Britain and Ireland Experience

14 Days 2 Countries 13 Cities

About this trip

Travel through landscapes that have inspired world-famous writers and poets. See medieval castles and cathedrals, the famous Chester Rows and Anne Hathaways' cottage. You'll also kiss the Blarney Stone, enjoy a 'wee dram' and visit the birthplace of the Beatles.

Trip type: CostSaver Regional

Trip code: BIEXA

13 Nights


17 Meals
  • 4 three course dinners

  • 13 full breakfasts

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Britain and Ireland Experience

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive London (2 Nights)

Relax after check-in or stroll through London and soak up the unique atmosphere.

Hilton Olympia

2. London Free Time

Spend the day exploring Londons sights.

Full Breakfast

3. London – Windsor – Bath – Cardiff

This morning meet your Travel Director and travelling companions as you set off from London. Visit Windsor and view the impressive castle. See elegant Georgian architecture in the spa town of Bath. Cross the vast Severn Estuary to Cardiff, capital of Wales, where you dine tonight.

Full Breakfast

4. Cardiff – Pembroke – Waterford

Admire Cardiff Castle then journey through beautiful countryside via Carmarthen. See Pembroke Castle which is the birthplace of Henry Vll, founder of the Tudor Dynasty. Board your ferry from Pembroke to Rosslare, Ireland. Journey west to Waterford and dine tonight at your hotel.

Full Breakfast

5. Waterford – Blarney – Tralee

Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom. Continue along the splendid southern coast through the picturesque fishing port of Youghal. Explore Blarney Castle - kiss the stone and acquire the 'gift of the gab'. Cross over the Cork and the Kerry Mountains, then travel via Killarney to your hotel in Tralee.

Full Breakfast
Earl of Desmond

6. Tralee – Dingle Peninsula – Tipperary

This morning enjoy a scenic drive along the Dingle Peninsula. See the unspoilt and colourful villages and fishing harbours of Ireland's most westerly point. Travel north to County Tipperary.

Full Breakfast
Aherlow House

7. Tipperary – Galway – Clane (2 Nights)

Drive through beautiful County Clare to Galway. View the cathedral before heading across lush countryside to the town of Clane located near Dublin, Ireland's capital.

Full Breakfast

8. Excursion to Dublin – Sightseeing and Free Time

Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of Dublin with views of Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and historic Phoenix Park. Spend the rest of your day as you choose before returning to your hotel

Full Breakfast

9. Clane – Chester – Liverpool

Cross the Irish Sea with magnificent views of Dublin Bay and arrive at Holyhead on the Welsh Island of Anglesey. Cameras at the ready as you view the station with one of the longest names in the world, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwlllantysiliogogogoch. Enjoy the scenery of the north coast of Wales on the way to Chester, where you have time to walk along the medieval walls and appreciate the famous ‘Chester Rows’. Arrive later in Liverpool, home of the Beatles.

Full Breakfast
Ibis Albert Dock

10. Liverpool – Lake District – Edinburgh (Peebles) (2 Nights)

Stop to view William Wordsworth's grave in the pretty Lake District village of Grasmere. Continue across the Scottish border and stop at Gretna Green, where eloping couples could marry against their parents' wishes. Your day ends at your hotel near Edinburgh. Tonight why not attend a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes?

Full Breakfast
Peebles Hydro

11. Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning's sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes views of the Georgian New Town, Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Spend free time exploring on your own or join your Travel Director on an Optional Experience to the Royal Yacht Britannia in nearby Leith. During the Festival, tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included.

Full Breakfast

12. Edinburgh (Peebles) – York – Leeds

This morning travel south through the Scottish Borderlands and stop to view the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Enjoy the views across the Cheviot Hills at Carter Bar and continue into Northumberland National Park where you view Hadrian's Wall at Heddon. Cross the River Tyne at Newcastle and stop at York for an orientation tour including the Gothic Minster and the narrow cobbled street known as the Shambles. Then continue to your hotel in Leeds. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Full Breakfast
Holiday Inn Garforth

13. Leeds – Oxford – London

Drive south to the scenic Cotswolds and stop at the little churchyard in Bladon, where Sir Winston Churchill is buried. See the sights of Oxford, the oldest university city in England, before continuing to London where you can say farewell to your Travel Director and travelling companions at the end of your memorable holiday.

Full Breakfast
Hilton Olympia

14. Depart London

Today say goodbye to London as you return home with magical memories.

Full Breakfast

Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 7 Reviews

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    Service rating : We were very pleased with all of it! We had a wonderful trip and are currently planning our next trip. Our tour director, Selene, was very knowledgable and attentive to making everyone's trip special. Our two bus drivers, Terry and Tony, were skilled a personable. We got to

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    Service rating : Great service. All scheduled activities carried out on schedule. Steve, our tour guide was very knowledgeable about all places we toured. Had a great time.Product : Fantastic trip. It was a 12 day full of adventure, visiting beautiful places in Wales, Ireland, Scotland and

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    Service rating : This was my 9th Trafalgar tour. I have always travelled with Trafalgar because I know that I can enjoy a hassle-free trip.Product : This is the second time that I have done this particular tour because I enjoyed the first one so much & I wanted to re-visit the places that I saw

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    Service rating : I had a fantastic time, both the tour director and the drivers were greatProduct : Had a fantastic time and would highly recommend this to others

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • Bath
      Visit the Georgian spa town

    • Bladon
      View Sir Winston Churchill's grave

    • Blarney
      Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle and acquire the 'gift of the gab'

    • Cardiff
      See the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle

    • Chester
      View the Tudor architecture and the timbered buildings known as the 'Rows'

    • Dublin
      With your Local Specialist, see St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College on your panoramic sightseeing tour

    • Edinburgh
      Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and the new Parliament Building as well as views of the Castle

    • Galway
      View Galway Cathedral

    • Grasmere
      Visit the village of Grasmere and view the grave of Wordsworth

    • Gretna Green
      Visit Gretna Green, popular with eloping couples since 1754

    • Hadrian’s Wall
      View the remains of the Roman wall

    • Jedburgh
      View the abbey ruins

    • Oxford
      View the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera

    • Waterford
      Visit the Crystal Showroom

    • Windsor
      View the castle

    • York
      View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles

    • Youghal
      Visit this picturesque fishing port

What's Included


    • 4 three course dinners

    • 13 full breakfasts

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

    • Daily breakfast

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach

    • Return ferry across the Irish Sea from Wales to Ireland

    • Hand-picked 3 and 4 star accommodation

    • Variety of Optional Experiences

    • An expert Travel Director and separate driver

    • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

    • London airport transfers are available to purchase. See link below for airport transfer page

    • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel

    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

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    • Your London Hotel: This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Hilton Olympia hotel providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.
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    • Edinburgh Tattoo 04-26 August 2017: We've included Tattoo tickets when you're in Edinburgh on departures 30 July, 06 August and 13 August 2017.
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