Spectacular scenery combined with fascinating architectural remains and energetic cities—all of this awaits you on this fabulous escorted tour of Britain and Ireland. Your guided tour starts and ends in London with overnights in between in Newport, Wales; Waterford and Dublin in Ireland; Edinburgh, Scotland; and York, England. Fans of castles will enjoy the visit to Cardiff Castle, dating back over 2,000 years. Hear about its history of invasions, abductions, and conflicts, and see its fairytale towers. You’ll also visit Edinburgh Castle, dating to the 12th century and today home to the Crown Jewels; and Kilkenny Castle, in Ireland, built in 1195 to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several routeways. Even older than these castles are the Roman baths in Bath, constructed around 70 AD and today one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world. You’ll visit Stonehenge as well on your Essential Britain & Ireland tour. You’ll also visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and the House of Waterford Crystal in Waterford, where you’ll see the highly-skilled craftsmen at work in the production of this famous crystal. Globus has also included special experiences for you throughout this tour. For example, you’ll enjoy a traditional Irish Coffee demonstration in Waterford and a light lunch in charming Stratford-upon-Avon. It’s just another way Globus brings these destinations to life. Then, at the conclusion of your escorted tour, travel via the high-speed Eurostar train to Paris for three overnights, plenty of leisure time, and guided sightseeing that includes a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre. All vacation package services in Paris, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms.