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Wonders of Britain & Ireland

15 Days from $3,353 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Active

Travel through England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to write your own story that will feature a Blarney Stone kiss, a swig of Guinness and romance rediscovered in the Lake District.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Overview

Travel through England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to write your own story that will feature a Blarney Stone kiss, a swig of Guinness and romance rediscovered in the Lake District.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. The cosmopolitan capital of London rolls out its red carpet with all the pomp and pageantry you're unlikely to encounter anywhere else in the world. Spend the day ambling along its grand boulevards and past iconic sights as you familiarise yourself with the city's bustling atmosphere.

    *Local Host is with you during your stay in London. Your Travel Director will join you on Day 3.

    hotel:Park Plaza County Hall
  2. Join a Local Specialist today to explore the city's favorite landmarks. See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace before spending the rest of the day at leisure to delve into the city's history, culture, art and architecture.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  3. Meet your Travel Director this morning and stop to ponder the mysteries of the ancient monoliths of Stonehenge this morning, as we drive west to Bath with its elegant Georgian façades and the Roman Baths. Crossing the Severn Estuary to the Welsh capital, we view the Millennium Center and the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay. Enjoy warm hospitality and traditional Welsh pub fare and drinks this evening at a rousing Welcome Reception with your travel companions and Travel Director.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Welcome Reception
    hotel:Park Inn by Radisson City Center
  4. This morning, we view the Principality Stadium during our orientation of Cardiff. Enjoy some leisure time in this modern capital. Perhaps visit the Victorian Gothic fantasy of Cardiff Castle at the heart of the city or delve into the city's fascinating history at the Cardiff Story Museum. We cross the Irish Sea by ferry to the Emerald Isle and travel to historic Waterford, where we'll dine in our hotel tonight.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Marina/Treacys
  5. Dive into culture and watch the master craftsmen of the renowned House of Waterford Crystal. Then, kiss the Blarney Stone to acquire the 'gift of the gab,' before traveling to the picturesque town of Killarney. This evening, we connect with locals at Molly Gallivan's 200-year-old cottage, sharing a memorable Be My Guest dinner with the O'Sullivan family and their Kerry cows.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Hotel Killarney
  6. Today we experience the enduring beauty of Ireland's most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula—the emerald green hills, centuries-old stone villages and vivid blue seascapes provide an exquisite backdrop for our leisurely drive around what has become known as the Ring of Kerry. See Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap with its panoramic views.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  7. Celtic art and history take center stage this morning as we visit the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary, the seat of Irish kings for centuries. Perched atop a limestone outcrop in the Golden Vale, the historic ruins house one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture in Europe. We arrive this afternoon in Dublin, where we will join our Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour to see Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the stately Georgian Squares. This evening, consider joining an Optional Experience to enjoy the rousing sounds of an Irish cabaret.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Hilton Garden Inn Custom House/Clayton Leopardstown
  8. Beat the crowds and explore the Guinness Brewery for a tour of the Storehouse including a tasting technique demonstration. The rest of the day is yours to soak up the cozy atmosphere of the Irish capital. Ramble through the buzzing streets of Temple Bar or visit Grafton Street, famous for its colorful street performers.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  9. Admire the spectacular landscape of Snowdonia National Park as you travel to the ancient city of Chester, with its characteristic Tudor Rows and medieval walls. We arrive later in Liverpool, the haunt of the 'Fab Four', joining our companions for a tasty Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel:Jurys Inn
  10. The beautiful landscape, which for centuries inspired the Romantic poets, provides a mesmerizing backdrop for our scenic drive from the lush green hills of Lancashire to the Lake District. Skirt the shores of England's largest lake, Windermere, as we travel through countryside made famous by poet William Wordsworth. We cross the Scottish border and visit the runaway wedding capital that is Gretna Green. This evening, we arrive in beguiling Edinburgh, where we'll spend the next two nights.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Apex City
  11. Join a Local Specialist this morning for a memorable sightseeing tour of this captivating capital, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city on Castle Rock. See Auld Reekie's Royal Mile and the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and admire the Georgian façades in Edinburgh's New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the performance at the Edinburgh Tattoo are included.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  12. We venture south to the medieval market town of Alnwick with its impressive castle and Tenantry Column, upon which the Percy Lion sits imposingly overlooking the town's beautiful gardens. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you cross Northumberland and the River Tyne at Newcastle en route to York where you'll walk through the charming Shambles, see the medieval walls and York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Novotel Centre
  13. We visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Center in Stratford-upon-Avon today, to see where the ‘Avon Bard' was born and raised. View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, before treading in the footsteps of this legendary writer. This evening, we join our fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner reminiscing over our very own stories from an unforgettable vacation.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel:Best Western Grosvenor
  14. Journey to the Cotswolds this morning and the little churchyard at Bladon where Sir Winston Churchill is buried. Arriving in Oxford, the oldest university city in the British Isles, we'll enjoy an orientation tour of the city to view the Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library and visit one of the university's famous colleges (when open). We return to London this afternoon.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Park Plaza County Hall
  15. For now, it's time to say farewell to our travel companions at the end of a memorable vacation as we prepare to return home with treasured memories.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
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  • Edinburgh Tattoo: This departure includes the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo event.

