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Britain & Ireland Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

 

Overview

Hotel description:

11 days | 9 nights

Go beyond the 'great' and see the best of Britain and Ireland on one trip, starting your tale of two islands in London and exploring such city gems as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin and Cardiff. Explore the countryside traveling through the Yorkshire Dales and the rugged Ayrshire Coast, before saddling up for a visit to the Irish National Stud Farm.

When travelling with Trafalgar, you will receive the perks of Insider Experiences, Sightseeing, First Class Highlights:

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest:  Enjoy a hearty Welsh dinner with a farming family and their animals in the beautiful award-winning vineyards of Wales
  • Cultural Insight: Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm and learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour
  • Local Specialist: For included sightseeing in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin
  • Hidden Treasure: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Experiences
  • City tour in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin
  • Orientation of York, Glasgow, Cardiff and Bath
  • Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, Gretna Green, the Irish National Stud farm and Japanese Garden, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge
  • View York Minster, Glasgow Cathedral and George Square, Kilkenny Castle and Gardens
  • See the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff

First Class Highlights
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details
  • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland
  • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Ireland to South Wales
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel

What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to London (if flight and tour package option is chosen)
  • 9 nights of accommodation
  • Transportation by luxury air-conditioned coaches
  • Porterage (1 piece of luggage per passenger)
  • 12 meals (9 full breakfasts, 1 Be My Guest dinner, and 2 dinners)
  • $50 CAD credit voucher for an Optional Experience as described in the itinerary below (1 voucher per person)
  • English-speaking travel director
  • Audio headsets for flexible sight-seeing
  • VIP entry to many sights

Itinerary

Day 1    Depart Canada
Fly to London.

Day 2   Arrive London
Old Blighty bids you a warm welcome to its regal traditions and fascinating heritage. Ramble through its picturesque Royal Parks relaxing after your journey, or take to its streets to admire centuries-old façades merged with the modern verve of a global capital that marches to its own multicultural tune.

Day 3   London - Stratford-upon-Avon - York - Harrogate

Join your Travel Director today and delve into centuries of history - tales of star-crossed lovers, tragic kings and Roman emperors are brought to life as we visit Stratford-upon-Avon and follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare. Visit his Birthplace and Visitor Center before embarking on a scenic drive north to the Viking city of York where we'll enjoy an orientation walk around its historic streets. View the quaint cobbled Shambles, see the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. This evening we indulge in traditional pub grub at a memorable Welcome Reception in the Victorian spa town of Harrogate, our home for tonight.

Meal(s): Full breakfast

Day 4   Harrogate - Lake District - Gretna Green - Glasgow
Stunning landscapes dotted with quaint stone villages offer a picturesque backdrop for our drive around the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the beautiful Lake District, which has inspired poets and writers for centuries. We meander past England's pretty Lake Windermere to Grasmere, described by William Wordsworth as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found". View the grave of this famous Romantic poet at St. Oswald's Church before crossing the border to the runaway wedding capital of Greta Green, where eloping couples would tie the knot over the Marriage Anvil. We arrive in Glasgow this evening where we will enjoy an orientation tour with views of the Cathedral and magnificent George Square lined with statues of some of Great Britain's most celebrated sons.

Meal(s): Full breakfast

Optional Experiences
  • A Stirling Evening (44 GBP): See Stirling Castle and the Wallace Memorial by night. A truly local experience, you'll be piped in to your evening meal in the historic Scottish city and enjoy an evening of Scottish delights.
  • Private Cruise On Lake Windermere (15.50 GBP): 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.
  • Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride (17.50 GBP): 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.

Day 5   Edinburgh Excursion
From the cultural capital of Glasgow to beguiling Edinburgh with its exquisite medieval façades, our encounter with Scotland will see us join a Local Specialist for a memorable sightseeing tour, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city. We'll see the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat and the new Scottish Parliament. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town and amble through the secret lanes of Auld Reekie before we return to Glasgow this evening for a delicious meal at a local restaurant.

Meal(s): Full breakfast and Regional Meal dinner

Optional Experiences
  • Royal Yacht Britannia (16.50 GBP): You’ll explore this magnificent ship, which has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. Now berthed in Leith, you’ll be welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences - the former honeymoon sanctuary for four royal couples.

Day 6   Glasgow - Belfast - Dublin
Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast past the island of Ailsa Craig, the stepping-stone from Ireland to Scotland, to board the ferry to Northern Ireland. Join a Local Specialist and explore the crossroads of British and Irish culture in its capital, Belfast, where we'll view City Hall, Queen's University and the dock where the Titanic was built. This evening we arrive in the vibrant capital of Ireland where we'll spend the next two nights.

