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Highlights of England, Scotland & Ireland

12 days
Journey from England’s cosmopolitan capital to Edinburgh, where the city streets have been declared masterpieces of urban planning. Then, pass through the Lake District and Wales en route to the Emerald Isle, where you’ll grab a pint (or a few) with Dubliners before making your way through the beyond-scenic Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher.

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Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in London

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to England! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of London

Included meals: Breakfast

View the regal landmarks of England’s vibrant and cosmopolitan capital on a guided sightseeing tour.  

• Pass the grand Trafalgar Square and Baroque-style St. Paul’s Cathedral, perched atop Ludgate Hill

• See Westminster Abbey, the setting for royal coronations, weddings and funerals

• View icons like Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London

• Stop by Buckingham Palace, where you may catch the Changing of the Guard

Enjoy a free afternoon in London or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Windsor Castle $99*pp Details

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.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Edinburgh2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Travel to Edinburgh

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey by train through the English countryside and the lochs and hills of Scotland. Later, arrive in the Scottish capital.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh

Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know Edinburgh in all its medieval beauty on a tour led by a local expert.

• View the elegant Georgian New Town and the Royal Mile, two UNESCO World Heritage sites

• Pass the Sir Walter Scott monument 

• Enter Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish crown jewels and Stone of Scone

Spend a free afternoon exploring Edinburgh on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey $95*pp Details

Travel through the Scottish Borders region to Abbotsford, where you’ll enjoy an included lunch. Continue on 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. Then, visit the ruins of Melrose Abbey, one of the most impressive of the four Borders abbeys. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from April through October.

Optional Excursion - Royal Yacht Brittania $85*pp Details

For over 44 years, the Royal Yacht Britannia served as a floating residence for Britain’s Royal Family, playing host to world leaders during state visits and acting as a private escape for Queen Elizabeth II. Step back in time as you make your way through lavishly furnished royal apartments and the more modest crew’s quarters below decks. Please note: This optional excursion is only offered from November through March.

Cheshire1 night Hotel info

Day 6: The Lake District

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through the emerald green landscapes of the Lake District en route to Cheshire, England.

• Take in picturesque views of farmland, forests, hills and brooks

• Visit Dove Cottage, once home to Poet Laureate William Wordsworth (Please note: From November through February you will visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum.)

Dublin2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Travel to Dublin

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel through the untamed wilderness of Wales to Holyhead, where you’ll board a high-speed ferry across the Irish Sea to Dublin.

Enjoy a free evening in Dublin or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Irish Evening $99*pp Details

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.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Dublin

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a comprehensive tour of Ireland’s capital city with a local expert leading the way.

• Pass through Phoenix Park, one of Europe’s largest walled green spaces and site of the presidential residence

• Travel along the banks of the River Liffey and see the legendary Guinness Factory

• Step inside the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral 

• Stop at Trinity College and view the illuminated Book of Kells

County Kerry2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: County Kerry via Blarney

Included meals: Breakfast

Continue your journey through the Emerald Isle today.  

• Visit the famed Rock of Cashel

• Enter Blarney Castle to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone

Day 10: The Ring of Kerry

Included meals: Breakfast

Set out on 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

• Enjoy unsurpassable views of the Skellig Islands

• Visit the picturesque village of Sneem, the “Knot in the Ring”

Limerick1 night Hotel info

Day 11: The Cliffs of Moher

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Marvel at some of western Ireland’s most mesmerizing coastline and the striking Cliffs of Moher today. Continue on to Limerick and relive memories of your tour during this evening’s farewell dinner.

Day 12: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to Shannon airport for your flight home.

Add London $259 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

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

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in London

Included meals: Breakfast

Welcome to England! Today is free for you to begin your discoveries in London.

Day 3: Free day in London

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in London or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - St. Paul's Cathedral & Westminster Abbey $119*pp Details

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.

Day 4: Free day in London

Included meals: Breakfast

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

How's the weather?

  • London, England
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Cheshire, England
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • County Kerry, Ireland
  • Limerick, Ireland
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Passport & Visa

This tour includes the following countries: United Kingdom (England, Scotland, and Wales on the transfer) 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. When you first arrive in London, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative may be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 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.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/15/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great first tour!