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 $1,190 per person

Triple Discount: $10 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $115 per person.

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

Meal Summary

19 meals: 14 Full Breakfasts, 5 Dinners. 

Insider Experiences

Connect with Locals

  • Tales of potent poitin and rural Ireland are shared over a delicious Be My Guest dinner of Irish Stew at Molly Gallivan's 200-year old cottage with the O'Sullivan family and their Kerry cows

Dive into Culture

  • Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal on a workshop tour

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in London, Dublin, Edinburgh

Sightseeing Experiences

  • City tour in London, Dublin, Edinburgh
  • Orientation of Bath, Cardiff, Chester, York, Oxford
  • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Rock of Cashel, the town of Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle, medieval Alnwick, Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, one of the most famous colleges of Oxford (when open)
  • View the home to Harry Potter & Hogwarts' Alnwick Castle, York Minster, Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, Sir Winston Churchill's grave at Bladon
  • See the Lake District's magnificent scenery 
  • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry
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Reviews

Friday, October 12, 2018
Margaret Brennan
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Both Paul Fleming, the Tour Director and Paul Williams, the driver were amazing and made the trip wonderful. Paul's knowledge and story telling ability added great fun and information to our trip. I don't know how Paul, the driver, was able to navigate the roads so well but he did.
Vacation : The accommodations and events were really great.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Vernon Fitzhugh
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Service rating : Travel Specialist, Joshua Pericas managed the details of our tour booking and airline reservations for the "Wonders of Britain & Ireland" tour. He was both friendly and professional. He provided us excellent service. We enjoyed a great vacation! I have recommended GET to family and friends.
Vacation : This was our third Trafalgar coach tour. The quality of service was excellent as it was for our previous tours. Our tour director, Cerry Hodgson was competent and delightful. We had a fun experience!
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Elva Coffey Sears
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Service rating : The service folks were extremely helpful and very knowledgeable. I greatly appreciated them identifying a direct return flight option and making that change for me - without being asked!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're always happy to hear that you think our service is top-notch. Our team really enjoys making your vacation hassle-free, it's what we do! We'll be sure to share your comment, everyone will be happy to know you had such a great experience. Hope you had the best time in Britain and Ireland. Happy Travels!
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Vacation : The price was great for the all of the adventures included!
Friday, May 25, 2018
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : They provided our documents early since we were leaving the states early. Once we arrived at the hotel in London there was a lack of communication as to where we were to meet the representative but the hotel concierge helped us out. Overall we were quite pleased. The representative in London was helpful.
Vacation : We enjoyed the tour and it was pretty much as described in the brochure. The guide was knowledgeable and tried to keep us all on track.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Jacquelyn Potter
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Service rating : This was our second tour . The first one was European whril which we immensely enjoyed. Our tour guide Jerry Baines was perfect in every way. The bus driver was fantastic. This tour we found ourselves comparing and there was no comparison. The guide did not seem approachable and seemed to always be too busy to answer questions. The bus driver was almost to the point of being rude at times. I know each tour is different but this one seemed to fall very short of our past experience
Vacation : Definitely covered all the destinations. Hotels choices were excellent. Disappointed in the optional dinners.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Richard Barbone
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Service rating : The tour was very comprehensive and the tour guide made it special since he was very knowledgeable of the many places we visited plus was very entertaining.
Vacation : Was worthwhile and good value
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Rita Smith
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Service rating : First of all, my trip started on 13-JUl-17! I believe that Grand European Travel agents presented a false impression of the type of trip this was to be. By this I mean, I was led to believe that it was geared toward senior citizens and would not include as much difficult walking as it eventually did. This problem could have been due to our Travel Director who seemed to be more interested in her schedule of places to see than being concerned about travelers who might not be able to navigate the sights she had chosen for us to see. The country had beautiful sights but not enough time was allocated for us to truly enjoy some of the locations.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear that you there was more walking involved than you expected.  We do mention in our brochure and on our website that you should be in good physical condition and able to walk up to 3 miles a day to fully enjoy our trips. We do offer a variety of slower paced trips and River Cruises that may be more to your liking.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Vacation : Transportation was good (Delta Airlines).Local touring.. For me, getting on and off of the Bus was difficult, even though our driver was excellent and very considerate to assist. This has to do with Trafalgar, which is who GEtours used as tour guides I was not made aware that there would be no A/C in the hotels.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write. We will certainly review your comments with Trafalgar.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
