Britain and Ireland Explorer - 2015

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16 days

from $2835 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Sep 2015.
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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

  • 1.


    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.





  • 2.


    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.


    Full Breakfast


    Airth Castle

  • 3.


    This morning's sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist 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?


    Full Breakfast

  • 4.


    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.


    Full Breakfast,Dinner


    Aviemore Inn

  • 5.


    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.


    Full Breakfast,Dinner

  • 6.


    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.


    Full Breakfast


    Holiday Inn Express Riverside

  • 7.


    Visit Gretna Green, where eloping lovers famously went to marry. Continue south through breathtaking scenery in the English Lake District to your hotel.


    Full Breakfast,Dinner


    Holiday Inn

  • 8.


    On arrival in Chester, view the medieval city walls and the half-timbered buildings known as the ‘Rows'. Later, cross the Irish Sea to Dublin


    Full Breakfast


    Stillorgan Park

  • 9.


    Your Local Specialist 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.


    Full Breakfast

  • 10.


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


    Full Breakfast,Dinner


    Sligo Park

  • 11.


    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.


    Full Breakfast

  • 12.


    This morning, travel to Galway on the banks of the Corrib River. View the Cathedral and stroll around Eyre Square. At the Cliffs of Moher view the dramatic cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition. Later arrive at your hotel.


    Full Breakfast


    Oak Wood Arms Hotel

  • 13.


    In Limerick view St. Mary's Cathedral and St. John's Castle before enjoying 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.


    Full Breakfast,Dinner


    Earl Of Desmond Hotel

  • 14.


    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).


    Full Breakfast


    Ramada Viking

  • 15.


    Travel from Waterford to Rosslare, then by ferry to Wales. Arrive in Fishguard and drive on to Cardiff and see the Millenium Stadium and Castle during your orientation.


    Full Breakfast



  • 16.


    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.


    Full Breakfast

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Bath

    Visit the Georgian spa town
  • Belleek

    Visit the Belleek Pottery Centre
  • Blarney

    Kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Boyle

    View the Cistercian Abbey
  • Cardiff

    See the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle
  • Chester

    View the timbered buildings known as the ‘Rows'
  • Cliffs of Moher

    View the cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition
  • County Donegal

    Visit this picturesque area
  • Culloden

    Visit the famous battlefield
  • Dingle Peninsula

    Enjoy the beautiful scenery
  • Dublin

    Sightseeing with a Local Specialist. See St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College
  • Edinburgh

    Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the Castle
  • Galway

    View Galway Cathedral
  • Glasgow

    View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour
  • Glencoe

    See Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping
  • Gretna Green

    Visit this town, popular with eloping couples since 1754
  • Hadrian’s Wall

    View the remains of the Roman wall
  • Inverness

    Visit the capital of the Scottish Highlands
  • Jedburgh

    View the Jedburgh Abbey ruins
  • Lake District

    View Lake Windermere.
  • Limerick

    View St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle
  • Loch Ness

    View the most famous loch of them all
  • St. Andrews

    View the 18th green
  • Stratford-upon-Avon

    Visit the town of Shakespeare's Birth
  • Waterford

    Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom (when open)
  • Windsor

    View the Castle
  • York

    View York Minster and the Shambles


  • 6 three course dinners

  • 15 full breakfasts

Travel Highlights

  • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Wales to Ireland and return
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities
  • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel booked through Trafalgar or from the London Reception Centre
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your trip
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences


Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


  • Dinner in Dublin City

    Adult Price: €44.00 Come to one of Dublin's most locally-loved restaurant-pubs. You'll enjoy dinner and charming hospitality that this part of the world is renowned for.
  • An Evening of Irish Craic

    Adult Price: €70.00 Enjoy an evening of fine food and non-stop fun as Ireland’s history unfolds in a cabaret of comedy, song and dance. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the show, all in the spirit of Irish humour. And you’ll even be served an Irish coffee to round off your dinner.
  • Experience Glendalough, The Glen Of The Two Lakes

    Adult Price: €19.00 Enjoy a visit to one of the most important monastic sites in Europe, which dates back to the 7th century. Your Local Specialist will tell tales and show you around this sacred area, famous for its tranquil beauty amidst the rolling countryside of County Wicklow, the garden of Ireland.


