Highlights of England, Scotland & Ireland

12 days
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About This Experience

From glens and lochs all the way to London, explore the captivating emerald landscapes and cultural hubs that define Great Britain and Ireland. Journey from England’s cosmopolitan capital through the highlands of the Lake District to Edinburgh, whose city streets have been declared masterpieces of urban planning. Then, make your way to the Emerald Isle, where you’ll grab a pint (or a few) with Dubliners and make your way through the beyond-scenic Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

  • London, England
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Cheshire, England
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Limerick, Ireland
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Dream about your first English breakfast on your overnight flight

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to London aboard an internationally recognized airline.

London2 nights - hotel info

Day2

Cheerio—welcome to the city of palaces, pubs and sprawling parks

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Touch down in London, England’s magnificent capital. After clearing customs and collecting your bags, look for the Hotel by Bus desk. They will be providing your transfer to your hotel. This afternoon is free to explore London on your own or relax in your hotel room. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner this evening.

Day3

To Buckingham and beyond, take to London’s streets like a local

Optional Excursion - Windsor Castle

Breakfast

An expert local guide leads this morning’s guided sightseeing tour of London. Highlights of the panoramic tour include views of Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, the Big Ben clocktower, the Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus and a stop outside St. James’s Palace, where you might glimpse the ceremonial Changing of the Guard (seasonal and weather dependent). After your sightseeing tour, join an optional afternoon excursion to Windsor Castle, the centuries-old retreat of Britain’s Royal Family.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Windsor Castle $99* pp

Led by a Blue Badge Guide, you’ll travel to Windsor for a guided visit to the world’s largest and longest-inhabited castle. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1070, Windsor has been the British Royal Family’s preferred retreat for the past 900 years. Step inside the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel (closed Sundays), where the Knights of the Garter ceremony takes place. View the exhibit of royal treasures on display within the castle. You’ll then have time to stroll through the town of Windsor and have a look at Eton College, a prestigious prep school attended by Princes William and Harry. Please note: Windsor Castle is occasionally closed when in use by the Royal Family; a visit to Henry VIII’s Hampton Court will be substituted when necessary.

Edinburgh2 nights - hotel info

Day4

Through rolling green countryside, past misty lochs, onward to Edinburgh

Breakfast, Dinner

Leaving London this morning, you’ll journey by train through the English countryside to the lochs and hills of Scotland. As you approach the Scottish capital, you’ll pass under the dramatic Edinburgh castle; its foundation dates back to 850 B.C. After hotel check-in, the afternoon is free to uncover Edinburgh on your own. For a quick orientation of the city, begin at the Central Train Station, walk down Princes Street—lined with world-class shops—and then climb the hill to the Castle. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner.

Day5

Stroll the Royal Mile and stride through a masterpiece of urban planning

Optional Excursion - Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey

Breakfast

Edinburgh Castle

Despite some changes to its landscape in the late 20th century, Edinburgh—much like Prague, Florence and Vienna—has managed to avoid the large-scale modernization that has transformed most major cities and has retained its medieval beauty. Dating as far back as 850 B.C., Edinburgh really gained prominence in the 11th century under the reign of David I, who founded the abbey at Holyrood. Today, an expert local guide leads a sightseeing tour from the elegant Georgian New Town to the Royal Mile (both are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites). You’ll see Holyrood Palace, the quaint shops of the Mile and Edinburgh Castle, where you’ll see the Scottish crown jewels. This afternoon, you might wish to continue your exploration of Edinburgh on your own or join our optional Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey excursion.

Optional Excursions

Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey $69* pp

Travel through the Scottish Borders region to Abbotsford House, the 19th-century estate of Sir Walter Scott. The poet designed his home in the Romantic style to imitate the elaborate baronial estates of British aristocrats. Today it serves as a museum for the Scottish memorabilia and artifacts that Scott collected throughout his lifetime. The excursion then continues with a visit to the ruins of Melrose Abbey, one of the most impressive of the four Borders abbeys.

Cheshire1 night - hotel info

Day6

Discover the emerald green landscapes that inspired Wordsworth

Breakfast, Dinner

Dove Cottage (seasonal)

This morning, travel through the emerald green landscapes of the Lakes District, whose meadows are dotted with grazing sheep. You’ll marvel at the district’s wild beauty as you encounter picturesque views of farmland, forests, fells (hills) and becks (brooks). Visit Dove Cottage, where Poet Laureate William Wordsworth lived for several years. Dinner is included this evening in Cheshire.

