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12 Day – Britain and Ireland Tour

An all encompassing tour of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.  Take in spectacular scenery,  picturesque villages, impressive architecture and cities that are steeped in captivating history.  This breathtaking tour will provide you with a lifetime of memories.





11 Nights

Accommodation


15 Meals

11 Full breakfasts
4 Three course dinners


Transport

Luxury air conditioned coach
with WiFi*




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Tour Highlights

  • Bath - Visit the Georgian spa city
  • Bladon - See Sir Winston Churchill's grave
  • Blarney - Kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the 'gift of the gab'
  • Cardiff - See the Millenium Stadium and Cardiff Castle
  • Dublin - See the famous landmarks on a panoramic sightseeing tour
  • Grasmere - Visit the grave of Wordsworth
  • Gretna Green - Visit the popular wedding venue for eloping couples
  • Hadrian's Wall - See the remains of this Roman wall
  • Stratford-upon-Avon - Visit the birthplace of Sir William Shakespeare
  • Waterford - Renowned for it's crystal visit the showroom and see it for yourself
  • Windsor - Home to the Queen's 'favourite' residence

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - London, WIndsor, Bath and Cardiff

This morning meet your Travel Director and travelling companions as you set off on your holiday.

Visit Windsor and see the impressive castle rumoured to be the Queen’s favourite residence. Next we visit the Georgian city of Bath with it’s magnificent architecture.  Then we cross the vast Severn Estuary to Cardiff, capital of Wales, where you dine tonight.

Day 2 - Cardiff, Pembroke and Waterford

Admire Cardiff Castle then journey through stunning countryside via Carmarthen. View 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.

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 900-year-old Norman keep for superb views over Cardiff.

Adult Price: £21.00

Day 3 - Waterford, Blarney and Tralee

Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom. Continue along the beautiful southern Irish 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.

Optional Experiences

Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride

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.
Adult Price: €21.00

Day 4 - Tralee, Dingle Peninsula, Limerick and Shannon

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.

Optional Experiences

Irish Night in Cashel

Join us for a unique Irish cultural experience nestled in the shadow of the ancient Rock of Cashel. A warm Céad Míle Fáilte will greet you before this unique show, that combines the best aspects of Irish music and dance, will leave you with unforgettable memories.
Adult Price: €55.00

Day 5 - Shannon, Galway and Dublin

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?

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

Bunratty Castle And Folk Park

Come on a visit to the 15th-century Bunratty Castle and admire its fine furnishings, antiques and paintings. With your local specialist, 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

Day 6 - Dublin Sightseeing

Your local specialist will take you on a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city with views of some of Dublin’s famous landmarks including; Trinity College, Dublin Castle and St Patrick’s Cathedral.  You will then have free time to explore the city as you wish.

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

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: €24.00

Day 7 - Dublin, Chester and Manchester

Travel across the Irish Sea with superb 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; Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.  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 Manchester.

Optional Experiences

Famous Sights and the Fab Four

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.
Adult Price: £16.50

 

Day 8 - Manchester, Lake District and Edinburgh

Stop to view William Wordsworth’s grave in the picturesque Lake District village of Grasmere. Travel 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?

Optional Experiences

Local Dinner Evening

Join us and your travelling companions for a delicious traditional dinner and drink at a local restaurant.
Adult Price: £38.00

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: £19.00

Day 9 - Edinburgh Sightseeing

Enjoy a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist including 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.

Optional Experiences

Dinner And Drive To Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Hospitaller. At the haunted Torphichen Inn your arrival will be toasted by our convivial host before enjoying an excellent dinner of local specialties and entertainment.
Adult Price: £46.00

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: £23.00

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: £60.00

Edinburgh Castle Experience

Dominating the skyline of the city, Edinburgh Castle has been on Castle Rock in one form or another since the 12th century. The site was a royal residence until 1633 and was then used for mostly military purposes. Famous for being the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked in the world, historians have identified 26 sieges in its 1100-year-old history. We’ll also see the Scottish regalia, known as the Honours of Scotland and the National War Museum of Scotland.
Adult Price: £25.00

Day 10 - Edinburgh, York and Leeds

Travel south through the Scottish Borderlands and stop to admire the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Enjoy the views across the Cheviot Hills at Carter Bar and continue into Northumberland National Park where you see the Roman 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.

Day 11 - Leeds, Stratford-upon-Avon and Wawick

Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of Sir William Shakespeare, you will have time to see the sights including Anne Hathaway’s cottage.

Optional Experiences

Warwick Castle

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.
Adult Price: £23.00

Day 12 - Warwick, Oxford and London

Enjoy a scenic drive through the stunningly beautiful Cotswolds to 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.

Important Information

  • 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
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel booked through Trafalgar or from the London Reception Centre
  • London airport transfers are available to purchase. See link below for airport transfer page


FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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