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Britain and Ireland Grandeur

20 Days 2 Countries 43 Cities

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

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20 Days 2 Countries 43 Cities

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    • Edinburgh Tattoo 03-25 August 2018: We’ve included Edinburgh Tattoo tickets when you’re in Edinburgh on departures 21 July, 22 July, 28 July, 29 July, 04 August and 05 August
    • Your London Hotel: This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Cumberland hotel providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.
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      • Edinburgh Tattoo 03-25 August 2018: We’ve included Edinburgh Tattoo tickets when you’re in Edinburgh on departures 21 July, 22 July, 28 July, 29 July, 04 August and 05 August
      • Your London Hotel: This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Cumberland hotel providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

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      About this trip

      Go behind the scenes on a grand exploration of Britain and Ireland - one that will see you circle islands, scale highlands and cross the seas. No corner of the British Isles will remain unexplored, from London and Liverpool to Edinburgh, Dublin and Belfast with a visit to Giant's Causeway, the Ring of Kerry and the ever-elusive 'Nessie' all in between.

      Please note: All Preview 2018 itineraries are subject to change. Booked guests will be contacted about any changes to their trip upon the release of the 2018 Europe & Britain brochure.


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      Trip code: BIGT

      19 Nights

      accommodation

      29 Meals
      • 19 full breakfasts

      • 10 dinners (including Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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        • City tour in Londonderry/Derry, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh

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

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

        • 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

        • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, 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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 19 full breakfasts

        • 10 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

        • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel

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

        • Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • 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

        • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Day 1

      London – Stonehenge – Salisbury – Plymouth (2 Nights)

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      Cornish Excursion

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      Plymouth – Bath – Cardiff

      Waterford Crystal, Co. Waterford, Ireland

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      Cardiff – Waterford

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      Waterford – Blarney – Kenmare (2 Nights)

      Molls Gap, Co. Kerry, Ireland

      Day 6

      Ring of Kerry Excursion

      Adare, Co. Limerick, Ireland

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      Kenmare – Limerick – Cliffs of Moher – Galway

      Donegal Castle, Co. Donegal, Ireland

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      Galway – Donegal

      Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland

      Day 9

      Donegal – Londonderry – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast Orientation

      Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland

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      Belfast – Dublin (2 Nights)

      Guinness Factory, Dublin, Ireland

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      Dublin Sightseeing

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      Dublin – Chester – Liverpool

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      Liverpool – Quarry Bank Mill – Lake District

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      Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow

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      Glasgow – Glencoe – Isle of Skye

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      Isle of Skye – Loch Ness – Culloden – Scottish Highlands

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

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      Edinburgh – Alnwick – York

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      York – Stratford-upon-Avon – London

      Day 1

      London – Stonehenge – Salisbury – Plymouth (2 Nights) Day 1 - London – Stonehenge – Salisbury – Plymouth (2 Nights)

      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. Visit Salisbury before getting to know your companions at a Welcome Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drinks. Later arrive in the historic naval port of Plymouth.

      Hotel

      Copthorne

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Copthorne

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Cornish Excursion Day 2 - 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.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Dartmoor Excursion And Dinner

      A scenic drive across the mysterious moors takes us to the capital of the moors, Princetown. Here you’ll see the infamous prison before driving to a lovely old Inn for a drink and a delicious home-cooked dinner, followed by stories and legends about the area.

      Adult Price: £35.00

      Forgotten Cornwall And Dinner

      Join us as we catch a ferry across the River Tamar to Cornwall and the village of Cremyll. Tonight you’ll enjoy dinner at an old Cornish inn, the Edgcumbe Arms, with a main course from the Carvery. Afterwards we’ll take a drive along the beautiful coast known as 'Rame Head', where you’ll enjoy stunning views.

      Adult Price: £35.00

      Plymouth Harbour Cruise

      Relax on a boat trip round the harbour of one of England’s most famous seaports. As your skipper commentates, you’ll see the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America, and ships sailed for Australia, New Zealand and Newfoundland and enjoy panoramic vistas of Plymouth Hoe. We’ll also enter the Royal Navy Dockyard where you’ll see some of the modern vessels of the Royal Navy.

      Adult Price: £15.00

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      Day 3

      Plymouth – Bath – Cardiff Day 3 - 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.

      Hotel

      Park Inn City Centre

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Park Inn City Centre

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Traditional Welsh Evening And Dinner

      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.

