Delve deep into the rich and incredibly diverse cultures and heritage of the UK and Ireland’s top cities – London, Edinburgh and Dublin. Centuries old, stunning architecture, vibrant markets, traditions and more await you at these iconic destinations.
Images of grandeur, tradition, and pageantry take over the senses when you set foot in London. A dynamic cosmopolis, the city is, today, home to people of diverse ethnicities speaking over 300 languages!
Trailing Monarchs in a Traditional London Cab When in London, what’s the next best thing to being invited to tea with the Queen? If you’re a history and royalty aficionado, it would be a royal tour of the capital in your private London taxi cab, another institution in itself. Drive along the ceremonial routes taken by British monarchs during their coronations and royal weddings, reliving the glorious regal ceremonies. Ride past London’s palaces and castles, occupied by England’s monarchs down the ages, as well as the royal residences of British princes and princesses, all the while picking up priceless trivia about the monarchy. Soak up the tales of royal scandals and public revolutions recounted by your guide cum cabbie as he drives your around town. (Time of day: Morning or Afternoon; Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy).
London Market and Gin Distillery tour Experience two of London’s most famous culinary destinations on a single day, with a visit to the Colechurch House, stroll to the bustling Borough Market, followed by the Beefeater Gin Distillery. The Borough Market dates back to 1014, and today London’s foodies still come to stock up their larders. Stroll through the Three Crown Square and look at how colorful fruits and vegetables jostle for space with fresh fish and meats, as well as local and gourmet cheeses. Set off for Kennington, where stands the 150 year old Beefeater Gin Distillery. Discover the secret of their special manufacturing process, which uses a variety of herbs to that lend Beefeater Gin its unique flavor. End the tour with a sampling of the many types of this iconic spirit. (Half Day; Duration: 4 hrs; Shared Activity; Transfer not Included)
Insider’s Guide to Cotswolds Classics Spend an idyllic day among the village greens of the Cotswolds. Enjoy a leisurely tour with Robin Dale, a local farmer, as he takes you around his ancestral farm and shares his family’s secrets of farming in the Cotswolds. View the various pictures, fossils and historic farm machinery on display at your host’s private museum. Learn an ancient craft and take part in creating a bit of local history by helping Robin build his ‘dry stone wall’, typical in this part of the world. At the end of an honest day’s work, tour the charming little village with its quaint cottages and lovely gardens, learning all about the picturesque countryside with Robin. Stroll over to a typical English manor house and glean insight into the hoary history of the old Jacobean mansion. Call it a day as you relax with a cup of tea, hot scones and delicious clotted cream at the dining room. Return to your hotel with Robin after tea. (Full Day; Duration: 8 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate; Please wear comfortable walking shoes).
Known by a variety of unique sobriquets such as Old Smoky for the smoke cloud that seems to perpetually hang over it, the beautiful city of Edinburgh sits perched on a range of rocky hills with the sea in the distance.
Morning Scotch Whisky Masterclass Your Morning Masterclass is 90 minutes of sheer sensory indulgence planned specially for whisky enthusiasts! Arrive at the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky and get ready for a detailed guided viewing tour. As you sip your coffee and nibble on scrumptious shortbread, learn more about what makes Scotch whisky so special. Take a fun sensory perception test and then go on to sample one blended, one single grain and two single malts for comparison and appreciation. Also on board is the nosing of a new-make spirit, after which you are ready to leave, but not before you have picked up your boxed crystal whisky tasting glass and complimentary gift. (Shared Activity; No Transfer Included; Time of day: Morning; Times: 1000 hrs; Duration: 90 mins.)
A Royal Walk: Edinburgh Castle & Old Town Enjoy a leisurely stroll down the Royal Mile of Edinburgh’s picturesque Old Town, and pay a visit to the city’s iconic castle on this informative day tour. Meet your local guide at your hotel after breakfast or lunch before setting out. Stroll along the Royal Mile as you listen to the colorful legends and old ghost stories attached to almost every stone in town. Stop by the striking Edinburgh Castle and listen to the heroic Highland tales associated with this old symbol of Scottish independence. Pay a visit to the Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone displayed within the castle walls. Explore the castle’s hoary halls and take a walk around its sprawling grounds. Next, making your way south of the castle, head to to Grassmarket. Get a feel of 18th-century Scotland, listening to gory tales of public executions that used to be held at this old marketplace that once served as the local market for cattle and horses. Walk over to Greyfriars Kirk, listening to the heartrending tale of the little churchyard dog, who is still remembered with a lifelike statue. Stroll around the lovely old churchyard, where many of Scotland’s best men and women lie, before returning to your hotel. (Half Day; Duration: 4 hrs; Times: 0900/1400 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate; Please wear comfortable walking shoes.)
