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Britain and Ireland Grandeur 2014

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William Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, EnglandRing of KerryEdinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
William Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Ring of Kerry
Edinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Duration: 20 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: An experience of extremes, no corner of the British Isles is left unturned, from rural Glastonbury to its five ultra-urban capitals: Belfast, Dublin, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. It's Insider moments like… driving through the streets in a Belfast Black Cab, as you hear the history of The Troubles from someone who lived them. The gritty closeness of your cabbie's memories is amplified by hearing them with just a handful of travellers in such a unique setting. Borrowing his pen to add your own message to Belfast's peace wall, and pausing to hear the hidden messages behind the murals that pepper the city's walls, this cab ride covers the famous and the infamous of a two-sided city.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Leaving the sights of London behind, travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge. Later, arrive in the historic naval port of Plymouth. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drinks.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Copthorne/Jurys Inn/Future Inn

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Your orientation of Plymouth includes the Mayflower steps and 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!

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 3


    On arrival in the city of Bath, admire the Georgian buildings and visit the Roman Baths after which the city is named. Spend some time exploring the city before making your way to the Welsh capital Cardiff.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: The Parc Hotel/Maldron Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    See the sights of Cardiff including the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay. View historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium. Enjoy the scenic drive through Pembrokeshire and cross the Irish Sea to Rosslare. Enjoy dinner tonight at your hotel in Waterford.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Waterford Marina/Filtzwilton Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Visit the renowned House of Waterford Crystal for a Local Speciality demonstration. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop. At Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the 'gift of the gab'. Cross the Kerry Mountains to Kenmare, your home for the next two nights. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Kenmare Bay Hotel/The Travel Inn Killarney/Carlton Hotel Tralee/Gleneagle Killarney

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    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.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 7


    Drive through Adare, one of Ireland's prettiest villages, en route to Limerick on the banks of the River Shannon. View King John's Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Treaty Stone. Visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. In Galway, view the Cathedral and stroll around Eyre Square. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Connacht Hotel/Maldron Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    From Galway travel through the dramatic Connemara landscape. Later stop in Drumcliffe to see the grave of W.B. Yeats. See the fishing village of Mullaghmore where Lord Mountbatten once lived. Visit Donegal and see the 15th century castle before heading to Letterkenny. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu Letterkenny/Clanree Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Cross the border to Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Walk along the 17th century city walls with your Local Expert and see the street murals of the Bogside. Visit the Giant's Causeway a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most iconic natural wonders in Britain. On arrival in Belfast you will meet your Local Expert ‘Cabbie’ who will take you on a journey through the recent history of the city in his Black Cab.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Stormont Hotel Belfast/Europa Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 10


    After an orientation of Belfast, enjoy free time to perhaps explore the Titanic Quarter or shop in the bustling city centre. Later, head south to Dublin. On arrival enjoy a visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration. Tonight, perhaps consider an optional experience at an Irish Cabaret.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Mespil/Bewleys Ballsbridge Hotel/Ballsbridge

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian squares with your Local Expert. Spend the rest of the day as you please. Why not explore Grafton Street, famous for its street performers, or consider joining an optional experience to the monastic site at Glendalough.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 12


    Cross the Irish Sea to Wales and continue to Chester. Your orientation walk here includes the Roman walls and the famous Tudor 'Rows'. Enjoy a Unique Insight into the life of the local Town Crier – an esteemed position which dates back to medieval times. Arrive later in historic Liverpool, hometown of the legendary Beatles.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Jurys Inn Liverpool/Jurys Inn Manchester

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 13


    After a leisurely start, visit Quarry Bank Mill, a National Trust property that brings to life how communities lived together during the Industrial Revolution. Manchester and the surrounding area was greatly involved with textile manufacturing during this period and today's visit will give you a Unique Insight into life during this important time in British history. Later, make your way north to the idyllic Lake District. Travel along the shores of England's largest lake, Windermere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried in the village of Grasmere. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: North Lakes Hotel/Castle Green Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 14


    Cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would make their vows over the anvil. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral, magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. This evening, join your companions for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

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

    Hotel: Marks Hotel/Jurys Inn

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 15


    Travel along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond towards the site of the 1692 massacre at Glencoe – 'Glen of the Weeping'. Pass through Fort William and see Britain's Highest mountain, Ben Nevis. View Eilean Donan Castle before crossing onto the Isle of Skye. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Dunollie/Kings Arms/Tongadale

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 16


    Enjoy a scenic drive back to the mainland via Glen Shiel and along the banks of Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for the elusive monster! Enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch in a beautiful Highland Castle. Dine tonight at your hotel.

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

    Hotel: Macdonalds Four Seasons

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 17


    Heading south, we stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry before heading to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Cross the Firth of Forth to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo are included.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Marriott Edinburgh/Cardrona Hotel Peebles/Jurys Inn

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 18


    This morning, your Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse and the new Scottish Parliament building. Tonight, why not enjoy an optional night out including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare?

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 19


    Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the impressive castle and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Marvel at the magnificent scenery en route to York where your walking orientation includes the Shambles and the awe-inspiring Minster. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers.

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

    Hotel: Hotel 53/Novotel York Centre/Novotel Leeds

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 20


    View Anne Hathaway's picturesque thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Spend some time exploring the town before heading 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 Londonderry/Derry, Dublin, Edinburgh and experience Belfast from the comfort of your dedicated Black Cab with expert 'Cabbie' commentary.
  • Be My Guest Visit one of the most beautiful privately-owned castles in Scotland and meet the family whose ancestors have resided in it since the 16th century. After a tour around the castle with your hosts, enjoy a specially prepared buffet lunch.
  • Unique Insight Meet the official Town Crier of Chester and hear about the history of this traditional role which dates from medieval times.
  • Unique Insight Enjoy a visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint pulling demonstration.
  • Unique Insight Visit Quarry Bank Mill to gain an insight into the way communities lived during the Industrial Revolution.
  • 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 showroom and workshop.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Londonderry/Derry, Dublin, Belfast and Edinburgh.
  • Orientations of Plymouth, Bath, Cardiff, Limerick, Galway, Chester, Glasgow, and York.
  • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, Giants Causeway, Quarry Bank Mill, Culloden battlefield, Edinburgh Castle, medieval Alnwick, Isle of Skye, and Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • View the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, the 18th hole at St Andrews, Eilean Donan Castle, and York Minster.
  • Scenic drives on a Cornish Excursion, experience the Ring of Kerry and the rugged Connemara countryside.


  • 19 full breakfasts.
  • 1 Be My Guest lunch.
  • 10 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Regional Meal, 7 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.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • 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 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.
  • Airport transfers are included on the arrival and departure days of your trip, conditions apply.

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