The British Isles in Depth (9090) - 2015 / 2016

24 Day Tour from London to London

The British Isles in Depth
Giants Causeway
Giants Causeway
Blarney Castle and the Stone of Eloquence
Enjoy the panoramic views of Scotland from the Isle of Skye
The Ring of Kerry is located in County Kerry, Ireland
Glasgow, Scotland
Visit the Cliffs of Moher and see some of Ireland’s most spectacular views
Giants Causeway
Enjoy the sounds of bagpipes and drums at the Military Tattoo performance
View over Auld Reekie in Edinburgh, Scotland

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; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms (Anytime Excursion) The Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms are dedicated to the life of the 'greatest Briton', Sir Winston Churchill, and the secret underground headquarters that were the nerve centre of Britain's war effort. The first London museum of its kind, the Churchill Museum covers all ninety years of Winston Churchill's life, divided into five chapters: his early years as British Prime Minister starting May 1940; his later years; his childhood; his early political career and the period famously known as the 'Gathering Storm'.

Approximate value: £16.35 GBP per person

Hampton Court Palace Henry VIII's magnificent Tudor palace was updated with Baroque additions by Sir Christopher Wren for William III and Mary II. Henry VIII and the palace's subsequent royal occupants have ensured the palace has fabulous furnishings, tapestries and paintings. The Palace is set in extensive gardens and parkland on the banks of the River Thames.

Approximate value: £17.50 GBP per person

Jack the Ripper Your tour begins with a coach drive direct to the dark side of London. See the Old Bailey - the site of numerous public hangings, the Royal London Hospital where the Elephant Man lived, the Wallace Plaque where Braveheart was tortured and hear tales of gangland warfare, butcherous barbers and great train robbers. Then on to London's East End, a hotbed of crime and vice in the 19th century. During the autumn of 1888, terror struck when Jack the Ripper came out of the fog and dimly lit alleys just long enough to stalk; and butchered his five victims. Walk his death trail inspecting the murder sites, deciphering the evidence and discussing his suspects. To this day the case remains unsolved. Come and investigate the case for yourself - who was Jack the Ripper? Your evening ends at The Sherlock Homes pub which contains a unique collection of the great investigator's memorabilia.

Approximate value: £25 GBP per person

Kensington Palace Generations of royal women have shaped this stylish palace and elegant gardens from Queen Mary to Victoria, and more recently Princess Diana who made Kensington Palace her home. Sir Christopher Wren lavishly improved the original house, turning it into a palace for William III and Mary II. It remained a royal home and was the birthplace of Queen Victoria. Most recently, Prince William and Princess Kate confirmed that Kensington Palace would become their London home. The splendid State Apartments and Court Dress Collection are on view to the public as well as special exhibitions.

Approximate value: £15.90 GBP per person

London Zoo (Anytime Excursion) Set in leafy Regent's Park, London Zoo is the perfect day out for the whole family. Visit the exhibit 'Into Africa' where you will come eye to eye with some of Africa's most unusual animals including giraffes, zebras and African hunting dogs. You can 'Meet the Monkeys'; an exciting monkey walk-through experience, or enter Butterfly Paradise, where you'll have the chance to enjoy the beauty of butterflies as they fly around you.

Approximate value: £22.50 GBP per person

Madame Tussauds (Anytime Excursion) Experience the glittering world of fame for a day at Madame Tussauds. Brave the paparazzi and mingle with Brad, Angelina and all the other stars in your own A-list party before visiting the chamber of horrors. Then address the world alongside Barack Obama before accepting your music award on stage with One Direction and Justin Timberlake.

Approximate value: £26.20 GBP per person

Medieval Banquet A four course feast awaits you with unlimited beer and wine in King Henry's Banqueting Halls. The regal banquet takes place in the atmospheric vaulted cellars of Ivory House, just a stone's throw from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Accompanying King Henry VIII are fighting knights, strolling players and dancing wenches, providing a magical medieval pageant for your delight. After the show, there is music and dancing, after which, you could take a two minute walk to Tower Bridge and enjoy a panoramic view of London by night.

Approximate value: £50 GBP per person

River Cruise Experience (Anytime Excursion) Take a London Eye River Cruise and see London from a different perspective. Enjoy a unique 40 minute circular sightseeing cruise on the River Thames with fascinating live commentary that brings the city to life, presented by specialist guides. Highlights include Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

Approximate value: £13.25 GBP per person

Sea Life London Aquarium (Anytime Excursion) The mysterious experience starts in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Along the journey, a stunning glass tunnel walkway offers guests an unforgettable experience by strolling underneath a tropical ocean. There is plenty of interaction along the way, from feeding the rays and watching diving displays to touch pools and discovery zones. Other stars of the show include green turtles, seahorses, octopus, zebra sharks and the ever popular clown fish. The true highlight however, commences as guests complete their journey in the deeper darker zone of the Pacific Ocean - take a walk on the wild side and watch 6 species of shark swim beneath your feet from a floating glass platform.

