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Britain & Ireland Experience

15 Days from $1,970 per person

Style: Value | Pace: Active

Travel through landscapes that have inspired world-famous writers and poets. See medieval castles and cathedrals, the famous Chester Rows and Anne Hathaway's cottage. You'll also kiss the Blarney Stone, enjoy a ‘wee dram' and visit the birthplace of the Beatles.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Overview

Travel through landscapes that have inspired world-famous writers and poets. See medieval castles and cathedrals, the famous Chester Rows and Anne Hathaway's cottage. You'll also kiss the Blarney Stone, enjoy a ‘wee dram' and visit the birthplace of the Beatles.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Relax after check-in or stroll through London and soak up the unique atmosphere.

    *Local Host is with you during your stay in London. Your Travel Director will join you on Day 3.

    hotel:Hilton Olympia
  2. Spend the day exploring Londons sights.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Hilton Olympia
  3. This morning meet your Travel Director and traveling companions as you set off from London. Visit Windsor and view the impressive castle. See elegant Georgian architecture in the spa town of Bath. Cross the vast Severn Estuary to Cardiff, capital of Wales, where you dine tonight.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Copthorne
  4. Admire Cardiff Castle then journey through beautiful countryside via Carmarthen. See Pembroke Castle which is the birthplace of Henry VII, founder of the Tudor Dynasty. Board your ferry from Pembroke to Rosslare, Ireland. Journey west to Waterford and dine tonight at your hotel.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Treacy's
  5. Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom. Continue along the splendid southern coast through the picturesque fishing port of Youghal. Explore Blarney Castle – kiss the stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab'. Cross over the Cork and the Kerry Mountains, then travel via Killarney to your hotel in Tralee.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Earl of Desmond
  6. This morning, enjoy a scenic drive along the Dingle Peninsula. See the unspoilt and colorful villages and fishing harbors of Ireland's most westerly point. Travel north to County Limerick through Adare, the prettiest village in Ireland, before arriving at your hotel in County Tipperary.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Aherlow House
  7. This morning, stop in Limerick to visit St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle. There is time to visit Bunratty Castle and folk park, where 19th-century life is vividly recreated. Drive through beautiful County Clare to Galway. View the cathedral before heading across the lush countryside to Dublin, Ireland's capital. Tonight why not join your traveling companions for an Irish Cabaret?

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Maldron Tallaght
  8. Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of Dublin with views of Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Dublin Castle. Spend the rest of your day as you choose.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Maldron Tallaght
  9. Cross the Irish Sea with magnificent views of Dublin Bay and arrive at Holyhead on the Welsh Island of Anglesey. Cameras at the ready as you view the station with one of the longest names in the world, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll llantysiliogogogoch. Enjoy the scenery of the north coast of Wales on the way to Chester, where you have time to walk along the medieval walls and appreciate the famous ‘Chester Rows'. Carry on to Liverpool for an orientation and a chance to see where the Beatles had their start before arriving later in Manchester.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Best Western Altrincham Cresta Court
  10. Stop in the picturesque Lake District where the poet William Wordsworth lived. Continue across the Scottish border and stop at Gretna Green, where eloping couples could marry against their parents' wishes. Your day ends at your hotel near Edinburgh. Tonight why not attend a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes? 

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Peebles Hydro
  11. This morning's sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes views of the Georgian New Town, Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Spend free time exploring on your own or join your Travel Director on an Optional Experience to the Royal Yacht Britannia in nearby Leith. During the Festival, tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Peebles Hydro
  12. This morning, travel south through the Scottish Borderlands and stop to view the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Enjoy the views across the Cheviot Hills at Carter Bar and continue into Northumberland National Park where you view Hadrian's Wall at Heddon. Cross the River Tyne at Newcastle and stop at York for an orientation tour including the Gothic Minster and the narrow cobbled street known as the Shambles. Then continue to your hotel in Leeds. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Holiday Inn Garforth
  13. This morning, visit Stratford-upon-Avon where you have time to see the sights, including Anne Hathaway's cottage, and shop for souvenirs. In your free time, why not visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Center for an in-depth look at the great man's life?

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Doubletree by Hilton
  14. Enjoy a scenic drive through the glorious Cotswolds to the little churchyard in Bladon, where Sir Winston Churchill is buried. See the sights of Oxford, the oldest university city in England, before continuing to London where you can say farewell to your Travel Director and traveling companions at the end of your memorable vacation.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Hilton Olympia
  15. Today say goodbye to London as you return home with magical memories.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
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  • Edinburgh Tattoo: This departure includes the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo event.

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 $620 per person

Triple Room Discount: $10 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $115 per person.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

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

Meal Summary

18 meals: 14 Full breakfasts, 4 Three-course dinners.

