this Best of Britain & Ireland tour, see Britain’s and Ireland’s
highlights—from the bustling cities to the small towns and from the
breathtaking scenery to the ancient ruins. Traveling through the lands
of queens, kings, and leprechauns, begin and end in London and pass
through England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.
Stop in some historic towns and
cities, including Oxford, home to some of England’s most famous
colleges; York, England's most complete medieval city with its cobbled
streets and the magnificent York Minster, England’s largest Gothic
cathedral; Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of Shakespeare; Chester,
where a walking tour highlights its Roman remains and black and white
half-timbered buildings; Adare, founded in medieval times and known
today as one of Ireland’s prettiest villages; and Bath, known for the
excavations of Roman baths used for bathing and socializing 2,000 years
ago. Britain and Ireland are known for their green countryside and
stunning scenery, and on this Britain and Ireland tour, you’ll witness
some of their gorgeous landscapes.
Travel through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park
in Wales, with picturesque villages, mountains, and lakes. Follow
Ireland’s Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile panoramic drive with sparkling
seascapes, brightly hued farmhouses, and the breathtaking panorama of
the Lakes of Killarney. Visit the spectacular 668-feet Cliffs of Moher,
with breathtaking views of rugged cliffs dropping into the ocean. Drive
through the Cotswolds, with the rolling hills and picturesque villages,
Northumberland National Park, with its wide-open spaces, and the serene
Lake District, England’s largest natural park.
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: LONDONVisit STONEHENGEVisit
the prehistoric monument PLYMOUTHSee the
Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked BATH Visit the elegant Georgian
city CARDIFF Orientation drive PEMBROKE Ferry crossing to
Ireland COUNTY CORK Visit the Blarney
Stone and the castle KILLARNEY Drive the 100-mile
Ring of Kerry. See stunning seascapes
along the way including Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View DINGLE PENINSULA CLIFFS OF MOHER-GALWAY Scenic drive DUBLIN
Orientation drive THE LAKE DISTRICT
Visit Gretna Green and scenery along the way EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing and a visit to Edinburgh Castle YORK Tour The
Shambles and York Minster STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Explore the town
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites
can be seen or visited on this vacation:
City of Bath
Forth Road Bridge
Frontiers of the Roman Empire
Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
The English Lake District
The great Spa Towns of Europe - Bath
Inside visits and
special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in
the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
Choice of optional excursions at reasonable prices to customize your
own experience. Please find a detailed list in your travel documents
throughout the tour
may be included when you make your flight arrangements.
LONDON Novotel London West (F)
PLYMOUTH Jurys Inn Plymouth
(F) CARDIFF Mercure Cardiff North Hotel
(F) TRAMORE Majestic Hotel
(F) KILLARNEY Killarney Court Hotel (F) LIMERICK Limerick City Hotel (F) DUBLIN The Bonnington Dublin
Hotel (F) LIVERPOOL Jurys Inn Liverpool (F) GLASGOW Leonardo Inn Glasgow West End (F) HIGHLANDS Strathspey Hotel
(F) EDINBURGH Novotel Edinburgh Park (F) LEEDS Holiday Inn Leeds Garforth
(SF) Superior First-Class (F) First-Class (ST) Superior Tourist Class
(T) Tourist Class
breakfasts daily; 5 dinners
TRANSPORTATION Touring by private, first-class,
air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi
Host service in London; Local Guides for city sightseeing; professional
Tour Director while touring
AIRPORT TRANSFERS Airport transfers
may be included when you make your flight arrangements.
Day 1 Arrive in London,
England Check into your hotel. In the afternoon,
there is time to rest or to start exploring the lively British capital.
Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.
Day2LondonWhat’s your pleasure? Today is devoted
to exploring on your own or enjoying our exciting program of optional
activities. You may choose to join a Local Guide for an optional
morning sightseeing tour of the city’s famous landmarks: the Houses of
Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted
horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street residence,
Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Later, maybe visit Windsor
Castle or the Tower of London with its spectacular Crown Jewels.
