Britain and Ireland Panorama - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

16 days

from $3719 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Oct 2015.
"My dream trip; perfect in every way"
Donna , Jul 2014

In the craic and Guinness of Ireland or the tea and scones of England, the welcoming hospitality of the British Isles is one of its biggest attractions and will become one of your lasting memories.

It's Insider moments like… picturing the scene of the world's most famous liner leaving tiny Cobh on its ill-fated journey, as you stroll its streets with a Titanic expert, who reveals how the ship changed the community.

Trip type:
Regional Explorer
Trip code:
BPAN

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    LONDON – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – YORK

    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. Later, in the Viking city of York, enjoy a walk along historic streets. View the cobbled Shambles, the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. Tonight dine at your hotel where you have a chance to meet with your Travel Director and travelling companions.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Novotel

  • 2.

    YORK – JEDBURGH – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS)

    Rugged, dramatic and spectacular − the Northumberland National Park is all these things and more! View the remarkably intact ruins of the 12th century Jedburgh Abbey on your way to the beautiful Scottish capital, Edinburgh.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Novotel

  • 3.

    EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your morning sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes the elegant New Town, Princes Street, the Royal Mile, views of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Arthur's Seat. Enjoy a guided visit of Edinburgh Castle. During the Edinburgh Festival, your stay includes tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo. Tonight, consider a traditional Scottish night out with haggis, dancing and bagpipes!

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 4.

    EDINBURGH – ST. ANDREWS – PITLOCHRY – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Continue north across the Tay at Dundee, to visit Pitlochry, a charming village on the banks of the River Tummel. Explore the village or join an optional experience to visit Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Laggan Gaskmore

  • 5.

    ISLE OF SKYE AND SCENIC HIGHLANDS EXCURSION

    Travel through Inverness, known as the capital of The Highlands and along the banks of the famous Loch Ness. View Eilean Donan Castle before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles, where you can trace your genealogy or explore the wonderful gardens. Later take the ferry to Mallaig and continue your journey through the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands to your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

  • 6.

    SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – GLENCOE – GLASGOW

    Stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breathtaking views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through Glencoe, ‘Glen of the Weeping', site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral and magnificent George Square. Visit the Necropolis for a Cultural Insight into one of Europe's most important 19th century burial grounds.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Westerwood Cumbernauld

  • 7.

    GLASGOW – LAKE DISTRICT – MANCHESTER

    Cross the border into England and enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch at a working farm in the idyllic Cumbrian countryside. Learn about traditional farming methods and see the sheep, goats and cattle before enjoying lunch in the farmhouse. Later arrive in Grasmere where you view the grave of William Wordsworth. See England's largest lake, Windermere before arriving in Manchester.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

    Hotel

    Park Inn Victoria

  • 8.

    MANCHESTER – CHESTER – DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS)

    In Chester see the timbered buildings known as the ‘Rows' before traveling along the scenic North Wales coast to the Island of Anglesey,  on your way to Holyhead. Cross the Irish Sea to Dublin, the Irish capital. This evening, join your companions for a Regional Meal on a canal boat in Dublin.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Regional Meal

    Hotel

    Ballsbridge

  • 9.

    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 pint-pulling 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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 10.

    DUBLIN – GALWAY – LIMERICK

    Travel to the West coast and the city of Galway. View Galway Cathedral and Eyre Square before continuing to Limerick.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Radisson Blu

  • 11.

    LIMERICK – RING OF KERRY – CORK

    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 photographers 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 breath-taking beyond words. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel in the city of Cork.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Rochestown Park

  • 12.

    CORK – BLARNEY – COBH – WATERFORD – WEXFORD

    Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone to attain the ‘gift of the gab'! Stop in picturesque Cobh for a walking tour with a Local Specialist. This was the final port of call for the Titanic on its fateful voyage. This afternoon, visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your Cultural Insight tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Talbot

  • 13.

    WEXFORD – CARDIFF

    Cross the Irish Sea to Wales, 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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Maldron

  • 14.

    CARDIFF – BATH – GLASTONBURY – PLYMOUTH (2 NIGHTS)

    Drive east, over the Severn Estuary, to Bath. On arrival in the city, admire the Georgian buildings and visit the Roman Baths after which the city is named. Spend some time exploring before making your way to Glastonbury Abbey to see where King Arthur is believed to be buried. Later, we arrive into the historic naval port of Plymouth.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Copthorne/Mercure Southgate Exeter/Buckerell Lodge Exeter

  • 15.