      Adult Price: £39.00

      Welsh Evening At Millennium Centre

      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.

      Adult Price: £54.00

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      Day 4

      Cardiff – Waterford Day 4 - 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.

      Hotel

      Fitzwilton

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Fitzwilton

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Cardiff Castle Tour

      You’ll explore this unique castle on a private tour and hear tales about the eclectic refurbishments. Done in the 1800s by architect William Burgess, his influences included Islamic art, Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales and even Aesop's fables. You’ll also walk on the battlements and climb the 1,000-year-old Norman keep for superb views over Cardiff.

      Adult Price: £21.00

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      Day 5

      Waterford – Blarney – Kenmare (2 Nights) Day 5 - 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.

      Hotel

      Kenmare Bay

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Kenmare Bay

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 6

      Ring of Kerry Excursion 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 places 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. Dine tonight at your hotel.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Beara Peninsula Dinner

      Join us for a scenic drive along Kenmare Bay. Later, we've booked a table at one of our favourite local restaurants, where you'll be served a drink and a delicious meal of Irish seafood specialities.

      Adult Price: €49.00

      Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride

      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.

      Adult Price: €21.00

      Irish Folk Theatre and Dinner

      Join us as we embrace the folklore and spirit of old Ireland’s life and times, when even the most everyday chore would be celebrated. Siamsa Tire players will cast a charm you'll remember forever. Beforehand, enjoy a hearty Irish meal in a local restaurant. This experience will be offered for those trips that stay at Tralee.

      Adult Price: €69.00

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      Kenmare – Limerick – Cliffs of Moher – Galway Day 7 - 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.

      Hotel

      Connacht

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Connacht

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      Galway – Donegal Day 8 - Galway – Donegal

      This morning see 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. Then travel to Donegal to see the 15th century castle and enjoy free time before dinner at your hotel. Dine tonight at your hotel

      Hotel

      Central

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Central

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      Donegal – Londonderry – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast Orientation Day 9 - Donegal – Londonderry – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast Orientation

      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 enjoy an orientation, followed by free time to explore the Titanic Quarter or shop in the bustling city centre.

      Hotel

      Park Inn/Stormont

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Park Inn/Stormont

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Enjoy Dinner and Drinks in Belfast

      Join us for an evening of drinks, good food and true Irish hospitality at one of our favourite local restaurants. One drink included.

      Adult Price: £42.00

      Belfast Walk with Fish and Chips

      What better way to soak up the atmosphere of this lively city than to join a local specialist for a stroll through its hidden side streets? We'll have an included drink in a historic pub and continue to a local restaurant for a quintessentially traditional meal; fish and chips.

      Adult Price: £38.00

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      Belfast – Dublin (2 Nights) Day 10 - Belfast – Dublin (2 Nights)

      This morning meet your Local Specialist ‘Cabbie' who will take you on a journey through the recent history of the city in their Black Cab. 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.

      Hotel

      Mespil/Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Mespil/Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

      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

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      Dublin Sightseeing Day 11 - Dublin Sightseeing

      This morning explore the Guinness Brewery with entry before general admission and take a tour including a tasting technique demonstration. 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.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      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

      Experience the Ancient Monastic Site of Glendalough

      Enjoy a visit to one of the most important monastic sites in Europe, which dates back to the 6th 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

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      Dublin – Chester – Liverpool Day 12 - 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.

      Hotel

      Jurys Inn

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Jurys Inn

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Famous Sights and the Fab Four

      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.

      Adult Price: £16.50

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      Day 13

      Liverpool – Quarry Bank Mill – Lake District Day 13 - 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.

      Hotel

      North Lakes/Castle Green

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      North Lakes/Castle Green

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      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

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      Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow Day 14 - 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.

      Hotel

      Hilton Garden Inn/MacDonald Crutherland House

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Hilton Garden Inn/MacDonald Crutherland House

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 14

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      Glasgow – Glencoe – Isle of Skye Day 15 - 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.

      Hotel

      Dunollie/Kings Arms

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Dunollie/Kings Arms

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Loch Lomond Boat Trip

      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.

      Adult Price: £15.00

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      Isle of Skye – Loch Ness – Culloden – Scottish Highlands Day 16 - 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.

      Hotel

      Highlander/Macdonald Aviemore

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Highlander/Macdonald Aviemore

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Highland Farm Experience

      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.

