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Wonders of Britain and Ireland

15 Days 2 Countries 23 Cities

Discover the best of Britain and Ireland, from castles and legends to hidden treasures.

"It will stay with me forever"

Barend from South Africa

About this trip

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.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… exploring Molly Gallivan's farm as today's owners tell tales of her secret ‘Shebeen' pub, where she sold illicit home brew 200 years ago, then tucking into their homemade Irish stew and apple pie.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: BIBI

14 Nights

accommodation

19 Meals
  • 14 full breakfasts.

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest).

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Wonders of Britain and Ireland

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Day 1

Arrive London (2 Nights)

Day 2

London Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 3

London – Stonehenge – Bath – Cardiff

Day 4

Cardiff – Waterford

Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 5

Waterford – Blarney – Kenmare (2 Nights)

Molls Gap, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 6

Ring of Kerry Excursion

Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland

Day 7

Kenmare – Cashel – Dublin Sightseeing (2 Nights)

Grafton Street Performers, Dublin, Ireland

Day 8

Dublin Free Time

Day 9

Dublin – Chester – Liverpool

Day 10

Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

Day 11

Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 12

Edinburgh – Alnwick – York

Day 13

York – Stratford-upon-Avon

Day 14

Stratford-upon-Avon – Bladon – Oxford – London

Day 15

Depart London

Day 1

Arrive London (2 Nights)

Welcome to London. Relax and unwind after your journey or take a stroll and familiarise yourself with the city's unique and bustling atmosphere.

Hotel

Park Plaza County Hall

Meals

Day 1

Day 2

London Sightseeing and Free Time

See the city's major sights during your included guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. There is time afterwards to explore, shop and watch the world go by.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

London – Stonehenge – Bath – Cardiff

This morning meet your Travel Director before traveling 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 Center 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.

Hotel

Maldron

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Welcome Reception

Day 3

Day 4

Cardiff – Waterford

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

Hotel

Marina

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 4

Day 5

Waterford – Blarney – Kenmare (2 Nights)

Visit the renowned House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your Cultural Insight 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.

Hotel

Kenmare Bay

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining
Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 5

Day 6

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 place in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographer's 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 breathtaking beyond words.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
Molls Gap, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 6

Day 7

Kenmare – Cashel – Dublin Sightseeing (2 Nights)

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 Irish capital, Dublin. See Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Specialist. This evening consider joining an Optional Experience to an Irish cabaret.

Hotel

Ballsbridge

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland

Day 7

Day 8

Dublin Free Time

This morning enjoy your choice of sightseeing. You might want to explore the Guinness Brewery with early 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 Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
Grafton Street Performers, Dublin, Ireland

Day 8

Day 9

Dublin – Chester – Liverpool

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.

Hotel

Jurys Inn

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 9

Day 10

Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

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. Then 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.

Hotel

Apex City

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 10

Day 11

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, 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. During the Festival, tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 11

Day 12

Edinburgh – Alnwick – York

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.

Hotel

Hotel 53

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 12

Day 13

York – Stratford-upon-Avon

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 town. This evening join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel

Mercure Shakespeare Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 13

Day 14

Stratford-upon-Avon – Bladon – Oxford – London

This morning visit the charming little churchyard at Bladon, in the picturesque Cotswolds, to view Sir Winston Churchill's grave. Arrive in Oxford, the oldest university city in the British Isles, here you will enjoy an orientation of the city. View the Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library and walk around one of the famous colleges (when open). Return to London this evening.

Hotel

Park Plaza County Hall

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 14

Day 15

Depart London

Say a fond farewell to your traveling companions at the end of a wonderful vacation, as you prepare to return home with treasured memories.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 15

The Trafalgar Difference

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

  • Cultural Insights
    Enjoy a workshop tour and showroom visit at the House of Waterford Crystal.

  • 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 Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avo, UK Elizabethan England comes to life within the walls of this traditional Tudor-style Authentic Accommodations, situated just a five minute walk from Shakespeare's birthplace.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in London, Dublin and Edinburgh

    • Orientation 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, Edinburgh Castle, 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


What's Included

Dining

    • 14 full breakfasts.

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

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.


    Airport Transfers

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Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


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    Service rating : The service was well organized and well executed. We had a terrific, knowledgeable guide.Product : The Be My Guest farm visit and dinner in Ireland was a magical, memorable experience. The entire evening was so special and the hosts were charming.

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    The tour director, Paul Fleming was fantastic. Knowledgable, personable, witty, and well organized. The cities, hotels and attractions visited were everything we could have hoped for. The driver, Martin was excellent.

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    Service rating : GreatProduct : Not enough free time in some areas

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    Service rating : Tour director was very knowledgeable about the area. Although we had requested to have rooms adjacent to the other 2 in our party, Paul was the one to try and provide this for us.The tours are intense, you get a glimpse of so many places.Rotation of where you sit in the coach is

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    Service rating : Everyone from Trafalgar I came in contact with was excellentProduct : Had the time of my life. I would definitely recommend Trafalgar.

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