My Dis­cov­er­ies

Five Rea­sons to Travel in a Group to Great Bri­tain and Ire­land

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Ex­plor­ing the best of Lon­don, Belfast, Dublin and Ed­in­burgh in a group can be ex­tremely re­ward­ing, writes Ali­son God­frey. 1 MAKE MEAN­ING­FUL CON­NEC­TIONS Group tours al­low you to form life-long friend­ships built on com­mon in­ter­ests. Imag­ine walk­ing the streets of Strat­ford-Upon-Avon with some­one who shares your love of Shake­speare. Or tast­ing whisky in Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle with some­one who ap­pre­ci­ates Scotch. The toe-tap­ping sound of a fid­dle in an Ir­ish pub is al­ways more fun when you have some­one to dance with. Friend­ships formed on group tours are re­la­tion­ships based on com­mon in­ter­ests. Of­ten these are the friend­ships that will last a life­time. 2 ALL THE DE­TAILS ARE TAKEN CARE OF Great Bri­tain and Ire­land are lands rich in his­tory and tra­di­tion, en­com­pass­ing bustling met­ro­pol­i­tan cities, quaint vil­lages and lush green coun­try­sides.

Lon­don can be over­whelm­ing, but when you are on a group tour, you don’t have to nav­i­gate trav­el­ling on The Tube or find­ing good-qual­ity ac­com­mo­da­tion on your own. It’s all done for you.

Group tours al­low you to spend more time ab­sorb­ing the coun­tries’

Iconic Tower Bridge crosses the River Thames to the his­toric Tower of Lon­don

his­tory and cul­ture and less time on the pesky stress­ful de­tails. Need a driver to take you back to your ho­tel af­ter savour­ing a pint in a Dublin pub? No prob­lem, that can be or­gan­ised. In fact, there is no need to worry about where to eat or where to go. 3 LO­CAL KNOWL­EDGE AT YOUR FIN­GER­TIPS Tour guides in Great Bri­tain and Ire­land have in­cred­i­ble minds for his­tor­i­cal events, cul­tural facts and lo­cal anec­dotes. They have built up their knowl­edge over many years. They know the his­tory of every land­mark you will see plus the best restau­rants and the fastest way to get from one des­ti­na­tion to an­other. When you ask your travel guide ques­tions, you will quickly dis­cover they are one of the big­gest ad­van­tages of a group tour. 4 SEE AND DO THINGS YOU CAN’T DO ON YOUR OWN Tour com­pa­nies have insider knowl­edge. They can use their clout to get you to the front of the line at mu­se­ums, the best seats on the train and the best van­tage points to take pho­to­graphs. 5 SAFETY IN NUM­BERS

You can rest as­sured that a group tour com­pany has a plan to keep you safe and free of worry. If you do have any dif­fi­cul­ties or con­cerns, your tour leader will al­ways be able to give a help­ing hand.

Bri­tain & Ire­land

Above: Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle watches over the city. Be­low: Ex­pe­ri­ence Dublin on a his­toric walk­ing tour

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