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23-Night Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland

Price: From $6,285 Per Person.
23 Nights

This is by far our most comprehensive Guided Bus Tour. You'll visit all five countries traditionally referred to as the British Isles: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland & Wales! Begin your tour in London, before travelling north via storied York to Edinburgh. After five wonderful nights in Scotland, cross by ferry to Northern Ireland. Ten nights on the island of Ireland follow, before again taking a ferry - this time eastward to Wales. Spend two nights in Wales, befire rounding off your tour in Cornwall & Windsor! Tours and visits include St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, York Minster, Edinburgh Castle, St Andrews Cathedral, Iona Abbey, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Giant’s Causeway, Donegal Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Muckross House, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Titanic Experience, House of Waterford Crystal, Dunbrody Famine Ship, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Conwy Castle, Cardiff Castle, Roman Baths & Pump Room, Land’s End, Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and much, much more!

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Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • 23 Nights of Superior Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Sightseeing by Luxury Coach
  • Services of a professional Irish Driver/Guide

DINING OPTIONS

  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Full Breakfast Daily except on Day of Arrival
  • Tea & Scones at J.B. Keane's Pub in Listowel
  • 18 Dinners Including:
    - Welcome dinner in London
    - Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
    - Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner/show
    - Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet
    - 14 table d'hote dinners
  • 1 Lunch

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Walking Tours of York, St Andrews, Derry, Galway, Waterford, Dublin’s Trinity College, Conwy & Windsor
  • Guided Tours of London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, and Cardiff
  • Reserved Seats at The Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Aug 4 to 18 Departures)
  • Scenic Cruise on Loch Ness
  • Oban Distillery Tasting & Tour
  • Round trip ferry transportation to Isle of Mull, between Britain and Ireland and across River Shannon
  • The 'Quiet Man' Walking Tour of Cong
  • Irish Coffee on the Inishowen Peninsula
  • Sheepdog Trials on the Ring of Kerry
  • London open-top bus tour with Tower of London or Kensington Palace visit

ENTRANCES AND ADMISSIONS

  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • York Minster
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • St Andrews Cathedral
  • Iona Abbey
  • Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Donegal Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Muckross House
  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woollen Mills
  • Titanic Experience
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • Dunbrody Famine Ship
  • Book of Kells at Trinity College
  • Conwy Castle
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Land’s End
  • Stonehenge
  • Windsor Cast

London (GBI), UK

Arrive at

London Arrival (CIE), UK

Arrive at London Airport after your overnight flight from the U.S.
Airport Transfers: If you also book your flight with us when reserving your tour, transfers from/to the airport at the start/end of your tour are included free of charge. If you book your flights independently, a $30.00 per person transfer fee will be added to your tour cost (which covers arrival and departure transfers). Please note that transfers cannot be provided for flights arriving after 12:00 noon. In the unlikely event that your flight arrives after 12:00 noon, we recommend taking a taxi to your hotel.


Accommodation

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge (Waterloo Hotel from July) - London (GBI), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

London (GBI), UK

Explore Cornwell & Land’s EndLondon Arrival & Tour
Your vacation starts at your London hotel at 2:00 pm when you set out on a panoramic tour of central London with a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral. Meet your tour director for a welcome drink and dinner.

London (GBI), UK

Accommodation

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge (Waterloo Hotel from July) - London (GBI), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

London 2 (GBI), UK

Tower of London & City Sights
Today travel on an open-top bus tour. There are different bus routes as well as a walking tour and a River Thames cruise. Visit either the Tower of London or Kensington Palace.

York (GBI), UK

Accommodation

York Marriott Hotel - York (GBI), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

York (GBI), UK

Shakespeare’s Birthplace & York
Drive to Stratford-upon-Avon and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. See an exhibition about his life and walk through the house which is furnished as it would have been in his day. Journey north to the medieval city of York.

