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Rural Landscapes of Ireland & Britain

16 days
Small villages, medieval castles, literary enclaves and seaside cliffs—travel through the landscapes of Great Britain and Ireland where hundreds of years of history spring suddenly to life. Beginning with a tour of the Ring of Kerry, head to Blarney Castle and Dublin before crossing the Irish Sea to visit England’s Lake District. Then, turn north to the rolling Scottish Highlands before wrapping up your stay amid Edinburgh’s Georgian architecture and Royal Mile.

All tours include

Round-trip airfare

Airport transfers to & from hotels

Expert tour Director

Traditional local cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Guided sightseeing

All tours include

Round-trip airfare

Airport transfers to & from hotels

Expert tour Director

Traditional local cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Guided sightseeing

Your tour includes

  • 14 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 8 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

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

Limerick1 night Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Shannon! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then accompanies you to Limerick, where you’ll be assisted with hotel check-in. Meet your fellow travelers at an included dinner this evening.

County Kerry2 nights Hotel info

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through the rugged countryside of Western Ireland to County Kerry. Explore Killarney on your own before checking in to your hotel. Later, join your group for an included dinner.

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

Today’s 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, a collection of houses from different regions and periods of Irish history. This afternoon, take in unsurpassed 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. Return to your County Kerry hotel this evening.

Kilkenny1 night Hotel info

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Blarney Castle, Queenstown Story Museum

Begin your day 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 through County Cork. Then, stop in the port town of Cobh, which in centuries past often served as a launch site for ships bound for North America. Here, you’ll visit the Queenstown Story Museum, whose exhibits tell stories of Irish emigration during the past 150 years. Your final destination is Kilkenny, Ireland’s best-preserved medieval town, where you’ll spend the night.

Dublin2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: St. Canice’s Cathedral, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College

This morning, tour a well-known Kilkenny landmark, St. Canice’s Cathedral. Ireland’s second-largest medieval cathedral, St. Canice’s was first established as a monastic settlement in the 6th century, and the cathedral itself was constructed on the same site in the early 13th century. After your visit, your Tour Director leads an informal tour of the sights of Kilkenny. Then, transfer to Dublin, the capital of Ireland. A local guide accompanies you on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of the city. Drive past the River Liffey to Phoenix Park. The largest enclosed public park in Europe, Phoenix Park’s grounds include the Áras an Uachtaráin (Presidential Residence). Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded by Ireland’s patron saint in A.D 450., and then visit Trinity College, where you’ll view the illuminated Book of Kells in the university’s library. Dinner is included tonight.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover Dublin at your own pace today. You might choose to stroll through St. Stephen’s Green or explore the Writers Museum. Or, join an optional excursion to the countryside of Wicklow to visit Glendalough, a romantic glen where St. Kevin founded Ireland’s most important monastery in the 6th century.

Optional Excursion - Glendalough $29*pp Details

County Wicklow has some of the wildest and most spectacular mountain scenery in Ireland, as well as many of the country’s most important historic sites. Journey through Wicklow’s captivating landscapes to Glendalough, which became famous throughout Europe as a center of Christian learning before it was sacked by Viking raiders in the 10th century. Here, you’ll see St. Kevin’s Cross, marking the place where the saint lies buried, the remains of the sixth-century cathedral and the remarkable Round Tower, thought to have been used by monks as a place of refuge. Your Tour Director will lead you on a tour of the site followed by free time.

Cheshire2 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Conwy Castle

From Dublin, ferry across the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. Pass briefly through the Welsh countryside and visit the landmark Conwy Castle before crossing into England. Reach tonight’s destination of Cheshire in time for an included dinner.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, your Tour Director orients you to the city of Cheshire. Here, you’ll see the largest Roman amphitheater in England. Cheshire was a stronghold of the Roman empire in the 1st century A.D., and its four main streets still lead outward from the site of the original Roman fortress to the four city gates. In the afternoon, consider joining our optional excursion to Liverpool to explore the world of the Beatles.

Optional Excursion - Liverpool & The Beatles $65*pp Details

The home of Beatlemania, the city of Liverpool also has a deep British history. Once a small medieval fishing village, the city has grown to become one of England’s most important seaports. On this excursion, follow an expert local guide through the city’s revitalized streets to view such attractions as the Liverpool Cathedral and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Next, visit the Beatles Story Museum for the complete Beatles experience. You’ll also have some free time to explore on your own. Consider checking out the shops on rejuvenated Albert Dock, visiting the Maritime Museum or going to the Cavern Club, where the Fab Four used to play.