Tonight, we recommend our optional Taste of London excursion with
dinner, followed by a guided illumination cruise on the River Thames.
Day 3 London–Stonehenge–Widecombe–PlymouthMeet your Tour Director and travel
companions to depart at 8 am for the West Country. Cross the chalky
terrain of Wiltshire and visit Stonehenge, one of England’s most
intriguing mysteries. Explore the visitor center with its imaginative
exhibitions, then admire the magnificence of the monument from up
close. In the heart of Dartmoor National Park, ghostly setting for Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, visit quaint
Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Later, in Plymouth, hear about Sir Francis Drake
and see the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked in 1620.
Today’s Distance: 222 mi/ 356 kmBreakfastDinner
Day4Plymouth–Glastonbury–Bath–Cardiff, WalesVia Glastonbury and its legends of King
Arthur to the elegant city of Bath, famed for its amazing Roman relics
and Georgian buildings. Cross the spectacular Severn Bridge into Wales
and head for the capital, Cardiff. Here, an orientation drive
introduces you to all the major attractions: Cardiff Castle, Cathays
Park, Millennium Stadium, and the stately civic buildings. Tonight, why
not join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dining?
Today’s Distance: 188 mi/ 303 kmBreakfast
Day 5 Cardiff–Tenby–Tramore, IrelandEnjoy vistas of rich dairy farmland this
morning on the way to the pretty seaside resort of Tenby. Then, on to
Pembroke, departure point for the ferry across St. George’s Channel to
Ireland. Arrive at Rosslare in just under four hours.
Today’s Distance: 169 mi/ 272 kmBreakfastDinner
Day6Tramore–Blarney–KillarneyToday, discover why Ireland is called
the “Emerald Isle.” Drive along the southern coast, passing Cork, the
country’s second-largest city. Stop in Blarney, famous for its Stone of
Eloquence, with time to see the castle, and shop for Irish crafts and
handmade crystal. Continue to the popular resort of Killarney. Tonight,
enjoy the optional outing to Tralee for dinner and a performance at
Siamsa Tire, Ireland’s National Folk Theatre.
Today’s Distance: 134 mi/ 216 km Breakfast
Day 7 Killarney. Ring of Kerry ExcursionAt Killorglin, join the road known as
the Ring of Kerry for a 100-mile coastal panoramic drive featuring
sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly painted farmhouses,
winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and spectacular
views of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Back in Killarney, a
special optional adventure: take a horse-drawn jaunting car along the
national park lakeshore for pictures of Ross Castle.
Today’s Distance: 100 mi/ 160 kmBreakfast
Day8Killarney–Dingle Peninsula–Adare–LimerickBreathtaking scenery this morning on the
Dingle Peninsula, where the 32-mile Slea Head drive affords magnificent
vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. See the Blasket Islands and hear about
the way of life and unique literary achievements of its inhabitants
prior to their evacuation in 1953. Then, travel via Adare, a village
known for its prize-winning thatched cottages, to Limerick. Tonight,
consider joining an optional medieval banquet at a historic castle.
Today’s Distance: 187 mi/ 301 kmBreakfast
Day 9 Limerick–Cliffs of Moher–Galway–DublinTake a scenic route this morning via the
Cliffs of Moher and The Burren on the way to the port city of Galway, a
popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan district with
vibrant shops and a busy café and bar culture. Continue across
the mighty Shannon before arriving in Dublin. The optional dinner
suggestion is a fun Irish cabaret evening with dinner, dance, and songs.
Today’s Distance: 208 mi/ 334 km Breakfast
Day10DublinA day in the “Fair City” starts with an
orientation drive through Eire’s capital, including statue-lined
O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and St. Patrick’s
Cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure. Later, why not join an optional
dinner at the Guinness Storehouse?