Dublin2 nights - hotel info

Day7

Cross the Irish Sea to the hometown of Joyce, Wilde and Yeats

Optional Excursion - Traditional Irish Evening

Breakfast

Travel through the untamed wilderness of Wales to Holyhead, where you’ll board a high-speed ferry across the Irish Sea. Disembark the ferry in Dublin, the cosmopolitan Irish capital city spanning the River Liffey. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. The afternoon is free to begin exploring Dublin. Tonight, opt for an evening of music and dance at our Traditional Irish Evening.

Optional Excursions

Traditional Irish Evening $99* pp

Enjoy this special evening of Irish food, music and live entertainment. Dinner will be served first, giving you a taste of traditional Irish dishes. You’ll then be treated to a live show of Irish music and dance. Join in the fun as you enjoy a merry and memorable night. Please note: The specific venue and day of the week for this optional may change due to availability.

Day8

From the Book of Kells to back of pubs, explore the heart of Dublin

Breakfast

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College

A professional local guide leads your comprehensive sightseeing tour of Dublin. First, drive past the River Liffey to Phoenix Park. The largest enclosed public park in Europe and twice the area of New York’s Central Park, the Phoenix’s grounds include the Arás an Uachtaráin (Presidential Residence) and Dublin Zoo. You’ll also see Temple Bar and Dublin Castle. Then visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded by Ireland’s patron saint in the 5th century A.D., and Trinity College, where you can view the illuminated Book of Kells in the university’s library. Enjoy a free afternoon in Dublin.

County Kerry2 nights - hotel info

Day9

The Irish Gift of Gab is yours for the taking (brogue not included)

Breakfast

Blarney Castle

Today’s journey begins with a visit to Blarney Castle. This 15th-century fortress is known above all else for the legendary Blarney Stone, said to grant magical powers of eloquence to those who kiss it—which you can attempt by climbing the steep staircase to the top of the parapet and leaning out of the battlements. Continue on to County Kerry this evening.

Day10

Keep your camera ready as your make your way through the Ring of Kerry

Breakfast

Today’s included excursion takes you around the Ring of Kerry, a 112-mile coastal route that covers some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery. Pass the pristine Lakes of Killarney and gaze across Dingle Bay to Dingle Peninsula. Stop in the town of Killarney and at Bog Village, where you may choose to tour the open-air museum and see the simple cabins in which locals lived during the Great Famine. This afternoon, enjoy unsurpassable views of the Skellig Islands. Then continue to the picturesque village of Sneem, the “Knot in the Ring,” where brightly painted cottages surround the cozy market green, before returning to your starting point in the Ring.

Limerick1 night - hotel info

Day11

Stand in awe as you gaze down from 390 feet above the deep blue sea

Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, marvel at some of western Ireland’s most mesmerizing coastline and the striking Cliffs of Moher. Continue on to Limerick, where you can relive memories of the day during this evening’s Farewell Dinner.

Flight homefor a day

Day12

Say goodbye to good friends and good craic (that’s fun in Gaelic)

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to Shannon airport for your flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add London City Stay $259*

A city that loves to be explored, London beckons with world-class (and often free) museums and galleries, quirky shops, outstanding restaurants, royal pageantry, charming neighborhoods, and an unconquered heritage with more than 2,000 years of history.

Overnight Flight1 night - hotel info

Day1

Hop—ok, fly—across the pond to London

Board your overnight flight to London.

London2 nights - hotel info

Day2

Whatever your cup of tea, you’re sure to find it here

Welcome to London! After clearing customs and collecting your bags, look for the Hotel by Bus desk. They will be providing your transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to begin your London discoveries.