Lakes District2 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Brontë Parsonage Museum

This morning, travel past the great cities of the Industrial Revolution onto the moorlands above Halifax, where you’ll visit the town of Haworth and visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum, which was home to one of the world’s most famed literary families in the mid 1800’s. Next, leave Wuthering Heights and drive through the magnificent Pennines, known as “the backbone of England,” on your way to the green landscapes of the Lake District. Dinner is included this evening.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Today, join your Tour Director for our optional tour, Day in the Lakes. You’ll visit Dove Cottage, home to poet William Wordsworth in the early 19th century. Marvel at the district’s wild beauty as you encounter picturesque views of farmland, forests, fells (hills) and becks (brooks).

Optional Excursion - A Day in the Lakes $59*pp Details

Travel through wooded valleys and charming lakeside villages on a day out in the Lakes, a scenic shire once heralded by the Romantic poets. You’ll visit Dove Cottage, home to poet William Wordsworth in the early 19th century. You’ll also enjoy free time in Bowness or Grasmere, as time allows. Continue on to Lakeside, where you’ll embark on a cruise of Lake Windermere, the largest of the region’s lakes.

The Highlands2 nights Hotel info

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After crossing into Scotland, pass Loch Lomond, whose beauty was commemorated by Sir Walter Scott. Enter the Highlands region and travel through Glencoe, site of the notorious 1692 massacre of the MacDonald clan. Dinner is included tonight.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day at your leisure amid the lochs and glens of the Highlands or opt for an excursion to the enchanting Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye. Seat of the McKenzie Clan, this 13th-century fortress is located on an islet in the middle of Loch Duich. Dinner is included tonight.

Optional Excursion - Eilean Donan Castle & Isle of Skye $99*pp Details

After a scenic drive to the coast, hop a ferry and travel to the Isle of Skye, famous for its association with Bonnie Prince Charlie. Visit the stately Clan Donald Centre, which portrays clan life on the island and pays homage to Gaelic culture and Highland history. Make your way back to the mainland and over to the banks of Loch Duich to visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, arguably the world's most photographed castle.

Edinburgh2 nights Hotel info

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Stirling Castle

Make your way through the scenic mountains and lochs of the Trossachs, countryside of Rob Roy. Stop at Stirling’s crag-top castle, where King James VI once lived. Arrive later in Edinburgh. Built on seven hills and with the sea at its feet, Scotland’s charming capital is one of Europe’s most striking cities. This evening, attend an optional Ceilidh (seasonal), an event featuring traditional Scottish food, music and dancing.

Optional Excursion - Scottish Céilidh $119*pp Details

Enjoy a special evening of Scottish tradition as you witness an authentic céilidh, an age-old Scottish celebration. Along with a savory dinner of local favorites, the evening will feature folk dancers, bagpipers, fiddlers and the “Ceremony of the Haggis.” Please note: This optional is seasonal from May to September.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 15

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Edinburgh Castle

Follow a local guide through Edinburgh, from the elegant Georgian New Town to the Royal Mile. Your tour includes a visit to Edinburgh Castle, whose fortifications perch atop an extinct volcano crater in the heart of Edinburgh. Here, you can view the Scottish crown jewels as well as the Stone of Scone (now called the Stone of Destiny), which were returned to Scotland in 1997—a full 700 years after an English king stole them away. Afterward, join an optional excursion to the ancient ecclesiastical capital of Scotland (and golf capital of the world), St Andrews. Say goodbye to your travel companions at tonight’s included farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - St Andrews $79*pp Details

St Andrews may be most well-known as the home of golf, but it's also the site of Scotland's oldest university. On this excursion, you'll pass by the 16th-century grounds of St Andrews University, the alma mater of Prince William, who met Kate Middleton here. You'll also pass by the ruins of the town's cathedral and castle. Later, visit the British Golf Museum, where you’ll discover how golf transformed from a Scottish pasttime into a global obsession.

Day 16

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not continuing on our tour extension to London, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Add London, 3 nights $569 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 of more than 2,000 years of history.

London3 nights Hotel info

Day 16

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, board a train to London and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy some free time to begin your explorations before this evening’s included dinner.

