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Britain and Ireland Grandeur 2014

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William Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, EnglandRing of KerryEdinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
William Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Ring of Kerry
Edinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Duration: 20 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: An experience of extremes, no corner of the British Isles is left unturned, from rural Glastonbury to its five ultra-urban capitals: Belfast, Dublin, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. It's Insider moments like… driving through the streets in a Belfast Black Cab, as you hear the history of The Troubles from someone who lived them. The gritty closeness of your cabbie's memories is amplified by hearing them with just a handful of travellers in such a unique setting. Borrowing his pen to add your own message to Belfast's peace wall, and pausing to hear the hidden messages behind the murals that pepper the city's walls, this cab ride covers the famous and the infamous of a two-sided city.


On every itinerary, we offer a range of optional excursions that allow you to further enhance your experience should you so choose. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited these can be paid with cash or credit card.

A reduction of 25% of the cost of the Optional Excursions is offered to all children under the age of 16 years at the time of travel. Please Note: This discount to does not apply to North America optionals, as they are already discounted.


    • + Beara Peninsula Drive Cruise And Dinner A scenic drive along Kenmare Bay takes us to our boat which will take us around the stunning coastline, past deserted islands, looking out for bird and animal life. Then we return to a well known local restaurant for a drink and a delicious meal of local Irish specialities including fish and seafood.


    • + Cardiff Castle Tour Take an insider look at this unique Castle started by the Romans 2,000 years ago where we have our own private tour. The refurbishments done in the 1,800s have been described as outrageous to opulent, bogus to brilliant and some even say the architect, William Burgess, smoked his opium pipe too much! His influences include Arab and Islamic art, Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales and even Aesop's fables. In addition, we can walk on the battlements and climb the 1,000-year-old Norman keep for superb views over Cardiff.

    • + Cardiff Welsh Banquet This is the ideal opportunity to sample the culture of Wales in its music and food. During this highly entertaining evening the wine will flow, we will dine on distinctive Welsh dishes, be charmed by the lovely sounds of the Welsh harp and enchanted by the beautiful voices of the castle's lords and ladies. Wales really is the land of song!

    • + Welsh Evening And Dinner A Welsh country dinner at The Blue Anchor, a 14th century thatched inn. Listen to a Welsh harpist play while you enjoy your meal. A drink is included.


    • + Dartmoor Excursion And Dinner A scenic drive across the mysterious moors takes us to the capital of the moors, Princetown. Here we see the infamous prison before driving to a lovely old Inn for a drink and a delicious home-cooked dinner followed by stories and legends about the area. We then head back to Plymouth.

    • + Forgotten Cornwall And Dinner Leaving the hotel we head down to the oldest part of Plymouth, 'Stonehouse'. Here we leave the coach and take a 7-minute ferry ride across the River Tamar to Cornwall and the village of Cremyll. Dinner tonight is in the old Cornish inn, the Edgcumbe Arms, situated 25 yards from the ferry pier. Enjoy a meal, with a main course from the Carvery. After dinner we will rejoin our touring coach to take a drive along the beautiful coast known as 'Rame Head', for stunning views, before returning to Plymouth via the Torpoint car ferry.

    • + Plymouth Harbour Cruise A boat trip round the harbour of one of England's most famous seaports. View the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America, and ships sailed for Australia, New Zealand and Newfoundland. See panoramic vistas of Plymouth Hoe, site of Drake's legendary game of bowls. Into the Royal Navy Dockyard and a chance to see some of the modern vessels of the Royal Navy. A commentary is given by the skipper.


    • + Derry Dinner Join with the rest of the group for a cosy evening with dinner and a drink in a local restaurant.


    • + Dinner And Cabaret Over an excellent dinner you'll enjoy a non-stop show featuring comedy, dance, song, music and fine food. Ireland's musical history unfolds in a cabaret that will delight you long after the night has ended. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the fun, and it's all wrapped up in the spirit of Irish humour. We will even serve you an Irish Coffee at the end of dinner, it will put you in the mood for Ireland's best night out.

    • + Dublin Dinner Join us for dinner in one of Dublins pub/restaurants.

    • + Glendalough The Glen Of The Two Lakes This is one of the most important monastic sites in Europe dating back to the 7th century. This sacred site is famous for its tranquil beauty - set amidst the rolling countryside of County Wicklow, the garden of Ireland. Your Local Guide will enthrall you with tales of this beautiful place.


    • + Dinner Evening Join your travelling companions for dinner in an exciting local restaurant with an included drink.

    • + Rosslyn Chapel We drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we have a tour of the famous Rosslyn Chapel. Visit one of Scotland's most unusual 15th century buildings, famed for its associations with the Knights Templar, the Masonic movement, and now 'The Da Vinci Code'. Intricate carvings of New World plants, and secret chambers make this a must on any visit to Scotland. Afterwards there is the opportunity to visit the chapel shop before returning to Edinburgh.

    • + Scottish Show With Dinner Tonight is a chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an Internationally famous venue. There is food, wine and a great atmosphere. Join in with the singing, well show you a Highland dance or two and there's a chance to sample Scotlands national dish - haggis. Its a grand night and a wonderful way to celebrate an evening in Edinburgh.


    • + Highland Farm Visit Visit a real Highland sheep farm and find out about a dying way of life. The shepherd, Neil, has many border collies and will show you how, with different whistles, he can command each dog to carry out different tasks. You will be introduced to the dogs, try your hand at sheep shearing, feed the pups and see how they will be trained to be sheepdogs of the future. This is an opportunity not to be missed. (Weather permitting.)

    • + Isle Of Skye Drive An opportunity to travel around the Isle of Skye with our Local Guide. Hear about the way of life on this remote inner Hebridean island with its stories and legends.


    • + Jaunting Car Ride Take a traditional pony and trap ride through the streets of and into the beautiful Bourne - Vincent National Park. Your Jarvey will tell you stories about Ireland - remember he has probably kissed the Blarney Stone once or twice!


    • + Loch Lomond Boat Trip Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond'. As we cruise across the loch the skipper will tell you stories and point out Rob Roy's cave as you relax and savour the stunning scenery. It really is a photographer's paradise! (N.B: The boats are covered launches and will operate subject to suitable weather conditions.)


    • + Private Cruise On Lake Windermere Enjoy an exclusive cruise on a private boat on England's most beautiful lake taking in the northern coastline, many beautiful houses and gardens and Wray Castle. We also see deserted islands, boats, birdlife and have a chance to breath in the local air and appreciate the area so loved by Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. A photographers' paradise.

    • + Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride A chance to view the glorious scenery of the lake district as we cruise across Englands largest lake. Then step back in time as we board the steam train for a short journey from Lakeside to Haverthwaite.


    • + Sightseeing With A Local Guide Take a professionally guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past, to its world beating cultural present, via the two magnificently different cathedrals, see Mathew Street, birthplace of the The Beatles and the Mersey Sound. A memorable and entertaining experience.

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