2021 & 2022 Globus Guided Tours - Globus® Vacation Packages

Britain & Ireland in Depth (GT)

24 days from London to London

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The drawbridges are down. The silver is polished. The tea is brewing. One lump or two? How about five?! Showing you the sweet sights of five captivating countries over 24 days, our most in-depth tour of Britain and Ireland truly pours on the charm. Royals and writers, artists and architects, real-life warriors and fictional spies — you’ll walk in the footsteps of them all throughout the legendary cities, seaside villages, and quaint countryside hamlets of England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. Coast to coast, castle to castle, and pub to pub, you’ll drink in the classic landmarks and landscapes, the famous rivers and ruins, the breathtaking islands and Highlands, and the celebrated stories behind them all. From Abbey Road to Penny Lane and Stonehenge to Clava Cairns, this is the rock star of all Britain and Ireland vacations.

Small-Group Discovery Dates Available

Select Globus 2021 Europe tours are limited to an average of just 24 guests per tour. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus European tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Europe vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation, from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi. Irish Sea ferry; Isle of Skye ferry.

Save 10% per person on select 2023 Globus Europe, North & South America vacations*
Save $300 per couple on select 2023 air-inclusive Europe vacations*
Britain & Ireland in Depth map

 Photo Highlights

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 8 three-course dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND

Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts will be waiting to welcome you. Free time this afternoon.

Day 2 LONDON

The Royal Treatment LONDON Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes sights of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall, Prime Minister’s Downing Street residence, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, and a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral.

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SITES See the legendary landmarks of England’s historic capital city. Walk where voices have rung out for centuries in Parliament Square and where chimes rise high above you with the ringing of Big Ben’s quarter bells. See Westminster Abbey, where royal coronations, weddings, and funerals have made history.

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Day 3 LONDON–STONEHENGE–ILMINSTER–PLYMOUTH

Prehistoric Finds & Pub Food LONDON Meet your Tour Director and travel companions at 8 am and drive to Stonehenge.
STONEHENGE Guided visit.
ILMINSTER Lunch at a local pub.
PLYMOUTH Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Cruise on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbors. See the Mayflower Steps in The Barbican.
221 mi / 356 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
EPIC RIDE Cruise the deep natural inlet of Plymouth Sound, the harbor from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail on the Mayflower bound for the New World in 1620. The wealth of history to be found in The Sound includes Sir Francis Drake’s expeditions, Napoleon’s imprisonment in 1815, and Charles Darwin’s 1831 embarkation on the HMS Beagle – to name a few!

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Day 4 PLYMOUTH. EXCURSION TO CORNWALL

Legends of Land & Sea PLYMOUTH Scenic drive through the West Country to Poldark’s Cornwall with photo stop at St. Michael’s Mount.
ST. IVES Enjoy free time in the popular seaside resort.
PLYMOUTH Free time this evening.
161 mi / 255 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
EPIC RIDE Breathtaking views of Cornwall, including the setting of Winston Graham's ‘Poldark’ saga of Cornish life in the 18th century, will leave you breathless on a scenic drive through the stunning West Country.

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Day 5 PLYMOUTH–GLASTONBURY–BATH–NEWPORT, WALES

Timeless Kings & Thermal Springs GLASTONBURY Visit the city of King Arthur and the legend of the Holy Grail.
BATH Visit the excavations of the Roman Baths followed by free time.
NEWPORT Free time.
167 mi / 267 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURAL GEMS The traditions of one ancient Roman ritual are in full flow in Bath. Amid the remarkable Roman and Georgian architecture and the best-preserved Roman Baths of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, a good spa day is never hard to find in one of the “Best Spa Towns in Europe.” The city of Bath sits above geothermal springs that bubble up from the limestone below. Bath also turns up the heat with some of Britain's grandest Georgian buildings, a mecca for elite 18th-century society.

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Day 6 NEWPORT–WATERFORD, IRELAND

Coffee with Cream NEWPORT Drive through South Wales to Fishguard and take a ferry
to Rosslare.
WATERFORD Enjoy an Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Irish coffee demonstration after dinner.
183 mi / 294 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES It’s crystal clear why we get a warm feeling in Waterford with traditional Irish Coffee – as much a warm welcome now as it was for stranded travelers in 1943. It was a wintry night in Limerick when Foynes Port chef Joe Sheridan concocted this soothing elixir of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and whipped cream to make their cancelled flight a little more palatable. Raise a toddy glass of Caife Gaelach with a hearty “slainte!”

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Day 7 WATERFORD–BLARNEY–KINSALE

Fine Crystal & The Gift of Gab WATERFORD Take a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal.
BLARNEY Visit the village renowned for its magical Kissing Stone.
KINSALE Free time.
105 mi / 168 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDS & LORE Cut the blarney and hear the history of how telling tales is forever linked to the 15th-century castle and the village below in Blarney. One of the last estate villages that remain standing in Ireland, Blarney was built by an 18th-century landlord to house the castle workers there. It’s true!

