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Britain and Ireland Experience 2014

  • Duration: 16 Days
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  • Brochure: Costsaver 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Experience the Britain and Ireland of a simpler time, through medieval castles and churches that have stood for centuries. Admire Ireland's breathtaking Dingle Peninsula and roam the charming streets of Oxford.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART CANADA

    Overnight flight to London.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS)

    Relax after check-in or stroll through London and soak up the unique atmosphere.

    Hotel: Jurys Inn Islington

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  • Day 3

    LONDON FREE TIME

    Spend the day exploring London's sights.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    LONDON – WINDSOR – BATH – CARDIFF

    This morning, meet your Travel Director and traveling companions as you set off on your vacation. Visit Windsor and see the impressive castle. See elegant Georgian architecture in the spa town of Bath. Cross the vast Severn Estuary to Cardiff, capital of Wales, where you dine tonight.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Copthorne

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  • Day 5

    CARDIFF – PEMBROKE – WATERFORD

    Admire Cardiff Castle then journey through beautiful countryside via Carmarthen. View Pembroke Castle which is the birthplace of Henry Vll, founder of the Tudor Dynasty. Board your ferry from Pembroke to Rosslare, Ireland. Journey west to Waterford and dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Treacys

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  • Day 6

    WATERFORD – BLARNEY – TRALEE

    Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom. Continue along the splendid southern coast through the picturesque fishing port of Youghal. Explore Blarney Castle – kiss the stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab'! Cross over the Cork and the Kerry Mountains, then travel via Killarney to your hotel in Tralee.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Manor West

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  • Day 7

    TRALEE – DINGLE PENINSULA – LIMERICK

    This morning, enjoy a scenic drive along the Dingle Peninsula. See the unspoilt and colourful villages and fishing harbours of Ireland's most westerly point. Travel north to County Limerick through Adare, the prettiest village in Ireland. Arrive in Limerick where you view St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Limerick City Hotel

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  • Day 8

    LIMERICK – GALWAY – DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning there is time to visit Bunratty Castle and folk park, where 19th century life is vividly recreated. Drive through beautiful County Clare to view Galway Bay. Stop in Galway then head across lush countryside to Dublin, Ireland's capital.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Jurys Inn Parnell St

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  • Day 9

    DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of Dublin, with views of Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and historic Phoenix Park. Spend the rest of your day as you choose. For your last night in Ireland, why not join your travelling companions for an Irish cabaret.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 10

    DUBLIN – CHESTER – LIVERPOOL

    Cross the Irish Sea, with magnificent views of Dublin Bay, and arrive at Holyhead on the Welsh Island of Anglesey. Cameras at the ready as you view the station with one of the longest names in the world, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwlllantysiliogogogoch. Admire breathtaking scenery in Snowdonia National Park on the way to Chester, where you have time to walk along the medieval walls and appreciate the famous ‘Chester Rows'. Arrive later in Liverpool, home of the Beatles.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Ibis Centre

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  • Day 11

    LIVERPOOL – LAKE DISTRICT – EDINBURGH (DUNFERMLINE) (2 NIGHTS)

    Stop to view William Wordsworth's grave in the pretty Lake District village of Grasmere. Continue across the Scottish border and stop at Gretna Green, where eloping couples could marry against their parents' wishes. Your day ends at your hotel near Edinburgh.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Dunfermline/Peebles Hydro

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  • Day 12

    EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning's sightseeing tour with your Local Guide includes views of the Georgian New Town, Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Spend free time exploring on your own or join your Travel Director on an optional excursion to the Royal Yacht Britannia in nearby Leith. Tonight, why not attend a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes?


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 13

    EDINBURGH (DUNFERMLINE) – YORK – LEEDS

    This morning, travel south through the Scottish Borderlands and stop to view the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Enjoy the views across the Cheviot Hills at Carter Bar and continue into Northumberland National Park where you view Hadrian's Wall at Heddon. Cross the River Tyne at Newcastle and stop at York for an orientation tour including the Gothic Minster and the narrow cobbled street known as the Shambles. Then continue to your hotel in Leeds. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Bewleys

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  • Day 14

    LEEDS – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – WARWICK

    This morning, visit Stratford-upon-Avon where you have time to see the sights and shop for souvenirs and see Anne Hathaways' Cottage. In your free time, why not visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre for an in-depth look at the great man's life. Dine tonight at your hotel in the historic city of Warwick.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Express

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  • Day 15

    WARWICK – OXFORD – LONDON

    Enjoy a scenic drive through the glorious Cotswolds to the little churchyard at Bladon, where Sir Winston Churchill is buried. See the sights of Oxford, the oldest university city in England, before continuing to London where you can say farewell to your Travel Director and traveling companions at the end of your memorable vacation.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Jurys Inn Islington

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  • Day 16

    LONDON - CANADA

    Today say goodbye to London as you return home with magical memories.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • WindsorView the castle.
  • BathVisit the Georgian spa town.
  • CardiffSee the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle.
  • WaterfordVisit the Crystal Showroom, when open.
  • YoughalVisit the picturesque fishing port of Youghal.
  • BlarneyKiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle and acquire the ‘gift of the gab'.
  • AdareView the prettiest village in Ireland.
  • LimerickView St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle.
  • GalwayView Galway Cathedral.
  • DublinWith your Local Guide, see St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College on your panoramic sightseeing tour.
  • ChesterView the Tudor architecture and the timbered buildings known as the ‘Rows'.
  • GrasmereVisit the village of Grasmere, and view the grave of Wordsworth.
  • Gretna GreenVisit Gretna Green, popular with eloping couples since 1754.
  • EdinburghSightseeing with your Local Guide includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and the new Parliament Building as well as views of the castle.
  • JedburghView the abbey ruins.
  • Hadrian's WallView the remains of the Roman wall.
  • YorkView York Minster and stroll along the Shambles.
  • Stratford-upon-AvonVisit the town of Shakespeare's Birth and see Anne Hathaway's cottage.
  • BladonView Sir Winston Churchill's grave.
  • OxfordView the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera.

Dining

  • 14 full breakfasts
  • 5 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • A stylish wallet, travel documents and map.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Wales to Ireland and return.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel booked through Trafalgar or from the London Reception Centre.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.

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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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