It was a great first tour. Just wish we would have had more time in Scotland. Enjoyed seeing everything. Do wish we would have had more time. Loved everything we saw. Our tour Director was very knowledgeable.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/16/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Trip Ever

This experience exceeded any expectations I could possibly have had and then some. Everything from the people, to the food, the scenery, the tour guides and director, were incredible and I urge anyone thinking of taking a trip to book this asap! Matt was brilliant as a tour director and I can't wait to book another tour.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/2/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Some of my favorite places!

Travelling to the UK and Ireland is my very favorite thing in the world. The history, the food, the people and just the overall ambiance of each of the places we visited makes me want to come back again! Our TD, Jim (sorry dear, they won't let me put your full name), was the smart, witty Brit that I love to exchange commentary with. He was fully prepared, game for any changes that might have come our way and very sensitive to the needs of some of our less agile participants. Something for everyone! I can't praise him enough--as always, the Tour Directors make the tour! We had excellent accommodations, with the small exception of that cold shower one day in Killarney--if 60 people try to take a shower at the same time, well, you understand. My only "real" complaint was an unprepared emergency staff when our flight was cancelled. THEY didn't seem to know about it, but everyone else apparently was aware. I can't say they weren't extremely nice, as you couldn't have asked for nicer, uninformed and completely unhelpful folks. Well, that's the hazards of travel. I would encourage anyone who wants a quick, yet thorough jaunt around the UK and Ireland, to book this tour. It was an excellent way to see as much as possible in just 12 (or in our case, 11) days. Makes me want to do'er again!

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Hi Kelly, We’re so glad to hear you had such a wonderful time on your tour of England, Scotland & Ireland. Jim is certainly an exceptional tour director. We are sorry to hear about your flight cancelation and that our team wasn’t informed of the cancelation sooner. We have recently implemented a new emergency service team consisting of individuals specially trained in these types of situations. We are most hopeful that with this new expert team we will be even more equipped to assist our customers going forward.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 04, 2014

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/28/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great Vacation

enjoyed our tour very much, had a great time and would defiantly consider doing another tour with Go Ahead Tours!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/28/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Vacation

Could not have asked for a better vacation. Tour was set up to see the most of our travels. Locations were great and the tour guide went above and beyond all expectations. Had a great time and will use Go-Ahead tours again.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/16/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Most Bang For the Buck

The tour was educational, informative and lots of fun. The tour director, Giorgio, was excellent. We also had an employee from Go Ahead, Chris, and he was very helpful as well.Since we were on the move a lot with a lot to see, he was a workhouse in keeping all 45 of us going and on time. We saw London, Edinburgh, Wales and Ireland in 14 days. We took an extension in London and were glad we did. We saw a lot, had tours and guides who let us in on every detail a tourist needs on their first trip and had free time to explore what were our major interests in each area. We took over 1,000 pictures combined (my wife and I) and kept separate diaries as reminders of what we did. My favorite place on the visit was Edinburgh. The hotel was in a great location and after a tour of the sites by bus we were able to retrace the tour on foot and get lots of pictures. As a historian I loved seeing Adam Smith's grave, Burn's grave, the Castle, the "Royal Mile," the Queen's residence there, the out of place Parliament building (architecturally) and John Knox's home for five years of his life while leading the Protestant Reformation in Scotland.. I also visited the oldest ongoing church in Scotland that started as a Catholic Church, changed to a Presbyterian Church and is still standing from its 1100s beginning. The breakfasts were excellent everyplace except Edinburgh and the accommodations in London, Rossett in Wales, Dublin and Limerick were very good. The bed sizes were less than I wished but I was prepared for that. We did a lot of bus riding in touring the country side. The buses were comfortable, the drivers friendly and funny and the sound and video systems adequate. The roads are narrow and the bus passing another bus on them is adventurous. We also took a fast train from London to Edinburgh but not a "bullet" one. Most of the Museums and Galleries are free of charge and have outstanding exhibitions. My issues are few but worthy of someone's notes and correction: 1. The buses could and should have Wi-Fi. 2. The dinners provided were good to very good, but they should match the location. An Italian Dinner in Scotland threw me for a loss psychologically even though the food was good. 3. 45 in a tour group is simply too many. Group sizes should be around 30. To maximize the trip, you need to read about each place before you go and bring a special pair of walking shoes. Also, you need to be able to ask questions of the locals when you get almost lost on your walks. Plan your free time to get the most out of the trip and eat locally to get the flavor of the area and people. If you like to drink pints and eat in pubs and tour Guinness's Brewery for a pint, this is the trip for you. Repeat business is always the best sign of satisfaction, and we are already planning our next trip to Italy with Go Ahead for net year.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/16/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Georgio!!!

