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Britain and Ireland Panorama

Operated by: Trafalgar

19 Days from $4,750 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Lake and blue sky in Loch Lomond, Scotland

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

London, York, Stratford Upon Avon, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Scottish Highlands, Pitlochry, Isle of Skye, Glasgow, Liverpool, Chester, Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Cobh, Waterford, Wexford, Cardiff, Glastonbury, Bath, PLYMOUTH, Polperro ...more London, York, Stratford Upon Avon, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Scottish Highlands, Pitlochry, Isle of Skye, Glasgow, Liverpool, Chester, Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Cobh, Waterford, Wexford, Cardiff, Glastonbury, Bath, PLYMOUTH, Polperro
  1. Day 1 Arrive London

    Welcome to the multicultural melting pot that is London – its culture and heritage shaped by the nations that once contributed to its great empire are found around every turn. Spend your day easing into the energy of a cosmopolitan city that effortlessly blends old and new and is the perfect springboard to a grand adventure through Britain and Ireland.

    hotel Park Plaza Riverbank
  2. Day 2 Discover Historic London

    Join your Local Specialist today to see the iconic sights, including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, meandering through the picturesque Royal Parks, shopping for the best of British wares on Carnaby Street or delving into natural history and royal heritage at one of the many fascinating museums.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Journey to Stratford-upon-Avon and on to York

    Meet your Travel Director this morning and travel to Stratford-upon-Avon. Venture through the lush green countryside of Warwickshire to Stratford-upon-Avon to delve into the lyrical legacy of one of the world's favourite writers. Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre and see Anne Hathaway's cottage, before arriving in York. Wander along its cobbled Shambles and ancient city walls, and see the magnificent York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world. This evening, we join our Travel Director and travel companions for a delicious Yorkshire dinner in our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Welcome Reception
    hotel Novotel Centre
  4. Day 4 Continue through Northumberland to Edinburgh

    Journeying through Northumberland National Park’s dramatic landscapes, we arrive at the remarkably intact ruins of the 12th-century Jedburgh Abbey en route to the enchanting Scottish capital, Edinburgh. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Holiday Inn
  5. Day 5 Discover Enchanting Edinburgh

    Join your Local Specialist this morning for a sightseeing tour through Auld Reekie's elegant New Town, Princes Street and the Royal Mile, enjoying views of the exquisite Palace of Holyroodhouse and Arthur's Seat. Embark on a guided visit of Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock. Later, consider a traditional Scottish night out this evening, savouring up the flavours of haggis and exhilarating sounds of bagpipes which fill the air.

    meals Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Venture into the Scottish Highlands

    Today, we travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view its celebrated ancient university and explore centuries of golf heritage. Our next stop is Pitlochry on the banks of the Tummel River. You could choose to join an Optional Experience to visit Blair Castle, the ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. We continue to the Scottish Highlands, our home for two nights.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Laggan
  7. Day 7 Explore the Isle of Skye

    Drive to the rugged coast of Scotland this morning, passing scenic Eilean Donan Castle. We cross to the Isle of Skye, admiring the spectacular scenery of the 'Garden of Skye' before enjoying free time for lunch. A Local Specialist will take us on a journey to admire the remarkable Cuillin Mountain. Cross back to the mainland and continue past the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day 8 Onwards to Loch Lomond and Glasgow’s Rich Legacy

    Our first stop today is the World War II Commando Memorial, near Fort William, for views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through the 'Glen of Weeping', paying tribute to the MacDonald clansmen who were massacred for failing to pledge allegiance to Scotland's new monarchs. Arriving in Glasgow, we enjoy an orientation tour including views of the Cathedral and magnificent George Square. We'll also visit the Necropolis where we’ll Dive Into Culture and gain insights into one of Europe's most important 19th-century burial grounds.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Crowne Plaza
  9. Day 9 Through the Lake District to Liverpool

    Cross the border into England and Connect With Locals, joining farmer John and his wife Christine on their Cumbrian working farm for a Be My Guest experience. Learn about traditional farming methods and enjoy lunch before continuing your journey through the beautiful Lake District and its landscapes that have inspired poets and painters for centuries. See Lake Windermere, England's largest lake, before travelling to Liverpool, the haunt of Britain's ‘Fab Four'.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Mercure Atlantic Tower
  10. Day 10 Across the Irish Sea to Dublin

    The half-timbered Tudor Rows in Chester are our first stop today as we travel to Holyhead in North Wales to catch our ferry across the Irish Sea to Dublin. Soak up Irish hospitality and delicious local flavours during a Regional Dinner at EPIC - the Irish Emigration Museum.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Clayton Ballsbridge
  11. Day 11 Admire Dublin’s Iconic Sights

