Early Bird Deal Insight Vacations | Britain & Ireland Explorer (Summer 2020)

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


Tour Operator: Insight Vacations
  • What's Included

    • 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.
  • Pricing

      • Start Date
      • End Date
      • Price
        (Twin)
      • 12 Apr 20
      • 24 Apr 20
      • $5,250
      • 19 Apr 20
      • 1 May 20
      • $5,250

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $4,725 for this departure

      • 26 Apr 20
      • 8 May 20
      • $5,350

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $4,815 for this departure

      • 3 May 20
      • 15 May 20
      • $5,450
      • 10 May 20
      • 22 May 20
      • $5,450

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $4,905 for this departure

      • 12 May 20
      • 24 May 20
      • $5,595

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $5,036 for this departure

      • 17 May 20
      • 29 May 20
      • $5,595
      • 24 May 20
      • 5 Jun 20
      • $5,595

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $5,036 for this departure

      • 31 May 20
      • 12 Jun 20
      • $5,595
      • 7 Jun 20
      • 19 Jun 20
      • $5,595

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $5,036 for this departure

      • 14 Jun 20
      • 26 Jun 20
      • $5,595

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $5,036 for this departure

      • 21 Jun 20
      • 3 Jul 20
      • $5,595

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $5,036 for this departure

      • 28 Jun 20
      • 10 Jul 20
      • $5,595

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $5,036 for this departure

      • 5 Jul 20
      • 17 Jul 20
      • $5,595

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $5,036 for this departure

      • 12 Jul 20
      • 24 Jul 20
      • $5,695

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $5,126 for this departure

      • 19 Jul 20
      • 31 Jul 20
      • $5,695

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $5,126 for this departure

      • 26 Jul 20
      • 7 Aug 20
      • $5,695
      • 2 Aug 20
      • 14 Aug 20
      • $5,795

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $5,216 for this departure

      • 4 Aug 20
      • 16 Aug 20
      • $5,795

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $5,216 for this departure

      • 9 Aug 20
      • 21 Aug 20
      • $6,095

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $5,486 for this departure

      • 16 Aug 20
      • 28 Aug 20
      • $6,095

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $5,486 for this departure

      • 18 Aug 20
      • 30 Aug 20
      • $6,095

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $5,486 for this departure

      • 23 Aug 20
      • 4 Sep 20
      • $6,095

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $5,486 for this departure

      • 30 Aug 20
      • 11 Sep 20
      • $5,575

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $5,018 for this departure

      • 1 Sep 20
      • 13 Sep 20
      • $5,695

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $5,126 for this departure

      • 6 Sep 20
      • 18 Sep 20
      • $5,695
      • 13 Sep 20
      • 25 Sep 20
      • $5,695

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $5,126 for this departure

      • 15 Sep 20
      • 27 Sep 20
      • $5,695

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $5,126 for this departure

      • 20 Sep 20
      • 2 Oct 20
      • $5,525

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $4,973 for this departure

      • 27 Sep 20
      • 9 Oct 20
      • $5,425

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $4,883 for this departure

    Please note: while prices are accurate at time of loading they are subject to change due to currency fluctuations and currency surcharges may apply.Please check price at time of booking
  • Itinerary

    Day 1 - Stratford and Medieval York.

    At 07:15, meet your Travel Director at the trip hotel in London 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.(Dinner with Wine)

     

    Day 2 - 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.(Breakfast)

     

    Day 3 - 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 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – a colourful mixture of historic battles and military manoeuvres with pipes and drums.(Breakfast)

     

    Day 4 - 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 stroll to West Sands Beach where the famous 'Chariots of Fire' scene was filmed. Your travels continue as you cross the Tay river passing 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.(Breakfast / Dinner)

     

    Day 5 - Loch Ness and Glencoe.

    In the morning, travel along Loch Ness and hear 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. Reach the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond and admire the incredible scenery as you cruise what is arguably one of Scotland's most beautiful lochs, while enjoying a light lunch. Cross the English border before arriving at your lakeside hotel.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

     

    Day 6 - The English Lakes to Chester.

    In the morning, discover the beauty of the Lake District. Continue to your hotel in Chester. In the afternoon why not join The Beatles City Tour Optional Experience? This evening, enjoy a delightful Farm-to-Table dinner at a local restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

     

    Day 7 - North Wales and over to Dublin.

    In the morning, step back into Roman times in Chester where you see the city’s ancient encircling walls and remarkable 13th century black and white Rows.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.(Breakfast)

     

    Day 8 - 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 private masterclass where you will learn to pour the perfect pint. 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.(Breakfast)

     

    Day 9 - From Dublin to Killarney.

    Travel to Ireland's premier thoroughbred horse breeding region for a fascinating, behind-the-scenes visit of the National Stud with an equine professional. You then visit 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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

     

    Day 10 - 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?(Breakfast)

     

    Day 11 - 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 Waterford Crystal and 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!(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

     

    Day 12 - 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.(Breakfast)

     

    Day 13 - Roman Baths and Stonehenge.

    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 on of Britain’s 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 trip hotel in London.(Breakfast)

     

    Britain & Ireland Explorer (Summer 2020)
*Terms and Conditions
Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are per person share twin based on best available tour price, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are based on cash or cheque. Tour deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions may apply. Food fund and airfares may be additional. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry.
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