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Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).
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, Stratford-upon-Avon and Medieval York.
At 07:30, meet your Travel Director and journey to Stratford, beautifully situated on the River Avon. Visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare, full of interesting memorabilia and artefacts relating to his life. Continue on to York where you walk within the old city walls to the crooked houses of the Shambles and see York Minster, England's largest medieval cathedral. Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with drinks and the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
Durham, Hadrian's Wall and Edinburgh.
Stop in Durham to see the castle and Romanesque cathedral. Then view part of Hadrian's Wall, Britain's most impressive Roman monument once spanning 80 miles from coast-to-coast, marking the northern frontier of the mighty Roman Empire. Cross the Scottish border to reach the elegant Scottish capital, Edinburgh.
Edinburgh, Scotland’s Capital of Culture.
Journey down the Royal Mile to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse - ofﬁcial Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen - before crossing over to New Town. Next, walk with your Local Expert inside Edinburgh Castle for spectacular views of the town and to see Scotland's Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg. The afternoon is free to shop on Princes Street. In the evening, select departures will enjoy the spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo - a colourful mixture of historic battles and military manoeuvres with pipes and drums.
To St. Andrews and on to the Highland Capital of 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 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. Travel via Blair Atholl and past the Grampian Mountains to the sparkling Spey Valley. Later, continue to Inverness and your hotel.
Loch Ness, Glencoe and Loch Lomond.
In the morning, take a private cruise on Loch Ness, where you will soak up the scenery, historic monuments and tales of the famous Nessie. Continue your journey through some of the most stunning scenery in all of Scotland found in the region of Glencoe. Travel along the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, before crossing the English border. Pass the village of Grasmere, where the poet William Wordsworth is buried, before arriving at your lakeside hotel.
The English Lakes to Chester.
In the morning, discover the beauty of the Lake District, its fells, lakes and valleys combine to make it one of England's best loved regions. Perhaps take a lake cruise on the tranquil waters of Windermere? Later, step back into Roman times in Chester where you see the city's ancient encircling walls and remarkable 13th century black and white Rows.
North Wales and over to Dublin.
Continue through Wales, passing the massive Conwy Castle before crossing over to the Isle of Anglesey. The village with the longest name in Europe will be visible - see if you are able to read it aloud! From the port of Holyhead, set sail for Dublin in Ireland.
In Dublin’s Fair City.
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. Later, become acquainted with Dublin’s elegant squares during sightseeing with a Local Expert. See famous O’Connell Street, the Custom House and Dublin Castle. For the rest of the afternoon, you are free to soak up the Irish atmosphere or browse the shops along Grafton Street.
A Journey through Life from Dublin to Killarney.
Travel to Ireland's premier thoroughbred horse breeding region for a fascinating visit of the National Stud and the acclaimed 100-year-old Japanese Gardens where you can 'journey through life'. Continue to view the Rock of Cashel, crowned with the noblest group of medieval monuments in Ireland. Cross the rolling pastures that encircle Tipperary before reaching Killarney. At night, your Dine-Around Evening offers authentic and intimate dining with your friends, from a hand-picked selection of fine local restaurants.
Ring of Kerry Experience.
In the morning, join a delightful trip around the Ring of Kerry, a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages. Get a sense of the unhurried pace of Irish life as you pass through Ireland's highest mountain range and make your way to the three peaceful Lakes of Killarney. In the afternoon, perhaps take an optional ride with the locals on one of Killarney's jaunting cars?
Blarney Castle and Waterford.
Start the day visiting Blarney Castle, home of the famous Stone of Eloquence - once kissed, never forgotten! Travel on through the scenic port of Dungarvan to the historic walled city of Waterford, with its 11th century Reginald Tower. Enjoy a guided visit of the world-famous crystal factory and to meet a master craftsman. In the evening, after miles of fun and fascinating sights, spirits will be high during your Celebration Dinner. Toast to your newfound friends - Sláinte!
Across the Irish Sea to Cardiff.
From the port of Rosslare, board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea. A pleasant drive will then take you into the rural scenery of Pembrokeshire. Continue past the valleys of southern Wales to the capital, Cardiff, famous for its imposing castle and brilliant Principality Stadium.
Roman Baths, Stonehenge and London.
