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Britain and Ireland Highlights

10 Days 2 Countries 11 Cities

Hear the stories behind Britain and Ireland's poetry, people and innovation during this Regional Explorer trip.

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      Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

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      • † International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above.
      • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1.
      • Unused London Accommodation: Should you chose not to use the included nights in London, we give you the option to remove these at the time of booking and offer a reduction for this.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Double-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless traveling as part of a family group. 
      • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      About this trip

      Go beyond the 'great' and see the best of Britain and Ireland on one trip, starting your tale of two islands in London and exploring such city gems as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin and Cardiff. Explore the countryside travelling through the Yorkshire Dales and the rugged Ayrshire Coast, before saddling up for a visit to the Irish National Stud Farm.


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      9 Nights

      accommodation

      12 Meals
      • 9 full breakfasts

      • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin

        • Orientation of York, Glasgow, Cardiff and Bath

        • See the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff

        • View York Minster, Glasgow Cathedral and George Square, Kilkenny Castle and Gardens

        • Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, Gretna Green, the Irish National Stud farm and Japanese Garden, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge


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      Dining

        • 9 full breakfasts

        • 3 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

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

        • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland

        • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Ireland to South Wales

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • 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

        • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

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


       

      Britain and Ireland Highlights

      Your Itinerary

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      Arrive London

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      London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York – Harrogate

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      Harrogate – Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow (2 Nights)

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      Edinburgh Excursion

      Dublin, Ireland

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      Glasgow – Belfast – Dublin (2 Nights)

      Grafton Street Performers, Dublin, Ireland

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      Dublin Sightseeing

      Waterford Crystal, Co. Waterford, Ireland

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      Dublin – Kildare – Kilkenny – Waterford

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      Waterford – Cardiff

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      Cardiff – Bath – Stonehenge – London

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      Depart London

      Day 1

      Arrive London Day 1 - Arrive London

      Old Blighty bids you a warm welcome to its regal traditions and fascinating heritage. Ramble through its picturesque Royal Parks relaxing after your journey, or take to its streets to admire centuries-old façades merged with the modern verve of a global capital that marches to its own multicultural tune

      Hotel

      Park Plaza Riverbank

      Meals

      Hotel

      Park Plaza Riverbank

      Meals

      Day 1

      Day 2

      London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York – Harrogate Day 2 - London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York – Harrogate

      Join your Travel Director today and delve into centuries of history - tales of star-crossed lovers, tragic kings and Roman emperors are brought to life as we visit Stratford-upon-Avon and follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare. Visit his Birthplace and Visitor Centre before embarking on a scenic drive north to the Viking city of York where we'll enjoy an orientation walk around its historic streets. View the quaint cobbled Shambles, see the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. This evening we indulge in traditional pub grub at a memorable Welcome Reception in the Victorian spa town of Harrogate, our home for tonight.

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Welcome Reception

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Harrogate – Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow (2 Nights) Day 3 - Harrogate – Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow (2 Nights)

      Stunning landscapes dotted with quaint stone villages offer a picturesque backdrop for our drive around the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the beautiful Lake District, which has inspired poets and writers for centuries. We meander past England's pretty Lake Windermere to Grasmere, described by William Wordsworth as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found". View the grave of this famous Romantic poet at St. Oswald's Church before crossing the border to the runaway wedding capital of Greta Green, where eloping couples would tie the knot over the Marriage Anvil. We arrive in Glasgow this evening where we will enjoy an orientation tour with views of the Cathedral and magnificent George Square lined with statues of some of Great Britain's most celebrated sons.

      Hotel

      Park Inn by Radisson City Centre

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Park Inn by Radisson City Centre

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      A Stirling Evening

      See Stirling Castle and the Wallace Memorial by night. A truly local experience, you'll be piped in to your evening meal in the historic Scottish city and enjoy an evening of Scottish delights.

      Adult Price: £44.00

      Private Cruise On Lake Windermere

      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.

      Adult Price: £17.00

      Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

      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.

      Adult Price: £17.50

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Edinburgh Excursion Day 4 - Edinburgh Excursion

      From the cultural capital of Glasgow to beguiling Edinburgh with its exquisite medieval façades, our encounter with Scotland will see us join a Local Specialist for a memorable sightseeing tour, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city. We'll see the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat and the new Scottish Parliament. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town and amble through the secret lanes of Auld Reekie before we return to Glasgow this evening for a delicious meal at a local restaurant.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Optional Experiences

      Royal Yacht Britannia

      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.

