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Britain and Ireland Delight

Operated by: CostSaver

10 Days from $1,425 per person
OCT 2023 - APR 2024
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Countries Visited

England, Ireland ...more England, Ireland

Locations Visited

London, Stratford-upon-Avon, York, Bradford, Lake District, Gretna Green, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cairnryan, Belfast, Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Rosslare Harbour, Fishguard, Cardiff, Bath, Windsor ...more London, Stratford-upon-Avon, York, Bradford, Lake District, Gretna Green, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cairnryan, Belfast, Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Rosslare Harbour, Fishguard, Cardiff, Bath, Windsor
  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 for your whirlwind journey through Great Britain and Ireland. 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. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before you continue to your hotel in Bradford.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Jurys Inn
  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 River Clyde 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 the Old Town for grand Georgian-lined boulevards of the 18th century New Town. 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
    hotel Ibis City Centre
  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 enjoy dinner and a solid dose of Irish craic.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Maldron Newlands Cross, Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
  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 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 Irish show will have your toes tapping and taste buds craving another round of Irish coffee.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport, Maldron Newlands Cross
  7. Day 7 Dublin – Kilkenny – Waterford (1 Night)

    You won’t need to don your Sunday best to visit stylish 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 Norman occupation. Later you’ll arrive in Waterford where a visit to the Waterford Crystal Showroom 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 for a walking tour with a Local Specialist and visit one of the area’s oldest pubs for a pint. Dinner tonight is at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Treacy's
  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. 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 an Optional Experience.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Park Inn by Radisson City Centre
  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. Next, head to Windsor to view the world’s oldest and largest continuously 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.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Many meals and daily breakfasts included
  • City orientation tours
  • Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
  • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland and Ireland to South Wales
  • Variety of Optional Experiences

Choice Highlights

Essentials

  • : Visit the town of Shakespeare's birth
  • : View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles
  • : 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, Christchurch Cathedral, the glorious Georgian Squares and Trinity College
  • : View Kilkenny Castle and gardens
  • : Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom
  • : See the Principality Stadium and view Cardiff Castle
  • : Visit the Georgian spa town
  • : View the Royal Castle

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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October 2023
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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.

Windermere

Available on Day 2

Scenic Cruise On Lake Windermere

Enjoy an exclusive cruise on Lake Windermere to discover the beauty of the northern coastline, admiring picturesque homes, gardens and the neo-gothic architecture of Wray Castle along the water. You'll be left inspired as you encounter deserted islands, unique wildlife and scenic vistas as you explore the area beloved by famous writers Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.
Adult Price: £18

Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

Take in the glorious scenery of the Lake District as we cruise across England's largest lake, admiring beautiful homes, castles and more from our private boat. Then, step back in time as we board the historic steam train from Lakeside to Haverthwaite, enjoying the thrill of riding the heritage railway and taking in scenic views as we travel.
Adult Price: £22

Glasgow

Available on Day 2

Music City Tour and Meal

Take your holiday in Glasgow to the next level, with the chance to explore more of the trendy Scottish city on a guided walking tour. After exploring some of the city's best sights, we’ll enjoy a two-course dinner with live music from Glasgow's up-and-coming folk performers. Afterward, an informal trad folk session will see us through the night for one unforgettable experience.
Adult Price: £49

Available on Day 3

A Stirling Evening

See Stirling Castle and the Wallace Memorial by night. One of the largest castles in Scotland, Stirling was once home to Mary Queen of Scots and boasts a fascinating history to uncover. After your tour, you'll enjoy a truly local experience as you head for your evening meal in the historic city to savor Scottish delights.
Adult Price: £44

Edinburgh

Available on Day 3

Edinburgh Castle Experience

Dominating the skyline of the city, Edinburgh Castle has stood strong on Castle Rock since the 12th century. Led by our Local Specialist, we'll pay a visit to the castle that is famous for being the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked fortresses in the world. We’ll also see the crown jewels, known as the Honours of Scotland, and the National War Museum of Scotland.
Adult Price: £25

Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we’ll hear the inside story of the famous Rosslyn Chapel from a Local Specialist. One of Scotland's most unusual 15th-century buildings, Rossyln is famed for its associations with the Knights Templar, the Masonic movement, and now 'The Da Vinci Code.'
Adult Price: £22