Terry Bishop
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Service rating : We have enjoyed tours and booking through GET has worked well. Marketing material descriptions good. Sometime the persons at phones seem a little pressed for time and communication a little difficult but end result has been good.
Vacation : Tour fast and busy but opportunity to see many great things. Tour Director Anja did outstanding job. Kept things together and fun.
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Wayne Haskins
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Service rating : Give participants more time to relax and reflect on what they've seen and absorbed. Trafalgar did a great job, but tried to cram too much added attractions into the tour. Guides, both the full tour guide and local guides were excellent. Coach drivers handled the roads like magic and were cordial and helpful. Would use Grand European Travel on future excursions. Wayne Haskins
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to see that you felt rushed or that too much was planned for each day.  We try to fit everything in and that sometimes means the days can be rather full.  We appreciate your feedback and are happy to see that overall you did enjoy your trip.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Vacation : Was good value for the price.
Friday, July 14, 2017
Michael Angley
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Vacation:
Service rating : The Travel Director, Paul Fleming was incredibly knowledgeable, informative and very funny.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We take a great deal of pride in our Travel Directors and we're so pleased that you enjoyed Paul's expertise.  Thank you for taking the time to write.
Friday, July 14, 2017
Vacation : Please read what I wrote in #1
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Selene was wonderful. She made the trip fun and amazed me at how well she could keep our group organized. The bus was very comfortable; accommodations and included meals were great. What we did not like were the long, long hours on the bus and too little free time for shopping or visiting museums, etc. We should have realized this would be the case for a 12 day tour that covered so much territory. But we will not do this type of tour again for that reason.
Vacation : Too many hours on the bus!! Otherwise, all accommodation, meals, included tours were wonderful and more than met our expectations.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Karen Sluder
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Service rating : Trip well planned. Paul was wonderful. He had unbelievable knowledge about the areas and the history. Richard, the driver could put that bus on a dime. Felt very safe. We did all of the excursion and most of the excursions were great. There were 3 or 4 I wish we didn't do. The meals were tasteful and the rooms nice and clean. I believe the room in York was rather small. We didn't have room to open both pieces of luggage on the floor, but still nice. I would recommend Grand European Travel service (which I already did to a friend who saw our pictures). We had a great time and glad we booked with Grand European Travel.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your kind words. We are thrilled to see that you enjoyed Britain and Ireland and appreciate the recommendation to your friends.
Monday, May 1, 2017
Vacation : I think the price was very reasonable for the air fare, tour, guide, driver, rooms and most meals
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Grand European and Trafalgar are amazing. From making the reservation to the end of the tour, all aspects of the tour were handled professionally, making the trip stress free.
Vacation : The Wonders of Britain and Ireland tour was everything I had hoped it would be. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and organized with a great sense of humor. Our guide took us to some amazing out-of-the way places in Ireland and Scotland, which made the trip even more enjoyable. I would highly recommend this tour.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Trusted Customer
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Vacation:
Service rating : Tour director and driver were excellent. Hotels were great! We saw SO much, and I'm glad I went!
Vacation : Excellent
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Another excellent overall trip thru GET
Vacation : The tour guide Paul Fleming was outstanding, The best we have had in our 9 trips with GET. It was a hectic trip with all the stops but he handled it extremely professionally.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Very helpful staff
Vacation : Felt a little too rushed when visiting sights. Dont know if this was the guide or the tour schedule.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Everything went off without a hitch.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank for your kind words regarding your Travel Director. We know that they make all the difference for a successful trip and we couldn't be happier that this was the case for you. We will be sure to share your comments with him. Grand European Travel
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Vacation : Our tour director was amazing - so knowledgeable and presented in an easy manner. He is the reason the trip came off without a hitch. He was organized and proactive. What a great guy!!
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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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Cardiff

