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15 Day Britain & Ireland Tour to York, Dublin

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Great Britain London Big Ben Parliament At Sunset
15 Days
4 Countries

England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland

19 Cities

London, Stonehenge, Bath, Cardiff, Waterford, Blarney, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Cashel, Dublin, Chester, Liverpool, Lake District, Gretna Green, Edinburgh, Alnwick, York, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford

19 Meals

14 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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All the highlights and some special travel surprises feature on this in-depth UK and Ireland trip. Feel the pride of the Welsh people, see the seat where Irish kings once ruled and sample a pint of the favorite local brew during a tour of the Guinness Brewery in Dublin.

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Day 1

Welcome to London

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.

Big Ben in London, England
Accommodation Park Plaza London Riverbank

Day 2

Discover the Sights of London

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.

Guards at Buckingham Palace in London, England
Accommodation Park Plaza London Riverbank
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 3

Stonehenge and Bath and on to Cardfiff

Meet your Travel Director this morning and stop to ponder the mysteries of the ancient megaliths of Stonehenge, before driving west to Bath. Cross the Severn Estuary to Cardiff, then view the Wales Millennium Center and the National Assembly at Cardiff Bay. Later, enjoy warm hospitality and traditional Welsh pub fare and drinks at a rousing Welcome Dinner.

Roman Baths in Bath, England
Accommodation Leonardo Hotel Cardiff
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Stonehenge in England
Visit Stonehenge

Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Roman Baths in Bath, England
Bath Orientation

Admire UNESCO-listed Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and the bimillenial Roman Baths from which the city takes its name.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Roman Baths in Bath, England
Visit the Roman Baths

Visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths. Discover 2000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational inv...

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Day 4

Onwards to Waterford

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. We cross the Irish Sea by ferry to the 'Emerald Isle' and travel to historic Waterford, where we'll dine in our hotel tonight.

Millennium Centre in Cardiff, Wales
Accommodation Waterford Marina Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales
Cardiff Orientation

Learn more about Wales' capital and cultural hub, Cardiff, as you enjoy an orientation of this vibrant city with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Cardiff Castle tour in Cardiff, Wales
Cardiff Castle Tour

On a private tour, you'll explore this unique castle and hear tales about the eclectic refurbishments. Done in the 1800s by architect William Burge...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Admire Blarney Castle and Journey to Killarney

Dive Into Culture and watch the master crafters 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.

Sheep at The Ring of Kerry, Ireland
Accommodation Hotel Killarney
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal, Waterford
Tour the House of Waterford Crystal Workshop

Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.

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Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Blarney Castle and gardens, Blarney, Ireland
Visit Blarney Castle

It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Walking tour with pub visit in Waterford, Ireland
Explore Waterford's History

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 storie...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Irish Ceilidh evening in Limerick, Ireland
Irish Ceilidh Evening

The Irish Ceilidh epitomises how music and dance were enjoyed in rural Ireland, especially on festive occasions. The craic - welcoming, jolly, fun ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Celtic steps in Killarney, Ireland
Celtic Steps

Enjoy a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians and showcasing the music of Kerry and beyond.

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Day 6

A Day on the Ring of Kerry

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 Cahirsiveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap with its panoramic views. This evening, we Connect With Locals at Molly Gallivan’s 200-year-old cottage, sharing a memorable Be My Guest experience with the O'Sullivan family and their Kerry cows.

Ring of Kerry in Co. Kerry, Ireland
Accommodation Hotel Killarney
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Enjoy a Be My Guest experience at Molly Gallivan’s 200-year old cottage with the O'Sullivan family and their Kerry cows
Join the O'Sullivan Family and their Kerry Cows for a Dinner Irish Stew at Molly Gallivan's 200-Year Old Cottage

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...

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Ring of Kerry landscape with Muckross lake and mountains, Killarney, Ireland
See the Ring of Kerry

Admire Ireland's enduring scenic beauty on one of the most beautiful drives in the world.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Jaunting cart ride from Killarney, Ireland
Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride

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.

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Day 7

Journey to Cultural Dublin

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.

St. Patrick's Park in Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation Hampton by Hilton Dublin City Center
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience The Hapenny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin City Tour

A Local Specialist will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Rock of Cashel with dark sky, Cashel, Ireland
See the Rock of Cashel

See the Rock of Cashel where St. Patrick preached.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Dinner and show in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

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...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Dublin Your Way

Dive Into Culture to discover the fascinating 250-year-old story of Guinness at its original home, the Guinness Storehouse. Then, top it off with a taste in their Gravity Bar while you enjoy the panoramic views of Dublin. 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.