Approximate value: £19 GBP per person

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Explore the remarkable story of the Globe theatre, which brings Shakespeare's world to life. As a visitor to the exhibition you'll discover how shows were produced in the theatres during Shakespeare's time, from writing and rehearsals to music, dance and performance. Then enjoy a guided tour of the theatre where guide-storytellers take you on a fascinating half-hour tour of the auditorium and on a journey through time to Elizabethan London.

Approximate value: £13.50 GBP per person

Stonehenge and Roman Baths in Bath The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and now a world heritage site, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years and it has been home to pagan religion and spiritual worship, not to mention public debate ever since. What was this vast collection of stones intended for? Was it observatory of the moon, a temple to the sun, or an elaborate cemetery? Who were the people who carried and carved these 40 ton rocks? Come and unlock the secrets for yourself and marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design. Fast track entrance to the site is included in the price - your guide will walk you right to the front of the line! And we're in no hurry - there will be plenty of time to explore the site, take photos and buy souvenirs before rejoining the coach and heading off to Bath where we will arrive in time for lunch (not included). With fabulous restaurants, tea houses, sandwich and coffee shops, not to mention all the classic British pubs, you will be spoilt for choice of places to eat. Bath is a beautiful Georgian city with delightful crescents, terraces and architecture. Following our scenic drive into the heart of the city, there will be plenty of time to explore at your leisure. Your ticket includes entrance to the Roman Baths that were built nearly 2,000 years ago. Built on Britain's only natural hot water spring lies the magnificent Roman public bath complex and Roman temple. At the heart of the World Heritage Site you can walk around the steaming pool on the Roman stone paving and admire the ancient Roman statues and architecture. See also Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge overlooking the river Avon cascading over the weir. And you can shop, explore and take afternoon tea in the Pump Rooms while listening to the live classical music.

Approximate value: £75 GBP per person

The London Dungeon (Anytime Excursion) Delve into the blood-curdling parts of history that your teachers never taught you - learn the torturous methods used by unscrupulous characters to the grisly details of our most prolific killers. In the dark and dingy underbelly of the capital the London Dungeon dwells; waiting to scare the life out of you and any willing visitors brave enough to cross the threshold. Confront your fears, face your worst nightmares and uncover the gory truth behind some of history's most horrific events! The Dungeon offers visitors a thrill like no other attraction.

Approximate value: £20.50 GBP per person

The London Eye - Fast-Track (Anytime Excursion) The London Eye offers breathtaking views of London from high above the River Thames. See Big Ben towering above the Houses of Parliament, follow St. James Park as it sweeps down to Buckingham Palace. Is the Queen at home? You'll spot the flag flying if she is. A flight on the London Eye lasts for approximately 30 minutes, the time it takes for the London Eye to revolve completely. Relax in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules and enjoy the London skyline at your leisure. At weekends, during Bank Holidays and during school holidays the London Eye is at its most popular. Fast Track tickets for the London Eye allow you to skip the queue, and check in just 15 minutes before your flight. Fast Track tickets are ideal for individuals, couples and groups who want to make the most of their day.

Approximate value: £29.50 GBP per person

The London Eye - Standard (Anytime Excursion) The London Eye offers breathtaking views of London from high above the River Thames. See Big Ben towering above the Houses of Parliament, follow St. James Park as it sweeps down to Buckingham Palace. Is the Queen at home? You'll spot the flag flying if she is. A flight on the London Eye lasts for approximately 30 minutes, the time it takes for the London Eye to revolve completely. Relax in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules and enjoy the London skyline at your leisure.

Approximate value: £20.70 GBP per person

Tour of the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studios This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world. Learn even more with behind-the-scenes secrets with a private, extended session in the Great Hall with a Studio Tour expert.

Approximate value: £63 GBP per person

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Tour An opportunity to experience the traditions, triumphs and emotions of this unique sporting institution. On your guided tour gain access to areas normally closed to the public, including No 1 Court, the press interview room and television studio. The Wimbledon Tennis Museum includes interactive displays, guided tours, fashion, photography exhibitions and a unique cinema. Experience Wimbledon past and present with interactive touch screen consoles and an archive of classic championship matches. An innovative cinema at the museum features a unique 200 degree screen, allowing viewers to become immersed in a film about the science of tennis.

Approximate value: £24 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: £58 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: £53 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: £21 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: £63 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

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: £59 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 Wales is known as the land of song, fun and laughter, and Cardiff is the home of our entertaining evening of Welsh culture including dinner, music, song, poetry and history.

Approximate value: £66 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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