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Britain and Ireland Grandeur

23 Days 2 Countries 40 Cities

Every corner of the British Isles is covered on this trip, including Belfast, Dublin, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.

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About this trip

An experience of extremes, no corner of the British Isles is left unturned, as you explore Britain and Ireland's five ultra-urban capitals: London, Cardiff, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… driving around in a Belfast Black Cab as you hear about The Troubles from a cabbie who lived through them – and who explains the hidden messages in the murals that pepper the city's walls.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: BIGT

22 Nights

accommodation

32 Meals
  • 22 full breakfasts.

  • 10 dinners (including Be My Guest).

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Your Itinerary

1. Arrive London (2 Nights)

Welcome to London. Relax after your journey and look forward to your vacation of Great Britain and Ireland.

Hotel
Cumberland

2. London Sightseeing and Free Time

Marvel at the amazing sights during your included half day guided sightseeing tour of London with a Local Specialist. See the sights including Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Later, spend time exploring the city independently or go shopping in one of the famous London department stores.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

3. London – Stonehenge – Salisbury – Plymouth (2 Nights)

Meet your Travel Director before leaving the sights of London behind. Travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge. Visit Salisbury Cathedral and see the Magna Carta which was signed in 1215 by King John and the barons of Medieval England. 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)
Full Breakfast
Welcome Reception
Hotel
Copthorne

4. Cornish Excursion

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

5. Plymouth – Bath – Cardiff

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
Park Inn City Centre

6. Cardiff – Waterford

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. Dine tonight at your hotel in Waterford.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Marina/Fitzwilton

7. Waterford – Blarney – Kenmare (2 Nights)

Visit the renowned House of Waterford Crystal for a Cultural Insight 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/Manor West

8. Ring of Kerry Excursion

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 Carcinogen, 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 breathtaking beyond words.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

9. Kenmare – Limerick – Cliffs of Moher – Galway

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. Arrive later in Galway where you dine at your hotel.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Connacht

10. Galway – Donegal – Letterkenny

This morning enjoy views of Galway Cathedral and stroll through Eyre Square. 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

11. Letterkenny – Londonderry – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast

Cross the border to Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Walk along the 17th century city walls with your Local Specialist 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 all of Ireland. On arrival in Belfast, you will meet your Local Specialist ‘Cabbie' who will take you on a journey through the recent history of the city in his Black Cab.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Park Inn / Stormont

12. Belfast Orientation – Dublin (2 Nights)

After an orientation of Belfast, enjoy free time to explore the Titanic Quarter or shop in the bustling city centre. Later, head south to Dublin where you will see Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian squares with your Local Specialist. Tonight, perhaps consider an Optional Experience at an Irish Cabaret.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Mespil Clayton / Ballsbridge

13. Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning enjoy your choice of sightseeing. You might want to explore the Guinness Brewery with entry before general admission and take a tour including a tasting technique demonstration. Or you can visit The Little Museum of Dublin, a true hidden gem of the city. 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

14. Dublin – Chester – Liverpool

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 Cultural 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/Jurys Inn Manchester

15. Liverpool – Quarry Bank Mill – Lake District

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 involved with textile manufacturing during this period and today's visit will give you a Cultural 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 / Castle Green

16. Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow

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
Westerwood

17. Glasgow – Glencoe – Isle of Skye

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
Dunoille / Kings Arms

18. Isle of Skye – Loch Ness – Culloden – Scottish Highlands

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. View the site of the Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's army was defeated in 1746. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Highlander/Morlich

19. Scottish Highlands – Pitlochry – St. Andrews – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

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.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Marriott/Inchyra/Cardrona

20. Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning your Local Specialist 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? During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo are included.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

21. Edinburgh – Alnwick – York

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 Be My Guest Farewell Dinner at a grand private home of a Yorkshire family with your fellow travellers.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Hotel
Novotel/Hotel 53

22. York – Stratford-upon-Avon – London

View Anne Hathaway's picturesque thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Center in Stratford-upon-Avon. Spend some time exploring the town before heading back to London this afternoon.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Cumberland

23. Depart London

Say goodbye to your fellow travelers as you leave London and return home with special memories.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 155 Reviews

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    Service rating : We were looked after from the first step onto the coach to the last step off the coach, back in London. Roxy was very caring to everyone.Product : We didn't find the regional dinner at the Corinthian living up to expectations of a regional meal. The light at our table did not

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    Service rating : Tour guide could have been more active overseeing the seating at meals times so as some travellers where not left isolated.Product : Tour was Average. Didn't require a history lesson on Kings & Queens of England - thought I was back at school. Would have preferred more relevant

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    Service rating : We really enjoyed our trip. Our tour director Maria was excellent and very propessional in her day to day organisation.Product : Really enjoyed the seeing St Ives, Cliffs of Mohr, the Blarney Stone, I loved Gracemere in the lakes district. However,it was quite warm whilst we

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    Maria, our TD, and both drivers.John and Graham, provided excellent service.Always cordial,jovial and informative.

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    Service rating : We enjoyed our trip and would do another Trafalgar again.Product : our only negitive thoughts on our trip was that we didn't have enough time in any one place

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Specialist
    For included sightseeing in London, Londonderry/Derry, Dublin and Edinburgh.

  • Local Specialists
    Experience Belfast from the comfort of your dedicated Black Cab with expert ‘Cabbie' commentary.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and workshop.

  • Cultural Insights
    Meet the official Town Crier of Chester and hear about the history of this traditional role which dates from medieval times.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit Quarry Bank Mill to gain an insight into the way communities lived during the Industrial Revolution.

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy a dinner at a grand private home in the countryside near York. A family member will help you explore the house as well as tell stories of its history before enjoying a traditional English dinner.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Trafalgar Cares
    Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire: You'll gain an in-depth insight into the history of the Industrial Revolution in Britain, and discover how your visit helps support the National Trust's work. Giant's Causeway, Antrim: You'll discover the legend of the Giant's Causeway as you explore with an expert, who'll explain how your visit helps conserve this iconic natural landmark.

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Molls Gap, Co. Kerry, Ireland
    • City tour in London, Londonderry/Derry, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh

    • Orientation of Plymouth, Bath, Cardiff, Limerick, Galway, Chester, Glasgow and York

    • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral which houses the Magna Carta, the Roman Baths in Bath, Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, Giants Causeway, Quarry Bank Mill, Isle of Skye, Edinburgh Castle, medieval Alnwick, 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, Culloden Battlefield and York Minster

    • Scenic drives on a Cornish Excursion and experience the Ring of Kerry


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Dining

    • 22 full breakfasts.

    • 10 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


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Travel Highlights

    • Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel.

    • Use of Trafalgar's London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions


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