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Britain & Ireland Highlights

11 Days from $2,350 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Active

Go beyond the ‘great' and see the best of Britain and Ireland on one trip, starting your tale of two islands in London and exploring such city gems as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin and Cardiff. Explore the countryside traveling through the Yorkshire Dales and the rugged Ayrshire Coast, before saddling up for a visit to the Irish National Stud Farm.

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Overview

Go beyond the ‘great' and see the best of Britain and Ireland on one trip, starting your tale of two islands in London and exploring such city gems as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin and Cardiff. Explore the countryside traveling through the Yorkshire Dales and the rugged Ayrshire Coast, before saddling up for a visit to the Irish National Stud Farm.

  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Old Blighty bids you a warm welcome to its regal traditions and fascinating heritage. Ramble through its picturesque Royal Parks relaxing after your journey, or take to its streets to admire centuries-old façades merged with the modern verve of a global capital that marches to its own multicultural tune
    hotel:Park Plaza Riverbank
  3. 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 Visitor Center before embarking on a scenic drive north to the Viking city of York where we'll enjoy an orientation walk around its historic streets. View the quaint cobbled Shambles, see the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. This evening we indulge in traditional pub grub at a memorable Welcome Reception in the Victorian spa town of Harrogate, our home for tonight.
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    hotel:Crowne Plaza
  4. Stunning landscapes dotted with quaint stone villages offer a picturesque backdrop for our drive around the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the beautiful Lake District, which has inspired poets and writers for centuries. We meander past England's pretty Lake Windermere to Grasmere, described by William Wordsworth as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found". View the grave of this famous Romantic poet at St. Oswald's Church before crossing the border to the runaway wedding capital of Greta Green, where eloping couples would tie the knot over the Marriage Anvil. We drive through the Southern Uplands to the vibrant city of Glasgow. Tonight, there is a chance to join your group for a trip to Braveheart Country for a fabulous dinner and Scottish entertainment.

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    hotel:Park Inn by Radisson City Centre
  5. From the cultural capital of Glasgow to beguiling Edinburgh with its exquisite medieval façades, our encounter with Scotland will see us join a Local Specialist for a memorable sightseeing tour, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city. We'll see the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat and the new Scottish Parliament. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town and amble through the secret lanes of Auld Reekie before we return to Glasgow this evening for a delicious meal at a local restaurant.
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  6. Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast past the island of Ailsa Craig, the stepping stone from Ireland to Scotland, to board the ferry to Northern Ireland. Join a Local Specialist and explore the crossroads of British and Irish culture in its capital, Belfast, where we'll view City Hall, Queen's University 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.
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    hotel:Ballsbridge/Mespil
  7. Drive through the charming streets of pretty Dublin with a Local Specialist. We'll see the stately Georgian Squares, Trinity College and St. Patrick's Cathedral, the tallest church in Ireland. Gain insight into the centuries-old tradition of Guinness brewing and enjoy a Storehouse tour and tasting technique demonstration, before spending the rest of the day exploring Dublin's quaint city streets. Ramble through Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its colorful street performers. This evening join an Optional Experience to a rousing Irish cabaret performance.

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  8. Fascinating Irish heritage and tradition are explored this morning as we gain a Cultural Insight into rearing world-class thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm 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 in this charming city for lunch. Our next stop sees us enjoying a Cultural Insight into the delicate craft of Waterford Crystal. We'll watch master craftsmen at work during a tour of the workshop and see the exquisitely crafted pieces in the showroom.
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    hotel:Marina
  9. Cross the Irish Sea to Wales by ferry and continue your journey to the Welsh capital of Cardiff to view the Millennium Center, National Assembly and historic Cardiff Castle at the heart of the city. This evening join a local Welsh family in the idyllic Welsh countryside for a memorable Be My Guest Farewell Dinner.
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    hotel:Park Inn by Radisson City Centre
  10. Traversing the Severn Estuary into England, we arrive in the glorious UNESCO-listed Bath with its elegant Georgian façades and world-famous Roman Baths from which the city derives its name. Journeying across the picture-perfect landscapes of Wiltshire, we visit the mysterious monolithic stone circle at Stonehenge, whose myths and mysteries have yet to be fully revealed, returning to London later.
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    hotel:Park Plaza Riverbank
  11. Say farewell to your traveling companions at the end of your vacation, as you prepare to fly home with wonderful memories.
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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 $600 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: from $10 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $57 per person.

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

Meal Summary

9 nights, 9 full breakfasts, 3 dinners, all with tea and coffee.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy a hearty Welsh dinner with a farming family and their animals in the beautiful award-winning vineyards of Wales

Cultural Insight

  • Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm and learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin
  • Orientation of York, Glasgow, Cardiff, Bath
  • Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, Gretna Green, the Irish National Stud farm and Japanese Garden, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath, the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge
  • View York Minster, Glasgow Cathedral and George Square, Kilkenny Castle and Gardens
  • See the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff
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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.

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    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

Monday, October 23, 2017
James Salony
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : great Guide everything promised on tour was delivered and well delivered
Vacation : got what I wanted at a good price
Monday, August 7, 2017
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Great tour director and driver: Paul was a font of information, good advice and patience. Everything very well organized. Beds at the hotels in Cardiff and Waterford were old and uncomfortable.
Vacation : We visited many great cultural and historic sites. The excursions were a good variety. Local tour guides knowledgeable. Tour director and driver were fantastic
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Donna Evans
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Rob was a great tour guide. Really enjoyed the trip except for the two hotels that had no fans or a/c. Realize the weather was unseasonably warm but a fan?
Vacation : Great trip, especially when you got away from the larger cities
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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.

    Food and drink in Scotland goes far beyond haggis, porridge, and whiskey.  Specialties to try include kippers, fish and chips, Scotch broth, smoked salmon, sausages, shortbread, and Dundee cake.  For a meal that’s inexpensive and authentic, try a pub meal with a pint of Scottish ale.

    Irish specialties including Irish stew, coddle, potato bread, corned beef and whiskey cake. Be sure to visit a local chip shop for fresh fish and chips, and sample Irish ales in a traditional 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 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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  • 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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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Windermere

Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

Adult Price: £19.00

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.

Private Cruise On Lake Windermere

Adult Price: £17.00

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.

Glasgow

A Stirling Evening

Adult Price: £44.00

See Stirling Castle and the Wallace Memorial by night. A truly local experience, you'll be piped in to your evening meal in the historic Scottish city and enjoy an evening of Scottish delights.

Edinburgh

Royal Yacht Britannia

Adult Price: £23.00

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.

Dublin

Dinner in Dublin City

Adult Price: €45.00

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.

Experience the Ancient Monastic Site of Glendalough

Adult Price: €24.00

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.

Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

Adult Price: €71.00

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.

Waterford

Irish Folk Fun

Adult Price: €27.00

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.

Explore Waterford's History and Local Pub

Adult Price: €23.00

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". Afterwards, we stop off for a drink in one of the area's oldest pubs for a pint or drink of your choice.

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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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