Day3

Today is free to explore (literally, check out all the free museums)

Optional Excursion - St. Paul's Cathedral & Westminster Abbey

Breakfast

Venture into the city today to immerse yourself in the infinite wonders of London. You might visit the British Museum to view its incredible collection of antiquities. For art, take in the exhibits at the National Gallery and the Tate Galleries. Alternatively, take part in our optional tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral & Westminster Abbey.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

St. Paul's Cathedral & Westminster Abbey $115* pp

Compare and contrast two of Britain's most famous churches, whose rich history provide an unparalleled look into the country's past. First, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, the second largest church building in the United Kingdom and seat of the Bishop of London. The English-Baroque style cathedral is globally renowned for its magnificent dome and glittering mosaics. Continue on to Westminster Abbey, a Gothic church located near the Houses of Parliament. Since 1066, every royal coronation, with the exception of Edward V and Edward VIII, has taken place at Westminster Abbey. The abbey also serves as the burial ground for Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton.

Day4

Now that you’re nearly a local, meet up with your fellow travelers

Breakfast

Meet up with the rest of your tour group today (Day 2 of the regular itinerary).

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About This Experience

From glens and lochs all the way to London, explore the captivating emerald landscapes and cultural hubs that define Great Britain and Ireland. Journey from England’s cosmopolitan capital through the highlands of the Lake District to Edinburgh, whose city streets have been declared masterpieces of urban planning. Then, make your way to the Emerald Isle, where you’ll grab a pint (or a few) with Dubliners and make your way through the beyond-scenic Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

  • London, England
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Cheshire, England
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Limerick, Ireland
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Dream about your first English breakfast on your overnight flight

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to London aboard an internationally recognized airline.

London2 nights - hotel info

Day2

Cheerio—welcome to the city of palaces, pubs and sprawling parks

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Touch down in London, England’s magnificent capital. After clearing customs and collecting your bags, look for the Hotel by Bus desk. They will be providing your transfer to your hotel. This afternoon is free to explore London on your own or relax in your hotel room. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner this evening.

Day3

To Buckingham and beyond, take to London’s streets like a local

Optional Excursion - Windsor Castle

Breakfast

An expert local guide leads this morning’s guided sightseeing tour of London. Highlights of the panoramic tour include views of Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, the Big Ben clocktower, the Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus and a stop outside St. James’s Palace, where you might glimpse the ceremonial Changing of the Guard (seasonal and weather dependent). After your sightseeing tour, join an optional afternoon excursion to Windsor Castle, the centuries-old retreat of Britain’s Royal Family.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Windsor Castle $99* pp

Led by a Blue Badge Guide, you’ll travel to Windsor for a guided visit to the world’s largest and longest-inhabited castle. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1070, Windsor has been the British Royal Family’s preferred retreat for the past 900 years. Step inside the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel (closed Sundays), where the Knights of the Garter ceremony takes place. View the exhibit of royal treasures on display within the castle. You’ll then have time to stroll through the town of Windsor and have a look at Eton College, a prestigious prep school attended by Princes William and Harry. Please note: Windsor Castle is occasionally closed when in use by the Royal Family; a visit to Henry VIII’s Hampton Court will be substituted when necessary.

Edinburgh2 nights - hotel info

Day4

Through rolling green countryside, past misty lochs, onward to Edinburgh

Breakfast, Dinner

Leaving London this morning, you’ll journey by train through the English countryside to the lochs and hills of Scotland. As you approach the Scottish capital, you’ll pass under the dramatic Edinburgh castle; its foundation dates back to 850 B.C. After hotel check-in, the afternoon is free to uncover Edinburgh on your own. For a quick orientation of the city, begin at the Central Train Station, walk down Princes Street—lined with world-class shops—and then climb the hill to the Castle. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner.

Day5

Stroll the Royal Mile and stride through a masterpiece of urban planning

Optional Excursion - Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey

Breakfast

Edinburgh Castle

Despite some changes to its landscape in the late 20th century, Edinburgh—much like Prague, Florence and Vienna—has managed to avoid the large-scale modernization that has transformed most major cities and has retained its medieval beauty. Dating as far back as 850 B.C., Edinburgh really gained prominence in the 11th century under the reign of David I, who founded the abbey at Holyrood. Today, an expert local guide leads a sightseeing tour from the elegant Georgian New Town to the Royal Mile (both are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites). You’ll see Holyrood Palace, the quaint shops of the Mile and Edinburgh Castle, where you’ll see the Scottish crown jewels. This afternoon, you might wish to continue your exploration of Edinburgh on your own or join our optional Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey excursion.

