Britain and Ireland Delight

10 days

from $137 pppd

Trip available from Apr 2017 to Sep 2017.
"Trip was magic, scenery stunning"
Tracy , Jun 2014

Explore the cultural diversity and breathtaking countryside of Britain and Ireland with their imposing city spires, wild Highland landscapes and such highlights as the idyllic Lake District, Edinburgh Castle, Dublin's Trinity College and Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace, all en route.

Trip type:
CostSaver
Trip code:
BIDE

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE LONDON

    Welcome to London. After checking in to your hotel the rest of your day is free to explore this magical city.

    Hotel

    Ibis Earls Court

  • 2.

    LONDON – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – YORK – BRADFORD

    This morning meet your Travel Director and travelling companions to board your Trafalgar coach and set off from London. Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, where you have time to see the sights and shop for souvenirs. During your orientation of York your Travel Director will take you on a walk through the web of quaint, narrow streets and show you York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world. Continue to your hotel in Bradford where you dine tonight.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Jurys Inn

  • 3.

    BRADFORD – LAKE DISTRICT – GRETNA GREEN – GLASGOW (2 NIGHTS)

    Drive through the Yorkshire Dales to the scenic glory of the Lake District. 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. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would say 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

    Ibis Glasgow City Centre

  • 4.

    EDINBURGH EXCURSION

    Today visit Edinburgh. Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city. View the famous castle, the Royal Mile, historic 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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 5.

    GLASGOW – BELFAST – DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS)

    Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast past the island called Ailsa Craig, the stepping stone from Scotland to Ireland, then board a ferry for the short crossing to Northern Ireland. See City Hall, Queen's University and the dock where the Titanic was built during your city orientation. Finally cross the River Boyne at Drogheda to enter the Irish capital, Dublin.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Citywest

  • 6.

    DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See 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. 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

  • 7.

    DUBLIN – KILKENNY – WATERFORD

    Traverse County Kildare's splendid countryside. In Kilkenny see the imposing medieval castle and enjoy free time for lunch. This afternoon visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and see the exquisite pieces. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Treacys

  • 8.

    WATERFORD – CARDIFF

    Cross St. Georges Channel 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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Copthorne

  • 9.

    CARDIFF – BATH – WINDSOR – LONDON

    Cross the Severn Estuary into England and the glorious city of Bath. See splendid Georgian architecture during your orientation. Perhaps consider a visit to the Roman Baths. View the world's oldest and largest inhabited castle during your visit to Windsor. Why not enjoy a stroll along the banks of the river or shop for Royal souvenirs. Later arrive back in London.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Ibis Earls Court

  • 10.

    DEPART LONDON

    Say goodbye to your travelling friends at the end of your amazing holiday.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Bath

    Visit the Georgian spa town
  • Belfast

    See Belfast City Hall and Queen's University
  • Cardiff

    See the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle
  • Dublin

    Sightseeing with your Local Specialist to see St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares and Trinity College
  • Edinburgh

    Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building as well as the Castle
  • Glasgow

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

    View Kilkenny Castle and gardens
  • Stratford-upon-Avon

    Visit the town of Shakespeare's birth
  • Waterford

    Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom
  • Windsor

    View the castle
  • York

    View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. See the city walls

Dining

  • 9 full breakfasts

  • 2 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • 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 at your London hotel
  • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland and Ireland to South Wales
  • 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 if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel booked through Trafalgar or from the London Reception Centre

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.

WINDERMERE

  • Private Cruise On Lake Windermere

    Adult Price: £15.50 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.
  • Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

    Adult Price: £17.50 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.

Glasgow

  • A Stirling Evening

    Adult Price: £44.00 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.
  • Glasgow City Evening

    Adult Price: £36.00 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.

Edinburgh

  • Royal Yacht Britannia

    Adult Price: £16.50 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.

Dublin

  • Dinner in Dublin City

    Adult Price: €45.00 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.
  • Experience the Ancient Monastic Site of Glendalough

    Adult Price: €20.00 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.
  • Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

    Adult Price: €71.00 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.

Waterford

  • Explore Waterford's History and Local Pub

    Adult Price: €23.00 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.
  • Irish Folk Fun

    Adult Price: €27.00 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 and play music for you.

Cardiff

  • Cardiff Castle Tour

    Adult Price: £21.00 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.
  • Traditional Welsh Evening And Dinner

    Adult Price: £39.00 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.
  • Welsh Evening At Millennium Centre

    Adult Price: £54.00 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.
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