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Britain and Ireland Highlights 2014

Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament at night in London, EnglandWilliam Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, EnglandThe Temple Bar in Dublin, IrelandTrinity College
Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament at night in London, England
William Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, England
The Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland
Trinity College
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Engineering, invention and Romantic Poets, the epic diversity squeezed into a remarkably tiny region is explored through the towns, cities and countryside of Britain and Ireland. It's Insider moments like… learning how to pour the perfect Guinness in the famous Storehouse, the panoramic view of Dublin's skyline as your backdrop. Watching the peaty blackness gather at the bottom of the glass, as those last few drops are added at the perfect moment. And maybe even seeing the artistry, as the traditional Shamrock design appears, symbol of the country in which you stand. And taking your first sip of Ireland's iconic national drink, in the complex home of its birth.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    A scenic drive through beautiful countryside brings you to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Later in the Viking town of York, enjoy a walk along its historic streets. View the cobbled Shambles, the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. Later enjoy a Welcome Drink at a typical English pub before enjoying dinner at your hotel in the spa town of Harrogate.

    Meal(s): (Welcome ReDrink / Dinner)

    Hotel: Holiday Inn

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    From quaint villages around the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the scenic glory of the Lake District, your journey north is impressive. Travelling along the shores of England's largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald's Church. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would make 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)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu Glasgow/Marks Hotel/Crutherland House

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Today, visit Edinburgh. Your Local Expert 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, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. En route back to Glasgow this afternoon, visit the Falkirk Wheel Visitor Centre to see this modern technological marvel in action. This evening you will enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant in Glasgow.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Regional Meal)

  • Day 4


    Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast past the island of Ailsa Craig, the stepping stone from Ireland to Scotland, to board the ferry to Northern Ireland. View City Hall, Queen's University and the dock where the Titanic was built with your Local Expert.Upon arrival in Dublin enjoy a Unique Insight during your included visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Mespil

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    See Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Expert. 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 optional experience to an Irish cabaret.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 6


    This morning gain an Unique Insight into rearing world-class thoroughbreds when visiting the Irish National Stud Farm established in 1946. After a guided walk through the farm, take some time to stroll through the tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe. In Kilkenny, see the imposing medieval castle and enjoy free time for lunch. This afternoon enjoy a Local Speciality when you visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Waterford Marina

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Cross the Irish Sea to Wales, and continue your journey to Cardiff Bay to view the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly. View the historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium before arriving at your hotel. Tonight, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Be My Guest Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s): (Farewell Dinner / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Park Inn City Centre

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    Cross the Severn Estuary into England and the glorious city of Bath. See splendid Georgian architecture during your orientation. Enjoy an included visit to the Roman Baths from which the city derives its name. In Wiltshire, visit the mysterious monolithic stone circle at Stonehenge. Later, return to London where your holiday in Britain and Ireland comes to an end.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Enjoy a warm welcome from the owners of this pretty smallholding just outside Cardiff. Meet all the animals and later enjoy typical Welsh dishes prepared with fresh ingredients grown on the farm and cooked by your hosts. The family and their friends will entertain you with their various talents so you will soon get to know the charm and warmth of the Welsh people!
  • Local Expert in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin.
  • Unique Insight Enjoy a visit to the Guinness Brewery for a storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration.
  • Unique Insight Visit the Irish National Stud, home to some of the world's finest thoroughbreds.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Visit the House of Waterford Crystal for a workshop tour and showroom visit.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin.
  • Orientations of York, Glasgow, Cardiff and Bath.
  • Visit Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, the town of Gretna Green, the Falkirk Wheel, the Irish National Stud farm and Japanese Garden, the Waterford Crystal showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge.
  • View York Minster, Glasgow Cathedral and George Square, Kilkenny Castle and gardens.
  • See the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff.


  • 7 full breakfasts.
  • 3 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest and Regional Meal).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland.
  • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Ireland to South Wales.
  • 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.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.

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