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Day 8 KINSALE–RING OF KERRY–KILLARNEY

Beauties in Counties Kerry & Clare RING OF KERRY Panoramic drive around part of Ireland’s southwestern peninsula.
KILLARNEY Free time this afternoon.
154 mi / 247 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
NATURAL WONDERS Explore the emerald tapestries of green fields and ocean views that make other coastlines green with envy. The Ring of Kerry begins and ends in Killarney, taking you on a trip along the southwest coast of Ireland. Discover a paradise of panoramic cliffs, lush landscapes, and breathtaking beaches of the Iveragh Peninsula.

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Day 9 KILLARNEY

Traditional Dishes & Ditties KILLARNEY Free time before Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite pub dinner with traditional Irish music.

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES Join the locals of Killarney for an Irish dinner of traditional and modern dishes with festive Gaelic tunes in the heart of this historic Irish town.

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Day 10 KILLARNEY–DINGLE PENINSULA–ADARE–LIMERICK

Irish Eyes & Cheeky Rhymes DINGLE PENINSULA Visit the Blasket Islands Centre.
ADARE Stop at the quaint village to see its thatched cottages.
LIMERICK Free time.
160 mi / 257 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
PHOTO OPS There once was a town called Adare, with charm that was beyond compare... Adare’s charming thatched-roof cottages create visual poetry, earning this village in County Limerick, some say the prettiest village in Ireland.

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Day 11 LIMERICK–CLIFFS OF MOHER–GALWAY–SLIGO

Notes Above High Sea CLIFFS OF MOHER Visit the 668-foot-high cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean.
GALWAY Free time.
SLIGO Free time this evening.
167 mi / 270 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
PICTURE PERFECT Feast your eyes on a stunning spectacle of sea and sky on the Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way. Try to resist the inspiration that has moved artists, poets, and scientists throughout the ages as you stand on the edge of 320 million years of geologic perfection on the rugged coastline of County Clare.

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Day 12 SLIGO–DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–BELFAST

Derry Girls & Daring Giants DERRY Visit the second-largest city in Northern Ireland.
GIANT’S CAUSEWAY See more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns formed millions of years ago.
227 mi / 352 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDS & LORE Follow in the legendary footsteps of giants at the foot of the cliffs along the coast of Northern Ireland, where 40,000 massive black basalt columns jut out of the sea. Hear the legendary myth of two battling giants that caused the magnificent geological wonder of Giant’s Causeway, which actually evolved through volcanic activity 50–60 million years ago.

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Day 13 BELFAST–CARLINGFORD–DUBLIN, IRELAND

An Unsinkable Legend BELFAST Orientation drive includes City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, and Queen’s University. Visit the Titanic Belfast Experience.
CARLINGFORD Stop in the charming village on the Cooley Peninsula.
128 mi / 206 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT Explore the fascinating Titanic Belfast Experience for an in-depth look at the history and mystery of the legendary ocean liner. See artifacts and amazing accounts of Belfast’s boom in shipping and those who built her. Learn about the courage and loss of all involved on a fateful night in April 1912. Get an immersive look at the launch, sinking, and final resting place of the doomed ship, with myths and reality revealed.

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Day 14 DUBLIN

Ireland’s Capital City DUBLIN Orientation drive to see O’Connell Street, Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. Free time.

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CITY SIGHTS “In Dublin’s fair city where girls are so pretty,” you’ll also find great personality and charm. The charisma of Dubliners and the bounty of pubs here is matched only by the gorgeous Georgian Squares, 12th-century St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the legendary library of Trinity College.

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Day 15 DUBLIN–NORTH WALES–LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND

Welsh Word Challenge DUBLIN Board a ferry to cross the North Channel.
NORTH WALES Photo stop at tongue-twisting town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. Take a scenic drive through North Wales to Liverpool.
LIVERPOOL Free time this evening.
126 mi / 203 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
PHOTO OP The village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll may be impossible to pronounce, but its English translation is no walk in the park, meaning “St. Mary's Church in the hollow of white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the red cave.” Nevertheless, this small Welsh town with the big name is a quaint coastal spot in North Wales.

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Day 16 LIVERPOOL–GRASEMERE–GRETNA GREEN, SCOTLAND–GLASGOW

Songs, Sonnets, and Secret Vows LIVERPOOL Visit The Beatles Story for a fascinating journey into the life and music of the Fab Four.
LAKE DISTRICT Take a scenic drive.
GRASMERE Visit Wordsworth’s beloved village and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite sample original Grasmere gingerbread.
GRETNA GREEN See where a Scottish blacksmith performed weddings for eloping young couples.
238 mi / 382 km.