Day 17

Included meals: Breakfast

Join a local guide for a sightseeing tour of London this morning, including views of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Downing Street and the gates of Buckingham Palace. Enjoy a free afternoon discovering London’s neighborhoods or perusing the halls of the British Museum. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle, a 1,000-year-old royal retreat built by William the Conqueror.

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

Day 18

Included meals: Breakfast

With a full free day in London, you might view the decorative arts on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum or browse the fashionable boutiques on the King’s Road. Or, join an optional excursion outside London to two famous attractions, Stonehenge and the university city of Oxford.

Optional Excursion - Stonehenge & Oxford $109*pp Details

Visit the university city of Oxford, home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Tour the charming city and the University of Oxford, taking in the famous spire-studded architecture and rich history. Next, continue on to Stonehenge, perhaps England’s most mysterious landmark. The origin and purpose of this ring of stones, which dates back an estimated 5,000 years, is unknown, though most believe it was a temple and observatory. Take some time to explore the intriguing stone formations and visit the newly opened exhibition and visitor center before heading back to London. Please note: This excursion requires advanced reservation and must be booked by 20 days prior to departure.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 19

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative assists you with the transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

All tours include

Round-trip airfare

Airport transfers to & from hotels

Expert tour Director

Traditional local cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Guided sightseeing

Your tour includes

  • 14 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 8 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

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

Limerick1 night Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Shannon! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then accompanies you to Limerick, where you’ll be assisted with hotel check-in. Meet your fellow travelers at an included dinner this evening.

County Kerry2 nights Hotel info

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through the rugged countryside of Western Ireland to County Kerry. Explore Killarney on your own before checking in to your hotel. Later, join your group for an included dinner.

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

Today’s 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, a collection of houses from different regions and periods of Irish history. This afternoon, take in unsurpassed 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. Return to your County Kerry hotel this evening.

Kilkenny1 night Hotel info

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Blarney Castle, Queenstown Story Museum

Begin your day 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 through County Cork. Then, stop in the port town of Cobh, which in centuries past often served as a launch site for ships bound for North America. Here, you’ll visit the Queenstown Story Museum, whose exhibits tell stories of Irish emigration during the past 150 years. Your final destination is Kilkenny, Ireland’s best-preserved medieval town, where you’ll spend the night.

Dublin2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: St. Canice’s Cathedral, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College

This morning, tour a well-known Kilkenny landmark, St. Canice’s Cathedral. Ireland’s second-largest medieval cathedral, St. Canice’s was first established as a monastic settlement in the 6th century, and the cathedral itself was constructed on the same site in the early 13th century. After your visit, your Tour Director leads an informal tour of the sights of Kilkenny. Then, transfer to Dublin, the capital of Ireland. A local guide accompanies you on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of the city. Drive past the River Liffey to Phoenix Park. The largest enclosed public park in Europe, Phoenix Park’s grounds include the Áras an Uachtaráin (Presidential Residence). Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded by Ireland’s patron saint in A.D 450., and then visit Trinity College, where you’ll view the illuminated Book of Kells in the university’s library. Dinner is included tonight.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover Dublin at your own pace today. You might choose to stroll through St. Stephen’s Green or explore the Writers Museum. Or, join an optional excursion to the countryside of Wicklow to visit Glendalough, a romantic glen where St. Kevin founded Ireland’s most important monastery in the 6th century.

Optional Excursion - Glendalough $29*pp Details

County Wicklow has some of the wildest and most spectacular mountain scenery in Ireland, as well as many of the country’s most important historic sites. Journey through Wicklow’s captivating landscapes to Glendalough, which became famous throughout Europe as a center of Christian learning before it was sacked by Viking raiders in the 10th century. Here, you’ll see St. Kevin’s Cross, marking the place where the saint lies buried, the remains of the sixth-century cathedral and the remarkable Round Tower, thought to have been used by monks as a place of refuge. Your Tour Director will lead you on a tour of the site followed by free time.

Cheshire2 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Conwy Castle

From Dublin, ferry across the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. Pass briefly through the Welsh countryside and visit the landmark Conwy Castle before crossing into England. Reach tonight’s destination of Cheshire in time for an included dinner.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, your Tour Director orients you to the city of Cheshire. Here, you’ll see the largest Roman amphitheater in England. Cheshire was a stronghold of the Roman empire in the 1st century A.D., and its four main streets still lead outward from the site of the original Roman fortress to the four city gates. In the afternoon, consider joining our optional excursion to Liverpool to explore the world of the Beatles.