Cross the Severn Bridge to reach the City of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Georgian streets and crescents. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room built above Britain's only hot, mineral springs. 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 below. Your journey continues across Salisbury Plain for a visit to mysterious Stonehenge - no-one can be sure why they were built, or even how prehistoric man could move such huge blocks of stone. Your exploration of Britain and Ireland 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.
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
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
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
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
Join us at the only pub on the shores of Loch Ness, overlooking Dores beach. Enjoy a drink whislt listening to the tales of Steve, a man who has devoted over twenty-five years of his life to hunting for the elusive Loch Ness Monster. A unique evening, following the journey of the ultimate "Nessie Hunter"!
Adult Price: GBP 20.00
There is no better way to appreciate the scenic beauty of the English Lake District than a relaxing cruise and steam train ride. First take to the limpid waters of Windermere for a spectacular voyage, offering magnificent views of rugged mountains, secluded bays and wooded islands. At the southern end of the lake, your cruise connects with a steam locomotive for a nostalgic ride along the banks of the beautiful River Leven to Haverthwaite Station.
Adult Price: GBP 19.00
Join a local Blue badge guide to discover the home of the Beatles. See the famous sights associated with the Fab Four along with the two Cathedrals and hear tales of emigration and the Titanic connection.
Adult Price: GBP 16.50
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
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
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
Enjoy a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians and showcasing the music of Kerry and beyond.
Adult Price: EUR 36.00
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
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.
Windermere (Traditional) - England
This hotel, contained in a 17th century building, rests on the shores of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake.
Chester (Traditional) - England
This hotel is set in a grand Victorian building and has just undergone a multi-million pound restoration.
Dublin (Contemporary) - Ireland
This hotel is situated in the heart of Dublin, adjacent to Trinity College Dublin.
Killarney (Traditional) - Ireland
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.
Our guests rate us
8002 independent user reviews received during the past year.
28 November, 2017
Trip: It was a fun trip. So many interesting places especially Killarney.
Service: Christina Bader, the tour director was excellent. She was knowledgeable and so helpful to us on the tour.
26 November, 2017
Trip: Just loved the tour the places we visited.
Service: I thought the tour director was excellent and the bus clean and comfortable. The tour was well organised and the hotels were just ok.
08 November, 2017
Trip: This itinerary was fabulous. A lot of information and covered in a short time
Service: The service was great. They were always willing to help you.
04 November, 2017
Trip: Probably too much time on the bus in northern Scotland, but we would not have gone all the places on our own
Service: Customer service was excellent- good communication and history
04 November, 2017
Trip: It was great! *************
Service: It was a great trip with a good itinerary and a wonderful guide.
31 October, 2017
Trip: The tour was very well organized.
Service: Very good.
26 October, 2017
Trip: Packed and exhausting but a good taste of what the UK has to offer.
Service: David Parry and Tony Bunting were brilliant.
23 October, 2017
Trip: Couldn't have packed much more into this trip. Always on the go and so many things to see and do.
Service: Lots of sightseeing packed into the trip. Our Guide Nigel was excellent. Knowledgeable and funny and very accommodating. The bus driver was great and friendly. We had a great group of people we traveled with. Fun Fun Fun! I would book with Insight again.
23 October, 2017
Trip: Excellent variety and well planned
Service: Itinerary, tour director, coach driver - all exceptional
21 October, 2017
Trip: All overnight locations were worthwhile - Windermere was a favourite. Smaller stops were unexpected added bonus experiences: St. Andrews, Conwy, Irish stud farm. Lunch stops at small pubs were great. Good balance of organized tours and free time. Allowed for adequate time for my special interest in architecture. Only unimpressive event was the Welsh night. I now enjoy Guinness!
Service: Tour leader handled all arrangements well, and added bonus activity.
21 October, 2017
Trip: Beautiful scenery, lovely people, just the right pace... Sites of historical and personal significance also made this tour extra special.
Service: Excellent travel director. David Parry goes above and beyond, and does it in a friendly, efficient manner. Coach driver Tony Bunting made his "steerology" seem effortless.
21 October, 2017
Trip: We rushed to get to Inverness to go on the Lockness cruise. There wasn’t anything special about this cruise. This is one stop that could be eliminated and allow more time in places like Windermere or other quaint towns.
Service: My only complaint was that when I called to ask for a suggestion on how many Pounds and Euros to bring, they didn’t have an answer.
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