Cardiff Castle Tour

Adult Price: £21.00

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.

Waterford

Explore Waterford's Viking History

Adult Price: €17.00

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".

Killarney

Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride

Adult Price: €21.00

Enjoy a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourn-Vincent National Park. During your journey, your Local Specialist will share fascinating anecdotes about the area and Ireland.

Kenmare

Beara Peninsula Cruise and Dinner

Adult Price: €57.00

Join us for a scenic drive along Kenmare Bay to our boat, which will take you around the stunning coastline past deserted islands, looking out for bird and animal life. We've booked a table at one of our favourite local restaurants, where you'll be served a drink and a delicious meal of Irish seafood specialities.

Dublin

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.

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.

Liverpool

Famous Sights and the Fab Four

Adult Price: £16.50

Come along on a guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural present, you’ll discover the two magnificently different cathedrals, see Mathew Street, birthplace of The Beatles, and admire the Mersey Sound.

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.

Edinburgh

Local Dinner Evening

Adult Price: £37.00

Join us and your travelling companions for a delicious traditional dinner and drink at a local restaurant.

Edinburgh by Night and Dinner

Adult Price: £42.00

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.

Rosslyn Chapel

Adult Price: £18.00

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where you’ll hear the inside story on 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'.

Scottish Show With Dinner

Adult Price: £60.00

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 delicious 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.

York

Ghost Walk And Dinner

Adult Price: £40.00

The 2000-year-old Roman city of York abounds with tales of murder and mystery, some of which you'll discover as you take a stroll with the local ghost hunter. You’ll finish with a drink and delicious meal in a local restaurant. Without the walk - meal and drinks only - £36.

Warwick

Warwick Castle

Adult Price: £19.00

You’ll visit the magnificent State Apartments, see the wax-works, explore the exhibitions and climb Guy and Caesar’s Towers for panoramic views – before visiting the Gaol. You may even get to see the firing of the greatest of medieval siege weapons, the Trebuchet. 'The Castle Dungeon' is a separate experience and not included.

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The Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place every year in August.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, often referred to as "the most spectacular show on earth," is an exciting celebration showcasing the best of Scottish music, dance, and military pageantry.  In 2019 it will take place in Edinburgh from August 2nd to August 24th, and is sure to draw entertainers and spectators from around the world. 

Tickets and arrangements have been included on these select departures. Book early as they will sell out quickly!

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