Delve Deep: Britain & Ireland (Winter) 2023-24

Delve Deep: Britain & Ireland (Winter) 2023-24

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Delve Deep: Britain & Ireland (Winter) 2023-24

17 Days Starting and ending in London

Visiting: London, Oxford, Liverpool, York, Edinburgh, Scottish Highlands, Glasgow, Belfast, Galway, Dublin, North Wales, Cardiff

Tour operator:

Topdeck

Tour code:

TWULL3

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 20

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-39

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Walking, Whisky Tasting

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$3259 (USD) Operator discount: -$838 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$92 -22%
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Tour Overview

(Most similar to this previous trip: Winter Britain & Ireland) TRIP VIBE = iconic sights and in-depth adventures with a local Trip Leader. 1. England. 2. The Republic of Ireland. 3. Northern Ireland. 4. Scotland. 5. Wales. Five INCREDIBLE nations all crammed into one teeny corner of the planet. And guess what? Each one is filled to the brim with its own unique cultures, languages, accents, foods and facts. Meaning? You’ll need to enlist the help of a pro to make sense of it all. Lucky for you, we’ve got a few of ‘em on hand. Ready to experience this OG Britain & Ireland trip in all its winter-y glory? We thought so.

Highlights

  • See the Angel of the North

  • Glengoyne whisky distillery tour

  • Guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse

  • Walking tour of Dublin with Trip Leader

  • Photo stop at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Itinerary

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Day 1 : London (England)
Location: London
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

LDN. The perf place to kick off one mind-blowing wintertime adventure around Britain and Ireland’s best bits. First: greet your fellow explorers with a formal royal wave (or, you know, just say hi). Then: settle in for our first included group dinner. Over two weeks’ worth of frosty, foodie, fact-filled fun: we’re coming for ya.

Day 2 : London – Oxford – Liverpool
Location: London, Oxford, Liverpool
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

After that twelfth cuppa (when in England), it’s time to hit the road and get pumped for our first stop: Oxford. Get your real-life Harry Potter fix with a walking tour around the INCREDIBLE colleges. Soak up the views from Carfax Tower. And grab a pub lunch next to a toasty fireplace. Then: we’ll make tracks to Liverpool. Our Trip Leader will show us around town before we head off solo to tick off the likes of the Tate Liverpool, Maritime Museum, Albert Docks and The Beatles museum (of course). Dinner’s up to you this eve. Our suggestion? Warm your cockles with a steaming bowl of scouse stew – so good, Liverpudlians named their accent after it.

Day 3 : Liverpool – York
Location: Liverpool, York
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Wave 'ta ra’ to Liverpool, today we’re off to the medieval walled city of York. Centuries of history. A ‘holy sh*t’-worthy cathedral. And some pretty awesome pubs. Don your beanie – we’ll get to know the who’s who of York on a walking tour, then the rest is up to you. Head up the tower of York Minster, visit the JORVIK Viking Centre or engage explorer mode and lose yourself along the Shambles and Snickelways. Later, track down The York Roast Co. and try the Yorkshire Roast wrap for dinner. It’s so wrong, it’s right.

Day 4 : York – Edinburgh (Scotland)
Location: York, Edinburgh
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

No lies – today is a bit of a drive day. BUT we’ve got some awesome stops to make along the way. First up: spread your wings under the Angel of the North. Then: take a peek at what Roman life was like back in the year 122 with a stop along Hadrian’s Wall. Wander the barrack blocks of Housesteads Roman Fort and soak up the 360-views from the fortress, before we cross the border into bonnie Scotland. We’ll go all Hogwarts tonight with our included dinner in a traditional Edinburgh dining hall. Line those stomachs with a hearty feast before seeing if the city’s bar scene lives up to the hype.

Day 5 : Edinburgh
Location: Edinburgh
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Kick things off today with a walking tour of this historic capital – gawp at mighty Edinburgh Castle, stroll the Royal Mile, get all the feels from Greyfriars Bobby’s statue and stare in awe at St Giles Cathedral. Then? The rest is 100% up to you! Check out the unique collection of Viking-age objects at the Museum of Scotland. Strap on your boots and take a hike up Arthur’s Seat. Step aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. Explore the uber-cool Leith district. Or escape the weather with afternoon tea at Elephant House (where JK Rowling wrote THAT series, just sayin’). And tonight? There’s an opportunity to delve into Edinburgh’s dark-side on a ‘City of the Dead’ tour. You might need to pack a spare pair of underwear for this one.

Day 6 : Edinburgh
Location: Edinburgh
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Didn’t get to everything? DW we’ve got your back – here’s a free day we prepared earlier. Zip up the puffer jacket and jump on a Potter-themed walking tour. Check out Liz’s official Scottish residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Explore the National and Portrait Galleries. Sip on Scotland’s national drink at The Scotch Whisky Experience. Or flash some plastic along George Street. If the weather is on your side, head up Calton Hill for alllll the sunset views over the city. Then gather the gang for a night on the Old Town – filled with quirky cocktail bars, cosy traditional pubs and craft beerhouses there’s something for everyone. Our fave? Hoot the Redeemer. Think: 1950s’ cocktail bar + arcade games = hours of entertainment!