The Temple Bar Pub in Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation Hampton by Hilton Dublin City Center
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Visit the Guinness Storehouse to see how the stout is created and enjoy a chilled pint of Guinness
Discover how the world's most famous stout is created at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin

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.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Optional Experiences Visit the Irish countryside and Glendalough, Ireland
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...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner in Dublin, Ireland
Dinner in Dublin City

Famous for its heritage buildings and authentic local culture, Dublin is a charm-filled city for travellers to explore – and what better way to imm...

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Day 9

The Sights of Chester and Liverpool

Board the ferry to Wales. 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 Dinner.

Chester Walls Clock, Chester, England
Accommodation Leonardo Hotel Liverpool
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Tudor houses in Chester, England
Chester Orientation

See the Jubilee Clock, cathedral, city walls, and famous black and white Rows.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Beatles city tour in Liverpool, England
Famous Sights and the Fab Four

Come along with our Local Specialist for a guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural present, you’ll discove...

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Optional Experiences

Day 10

Through the Lake District to Edinburgh

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.

Boat near Lake Windermere, England
Accommodation Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Lake Windermere in Cumbria, England
Scenic Drive Through the Lake District

Drive through the hauntingly beautiful Lakes District, immortalized by literary greats of the Romantic Movement.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience The signpost at the Scottish town of Gretna Green, Scotland
Visit Gretna Green

Visit the famous spot where runaway lovers were married.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Enjoy whiskey cocktails on royal mile in Edinburgh, Scotland
Johnnie Walker’s ‘Journey of Flavour’ Tour & Dinner on the Royal Mile

Take part in a 90-minute immersive tour, led by Johnnie Walker Experts. This sensory experience includes live performances, light shows, and delici...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cruise on Lake Windermere, England
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 Castl...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cruise on Lake Windermere with steam train, England
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 ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 11

Discover Remarkable Edinburgh

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. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.

View of Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Accommodation Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh City Tour

Explore the city with your Local Specialist as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Rosslyn Chapel in Edinburgh, Scotland
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...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Scenic drive and dinner in Torphichen, Scotland
Dinner and Drive to Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Templar. At the Torphichen Inn, your arrival ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy Ceilidh evening dinner see Scottish Piper Ghillie dhu, Edinburgh in Scotland
Ceilidh Evening and Dinner at Ghillie Dhu

Experience the best of Scottish tradition at Ghillie Dhu, where we'll be welcomed by a Scottish piper and enjoy a welcome drink before settling in ...

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Day 12

Venture to York

We journey south to the medieval market town of Alnwick with its impressive castle and Tenantry Column, upon which the Percy Lion sits and surveys the town. 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.

Cathedral in Alnwick York, England
Accommodation Novotel Center
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Alnwick Castle and Tenantry Column, England
Alnwick Visit

See the impressive Alnwick Castle and Tenantry Column during a visit of this traditional county town.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience The Shambles, York, England
York Orientation

Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during your orientation of the city.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Ghost walk and dinner in York, England
Ghost Walk and Dinner

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 gh...

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Optional Experiences

Day 13

On to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon

We visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Center in Stratford-upon-Avon to see where the 'Avon Bard' was born and raised. View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, then enjoy some free time to explore the area. This evening we join our fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Anne Hathaways Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Accommodation Mercure Warwickshire Walton Hall Hotel and Spa
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Shakespeares Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history's most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore ...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon & The Cotswolds in England
Shakespeare's Schoolhouse Experience

Today we'll visit Stratford's medieval guildhall and attend a lesson at Shakespeare's schoolhouse, in the very room where he sat as a pupil in the ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 14

Journey through the Cotswolds to Oxford and London

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.

Big Ben in London, England
Accommodation Park Plaza London Riverbank
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Oxford University, Oxford, England
Oxford Orientation

See the spires and colleges of this world-famous university town.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 15

Goodbye London

For now, it's time to say farewell to our travel companions at the end of a memorable holiday as we prepare to return home with treasured memories.

Tower Bridge in London, England
Included Meals Breakfast

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Iconic Experience
Visit Stonehenge

Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Bath Orientation

Admire UNESCO-listed Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and the bimillenial Roman Baths from which the city takes its name.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit the Roman Baths

Visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths. Discover 2000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational inv...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Cardiff Orientation

Learn more about Wales' capital and cultural hub, Cardiff, as you enjoy an orientation of this vibrant city with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Tour the House of Waterford Crystal Workshop

Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Blarney Castle

It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ...

