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Britain and Ireland Explorer

16 Days 2 Countries 18 Cities

Highlights of this exploration of Britain and Ireland include the castles of Edinburgh, Dublin, Cardiff and Blarney.

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16 Days 2 Countries 18 Cities

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    • Your London Hotel: This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or Hilton Olympia providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through CostSaver.
    • Edinburgh Tattoo 03-25 August 2018: We've included Tattoo tickets when you're in Edinburgh on departures 05 August, 12 August and 19 August
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      • Your London Hotel: This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or Hilton Olympia providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through CostSaver.
      • Edinburgh Tattoo 03-25 August 2018: We've included Tattoo tickets when you're in Edinburgh on departures 05 August, 12 August and 19 August
      • Single Rooms: On all itineraries single rooms are available to book at a supplement.
      • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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.
      • Twin-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 travelling as part of a family group. 

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      About this trip

      Go behind the scenes on an exploration of the vibrant capitals of Britain and Ireland - Visit the scenic Dingle Peninsula, dramatic Cliffs of Moher, rugged Scottish Highlands and Nessie of course, before learning about the delicate craft of Waterford crystal.


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      Trip code: BIXP

      15 Nights

      accommodation

      21 Meals
      • 15 Full breakfasts

      • 6 Three course dinners

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Bath
          Visit the Georgian spa town

        • Belleek
          Visit the Belleek Pottery Centre

        • Blarney
          Kiss the Blarney Stone

        • Boyle
          View the Cistercian Abbey

        • Cardiff
          See the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle

        • Chester
          View the timbered buildings known as the 'Rows'

        • Cliffs of Moher
          View the cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition

        • Donegal
          View the 15th century castle

        • Culloden
          Visit the famous battlefield

        • Dingle Peninsula
          Enjoy the beautiful scenery

        • Dublin
          Sightseeing with a Local Specialist. See St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College

        • Edinburgh
          Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the Castle

        • Galway
          View Galway Cathedral

        • Glasgow
          View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour

        • Glencoe
          See Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping

        • Gretna Green
          Visit this town, popular with eloping couples since 1754

        • Hadrian’s Wall
          View the remains of the Roman wall

        • Inverness
          Visit the capital of the Scottish Highlands

        • Jedburgh
          View the Jedburgh Abbey ruins

        • Lake District
          View Lake Windermere

        • Loch Ness
          View the most famous loch of them all

        • St. Andrews
          View the 18th green

        • Stratford-upon-Avon
          Visit the town of Shakespeare's Birth

        • Waterford
          Visit the Crystal Showroom (when open)

        • Windsor
          View the castle

        • York
          View York Minster and the Shambles


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 15 Full breakfasts

        • 6 Three course dinners


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        • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

        • Daily breakfast

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach

        • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at CostSaver's recommended London hotel

        • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Wales to Ireland and return

        • 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

        • London airport transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply. See link below for airport transfer page

        • Pick-up and drop-off in London if you stay at the CostSaver recommended London hotel booked through CostSaver or from the London Reception Centre


        Airport Transfers

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


       

      Britain and Ireland Explorer

      Your Itinerary

      1. London – Stratford-upon-Avon – Bradford

      Welcome to London. Your holiday starts with a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon. In your free time why not visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre for an in-depth look at the great man's life? Later arrive at your hotel in Bradford where you dine tonight.

      Meal(s)
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Jurys Inn

      2. Bradford – York – Near Edinburgh (Airth) (2 Nights)

      See the sights of York, including the Minster and picturesque 'Shambles'. Head north, stopping to view Hadrian's Wall and the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey, to your hotel in Airth. During the Festival, tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included.

      Meal(s)
      Full Breakfast
      Hotel
      Airth Castle

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

      Meal(s)
      Full Breakfast

      4. Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Scottish Highlands (2 Nights)

      Crossing into the ancient Kingdom of Fife, we head for the coastal town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Later we stop in the town of Pitlochry before heading to your Highland hotel for a two-night stay.

      Meal(s)
      Full Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Carrbridge

      5. Scottish Highlands Excursion

      Today is dedicated to the beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Visit Loch Ness, and keep a look out for the famous monster. Visit Inverness - the capital of the Highlands. Later visit the battlefield of Culloden where Bonnie Prince Charlie fought the English. Dine tonight at your hotel.

      Meal(s)
      Full Breakfast
      Dinner

      6. Scottish Highlands – Glasgow

      Drive in the shadow of Ben Nevis to Fort William then follow the shores of Loch Linnhe to Glencoe - the Glen of the Weeping. Travel along the 'banks and braes of Loch Lomond' before continuing your journey to Glasgow. View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square during your orientation tour.

      Meal(s)
      Full Breakfast
      Hotel
      Holiday Inn Express Theatreland

      7. Glasgow – Gretna Green – Lake District – Haydock (Near Liverpool)

      Visit Gretna Green, where eloping lovers famously went to marry. Continue south through breathtaking scenery in the English Lake District to your hotel.