Optional Excursions

Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey $69* pp

Travel through the Scottish Borders region to Abbotsford House, the 19th-century estate of Sir Walter Scott. The poet designed his home in the Romantic style to imitate the elaborate baronial estates of British aristocrats. Today it serves as a museum for the Scottish memorabilia and artifacts that Scott collected throughout his lifetime. The excursion then continues with a visit to the ruins of Melrose Abbey, one of the most impressive of the four Borders abbeys.

Cheshire1 night - hotel info

Day6

Discover the emerald green landscapes that inspired Wordsworth

Breakfast, Dinner

Dove Cottage (seasonal)

This morning, travel through the emerald green landscapes of the Lakes District, whose meadows are dotted with grazing sheep. You’ll marvel at the district’s wild beauty as you encounter picturesque views of farmland, forests, fells (hills) and becks (brooks). Visit Dove Cottage, where Poet Laureate William Wordsworth lived for several years. Dinner is included this evening in Cheshire.

Dublin2 nights - hotel info

Day7

Cross the Irish Sea to the hometown of Joyce, Wilde and Yeats

Optional Excursion - Traditional Irish Evening

Breakfast

Travel through the untamed wilderness of Wales to Holyhead, where you’ll board a high-speed ferry across the Irish Sea. Disembark the ferry in Dublin, the cosmopolitan Irish capital city spanning the River Liffey. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. The afternoon is free to begin exploring Dublin. Tonight, opt for an evening of music and dance at our Traditional Irish Evening.

Optional Excursions

Traditional Irish Evening $99* pp

Enjoy this special evening of Irish food, music and live entertainment. Dinner will be served first, giving you a taste of traditional Irish dishes. You’ll then be treated to a live show of Irish music and dance. Join in the fun as you enjoy a merry and memorable night. Please note: The specific venue and day of the week for this optional may change due to availability.

Day8

From the Book of Kells to back of pubs, explore the heart of Dublin

Breakfast

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College

A professional local guide leads your comprehensive sightseeing tour of Dublin. First, drive past the River Liffey to Phoenix Park. The largest enclosed public park in Europe and twice the area of New York’s Central Park, the Phoenix’s grounds include the Arás an Uachtaráin (Presidential Residence) and Dublin Zoo. You’ll also see Temple Bar and Dublin Castle. Then visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded by Ireland’s patron saint in the 5th century A.D., and Trinity College, where you can view the illuminated Book of Kells in the university’s library. Enjoy a free afternoon in Dublin.

County Kerry2 nights - hotel info

Day9

The Irish Gift of Gab is yours for the taking (brogue not included)

Breakfast

Blarney Castle

Today’s journey begins with a visit to Blarney Castle. This 15th-century fortress is known above all else for the legendary Blarney Stone, said to grant magical powers of eloquence to those who kiss it—which you can attempt by climbing the steep staircase to the top of the parapet and leaning out of the battlements. Continue on to County Kerry this evening.

Day10

Keep your camera ready as your make your way through the Ring of Kerry

Breakfast

Today’s included excursion takes you around the Ring of Kerry, a 112-mile coastal route that covers some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery. Pass the pristine Lakes of Killarney and gaze across Dingle Bay to Dingle Peninsula. Stop in the town of Killarney and at Bog Village, where you may choose to tour the open-air museum and see the simple cabins in which locals lived during the Great Famine. This afternoon, enjoy unsurpassable views of the Skellig Islands. Then continue to the picturesque village of Sneem, the “Knot in the Ring,” where brightly painted cottages surround the cozy market green, before returning to your starting point in the Ring.

Limerick1 night - hotel info

Day11

Stand in awe as you gaze down from 390 feet above the deep blue sea

Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, marvel at some of western Ireland’s most mesmerizing coastline and the striking Cliffs of Moher. Continue on to Limerick, where you can relive memories of the day during this evening’s Farewell Dinner.

Flight homefor a day

Day12

Say goodbye to good friends and good craic (that’s fun in Gaelic)

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to Shannon airport for your flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add London City Stay $259*

A city that loves to be explored, London beckons with world-class (and often free) museums and galleries, quirky shops, outstanding restaurants, royal pageantry, charming neighborhoods, and an unconquered heritage with more than 2,000 years of history.

Overnight Flight1 night - hotel info

Day1

Hop—ok, fly—across the pond to London

Board your overnight flight to London.