  • Luxurious River Shannon Cruise

    Adult Price: €27.00 The longest river in the British Isles, the River Shannon is immortalised in songs and legends. Come with us for a cruise on this majestic river, through the beautiful rolling countryside of counties Leitrim and Roscommon. You’ll also enjoy tea, coffee and homemade Irish scones on the luxurious Moon River Pleasure Cruiser.
  • Scenic Drive And Dinner

    Adult Price: €44.00 This evening you’ll discover the beauty of the land, as we take a scenic drive off the beaten track. Later, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant with a choice of drink included.


  • Medieval Castle Banquet

    Adult Price: €66.00 Enjoy a banquet and medieval entertainment in the great hall of the castle. The court jester will make an appearance, as will the castle’s musicians and the ladies and gentlemen of the medieval court – giving you an evening you won’t forget.
  • Irish Ceilidh Evening

    Adult Price: €60.00 Come along and experience the craic at a special ceilidh evening. Enjoy a drink and some local specialities, watch some traditional Irish dancing, and sing along to some familiar Irish melodies.


  • Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride

    Adult Price: €20.00 Enjoy a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourn-Vincent National Park. During your journey, your Local Specialist will share fascinating anecdotes about the area and Ireland.


  • Irish Folk Fun

    Adult Price: €26.00 During this evening of entertainment, you'll get the chance to experience Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. Enjoy a drink while locals sing, dance and play music for you.
  • Explore Waterford's History and Local Pub

    Adult Price: €22.00 Join us in Waterford, where the history dates back as far as the Vikings. Your Local Specialist will bring the historic area to life through stories and anecdotes; one guest even described the trip as the "best history lesson ever". Afterwards, we stop off for a drink in one of the area's oldest pubs for a pint or drink of your choice.


  • Dinner And Drive To Historic Torphichen

    Adult Price: £34.00 Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Templar. At the haunted Torphichen Inn you’ll be welcomed by a piper and a drink before enjoying an excellent dinner of local specialities, then an evening of traditional pipe music.
  • Scottish Show With Dinner

    Adult Price: £54.00 Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There's even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.
  • Royal Yacht Britannia

    Adult Price: £16.00 You’ll explore this magnificent ship, which has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. Now berthed in Leith, you’ll be welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences – the former honeymoon sanctuary for four royal couples.

Scottish Highlands

  • Pitlochry. Visit Of Blair Castle

    Adult Price: £20.00 Set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, you’ll visit the castle and find out more about the home of the Duke of Atholl – the only man in Britain to have a private army.
  • Highland Farm Experience

    Adult Price: £12.00 Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each dog to carry out different tasks. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your hand at sheep shearing, feeding the pups and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.


  • Glasgow City Evening

    Adult Price: £34.00 You'll enjoy a chance to experience a night out in the city of Glasgow. Your Travel Director will take you for an evening of good food, a drink, and undoubtedly interesting conversation.


  • Loch Lomond Boat Trip

    Adult Price: £12.50 Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond'. As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point out Rob Roy's cave as you relax and savour the stunning scenery.


  • Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

    Adult Price: £16.50 A chance to view the glorious scenery of the Lake District as we cruise across England’s 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

    Adult Price: £14.50 Enjoy an exclusive cruise on a private boat on England's most beautiful and largest lake, taking in the northern coastline, beautiful houses, gardens and Wray Castle. You’ll see deserted islands, boats and birdlife as you explore the area loved by Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.


  • Sightseeing With A Local Specialist

    Adult Price: £14.00 Come along on a guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural present, you’ll discover the two magnificently different cathedrals, see Mathew Street, birthplace of The Beatles, and admire the Mersey Sound.


  • Cardiff Castle Tour

    Adult Price: £12.00 Join us on a visit to this unique castle, given to the city of Cardiff by the Marquis of Bute. You’ll discover the ornate decor within the castle and find out more about influences and stories behind it.
  • Traditional Welsh Evening And Dinner

    Adult Price: £38.00 Join us for a traditional Welsh country dinner. We'll take you to a 14th century thatched inn called The Blue Anchor. While you're eating and enjoying your drink, you'll be entertained with a performance from a Welsh harpist.
  • Welsh Evening At Millennium Centre

    Adult Price: £53.00 Enjoy an evening of Welsh music, culture and humour. The venue for the evening is the Welsh Millennium Centre, an iconic building in the fashionable Cardiff Bay area. After a warm reception, you'll enjoy a first-class meal of seasonal Welsh specialities, sourced and produced locally. Quality wine or soft drinks are included and the meal will be accompanied by our enchanting Welsh harpist. You'll then be entertained by the finest local musicians presenting the beautiful music of Wales.
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