The British Isles In Depth

24 Day Guided Tour from London to London with Cosmos

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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 - Oxford - Stratford-upon-Avon - Leeds
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 in Leeds. (B/D) Today's Distance: 248 mi/ 399 km
4 Leeds - York - Newcastle
This morning, 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) Today's Distance: 109 mi/ 176 km
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 0802 through 0823, tickets are included for tonight's performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B) Today's Distance: 121 mi/ 195 km
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," 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)
7 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) Today's Distance: 221 mi/ 355 km
8 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) Today's Distance: 123 mi/ 198 km
9 Strathpeffer - Isle Of Skye - Fort William - Glasgow
More heatherclad 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) Today's Distance: 234 mi/ 377 km
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) Today's Distance: 100 mi/ 160 km
11 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 cream-coloured Parian china, before arriving in Sligo, tonight's destination. (B/D) Today's Distance: 214 mi/ 344 km
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 cafe 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) Today's Distance: 161 mi/ 260 km
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 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) Today's Distance: 125 mi/ 201 km
14 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. 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) Today's Distance: 99 mi/ 158 km
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) Today's Distance: 131 mi/ 211 km
16 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) Today's Distance: 128 mi/ 205 km
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 - 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) Today's Distance: 162 mi/ 260 km
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) Today's Distance: 140 mi/ 225 km
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 legends of King Arthur, and wild and romantic Dartmoor with a visit to the picturebook 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) Today's Distance: 198 mi/ 319 km
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) Today's Distance: 45 mi/ 65 km
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) Today's Distance: 231 mi/ 372 km
23 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) Today's Distance: 77 mi/ 121 km
24 London
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Trip Inclusions
  • HAMPTON COURT: Walk through the palace gardens
  • OXFORD: Walking tour
  • STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Discover Shakespeare's home town
  • YORK: Walking tour
  • EDINBURGH: Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle
  • ST. ANDREWS: Visit the home of golf
  • PITLOCHRY: Visit the Highland resort
  • CULLODEN MOOR: See the battlesite
  • ISLE OF SKYE: Drive across the Inner Hebridean island
  • ARMADALE-MALLAIG: by ferry
  • GLASGOW: Orientation drive
  • 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
  • CARDIFF: Orientation drive
  • BATH: Visit the elegant Georgian city
  • 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 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; ferry across the Shannon estuary
  • MEALS: Full English breakfast (B) daily; 9 threecourse dinners (D) with choice of menus
Included Meals
  • 23 Breakfasts
  • 9 Dinners
  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Superior Tourist Class (ST)
  • London Holiday Inn London – Kensington High Street (F) or Novotel London West (F), Leeds Mercure Leeds Parkway (F), 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

Reviews (96)

24 Day The British Isles In Depth reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

“Great scenery in UK”
- VIC, Australia Oct 2019 3 Helpful Votes

The Cosmos trip of the UK was excellent value for money although the tour tended to drag a bit for the last three days. Tara was an excellent tour director and her knowledge was outstanding. The Scottish highlands were the highlight.

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“24 days in the UK and Rep of Ireland”
- WA, Australia Sep 2019 2 Helpful Votes View Photo

Some wonderful scenery along with incisive commentary provided by our tour director Liz, who along with our driver Barry kept us on our schedule. Hotels were by and large acceptable however a couple of them for whatever reason were poorer than others.

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“Everything you want to do in the British Isle”
- NSW, Australia Jul 2019 4 Helpful Votes

Our In Depth British Isles tour was wonderful. We had thirty three wonderful companions, and a tour director whose knowledge and humour was a delight. Our driver was excellent and made us feel very safe on some very narrow roads. We have not been on many coach tours previously, just two, but we soon realised we would have missed so much if we had of gone down the path of doing our own thing this time. Our journey was very smooth indeed. The only negative comments would be some of the hotel more

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“Incredible Trip!”
- QLD, Australia Jul 2019 7 Helpful Votes

Look, there's not much I'd want to change with this wonderful tour. I can't express how amazing our Tour Leader, Helen, was. Such a lovely taste of everything UK... some places I need to return to and others I could have done with less time in. Having said that, we were there at a very busy time of the year and this most likely affected our view. I was happy with the accommodation, some issues at places, but it's really the least of your trip. Baggage was handled for us at every stop which more

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“I was a bit disappointed in this tour - felt let down on many things.”
- NSW, Australia Jun 2019 16 Helpful Votes

The group we travelled with was fantastic with the exception of a couple, but that is to be expected. Great group well picked.
Our tour guide was a let down, he knew his stuff but was not what I had with previous tours. I will give you an example - left accommodation at 9.30am arrived at the Blarney Castle at 10.15am and were told that we did not have time to go there. It was on my bucket list so I went with two others of the group, did not have time to do more

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