    POLPERRO AND DARTMOOR EXCURSION

    Your orientation of Plymouth includes the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World. See the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Visit the fishing village of Polperro with its narrow streets and picturesque harbour. Enjoy a scenic drive through Dartmoor, famous for its rugged landscape and wild ponies. This evening, join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 16.

    PLYMOUTH – STONEHENGE – LONDON

    Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the mystical ancient monoliths of Stonehenge. Travel back to London this afternoon, where your amazing holiday comes to an end.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Enjoy a hearty lunch on a working farm in Cumbria.
  • Cultural Insights

    Visit the House of Waterford Crystal for a workshop tour and showroom visit.
    Visit the Necropolis, one of Europe's most significant burial grounds, while in Glasgow.
  • Local Specialists

    in Dublin, Edinburgh and Cobh.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of London, Edinburgh and Dublin
  • Orientations of York, Glasgow, Chester, Galway, Cork, Cobh, Cardiff, Bath and Plymouth
  • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry and enjoy a scenic Cornish Excursion
  • See the Isle of Skye
  • View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, York Minster and the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail
  • Visit Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, the Clan Donald Centre, the Guinness Storehouse, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath, Glastonbury Abbey, the fishing village of Polperro, ruins and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge
  • Your choice of sightseeing in Dublin, visit the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration or the Little Museum of Dublin.

Dining

  • 15 full breakfasts.
    6 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Regional Meal, 3 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).
    1 lunch (Be My Guest).

Travel Highlights

  • Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland.
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Use of Trafalgar's London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions.
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your Trafalgar London hotel.
  • VIP entry to many sights

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Dublin

  • Dinner in Dublin City

    Adult Price: €44.00 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.
  • An Evening of Irish Craic

    Adult Price: €70.00 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.
  • Experience Glendalough, The Glen Of The Two Lakes

    Adult Price: €19.00 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.

Limerick

  • Irish Ceilidh Evening

    Adult Price: €60.00 Come along and experience the craic at a special ceilidh evening. Enjoy a drink and some local specialities, watch some traditional Irish dancing, and sing along to some familiar Irish melodies.
  • Bunratty Castle And Folk Park

    Adult Price: €19.00 Come on a visit to the 15th-century Bunratty Castle and admire its fine furnishings, antiques and paintings. You’ll experience an Ireland of the past, as you wander through the folk park with its thatched cottages and smoky turf fires. In the village, we'll have free time to explore the quaint shops and relax in the local tea room.

Edinburgh

  • Local Dinner Evening

    Adult Price: £35.00 Join us and your travelling companions for a delicious traditional dinner and drink at a local restaurant.
  • Rosslyn Chapel

    Adult Price: £17.00 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'.
  • Scottish Show With Dinner

    Adult Price: £54.00 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.
  • Edinburgh's Dark Past

    Adult Price: £30.00 Be enthralled by Edinburgh's sinister and unsavoury past exploring the shadowy closes of the Old Town. Experience the famous haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults of Edinburgh by candle-light and relish one of a selection of fine malt whiskies and learn the story of your dram. After your tour enjoy free time for dinner on the Royal Mile.

Scottish Highlands

  • Pitlochry. Visit Of Blair Castle

    Adult Price: £20.00 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.
  • Highland Farm Experience

    Adult Price: £12.00 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.

Glasgow

  • Glasgow City Evening

    Adult Price: £34.00 You'll enjoy a chance to experience a night out in the city of Glasgow. Your Travel Director will take you for an evening of good food, a drink, and undoubtedly interesting conversation.

LOCH LOMOND

  • Loch Lomond Boat Trip

    Adult Price: £12.50 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.

Cardiff

  • Cardiff Castle Tour

    Adult Price: £20.00 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.
  • Traditional Welsh Evening And Dinner

    Adult Price: £38.00 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.
  • Welsh Evening At Millennium Centre

    Adult Price: £53.00 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.

PLYMOUTH

  • Dartmoor Excursion And Dinner

    Adult Price: £34.00 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.
  • Forgotten Cornwall And Dinner

    Adult Price: £30.00 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.
  • Plymouth Harbour Cruise

    Adult Price: £12.00 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.
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