Optional Excursion - Liverpool & The Beatles $65*pp Details

The home of Beatlemania, the city of Liverpool also has a deep British history. Once a small medieval fishing village, the city has grown to become one of England’s most important seaports. On this excursion, follow an expert local guide through the city’s revitalized streets to view such attractions as the Liverpool Cathedral and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Next, visit the Beatles Story Museum for the complete Beatles experience. You’ll also have some free time to explore on your own. Consider checking out the shops on rejuvenated Albert Dock, visiting the Maritime Museum or going to the Cavern Club, where the Fab Four used to play.

Lakes District2 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Brontë Parsonage Museum

This morning, travel past the great cities of the Industrial Revolution onto the moorlands above Halifax, where you’ll visit the town of Haworth and visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum, which was home to one of the world’s most famed literary families in the mid 1800’s. Next, leave Wuthering Heights and drive through the magnificent Pennines, known as “the backbone of England,” on your way to the green landscapes of the Lake District. Dinner is included this evening.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Today, join your Tour Director for our optional tour, Day in the Lakes. You’ll visit Dove Cottage, home to poet William Wordsworth in the early 19th century. Marvel at the district’s wild beauty as you encounter picturesque views of farmland, forests, fells (hills) and becks (brooks).

Optional Excursion - A Day in the Lakes $59*pp Details

Travel through wooded valleys and charming lakeside villages on a day out in the Lakes, a scenic shire once heralded by the Romantic poets. You’ll visit Dove Cottage, home to poet William Wordsworth in the early 19th century. You’ll also enjoy free time in Bowness or Grasmere, as time allows. Continue on to Lakeside, where you’ll embark on a cruise of Lake Windermere, the largest of the region’s lakes.

The Highlands2 nights Hotel info

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After crossing into Scotland, pass Loch Lomond, whose beauty was commemorated by Sir Walter Scott. Enter the Highlands region and travel through Glencoe, site of the notorious 1692 massacre of the MacDonald clan. Dinner is included tonight.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day at your leisure amid the lochs and glens of the Highlands or opt for an excursion to the enchanting Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye. Seat of the McKenzie Clan, this 13th-century fortress is located on an islet in the middle of Loch Duich. Dinner is included tonight.

Optional Excursion - Eilean Donan Castle & Isle of Skye $99*pp Details

After a scenic drive to the coast, hop a ferry and travel to the Isle of Skye, famous for its association with Bonnie Prince Charlie. Visit the stately Clan Donald Centre, which portrays clan life on the island and pays homage to Gaelic culture and Highland history. Make your way back to the mainland and over to the banks of Loch Duich to visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, arguably the world's most photographed castle.

Edinburgh2 nights Hotel info

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Stirling Castle

Make your way through the scenic mountains and lochs of the Trossachs, countryside of Rob Roy. Stop at Stirling’s crag-top castle, where King James VI once lived. Arrive later in Edinburgh. Built on seven hills and with the sea at its feet, Scotland’s charming capital is one of Europe’s most striking cities. This evening, attend an optional Ceilidh (seasonal), an event featuring traditional Scottish food, music and dancing.

Optional Excursion - Scottish Céilidh $119*pp Details

Enjoy a special evening of Scottish tradition as you witness an authentic céilidh, an age-old Scottish celebration. Along with a savory dinner of local favorites, the evening will feature folk dancers, bagpipers, fiddlers and the “Ceremony of the Haggis.” Please note: This optional is seasonal from May to September.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 15

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Edinburgh Castle

Follow a local guide through Edinburgh, from the elegant Georgian New Town to the Royal Mile. Your tour includes a visit to Edinburgh Castle, whose fortifications perch atop an extinct volcano crater in the heart of Edinburgh. Here, you can view the Scottish crown jewels as well as the Stone of Scone (now called the Stone of Destiny), which were returned to Scotland in 1997—a full 700 years after an English king stole them away. Afterward, join an optional excursion to the ancient ecclesiastical capital of Scotland (and golf capital of the world), St Andrews. Say goodbye to your travel companions at tonight’s included farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - St Andrews $79*pp Details

St Andrews may be most well-known as the home of golf, but it's also the site of Scotland's oldest university. On this excursion, you'll pass by the 16th-century grounds of St Andrews University, the alma mater of Prince William, who met Kate Middleton here. You'll also pass by the ruins of the town's cathedral and castle. Later, visit the British Golf Museum, where you’ll discover how golf transformed from a Scottish pasttime into a global obsession.