Edinburgh (GBI), Scotland

Accommodation

Village Hotel Edinburgh - Edinburgh (GBI), Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Edinburgh (GBI), Scotland

York Minster & Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
Take a walking tour around central York and visit York Minster, renowned for its stained glass. Cross into Scotland and pause to view ruined Melrose Abbey. In Edinburgh dine at a Scottish Evening with a lively show.


Edinburgh (GBI), Scotland

Accommodation

Village Hotel Edinburgh - Edinburgh (GBI), Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Edinburgh 2 (GBI), Scotland

Edinburgh Castle & Guided City Tour
Discover Edinburgh’s highlights on a city tour. See the elegant Georgian “New Town” and the medieval Royal Mile. Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland. On August 04 to 18 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Inverness (GBI), Scotland

Accommodation

Columba Hotel - Inverness (GBI), Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Inverness (GBI), Scotland

St Andrews & Highland Scenery
Travel north to St Andrews, famous for golfing. Take a walking tour around the town center and visit the picturesque ruins of St Andrews Cathedral. Stop in Pitlochry on the way to Inverness, in the Highlands.

Oban (GBI), Scotland

Accommodation

Caledonian Hotel - Oban (GBI), Scotland

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Oban (GBI), Scotland

Loch Ness Cruise & Oban Distillery
Enjoy wonderful Highland views on a scenic cruise of Loch Ness. Stop at a woolen mill and take photos at majestic Glencoe. Visit Oban Distillery to see how whisky is distilled and sample some.

Oban (GBI), Scotland

Accommodation

Caledonian Hotel - Oban (GBI), Scotland

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Oban 2 (GBI), Scotland

Isle of Mull & Iona Abbey
Take a ferry ride from Oban to the Isle of Mull and then on to the peaceful Isle of Iona. Visit Iona Abbey, a place of pilgrimage as Scotland's first Christian settlement. Return to Oban in time for dinner.

Belfast (GBI), County Antrim

Accommodation

Europa Hotel - Belfast (GBI), County Antrim

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Belfast (GBI), County Antrim

Loch Lomond & Rabbie Burns
Drive south alongside scenic Loch Lomond. Stop at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum to learn about the famous poet’s life and poetry. Continue to Cairnryan for a short ferry ride to Belfast in time for dinner.

Derry (GBI), County Derry

Accommodation

Everglades Hotel - Derry (GBI), County Derry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Derry (GBI), County Derry

Belfast & Giant’s Causeway
Tour the highlights of Belfast and travel along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim coast. Visit the Giant’s Causeway, hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. Pause at Dunluce Castle and head to Derry.

Derry (GBI), County Derry

Accommodation

Everglades Hotel - Derry (GBI), County Derry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Derry 2 (GBI), County Derry

Derry & Inishowen Peninsula
Start your day with a short walk around the medieval city walls of Derry. Then drive around the Inishowen Peninsula. Enjoy great views as you follow the coastline and stop at Malin Head, the most northerly point.

Galway (GBI), County Galway

Accommodation

Galway Bay Hotel - Galway (GBI), County Galway

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Galway (GBI), County Galway

Donegal Castle & Galway
Travel through the Blue Stack Mountains to Donegal town where you will tour Donegal Castle, built in the 15th century by an O’Donnell chieftain. Continue your drive south passing through Counties Sligo and Mayo to Galway. Join a local guide for a walking tour around the compact center of the city before dinner.

Galway (GBI), County Galway

Accommodation

Galway Bay Hotel - Galway (GBI), County Galway

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Galway 2 (GBI), County Galway

Connemara & “The Quiet Man”
Take a drive through the stunning scenery of Connemara and in Cong take a short walking tour to see movie locations from “The Quiet Man.” Return to Galway for an afternoon at leisure to explore the city.

