Britain & Ireland Explorer (Preview 2020)

06/19/2019 through 09/23/2020
06/19/2019 through 10/10/2020
Insight Vacations

Britain & Ireland Explorer (Preview 2020)
The leisurely pace and beauty of the Irish countryside blends with historic English towns, Welsh hospitality and the austere Scottish Highlands, for a truly memorable exploration of the British Isles.


Authentic Dining

  • Loch Lomond: Enjoy a light lunch and admire the oak woodlands and incredible scenery as you cruise one of Scotland’s most beautiful lochs, a favourite nature spot of the local’s.
  • Dublin: Before it opens to the public, visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about Ireland’s national drink. Experience a private masterclass and learn to pour the perfect pint.
  • Killarney: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Waterford: Celebrate the culmination of your escorted journey with wine, good cheer and palate-pleasing cuisine.
  • Dining Summary: 14 Breakfasts (B), 1 lunch, 3 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Kildare: Join an equine professional for a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish National Stud. Then visit the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe, for a ‘journey through life’ as you wander by the beautiful floral displays.

Stay in Style

  • York: The Hilton York is situated within the city walls, close to the York Minster and the best this city has to offer.
  • Edinburgh: Located in a Georgian terrace in the heart of the city, the Crowne Plaza Edinburgh – Royal Terrace is a short walk away Prince’s Street.
  • Inverness: The traditional Columba Hotel provides enviable views over the River Ness and Inverness Castle.
  • Bowness-on-Windermere: The Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa is contained in a 17th century building and rests on the shores of Windermere, England’s largest lake.
  • Chester: The Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester is set in a grand Victorian building and has just undergone a multi-million pound restoration.
  • Dublin: Trinity City Hotel is situated on a historic site, in the heart of Dublin, adjacent to Trinity College Dublin.
  • Killarney: In the heart of the town centre, the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa overlooks Killarney National Park and is the perfect location to enjoy the stunning scenery and the local ‘craic.’
  • Killarney: The 4-Star Killarney Avenue Hotel echoes old-world charm and is located in the heart of downtown Killarney.
  • Waterford: Dooley’s Hotel Waterford has been family-run for generations and is conveniently located inside Waterford’s City Centre.
  • Cardiff: Clayton Hotel Cardiff is located in the heart of the city on St. Mary Street, just a short walk from Cardiff’s premium sporting facility, Millennium Stadium.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Edinburgh: A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from the drawbridge. For a limited time in August, witness the incredible spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
  • Stratford: Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history’s most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore this pretty town with its iconic Tudor houses.
  • Durham: See the castle and Romanesque cathedral.
  • Hadrian’s Wall: Stop to see part of the ancient wall that once marked the border of the Roman Empire.
  • Edinburgh: Explore the city with your Local Expert as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and the official Scottish residence of the Queen, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • Edinburgh: Walk with a Local Expert inside the walls of the Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
  • St. Andrews: Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from ‘Chariots of Fire’ was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.
  • Pitlochry: Visit this town, famous for its salmon leap.
  • Inverness: See the River Ness, Inverness Castle and take in the scenery around you as you hear about the beauty and history behind Inverness.
  • Loch Ness: Hear tales of the famous Nessie as you drive along Scotland’s famous loch.
  • Grasmere: Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth and visit his grave.
  • Chester: During you orientation with your Travel Director see the cathedral, city walls and famous black and white Rows.
  • Conwy: See the castle upon the river.
  • Holyhead: Set sail for Dublin.
  • Dublin: Walk with your Local Expert, through the elegant squares of this fine city to see O’Connell Street, Custom House and Dublin Castle.
  • Cashel: See the Rock of Cashel where St. Patrick preached.
  • Ring of Kerry: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you travel the Ring of Kerry.
  • Killarney: Enjoy hearing of the history of Killarney during your city orientation.
  • Blarney: Visit the castle and climb the battlements for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence.
  • Waterford: Explore the town and see Reginald’s Tower and the remains of the city walls.
  • Waterford: Meet a master craftsman on your guided visit of the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal.
  • Rosslare: Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea.
  • Cardiff: During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the castle and Principality Stadium.
  • Bath: The Roman Baths have existed for over 2,000 years and are now one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world. Learn the importance of this historic site, still used as a center for bathing and socialising.
  • Bath: During your orientation of the city, your Travel Director will show you the Georgian houses, the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.
  • Stonehenge: Visit the myste…

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to London.
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Day 2 Stratford and Medieval York.
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Day 3 Durham, Hadrian's Wall and Edinburgh.
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Day 4 Scotland’s Capital of Culture.
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Day 5 St. Andrews and Inverness.
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Day 6 Loch Ness and Glencoe.
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Day 7 The English Lakes to Chester.
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Day 8 North Wales and over to Dublin.
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Day 9 In Dublin’s Fair City.
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Day 10 From Dublin to Killarney.
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Day 11 Ring of Kerry Experience.
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Day 12 Blarney Castle and Waterford.
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Day 13 Across the Irish Sea to Cardiff.
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Day 14 Roman Baths, Stonehenge and London.
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Day 15 Homeward Bound.
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