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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.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

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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

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

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

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: £54.00

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

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: £13.00

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

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

Optional Experiences

Glasgow City Evening

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.

Adult Price: £34.00

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: £13.00

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

Optional Experiences

An Evening of Irish Entertainment

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 Glendalough, The Glen Of The Two Lakes

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.

Adult Price: €20.00

Grafton Street Performers, Dublin, Ireland

Day 9

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

Optional Experiences

Bunratty Castle And Folk Park

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.

Adult Price: €20.00

Irish Ceilidh Evening

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.

Adult Price: €61.00

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

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

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

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

Optional Experiences

Devonshire Village And Dinner

We’ll drive to a beautiful village in Devon, where you’ll see cob walled houses with thatched roofs and the parish church, which dates back 1000 years. You’ll also savour a tasty pub dinner and meet the locals, in an 800-year-old village pub.

Adult Price: £36.00

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

Optional Experiences

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: £14.00

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.


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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


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    Service rating : Excellent Travel Director Mike Willis ...excellent hotels and optional excursions ...everything was professionally organisedProduct : All the places we visited were of particular interest and the history commentary and knowledge of our Tour Director was perfect ...

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    I with 48 other passengers all contracted a virus. Our tour director old us to take in fresh air and walk, we had our revenge as he finally succumbed to the same virus. He did not at any time help to make doctors appointments and one lady was hospitalized in Exeter. Five other tourists had to

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    Travel director was excellent. Drivers were goodAccommodation in some places was not the bestServices in some were very slow. One place it took 40 mins to get an egg....

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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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