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Britain and Ireland Highlights

10 Day UK & Ireland Tour of England, Scotland

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10 Days
5 Countries

England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Wales

15 Cities

London, Stratford-upon-Avon, York, Harrogate, Gretna Green, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cardiff, Bath, Stonehenge

12 Meals

9 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

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Short on travel time but want to see all the Britain and Ireland highlights? This trip delivers the genius of Shakespeare, Waterford crystal creations in Ireland and a hearty Welsh dinner at a local vineyard, with a side of ancient history, in just 10 days.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to London

London bids you a warm welcome to its regal traditions and centuries-old heritage. Stroll through its Royal Parks to relax after your journey, or take to its streets to admire elegant façades merged with the modern verve of a global capital that marches to its own multi-cultural tune.

Big Ben in London, England
Accommodation Park Plaza London Riverbank

Day 2

Stratford-upon-Avon, York and on to Harrogate

Join your Travel Director today and delve into centuries of history - tales of star-crossed lovers, tragic kings and Roman emperors are brought to life as we visit Stratford-upon-Avon and follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare. Visit his Birthplace and the Visitor Center, before embarking on your drive north to the Viking city of York, where we'll enjoy an orientation walk around its historic streets. View the cobbled Shambles, see the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. This evening, we indulge in traditional pub grub at a Welcome Dinner in the Victorian spa town of Harrogate, our home for tonight.

Traditional British dinner hosted by a local family in York
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Harrogate
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience The Shambles, York, England
York Orientation

Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during your orientation of the city.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Shakespeares Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history's most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore ...

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Iconic Experience

Day 3

Through the Scenic Lake District to Glasgow

We journey through the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the beautiful Lake District, which has inspired poets and writers for centuries. A highlight on our journey is England's pretty Lake Windermere, which we’ll pass as we continue through countryside made famous by the poet William Wordsworth. We'll cross the border, into Scotland, to the runaway wedding capital of Gretna Green. Here eloping couples would tie the knot over the Marriage Anvil. We drive through the Southern Uplands to vibrant Glasgow where our orientation will take us past Glasgow Cathedral and George Square. Tonight, consider joining an Optional Experience featuring a fabulous dinner and Scottish entertainment.

Swans in Lake Windermere, Lake District, England
Accommodation Novotel Glasgow Center
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience The signpost at the Scottish town of Gretna Green, Scotland
Visit Gretna Green

Visit the famous spot where runaway lovers were married.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Lake Windermere in Cumbria, England
Scenic Drive Through the Lake District

Drive through the hauntingly beautiful Lakes District, immortalized by literary greats of the Romantic Movement.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Cruise on Lake Windermere, England
Scenic Cruise on Lake Windermere

Enjoy a scenic boat cruise on England's most beautiful and largest lake, taking in the beautiful houses, gardens and Wray Castle. You’ll see boats ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cruise on Lake Windermere with steam train, England
Steam Train Ride and Windermere Cruise

Step back in time as we board the steam train for a short journey from Haverthwaite to Lakeside. Then a chance to view the glorious scenery of the ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Stirling Castle evening visit in Stirling, Scotland
A Stirling Evening

See Stirling Castle and the Wallace Memorial by night. A truly wonderful experience, you'll be piped in to your evening meal in the historic Scotti...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Explore Enchanting Edinburgh

From the cultural capital of Glasgow to enchanting Edinburgh, with its exquisite medieval façades, our encounter with Scotland will see us join a Local Specialist for a memorable sightseeing tour. We’ll visit Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city, and see the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse and the new Scottish Parliament. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town and amble through the secret lanes of Auld Reekie before returning to Glasgow this evening for a delicious meal at a local restaurant.

West Bow Street in Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Novotel Glasgow Center
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience View of Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh City Tour

Explore the city with your Local Specialist as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Rosslyn Chapel in Edinburgh, Scotland
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...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Cross the Irish Sea to Belfast and Dublin

Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast, past the island of Ailsa Craig, the stepping stone from Ireland to Scotland. Board the ferry to Northern Ireland, then join a Local Specialist to explore the crossroads of British and Irish culture in Belfast. We’ll view City Hall and the dock where the Titanic was built. This evening, we arrive in the vibrant capital of Ireland where we'll spend the next two nights.

Sunset at the Titanic Belfast in Northern Ireland
Accommodation Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to hear about the history of the city and learn of its progress and current prosperity. See the murals in different locatio...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Dinner in Dublin, Ireland
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 imme...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Discover Diverse Dublin

Dive Into Culture and discover the fascinating 250-year-old story of Guinness at its original home, the Guinness Storehouse. Top it off with a taste in their Gravity Bar while you enjoy the panoramic views of Dublin. Drive through the pretty streets of Dublin with a Local Specialist to admire the stately Georgian Squares, Trinity College and St. Patrick's Cathedral, the tallest church in Ireland, before spending the rest of the day exploring the sights alone. Ramble through Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its colorful street performers. This evening, consider joining an Optional Experience to a rousing Irish cabaret performance.

