The Best of Britain & Ireland Cosmos

The Best of Britain & Ireland

Discover many wonders on this fabulous affordable 15-day Best of Britain & Ireland tour that shows you the best of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Departing and returning from London, visit England’s Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Leeds, York and Newcastle. Stops in Scotland include the abbey ruins in Jedburgh, Gretna Green and the legendary city of Edinburgh. While in Wales, visit Wrexham and Cardiff and see the landscapes of Snowdonia National Park. Spotlighted in Ireland, is Dublin, Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, Ennia, the Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Blarney and Tramore.

Highlights include historic towns, quaint villages, medieval cities and dramatic landscapes. Feel welcome by the warm and friendly people of Britain and Ireland. Immerse yourself in the region as Celtic history, culture and legends come alive. Tour the famous Edinburgh Castle, enjoy a visit on the elegant Royal Yacht Britannia, the Gretna Green Lake District, the scenic Ring of Kerry, delightful Bath, prehistoric Stonehenge and more. Experience this delightful economic tour to some of the world’s most historic places.

15 Daysfr. $2,869

  • A walking tour of Oxford
  • Discover Shakespeare’s home town in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • A walking tour in York
  • A visit to Durham, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • See a section of the Roman remains of Hadrian's Wall
  • See the abbey ruins at Jedburgh
  • A guided city tour of Edinburgh including Edinburgh Castle
  • Drive through the UNESCO World Heritage landscape in the Gretna Green Lake District
  • A walking tour of Chester
  • A visit to Betws-y-coed in Snowdonia National Park
  • Ferry from Holyhead to Dublin
  • An orientation tour of Dublin
  • A visit to Galway
  • The dramatic Cliffs of Moher
  • A visit to the town of Adare to view the thatched cottages
  • A scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry
  • A visit to Killarney
  • A visit to Blarney
  • A ferry ride from Rosslare to Pembroke
  • An orientation tour of Cardiff
  • A visit to Bath
  • A visit to Stonehenge
  • Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.
  • Gratuities are included for services during the land stay of your vacation, except on Cosmos Lite vacations and unless otherwise noted. This includes wait staff at included meals, and porterage at hotels for one suitcase per person. Gratuities for your Tour Director, Local Hosts®, Local Guides, driver, and ship’s crew are not included in the vacation price (unless otherwise noted in pricing details) and are discretionary.
  • 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 English breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with choice of menus
  • Novotel London West Hotel in London, England (2 nights)
  • Holiday Inn Leeds Garforth in Leeds, England (1 night)
  • Jurys Inn Gateshead in Gateshead (New Castle), England (1 night)
  • Courtyard Edinburgh West in Edinburgh, Scotland (2 nights)
  • Ramada Plaza Wrexham in Wrexham, Wales (1 night)
  • The Bonnington Dublin Hotel in Dublin, Ireland (2 nights)
  • Auburn Lodge Hotel in Ennis, Ireland (1 night)
  • Killarney Court Hotel in Killarney, Ireland (1 night)
  • Majestic Hotel in Tramore-Waterford, Ireland (1 night)
  • Novotel Cardiff Hotel in Cardiff, Wales (1 night)
  • Holiday Inn London Kensington High Street in london, England (1 night)
  • The hotels listed are intended to be used on all departures however Cosmos reserves the right to substitute other hotels than those listed. If a change becomes necessary for any reason, the hotel substituted will be of equivalent quality to those listed. No refunds are provided for hotel changes and full cancellation penalties apply.

ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND Location Information Description

London, United Kingdom

Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, there’s time to rest or start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

LONDON Location Information Description

London, United Kingdom

Today is free for 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. The highlight is a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece built between 1675 and 1708. 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 Thames River.


Novotel London West Hotel

OXFORD Location Information Description

Oxford, United Kingdom

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart at 8 am for Oxford. A walking tour takes in the colleges where Britain’s elite receive their outstanding education. Then, travel through the lovely Cotswold Hills to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. Take photos of Anne Hathaway's Cottage and explore the town at your own pace.

LEEDS Location Information Description

Leeds, United Kingdom

Overnight in Leeds this evening. Today’s Distance: 263 mi/ 423 km

Breakfast, Dinner

Holiday Inn Leeds Garforth

YORK Location Information Description

York, United Kingdom

This morning, head north to York. Stand in front of the great structure of York Minster, then follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles.

