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Britain and Ireland Delight

10 Day Britain & Ireland Tour to Glasgow, Dublin

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10 Days
5 Countries

England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Wales

18 Cities

London, Stratford-upon-Avon, York, Bradford, Lake District, Gretna Green, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cairnryan, Belfast, Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Rosslare Harbour, Pembroke, Cardiff, Bath, Windsor

11 Meals

9 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 45
Tour brand Costsaver

Costsaver

Costsaver trips are great if you are looking for a budget friendly, semi-independent vacation that is designed with just the basics in mind. Unlike classic tours, Costsaver includes just the essentials including 3-star accommodation (not always centrally located, but close to public transportation for easy access to the center of town), airconditioned motorcoach transportation, an expert Travel Director and Driver. With a basic orientation included in major cities, enjoy the freedom and flexibility to explore the destination at your own pace, or tailor your days on trip with Choice Optional Experiences unique to each itinerary and arranged by your Travel Director. 

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The best of Britain and Ireland is served up on this 10 day adventure crisscrossing five different countries. See landscapes that have inspired poetry, medieval monuments to God and stony fortresses that housed royals, soldiers and important artefacts. You’ll wind your way through the Yorkshire Dales, wander down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and discover a bit of the craic in Dublin, before Waterford crystal, Celtic tales and a fairy-tale castle or two complete your journey.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive London

Your whirlwind journey through the United Kingdom and Ireland launches in its exhilarating capital. After checking in, explore this multicultural city your way, embracing all the pomp and pageantry of Britain’s capital. Visit one of the many museums that reveal the history and culture of the world, pay your respects to Her Majesty or pop into your neighborhood ‘local’ for a pint or two to kickstart your exploration of Britain and Ireland in style.

Guards at Buckingham Palace in London, England
Accommodation Holiday Inn Express London - ExCel

Day 2

London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York – Bradford

This morning, meet your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for your whirlwind journey through Great Britain and Ireland. As the boroughs of the Old Smoke give way to the beautiful shires north of its skyscrapers, you’ll enjoy a scenic drive through lush green landscapes bound for Shakespeare country. Visit Stratford-upon-Avon where you’ll come face to face with the legacy of England’s beloved bard before heading to York. Your Travel Director will take you for an orientation walk through its medieval streets to the sacred York Minster, where every piece of stained glass and limestone block was placed for the glory of God. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before you continue to your hotel in Bradford.

Cathedral in Alnwick York, England
Accommodation Leonardo Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Bradford – Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow

You’re in for a serene start to your morning as you wind your way through the limestone hills and valleys of the Yorkshire Dales. Rustic stone villages, sheep-filled pastures, castles and abbeys line your route to England’s celebrated Lake District. At Lake Windermere, an Optional Experience could take you back to the days of Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth who proclaimed the area 'the loveliest spot that man hath found'. Board an optional cruise on a boat. Then cross the Scottish border and stop in Gretna Green where eloping couples would tie the knot over the anvil. Continue to Glasgow later today. Your afternoon orientation of this former industrial hub turned vibrant modern metropolis will include views of the cathedral, the River Clyde and George Square where many of Scotland’s most famous sons are immortalized in stone.

Lake Windermere in Cumbria, England
Accommodation Ibis Glasgow City Center
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Cruise on Lake Windermere, England
Scenic Cruise on Lake Windermere

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cruise on Lake Windermere with steam train, England
Steam Train Ride and Windermere Cruise

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Evening meal in Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow City Evening

Discover the vibrant character and joy of Glasgow as the city transforms at night, heading out on the town with your Travel Director for an evening...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Edinburgh excursion

A day spent exploring Scotland’s exquisite capital will leave you in no doubt as to why it captured the hearts of Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte and even Queen Victoria. Your Local Specialist will reveal all the highlights of 'Auld Reekie'. View the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh Castle which watches over the city from Castle Rock. Exchange the medieval façades of the Old Town for grand Georgian-lined boulevards of the 18th century New Town. You’ll have some time to explore Edinburgh your way or consider joining one of two special Choice Experiences, visiting the mysterious Rosslyn Chapel or exploring what lies behind the impenetrable walls of Edinburgh Castle. This evening surrender to the skirl of bagpipes during an optional dinner in Stirling with views of its Castle and the Wallace Memorial by night.

