London, Edinburgh & Dublin 9 days
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About This Experience
Some cities just beg to be explored. London, Edinburgh and Dublin certainly make that list—and, given a few days and a guide in each, you might just leave feeling like an insider. After a local gives you the lowdown in each capital, leading you through landmarks and lesser-known hotspots, you’ll be free to explore. Whether you spend your time riding double-decker buses, staking out museums or simply sitting back in pubs is entirely up to you.
Your Tour Includes
Round-trip airfare & transfers
7 nights in handpicked hotels
Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine
Private deluxe motor coach
Multilingual Tour Director
Select entrance fees
Why You'll Love It
London’s world-class (& free) museums
The unmatched wit of the Irish people
Edinburgh’s castle, crags & charming streets
Each city brings its own brand of greenery
Lots of time to delve into cultural subtleties
Locals let you in on the area’s best-kept secrets
Overnight Flight1 night
London3 nights - hotel info
This is London—a metropolis in the truest sense of the word
Breakfast (in flight), Dinner
After clearing customs and collecting your bags, look for the Hotel by Bus transfer desk. They’ll be transferring to your hotel. If you took our pre-tour extension in London, join the rest of your tour today. This afternoon is free to explore London on your own or relax in your hotel room. Meet your fellow travelers at an included dinner this evening.
Big Ben to double-decker buses, London’s as iconic as it is diverse
Optional Excursion - Windsor Castle
Follow a local Londoner as you make your way past the highlights of Europe’s largest city. You’ll take in views of Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, the Big Ben clock tower, Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus and stop St. James’ Palace, where you might glimpse the ceremonial Changing of the Guard (seasonal and weather dependent). Afterward, join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle, the centuries-old retreat of Britain’s royal family.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
Windsor Castle $85* pp
Led by a Blue Badge Guide, you’ll travel to Windsor for a guided visit to the world’s largest and longest-inhabited castle. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1070, Windsor has been the British Royal Family’s preferred retreat for the past 900 years. Step inside the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel (closed Sundays), where the Knights of the Garter ceremony takes place. View the exhibit of royal treasures on display within the castle. You’ll then have time to stroll through the town of Windsor and have a look at Eton College, a prestigious prep school attended by Princes William and Harry. Please note: Windsor Castle is occasionally closed when in use by the Royal Family; a visit to Henry VIII’s Hampton Court will be substituted when necessary.
Miles of parks, scores of museums—it’s impossible to be bored here
Optional Excursion - Stonehenge & Bath
Get to know London at your own pace. Drink up the traditional pub culture. Explore its many green spaces, including the lovely Kensington or Kew Gardens. Shop for local wares in the vibrant street markets. Or, discover world-class museums,such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, which boasts an eclectic mix of artifacts, including Chinese ceramics and Japanese swords. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to Stonehenge and Bath, two of England’s most distinctive destinations.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
Stonehenge & Bath $109* pp
Visit Stonehenge, perhaps England’s most mysterious landmark. The origin and purpose of this ring of stones, which dates from the Neolithic period (an estimated 5,000 years ago), is unknown, though most believe it to have been a temple and observatory. Then, continue on to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. Once a Roman town, now it's famous for its Georgian and Regency architecture. Your Tour Director will show you the town’s major sights, including the wonderfully preserved Roman baths for which the town is named.
Edinburgh2 nights - hotel info
Journey from the Queen’s hometown all the way to Princes Street
Leaving London this morning, journey by train through the English countryside to the lochs and hills of Scotland. Arrive in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, where after hotel check-in, the afternoon is free to uncover the city on your own. One of the best ways to become quickly acquainted with the city is to begin at the Central Train Station, walk down Princes Street—lined with world-class shops—and then climb the hill to the Castle.
Architecture, both new and auld, makes Edinburgh a treat for the eyes
Optional Excursion - Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey
Despite some changes to its landscape in the late 20th century, Edinburgh has managed to avoid large-scale modernization and has retained its medieval charm. Today, follow a Scottish local on a tour from the elegant Georgian New Town to the Royal Mile (both are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites). You’ll see Holyrood Palace, the quaint shops of the Mile and Edinburgh Castle, where you’ll see also the Scottish Crown Jewels. This afternoon, continue your exploration of Edinburgh on your own or join an optional Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey excursion.
Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey $69* pp
Travel through the Scottish Borders region to Abbotsford House, the 19th-century estate of Sir Walter Scott. The poet designed his home in the Romantic style to imitate the elaborate baronial estates of British aristocrats. Today it serves as a museum for the Scottish memorabilia and artifacts that Scott collected throughout his lifetime. The excursion then continues with a visit to the ruins of Melrose Abbey, one of the most impressive of the four Borders abbeys.
Dublin2 nights - hotel info
Spy the Emerald Isle’s “40 shades of green” from your window seat
Optional Excursion - Traditional Irish Evening
Fly to Dublin, the capital of the Emerald Isle, and transfer to your hotel for check-in. After spending some time exploring and settling in, opt to join our Traditional Irish Evening to get your first taste of the city’s vibrant pub culture.
Traditional Irish Evening $99* pp
Enjoy this special evening of Irish food, music and live entertainment. Dinner will be served first, giving you a taste of traditional Irish dishes. You’ll then be treated to a live show of Irish music and dance. Join in the fun as you enjoy a merry and memorable night. Please note: The specific venue and day of the week for this optional may change due to availability.
If you thought Central Park was big, think again
Optional Excursion - Glendalough
St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College
Discover Dublin from a local’s perspective as you follow a Dubliner through the city’s landmarks. First, drive past the River Liffey to Phoenix Park. The largest enclosed public park in Europe and twice the area of New York’s Central Park, Phoenix’s grounds include the Arás an Uachtaráin (Presidential Residence) and Dublin Zoo. You’ll also see the iconic Temple Bar and Dublin Castle. Then, make visits to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded by Ireland’s patron saint in the 5th century A.D., and Trinity College, where you can view the illuminated Book of Kells in the historic university’s library. In the afternoon, set out to discover the countless shades of green Ireland is known for during our optional excursion to the lush landscapes of Glendalough. Later in the evening, get together with your group one last time for your farewell dinner.
Glendalough $29* pp
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.
Extend Your Stay
Add Dublin $259*
Ireland's capital is home to some of the leading writers of the English-speaking world, including favorite son James Joyce. The city's long literary tradition extends from the long-gone monasteries that kept Classical traditions alive during the Dark Ages, to the illuminated Book of Kells, the creation of Trinity College, and a bumper crop of writers in the 19th and 20th centuries. But it's not all professorial reserve, as a trip to one of Dublin's lively pubs will remind you.
Soak in even more of Dublin’s local culture
Optional Excursion - Belfast
Soak in even more of Dublin’s local culture, or venture north to Belfast on our full-day optional excursion, which includes a visit to the Titanic Museum.
Belfast $85* pp
Get to know Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland and the city where the legendary “unsinkable ship” was built and set out for its first and only voyage. Upon arrival, a local guide will lead you through Belfast’s Protestant and Catholic neighborhoods, detailing the history behind “The Troubles” that took place here. After free time for lunch, you’ll venture to the newly opened Titanic Museum. The museum houses nine interactive exhibits that will take you through the ocean liner’s story, from its construction and maiden voyage to its eventual recovery. Following your visit, you’ll make your way back to Dublin.
Shop for souvenirs or watch the musicians on Grafton Street
Your last full day in Dublin is free to uncover the city at your own pace. Shop for souvenirs and stop to watch the street musicians on Grafton Street, feed the swans in St. Stephen’s Green, or spend the day seeking out the city’s freshest pint of Guinness stout.
Passport & Visa
This tour includes the following countries: England, Scotland and Ireland. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return to the United States. 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.
There are no major health risks when traveling to England, Ireland and Scotland. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.
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. 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. Similarly, 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.
Transportation / Walking on tour
Round-trip flights arrive in London and depart from Dublin. Your transfer upon arrival in London is provided by Hotel by Bus transfer service, and you can find them at a desk when you make your way through customs and baggage. A flight is also included from Edinburgh to Dublin. Included transportation on tour is by train (from London to Edinburgh) and by private motor coach. Dublin and Edinburgh are both best explored on foot, although buses and taxis are plentiful. In London, you can’t get around without using the legendary, 12-line “tube,” connecting all the districts and attractions. You might want to mix up travel on the tube with some walking and bus travel. It’s a lot more fun to explore London on the iconic double-decker buses.
