Britain and Ireland Grandeur Reverse

Britain and Ireland Grandeur Reverse

23 Days



Britain and Ireland Grandeur Reverse

23 Days Starting and ending in London

Visiting: London, Stratford-upon-Avon, York, Leeds, Alnwick, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Pitlochry, Scottish Highlands, Culloden, Loch Ness, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Glasgow, Gretna Green, Lake District, Liverpool, Chester, Dublin, Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Londonderry, County Donegal, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Limerick, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Blarney, Waterford, Cardiff, Bath, Plymouth, Looe, Polperro, Stonehenge

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Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Go behind the scenes on a grand exploration of Britain and Ireland – one that will see you circle islands, scale highlands and cross the seas. No corner of the British Isles will remain unexplored, from London and Liverpool to Edinburgh, Dublin and Belfast with a visit to Giant’s Causeway, the Ring of Kerry and the ever-elusive ‘Nessie’ all in between.


  • 22 Breakfast (B)

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)

  • 6 Dinner (D)

  • 1 Lunch (L)

  • Somerset: Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch with the Dyer family on their 15th-century dairy farm in Somerset complete with home-made ice-cream.

  • Falkirk: Visit Falkirk Wheel to learn about Scotland's canal system at the world's only rotating boat lift.

  • Dublin: Visit the Guinness Storehouse to see how the world’s most famous stout is created then enjoy the distinctive taste of a perfectly chilled pint of Guinness.

  • Belfast: Experience Belfast from the comfort of your dedicated Black Cab with expert 'Cabbie' commentary.

  • Waterford: Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.

  • Stratford-upon-Avon: Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history's most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore this pretty town with its iconic Tudor houses.

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Day 1: Welcome To London
Location: London
Accommodation: The Tower

The cosmopolitan capital that is London is yours to explore today - the perfect launch pad to discover what's great about Great Britain. Spend the day relaxing in the Royal Parks, amble along the Thames or visit one of the many museums showcasing the art, culture and antiquities of what was once the British Empire.

Day 2: Explore The Sights Of London
Location: London
Accommodation: The Tower
Meals Included: Breakfast

Join a Local Specialist today for a memorable encounter with London's most iconic sights. See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey where Britain's kings and queens have been crowned for centuries. Spend the rest of the day exploring London on your terms - shop for the best of British on Carnaby Street, admire the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus or visit 'The City' with Christopher Wren's great St. Paul's Cathedral.

Day 3: Journey To Stratford-Upon-Avon, York And Leeds
Location: London, Stratford-upon-Avon, York, Leeds
Accommodation: Leonardo Hotel Leeds
Meals Included: Breakfast, Welcome Reception

This morning meet your Travel Director. The 'Bard of Avon' and his legacy take center stage as we travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to view Anne Hathaway's picturesque thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor center before heading to York and Leeds, where we'll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and get to know our Travel Director and travel companions.

Day 4: Onwards To Edinburgh
Location: Leeds, Alnwick, Edinburgh
Accommodation: Holiday Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast

We venture north to the medieval market town of Alnwick with its impressive castle and Tenantry Column, upon which the Percy Lion sits imposingly overlooking the town’s beautiful gardens. Enjoy a scenic drive north to the enchanting capital of Edinburgh.

Day 5: Explore Elegant Edinburgh
Location: Edinburgh
Accommodation: Holiday Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast

Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, overlooking the town from Castle Rock. See the quaint Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse and new Scottish Parliament building. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.

Day 6: Venture To The Scottish Highlands
Location: Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Pitlochry, Scottish Highlands
Accommodation: Highlander
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We continue north to the historic town of St. Andrews, home to the oldest golf course in the world. View the famous 18th green which the golfing greats have clamoured to play on for centuries, before heading to picturesque Pitlochry and our overnight stop in the Scottish Highlands.

Day 7: Culloden, Loch Ness And On To The Isle Of Skye
Location: Scottish Highlands, Culloden, Loch Ness, Isle of Skye
Accommodation: Dunollie
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

View the site of the bloody Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army of Jacobites were defeated in 1746. Then meander through the scenic Scottish Highlands along the banks of Loch Ness in search of Nessie. We’ll view the 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle where three lochs meet before traveling to the Isle of Skye where we dine in our hotel tonight.

Day 8: Journey To Glasgow
Location: Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Glasgow
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn City Center
Meals Included: Breakfast

Journey past the site of the tragic 1692 massacre at Glencoe, known as the ‘Glen of Weeping' before heading to the Scottish cultural capital, Glasgow, where our orientation tour includes views of the Cathedral and the magnificent George Square, lined with statues of Great Britain's most celebrated sons.

Day 9: Continue To The Beautiful Lake District Dive Into Culture
Location: Glasgow, Gretna Green, Lake District
Accommodation: Castle Green, Lancaster House
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We visit Falkirk Wheel where you'll Dive Into Culture learning about the legacy of Scotland's canals and experience the world's only rotating boat lift. The runaway wedding capital of Gretna Green is our next stop today. See where eloping couples would make their vows over the Marriage Anvil before crossing the border and arriving in Grasmere, where famous Romantic poet William Wordsworth wrote his famous ‘Daffodils' poem. See Lake Windermere, England's largest lake, before arriving at your hotel.

Day 10: Off To Lively Liverpool
Location: Lake District, Liverpool
Accommodation: Leonardo Hotel Liverpool, Mercure Atlantic Tower
Meals Included: Breakfast

We travel to the bold British city of Liverpool, hometown of the 'Fab Four'. Saunter through its edgy Scouse streets during your evening at leisure.