Durham Location Information Description

Durham, United Kingdom

Next, visit Durham, a captivating city with its dramatic cathedral and castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

NEWCASTLE Location Information Description

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Stop for the night in Newcastle. Today’s Distance: 118 mi/ 186 km

Breakfast, Dinner

Jurys Inn Gateshead


Edinburgh, United Kingdom

See a section of Hadrian’s Wall, then motor through wild Northumberland National Park to the Scottish border. Stop for photos at Jedburgh before arriving in Edinburgh. Here, sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town.” In the “Old Town,” visit EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. A suggestion for this evening: a traditional Scottish night out with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and, of course, the Ceremony of the Haggis. Today’s Distance: 117 mi/ 188 km


Courtyard Edinburgh West Hotel

EDINBURGH Location Information Description

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Your choice today: an optional morning excursion to Rosslyn Chapel, made world-famous by Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, and also one of Scotland’s most remarkable buildings. You will have ample time to visit the 15th-century medieval chapel and the visitor center, and to take photographs of the ruins of Rosslyn Castle.

Later, another unique optional opportunity: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, which was once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Tour five decks and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board.

Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure numbers 0802 through 0823, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned Military Tattoo.


Courtyard Edinburgh West Hotel

GRETNA GREEN–LAKE DISTRICT, ENGLAND Location Information Description

Gretna Green, United Kingdom

South through the history-steeped Lowland Hills and a visit to Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Drive through beautiful scenery in the Lake District, considered to be the finest of England’s national parks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

CHESTER–WREXHAM, WALES Location Information Description

Chester, United Kingdom

In Chester, the historic county town on the Dee River, your walking tour takes in the Roman remains, black and white half-timbered buildings, and the two-tiered shopping arcades called the “Rows". Overnight in Wrexham, Wales Today’s Distance: 268 mi/ 431 km

Breakfast, Dinner

Ramada Plaza Wrexham

SNOWDOWNIA NATIONAL PARK Location Information Description

Betws-y-coed, United Kingdom

A scenic North Wales drive through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park brings you to lovely Betws-y-Coed. Then, head over spectacular Llanberis Pass and, finally, across Britannia Bridge to the Isle of Anglesey. Take your photos at tongue-twisting Llanfairpwllgwyngyll;

HOLYHEAD-DUBLIN Location Information Description

Dublin, Ireland

Board the ferry at Holyhead and cross the Irish Sea. Overnight in Dublin.


The Bonnington Dublin Hotel

DUBLIN Location Information Description

Dublin, Ireland

A day in the “Fair City” starts off with an orientation drive through Eire’s capital and includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy Dublin at leisure. Why not join an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse?


The Bonnington Dublin Hotel

GALWAY Location Information Description

Galway, Ireland

Head for dairy-farm country in the center of the “Emerald Isle". Stop in Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture.

cliffs of moher Location Information Description

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Next, cross the limestone plateau of The Burren to visit the spectacular 668-foot Cliffs of Moher.

ENNIS Location Information Description

Ennis, Ireland

Then head for Ennis, in county Clare. Tonight’s optional opportunity: a medieval banquet at a historic castle. Today’s Distance: 214 mi/ 344 km


Auburn Lodge Hotel

ADARE Location Information Description

Adare, Ireland

Stop for photos in Adare, a village known for its prize-winning thatched cottages and monastic ruins.

RING OF KERRY Location Information Description

Kerry, Ireland

In County Kerry, join the road known as the Ring of Kerry for a 100-mile coastal panoramic drive. Focus your camera on sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, winding lanes, and views of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Later, in Killarney, discover why this is such a popular resort.

KILLARNEY Location Information Description

Killarney/Ireland, Ireland

Later, in Killarney, discover why this is such a popular resort. Today’s Distance: 189 mi/ 304 km

Breakfast, Dinner

Killarney Court Hotel

BLARNEY Location Information Description

Blarney, Ireland

Cross the Kerry Mountains and through County Cork to Blarney, famous for its magical Stone of Eloquence. Time to see the castle, and shop for Irish crafts and handmade crystal.

Tramore Location Information Description

Tramore, Ireland

Drive past Cork, the country’s second-largest city, and via Dungarvan to Tramore. Why not join an optional pub tour before dinner at your hotel? Today’s Distance: 131 mi/ 210 km

Breakfast, Dinner

Majestic Hotel

CARDIFF Location Information Description

Cardiff, United Kingdom

An early start for the short drive to Rosslare. In just under four hours, you cross St. George’s Channel by ferry to South Wales. Continue through rich dairy farmland to Cardiff, where an orientation drive introduces you to the capital’s major attractions: Cardiff Castle, Cathays Park, Millennium Stadium, and the stately civic buildings. Tonight, why not join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner? Today’s Distance: 242 mi/ 390 km


Novotel Cardiff Hotel


London, United Kingdom

A day packed with highlights begins as you cross the spectacular Severn Bridge into England. Stop in the elegant Georgian city of Bath, famous for its Roman relics, before visiting Stonehenge, still an intriguing mystery. Explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then admire the magnificence of the monument up close. After returning to London around 3:30 pm, how about celebrating the success of your tour with a night out on the town? Today’s Distance: 171 mi/ 275 km


Holiday Inn London-Kensington High Street

LONDON Location Information Description

London, United Kingdom

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.


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  • 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.

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