Our trip to the UK was wonderful. We were blessed with extraordinary weather which was an added bonus. We expected less. Our tour director was wonderful, kind, humorous and caring. He is the best. The accommodations were excellent with king sized beds at some of the hotels. I loved the fact we got up and were having breakfast by 7:00 a.m. most mornings and then hitting the road by 8:00 a.m. We enjoyed a full day. We say a lot, did a lot, and it was fantastic.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 8/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

A lot to see!

I really enjoyed the tour through England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. I had never been to any of them except southern England. The countryside was marvelous. The castles were amazing. The people were really nice. The riding was a little tedious. I thought I would enjoy the train ride, but there was not much to see except the countryside, a lot of bushes by the tracks. The bus trips were not too bad, as our tour director and drivers stopped a lot for breaks and camera takes. The city tours were pretty good as that is the best way to see a city. If you have problems with walking, you will want to be prepared to get a cab sometimes, as the tour left us downtown Edinburgh once, and downtown London once. We walked back. Be prepared to ride a lot, walk a lot, but if you want to see the countries, then this is the tour for you. We almost took a cruise, but going through the interior gives you more to see.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/30/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

So much to see...

We had a wonderful trip through Go Ahead Tours. Our Tour Director, Robbie, was phenomenal. His knowledge of the land as well as the history of the country was unending. Robbie guided us through the cities and countryside with ease, making every effort to ensure a memorable trip for all.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: ON

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

giorgio

the london hotel conections went well we where met with a smile at 5 am toronto time, london we did in 2012 so we took the extra 2 days as we all fell asleep in the loby at 11am london time for an hour then went for lunch, the only problem well big one was the train ride to edinburgh ,our train car and only ours did not have air so we and tour director sat through it 4.15 hours at 85 F hot sweaty ,we went and stood between the cars ,somuch for the british rail system . the resat of the train were cold .,lol, we had a british sauna edinburgh was lovley , the hotel was great ,except for the drunks in the lain way at night 2 am and 4 am we had to close the windows no air,ok cheshire was lovely old hotel but no aie lwft the great windo open ,ps the food is great over there, killarney scotts hotel was nice clean ,but they had a festavel on from 9pm right outside our room till 12am irish music ,the other side was a fiar till 11pm si we ckised the wubdiw ti hear the tv at 9.15pm and used earplugs till 1 am and then i opend the windows , very claen hotel, the horse ride is worth it 13 eurls each and our hoars and drive drank ginesnot on the tour of the 22,000 acre park in kilarney. bought clancey and driver a dink. lovel tour of the ring of killarney grean , the people are friendley sorry forgot dublin ,tour guide ws great , we walked a lot it is easy to get to the stores ,a no car mall.limerick hotel had ground floors and the windows had to be closed if you wanted securety .ps asked at 630 for fan aat 10 pm we where on priority list. a workd to travellers they do not have wash clothes when you shoured bath etc. but radisson Blue hotel and spa limeridk was great food great . over all my wife and I would go to edinburgh and irland again .londo is to populated and poluted by cars , $9 a gallon if you drive , ps dont try the fish in chips in london .llenty of food but no taste to the cod.,best fish chips was in Killarney a place no licens 12eurols , the best chips and fresh wild cod,. you get to the point wheere you treat the lb as a $ ,in respect it is 1.84 canadian plusse exchane.the eurols is 1.53 cdn you will love irland . london has the queen and the old builfdings the boat on thams is 9lb for seniors and gets you to tour of london ,and back when you want. washrooms ae pay 50p or go to a bar ,herads had free washrooms and a attendent ,but prices of thing you need to win a lottery our tour director made the trip great , he had history about every place and the 28 in countries in th e group under the eurol . more later the jet lage is hard we got in july 25th and wounder where the time went.took 1054 pictures..ps where good walking shoes

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