Wonders of Britain and Ireland - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

12 days

from £1607 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"The best holiday we have ever taken"
Janine , Jul 2014

Churchill and Wordsworth. Castles and legends. Rugged beauty and hidden places. The icons and secrets of Britain and Ireland are explored in a cross-country itinerary over land and sea.

It's Insider moments like… exploring Molly Gallivan's farm as today's owners tell tales of her secret ‘Shebeen' pub, where she sold illicit home brew 200 years ago, then tucking into their homemade Irish stew and apple pie.

Trip type:
Regional Explorer
Trip code:
BIBI

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    LONDON – STONEHENGE – BATH – CARDIFF

    This morning travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. Drive west through spectacular countryside to the beautiful city of Bath. Admire the Georgian architecture of the city and visit the Roman Baths before crossing the Severn Estuary to Cardiff, capital of Wales. View the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay. See the Millennium Stadium as well as the historic Cardiff Castle during your orientation of the city. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception, which includes a typical Welsh pub meal and drinks.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Maldron

  • 2.

    CARDIFF – WATERFORD

    Enjoy free time this morning to relax, explore the city, or take the opportunity to visit Cardiff Castle. Cross the Irish Sea by ferry to the Emerald Isle and travel to historic Waterford. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Marina

  • 3.

    WATERFORD – BLARNEY – KENMARE (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit the renowned House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your Cultural Insight demonstration in the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. At Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab'. Cross the Kerry Mountains to Kenmare, your home for the next two nights. This evening, join your companions for a Be My Guest dinner on a traditional Irish farm in Kenmare.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

    Hotel

    Kenmare Bay

  • 4.

    RING OF KERRY EXCURSION

    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 place 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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 5.

    KENMARE – CASHEL – DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning, visit the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. The spectacular group of medieval buildings, perched on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale, was once the seat of the Kings of Munster. It has one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. Later, arrive in the lively Irish capital, Dublin. This afternoon 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. This evening, consider joining an excursion to an Irish cabaret.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Maldron Cardiff Lane

  • 6.

    DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Specialist. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 7.

    DUBLIN – CHESTER – LIVERPOOL

    Cross the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. Stop at the station with the longest place name in Europe, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllg- ogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. See the spectacular landscape of Snowdonia National Park as you travel to Chester. Your orientation walk includes the medieval walls and the famous Tudor ‘Rows'. Arrive later in historic Liverpool, hometown of the legendary Beatles. This evening, join your companions for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Regional Meal

    Hotel

    Jurys Inn

  • 8.

    LIVERPOOL – LAKE DISTRICT – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel north through characteristically glorious scenery from Lancashire to the Lake District. Travelling along the shores of 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. Then cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would make their vows over the anvil. Later, arrive in the Scottish capital Edinburgh – your home for the next two nights. During the Festival, tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Holyrood

  • 9.

    EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning, 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 Georgian architecture in the New Town.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 10.

    EDINBURGH – ALNWICK – YORK

    Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the impressive castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland, and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you cross Northumberland. Cross the River Tyne at Newcastle en route to York where your walking orientation includes the medieval walls, the Shambles and the awe-inspiring Minster.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Hotel 53

  • 11.

    YORK – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – WARWICK

    Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon, where the Bard was born and raised. View Anne Hathaway's picturesque thatched cottage before enjoying some free time in the quaint village. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner at your hotel in Warwick.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

    Hotel

    Hilton

  • 12.

    WARWICK – BLADON – OXFORD – LONDON

    This morning, explore the town of Warwick or join an optional experience to Warwick Castle. Visit the charming little churchyard at Bladon, in the picturesque Cotswolds, to view Sir Winston Churchill's grave. In Oxford, the oldest university city in the British Isles, enjoy an orientation of the city. View the Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library and walk around one of the famous colleges (when open). Return to London this evening and say farewell to your Travel Director and new-found friends at the end of a wonderful holiday.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Visit a unique working farm with heritage history in County Kerry. The house is over 200 years old and will give you a taste of a rural Irish lifestyle in the days before electricity. You will see traditional farm machinery as well as some farm animals. Enjoy a delicious Irish stew in the company of your hosts.
  • Cultural Insights

    Enjoy a workshop tour and showroom visit at the House of Waterford Crystal.
  • Local Specialists

    in Dublin and Edinburgh.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of London, Dublin and Edinburgh
  • Orientations of Bath, Cardiff, Chester, York and Oxford
  • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry
  • See the Lake District's magnificent scenery
  • 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, medieval Alnwick, Edinburgh Castle, Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and one of Oxford University's colleges (when open)
  • 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

  • 11 full breakfasts.
    5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, Regional Meal, three course dinner and Farewell Dinner).

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.

Waterford

  • Explore Waterford's Viking History

    Adult Price: €16.00 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".

Killarney

  • Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride

    Adult Price: €20.00 Enjoy a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourn-Vincent National Park. During your journey, your Local Specialist will share fascinating anecdotes about the area and Ireland.

Kenmare

  • Beara Peninsula Cruise and Dinner

    Adult Price: €56.00 Join us for a scenic drive along Kenmare Bay to our boat, which will take you around the stunning coastline past deserted islands, looking out for bird and animal life. We've booked a table at one of our favourite local restaurants, where you'll be served a drink and a delicious meal of Irish seafood specialities.

Dublin

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Liverpool

  • Sightseeing With A Local Specialist

    Adult Price: £14.00 Come along on a guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural present, you’ll discover the two magnificently different cathedrals, see Mathew Street, birthplace of The Beatles, and admire the Mersey Sound.

WINDERMERE

  • Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

    Adult Price: £16.50 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.
  • Private Cruise On Lake Windermere

    Adult Price: £14.50 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.

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.
  • 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.

York

  • Ghost Walk And Dinner

    Adult Price: £39.00 The 2000-year-old Roman city of York abounds with tales of murder and mystery, some of which you'll discover as you take a stroll with the local ghost hunter. You’ll finish with a drink and delicious meal in a local restaurant. Without the walk - meal and drinks only - £31.

Warwick

  • Warwick Castle

    Adult Price: £17.00 You’ll visit the magnificent State Apartments, see the wax-works, explore the exhibitions and climb Guy and Caesar’s Towers for panoramic views – before visiting the Gaol. You may even get to see the firing of the greatest of medieval siege weapons, the Trebuchet. 'The Castle Dungeon' is a separate experience and not included.
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