Kensington Palace, Edinburgh Castle and the former Irish Houses of Parliament are just a few of the famous sites your clients can look forward to seeing on these walking and small group tours on the British Isles.
Insight Vacations’ Royal Rendezvous
Insight Vacations’ luxury escorted tour, The British Royale, offers guests the opportunity to experience British high society on an 11-day exploration of the most exclusive private clubs, properties and restaurants from London to Edinburgh. This one-time-only tour, departing Aug. 11, is a part of Insight Vacations’ expanding portfolio of Luxury Gold special events. It features a collection of exclusive VIP experiences, as well as stays in the country’s finest five-star hotels, including The Milestone Hotel in London, which overlooks Kensington Palace. Highlights of the tour include a private viewing of the Crown Jewels followed by drinks and canapes served in the Hall of Monarchs in the Tower of London, a personal and exclusive tour of the Her Grace The Duchess of Northumberland’s gardens by the Duchess herself in Alnwick, Northumberland, and an opulent dinner at the Rhubarb Restaurant in Scotland, followed by a performance by the traditional Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. Rates start at $6,289 pp. For more information, call (800) 582-8380 or visit insightvacations.com.
In Search of History with Context Travel
Context Travel’s 1916, The Easter Rising and the Making of Ireland walking tour of Dublin explores the history behind the 1916 Easter Rising revolt that led to the formation of the Irish Free State (the modern-day Republic of Ireland). The 3-hour seminar, led by an Irish historian, begins at the former Houses of Parliament, then moves on to Dublin Castle, Gratton Bridge and Millennium Bridge, ending at the General Post Office. Along the way, guests are given insight into how the modern Republic of Ireland was formed and the elements of its past—the empire, colonialism, monarchies, and rebellions—that are still evident today. Guests and their guide will also discuss the city’s conflicting social and cultural forces at the time, key figures during the uprising, and the daily life of Dubliners during that period. Tours are available Monday through Saturday for groups of up to six people. Group tours cost $92 pp. Private tours cost $326 pp. For more information, call (800) 691-6036 or visit contexttravel.com.
Hitch a Ride with Tenon Tours
Tenon Tours’ new semi-escorted England Hopper tour provides independent travelers with flexible itineraries, one-way transfers from town-to-town, optional day tours and accommodations. Guests interested in this small group option can choose from a 5-night London & Oxford tour starting at $1,259, featuring a walking tour in Oxford and a day tour from London to Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich; the 7-night England Adventure tour starting at $2,189, including London, Bath City and Chester City hop-on/hop-off bus tours; or the 10-night English Jaunt tour starting at $2,639, with sightseeing in Bath, Chester City, London and York. There’s also a “build your own” option where guests can plan and arrange a customized itinerary with a Tenon Tours travel specialist. Departures are available year-round for the London & Oxford tour; April to September for the England Adventure and English Jaunt tours. For more information, call (855) 468-3666 or visit tenontours.com.