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Britain and Ireland Highlights

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,498 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Buckingham Palace with spring flowers, London, England

Countries Visited

United Kingdom, Ireland ...more United Kingdom, Ireland

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London, Stratford Upon Avon, Harrogate, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Waterford, Bath, Cardiff, York ...more London, Stratford Upon Avon, Harrogate, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Waterford, Bath, Cardiff, York
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  1. Day 1 Welcome to London

    London bids you a warm welcome to its regal traditions and centuries-old heritage. Stroll through its Royal Parks relaxing 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.

    hotel Park Plaza Riverbank
  2. 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 Centre, 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 cobbled Shambles, see the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. This evening, we indulge in traditional pub grub at a Welcome Reception in the Victorian spa town of Harrogate, our home for tonight.

    meals Welcome Reception, Breakfast
    hotel Crowne Plaza
  3. 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. Tonight, consider joining an Optional Experience to Braveheart Country for a fabulous dinner and Scottish entertainment.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Novotel
  4. 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. Enjoy views of Glasgow Cathedral and George Square before a delicious meal at a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
  5. 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Mespil
  6. Day 6 Discover Diverse Dublin

    Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the centuries-old tradition of Guinness brewing, and enjoy a Storehouse tour and a tasting and pouring technique demonstration. 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 colourful street performers. This evening, consider joining an Optional Experience to a rousing Irish cabaret performance.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Mespil Clayton / Ballsbridge
  7. 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 craftsmen at work during a tour of the workshop and see the exquisitely crafted pieces in the showroom.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Marina
  8. 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 Centre, National Assembly and historic Cardiff Castle, in the heart of the city. This evening, we Connect With Locals in the idyllic Welsh countryside, joining a local family for a Farewell Dinner Be My Guest experience. During your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, 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.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Marina/Fitzwilton
  9. 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 from which the city derives its name. Journey across the scenic landscapes of Wiltshire, paying a visit to the mysterious monolithic stone circle at Stonehenge, then return to London where your memorable holiday in Britain and Ireland comes to an end.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Park Plaza Riverbank
  10. 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.

    meals Breakfast
Britain and Ireland Highlights
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Regional Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 9 Breakfasts

First class travel Highlights

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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin with a Local Specialist
  • Discover York, Glasgow, Cardiff and Bath
  • Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle, Guinness Storehouse, the Irish National Stud and Japanese Garden, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge
  • View York Minster, Glasgow Cathedral and George Square, City Hall in Belfast, Kilkenny Castle and Gardens
  • See the Principality Stadium in Cardiff
  • Connect With Locals Enjoy a hearty Be My Guest Welsh dinner with a farming family and their animals in the beautiful award-winning vineyards of Wales.
  • Dive into Culture Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.
  • Dive into Culture Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm.
  • Dive Into Culture 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.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit the oldest and largest vineyard in Wales where you’ll learn how the Norris family are using environmentally friendly and sustainable farming practices.

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Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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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.

Windermere

Available on Day 2

Scenic Cruise On Lake Windermere

Enjoy a scenic boat cruise 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: £18

Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

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 Lake District as we cruise across England's largest lake.
Adult Price: £22

Glasgow

Available on Day 2

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 Scottish city and enjoy an evening of Scottish delights.
Adult Price: £44

Edinburgh

Available on Day 3

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. One of Scotland's most unusual 15th-century buildings, Rossyln is famed for its associations with the Knights Templar, the Masonic movement, and now 'The Da Vinci Code.'
Adult Price: £22

Dublin

Available on Day 4

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: € 51

Available on Day 5

Dublin Dinner and Irish Show

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, all in the spirit of Irish humor. And you’ll even be served an Irish coffee to round off your dinner.
Adult Price: € 72

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: € 25

Waterford

Available on Day 6

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 locals sing and play music for you.
Adult Price: € 29

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: € 24

Cardiff

Available on Day 7

Cardiff Castle Tour

You’ll explore this unique castle on a private tour and hear tales about the eclectic refurbishments. Done 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 900-year-old Norman keep for superb views over Cardiff.
Adult Price: £21

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Eileen Castelli
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Service
During these difficult times our tour director Ed was the best. He wa informative and was able to substitute fun things for us to do. Even though some things were closed due to Covid. Our driver Alex was beyond excellent
Vacation
It was great fun. From the driver to the Director it was the best
Chuck
Monday, November 11, 2019
Service
Easy planning and Alyssa told us about good discounts.
Vacation
My wife and I had a great experience. This was our first "group" vacation and we were a bit concerned. However, every aspect of the trip was planned and executed perfectly. Chris ensured that we knew where to be and when to be there. He also provided some small local touches at each main location that were perfect - warm baked goods, local cookies and even a sip of scotch. Only downfall - As others have noted some of the hotels did no have AC. Even in December they were very warm inside. Overall a 5-star experience and we will travel with GET again and I will search out Chris to be our guide!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to hear about how much you enjoyed your first guided vacation and we are honored to have been a part of your planning and booking process. We look forward to hearing from you in the near future for that next trip.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Ross Tierno
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
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Excellent travel, Chris excellent. Enjoyable and professional
Vacation
Enjoyable and handled professional
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Service
They answered all our questions and gave is some great suggestions. Calls were returned promptly.
Vacation
It was everything we expected and more. Met great fellow travelers and had a wonderful guide, Ben. He was informative and made the trip a memorable one.
Trusted Customer
Monday, June 24, 2019
Service
Booking was easy with all my questions answered. I appreciated the ability to contact my booking agent rather than a different person every time. Best of all the trip went just as planned.
Vacation
We got to see and experience Britain and Ireland without dealing with all the logistics of travel. We can’t wait to plan our next trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are excited to help you plan that next trip! Thank you for the business!
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Trusted Customer
Sunday, June 23, 2019
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They were great
Vacation
They were great and informative
Barry Birckhead
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
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Caitlin was excellent!
Vacation
Great scenery, schedule, & weather. We learned so much from our guide Sheryl.
Victoria Moore
Sunday, May 26, 2019
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It was easy to make reservations and we felt we were very well taken care of from initial contact and throughout the entire trip. Our Trip Director, Sheryl Hickey, was great--professional, friendly, flexible, and very knowledgeable.
Vacation
Well organized and had a perfect vacation.
Gloria Reid
Sunday, May 26, 2019
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Would recommend, and buy
Vacation
Always wanted to see the Emerald Isle...but got so much more
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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Booking was easy and the agents are knowledgeable.
Vacation
Tour was informative and schedule a bit tight Tour Director was attentive but not exceptional. We had better experience in New Zealand (exceptional) and worse experience in London (average).
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your honest feedback and hope you enjoyed the trip overall.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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