Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland

18 Day Guided Tour from London to London with Cosmos

Read 17 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos 18 Day Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland. Experience the best of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales on this in-depth exploration tour of the British Isles. In between time in the major cities-London, Dublin, Edinburgh,...read more

     
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Guided Tour Starts In
Starts In
London
Guided Tour Ends In
Ends In
London
Accomodation
Accomodation
3 - 4 Star
50
Max Group Size
50
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Scenic
Trip Style
Scenic
Countries Explored:
England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland
Trip Operated By:
Cosmos
Cosmos
1,596 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.1 out of 5
17 Reviews
Trip Code:
9050

Itinerary

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1 Arrive In London, England
Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, there's time to rest or to start exploring the lively British capital; uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.
2 London
What's your pleasure? Today is devoted to exploring on your own or enjoying our exciting program of optional activities. You may choose to join a Local Guide for an optional morning sightseeing tour of the city's famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall's mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister's Downing Street residence, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Later, maybe visit Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its spectacular Crown Jewels. Tonight, dinner followed by a leisurely cruise on the Thames River would be fun! (B)
3 London - Stonehenge - Widecombe - Plymouth
Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and depart at 8 am for the West Country. Cross the chalky terrain of Wiltshire and visit STONEHENGE, one of England's most intriguing mysteries. Explore the visitor centre with its imaginative exhibitions, then admire the magnificence of the monument from up close. In the heart of Dartmoor National Park, ghostly setting for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, visit quaint Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Later, in Plymouth, hear about Sir Francis Drake and see the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked in 1620. (B/D)
4 Plymouth - Glastonbury - Bath - Cardiff, Wales
Via Glastonbury and its associations with King Arthur to the elegant city of Bath, famed for its amazing Roman relics and Georgian buildings. Cross the spectacular Severn Bridge into Wales and head for the capital, Cardiff. Here, an orientation drive introduces you to all the major attractions: Cardiff Castle, Cathays Park, Millennium Stadium, and the stately civic buildings. Tonight, why not join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner? (B)
5 Cardiff - Tenby - Tramore, Ireland
Vistas of rich dairy farmland this morning on the way to the pretty seaside resort of Tenby. Then, on to Pembroke, departure point for the FERRY across St. George's Channel to Ireland. Arrive at Rosslare in just under four hours. (B/D)
6 Tramore - Blarney - Killarney
Today, discover why Ireland is called the "Emerald Isle." Drive along the southern coast, passing Cork, the country's second-largest city. Stop in Blarney, famous for its Stone of Eloquence. Time to see the castle, and shop for Irish crafts and handmade crystal. After lunch, continue to the popular resort of Killarney. Tonight, enjoy the optional outing to Tralee for dinner and a performance at Siamsa Tire, Ireland's National Folk Theatre. (B)
7 Killarney. Ring Of Kerry Excursion
At Killorglin, join the road known as the RING OF KERRY for a 100- mile coastal panoramic drive featuring sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly coloured farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and spectacular views of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Back in Killarney, a special optional adventure: take a horse-drawn jaunting car along the national park lakeshore for pictures of Ross Castle. (B)
8 Killarney - Dingle Peninsula - Adare - Limerick
Breathtaking scenery this morning on the Dingle Peninsula, where the 51-kilometre (32-mile) Slea Head drive affords magnificent vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. See the Blasket Islands and hear about the way of life and unique literary achievements of its inhabitants prior to their evacuation in 1953. Then, travel via Adare, a village known for its prize-winning thatched cottages, to Limerick. Tonight, consider joining an optional medieval banquet at a historic castle. (B)
9 Limerick - Cliffs Of Moher - Galway - Dublin
A scenic route this morning via the CLIFFS OF MOHER and The Burren on the way to the port city of Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan centre with colourful shops and a busy café and bar culture. Continue across the mighty Shannon before arriving in Dublin. The optional dinner suggestion is a fun Irish cabaret evening with dinner, dance and songs. (B)
10 Dublin
A day in the "Fair City" starts with an orientation drive through Eire's capital, including statue-lined O'Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure. Later, why not join an optional dinner at the Guinness Storehouse? (B)
11 Dublin - Chester, England - Liverpool
Take the FERRY across the Irish Sea to Holyhead on the Welsh Isle of Anglesey with its tongue-twisting names. Follow the North Wales coast to Chester, the ancient county town on the Dee River. See the Roman remains, black and white half-timbered buildings, and the two-tiered arcades called the "Rows." Overnight in Liverpool, of Beatles fame and once the departure port of the great transatlantic liners. (B)
12 Liverpool - Lake District - Gretna Green, Scotland - Glasgow
Drive into the tranquil Lake District, often considered to be the finest of England's national parks and recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Then, visit Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Travel through the history-steeped Lowland Hills to Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. (B/D)
13 Glasgow - Fort William - Inverness - Culloden Moor - Grantownon - On - Spey
Skirt the "Bonnie Banks" of Loch Lomond and head through wild Rannoch Moor into the Highlands. Via Glen Coe, where the MacDonald Clan was massacred in 1692, to Fort William beneath Ben Nevis. Then, the Great Glen for vistas of the Caledonian Canal, Loch Lochy, and Loch Oich. Follow the banks of Loch Ness, home of the timid and timeless Nessie. Continue via Inverness, the Highland capital, and on the way to tonight's destination, stop at the battlefield of Culloden Moor with its memories of Bonnie Prince Charlie. (B/D)
14 Grantown - On - Spey - Pitlochry - St. Andrews - Edinburgh
Drive through more spectacular Highland scenery for a stop in the pretty Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry. Then, travel via Perth and Dundee before crossing the Tay Bridge to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club, founded in 1754, has given us the rules of golfing. Continue through Fife and over the mighty Forth Road Bridge to spend the next two nights in Edinburgh. A suggestion for this evening: enjoy a traditional Scottish night out, with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and, of course, the Ceremony of the Haggis. (B)
15 Edinburgh
A full day to enjoy the Scottish capital. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old "New Town," home famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the "Old Town," visit EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland's Crown Jewels. Later, join an optional tour of the former Royal Yacht Britannia. Tour five decks and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure numbers 0727 and 0810, tickets are included for tonight's performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B)
16 Edinburgh - Jedburgh - York, England - Leeds
At Jedburgh, see the abbey ruins before heading towards the Cheviot Hills and the English border. Travel through wild Northumberland National Park, and on the way, see a section of Hadrian's Wall, the Roman coast-to-coast defense against marauding northern tribes. In York, England's most complete medieval city, stand in awe in front of the great structure of York Minster, then follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. Overnight is in Leeds. (B/D)
17 Leeds - Stratford - Uponavon - London
In Shakespeare's Stratfordupon- Avon, take photos of Anne Hathaway's Cottage and explore the town at your own pace. After returning to London around 4 pm, how about celebrating the success of your tour with an optional night out on the town? (B)
18 London
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Cosmos Inclusions

