Immerse yourself in centuries of culture and history, iconic landmarks and picturesque towns, cities and countryside on a tour through the British Isles, including Scotland, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. From castles, cathedrals, highland steam trains, wild Irish coastlines, pretty villages and timeless legends and traditions, there is a lot to delight in on a tour of the UK and Ireland.
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The Ring Of Kerry
Find iron age forts, monasteries and castles, beautiful beaches and lakes, and mountain passes in Ireland’s bounty of natural beauty that is the Ring of Kerry.
Ride the Jacobite Steam Train
There is no finer train lovers’ journey than the Jacobite steam train through the Western Highlands of Scotland from Mallaig to Fort William.
Visit the Lake District
This picturesque region in Northern England inspired artists and writers with its quaint villages and 16 lakes, of which Lake Windermere is most famous.
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Feel goosebumps as you watch the marching bands against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Enjoy the unique sounds of bagpipes and the thundering drums of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo performing on its home ground in August.
High Tea in London
Tea brewed in the finest china pot with matching cups and saucers, served with a tiered platter of finger sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream and cake on a linen tablecloth. An iconic London experience.
Recent Reviews What our clients are saying about their journeys through the British Isles
Ultimate Ireland Christine Geraghty, Chicago, United States, Oct 2021
Our itinerary was just busy enough with enough time to explore on your own if you wanted to or rest if you wanted to. I especially liked exploring Belfast and Giants Causeway, Dublin, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Galway, and Ashford Castle. I loved hearing about the rich and sometimes complicated history of the areas.
More like CANtiki, amiright? Patrick Mcnierney, United States, Sep 2021
The experiences that we're walking away with are really invaluable and will be treasured for a lifetime. We're feeling blessed to have been able to go and to share our trip with such wonderful guides and group mates. Cheers, and until next time!
Great Staycation Kate Kilpatrick, United Kingdom, Sep 2021
This trip was an amazing staycation! It was my first trip with Contiki and I’ll definitely book another trip! The trip manager Anna was great and pointed out great local spots for free time! There’s lots to do on the trip hiking, archery, ace throwing, bushcraft and the optional water sports was cheap and really fun options of paddle boarding kayaking ...read more or canoeing. The town of Hawkshead is lovely and contains lots of little shops to wonder around, definitely visit the fish and chip shop.
Great guides and hotels Heidi, United Kingdom, Aug 2021
I’d walked most of the walks already and enjoyed walking them again so would be interested in guided walks to different hills. No complaint about the itinerary which was very apt for the group. The hotel was fab - I’m at the point that I’m happy to pay a bit more for a nice hotel as I don’t get that much holiday time. Poor WiFi was only an issue bc ...read more I broke my laptop en route and couldn’t action a repair, but the owner told me they will have fibre soon. The guides were fun - the banter between them kept things light. Loved the dogs on the trip too. Was good to have two guides so the large group could be split to two different levels. Scarfell Pike is just a slog. Wouldnt do it again. Confidence building I think for everyone that Duane was a member of mountain rescue. First trip with Explore and I’d defo consider another trip. Thanks.
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