Day 7 : Edinburgh – Scottish Highlands
Location: Edinburgh, Scottish Highlands
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Breathtaking landscapes. Mysterious legends. Culture-rich traditions. And a lot of attractive red-heads. We must be in the Scottish Highlands. Blast Snow Patrol as we weave past more glens, mountains and lochs than you can shake a sporran at. Tonight, after our included dinner you’ll be free to explore or kick back and take it all in. Yep, you’re actually here. *Take note: the Scottish Highlands are BIG – and we’re unable to guarantee exact locations right now. So, sit tight and check your Trip Notes or Topdeck app for specific locations closer to take-off.

Day 8 : Scottish Highlands
Location: Scottish Highlands
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

This is your day, your way. But we’ve got an included trip out to see ol’ Nessie if you’re keen. Hear alll the legends and see if you can spot the slippery sucker through the mist on an optional scenic cruise. Rather do your own spontaneous-this-is-what-I-came-here-for thing? No worries! There’s plenty to explore around here. Trust us. Tonight, gather your trip mates and seek out a historic pub for a wee dram and hearty Scottish fare. Trying haggis? Go on, we dare you.

Day 9 : Scottish Highlands – Glasgow
Location: Scottish Highlands, Glasgow
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Fact: you can’t ‘do’ Scotland without whisky. So, we’ve organised an included tour of Glengoyne Distillery and a belly-warming tasting today. You can thank us later. Uncover the magic maturation process this liquid gold goes through – before having a sniff and swirl of the good stuff. Next: onwards to the home of COP26, mac ‘n’ cheese pie (try it) and Glasgow kisses (don’t try it). Our in-the-know Trip Leader will show us around the Merchants Quarter, Buchanan Street and George Square on a walking tour – pointing out the must-visits for our free time tonight. Then the rest is 100% up to you. We suggest grabbing a bite in Merchant City, where the 18th-century warehouses are chock-a-block with buzzing bars, restaurants and galleries.

Day 10 : Glasgow – Belfast (Northern Ireland)
Location: Glasgow, Belfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Rise and shine! We’re leaving Scotland behind and setting sail for the Emerald Isle. First up? Belfast. More than just four-leafed clovers and pots of gold – Northern Ireland’s capital is THE place to start delving deeper into the rich history of this island-country. Get a local insight into The Troubles on an included walking tour – visiting significant Protestant and Catholic estates and the Belfast Peace Wall. Tonight: head to the Cathedral Quarter to check out the bar scene. Or find a local haunt to warm your feet by the fire and sip on an Irish coffee. It’s like a hug for your insides.

Day 11 : Belfast – Galway (Republic Of Ireland)
Location: Belfast, Galway
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Limber up for a giant game of hopscotch – today we’ll skip and jump our way across the famous Giant’s Causeway. Think these huge hexagonal columns were created by volcanic activity 60 million years ago? Wrong! They’re actually remnants of a GIANT-sized, testosterone-filled stand-off. True story, just ask your expert Trip Leader. Next up: (London)Derry, where we’ll take a closer look at the Derry Murals and learn about the Battle of Bogside and Bloody Sunday. Later, get the run around Galway with our on-road expert before taking the night off to explore. Tonight, dinner is up to you. But we hear the oysters here are bloody good. Hot tip: McDonagh’s is THE place to go.

Day 12 : Galway
Location: Galway
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

It’s your day, your (Gal)way. You’ve got 24 hrs to delve deeper, so don’t waste a second. Need some suggestions? Set sail for the Aran Islands and rewind to a time of horse-drawn carts, ancient forts and locally spoken Gaelic. Or if you’re sticking around town – make sure you check out Wolfe Tone Bridge, the Spanish Arch, Lynch’s Castle and settle in for a shamrock tea at Cupán Tae. Tonight, dinner’s on us back at the hotel. Then? Find your Galway girl/boy at O’Connor’s Pub.

Day 13 : Galway – Dublin
Location: Galway, Dublin
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Next: the cobblestone streets of Temple Bar and historic watering holes of the capital. But first, glue your nose to the coach window as we take the scenic route across the Burren to the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. You’re gonna want your camera charged for this one. We’ll stop in at Doolan (famous for surfing) and Lisdoonvarna (famous for matchmaking...) before rolling onto Dublin. Home of saints, scholars and U2 – tonight is yours to take on the buzzing local nightlife or learn some new moves at a traditional dance show.

Day 14 : Dublin
Location: Dublin
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Slip on your gloves and down that cup of Joe – we’ll get our bearings around this historic city on a walking tour. Tick off Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin Castle, the General Post Office and Temple Bar. Then? It’s time to discover what’s so special about Ireland’s most iconic export at the Guinness Storehouse. With 7 floors, a sky-high Gravity Bar and a cold pint of the good stuff included – even the cider-drinkers will be impressed. Fact: you’ve got the rest of the afternoon to do whatever you want. Keep the buzz going and head to the Irish Whiskey Museum. Check out the Book of Kells at Trinity College. Take a tour of Kilmainham Gaol. Buy a claddagh ring for someone special along Drury Street. And don’t miss out on a cone of brown-bread ice cream at Murphey’s. Trust us, even in winter it’s a must.

