Britain & Ireland Discovery - Classic Group, 2021

12/02/2020 through 09/18/2021
12/02/2020 through 10/14/2021
Insight Vacations

Britain & Ireland Discovery – Classic Group, 2021
This epic adventure illuminates the hidden corners of the British Isles. Along the way, encounter the full arc of Celtic heritage, cultures, legends and traditions.


Authentic Dining

  • Stratford upon Avon: Get to know your fellow travellers during your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Wick: Whisky’s are known for their distinctive flavours, often bursting with the power and subtlety of the sea. Share a wee dram with a master distiller who imparts the age-old techniques of whisky production.
  • 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: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Abbey Cwm Hir: Enjoy a light lunch of locally sourced delights including Welsh favourites such as a cheeseboard featuring Welsh cheeses and chutney, artisan breads and bara brith.
  • Cornwall: Celebrate the culmination of your travels in style with wine and palate pleasing cuisine.
  • Dining Summary: 23 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L), 8 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all tea or coffee.

Insight Choice

  • Dartmoor: Choose between a walk amid the rolling valleys of Dartmoor National Park or alternatively, set sail from Plymouth harbour, where the pilgrims left over 400 years ago.

Insight Experiences

  • Orkney Isles: Cruise to the windswept Orkney Islands on a full day guided journey. Come face-to-face with relics spanning human history, from pagan stone circles to reminders of wartime tragedy. Join a local for a fascinating journey into the history of this remote part of the world.
  • Londonderry: There’s no better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland’s best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls. See the Gothic Guildhall and the Georgian houses of Shipquay Street.
  • Kilkenny: Meet James, a former professional player, for a fun session to discover the skills involved in hurling. Learn about this 3,000-year-old discipline, a proud legacy of Ireland’s heritage, and have a go for yourself on the pitch.

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.
  • Scenic Drives: Travel through the Chiltern Hills, Cotswolds, Yorkshire Dales, Pennines, English Lake District, Grampian Mountains, Spey Valley, Scottish Highlands, Ullapool, Loch Carron, Glen Carron, Isle of Skye, Valley of Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Antrim Coast, Sligo Bay, Connemara, Derrynasaggart Mountains, Severn Bridge, Cornish Countryside and Salisbury Plain.
  • Oxford: See the dreaming spires and colleges of this world-famous university town.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: Venture inside the timber-framed building where the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare, was born and grew up.
  • 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: Your Local Expert reveals why this is Scotland’s City of Culture. Travel along Princes Street and see the monument to Sir Walter Scott, before walking through the New Town.
  • Edinburgh: Led by your Local Expert, walk with a inside the walls of the Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
  • Gretna Green: Visit the spot where once runaway lovers were married.
  • St. Andrews: Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from ‘Chariots of Fire’ was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.
  • Pitlochry: Visit this town, famous for its salmon leap.
  • Highlands: At the exciting Culloden Visitor Centre, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour, yet changed the Highland way of life forever.
  • Inverness: See the River Ness and Inverness Castle.
  • Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of Nessie during a private scenic cruise.
  • Wick: See the world’s shortest street, Ebenezer Place.
  • John O’Groats: Visit Britain’s most northerly, yet tiny, mainland village.
  • Glasgow: During your orientation with your Travel Director, drive past the civic buildings and St. Mungo’s Cathedral.
  • Eilean Donan: Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.
  • Glasgow: See the grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo’s Cathedral.
  • Fort William: Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.
  • Cairnryan: Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea.
  • Giant’s Causeway: The towering hexagonal basalt columns are a geographical wonder to behold.
  • Belleek: Enjoy a guided tour of the porcelain production process and meet some of the specialist craftspeople.
  • Drumcliffe: Visit the final resting place of Irish poet William Butler Yeats.
  • Sligo Bay: Explore this scenic town during an orientation with your Travel Director.
  • Galway: Enjoy an orientation tour of the many landmarks in Galway such as the Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
  • Galway: An orientation with your Travel Director will show you the Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
  • Limerick: See King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the treaty stone.
  • Adare: Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.
  • Killarney: Enjoy hearing of the history of Killarney du…

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to London.
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Day 2 London to Stratford-upon-Avon.
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Day 3 Medieval York
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Day 4 By the Lakes to Edinburgh
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Day 5 Scotland's City of Culture
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Day 6 The Highland Capital of Inverness
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Day 7 Loch Ness to Wick
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Day 8 Orkney Islands Experience
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Day 9 Over the sea to Skye
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Day 10 Loch Lomond to Glasgow
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Day 11 Walk in the Giant’s Steps on the way to Londonderry
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Day 12 Belleek and Sligo Bay
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Day 13 Galway and Limerick
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Day 14 Adare to Killarney
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Day 15 Ring of Kerry Experience
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Day 16 Blarney Castle and Cork
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Day 17 Kilkenny and Dublin
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Day 18 In Dublin’s Fair City
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Day 19 Across the Irish Sea to Chester
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Day 20 The Welsh Marches to Cardiff
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Day 21 Bath and Glastonbury
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Day 22 The Cornish Coast Experience
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Day 23 Ancient Stonehenge to London.
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Day 24 Homeward Bound.
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