Play & Pause: Britain & Ireland 2024-25

Play & Pause: Britain & Ireland 2024-25

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Play & Pause: Britain & Ireland 2024-25

17 Days Starting and ending in London

Visiting: London, Oxford, York, Whitby, Durham, Newcastle upon Tyne, Hadrian's Wall, Edinburgh, Stirling, Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness, Glenfinnan, Glasgow, Belfast, Giants Causeway, Londonderry, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Dublin, North Wales, Cardiff, Bath, Stonehenge

Tour operator:

Topdeck

Tour code:

TUKLL4

Specialist Group:

18-30 Somethings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 28

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-39

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Walking

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Tour Overview

TRIP VIBE = bucket-list sights and plenty of free time to do whatever you wanna do, UK-edition. Sweeet. We’re hitting five INCREDIBLE nations all crammed into one teeny tiny corner of the planet. That’s England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland and Wales. 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 for it?

Highlights

  • Walking tour of Oxford with Trip Leader

  • Scenic drive through North Moors National Park to Whitby

  • Walking tour of York with Trip Leader

  • Visit Hadrian’s Wall

  • Walking tour of Edinburgh with Trip Leader

  • Visit Stirling

  • Visit Loch Ness

  • Visit Glenfinnan

  • Walking tour of Glasgow with Trip Leader

  • Visit the Giant’s Causeway

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

One minute you’re at home, dreaming of the second you hit London with all you got. Next minute, you’re here. Making that dream a reality with a bunch of people who are 100% different but 100% the same. Ready to see what Britain and Ireland are about? Home to fish and chips. Bridgerton actors. Mind-blowing history. And really long names you probs can’t pronounce. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. First, we’ll kick off the good times with our first included group dinner. Bonus points for the weirdest British facts (FYI it’s illegal to hold a salmon and look suspicious here – time to make new evening plans).

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

The first full day. Let’s. GO! We’re leaving the Big Smoke behind cos our sights are set on Oxford. Our Trip Leader’ll introduce us to the do-not-miss-this sights on a walking tour. Think: Magdalen College, Bodleian Library, Sheldonian Theatre and The Ashmolean Museum (the oldest museum in the country, fyi). Then, we’re heading north. Make sure you rest those legs cos we’ve got another walking tour waiting for us in York. This time it’s allll about medieval streets, the original Diagon Alley and 2000 years of history. 2000! Is your mind blown yet? After an AWESOME day of filling your noggin with facts and figures, you’re probs gonna wanna let it all sink in. The night is yours. Find a cosy restaurant to get your foodie fill. Take a leisurely evening river cruise. Or settle in a dimly lit cocktail bar with an ambience you’ll wanna enjoy all night long.

Day 3: York – Whitby & Durham – Newcastle
Location: York, Whitby, Durham, Newcastle upon Tyne
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Wake up, it’s another day of travel paradise. And we’re taking the scenic route. Through North York Moors National Park. It’s giving magical. It’s giving vast af. It’s giving gob-s-m-a-c-k-e-d. Make sure you’ve got a window seat. And put your phone away – your travel fam sitting in the aisle wanna see England’s beaut countryside too. Whitby’s our first stop. The gothic coastal town made famous by Captain Cook (and Dracula if you like vamp fiction). After that, a quick visit to the historic city of Durham is on the cards. Then: Newcastle! We’ve got one night in this iconic city so make the most of it. First step: get up to speed with the Geordie lingo. Examples include: “Howay man!”, “Radgie” and “A right bobbly dazzler”. Don’t get the last two mixed up – you won't pass the vibe check.

Day 4: Newcastle – Hadrian’S Wall – Edinburgh (Scotland)
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, Hadrian's Wall, Edinburgh
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

No lies – today is a bit of a drive day. BUT we’ve got some awesome stops along the way. 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. Next up on our summer shenanigans: Alnwick Castle. Potterheads will recognise this place first-go. Here in winter? Head up to Bamburgh Castle. Goosebumps at the ready cos this place has spooky written all over it. You’ll have free time to wander inside or grab some lunch at the cafe before we cross the border into bonnie Scotland. Dinner in Edinburgh is on us, so line those stomachs with a hearty pub feast. Tonight: you do you. And Make. It. Count.