The Guinness Storehouse Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Visit the Guinness Storehouse to see how the stout is created and enjoy a chilled pint of Guinness
Discover how the world's most famous stout is created at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin

Visit the Guinness Storehouse to see how the world’s most famous stout is created then enjoy the distinctive taste of a perfectly chilled pint of Guinness.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience The Hapenny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin City Tour

A Local Specialist will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit the Irish countryside and Glendalough, Ireland
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...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner and show in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

Enjoy an evening of fine food and fun as Ireland’s history unfolds with comedy, song and dance. You’ll be tapping your toes and joining in the show...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Journey to Kilkenny and on to Waterford

We Dive Into Culture this morning and gain insights into rearing world-class thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud established in 1946. Enjoy a guided walk through the farm and take some time to stroll through its tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe. Admire the imposing medieval castle at Kilkenny before some free time for lunch. Our next stop sees us Dive Into Culture yet again to witness the delicate craft of Waterford Crystal. We'll watch master crafters at work during a tour of the workshop and see the exquisitely crafted pieces in the showroom.

The Kilkenny Castle in Kilkenny, Ireland
Accommodation Waterford Marina Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm, Kildare
Visit Ireland's National Stud Farm

Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Dive Into Culture Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal, Waterford
Tour the House of Waterford Crystal Workshop

Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Optional Experiences Walking tour with pub visit in Waterford, Ireland
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 storie...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Irish pub and music in Waterford, Ireland
Irish Folk Fun

Join a magical entertainment experience, where you'll get the chance to see Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. Enjoy a drink while local...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Ferry Across to Cultural Cardiff

An early start to our sightseeing today sees us cross the Irish Sea to Wales by ferry and continue our journey to the Welsh capital of Cardiff to view the Wales Millennium Center, National Assembly and historic Cardiff Castle, in the heart of the city. This evening we joining a local family for a Farewell Dinner Be My Guest experience in the idyllic Welsh countryside,. Visit the oldest and largest vineyard in Wales, you’ll learn how the Norris family are using sustainable farming practices and get to meet some of the resident animals that roam the land freely. You’ll enjoy a homemade meal, enchanting stories of rural life in Wales and warm Welsh hospitality, leaving with the knowledge that your visit supports the family in their efforts to farm sustainably.

Wales millennium centre in Cardiff, Wales
Accommodation Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff City Center
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Hearty Welsh dinner with a farming family in the vineyards of Wales
Enjoy a Welsh Dinner in the Beautiful Award-Winning Vineyards of Wales with a Farming Family

Visit the oldest and largest vineyard in Wales to meet your hosts the Norris family. See some of the resident animals that roam the land freely bef...

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Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales
Cardiff Orientation

Learn more about Wales' capital and cultural hub, Cardiff, as you enjoy an orientation of this vibrant city with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Cardiff Castle tour in Cardiff, Wales
Cardiff Castle Tour

On a private tour, you'll explore this unique castle and hear tales about the eclectic refurbishments. Done in the 1800s by architect William Burge...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Soak up Bath and Stonehenge then off to London

Traversing the Severn Estuary into England, we arrive in the glorious UNESCO-listed city of Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and visit the world-famous Roman Baths for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Journey across the scenic landscapes of Wiltshire, paying a visit to the mysterious monolithic stone circle at Stonehenge, then return to London.

Stonehenge in England
Accommodation Park Plaza London Riverbank
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Roman Baths in Bath, England
Bath Orientation

Admire UNESCO-listed Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and the bimillenial Roman Baths from which the city takes its name.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Stonehenge in England
Visit Stonehenge

Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Roman Baths in Bath, England
Visit the Roman Baths

Visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths. Discover 2000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational inv...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Day 10

Farewell London

Say farewell to your traveling companions at the end of your vacation, as you prepare to fly home with wonderful memories.