View of Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Ibis Glasgow City Center
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences View of Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle Experience

Dominating the skyline of the city, Edinburgh Castle has stood strong on Castle Rock since the 12th century. Led by our Local Specialist, we'll pay...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Rosslyn Chapel in Edinburgh, Scotland
Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we’ll hear the inside story of the famous Rosslyn Chapel from a Local Specialist...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Stirling Castle evening visit in Stirling, Scotland
A Stirling Evening

See Stirling Castle and the Wallace Memorial by night. One of the largest castles in Scotland, Stirling was once home to Mary Queen of Scots and bo...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Glasgow – Belfast – Dublin

Your visit to Scotland culminates in a scenic drive along the Ayrshire coast, the rugged landscapes where Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Poet, was born and raised. Pass Ailsa Craig, the figurative stepping stone from Scotland to Ireland before boarding your short ferry crossing to Northern Ireland. You won’t dally in its trendy capital, but there’s time to see the City Hall, Queen’s University and the dock where the ill-fated Titanic was built. Head south to Dublin, your home for the next two nights. There’s no better way to embrace the energy of the city than joining an optional dinner at one of its most popular gastropubs. Rub shoulders with the locals as you enjoy dinner and a solid dose of Irish craic.

Titanic Belfast in Northern Ireland
Accommodation Dublin One
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Dinner in Dublin, Ireland
Dinner in Dublin City

Famous for its heritage buildings and authentic local culture, Dublin is a charm-filled city for travelers to explore – and what better way to imme...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Electric Canal Boat, Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Dinner Cruise

Cruise on an electric canal boat on the river Liffy, while enjoying a lovely dinner with locally-sourced produce. 

Note: this optional experience is operated on Tuesdays only.

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Day 6

Dublin sightseeing and free time

You’re in for a 'grand' time in the Irish capital this morning as your Local Specialist shares all the highlights. See Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in the 12th century. Its 43-meter spire makes this the country’s tallest church. See the stately Georgian Squares then spend the rest of the day on your own. Head down to Grafton Street or Temple Bar for a pint of the 'Black Stuff' or stroll along the Liffey through the heart of Dublin. This evening, an optional dinner and Irish show will have your toes tapping and taste buds craving another round of Irish coffee.

Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation Dublin One
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit the Irish countryside and Glendalough, Ireland
Experience the Ancient Monastic Site of Glendalough

Enjoy a visit to one of the most important monastic sites in Europe, which was built in the Early Medieval style and dates back to the 6th Century....

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner and show in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

Take your tour of Ireland to the next level with an evening of fine food and toe-tapping fun in the vibrant city of Dublin. Watch as Ireland’s hist...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Dublin – Kilkenny – Waterford

Continue through the splendid countryside bound for Kilkenny where you’ll see its beautiful 12th-century castle, an enduring symbol of Norman occupation. Later you’ll arrive in Waterford where a visit to the Waterford Crystal Showroom will reveal a wonderland of delicate crystal, from stemware to fine china. You’re in for a riveting history lesson when you join an Optional Experience for a walking tour with a Local Specialist and visit one of the area’s oldest pubs for a pint. Dinner tonight is at your hotel.

Kilkenny Castle in Ireland
Accommodation Treacy's Hotel Waterford Spa & Leisure Center
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Walking tour with pub visit in Waterford, Ireland
Explore Waterford's History and Local Pub

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Optional Experiences Irish pub and music in Waterford, Ireland
Irish Folk Fun

Travel is all about immersing yourself in local culture – so, what better way to see the real Waterford than with an evening of authentic entertain...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Waterford – Cardiff

Say your goodbyes to the 'Emerald Isle', crossing St. George’s Channel to Wales. Small in size but significant in stature, Wales is the fifth country on this journey across the United Kingdom and Ireland. Its vibrant capital is your final destination today. Here you’ll view the Millennium Center, the National Assembly and the historic castle at its heart. Climb the 900-year-old Norman keep and perhaps walk on the battlements during an optional private tour of Cardiff Castle this afternoon. This evening could see you venture into the Welsh countryside for dinner at a 14th-century inn or enjoy an evening of Welsh music, culture and humor at an Optional Experience.

Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales
Accommodation Future Inn Cardiff
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Cardiff Castle tour in Cardiff, Wales
Cardiff Castle Tour

Explore this unique castle on a private tour and hear tales about the eclectic refurbishments that blend cultural styles. Completed in the 1800s by...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Traditional Welsh evening and dinner in Cardiff, Wales
Welsh Evening

Step off the tourist trail and experience a unique evening in a Cardiff landmark, enjoying dinner and music inside a stunningly renovated deconsecr...

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Optional Experiences Enjoy a traditional Welsh evening with dinner in Cardiff, Wales
Traditional Welsh Evening And Dinner

Join us for a travel experience you won't soon forget, with a traditional Welsh country dinner in a 14th Century thatched inn known as The Blue Anc...

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Day 9

Cardiff – Bath – Windsor – London

Cross the Severn Estuary into England and venture to Bath with its elegant Georgian architecture. The city’s healing waters saw it emerge as a wellness center as far back as Roman times. Next, head to Windsor to view the world’s oldest and largest continuously inhabited castle. There’s time for a quiet stroll along the banks of the river and shop for Royal souvenirs before arriving in London.

