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24 Day The British Isles In Depth

Cosmos Tour starting in London and finishing in London

Read 81 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

Overview

Operator: Cosmos
Type: Tour (Affordable)
Style: Regional Discovery
Max Group Size: 50
Duration: 24 Days
From: London to London
Tour Code: 9090
Visits: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Wales
Our Price From:
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Day By Day

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, 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)
3

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)
4

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)
5

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 departure numbers 0729 through 0819, tickets are included for tonight's performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B)
6

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 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)
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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)
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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)
9

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)
10

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)
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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)
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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 a historic castle. (B)
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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)
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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)
15

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)
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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)
17

Dublin

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)
18

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)
19

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)
20

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)
21

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)
22

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)
23

Brighton - London

A leisurely last day with time this morning for a seafront promenade and out onto the famous Brighton Pier; a walk along The Lanes, a quaint area of narrow streets renowned for its antique shops. Return to London in the early afternoon. How about celebrating the success of your tour with a night out on the town? (B)
24

London

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 (departure numbers 0729 through 0819), 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, Widecombein- the-Moor, Plymouth, Looe, Stonehenge, Brighton; 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.

Accommodation

  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Superior Tourist Class (ST)
  • London Holiday Inn London – Kensington High Street (F) or Novotel London West (F), Coventry Jurys Inn Hinckley Island (F) at Hinckley, Newcastle Jurys Inn (F) at Gateshead, 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) or Killarney Court (F), Tramore Majestic (ST), Dublin Regency (ST), Wrexham Ramada Plaza (F), Cardiff Novotel (F), Plymouth Jurys Inn (F), Brighton Jurys Inn (F)

Included Meals

  • 23 Breakfasts
  • 10 Dinners

Trip Notes

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

Operator Details

Cosmos Reviews: (1366)
Tours on Sale: 195
Accommodation: 3.5 Star
Average Age: 35-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours
Max Group Size(s): 50
Budget: Low Cost
Destinations: Africa, Asia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, South & Central America, UK & Ireland, USA

Reviews (81)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on The British Isles In Depth with Cosmos.
NSW, Australia
Oct 2017
1 Trip
“Great trip through United Kingdom and Ireland”
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We would book through Global Journeys again. The Cosmos tour was excellent value, with the tour guide brilliant as was the bus driver. All accommodation was of a generally high standard and there was no place we stayed at that we wouldn't be happy to stay at again. Tip: Don't pack too many clothes.

There were 30 people on our tour and on a whole we all got along, although at times a couple of people become annoying. The other's were a pleasure to meet, talk to and be with. We only went on 4 of the optional extra excursions and found two to be off an excellent stand and the other two of a poor standard.
NSW, Australia
Sep 2017
5 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“I had a very pleasant experience”
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I have just returned from the 24 day British Isles in Depth trip with Cosmos. I have previously travelled with Cosmos. I booked my trip on-line through Global Journeys. On this occasion, Yvonne Brooks was the consultant who helped with the booking. I usually pay the single supplement. However, Yvonne advised that there was an opportunity to share, so I took up the option and had a very pleasant experience.

The standard of accommodation, optional excursions and entertainment, as well as included meals was of a high standard. It would have been lovely to have had more two night stays in places such as Strathpeffer in the west Scottish Highlands, but that would have entailed a much longer trip. Quite frankly, Scotland and Ireland were my favourite parts of the trip. It would be possible to fly into Glasgow or Edinburgh, hire a car and do Scotland and Ireland yourself. Or, if you had the time and money hire a camper van and take six months or so to do this trip yourself. Autumn is a good time to travel in these parts of the world as the weather is good and it is not too busy.

My fellow travellers were a mixed bag of ages and personalities and pleasant company. We all mixed freely throughout the whole trip. Our tour guide, Fiona, was extremely knowledgeable concerning the local history and gave commentary throughout the trip. Our bus driver, Mark, was a pleasant and experienced driver and his skill negotiating some of those narrow winding roads was much appreciated.

It's hard to say what exactly was my favourite part of the journey as there were so many picturesque coastlines and memorable sightseeing opportunities every single day. I definitely think that this trip is value for money and suitable for any person who is reasonably fit.

One word of warning. Don't take too many clothes! You really don't need six (or 10) of everything. Pack light. It will be much easier. As you are on the bus most of the time, you don't get dirty. You can generally wash your 'smalls' and get them dry in the bathroom. Do take a couple of ' better' items for changing for dinner - but not over the top.
New Zealand
Aug 2017
1 Trip
“The trip of a lifetime.”
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I have had a wonderful holiday with a very nice group of people - 41 on my tour and all got along well. I would recommend this tour to anyone looking to get a good overview of the UK to establish your favourite places to return to. It was hard leaving some places as they were so amazing. I tacked on an extra 8 days and explored London a bit more and that was excellent.

Our Tour Director was very helpful and a lot of fun. The coach was very modern but the seat belts were uncomfortable and cut across my neck. They were also hard to do up so I did not bother most of the time. I would most definitely do another tour with Globus - hopefully next year or 2019. Thanks for making it all so easy and hassle free.
NSW, Australia
Aug 2017
1 Trip
“Fabulous British Isles In Depth”
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Best weather, great trip, so much to see and do. Very knowledgeable and helpful tour director Nicki. Good overview to return and see again at our pace like 2months not 24 days. Very friendly crew of travellers, many enjoyable memories, highly recommend global journeys and many thanks to Yvonne for everything. Some accommodation a little cramped, 2 meals below par, everything else was fine for us.
NSW, Australia
Aug 2017
1 Trip
“Traveling with Cosmos great value for money.”
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This was my 4th Cosmos tour and value for money they offer is great. People on tour were all Aussies except 4 kiwis and were great too. Coach driver Ian was a fantastic driver and Rosalie was outstanding in taking care of us. My first tour was more than 20 yrs ago and I am still very impressed with them and would not travel with anyone else.
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