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Wonders of Britain and Ireland

12 Days 2 Countries 15 Cities

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

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    • Your London Hotel: This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Park Plaza County Hall hotel providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.
    • Departures 03 July, 04 September, 11 September, 18 September and 25 September 2018 may stay in Leeds instead of York. All sightseeing and inclusions will remain as described.
    • Edinburgh Tattoo 03-25 August 2018: We’ve included Edinburgh Tattoo tickets when you’re in Edinburgh on departures 29 July, 31 July, 05 August, 07 August, 12 August and 14 August
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      • Your London Hotel: This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Park Plaza County Hall hotel providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.
      • Departures 03 July, 04 September, 11 September, 18 September and 25 September 2018 may stay in Leeds instead of York. All sightseeing and inclusions will remain as described.
      • Edinburgh Tattoo 03-25 August 2018: We’ve included Edinburgh Tattoo tickets when you’re in Edinburgh on departures 29 July, 31 July, 05 August, 07 August, 12 August and 14 August
      • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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. 

      About this trip

      Inspiring tales of ancient history, monuments and magical landscapes, world-famous poets and writers. Travel through England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to write your own story that will surely feature a Blarney Stone kiss, swig or two of Guinness and romance rediscovered in the Lake District followed by a fitting Shakespearean ending in Stratford-upon-Avon.


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      11 Nights

      accommodation

      16 Meals
      • 11 full breakfasts

      • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Dublin and Edinburgh

        • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry

        • Orientation of Bath, Cardiff, Chester, York and Oxford

        • See the Lake District's magnificent scenery and the famous colleges of Oxford

        • View the home to Harry Potter & Hogwarts' Alnwick Castle, York Minster, Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and Sir Winston Churchill's grave at Bladon

        • 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 and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 11 full breakfasts

        • 5 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

        • 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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      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      London – Stonehenge – Bath – Cardiff

      Waterford Crystal, Co. Waterford, Ireland

      Day 2

      Cardiff – Waterford

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      Day 3

      Waterford – Blarney – Kenmare (2 Nights)

      Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry, Ireland

      Day 4

      Ring of Kerry Excursion

      Dublin, Ireland

      Day 5

      Kenmare – Cashel – Dublin Sightseeing (2 Nights)

      Dublin, Ireland

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      Dublin

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      Dublin – Chester – Liverpool

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

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      Edinburgh Sightseeing

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      Edinburgh – Alnwick – York

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      York – Stratford-upon-Avon

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      Stratford-upon-Avon – Bladon – Oxford – London

      Day 1

      London – Stonehenge – Bath – Cardiff Day 1 - London – Stonehenge – Bath – Cardiff

      Ponder the unsolved mysteries of the ancient monoliths of Stonehenge this morning, our first stop today as we drive west through the picturesque English countryside to Bath. Admire its elegant Georgian façades and the Roman Baths, from which the city derives its name. Crossing the Severn Estuary to the Welsh capital of Cardiff, we view the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay, before seeing the Millennium Stadium and historic Cardiff Castle during our orientation of the city. Enjoy warm hospitality and traditional Welsh pub fare and drinks this evening at a rousing Welcome Reception with your travel companions and Travel Director.

      Hotel

      Park Inn by Radisson City Centre

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Park Inn by Radisson City Centre

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Cardiff – Waterford Day 2 - Cardiff – Waterford

      Explore proud Welsh traditions and legends on your full day at leisure in this modern capital. Visit the Victorian Gothic fantasy of Cardiff Castle, at the heart of the city, or delve into the city's fascinating history at the Cardiff Story Museum. We cross the Irish Sea by ferry to the Emerald Isle and travel to historic Waterford where we'll dine in our hotel tonight.

      Hotel

      Marina

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Marina

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Waterford – Blarney – Kenmare (2 Nights) Day 3 - Waterford – Blarney – Kenmare (2 Nights)

      Watch the master craftsmen of the renowned House of Waterford Crystal as they create delicate pieces we will admire first-hand in their workshop during a Cultural Insight. We kiss the Blarney Stone to acquire the 'gift of the gab' before crossing the Kerry Mountains to the colourful town of Kenmare. This evening, we enjoy an unforgettable Be My Guest dinner with the O'Sullivan family and their Kerry cows at Molly Gallivan's 200-year-old cottage.

