Britain and Ireland Experience - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

16 days

from $2121 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"A wonderful way to travel"
Cathy , Jun 2014

Experience the Britain and Ireland of a simpler time, through medieval castles and churches that have stood for centuries. Admire Ireland's breathtaking Dingle Peninsula and roam the charming streets of Oxford.

Trip type:
CostSaver
Trip code:
BIEX

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    DEPART HOME

    Overnight flight to London.

  • 2.

    ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS)

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

    Hotel

    Copthorne Tara

  • 3.

    LONDON FREE TIME

    Spend the day exploring Londons sights.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 4.

    LONDON – WINDSOR – BATH – CARDIFF

    This morning, meet your Travel Director and traveling companions as you set off on your vacation. Visit Windsor and see 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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Copthorne

  • 5.

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Treacys

  • 6.

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Earl Of Desmond Hotel

  • 7.

    TRALEE – DINGLE PENINSULA – LIMERICK – SHANNON (NEAR LIMERICK)

    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 Limerick through Adare, the prettiest village in Ireland. Arrive in Limerick where you view St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Oak Wood Arms Hotel

  • 8.

    SHANNON (NEAR LIMERICK) – GALWAY – DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning there is time to visit Bunratty Castle and folk park, where 19th century life is vividly recreated. Drive through beautiful County Clare to Galway. View the Cathedral before heading across lush countryside to Dublin, Ireland's capital. Tonight, why not join your travelling companions for an Irish Cabaret.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Bewleys Leopardstown

  • 9.

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 10.

    DUBLIN – 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. Admire breathtaking scenery in Snowdonia National Park 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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Ibis Centre

  • 11.

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Peebles Hydro

  • 12.

    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. Tonight, why not attend a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes?

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 13.

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Bewleys

  • 14.

    LEEDS – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – WARWICK

    This morning, visit Stratford-upon-Avon where you have time to see the sights and shop for souvenirs and see Anne Hathaways' Cottage. In your free time, why not visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre for an in-depth look at the great man's life. Dine tonight at a local restaurant.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Holiday Inn Express

  • 15.

    WARWICK – OXFORD – LONDON

    Enjoy a scenic drive through the glorious Cotswolds to the little churchyard at 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 traveling companions at the end of your memorable vacation.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Copthorne Tara

  • 16.

    LONDON – RETURN HOME

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

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Adare

    View the prettiest village in Ireland
  • 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
  • Limerick

    View St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle
  • Oxford

    View the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera
  • Stratford-upon-Avon

    Visit the town of Shakespeare's Birth and see Anne Hathaway's cottage
  • Waterford

    Visit the Crystal Showroom, when open
  • Windsor

    View the Castle
  • York

    View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles
  • Youghal

    Visit the picturesque fishing port of Youghal

Dining

  • 5 three course dinners
    14 full breakfasts

Travel Highlights

  • Return ferry across the Irish Sea from Wales to Ireland
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities
  • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel booked through Trafalgar or from the London Reception Centre
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your trip
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cardiff

  • Cardiff Castle Tour

    Adult Price: £12.00 Join us on a visit to this unique castle, given to the city of Cardiff by the Marquis of Bute. You’ll discover the ornate decor within the castle and find out more about influences and stories behind it.

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.
  • Royal Yacht Britannia

    Adult Price: £16.00 You’ll explore this magnificent ship, which has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. Now berthed in Leith, you’ll be welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences – the former honeymoon sanctuary for four royal couples.
  • 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.

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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