 2 minutes' walk from Hyde Park, Amba Hotel Marble Arch (formerly the Thistle Marble Arch) is less than a mile from London's famed West End.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
10664 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 16 July, 2018

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    Trip: Hit the cities and also did many small villages. The good balance and time spent traveling on 'country roads' rather motorways was excellent. It was much better than expected. The fact that fine weather had been included in the itinerary was brilliant. 20 out of 22 days and only one 1 day did it actually rain enough for raincoats etc. the other times it was just drizzle. We find Insight are always good with their itinerary, TD's, drivers etc and this trip did not disappoint.

    Service: Trip was great, TD was great, drivers were great, itinerary was great and better than expected, weather was great. Biggest and only real snag was as there are 2 hotel options given for the start of tour in London. This created a 'runaround'. No where on our documentation were we given the exact location. It stated on our documentation that if we were staying independently we were to 'phone' the London office for the location. Bit expensive and impractical if living half a world away and in another time zone. I emailed them when about 10 weeks out. They replied the decision had not been made yet and they would let me know, never heard back. At about 4 weeks out my travel agent still did not know. I rang Insight NZ, they did not know either it was still either of Amba or Governor. After about 36 hours they contacted me with the Amba being pick up location. This was the only real snag with the whole experience. Suggest you fix this by supplying the name of the pick up hotel to clients as soon as it is known so clients can organise their transport etc.

  • 16 July, 2018

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    Trip: We enjoyed the itinerary.

    Service: We had a great holiday. Joel looked after us well and was very knowledgeable. Colin was probably the best driver that we've had on a bus tour. The only two complaints that I have are about the optionals. I realize that having only two complaints on such a long trip is very good. The Shannon Castle Banquet in Limerick should be removed from the itinerary. You really should have a staff member check this out. They treated us like cattle, the wine was undrinkable with no other drinks available, no choice for the meals and the show was amateur. I think that they were only interested in the head count and how much they could make. The other problem was the Dublin dinner and Irish cabaret. We paid a lot for Insight and I don't expect to be seated in an alcove where we couldn't see, couldn't get out to go to the bathroom, have the lights turned out so we couldn't see what we were eating and have to move and stand or sit against the wall to see the show. Very poor. Joel fought for us and the owner apologized and gave us free drinks but in the long run, we paid to see a show and couldn't from where we were placed. The owner was very sorry, but we were one of the first groups there and were seated as though we were an after thought. Both of these optionals were very disappointing. My sister went to the same show in Dublin but with Trafalgar and was seated in the front next to the stage.

  • 15 July, 2018

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    Trip: So comprehensive. Every interest covered. Good mix of history, landscape, and shopping.

    Service: Tour director was excellent,couldn’t do enough for us. Mix of optional stuff was good. Hotels were all central and interesting, not just all the same.

  • 13 July, 2018

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    Trip: The route taken (not motorways) made the trip more interesting. Saw everything from cities to small villages.

    Service: The whole trip was well organised with comfortable hotels, luxury coach, excellent tour director and driver.

  • 12 July, 2018

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    Trip: The tour took us to places in the UK and Ireland I've never been before - the experience was great and memorable.

    Service: I loved everything about the tour. This was our second Insight Vacations tour, and I'm looking at a third. Service was wonderful.

  • 12 July, 2018

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    Trip: We saw so much! To go to the Orkney islands was a real treat.

    Service: Tour director knowledge

  • 11 July, 2018

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    Trip: Some of the older hotels were not quite up to the hot weather making sleeping a little difficult,itinerary great and we were blessed with no rain

    Service: Good guide,well arranged pick up at start of tour,good bus arrangement(seating)

  • 10 July, 2018

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    Trip: Very good itinerary a great trip

    Service: I thought that our tour director Howard was excellent as was the driver

  • 10 July, 2018

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    Trip: Cameron Wilson our Tour Director was awesome - totally organized and informative!! We SO enjoyed our trip and would definitely book with Insight again!

    Service: Our tour director was absolutely awsome! He was so organized and informative. We SO enjoyed our trip and definitely book with Insight again!

  • 10 July, 2018

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    Trip: We saw everything we wanted to.. It may of been nice to have a couple more stops in England but overall great A few of the hotels could have had better food but understand that not everywhere is able to provide that service.

    Service: We were first time travellers and overall were very pleased with our trip. It was well organised and stress free from the time we met John Jennings until we got off the bus in London. Bus driver Alf was an exceptional driver and we found both John and Alf friendly and helpful.

  • 08 July, 2018

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    Trip: We visited a lot of unique places, we visited a lot of places on my bucket list!

    Service: My first experience travelling with Insight, I had a fantastic holiday! Our tour director Joel was excellent, I was told numerous times from other people on our trip that had traveled a lot, that he was the best they had ever had! He made our holiday one that I will never forget.

  • 07 July, 2018

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    Trip: absolutely brilliant covered just about everything you would want in the amount of time allocated

    Service: Customer service is one of the best if not the best I have encountered

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