LOCAL FAVORITE
TIMELESS TRADITIONS Sweeten the day with classic gingerbread and hear about Sarah Nelson, a Victorian cook who invented it in 1854.

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Day 17 GLASGOW–ISLE OF SKYE–LOCH NESS–INVERNESS

Spectacular in Scotland GLASGOW Depart for a drive past Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, and Fort William en route to ferry crossing to the Isle of Skye.
ISLE OF SKYE Visit the Museum of the Isles before driving across the Inner Hebridean island. Return to the mainland.
LOCH NESS Drive the length of the legendary lake en route to Inverness.
251 mi / 404 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDS & LORE Survey the shores of famed Loch Ness for the chance to catch a glimpse of its mysterious Nessie. Hear of the folklore and firm believers in the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, which is said to swim in the shimmering waters.

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Day 18 INVERNESS. HIGHLANDS EXCURSION

The Bronze Age & Brave Battles THE HIGHLANDS Visit the Bronze-Age chamber tomb site of Clava Cairns. Visit the Culloden battlefield site and visitor center. Visit Brodie Castle.
30 mi / 48 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ART & ARCHITECTURE Walk through history in the dramatic countryside of the Scottish Highlands to visit the rose-colored Brodie Castle, ancestral home of the Brodie clan for over 400 years. Discover a magnificent collection of furniture, ceramics, and artwork, including works by 17th-century Dutch Masters and the legendary 20th-century Scottish Colourists, as well as an impressive library housing over 6,000 treasured volumes.

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Day 19 INVERNESS–PITLOCHRY–ST. ANDREWS–EDINBURGH

Mulligans & Military Music PITLOCHRY Walk through the Victorian mountain resort.
ST. ANDREWS See the home of golf and famous university town.
EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO Attend the world-renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance. (Departures July 18 through August 8 only).
202 mi / 326 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ICONIC FOOTSTEPS See the fairways and greens at the birthplace of golf, where legendary players of the Scottish game made history in the university town of St. Andrews.

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Day 20 EDINBURGH

Crown Jewels & Castle Views EDINBURGH Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the New Town, and the Old Town, and a visit to Edinburgh Castle to see Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Free time.

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT Ascend to Castle Rock to explore Edinburgh Castle, one of the most important historical strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland, with an 11,000-year history as "the most besieged place in Great Britain." Here, you’ll find the royal regalia and Scotland’s Crown Jewels.

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Day 21 EDINBURGH–YORK, ENGLAND

Castle Heirs & English Fare KELSO Visit Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland.
YORK See York Minster on a guided walk through of the best-preserved medieval shopping streets called The Shambles.
213 mi / 343 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURAL GEMS The Roxburghe Estate of Floors Castle has been the home of the Innes-Ker family since it was built for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721. Surrounded by fine Victorian gardens, this historic stately home is known as the gem of the Scottish borders spanning 52,000 acres that are also home to sheep, cattle, and Cheviot lamb.

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Day 22 YORK–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

Mr. & Mrs. Shakespeare STRATFORD-UPON-AVON See Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
COTSWOLDS Scenic drive followed by Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner at a local pub.
162 mi / 260 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES Quench your thirst with local ales and ciders while tasting traditional pub fayre prepared following century old recipes. Nothing eases homesickness like hearty cooked food concocted with care and love like grandma used to make. Just like home away from home!

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Day 23 STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–LONDON

Churchill’s Beginnings WOODSTOCK Visit Blenheim Palace, Sir Winston Churchill’s birthplace.
LONDON Free time this afternoon.
98 mi / 159 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDS SLEPT HERE Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoys a fascinating history. Built as a gift in 1704 from Queen Anne to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, this massive and magnificent masterpiece of English Baroque architecture is also home to exquisite artwork and gardens.

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Day 24 LONDON

Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LIZ RYAN

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

As a guide I feel fortunate to share the scenery and cultures of Ireland and the United Kingdom with our guests. In telling the stories of kings and queens and bringing the history, legends, and folklore to life, I get to share my passion for these wonderful islands.

Tour Director - LIZ RYAN

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 CAD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 CAD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 CAD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


London

London

A Taste of London

A Taste of London

A traditional dining experience followed by a nighttime cruise along the Thames River, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights.

Price Range: $$$

Tower of London and Crown Jewels

Tower of London and Crown Jewels

From the opulent Crown Jewels to the uniformed Beefeaters and infamous ravens, this fascinating excursion introduces you to the Tower of London, one of the country's most famous castle fortresses.

Price Range: $$

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $5,742*
18 guests in a party: $1,490*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (CA) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for 2020 and 2021 travel years. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.



The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per person based on twin occupancy and any applicable port charges, non-commissionable taxes and fees and intra-vacation flight are included in the price shown. Any included overnight stay in Canada, applicable GST/HST is also included in the price shown. International airfare, however, is not included. If price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s). Please review current promotions or deals for additional information.