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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.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Tour Pace: You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.

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

Map of Tour of England, Scotland, and Ireland

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London 2 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 $99pp* Details

Led by a Blue Badge Guide, you’ll travel to Windsor for a guided tour of 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, 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. Additionally, St. George’s Chapel is closed to the public on Sundays. This excursion requires advanced reservation and must be booked by 20 days prior to departure.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Edinburgh 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Travel to Edinburgh

  Included meals: Breakfast

Journey by train through the English countryside and the lochs and hills of Scotland. Later, arrive in the Scottish capital. Enjoy a free evening in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Scotch Whisky Tasting & Dinner $125pp* Details

This evening, make your way through Edinburgh to the Royal Mile, where you’ll enjoy a three-course dinner at a traditional Scottish restaurant. As you dine, enjoy whisky pairings personally selected by a professional Scotch connoisseur.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

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-style New Town and the Royal Mile, two UNESCO World Heritage sites

• Pass the Sir Walter Scott monument, the largest monument to a writer in the world 

• 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 $95pp* 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 and runs from April to October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Optional Excursion - Royal Yacht Brittania $85pp* 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 excursion is seasonal and runs from November through March.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Cheshire 1 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.)

Dublin 2 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.

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 St Stephen’s Green and admire the Georgian architecture of Merrion Square

• Walk down Grafton Street to see the Molly Malone statue and Trinity College

• Stop in Phoenix Park, site of the presidential residence

• Step inside the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral 

• End your tour with an included pint at a local pub in the Temple Bar district

Enjoy a free evening in Dublin or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Irish Dinner & Show $99pp* 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. This optional is seasonal and runs from April through October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

County Kerry 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: County Kerry via Blarney

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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”

Limerick 1 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 Starting from $399 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 Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London 2 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 $119pp* Details

Compare and contrast two of Britain’s most famous churches, both of which have deep-rooted histories that 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, and site of almost every royal coronation since 1066. Some of the most influential people in history are buried inside, including the poet Geoffrey Chaucer and scientists Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton, and you can view their graves as you explore. Please note: This excursion requires advanced reservation and must be booked at least 20 days prior to departure.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

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).

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

Map of Tour of England, Scotland, and Ireland

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London 2 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 $99pp* Details

Led by a Blue Badge Guide, you’ll travel to Windsor for a guided tour of 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, 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. Additionally, St. George’s Chapel is closed to the public on Sundays. This excursion requires advanced reservation and must be booked by 20 days prior to departure.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Edinburgh 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Travel to Edinburgh

  Included meals: Breakfast

Journey by train through the English countryside and the lochs and hills of Scotland. Later, arrive in the Scottish capital. Enjoy a free evening in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Scotch Whisky Tasting & Dinner $125pp* Details

This evening, make your way through Edinburgh to the Royal Mile, where you’ll enjoy a three-course dinner at a traditional Scottish restaurant. As you dine, enjoy whisky pairings personally selected by a professional Scotch connoisseur.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

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-style New Town and the Royal Mile, two UNESCO World Heritage sites

• Pass the Sir Walter Scott monument, the largest monument to a writer in the world 

• 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 $95pp* 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 and runs from April to October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Optional Excursion - Royal Yacht Brittania $85pp* 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 excursion is seasonal and runs from November through March.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Cheshire 1 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.)

Dublin 2 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.

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 St Stephen’s Green and admire the Georgian architecture of Merrion Square

• Walk down Grafton Street to see the Molly Malone statue and Trinity College

• Stop in Phoenix Park, site of the presidential residence

• Step inside the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral 

• End your tour with an included pint at a local pub in the Temple Bar district

Enjoy a free evening in Dublin or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Irish Dinner & Show $99pp* 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. This optional is seasonal and runs from April through October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

County Kerry 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: County Kerry via Blarney

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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”

Limerick 1 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 Starting from $399 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 Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London 2 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 $119pp* Details

Compare and contrast two of Britain’s most famous churches, both of which have deep-rooted histories that 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, and site of almost every royal coronation since 1066. Some of the most influential people in history are buried inside, including the poet Geoffrey Chaucer and scientists Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton, and you can view their graves as you explore. Please note: This excursion requires advanced reservation and must be booked at least 20 days prior to departure.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

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
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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.

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.

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).

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

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.

Electricity

England and Scotland use 240 volts. Ireland operates on the European-standard 220 volts.

Time zones

Britain and Ireland both operate on Greenwich mean time, which is five hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard time.

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.

How's the weather?

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

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.

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.

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).

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

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.

Electricity

England and Scotland use 240 volts. Ireland operates on the European-standard 220 volts.