    Dive Into Culture and visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about Ireland's famous brew, before delving into Dublin’s iconic sights with a Local Specialist. See Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the stately Georgian Squares. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or consider an Optional Experience at an Irish Cabaret.

    meals Breakfast
  12. Day 12 On to Galway and Limerick

    Journey to the West Coast and the vibrant cultural centre of Galway, where you will have an opportunity to see Galway Cathedral and Eyre Square, with its tribute to former US president John F. Kennedy, before travelling to Limerick.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Greenhills
  13. Day 13 Circle the Ring of Kerry and on to Cork

    Admire Ireland's enduring scenic beauty on one of the most beautiful drives in the world, circling the spectacular Ring of Kerry. Later, we check into our Stays With Stories hotel, the historic Maldron Shandon. Originally Cork’s first general hospital opened in 1720, the building has a colourful history that has seen it survive wars, political upheaval, fire and calls for it to be demolished before it opened its doors as a grand hotel.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Maldron Shandon
  14. Day 14 The Sights of Blarney, Waterford and Wexford

    In the pursuit of acquiring the 'gift of the gab', we visit Blarney Castle where you might kiss the famous Blarney Stone, before stopping in Cobh for a walking tour with a Local Specialist. This seaside city was the final port of call for the tragic Titanic on its fateful voyage. This afternoon, we Dive Into Culture during a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal and witness talented master craftsmen at work.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Maldron
  15. Day 15 Ferry across to Cardiff

    We cross the Irish Sea to Wales and its capital, Cardiff, where we will see the Principality Stadium and view the Millennium Centre, National Assembly and Cardiff Castle.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Clayton
  16. Day 16 Enjoy Bath, Glastonbury and Plymouth

    Cross the Severn Estuary to Bath, so named for the ancient Roman Baths that have made the city a popular retreat for centuries. Admire the elegant Georgian façades and visit the Roman Baths, before some free time to explore on your own. We wind our way to mystical Glastonbury to visit the 7th-century Abbey where King Arthur is believed to be buried. Later, we arrive in the city of Plymouth, our home for two nights.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Copthorne
  17. Day 17 A Day Exploring Coastal Villages

    The springboard to a 'New World' takes centre stage as we start our day with an orientation of Plymouth. View the Mayflower Steps, where brave pilgrims embarked on their epic voyage to America, and see the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Visit the fishing village of Polperro with its narrow streets and picturesque harbour, before enjoying a scenic drive through the brooding landscapes of Dartmoor, keeping a keen eye out for the area’s wild ponies. Our epic adventure through Britain and Ireland almost at its end, we join our travel companions and Travel Director for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  18. Day 18 Journey to Prehistoric Stonehenge and return to London

    Meander across the Salisbury Plain and visit the mystical ancient monoliths of Stonehenge, whose myths have yet to be fully revealed. We journey back to London this afternoon where we spend our final evening in Britain celebrating a memorable journey with new friends.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Park Plaza Riverbank
  19. Day 19 Cheerio London

    Say a fond farewell to Britain and Ireland as you prepare to return home with treasured memories of your trip.

    meals Breakfast
Britain and Ireland Panorama
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Regional Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 18 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All transport and transfers shown
  • 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
  • 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
  • Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host when you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore London, Edinburgh, the Isle of Skye, Dublin and Cobh with a Local Specialist
  • Discover York, Glasgow, Chester, Galway, Cork, Cardiff, Bath and Plymouth
  • Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, Isle of Skye, the Necropolis in Glasgow, the Guinness Storehouse, EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath, Glastonbury Abbey, the fishing village of Polperro and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge
  • View Eilean Donan Castle, the battlefield of Culloden, Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, York Minster and the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth
  • See Galway Cathedral and the Principality Stadium in Cardiff
  • Scenic Drive around the Ring of Kerry
  • Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates
  • Connect With Locals Meet Farmer John and his wife Christine and enjoy a few hours of Cumbria farm-life with a traditional Be My Guest lunch and some Highland cow company thrown in for good measure.
  • Stays with Stories Discover centuries of tumultuous history staying at the Maldron Shandon hotel, a building that has survived wars, fires and threats of demolition to become the grand hotel it is today.
  • Dive into Culture Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.
  • 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.
  • Dive Into Culture Visit the Necropolis in Glasgow, one of Europe's most significant burial grounds.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019
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Once we decided on the dates we wanted everything went well.
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We had a wonderful time with every day a new experience. Terry , our guide and our driver were great. Can't wait to go on another tour.
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Saturday, July 13, 2019
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This trip was awesome, just some days tiring. Saw beautiful sites and will tell friends.
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Trip was fun and will tell friends.
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