Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland CIE Tours International

Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland

Small Group Departures Available

This grand journey boasts the best highlights of Britain & Ireland. The tour begins in London and heads to Stratford-upon-Avon and into Scotland. Visit Edinburgh and the beautiful Lake District. Continue to Northern Ireland to visit Belfast and Derry. In Ireland visit Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Waterford and Dublin before continuing on to Wales and Windsor.

The 23 day Grand Tour of Britain and Ireland from CIE Tours is a tour that covers all bases and brings you to the most popular and important destinations in England, Wales and Ireland. In just over 3 weeks you'll see almost every major city and landmark in both countries. As with any other CIE Tour, you'll be staying in top quality hotels along the way on the Grand Tour of Britain and Ireland.


23 Daysfr. $6,299

  • Cardiff Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Stonehenge
  • Windsor Castle
  • Have a drink at the iconic John B Keane’s Pub in the heart of Listowel to see where he penned some of his most famous works sitting by a blazing fire in a room behind the bars.
  • Keep your camera handy and relax as you’re treated to the breath-taking vista on a cruise scenic Loch Ness.
  • Discover the histories and lore of York, Derry, Galway, Cong, Waterford, Dublin’s Trinity College, Conwy and Windsor on walking tours with local guides.
  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theater and dance with reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 3 to August 17 departures.
  • Handling of one piece of luggage per person is included in the cost of all coach tours. Size should not exceed 30 x 20 x 10 inches and weight should be under 50 lbs. Luggage is carried at owner's risk throughout the tour unless insured.
  • Tips for personal services and to tour directors and drivers are not included in tour cost and left to your discretion.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • Full daily breakfasts (except Day 1)
  • 2 Lunches
  • 15 dinners including a Scottish evening in Edinburgh, Taylors Three Rock Pub dinner and show, and a traditional Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet
  • Hilton London Paddington, London (2 nights)
  • Doubletree by Hilton York in York (1 night)
  • Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket in Edinburgh (2 nights)
  • Columba Hotel in Inverness (1 night)
  • Perle Oban Hotel in Oban (1 night)
  • Europa Hotel in Belfast (1 night)
  • Everglades Hotel in Derry (2 nights)
  • Galway Bay Hotel in Galway (2 nights)
  • Killarney Plaza Hotel in Killarney (2 nights)
  • Dooley's Hotel in Waterford (1 night)
  • Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Dublin (2 nights)
  • The Quay Hotel in Conwy (1 night)
  • Park Plaza Hotel in Cardiff (1 night)
  • Hotel TBA (2 nights)
  • MGallery Castle Hotel in Windsor (1 night)

London Arrival & Tour

London, United Kingdom

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your London hotel. Take a panoramic tour of central London, with a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group.

Dinner

Hilton London Paddington

Tower of London & City Sights

London, United Kingdom

Enjoy an independent tour of London with a choice of Hop-On, Hop-off and walking routes. Visit either the Tower of London or Kensington Palace. The rest of the day is free.

Breakfast

Hilton London Paddington

Cotswolds Drive & Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Take a drive through the Cotswolds and head to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

York, United Kingdom

Journey north to the medieval city of York and enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner

Doubletree by Hilton York

York Minster & Scottish Evening in Edinburgh

York, United Kingdom

Take a walking tour of central York and visit York Minster.

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Cross into Scotland and view ruined Melrose Abbey. In Edinburgh, enjoy a Scottish dinner with a lively show.

Breakfast, Dinner

Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket

Edinburgh Castle & Guided City Tour

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Discover Edinburgh’s highlights and the medieval Royal Mile. Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland. The August 2 – August 17 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.

Breakfast

Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket

St Andrews & Highland Scenery

Saint Andrews, United Kingdom

Travel to St Andrews “the home of golf.” Enjoy free time where you may choose to visit St Andrews Cathedral, the British Golf Museum, or the Himalayas Putting Course.

Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom

Travel through the Highlands and stop in Pitlochry on the way to Inverness.

Inverness, United Kingdom

Overnight in Inverness.

Breakfast, Dinner

Columba Hotel

Loch Ness Cruise & Oban Distillery

Loch Ness, United Kingdom

Enjoy wonderful Highland views on a scenic cruise of Loch Ness.

Oban, United Kingdom

Stop at a woollen mill and take photos at majestic Glencoe. Visit Oban Distillery to see how whiskey is produced and enjoy a sample.Overnight in Oban.

Breakfast, Dinner

Perle Oban Hotel

Loch Lomond & Rabbie Burns

Loch Lomond, United Kingdom

Drive along scenic Loch Lomond. Stop at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum to learn about the famous poet.

Belfast, United Kingdom

In Cairnryan take a short ferry to Belfast for dinner at your hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner

Europa Hotel

Belfast & Giant’s Causeway

Belfast, United Kingdom

Tour Belfast and travel along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim coast.

Bushmills, United Kingdom

Visit the Giant’s Causeway, hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. Pause at Dunluce Castle for photos and head to Derry.

Londonderry, United Kingdom

Overnight in Derry.

Breakfast, Dinner

Everglades Hotel

Inishowen Peninsula & Derry Sightseeing

Londonderry, United Kingdom

In Derry, join a local guide for a walk around the medieval city walls. Drive around the Inishowen Peninsula, and take in the scenic views as you stop by the Amazing Grace viewing point and Malin Head.

Breakfast, Dinner

Everglades Hotel

Donegal & Galway

Donegal, Ireland

Travel past the Blue Stack Mountains to Donegal to enjoy free time. Continue to County Mayo to visit Knock Shrine.

