Britain & Ireland Discovery (Preview 2020)

06/19/2019 through 09/19/2020
06/19/2019 through 10/15/2020
Insight Vacations

Britain & Ireland Discovery (Preview 2020)
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: The Old Pulteney Distillery produces whisky with a distinctive flavour, 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.
  • Killarney: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening, for a more authentic and intimate experience.
  • 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.
  • Abbey Cwm Hir: Enjoy a light lunch of locally-sourced delights including Welsh favourites such as a cheeseboard featuring Welsh cheeses, artisan breads and Welsh chutney, bara brith – a traditional Welsh bread served with butter, Welsh cakes and fresh fruit.
  • 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 Experiences

  • Orkney Isles: Your Local Expert leads you on a fascinating excursion of discovery on the very fringes of Britain. Strewn across the windswept Orkneys are relics that span human history, from pagan stone circles to reminders of wartime tragedy.
  • Londonderry: What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland’s best storytellers, Ronan, as he walks with you inside the city walls.
  • Kilkenny: Kilkenny has the greatest amount of All Ireland titles of its national sport of hurling. Meet a player to gain an exciting insight into this unique Irish cultural experience, through a demonstration of skill.
  • Waterford: Meet a master craftsman on your guided visit of the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal.

Stay in Style

  • Stratford-upon-Avon: The MacDonald Swan’s Nest Hotel is a 17th century, riverside hotel with the town centre only a five minute walk away.
  • Highlands: Hotels in the Highlands area are mainly traditional and much simpler in style, typical of the region.
  • York: The Hilton York is situated within the city walls, close to the York Minster and the best this city has to offer.
  • Edinburgh: The Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel is located in the heart of Grassmarket in Edinburgh’s city centre, just minutes from The Royal Mile.
  • Inverness: The traditional Columba Hotel provides enviable views over the River Ness and Inverness Castle.
  • Wick: The Norseman Hotel is nestled in the viking town of Wick, overlooking its river.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dublin: Trinity City Hotel is situated on a historic site, in the heart of Dublin, adjacent to Trinity College Dublin.
  • Chester: The Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester is set in a grand Victorian building and has just undergone a multi-million pound restoration.
  • 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.
  • Cornish Countryside: Enjoy the best of Cornish hospitality at the plush St. Mellion International Resort, featuring a unique blend of contemporary style and unique facilities sprawled across 450 acres of peaceful countryside.

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-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…

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 Giant's Causeway and 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 Waterford.
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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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