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Wonders of Britain and Ireland 2014

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Stonehenge, EnglandWilliam Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, EnglandBlarney CastleThe Temple Bar in Dublin, IrelandKillarney National Park, IrelandEdinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
Stonehenge, England
William Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Blarney Castle
The Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland
Killarney National Park, Ireland
Edinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Duration: 12 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Churchill and Wordsworth. Castles and legends. Rugged beauty and hidden places. The icons and secrets of Britain and Ireland are explored in a cross-country itinerary over land and sea. It's Insider moments like… exploring the nooks and crannies of Molly Gallivan's farm, shared with her seven children two hundred years ago. Meeting Stephen and his wife, today's owners, who'll share stories of Molly's illegal home brew, sold to locals in her secret 'Sibheen' pub. And chatting about traditional farming life in Ireland past and present, as the air thickens with the smell of homemade Irish stew and fresh apple pie, eaten together in the hearth-warmed rooms of Molly's own cottage.
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Optionals

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.

  • CARDIFF

    • + 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.

  • WATERFORD

    • + Waterford Walking Tour Waterford history goes back to the Vikings and there is no better person to bring it to life than the local guide. More than a guide, they are a seanachie or storyteller, entertaining, informative and funny, they will bring Waterford history alive for you on this walking tour. One guest described this as the Best History Lesson Ever'.

  • KENMARE

    • + Beara Peninsula Drive Cruise And Dinner A scenic drive along Kenmare Bay takes us to our boat which will take us around the stunning coastline, past deserted islands, looking out for bird and animal life. Then we return to a well known local restaurant for a drink and a delicious meal of local Irish specialities including fish and seafood.

  • KILLARNEY

    • + Jaunting Car Ride Take a traditional pony and trap ride through the streets of and into the beautiful Bourne - Vincent National Park. Your Jarvey will tell you stories about Ireland - remember he has probably kissed the Blarney Stone once or twice!

  • DUBLIN

    • + 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.

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

    • + 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.

  • LIVERPOOL

    • + Sightseeing With A Local Guide Take a professionally guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past, to its world beating cultural present, via the two magnificently different cathedrals, see Mathew Street, birthplace of the The Beatles and the Mersey Sound. A memorable and entertaining experience.

  • WINDERMERE

    • + Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride A chance to view the glorious scenery of the lake district as we cruise across Englands largest lake. Then step back in time as we board the steam train for a short journey from Lakeside to Haverthwaite.

    • + Private Cruise On Lake Windermere Enjoy an exclusive cruise on a private boat on England's most beautiful lake taking in the northern coastline, many beautiful houses and gardens and Wray Castle. We also see deserted islands, boats, birdlife and have a chance to breath in the local air and appreciate the area so loved by Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. A photographers' paradise.

  • 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.

    • + Dinner Evening Join your travelling companions for dinner in an exciting local restaurant with an included drink.

    • + Royal Yacht Britannia This magnificent ship has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. For four royal couples, Britannia was to provide a honeymoon sanctuary before the onset of married life in the world's most photographed family. Now berthed in Leith, you are welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences.

  • YORK

    • + Ghost Walk And Dinner As you would expect from a city with 2000 years of history going back to the Romans, York abounds with tales of murder and mystery, some of which we will be regaled with as we stroll with our local ghost hunter. Afterwards a drink and a delicious meal in a local restaurant will restore our spirits. (Without the walk - meal and drinks only - £31.)

  • WARWICK

    • + Warwick Castle This excursion allows you to explore the 'jewel in the crown' of Englands great medieval castles. You will visit the magnificent State Apartments, be amazed by the incredibly life-like Madame Tussauds wax-works as you explore the Kingmaker Exhibition and Royal Weekend House Party; and (if youre feeling adventurous) climb Guys and Caesars Towers for panoramic views out over the Warwickshire countryside before descending into the grim Gaol with its oubliette. You may even get to see the firing of the greatest of all medieval siege weapons, the Trebuchet. (NB. 'The Castle Dungeon' is a separate experience, at an additional fee, and is not included).

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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. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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