Wonders of Britain and Ireland

Operated by: Trafalgar

15 Days from $3,418 per person

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

Waterford, Pembroke, Rosslare, Killarney, Blarney, Dublin, Cashel, Liverpool, Holyhead, Edinburgh, York, Stratford Upon Avon ...more Waterford, Pembroke, Rosslare, Killarney, Blarney, Dublin, Cashel, Liverpool, Holyhead, Edinburgh, York, Stratford Upon Avon
  1. Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

    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.

    hotel Park Plaza County Hall/Park Plaza Riverbank
  2. Day 2 London Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join a 'Local Specialist' today to explore the city's favourite 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.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 London – Stonehenge – Bath – Cardiff

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

    meals Breakfast, Welcome Reception
    hotel Park Inn City Centre
  4. Day 4 Cardiff – 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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Marina/Treacys
  5. Day 5 Waterford – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights)

    '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 travelling to the picturesque town of Killarney.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Killarney
  6. Day 6 Ring of Kerry Excursion

    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' dinner with the O'Sullivan family and their Kerry cows.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  7. Day 7 Killarney – Cashel – Dublin Sightseeing (2 Nights)

    Celtic art and history take centre 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Sandymount/Clayton Leopardstown
  8. Day 8 Dublin Free Time

    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 cosy atmosphere of the Irish capital. Ramble through the buzzing streets of Temple Bar or visit Grafton Street, famous for its colourful street performers.

    meals Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Dublin – Chester – Liverpool

    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 at a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Jurys Inn
  10. Day 10 Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

    The beautiful landscape, which for centuries inspired the Romantic poets, provides a mesmerising 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Apex City
  11. Day 11 Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

    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.

    meals Breakfast
  12. Day 12 Edinburgh – Alnwick – York

    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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Novotel Centre
  13. Day 13 York – Stratford-upon-Avon

    We visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre 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. This evening we join our fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Stratford Manor
  14. Day 14 Stratford-upon-Avon – Bladon – Oxford – 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.

    meals Breakfast
  15. Day 15 Depart 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.

    meals Breakfast
Wonders of Britain and Ireland
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 14 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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
  • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Bath, Cardiff, Chester, York and 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, Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle, Alnwick, Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and one of the famous colleges of Oxford (when open)
  • VIEW the home to Harry Potter & Hogwarts' Alnwick Castle, York Minster, Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and Sir Winston Churchill's grave at Bladon
  • SEE the Lake District's magnificent scenery
  • SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
  • Edinburgh Tattoo
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Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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 2020 it will take place in Edinburgh from August 7th to August 29th, 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!

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.


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


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 stories and anecdotes; one guest even described the trip as the "best history lesson ever".
Adult Price: €17


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.
Adult Price: €21

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 and informal - is accompanied with plenty of food and drink. There's no more enjoyable way to understand Irish culture.
Adult Price: €65


Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

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.
Adult Price: €71

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

Dinner in Dublin City

Come to one of Dublin's most locally-loved restaurant-pubs. You'll enjoy dinner and charming hospitality that this part of the world is renowned for.
Adult Price: €45


Famous Sights and the Fab Four

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.
Adult Price: £16.50


Private Cruise On Lake Windermere

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.
Adult Price: £17

Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

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.
Adult Price: £19


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

Local Dinner Evening

Join us and your travelling companions for a delicious traditional dinner and drink at a local restaurant.
Adult Price: £40

Rosslyn Chapel

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'.
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 haunted Torphichen Inn your arrival will be toasted by our convivial host before enjoying an excellent dinner of local specialties and entertainment.
Adult Price: £46

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 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.
Adult Price: £60


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 ghost hunter. You’ll finish with a drink and delicious meal in a local restaurant. Without the walk - meal and drinks only - £36.
Adult Price: £40


Shakespeare's Schoolhouse Experience

Today we'll visit the spectacular Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare was baptised and also where he is buried. We'll also see Stratford's medieval guildhall and attend a lesson at Shakespeare's schoolhouse before enjoying scones with cream and a glass of bubbly.
Adult Price: £20

Independent Reviews
Daniel Casale
Sunday, September 1, 2019
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.
Grand European/ Trafalgar continues to be my turn to travel consultant.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Booking was efficient and quick. Barbara was great.
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
Friday, June 21, 2019
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.
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
Friday, April 26, 2019
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.
The places we saw were great but there was some wasted time.
Margaret Brennan
Friday, October 12, 2018
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.
The accommodations and events were really great.
Vernon Fitzhugh
Saturday, August 11, 2018
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.
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!
Elva Coffey Sears
Thursday, May 31, 2018
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
The price was great for the all of the adventures included!
Trusted Customer
Friday, May 25, 2018
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.
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.
Jacquelyn Potter
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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
Definitely covered all the destinations. Hotels choices were excellent. Disappointed in the optional dinners.
Richard Barbone
Sunday, September 17, 2017
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.
Was worthwhile and good value
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