Romantic Britain & Ireland - Preview 2022

02/10/2021 through 09/17/2022
02/10/2021 through 10/09/2022
Insight Vacations

Romantic Britain & Ireland – Classic Group, 2022
A wealth of history, dramatic scenery, sacred sites, legends and traditions all come together, invoking a sense of romance on this escorted journey.


Authentic Dining

  • Blair Atholl: Visit Blair Castle and Gardens, which has been home to the Atholl family for over seven centuries, and tour the ballroom to learn about the history of the estate. Relish a delicious afternoon sipping on freshly brewed coffee or tea and tasting homemade scones with berry jam and sweet cream.
  • Stratford upon Avon: Get to know your fellow travellers during your Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • 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.
  • Killarney: There’s nothing quite as homely as the English tradition of a Sunday Roast, served with all the trimmings.
  • Killarney: Choose from a fine selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Torquay: Blend a little wine with great cuisine and good company for a rousing end of tour Celebration Dinner.
  • Dining Summary: 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 17 Breakfast (B), 8 Dinner with Wine (DW)

Insight Choice

  • Dartmoor: Choose between a walk amid the rolling valleys of Dartmoor National Park or alternatively, set sail from Plymouth harbour, where the pilgrims left over 400 years ago.

Insight Experiences

  • Waterford: Visit Waterford Crystal to learn more about the art of crystal carving that has been practised here since the late 1700s. See master craftsmen utilise traditional cutting and blowing methods at one of the few remaining artisan workshops.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Scenic Drives: Fall in love with incredible scenery and countryside as you pass the Cotswolds, English Lake District, Scottish Highlands, Loch Duich, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Mountains of Mourne, Boyne Valley, the Burren, Dingle Penisula, MacGillicuddy Reeks Mountain Range, Pembrokeshire, valleys of south Wales, Severn Bridge and Dartmoor.
  • Oxford: See the dreaming spires and colleges of this world-famous university town.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history’s most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore this pretty town with its iconic Tudor houses.
  • Lincoln: Visit Lincoln Castle and admire one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta, which is over 800 years old.
  • 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: Explore the city with your Local Expert as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and the official Scottish residence of the Queen, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • 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.
  • Inverness: See the River Ness, Inverness Castle and take in the scenery around you as you hear about the beauty and history behind Inverness.
  • Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of Nessie during a cruise.
  • Eilean Donan: Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.
  • Fort William: Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.
  • Glasgow: See the grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo’s Cathedral.
  • Belfast: Meet Hilda, a true Belfast local, having lived in the same house her entire life. During your panoramic tour, hear the history of the city and learn why Hilda is proud of its progress and current prosperity. You’ll also see the City Hall, Queen’s University, Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents.
  • Dublin: A Local Expert will show you Dublin’s elegant Georgian squares, O’Connell Street and the Custom House.
  • Galway: Enjoy an orientation tour of the many landmarks in Galway such as the Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
  • Limerick: See King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the treaty stone.
  • Killarney: Enjoy hearing of the history of Killarney during your city orientation.
  • Ring of Kerry: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you journey the magical Ring of Kerry.
  • Blarney: It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ramparts!
  • Waterford: Explore the town and see Reginald’s Tower and the remains of the city walls.
  • Rosslare: Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea.
  • Cardiff: Learn more about Wales’ capital and cultural hub, Cardiff, as you enjoy an orientation of this vibrant city with your Travel Director.
  • Bath: Explore the well-preserved Roman Baths with your Travel Director. Once used for public bathing, they are now open for visitors to explore their grounds and onsite museum.
  • Glastonbury: Explore the town rumored to be the resting place of legendary King Arthur and the Holy Grail, and location of one of the world’s largest music festivals.
  • Stonehenge: Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.


Included Insight Services

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Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to London.
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Day 2 Oxford and Stratford.
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Day 3 Lincoln and Medieval York
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Day 4 The English Lakes to Edinburgh
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Day 5 Scotland’s Capital of Culture
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Day 6 St. Andrews and Inverness
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Day 7 Across the Sea to Skye
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Day 8 Loch Lomond and Glasgow
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Day 9 Across the Irish Sea to Belfast
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Day 10 Dublin city sightseeing.
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Day 11 A pint of the 'Black Stuff'
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Day 12 Galway, the Cliffs of Moher and Limerick
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Day 13 The Dingle Peninsula to Killarney
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Day 14 Ring of Kerry Experience
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Day 15 Blarney Castle and Waterford
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Day 16 Across the Irish Sea to Cardiff
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Day 17 Bath and Glastonbury
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Day 18 The Cornish Coast
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Day 19 Salisbury Plain and Stonehenge.
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Day 20 Homeward Bound.
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