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

Kick things off today with a walking tour of this medieval capital – swing by Edinburgh Castle, stroll the Royal Mile, get all the feels from Greyfriars Bobby’s statue and be in awe of St Giles Cathedral. Then? The rest is 100% up to you! Strap on the Nikes and breathe in that fresh air on a hike up Arthur’s Seat. Step aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. Escape the crowds with a picnic in Princes Street Gardens. Tantalize that tongue on an optional food tour in one of the city’s most beaut areas. Georgian New Town = next level. Or, there’s an opportunity to have a dram of whisky and learn all about the distilled bev on a one-of-a-kind experience. Tonight, gather the gang for a night on the Old Town – filled with quirky cocktail bars, traditional pubs and craft beerhouses: there’s something for everyone in Scotland’s capital.

Day 6: Edinburgh – Stirling – Scottish Highlands
Location: Stirling, Scottish Highlands
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We might be waving goodbye to Edinburgh, but the mems we made here will stay with us forever. Facts. First up: Stirling. Find the National Wallace Monument. You can tell Braveheart fans (boomers in the fam) back home you’ve stood where the REAL Scottish hero is remembered – bonus points for screaming FREEEDOMMM at the top of your lungs. Or grab your mates and wander up to Stirling Castle (on the hill, no cap). Next stop = immense landscapes. Mysterious legends. Culture-rich traditions. And a lot of attractive red-heads. It’s none other than the Scottish Highlands. Tonight, we’re settling in, stuffing our faces and swapping our best bits so far.

Day 7: Scottish Highlands – Loch Ness & Glenfinnan – Scottish Highlands
Location: Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness, Glenfinnan, Scottish Highlands
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today’s main character: the Scottish Highlands. The sidekick? Ol’ Nessie. We’ve got a trip to her watery lair if you’re up for it. Hear alll the legends and see if you can spot the slippery sucker. Then there’s Glenfinnan. You’ve 100% seen the i-con-ic railway bridge. It’s Wizarding. World. Famous. Rather do your own thing? No worries! There’s plenty to explore around here. Trust us. Later, you’ve got the evening to enjoy some downtime. Scrolling mindlessly on #traveltok for an hour or so is totally okay with us. *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 – Glasgow
Location: Scottish Highlands, Glasgow
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Blast Lewis Capaldi as we roll back past more glens, mountains and lochs than you can shake a sporran at. Glasgow’s next on the agenda. Get your bearings during a walking tour with your savvy in-the-know Trip Leader. They’re gonna give you a rundown of this larger-than-life city as you hit George Square, Glasgow Cathedral, Riverside Museum and MORE. Then? The rest of the day is yours. Pick a direction and walk. Get lost. And lost again. Find something so random your mates back home won’t believe it. Maybe you won’t believe it yourself until it’s Right. There. Drag your trip mates along for the ride. Mems shared are mems that’ll live (way) longer than your average TikTok watch-time.

Day 9: Glasgow – Belfast (Northern Ireland)
Location: Belfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Rise and shine! We’re leaving Scotland behind and setting sail for the Emerald Isle. First up? Belfast. Aka THE place to start getting to know this island-country. Tighten your Air Forces cos we’ve got a hot walk date with our Trip Leader. They’re giving us the deets on The Troubles with visits to significant Protestant and Catholic estates as well as the Belfast Peace Wall. If you want more insider info, there’s a black cab tour up for grabs today. It’s not any black cab tour, it’s Belfast famous. Led by local guides who have lived through The Troubles, these guys point out political murals whilst sharing their own stories. 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 10: Belfast – Giants Causeway & Derry/Londonderry – Belfast
Location: Belfast, Giants Causeway, Londonderry, Belfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Bestie, you’re gonna be stoked for today’s Northern Ireland road trip. First up, we’ve got Giant’s Causeway. You ain’t ever seen anything like this before. Whether you believe it was formed by an underwater volcano or a giant called Finn, the moment you step foot onto one of these stones and look out to the water... well, there ain’t nothing like it. Unfortunately, we can’t stay here all day long. Don’t cry, we’ve got a stop at (London)Derry. Fans of Derry Girls, make sure you snap at pic at the mural on Orchard Street. Then, it’s back to Belfast for the night.

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

Cram in heaps of brekky, stock up on your new fave snacks (Tayto crisps are top tier) and get your comfies on. We’ve got a few hours on the road. Whip out UNO or catch up on the zeds – whatever you gotta do to pass the time, before we roll into Galway. It’s the edge(ish) of Europe. Ed Sheeran’s a clear winner for today’s music vibe, obvs. Our expert Trip Leader will introduce us to the city with pretty pastel houses along the waterfront on an orientation walk. Then: hit up Quay Street with the fam and get to know the locals – they're some of the friendliest people on earth. Not your vibe? Experience some of the county’s culture during an intimate theatre performance at the Druid Theatre.