      Adult Price: £14.00

      Isle Of Skye Drive

      An opportunity to travel around the Isle of Skye with your Local Specialist. You’ll hear about the way of life on this remote inner Hebridean Island and discover its stories and legends.

      Adult Price: £13.50

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      Day 17

      Scottish Highlands – Pitlochry – St. Andrews – Edinburgh (2 Nights) Day 17 - Scottish Highlands – Pitlochry – St. Andrews – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

      Head south and stop in Pitlochry before travelling 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.

      Hotel

      Holiday Inn

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Holiday Inn

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Local Dinner Evening

      Join us and your travelling companions for a delicious traditional dinner and drink at a local restaurant.

      Adult Price: £36.00

      Edinburgh by Night and Dinner

      We'll drive into the old city of Edinburgh to see the city at night with photo opportunities of the Castle and the Grassmarket, famous for historic executions and when possible visit one of the most haunted graveyards and see the grave of Greyfriars Bobby, the famous Skye Terrier. Then, we'll make our way to a local restaurant for a delicious dinner and drink.

      Adult Price: £42.00

      Pitlochry. Visit Of Blair Castle

      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.

      Adult Price: £20.00

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      Edinburgh Sightseeing Day 18 - Edinburgh Sightseeing

      Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour including a visit to Edinburgh Castle. See the Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse and the new Scottish Parliament building. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo are included. Tonight why not enjoy an optional night out including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare?

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Rosslyn Chapel

      We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where you’ll hear the inside story on the famous Rosslyn Chapel. You’ll also visit one of Scotland's most unusual 15th century buildings, famed for its associations with the Knights Templar, the Masonic movement, and now 'The Da Vinci Code'.

      Adult Price: £17.50

      Scottish Show With Dinner

      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.

      Adult Price: £58.00

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      Edinburgh – Alnwick – York Day 19 - 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.

      Hotel

      Novotel/Hotel 53

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Novotel/Hotel 53

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

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      York – Stratford-upon-Avon – London Day 20 - York – Stratford-upon-Avon – London

      View Anne Hathaway's picturesque thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Spend some time exploring the town before heading back to London this afternoon, where your amazing holiday comes to an end.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/gsa/tours/britain-and-ireland-grandeur for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Enjoy a traditional British supper hosted by a local family in the dining room of either their elegant town house in the city or in their impressive country house overlooking picturesque scenery in the Vale of York.

      • Cultural Insights
        Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour. Visit the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour into what makes the perfect pint and enjoy one. Meet the official Town Crier of Chester and hear about his traditional role dating back to medieval times. And visit Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire to learn how communities lived during the Industrial Revolution

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        Experience Belfast from the comfort of your dedicated Black Cab with expert 'Cabbie' commentary. For included sightseeing in Londonderry/Derry, Dublin and Edinburgh

      • Join Trafalgar
        Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow - At Quarry Bank Mill in 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. In Northern Ireland you'll discover the legend of the Giant's Causeway exploring with an expert, who'll explain how your visit helps conserve this iconic natural landmark.

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      What's Included

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        • City tour in Londonderry/Derry, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh

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

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        • 19 full breakfasts

        • 10 dinners
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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

        • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel

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

        • Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • 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

        • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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      Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


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        Service rating : I was very happy with our 20 Britian Ireland Grandure tour departing London on Sunday 30 July 2017.Roxy and Mick done a great Job.I paid for this some 16 months in advance and would do it again.This is the 2nd tour our last was 5 years ago 9 day Best of Germany with our tour

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        Service rating : The itinerary of the tour was excellent, our guide was very knowledgeable, jour first driver, Bart, was awesome. The motels were a bit dodgy, some of them were dirty, mattresses disgusting but the food always good. The entire bus got very, very sick on our tour and also alot

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        Service rating : Yes yes yesProduct : Just loved the whole trip

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        Service rating : The Travel Director was always thinking about the people first, he took us to places that were not on the travel itinerary when he did not have to.The driver was the best. He was jovial and very helpful to everyone.The restaurant staff went out of there way to be very helpful

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        Service rating : This was our second tour and we enjoyed it immensely. Our tour director Steve and Simon were excellent. My only comment would be that it was very exhausting. Every third or fourth day should be a rest day or at least a WHOLE afternoon with nothing planned so you could do laundry

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