Britain and Ireland

Britain & Ireland

Regional Journey

Romantic Britain and Ireland (Summer 2018)

Duration: 21 days Visiting: England, Scotland, Ireland

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A wealth of history, dramatic scenery, sacred sites, legends and traditions all come together, invoking a sense of romance on this escorted journey.

  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, Oxford and Stratford upon Avon.

    Meet your Travel Director at 08:00 at The Grosvenor Hotel in London. Depart for the famous university town of Oxford with its beautiful spires. With time at leisure, why not visit the world-famous Ashmolean Museum or browse through the local indoor market? Continue via pretty Cotswolds villages to Stratford-upon-Avon. Discover how William Shakespeare and his incredible works continue to shape society today when you visit his birthplace, full of interesting memorabilia and artefacts relating to his life. Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with drinks and the opportunity to mingle with your fellow travellers during a pleasant evening.

  4. Day 4

    Lincoln’s Magna Carta and Medieval York.

    Travel through the heart of 'Robin Hood Country' on your way to visit Lincoln Castle, one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in England. Your exploration will include a chance to see one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta. Continue to York, once the Viking capital of Britain and one of England's oldest cities predating records. Saunter along the Shambles to reach the York Minster, in the heart of this medieval gem. Your hotel lies within the walls facing Clifford's Tower.

  5. Day 5

    The English Lakes to Edinburgh.

    Drive through the Lake District National Park, a scenic wonderland of rugged mountains and tranquil lakes, inspiring a host of English poets. Stop in Wordsworth's village of Grasmere and see the poet's grave in the churchyard. Cross the border at Gretna Green, where runaway lovers were married and continue to the Scottish capital.

  6. Day 6

    Scotland’s Capital of Culture.

    Travel down the Royal Mile to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse - official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen - before crossing over to New Town. Walk with your Local Expert inside Edinburgh Castle for spectacular views of the town and see the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg. The afternoon is free to shop on Princes Street. In the evening, select departures will attend to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo – a colourful mixture of historic battles and military manoeuvres, complete with pipes and drums.

  7. Day 7

    St. Andrews and Inverness.

    Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife and make your way to St. Andrews, passing the Old Course as you arrive where golf was born in the 15th century. Enjoy free time to explore, perhaps wander to St. Andrews University where the love story of Kate Middleton finding her Prince Charming began when she and Prince William were students here. Alternately, stroll to West Sands Beach where the famous 'Chariots of Fire' scene was filmed. Your travels continue as you cross the Tay and journey to the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, famous for its salmon run. Pass Culloden Moor, the scene of the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite army in 1746. Stop at Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens, one of the only lived-in castles in Scotland, still inhabited by the same family since the 16th century. As guests of the castle you will be treated to an authentic Farm-to-Table experience, in the tradition of Scottish Tea and Scones. Continue on to stately Inverness, where your hotel is perfectly placed in the centre of town.

  8. Day 8

    Across the Sea to Skye.

    Enjoy 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. Afterwards, pause for a photo of Eilean Donan Castle, set idyllically on a headland on Loch Duich. Listen to tales of Flora MacDonald and her vain defence of the Bonnie Prince as you cross over the sea to Skye.

  9. Day 9

    Loch Lomond and Glasgow.

    Return to the mainland and drive to the World War II Commando Memorial in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Continue through Fort William to absorb the dramatic scenery of Glencoe, the Valley of the Weeping, where the dreadful massacre of the MacDonald's took place in 1692. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, en route to Glasgow. Your Travel Director will show you the city's grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral.

  10. Day 10

    Across the Irish Sea to Belfast.

    Bid farewell to Scotland as you cross the Irish Sea and continue your journey to the vibrant capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Meet your Local Expert to see the City Hall, Queen’s University, the Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure.

  11. Day 11 - Relaxed Start

    Dublin city sightseeing.

    Travel alongside the Mountains of Mourne before crossing the historic Boyne Valley, site of the battle where William of Orange defeated the forces of Catholic King James. Continue to Dublin, Ireland's 'fair city where the girls are so pretty,' and see O'Connell Street, Dublin Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral, with your Local Expert.

  12. Day 12

    A pint of the 'Black Stuff'.

    Experience Ireland's national and world-famous drink with a guided visit to the Guinness Storehouse before it opens to the public. Gain a fascinating insight into the history and traditions behind its production and enjoy a tasting with a Guinness expert. The rest of the day is yours to shop, continue sightseeing or maybe take an optional drive to the ruined monastic site of Glendalough?

  13. Day 13

    Galway, the Cliffs of Moher and Limerick.