Meal(s): Full breakfast

Optional Experiences
Dinner in Dublin City (45 GBP): 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.

Day 7   Dublin Sightseeing
Drive through the charming streets of pretty Dublin with a Local Specialist. We'll see the stately Georgian Squares, Trinity College and St. Patrick's Cathedral, the tallest church in Ireland. Gain insight into the centuries-old tradition of Guinness brewing and enjoy a Storehouse tour and tasting technique demonstration, before spending the rest of the day exploring Dublin's quaint city streets. Ramble through Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its colorful street performers or consider visiting the Old Jameson Distillery. This evening join an Optional Experience to a rousing Irish cabaret performance.

Meal(s): Full breakfast

Optional Experiences
  • Dublin Dinner and Cabaret (71 GBP): 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.
  • Experience the Ancient Monastic Site of Glendalough (20 GBP): 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.

Day 8   Dublin - Kildare - Kilkenny - Waterford

Fascinating Irish heritage and tradition are explored this morning as we gain a Cultural Insight into rearing world-class thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm established in 1946. Enjoy a guided walk through the farm and take some time to stroll through its tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe. Admire the imposing medieval castle at Kilkenny before some free time in this charming city for lunch. Our next stop sees us enjoying a Cultural Insight into the delicate craft of Waterford Crystal. We'll watch master craftsmen at work during a tour of the workshop and see the exquisitely crafted pieces in the showroom

Meal(s): Full breakfast

Optional Experiences
  • Irish Folk Fun (27 GBP): During this evening of entertainment, you'll get the chance to experience Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. Enjoy a drink while locals sing and play music for you.
  • Explore Waterford's History and Local Pub (23 GBP): 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". Afterwards, we stop off for a drink in one of the area's oldest pubs for a pint or drink of your choice.

Day 9   Waterford - Cardiff

Cross the Irish Sea to Wales by ferry and continue your journey to the Welsh capital of Cardiff to view the Millennium Center, National Assembly and historic Cardiff Castle at the heart of the city. This evening join a local Welsh family in the idyllic Welsh countryside for a memorable Be My Guest Farewell Dinner.

Meal(s): Full breakfast and Be My Guest dinner

Day 10   Cardiff - Bath - Stonehenge - London

Traversing the Severn Estuary into England, we arrive in the glorious UNESCO-listed Bath with its elegant Georgian façades and world-famous Roman Baths from which the city derives its name. Journeying across the picture-perfect landscapes of Wiltshire, we visit the mysterious monolithic stone circle at Stonehenge, whose myths and mysteries have yet to be fully revealed, returning to London later.

Meal(s): Full breakfast

Day 11   London - Return to Canada
Say farewell to your traveling companions at the end of your vacation, as you prepare to fly home with wonderful memories.

Meal(s): Full breakfast

Accommodations

Additional fees might apply

Solo Traveller in Twin-Share Room

Solo travellers will share a room with another person from the group.
Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during your trip.

The locations and corresponding hotels are as follows:

  • London: Park Plaza Riverbank or similar
  • Harrogate Crowne Plaza or similar
  • Glasgow: Park Inn by Radisson City Centre or similar
  • Dublin: Ballsbridge or similar
  • Waterford: Marina or similar
  • Cardiff: Park Plaza Riverbank or similar


Bed sizes: 2 twin beds
Room occupancy: Up to 2 adults of the same gender

Single or Triple occupancy option: Travellers who prefer to stay in a single occupancy or a triple occupancy room can call us book: 1 866 529-2079. Subject to availability.

Twin Room

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during your trip.

The locations and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • London: Park Plaza Riverbank or similar
  • Harrogate Crowne Plaza or similar
  • Glasgow: Park Inn by Radisson City Centre or similar
  • Dublin: Ballsbridge or similar
  • Waterford: Marina or similar
  • Cardiff: Park Plaza Riverbank or similar

Room occupancy: 2 adults travelling together

Single or Triple occupancy option: Travellers who prefer to stay in a single occupancy or a triple occupancy room can call us book: 1 866 529-2079. Subject to availability.

Important notes

2018 Tour Start Dates
June 15
July 2
September 2, 17, 21, 23 & 24

Departure Dates: Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your departure flight to arrive on or before the Tour Start Date.

Airport transfers:  Transfers to and from London Heathrow are not included and can be purchased in advance for $73 per person, per direction. Call us at 1 866 529-2079 to add this option to your reservation.

Pre-paid gratuities option: For an additional $177 CAD per person, travelers can pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver. Call us at 1 866 529-2079 to add this option to your reservation.

Optional Experiences: Prices listed in the itinerary are valid as of November 1, 2017 and are subject to change without notice.