Britain and Ireland Panorama

19 Days 2 Countries 33 Cities

Explore the best of Britain and Ireland, taking in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dublin, Cork, Cardiff and more.

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About this trip

From the spires of London, Edinburgh and York to wild, windswept landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and Ireland, explore all the nooks and crannies of Britain and Ireland - their historic cities, cultural diversity and breathtaking countryside on display as you explore such highlights as Dublin and Cardiff, and enjoy Highland cow company with Farmer John in Cumbria.

Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: BPAN

18 Nights


25 Meals
  • 18 full breakfasts

  • 6 dinners

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Your Itinerary

1. Arrive London (2 Nights)

Welcome to London. Spend time relaxing after your journey or take a stroll through the streets of this wonderful city.

Park Plaza Riverbank

2. London Sightseeing

See all the major sights during your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist, including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Later, spend time exploring the city or go shopping in one of the famous London department stores.

Full Breakfast

3. London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York

This morning meet your Travel Director. A scenic drive through beautiful countryside brings you to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre and see Anne Hathaway's cottage. Later in the Viking city of York, enjoy a walk along historic streets. View the cobbled Shambles, the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. Tonight dine at your hotel where you have a chance to meet with your Travel Director and travelling companions.

Full Breakfast
Welcome Reception
Novotel Centre

4. York – Jedburgh – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

Rugged, dramatic and spectacular − the Northumberland National Park is all these things and more. View the remarkably intact ruins of the 12th century Jedburgh Abbey on your way to the beautiful Scottish capital, Edinburgh.

Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Local Dinner Evening

Join us and your travelling companions for a delicious traditional dinner and drink at a local restaurant.

Adult Price: £36.00

5. Edinburgh Sightseeing

Your morning sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes the elegant New Town, Princes Street, the Royal Mile, views of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Arthur's Seat. Enjoy a guided visit of Edinburgh Castle. During the Edinburgh Festival, your stay includes tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo. Tonight consider a traditional Scottish night out with haggis, dancing and bagpipes.

Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Rosslyn Chapel

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'.

Adult Price: £17.50

Scottish Show With Dinner

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.

Adult Price: £54.00

6. Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Pitlochry – Scottish Highlands (2 Nights)

Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Stop in Pitlochry, a charming village on the banks of the River Tummel. Explore the village or join an Optional Experience to visit Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl.

Full Breakfast
Laggan Gaskmore Authentic Accommodation

Optional Experiences

Highland Farm Experience

Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each dog to carry out different tasks. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your hand at sheep shearing, feeding the pups and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.

Adult Price: £13.00

Pitlochry. Visit Of Blair Castle

Set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, you’ll visit the castle and find out more about the home of the Duke of Atholl – the only man in Britain to have a private army.

Adult Price: £20.00

7. Isle of Skye, Culloden and Scenic Highland Excursion

This morning travel to the coast and take a ferry over the sea to Skye from Mallaig to Armadale. Drive up the Sleat Peninsula and admire the spectacular scenery before stopping for time to have lunch. Cross over a road bridge to view scenic Eilean Donan Castle back on the mainland. Continue your journey past the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands and view Culloden battlefield. This site was where the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745 took place and also played a part in the religious civil war in Britain. Later return to your hotel in Laggan.

Full Breakfast

8. Scottish Highlands – Glencoe – Loch Lomond – Glasgow

Stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breathtaking views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through Glencoe known as the 'Glen of the Weeping'. This afternoon your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral and magnificent George Square. Visit the Necropolis for a Cultural Insight into one of Europe's most important 19th century burial grounds.

Full Breakfast
Hilton Strathclyde

Optional Experiences

Glasgow City Evening

You'll enjoy a chance to experience a night out in the city of Glasgow. Your Travel Director will take you for an evening of good food, a drink, and undoubtedly interesting conversation.

Adult Price: £34.00

Loch Lomond Boat Trip

Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond'. As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point out Rob Roy's cave as you relax and savour the stunning scenery.

Adult Price: £13.00

9. Glasgow – Lake District – Liverpool

Cross the border into England and enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch at a working farm in the idyllic Cumbrian countryside. Learn about traditional farming methods and see the sheep, goats and cattle before enjoying lunch in the farmhouse. Later arrive in Grasmere where you view the grave of William Wordsworth. See England's largest lake, Windermere before travelling to Liverpool.

Full Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Mercure Atlantic Tower

10. Liverpool – Chester – Dublin (2 Nights)

In Chester see the timbered buildings known as the 'Rows' before travelling along the scenic North Wales coast to Holyhead. Cross the Irish Sea to Dublin, the Irish capital. This evening join your companions for a delicious Regional Meal at a local restaurant in Dublin.

Full Breakfast
Regional Meal

11. Dublin Sightseeing

This morning discover the city of Dublin with a visit to Guinness Storehouse to find out about the famous brew and the Guinness family. See the famous sights including 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. This evening consider joining an Optional Experience to an Irish cabaret.

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 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

12. Dublin – Galway – Limerick

Travel to the West coast and the city of Galway. View Galway Cathedral and Eyre Square before continuing to Limerick.

Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Bunratty Castle And Folk Park

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.

Adult Price: €20.00

Irish Ceilidh Evening

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.

Adult Price: €61.00

13. Limerick – Ring of Kerry – Cork

Today we experience Ireland's most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel in the city of Cork.

Full Breakfast

14. Cork – Blarney – Cobh – Waterford – Wexford

Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone to attain the 'gift of the gab'. Stop in picturesque Cobh for a walking tour with a Local Specialist. This was the final port of call for the Titanic on its fateful voyage. This afternoon visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your Cultural Insight tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom.

Full Breakfast

15. Wexford – Cardiff

Cross the Irish Sea to Wales, 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.

Full Breakfast
Jurys Inn/Park Inn City Centre

Optional Experiences

Cardiff Castle Tour

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.

Adult Price: £21.00

Traditional Welsh Evening And Dinner

Join us for a traditional Welsh country dinner. We'll take you to a 14th century thatched inn called The Blue Anchor. While you're eating and enjoying your drink, you'll be entertained with a performance from a Welsh harpist.

Adult Price: £39.00

Welsh Evening At Millennium Centre

Enjoy an evening of Welsh music, culture and humour. The venue for the evening is the Welsh Millennium Centre, an iconic building in the fashionable Cardiff Bay area. After a warm reception, you'll enjoy a first-class meal of seasonal Welsh specialities, sourced and produced locally. Quality wine or soft drinks are included and the meal will be accompanied by our enchanting Welsh harpist. You'll then be entertained by the finest local musicians presenting the beautiful music of Wales.

Adult Price: £54.00

16. Cardiff – Bath – Glastonbury – Exeter (2 Nights)

Drive east, over the Severn Estuary, to Bath. On arrival in the city, admire the Georgian buildings and visit the Roman Baths after which the city is named. Spend some time exploring before making your way to Glastonbury Abbey to see where King Arthur is believed to be buried. Later, we arrive in Exeter, the capital of Devon.

Full Breakfast
Jurys Inn

Optional Experiences

Devonshire Village And Dinner

We’ll drive to a beautiful village in Devon, where you’ll see cob walled houses with thatched roofs and the parish church, which dates back 1000 years. You’ll also savour a tasty pub dinner and meet the locals, in an 800-year-old village pub.

Adult Price: £36.00

17. Plymouth, Polperro and Dartmoor Excursion

Start your day with an orientation of Plymouth. View the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World and see the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Visit the fishing village of Polperro with its narrow streets and picturesque harbour. Enjoy a scenic drive through Dartmoor, famous for its rugged landscape and wild ponies. This evening join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Plymouth Harbour Cruise

Relax on a boat trip round the harbour of one of England’s most famous seaports. As your skipper commentates, you’ll see the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America, and ships sailed for Australia, New Zealand and Newfoundland and enjoy panoramic vistas of Plymouth Hoe. We’ll also enter the Royal Navy Dockyard where you’ll see some of the modern vessels of the Royal Navy.

Adult Price: £14.00

18. Exeter – Stonehenge – London

Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the mystical ancient monoliths of Stonehenge. Travel back to London this afternoon.

Full Breakfast
Park Plaza Riverbank

19. Depart London

Say goodbye to your travelling companions as you prepare to return home with treasured memories of your trip.

Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Enjoy Highland hospitality at Laggan Gaskmore Hotel located within Cairngorm National Park in the Scottish Highlands

  • Be My Guest
    Meet Farmer John and his wife Christine and enjoy a few hours of Cumbria farm-life with a traditional lunch and some Highland cow company thrown in for good measure

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit the 37-acre Necropolis in Glasgow, one of Europe's most significant burial grounds and learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialist
    For included sightseeing in London, Edinburgh, Dublin and Cobh

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Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in London, Edinburgh and Dublin

    • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry and enjoy a scenic Cornish Excursion

    • Orientation of York, Glasgow, Chester, Galway, Cork, Cobh, Cardiff, Bath and Plymouth

    • See the Isle of Skye

    • View Eilean Donan Castle, the battlefield of Culloden, Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, York Minster, Galway Cathedral and the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail

    • Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, Isle of Skye, Culloden, the Guinness Storehouse, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath, Glastonbury Abbey, the fishing village of Polperro, ruins and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge

What's Included


    • 18 full breakfasts

    • 6 dinners

    • 1 lunch
      (Be My Guest)

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Travel Highlights

    • 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

    • Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland

    • 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

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    Service rating : Actually 4 and a half would be better! Almost everything was perfect! Our tour director was fabulous and he set the tone for the whole tour!Product : Again add another half star! We traveled almost 3,000 miles, mostly on the bus, so it was tiring. But we knew the stops and

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    Mike (TD) & Wayne (driver) were awesome! Very knowledgeable and friendly! Wayne found out what our favorite sodas were and started stocking them for us!

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    Service rating : Great tour with a great tour guide, Steve. Unfortunately someone started the tour with an awful cough. By the end of the tour she had infected almost everyone. It really ruined several people's trip. Luckily I didn't get really ill until I got home. I'm finally on the mend after

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