London2 nights - hotel info

Day2

Whatever your cup of tea, you’re sure to find it here

Welcome to London! After clearing customs and collecting your bags, look for the Hotel by Bus desk. They will be providing your transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to begin your London discoveries.

Day3

Today is free to explore (literally, check out all the free museums)

Optional Excursion - St. Paul's Cathedral & Westminster Abbey

Breakfast

Venture into the city today to immerse yourself in the infinite wonders of London. You might visit the British Museum to view its incredible collection of antiquities. For art, take in the exhibits at the National Gallery and the Tate Galleries. Alternatively, take part in our optional tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral & Westminster Abbey.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

St. Paul's Cathedral & Westminster Abbey $115* pp

Compare and contrast two of Britain's most famous churches, whose rich history provide an unparalleled look into the country's past. First, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, the second largest church building in the United Kingdom and seat of the Bishop of London. The English-Baroque style cathedral is globally renowned for its magnificent dome and glittering mosaics. Continue on to Westminster Abbey, a Gothic church located near the Houses of Parliament. Since 1066, every royal coronation, with the exception of Edward V and Edward VIII, has taken place at Westminster Abbey. The abbey also serves as the burial ground for Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton.

Day4

Now that you’re nearly a local, meet up with your fellow travelers

Breakfast

Meet up with the rest of your tour group today (Day 2 of the regular itinerary).

Passport & Visa

This tour includes the following countries: England, Scotland and Ireland. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to England, Ireland and Scotland. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health- care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

For traditional English fare at a reasonable price, try a pub meal. Stilton cheese, steak and kidney pie, and Cumberland sausages are specialties. Sip afternoon tea with delicious finger sandwiches and scones at Harrods for the ultimate in English tradition. Modern-day London also boasts an array of ethnic restaurants unmatched by almost any other city in the world for its diversity. Popular options for the adventurous palate include Indian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, Greek and West African cuisine. Specialties of Scotland include kippers, smoked salmon, Scotch broth, venison, shortbread, oatcakes, and haggis (made of sheep innards). As in Ireland, sometimes the best (and least expensive) meals are found in pubs. Whisky is a favored local spirit, and Scottish ales are world-famous. Traditional Irish cooking is simple, relying heavily on meat-based dishes. Pubs serve up hearty lunches, and the traditional Irish stew, bacon and boiled cabbage are always popular choices. Soda bread is delicious and very filling, as are Irish cakes, such as scones and Barm Brack. The thick black beer known as Guinness is a national institution in its own right. In recent years, Dublin has seen something of a culinary revolution, and the city now boasts an impressive array of new restaurants offering exciting cuisine with continental Europe, Asian and Californian influences.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in London and depart from Shannon. Your transfer upon arrival in London is provided by Hotel by Bus transportation, and you can find them at a desk when you make your way through customs and baggage. Included transportation on tour is by train (from London to Edinburgh), by ferry (from Holyhead to Dublin) and by private motor coach. Dublin and Edinburgh are both best explored on foot, although buses and taxis are plentiful. In London, you can’t get around without using the legendary, 12-line “tube,” connecting all the districts and attractions. You might want to mix up travel on the tube with some walking and bus travel. It’s a lot more fun to explore London on the iconic double-decker buses.

Clothing & Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Currency

The British pound and euro (in Ireland) are the currencies you will use on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards and credit cards, as needed. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

Cliffs of Moher

This tour was great, but my favorite part was walking the Cliffs of Moher. I am a big hiker and this was really nice because I got to walk a few miles along the edge of the cliffs with amazing views the whole way. Getting to the end is the best part because the crowd is really sparse (nobody walks to the end because it is probably 3-4 miles long) and you can sit and enjoy the sound of nature and the birds singing on the cliff walls. If I did this again, I would have taken a book or my lunch and eaten at the end.

Staff Review


5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/11/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Met a lot of wonderful people

Great tour

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/18/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: ID

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great Tour Director

This was my third Go Ahead Tour and I have like all of them. I especially liked this one because it was a smaller group with a Tour Guide that was not only knowledgeable but caring, accommodating and fun to be around. Everyone loved him. We saw so much. I would highly recommend the extra two days in London the tour does not have enough time there and it gave us time to recover from the arrival flight. Tom was very good about setting up sides trips for people in our group like the sheep dog demonstration. the jaunty cars near Killarney and tee times for a few of our guys. It was time consuming for him but he did it happily with great enthusiasm. The smaller size of our group made our trip so nice. We got to know everyone and certainly bonded.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/24/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director ever!