      Meal(s)
      Full Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Holiday Inn

      8. Haydock (near Liverpool) – Chester – Dublin (2 Nights)

      On arrival in Chester view the medieval city walls and the half-timbered buildings known as the 'Rows'. Later cross the Irish Sea to Dublin.

      Meal(s)
      Full Breakfast
      Hotel
      Maldron Newlands Cross

      9. Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time

      Your Local Specialist shows you the sights of this historic city, with views of Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Dublin Castle. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore the city.

      Meal(s)
      Full Breakfast

      10. Dublin – Boyle – Donegal (2 Nights)

      View the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey at Boyle and stop at Yeats' grave in Drumcliff. Continue through lush countryside to Donegal, your home for the next two nights.

      Meal(s)
      Full Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      The Abbey

      11. County Donegal Excursion

      View the 15th century castle this morning in Donegal town, followed by an excursion to explore the County Donegal region, famed for its rugged beauty and as part of the Wild Atlantic Way west coast touring route. Visit the Belleek Pottery centre in Northern Ireland.

      Meal(s)
      Full Breakfast

      12. Donegal – Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Tipperary

      This morning travel to Galway on the banks of the Corrib River. View the cathedral and stroll around Eyre Square. At the Cliffs of Moher view the dramatic cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition. Later arrive at your hotel.

      Meal(s)
      Full Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Aherlow House

      13. Tipperary – Dingle Peninsula – Tralee

      Leave Tipperary and take a drive to enjoy the scenic landscape along the Dingle Peninsula. See the unspoilt and colourful villages and fishing harbours. Later arrive in the town of Tralee, famed for its annual 'Rose of Tralee' festival and beauty pageant.

      Meal(s)
      Full Breakfast
      Hotel
      Earl of Desmond

      14. Tralee – Blarney – Waterford

      Explore Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the 'gift of the gab'. Continue through Cork and along the coast to Waterford, famous for its crystal ware. Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom (when open).

      Meal(s)
      Full Breakfast
      Hotel
      Ramada Viking

      15. Waterford – Cardiff

      Travel from Waterford to Rosslare, then by ferry to Wales. Arrive in Fishguard and drive on to Cardiff and see the Millennium Stadium and Castle during your orientation.

      Meal(s)
      Full Breakfast
      Hotel
      Copthorne

      16. Cardiff – Bath – Windsor – London

      Cross the Severn Estuary to Georgian Bath. Admire the Georgian architecture and enjoy free time to visit the Roman Baths. Visit Windsor and view the castle en route to London where your amazing holiday comes to an end.

      Meal(s)
      Full Breakfast

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Bath
          Visit the Georgian spa town

        • Belleek
          Visit the Belleek Pottery Centre

        • Blarney
          Kiss the Blarney Stone

        • Boyle
          View the Cistercian Abbey

        • Cardiff
          See the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle

        • Chester
          View the timbered buildings known as the 'Rows'

        • Cliffs of Moher
          View the cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition

        • Donegal
          View the 15th century castle

        • Culloden
          Visit the famous battlefield

        • Dingle Peninsula
          Enjoy the beautiful scenery

        • Dublin
          Sightseeing with a Local Specialist. See St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College

        • Edinburgh
          Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the Castle

        • Galway
          View Galway Cathedral

        • Glasgow
          View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour

        • Glencoe
          See Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping

        • Gretna Green
          Visit this town, popular with eloping couples since 1754

        • Hadrian’s Wall
          View the remains of the Roman wall

        • Inverness
          Visit the capital of the Scottish Highlands

        • Jedburgh
          View the Jedburgh Abbey ruins

        • Lake District
          View Lake Windermere

        • Loch Ness
          View the most famous loch of them all

        • St. Andrews
          View the 18th green

        • Stratford-upon-Avon
          Visit the town of Shakespeare's Birth

        • Waterford
          Visit the Crystal Showroom (when open)

        • Windsor
          View the castle

        • York
          View York Minster and the Shambles


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 15 Full breakfasts

        • 6 Three course dinners


      $name

      What's Included

      Unbeatable Features

      $name
        • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

        • Daily breakfast

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach

        • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at CostSaver's recommended London hotel

        • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Wales to Ireland and return

        • 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

        • London airport transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply. See link below for airport transfer page

        • Pick-up and drop-off in London if you stay at the CostSaver recommended London hotel booked through CostSaver or from the London Reception Centre


        Airport Transfers

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


      Guest Reviews and Ratings

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        Service rating : I loved my tour, and our guide Ben and drivers Dave and Nick were all excellent. I was really happy I picked a bus tour so I wouldn't have to drive felt a lot safer. They only reason I a, putting four stars is because the whole trip except two day's there was no wifi. So Ben told

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        Service rating : caring and interesting informativeProduct : visited places in UK Ireland we wanted to

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        Service rating : Great tour director and driverProduct : Covered everything and more than what I expected.

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        Service rating : Choosing spots well and great customer service and we would do as againProduct : Everything was great well put together

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