See More
Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Join the O'Sullivan Family and their Kerry Cows for a Dinner Irish Stew at Molly Gallivan's 200-Year Old Cottage

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...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See the Ring of Kerry

Admire Ireland's enduring scenic beauty on one of the most beautiful drives in the world.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Dublin City Tour

A Local Specialist will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See the Rock of Cashel

See the Rock of Cashel where St. Patrick preached.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover how the world's most famous stout is created at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin

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.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Chester Orientation

See the Jubilee Clock, cathedral, city walls, and famous black and white Rows.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Through the Lake District

Drive through the hauntingly beautiful Lakes District, immortalized by literary greats of the Romantic Movement.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Gretna Green

Visit the famous spot where runaway lovers were married.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Edinburgh City Tour

Explore the city with your Local Specialist as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Alnwick Visit

See the impressive Alnwick Castle and Tenantry Column during a visit of this traditional county town.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
York Orientation

Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during your orientation of the city.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history's most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore ...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Oxford Orientation

See the spires and colleges of this world-famous university town.

Included in Trip

About this trip

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

What to expect

Explore Dublin and Edinburgh with a Local Specialist
Discover Bath, Cardiff, Chester, York and Oxford
Visit Stonehenge, the Roman Baths, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Rock of Cashel, Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
View the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Alnwick Castle, York Minster, Anne Hathaway's cottage and Sir Winston Churchill's grave at Bladon
See St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Georgian Squares in Dublin and the Lake District's magnificent scenery
Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry
Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Cardiff Castle Tour

On a private tour, you'll explore this unique castle and hear tales about the eclectic refurbishments. Done in the 1800s by architect William Burge...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Explore Waterford's History

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 storie...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Irish Ceilidh Evening

The Irish Ceilidh epitomises how music and dance were enjoyed in rural Ireland, especially on festive occasions. The craic - welcoming, jolly, fun ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Celtic Steps

Enjoy a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians and showcasing the music of Kerry and beyond.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride

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.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner in Dublin City

Famous for its heritage buildings and authentic local culture, Dublin is a charm-filled city for travellers to explore – and what better way to imm...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Famous Sights and the Fab Four

Come along with our Local Specialist for a guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural present, you’ll discove...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Johnnie Walker’s ‘Journey of Flavour’ Tour & Dinner on the Royal Mile

Take part in a 90-minute immersive tour, led by Johnnie Walker Experts. This sensory experience includes live performances, light shows, and delici...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 Castl...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner and Drive to Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Templar. At the Torphichen Inn, your arrival ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Ceilidh Evening and Dinner at Ghillie Dhu

Experience the best of Scottish tradition at Ghillie Dhu, where we'll be welcomed by a Scottish piper and enjoy a welcome drink before settling in ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Ghost Walk and Dinner

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 gh...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Shakespeare's Schoolhouse Experience

Today we'll visit Stratford's medieval guildhall and attend a lesson at Shakespeare's schoolhouse, in the very room where he sat as a pupil in the ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Republic of Ireland, also known simply as Ireland, is a sovereign nation located in the northwestern part of Europe. It occupies most of the island of Ireland and is an independent country separate from the United Kingdom, with its own government, institutions, and culture.
  • When referring to the two distinct regions on the island of Ireland, "Northern Ireland" is used to describe the region that is part of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland). This term specifically denotes the six counties in the northeastern part of the island.
  • Language of Ireland: Irish is the official language of the Republic of Ireland, and you'll hear it spoken in Northern Ireland as well.
  • Currencies used in Ireland: Euro (€) is used in the Republic of Ireland, the British Pound Sterling (£) is used in Northern Ireland
  • Capital Cities: Dublin (Rep. Ireland), Belfast (Northern Ireland)
  • Time Zone(s) in Ireland: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1) during daylight saving time

Ireland passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Ireland
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

The weather in Ireland is heavily influenced by its maritime location, resulting in mild, temperate conditions. The climate is characterized by frequent rainfall and changeable weather patterns throughout the year. Winters are generally mild, with average temperatures ranging from 4°C to 8°C (39°F to 46°F), while summer temperatures average between 14°C to 20°C (57°F to 68°F) in coastal areas. Rainfall is frequent throughout the year, with the western and northwestern coastal regions experiencing higher precipitation levels. The weather is often changeable, with a mix of sunny spells, rain showers, and cloud cover. The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream influence Ireland's climate, helping to moderate temperatures.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

  • American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.
  • Type G outlets are used throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
    Adapters are used to change the plug style from American-style plugs with two flat prongs to fit into these outlets, which take three rectangular prongs.
  • You will need a plug adapter and voltage converter to use your appliances in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in European and United Kingdom hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.
  • Most hotels in Europe or the UK can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport Transfers for Europe flights not arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold 
  • Your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings

Airport Transfers for Europe flights arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold
  • You booked your land tour and flights as a land/air package through GET. If you book your flights independently via London Heathrow, you can *purchase a transfer through us.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, September 17, 2023
Service
Daniel was very helpful and responsive to all my questions in setting this trip up for the six of us.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is fantastic to hear and we be sure to share your comments with Daniel and the rest of our team. Thank you so much for your business.
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Vacation
Overall the trip was Great, the only issue was several of the Hotels did not have Air Conditioning and I thought they were advertised as being Air Conditioned.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, September 1, 2023
Service
The places we went to were wonderful and the people who guided us through the castles, homes, and sites were very knowledgeable and explained very well. My only "let down" was the person who was are tour director. She was not well organized and when anyone asked a question she was very vague with her answer.
Vacation
It was wonderful and I am so glad I went. But I was disappointed with the guide we had. She was not as proficient as the guide I had when I went to Italy. I thought this was her first time guiding.
Andrea Bumgardner
Review date: Friday, June 16, 2023
Service
The first specialist did not put it in correctly. The 2nd lady Barb fixed it but no one explained about it not being fully booked at first so didn’t know if we would travel which should have been explained. There were other items not explained to us. They would not be my first choice of a booking agency. Tour was great our guide was incredible. Be prepared for longer bus rides and non stop days from 6:30-9:00 pm. Not much down time.
Vacation
Saw a lot of incredible stuff! Not much rest very busy and king drives on bus. Some days 6:30am-9:00pm. So expect to keep moving.
Margaret Bishop
Review date: Friday, May 26, 2023
Service
The Travel Director was knowledgeable and interesting. The Coach Driver was fabulous.
Vacation
I feel like I saw a broad representation of the countries I visited. This was an opportunity to try cuisine unlike any I had had before. Haggis was very interesting!!
Dawn Gibler
Review date: Friday, September 9, 2022
Service
Booking was really easy and only took one phone call.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love to make it easy for you and handle all the details. Thank you so much for your business and hope to see you again soon!
Friday, September 9, 2022
Vacation
Making the reservation was simple.
Daniel Casale
Review date: Sunday, September 1, 2019
Service
Rob Rainhouse was very customer oriented and accommodating. He did what was required to bring a wonderful travel experience to life. Perfect and thanks again.
Vacation
Grand European/ Trafalgar continues to be my turn to travel consultant.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, June 23, 2019
Service
Booking was efficient and quick. Barbara was great.
Vacation
Vacation was very good. It was just tiresome. I wish the bus has more leg room. It was tight especially after several hours of riding on the bus daily,
Candace Aleks
Review date: Friday, June 21, 2019
Service
Alyssa is always great to work with in scheduling our trips! She gave me valuable information for our transfer in Dublin and she was so helpful with recommending our use of the Tristar Transfer Service from Heathrow to the hotel and the hotel to Heathrow. One recommendation is that Trafalgar/Insight should have a booth/kiosk where the Tristar drivers can stand so we can find them. We arrived early and our driver was not there. It was not his fault but we were confused. Luckily another great Tristar driver called the office and the driver arrived. Initially, you are tired and trying to follow the written directions on the GET materials so it can be a little unsettling. Our travel materials arrived in the mail efficiently. Alyssa always answers my questions fully and has even called back with more information.
Vacation
The Wonders of Great Britain and Ireland was another great Trafalgar Tour. We enjoyed Stonehenge, the Roman Baths of Bath, England and seeing Cardiff Castle in Wales. The ferry crossing to Waterford, Ireland was a unique experience. The Waterford Crystal factory tour was fascinating! Loved Tipperary and the Rock of Cashel. The ride around The Ring of Kerry was lovely. Enjoyed the Be My Guest experience at Molly Gallivan's farm and cottage with the delicious dinner and entertainment. Great shopping there, too!!!! Also enjoyed the many Optional experiences such as the Scottish Night in Edinburg. Liverpool was fun and the Lake Region was lovely. Enjoyed York and a GREAT dinner at a pub down the street from the hotel. Lovely people everywhere we went!!! Our Tour Director, David Caggiari-Pallett was exceptionally organized in preparing us for each experience each day. He was full of helpful information and had a vibrant, charming personality which kept us entertained throughout the trip. His use of technology on the bus was informative and entertaining. He was exceptionally skillful in guiding us into the venues promptly and especially skillful in checking us in to the hotels really fast!!! Great Job, David!!! He always made sure we knew how to contact him if need be. He encouraged us to experience as much as possible. Additionally, our Driver, Phil was fantastic! He was a skillful driver, had a great personality and meshed very well with our Tour Director. Our bus was always clean which is not easy considering the weather and where we traveled. All in all, we had a lot of fun seeing England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. I just wish we had 3 more days in LONDON!!!!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, April 26, 2019
Service
I would use them again. I liked having my luggage taken care of for me. However, I do feel that it could have been better organized. Some hotels were not good. Same breakfast was boring. Some wasted time/days.
Vacation
The places we saw were great but there was some wasted time.
Margaret Brennan
Review date: Friday, October 12, 2018
Service
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.
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