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Britain and Ireland Delight

Operated by: CostSaver

10 Days from $1,395 per person
Castle Estate lawn, Bath, England

Countries Visited

United Kingdom, Ireland ...more United Kingdom, Ireland

Locations Visited

Grasmere, Gretna Green, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cardiff ...more Grasmere, Gretna Green, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cardiff
  1. Day 1 Arrive London (1 Night)

    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 neighbourhood 'local' for a pint or two to kickstart your exploration of Britain and Ireland in style.

    hotel Ibis Earls Court
  2. Day 2 London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York – Bradford (1 Night)

    This morning meet your Travel Director and fellow travel companions. Your whirlwind journey through Great Britain and Ireland launches in London. 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. Continue to your hotel in Bradford where tonight you'll dine in a local restaurant.

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

    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 private boat, skimming the northern coastline, deserted islands and Wray Castle. 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 Clyde River and George Square where many of Scotland's most famous sons are immortalised in stone.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Ibis City Centre
  4. 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 Old Town for grand Georgian-lined boulevards across the Leith. You'll have some time to explore Edinburgh your way or consider joining one of two special Optional Experiences, boarding the Royal Yacht Britannia for a brush with royalty 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.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Glasgow – Belfast – Dublin (2 Nights)

    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 restaurant-pubs. Rub shoulders with the locals as you dive into dinner and a solid dose of Irish craic.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Citywest/Maldron Tallaght
  6. 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, Dublin Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral, founded in the 12th century. Its 43-metre 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 cabaret evening will have your toes tapping and taste buds craving another round of Irish coffee.

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Dublin – Kilkenny – Waterford (1 Night)

    You won't need to don your Sunday best to visit stylish County Kildare, although the heart of Ireland's horseracing community with its elegant estates will have you wishing you could linger a little longer. Continue through the splendid countryside bound for Kilkenny where you'll see its beautiful 12th-century castle, an enduring symbol of Normal occupation. Later you'll arrive in Waterford where a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal 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 in a Waterford pub with a Local Specialist. Visit one of the area's oldest pubs for a pint, likely not served in Waterford crystal class, but just as memorable. Dinner tonight is at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Treacys/Viking
  8. Day 8 Waterford – Cardiff (1 Night)

    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 Centre, 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. Your choice of Optional Experiences 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 humour at the Millennium Centre, an iconic building in Cardiff Bay.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Copthorne
  9. Day 9 Cardiff – Bath – Windsor – London (1 Night)

    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 centre as far back as Roman times and you could choose to visit what remains of its Roman Baths before heading to Windsor to view the world's oldest and largest inhabited castle. There's time for a quiet stroll along the banks of the river and shop for Royal souvenirs before arriving in London.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Ibis Earls Court
  10. 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. A London Heathrow airport shuttle service is available to purchase. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
Britain and Ireland Delight
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 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 professional Driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • London airport transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page.
  • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Costsaver recommended London hotel booked through Costsaver or from the London Reception Centre

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Bath Visit the Georgian spa town
  • Belfast See Belfast City Hall and Queen's University
  • Cardiff See the Principality Stadium and view Cardiff Castle
  • Dublin Sightseeing with your Local Specialist to see St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, 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 Royal Castle
  • York View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. See the city walls