Day 11: Ferry Across To Dublin
Location: Liverpool, Chester, Dublin
Accommodation: Clayton Cardiff Lane
Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel to the ancient town of Chester where your orientation tour will take you past its Roman walls and famous Tudor 'Rows'. We continue along the scenic North Wales Coast to the island of Anglesey en route to Holyhead. Cross the Irish Sea to Dublin, the charismatic Irish capital.

Day 12: See The Sights Of Dublin Dive Into Culture
Location: Dublin
Accommodation: Clayton Cardiff Lane
Meals Included: Breakfast

Beat the crowds and gain entry to the Guinness Storehouse before general admission. Here you'll Dive Into Culture and embark on a tour and tasting technique demonstration. Later, we join a Local Specialist to see St. Patrick's Cathedral and other iconic sights. The rest of the day is yours to explore the Irish capital. Amble along Grafton Street with its colorful performers, head to Temple Bar or stroll through Phoenix Park, Dublin's playground.

Day 13: On The Road To Belfast
Location: Dublin, Belfast
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, cross the border to Northern Ireland. We meet our Local Specialist 'Cabbie' who will take us on a journey through the recent history of Belfast in their taxi. Spend the rest of the day at leisure perhaps exploring the Titanic Quarter to learn more about this ill-fated ship.

Day 14: Explore The Giant’S Causeway, Londonderry And County Donegal Make Travel Matter
Location: Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Londonderry, County Donegal
Accommodation: Central
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, visit Giant's Causeway, an area of about 40,000 interlocking ballast columns, a UNESCO World Heritage site in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one of the most iconic natural wonders in the United Kingdom. Our visit will Make Travel Matter by helping to conserve this iconic natural landmark. In Londonderry, walk along the 17th-century walls with your Local Specialist and see the streets and murals of the Bogside. Known as the People's Gallery, the murals depict the history of the 'troubles'. Later view the Donegal castle that was once the stronghold of the O'Donnell clan before continuing to your hotel where you will enjoy a dinner tonight.

Day 15: Venture To Galway
Location: County Donegal, Galway
Accommodation: Connacht
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, we stop in Galway to see the stone Cathedral that was built on the site of an old prison, and stroll around Eyre Square with its tribute to John F. Kennedy.

Day 16: Off To The Majestic Cliffs Of Moher, Limerick And Killarney Make Travel Matter
Location: Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Limerick, Killarney
Accommodation: The Rose Hotel Tralee
Meals Included: Breakfast

We'll visit the dramatic Cliffs of Moher along the Wild Atlantic Way, where we’ll stop for an experience you’ll never forget. Your visit helps preserve the untouched beauty of this UNESCO-listed natural treasure and you’ll feel like you’ve been swept back to an ancient time with none of the distractions of the modern day. Visit the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center and watch enchanted how the extraordinary natural phenomena of this rare and stunning place comes to life in an interactive way you wouldn’t ordinarily get to see. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of the cliffs, soaring above and around them, the quirky looking colonies of Atlantic Puffin that find sanctuary in its nooks and crannies, and explore beneath the pounding Atlantic waves revealing the layers and layers of rock that have formed over 300 million years. We then continue to Limerick to view St. Mary's Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and King John's Castle, the tallest spire in Ireland. Our drive continues through picturesque Adare, one of Ireland's prettiest villages, before arriving in Killarney, our home for the next two nights.

Day 17: A Day On The Ring Of Kerry
Location: Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Killarney
Accommodation: The Rose Hotel Tralee
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, we stop in Killarney on our way to the enchanting Ring of Kerry where Ireland's enduring natural beauty is our welcome companion as we circle past the fishing village of Waterville, Black Valley and Moll's Gap.

Day 18: Onwards To Blarney And Waterford Dive Into Culture
Location: Killarney, Blarney, Waterford
Accommodation: Fitzwilton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

In pursuit of the 'gift of the gab', we kiss the Blarney Stone, before continuing to the House of Waterford Crystal where we will enjoy a fascinating Dive Into Culture demonstration with master craftsmen.

Day 19: Cross The Irish Sea To Cardiff
Location: Waterford, Cardiff
Accommodation: Holiday Inn City Center
Meals Included: Breakfast

Cross the Irish Sea to Wales and continue your journey through beautiful countryside to arrive in its capital. Explore Cardiff’s iconic sights – the Principality Stadium, Millennium Center and Victorian fantasy Cardiff Castle at its heart.

Day 20: Soak Up Bath And On To Plymouth Connect With Locals
Location: Cardiff, Bath, Plymouth
Accommodation: Copthorne
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Arriving in Bath, we admire the city’s elegant Georgian façades and ancient Roman Baths from which it derives its name. This afternoon we head to Somerset for a Be My Guest experience with Ian & Ann Dyer on their modern-day dairy farm. Later we continue to Plymouth, our home for the next two nights.

Day 21: Discover The Cornish Peninsula
Location: Plymouth, Looe, Polperro, Plymouth
Accommodation: Copthorne
Meals Included: Breakfast

Embark on an orientation tour and see the Royal Citadel and Mayflower Steps, where brave pilgrims embarked on their epic voyage to the New World centuries ago. Explore the Cornish peninsula and visit the seaside villages of Looe and Polperro.

Day 22: Journey To Stonehenge And Return To London
Location: Plymouth, Stonehenge, London
Accommodation: The Tower
Meals Included: Breakfast

The mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge are our first stop. Ponder their myths that remain largely unsolved before traveling to London.

Day 23: Farewell London
Location: London
Meals Included: Breakfast

Say goodbye to your fellow travelers as you leave London and return home with special memories.

What's Included

  • London: The services of a Trafalgar Local Host when you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel

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

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

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  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

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    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

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