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Britain & Ireland Delight

11 Days from $1,550 per person

Style: Value | Pace: Active

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.

Britain & Ireland Delight also has winter departures; click here to see the Winter Season version of this tour!

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Overview

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.

Britain & Ireland Delight also has winter departures; click here to see the Winter Season version of this tour!

  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to London. After checking in to your hotel the rest of your day is free to explore this magical city.
    hotel:Hilton Olympia/Ibis Earls Court
  3. This morning meet your Travel Director and traveling 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.
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    hotel:Jurys Inn
  4. Drive through the Yorkshire Dales to the scenic glory of the Lake District. Traveling 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.
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    hotel:Ibis City Centre
  5. 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.
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  6. 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.
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    hotel:Citywest
  7. 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.
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  8. 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.
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    hotel:Treacy's
  9. Cross St. George's Channel to Wales, and continue your journey to Cardiff Bay to view the Millennium Center and the National Assembly. View the historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium before arriving at your hotel.
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    hotel:Copthorne
  10. 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.
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    hotel:Hilton Olympia/Ibis Earls Court
  11. Say goodbye to your traveling friends at the end of your amazing vacation.
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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 $300 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $76 per person.

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

Meal Summary

9 Full breakfasts, 2 Three course dinners, .

Sightseeing Highlights

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

Sunday, June 10, 2018
Duane Wilson
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Smooth trip and everything was well prepared and hasslefree. From the initial booking of the trip to getting the travel documents to getting on the bus. It was all good. The tour guide was amazing and there wasn't anything about these countries that she didn't know off the top of her head. Every night was a different adventure. I highly recommend this to any UKophiles out there!
Response from Grand European Travel:
How great to know you had such a wonderful time in the UK and Ireland! We're happy to know that we were here to help make your vacation that much more epic. Thank you for sharing your experience.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Vacation : Money well spent. Very little additional expenses for the entire eight days. I do highly recommend the additional excursions.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Agnes Jaszenovics
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Booking was taken care of fast and efficiently. Documentation and luggage tags arrived in time
Vacation : Trafalgar could have done a better scheduling job (feedback was given to them) to make sure that sufficient time is left for certain activities. Example: If traveler choose the optional trip to visit the Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh, the free time afterwards was not enough for any meaningful activity, like visiting the castle. Very similar situation in Dublin, the optional activity did not leave enough free time.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Peggy Baker
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Service rating : I feel it was well organized. Full of fun and variety.i loved it.. Sept 22 _Oct 1. My trip was with Peter Brown. So I fill out something worng.
Vacation : Beautiful old buildings, Castles. So big and I could picture so many happenings in my mind.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Nancy Burns
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Vacation:
Service rating : Well planned trip with a very knowledgeable and interesting tour guide. Would recommend to anyone who wished to cover a lot of ground in a short time.
Vacation : Well planned trip with a very knowledgable and interesting tour guide. Would recommend to anyone who wished to cover a lot of territory in a short time.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Margaret Wright
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The bus schedule was well planned. Some of the hotels could have been better.
Vacation : There was some confusion on the first day as to where and when the transportation would pick us up at the airport. Otherwise, the tour guide and bus driver were very informative and helpful throughout the tour. I was worried as I was from Jacksonville, FL just as Irma headed towards it. Hotel was wonderful to help me call airline to get idea which airports were closed to me as I headed home. Helped me get back to Chicago with my cousin and set me up at a hotel for 2 nights waiting for flight to Florida.
Sunday, September 3, 2017
Leslie Reiter
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Vacation:
Service rating : The pre-trip information was very helpful and accurate. Everything was very well-organized.
Vacation : The only complaint that I have is that my wife and I were charged full adult fares for the excursions while we are seniors and senior rates were available on site at many of the locations.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Trusted Customer
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Vacation:
Service rating : Seamless, no hassle service from initial booking until trip's end.
Vacation : Lots of value for the money
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Lois Gill
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Service rating : I know this was suppose to be an economical trip but if felt more like a very cheap trip the hotels were more like collage dorm rooms and were very far from the main cities when I ask I was told by the representative that all the hotels were in walking distance to the cities we were visiting, The guide was not very knowable about what was in the area that we visited I could have bought a guide book and learned more than about these countries we visited than she told us. A couple of times the bus drive had to give her information. This was like a cruise were you pulled into port and were drop off in the shopping district. The reason I booked this tour with your company was due to the experience that I had on a previous tour I took with you. This will make me think before I book another tour with your company
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write.  It looks like you booked one of our Cost Saver trips which are designed to be more affordable but still offer the same highlights and service for our guests.  We are sorry to hear about your disappointment with your Travel Director.  We know that they can make or break a trip and it sounds like they missed the mark with your group.  We will be sure to share this information with Trafalgar's management team and ask them to review it immediately.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Vacation : Everything was very cheap
Monday, July 17, 2017
Phyllis Duncan
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Yes, I would recommend them to other people. I loved the tour director and her insight on the countries we visited. The hotels were great. The optional excursions were wonderful.
Vacation : I wasn't expecting to spend so much time on the bus. I wished we could have spent more time in the small villages and less time in the bigger cities.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
James Sullivan
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Vacation:
Service rating : Pete the Tour director was excellent in every sense of the word. Got us in and out of every place on time. Was very courteous with every one specially me.
Vacation : It was very good and interesting. To see all of different parts of Great Britain.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Elizabeth Mcallister
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The contacts with us were efficient and friendly. Our only complaint is that it was a cost saver tour so that the hotels were pretty Spartan. We did not know in advance that it was a cost saver. Be sure people know this! Our tour leader and driver were great.
Vacation : We would have liked more time in places but that was our fault.
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  • 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 24 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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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.

Waterford

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.

Dublin

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.

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.

Cardiff

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 singers presenting the beautiful music of Wales.

Glasgow

Glasgow City Evening

Adult Price: £37.00

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

Ediburgh Castle Experience

Adult Price: £25.00

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 for mostly 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.

Edinburgh

Royal Yacht Britannia

Adult Price: £23.00

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.

Dublin

Experience the Ancient Monastic Site of Glendalough

Adult Price: €24.00

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.

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 900-year-old Norman keep for superb views over Cardiff.

Windermere

Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

Adult Price: £19.00

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.

Windermere

Private Cruise On Lake Windermere

Adult Price: £17.00

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.

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.

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