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Wonders of Britain and Ireland 2014

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Tower Bridge at night in London, EnglandRing of Kerry
Tower Bridge at night in London, England
Ring of Kerry
  • Duration: 12 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • 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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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Leaving the sights of London behind, travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. Drive west through spectacular countryside to the beautiful city of Bath. Admire the Georgian architecture of the city and visit the Roman baths before crossing the Severn Estuary to Cardiff, capital of Wales. View the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay. See the Millennium Stadium as well as the historic Cardiff Castle during your orientation of the city. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception, which includes a typical Welsh pub meal and drinks.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Park Inn City Centre

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Enjoy free time this morning to relax, explore the city, or take the opportunity to visit Cardiff Castle. Cross the Irish Sea to the Emerald Isle and travel to historic Waterford. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Waterford Marina

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Visit the renowned House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your Local Speciality demonstration in the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. 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. This evening, join your companions for a Be My Guest dinner on a traditional Irish farm in Kenmare.

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

    Hotel: Kenmare Bay Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    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 place 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 5


    This morning, visit the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. The spectacular group of medieval buildings, perched on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale, was once the seat of the kings of Munster. It has one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. Later, arrive in the lively Irish capital, Dublin. Enjoy a Unique Insight during your included visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration. This evening, consider joining an excursion to an Irish cabaret.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Maldron Cardiff Lane

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    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 Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 7


    Cross the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. Stop at the station with the longest place name in Europe, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. See the spectacular landscape of Snowdonia National Park as you travel to Chester. Your orientation walk includes the medieval walls and the famous Tudor 'Rows'. Arrive later in historic Liverpool, hometown of the legendary Beatles. This evening, join your companions for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

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

    Hotel: Jurys Inn Liverpool

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    Travel north through characteristically glorious scenery from Lancashire to the Lake District. Travelling along the shores of England's largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald's Church. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would make their vows over the anvil. Later, arrive in the Scottish capital Edinburgh – your home for the next two nights. During the Festival, tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Holyrood

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    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, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the Georgian architecture in the New Town.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 10


    Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the impressive castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland, and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you cross Northumberland. Cross the River Tyne at Newcastle en route to York where your walking orientation includes the medieval walls, the Shambles and the awe-inspiring Minster.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hotel 53

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon- Avon, where the bard was born and raised. View Anne Hathaway's picturesque thatched cottage before enjoying some free time in the quaint village. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner at your hotel in Warwick.

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

    Hotel: Hilton Warwick

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 12


    This morning, explore the town of Warwick or join an optional experience to Warwick Castle. Visit the charming little churchyard at Bladon, in the picturesque Cotswolds, to view Sir Winston Churchill's grave. In Oxford, the oldest university city in the British Isles, enjoy an orientation of the city, View the Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library and walk around one of the famous colleges (when available). Return to London this evening and say farewell to your Travel Director and new-found friends at the end of a wonderful holiday.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Expert in Dublin and Edinburgh.
  • Be My Guest Visit a unique working farm with heritage history in County Kerry. The house is over 200 years old and will give you a taste of a rural Irish lifestyle in the days before electricity. You will see traditional farm machinery as well as some farm animals. Enjoy a delicious Irish stew in the company of your hosts.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Unique Insight Enjoy a visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration.
  • Local Speciality Enjoy a workshop tour and showroom visit at the House of Waterford Crystal.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Dublin and Edinburgh.
  • Orientations of Bath, Cardiff, Chester, York and Oxford.
  • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, the Waterford Crystal showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Rock of Cashel, the town of Gretna Green, medieval Alnwick, Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and one of Oxford University's colleges (when open).
  • View the home to Harry Potter & Hogwarts' Alnwick Castle, York Minster, Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and Sir Winston Churchill's grave at Bladon.
  • See the Lake District's magnificent scenery.
  • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry.


  • 11 full breakfasts.
  • 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, Regional Meal, three course dinner 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.

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