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

It’s your day, your (Gal)way. You’ve got 24 hrs to embrace it all, 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. Hire a bike and head out to the prehistoric clifftop fort of Dún Aonghasa. Check out the ‘Worm Hole’. Or take a picnic to one of the pristine sandy beaches and soak up all the incredible views. This is livin’. Staying 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. After? It’s time for an included group dinner before you find your Galway girl/boy at O’Connor’s Pub.

Day 13: Galway – Cliffs Of Moher – Dublin
Location: Cliffs of Moher, Dublin
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Next up: 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 at the award-winning visitor centre (built into a hillside for full-on Hobbit vibes) before rolling into Dublin. Home of saints, scholars and U2 – tonight is yours to take on the buzzing local nightlife. And you wanna be introduced to this city right, right? An optional dinner and dance that’ll get your feet stomping and your hands clapping will give you the real Dublin experience. Including the craic.

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

Slip on your Birks 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? You’ve got the rest of the afternoon to do whatever you want. Got a taste for an Irish bev? Head to the Jameson Distillery. Or the Guinness Storehouse. We’ve got optional tours at both. 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 Murphy’s. Trust us.

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

Set your alarms for an early start. 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 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 – Cardiff
Location: 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 (yep, another one). 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 – Bath & Stonehenge – London (England)
Location: Bath, Stonehenge, 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 Room. Get a Bath Bun (or two) takeaway before we make tracks to our next stop: the mystical stones of 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 TikTok handles and start planning that reunion trip – where to next?

What's Included

  • Transport

    Air-conditioned minicoach

  • Accommodation

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

  • Tipping and Gratuities

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • International Travel

  • Country Entry Visas

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  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    We will have our Tour Leader with you every day

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping is not required

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No they aren't

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes we can

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No they aren't

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Single pricing is available on all tours

  • What is the maximum group size?

    28

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No they aren't

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

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

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

    This will be provided on all documentation

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

    Yes from all over the world

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    All guides are English Speaking

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No they aren't

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes the Coach is air-conditioned

  • 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 from Travellers on this Tour

Anonymous  

Play & Pause: Britain & Ireland 2024-25

09-Mar-2023

Our trip leader Sicily was amazing! Her insight, knowledge and just all around personality and engagement with our group added great value to the trip. Only downside of the trip was the accommodation in a couple of the last places were not as good as previous places and did not feel as safe, but overall was a great trip! Thank you TopDeck and thank you so much Sicily!! 😊

Anonymous  

Play & Pause: Britain & Ireland 2024-25

23-Jul-2023

Our guide, Nicole, was friendly and more than happy to give recommendations for great places to eat and see. We were a smaller group which turned out for the best as we all hot on and could all go and do things together more easily. We saw lots of neat places that I’d been wanting to see for awhile and some others that turned out to be the highlight of the day. As much as I loved seeing and exploring these places, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much if it weren’t for the company. We were all strangers on day one, but that quickly changed and we had a blast.

Anonymous  

Play & Pause: Britain & Ireland 2024-25

28-May-2023

Everything was great, locations were the best. Edinburgh was amazing.

James Ra  

Play & Pause: Britain & Ireland 2024-25

09-May-2023

Anonymous  

Play & Pause: Britain & Ireland 2024-25

30-Apr-2023

I learned a lot about the tour

Anonymous  

Play & Pause: Britain & Ireland 2024-25

09-Mar-2023

Really need to organise some accommodation with laundry facilities.

Anonymous  

Play & Pause: Britain & Ireland 2024-25

24-Jun-2023

In addition to the trip leader having a negative affect on the trip. Regarding the trip overall the ratio between time on the bus and time exploring wasn’t balanced and I felt like most of the 2 weeks was spent on the bus. The timing of the the days of the week should have been planned better ti maximise the experience in each dedicated pace. For example, as we stayed in a small Highlands town with not much to see and do for 2 nights over Friday and Saturday then we get to Glasgow on a Monday which is the day many thing like museums etc are closed and only stay there 1 night and onto the next place without feeling like we saw much there. I do understand there is a lot of driving involved in order to over the UK it’s just that the time spent in the designations are supposed to offset this and I feel it didn’t. Overall I am still glad I traveled the UK I just wish I had a fuller experience.

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    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.

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