Clothing & Packing Tips
To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).
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.
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.
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.
92.9% of reviewers recommend this tourRead Reviews 
Best overall everythinig
I loved the tour, London, Scotland, Ireland, all went really really well. Would highly recommend anyone and everyone to use their services. Our Tour Director was fabulous. Had the greatest time ever. Lots of laughter, dancing, drinking, socializing, and meeting many new friends, which I continue to associate with today. Will always refer to Go Ahead Tours for all my vacationing plans. Best deals, best prices, best Tour Directors, and hotels along with meals. Welcome dinner was exceptionally nice, meeting everyone and learning of our adventures ahead. Again will continue to use Go Ahead Tours for hopefully many many more adventures. Thank you Go Ahead Tours for providing me with so many wonderful memories.
Great value and lots of freedom
Just returned from this tour. First time I've used Go Ahead, and was recommended to the company by a friend. I chose GAT because I've never traveled abroad and was not sure that I would know how to get around in a foreign city. I'm very pleased with my tour and the tour director. We got a great value for all that we saw, since the price of the tour includes air fare and hotel accommodations. The accommodations were okay. London's Novotel and Edinburgh's HI Express were in good locations. They were both clean and served good continental breakfasts. Dublin's Maldron Hotel in Smithfield was the worst. The location was far from the city center and all on our tour were greatly concerned with the safety of the location. Luckily, there were no serious incidents, but everyone was approached at least once by drunk locals looking for handouts. I sincerely hope GAT never puts their customers in this hotel again. It was clean and had sufficient amenities, it was just in a really poorly chosen spot. We had a wonderful tour director who was helpful but also very easy going. He made himself available to answer questions and help us decide what to do and how to get there every morning. My friend and I chose to skip the sightseeing tour in London because we had so many other activities planned, and our director was fine with that. The best part about GAT is that there is a lot of free time to do what you want and go at your own pace. We had a very small group so GAT cancelled all of the optional excursions, but did not bother to tell anyone until the first day of the tour. My friend and I called ahead on several occasions and were prepared for this, but no one else in our tour was, and they were upset. The tour director was also upset that travelers were not contacted by GAT ahead of time to let them know this. Tip for perspective travelers: call GAT at least once a month and ask for updates on the number of people booked for the tour and likelihood of canceling excursions. Also, many of the optional excursions can be done on your own through other companies, and they are significantly cheaper than what GAT charges. Take the time to do some research before committing. As an introductory tour to an international location, this was perfect. You get to experience three different cities and all the different types of public transportation you can imagine. However, you do not get to spend a lot of time in each city. If you are able to do an excursion, that will lessen your time in the city even more, and especially for places like London where there is so much to do and see, you may want to think about opting for the city stay as well. It would be worth the additional cost. I was concerned about the weather, but November was a great time to go. It was cold, so pack coats that can withstand rain. Layer your clothes as the restaurants and pubs can get warm. And of course, don't forget your umbrella. The sturdier the better because of possible high winds. We lucked out and had incredibly beautiful days with lots of sunshine for most of the trip. Only hit rain one day in London. Cloudy and cold but dry the rest of the time. Best of all about going in November - no lines!!! The streets and museums were still crowded, so I can't even imagine how bad it would be during peak season. Very glad we decided to go when it was cheapest, and very glad we decided to tour with Go Ahead.
London, Edinburgh, Dubin
The guide for the Windsor Castle (Joel) was outstanding. He is a very valuable asset to your organization. We were disappointed that several of the excursions were cancelled and that was not conveyed to us until we arrived. While the trip to Powerscourt was memorable, we didn't have a guide which would have added greatly to the experience. We were told by our tour director that he submitted refunds for the excursions but upon our return, I was told it would be several weeks before we saw anything because they said the tour director hadn't submitted his paperwork. This was our first trip to this part of Europe and were expecting better accommodations. Edinburgh was perfect but the London accommodations were too far out from the city and in a not so nice area. Dublin should be a bit further from the "tourist main drag" as we didn't sleep the entire time we were there..too noisy. I think Jim (our tour director) did his best but was hampered by limited resources and prep time (he told us he was assigned this trip at the last minute).
