Britain and Ireland Experience

Britain and Ireland Experience

12 Days Starting and ending in London

Visiting: London, Windsor, Bath, Cardiff, Fishguard, Rosslare Harbour, Waterford, Blarney, Killarney, Tralee, Dingle Peninsula, Adare, Limerick, Shannon, Galway, Dublin, Chester, Liverpool, Lake District National Park, Gretna Green, Edinburgh, Jedburgh, Hadrian's Wall, York, Leeds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham, Bladon, Oxford

Tour operator:

Costsaver

Tour code:

BIEXZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 45

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Budget, UK tours by Coach

Activities:

Walking

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Tour Overview

Travel through landscapes that have inspired world-famous writers and poets, from Shakespeare to Robert Burns. On this journey across England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, you’ll see medieval castles and cathedrals, wander past the famous Chester Rows and kiss the Blarney Stone. The idyllic settings of the Lake District, Dingle Peninsula and the Cotswolds give way to vibrant capitals and the little-known train station with the world’s longest name.

Highlights

  • View the timbered buildings known as the 'Rows'

  • Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the Castle

  • Visit the town of Shakespeare's birth and see Anne Hathaway's cottage

  • View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles

Itinerary

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Day 1 : London – Windsor – Bath – Cardiff (1 Night)

Randolfo Santos
Steven Eastham
Diego Alberto Etchevarne
Sun Travels And Resorts (Sun travels)
Val Rossi

Location: London, Windsor, Bath, Cardiff

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Future Inn Cardiff

Meals Included: Dinner

All the highlights of Britain and Ireland lie ahead as your epic journey across two mystical islands kicks off in London. The 'Big Smoke’s' skyscrapers and boroughs give way to an idyllic countryside as you wind your way to Windsor, the Queen’s residence. Arriving in Bath, you’ll admire the honey-coloured Georgian architecture which gives this ancient Roman city its elegant aspect. Cross the Severn Estuary, the border between England and tiny Wales, where tonight its capital sets the stage for the rest of your memorable holiday.

Day 2 : Cardiff – Waterford (1 Night)

Sun Travels And Resorts (Sun travels)
Val Rossi

Location: Cardiff, Fishguard, Rosslare Harbour, Waterford

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Treacy's Hotel Waterford Spa & Leisure Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast

Join this morning’s Optional Experience to Cardiff Castle, a medieval fortress which has enjoyed a colourful history spanning centuries. Ancient ruins and lush countryside lie between the Welsh capital and your first stop at Pembroke Castle. But first, your scenic drive will pass Carmarthen, the oldest town in Wales and, legend has it, the birthplace of Merlin. See the 11th-century castle in which King Henry VII, the first of the Tudor line, was born, then board your ferry across the Irish Sea to Ireland.

Day 3 : Waterford – Blarney – Tralee (1 Night)

Location: Waterford, Blarney, Killarney, Tralee

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Benners Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The delicate crystal for which Waterford is so famous takes centre stage this morning during a visit to the Waterford Crystal Showroom. Leave all that Viking history behind and enjoy the charming scenery en-route to Blarney Castle, where a quick kiss of the Blarney Stone will grant you the 'gift of the gab'. Your scenic drive continues across the Cork and Kerry Mountains. You’ll pass Killarney, where you could hop on an optional Jaunting Car ride, before continuing to Tralee, renowned for its annual Rose of Tralee International Festival.

Day 4 : Tralee – Dingle Peninsula – Limerick – Shannon (1 Night)

Location: Tralee, Dingle Peninsula, Adare, Limerick, Shannon

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Treacys Oakwood Hotel Shannon

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

There won't be a moment you're not fixated on this wild landscape of stone monuments, deserted beaches and verdant pastures. Today's drive through the Dingle Peninsula is one filled with tiny villages, colourful fishing harbours and landscapes that have inspired poetry. Those incredible views will linger long after you leave Ireland's most westerly point, but there's more to see as you head to the prettiest village in Ireland, Adare. Continue to Limerick to see its medieval-era St. Mary's Cathedral and view King John's Castle, before arriving at your hotel in Shannon where tonight you'll dine in your hotel.

Day 5 : Shannon – Galway – Dublin (2 Nights)

Location: Shannon, Galway, Dublin

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Dublin One

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your first stop today is Ireland's first 'City of Culture', Galway, or join an Optional Experience to the 15th-century Bunratty Castle and Folk Park delving into what Ireland was like in the 19th century. After a chinwag with the 'locals', drive through the wild landscapes of County Clare bound for Galway, the 'place of foreigners'. See its modern cathedral before heading to the whimsical Irish capital. This evening, an optional dinner and Irish show will have your toes tapping and taste buds craving another round of Irish coffee.

Day 6 : Dublin Sightseeing And Free Time

Location: Dublin

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Dublin One

Meals Included: Breakfast

You’re in good hands this morning as your Local Specialist reveals all their secrets about this charismatic capital city with a small-town feel. View Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle, the 13th-century Norman fortress turned museum. This afternoon explore Dublin on your own or join an optional visit to one of the most important monastic sights in Europe. Your Local Specialist will bring the ancient stories of Glendalough to life and show you around the beautiful landscapes of the garden of Ireland.

Day 7 : Dublin – Chester – Altrincham

Location: Dublin, Chester, Liverpool

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Best Western Cresta Court

Meals Included: Breakfast

Say a fond slán go fóill to the 'Emerald Isle', crossing the Irish Sea bound for Holyhead on the Welsh Island of Anglesey. Get ready for a tongue twister you could only capture in a panoramic shot. View the station boasting one of the longest names in the world, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, then head through the north coast of Wales to Chester to explore its Roman heritage. There might even be time to walk along its defensive 1st-century walls and view the famous black and white half-timbered buildings before heading to Liverpool where the musical 'Fab Four' had their start. This evening we head to Altrincham in Manchester.

