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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
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  • 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.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    LONDON – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – 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. Tonight dine at your hotel where you have a chance to meet with your Travel Director and travelling companions.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Novotel York Centre/Novotel Leeds

    Hotels are subject to change.
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  • Day 2

    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)

    Hotel: Novotel City Centre/Barony Castle Hotel/Cardrona Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
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  • Day 3

    EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your morning sightseeing tour with your Local Expert includes the elegant New Town, Princes Street, the Royal Mile, views of the Palace of Holyroodhouse 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 4

    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 optional experience to visit Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Laggan Gaskmore/Macdonalds Four Seasons

    Hotels are subject to change.
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  • Day 5

    ISLE OF SKYE AND SCENIC HIGHLANDS EXCURSION

    Travel through Inverness, known as the capital of The Highlands and along the banks of the famous Loch Ness. View Eilean Donan Castle before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles, where you can trace your genealogy or explore the wonderful gardens. Later take the ferry to Mallaig and continue your journey through the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands to your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 6

    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 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)

    Hotel: Jurys Inn Glasgow/Crutherland House

    Hotels are subject to change.
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  • Day 7

    GLASGOW – LAKE DISTRICT – MANCHESTER

    Cross the border into England and enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch at a working farm in the idyllic Cumbrian countryside. Learn about traditional farming methods and see the sheep, goats and cattle before enjoying lunch in the farmhouse. Later arrive in Grasmere where you view the grave of William Wordsworth. See England's largest lake, Windermere before arriving in Manchester.


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

    Hotel: Park Inn Manchester Victoria/Jurys Inn Manchester

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  • Day 8

    MANCHESTER – CHESTER – DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS)

    In Chester see the timbered buildings known as the 'Rows' before traveling along the scenic North Wales coast to the Island of Anglesey, on your way to Holyhead. Cross the Irish Sea to Dublin, the Irish capital. This evening, join your companions for a Regional Meal on a canal boat in Dublin.


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

    Hotel: Camden Court/Bewleys Ballsbridge Hotel/Ballsbridge Hotel

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  • Day 9

    DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

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


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 10

    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)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu Limerick

    Hotels are subject to change.
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  • Day 11

    LIMERICK – RING OF KERRY – CORK

    Today we experience Ireland's most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the 'Ring of Kerry'. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographers delight. We will also see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breath-taking beyond words. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel in the city of Cork.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Rochestown Park

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  • Day 12

    CORK – BLARNEY – COBH – WATERFORD – WEXFORD

    Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone to attain the 'gift of the gab'! Stop in picturesque Cobh for a walking tour with a Local Expert. This was the final port of call for the Titanic on its fateful voyage. 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.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Talbot

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  • Day 13

    WEXFORD – 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)

    Hotel: Maldron

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  • Day 14

    CARDIFF – BATH – GLASTONBURY – 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 Glastonbury Abbey to see where King Arthur is believed to be buried. Later, we arrive into the historic naval port of Plymouth.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Jurys Inn Plymouth/Copthorne Plymouth/Furture Inn

    Hotels are subject to change.
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  • Day 15

    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 16

    PLYMOUTH – STONEHENGE – LONDON

    Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the mystical ancient monoliths of Stonehenge. Travel back to London this afternoon, where your amazing holiday comes to an end.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Expert in Dublin, Edinburgh and Cobh.
  • Be My Guest on a working farm in Cumbria.
  • Unique Insight Visit the Necropolis, one of Europe's most significant burial grounds, while in Glasgow.
  • Unique Insight Enjoy a visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration.
  • 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 and Dublin.
  • Orientations of York, Glasgow, Chester, Galway, Cork, Cobh, Cardiff, Bath and Plymouth.
  • Visit Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, the Clan Donald Centre, the Guinness Storehouse, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath, Glastonbury Abbey ruins and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge.
  • View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, York Minster and the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail.
  • See the Isle of Skye.
  • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry and enjoy a scenic Cornish Excursion.

Dining

  • 15 full breakfasts.
  • Be My Guest lunch.
  • 6 dinners (including Regional Meal, 4 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

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.
  • Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland.
  • 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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  • * 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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