Day 15 : Dublin – North Wales (Wales)
Location: Dublin, North Wales
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Land ahoy! Today, we’re ferrying over to wild Wales – a country that has collectively rejected the letters K,Q,V and Z. Speaking of letters – we’ll make a photo stop at the place with the longest name in Europe. Work on your pronunciation for a bit, then we’ll roll through the scenic countryside to Llangollen. A cute lil’ Welsh town on the riverfront – you’ll have the afternoon to check out the 13th- century ruins of Castell Dinas Brân, jump aboard the (seasonal) steam train, or take a walk along the canal. Tonight: gather the gang to seek out a local pub for some live music and a hearty feed along the riverfront. *Take note: North Wales is a BIG place – and we’re unable to guarantee exact locations right now. So, sit tight and check your Trip Notes or Topdeck app for specific locations closer to take-off.

Day 16 : North Wales – Cardif
Location: North Wales, Cardiff
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we’re gonna find out why so many English university students flock to study in Cardiff. Hint: it has something to do with the awesome bands that pass through. Check out the Castle on the Hill. Take a tour of Principality Stadium. Wander around Cardiff Bay. And tuck into a Welsh cake at Cardiff Central Market. At dinner tonight, we’re going to give this incredible adventure the send-off it deserves. Make sure you catch a home-grown act at the Welsh Club or sample a quirky cocktail at the Dead Canary (their menu is as whacky as the name).

Day 17 : Cardiff – London (England)
Location: Cardiff, London
Meals Included: Breakfast

Quick maths: this is our last day. But we’re sure as hell not done yet! En route to London, we’ll stop by the gobsmackingly beautiful Bath to take in the Abbey, Royal Crescent and Roman Baths. You’ve got free time to take a tour of the Baths and sample the healing (read: disgusting) spa water. Or treat yourself to a classy lunch at the Pump Rooms. Get a Bath Bun (or two) takeaway before we make tracks to our next stop: the mystical Stonehenge. One of the most iconic prehistoric sites in the world, take it alllllll in before piling back on the coach for the drive back to ol’ Blighty. Swap Insta handles and start planning that reunion trip – where to next?

What's Included

  • Transport

    Air-conditioned minicoach

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Accommodation

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

What's Not Included

  • Country Entry Visas

  • International Travel

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

Check out our Q&As

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No they aren't

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes we can

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes from all over the world

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No they aren't

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No they aren't

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    We will have our Tour Leader with you every day

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    This will vary from your country of origin. Please seek advice locally

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes it is

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    This will be provided on all documentation

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping is not required

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Single pricing is available on all tours

  • What is the maximum group size?

    20

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No they aren't

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    All guides are English Speaking

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Curious? Open-minded? Same. Topdeckers are a mixed bunch, but that’s what makes us special. They come from all over the globe and are aged between 18 and 39. Like you, they’re looking to feel real. To experience more. To embrace the unknown. To grow and connect – without judgement.

  • Is there an age limit on Topdeck trips?

    Yes. Our trips are specifically designed for those aged 18-39 years of age.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    40 years

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    https://www.topdeck.travel/resources/booking-flexibility

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    We operate Single Share across across all touring styles and will match you with someone of the same gender

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    E-Documentation will be sent

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes, we work dilligenltly with our partners to acheive this

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes you can on European Tours

Reviews of this Operator

Sarah, Traveller  

Road Trip USA

01-Oct-2020

"The tour leader and bus driver were exceptional at all times. The optional activities were great and catered to a lot of different people. The tour as a whole was great and a once in a lifetime opportunity. I would definitely book with Topdeck again."

Tobin, Traveller  

Japan Highlights

29-Nov-2019

“Incredible experience! I had done a tour with another company in Europe so thought I knew what to expect but was blown away with my Topdeck tour. Better accommodation, such a great group of people and our trip leader was incredible. Saw so much stuff I would have missed without him. Highly recommended!”

Emily, Traveller  

Jordan & Israel

08-Aug-2019

“I felt so safe everywhere we went and would go back in a heartbeat if I could! Can't wait to make my way back to Egypt! I would recommend this to everyone, any doubt you have about Egypt or any of the Middle Eastern countries will be washed away as soon as you step off that plane!”

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Mar 12, 2024 - Mar 28, 2024
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Operator discount: -$838 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$92 (USD)

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  • Low Deposit

    Topdeck requires a minimum deposit of 60 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of topdeck charges.

    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

  • Covid-19 Vaccination Policy

    Updated: 01-Jan-2023

    The world of travel has changed since we introduced our COVID-19 Vaccine Policy. That’s why the policy came to an end on 31 December 2022.

    This means you no longer need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to join a Topdeck trip.

    BUT bear in mind some countries and airlines will have different requirements – it’s your responsibility to keep up to date with these (Google is your friend).

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