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Grand Tour of the British Isles

London, Cotswolds, Kerry, Clare, Dublin, Gleneagles & Edinburgh

From $10400 Per person in low season

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Price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Daily experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

  • Private Guide

 

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  • Take in the absolute highlights of the British Isles

  • You will be accompanied by a private driver-guide for the entire duration

  • Pampering experience staying at some of the most characterful and stylish hotels

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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom and Ireland - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. To start planning your vacation

Itinerary

Explore the amazing landscapes and heritage of England, Ireland and Scotland, staying at the finest hotels. With our superb hand-picked private guides, you’ll discover vibrant cities and sleepy rural villages – truly the cream of the British Isles.

  1. Days 1-4: London

    Begin in London where you will have three days to experience the energy and vitality of this endlessly fascinating city. Whatever your interests, we can help design the ideal London itinerary for you. Whether it’s the pomp and ceremony of royal London, its museums and galleries, its restaurants and shows or its parks and gardens that you want to experience, we will book the very best Blue Badge Guides to make it all come alive for you.

    Accommodation: Rosewood London (3 nights)

  2. Days 4-6: The Cotswolds

    Your driver guide will then pick you up from your hotel to begin your adventure into the English countryside. Traveling via Oxford and Woodstock, you’ll stroll through the colleges and quadrangles of Britain’s oldest university and marvel at the grandeur of Blenheim Palace and its stunning Capability Brown-designed gardens before arriving into the heart of the Cotswolds. Visit Bath and Stonehenge, or explore Shakespeare country with a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, or simply stroll around the beautiful countryside and quaint villages.  

    Accommodation: The Lygon Arms (2 nights)

  3. Days 6-8: Ring of Kerry

    Visiting the romantic ruins of Tintern Abbey en route, you’ll now be driven to Bristol for your short flight to Cork in southern Ireland. Here our Irish team will be ready to welcome you for the next part of your journey. First it’s County Kerry, where the idyllic country house retreat of Ard Na Sidhe will be your base for exploring this delightful corner of southwestern Ireland with its wild lakes, mountains and coast along the famous Ring of Kerry.

    Accommodation: Ard Na Sidhe Country House (2 nights)

  4. Days 8-10: Co Clare

    Traveling north, you’ll pass through Limerick and cross the River Shannon to marvel at the Cliffs of Moher with their amazing seabird colonies before arriving in Ballyvaughan to stay two nights at Gregans Castle, a stylish hideaway situated among the remarkable limestone landscapes of the Burren. Your next day is free, but we’d highly recommend immersing yourself in this ancient landscape and let your guide take you to see Neolithic dolmens, sacred wells and rare wildflowers peeping up from between the limestone fissures.

    Accommodation: Gregans Castle Hotel (2 nights)

  5. Days 10-12: Dublin & the East of Ireland

    before continuing to Dublin’s fair city for a two-night. Walk through Dublin's Georgian squares, be inspired by Trinity College and its famous illustrated manuscript the Book of Kells, and be sure to try a pint of Guinness in one of Dublin’s many characterful pubs.

    Accommodation: The Merrion (2 nights)

  6. Days 12-14: Perthshire

    For the final part of your incredible journey around the British Isles, it’s off to bonnie Scotland. Flying to Glasgow, you’ll be met by your private chauffeur and whisked off to the world-famous Gleneagles Hotel. Set among its own Perthshire estate, this leading hotel of the world offers countless ways in which to indulge, pamper and challenge yourself. Dine on smoked lobster at Andrew Fairlie, Scotland’s finest restaurant; succumb to a treatment at Gleneagles’ multi-award-winning spa and challenge yourself outdoors with a round of golf on one of its three championship courses, or by choosing from a host of country pursuits that range from falconry and clay pigeon shooting to an off-road Highlands safari.

