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UK and Ireland

 

As kiwis we all love travelling to the United Kingdom and Ireland , whether it’s to visit friends and family, retrace our heritage, start our BIG “OE” or simply to enjoy the old world charm – there is a very special connection between New Zealanders and Great Britain.

London is a wonderful starting point for any UK adventure and it is amazing to see sites such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Westminter Abbey in the flesh. Trip around of the world’s most iconic city on one of the famous red buses and wind your day up in a classic English pub with a pint of ale.

Head out into the English countryside, the Yorkshire dales, the Lakes Direct or sleepy Cornwall. A 2 hour train journey from London and you’ll find yourself in Wales, where there are some of Britain most well preserved Roman ruins.

North the Scottish Highland will enchant with their mystical castles and deep lochs, both Edinburgh and Glasgow are exciting and sophisticated cities with masses of cultural and historical sites to explore.

No trip to this region of the world is complete without popping across to the Emerald Isle to enjoy all that is Irish!

With a great selection of independent and group tour options, tips and advice for your Big “OE” and great stopover packages on route, we can help you experience all that is Great about Britian and Ireland!

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London Kick Starter

London Kick Starter

Get your feet on the ground and find your bearings around London with this 5 night starter package. A private transfer will collect you from Heathrow airport and deliver you to the welcoming Oxford Hotel which is situated in Earl’s Court, a great starting place for any London adventure.

5 nights’ accommodation Oxford Hotel

A family-run hotel established for well over 25 years. It is a traditional townhouse conversion, typical of the surrounding architecture. Located in Earl's Court, which is one of the liveliest areas of London. Hyde Park and many of the museums are within walking distance.

  • Private airport transfer London Heathrow to Hotel
  • Cold buffet breakfast daily
  • London city tour

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5 nights from $1,169

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Best of the British Isles In Depth

Best of the British Isles In Depth

Discover the best of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.

20 days/ 19 nights Tour ex London

Your journey begins in England with visits to London, Henry the VIII’s Hampton Court Gardens, Oxford, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle, and medieval York, where your Tour Director takes you on a walking tour through the narrow Shambles.

Heading north, it’s on to the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands for visits of Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford House, Edinburgh with its Castle and Holyrood Palace, St. Andrews, Braemar, Inverness, Culloden Moor, Glasgow, Gretna Green, and a cruise on Loch Lomond.

Return to England to take in the serene Lake District and the Beatles Story in Liverpool before passing through Snowdonia National Park in Wales en route to Ireland.

Some of the highlights include the “Fair City” of Dublin with a visit to Trinity College, the Irish National Stud at Kildare, the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, Galway, scone baking at Rathbaun Farm, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Blarney, and the House of Waterford Crystal.

Ferry across St. George’s Channel and drive to Bath to see the amazing Roman excavations. Stay two nights in Exeter and drive into Dartmoor National Park for dinner at a local inn, then enjoy an excursion to the former smuggler’s port of Looe and to Plymouth. Return to London via prehistoric Stonehenge.

  • 23 nights' accomodation
  • 23 Breakfasts and 10 dinners
  • Motor -coach transport
  • Private cruise on Loch Lomond
  • Ferry transfers Holyhead-Dublin and Rosslare-Pembroke

24 nights from $4,600

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Scottish Highlands and Islands

Scottish Highlands and Islands

14 days ex Glasgow

This a truly comprehensive Scottish tour!  After a welcome dinner in Glasgow, head through the picturesque Trossachs region to Stirling for a visit of the castle and the Bannockburn battlefield before arriving in Edinburgh for a three-night stay.

Your sightseeing in the Scottish capital includes Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, and an excursion takes you to Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford House. Next, travel north, and stop at St. Andrews, the mountain resort of Pitlochry to visit a whisky distillery, and the Highland capital of Inverness.

An included excursion takes in Culloden Moor and Cawdor Castle, setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Also visit majestic Dunrobin Castle and enjoy a falconry display before boarding a ferry for the Orkney Islands.

