Jun 2017 - Oct 2017

24 Day The British Isles In Depth

Cosmos Guided Tour starting in London and finishing in London

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Read 70 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos's 24 Day The British Isles In Depth. This extensive vacation covers the British Isles - Scotland, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. No other tour is as complete. Begin your trip with two overnights in London...read more


Operator: Cosmos
Type: Coach Tour (Low Cost)
Style: Regional Discovery
Duration: 24 Days
From: London to London
Tour Code: 9090
Visits: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Wales
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Day By Day


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.


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, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Highlights include a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard (if held). Later on, maybe visit Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its spectacular Crown Jewels. Tonight, a leisurely cruise on the Thames River would be fun! (B)

London - Oxford - Stratford-Upon-Avon - Coventry

Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and depart at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing: a photo opportunity at Hampton Court Palace; Runnymede, where King John sealed the Magna Carta; a walking tour in Oxford, one of the country's oldest seats of learning; and skirting the Cotswold Hills to Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon. Take photos of Anne Hathaway's Cottage and explore the town at your own pace. Overnight near Coventry. (B/D)

Coventry - York - Newcastle

Leave the Midlands and head north to 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. Stop for the night in Newcastle, once an important centre for the wool trade and coal mining and now a vibrant, modern city. (B/D)

Newcastle - Berwick - Upon - Tweed - North Berwick, Scotland - Edinburgh

On your way to Scotland, drive along the picturesque coastline to Berwick-upon-Tweed, situated just south of the Scottish border. This peaceful town suffered a turbulent past, and its Elizabethan walls, built to keep invading Scots from entering the town, could tell a colourful tale. Stop for photographs of the Firth of Forth in pretty North Berwick before arriving in Edinburgh. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, which was once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. 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 departures between 30 Jul and 20 Aug, tickets are included for tonight's performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B)


A full day to enjoy the Scottish capital. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old "New Town," home to famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the "Old Town," drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland's Crown Jewels. Afternoon at leisure. A suggestion for this evening: a traditional Scottish night out, with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and, of course, the Ceremony of the Haggis. (B)

Edinburgh - St Andrews - Dundee - Perth - Pitlochry - Culloden Moor - Inverness - Strathpeffer

A day of memorable sightseeing. Take the elegant Forth Road Bridge to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing, then cross the Firth of Tay and via Dundee and Perth, head into the Highlands, with a stop in the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry. Cross the battlefield of Culloden Moor with its memories of Bonnie Prince Charlie, then via Inverness, head for your Highland destination. (B/D)

Strathpeffer West Coast Excursion

More spectacular Scottish scenery: Dornoch Firth, the Kyle of Sutherland, the Mountains of Assynt, and Knockan Crag. Then, follow Strath Oykel for a visit to Ullapool, a remote fishing harbour on Loch Broom, before returning along Loch Glascarnoch. Our recommendation for this afternoon: join the optional Loch Ness Experience, which includes a cruise on the loch, followed by supper. (B)

Strathpeffer - Isle Of Skye - Fort William - Glasgow

More heather-clad moors as you drive through the western Highlands to Lochalsh and the Inner Hebridean Isle of Skye. The route back to the mainland is by FERRY across the Sound of Sleat to Mallaig, then breathtaking scenery all the way to Fort William beneath Ben Nevis. Glen Coe, where the MacDonald Clan was massacred in 1692, and a drive along the "Bonnie Banks" of Loch Lomond are scenic highlights on the way to Glasgow, Scotland's great cultural city. (B/D)

Glasgow - Alloway - Belfast, Northern Ireland

On this morning's orientation drive through Scotland's largest city, see the fine 12th-century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares, built by wealthy tobacco barons. Later, stop at Alloway, the birthplace of Robert Burns, before boarding the FERRY for the Irish Sea crossing to Belfast. (B)

Belfast - Giant's Causeway - Derry - Belleek - Drumcliff, Ireland - Sligo

Take the scenic route along the Antrim Coast to awe-inspiring GIANT'S CAUSEWAY, then let the province's story unfold as you head for the city of Derry. Later, visit BELLEEK POTTERY, renowned for its exquisite cream-coloured Parian china. At Drumcliff, see the grave of native son and poet W.B. Yeats before arriving in Sligo, tonight's destination. (B/D)

Sligo - Galway - Cliffs Of Moher - Ennis

Travel south to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan centre with colourful shops and a busy cafe and bar culture. Then, cross the limestone plateau of The Burren to visit the spectacular 204-metre (668-foot) CLIFFS OF MOHER. Tonight, a chance to attend an optional banquet at Bunratty Castle. (B)