Killarney (GBI), County Kerry

Accommodation

Killarney Plaza - Killarney (GBI), County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (GBI), County Kerry

Cliffs of Moher & Killarney
Drive through the Burren to view the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the foaming Atlantic Ocean and cross the River Shannon Estuary by ferry. Stop at J B Keane’s Pub in Listowel for tea with scones and head to Killarney.

Killarney (GBI), County Kerry

Accommodation

Killarney Plaza - Killarney (GBI), County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney 2 (GBI), County Kerry

Ring of Kerry & Sheepdogs
Head to the delightful town of Kenmare and journey along part of the Ring of Kerry route. Watch trained dogs herding sheep and tour the gracious 19th century Muckross House. Lunch is included today and the evening is free.

Waterford (GBI), County Waterford

Accommodation

Dooley's Hotel - Waterford (GBI), County Waterford

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Waterford (GBI), County Waterford

Blarney Castle & Waterford
Travel to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” and shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills. In Cobh visit the Titanic Experience which tells about the 123 Irish people who embarked on the RMS Titanic. Continue to Waterford and after dinner take a walking tour.

Dublin (GBI), County Dublin

Accommodation

Radisson Blu Royal - Dublin (GBI), County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (GBI), County Dublin

Waterford Crystal & Taylor’s Three Rock
Tour the famous House of Waterford Crystal to watch molten glass being transformed into shimmering trophies. Tour the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of one used during the 1840s Famine. In Dublin dine at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub.

Dublin (GBI), County Dublin

Accommodation

Radisson Blu Royal - Dublin (GBI), County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin 2 (GBI), County Dublin

Dublin & Book of Kells
Tour central Dublin to see the main sights. Take a guided walking tour through the campus of Trinity College to view the illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells. Afternoon and evening are free.

Conwy (GBI), Wales

Accommodation

The Quay Hotel - Conwy (GBI), Wales

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Conwy (GBI), Wales

Ferry to Wales & Conwy
Take a short ferry ride from Dublin to Holyhead and drive to Conwy. Tour Conwy Castle, a huge 13th century fortification built by King Edward I. Take a guided walk around the walled town.

Cardiff (GBI), Wales

Accommodation

Radisson Blu Cardiff - Cardiff (GBI), Wales

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Cardiff (GBI), Wales

Snowdonia & Brecon Beacons
Travel through Snowdonia National Park to view the highest peaks in Wales and continue south. Cross the scenic Brecon Beacons National Park. Tour Cardiff, visit Cardiff Castle and dine at a fun Welsh banquet there.

Saint Austell (GBI), UK

Accommodation

The Cornwall Hotel - Saint Austell (GBI), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Saint Austell (GBI), UK

Roman Baths & Glastonbury
This morning head east to tour the Roman Baths and Pump Room, renowned for the mineral-rich hot springs. Stop in Glastonbury, associated with King Arthur and drive to Cornwall.

Saint Austell (GBI), UK

Accommodation

The Cornwall Hotel - Saint Austell (GBI), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Saint Austell 2 (GBI), UK

Explore Cornwell & Land’s End
Drive to Land’s End, the most westerly point of Britain and view the majestic rocky island of St. Michael’s Mount. Browse around the charming village of Mevagissey.

Windsor (GBI), UK

Accommodation

MGallery Castle Hotel - Windsor (GBI), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Windsor (GBI), UK

Stonehenge & Windsor Castle
Drive to Salisbury Plain to marvel at the vast monoliths of Stonehenge. Continue to Windsor to visit Windsor Castle, residence of The Queen. After dinner take a brief walking tour around the historic town.

Depart From

London Departure (CIE), UK

Tour Ends at London Airport:
Your tour ends this morning. Fly home from London Heathrow Airport.