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Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Lucette Louis
Friday, November 29, 2019
Service
Alyssa is great, she is patient, always ready to help with a question or concern. She gives great details concerning the upcoming trip. Always calling back with updates. She will even call to wish the customer a great trip, and call back to get details experiences, good or bad. I like her and will book my trips with her as long as she is with GET.
Vacation
My vacation was great, the problem was time. Not enough time to see certain things. It got dark early in the countries we were visiting. The guide will talk about a place, but you can't see it, too dark. I also wish the coach was more comfortable, space was tight.
Michael Jensen
Sunday, November 10, 2019
Service
Answered all questions carefully
Vacation
Trip leader and bus driver were both excellent
Vilawan Noinoum
Sunday, November 10, 2019
Service
Great and helpful for first time experience.
Vacation
A lot of great places and history good hotels and good tour guide and best driver.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Service
We were first time international travelers and had many questions. The customer service was great they were so helpful and friendly
Response from Grand European Travel:
Congratulations on your first international trip. We hope there are many more to come and we'll be glad to help you plan those when the time comes!
Friday, November 1, 2019
Vacation
It gave us a good glance at a lot of areas to revisit
Andrew Garcia
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Service
Quick, easy, pain-free booking. Smooth accommodations with a good guide (Kate) and a fantastic driver (Rikki)
Vacation
A good appetizer course of the U.K. and Ireland. Saw many wonderful places, but not quite enough time in any of them. Not a vacation meal (where you have enough or maybe a bit too much) of any one place, just enough of a taste to get an idea. Well worth it to know what areas to go back to for in-depth exploration later.
Trusted Customer
Monday, October 28, 2019
Service
Memorable excursions, lovely travelers, excellent itinerary. Wonderful travel director who was knowledgeable and assured our experience was full of local flavor. Booking agent impeccable
Vacation
Repeat as above but UK was the home of my ancestors. A very special trip and I was able to reunite with British friends after 30 years.
Greg
Monday, October 28, 2019
Service
Kaitlin was a pleasure to work with and made booking and travel plans hassle free.
Vacation
My travel guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. The trip was hassle free and I loved all the side excursions.
Natalia Strukova
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Service
Booking was easy, service was professional, all questions were answered by email very quickly, flight arrangements were done in the best possible way , the same with arranging the Tristar service. The Tristar service was just impeccable .
Vacation
This was my 6th group tour and the 3rd with the GET and it was the least informative out of all, thanks to the tour director. Very disappointed. Spent hours and hours in the bus in silence since our tour director did not care to tell anything about the country, about traditions, about the education, pensions, everyday life of citizens of the countries..etc. Just about the war of the Red and the White Roses and even here he never came to final stage and never told anything about the outcomes of this war for the country. He talked maybe 15 minutes a day with the group. Never asked if we have questions. when you are not encouraged to ask questions you do not ask them. The preference was done not to trip itinerary but to the optional program, so many shortcuts were done. For example we did not see Glasgow at all. There are other examples of such shortcuts. The highlight of the trip was the local tour guid in Dublin. Did not have to ask her anything, she told about everything herself : medical services, living expenses, education...etc ,plus history. She was the type of a guid I used to have during all other five group tours. On the bright side the driver was very good and Tristar service was excellent, people in the group were very pleasant , no one was ever late. Now I think that I do not want to travel with group anymore. Maybe the GET policy for tour directors' duties has changed and they only have to bring tourists to the hotel, point to the nearest bathroom or to tell where to find food , and I feel very disappointed because I wanted not only that but to learn something new about the new countries.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We thank you for your honest feedback. Your trip was operated by Costsaver which does have a slightly different format than the previous tours you were on. These tours are for travelers who want just the essentials of the tour covered and the freedom to create their own experiences in each city. We do apologize if this was not made clear to you at the time you booked your trip. We will share your comments regarding the Travel Director with the Operations Team at Costsaver and ask them to review immediately.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Service
The representative was very helpful and answered all questions promptly.
Vacation
I’ve been on many tours. This one was ok but not fantastic. We had a great meal with entertainment by a bagpiper in Scotland. I would say that was the highlight of the trip. The tour director was excellent, full of information and entertaining. He paid attention to individual passengers’ needs. My seat on the motor coach kept falling out from under me even after they “fixed” it. I was afraid I might bruise myself or break a bone. Hotels were nice but too far away from the places to visit. We did not stop at a lot of interesting places. All added up to an average experience.
Jeanne Brandl
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Service
It was easy to plan and book the trip and travel costs through GET. There was not enough plans available for the older customers that want to travel to Europe at a leisurely pace.
Vacation
The entire trip was based on motor coach touring. There was very little time for actual touring of interesting spots. I don't fault the travel director as he was very efficient and planned well. The extra experiences that were additionally purchased were the best part of the trip. I was very disappointed that the one excursion that I was looking forward to was canceled because of a glitch with the ferry to Cardiff. Since this was my one-and-only European trip, it was not what I was hoping for.
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