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Britain and Ireland Highlights

8 Days 2 Countries 4 Cities

Hear the stories behind Britain and Ireland's poetry, people and innovation during this Regional Explorer trip.

"An experience of a lifetime"

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About this trip

Engineering, invention and Romantic Poets, the epic diversity squeezed into a remarkably tiny region is explored through the towns, cities and countryside of Britain and Ireland.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... admiring the beauty and grace of pure thoroughbred horses, you learn the history of the Irish National Stud Farm and its royal connections, and explore the lush grounds on a private guided walk.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: BBIH

7 Nights

accommodation

10 Meals
  • 7 full breakfasts.

  • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

Britain and Ireland Highlights

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Day 1

London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York – Harrogate

Day 2

Harrogate – Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow (2 Nights)

Day 3

Edinburgh Excursion

Belfast, Titanic, Northern Ireland

Day 4

Glasgow – Belfast – Dublin (2 Nights)

Guinness Factory, Dublin, Ireland

Day 5

Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 6

Dublin – Kildare – Kilkenny – Waterford

Day 7

Waterford – Cardiff

Day 8

Cardiff – Bath – Stonehenge – London

Day 1

London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York – Harrogate

A scenic drive through beautiful countryside brings you to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre and see Anne Hathaway's cottage. In the Viking city of York enjoy a walk along its historic streets. View the cobbled Shambles, the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. Later, enjoy a Welcome Reception in a traditional pub.

Hotel

Holiday Inn

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Harrogate – Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow (2 Nights)

From quaint villages around the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the scenic glory of the Lake District, your journey is impressive. Travelling past England's largest lake, Windermere, and through the countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald’s Church. 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 and the magnificent George Square. This evening enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant in Glasgow.

Hotel

Radisson Blu/Jurys Inn/Apex

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Optional Experiences

A Stirling Evening

See Stirling Castle and the Wallace Memorial by night. A truly local experience, you'll be piped in to your evening meal in the historic Scottish city and enjoy an evening of Scottish delights.

Adult Price: £44.00

Private Cruise On Lake Windermere

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.

Adult Price: £15.50

Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

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.

Adult Price: £17.50

Day 2

Day 3

Edinburgh Excursion

Today visit Edinburgh. 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 elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. Later enjoy free time to explore at leisure.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Royal Yacht Britannia

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.

Adult Price: £16.50

Day 3

Day 4

Glasgow – Belfast – Dublin (2 Nights)

Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast past the island of Ailsa Craig, the stepping stone from Ireland to Scotland, to board the ferry to Northern Ireland. View City Hall, Queen's University and the dock where the Titanic was built with your Local Specialist. Later arrive in Dublin, your home for the next two nights.

Hotel

Mespil

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Dinner in Dublin City

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.

Adult Price: €45.00

Belfast, Titanic, Northern Ireland

Day 4

Day 5

Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time

See Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Specialist. Then your choice of sightseeing gives you the opportunity to visit the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and tasting technique demonstration or the Little Museum of Dublin. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers? This evening consider joining an Optional Experience to an Irish cabaret.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

An Evening of Irish Entertainment

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.

Adult Price: €71.00

Experience Glendalough, The Glen Of The Two Lakes

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.

Adult Price: €20.00

Guinness Factory, Dublin, Ireland

Day 5

Day 6

Dublin – Kildare – Kilkenny – Waterford

This morning gain a Cultural Insight into rearing world-class thoroughbreds when visiting the Irish National Stud Farm established in 1946. After a guided walk through the farm, take some time to stroll through the tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe. In Kilkenny, see the imposing medieval castle and enjoy free time for lunch. This afternoon enjoy a Cultural Insight when you visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom.

Hotel

Marina

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Irish Folk Fun

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 and play music for you.

Adult Price: €27.00

Explore Waterford's History and Local Pub

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.

Adult Price: €23.00

Day 6

Day 7

Waterford – Cardiff

Cross the Irish Sea to Wales by ferry, and continue your journey to Cardiff Bay to view the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly. View the historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium before arriving at your hotel. Tonight, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Be My Guest Farewell Dinner.

Hotel

Park Inn City Centre

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 7

Day 8

Cardiff – Bath – Stonehenge – London

Travel cross the Severn Estuary into England and the glorious city of Bath. See splendid Georgian architecture during your orientation. Enjoy an included visit to the Roman Baths from which the city derives its name. In Wiltshire, visit the mysterious monolithic stone circle at Stonehenge. Later, return to London where your holiday in Britain and Ireland comes to an end.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 8

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin

    • Orientation of York, Glasgow, Cardiff and Bath

    • Visit Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, Gretna Green, the Irish National Stud farm and Japanese Garden, the Waterford Crystal showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge

    • View York Minster, Glasgow Cathedral and George Square, Kilkenny Castle and Gardens

    • See the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 full breakfasts.

    • 3 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland.

    • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Ireland to South Wales.

    • 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 Trafalgar 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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  • Guest Service Rating from 145 Reviews

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    Service rating : Service in the bus, at the hotels, and our tour guide were excellent.Product : I did all the extra trips minus one. I had no regrets--all were well worth the money. Each an individual experience.

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    Service rating : our travel guide was excellent, all was looked after very professional and knowledgableProduct : we saw a lot in 8 days and some extras. if we were not on a tour we would have had no idea what to see or how to get there

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    Service rating : Excellent "Travel Director"! Konrad Wolkowinski is very funny, knowledgeable, friendly, yet very professional. He is a real gem of the Trafalgar Travel. Stirling Braveheart Evening, Shakespeare birth place, Darwins in Dublin, the Irish Show, are just a few things among many we

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    Service rating : Always the best - I am a travel agent and not only myself but my clients have been well taken care of. As a travel agent being able to take Trafalgar Tours really does help selling your tours on my return.Product : There is only one suggestion - we visited the Titanic Museum for

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    Service rating : We received excellent service; we were made comfortable; communication of planned events for the day was very good and our travel directors brought our travels to life with their stories of the area and people who once lived there.Product : We saw so much on this trip. We

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