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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your journey comes to an end after breakfast.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
York (Traditional) - England
Situated in the walls of York, close to the minster and the best York has to offer.
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.
Inverness (Traditional) - Scotland
This traditional hotel provides enviable views over the River Ness and Inverness Castle.
Broadford (Traditional) - Scotland
A hotel boasting an incredible location by Broadford Bay, set at the base of outstanding mountains.
Glasgow (Contemporary) - Scotland
The Radisson Blu Glasgow features award-winning architecture, boasting a stunning atrium and rooms with wall-to-ceiling windows
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.
Dublin (Traditional) - Ireland
Boasting spacious rooms, Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge is a beautifully restored 19th-century school with landscaped gardens.
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 (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.'
Waterford (Traditional) - Ireland
This hotel has been family run for 3 generations and located inside Waterford’s City Centre
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.
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.
Our guests rate us
8002 independent user reviews received during the past year.
19 November, 2017
Trip: Enjoyed the places and the sights
Service: Yes I recommend and buy again
23 October, 2017
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
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
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
Trip: I would have liked more time in London
Service: Great trip! I definitely would do it again
08 October, 2017
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
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
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
Trip: Visited more sites than expected and learned far more than expected
Service: Very professional tour guide and coach drivers.
03 October, 2017
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
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
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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