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Ancient Roman BathsStonehenge, EnglandBlarney CastleThe scenic Cliffs of Moher in IrelandTrinity CollegeGiant's CausewayEdinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, ScotlandSt Andrews Golf Course
Ancient Roman Baths
Stonehenge, England
Blarney Castle
The scenic Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
Trinity College
Giant's Causeway
Edinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
St Andrews Golf Course
  • Duration: 20 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe Preview 2014
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  • Style: Great Britain and Ireland Regionals
  • Description: A treasure trove of historic sights, rolling countryside and cultural jewels are yours to explore on this fascinating tour. Breathe in fresh air as your explore the best that Britain and Ireland have to offer, from Roman ruins and stunning Cornish coastlines to Shakespeare’s birthplace. Sights include dazzling London and mystic Stonehenge in addition to the charming streets of Edinburgh and the ancient Giant’s Causeway in Ireland.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    LONDON - STONEHENGE - PLYMOUTH (2 NIGHTS)

    Leaving the sights of London behind, travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. Drive west through Thomas Hardy country to the historic naval port of Plymouth. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drinks.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

  • Day 2

    CORNISH EXCURSION

    Your orientation of Plymouth includes the Mayflower steps and see the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Cross the River Tamar and follow the Cornish peninsula to St. Ives, the renowned artists’ colony. Photograph St. Michael’s Mount near Penzance. Relax and enjoy the stunning Cornish scenery!


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 3

    PLYMOUTH - GLASTONBURY - BATH - CARDIFF

    Visit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and see the legendary burial site of King Arthur. On arrival in the city of Bath, admire the Georgian buildings and visit the Roman Baths after which the city is named. Spend some time exploring the city before making your way to the Welsh capital Cardiff.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    CARDIFF - WATERFORD

    See the sights of Cardiff including the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay. View the historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium.Enjoy the scenic drive through Pembrokshire and cross the Irish Sea to Rosslare. Enjoy dinner tonight at your hotel in Waterford.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 5

    WATERFORD - BLARNEY - KENMARE (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit the renowned House of Waterford Crystal for a Local Speciality demonstration. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop. At Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. Cross the Kerry Mountains to Kenmare, your home for the next two nights. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 6

    RING OF KERRY EXCURSION

    Follow the Ring of Kerry around the Iveragh Peninsula, characterised by plunging cliffs, shimmering lakes, granite mountains and rugged coastlines. See a mystical and unspoilt region of Ireland as you wind your way through Killorglin (of Puck Fair fame), Cahirciveen, Waterville and Moll’s Gap.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    KENMARE - LIMERICK - CLIFFS OF MOHER - GALWAY

    Drive through Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest villages, en route to Limerick on the banks of the River Shannon. View King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Treaty Stone. Visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. In Galway, view the Cathedral and stroll around Eyre Square. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 8

    GALWAY - KNOCK - DONEGAL - LETTERKENNY

    Visit the Shrine of Knock, a popular place of pilgrimage. Stop in Drumcliffe to see the grave of W.B. Yeats. See the fishing village of Mullaghmore where Lord Mountbatten once lived. Visit Donegal and see the 15th century castle before heading to Letterkenny. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 9

    LETTERKENNY - LONDONDERRY - GIANT'S CAUSEWAY - BELFAST

    Cross the border to Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Walk along the 17th century city walls with your Local Guide and see the street murals of the Bogside. Visit the Giant’s Causeway a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most iconic natural wonders in Britain. Finish the day with a scenic drive along the Antrim Coast Road through Ballycastle to Belfast where you dine tonight.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 10

    BELFAST SIGHTSEEING - DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning, meet your Local Expert ‘Cabbie’ for a trip through the famous city sights in a Black Cab.Rejoin your Travel Director and continue south. Cross the River Boyne at Drogheda to enter the Irish capital of Dublin, your home for the next two nights.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 11

    DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Guide. Enjoy an included visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers This evening consider joining an excursion to an Irish cabaret.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 12

    DUBLIN - CHESTER - LIVERPOOL

    Cross the Irish Sea to Wales and continue to Chester. Your orientation walk here includes the Roman walls and the famous Tudor ‘Rows’. Enjoy a Unique Insight into the life of the local Town Crier – an esteemed position which dates back to medieval times. Arrive later in historic Liverpool, hometown of the legendary Beatles. This evening, join your companions for a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

