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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
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Independent Reviews
Mary Lesch
Travel date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Service
The only complaint I have was the change in hotel made it confusing. When we got to London we didn't know which hotel we were supposed to go to at first. We had several emails with conflicting info. We were able to call and get it figured out.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We do apologize for the confusion with the last minute hotel change. We are glad you were able to get it sorted out and enjoyed your trip!
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Vacation
Rose was the best travel director. She even ran to the pharmacy when I had a fever to get me a thermometer.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Service
Our travels went very well! It was very organized!
Vacation
It was wonderful! The Travel Director and Coach Driver were both exceptional!
Kellidee Little
Travel date: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Service
Kaitlyn and Daniel made the booking experience very easy. Since there was initially 4 people booked and then we added 4 more, we had ALOT of questions and every time I called, they were nothing but gracious and helpful.
Vacation
Our TD, Daisy was fun, fabulous, and an absolute delight! Motorcoach karoke, sweet treats from each country visited, and the hidden gems she showed that were not on the itinerary made this an unforgetable trip for my entire group. We all have a bit of a "girl crush" on her because she made the trip for us!
Teresa Seaman
Travel date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Service
Always helpful and friendly. Took care of everything each step of the way.
Vacation
This was the trip of a lifetime. Best trip ever! Daisy our tour guide made it the best.
Response from Grand European Travel:
You can't get much better than the trip of a lifetime! We appreciate your business and hope to see you again soon!
Friday, June 14, 2019
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Service
Making the reservations was easy and painless
Vacation
We saw places we would have never seen if we had done this vacation on our own - our tour director, Daisy, and driver, Gavin were absolutely excellent. The schedule was a little grueling but definitely worth the time and effort. Truly once in a lifetime trip.
Thomas Fleming
Travel date: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Service
Agent was extremely helpful and knowledgeable
Vacation
Tour guide and bus driver were excellent
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Sunday, March 31, 2019
Service
We were assured that all the hotel rooms we were going to be in had refrigerators due to the fact that a member of our group is diabetic and required storage for her insulin. None of the rooms had a refrigerator and most didn't have a phone for wake up calls or a clock radio. Mediocre lodging at best. Won't be using GET again for any future trips.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry to hear about this and apologize for any misunderstanding. While we cannot guarantee the amenities at the hotels, your Travel Director could have helped to make arrangements to have your medication refrigerated. We are sorry that you were disappointed in the trip overall and will share your comments with the CostSaver team.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Vacation
I expected a bit more in promises and accommodations.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Monday, December 17, 2018
Service
I didn't have any issues with the tour, it was very well planned.
Vacation
Good value for the money.
Martine Smith
Travel date: Friday, December 7, 2018
Service
I can't wait for the next trip!! GET tours are the absolute best - our tour guide Kate and driver Jamie were amazing!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled you had a great time on your Britain & Ireland Delight tour. And we look forward to helping you book your next vacation. Hope to hear from you soon! Thank you for taking the time to write.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Vacation
Best bang for your buck & them some!!
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Sunday, December 2, 2018
Service
Very unpleasant to be placed in hotels that should be closed. Example the smell of mold so bad that you had difficulty breathing. Or another that was like a hostel. Beds hard as rocks rooms like staying in a dorm.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Whirl every trip and destination is unique, we do strive to provide clean, comfortable accommodations on all trips we offer. We do apologize that this seems to not be the case with your trip and for that we apologize. We will report this immediately to Trafalgar's Quality Control team. Thank you for taking the time to let us know.
Monday, December 3, 2018
Vacation
I would not go on such an experience again. For the same cost or a bit more could have had a more enjoyable experience either by train or driving self.
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