Britain and Ireland Highlights - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

11 days

from $2365 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Fantastic tour, brilliantly organised"
Pamela , Jul 2014

Engineering, invention and Romantic Poets, the epic diversity squeezed into a remarkably tiny region is explored through the towns, cities and countryside of Britain and Ireland.

It's Insider moments like... admiring the beauty and grace of pure thoroughbred horses, you learn the history of the Irish National Stud Farm and its royal connections, and explore the lush grounds on a private guided walk.

Trip type:
Regional Explorer
Trip code:
BBIH

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    DEPART HOME

    Overnight flight to London.

  • 2.

    ARRIVE LONDON

    Welcome to London! Relax after your flight or spend time exploring the city on your own.

    Hotel

    Park Plaza Riverbank

  • 3.

    LONDON - STRATFORD - YORK - HARROGATE

    A scenic drive through beautiful countryside brings you to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Center and see Anne Hathaway's cottage. In the Viking city of York enjoy a walk along its historic streets. View the cobbled Shambles, the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. Later, enjoy a Welcome Reception in a traditional pub.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast
    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Vacation Inn

  • 4.

    HARROGATE – LAKE DISTRICT – GLASGOW (2 NIGHTS)

    From quaint villages around the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the scenic glory of the Lake District, your journey north is impressive. 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. Cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would make their vows over the anvil. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral, the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Radisson Blu/Marks

  • 5.

    EDINBURGH EXCURSION

    Today, visit Edinburgh. 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 elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. Later enjoy free time to explore at leisure. This evening enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant in Glasgow.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Regional Meal

  • 6.

    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. View City Hall, Queen's University and the dock where the Titanic was built with your Local Specialist. Later arrive in Dublin, your home for the next two nights.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Mespil

  • 7.

    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 pint-pulling 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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 8.

    DUBLIN – KILDARE – KILKENNY – WATERFORD

    This morning gain a Cultural Insight into rearing world-class thoroughbreds when visiting the Irish National Stud Farm established in 1946. After a guided walk through the farm, take some time to stroll through the tranquil Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe. In Kilkenny, see the imposing medieval castle and enjoy free time for lunch. This afternoon enjoy a Cultural Insight when you visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Marina

  • 9.

    WATERFORD – CARDIFF

    Cross the Irish Sea to Wales by ferry, 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. Tonight, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Be My Guest Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Farewell Dinner,Be My Guest Dining

    Hotel

    Maldron

  • 10.

    CARDIFF - BATH - STONEHENGE - LONDON

    Travel cross the Severn Estuary into England and the glorious city of Bath. See splendid Georgian architecture during your orientation. Enjoy an included visit to the Roman Baths from which the city derives its name. In Wiltshire, visit the mysterious monolithic stone circle at Stonehenge. Later, return to London.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Park Plaza Riverbank

  • 11.

    LONDON - RETURN HOME

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

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Enjoy Welsh hospitality as you a enjoy a Be My Guest dinner near Cardiff with views across the beautiful countryside.
  • Cultural Insights

    Visit the Irish National Stud, home to some of the world's finest thoroughbreds.
    Visit the House of Waterford Crystal for a workshop tour and showroom visit.
  • Local Specialists

    in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin
  • Orientations 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, the town of Gretna Green, the Irish National Stud farm, the Waterford Crystal showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge
  • 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

  • 9 full breakfasts.
    3 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest and Regional Meal).

Travel Highlights

  • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland.
  • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Ireland to South Wales.
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • 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.

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.

Waterford

  • Irish Folk Fun

    Adult Price: €26.00 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, dance and play music for you.
  • Explore Waterford's History and Local Pub

    Adult Price: €22.00 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". Afterwards, we stop off for a drink in one of the area's oldest pubs for a pint or drink of your choice.

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.

Glasgow

  • A Stirling Evening

    Adult Price: £43.00 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.

Edinburgh

  • Rosslyn Chapel

    Adult Price: £17.00 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'.
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