Time zones

Britain and Ireland both operate on Greenwich mean time, which is five hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard time.

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

Tour Date: 7/28/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Spectacular Tour!

I'm so happy with my decision to take this trip. The day tours, excursions, hotels and food were all fantastic. Best of all was our tour guide, Matthew Lyttle. He was well versed in the history and culture of all of the areas and his local knowledge was even better. Matthew was able to incorporate information into enjoyable stories and this made information tidbits stick. He shared local snacks and treats with us in order to make the longer bus rides more pleasurable. Matthew incorporated many "surprise" stops that were not on the itinerary. He had a keen eye for the group's needs and would time the stops perfectly. To get us out of a traffic jam, he stopped us at Eugene's, the best little pub ever, for a pint. I highly recommend this trip to anyone interested.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

London, Scotland and Ireland

This was my first Go Ahead tour and it was wonderful. I cannot imagine that there are better tour guides than Jim Michell. He was a pitch perfect guide who was attentive without being intrusive. Great humor and wit. If all Go Ahead guides have his skills, then you are well served and represented. If not, you probably aren't paying him enough.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Go Ahead with DKG

This was a great tour and I enjoyed it very much. The only problem was with our transport from the London airport to our lodging upon arrival. One of our flights got canceled due to weather and we were rerouted, then the reroute hit a delay so we were not going to arrive in London at the time originally scheduled. We called the number that was provided to us and explained what had happened. The individual I talked to made sure she had the information down that we would arrive at 11:30 rather than 9:30, but it did not get passed on to the driver who was scheduled to pick us up. Luckly there was another driver at arrival with the transportation company we were scheduled with who called the office and let me talk with them and they called the driver scheduled to transport us and he came and got us. Just another delay in the start of our trip. The guides we had were all terrific. Carol was with us the entire way, and the ones that did specific tours really knew their information.

 

Dear Sarah, We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed your tour. Regarding your airport transfer, we’re glad that one of our Quality Control team members was able to speak with your husband and learn more about your experience. We are currently investigating what may have prevented the transfer company from sending a vehicle at the correct time. We are happy, however, that you were able to ride with a different vehicle. Like our travelers, we are always frustrated when cancellations and delays occur, but we are pleased that everything worked out in the end. It’s also wonderful to hear that the expertise of your Tour Director and local guides made an impact on your tour. We will be sure to share this feedback with them. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 23, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Celiac

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. What I did not enjoy was the fact that I was listed as gluten intolerant ant the tour did not recognize that fact. I got very hungary on all flights. I also had to address that fact at each meal provided. Also, when our flight got changed and my wife contacted the correct phone number, we were not picked up in London until a different driver contacted the company.

 

Dear John, We’re so pleased to learn that you enjoyed your tour. Regarding your concerns, we are glad that a member of our Quality Control team was able to speak with you and learn more about your experience. We are currently addressing your concerns within our relevant departments. We take our travelers’ dietary concerns very seriously and are often able to accommodate them if we are notified prior to tour. However, in terms of the airlines, you must contact the airlines directly to see if they are able to work with you, as they are a totally separate entity from Go Ahead and have their own policies. Regarding your flight and transfer, we regret that, due to changes in your flight itinerary, your transfer needed to be changed. We also regret that there may have been some confusion surrounding your arrival time, but we are glad to learn that you were picked up by another driver. Thank you for sharing your experience with us, and again, we are delighted that you enjoyed your tour overall. Let us know when you’re ready to travel again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 23, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/28/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful Time on the Highlight Tour of the UK

If at all possible add extra days in London. Two nights is not enough. We have so many tour favorites. Besides London, top on our list is visiting Edinburgh, The Lake District, the Wm Wadsworth Home and Blarney Castle. We enjoyed the demonstration of dogs herding sheep in Brenden of Kells and the Jaunty Car ride in Killarney National Park. Our tour guide Matt was terrific: Patient, knowledgeable, charming and he genuinely cared about our tour group. He made every effort to find solutions to any problems that arose, be it lost luggage, helping a member re-book a flight, or helping us cancel a lost US credit card. This was our second tour with Go Ahead and they offer the right amount of free time and optional excursions. On this tour we enjoyed excursions to Abbottsford House & Melrose Abbey and Buckingham Palace. The evening of Traditional Irish food and entertainment at Taylors—while the food was good, the venue is dated with obstructed views of the dancers and rushed dinner service. This would be a good option for less ambulatory travelers, but for us, our time would have been better spent in downtown Dublin. This highlights tour offers a variety of travel options: train, ferry and bus adding to the fun. The planned food, shopping and rest stops were good. The Rose Hotel in Tralee, Ireland was our favorite. Very elegant. My one suggestion for improving this tour is to have a Plan B when Mother Nature plays dirty tricks and the Cliffs of Mohr are fogged in. We visited the Cliffs on our final day in Ireland and there was nothing to see but thick white fog. Thus the onsite restaurant was packed, hectic and in need of janitorial service. We are already thinking ahead to our next tour. We will be back!