Windsor Castle, Windsor, England
Accommodation Holiday Inn Express London - ExCel
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 10

Depart London

It’s time to close the curtain on your epic adventure across the England and Ireland. You’ll say a fond farewell to new friends as you prepare for your return journey home. 

Underground Sign in London, England
Included Meals Breakfast

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About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Many meals and daily breakfasts included
City orientation tours
Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
Ferry across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland and Ireland to South Wales
Extensive variety of Choice Experiences
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Scenic Cruise on Lake Windermere

Enjoy a cruise on Lake Windermere to discover the beauty of the lake shore admiring picturesque homes, gardens and the neo-Gothic architecture of W...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Steam Train Ride and Windermere Cruise

Take in the glorious scenery of the Lake District as we cruise across England's largest lake, admiring beautiful homes, castles and more. Then, ste...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Glasgow City Evening

Discover the vibrant character and joy of Glasgow as the city transforms at night, heading out on the town with your Travel Director for an evening...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Edinburgh Castle Experience

Dominating the skyline of the city, Edinburgh Castle has stood strong on Castle Rock since the 12th century. Led by our Local Specialist, we'll pay...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we’ll hear the inside story of the famous Rosslyn Chapel from a Local Specialist...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
A Stirling Evening

See Stirling Castle and the Wallace Memorial by night. One of the largest castles in Scotland, Stirling was once home to Mary Queen of Scots and bo...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner in Dublin City

Famous for its heritage buildings and authentic local culture, Dublin is a charm-filled city for travelers to explore – and what better way to imme...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dublin Dinner Cruise

Cruise on an electric canal boat on the river Liffy, while enjoying a lovely dinner with locally-sourced produce. 

Note: this optional experience is operated on Tuesdays only.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Experience the Ancient Monastic Site of Glendalough

Enjoy a visit to one of the most important monastic sites in Europe, which was built in the Early Medieval style and dates back to the 6th Century....

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

Take your tour of Ireland to the next level with an evening of fine food and toe-tapping fun in the vibrant city of Dublin. Watch as Ireland’s hist...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Explore Waterford's History and Local Pub

Discover a world of Vikings and medieval legends in Waterford, where a Local Specialist will bring the historic era to life as they share thrilling...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Irish Folk Fun

Travel is all about immersing yourself in local culture – so, what better way to see the real Waterford than with an evening of authentic entertain...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Cardiff Castle Tour

Explore this unique castle on a private tour and hear tales about the eclectic refurbishments that blend cultural styles. Completed in the 1800s by...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Welsh Evening

Step off the tourist trail and experience a unique evening in a Cardiff landmark, enjoying dinner and music inside a stunningly renovated deconsecr...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Traditional Welsh Evening And Dinner

Join us for a travel experience you won't soon forget, with a traditional Welsh country dinner in a 14th Century thatched inn known as The Blue Anc...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Great Britain & Ireland

  • Great Britain is made up of three countries: England, Scotland, and Wales. These countries are located on the island of Great Britain, which is the largest island in the British Isles
  • The United Kingdom (UK) consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland
  • The Republic of Ireland, also known simply as Ireland, is a sovereign nation located in the northwestern part of Europe. It occupies most of the island of Ireland and is an independent country separate from the United Kingdom, with its own government, institutions, and culture.
  • Languages across the United Kingdom and Ireland: English is the dominant language throughout the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland). While the main language in Scotland is English, Scots and Scottish Gaelic are minority languages. In Wales, both English and Welsh Gaelic are spoken. If you're visiting Northern Ireland, you'll also hear English and Irish or Gaeilge. In the Republic of Ireland, Irish is the official language.
  • Currencies used in Great Britain: British Pound Sterling (£) is used throughout the United Kingdom. The Euro (€) is used in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Capitals Cities: London (England), Edinburgh (Scotland), Cardiff (Wales), Belfast (Northern Ireland), and Dublin (Rep. Ireland)
  • Time Zone(s) in the United Kingdom:  Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1) during daylight saving time

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

United Kingdom and Ireland passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter the United Kingdom or Ireland.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

The climate in the United Kingdom is generally classified as temperate maritime, characterized by mild winters and cool summers. The weather is known for its variability and can change frequently throughout the day. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with showers being common. The western parts of the UK, particularly areas like Wales and Scotland, tend to experience higher rainfall compared to the eastern regions. The UK is influenced by the warm Gulf Stream, which helps to moderate temperatures and prevent extreme heat or cold.

The Republic of Ireland has a temperate maritime climate characterized by mild winters and cool summers. Average temperatures in winter range from 4°C to 8°C (39°F to 46°F), while summer temperatures average between 14°C to 20°C (57°F to 68°F) in coastal areas. Rainfall is frequent throughout the year, with the western and northwestern coastal regions experiencing higher precipitation levels. The weather is often changeable, with a mix of sunny spells, rain showers, and cloud cover. The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream influence Ireland's climate, helping to moderate temperatures.

