Experience castles, pubs, Beatlemania and Harry Potter sites galore in the United Kingdom and Ireland's premier cities. Relish the quaint countrysides juxtaposed with booming metropolises, and immerse yourself in Scottish, English and Irish culture for an unforgettable adventure on the British Isles.
What are the top highlights?
- See Big Ben and Westminster Abbey from 443 feet high on the London Eye
- Escape to the cozy cafe where J.K. Rowling penned her story of a young wizard
- Pour the perfect pint of Guinness while overlooking Dublin’s skyline
- Make friends with locals and enjoy live music in the pubs of Ireland and Scotland
- Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and childhood home, Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Stand in awe at the Cliffs of Moher, 700 feet above the Atlantic
Your trip includes
- Round-trip flights & airport transfers
- Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
- Private deluxe motorcoach
- Ferry between Liverpool & Dublin
- 13 nights in hand-picked accommodations
- Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
- Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
- Metro pass for London
- Entrance to Edinburgh Castle, Guinness Storehouse & other select attractions
You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.
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Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:
- Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
- Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
- Flights are booked with major airlines
- 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
- One checked bag included on most flights
- Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure
Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Scotland. Home of golf, redheads, and, wait for it, unicorns (they’re the national animal).
Day 2: Arrive in Edinburgh + Welcome Mixer
Welcome to Scotland! Meet your Tour Director at the airport upon your arrival. Board your private transfer to your accommodation; the day is yours to explore.
Free Time Suggestions
- Stroll the historic Royal Mile and enjoy views of Edinburgh Castle.
- Taste local dishes (like haggis) in a traditional Scottish pub.
- Savor Scotch whiskies at a distillery.
In the evening, it’s time for your Welcome Mixer. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with fellow travelers.
Day 3: Tour Edinburgh + Free Time
Get an in-depth look at Scottish history and modern day life with a guided sightseeing tour of Edinburgh.
- View the Scottish Crown Jewels in Edinburgh Castle.
- Walk the Great Hall and see the armor, swords and medieval decor that line the walls.
- Visit the Elephant House Cafe, where the first Harry Potter book was written.
After your tour, the afternoon is free to explore on your own.
Day 4: The Scottish Highlands
Become one with nature and spend a full day in the Scotland of your imagination.
- Grab some face paint and relive Braveheart at Stirling Castle, the site of many battles during the Wars of Scottish Independence.
- Take a stroll through Trossachs National Park, which features the biggest freshwater body in the UK.
- Enjoy the scenery as you drive through the rolling meadows and mountain ranges of the Scottish countryside.
Day 5: Travel to York
Next stop, York. Board your private coach and set off to the medieval, walled city.
- Visit Durham and see its impressive castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Use free time to try a traditional pub lunch, or browse Durham Market for unique crafts or local snacks.
- Arrive in the city of York and spend your evening exploring the twisting streets with your Tour Director.
Day 6: Travel to London via Cambridge
It’s time to board your coach and head to regal London. There will be plenty to do upon arrival, but first, stop in the historic college town of Cambridge, birthplace of scientific revelations and beautiful architectural marvels.
- Explore Cambridge, alma mater of Stephen Hawking, Sacha Baron Cohen, Charles Darwin and royal siblings William and Harry.
- Enjoy a pub lunch and pint at your leisure in Eagles Pub, where the discovery of DNA structure was first announced.
- Arrive in London and walk through famous areas like Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square before enjoying a free evening.
Day 7: Tour London + Optional London Eye and River Cruise
Experience London’s most iconic sites with a local guide for a walking and coach tour of the city.
- See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, all the while hearing about their unique stories from your local guide.
- Learn how to tell if the Queen is home at Buckingham Palace.
- Check out the medieval Tower of London juxtaposed against the modern cityscape.
Take the rest of the day to return to any of these sites or find some favorites of your own.
London Eye & River Cruise(extra cost)
If you’re going to see London, see it properly: from air and sea. Fly high on the London Eye: Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel, providing panoramic views of all the iconic landmarks, including The Shard, The Gherkin & The Banana (okay, maybe we made that last one up). Afterwards, sail down the River Thames with tea & crumpets. Take in the local flavours & colours, and realize that you love London so much you’ve started spelling words the British way.
Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.
Day 8: Free Day in London
The world is your Oyster Card! Your metro pass is included, so enjoy a full free day to explore London. Looking for a new perspective? See the city by boat and by giant ferris wheel during an optional excursion.
Free Time Suggestions
"I'm a what??": Take a selfie at Platform 9 ¾ in St. Pancras Station, or check out Leadenhall Market, Millennium Bridge and numerous other Harry Potter filming locations.
Boleyn Alley: Marvel at the Crown Jewels, see what was once the Royal Menagerie and learn about the darker history that took place in the Tower of London
Don't Look Down: Test your fear of heights at the Tower Bridge glass walkway.
Day 9: Travel to Liverpool
Board your private coach to Liverpool, home of the Beatles, Liverpool Football Club and waterfront nightlife. En route, make a stop in William Shakespeare’s hometown for lunch.