I was very nervous about traveling abroad but Go Ahead Tours made everything so easy! And our tour director was amazing. Tom not only took care of us but he taught us, challenged us, and inspired us to get in touch with our creative side. Tom went above and beyond for all of us and I am so thankful to have had him as our tour director. The memories we've created will definitely last a life time... definitely planning another trip and requesting Tom. :-)

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

How to relax

This is not a tour full of excitement like Italy or Paris or China. It is a relaxing tour of observing nature and meeting very friendly people probably in pubs with music. If you have done the rest this is for you. Otherwise it is a lot of bus, train and plane riding to see natural beauty and good people.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Trip Ever!

I had no idea what to expect from this tour but was completely blown away by all of the time and care that is taken by the tour director to make our trip comfortable and pleasing. There was a lot crammed into this trip but was all very doable and we saw a lot. Our tour director Mansel was superb and had quite a bit of knowledge history and area wise. He was a lot of fun. If I take another tour regardless if domestic or international I will definitely go with go ahead tours!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/3/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

Cornelius made this trip extra special. The way he explained the history of the different area was very interesting. He kept good track of all of the people on the tour. He sang song that were native to the area. He recited poetry of poets from areas that we visited. On our Anniversary he gave us a bottle of champagne. He was very award of all our needs. I would recommend Cornelius for any trip that I take that he is the tour director.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/15/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ND

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great experience!

It was a wonderful trip. Very well-planned. Our tour director, Cornelius, was terrific! He was very witty, friendly and knowledgeable. He took good care of us. I would have liked to stay in a hotel longer than two nights at a time, but I know we had to be on the move in order to cover so much territory. The included breakfasts were very plentiful.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/15/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Birth of a British King

Our time in London was highlighted by the birth of Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, someday to be King George VII. On our free time at the Tower of London the official 62 gun salute to the new royal happened, which was very exciting - especially for our 9-year old grandson. When our grandson is old and "baby" George becomes King, our grandson will think back to our Go Ahead tour. London was amazing, and overwhelming. Our nice hotel was located away from the center of the city, which was good in that it forced us to take the #26 bus or the underground. We arrived 3 days ahead of the tour start so we were somewhat adjusted when the tour started. Being early allowed us to take a boat tour on the Themes River, go to Sunday mass at St. Paul's Cathedral and walk about the central district. The extra tour of St. Paul's and Westminster Abbey was well wort the extra cost and our guide was fantastic. He was informative and fun. The overview tour of the city was informative and enjoyable (good guide). The tour of Windsor Castle also was worth the extra money (yet another good guide). I have to say that London Heathrow Airport was a nightmare, at least for us who have never been there. We transited through it twice and didn't like the experience either time.. The 4 hour train ride to Edinburgh was a pleasant change from plane and bus travel. We enjoyed seeing the English/Scottish countryside. Speaking of Edinburgh, this was our favorite city. Wish we had spent more time there and that Go Ahead had a tour of Scotland-Ireland. The hotel was well located; the tour of the old town was enjoyable (good guide). What a beautiful city. We will make another visit there I'm sure. The drive south to Wales was enjoyable, though long. The unexpected boat trip on a lake in the Lake District was a good addition set up by the tour director. The hotel we stayed in in Wales was the best of the trip. The village was quaint and the evening entertainment in the bar was lots of fun. Ireland lived up to our expectations. The hotel was centrally located, which was nice for walking and just seeing the sights, plus having a meal/beer in local pubs. We experienced some rain but it wasn't a problem. Be prepared for very narrow, windy roads and to being jostled about some in the bus. Finally, we had nonstop flights to/from home and London so we were relaxed when we arrived at our destinations. We paid for meals and stuff, and got cash, with credit cards without any difficulty. The bank fees weren't very high either. This is our second GA tour. Both of them were enjoyable and very different from each other.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Oh, Wow

