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Britain & Ireland Explorer

Operated by: CostSaver

19 Days from $2,480 per person
Dunguaire Castle, Galway

Countries Visited

England, Wales , Ireland, North Ireland, Scotland ...more England, Wales , Ireland, North Ireland, Scotland

Locations Visited

London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Donegal ...more London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Donegal
  1. Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

    Welcome to London. After checking in to your hotel the rest of your day is free to explore this magical city.

    hotel Hilton Olympia
  2. Day 2 London Free Time

    Today is yours to see the sights of London, one of the most fascinating and exciting cities in the world! Perhaps visit Harrods or one of the many incredible museums the city has to offer.

    meals Full Breakfast
  3. Day 3 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. Stop to visit the picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon. In your free time why not visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre for an in-depth look at the great man's life? This afternoon, we travel to York and see the sights including the Minster and picturesque ‘Shambles'. Later arrive at your hotel in Bradford.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Jurys Inn
  4. Day 4 Bradford – Near Edinburgh (Airth) (2 Nights)

    Head north, stopping to view Hadrian's Wall and the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey, to your hotel in Airth. Tickets are included on departures that coincide with the Edinburgh Tattoo.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Airth Castle
  5. Day 5 Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

    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. Tonight why not attend a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes?

    meals Full Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Scottish Highlands (2 Nights)

    Crossing into the ancient Kingdom of Fife, we head for the coastal town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Later, we stop in the town of Pitlochry before heading to your Highland hotel for a two-night stay.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Carrbridge
  7. Day 7 Scottish Highlands Excursion

    Today is dedicated to the beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Visit Loch Ness, and keep a look out for the famous monster. Visit Inverness - the capital of the Highlands. Later visit the battlefield of Culloden where Bonnie Prince Charlie fought the English. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day 8 Scottish Highlands – Glasgow

    Drive in the shadow of Ben Nevis to Fort William then follow the shores of Loch Linnhe to Glencoe - the Glen of the Weeping. Travel along the 'banks and braes of Loch Lomond' before continuing your journey to Glasgow. View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square during your orientation tour.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Holiday Inn Express Theatreland
  9. Day 9 Glasgow – Gretna Green – Lake District – Haydock (Near Liverpool)

    Visit Gretna Green, where eloping lovers famously went to marry. Continue south through breathtaking scenery in the English Lake District to your hotel.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Holiday Inn
  10. Day 10 Haydock (near Liverpool) – Chester – Dublin (2 Nights)

    On arrival in Chester, view the medieval city walls and the half-timbered buildings known as the 'Rows'. Later cross the Irish Sea to Dublin.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Maldron Newlands Cross
  11. Day 11 Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time

    Your Local Specialist shows you the sights of this historic city, with views of Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Dublin Castle. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the city.

    meals Full Breakfast
  12. Day 12 Dublin – Boyle – Donegal (2 Nights)

    View the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey at Boyle and stop at Yeats' grave in Drumcliff. Continue through lush countryside to Donegal, your home for the next two nights.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel The Abbey
  13. Day 13 County Donegal Excursion

    View the 15th-century castle this morning in Donegal town, followed by an excursion to explore the County Donegal region, famed for its rugged beauty and as part of the Wild Atlantic Way west coast touring route. Visit the Belleek Pottery centre in Northern Ireland.

    meals Full Breakfast
  14. Day 14 Donegal – Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Shannon

    This morning, travel to Galway on the banks of the Corrib River. View the cathedral and stroll around Eyre Square. At the Cliffs of Moher, view the dramatic cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition. Later arrive at your hotel.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Park Inn
  15. Day 15 Shannon – Dingle Peninsula – Tralee

    Leave Shannon and take a drive to enjoy the scenic landscape along the Dingle Peninsula. See the unspoilt and colourful villages and fishing harbours. Later, arrive in the town of Tralee, famed for its annual 'Rose of Tralee' festival and beauty pageant.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Earl of Desmond/Benners
  16. Day 16 Tralee – Blarney – Waterford

    Explore Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the 'gift of the gab'. Continue through Cork to Waterford, famous for its crystal ware. Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom (when open).