      Hotel

      Kenmare Bay

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Kenmare Bay

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Ring of Kerry Excursion Day 4 - Ring of Kerry Excursion

      Today we experience the enduring beauty of Ireland's most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula - the emerald green hills, centuries-old stone villages and vivid blue seascapes provide an exquisite backdrop for our leisurely drive around what has become known as the Ring of Kerry. See Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap with its panoramic views.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Kenmare – Cashel – Dublin Sightseeing (2 Nights) Day 5 - Kenmare – Cashel – Dublin Sightseeing (2 Nights)

      Celtic art and history take centre stage this morning as we visit the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary, the seat of Irish kings for centuries. Perched atop a limestone outcrop in the Golden Vale, the historic ruins house one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture in Europe. We arrive this afternoon in Dublin, where we will join our Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour to see Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the stately Georgian Squares. This evening, consider joining an Optional Experience to enjoy the rousing sounds of an Irish cabaret.

      Hotel

      Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Ballsbridge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Dublin Day 6 - Dublin

      Your choice of sightseeing this morning could see you beat the crowds and explore the Guinness Brewery for a tour of the Storehouse including a tasting technique demonstration. Or visit the Little Museum of Dublin, which captures the fascinating history of modern Dublin. The rest of the day is yours to soak up the cosy atmosphere of the Irish capital. Ramble through the buzzing streets of Temple Bar or visit Grafton Street, famous for its colourful street performers. z

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Dublin – Chester – Liverpool Day 7 - Dublin – Chester – Liverpool

      Admire the spectacular landscape of Snowdonia National Park as you travel to the ancient city of Chester with its characteristic Tudor Rows and medieval walls, which you will have an opportunity to see during an orientation walk. We arrive later in Liverpool, the haunt of the 'Fab Four', joining our companions for a tasty Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

      Hotel

      Jurys Inn

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Jurys Inn

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Edinburgh (2 Nights) Day 8 - Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

      The beautiful landscape that inspired Romantic poets provides a mesmerising backdrop for our scenic drive from the lush green hills of Lancashire to the Lake District. Meandering along the shores of Windermere, England's largest lake, we arrive in Grasmere, where William Wordsworth was said to have been inspired to write his famous poem 'Daffodils'. View the grave of this celebrated poet at St. Oswald's Church, then cross the Scottish border and visit the runaway wedding capital that is Gretna Green. This evening, we arrive in beguiling Edinburgh, where we'll spend the next two nights.

      Hotel

      Apex

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Apex

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Edinburgh Sightseeing Day 9 - Edinburgh Sightseeing

      Join a Local Specialist this morning for a memorable sightseeing tour of this captivating capital, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city on Castle Rock. See Auld Reekie's quaint Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and admire the Georgian façades in Edinburgh's New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the performance at the Edinburgh Tattoo are included.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Edinburgh – Alnwick – York Day 10 - Edinburgh – Alnwick – York

      We venture south to the medieval market town of Alnwick with its impressive castle and Tenantry Column, upon which the Percy Lion sits imposingly overlooking the town's beautiful gardens. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you cross Northumberland and the River Tyne at Newcastle en route to York where you'll walk through the charming Shambles, see the medieval walls and York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world.

      Hotel

      Hotel 53

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Hotel 53

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 10

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      York – Stratford-upon-Avon Day 11 - York – Stratford-upon-Avon

      We visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon today to see where the 'Avon Bard' was born and raised. View Anne Hathaway's picturesque thatched cottage before we tread in the footsteps of this legendary writer, enjoying some free time in this quaint town. This evening we join our fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner reminiscing over our very own stories from an unforgettable holiday.

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 11

      Day 12

      Stratford-upon-Avon – Bladon – Oxford – London Day 12 - Stratford-upon-Avon – Bladon – Oxford – London

      Journey to the picturesque Cotswolds this morning to the charming little churchyard at Bladon where Sir Winston Churchill's grave. Arriving in Oxford, the oldest university city in the British Isles, we'll enjoy an orientation tour of the city to view the Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library and see the famous colleges that make up the university. We return to London this afternoon and bid a fond farewell to our Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of a wonderful holiday.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Tales of potent poitin and rural Ireland are shared over a delicious dinner of Irish Stew at Molly Gallivan's 200-year old cottage with the O'Sullivan family and their Kerry cows

      • Cultural Insight
        Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal on a workshop tour

      • Hidden Treasure
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialist
        For included sightseeing in Dublin and Edinburgh

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        • City tour in Dublin and Edinburgh

        • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry

        • Orientation of Bath, Cardiff, Chester, York and Oxford

        • See the Lake District's magnificent scenery and the famous colleges of Oxford

        • View the home to Harry Potter & Hogwarts' Alnwick Castle, York Minster, Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and Sir Winston Churchill's grave at Bladon

        • 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 and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon


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      Dining

        • 11 full breakfasts

        • 5 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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