Ennis - Dingle Peninsula - Killarney

Via Clonderlaw Bay to Killimer for the FERRY across the Shannon estuary. Breathtaking scenery this afternoon on the Dingle Peninsula, where the 51-kilometre (32-mile) Slea Head drive affords magnificent vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. Afternoon arrival in Killarney, your destination for the next two nights. (B/D)

Killarney Ring Of Kerry Excursion

At Killorglin, join the road known as the RING OF KERRY for a 160-kilometre (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. Then, a special optional adventure: take a horse-drawn jaunting car along the national park lakeshore for pictures of Ross Castle. Later, enjoy the optional outing to Tralee for dinner and a performance at Siamsa Tire, Ireland's National Folk Theatre. (B)

Killarney - Blarney - Dungarvan - Tramore

More scenic splendour as you head into County Cork. Stop in Blarney, famous for its Stone of Eloquence, with time at your leisure to see the castle, and shop for Irish crafts and handmade crystal. After lunch, drive past Cork, the country's second-largest city. Finally, pass Dungarvan and travel along the Copper Coast to the seaside resort of Tramore. Tonight, maybe join an optional pub tour before dinner at your hotel. (B/D)

Tramore - Waterford - Avoca - Glendalough - Dublin

Highlights on your northbound journey: Waterford, famed for its exquisite crystal; Enniscorthy, site of the final battle of the Great Rebellion of 1798; a visit to Ireland's oldest HANDWEAVING mill at Avoca; views of the Wicklow Mountains; and Glendalough with its ruins of a centre of Irish Christianity, founded by St. Kevin. Afternoon arrival in Dublin-top off the day with an optional Irish cabaret evening including dinner, dance, song, and laughter. (B)


A day in the "Fair City" starts off with an orientation drive through Ireland's capital and includes statue-lined O'Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. The rest of the day is free to enjoy Dublin at leisure. This evening's optional dinner excursion is to the famous Guinness Storehouse. (B)

Dublin - Wrexham, Wales

Take the FERRY across the Irish Sea to Holyhead on the Welsh Isle of Anglesey with its tongue-twisting names. Enjoy the best of North Wales on a scenic drive through Snowdonia National Park, including spectacular Llanberis Pass. Then, on to Llangollen, home of an annual national competition for poets and musicians, before arriving in Wrexham. Later, why not join an optional excursion by barge along the Llangollen Canal? (B/D)

Wrexham - Builth Wells - Brecon - Cardiff

A day dedicated to Wales as you head south through the ancient market town of Builth Wells and Brecon Beacons National Park, land of salmon rivers and the Welsh mountain pony. In Cardiff, an orientation drive takes in Cathays Park with its splendid civic buildings and Cardiff Castle. Tonight's optional excursion is an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner. (B)

Cardiff - Bath, England - Glastonbury - Widecombe - Plymouth

Across the Severn Bridge to the elegant Georgian city of Bath, famed for its Roman relics. Into the West Country via Glastonbury and its associations with King Arthur, and wild and romantic Dartmoor with a visit to the picture-book village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Upon arrival in Plymouth, hear about Sir Francis Drake and see the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked in 1620. (B/D)

Plymouth Looe Excursion

Today's excursion takes you to the pretty fishing village and former smuggler's port of Looe. Then, follow in the footsteps of Drake, Raleigh, and the Pilgrim Fathers on an optional cruise on Plymouth Sound, one of the world's greatest natural harbours. (B)

Plymouth - Stonehenge - Brighton

An interesting day heading into Thomas Hardy's Wessex and a visit to intriguing, prehistoric STONEHENGE. Explore the visitor centre with its imaginative exhibitions, then admire the magnificence of the monument up close. Via Arundel, dominated by the Duke of Norfolk's huge castle, continue on to the seaside resort of Brighton for an overnight stay. (B/D)

Brighton - Royal Tunbridge Wells - London

A leisurely last day on the road, with time this morning for a seafront promenade stroll or to browse along The Lanes, a quaint area of narrow streets renowned for its antique shops. Finally, take the scenic route to Royal Tunbridge Wells and pause for lunch in this picturesque spa town before returning to London about 3 pm. How about celebrating the success of your tour with a night out on the town? (B)


Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
  • SIGHTSEEING: Visits to Hampton Court Palace Gardens, Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, Berwick-upon-Tweed, North Berwick, Edinburgh Castle, tickets for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (departures between 30 Jul and 20 Aug), St. Andrews, Pitlochry, Culloden Moor, Inverness, Ullapool, Fort William, Alloway, Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Derry, Belleek Pottery, W.B. Yeats' burial place, Sligo, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Blarney, Waterford, Avoca handweaving mill, Glendalough, Llangollen, Builth Wells, Bath, Glastonbury, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Plymouth, Looe, Stonehenge, Brighton, Royal Tunbridge Wells; orientation drives in Glasgow, Dublin, Cardiff; walking tours in Oxford, York
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: Cotswold Hills, Scottish Lowlands and Highlands, Isle of Skye, Loch Lomond, Northern Ireland's Antrim Coast, The Burren, Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry and Lakes of Killarney, Snowdonia National Park, Brecon Beacons National Park, Dartmoor National Park, Salisbury Plain.
  • GUIDES: Local Guide for city sightseeing in Edinburgh; host service in London; professional Tour Director while touring.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Isle of Skye ferry; roundtrip Irish Sea crossings by day ferry; ferry across the Shannon estuary.
  • HOTELS: Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips,and service charges.
  • MEALS: Full English breakfast (B) daily; 10 three-course dinners (D) with choice of menus.

Included Meals

  • 23 Breakfasts
  • 10 Dinners


  • Hotel Classifications: Superior First Class (SF), First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior Tourist (ST), Deluxe (D), Moderate Deluxe (MD), Best Available (BA), National Park (NP)
  • London Holiday Inn London Kensington (F) or Novotel London West (F), Coventry Jurys Inn Hinckley Island (F) at Hinckley, Newcastle Jurys Inn (F), Edinburgh Capital (F) or Kings Manor (ST), Strathpeffer Ben Wyvis (ST), Glasgow Pond (F), Belfast Jurys Inn (F), Sligo Southern (F), Ennis Auburn Lodge (ST), Killarney Holiday Inn (F), Tramore Majestic (ST), Dublin Regency (ST), Wrexham Ramada Plaza (F), Cardiff Novotel (F), Plymouth Jurys Inn (F), Brighton Jurys Inn (F)

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Operator Details

Region: UK & Ireland
Style: Regional Discovery
Accommodation: 3+ Star
Location: Outskirts - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Transport: Luxury Coach
Age Range: Open (min 8 years)
Flights: Internal Flights Included
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Gratuities: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 50 (Avg. 40)
Free WiFi: Yes
* Source: Cosmos for trips in UK & Ireland. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (70)


Trip Date: 23/03/2017

“UK wonders”

This Cosmos tour didn't disappoint, always happy to travel with Cosmos. Ireland was our favourite place could have been better if more time in Ireland. But on a whole excellent scenery and stops.

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Trip Date: 16/03/2017

“The British Isles in Depth”

This tour gave me a general insight into the British Isles. I started this trip in the middle of March which was still a bit cold but the scenery was absolutely green and beautiful. The coastlines, buildings and castle ruins are wonderful. All the hotel accommodation were well appointed and the food (included breakfast and dinner) were of good quality. Our tour director, Dominic, was very knowledgeable which made the tour more enjoyable. Graham, our driver, took good care of us with his safe driving. A comfortable and enjoyable tour.

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Trip Date: 06/10/2016

“VG to excellent well organised trip with a first class, experienced tour guide and a safe, experienced, competent driver ”

No real negatives as long as you were prepared to 'go with the flow' on a very long, diverse trip. Would have been good to have had the Cosmos paperwork earlier (not in the last week, when we had already departed for a stopover on the way over) albeit got it on email in UK.

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Tricia's Holiday

Trip Date: 06/10/2016

“Beautiful Great Britain”

The overall trip was fantastic...travelling as a solo person for the first time, was a bit scary, but the other travellers were great, and very inclusive of me. Loved the different kinds of accommodation, even if beds were somewhat old, the character and ambience was special...reminded us of Faulty Towers ie Fiona, our tour operator was the best. Patient, amusing, always so helpful (put up with a bit from "precious" travellers... always a step ahead, full marks to her. Loved her Irish accent too. Food over all was very good, although the Irish are not known for their food! Saw so much of GB, we were on the go with early starts and long days, but how do cover such a big area without doing that.

The only negative for me was the Loch Ness cruise... not worth the money, boat operator just repeated the dialogue we had prior to boarding! And time of night heading to dark, and the few tumbled down relics of castle, well, didn't do anything for me in spite of historical relevance. I would definitely travel with Cosmos again, when I save my $. Yvonne Brookes at Global Journeys was helpful too..not everybody is computer literate!

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Jun 2017 - Oct 2017

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