Britain & Ireland Experience

Chester, Cheshire, England
15 Days

Travel through landscapes that have inspired world-famous writers and poets. See medieval castles and cathedrals, the famous Chester Rows and Anne Hathaways' cottage. 

You'll also kiss the Blarney Stone, enjoy a ‘wee dram' and visit the birthplace of the Beatles.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Relax after check-in or stroll through London and soak up the unique atmosphere.
    hotel:Hilton Olympia
  3. Spend the day exploring Londons sights.
  4. This morning meet your Travel Director and traveling companions as you set off from London. Visit Windsor and view the impressive castle. See elegant Georgian architecture in the spa town of Bath. Cross the vast Severn Estuary to Cardiff, capital of Wales, where you dine tonight.
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  5. Admire Cardiff Castle then journey through beautiful countryside via Carmarthen. See 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.
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  6. Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom. Continue along the splendid southern 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.
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    hotel:Earl of Desmond
  7. This morning enjoy a scenic drive along the Dingle Peninsula. See the unspoilt and colorful villages and fishing harbors of Ireland's most westerly point. Travel north to County Tipperary.
    hotel:Aherlow House
  8. Drive through beautiful County Clare to Galway. View the cathedral before heading across lush countryside to the town of Clane located near Dublin, Ireland's capital.
  9. Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of Dublin with views of Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and historic Phoenix Park. Spend the rest of your day as you choose before returning to your hotel.
  10. Cross the Irish Sea with magnificent 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, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyr ndrobwlllantysiliogogogoch. 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 Liverpool, home of the Beatles.
    hotel:Ibis Albert Dock
  11. Stop to view William Wordsworth's grave in the pretty Lake District village of Grasmere. Continue 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?
    hotel:Peebles Hydro
  12. 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. 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.
  13. This morning travel south through the Scottish Borderlands and stop to view the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Enjoy the views across the Cheviot Hills at Carter Bar and continue into Northumberland National Park where you view 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.
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    hotel:Vacation Inn Garforth
  14. Drive south to the scenic Cotswolds and stop at 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 traveling companions at the end of your memorable vacation.
    hotel:Hilton Olympia
  15. Today say goodbye to London as you return home with magical memories.

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30 Mar 17 14 Apr 17 $1,850pp
$1,850 pp
6 Apr 17 21 Apr 17 $1,875pp
$1,875 pp
13 Apr 17 28 Apr 17 $1,875pp
$1,875 pp
20 Apr 17 5 May 17 $1,875pp
$1,875 pp
27 Apr 17 12 May 17 $1,875pp
$1,875 pp
4 May 17 19 May 17 $1,875pp
$1,875 pp
11 May 17 26 May 17 checkmark $1,875pp
$1,875 pp
18 May 17 2 Jun 17 $1,875pp
$1,875 pp
25 May 17 9 Jun 17 $1,875pp
$1,875 pp
1 Jun 17 16 Jun 17 checkmark $1,875pp
$1,875 pp
8 Jun 17 23 Jun 17 $1,875pp
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15 Jun 17 30 Jun 17 checkmark $1,875pp
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22 Jun 17 7 Jul 17 $1,925pp
$1,925 pp
29 Jun 17 14 Jul 17 $1,925pp
$1,925 pp
6 Jul 17 21 Jul 17 $1,925pp
$1,925 pp
13 Jul 17 28 Jul 17 $1,925pp
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20 Jul 17 4 Aug 17 $1,925pp
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asterisk 27 Jul 17 11 Aug 17 $1,995pp
$1,995 pp
asterisk 3 Aug 17 18 Aug 17 $1,995pp
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asterisk 10 Aug 17 25 Aug 17 $1,995pp
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17 Aug 17 1 Sep 17 $1,995pp
$1,995 pp
24 Aug 17 8 Sep 17 $1,875pp
$1,875 pp
31 Aug 17 15 Sep 17 $1,875pp
$1,875 pp
7 Sep 17 22 Sep 17 $1,875pp
$1,875 pp
14 Sep 17 29 Sep 17 $1,875pp
$1,875 pp
21 Sep 17 6 Oct 17 $1,875pp
$1,875 pp
28 Sep 17 13 Oct 17 $1,875pp
$1,875 pp
5 Oct 17 20 Oct 17 $1,875pp
$1,875 pp

Edinburgh Tattoo, August 4th-26th, 2017: Tickets included during these dates.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $470

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $81 per person.

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  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Breakfast Daily Breakfast Daily
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts

Meal Summary

13 full breakfasts, 4 three course dinners.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • View the castle
  • Visit the Georgian spa town
  • See the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle
  • Visit the Crystal Showroom
  • Visit this picturesque fishing port
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle
  • View Galway Cathedral
  • With your Local Specialist, see St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College
  • View the Tudor architecture
  • Visit the village of Grasmere and view the grave of Wordsworth
  • Visit Gretna Green, popular with eloping couples since 1754
  • Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes the main sights
  • View the abbey ruins
  • View the remains of the Roman wall
  • View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles
  • View Sir Winston Churchill's grave
  • View the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera
  • U.S. citizens traveling to UK and Ireland must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering the UK or Ireland.

  • The currency in the UK is the Pound (£) and in Ireland is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in the UK and Ireland. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • English specialties include fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, sausages, stilton cheese, and scones with clotted cream. Culinary experiences to not to miss include a traditional pub meal, afternoon tea, and full English breakfast.  In larger cities like London you’ll also find restaurants serving a variety of international cuisine.

    Irish national specialties including Irish stew, coddle, potato bread, corned beef and whiskey cake. Be sure to try an Irish breakfast, visit a chip shop for fresh fish and chips, and enjoy hearty lunch at a good local pub. 

  • The climate in the UK and Ireland is temperate, with regular rainfall throughout the year. We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress.  A few important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.


  • Tipping in Britain and Ireland is less common than in the U.S. When dining out, some restaurants will add a service charge of 12.5 percent to your bill, especially for groups.  If a service hasn’t been added, it’s appropriate to leave 10 – 15 percent gratuity.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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