Dublin

Available on Day 4

Dinner in Dublin City

Famous for its heritage buildings and authentic local culture, Dublin is a charm-filled city for travelers to explore – and what better way to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Irish capital than with an evening in one of the most locally loved restaurant-pubs? You'll enjoy dinner and experience the charming hospitality for which this part of the world is known.
Adult Price: € 51

Available on Day 5

Dublin Dinner and Irish Show

Take your tour of Ireland to the next level, with an evening of fine food and toe-tapping fun in the vibrant city of Dublin. Watch as Ireland’s history unfolds before your eyes with comedy, song and dance in an interactive Irish Show. After indulging in a delicious dinner, you’ll top off the evening with a quintessential travel experience: drinking an Irish Coffee.
Adult Price: € 72

Dublin Fitness Trail

Embrace the outdoors and enjoy a motivational audio guide to fitness from a local specialist. Follow the suggested routes and listen to the commentaries of the places as you walk/run past them to really get to know the city like a local while exercising. Enjoy visiting Dublin at your own rhythm!
Adult Price: € 8

Experience the Ancient Monastic Site of Glendalough

Enjoy a visit to one of the most important monastic sites in Europe, which was built in the Early Medieval style and dates back to the 6th century. Your Local Specialist will tell historic 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: € 25

Irish Emigration Experience

See another side of Ireland as we take a tour of EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum. Enjoy an eye-opening and moving experience as you ‘walk alongside your ancestors’ and learn how the Irish diaspora influenced the four corners of the world. After the tour, embrace another side of local culture as you enjoy a taste of the famous Irish Coffee.
Adult Price: € 54

Waterford

Available on Day 6

Irish Folk Fun

Travel is all about immersing yourself in local culture – so, what better way to see the real Waterford than with an evening of authentic entertainment? Experience famous Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition, enjoying a drink while locals sing and play music for you with classic instruments like the fiddle, tin whistle and bodhrán drum.
Adult Price: € 29

Explore Waterford's History and Local Pub

Discover a world of Vikings and medieval legends in Waterford, where a Local Specialist will bring the historic era to life as they share thrilling stories and anecdotes. One traveler even described the tour as the “best history lesson ever”. Later, stop off for a drink in one of the area’s oldest pubs for a pint or drink of your choice.
Adult Price: € 24

Cardiff

Available on Day 7

Cardiff Castle Tour

Explore this unique castle on a private tour and hear tales about the eclectic refurbishments that blend cultural styles. Completed in the 1800s by architect William Burgess, his influences included Arabic art, Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales and even Aesop's Fables. You’ll also walk on the battlements and climb the 1000-year-old Norman Keep for superb views over Cardiff.
Adult Price: £21

Traditional Welsh Evening And Dinner

Join us for a travel experience you won't soon forget, with a traditional Welsh country dinner in a 14th-century thatched inn known as The Blue Anchor. Enjoy the cozy charm of the roaring fireplace and old stonework as you eat and sample local drinks, listening to the tranquil sounds of a Welsh harpist as they perform.
Adult Price: £41

Welsh Evening

Step off the tourist trail and experience a unique evening in a Cardiff landmark, enjoying dinner and music inside a stunningly renovated deconsecrated church. Enjoy a delicious meal of seasonal Welsh specialties in this must-visit destination, with quality wine or soft drinks included. Listen to an enchanting harpist as you dine, before being entertained by the finest local singers.
Adult Price: £55