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Trip Inclusions
  • STONEHENGE: Visit the prehistoric monument.
  • DARTMOOR: Visit Widecombe-in-the-Moor.
  • PLYMOUTH: See the Mayflower Steps.
  • GLASTONBURY:
  • BATH: Visit the elegant Georgian city.
  • CARDIFF: Orientation drive.
  • RING OF KERRY: Scenic peninsula drive.
  • ADARE: Admire the thatched cottages.
  • GALWAY: Visit the seaside town.
  • DUBLIN: Orientation drive.
  • PEMBROKE-ROSSLARE: by ferry.
  • BLARNEY: Visit the famous village.
  • KILLARNEY: Visit the popular resort town.
  • DINGLE PENINSULA DRIVE: See the Blasket Islands.
  • CLIFFS OF MOHER: Savour the spectacular views.
  • DUBLIN-HOLYHEAD: by ferry.
  • CHESTER: Walking tour.
  • LIVERPOOL: Visit the maritime city.
  • LAKE DISTRICT: Drive through the UNESCO World Heritage landscape.
  • GREEN FORT WILLIAM:
  • CULLODEN MOOR: See the battlesite.
  • PITLOCHRY: Visit the Highland resort town.
  • ST. ANDREWS: Visit the home of golf.
  • EDINBURGH: Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle.
  • HADRIAN’S WALL: See a section of the Roman remains.
  • INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR:
  • TRANSPORTATION: Touring by private, firstclass, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; roundtrip Irish Sea crossings by day ferry.
  • HOTELS: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel and city taxes, required local taxes, porterage plus any mandatory service and resort fees.
  • MEALS: Full English breakfast (B) daily; 5 threecourse dinners (D) with choice of menus.
  • COSMOSGO: Get our mobile app for trip information.
  • STRATFORD-UPON AVON Discover Shakespeare’s home town.
  • JEDBURGH: See the abbey ruins.
  • YORK: Walking tour.
Included Meals
  • 17 Breakfasts
  • 5 Dinners
Accommodation
  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Superior Tourist Class (ST)
  • London Novotel London West (F), Plymouth Jurys Inn (F), Cardiff Park Inn (F), Tramore Majestic (ST), Killarney Killarney Court (F), Limerick Limerick City Hotel (F), Dublin The Bonnington (F), Liverpool Holiday Inn Liverpool City Centre (F), Glasgow Leonardo Inn Glasgow West End (F), Grantown-on-spey Craiglynne (ST), Edinburgh Novotel Edinburgh Park (F), Leeds Holiday Inn Garforth (F), London Holiday Inn London – Kensington High Street (F) or Novotel London West (F)
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Reviews (17)

18 Day Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

“Grand tour of England, Ireland and Scotland”
- TAS, Australia Aug 2018 8 Helpful Votes

Overall the tour was amazing, well organised, great guide with great knowledge, bus driver very competent with routes felt safe at all times. Cosmos staff at hotels and on excursions were great very informative and organised. Hotels during the tour were mainly good had one that was very poor, meals supplied were reasonable we all enjoyed breakfast in all hotels. Enjoyed the optional excursions, they were well organised and well worth doing as we did every one, it added to the cultural experience...read more

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“British Ireland Bus Tour”
- QLD, Australia Jul 2018 2 Helpful Votes

Great trip to get a quick look at some places in England and Ireland. Some places I would have liked to stay longer, but it has given me a taste of what England and Ireland has to offer.

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“Worry free holiday”
- NSW, Australia Jun 2018 3 Helpful Votes

This is a holiday with everything taken care of. The destination, hotels, toilet breaks, luggage, etc. are well organised. Booking with Global Journeys was smooth and on time. Due to the distance covered, it was a bit tiring.

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“Wonderful trip through Great Britain”
- VIC, Australia Jul 2017 2 Helpful Votes

We had a wonderful time with an excellent guide and a very good bus driver. A small group namely only 18 people on a large coach so had plenty of room to spread out and it also made for quick stops for viewing sights or photographing sites.

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“Great trip - highly recommended”
- SA, Australia Jun 2017 3 Helpful Votes

Wonderful trip lead by a fabulous guide! Highlights were the Scottish Highlands, west coast of Ireland, Lakes District and Edinburgh. I got my fill of history, architecture and fabulous views.

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