Telephone Box in London, England
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
York Orientation

Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during your orientation of the city.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history's most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore ...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Gretna Green

Visit the famous spot where runaway lovers were married.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Through the Lake District

Drive through the hauntingly beautiful Lakes District, immortalized by literary greats of the Romantic Movement.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Edinburgh City Tour

Explore the city with your Local Specialist as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Belfast City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to hear about the history of the city and learn of its progress and current prosperity. See the murals in different locatio...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover how the world's most famous stout is created at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin

Visit the Guinness Storehouse to see how the world’s most famous stout is created then enjoy the distinctive taste of a perfectly chilled pint of Guinness.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Dublin City Tour

A Local Specialist will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Visit Ireland's National Stud Farm

Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Tour the House of Waterford Crystal Workshop

Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy a Welsh Dinner in the Beautiful Award-Winning Vineyards of Wales with a Farming Family

Visit the oldest and largest vineyard in Wales to meet your hosts the Norris family. See some of the resident animals that roam the land freely bef...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Cardiff Orientation

Learn more about Wales' capital and cultural hub, Cardiff, as you enjoy an orientation of this vibrant city with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Bath Orientation

Admire UNESCO-listed Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and the bimillenial Roman Baths from which the city takes its name.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Stonehenge

Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit the Roman Baths

Visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths. Discover 2000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational inv...

See More
Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
The services of a Trafalgar Local Host when you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel
Pick-up and drop-off when you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Ferry across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland
Ferry across the Irish Sea from Ireland to South Wales
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin 
Discover York, Glasgow, Cardiff and Bath
Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle, Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, the Irish National Stud and Japanese Garden near Kildare, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge
View York Minster in York, Glasgow Cathedral and George Square, City Hall in Belfast, Kilkenny Castle and Gardens 
See the Principality Stadium in Cardiff

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Scenic Cruise on Lake Windermere

Enjoy a scenic boat cruise on England's most beautiful and largest lake, taking in the beautiful houses, gardens and Wray Castle. You’ll see boats ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Steam Train Ride and Windermere Cruise

Step back in time as we board the steam train for a short journey from Haverthwaite to Lakeside. Then a chance to view the glorious scenery of the ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
A Stirling Evening

See Stirling Castle and the Wallace Memorial by night. A truly wonderful experience, you'll be piped in to your evening meal in the historic Scotti...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 imme...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

Enjoy an evening of fine food and fun as Ireland’s history unfolds with comedy, song and dance. You’ll be tapping your toes and joining in the show...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 storie...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Irish Folk Fun

Join a magical entertainment experience, where you'll get the chance to see Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. Enjoy a drink while local...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Cardiff Castle Tour

On a private tour, you'll explore this unique castle and hear tales about the eclectic refurbishments. Done in the 1800s by architect William Burge...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Great Britain & Ireland

  • Great Britain is made up of three countries: England, Scotland, and Wales. These countries are located on the island of Great Britain, which is the largest island in the British Isles
  • The United Kingdom (UK) consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland
  • The Republic of Ireland, also known simply as Ireland, is a sovereign nation located in the northwestern part of Europe. It occupies most of the island of Ireland and is an independent country separate from the United Kingdom, with its own government, institutions, and culture.
  • Languages across the United Kingdom and Ireland: English is the dominant language throughout the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland). While the main language in Scotland is English, Scots and Scottish Gaelic are minority languages. In Wales, both English and Welsh Gaelic are spoken. If you're visiting Northern Ireland, you'll also hear English and Irish or Gaeilge. In the Republic of Ireland, Irish is the official language.
  • Currencies used in Great Britain: British Pound Sterling (£) is used throughout the United Kingdom. The Euro (€) is used in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Capitals Cities: London (England), Edinburgh (Scotland), Cardiff (Wales), Belfast (Northern Ireland), and Dublin (Rep. Ireland)
  • Time Zone(s) in the United Kingdom:  Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1) during daylight saving time

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

United Kingdom and Ireland passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter the United Kingdom or Ireland.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

The climate in the United Kingdom is generally classified as temperate maritime, characterized by mild winters and cool summers. The weather is known for its variability and can change frequently throughout the day. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with showers being common. The western parts of the UK, particularly areas like Wales and Scotland, tend to experience higher rainfall compared to the eastern regions. The UK is influenced by the warm Gulf Stream, which helps to moderate temperatures and prevent extreme heat or cold.

The Republic of Ireland has a temperate maritime climate characterized by mild winters and cool summers. Average temperatures in winter range from 4°C to 8°C (39°F to 46°F), while summer temperatures average between 14°C to 20°C (57°F to 68°F) in coastal areas. Rainfall is frequent throughout the year, with the western and northwestern coastal regions experiencing higher precipitation levels. The weather is often changeable, with a mix of sunny spells, rain showers, and cloud cover. The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream influence Ireland's climate, helping to moderate temperatures.

