24 Day The British Isles In Depth

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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
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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.
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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London
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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 OXFORD UNIVERSITY 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. The highlight is a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece built between 1675 and 1708. 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 - 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)
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Newcastle - Berwick - Upon - Tweed - North Berwick, Scotland - Edinburgh
On your way to Scotland, drive along the picturesque coastline to Berwickupon- 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 0728 through 0818, tickets are included for tonight's performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B)
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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," visit 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 - 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 Falls of Shin, 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 - Sligo, Ireland
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 creamcoloured Parian china, before arriving in Sligo, tonight's destination. (B/D)
12
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 café and bar culture. Then, cross the limestone plateau of The Burren to visit the spectacular 668-foot CLIFFS OF MOHER. Tonight, a chance to attend an optional medieval banquet at a historic castle. (B)
13
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)
14
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 - Kilkenny - Dublin
On your northbound journey pause in Waterford, famous for its exquisite crystal, and visit Kilkenny, one of Ireland's prettiest towns with medieval cobblestone streets and Old-World charm. Afternoon arrival in Dublin-top off the day with an optional Irish cabaret evening including dinner, dance, song, and laughter. (B)
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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)
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Dublin - Llangollen, Wales - Wrexham
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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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Brighton - London
A leisurely last day with time this morning for a seafront promenade stroll and out onto the famous Brighton Pier; a walk along The Lanes, a quaint area of narrow streets renowned for its antique shops; or even a flight on the i360, the world's tallest moving observation tower, to enjoy spectacular views over the beautiful South Coast. Return to London in the early afternoon. How about celebrating the success of your tour with a night out on the town? (B)
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London
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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Trip Inclusions
  • 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.
Trip Inclusions
  • HAMPTON COURT: Walk through the palace gardens.
  • OXFORD: Walking tour.
  • STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Discover Shakespeare’s home town.
  • YORK: Walking tour.
  • BERWICK-UPON-TWEED & NORTH BERWICK:
  • EDINBURGH: Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle.
  • ST. ANDREWS: Visit the home of golf.
  • PITLOCHRY: Visit the Highland resort.
  • CULLODEN MOOR: See the battlesite.
  • ULLAPOOL: Visit the remote fishing village.
  • ISLE OF SKYE: Drive across the Inner Hebridean island.
  • ARMADALE-MALLAIG: by ferry.
  • GLASGOW: Orientation drive.
  • ALLOWAY: Stop in Robert Burns’ birthplace.
  • CAIRNRYAN-BELFAST: by ferry.
  • GIANT’S CAUSEWAY: See the amazing basalt columns.
  • DERRY: Visit the walled city.
  • BELLEEK: Guided tour of the pottery factory.
  • GALWAY: Visit the seaside town.
  • CLIFFS OF MOHER: Savour the spectacular views.
  • KILLIMER-TARBERT: Cross the Shannon estuary by ferry.
  • DINGLE PENINSULA DRIVE: See the Blasket Islands.
  • KILLARNEY: Visit the popular resort town.
  • RING OF KERRY: Scenic peninsula drive.
  • BLARNEY: Visit the famous village.
  • WATERFORD: Visit the home of the famous crystal.
  • KILKENNY: Visit the colourful town.
  • DUBLIN: Orientation drive.
  • DUBLIN-HOLYHEAD: by ferry.
  • LLANGOLLEN:
  • CARDIFF: Orientation drive.
  • BATH: Visit the elegant Georgian city.
  • GLASTONBURY:
  • DARTMOOR: Visit Widecombe-in-the-Moor.
  • PLYMOUTH: See the Mayflower Steps.
  • CORNWALL: Visit Looe.
  • STONEHENGE: Visit the prehistoric monument.
  • BRIGHTON: Visit the seaside resort.
  • INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR: and Host Service in London.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Touring by private, firstclass, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; round-trip Irish Sea crossings by day ferry; ferry across the Shannon estuary.
  • 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; 9 threecourse dinners (D) with choice of menus.
  • COSMOSGO: Get our mobile app for trip information.
Included Meals
  • 23 Breakfasts
  • 9 Dinners
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), Edinburgh Kings Manor (ST), Strathpeffer Ben Wyvis (ST), Glasgow Leonardo Inn Glasgow West End (F), Belfast Jurys Inn (F), Sligo Southern (F), Ennis Auburn Lodge (ST), Killarney Holiday Inn (F), Tramore Majestic (ST), Dublin The Bonnington (F), 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.
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Reviews (90)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on The British Isles In Depth with Cosmos.
QLD, Australia
Sep 2018
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This was our first coach holiday and it exceeded our expectations. Simon, the tour guide was droll but was able to maintain good cheer whilst enforcing the rules, e.g. seat rotation. Graham, the driver was very efficient and a smooth operator ensuring a comfortable ride. We had done our research, so were expecting the levels of comfort in the various hotels. Some better than others, but that was part of the fun of the trip. The excursions were well organised and a lot of fun. Unexpected delights of visiting small ports or villages was wonderful, e.g. Ullapooll.