      Adult Price: £18.00

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      Day 5

      Glasgow – Belfast – Dublin (2 Nights) Day 5 - Glasgow – Belfast – Dublin (2 Nights)

      Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast past the island of Ailsa Craig, the stepping stone from Ireland to Scotland, to board the ferry to Northern Ireland. Join a Local Specialist and explore the crossroads of British and Irish culture in its capital, Belfast, where we'll view City Hall, Queen's University and the dock where the Titanic was built. This evening we arrive in the vibrant capital of Ireland where we'll spend the next two nights.

      Hotel

      Ballsbridge/Mespil

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Ballsbridge/Mespil

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Dinner in Dublin City

      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.

      Adult Price: €45.00

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Dublin Sightseeing Day 6 - Dublin Sightseeing

      Drive through the charming streets of pretty Dublin with a Local Specialist. We'll see the stately Georgian Squares, Trinity College and St. Patrick's Cathedral, the tallest church in Ireland. Gain insight into the centuries-old tradition of Guinness brewing and enjoy a Storehouse tour and tasting technique demonstration, before spending the rest of the day exploring Dublin's quaint city streets. Ramble through Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its colourful street performers or consider visiting the Old Jameson Distillery. This evening join an Optional Experience to a rousing Irish cabaret performance.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

      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 the Ancient Monastic Site of Glendalough

      Enjoy a visit to one of the most important monastic sites in Europe, which dates back to the 6th 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

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Dublin – Kildare – Kilkenny – Waterford Day 7 - Dublin – Kildare – Kilkenny – Waterford

      Fascinating Irish heritage and tradition are explored this morning as we gain a Cultural Insight into rearing world-class thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm established in 1946. Enjoy a guided walk through the farm and take some time to stroll through its tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe. Admire the imposing medieval castle at Kilkenny before some free time in this charming city for lunch. Our next stop sees us enjoying a Cultural Insight into the delicate craft of Waterford Crystal. We'll watch master craftsmen at work during a tour of the workshop and see the exquisitely crafted pieces in the showroom.

      Hotel

      Marina

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Marina

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Irish Folk Fun

      During this evening of entertainment, you'll get the chance to experience Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. Enjoy a drink while locals sing and play music for you.

      Adult Price: €27.00

      Explore Waterford's History and Local Pub

      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". Afterwards, we stop off for a drink in one of the area's oldest pubs for a pint or drink of your choice.

      Adult Price: €23.00

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Waterford – Cardiff Day 8 - Waterford – Cardiff

      Cross the Irish Sea to Wales by ferry and continue your journey to the Welsh capital of Cardiff to view the Millennium Centre, National Assembly and historic Cardiff Castle at the heart of the city. This evening join a local Welsh family in the idyllic Welsh countryside for a memorable Be My Guest Farewell Dinner.

      Hotel

      Park Inn by Radisson City Centre

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Park Inn by Radisson City Centre

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Cardiff – Bath – Stonehenge – London Day 9 - Cardiff – Bath – Stonehenge – London

      Traversing the Severn Estuary into England, we arrive in the glorious UNESCO-listed Bath with its elegant Georgian façades and world-famous Roman Baths from which the city derives its name. Journeying across the picture-perfect landscapes of Wiltshire, we visit the mysterious monolithic stone circle at Stonehenge, whose myths and mysteries have yet to be fully revealed, returning to London later.

      Hotel

      Park Plaza Riverbank

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Park Plaza Riverbank

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Depart London Day 10 - Depart London

      Say farewell to your travelling companions at the end of your holiday, as you prepare to fly home with wonderful memories.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 10

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Enjoy a hearty Welsh dinner with a farming family and their animals in the beautiful award-winning vineyards of Wales

      • Cultural Insights
        Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm and learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin

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        • View York Minster, Glasgow Cathedral and George Square, Kilkenny Castle and Gardens

        • Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, Gretna Green, the Irish National Stud farm and Japanese Garden, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

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

        • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland

        • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Ireland to South Wales

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • 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

        • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

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


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