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Ancient Roman BathsStonehenge, EnglandBlarney CastleTrinity CollegeEdinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, ScotlandSt Andrews Golf Course
Ancient Roman Baths
Stonehenge, England
Blarney Castle
Trinity College
Edinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
St Andrews Golf Course
  • Duration: 20 Days
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  • Style: Great Britain and Ireland Regionals
  • Description: Experience Britain and Ireland’s spectacular landscapes and cities. From London to York, Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye, Glasgow to Grasmere, Dublin to the Ring of Kerry and Cardiff to Cornwall, discover a wealth of natural and man-made marvels!
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART CANADA

    Overnight flight to London.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to London! Relax or spend time exploring this fascinating city.

  • Day 3

    LONDON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See the famous sights including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace on your included half day sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. The rest of your day is free for shopping or exploring.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    LONDON - STRATFORD - YORK

    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 historic streets. View the cobbled Shambles, the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. Stop for a Welcome Drink in a traditional pub before enjoying dinner at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Welcome Reception)

  • Day 5

    YORK - JEDBURGH - EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS)

    Rugged, dramatic and spectacular − the Northumberland National Park is all these things and more! View the remarkably intact ruins of the 12th Century Jedburgh Abbey on your way to the beautiful Scottish capital, Edinburgh.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 6

    EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your morning sightseeing tour with your Local Guide includes the elegant New Town, Princes Street, the Royal Mile, views of Holyrood House and Arthur’s Seat. Enjoy a guided visit of Edinburgh Castle. During the Edinburgh Festival, your stay includes tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo. Tonight, consider a traditional Scottish night out with haggis, dancing and bagpipes!


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 7

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

    Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Continue north across the Tay at Dundee, to visit Pitlochry, a charming village on the banks of the River Tummel. Explore the village or join an excursion to see Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 8

    ISLE OF SKYE & SCENIC HIGHLANDS EXCURSION

    Travel via the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands, taking the Skye Bridge with its views of picturesque Eilean Donan Castle, to the Isle of Skye, renowned for its spectacular scenery. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles. Discover the history of the Kingdom of the Isles, trace your genealogy, or explore the gardens before returning to Mallaig by ferry. View Loch Ness en route back to your hotel. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 9

    SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS - GLENCOE - GLASGOW

    Stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breath-taking views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through Glencoe, ‘Glen of the Weeping’, site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral and the magnificent George Square. Visit the Necropolis for a Unique Insight into one of Europe’s most important 19th century burial grounds.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 10

    GLASGOW - LAKE DISTRICT - MANCHESTER

    This morning, visit Gretna Green where eloping couples would say their vows over the anvil. Cross the English border and continue through the lush countryside of the Lake District to the village of Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth then travel along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere, through Lancashire to Manchester. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 11

    MANCHESTER - CHESTER - DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning visit Chester where your orientation walk includes the Roman walls and the famous Tudor 'Rows'. Then travel the scenic North Wales coast to the Island of Anglesey. Visit the Welsh railway station with one of the longest place names in the world, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch on your way to Holyhead. Cross the Irish Sea to Dublin, the Irish capital.This evening, join your companions for a Highlight Dinner on a canal boat in Dublin.


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

  • Day 12

    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 13

    DUBLIN - GALWAY - LIMERICK

    Travel to the West coast and the city of Galway. View Galway cathedral and Eyre Square before continuing to Limerick.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 14

    LIMERICK - RING OF KERRY - CORK

    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, Cahirciveen, Waterville and Moll’s Gap. Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch in beautiful Sneem, a rural town in the heart of County Kerry.


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

  • Day 15

    CORK - BLARNEY - COBH - WATERFORD

    Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone to attain the ‘gift of the gab’! Stop in picturesque Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic on its fateful voyage where you will have time for lunch. This afternoon, visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your Local Speciality tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 16

    WATERFORD - CARDIFF

    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.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 17

    CARDIFF - BATH - PLYMOUTH (2 NIGHTS)

    Drive east, over the Severn Estuary, to Bath. On arrival in the city, admire the Georgian buildings and visit the Roman Baths after which the city is named. Spend some time exploring before making your way to visit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey to see where King Arthur was buried. Later, we arrive into the historic naval port of Plymouth.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 18

    CORNISH EXCURSION

    Your orientation of Plymouth includes the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World. 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! This evening, join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.


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

  • Day 19

    PLYMOUTH - STONEHENGE - LONDON

    Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the mystical ancient monoliths of Stonehenge. Travel back to London this afternoon.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 20

    LONDON - CANADA

    After a hearty breakfast bid farewell to London as your vacation comes to an end.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Specialty Visit the House of Waterford Crystal for a workshop tour and showroom visit.
  • Local Guide in London, Dublin and Edinburgh.
  • Be My Guest Irish hospitality is world-renowned and your hosts are no exception having stories to tell about famous guests that have visited their area including Maureen O’Hara, Grace Kelly and Charlie Chaplin. Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared with local ingredients in their home on the spectacular Ring of Kerry.
  • Unique Insight Enjoy a visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration.
  • Unique Insight Visit the Necropolis, one of Europe’s most significant burial grounds, while in Glasgow.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Stratford upon AvonVisit Shakespeare’s birthplace and Visitors Centre and view Anne Hathaway’s cottage.
  • YorkView York Minster and stroll along the Shambles.
  • EdinburghSightseeing with your Local Guide includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building. Visit the iconic castle.
  • St AndrewsView the 18th hole on the Old Course.
  • Isle of SkyeVisit the beautiful Isle of Skye and the Clan Donald Centre.
  • GlencoeSee Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping.
  • GlasgowView Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour of Glasgow.
  • Gretna GreenVisit this historic destination, popular with eloping couples since 1754.
  • GrasmereView the grave of Wordsworth at St. Oswald’s church.
  • ChesterView the Tudor architecture and the timbered buildings known as the ‘Rows’.
  • DublinSee St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the glorious Georgian Squares with your Local Guide.
  • GalwayView Galway Cathedral.
  • Ring of KerryEnjoy the spectacular natural beauty of County Kerry on this scenic drive.
  • CorkSee the city of Cork and St. Anne’s Shandon Church.
  • BlarneyKiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’.
  • CardiffSee the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle.
  • BathVisit the Roman Baths in this Georgian spa town.
  • GlastonburyVisit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and the tomb of King Arthur.
  • Cornish HighlightsExcursion to see St. Michael’s Mount and St. Ives.
  • PlymouthView the Mayflower Steps and Plymouth Hoe.
  • StonehengeVisit the ancient stone circle.

Dining

  • 18 full breakfasts.

  • Be My Guest Luncheon in Sneem.

  • Welcome Drink in a traditional English pub.

  • 7 evening meals including:
  • 5 three-course dinners.
  • Highlight Dinner with wine in Dublin.
  • Farewell Dinner with wine in Plymouth.

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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