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Best of Britain and Ireland

Discover the best of the UK and Ireland on a comprehensive tour through England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Wales. Live like royalty during stays at two historic castles. Personalize your tour by choosing your included experience in York, Edinburgh, Killarney, Kilkenny and Stratford-upon-Avon. Take a scenic journey through the English countryside on a train ride from London to York. Visit the new House of Waterford Crystal factory. Soak up the pastoral landscapes of the Cotswolds. Tour regal Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Enjoy an, interactive Scottish culinary experience. See the Atlantic from the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher and marvel at the majesty of the Giant’s Causeway. Walk in the footsteps of William Shakespeare when you visit Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit a working family farm in the Irish countryside. Experience the wonder of Stonehenge. See beautiful Killarney from your seat on an Irish jaunting car. Journey to historic Blarney Castle, and kiss its famous stone! Spend two nights in the medieval stronghold of Kilkenny. Trace the history of the Beatles on a guided tour of Liverpool. Experience all of this region’s rich history and culture on this wide-ranging exploration.

Inclusions

22 breakfasts
22 dinners
Take a scenic train through England’s countryside to York.
Overnight in castles in the Irish and Welsh countryside.
Explore the mythical heritage of Stonehenge.
Tour Provider Collette
Number of Days
23
Price From
AUD $7,469
Start Location
London, United Kingdom
End Location
Frimley, United Kingdom
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
1 to 24
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
ItineraryExpand
London, England - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in England’s cosmopolitan capital of London. Old-world traditions meet modern charm in this capital of culture and commerce. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.
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London
Discover the pageantry of London as you join a local guide for a panoramic city tour. See Big Ben, Westminster, Whitehall, Hyde Park and the Changing of the Guard* (if held) at Buckingham Palace. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore this iconic city or perhaps partake in an optional excursion to Kensington Palace.
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London - Rail Journey - York - Choice on Tour
Your day begins at King’s Cross Station where you’ll board a train to the medieval city of York. After traveling through England’s scenic countryside, arrive in York and choose how you’d like to spend the afternoon. Perhaps you’ll join a local expert for a leisurely walking tour seeing the Roman walls and the historic “Shambles,” an area that appears today almost as it did during the Middle Ages. Or, perhaps you’ll visit York’s famous Minister, the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe. Spend the remainder of your day at leisure.
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York - Borders Region, Scotland - Edinburgh
Head north through rolling fields on your way to “bonnie” Scotland. Stretching across the country you will find Hadrian’s Wall, which once marked the northern border of the vast Roman Empire. Stop to see this ancient fortification that was begun in A.D. 122 to protect Roman Britain from the tribes of Scotland. Next, drive through Scotland’s Borders region before arriving in Edinburgh, the "Athens of the North." Discover Scotland's exciting capital city " rich in beauty and culture. This evening, give traditional Scottish ingredients a modern twist during a private cooking experience at one of Scotland’s premier culinary institutions.
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Edinburgh - Choice on Tour
Today it’s your choice! Perhaps you’ll get acquainted with this regal city on a locally guided panoramic city tour by coach. Or, for a different perspective, you may opt to join a local expert and explore the city on foot. Both tours include a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels; and the Palace of Holyroodhouse,** the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore the city independently.
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Edinburgh - St. Andrews - Pitlochry - Eastern Highlands
Travel to St. Andrews, the beautiful town in the Kingdom of Fife that gave the world the game of golf. See the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famous Old Course. Next, stop at Pitlochry, a vibrant Victorian town. Discover its old-world appeal as you explore this popular resort town on your own. Spend time at one of Scotland’s renowned whisky distilleries. Taste and see for yourself why Highland malt whisky is considered the world’s finest. Continue to Scotland’s Eastern Highlands for a relaxing 2-night stay.
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Eastern Highlands - Culloden - Dunrobin Castle - Eastern Highlands
Your day begins at Culloden Battlefield. On this spot in April 1746, a half-hour battle between loyalist and Jacobite forces changed the course of history. Next, tour the majestic Dunrobin Castle.*** Dating back to the 1330s, its 189 rooms make it the largest house in the Northern Highlands. Experience a fascinating falconry display in the formal gardens overlooking the North Sea.
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Eastern Highlands - Loch Ness - Urquhart Castle - Glasgow
Enjoy stunning and unspoiled landscapes as you journey further into the Highlands. Take a cruise of famed Loch Ness, one of Britain’s most scenic bodies of water. Keep your eyes open - you never know when Nessie will appear! Soak up the awe-inspiring view at the striking ruins of Urquhart Castle before disembarking and exploring this historic stronghold for yourself. Continue through Scotland’s stunning Great Glen before arriving at your hotel in the bustling Victorian city of Glasgow.
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Glasgow - Ferry Crossing - Belfast, Northern Ireland
Say goodbye to Scotland to cross the Irish Sea and arrive in Belfast, the cosmopolitan capital of Northern Ireland. Join a local expert for an informative city tour and learn about the struggles in this great city’s history as you pass through its distinctive neighborhoods.
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Belfast - Antrim Coast - Belfast
This morning, lose yourself in the natural beauty of Northern Ireland as you explore the scenic back roads of the Glens of Antrim. Marvel at the majesty and mystery of the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage site. Return to Belfast for an evening at leisure.
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Belfast - Enniskillen - Sligo, Ireland