Day 11 Dublin–Caernarfon, Wales–Liverpool, EnglandTake the ferry across the Irish Sea to
Holyhead on the Welsh Isle of Anglesey with its tongue-twisting names.
Explore North Wales on the way to Caernarfon where the castle saw the
investiture of Charles as Prince of Wales. Overnight in Liverpool, of
Beatles fame and once the departure port of the great transatlantic
Today’s Distance: 180 mi/ 290 kmBreakfast
Day12Liverpool–Lake District–Gretna Green, Scotland–GlasgowDrive into the tranquil Lake District,
often considered to be the finest of England’s national parks and a
UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, visit Gretna Green, where the
blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Travel through the
history-steeped Lowland Hills to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city.
Today’s Distance: 237 mi/ 381 kmBreakfastDinner
Day13Glasgow–Fort William–Inverness–Culloden Moor–HighlandsSkirt the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond
and head through wild Rannoch Moor into the Highlands. Pass through
Glen Coe, where the MacDonald Clan was massacred in 1692, to Fort
William beneath Ben Nevis. Then, the Great Glen for vistas of the
Caledonian Canal, Loch Lochy, and Loch Oich. Follow the banks of Loch
Ness, home of the timid and timeless Nessie. Continue via Inverness,
the Highland capital and, on the way to tonight’s destination, stop at
the battlefield of Culloden Moor with its memories of Bonnie Prince
Today’s Distance: 209 mi/ 336 kmBreakfastDinner
Day14Highlands–Pitlochry–St. Andrews–EdinburghDrive through more spectacular Highland
scenery for a stop in the pretty Victorian mountain resort of
Pitlochry. Then, travel via Perth and Dundee before crossing the Tay
Bridge to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club, founded in
1754, has given us the rules of golfing. Continue through Fife and over
the mighty Forth Road Bridge to spend the next two nights in Edinburgh.
A suggestion for this evening: enjoy a traditional Scottish night out,
with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and, of course, the Ceremony of the
Today’s Distance: 169 mi/ 272 kmBreakfast
Day15EdinburghA full day to enjoy the Scottish
capital. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the
200-year-old “New Town,” home to famous scientists, inventors, and
novelists. In the “Old Town,” visit Edinburgh Castle to admire
Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Later, consider an optional tour with dinner.
For departure numbers July 22 and August 5, tickets are included for
tonight’s performance of the world-renowned Military Tattoo.
At Jedburgh, see the abbey ruins before heading
towards the Cheviot Hills and the English border. Travel through wild
Northumberland National Park and, on the way, see a section of
Hadrian’s Wall, the Roman coast-to-coast defense against marauding
northern tribes. In York, England’s most complete medieval city,
stand in awe in front of the great structure of York Minster, then follow your Tour Director through
a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. Overnight is in Leeds.
Today’s Distance: 220 mi/ 355 kmBreakfastDinner
Day17Leeds–Stratford-Upon-Avon–London In Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon,
take photos of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and explore the town at your own
pace. After returning to London around 4 pm, how about celebrating the
success of your tour with an optional night out on the town?
Today’s Distance: 237 mi/ 385 kmBreakfastr
Day18LondonYour vacation ends with breakfast this
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than three decades ago Cosmos
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to Europe. Since then we've developed and refined the concept of
packages. Over a million people have come back to us for a second or
repeat business is the best testimony to the incredible value and
If you've never
taken a package vacation, consider this: Traveling with Cosmos is less
expensive, more comfortable, and far easier than going it alone. Our
contracting for hotels and services provides you with travel at
prices. A Cosmos package is carefully planned to make the best possible
use of your time.