    Travel west to Galway, known as the City of the Tribes. Guided by your Travel Director, enjoy free time in this arty, bohemian city. Cross the limestone landscape of the Burren, to the Visitor Centre at the Cliffs of Moher for breathtaking vistas of the Clare Coast. Journey to the town of Limerick, nestled on the shores of the River Shannon.

  14. Day 14 - Relaxed Start

    The Dingle Peninsula to Killarney.

    In the morning, your Travel Director will show you the 12th century St. Mary's Cathedral, King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone before setting off to Tralee via the picturesque thatched village of Adare. Enjoy more spectacular scenery as you make your way through the great cliffs, wide skies and ocean views of the Dingle Peninsula to Killarney.

  15. Day 15 - Relaxed Start

    Ring of Kerry Experience.

    A delightful morning excursion will take you around the Ring of Kerry, where mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. Continue through Ireland's highest mountain range, the MacGillicuddy Reeks, to the three peaceful Lakes of Killarney. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy. Maybe take the opportunity to ride a Jaunting Car around the lake or through the National Park? In the evening, you are invited to choose your own dining experience from a selection of restaurants in Killarney for your Dine-Around Evening.

  16. Day 16

    Blarney Castle and Waterford.

    Visit the ruined 15th century Blarney Castle. Will you hang upside down from the ramparts to kiss the stone and ensure a lifetime of eloquence? Continue to the walled city of Waterford and see the 11th century Reginald's Tower. On your guided visit of the House of Waterford Crystal, you will meet a master craftsman and see his fine work.

  17. Day 17

    Across the Irish Sea to Cardiff.

    From Rosslare, take the ferry across the Irish Sea to Pembroke and continue on with a pleasant journey through the rural scenery of Pembrokeshire. Travel past the valleys of southern Wales to the capital, Cardiff, famous for its imposing castle and the brilliant Principality Stadium.

  18. Day 18

    The Roman Bath and Glastonbury.

    Cross the Severn Bridge to reach the City of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built above Britain's only thermal, mineral springs. Enjoy an orientation with your Travel Director, through the Georgian streets and crescents. Visit the Roman Baths and 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. Your journey continues to mystical Glastonbury where you will see the abbey, reputedly the legendary burial place of King Arthur. Continue south, to reach the seaside town of Torquay.

  19. Day 19 - Relaxed Start

    The Cornish Coast.

    In the morning, travel to Plymouth to see the Mayflower Steps, the Barbican, Royal Citadel and Plymouth Hoe. Continue on to a quaint Cornish fishing village, before returning to Torquay across rugged Dartmoor. In the evening, enjoy a glass of wine with your Celebration Dinner - a fitting finale to your travels.

  20. Day 20

    Salisbury Plain and Stonehenge.

    Start the day by crossing the Salisbury Plain and stop to visit the mysterious megaliths of Stonehenge, the world's most famous prehistoric monument, its true meaning lost in the mists of time. Your escorted journey draws to a close upon your return to The Grosvenor Hotel in London.

  21. Day 21

    Homeward Bound.

    Your journey comes to an end after breakfast.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Waterford: Meet a master craftsman on your guided visit of the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal.
  • Edinburgh: Walk with a Local Expert inside the walls of Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stratford: Visit the timber-framed building where Shakespeare was born and grew up.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
  • Ellean Donan: Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.
  • Scenic Drives: Fall in love with incredible scenery and countryside as you pass the Cotswolds, the English Lake District, the Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness, Loch Duich, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, the Mountains of Mourne, Boyne Valley, the Burren, Dingle Penisula, the Ring of Kerry, the MacGillicuddy Reeks Mountain Range, Pembrokeshire, the valleys of south Wales, Severn Bridge and Dartmoor.
  • Fort William: Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.
  • Glasgow: During your orientation with your Travel Director, drive past the civic buildings and St. Mungo’s Cathedral.
  • Glastonbury: Pass the ruined Abbey where King Arthur is allegedly buried when you visit this town, famous for its yearly music festival.
  • Plymouth: During your orientation tour with your Travel Director see Plymouth Hoe and the Citadel then continue to the Barbican and Mayflower Steps.
  • Edinburgh: Explore the city as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and the official Scottish residence of the Queen, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • Cardiff: During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the castle and Principality Stadium.
  • Pitlochry: Visit this town, famous for its salmon leap.
  • Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you journey the magical Ring of Kerry.
  • Blarney: It is said that those whose lips caress the Stone of Eloquence are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax.
  • Grasmere: Visit the grave of the English poet, William Wordsworth.
  • Bath: The Roman Baths have existed for over 2,000 years and are now one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world. Learn the importance of this historic site, still used as a center for bathing and socialising.
  • York: Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during you orientation of the city.
  • Stonehenge: Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.
  • Lincoln: Visit Lincoln Castle and admire one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta, which is over 800 years old.
  • Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of Nessie during a cruise.
  • Belfast: See City Hall, Queen's University, the Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents, led by your Local Expert.
  • Dublin: You Local Expert will show you famous O’Connell Street, Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
  • 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.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Dublin: Before the crowds, visit the Guinness Storehouse and enjoy a tasting with a Guinness expert.
  • Killarney: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Torquay: Blend a little wine with great cuisine and good company for a rousing end of tour Celebration Dinner.
  • Ballindalloch: Visit one of the few remaining inhabited castle's of Scotland and be treated to a Farm-to-Table Scottish Tea and Scones.
  • Dining Summary:: 17 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 5 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Additional 5 Star 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
    • Additional 5 Star Services 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
    • Additional 5 Star Services 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

