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Cosmos - The Best of Britain and Ireland 2015

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Cosmos - The Best of Britain and Ireland 2015


My sister and I really need some advice. We will be traveling in late May. The tour is Cosmos - The Best of Britain and Ireland 2015 - 15 day tour. Breakfast is served daily and 5 three-course dinners will be served. In depth details of the tour are at the end of this post.

Many negative reviews say:

- You spend all day driving and get to see the destination for a few minutes only to get back in the coach to drive more

- The hotels are below par

- The optional excursions aren't worth it and are over priced

My questions:

- Is spending $4,000 too much for this kind of tour? That price only includes the tour and airfare (no optional excursions or meals not provided).

- Is May a good times to visit Ireland?

- Dose Cosmos escort you from the Airport to the hotel?

- What is the average amount of time spent on the coach?

- When Cosmos rates this tour as "Active," does that mean you are rushed to different location to check off the list or does it mean you will be physically active, as in walking in the National Parks? Is everything rushed?

- Which optional excisions should we choose? (Listed below)

- Are the hotels remotely nice?

- Are the included meals "cheap"?

- Tour Guide: Geoff Cordwell. Anyone had any experiences with this?


Visits to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, Coventry, Hadrian’s Wall, Jedburgh, Edinburgh Castle, tickets for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (departures July 27 through August 17), Gretna Green, Grasmere, Llangollen, Betws-y-Coed, Llanfair, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Adare, Killarney, Blarney, Bath, Stonehenge; orientation drives in Dublin, Cardiff; walking tours in Oxford, York, Chester

Scenic Highlights:

Cotswold Hills, Northumberland National Park, Scottish Lowlands, Lake District National Park, North Wales and Snowdonia National Park, The Burren, Ring of Kerry and Lakes of Killarney, Salisbury Plain

Optional Excursions: Excursion to Rosslyn Chapel (19 GDP), Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion & Dinner (56 GDP), Scottish Evening with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis, Guinness Storehouse Visit & Supper (56 GDP), Excursion to Muckross House on the Lakes of Killarney (23 GDP), Tramore Pub Evening (28 GBP). Welsh Evening at Cardiff Castle (64 GBP), Traditional Irish Night, A Taste of London, Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London and Crown Jewels.

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1. Re: Cosmos - The Best of Britain and Ireland 2015

Kayla my family and I have just returned home from a Globus Best of UK 21 day tour. As you know Globus and Cosmos are the same company so that many of your optionals are the same as what we have done. I have posted a couple of reviews of the optionals today. We have also travelled Cosmos throughout Europe so we know of some of the challenges that you will be facing. Basically all bus tours are designed to highlight the country you are visiting and so try to show you as much of the place as they can. This means you are on the go from about 6.00 am every morning, usually bags out and breakfast at 7.00 am and on the bus at 8.00am. Look to see how many 2 night stops you have as this will indicate how fast paced the tour will be. You have asked a great many questions that may be easier to reply to in an email. You have time to do your homework and answer most yourself. Basically you have selected a cheaper tour that saves by staying at 3 or 4 star hotels further out from the main centres. You would also notice the difference in some dinners from the costlier tours. The money that you save can be spent on the optionals as this helps to,appreciate the country and to meet your fellow bus travellers. However there are some tours I wouldn't recommend in the UK as they were not value for money in my opinion. But you might think differently.

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Let me just say, I had my one and only coach tour in nineteen sixty four with Cosmos. Seven countries in fourteen days. I've been an independent traveller this last fifty years.

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3. Re: Cosmos - The Best of Britain and Ireland 2015

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4. Re: Cosmos - The Best of Britain and Ireland 2015

My idea of hell,frankly.

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