Depart Belfast for Ireland’s stunning west coast. En route, stop in the historic town of Enniskillen before stepping into the world of Irish craftsmanship with a visit to Belleek Pottery. Tour this impressive facility and learn how traditional methods have been passed down from generation to generation. Continue to County Sligo and stop to view W.B. Yeats’ grave in Drumcliffe Churchyard. In the shadow of Benbulben, take a moment to reflect upon the profound natural beauty that was so often Yeats’ inspiration.
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Cardiff - Bath - Stonehenge - Frimley
This morning’s journey takes you to the elegant Georgian town of Bath. Visit the Roman Bath Museum’s 2,000-year-old spas and enjoy time to stroll through its cobblestone streets and soak in its old-world atmosphere. Continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stonehenge, the mysterious formation that dates back to the Stone Age. Explore various theories on how the colossal stones arrived at the location and their purpose.
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North Wales - Ludlow - Cardiff, Wales
Bid your castle farewell and travel south through the English-Welsh borderlands, an area of unforgettable and varied natural beauty. Stop in the medieval market town of Ludlow, one of finest historic towns in England with a wealth of stunning period buildings. Continue south to the stirring ruins of Tintern Abbey, surrendered to Henry VIII in 1536. Despite the shell’s grand structure being open to the skies, its mystery and appeal remain as enduring as ever. End your day in the Welsh capital of Cardiff.
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North Wales - Choice on Tour
Today it’s your choice! Perhaps you will choose to relax on the regal grounds of Ruthin Castle and enjoy a day at leisure. Or, maybe you’d enjoy a visit to the great port city of Liverpool; a tour reveals the 800-year history of this fascinating city; afterwards, spend time on your own at the restored Albert Dock complex where you could explore one of the many museums such as the Tate Liverpool Gallery, Maritime Museum, or the award-winning Beatles Story.
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Dublin - Ferry Crossing - North Wales, UK
Ferry across the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. Pause in the medieval walled town of Conwy for a tour of its 13th-century castle. Perhaps you’ll follow in the footsteps of guardians of old with a walk along the historic fortress walls. Continue on to your castle hotel by way of Snowdonia National Park, a stunningly wild landscape that is home to ancient woodlands and snowcapped mountains. Settle in to your Welsh castle for a relaxing 2-night stay.
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Kilkenny - Dublin - Castle Stay
This morning we make our way to Dublin, the “Fair City.” Join a local guide for a tour of the city. Take in O’Connell Street, Grafton Street and the city's magnificent rows of stately Georgian townhomes. Tour Kilmainham Gaol, the historic prison that held some of Ireland’s most famous political and military leaders including Charles Stewart Parnell and Eamon de Valera. Next, enjoy some leisure time to discover the cultural offerings of delightful Dublin on your own. Perhaps you’ll choose an optional tour of the Guinness Storehouse to learn about the brewing process that creates this beloved beverage before pouring and enjoying the perfect pint. Top your day off with an overnight on the regal grounds of a 13th-century Irish castle.
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Sligo - Galway - Ennis
This morning, travel to what is often called Ireland’s most “Irish” city, coastal Galway. Enjoy time on your own to meander its cobblestone streets, relax in Erye Square, or visit its stunning cathedral. This afternoon, experience the customs and daily life of a traditional Irish family with a visit to a working farm. Your day ends in the charming market town of Ennis.
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Killarney - Blarney - Waterford - Kilkenny
Journey to historic Blarney Castle for a chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with “the gift of the gab.” Then it’s on to the House of Waterford Crystal. Enjoy a fascinating factory tour followed by time to browse the retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world. Continue on to the charming Norman city of Kilkenny.
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Killarney - Choice on Tour
Today is yours to choose how you’d like to explore County Kerry. Perhaps you’ll join a local expert on a walk through history at the impressive Muckross Estate and Gardens; stroll along the lakeshores of Killarney National Park before arriving at the majestic Torc Waterfall. Or, perhaps you will choose to travel along one of the most beautiful coastal routes in the world, the Ring of Kerry; soak up the pristine ocean scenery, picturesque villages, and breathtaking views of the Lakes of Killarney along the way. Tonight, use your leisure time to sample a true taste of Ireland culture.
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Ennis - Cliffs of Moher - Killarney
Your day begins at the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most incredible attractions. Enjoy free time to walk along their rambling edge, soaking up unparalleled views and snapping incredible photos. Ferry across the mighty Shannon into County Kerry. Arrive in Killarney where a time-honored jaunting car ride**** will take you through stunning Killarney National Park. Rugged mountains, serene lakes, and lush forests come together to create an unparalleled landscape that harkens back to ancient myths.
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Frimley - Stratford-upon-Avon - Frimley
Venture to charming Stratford-upon-Avon. Step back in time as you visit William Shakespeare’s birthplace. Afterward, it’s your choice: you may tour Anne Hathaway’s thatched-roofed cottage, the childhood home of the author’s wife; or, perhaps you’d prefer a leisurely cruise along the Avon River. Return to your hotel, traveling through some of England’s most beautiful countryside. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner and toast the end of a wonderful journey.
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Kilkenny - Choice on Tour
Today it’s your choice! Perhaps you’ll stay in town and join a local expert on a walking tour of medieval Kilkenny; meander through historic streets unveiling the rich history of this Norman stronghold. Or, maybe you’d prefer to delve into Ireland’s monastic past with a visit to the stirring ruins of Kells Priory, one of the largest and most impressive medieval monuments in the country; then you’ll visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship and gain insight to the emigrant experience following Ireland’s devastating potato famine. The remainder of the day is yours to explore independently.
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Frimley - Tour Ends
Depart today with many cherished memories of Britain and Ireland.
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