  • Day 13

    LIVERPOOL - CROSBY BEACH - LAKE DISTRICT

    Visit Crosby Beach this morning for a Unique Insight into the work of renowned British artist Antony Gormley. Make your way north to the idyllic Lake District. Travel along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried in the village of Grasmere.Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 14

    LAKE DISTRICT - GLASGOW

    Cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would say their vows over the anvil. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral, the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 15

    GLASGOW - GLENCOE - ISLE OF SKYE

    Travel along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond towards the site of the 1692 massacre, Glencoe − ‘Glen of the Weeping’. At Mallaig, take the ferry ’over the sea to Skye’. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 16

    ISLE OF SKYE - LOCH NESS - SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

    Enjoy a scenic drive back to the mainland via Glen Shiel and along the banks of Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for the elusive monster! Visit Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated by the redcoats. Enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch in a beautiful Highland Castle. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest / Dinner)

  • Day 17

    SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS - PITLOCHRY - ST. ANDREWS - EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS)

    Heading south, we stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry before heading to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Cross the Firth of Forth to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo are included.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 18

    EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning, your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, Holyrood House and the new Scottish Parliament building. Tonight, why not enjoy an optional night out including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare?


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 19

    EDINBURGH - ALNWICK - YORK

    Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the impressive castle and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Marvel at the magnificent scenery en route to York where your walking orientation includes the medieval walls, the Shambles and the awe-inspiring Minster. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 20

    YORK - STRATFORD-UPON-AVON - LONDON

    View Anne Hathaway’s picturesque thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor’s Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Spend some time exploring the town before heading back to London this afternoon, where your amazing holiday comes to an end.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Speciality Visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and workshop.
  • Local Guide in Londonderry/Derry, Dublin and Edinburgh.
  • Be My Guest Visit one of the most beautiful privately-owned castles in Scotland and meet the family whose ancestors have resided in it since the 16th century. After a tour around the castle with your hosts, enjoy a specially prepared buffet lunch.
  • Unique Insight Meet the official Town Crier of Chester and hear about the history of this traditional role which dates from medieval times.
  • Unique Insight Visit the fascinating ‘Another Place’ by British artist Antony Gormley at Crosby Beach near Liverpool.
  • Unique Insight Enjoy a visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pintpulling demonstration.
  • Local Expert Experience Belfast from the comfort of your dedicated Black Cab with expert ‘Cabbie’ commentary.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • StonehengeVisit the ancient stone circle.
  • PlymouthSee the Mayflower steps.
  • Cornish HighlightsExcursion to see St. Michael’s Mount and St. Ives.
  • GlastonburyVisit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey.
  • BathVisit the Roman Baths.
  • CardiffSee the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle.
  • BlarneyKiss the Blarney Stone.
  • Ring of KerryEnjoy a scenic drive.
  • LimerickView St. Mary’s Cathedral and King John’s Castle.
  • Cliffs of MoherView the stunning seascape from the cliffs.
  • GalwayView Galway Cathedral.
  • DonegalView the 15th century castle.
  • Londonderry/DerryWalk the city walls and see St. Columb’s Cathedral.
  • Giant's CausewayVisit the UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • BelfastSee the City Hall and Queen’s University.
  • DublinSee St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College.
  • ConwyView the Castle.
  • ChesterView the Tudor architecture and the timbered buildings.
  • Gretna GreenVisit this historic destination.
  • GlasgowView Glasgow Cathedral and George Square.
  • GlencoeSee Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping.
  • Isle of SkyeVisit the beautiful Isle of Skye.
  • CullodenVisit the famous battlefield.
  • St. AndrewsView the 18th hole on the Old Course.
  • EdinburghSightseeing includes the Royal Mile and a visit to the iconic castle.
  • AlnwickVisit the medieval market town of Alnwick.
  • YorkView York Minster and stroll along the Shambles.
  • Stratford-upon-AvonVisit Shakespeare’s birthplace and Visitors Centre.

Dining

  • 19 full breakfasts.

  • Be My Guest Lunch in the Scottish Highlands.

  • 11 evening meals including:
  • Welcome Pub Reception, including a traditional British pub meal and welcome drinks.
  • 8 three-course dinners.
  • Highlight Dinner with wine in Liverpool.
  • Farewell Dinner with wine in York.

Travel Highlights

  • Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
  • The services of a professional Travel Director
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your Trafalgar London hotel
  • Use of Trafalgar’s London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions
  • Audio headsets to clearly hear your guide’s commentary on all included sightseeing
  • A travel wallet with your documentation
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map
  • London airport transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply.

Airport Transfers

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