- Make your way to Liverpool via private coach.
- Have lunch in Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare.
- Arrive in Liverpool and explore the area with your Tour Director.
- See the The Cavern Club, where the Beatles played their first gigs.
Day 10: Enjoy a Free Day in Liverpool
For being a center of innovation and invention for centuries, Liverpool sure is humble. They only invented the first lifeboat station, the first School for the Blind, and the first High School for Girls after all. (And too many more to type.) Today’s your chance to explore this city on your own and go beyond the Beatles.
- Use the day to hit up the Merseyside Maritime Museum (but only after saying it 10 times fast) and check out the Titanic displays they have on exhibit.
- Take a short trip to Knowsley Safari Park and get ready for your animal selfie.
- Hang out during your free day at Albert Dock, a complex of dock buildings and warehouses with cool museums, restaurants, and bars.
Day 11: Tour Dublin via Holyhead
Make your way to Dublin! In the last decade or so, the city's become one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. Companies like Facebook, Airbnb, eBay, and Twitter all have European headquarters in Dublin (so you know it’s a big deal). But to get there, get your sea legs ready—you’re taking a ferry across the Irish Sea.
- Drive to Holyhead and take a ferry to Dublin.
- Arrive in Dublin and explore the area with your Tour Director.
- Meet your Tour Director for a guided tour of some top sights, including the Temple Bar neighborhood, St. Stephens Green park, and Grafton Street.
- Enjoy the evening on your own to make the most of your time in the city.
Free Time Suggestions
Do the Write Thing: The Dublin Writers Museum is an impressive tribute to the literary giants who called Dublin home, and includes artifacts like James Joyce’s typewriter.
Shop 'til you Drop: Scope out sweet deals on Grafton Street, located in the heart of Dublin. Once you drop, grab some food or maybe a cup of tea from one of the numerous cafes and restaurants lining the street.
Thick as Thieves: Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison, is now a museum highlighting Ireland’s path to independence. As you walk past the eerie, empty jail cells once occupied by Irish revolutionaries, be glad you’re not locked inside (or are you?).
Day 12: Explore Dublin + Optional Glendalough Day Trip
Today, you’ll see the best Dublin has to offer with a local guide on a walking and bus tour of the city. In the afternoon, tour the Guinness Brewery and order a “pint of Gat” (that’s how the cool kids order a Guinness).
- Pass through Phoenix Park, one of the largest city parks in the world. Look around—you’ll probably see a deer (there are 300 in the park).
- Learn about the historic and renowned Trinity College, alma mater of many influential figures, including Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker.
- Go inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the 800-year-old church named after the famous saint. This is the biggest church in Ireland, and it stands on the exact spot where St. Patrick is said to have baptized converts.
- Witness the history and brewing process of the world’s most famous beer at the Guinness Storehouse. Then sample the magical stout at the Gravity Bar, 200 feet above the city (that 360-degree view of Dublin ain’t so bad either).
Free Time Suggestions
Weird Science: The Science Gallery is not your typical science museum. Located within Trinity College, its exhibitions demonstrate how closely linked science is to our everyday lives. Harness your inner Jesse Pinkman and get really excited about science.
Whiskey Business: Switch up your drinking habits and try some whiskey! Visit the Jameson distillery, where Jameson Irish whiskey was distilled until 1971. Feel sophisticated as you sip Jameson and discuss its toasted wood undertones.
Glendalough Day Trip(extra cost)
When it comes to Ireland’s rugged, yet breathtaking countryside, nothing quite compares to Glendalough. The word translates to “the valley of the two lakes”, and in the sixth century, St. Kevin founded a monastery on this very spot. Today, you’ll visit the remains of this historic site and do your best to imagine yourself as a sixth century church-goer. Nerd out at the museum before heading out to gawk at the famous Round Tower, believed to be one of the most beautiful structures in Ireland.
Day 13: Travel to Galway
Next stop: Galway! But first, stop at the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most visited natural attractions.
- Board your private coach en route to Galway.
- Experience the natural beauty of the famous Cliffs of Moher.
- Arrive in Galway and take an introductory walk with your Tour Director.
- Explore the city on your own with a free evening in Galway.
Day 14: Explore the Aran Islands + Farewell Dinner
Board a ferry in Galway for a full day on the Aran Islands. Visit the Dun Aengus Ruins (an ancient fortress built upon a plunging precipice), and bask in the charm of the Irish countryside.
- Watch as Galway disappears behind you on the 45-minute ferry ride to the Aran Islands.
- Rent a bike and explore the green, Irish countryside.
- Explore the ancient and mysterious Dun Aengus Ruins and decide for yourself how they came to be.
Return from your adventure in the evening and get ready for your Farewell Dinner. Enjoy a final meal together before departing for home tomorrow morning.
Day 15: Fly Home
Slán libh, a cháirde!
Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?
EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS
1. Double the fun
A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.
2. Go ahead or stay behind
Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.
Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.