Our team of
experts has refined our itineraries to combine the must-see sights with
significant time on your own, offering more choice and flexibility. You
can travel relaxed and hassle-free, knowing that we've taken care of
the details. Once you've
discovered the special advantages of traveling with Cosmos, you'll
want to travel any other way again. Cosmos is "A Smart Way To Go."
the heart of every great Cosmos tour are the friendly, knowledgeable
folks who show you around and help you maximize your free time. We go
to incredible lengths to find the most professional Tour Directors and
Local Guides. They deliver commentary in English, but are multilingual
so they can navigate Europe with ease and give you the richest
For all guided visits and included sightseeing in Europe, Cosmos will
provide personal audio headsets. See tour itinerary for details.
The Right Balance
No one enjoys a vacation where every second is spent on a schedule. We
build free time into every Cosmos vacation, so you can eat, shop, and
explore the way you want. Your Tour Director and Local Guides can offer
suggestions for things to see and do-or you can join one of our many
intriguing optional excursions.
Our packages include guided sightseeing and scenic highlights that
reveal the best of Europe, North America, and South America. Enjoy
inside visits of the must-see sites with knowledgeable Local Guides who
will bring each destination to life. Inside visits and special features
are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description. See individual
itinerary pages to learn what is included in your vacation.
Vacation with MyCosmos
Cosmos lets you enhance your tour with optional excursions that are
meaningful to you. Whether you enjoy art, music, food, wine, history,
or whatever, we give you the freedom to truly personalize your trip.
Best of all, you can make your selections-and even pre-pay-in advance
online at Cosmos.com/MyCosmos.
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you stay makes all the difference After a day's
traveling you want to relax at a comfortable, clean, and attractive
We have chosen hotels with the best rooms, service, and food for the
Of course, they vary as different countries have different standards.
we ensure that everywhere you get the best available in cleanliness and
are always located in good neighborhoods, some more centrally and
in residential areas. Especially in large cities we sometimes prefer
hotels in residential areas on the outskirts to less desirable or
Rooms at all
our hotels include private facilities: private bath or shower and a
are usually no larger than twin rooms and the third bed is often a
bed put into a twin-bedded room just for the night.
your hotels Our hotels
are mainly superior tourist-class (ST) and tourist-class (T)
but we also feature some first-class (F) hotels. Cosmos hotel ratings
standards set by the independent Official Hotel Guide (OHG) or by
tourist boards. The specific rating for each contract hotel is
by our quality controllers.
the right to substitute hotels listed on the tour pages with hotels of
equivalent standard. With your Cosmos travel documents you'll receive a
list of hotel addresses, telephone numbers, and fax numbers for your
Vacation Dollars Value-packed
vacations at bargain prices. With Cosmos,
a company that specializes in package travel arrangements, you'll visit
the world without spending a fortune. Because all our buying power is
to package travel, our clout with suppliers is powerfully concentrated
-- and we pass the savings on to you with affordable vacation packages
for every budget.
with "guaranteed share" rates More than one-third
of all people traveling with Cosmos are traveling independently. We
accept reservations on a "guaranteed share" basis. We charge singles
basic price and match up singles of the same gender in twin-bedded
For mutual comfort we adopt a no-smoking rule in shared rooms.
shares" are not available for extra nights before or after your tour,
tours with overnight trains, or on train or cruise extensions. If we cannot
find a roommate for a traveler who has booked on a "guaranteed share"
we'll absorb the single room supplement, and that traveler will be
in a single room at no extra charge. Of course we
do offer single rooms when available to those who prefer to travel solo
and pay the single supplement.
reduction Cosmos grants
a reduction to three people who travel together and share the same
Triple room reductions, when available, are listed in the Dates and
box on the tour page.
A word of caution:
Triple rooms usually are no larger than twin rooms, and the third bed,
if there is one, is often a rollaway bed put in a twin-bedded room for
young tour members Cosmos grants
a 10 percent discount on the land tour price to travelers who are under
18 years old on the tour departure date, provided they are accompanied
by an adult. We do not accept children under eight on our tours because
we have found that they are too young to enjoy these vacations.
