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Britain and Ireland Delight

Operated by: CostSaver

10 Days from $1,150 per person
Bath, England

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

Bradford, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cairnryan, Larne, Dublin, Waterford, Rosslare, Fishguard, Cardiff, Bath, Windsor, London ...more Bradford, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cairnryan, Larne, Dublin, Waterford, Rosslare, Fishguard, Cardiff, Bath, Windsor, London
  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 Hilton Kensington
  2. Day 2 London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York – Bradford

    This morning, visit Stratford-upon-Avon, where you have time to see the sights and shop for souvenirs. Later, 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. Dine tonight in a local restaurant.

    meals Dinner
    hotel Jurys Inn
  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 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 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 Breakfast
    hotel Maldron Newlands Cross
  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 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 Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Treacys
  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 Breakfast
    hotel Park Inn City Centre
  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 where your amazing holiday ends.

    meals Breakfast
  10. Day 10 Depart London

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

    meals Breakfast
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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 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
  • 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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Start Date: Fri, Dec 20, 2019
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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.

Cardiff

Cardiff Castle Tour

Adult Price: £21

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.

Traditional Welsh Evening And Dinner

Adult Price: £39

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.

Welsh Evening At Millennium Centre

Adult Price: £54

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.

Dublin

Dinner in Dublin City

Adult Price: € 45

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.

Experience the Ancient Monastic Site of Glendalough

Adult Price: € 20

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.

Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

Adult Price: € 71

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.

Edinburgh

Royal Yacht Britannia

Adult Price: £17

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.

Glasgow

A Stirling Evening

Adult Price: £44

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.

Glasgow City Evening

Adult Price: £36

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.

Waterford

Explore Waterford's History and Local Pub

Adult Price: € 23

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.

Irish Folk Fun

Adult Price: € 27

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.

Windermere

Private Cruise On Lake Windermere

Adult Price: £16

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.

Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

Adult Price: £18

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.

Reviews
Service
Vacation
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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