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Britain & Ireland Delight

Operated by: CostSaver

10 Days from $1,540 per person
Parliament Square, London

Countries Visited

UK, Ireland ...more UK, Ireland

Locations Visited

London, Stratford Upon Avon, York, Bradford, WINDERMERE, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, Belfast, Dublin, Waterford, House of Waterford Crystal, Kilkenny, Cardiff, Bath, WINDSOR ...more London, Stratford Upon Avon, York, Bradford, WINDERMERE, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, Belfast, Dublin, Waterford, House of Waterford Crystal, Kilkenny, Cardiff, Bath, WINDSOR
  1. Day 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/Hilton Kensington
  2. Day 2 London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York – Bradford

    This morning meet your Travel Director and travelling companions to board your Costsaver 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.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Jurys Inn/Holiday Inn Garforth
  3. Day 3 Bradford – Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow (2 Nights)

    Drive through the Yorkshire Dales to the scenic glory of the Lake District. Skirt the shores of England's largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside made famous by the poet William Wordsworth. 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.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Ibis City Centre
  4. Day 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.

    meals Full Breakfast
  5. Day 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.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Citywest/Maldron Tallaght
  6. Day 6 Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time

    See Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral 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.

    meals Full Breakfast
  7. Day 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.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Treacys/Viking
  8. Day 8 Waterford – Cardiff

    Cross St. George's 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 Principality Stadium before arriving at your hotel.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Copthorne
  9. Day 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.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Ibis Earls Court/Hilton Kensington
  10. Day 10 Depart London

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

    meals Full Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 Full breakfasts
  • 2 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • The services of a 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
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional 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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit the town of Shakespeare's birth
  • York View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. See the city walls
  • Glasgow View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour
  • 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
  • Belfast See Belfast City Hall and Queen's University
  • Dublin Sightseeing with your Local Specialist to see St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, the glorious Georgian Squares and Trinity College
  • Kilkenny View Kilkenny Castle and gardens
  • Waterford Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom
  • Cardiff See the Principality Stadium and view Cardiff Castle
  • Bath Visit the Georgian spa town
  • Windsor View the Royal Castle

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
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Optional Add-Ons

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.

Glasgow

Glasgow City Evening

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.
Adult Price: £37

A Stirling Evening

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.
Adult Price: £44

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

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

Edinburgh

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: £25

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 mostly for 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

Dublin

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

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 humor. And you’ll even be served an Irish coffee to round off your dinner.
Adult Price: €71

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

Waterford

Irish Folk Fun

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.
Adult Price: €27

Explore Waterford's History and Local Pub

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." Afterward, we stop off for a drink in one of the area's oldest pubs for a pint or drink of your choice.
Adult Price: €23

Cardiff

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 1,000-year-old Norman keep for superb views over Cardiff.
Adult Price: £21

Traditional Welsh Evening And Dinner

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.
Adult Price: £41

Welsh Evening At Millennium Centre

Enjoy an evening of Welsh music, culture and humor. 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 specialties, 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.
Adult Price: £54

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Arthur Israel
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Service
Professional and efficient
Vacation
Loved touring around UK and Ireland. We had a great tour director, Emma, and the itinerary was just right.
Patty
Friday, September 20, 2019
Service
Whole trip was well thought out and everything taken care of in advance. No worries on our part.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love to hear about worry free trips and hope a good time was had by all! Thank you
Friday, September 20, 2019
Vacation
Got a taste of England, Scotland, Ireland, N Ireland & Wales. We’ll know just what we want to go back and see next time!!
John Boryk
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Service
Booking was professional, easy to follow, and always available for unusual requests and circumstances.
Vacation
Was an entertaining, fun experience. Tour director kept the group engaged with interesting facts and stories even when having to deal with a demanding tourist.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Service
Everything was good except a couple hotels
Vacation
Great guide co-ordinater and host
Ruth Mcglothen-Hawkins
Monday, September 9, 2019
Service
Our experience booking with our Grand European specialist was good. There was a little communication or email issue that got quickly resolved but overall we had a good experience. The tour itself was wonderful!
Vacation
Enjoyed the tour but not so much on a few hotel choices along the way. The Ibis in Glasgow and Jury's Inn in Bradford left something to be desired. Loved the side trips such as to York and Warwickshire England and beautiful Alloway Scotland. Enjoyed the history as told by our Tour Guide, Terry!
Evangeleine Bondurant
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Service
I had no issues with booking my travel. The agent , Daniel, was helpful and attentive. I do believe I requested an economy plus seating but was assigned a seat at back of the plan. Worked out ok as flights going and coming were not filled so I had the row to myself and could lie down across the seats
Vacation
This was my first "tour" and nowhere in the writeup did it inform that I would be on a bus for hours each day, that stops would be limited to an hour or two max and confined to shopping districts. This was my first time in England and there was no time to unwind and see the city other than as the bus whizzed by and I could capture a shot through my camera. The travel director was grand, really nice, very informative and funny but I wanted to EXPERIENCE more than the itinerary allowed
Elizabeth Fadika
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Service
My booking experience was super easy. The agent Barbara was able to explain in detail about the tour. She also returned all my calls pertaining to questions about the trip.
Vacation
Everything was successful. The Tour guide John was very knowledgeable with all the areas we visited. We were amazed of how he connected our names to our faces in just a few hours. The tour driver David was also professional in his driving skills. Overall it was a friendly experience.
Marcy Joncich
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Service
The sites we visited were well selected and fascinating. The guide, Daisy, was EXCELLENT.
Vacation
We especially appreciated how our tour director made history come alive. She also provided us with small treats that were favorites of the region, encouraged us to meet other travelers in the group and even played music that reflected the mood of the country in which we were traveling. She was dedicated, knowledgeable and humorous.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Service
The specialists were knowledgeable and friendly
Vacation
We had a wonderful time! The tour guide was terrific! The pace was fast but we saw all we wanted to see. The accommodations were very nice. I would recommend this tour to anyone. But they would need to be able to walk up hills and stairs. It’s a bit physical.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Service
the booking experience was great, easy and everything explained well.
Vacation
the trip was good, well organized. A couple of the hotels were not as good as others. Now with a better understanding of the trip types, I would choose one that allowed more time in each place.
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