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Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • Twenty Three Nights of Superior Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Sightseeing by Luxury Coach
  • Services of a professional Irish Driver/Guide

DINING OPTIONS

  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Full Breakfast Daily except on Day of Arrival
  • Tea & Scones at J.B. Keane's Pub in Listowel
  • 18 Dinners Including:
    - Welcome dinner in London
    - Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
    - Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner/show
    - Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet
    - 14 table d'hote dinners
  • 1 Lunch

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Walking Tours of York, St Andrews, Derry, Galway, Waterford, Dublin’s Trinity College, Conwy & Windsor
  • Guided Tours of London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, and Cardiff
  • Reserved Seats at The Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Aug 4 to 18 Departures)
  • Scenic Cruise on Loch Ness
  • Oban Distillery Tasting & Tour
  • Round trip ferry transportation to Isle of Mull, between Britain and Ireland and across River Shannon
  • The 'Quiet Man' Walking Tour of Cong
  • Irish Coffee on the Inishowen Peninsula
  • Sheepdog Trials on the Ring of Kerry
  • London open-top bus tour with Tower of London or Kensington Palace visit

ENTRANCES AND ADMISSIONS

  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • York Minster
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • St Andrews Cathedral
  • Duart Castle
  • Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Donegal Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Muckross House
  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woollen Mills
  • Titanic Experience
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • Dunbrody Famine Ship
  • Book of Kells at Trinity College
  • Conwy Castle
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Land’s End
  • Stonehenge
  • Windsor Cast

Prices Based On

  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Single travelers are very welcome on the Grand Tour of Britain and Ireland - life-long friendships are regularly formed with fellow passengers! Single travelers may have their own hotel room each night at an additional cost of US$2,028.00
  • All Taxes & Fees Included.

"Amazing!!"

Your Hometown: Dayton

Amazing!! Every single detail was taken care of for us! Heather did a great job! It was so nice to not have to worry about logistics and we could just enjoy Ireland. I would highly recommend if you are renting a car to get an automatic. I drive a standard in the states, but it would have been way to much to think about and would have prevented me from enjoying the county side.

Honeymoon

byElizabeth TravisAuthentic Ireland Travel
Your Hometown: Blacksburg

My husband and I went to Ireland for our honeymoon and it was AMAZING! Heather helped us and honestly, we had such a fun time. We didn't do a lot of the mentioned or planned items because we tend to just like to explore places but the set up to be able to do that if we wanted to or not was amazing!

Ireland

Your Hometown: Knoxville, TN

I am a travel agent and I had the opportunity to work with Tim LeGris which was a wonderful experience . The trip was for a 10 day chauffeured trip for an older couple who wanted to see and stay at castles and manors in Ireland. Tim put together the perfect trip. I had lunch with the couple when they returned. They said it was the best trip ever. Tim, thank you for your expertise and the amazing job you did on such a short notice trip to Ireland!

Holiday to Ireland & Scotland

Your Hometown: Sag Harbor

Just wanted to share with all who are interested in booking with Authentic Vacations what a truly wonderful experience we had with our Destination Expert, Michael Erickson... He gave us a wonderful itinerary , with great ideas ,and was quick to email us back when we had questions and last minute revisions ..He was knowledgeable,kind,and made arranging our holiday to Ireland & Scotland a pleasure.. So thank you Michael Erickson & thank you Authentic Vacations.....

Beyond Expectations and Wonderfully Unreal

Your Hometown: AUSTIN

The phrase "Holy F**k" was used on a regular basis as most of the time we spent there paralyzed us from making more sophisticated phrases. Maggie killed it, everything was sorted all we had to do was show up. There were enough plans to keep us on a nice schedule and enough down time to do our own thing. The trip really didn't sink in until day 5 when a few Guinness in we decided to stop into a small tattoo shop next to the pub in the middle of beautiful Doolin. After a few hours chatting and laughing with our artist we left in the midst of a classic evening storm leaving us with one option, back to the pub! As our tattoos healed we drowned ourselves in more Guinness, an incredible dinner and live traditional music. This was my first go at international travel and it was the best decision I've ever made, can't wait for my next trip.

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