Electricity

  • American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.
  • Type G outlets are used throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
    Adapters are used to change the plug style from American-style plugs with two flat prongs to fit into these outlets, which take three rectangular prongs.
  • You will need a plug adapter and voltage converter to use your appliances in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in European and United Kingdom hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.
  • Most hotels in Europe or the UK can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport Transfers for Europe flights not arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold 
  • Your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings

Airport Transfers for Europe flights arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold
  • You booked your land tour and flights as a land/air package through GET. If you book your flights independently via London Heathrow, you can *purchase a transfer through us.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Service
Excellent and very helpful
Vacation
Leena & Ian were fantastic! The knowledge that Leena has and shared was remarkable! Ian is an incredibly skilled driver. Too much was packed into one trip. I felt like we didn’t have time at any one spot to truly enjoy it and explore. Also, 48 people on that bus was nuts! It was very cramped and uncomfortable. The people on the bus, however were friendly and delightful!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your valuable feedback which we will be sure to share with the Tour Operator. We are happy to see that you enjoyed yourselves overall.
Thursday, June 13, 2024
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Service
Vacation
Ann Fischer
Review date: Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Service
Leena was great, so sweet and knowledgeable. Booking experience was very easy.
Vacation
Exhausting but awesome! Tour guide and bus driver were great! All the other tour guides were great too! Hotels were good and loved having free breakfast the whole time. Saw so many sights in a short amount of time. We had a great group of people that we traveled with. Great price for a great vacation. I loved that they took care of every detail! I would highly recommend this company.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for choosing GET. We are so pleased that your trip went well, and you came home with happy memories of your travels.
Saturday, June 15, 2024
Virginia Matthews
Review date: Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Service
Vacation
Very good, but not excellent. The travel director and coach driver were top notch! Nothing could beat the scenery and the extra options we experienced. Hotels were okay except our room at the Radisson in Cardiff. Buffet breakfasts were all decent except for coffee service. The welcome dinner at the Crown Plaza sucked. All else good. Didn’t understand why we stayed in Glasgow when all excursions were not there. It made a lot of coach travel to and fro. All in all, very happy we went. This whirl wind trip is not for the faint of heart.
Karen Gempler
Review date: Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Service
Booking experience was ok. We decided to do our own airfare, which opted us out of the transfer from the airport to the hotel. When I asked if we could still get the transfer at an additional cost, we were told it would be much cheaper to take other transportation. We decided to take the underground tube which was fairly cheap. Unfortunately when you are in a strange city we had no idea where to go when we left the underground station. The hotel directions seemed fairly simple, but it wasn't. We ended up asking around and it was a 5 to 10 minute walk to the hotel. We hired a car on the way back. Looking back I should have insisted that GET give an actual price for the transfer.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your experience and apologize for the conditions at some of the hotels in the smaller towns on this tour. We will share your feedback with Trafalgar and ask them to review all aspects of the trip for improvement.
Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Vacation
We have traveled with Trafalger before and have been happy with our previous 3 trips. However this tour falls completely short from to much time spent on the motor coach, 6 hours on a ferry across the Irish Sea to subpar hotel accommodations. To much crammed into 8 days. Was wonderful seeing 5 countries, but....it put us on the motor coach for some long days. The 1st, 2nd and last night our hotels were wonderful and very nice 4 star hotels. Not much I can say for the other nights. They were supposedly 4 star also, but I would take this with a grain of salt. The Address Hotel Connelly in Dublin seemed to be in a not good area of the city. We saw drug dealers doing their business from behind the hotel from our window. For the price we paid I would not recommend this trip.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, November 5, 2023
Service
Hotel choices and location, tour director, coach.
Vacation
Too much time on the bus,
Marie Penso Belanich
Review date: Sunday, October 29, 2023
Service
I highly recommend this tour. We relaxed as we covered four countries, so much history and beauty. Paul Fleming took great care of us. He is info and entertaining. I can’t wait to book another tour
Response from Grand European Travel:
We can't wait to help you plan that next trip. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos!
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Vacation
Best way to travel these days!
Crissy Lara
Review date: Monday, October 16, 2023
Service
Booking was easy. All questions were answered and it was not confusing
Vacation
I absolutely loved it! I do feel like an extra day in London with a specialist would have been beneficial as it was hard to figure out where to go.
Leslie Norinsky
Review date: Tuesday, August 29, 2023
Service
Responsive when we had questions.
Vacation
Driver and guide were excellent, very knowledgeable and caring. A little too much packed in, but I guess had to be that way.
William Dare
Review date: Wednesday, August 2, 2023
Service
The tour guide, Nikki, did an excellent job: friendly, informative and humorous. The one needs improvement comment I will make had to do with the bus and not the tour itself. And that is that most of the USB charging ports at all of the bus seats were broken and didn't work.
Vacation
As bus tours go, all the boxes were checked: the venues were easily assessable and interesting, the hotels were very nice and the included meals at restaurants were very good.
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