Cosmos

The British Isles in Depth (9090) - 2014 / 2015

24 Day Tour from London to London


The British Isles in Depth
Visit the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge
Visit the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge
Pomp-and-ceremony in London
Giants Causeway
London’s Tower Bridge over the River Thames
Giants Causeway
Tower of London on a sunny day
Atop the famous Edinburgh rock, the Edinburgh Castle provides panoramic views
Marvel at the architecture of the infamous Big Ben in London
Giants Causeway
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

A Taste of London A unique chance to combine a traditional London pub experience with a relaxed, night-time river cruise, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights. Enjoy a three-course dinner with several local menu choices, including fish and chips and steak and ale pie at an historic London pub in the City of London. Following dinner you will enjoy scenic views from the comfort of your private cruiser. Highlights include Tower Bridge, St. Paul's and the Houses of Parliament, with commentary from your guide as you cruise along the River Thames.

Approximate value: £65 GBP per person


Afternoon Excursion to Windsor Castle Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. One of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II the castle is still used regularly for ceremonial and state occasions. Visit the magnificent State Apartments furnished with priceless works of art by Holbein, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. See wonderful St.George's Chapel the burial place of ten monarchs including Henry VIII and Charles I.

Approximate value: £44 GBP per person


Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen. During August and September when the Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland, the Palace's state rooms are open to visitors. These are the heart of the Palace, lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection which are used for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. Before entry to the Palace you will visit the Royal Mews, one of the finest working stables still in existence. See the State vehicles, both horse-drawn carriages and cars, used for coronations, royal weddings and State Visits, including the magnificent Gold State Coach which has been used for every coronation since 1821 and was last used for The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Approximate value: £55 GBP per person


Morning City Sightseeing Morning Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the River Thames, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall's mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister's Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Highlights are a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held.

Approximate value: £33 GBP per person


Tower of London and Crown Jewels The Tower of London is one of the most famous historic buildings in the world. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066-1067, it has been guarded by Yeoman Warders (popularly known as the Beefeaters) since the 14th century. It has been a fortress, a royal palace, a prison, a place of execution, and an armory. It is most famously known as the home to the priceless Crown Jewels, including the solid gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the Imperial State Crown and Sovereigns Sceptre, the incredible Cullinan diamonds, and the Koh-i-Noor.

Approximate value: £44 GBP per person


Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion & Dinner Having served royalty and prime ministers and hosted presidents, the last commissioned royal yacht offers a rare opportunity to explore areas not normally seen on a conventional visit to a royal residence; from the bridge through the private and state apartments, from the officer and crew quarters to the engine room. After the visit, you will dine at a fine local restaurant.

Approximate value: £56 GBP per person


Scottish Evening with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis Your evening commences in style with a piper welcoming you in traditional Scottish style. Savor a delicious four-course banquet with wine, then let your host lead you through an evening of music, song and dance culminating in the traditional Ceremony of the Haggis and the joint singing of 'Auld Lang Syne' written by Robert Burns.

Approximate value: £64 GBP per person


Loch Ness Experience and Supper The Loch Ness Exhibition is one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions giving a deeper understanding of the special things about Loch Ness that you cannot see by looking at it. Whilst keeping the mystery of the monster center stage, the story is told from the ice age to the present day through seven themed chambers. Following the visit, board your motorboat for a cruise past the ruins of Urquhart Castle while you try to catch a glimpse of "Nessie". Conclude your evening with supper overlooking the loch.

Approximate value: £51 GBP per person


Belfast City Tour This fascinating in-depth tour of Belfast will take you past all the city's attractions including the City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower and Queen's University. You will also see some of the famous murals, which depict the region's past and present political and religious divisions. A very popular excursion.

Approximate value: £20 GBP per person


Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet A memorable evening of entertainment at Bunratty Castle, once the home of the Earls of Thomond. Starting with a mead reception in the Great Hall you will then be led into the Main Guard for a four course meal with wine. The Ladies of the Castle, aided and abetted by the Earl's Butler, will lead the wonderful entertainment which is provided by the renowned Bunratty Castle Entertainers and accompanied by harp and violin.

Approximate value: £65 GBP per person


Jaunting Car Ride through the National Park When visiting Killarney, a jaunting car ride should not be missed! Your "jarvey" will pick you up at the hotel and take you along Killarney National Park, Deer Park and on to Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Lein. There is time to take photographs of the restored 15th century castle in picture perfect setting, before taking a different route back to your hotel. All along the way, the driver will regale you with stories, anecdotes and local gossip.

Approximate value: £11 GBP per person


Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre Performance This unique experience begins with a visit to Ireland's famous Rose town, Tralee, where you enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. Then, take your seats at the Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre where the legendary heritage of Ireland is re-enacted in compelling songs and dance. This theater does a truly magnificent job of re-creating Ireland's Celtic roots with glorious visual, musical and magical productions.

Approximate value: £65 GBP per person


Tramore Pub Evening Discover Irish pub culture on this pre-dinner excursion. A scenic drive will take you to a traditional inn where live music is played. Join the locals in a bit of 'craic' while you enjoy two drinks of your choice and listen to some typical Irish music and songs.

Approximate value: £28 GBP per person


Guinness Storehouse Visit & Supper Located in the heart of the St James's Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse, a former fermentation plant, has been remodeled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness. This visit will teach you everything about the world famous beer: from how Guinness is made, to the ancient craft of barrel making in the cooperage. The highlight is the 7th floor Gravity Bar, where you will sample a pint of "the black stuff" and enjoy the breathtaking views across Dublin City. Round the evening off with an excellent buffet dinner with wine.

Approximate value: £58 GBP per person


Traditional Irish Cabaret Evening The enchanting evening starts with a four-course dinner with wine and a traditional Irish coffee. Then enjoy an evening of quality entertainment, celebrating the best of everything Irish in comedy, music, song & dance from Ireland's leading entertainers. Enjoy a lively blend of traditional Irish dance, ballads and tunes. The dancers thrill audiences as they twirl and tap with exuberance to the musical accompaniment of the accordion, uileann pipes, guitar and piano. A fun and unforgettable evening.

Approximate value: £71 GBP per person


Llangollen Canal Barge Ride Board your private barge, then enjoy unforgettable views of the Dee valley as you sail over the spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which carries the Llangollen canal, while your guide explains this 1007 feet long masterpiece of British Victorian engineering. After disembarking enjoy a drink at a local inn.

Approximate value: £27 GBP per person


Welsh Evening at Cardiff Castle Cardiff Castle was the home to one of the richest men of his era, the 3rd Marquess of Bute; the opulence is breath-taking. After your tour of the castle, enjoy an unforgettable evening of Welsh hospitality in historic surroundings. You are treated to the very best of Welsh food, entertainment and the warmest of welcomes from your hosts. Traditionally costumed characters perform popular Welsh songs and invite you to join in the fun.

Approximate value: £64 GBP per person


Plymouth Harbor Cruise See the sights of Plymouth on a harbor cruise with commentary by the captain. Cruise past RAF Mount Batten, a former Royal Air Force station and flying boat base, and take in the lovely views across Plymouth Sound, passing Smeaton's Tower, Drake's Island and the Mayflower Steps.

Approximate value: £14 GBP per person


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