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

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

Historic Pub Walk and Dinner

Join a local to hear about the importance of Belfast's pubs through the eras, stroll through the narrow streets before reaching a Victorian alehouse to enjoy a traditional supper and a drink.

Adult Price: GBP 39.00

Code: BEL0003

Titanic Experience

Follow the story of this ill-fated ship and her people, from the launch in this very city. Explore the exhibition in this stunning award-winning building, on the former site of the shipyard where Titanic was built.

Adult Price: GBP 18.00

Code: BEL0004

Irish Countryside & Glendalough

An afternoon drive takes you through the rural countryside of County Wicklow - the garden of Ireland. With our Local Expert, we'll pass through the pretty Wicklow Mountains to the picturesque setting of St. Kevin’s great 6th Century monastic site at Glendalough. Afterwards, we'll explore the monastic remains before returning to Dublin via the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Adult Price: EUR 24.00

Code: DUB0006

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pub Dinner

Visit a traditional country pub with its stone floors, real ale, and cosy atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy a mouth-watering meal  featuring freshly cooked traditional British food.

Adult Price: GBP 35.00

Code: CAR0002

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

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 Alveston Manor Stratford Upon Avon

Stratford Upon Avon (Central) - England

Alveston Manor, Set in the heart of Shakespeare Country, this historic hotel sits in peaceful grounds and yet just minutes walk from Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Hilton York

York (Traditional) - England

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

Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace

Edinburgh (Traditional) - Scotland

Located on a Georgian terrace in the heart of the city, this hotel is a short walk away from Prince’s Street.

Columba Hotel Inverness

Inverness (Traditional) - Scotland

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

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

Europa Hotel Belfast

Belfast (Traditional) - Northern Ireland

The Europa Hotel is located in the heart of Belfast City Centre and offers elegant décor, a contemporary bistro and a relaxing piano bar.

Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge Dublin

Dublin (Traditional) - Ireland

Boasting spacious rooms, Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge is a beautifully restored 19th-century school with landscaped gardens.

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

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.

The Imperial Torquay

Torquay (Traditional) - England

The Imperial Torquay is perched on a cliff top overlooking the English Channel and was a favourite haunt of Agatha Christie, who wrote about it in several of her novels.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
8002 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 19 November, 2017

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    Trip: Enjoyed the places and the sights

    Service: Yes I recommend and buy again

  • 23 October, 2017

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    Trip: Iles of Skye was a bit far, and the hotel was not up to par with the quality expected by Insight Tours and the price we paid for our tour.

    Service: Bus was excellent, roomy, wifi, new and clean. Tour director Peter Staff was excellent Itinerary was perfect Meals were delicious

  • 15 October, 2017

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    Trip: Itinerary was great and gave us the opportunity to explore much of UK and Ireland not previously seen . Hotels were excellent with the exemption of the Grosvenor in London . Standard way below advertised standard and needs major upgrade . Still has analogue TV which was terrible .

    Service: Tour Director and designed drivers were very attentive to our needs ensuring that we were always well informed of the days activities .

  • 15 October, 2017

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    Trip: Why the stop in Wales? Other than being on route to Bath, there was only 1 night with nothing scheduled other than the extra-curricular activities that were made available for purchase.

    Service: The customer service was terrific! Michelle Worthington was a terrific Tour Director, displaying daily, an extraordinary amount of patience with different personalities and yet accommodating everyone's needs. A truly wonderful vacation.

  • 15 October, 2017

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    Trip: I would have liked more time in London

    Service: Great trip! I definitely would do it again

  • 08 October, 2017

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    Trip: We chose this because we wanted 3 weeks vacation. However, it seems that there were a couple of places that seemed to be fillers. The Isle of Skye was o.k., but the hotel was not up to the standard of many others

    Service: Overall, customer service was great. However, upon our arrival at Heathrow, our driver didn't show up for about 45 min. Our tour guide, Peter Staff, did an excellent job until we returned to London. Then, upon our arrival at the Grosvenor Hotel, he didn't check us in as he had with all the other hotels. We felt like we were dumped off & had to fend for ourselves. This left us with a very bad taste in our mouths. If Peter's time was up with us, then there should have been another Insight Rep to take care of all the passengers check in as had been done throughout the tour. This was not a positive way to end our vacation.

