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Ancient Roman Baths
Stonehenge, England
Trinity College
Edinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Duration: 19 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe Costsaver 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: This holiday takes in medieval and modern regions of the UK and Ireland. Take in views of the historic castles of Edinburgh, Dublin, Blarney and Cardiff. Along the way, enjoy the scenery of the Lake District, the rugged Scottish Highlands, beautiful Sligo Bay and the breathtaking Dingle Peninsula.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    LONDON – STRATFORD – LEEDS

    Welcome to London! Your holiday starts with a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon. In your free time, why not visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre for an in-depth look at the great man's life. Later arrive at your hotel in Leeds where you dine tonight.


    Meal(s): (Dinner)

    Hotel: Bewleys

    Hotels are subject to change.
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  • Day 2

    LEEDS – YORK – NEAR EDINBURGH (AIRTH) (2 NIGHTS)

    See the sights of York, including the Minster and picturesque ‘Shambles'. Head north, stopping to view Hadrian's Wall and the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey, to your hotel in Airth.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Airth Castle

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  • Day 3

    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. Tonight, why not attend a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes?


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    EDINBURGH – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS (2 NIGHTS)

    Crossing into the ancient Kingdom of Fife, we head for the coastal town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Later, we stop in the town of Pitlochry before heading to your Highland hotel for a two night stay.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Aviemore Inn/Academy

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  • Day 5

    SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS EXCURSION

    Today is dedicated to the beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Visit Loch Ness, and keep a look out for the famous monster. Visit Inverness – the capital of the Highlands. Later visit the battlefield of Culloden where Bonnie Prince Charlie fought the English. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 6

    SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – GLASGOW

    Drive in the shadow of Ben Nevis to Fort William then follow the shores of Loch Linnhe to Glencoe – the Glen of the Weeping. Travel along the ‘banks and braes of Loch Lomond' before continuing your journey to Glasgow. View Glasgow Cathedral and George square during your orientation tour.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Glasgow City Centre Riverside

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  • Day 7

    GLASGOW – GRETNA GREEN – HAYDOCK (NEAR LIVERPOOL) (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit Gretna Green, where eloping lovers famously went to marry. Continue south through breath taking scenery in the English Lake District to Lancashire.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Haydock

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  • Day 8

    CHESTER – NORTH WALES AND LIVERPOOL EXCURSION

    See some of the most spectacular views in Wales as you travel the Horseshoe Pass to visit the town of Llangollen, home of the Music Eisteddfod. On arrival in Chester, view the medieval city walls and the half-timbered buildings known as the ‘Rows'. This afternoon, enjoy exploring the lively city of Liverpool.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 9

    HAYDOCK (NEAR LIVERPOOL) – DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS)

    See the pretty Welsh coast as you drive via Colwyn Bay and Conwy, for views of the castle, before boarding your ferry for Ireland. Arrive later in the Irish capital, Dublin.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Jurys Inn Parnell St

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  • Day 10

    DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING

    Your Local Guide shows you the sights of this historic city, with views of Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Phoenix Park. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the city.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 11

    DUBLIN – BOYLE – SLIGO (2 NIGHTS)

    View the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey at Boyle and drive through lush countryside to Sligo.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Sligo Park

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  • Day 12

    COUNTY DONEGAL EXCURSION

    Travel through the beautiful County Donegal. See the harbour town of Mullaghmore before heading to the town of Donegal where you view the 15th century castle. Visit the Belleek Pottery centre in Northern Ireland.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 13

    SLIGO – CONNEMARA – GALWAY – LIMERICK (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning, travel the beautiful region of Connemara to Galway on the banks of the Corrib River. View the Cathedral and stroll around Eyre Square before continuing on to Limerick. Here your orientation tour includes views of St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Limerick City Hotel

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  • Day 14

    CLIFFS OF MOHER EXCURSION

    This morning drive to the western coast and the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. Bring the history of the cliffs to life with a visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Return to Limerick for free time.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 15

    LIMERICK – DINGLE PENINSULA – TRALEE

    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. Later, arrive in the town of Tralee, famed for its annual ‘Rose of Tralee' festival and beauty pageant.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Manor West

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  • Day 16

    TRALEE – WATERFORD

    Explore Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab'! Continue through Cork and along the coast to Waterford, famous for its crystal-ware. Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom (when open).


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Treacys

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  • Day 17

    WATERFORD – CARDIFF (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel from Waterford to Rosslare, then by ferry to Wales. Arrive in Fishguard and drive on to Cardiff, where you stay for the next two nights.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Copthorne

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  • Day 18

    CARDIFF SIGHTSEEING AND SOUTH WALES EXCURSION

    See the sights of Cardiff this morning before visiting the National Coal Museum for an insight into what life was like for the miners in days gone by. Return to the Welsh capital through the picturesque Brecon Beacons National Park.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 19

    CARDIFF – BATH – WINDSOR – LONDON

    Cross the Severn Estuary to Georgian Bath. Admire the Georgian architecture and enjoy free time to visit the Roman Baths. Visit Windsor and view the castle en route to London where your amazing holiday comes to an end.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Stratford-upon-AvonVisit the town of Shakespeare's Birth.
  • YorkView York Minster and stroll along the Shambles.
  • Hadrian's WallView the remains of the Roman wall.
  • JedburghView the Jedburgh Abbey ruins.
  • EdinburghSightseeing with your Local Guide includes Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the castle.
  • St. AndrewsView the 18th hole on the Old Course.
  • Loch NessView the most famous loch of them all.
  • CullodenVisit the famous battlefield.
  • InvernessVisit the capital of the Scottish Highlands.
  • GlencoeSee Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping.
  • GlasgowView Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour.
  • Gretna GreenVisit this town, popular with eloping couples since 1754.
  • ChesterView the timbered buildings known as the ‘Rows'.
  • LiverpoolVisit the home of the Beatles.
  • North WalesView Caernarvon Castle.
  • DublinSightseeing with a Local Guide. See St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College.
  • BoyleView the Cistercian Abbey.
  • County DonegalVisit this picturesque area.
  • GalwayView Galway Cathedral and Eyre Square.
  • Cliffs of MoherView the stunning seascape from the cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition in the eco-friendly Visitor Centre.
  • AdareVisit the prettiest village in Ireland.
  • LimerickView St. Mary's Cathedral & King John's Castle.
  • Dingle PeninsulaEnjoy the beautiful countryside along the Dingle peninsula.
  • BlarneyKiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle.
  • WaterfordVisit the Waterford Crystal Showroom.
  • CardiffSee the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle.
  • The Welsh ValleysVisit the Welsh Valleys and the National Coal Museum.
  • BathVisit the Georgian spa town.
  • WindsorView the castle.

Dining

  • 18 full breakfasts
  • 8 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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