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Hi Genelle! We’re glad you enjoyed London so much that you would have liked more time there. We will definitely consider that for future departures. Thank you for the feedback on your Tour Director. It’s wonderful to know that his efforts made a great impact on your overall experience. We will be sure to share this with his supervisor. We also appreciate your thoughts on the Traditional Irish Dinner and Show. We regret that you felt the dinner service was rushed and that you couldn’t see the dancers very well. We will be sure to communicate this to our Product Development team. We also regret to learn that the visibility wasn’t good at the Cliffs of Moher. You’re right that having a plan B is important when the weather is less than optimal. Depending on location and logistics, a plan B is more doable in some places than in others. We thank you for your valuable feedback, and let us know when you’re ready to plan your next tour.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 11, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/13/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

great tour

everything was great we had agreat time

 

Hi James! Thank you for your review. Let us know when you'd like to travel again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 18, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/6/2016

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Georgio - Outstanding Tour Director

Our tour guide Georgio was knowledgeable and always organized. He was willing to have in depth conversations on topics of interest to the group, but he also knew when to limit his conversations on the bus rides so we could take in the breath-taking views.

 

Hi Jean! We're pleased to hear such wonderful feedback regarding your Tour Director. We will be sure to communicate it to his supervisor. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 08, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/10/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AB

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour director

I had a great trip I would go with Go Ahead again. I would also recommend Go Ahead to others. I know Europe has different accommodations. Most of the rooms were great but a couple of them the beds were very tiny. The side trips the tour director the bus driver and the meals were very good. I have now done three trips and had a great time on all of them. My rep Kelsey was just awesome a great help she was there to answer all my questions and so quickly a great employee.

 

Hi Patricia! We're pleased to learn that you enjoyed your tour and that you would recommend Go Ahead to friends and family. You're right that Europe has different standards for accommodations, and they are often somewhat smaller than what you may find in North America. We're glad to hear your Customer Relations representative, Kelsey, was helpful in preparing you for tour. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 17, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/5/2016

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: NM

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour

Great tour. A lot of beautiful things to see in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Ended up with five different tour directors as original director became sick. All five directors were really great providing great stories and information on everything. The best thing of all was the weather, temperature just right, had five minutes of rain and the rest of the time beautiful blue skies.

 

Hi Luann! Thank you for your review. We’re so glad you enjoyed your tour! We appreciate your flexibility in light of your original Tour Director falling ill. It’s great to know that the other Tour Directors who filled in did a great job. We’re thrilled that you had great weather – what a difference that makes! Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour in the fall.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 25, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

just a few bumps but......

over all, a great time with an excellent group and a fantastically talented Tour Director, Aongus. He really made this trip special with his spontaneous musings and efficient management of the itinerary. I do recommend this tour but with a few caveats: The location and amenities with some hotels was very poor. No problem with cleanliness but several hotels had no A/C and there were some very warm rooms. Hard to imagine a Radisson Blu with no AC but the Limerick location had nothing but an open window or a small fan to offer guests. Speaking of Limerick, we did not see it. The Hotel was almost 4 miles to "downtown" with no navigable walkways. Same with Edinburgh. Hotel was too far for a short walk and a cab ride was necessary to visit the many areas of interest.London was also a bit far but the walk thru Primrose Hill and Regents Park was so breathtaking you didn't mind. I highly recommend you add 2 or 3 days to London stay either thru GoAhead or arrange yourselves. 2 nights is not enough time to explore this incredibly beautiful city. we booked 2 nights ahead in Notting Hill and enjoyed every second of it. Very fun time. Sad its over. Again, major kudos to Aonghus for making this a fun trip for all of us.

 

Hi Raymond! Thank you for your review. We're thrilled that you enjoyed your tour and that your Tour Director was a great resource. We regret to hear that the hotels did not entirely meet your expectations. We appreciate your feedback very much and will be sure to communicate it to our Operations team. Our team strives to choose hotels with the best reputation, value, and location. Your suggestion to add a few extra days in London is wonderful, as there are endless things to see and do in such a vibrant city! We can understand why you're sad the tour is over, but we have many other adventures to choose from. Let us know when you're ready to hit the road again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 27, 2016

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