Day 16

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not continuing on our tour extension to London, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Add London, 3 nights $569 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 of more than 2,000 years of history.

London3 nights Hotel info

Day 16

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, board a train to London and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy some free time to begin your explorations before this evening’s included dinner.

Day 17

Included meals: Breakfast

Join a local guide for a sightseeing tour of London this morning, including views of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Downing Street and the gates of Buckingham Palace. Enjoy a free afternoon discovering London’s neighborhoods or perusing the halls of the British Museum. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle, a 1,000-year-old royal retreat built by William the Conqueror.

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

Day 18

Included meals: Breakfast

With a full free day in London, you might view the decorative arts on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum or browse the fashionable boutiques on the King’s Road. Or, join an optional excursion outside London to two famous attractions, Stonehenge and the university city of Oxford.

Optional Excursion - Stonehenge & Oxford $109*pp Details

Visit the university city of Oxford, home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Tour the charming city and the University of Oxford, taking in the famous spire-studded architecture and rich history. Next, continue on to Stonehenge, perhaps England’s most mysterious landmark. The origin and purpose of this ring of stones, which dates back an estimated 5,000 years, is unknown, though most believe it was a temple and observatory. Take some time to explore the intriguing stone formations and visit the newly opened exhibition and visitor center before heading back to London. Please note: This excursion requires advanced reservation and must be booked by 20 days prior to departure.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 19

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative assists you with the transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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  • Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Cheshire, England
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  • Ballachulish, Highland
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • London, England
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Passport & Visa Requirements

This tour includes the following countries: England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales (on the transfer). 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’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your particular entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

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 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 associated with traveling to England, Ireland and Scotland. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

Traditional Irish cooking is simple, relying on meat-based dishes. The traditional Irish stew is always popular choices. Soda bread is delicious and very filling, as are Irish cakes, such as scones and Barm Brack. The thick, black stout 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 European, Asian and Californian influences. 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 equally world-famous. 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. Popular options for the adventuresome palate include Indian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, Greek and West African cuisine.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Shannon, Ireland, and depart from Edinburgh, Scotland (London on the extension). Transportation from Ireland to Wales (by ferry) is also included. All other transportation is serviced by private motor coach. Dublin and Edinburgh are both best explored on foot, although buses and taxis are available. 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. Don’t miss the chance to explore London on the iconic double-decker buses.

Electricity

Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) uses 240 volts. Ireland operates on the European-standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

Britain and Ireland both operate on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Currency

The euro (in Ireland) and the British pound are the currencies you’ll be using on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take credit cards and ATM 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 equivalency 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 equivalency 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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  • Limerick, Ireland
  • Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Cheshire, England
  • Keswick, England
  • Ballachulish, Highland
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • London, England
Temperature Precipitation
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Passport & Visa Requirements

This tour includes the following countries: England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales (on the transfer). 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’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your particular entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

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 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 associated with traveling to England, Ireland and Scotland. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

Traditional Irish cooking is simple, relying on meat-based dishes. The traditional Irish stew is always popular choices. Soda bread is delicious and very filling, as are Irish cakes, such as scones and Barm Brack. The thick, black stout 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 European, Asian and Californian influences. 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 equally world-famous. 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. Popular options for the adventuresome palate include Indian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, Greek and West African cuisine.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Shannon, Ireland, and depart from Edinburgh, Scotland (London on the extension). Transportation from Ireland to Wales (by ferry) is also included. All other transportation is serviced by private motor coach. Dublin and Edinburgh are both best explored on foot, although buses and taxis are available. 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. Don’t miss the chance to explore London on the iconic double-decker buses.

Electricity

Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) uses 240 volts. Ireland operates on the European-standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

Britain and Ireland both operate on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Currency

The euro (in Ireland) and the British pound are the currencies you’ll be using on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take credit cards and ATM 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 equivalency 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 equivalency of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/11/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MB

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Our first tour with goahead!

We really enjoyed our trip of the Rural Landscapes of Ireland and Britain. We had a couple of bus issues which resulted in missing a couple of our optionals, but Goahead have said they are reimbursing us which is awesome. Our tour director was from Italy and wasn't really familiar with Ireland and Scotland and was relying on our bus drivers to help her out. We also had extended our stay and goahead was to extend our hotel rooms but found out that they had not. It did work out in the end, but a lot of worries when you think you will have to be looking for 3 rooms in London at peak tourist season.

