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Britain and Ireland Panorama

16 Days 2 Countries 34 Cities

Explore the best of Britain and Ireland, taking in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dublin, Cork, Cardiff and more.

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About this trip

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.

You'll enjoy 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 i

Trip code: BPAN

15 Nights

accommodation

22 Meals
  • 15 full breakfasts.

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest).

  • 6 dinners.

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Day 1

London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York

Day 2

York – Jedburgh – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

Day 3

Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 4

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

Day 5

Isle of Skye and Scenic Highlands Excursion

Day 6

Scottish Highlands – Glencoe – Loch Lomond – Glasgow

Day 7

Glasgow – Lake District – Manchester

Dublin, Ireland

Day 8

Manchester – Chester – Dublin (2 Nights)

Grafton Street Performers, Dublin, Ireland

Day 9

Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 10

Dublin – Galway – Limerick

Molls Gap, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 11

Limerick – Ring of Kerry – Cork

Day 12

Cork – Blarney – Cobh – Waterford – Wexford

Day 13

Wexford – Cardiff

Day 14

Cardiff – Bath – Glastonbury – Exeter (2 Nights)

Day 15

Plymouth, Polperro and Dartmoor Excursion

Day 16

Exeter – Stonehenge – London

Day 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.

Hotel

Novotel

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 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.

Hotel

Novotel City Centre

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 2

Day 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 3

Day 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.

Hotel

Laggan Gaskmore Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 4

Day 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5

Day 6

Scottish Highlands – Glencoe – Loch Lomond – 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.

Hotel

Westerwood

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 6

Day 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 at your hotel.

Hotel

Park Inn City Centre Manchester/Mercure Liverpool

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 7

Day 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 delicious Regional Meal at a local restaurant in Dublin.

Hotel

Ballsbridge/Maldron Pearse Street

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal
Dublin, Ireland

Day 8

Day 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 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
Grafton Street Performers, Dublin, Ireland

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Day 10

Dublin – Galway – Limerick

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

Hotel

Greenhills

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 10

Day 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 breathtaking beyond words. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel in the city of Cork.

Hotel

Rochestown Park

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner
Molls Gap, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 11

Day 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.

Hotel

Whites of Wexford

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 12

Day 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.

Hotel

Park Inn City Centre

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 13

Day 14

Cardiff – Bath – Glastonbury – Exeter (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 in Exeter, the capital of Devon.

Hotel

Buckerell Lodge

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 14

Day 15

Plymouth, Polperro and Dartmoor Excursion

Start your day with an orientation of Plymouth. View the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World and 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 15

Day 16

Exeter – 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 16

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Edinburgh, Dublin and Cobh.

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

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy a hearty lunch on a working farm in Cumbria.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Laggan Gaskmore Hotel, Laggan, Scotland Situated in the heart of Cairngorm National Park in the Scottish Highlands, this Authentic Accommodation offers panoramic views of the Monadhliath and Cairngorm mountains. With its unique location and boutique feel, it's exclusive to Trafalgar during your stay.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Edinburgh and Dublin

    • Orientation of York, Glasgow, Chester, Galway, Cork, Cobh, Cardiff, Bath and Plymouth

    • 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

    • View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, York Minster, Galway Cathedral and the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail

    • See the Isle of Skye

    • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry and enjoy a scenic Cornish Excursion


What's Included

Dining

    • 15 full breakfasts.

    • 1 lunch (Be My Guest).

    • 6 dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland.

    • 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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The Trafalgar Experience

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Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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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.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 111 Reviews

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    Service rating : We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Accommodation and food was excellent. One suggestion would be that with some of the mature people on the tours could not read the name tags you might like to make the font a bit larger. Sorry I know this seems minor but it was an issue. Laggan

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    Service by the Tour Director was high class and the service from the coach driver excellent.The BE My Guest Dinner that Trafalgar has now arranged is unique and of a high standard. Highly recommended. If all optional tours were taken there was little free time which would perhaps not suit

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    Service:

    Service rating : Service from Tour Director and coach driver was excellent and professional. They both went out of their way to make the tour an unforgettable experience. I particular liked the pubs that were off the main highways where we had lunch and dinner. The visit to the sheep dog

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    Service:

    Service rating : The service provided by Travel Director was quite poor. For example, when making a stop rather than walking with the group to show the particular site, he would give verbal instructions. Thankfully, we had an excellent driver who was able to ensure we saw the hidden gems along

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    Service rating : Trip was very tiring with early starts and lots of coach travelling.Product : Our tour director Leena was brilliant, full of knowledge, very approachable and a clever sense of humour. Mike, our coach driver, was a very competent driver, and always there to help when needed. The

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