Romantic Britain & Ireland (Summer 2019)

12/27/2018 through 09/14/2019
12/27/2018 through 10/06/2019
Insight Vacations

Romantic Britain & Ireland (Summer 2019)
A wealth of history, dramatic scenery, sacred sites, legends and traditions all come together, invoking a sense of romance on this escorted journey.


Authentic Dining

  • Stratford-upon-Avon: Get to know you fellow travellers as you join your Travel Director at a local pub for your Welcome Dinner.
  • Ballindalloch: Visit one of the few remaining inhabited castle’s of Scotland and be treated to a Farm-to-Table Scottish Tea and Scones.
  • Dublin: Before it opens to the public, visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about Ireland’s national drink. Experience a private masterclass and learn to pour the perfect pint.
  • Killarney: There’s nothing quite as homely as the English tradition of a Sunday Roast, served with all the trimmings.
  • Killarney: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Torquay: Blend a little wine with great cuisine and good company for a rousing end of tour Celebration Dinner.
  • Dining Summary: 19 Breakfasts (B), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 5 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Belfast: Meet Hilda, a true Belfast local, having lived in the same house her entire life. During your panoramic tour, hear the history of the city and learn why Hilda is proud of its progress and current prosperity. You’ll also see the City Hall, Queen’s University, Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents.

Stay in Style

  • Stratford-upon-Avon: The Stratford is an award-winning boutique hotel in the centre of this historic town.
  • York: The Hilton York is situated within the city walls, close to the York Minster and the best this city has to offer.
  • Edinburgh: Located in a Georgian terrace in the heart of the city, the Crowne Plaza Edinburgh – Royal Terrace is a short walk away Prince’s Street.
  • Inverness: The traditional Columba Hotel provides enviable views over the River Ness and Inverness Castle.
  • Isle of Skye: Boasting an incredible location by Broadford Bay, The Dunollie Hotel is set at the base of outstanding mountains.
  • Glasgow: The Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow features award-winning architecture, boasting a stunning atrium and rooms with wall-to-ceiling windows.
  • Belfast: The Europa Hotel is located in the heart of Belfast City Centre and offers elegant décor, a contemporary bistro and a relaxing piano bar.
  • Limerick: The George Hotel Limerick is a modern, centrally-located boutique hotel and provides the perfect base for exploring what wonders Limerick has to offer.
  • Killarney: In the heart of the town centre, the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa overlooks Killarney National Park and is the perfect location to enjoy the stunning scenery and the local ‘craic.’
  • Waterford: Dooley’s Hotel Waterford has been family-run for generations and is conveniently located inside Waterford’s City Centre.
  • Cardiff: Clayton Hotel Cardiff is located in the heart of the city on St. Mary Street, just a short walk from Cardiff’s premium sporting facility, Millennium Stadium.
  • Torquay: The Imperial Torquay is perched on a cliff top overlooking the English Channel and was a favourite haunt of Agatha Christie, who wrote about it in several of her novels.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Edinburgh: A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from the drawbridge. For a limited time in August, witness the incredible spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
  • Oxford: See the dreaming spires and colleges of this world-famous university town.
  • Stratford: Visit the timber-framed building where Shakespeare was born and grew up.
  • Lincoln: Visit Lincoln Castle and admire one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta, which is over 800 years old.
  • York: Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during you orientation of the city.
  • Grasmere: Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth and visit his grave.
  • Edinburgh: Explore the city with your Local Expert as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and the official Scottish residence of the Queen, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • Edinburgh: Walk with a Local Expert inside the walls of Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
  • St. Andrews: Visit the town where Prince William met Kate Middleton. See the Old Course where golf was invented.
  • Pitlochry: Visit this town, famous for its salmon leap.
  • Inverness: See the River Ness, Inverness Castle and take in the scenery around you as you hear about the beauty and history behind Inverness.
  • Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of Nessie during a cruise.
  • Eilean Donan: Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.
  • Fort William: Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.
  • Glasgow: During your orientation with your Travel Director, drive past the civic buildings and St. Mungo’s Cathedral.
  • Dublin: You Local Expert will show you famous O’Connell Street, Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
  • Galway: An orientation with your Travel Director will show you the Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
  • Limerick: See King John’s Castle and St. Mary’s Cathedral.
  • Killarney: Enjoy hearing of the history of Killarney during your city orientation.
  • Ring of Kerry: Ven…

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to London.
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Day 2 London, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon.
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Day 3 Lincoln and York.
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Day 4 The English Lakes to Edinburgh.
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Day 5 Scotland’s Capital of Culture.
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Day 6 St. Andrews and Inverness.
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Day 7 Across the Sea to Skye.
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Day 8 Loch Lomond and Glasgow.
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Day 9 Across the Irish Sea to Belfast.
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Day 10 Dublin city sightseeing.
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Day 11 A pint of the 'Black Stuff'.
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Day 12 Galway, the Cliffs of Moher and Limerick.
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Day 13 The Dingle Peninsula to Killarney.
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Day 14 Ring of Kerry Experience.
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Day 15 Blarney Castle and Waterford.
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Day 16 Across the Irish Sea to Cardiff.
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Day 17 The Roman Bath and Glastonbury.
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Day 18 The Cornish Coast.
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Day 19 Salisbury Plain and Stonehenge.
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Day 20 Homeward Bound.
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