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The Lake District in North West EnglandStonehenge, EnglandThe Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland
The Lake District in North West England
Stonehenge, England
The Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration: 16 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: In the craic and Guinness of Ireland or the tea and scones of England, the welcoming hospitality of the British Isles is one of its biggest attractions and one of your lasting memories. It's Insider moments like… picturing the scene as the world's most famous liner left the tiny town of Cobh on its ill-fated journey, a Titanic expert shares how it changed the community forever. Seeing the old custom's house, you can imagine the Irish emigrants as they took their last steps on terra firma, preparing for a new life in America. And, as you walk through the streets with our Irish insider, you get a sense of the excitement and nervousness they felt as they waved goodbye to loved ones staying behind in Cobh.


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.


    • + 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.


    • + Pitlochry Visit Of Blair Castle This fine castle is set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery. We will enjoy an interior visit of the castle, the home of the Duke of Atholl who is the only man in Britain to have a private army.

    • + 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.)


    • + Glasgow Evening Join your Travel Director for an evening of good food and enjoyment. One drink included.


    • + 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.)


    • + Dinner Evening Join your Travel Director and fellow guests for dinner at an unusual and enjoyable restaurant in the centre of the city.


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

    • + 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.

    • + 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.


    • + Irish Ceilidh Evening Enjoy the great atmosphere or craic at our ceilidh evening. Traditional Irish music and dancing and the chance to sing along to some familiar Irish melodies. Dinner is included on this fun evening.

    • + Bunratty Castle And Folk Park Visit the 15th century Castle with its fine furnishings, antiques and paintings. Bunratty was built by the MacNamaras and became the main stronghold of the powerful OBrien clan. Experience the Ireland of yesteryear as you wander through the folk park with its thatched cottages and smoky turf fires - a way of life that has all but gone now. In the village street there are shops, a school and a bakery - maybe treat yourself to some of the freshly baked cakes in the village tea room.


    • + 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.

    • + 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.

    • + 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!


    • + 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.

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