Day 8 : Altrincham – Lake District – Edinburgh (Queensferry)

Location: Liverpool, Lake District National Park, Gretna Green, Edinburgh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Doubletree Queensferry Crossing

Meals Included: Breakfast

After a busy week of sightseeing, you deserve an idyllic stop in 'the loveliest spot' that has inspired poetry and prose. Board an exclusive and optional cruise on Lake Windermere, skimming the northern coastline, deserted islands and Wray Castle. See the Lake District landscapes that William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter so admired before crossing the Scottish border bound for Gretna Green. Here you’ll learn how eloping couples would tie the knot over the legendary anvil against their parents’ wishes. Tonight, an Optional Experience could see you join your travel companions for a delicious traditional dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 9 : Edinburgh Sightseeing And Free Time

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Doubletree Queensferry Crossing

Meals Included: Breakfast

Discover the Edinburgh’s mystical allure which has captivated writers, poets, politicians and royalty. Your Local Specialist will guide this morning’s sightseeing tour past the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle. You’ll explore the medieval Royal Mile and cross the Forth to the grand Georgian boulevards of New Town. The rest of the day is free to explore Edinburgh on your terms. Consider joining one of two special Optional Experiences, boarding the Royal Yacht Britannia for a brush with royalty or exploring what lies behind the impenetrable walls of Edinburgh Castle. This evening is your chance to enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. Time your visit to coincide with the rousing Edinburgh Tattoo with tickets included on certain departures.

Day 10 : Edinburgh (Dunfermline) – York – Leeds (1 Night)

Location: Edinburgh, Jedburgh, Hadrian's Wall, York, Leeds

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Leonardo Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Your journey south ventures through what was once referred to as 'The Debatable Lands' where all that remains of Jedburgh Abbey are its 12th-century ruins. Admire the expansive Cheviot Hills at Carter Bar, snapping a selfie at the Anglo-Scottish border. Continue into Northumberland National Park to view Hadrian’s Wall, the largest Roman archaeological feature anywhere in the world. Then cross the Tyne River at Newcastle and stop in York, where an orientation tour will reveal the city’s medieval heritage and spiritual heart, its Gothic Minster. Wander down the narrow cobbled Shambles, before enjoying dinner in a traditional York pub. Then continue to your hotel in Bradford where you'll lay your head for the evening.

Day 11 : Leeds – Stratford-Upon-Avon – Cheltenham (1 Night)

Location: Leeds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: DoubleTree by Hilton Cheltenham

Meals Included: Breakfast

The streets and squares of Stratford-upon-Avon remain much as they did in the time of Shakespeare. Embark on your own exploration of the historic market town where England’s famous bard was born and buried. There’s time to join an Optional Experience to Warwick Castle and even see the firing of the greatest of medieval siege weapons, the Trebuchet.

Day 12 : Cheltenham – Oxford – London

Location: Cheltenham, Bladon, Oxford, London

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Take a step back in time to the Cotswolds, a glorious collection of tiny thatched villages and rolling green hills. Your scenic drive through this historic corner of Britain will bring you to Bladon, where Sir Winston Churchill is buried in the unassuming churchyard at St. Martin's Church. Churchill, widely credited with delivering the British nation from the brink of defeat to victory in World War II, loved the Cotswolds and spent his retirement here. Next up is a visit to Oxford, England’s oldest university city. See several of its iconic landmarks before continuing south to London, where you’ll bid your Travel Director and new friends a fond farewell.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Pick-up and drop-off when you stay at the Costsaver recommended London hotel, booked through Costsaver

  • The services of a Costsaver Local Host if you stay at Costsaver's recommended London hotel

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • Many meals and daily breakfasts included

  • City orientation tours

  • Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries

  • Variety of Optional Experiences

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

What's Not Included

  • Fully Guided

  • Tipping and Gratuities

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the primary tag associated with the Britain and Ireland Experience tour?

    The primary tag associated with the tour is 'UK tours by Coach'.

  • What type of transport is used in the Britain and Ireland Experience tour?

    The tour uses a luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries.

  • Are there any exclusions in the Britain and Ireland Experience tour?

    Yes, the tour excludes fully guided tours, tipping, and gratuities.

  • What are some of the highlights of the Britain and Ireland Experience tour?

    Some highlights of the tour include viewing the timbered buildings known as the 'Rows', sightseeing with a Local Specialist in various cities including views of the Castle, visiting the town of Shakespeare's birth and seeing Anne Hathaway's cottage, and viewing York Minster and strolling along the Shambles.

  • What type of accommodation is provided in the Britain and Ireland Experience tour?

    The Britain and Ireland Experience tour provides cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.

  • What countries does the Britain and Ireland Experience tour visit?

    The Britain and Ireland Experience tour visits England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.

  • What is the starting location of the Britain and Ireland Experience tour?

    The starting location of the tour is London.

  • Are meals included in the Britain and Ireland Experience tour?

    Yes, many meals and daily breakfasts are included in the Britain and Ireland Experience tour.

  • Does the Britain and Ireland Experience tour include any city orientation tours?

    Yes, the tour includes city orientation tours.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty and joy of taking a guided vacation with Costsaver is that you get to meet, travel and make friends with people from all over the world.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Costsaver is part of The Travel Corporation, which has been in business for over 100 years.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Costsaver is proud to be a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation started in 2008. To date the charity has donated over US$2 million to assist underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism initiatives around the globe.

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12-Jan-2023

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14-Dec-2022

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20-Jan-2023

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15-Jan-2023

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    Up to 91 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 80% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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