Sightseeing Experiences

  • Windsor View the castle
  • Bath Visit the Georgian spa city
  • Cardiff See the Principality Stadium and view Cardiff Castle
  • Waterford Visit the Crystal Showroom
  • Youghal Visit this picturesque fishing port
  • Blarney Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle and acquire the ‘gift of the gab'
  • Adare View the prettiest village in Ireland
  • Limerick View St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle
  • Galway View Galway Cathedral
  • Dublin With your Local Specialist, see St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College on your panoramic sightseeing tour
  • Chester View the Tudor architecture and the timbered buildings known as the ‘Rows'
  • Liverpool Visit the hometown of the Beatles
  • Lake District Visit this picturesque region
  • Gretna Green Visit Gretna Green, popular with eloping couples since 1754
  • Edinburgh Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and the new Parliament Building as well as views of the Castle
  • Jedburgh View the Abbey ruins
  • Hadrian’s Wall View the remains of the Roman wall
  • York View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles
  • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit the town of Shakespeare's birth and see Anne Hathaway's cottage
  • Bladon View Sir Winston Churchill's grave
  • Oxford View the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera

First Class Highlights

  • Return ferry across the Irish Sea from Wales to Ireland
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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Reviews

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : For the most part, everything went well, but our air flight that GET booked ended up costing us a lot more than originally quoted, because the person who did the booking waited a few days to book it, and the prices had gone up by then.
Vacation : The tour was great, except we didn't have enough time at any one place. We always felt rushed when we visited a castle, etc. A few less locations with more time spent at each one would have made it less stressful. We often had to decided between seeing a sight or eating lunch, so we lost a lot of weight!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear that you felt rushed at some of the sites.  Please accept our apologies for the added stress this caused.We do try to balance the time spent at each location.  We will be sure to share your feedback with the Quality Control team.  thank you for taking the time to share your comments.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Paula Brog
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Everything was wonderful--we saw and experienced so much that I came home exhausted, but wouldn't trade a moment of what we did. I would love to see other places with them.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We think that coming home exhausted is a sign of a great vacation.  We are so pleased that you enjoyed Britain and Ireland.  We'll be happy to help you plan a trip to those other places you'd like to visit.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Vacation : Everything was wonderful--we saw and experienced so much that I came home exhausted, but wouldn't trade a moment of what we did. I would love to see other places with them.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The trip was all that we expected and looked forward to, many wonderful sights! We had a knowledgeable tour director and a great driver. The only improvement would be the transportation that was arranged to and from the airport.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're glad to hear you enjoyed your trip and the services of our Tour Director and Driver.  Thank you for your feedback.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Vacation : While the trip was all that was expected, it was also a bit hurried and hectic with a lot of time driving.
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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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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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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

You’ll explore this unique castle on a private tour and hear tales about the eclectic refurbishments. Finished 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

Killarney

Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride

Enjoy a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourn-Vincent National Park. During your journey, your Local Specialist will share fascinating anecdotes about the area and Ireland.
Adult Price: €21

Tipperary

Irish Night in Cashel

Join us for a unique Irish cultural experience nestled in the shadow of the ancient Rock of Cashel. A warm Céad Míle Fáilte will greet you before this unique show, that combines the best aspects of Irish music and dance, will leave you with unforgettable memories.
Adult Price: €55

Limerick

Bunratty Castle And Folk Park

Come on a visit to the 15th-century Bunratty Castle and admire its fine furnishings, antiques and paintings. With your local specialist, you’ll experience an Ireland of the past, as you wander through the folk park with its thatched cottages and smoky turf fires. In the village, we'll have free time to explore the quaint shops and relax in the local tea room.
Adult Price: €22

Dublin

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

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

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

Liverpool

Famous Sights and the Fab Four

Come along on a guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural present, you’ll discover the two magnificently different cathedrals, see Mathew Street, birthplace of The Beatles, and admire the Mersey Sound.
Adult Price: £16.50

Windermere

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

Local Dinner Evening

Join us and your traveling companions for a delicious traditional dinner and drink at a local restaurant.
Adult Price: £38

Dinner And Drive To Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Templar. At the haunted Torphichen Inn, your arrival will be toasted by our gracious host before enjoying an excellent dinner of local specialties and entertainment.
Adult Price: £46

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: £23

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

Stratford-Upon-Avon

Warwick Castle

You’ll visit the magnificent State Apartments, see the wax-works, explore the exhibitions and climb Guy and Caesar’s Towers for panoramic views—before visiting the Gaol. You may even get to see the firing of the greatest of medieval siege weapons, the Trebuchet. 'The Castle Dungeon' is a separate experience and not included.
Adult Price: £25

Cheltenham

Scottish Show With Dinner

Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There's even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish—haggis.
Adult Price: £60

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.