Offer Flexibility Joining late and
Many Cosmos land arrangements start and end in London. If you have
already spent time in the British capital, you may want to skip one or
more of the included London nights or even join at the first overnight
hotel on the Continent. Call your Travel Agent for any reductions that
apply to your vacation for joining late or leaving early. Vacations
with these reductions are sold on a land-only basis.
professional team takes care of you in London
For any help or information you might require during your London stay,
please contact the Cosmos hospitality desk at your hotel. Our
knowledgeable staff will serve you with a smile; give you guidance on
what to do and where to go; and arrange excursions, evening
entertainment, and theater outings for you.
If you'd like more hotel nights than we've provided at the start or end
of your tour, we can make reservations for you at the rates quoted
below, provided you request them at the time you book your vacation.
Rates are per person, per night, and include room with private bath,
breakfast, service charges, and taxes.
Extra nights are only available immediately prior to or after your
tour. Extra pre-tour nights in London are not available if you join
your tour later than Day 2.
Every effort is made to reserve extra nights at the hotel where your
tour stays. If space at the tour hotel is not available, alternative
accommodation will be reserved at a hotel of equivalent standard. When
this is the case, the transfer to and from the tour hotel is at our
As hotel space is limited, we cannot reserve more than two extra nights
before and/or after a tour, unless they are needed to bridge the gap
between two Cosmos vacations. During particularly busy periods, hotel
space in certain cities can become so tight that we may be unable to
sell extra nights.
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and The Globus
More than 90
years ago, Antonio Mantegazza bought a rowboat to transport commercial
goods across Lake Lugano in Switzerland. Who could know that rowboat
would launch the world's leading escorted travel company? Today Globus
is a global, family-owned company reaching every corner of the world.
Globus is now the first choice among individuals looking for vacations
with both domestic and international travel in a variety of styles to
six continents and hundreds of itineraries to choose from (see Globus History video right).
frequent trips across the scenic lake led him to
consider opportunities in a different market - tourism. His
entrepreneurial instinct pushed him to gradually acquire some
motorcoaches to transport tourists around the Lake Lugano area. In
1928, Antonio opened a company specializing in motorcoach touring
called Globus Viaggi. The company began with a fleet of 12 coaches
which operated local excursions for European tourists in Switzerland.
1950, Globus Viaggi had grown to a fleet of 33 coaches
and featured overnight excursions to Rome, Venice, the Dolomites and
the French Riviera. Gradually, these became regularly scheduled tours
and grew longer to cover more ground. Later that decade, under the
leadership of Werner Albek, Antonio's business partner, Globus
pioneered the concept of Grand European Touring by offering first-class
European tours to North Americans. By 1961, the company launched its
Cosmos arm, which featured affordable, value-priced European touring
for the cost-conscious British traveler.
coach tours were so successful that Cosmos soon
introduced another form of travel for the British market: air holiday
packages to the sunny destinations of southern Europe. By 1968, Cosmos
air holidays became so popular the company formed its own airline,
Monarch Airlines. Monarch Airlines started out modestly with two used
Britannia aircraft and eventually blossomed into one of the most
successful European charter companies with a large fleet of modern jets
and its own engineering division.
the flagship of Sergio Mantegazza, current president
and son of Antonio, Globus began expanding its markets beyond Great
Britain and North America. Since 1974, travel packages have been sold
in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most recently in Southeast Asia.
Starting in the 70s, the company also aggressively expanded its
offerings, introducing travelers to more countries than any other tour
operator with packages to Africa, South and North America, Europe, the
South Pacific and Asia.
the Globus family of brands is marketed and operated
by a network of more than 32 independent tourism and aviation
businesses, serviced by a group of more than 5,000 professionals
worldwide. Combined, Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms carry over 500,000
passengers a year, making the organization the leading operator of
guided vacations worldwide. Globus attributes its success to the ideals
of founder Antonio Mantegazza. For three generations, his vision, hard
work, love for travel, and commitment have guided the company. These
values are the cornerstone on which Globus was built and will continue
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