London, Edinburgh & Dublin
Our tour director Matt was wonderful. Our bus driver(Robert) in Dublin went above and beyond. My only disapointment was the location of our hotels in London & Dublin. They were nice hotels no problem with them but they were not within walking distance of anything, which was very disappointing. we could'nt just walk to get some dinner. We were also very diasappointed with the traditional Irish evening(Taylors 3 Rock). The show and meal were not very good at all & overpriced. we did a traditional Scottish evening on our own in Edinburgh that was amazing and about a third of the price that we paid for our Irish evening. The rest of our trip was amazing and we will definetely go with go- ahead again. The location of our hotel in Edinburgh was perfect
Excellent UK Adventure
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and found that our experience was greatly enhanced by our tour director, Matt Billett who provided excellent recommendations and a wealth of knowledge in each city. The London location was a bit out of the way and the rooms were very small and not air conditioned (we opened the windows so it was fine aside from the noise) but their breakfast buffet was very good. The Stonehenge/Bath tour was excellent and the highlight of our time in England. While the rooms were similarly small in Edinburgh, the location was excellent and in the heart of that beautiful city - again, excellent breakfast buffet and the welcome dinner was top notch. Our local guide, Margaret Butcher, was also excellent and provided some wonderful personal insights to the city tour. The excursion to St. Andrews was well worth the trip. Again, Matt's local recommendations for things to see and do were right on target. On the final leg of our journey in Ireland, the hotel was great and the local guide Therese was excellent. The excursion to Powerscourt and Glendalough was excellent and our driver Robert went above and beyond in selecting the route providing us with breathtaking views of the Wicklow Mountains. Matt's local insights once again maximized our experience and enjoyment of Dublin. This was our first tour with Go Ahead and while we typically are very self-directed travelers, I felt the tour enabled us to see and enjoy the cities to the fullest.
A Great Introduction to the British Isles!
Excellent tour! A good balance of optionals and free time in each city.
another excellent tour
other than mediocre hotel in Edinburgh I was very pleased with accomadations and guides in each city
Top Notch Tour Guide
We were a small group so didn't qualify for the usual GoAhead Optionals. Our tour guide, Emilia, went above and beyond finding us excursions, collecting fees, refunding fees, and doing an amazing job. She was always available and very helpful with a delightful personality. She found us a tour to the Scottish Highlands, Glencoe, and Loch Ness that was amazing and unforgettable. After 10 tours with GoAhead, we can say the guides have always been outstanding!
Great taste of England, Scotland and Ireland!
My friend and I took the Go Ahead tour of London, Edinburgh and Dublin in May, 2012. We had such a wonderful time! The tour lands you in each city for three days and provides a city tour by bus at each of the three cities to give you an overview. We just loved that Go Ahead provides the travel and hotel stays along with an informed tour guide to help with any further trip plans or questions you may have without locking you into staying with the tour group all of the time. We were free to explore on our own and know that we had the safety and experience of the area of our Go Ahead tour director. My friend and I took the Go Ahead tour from London to Bath and Stonehenge. So interesting and gave us a much broader sense of England as opposed to staying in London, only. Highly recommend. In Edinburgh, a city not to be missed, we took a tour offered by Rabbies (excellant!) to the highlands of Scotland. Again, gave us a much better picture of Scotland than staying in Edinburgh, only. Highly recommend!! Lastly, in Dublin we took a further tour with Railtours Ireland to Bunratty Castle, the Cliffs and Galway Bay. Gave us a better taste of Ireland than staying in Dublin, only. All told this is a fantastic tour!! Spring was a lovely time to go for seeing the beautiful bright fresh greenery and of course all the newly born lambs (everywhere!) and cows (hairy, too). We hope to go back to Scotland with Go Ahead in the future!
trip was good for first time overseas
we really would have rather a tour guide met us at the London airport. We had to wait for an hour for the bus to pick our group up and take us to the hotel. He wasn't at the hotel when we arrived either.