Britain & Ireland Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

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

Location:

London, England, United Kingdom, Harrogate, Yorkshire and the Humber, GB, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland, Metropolitan District of Waterford, IE, Cardiff, Wales, GB

11  Days | 9  nights
Call to book: 1-866-529-2079
Travelling as a group of 10 or more?  Request a group quote.

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, 3 dinners including 1 Be My Guest dinner)
  • $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.

Britain & Ireland Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 2

Arrive London

London 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.

Accommodation:
(1 night)
Britain & Ireland Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

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
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Britain & Ireland Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

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. A highlight on our journey is England's pretty Lake Windermere, which we’ll pass as we continue through countryside made famous by the poet William Wordsworth. We'll cross the border to the runaway wedding capital of Gretna Green, where eloping couples would tie the knot over the Marriage Anvil. We drive through the Southern Uplands to vibrant Glasgow. Tonight, consider joining an Optional Experience to Braveheart Country for a fabulous dinner and Scottish entertainment.

Optional Activities ($):
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 (18 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 & Steam Train Ride (21 GBP): 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.

Meal(s) : Full breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Britain & Ireland Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

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
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Britain & Ireland Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

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.

Optional Activities ($):
Optional Experiences:

Dinner in Dublin City (49 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.

Meal(s) : Full breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Britain & Ireland Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

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.

Optional Activities ($):
Optional Experiences:

Dublin Dinner & Cabaret (72 GBP): Enjoy an evening of fine food and nonstop 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 (25 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

Meal(s) : Full breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Britain & Ireland Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

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.

Optional Activities ($):
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 & Local Pub (24 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.

Meal(s) : Full breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Britain & Ireland Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

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 farewell dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Britain & Ireland Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

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
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Britain & Ireland Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

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
Britain & Ireland Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

ACCOMMODATIONS

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

LOCATION
HOTEL
London, England, United Kingdom
Park Plaza Riverbank(or similar)
Harrogate, Yorkshire and the Humber, GB
Crowne Plaza(or similar)
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Park Inn by Radisson City Centre(or similar)
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Ballsbridge(or similar)
Metropolitan District of Waterford, IE
Marina(or similar)
Cardiff, Wales, GB
Park Inn City Centre(or similar)
London, England, United Kingdom
Park Plaza Riverbank(or similar)

Room Specifications

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.
Room occupancy: 2 adults travelling together or up to 2 adults of the same gender.
Single or Triple occupancy option: Solo travellers will share a room with another person from the group. 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 INFO

DEPARTURE DATES

2020 departure dates:

March 27*                                                               
April 3*, 10*, 17, 24                                               
May 3*, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24*, 29*, 31*               
June 5, 7, 12*, 14, 19, 21*, 26, 29*                          
July 3, 5, 10*, 12*, 17, 19*, 24*, 26*, 31                 
August 7, 9*, 14, 16*, 21*, 23*, 28*                         
September 4*, 6*, 11*, 13*, 18*, 25                         
October 2*, 9*, 16*, 23                                               

*Non-definite departure dates

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

MORE TO KNOW

For an additional $96 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.

ACTIVITIES

Prices listed in the itinerary are valid as of August 21, 2019 and are subject to change without notice.

CITY TAXES

Pour 96$ CA par personne, les voyageurs peuvent prépayer les pourboires destinés au guide et au chauffeur. Téléphonez au 1 866 529-2079 pour ajouter cette option à votre réservation.

TRANSPORTATION

Transfers can be expensive, particularly between the airport and your London hotel. Trafalgar has negotiated special group transfer rates from London's Heathrow Airport to the door of your Trafalgar London hotel. Guests will be picked up and dropped off in time to meet all flights booked to and from London's Heathrow Airport.
Price: $77 CAD per person per trip to or from Heathrow Airport.

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Prices take into account taxes and are rounded to the nearest full dollar. Full details on taxes and fees are on the booking page.