Historic St. Andrews Highlights Explore one of the most picturesque coastal towns in Scotland on your tour of St. Andrews. After an invigorating drive across the Scottish countryside, arrive at the ruins of St. Andrews Castle, which dates back to the 13th century and is famous for its dungeons and secret passages. Walk to the nearby St. Andrews Cathedral ruins, which go back by yet another century. Once the largest church in Scotland, it is now a museum of medieval relics and sculpture. Head to the Old Course next and learn more about the ‘Home of Golf’ at the British Golf Museum, which also houses interesting golf memorabilia going back to the 15th century. Continue your tour at the spectacular Scone Palace, built in the 12th century on the banks of the River Tay. Marvel at its towering Gothic architecture and then head indoors to view its artistic and historic treasures. Walk through the Long Gallery that has witnessed many a royal ceremony. (Full Day; Duration: 8 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer.)
Dublin is a bustling cosmopolitan capital, straddling River Liffey on Ireland’s eastern coast. Step into contemporary galleries, admire street art, or cheer buskers as music fills the air.
Guinness Storehouse Tasting Tour Gain valuable knowledge about what goes into the making of each refreshing pint of Guinness in this interesting brewery tour. Start your exploration at what might be the world’s largest pint glass, situated in the heart of the building! Accompany your knowledgeable guide over seven floors of the structure that was once an old fermentation plant. The iconic beer brand has a history that dates back 250 years. Listen to the dramatic story of how the brand has grown to its current stature over the decades. Conclude your tour of the country’s premier attraction with a halt at Gravity Bar on the top floor. Settle in to enjoy a well-deserved complimentary pint along with stunning 360 degrees views of the city skyline. (Times: 1230/1630; Duration: 1.5 hrs; Private Activity; Transfer not Included; Fitness Level: Easy.)
Dublin Highlights on Foot Explore the cultural and historical attractions of Dublin through an evening walking tour. Your friendly local guide will only be too happy to tailor the itinerary according to your preferences and hotel location. Stroll past the majestic Dublin Castle dating back to the 13th century or the imposing St Patrick’s Cathedral that goes back by another two centuries. Explore the scenic landscapes of St Stephen’s Green or the Georgian aesthetics of Merrion Square. Take in the grandeur of the City Hall and the magnificence of Trinity College, founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592. Learn more from your guide about the fractious history of the former Houses of Parliament and then savor the hip vibes of Temple Bar, Dublin’s eclectic riverside neighborhood. Take in interesting stories of famous Dubliners who are as much a part of the cultural landscape of the city as its iconic buildings. (Private Activity; Duration: 3 hrs.)
Leisurely Tour of Powerscourt Gardens Get picked up from your hotel as you embark on this self-guided tour of Powerscourt Gardens. Drive out for about an hour to reach this beautiful estate set at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains. Walk around the impressive mansion that was restored to its former glory in 1996 after being gutted by a fire nearly two decades prior. Enjoy gorgeous views of the sprawling gardens surrounding the courtly residence from the garden rooms. Originally designed in the mid-18th century, these gardens came in third among the list of top ten gardens of the world compiled by National Geographic magazine. Stroll across the manicured lawns, past ornamental lakes, and secret hollows at your own pace. See how many of the over 200 varieties of shrubs and trees you can identify! Explore the Japanese Gardens, Italian Garden, Walled Gardens, the Dolphin Pond, and Pets Cemetery to your heart’s content. Before your one hour drive back, enjoy a cup of coffee and munch on delicious nibbles at the terrace café as you savor stunning views of the gardens with Sugarloaf Mountain in the backdrop. (Flexible Duration; Shared (Public) Activity; Private transfer; Fitness Level: Easy.)
You will be transferred from your hotel to Dublin Airport
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 6,890 /person
Option 2 From $ 7,790 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 10 days / 9 nights.
Meals as indicated
Economy flights for all sectors :
Edinburgh – Dublin
The following train journeys in the highest class available :
London – Edinburgh 5 – 6 hrs (Train-Standard Class)
All activities as listed :
London: Trailing Monarchs in a Traditional London Cab
London: London Market and Gin Distillery tour
London: Insider’s Guide to Cotswolds Classics
Edinburgh: Morning Scotch Whisky Masterclass
Edinburgh: A Royal Walk: Edinburgh Castle & Old Town
Edinburgh: Historic St. Andrews Highlights
Dublin: Guinness Storehouse Tasting Tour
Dublin: Dublin Highlights on Foot
Dublin: Leisurely Tour of Powerscourt Gardens
Scotland and Ireland:
Car and chauffeur at free disposal for 8 hours per day on all days for which your itinerary mentions “Today your chauffeur-guide will pick you up from your hotel…” (excluding entrance fees)
All activities specified in the itinerary including transfers and entrance fees unless otherwise specified
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)