Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland

18 Day Guided Tour from London to London with Cosmos

Read 20 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 / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland
Trip Operated By:
Cosmos
Cosmos
1,771 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.1 out of 5
20 Reviews
Trip Code:
9050

Itinerary

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1 Arrive In London, England
Check into your hotel. in the afternoon, there is 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, we recommend our optional Taste of London excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illumination cruise on the Thames River. (B)
3 London - Stonehenge - Widecombe - Plymouth
Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions to 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) Today's Distance: 222 mi/ 356 km
4 Plymouth - Glastonbury - Bath - Cardiff, Wales
Via Glastonbury and its legends of 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 dining? (B) Today's Distance: 188 mi/ 303 km
5 Cardiff - Tenby - Tramore, Ireland
Enjoy 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) Today's Distance: 242 mi/ 390 km
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, with time to see the castle, and shop for Irish crafts and handmade crystal. 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) Today's Distance: 134 mi/ 216 km
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) Today's Distance: 99 mi/ 158 km
8 Killarney - Dingle Peninsula - Adare - Limerick
Breathtaking scenery this morning on the Dingle Peninsula, where the 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) Today's Distance: 187 mi/ 301 km
9 Limerick - Cliffs Of Moher - Galway - Dublin
Take 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 cafe 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) Today's Distance: 208 mi/ 334 km
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) Today's Distance: 186 mi/ 300 km
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 a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, visit Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Travel through the historysteeped Lowland Hills to Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. (B/D) Today's Distance: 237 mi/ 381 km
13 Glasgow - Fort William - Inverness - Culloden Moor - Grantown-On-Spey
Skirt the "Bonnie Banks" of Loch Lomond and head through wild Rannoch Moor into the Highlands. Pass through 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) Today's Distance: 209 mi/ 336 km
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) Today's Distance: 169 mi/ 272 km
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 0725 through 0815, 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 coastto- 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) Today's Distance: 220 mi/ 355 km
17 Leeds - Stratford-upon-Avon - 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) Today's Distance: 237 mi/ 385 km
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
  • TENBY
  • PEMBROKE-ROSSLARE: by ferry
  • BLARNEY: Visit the famous village
  • KILLARNEY: Visit the popular resort town
  • RING OF KERRY: Scenic peninsula drive
  • DINGLE PENINSULA DRIVE: See the Blasket Islands
  • ADARE: Admire the thatched cottages
  • CLIFFS OF MOHER: Savour the spectacular views
  • GALWAY: Visit the seaside town
  • DUBLIN: Orientation drive
  • 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 battlefield
  • PITLOCHRY: Visit the Highland resort town
  • ST. ANDREWS: Visit the home of golf
  • EDINBURGH: Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle
  • JEDBURGH: See the abbey ruins
  • HADRIAN'S WALL: See a section of the Roman remains
  • YORK: Walking tour
  • STRATFORD-UPON-AVON Discover Shakespeare's home town
  • Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR: and Host Service in London
  • TRANSPORTATION: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; round-trip Irish Sea crossings by day ferry
  • MEALS: Full English breakfast (B) daily; 5 threecourse dinners (D) with choice of menus
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 The Cardiff North (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 (20)

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

“Grand Tour of Britain and Ireland”
- IL, United States Jul 2019 2 Helpful Votes

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour with Cosmos. Our tour guide (Andrew) and coach driver (Steve) worked extremely well together. The sights we saw were nothing short of fantastic, but Andrew added so much more with his commentary and stories along the way! We did all but one optional excursion, and they were all excellent. These optional excursions added so much more to our trip!
Probably the only complaint we had was not being able to spend enough time in some of the...read more

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“A Great Way to see the Historic sites, Cities and Beautiful Countryside of UK and Ireland”
- S.A., Australia Jul 2019 1 Helpful Vote

Be prepared for a whirlwind tour in comfort. The Cosmos coach was roomy with good legroom. Every day seats were allocated in rotation, so everybody had a chance to sit up front, middle and rear of the coach. About every 2 hours or less the coach stopped for a comfort and coffee stop, often in a place of interest or scenic beauty. The pace was fast with early morning starts the norm. There were only a couple of 2 night stops and they were appreciated after packing and unpacking everyday. The group...read more

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“Awesome tour”
- WA, Australia May 2019 2 Helpful Votes

Had a fabulous time on my 18 day trip around UK and Ireland seeing so many interesting places that were on my bucket list. Would not have been possible without our wonderful and knowledgeable guide Gordon. Big thank you for making sure we weren't left behind anywhere!
As with Gordon our trip wouldn't have been as awesome without the amazing driving skills of Georgie, I am in awe!! And you did this whilst looking truly immaculate every day. And finally our tour group...read more

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“Grand tour of England, Ireland and Scotland”
- TAS, Australia Aug 2018 12 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 3 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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