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Treacys
  17. Day 17 Waterford – Cardiff

    Travel from Waterford to Rosslare, then by ferry to Wales. Arrive in Pembroke and drive on to Cardiff and see the Principality Stadium and Castle during your orientation.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Copthorne
  18. Day 18 Cardiff – Bath – Windsor – London

    Cross the Severn Estuary to Georgian Bath. Admire the Georgian architecture and enjoy free time to visit the Roman Baths. Visit Windsor and view the castle en route to London where your amazing holiday comes to an end.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Olympia
  19. Day 19 Depart London

    Say goodbye to your travelling companions before your return flight home.

    meals Full Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 18 Full breakfasts
  • 5 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 Wales to Ireland and return
  • 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

  • Bath Visit the Georgian spa town
  • Belleek Visit the Belleek Pottery Centre
  • Blarney Kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Boyle View the Cistercian Abbey
  • Cardiff See the Principality Stadium and view Cardiff Castle
  • Chester View the timbered buildings known as the 'Rows'
  • Cliffs of Moher View the cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition
  • Donegal View the 15th-century castle
  • Culloden Visit the famous battlefield
  • Dingle Peninsula Enjoy the beautiful scenery
  • Dublin Sightseeing with a Local Specialist. See St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College
  • Edinburgh Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the Castle
  • Galway View Galway Cathedral
  • Glasgow View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour
  • Glencoe See Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping
  • Gretna Green Visit this town, popular with eloping couples since 1754
  • Hadrian’s Wall View the remains of the Roman wall
  • Inverness Visit the capital of the Scottish Highlands
  • Jedburgh View the Jedburgh Abbey ruins
  • Lake District View Lake Windermere
  • Loch Ness View the most famous loch of them all
  • St. Andrews View the 18th green
  • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit the town of Shakespeare's Birth
  • Waterford Visit the Crystal Showroom (when open)
  • Windsor View the castle
  • York View York Minster and the Shambles

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.

Edinburgh

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

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

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

Scottish Highlands

Highland Farm Experience

Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each dog to carry out different tasks. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your hand at sheep shearing, feeding the pups and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.
Adult Price: £14

Pitlochry

Pitlochry. Visit Of Blair Castle

Set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, we'll discover the ancient home of the Dukes of Atholl, home to Europe's last remaining private army. Unique amongst Scottish castles, Blair has hosted royalty from Mary Queen of Scots to Queen Victoria.
Adult Price: £20

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

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond Boat Trip

Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond.' As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point out Rob Roy's cave as you relax and ssavorthe stunning scenery.
Adult Price: £15

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

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 humour. 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

Ballyshannon

Luxurious River Shannon Cruise

The longest river in the British Isles, the River Shannon is immortalised in songs and legends. Come with us for a cruise on this majestic river, through the beautiful rolling countryside of counties Leitrim and Roscommon. You’ll also enjoy refreshments on the luxurious Moon River Pleasure Cruiser.
Adult Price: €30

Donegal

Scenic Drive and Dinner

This evening you'll discover the beauty of the land, as we take a scenic drive off the beaten track. Later, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant with a choice of drink included.
Adult Price: €45

Tralee

Celtic Steps

Enjoy a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians and showcasing the music of Kerry and beyond.
Adult Price: €36

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. 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

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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Vacation
Independent Reviews
Nyla Frye
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Service
The Travel Guide and Driver are the reason the trip went so well. all the planning that went into scheduling and locations for the sights were all done ahead of time and implemented by those two people to get us there. The passengers were fine, but some didn't seem as engaged as they should have considering they came all the way from Australia. I think the USA passengers interacted better and were in better health to travel on a bus tour such as that. Great scenery, views and educational cultural activities all along the way. Thanks
Vacation
Great trip and well planned for all to go smoothly.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Service
Absolutely! I would buy again. GET provided a complete and professional travel package for my husband and I.
Vacation
Great value. The Cost Saver trip was great value for the time spent.
Carol Wartenberg
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Service
Booking was a little crazy at first, but everything worked out and we had a marvelous trip. This was my second tour with them and would use them again for another trip somewhere else!
Response from Grand European Travel:
So sorry to hear that your initial booking was not as smooth as you hoped, but vry happy to see that it all worked out and you were able to enjoy your trip.
Thank you fro bringing this to our attention.
Friday, August 4, 2017
Vacation
Great trip to Great Britain and Ireland. Saw everything it seems and our guide was great!
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