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Britain and Ireland Panorama

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19 Days from $4,481 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Lake and blue sky in Loch Lomond, Scotland

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

Edinburgh, Laggan, Kyleakin, Glasgow, Liverpool, Hesket Newmarket, Dublin, Holyhead, Limerick, Cork, Waterford, Blarney, Cobh, Wexford, Cardiff, Rosslare, Pembroke, Glastonbury, Bath, PLYMOUTH ...more Edinburgh, Laggan, Kyleakin, Glasgow, Liverpool, Hesket Newmarket, Dublin, Holyhead, Limerick, Cork, Waterford, Blarney, Cobh, Wexford, Cardiff, Rosslare, Pembroke, Glastonbury, Bath, PLYMOUTH
  1. Day 1 Welcome to 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 accommodation, the historic Maldron Shandon Hotel. 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

  • 15 breakfasts
  • 18 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 5 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Use of Trafalgar's London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel
  • Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore 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
  • Explore London, Edinburgh, the Isle of Skye, Dublin and Cobh with a Local Specialist
  • 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. (Day 7)
  • Dive into Culture Visit the Necropolis in Glasgow, one of Europe's most significant burial grounds. (Day 6) 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. (Day 9) Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal. (Day 12)
  • 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. (Day 11)
  • 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. (Day 9)
  • Dive into Culture Visit the Necropolis in Glasgow, one of Europe's most significant burial grounds. (Day 8) Visit the Guinness Storehouse to see how the world’s most famous stout is created the nenjoy the distinctive taste of a perfectly chilled pint of Guinness. (Day 11) Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal. (Day 14)
  • 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. (Day 13)

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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.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh by Night and Dinner

We'll drive into the old city of Edinburgh to see the city at night with photo opportunities of the Castle and the Grassmarket, famous for historic executions and when possible visit one of the most haunted graveyards and see the grave of Greyfriars Bobby, the famous Skye Terrier. Then, we'll make our way to a local restaurant for a delicious dinner and drink.
Adult Price: £42

Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh with our Local Specialist to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we’ll hear the inside story of the famous Rosslyn Chapel. 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: £21

Dinner And Drive To Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Hospitaller. At the Torphichen Inn, your arrival will be toasted by our convivial host before enjoying an excellent dinner of local specialties and entertainment.
Adult Price: £48

Scottish Show With Dinner

Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy Scottish food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There's even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.
Adult Price: £62

Scottish Highlands

Pitlochry. Visit Of Blair Castle

Set on its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, we'll discover the ancient home of the Dukes of Atholl, home to Europe's last remaining private army. Unique amongst Scottish castles, Blair has hosted royalty from Mary, Queen of Scots, to Queen Victoria.
Adult Price: £20

Highland Farm Experience

Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each dog to carry out different tasks. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your hand at feeding the lambs and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.
Adult Price: £15

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond Boat Trip

Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond.' As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point out Rob Roy's cave as you relax and savor the stunning scenery.
Adult Price: £15

Glasgow

Music City Tour and Meal

Join us tonight for a chance to explore more of Glasgow, get beneath its skin and learn about its music scene and folk culture. After a guided walking tour, we'll enjoy a two-course dinner with live music from the city's up-and-coming folk performers. Afterward, an informal trad folk session will see us through the night.
Adult Price: £49

Dublin

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

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

Limerick

Bunratty Castle And Folk Park

Come on a visit to the 15th-century Bunratty Castle and admire its fine furnishings, antiques and paintings. With your Local Specialist, you’ll experience an Ireland of the past, as you wander through the folk park with its thatched cottages and smoky turf fires. In the village, we'll have free time to explore the quaint shops and relax in the local tea room.
Adult Price: € 23

Irish Ceilidh Evening

Come along and experience the craic at a special ceilidh evening. Enjoy a drink and some local specialties, watch some traditional Irish dancing, and sing along to some familiar Irish melodies.
Adult Price: € 64

Cardiff

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

Traditional Welsh Evening And Dinner

Join us for a traditional Welsh country dinner. We'll take you to a 14th-century thatched inn called The Blue Anchor. While you're eating and enjoying your drink, you'll be entertained with a performance from a Welsh harpist.
Adult Price: £41

Welsh Evening

Enjoy an evening of Welsh music, culture and humor. The venue for the evening is a stunningly-renovated deconsecrated church. After a warm reception, we'll enjoy a first-class meal of seasonal Welsh specialties, sourced and produced locally. Quality wine or soft drinks are included and the meal will be accompanied by our enchanting Welsh harpist. You'll then be entertained by the finest local singers presenting the beautiful music of Wales.
Adult Price: £55

Plymouth

Dartmoor Excursion And Dinner

A scenic drive across the mysterious moors takes us to the capital of the moors, Princetown. Here you’ll see the infamous prison before driving to a lovely old Inn for a drink and supper, followed by stories and legends about the area.
Adult Price: £35

Plymouth Harbor Cruise

Relax on a boat trip around the harbor of one of England’s most famous seaports. As the commentary unfolds, we'll see the Mayflower steps monument, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America. We'll enjoy panoramic vistas of Plymouth Hoe before entering the Royal Navy Dockyard, where we’ll see modern vessels of the Royal Navy.
Adult Price: £15

Exeter

Devonshire Village And Dinner

We’ll drive to a beautiful village in Devon, where you’ll see cob-walled houses with thatched roofs and the parish church, which dates back over 700 years. You’ll also savor a tasty pub dinner and meet the locals, in a 700-year-old village pub.
Adult Price: £38

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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.
Evelyn Agee
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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