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Britain and Ireland Highlights

8 Days 2 Countries 8 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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8 Days 2 Countries 8 Cities

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    • Your London Hotel: This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Park Plaza Riverbank hotel providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.
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      • Your London Hotel: This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Park Plaza Riverbank 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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 beyond the 'great' and see the best of Britain and Ireland on one trip, starting your tale of two islands in London and exploring such city gems as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin and Cardiff. Explore the countryside travelling through the Yorkshire Dales and the rugged Ayrshire Coast, before saddling up for a visit to the Irish National Stud Farm.


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      Trip code: BBIH

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      10 Meals
      • 7 full breakfasts

      • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin

        • Orientation of York, Glasgow, Cardiff and Bath

        • See the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff

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

        • 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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 3 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      Travel Highlights

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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

        • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland

        • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Ireland to South Wales

        • 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


       

      Britain and Ireland Highlights

      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York – Harrogate

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      Day 2

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

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      Day 3

      Edinburgh Excursion

      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 4

      Glasgow – Belfast – Dublin (2 Nights)

      Guinness Factory, Dublin, Ireland

      Day 5

      Dublin Sightseeing

      Waterford Crystal, Co. Waterford, Ireland

      Day 6

      Dublin – Kildare – Kilkenny – Waterford

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      Day 7

      Waterford – Cardiff

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      Day 8

      Cardiff – Bath – Stonehenge – London

      Day 1

      London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York – Harrogate 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. 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

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

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

      From quaint villages around the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the glory of the Lake District, your journey is scenic. Travelling past 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. 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.

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu/MacDonald Crutherland House

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu/MacDonald Crutherland House

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      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 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, before returning to Glasgow for a delicious meal at a local restaurant.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      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) 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

      Ballsbridge/Mespil

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Ballsbridge/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

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Dublin Sightseeing Day 5 - Dublin Sightseeing

      See Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Specialist. Visit the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and tasting technique demonstration. 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

      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

      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

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Dublin – Kildare – Kilkenny – Waterford 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

      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 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

      Hotel

      Park Inn City Centre

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Cardiff – Bath – Stonehenge – London Day 8 - Cardiff – Bath – Stonehenge – London

      Travel across the Severn Estuary into England and the glorious UNESCO World Heritage 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, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, return to London where your holiday in Britain and Ireland comes to an end.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Available Departures

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

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Enjoy a hearty Welsh dinner with a farming family and their animals in the beautiful award-winning vineyards of Wales

      • Cultural Insights
        Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm and learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.


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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin

        • Orientation of York, Glasgow, Cardiff and Bath

        • See the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff

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

        • 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


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      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 3 dinners
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      Travel Highlights

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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

        • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland

        • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Ireland to South Wales

        • 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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        Service rating : Knowledgeable, engaging and a primary focus on safety.Product : Hotels were at best 4 star.......the itinerary I thought could have focused more on rural areas. Stayed two nights in Glasgow......,why?

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        Service rating : LOVED BEING INFORMED AND LOOKED AFTER. Conrad AND MICK OUR DRIVER TOOK CARE OF EVERYONEProduct : I am 74 and think this is the best way to go on holidays.

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        Service rating : Fantastic trip. Well organised and efficient. Great hotels with scrumptious breakfasts. Interesting sightseeing and wonderful hidden treasures. Really enjoyable and informative included tours and meals. Really good to learn so much history. Great optional experiences.Product :

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        Service rating : The trip was fun. A little fast paced but it is a "Highlights" tour and kind of expected.Product : It was a good tour. I had fun.

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        Service rating : Vicki Townsley was a fantastic travel director. She was super knowledgeable, funny, sweet and personable. She is a great asset! I'd travel with her any where!!!Product : Vicki Townsley was the best. You are lucky to have her!!

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