Electricity

  • American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.
  • Type G outlets are used throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
    Adapters are used to change the plug style from American-style plugs with two flat prongs to fit into these outlets, which take three rectangular prongs.
  • You will need a plug adapter and voltage converter to use your appliances in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in European and United Kingdom hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.
  • Most hotels in Europe or the UK can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport Transfers for Europe flights not arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold 
  • Your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings

Airport Transfers for Europe flights arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold
  • You booked your land tour and flights as a land/air package through GET. If you book your flights independently via London Heathrow, you can *purchase a transfer through us.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Review date: Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Service
This was our second trip with GET. Everything is planned so well. Worry free.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for the repeat business. We are so happy to hear that everything went smoothly and you enjoyed yourselves in the UK and Ireland.
Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Vacation
The pace was fast, but it was exactly what I wanted. This high-level tour allowed us to see many things around the UK-Ireland, so that we could plan our next trip on the places we liked best and spend more time there. Rose Brown was the very best! Everything ran on-time and there were no flight, transportation, hotel or venue issues. Very nice.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Service
Hotels were out of the way, not in center or close to anything. Ever want a martini. Forget it. Hotel bars refused to mix drinks that weren’t on their menus even though they had all the ingredients. Optional excursions took priority. If you chose not to go you were to wait for everyone.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We apologize that you felt CostSaver was not the right choice for you. It is the Budget option of all the tours we offer, and it does state that hotels are outside of the city center in most locations. It allows for more independent travelers to choose between time on their own or join the group for the optional excursions.
Monday, April 15, 2024
Vacation
Drive and tour director were excellent. Costsaver was the wrong choice for me.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, October 1, 2023
Service
Booking was easy and informative.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much from the whole team at GET.
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Vacation
Great Travel Dierector and coach driver.
Sam Coppoletti
Review date: Monday, September 25, 2023
Service
Our agent did an excellent job throughout the entire process, answered questions up to the time and after the time of our trip.
Vacation
Great trip- was a whirlwind, could have spent a few more days on this in certain cities. The guide to Glendaoagh was far too wordy, difficult to digest what she said. Some optional trips were expensive and not worth the money, one was cancelled and we were glad, as it was 78 pounds per person.
Jacqueline Tibbetts
Review date: Sunday, July 16, 2023
Service
Responsive to questions; great marketing tools. The catalog was appealing.
Vacation
The Cost Saver travel guide and drivers were awesome. The inclusions were excellent. There was too much food!
Wendell Berthelsen
Review date: Monday, July 10, 2023
Service
We attempted to book additional nights, through GET, in London, paid for them and GET never informed us that additional nights could not be incorporated into our tour, so we had to redo GET charges and book the same hotel ourselves. Otherwise, GET staff was very knowledgeable and efficient.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We apologize for the miscommunication on the hotel and appreciate your patience while it was sorted out. We are happy that you went on to enjoy your trip. Thank you!
Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Vacation
The tour met our expectations and exceeded them (our first trip with GET). Our tour director was awesome! He knew exactly when to offer information about the cities and towns we visited. He offered tour information (lodging/stops), so that we had almost no questions about daily activities or procedures. Every stop was perfectly choreographed. The coach was very comfortable and the drivers did an amazing job maneuvering through extremely tight places and very heavy traffic.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, July 9, 2023
Service
Booking process was easy. Pre-travel instructions were very helpful. Several emails and telephone calls were necessary to determine whether or not the first hotel was available for reserving two nights prior to the beginning of the tour. When GET was notified that it was not, we were not contacted. We recommended GET's tour services to our friends, who did travel with us, and will continue to recommend GET to others.
Vacation
We thoroughly enjoyed touring through Britain and Ireland. The motor coach was very comfortable and our driver, Tony, made navigating to the many different locations seem effortless. Our tour director, Evan, was highly professional, organized, and incredibly knowledgable. The wealth of information he shared on the background of each country along with interesting anecdotes and a fun playlist made the trip exceed our expectations. Thank you, Evan!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, July 6, 2023
Service
Be friendlier and more helpful. I called for details and info because I travel with a special needs adult child and was told I was being a micromanager. YES I AM and for very good reason!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate you bringing these concerns to our attention and the matter will be addressed with our reservations staff immediately.
Thursday, July 6, 2023
Vacation
The ONLY reason for the 3 stars is because our trip leader, local guides and experiences were great. However I would never go through GET again to get to those experiences. Never experienced such horrible customer service before.
Nicole Barnfield
Review date: Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Service
The trip was easy to book and the agent did followup with us to ensure that we had all of our documents turned in.
Vacation
The tour director and the coach driver were awesome! Very knowledgeable about the areas.
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