Galway, Ireland

In Galway, join a local guide for a walking tour before dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner

Galway Bay Hotel

Connemara & “The Quiet Man”

Cong, Ireland

Drive through the stunning scenery of Connemara. In Cong, take a short walking tour to see locations from “The Quiet Man.”

Galway, Ireland

Enjoy lunch at Eddies of Clonbur, then travel to Galway via Maam Cross. The afternoon and evening is free to explore Galway.

Breakfast, Lunch

Galway Bay Hotel

Cliffs of Moher & Killarney

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Drive through the Burren to view the Cliffs of Moher, and ferry across the River Shannon Estuary. Stop at John B. Keane’s Pub in Listowel for a drink before heading to Killarney.

Killarney/Ireland, Ireland

Overnight in Killarney.

Breakfast, Dinner

Killarney Plaza Hotel

Short Ring of Kerry & Sheepdogs

Ring of Kerry, Ireland

Tour the gracious 19th-century Muckross House beside tranquil Muckross Lake. Journey along part of the scenic Ring of Kerry, stopping at a local farm to watch trained dogs herding sheep.

Kenmare, Ireland

Head to Kenmare for lunch and time to browse.

Killarney/Ireland, Ireland

Return to Killarney for a free evening.

Breakfast, Dinner

Killarney Plaza Hotel

Blarney Castle & Waterford

Blarney, Ireland

Head to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or stroll the gardens and shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills.

Cobh, Ireland

Head to Cobh to visit the Titanic Experience.

Waterford/Ireland, Ireland

Continue to Waterford and after dinner take a walking tour.

Breakfast, Dinner

Dooley’s Hotel

Waterford Crystal & Taylors Three Rock

Waterford/Ireland, Ireland

Tour the famous House of Waterford Crystal to watch masterpieces being created. Tour the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of one used during the 1840s Famine.

Dublin, Ireland

In Dublin, enjoy dinner and entertainment at Taylors Three Rock Pub.

Breakfast, Dinner

Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel

Dublin & Book of Kells

Dublin, Ireland

Tour central Dublin. Take a guided walking tour through Trinity College and view the priceless Book of Kells. Afternoon and evening are free.

Breakfast

Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel

Ferry to Wales & Conwy

Conwy, United Kingdom

Ferry from Dublin to Holyhead and drive to Conwy in North Wales. Take a guided walk around the walled town to Conwy Castle, a huge 13th-century fortification built by King Edward I.

Breakfast, Dinner

The Quay Hotel

Snowdonia & Brecon Beacons

Brecon, United Kingdom

Travel through the Snowdonia National Park to view the highest peaks in Wales. Drive south across the scenic Brecon Beacons National Park.

Cardiff, United Kingdom

Take a panoramic tour of Cardiff and then visit Cardiff Castle for a tour and a traditional Welsh banquet.

Breakfast, Dinner

Park Plaza Hotel

Roman Baths & Glastonbury

Bath, United Kingdom

In Bath, tour the Roman Baths, renowned for its mineral-rich hot springs, popular 2000 years ago.

Cornwall, United Kingdom

Stop in Glastonbury, associated with King Arthur, and then head to Cornwall.

Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel TBA

St Michael’s Mount & Mevagissey

Saint Ives, United Kingdom

View the majestic pilgrimage island of St Michael’s Mount and then to the seaside town of St Ives for a walking tour of the main sights and to admire the beautiful sandy beaches. Browse the charming village of Mevagissey.

Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel TBD

Stonehenge & Windsor Castle

Stonehenge, United Kingdom

On Salisbury Plain marvel at the vast monoliths of Stonehenge.

Windsor, United Kingdom

Continue to Windsor Castle, residence of the Queen. After dinner, take a brief walking tour around the historic town.

Breakfast, Dinner

Macdonald Windsor Hotel

Tour Ends In Windsor

Windsor, United Kingdom

Your program ends after breakfast.

Breakfast

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Important information:

  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.

ALL guests must carefully verify the existing identification requirements for their particular travel situation DIRECTLY WITH THEIR LOCAL CONSULATES OR EMBASSIES or with a visa service, as these requirements may change. Guests without proper documentation may be denied entry and will not be entitled to a refund
  • 70 days or more prior to departure: Forfeiture of deposit
  • 69 - 46 days prior to departure: 25% per person
  • 45 - 8 days prior to departure: 35% per person
  • 7 - 1 days prior to departure: 50% per person
  • On day of departure: 100% per person
  • All cancellations must be received in writing prior to tour departure. The cancellation policy will apply according to the date that the cancellation notification is received. The MINIMUM cancellation penalty is the deposit amount.
  • The purchase to trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Land only “from price” is per person based on two people sharing a room together.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.
  • A non-refundable land deposit of $250 per person is required for coach tours. Deposits are required within 5 days of making the reservation. Early booking discounts require higher deposits.
  • The final payment must be made by credit card no later than 80 days prior to departure date. If payment is not received as scheduled, the reservation will automatically cancel and deposit payment become forfeit.
  • Once confirmed any revision to land tours will incur a $50 handling fee per booking. If clients cancel from one tour and rebook on another tour or another date, a cancellation fee may apply. Revisions are not permitted within 14 days of departure or once documents have been issued.
  • Documents will be shipped by U.P.S. ground service approximately 21 days prior to departure provided full payment has been received. If documents are required earlier, sufficient notice id required to arrange for early delivery by regular service. Late bookings will incur an express service delivery charge.
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