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Trusted Customer
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Service
good job!!
Vacation
great taste of the UK and Ireland. I would return for more concentrated tours. Guide was informative and congenial. Driver excellent. Group was too big -- 47. Too many add-ons, however.
Gregory Szymanski
Sunday, November 27, 2022
Service
We were dropped off at the wrong hotel from the airport. The hotel in Dublin was not located where we could take advantage of shopping and dining in the city. This was especially bad since we stayed there 2 nights. I think every stop should include a free excursion or tour. Hardly any time to enjoy Belfast and the Titanic exhibits. I think an excursion in London itself should have been offered
Vacation
Too much time on the road, too little time at certain stops. Stopping at Bath but not including a tour of the Roman baths seemed chintzy
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 23, 2022
Service
Very professional. Answered our many questions accurately and pleasantly. Patient with us first-time travelers.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had a great time exploring Britain and Ireland. We hope you came home with many happy memories. Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate it!
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Vacation
Easy process. Very professional team.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 16, 2022
Service
I found the Travel Specialist to be very quick to respond to any questions I had prior to the trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It's so good to hear you enjoyed your Britain and Ireland vacation. We're happy we had the opportunity to help you plan and book this wonderful tour. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your feedback!
Monday, October 17, 2022
Vacation
This is a whirlwind trip to visit all of the major cities of Great Britain and Ireland plus other places in the countryside. Our days were full of new experiences.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Service
wish you could do little than Ibis Hotels. Rooms are always small and they are a little stingy with their towels like not giving you a hand towel.
Vacation
Our tour director Chris worked hard moving the tour along according to the itinerary. He's personable and very informative of the history and background of each destination.
Becky Bond
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Service
Our booking person was very helpful with the questions we had and then when booking for our trip. We unfortunately had to wait 2 1/2 years for the trip but we made it. He was also help full in booking our flight.
Response from Grand European Travel:
They say patience is a virtue, and it sounds like you had to be very patient in order to finally make it to Britain and Ireland. But clearly, your patience paid off in the long run. We are so glad you were able to make this trip a reality, and we are thrilled we were able to help you. Thank you so much for sticking with us and for leaving a review. We truly appreciate your business and your feedback.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Vacation
we were very excited to finally take our trip. I realized it would be alot of sight seeing and of course I enjoyed that. All the countries we visited were beautiful and everyone we met on the tour was so friendly. THe people in each country was very friendly and helpful, also
Trusted Customer
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Service
Everything was taken care of for me. There were no glitches. I had everything I needed long before the trip began. GET was thorough.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad you enjoyed your Britain and Ireland Delight tour. It was our pleasure to help you make this trip a reality. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your kind words.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Vacation
The accommodations were comfortable. The staff was always friendly and willing to assist. The coach was spotlessly clean and comfortable. The driver was skillful and focused on safety. The tour guide was incredibly knowledgable, humorous, and interested in each of the passengers' wellbeing.
Jeffrey Stotik
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Service
Helpful, patient
Vacation
Hotels were mediocre, some pretty bad. Not good balance of tour and free time. Often rushed. Paid optional pushed too hard.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, July 30, 2022
Service
Nicky Dvorak was a very excellent tour guide. She knew quite a bit about the sites that we visited. Our bus driver was so friendly and very helpful when exiting the bus.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so sorry to hear about your lost luggage, but it sounds like you were still able to enjoy your Britain and Ireland Delight tour. We are glad you were able to have a fun and entertaining trip. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Your feedback is very important to us. Take care!
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Vacation
The trip was wonderful. American Airlines lost my luggage for six weeks. They were very difficult to deal with trying to find suitcase.
Sheila Tonne
Sunday, July 3, 2022
Service
The booking experience was fine although we had to postpone the trip for two years due to covid. Then, my husband got covid on the last couple of days of the tour! We were disappointed that GET wouldn’t refund our money at the beginning due to the pandemic and we had to keep postponing the trip. But all in all, I’m glad we went.
Vacation
We saw an incredible amount of sights in 4 countries - England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. The pace was fast for us, and a bit exhausting. But, at the same time, there was a lot to see and we didn’t want to waste any time. Since it was a Costsaver tour the hotels were adequate but not luxurious. The rooms were more spacious in Dublin and Cardiff. The rooms were clean and quiet. In Glasgow the breakfast at the hotel was very crowded. Our guide, John Barleyman, was excellent! He was well organized and told us interesting facts about the places we visited. Our bus driver, Kevin, was amazing. We were lucky to have such a professional team leading us! At the end of the tour we were disappointed that the whole bus of 49 people just got dropped off at our last hotel, the Ibis Earls Court in London. We all had to wait in line to get checked in. At all the previous hotels John had arranged for the room keys to be put out for us to pick up and it was fast and efficient.
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