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Britain & Ireland Explorer

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Tour Pace: Active
Dunguaire Castle, Galway
Tour Style: Value
20 Days from $2,300 per person

Go behind the scenes on an exploration of the vibrant capitals of Britain and Ireland – Visit the scenic Dingle Peninsula, dramatic Cliffs of Moher, rugged Scottish Highlands and Nessie of course, before learning about the delicate craft of Waterford crystal.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to London. After checking in to your hotel the rest of your day is free to explore this magical city.
    hotel:Hilton Olympia
  3. 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.
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  4. This morning meet your Travel Director and traveling 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 Center for an in-depth look at the great man's life? Later arrive at your hotel in Bradford where you dine tonight.
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    hotel:Jurys Inn
  5. See the sights of York, including the Minster and picturesque ‘Shambles'. Head north, stopping to view Hadrian's Wall and the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey, to your hotel in Airth. During the Festival, tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included.
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    hotel:Airth Castle
  6. 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?
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  7. 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.
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    hotel:Carrbridge
  8. 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 at your hotel.
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  9. 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 to Glasgow. View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square during your orientation tour.
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    hotel:Holiday Inn Express Theatreland
  10. Visit Gretna Green, where eloping lovers famously went to marry. Continue south through breathtaking scenery in the English Lake District to your hotel.
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    hotel:Holiday Inn
  11. 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.
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    hotel:Maldron Newlands Cross
  12. 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.
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  13. 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.
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    hotel:The Abbey
  14. 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 center in Northern Ireland.
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  15. 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.
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    hotel:Aherlow House
  16. Leave Tipperary and take a drive to enjoy the scenic landscape along the Dingle Peninsula. See the unspoilt and colorful villages and fishing harbors. Later arrive in the town of Tralee, famed for its annual 'Rose of Tralee' festival and beauty pageant.
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    hotel:Earl of Desmond
  17. Explore Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab'. Continue through Cork and along the coast to Waterford, famous for its crystal ware. Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom (when open).
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    hotel:Ramada Viking
  18. Travel from Waterford to Rosslare, then by ferry to Wales. Arrive in Fishguard and drive on to Cardiff and see the Millennium Stadium and Castle during your orientation.
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    hotel:Copthorne
  19. 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 vacation comes to an end.
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    hotel:Hilton Olympia
  20. Say goodbye to your traveling companions before your return flight home.
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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.

Triple Room Discount: $10

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $153 per person.

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Reviews

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Britain and Ireland Explorer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : 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.\nThank 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!

  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels

Meal Summary

18 Full breakfasts, 6 Three course dinners, .

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit the town of Shakespeare's Birth
  • View York Minster and the Shambles
  • Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the Castle
  • View the 18th green
  • Visit the famous battlefield
  • View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour
  • View Lake Windermere
  • View the timbered buildings known as the ‘Rows'
  • Sightseeing with a Local Specialist. See St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College
  • View Galway Cathedral
  • View the cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone
  • See the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle
  • Visit the Georgian spa town
  • 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 48 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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