Britain & Ireland Discovery 2013
26 days with
Day 1 - DEPART USA
Board your overnight flight (not included).
Day 2 - ARRIVE LONDON
Welcome to London! After checking in to your hotel you are at leisure.
Day 3 - LONDON SIGHTSEEING
Your half day sightseeing tour of London’s West End shows you all the main sights including Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. (Full Breakfast)
Day 4 - LONDON – STRATFORD
After a warm welcome from your Tour Director, head for Oxford, ‘City of Dreaming Spires’. Continue on through pretty Cotswold villages to Stratford, nestled beside the river Avon, where you visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Reception and light informal meal. (Welcome Reception)
Day 5 - STRATFORD – YORK
A leisurely drive brings you to the walled city of York. See the huge York Minster and stroll through the maze of cobbled streets to the crooked houses of the Shambles. (Full Breakfast / Dinner)
Day 6 - YORK – LAKE DISTRICT – GRETNA – EDINBURGH
Tour the beautiful Lake District and visit Wordsworth’s grave in the village of Grasmere. Cross into Scotland and stop briefly at Gretna Green. Then it’s on to the majestic Scottish capital. (Full Breakfast)
Day 7 - EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING
Take a guided tour inside historic Edinburgh Castle, home to the Honours of Scotland. Continue down the Royal Mile, past St Giles’ Cathedral to the Queen’s Holyroodhouse Palace. Then cross over to the 18th century New Town. The afternoon is at leisure. (Full Breakfast)
Day 8 - EDINBURGH – ST ANDREWS – HIGHLANDS
Cross the Firth of Forth on your way to St Andrews – the home of golf. Continue over the River Tay into the Grampian Mountains. You pass Blair Athol Castle before reaching the sparkling Spey Valley. Tonight, enjoy a Highland Style dinner with bagpipes. (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)
Day 9 - HIGHLANDS – WICK
The morning, visit the Culloden Visitor Centre and battlefield, scene of the 1746 defeat of the Jacobites. Later drive via stately Inverness and along the shores of Loch Ness in search of the monster. Now follow the lovely coastal route north to Wick. (Full Breakfast / Dinner)
Day 10 - ORKNEY ISLANDS EXCURSION
Drive to John O’Groats, the most northerly town on the British mainland, where you board a ferry to the Orkney Islands. Enjoy a wee dram of the finest Highland Park Whisky at the Tomatin their distillery before visiting the village of Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall and the Italian Chapel. Head back to the mainland for the evening. (Full Breakfast / Dinner)
Day 11 - THURSO – ISLE OF SKYE
Relax and enjoy the pristine landscapes of lochs and mountains on your way to the fishing town of Ullapool. Then it’s ‘over the sea to Skye’. Admire the scenic splendour of the Cuillin Hills en route to your hotel in Portree. (Full Breakfast / Dinner)
Day 12 - ISLE OF SKYE – LOCH LOMOND – GLASGOW
Take in magnificent scenery as you pass Eilean Donan Castle and continue to Glencoe. Stop on the ‘bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond before arriving in Glasgow. (Full Breakfast)
Day 13 - GLASGOW – LONDONDERRY
Bid farewell to Scotland as you cross the Irish Sea, enjoying views of the Island of Arran on the way. Take the scenic Antrim coast road to the amazing rock formation known as the Giant’s Causeway before reaching your hotel. (Full Breakfast / Dinner)
Day 14 - LONDONDERRY – BELLEEK – SLIGO
Join a local guide to see Derry’s Walls, the Guildhall and the city’s cathedral. Cross the border to see O’Donnell’s Castle in Donegal. Drive south to visit the Belleek Pottery Centre. Continue to the churchyard at Drumcliff, the last resting place of Irish poet WB Yeats. Then it’s on to Sligo. (Full Breakfast / Dinner)
Day 15 - SLIGO – GALWAY – LIMERICK
Take a scenic drive through the beautiful Connemara region to visit the famous marble factory. Continue on to Galway where you see St Nicholas Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square. Now for a visit to Bunratty Folk Park, where old Ireland comes to life! Stay tonight in Limerick, famous for rhymes, lace and Georgian houses. (Full Breakfast)
Day 16 - LIMERICK – KILLARNEY
An orientation tour shows you King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the treaty stone. Now drive through the charming village of Adare into County Kerry. In Killarney, enjoy a ride on a famous jaunting car. (Full Breakfast)
Day 17 - RING OF KERRY EXCURSION
Experience the spectacular scenery of the Ring of Kerry. Tonight enjoy a selection of restaurants for your dining pleasure. (Full Breakfast / Dine Around)
Day 18 - KILLARNEY – BLARNEY – WATERFORD
Kiss the Stone of Eloquence at Blarney Castle. Enjoy an orientation tour of Cork seeing St Finbar’s Cathedral before continuing along the coast to your hotel in Waterford. (Full Breakfast / Dinner)
Day 19 - WATERFORD – KILKENNY – DUBLIN
Visit the Waterford Crystal showroom. Drive to Kilkenny to see the magnificent 13C castle. Continue to the fun-loving Irish capital, Dublin. (Full Breakfast)
Day 20 - DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING
Tour Dublin’s elegant Georgian squares with a local guide. You also see the Irish President’s home, O’Connell Street and Customs House. Then visit the Old Library of Trinity College to admire the 8th century Book of Kells. This afternoon you are at leisure. (Full Breakfast)
Day 21 - DUBLIN – CHESTER
Cross the Irish Sea and travel through North Wales, past Conwy Castle, to Chester. See the ruined Roman amphitheatre, city walls Tudor ‘Rows’ and cathedral. (Full Breakfast / Dinner)
Day 22 - CHESTER – BRISTOL
Drive to the border town of Ludlow, rich in tragic royal history. Continue along the Wye Valley past Tintern Abbey and over the soaring Severn Bridge to Bristol. (Full Breakfast)
Day 23 - BRISTOL – BATH – PLYMOUTH
Travel the short distance to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. Visit the Roman Baths before moving on to Plymouth, taking in Glastonbury along the way. (Full Breakfast)
Day 24 - CORNWALL EXCURSION
Enjoy a highlight cruise on the harbour then see the Barbican and Hoe. Cross the Tamar river to enter Cornwall - land of smugglers’ coves and delightful fishing villages, to visit Looe. This evening enjoy a glass of wine with your Celebration Dinner. (Full Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)
Day 25 - PLYMOUTH – STONEHENGE – LONDON
Visit mysterious Stonehenge before crossing Salisbury Plain to return to London, where you bid farewell to your Tour Director. (Full Breakfast)
Day 26 - RETURN TO USA
Your tour comes to an end after breakfast. (Full Breakfast)
All This Included
Include Quality Dining
A Welcome Reception with light informal meal (WR)
Traditional Highland Dinner with Scottish entertainment (HD)
Choose from a selection of restaurants in Killarney (DA)
Enjoy finalé Celebration Dinner with wine (CD)
24 full Breakfasts (FB), 8 three-course Evening Meals with choice, or buffets, plus tea or coffee (D)
Included First Class Services
Escorted by a professional Tour Director
Headsets for all guided visits and walking tours
Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight’s Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom
Insight Hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage
Insight Traveller Welcome pack
London Airport transfer service available
Central England: See the ‘dreaming spires’ and colleges of Oxford. Visit William Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford.
North England: See York Minster, city walls and “Shambles”.Visit William Wordsworth’s grave in Grasmere.
Central Scotland: Visit the Castle during your guided tour of Edinburgh. Selected departures experience the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Visit St Andrews, home of golf.
Highlands: Visit Tomatin Whisky Distillery, Culloden Visitor Centre and Battlefield and see Loch Ness and Eilean Donan.
Orkney Islands: Excursion to visit Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall and Italian Chapel.
Northern Ireland: Visit these amazing Giant’s Causeway. See ‘Derry’s walls’ and Guildhall. Visit Belleek Pottery Centre
Republic of Ireland: Visit the grave of WB Yeats. Visit the Connemara marble factory. See the sights of Galway. Visit Bunratty Folk Park. See King John’s Castle in Limerick. Visit the village of Adare. Ride on a jaunting car. Experience views over mountains and sea on the Ring of Kerry. Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney stone. See the sights of Cork. Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom. See Kilkenny Castle. Visit the Book of Kells in Trinity College Library on your guided tour.
Welsh Marches: See Chester’s ‘Rows’, city walls and Cathedral. Visit the quaint border town of Ludlow
South West England: Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms. Visit Glastonbury. Enjoy a cruise on Plymouth harbour. Visit the fishing village of Looe. Visit Stonehenge.
Scenic drives – Cotswolds, Lake District, Highlands, Glencoe, Isle of Skye, Loch Lomond, Antrim coast, Connemara, Ring of Kerry, Wye Valley, Severn Bridge, Cornish Coast.
London: See Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace on your London sightseeing tour
London: Thistle Marble Arch
Stratford: Alveston Manor
Edinburgh: Royal Terrace/Roxburghe
Highlands: Laggan Country Hotel
Isle of Skye: Tongadale
Glasgow: Marriott/Crowne Plaza
Sligo: Radisson Blu
Killarney: Killarney Towers/Killarney Avenue
Dublin: Academy Plaza/ Burlington/Herbert Park
Bristol: Marriott City Centre
Plymouth: Jurys Inn/Copthorne
Prices, itineraries and tour content are based on selected tours featured in Insight's 2012 Europe & Britain brochure. Items such as, but not limited to, hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, tour itineraries, transfers and transportation are all subject to change. The final composition of your tour will be published in Insight's 2013 Europe & Britain brochure. By paying your deposit, you are agreeing to accept the finalized version of your tour itinerary.
In some parts of Ireland, the Scottish Highlands and Islands north from Edinburgh and Glasgow, the remote nature and limited seasonality means hotels are often more basic, modest and simpler in style than Insight hotels elsewhere in Europe, especially in the larger or capital cities. These properties are typically family-run establishments and have completely individual character - which is part of their attraction.
2013 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in fall 2012.
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