Moments & Monuments: Best Of Britain & Ireland

8 November 2016
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The rugged landscapes of Britain and neighbouring Ireland are filled with ancient castles, royal opulence and deep-seated cultural traditions. Modern Australian culture may have originated, in part, from our British and Irish ancestors, but the immense history and depth of the culture go far beyond our similarities today. This evergreen land calls for an exploration that covers all corners of its varied urban and rural regions.

It’s an experience you can entrust to Globus, the experts with more than 88 years’ experience in the travel business. Travel with ease on first-class motorcoaches while your local guides impart their knowledge of history and highlights all throughout your journey. From castle conflicts and invasions to Shakespeare and the Crown Jewels, take it all in with the 10-day Essential Britain and Ireland tour.

The Thames and Big Ben make a glorious portrait of London. Get your fill of London's famous sights.

Beginning in London, spend the afternoon exploring as you please. Wander the Portobello Market in Notting Hill, or watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Immerse yourself in the international energy of this vibrant city with an optional Taste of London excursion and dinner, then welcome in your holiday with a guided cruise along the River Thames.

After your first night’s sleep in one of Globus’ superior, centrally located hotels, head out of the city to the intriguing, prehistoric Stonehenge, which is believed to be an ancient burial ground dating back to 3,000 BC. Explore the monument up close before setting off for the beautiful Georgian city of Bath.

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Touring the English countryside by coach allows you to experience various highlights without having to travel too far. In each new location, local guides ensure you experience the city like a native.

No visit to Wales would be complete without a tour of the historic Cardiff Castle. Discover its turbulent history of invasions, abductions and conflicts over the past 2,000 years, before setting off on a ferry across St George’s Channel to Ireland. With three nights on the Emerald Isle, this tour takes in the famous House of Waterford Crystal, Christian monastic sites, Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College in Dublin and Belfast in Northern Ireland, where the Titanic was built.

Edinburgh Castle looms over the rooftops of the Scottish capital. Picture: Getty Images Edinburgh Castle looms over the rooftops of the Scottish capital. Picture: Getty Images

Globus holidays include guided sightseeing and VIP passes into main attractions, including the imposing Edinburgh Castle. It’s here you can admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then marvel at the sweeping city views across the medieval spires of Old Town and to the elegant rooftops of New Town. Free time is worked into each Globus itinerary, allowing you the space to explore attractions and drink in the local energy at each stop, at your own pace.

The final days of this tour take in the medieval city of York and Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon, before an iconic final night of theatre in London’s West End. Globus’ Essential Britain and Ireland tour offers an ultimate introduction to the highlights of these nations, and a lifetime of memories to cherish.

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Vicki Fletcher

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Head of Content and Social for Flight Centre, Vicki loves road trips down unknown tracks, hiking into mountain ranges, following locals to the best food in town, and spending long afternoons people watching in city squares. She's written for publications across Australia and Europe. Top travel tip: always look up. Follow Vicki on Instagram @vickijanefletcher.