    Accommodation: Gleneagles (2 nights)

  7. Days 14-16: Edinburgh

    Edinburgh, the lively Scottish capital, is the final stop. Uncover Edinburgh’s noble heritage by visiting Edinburgh Castle, Holyroodhouse and the Royal Yacht Britannia; be entertained by Edinburgh’s thriving arts and culture scene; and before you leave, walk the path up to the top of the extinct volcano known as Arthur’s Seat where you will be rewarded with glorious views of all Edinburgh laid out before you - a fitting climax to your journey around the British Isles.

    Accommodation: The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel (2 nights)

Experiences

  • A day in Oxford

    There is so much to see in wonderful Oxford - this is 'the city of dreaming spires' and your private guide will show you the highlights. Home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is packed with history and stunning architecture.

  • A day in the Cotswolds

    The Cotswolds are rural England at its best, and a day spent exploring the ancient, honey-colored limestone villages of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, set amongst rolling sheep-dotted hills, stone-walled fields and country inns is simply magical.

  • A Round of Golf at Gleneagles

    With three championship golf courses, Scotland’s PGA National Golf Academy, and a member of Great Golf Resorts of the World – golf is at the very heart of Gleneagles.

  • A Round of Golf at St Andrews

    Follow in the footsteps of legends with a round on the world's oldest and most iconic golf course. The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised globally, but the greatest feature of the Old Course is that it remains open to all.

  • Blenheim Palace

    A masterpiece of eighteenth century Baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace is home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Winston Churchill.

  • Clay Pigeon shooting

    Whether you are a novice or a crack shot, a morning or afternoon spent clay pigeon shooting at the world-famous Gleneagles Shooting School is an exhilarating pursuit that can safely be enjoyed by anyone over the age of eight years old upwards.

  • Edinburgh Castle

    Dominating Scotland's capital city from its elevated position, Edinburgh Castle has had a history as diverse as its previous inhabitants.

  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo

    The Tattoo is an iconic Edinburgh institution held every August, and a highlight of the Edinburgh Festival. Massed pipes and drums, military bands, cultural troupes and global musicians all perform against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

  • Explore Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon

    On the banks of the River Avon and just to the north of the Cotswolds, lies the home of the world's most famous playwright, William Shakespeare. Discover where the Bard was born and raised, and admire the beautiful Tudor architecture of the town.

  • Falconry at Gleneagles

    Guests of Gleneagles have the unique opportunity of learning the Sport of Kings at one of the world's most acclaimed falconry schools. Whether you are a complete beginner or would like to perfect your technique, you will find falconry utterly absorbing.

  • Hampton Court Palace

    Henry VIII's lavish royal residence, Hampton Court Palace dates back hundreds of years and is an emblem of the Tudor reign. Your private guide will lead the way, teaching you about the infamous Henry VIII as you explore his majestic palace.

  • Harry Potter's Oxford & Studio Tour

    Leave the land of Muggles behind and discover the real-life sets of Hogwarts, hidden throughout beautiful Oxford. After exploring the city, enter the magic of the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio for a chance to see the props and sets from the films.

  • Hay-on-Wye

    Hay-on-Wye, famed for its annual literary festival, is a small market town beneath the beautiful Brecon Beacons. Often described as the ‘town of books’, it makes a great base for exploring mid-Wales and the Wye Valley, or unearthing a rare first edition.

  • Hidcote Manor & Gardens

    Located just outside the charming Cotswolds town of Chipping Campden, Hidcote is a stunning Arts and Crafts garden famous for its rare shrubs and trees and outstanding design features. It’s a perfect place to visit if you need gardening inspiration.

  • Highclere Castle - The real Downton Abbey

    Made famous worldwide by the television phenomenon, Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle is home to The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.

  • Highgrove Gardens

    The gardens at Highgrove, Gloucestershire residence of the Prince of Wales, are some of Britain’s most inspiring. Strictly following sustainable and ecological methods, the gardens are both magically stimulating and a haven for local wildlife.

