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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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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.

  • EDINBURGH

    • + Dinner Drive To Historic Torphichen Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen associated with Scottish kings and Knights Templars. At the haunted Torphichen Inn we will be welcomed by a piper and a drink before enjoying an excellent dinner of local specialities. After dinner the piper will entertain us in true Scottish style, Slainte Mhath!

    • + 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.

    • + 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.

  • SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

    • + Pitlochry Visit Of Blair Castle This fine castle is set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery. We will enjoy an interior visit of the castle, the home of the Duke of Atholl who is the only man in Britain to have a private army.

    • + Highland Farm Visit Visit a real Highland sheep farm and find out about a dying way of life. The shepherd, Neil, has many border collies and will show you how, with different whistles, he can command each dog to carry out different tasks. You will be introduced to the dogs, try your hand at sheep shearing, feed the pups and see how they will be trained to be sheepdogs of the future. This is an opportunity not to be missed. (Weather permitting.)

  • GLASGOW

    • + Glasgow Evening Join your Travel Director for an evening of good food and enjoyment. One drink included.

  • LOCH LOMOND

    • + Loch Lomond Boat Trip Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond'. As we cruise across the loch the skipper will tell you stories and point out Rob Roy's cave as you relax and savour the stunning scenery. It really is a photographer's paradise! (N.B: The boats are covered launches and will operate subject to suitable weather conditions.)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • DUBLIN

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

    • + 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.

    • + 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.

  • SLIGO

    • + River Shannon Cruise A unique opportunity to take a cruise on the majestic River Shannon through the beautiful rolling countryside of counties Leitrim and Roscommon. Famed in song and steeped in legend, the Shannon offers 258km of cruising waterway and is the longest river in the British Isles. Our cruise includes tea and coffee and homemade Irish scones on the luxurious Moon River Pleasure Cruiser.

    • + Dinner And Drive This evening why not take a scenic drive off the beaten track? Later enjoy dinner in a local restaurant with a choice of drink included.

  • LIMERICK

    • + Shannon Castle Banquet The banquet is held in the great hall of the Castle. As we dine, we are entertained by the court jester, the Castle musicians and the ladies and gentlemen of the medieval court, in the splendour of a by-gone age. Theres fine music, singing, dancing, good food and laughter. It wont be long before you join in with the court entertainers taking home warm memories of this delightful evening.

    • + Irish Ceilidh Evening Enjoy the great atmosphere or craic at our ceilidh evening. Traditional Irish music and dancing and the chance to sing along to some familiar Irish melodies. Dinner is included on this fun evening.

    • + Bunratty Castle And Folk Park Visit the 15th century Castle with its fine furnishings, antiques and paintings. Bunratty was built by the MacNamaras and became the main stronghold of the powerful OBrien clan. Experience the Ireland of yesteryear as you wander through the folk park with its thatched cottages and smoky turf fires - a way of life that has all but gone now. In the village street there are shops, a school and a bakery - maybe treat yourself to some of the freshly baked cakes in the village tea room.

  • 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!

  • WATERFORD

    • + An Evening Of Irish Entertainment A chance to experience Irish hospitality in the best Folk tradition. Enjoy a drink whilst being entertained by the people who live and work in the area.

    • + Waterford Walking Tour And Visit To An Irish Pub 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 which finishes in an ancient pub. A drink is included. One guest described this as the Best History Lesson Ever'.

  • CARDIFF

    • + Cardiff Castle Tour Visit this unique castle given to the city of Cardiff by the Marquis of Bute. The ornate decor within the castle will surprise and delight you.

    • + Welsh Evening And Dinner A Welsh country dinner at The Blue Anchor, a 14th century thatched inn. Listen to a Welsh harpist play while you enjoy your meal. A drink is included.

    • + Cardiff Welsh Banquet This is the ideal opportunity to sample the culture of Wales in its music and food. During this highly entertaining evening the wine will flow, we will dine on distinctive Welsh dishes, be charmed by the lovely sounds of the Welsh harp and enchanted by the beautiful voices of the castle's lords and ladies. Wales really is the land of song!

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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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