 

Dear Tracey, Thank you for sharing your review of your recent tour of Rural Landscapes of Ireland & Britain. We would like to apologize again for the mishaps during your tour and we are glad that you feel we addressed your concerns. We’re so glad you enjoyed your time in Britain and Ireland, and I hope we have the opportunity to reassure you of your choice to travel with Go Ahead Tours.

Posted by Go Ahead Tours on August 14, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/20/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Memorable Moments!

My husband and I had looked forward to traveling to Ireland and Scotland for two years to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and discover family roots. We were not disappointed! What a fun bunch of people with whom to travel and a great tour director. Ali warmly welcomed us at the airport, shared Ireland and the UK's rich histories, and helped us plan our own excursion to meet with family in Scotland. With her help we were able to travel on our own via public rail and bus transportation! We made several travel friends with whom we look forward to traveling with again! Every part of this tour was fabulous, and our favorite was the Ring of Kerry in Ireland and meeting and visiting with family in Scotland! Thanks for offering such quality travel at such reasonable prices with memories to last a lifetime!

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 7/11/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MB

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Fantastic Friendly UK

Having recently returned from a tour of Ireland, Scotland and briefly into Wales and England, I have many great memories of the people we travelled with along with the absolutely gorgeous scenery. Mountains, lakes, rivers, castles, cathedrals, villages, tour of Wordworth's home, ancient buildings, sheep, cattle, sunsets and sunrises all gave me what I was looking for in a tour. Hotels for the most part were exceptionally clean aside from Fort William where we were assigned a room that was dank and damp with moldy ceilings and walls in the bathroom. Dampness was seeping up through the bathroom floor in the morning. After discussion with the desk clerk about the condition of the room, we were moved to a much drier room the second night. It was great! Portage of luggage was an issue as there were not sufficient hotel staff to carry our luggage to and from the rooms and some of our male passengers ended up doing much of the carrying and loading. Other hotels were fantastic aside from the cot which touched the floor when you sat on it in Cheshire. The bottle of wine which we received was not much good to us as we left it behind as it was too heavy to pack and too much to drink at once. Transportation - after having travelled with another company last year on the continent, I was appalled at the condition of the bus which we had. It was anything but clean. Dried gum was stuck to a tray and the back of a seat, some of the seats were missing trays and/or netting to hold water bottles, The floor was only swept during the last couple of days of the trip. The garbage container was not emptied. The bus broke down twice, in one case leaving us stranded in downtown Liverpool. We walked back to where we were to attend the Beatles exhibit. We were late and missed the movie, and felt rushed getting going through the display. The other major disappointment was missing the tour of the Ilean Donan castle due to a mix up with the ferry ride to Isle of Skye. Included meals were very good with lots of variety to chose from. It was a treat to have a choice. The farewell dinner was a disappointment as it was Italian (very slow service and then rushed out before everyone had dessert). I expected to have a Scottish meal. The ceilidh in Edinburgh was great - music, food, etc Even the fire alarms going off at the beginning couldn't put a damper on the fun. Just one more experience to add to my journal. Tour guide - I expected to have an Irish or Scottish tour guide and was disappointed in that we had an Italian guide who had little if any experience guiding in the area. While she did the best she could under the circumstances, it remained a major disappointment as we did not receive the "flavour of the Irish or Scots people". Along with the history we were told, it would have been interesting to know populations, economy of the countries, etc. We did get this with the local guides on the days we had tours. They all gave exceptional tours. Added events such as the peat bog, sheep herding and Irish music night, etc were much appreciated and enjoyed. Gretna appeared to be a great place but we only had 15 minutes which extended to much longer (we sat on the bus) while to the tour guide and driver negotiated for shortbread and candy. There would have been time to tour the blacksmith shop.

 

Dear Evelyn, We appreciate all of your feedback regarding your tour of Rural Landscapes of Ireland & Britain. I assure you that our attention to quality is of utmost importance so I apologize if this tour did not quite live up to what you were expecting from us. Feedback from our customers is critical to our success and is something we take very seriously. Thank you for taking the time to write this review, and please be assured that this information has been passed on to our operations department so that we can continue to improve our tour experiences.