  • Highland Games

    The fun and spectacle of a Highland Games, one of Scotland's most quintessential experiences, makes a wonderful day out and offers a great chance to meet the locals. Events like tossing the caber, tug of war and highland dancing are bound to enthral you.

  • Holyroodhouse

    The Queen's official residence in Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is located at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Originally founded as a monastery in 1128, Holyroodhouse has played a key role in Scotland's turbulent history.

  • London like a Local

    Experience the great city of London like a local with one of our top hand-picked Blue Badge Guides, as you explore the capital by bus, underground train, boat and on foot. You’ll beat the traffic and have a great insight into what makes London tick.

  • Private Highland Safari

    You will be picked up from your hotel and taken on a tailored safari with your Safari Ranger in a 4x4. This Safari will inspire you with an insight into this magnificent natural wilderness and you will stop for a delicious picnic lunch too.

  • Private Tour of a Whisky Distillery with a Master Distiller

    Join a master distiller and learn the secrets of the finest whiskies in the world before sampling the golden nectar afterwards.

  • Red Deer Photo Stalking

    Experience the wonder of Scotland's Highland wilderness as you get up close to Britain’s largest and most magnificent land mammal, the red deer, in the company of an experienced stalker.

  • Rosslyn Chapel

    One of Scotland’s most remarkable buildings, Rosslyn Chapel in Roslin was founded in 1446 and today attracts visitors from far and wide, drawn by its unique and mysterious carvings and the beauty of its setting.

  • Salmon Fishing on the Tay

    The River Tay is one of the most productive salmon rivers in Scotland, and spending a day on the river in the company of one of Scotland's best private fishing guides is a memorable and poetic experience.

  • St Andrews

    St Andrews is known by many worldwide as the "home of golf" and the most frequent venue for The Open Championship but it is also a beautiful and historic coastal town and home to the oldest university in Scotland.

  • Stirling Castle & the Trossachs

    Stirling Castle is one of the most important castles in Scotland’s history. It has witnessed the

    crowning of many Scottish Kings and Queens, and the earliest parts of the building date back as far as the 15th and 16th centuries.

  • Stonehenge and Bath day trip

    For a chance to see two of Britain's oldest sites, take a day to visit Bath and Stonehenge. Your private guide will lead you around both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, explaining the history of each and showing you beautiful countryside along the way.

  • Stourhead

    Lying in a secluded Wiltshire valley, Stourhead features one of the world’s finest landscape gardens and a majestic Palladian mansion. At its heart a magnificent lake reflects classical temples, grottoes and rare trees – a delight to explore.

  • Sudeley Castle

    Set in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle is just eight miles from Broadway in Gloucestershire. Sudeley Castle has played an important role in England’s turbulent history, with royal connections that stretch back over 1000 years.

  • Tintern Abbey

    The Cistercian abbey of Tintern is one of the great monastic ruins of Wales. Lying on the banks of the River Wye between Chepstow and Monmouth, Tintern is incredibly evocative and has inspired artists from Turner to Wordsworth.

  • Walking in the Cotswolds

    A walker's paradise, the Cotswolds is named as an area of outstanding natural beauty for a reason.

  • Warwick Castle

    Warwick Castle is a medieval castle dating back to 1068 and originally built by William the Conqueror then developed over time, Warwick Castle now houses a collection of armoury to rival that on display at the Tower of London.

  • Westonbirt Arboretum

    Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, located near the Cotswolds village of Tetbury, is one of the finest collections of temperate trees and shrubs in the world. World-famous for its explosion of autumn color, Westonbirt is a tree-lover’s paradise.

  • Windsor Castle

    The oldest continually occupied castle in the world, Windsor Castle is used as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's main home to this day. As you explore the majestic castle your private guide will tell you all about its 900-year royal history.

Location

London, Cotswolds, Kerry, Clare, Dublin, Gleneagles & Edinburgh

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