Here, a Local Guide shows you the unique sites, including a 5,000-year-old Neolithic village and the Ring of Brodgar, the area’s very own Stonehenge. Skirt the northwestern coastline, where stunning scenery delivers you to the isles of Skye and Mull for two-night stays on each.

Return to Glasgow for one last overnight and the end of your Scottish adventure.

  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • 13 Full Scottish breakfasts, 1 lunch and 9 evening meals
  • Motor-coach transport
  • Return ferry Orkney Islands, the Isles of Skye, Mull, and Iona

13 nights from $5,039

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Wales – Cardiff, Caerelon and Coastlines

Wales – Cardiff, Caerelon and Coastlines

4 nights/ 4 days in Cardiff with 2 full day excursions

4 nights’ accommodation The Parc Hotel by Thistle. Within walking distance to Cardiff castle and the main shopping area. This hotel combines Victorian splendour with 20th century sophistication. Close to Cardiff Castle and the main shopping area. Great location for exploring all that Wales has to offer.

  • Romans & Ruins day tour - visit to Britain's most preserved Roman town Caerleon, Raglan Castle and Tintern Abbey
  • The Golden Gower day tour - the Gower Peninsular with its golden sandy beaches, stunning coastline and prehistoric wonders

4 nights from $1,369

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Irish Explorer

Irish Explorer

9 days/ 8 nights' ex Dublin

Explore Ireland in depth and hear exciting stories of its rich history, legends, and myths. Begin your trip in Dublin, Ireland’s capital, with an orientation drive that introduces you to the major attractions.

Head north through the Boyne Valley and the Mountains of Mourne to Downpatrick, and on to Belfast, the vibrant capital of Northern Ireland. Take the scenic route along the Antrim coast to dramatic Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visit Derry and Donegal, then drive along Donegal Bay on your way to Sligo. Via Knock, where pilgrims from around the world flock to the Marian Shrine, and vibrant coastal Galway, you reach the breathtaking 668-foot Cliffs of Moher. Take photographs of the thatched cottages in Adare, then drink in the scenery on the Dingle Peninsula before arriving in the bustling resort of Killarney.

More spectacular vistas await during the coastal drive along the beautiful “Ring of Kerry,” where you’ll see sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly coloured farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with verdant vegetation, and the Lakes of Killarney. Next, stop in Blarney, famous for its castle and “Stone of Eloquence,”; also enjoy a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal.

Heading north, visit Ireland’s oldest handweaving mill at Avoca, and Glendalough with its ruins of St. Kevin’s Centre of Irish Christianity. Return to Dublin to conclude your tour.

  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • 8 Full Irish breakfast and 3 evening meals
  • Private first-class air-conditioned motor-coach

8 nights from $999

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Contiki Ireland

Contiki Ireland

Contiki Ireland

8 Days Dublin to Dublin

Ireland is famous for Guinness, the Blarney Stone, good music and craic! Take in many of the famous sights on this fantastic jaunt around the country. Enjoy cosmopolitan Dublin and its many bars, learn about the tragic history of "the troubles" in Belfast and Londonderry, before enjoying the scenery and good times in the South.

  • 7 nights twin-share hotel accommodation
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
  • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges
  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations
  • 7 continental breakfasts & 4 three-course dinners

8 nights from $1,571

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Contiki Scotland & Ireland

Contiki Scotland & Ireland

Contiki Scotland & Ireland

13 Days Edinburgh to Dublin

Have a hankering for all things Scottish and Irish? This tour combines two of the most picturesque countries in Europe. Scotland is famous for its whisky, haggis, bagpipes, an elusive lake monster and men who wear kilts! Ireland is famous for Guinness, the Blarney Stone, good music and craic! Join this tour to enjoy the best of both worlds.

  • 12 nights twin-share hotel accommodation
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
  • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges
  • Ferry crossing
  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations
  • 12 continental breakfasts & 6 three-course dinners

13 nights from $2,520

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