The only point of difference that we would like to see changed was that the tour included 10 dinners, which on the whole consisted of reasonable choices of dishes, served at table, but three of those dinners consisted of buffet which we feel should be offered as a choice to forego and not have to pay for at time of purchasing the tour. I personally find buffets appalling, (breakfast apart). One buffet dinner is one too many, but to have three thrust on us, was outrageous.
VIC, Australia
Aug 2018
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The trip was excellent spoilt by a disappointing last night stay at a hotel where the bedroom was a joke, could hardly fit our suitcases in and we also could hardly move around. Everybody was complaining. Not good!!! Our guide and coach driver were excellent.
NSW, Australia
Jun 2018
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“UK Whistlestop Tour”
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Toured June/July 2018.This was our second trip with Cosmos and we weren't disappointed. If you are looking for a lively tour that shows you much of what the UK has to offer this tour is highly recommended. Our coach driver, Alistair, was very skillful and showed great professionalism throughout the trip in his ability in maneuvering our well appointed coach in some very tight situations. Our tour director, Annmarie, was also very knowledgeable in both the history, sights and tales of all the areas we visited. Her organisational skills meant we avoided the large crowds and enjoyed the sights that much better.

The meals provided were of good quality and quantity, and the hotels, whilst not usually in the "middle of town" were of a mixed variety. They ranged from modern brick, a/c buildings to rooms in old stately buildings with varying standards of inclusions within each of these properties. If we had a complaint, it was that during our trip the UK was having unseasonably hot weather and the hotels didn't cope with this at all. There were no fans available and in many cases the windows were incapable of being opened - meaning very uncomfortable sleeping conditions, but the positive was the washing dried o'nite! Another thing we found was that the Holiday Inn London Kensington High Street was extremely expensive and had very small rooms but was in a central location.

The optional excursions were mostly of a very good standard and they complemented the overall tour. One thing that might add to the tour's charm is possibly a bit longer in Wales, especially in the Snowdonia region.
We found the tour group very easy to get along with. It was a large group of 47 people from Australia, NZ, USA, Canada and Hungary who all wanted to see and do as much as possible on our trip. The booking process with Global Journeys was one we found to very easy and stress free. Madeline was in contact with us throughout this period and also ensured we were informed of the late hotel change prior to starting the tour.
QLD, Australia
May 2018
3 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“The British Isles In Depth”
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The tour was pretty good but very tiring, I think they could cover a little less distance and more time in less places. The accommodation and meals were good. Some of the optional excursions were a little expensive for what you get. Overall not a bad tour if you can take the pace. The transfers were excellent.
QLD, Australia
May 2018
6 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“Great trip & saw a lot of country”
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We had a wonderful tour and enjoyed the informative commentary provided by our Tour Director Martin. He was always friendly and attentive as was our coach driver George. We had a great mix of people, easygoing, and friendly which made the tour heaps of fun. The places we saw were amazing and the tour made accessibility very easy for all. A 2 night stay in Ireland offered a great laundry service 20 euro a bag full, use it.
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