  • 08 October, 2017

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    Trip: Tour guide was informative, and full of local knowledge ,couldn't ask for more . Our Bus driver was absolutely the best

    Service: After we meet our tour guide on Wednesday morning the day we left London ,everything was fine but the previous days were mess. We arrived at our Hotel on Monday at about 2 pm and checked in , Asked about an Insight rep being available ,nobody had any info. We did a little walking tour in the afternoon on our own . Later that day, we by luck ran into a Trafargar tour guide selling afternoon tours which we purchased. He wasn't aware where we might locate a Insight Rep. The next morning we boarded the bus to tour London ,still no info from insight. The tour guide on the bus had no info on Insight . The morning bus dropped us off in the middle of London and explained how to get to our next tour .-not good service . Our afternoon tour dropped us again in middle of London .. Thank God we are able to walk good distances and comfortable with city transit . The point here Insight and our Travel agent sells these tours as "You arrive at your hotel and everything is taken care of . We did a Insight tour of Italy where we meet our guide as soon as we arrived,welcome event etc . That is what we expect !!! That is what we purchased I thought .

  • 08 October, 2017

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    Trip: For us, the tour was 2-3 days too long. I did enjoy most of the tour, but after Edinburgh, the time to Inverness, Isle of Skye, was a lot of bus riding for not much highlight. Cut out Culloden. Same was true for the long day to Cliffs of Moher, and after to Limerick. I'd suggest cutting out either of those. I do think that Dingle was quaint and fun, but the peninsula choice should be Dingle or ring of Kerry, not both. Also, by the time 20+ days had gone by, a 7 hour day from Torquay around the coast plus more hours on bus was too much for next to last day. England and part of Scotland, Belfast, Dublin and Killarney were highlights.

    Service: I've always enjoyed Insight Vacations. This tour was in my opinion, not the quality we have come to expect. The tour director and driver were topnotch. HOWEVER...Many of the accomodations were subpar, with terrible beds and rooms that left a lot to be desired....especially Inverness, and Isle of Skye. In Dublin, we (along with another couple) were put in handicap room, where the shower head came off. The second night we asked to change rooms. In Torquay, we had a room with window nailed shut, no fan, and no air circulation, and again, terrible beds.

  • 06 October, 2017

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    Trip: Visited more sites than expected and learned far more than expected

    Service: Very professional tour guide and coach drivers.

  • 03 October, 2017

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    Trip: It was a busy trip at times, but I can think of only one visit I could have omitted - Glastonbury. However those who visited the chapel were thrilled. Greta Green was not a favourite but sometimes it is just time for a stop. Our guide, Brad is phenomenal. His knowledge of places, history, cultural and current affairs is so helpful in enriching the trip. His caring in times of crises, his adaptability to any changes, and his wonderful sense of humour all add to the trip. If only he could be cloned! We were exceptionally lucky with weather. The beauty and calm of Skye, the green fields edged with stone fences or hedges, the drive in Dartmoor, the Titanic and Epic museums were all most interesting. The visit to Guinness, Blarney and Cardiff castles, the stops to lunch in small villages all gave variety to the trip. We have been to Great Britain and Ireland a few times, yet this well organized trip just added to our understanding and love of the countries. We shall certainly travel with Insight again.

    Service: We were extremely satisfied with any contact that we had with the company before the trip.

  • 01 October, 2017

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    Trip: The itinerary was very interesting and made more so by the local knowledge of our tour guide Mark. We enjoyed our trip very much. However, you use a couple of hotels that need to remember tour guests help to pay their bills and they tour guests should not be given the smallest rooms in the hotel. The Grosvenor in London is a beautiful hotel and the wing rooms vary greatly and some rooms are far too small for 2 people. Not good advertising for them or Insight Tours.

    Service: The tour guide was excellent and very well informed. Was very helpful when several of the tour folks became ill with colds and flu.

  • 25 September, 2017

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    Trip: A little hectic but we saw a lot. Our tour guide Howard was wonderful. Driver was great -- Peter and Alfred. It was a great mix of larger and smaller cities.

    Service: Insight was wonderful but a little off the ball after the tickets are sold. We would have missed our vacation if we hadn't called to change our routing from Houston to Chicago. also no one was st the airport to pick us up. We were in a foreign country and had to borrow a phone to get to our hotel. The return home hotel, The Grovesner did not have our reservation and we waited an hour for them to straighten it out. Then once again after 2 confirmations for a 9:20 transport time to the airport we had to call 3 times to find out where the transport was. We waited over an hour again. The trip and Howard were wonderful.

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