Discover Great Britain and Ireland | Small Group Tours British Isles

Packed to the brim with history, culture, and striking scenery, Great Britain and Ireland have a lot to offer the traveller. Our small group tours are perfect for the mature or senior traveller who wants to explore Britain and Ireland as part of an intimate guided tour with an expert local guide. We take in the must-see sights, while nonetheless offering experiences that venture off the beaten path. 
Seemingly tucked away in the corner of the world, the British Isles nonetheless exert a world-wide influence that belies their small size. English literature buffs familiar with Shakespeare, Jane Austen, or the Romantic Poets will relish Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the Lake District, and Bath, while amateur historians will enjoy visits to the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. In Scotland, experience the local culture – ‘neeps and tatties‘, the Edinburgh military tattoo, and local whiskey; while in Wales, enjoy our walking tour of its unjustly neglected coastline.
Across the St George’s Channel, our visits to Dublin take in Ireland’s tangible historical remnants – the Book of Kells, O’Connell Street, and St Patrick’s Cathedral – in order to understand its turbulent history. We also offer a trip off the beaten path to see Northern Ireland, including the Giant’s Causeway. And wherever we are, our itinerary always takes time to journey into the British Isles spectacular scenery: England’s Cotswolds; Snowdonia National Park in Wales; the Scottish highlands and Loch Lomond; and Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher and Killarney National Park (on the Ring of Kerry).

 

Tours

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Classical Music Small group tours
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This is a round–the-world, 23 day program that visits two continents, staying in the major arts centres of Vienna, Paris, London and New York. For Odyssey Travellers, we have sought to assemble entry and show tickets to what many will consider the best arts experiences available in those cities during each program.

22 days
British Isles, Europe
Level 1 - Introductory to Moderate
Industrial revolution
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The Industrial Revolution brought great change to Britain with the linking of major rivers with canals and the development of railways. During our program we learn how engineers overcame geographical obstacles through the use of viaducts, bridges, aqueducts, tunnels and locks. Fortunately for us many of these impressive structures have been restored and now carry recreational boating with branch railways through spectacular landscapes.

23 days
British Isles, Europe
Level 2 - Moderate
Small Group escorted tour exploring Historic Ireland
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Nowhere else are these historic trials, tribulations and triumphs such a part of contemporary events and so integrated via song and words into daily life. In Ireland the past is the present and the present is the past. In this tour we step out into this evocative island of Ireland and quite simply absorb the most poignant place on Earth.

18 days
British Isles, Europe
Level 1 - Introductory to Moderate

A small group tour focused on Medieval England and Wales. Spend 21 days travelling from Canterbury to Cambridge, passing through Winchester, Salisbury, Bristol, Hereford and Norwich along the way. We travel through some of the most spectacular destinations in England and Wales, visiting amazing cities as well as tiny villages and abandoned religious foundations.

22 days
British Isles
Level 2 - Moderate
Modern-day London

Short tour of London of up to 5 days. Designed as a short tour for those who wish to spend additional time in places at the conclusion of their tour.

5 days
British Isles

An era of enormous change, change which occurred in almost all areas of life. Developments in technology, science, medicine, politics, art and architecture. Enjoy talks and short lectures from a collection of knowledgeable guides on Victorian Britain in a small group.

 

21 days
British Isles
Level 2 - Moderate

Continental invaders brought with them many components that added to the mix of what makes Britain today, including their genetic characteristics, the roots of the English language, various spiritual and religious beliefs, models of land ownership, place names and technologies that began with the Stone Age Celts. We explore the places and events that created this mélange.

23 days
British Isles, Europe
Level 2 - Moderate

Short tour of Belfast of up to 5 days. Designed as a short tour for those who wish to spend additional time in places at the conclusion of their tour.

5 days
British Isles
Castle, Gorey - England, Jersey - England, France, Grouville
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This fully escorted, small group walking tour, takes the active senior on a journey of discovery through the fascinating small Channel Islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm.

18 days
British Isles
Level 3 - Moderate to Challenging
mount of Mont Saint Michel, France
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Our 21 night program explores the north-west corner of France before hopping across the English Channel to the tiny autonomous islands of Jersey, Guernsey and Sark as well as the historic Isle of Wight. The tour combines the dramatic scenery of Normandy and Brittany with the quirky history and natural beauty of the Channel Islands together with the natural and historic splendour of the Isle of Wight in the English Channel.

22 days
British Isles, Europe
Level 2 - Moderate
Shakespeare Drama small group tour Stratford England
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Reserve your tickets to Odyssey’s 9 day Discover Shakespeare tour. Be entertained by the Royal Shakespeare Company, viewing performances in Stratford-upon-Avon.

10 days
British Isles, Europe
Level 1 - Introductory to Moderate
Gardens of Ireland Small group tour
Pre-guaranteed

Ireland is a lush green island full of thatched cottages, friendly pubs, music, poetry, ebullient people and dramatically diverse rugged countryside. It is also a land of diverse and rich gardens from the dramatic Powerscourt to the impressive kitchen Garden of Kylemore Abbey and the secretive Anne’s Grove. Our program ranges from the bustling capital of Dublin with its historic Botanic Garden to the greenness of Killarney with its rugged Kerry peninsula and charming Muckross House as well as to the natural beauty of the Connemara.

10 days
British Isles
Level 1 - Introductory to Moderate
Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland
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Few people think of Scotland as an island archipelago. These islands all have one thing in common – they all contain living history. The people who dwell on them, for the most part, live their daily lives now as they did centuries ago. These isles are among the world’s great repositories of archaeological treasures including villages preserved almost in their entirety.

20 days
British Isles
Level 2 - Moderate

This tour allows us to explore the life and times of the royal families responsible for making England and Spain so significant in the 16th century. We spend 10 days in England visiting sites made famous by Henry VIII and his daughters Mary and his Elizabeth. From there we fly to Spain to spend the final 10 days looking at towns and palaces established by the Catholic monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, and their Habsburg descendants.

22 days
British Isles, Europe
Level 2 - Moderate
Whitby Abbey walking britain
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This is an upgraded walking program with new paths including the Brecon-Monmouthshire canal walk and tracks on Arran in Scotland. The program is designed for participants who enjoy seeing the countryside on foot and is appropriate for active walkers. We stay at comfortable hotels with two days of walks followed by a day of travel to the next site.

22 days
British Isles, Europe
Level 3 - Moderate to Challenging

This historic walk covers around 300 kilometres of often rugged terrain, from St Bees on the west coast of England to Robin Hoods Bay on the east coast. For Odyssey Travellers this small group tour along Wainwright Walking trail allows you to explore this beautiful area of England on foot. However, for those people interested in only walking some of the trail, or unsure of their ability to cover the whole distance, you may choose to walk as much or as little as you wish. 

27 days
British Isles
Level 3 - Moderate to Challenging

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