Posted by Go Ahead Tours on August 14, 2014

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/11/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Beautiful Countryside

This is our first tour so we have nothing to compare it to. The scenery was spectacular and we really enjoyed the villages. Often, we didn't have time to really get to see the town where we were staying, but then would spend too long in a tourist trap waiting to go to our next scheduled stop. This may be impossible to avoid and still make it through the country in the time allowed. Scheduling seemed to be a problem. Our biggest disappointment was having an Italian tour director on a tour of Ireland and Great Britain. A director who was familiar with the history, customs and the like would have certainly enhanced the experience. Most members of the tour wound up relying on the bus drivers for local information. The two local guides we had in Dublin and Edinburgh were excellent. I'm sure that herding a big group is difficult so I give our director applause for doing that. She just didn't really seem to want to be there leading us around. Overall though, our experience was good.

 

Dear Patricia, Thank you for your review and I’m glad you had a good time in Ireland and Britain! We do appreciate your comments about the scheduling of your tour. Unfortunately, due to the distances between some of the destinations on this itinerary it is often necessary to make stops to break up the longer drives. Often times these stops are only possible at larger facilities that are able to accommodate large coach buses and bigger groups of people. The feedback on your tour director is also appreciated and will be passed on to our operations department for further consideration.

Posted by Go Ahead Tours on August 04, 2014

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 7/11/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Beautiful Scenery!

The countries are so lush and green. Flowers everywhere and it was so amazing to see all of the old structures and ruins of centuries ago. The weather was so good and made each day so much more interesting .

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/20/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Once in Lifetime Experience

Our tour of the landscapes of Britain and Ireland was everything I had hoped it would be. The scheduling, hotels, and food were excellent. Ali was so helpful and knowledgeable of the countries history. This was a learning experience for me, since I had not been on such a tour, but couldn't have asked for more, except time. We saw so much in such a short time. Would have loved to have spent more time in Ireland and Scotland. The group that we traveled with was great. We were the "newbies", not having toured before, and everyone was so nice and helpful. It was a pleasure to be around such nice people. They were almost like family. If in the future, we are in a position to travel again, we would use Go Ahead. The only down side was the airport in Newark, NJ. and with United Airlines. We had to spend an extra day travel time.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/20/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour, Great Director

Ali did an excellent job conducting the tour and moving through areas we visited. I would certainly enjoy touring with her again. The schedule for the tour was at a pace that could be maintained with some effort but not overly aggressive. She was very helpful in trying to arrange a side trip to visit ancestral locations. The only problem was encountered in Newark with several United flight cancellations. This was blamed on the weather but other weather sources could not verify the problem, consequently we spent an extra night in Newark. If I were to tour with EF again I will not use Newark as a departing or arriving airport, and prefer not to use United Airlines.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/20/2014

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: MI

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Good itinerary

This itinerary was appropriately named rural landscapes. We only did the major cities of Dublin, Edinburgh, and London which was fine. The great castles and churches and scenery are outside of the city. Ireland was the highlight of the trip but I soon grew to love Scotland and the Wales and the villages of England along the way. Liverpool was exciting, especially the day with the Beatles Experience(an option). All the options were terrific including two entertainment nights with Irish dancing and song and the Scottish which included the bagpipes, dancing, and the ceremony of the Haggis. I would recommend opting to take all that are offered on this trip.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 3/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Our Tour Director made our trip!!!

My wife and I made the trip to Ireland, Wales and Scotland with GAT in March 2014. We were dressed in layers for the cooler, rainy weather. As our group was only 15 people we didn't go on many optional tours, but our Tour Director, Mansel David certainly made up for it!!! He went out of his way to show us some extra places and things along the way! Mansel gave us the history of each and every place we visited as well as the current events at most locations! He should be teaching as a History Professor at a university or college!!! What a GREAT Guy!!! There were a few hotels we stayed at and one inparticular at Best Western Shap Wells (I believe they are no longer on GAT hotel list, hopefully) that was not great. Old, rickety and in need of repair! The places visited were very nice! We could have used another day in Edinburgh, Scotland (maybe fewer in the countryside) or maybe make it as an extension to the trip instead of London, England. Too little time to see all we wanted to see in the beautiful city of Edinburgh! You are there only one and a half days total! Overall, it was a great trip, only because of Mansel David and the extra mile he went to make it successful! Regards, Barry & Toni S.

2 / 5

2 / 5

Traveled On: 3/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Hotels Need Improvement

Excellent Tour Director - ,Mensel, good food, beautiful scenery, poor hotels and/or poor locations of hotels, and most excursions cancelled.

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