I've been home now a little over a week, and my thoughts are settled. It was really hard recovering from the 24 hour day returning to Arizona, though I did not experience any significant problems on the way over. I went with my 18 year oul Grandson, and we both had a fabulous time -- him, perhaps even more than I. (Thanks to everyone on the tour who took him under their wings at night when I went to bed!) We extended in London at the beginning of the tour (the only way to do it!), and since it was my first time in the British Isles I purchased Rick Steve's books on the Isles and Ireland and really studied them for months before setting out. I got London Passes for both of us and planned itineraries for all four days in London. The first day was a bit abbreviated as we did not get to the hotel until around Noon, thanks to heavy traffic and a long wait at the airport for the van that took us there. The nice van driver made up for much of the wait by acting as a tour guide, however, and that was just the beginning of four wonderful days.. We rode the Tube every day, often four or five times and took maximum advantage of the Passes, which covered admission to many London locations. I was especially glad that we used the London Pass for Windsor Castle as the train ride(s) were delightful and a pleasant break from our over-crowded bus. I do not recommend purchasing one, however, unless you intend to use it for at least five admissions. It was expensive. I got them over the Internet a few months before the trip. I also got daily Tube cards for us both and (although they both got demagnetized by my purse closure, causing us to need to contact an ever-present Tube assistant) they were great to have every day. The Tube is fun, safe and very user friendly, by the way. I thought our London hotel was a bit far from the local station, which leads me to say I was a bit disappointed by the somewhat remote location of that hotel (Marriott Regents), though the accommodations were lovely. Although I brought adaptors for all our electronic equipment, I neglected to bring an adaptor for my curling iron, but they were available in most hotels and one of my co-travelers loaned me one for the second half of the trip. Hair dryers were available and ready to use -- always in the top desk drawer! I took five or six bags of somewhat healthy snacks and brought home only a few uneaten pieces. Don't forget, though, I had help from my Grandson eating them. Breakfasts were plentiful, but I was really happy to cook my own bacon when I got home! Included dinners were OK, but nothing to write home about. I wish I'd eaten more fish and chips! In London I particularly enjoyed the Churchill War Rooms and the side trip to Windsor. The Eye of London is a must do, and the other places were wonderful, too, though I missed Piccadilly and the British Museum. Too bad. Now I have to go back so I can get there (and several other places!). We went to the Portabello Street Market on Saturday (fun, but get there early) and to Covent Garden (a madhouse, I thought!). Westminster is gorgeous and a must, but try to get there early, too. I thought the city was really crowded, probably because of the time of year. The weather was amazing (not since 2006 had London had such warm, sunny weather) and we did not get a drop of rain the entire trip. Edinburgh (say Edin-boro) was/is really fascinating and our dinner there was great (thanks, I think, to Georgio, our guide). The train ride was fun, but we were all hungry when we got to the hotel and late lunches partially spoiled the dinner. Don't forget to hike to Arthur's Seat if you are very fit. My grandson and a tour friend (thanks, Tim of GoAhead) hiked it twice. It was light until about 11 PM in Edinburgh in mid-July when we were there. The Castle tour, and separate tour guide, were also interesting. The bus rides through England into Wales, and several later in Ireland were long, but they were broken up nicely by roadside, shopping and/or potty stops.. The bus in Ireland was much nicer than the one in London, as the seats were lower so you did not feel trapped. (We had a full house.) The Welsh and Irish hotels were all great. I loved Dove Cottage. I thought Wales and Ireland were beautiful and the ferry ride was a nice break and enjoyable. It took a couple hours. Dublin was busy, a bit dirty and not the high spot of the tour, though the hotel was nice. I did enjoy the tour and the lady who took us to Trinity. I had not known about the Book of Kells, but I've now done a little research and it was quite marvelous to see! I thought we spent too much time at the Cliffs of Moher, though the first half hour was devoted to the line for the ladies WC. Try to get pounds before you get to London, but watch out for the high hidden fees our US banks charge! I used credit cards frequently, contrary to advice ginen by Rick Steves, and did not find the fees to be high so I'd recommend that. Otherwise, take a debit card and just make withdrawals at bank ATMS when you need money. Well, no one has ever accused me of being terse, and I need to get back to planning my Grand Tour of Italy for next year. Bottom line is -- Dont Miss England, Scotland and Ireland!! Thanks, Go Ahead.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/9/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AZ

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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