Britain and Ireland Grandeur

Britain and Ireland Grandeur

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Britain and Ireland Grandeur

20 Days Starting and ending in London, UK

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

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

BIGTZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

20 - 54

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Please advise request

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

UK tours by Coach

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Tour Overview

20 Day UK and Ireland Tour of England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. There’s more to most UK and Ireland trips than the iconic sights. On this journey, you’ll trace the footsteps of giants and feel the salty spray of the Cliffs of Moher, smell the mossy walls of medieval castles and enjoy a toe-tapping, heart-stirring Gaelic song along the way.

Highlights

  • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle, the magnificent Cliffs of Moher on sightseeing tour.

  • Stonehenge: Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.

  • Cornwall: See Plymouth's famed landmarks and explore typical seaside villages during an orientation of the Cornish peninsula and Admire UNESCO-listed Bath, with its elegant Georgian facades and the bimillenial Roman Baths from which the city takes its name..

  • Blarney: It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ramparts! Visit Blarney Castle and see the famous Stone of Eloquence.

  • Inverness: At the exciting Culloden Visitor Centre, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour yet changed the Highland way of life forever.

  • Edinburgh: Explore the city with your Local Specialist as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and the official Scottish residence of the King, Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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Day 1 : Journey To Stonehenge And On To Plymouth

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Location: London, Stonehenge, Plymouth

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Copthorne Hotel Plymouth/Mercure Rougemont

Meals Included: Dinner

Journey west where you’ll ponder the myths of the ancient mystical megaliths at Stonehenge which remain largely unsolved to to this day. Continuing through Devon, arrive in the historic naval port of Plymouth, your home for the next two nights.

Day 2 : Discover The Cornish Peninsula

Location: Plymouth, Looe, Polperro, Plymouth

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Copthorne Hotel Plymouth/Mercure Rougemont

Meals Included: Breakfast

Embark on an orientation tour and see the Royal Citadel and Mayflower Steps. Explore the Cornish peninsula and visit the seaside villages of Looe and Polperro.

Day 3 : Soak Up Bath And Off To Cardiff

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Location: Plymouth, Bath, Cardiff

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff City Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast

Arriving in Bath, we admire the city's stylish Georgian façades and visit the ancient Roman Baths from which it derives its name. We continue to the vibrant Welsh capital, Cardiff, where we’ll have a free evening to enjoy this modern city's proud heritage.

Day 4 : Cross The Irish Sea To Waterford

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Location: Cardiff, Waterford

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Fitzwilton Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, we see Cardiff's iconic sights – the Principality Stadium, Millennium Centre and Victorian fantasy castle before crossing the Irish Sea to Waterford, most famous for the delicate crystal that graces elegant homes the world over. This evening we dine in our hotel.

Day 5 : Onwards To Blarney And Killarney Dive Into Culture

Location: Waterford, Blarney, Killarney

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Killarney

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast

Our first stop today is at the House of Waterford Crystal where we Dive Into Culture, watching a demonstration with master craftsmen. In pursuit of the ‘gift of the gab', we journey to Blarney Castle where you'll have the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone, before arriving later in picturesque Killarney.

Day 6 : A Day On The Ring Of Kerry

Location: Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Killarney

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Killarney

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner

Ireland's enduring natural beauty accompanies our leisurely drive circling the enchanting Ring of Kerry. We pass the fishing village of Waterville, Moll's Gap and the Black Valley – renowned for being the last place in Ireland without power and telephone networks.

Day 7 : Off To Limerick, The Majestic Cliffs Of Moher And Galway Make Travel Matter

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Location: Killarney, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Connacht Hotel Galway

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Stop in Limerick and view St. Mary's Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and King John's Castle.
Next up is an unforgettable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at the Cliffs of Moher where rugged cliffs plunge into the Atlantic, creating a beautifully dramatic coastline which has inspired artists, musicians and poets for centuries. You’ll visit the Visitor Centre, a wonderfully engaging experience which brings one of Ireland’s most treasured natural phenomena to life in an interactive way that will leave you with stories to tell for years to come. Enjoy the IMAX-type multimedia which gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the cliffs or dive virtually beneath the surface of the Atlantic and into the underwater caves at the foot of the cliffs that would have otherwise gone unseen.
Your next overnight stop in Galway is a real treat for culture buffs. Overnight in Ireland’s capital of music, song and dance and it’s the perfect place to dig deep into Ireland’s vibrant traditional arts scene first-hand.

Day 8: Venture Into County Donegal

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Location: Galway, Sligo, County Donegal

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: Central Hotel Conference and Leisure Centre Donegal/The Abbey Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner

This morning see the great stone Galway Cathedral and stroll through Eyre Square, a tribute to former US president John F. Kennedy, who visited Galway in 1963. Enjoy an orientation of Sligo on your way to Donegal to see its 15th-century castle and explore the city your way before dining at your hotel.

Day 9 : Explore Londonderry, The Giant’S Causeway And Belfast Make Travel Matter

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Location: County Donegal, Derry, Giant's Causeway, Belfast

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: AC by Marriott

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast

We cross the Irish border into Northern Ireland, joining a Local Specialist in Londonderry to stroll along its 17th-century city walls. See the street murals of the Bogside before continuing to the mythical stepping stones of the Giant's Causeway for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Our visit to the haunt of Finn McCool will help to conserve this iconic natural landmark.
Our final stop today is in Belfast, where we'll enjoy an orientation, followed by free time to explore the capital city's sights.

Day 10 : On The Road To Dublin

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Location: Belfast, Dublin

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: Mespil Clayton Cardiff Lane The Address Connolly

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast

We spend the morning with a Local Specialist 'Cabbie' who will take us on a journey through the recent history of Belfast in their taxi. Heading south to Dublin later, we see St. Patrick's Cathedral and other iconic sights in the company of a Local Specialist. Tonight, consider an Optional Experience to enjoy the rousing sounds and warm hospitality of a traditional Irish Cabaret performance.

Day 11 : See The Sights Of Dublin Dive Into Culture

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Location: Dublin

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Address Connolly

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast

Today you'll gain entry to the Guinness Storehouse. Here you’ll Dive Into Culture and embark on a self-guided tour finishing at the Gravity Bar where you can sip on a pint of the black stuff while overlooking Dublin. The rest of the day is yours to explore the Irish capital. Amble along Grafton Street with its colourful performers, head to Temple Bar or stroll through St. Stephen's Green.

Day 12 : Ferry Across To Historic Chester And Liverpool

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Location: Dublin, Chester, Liverpool

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: Leonardo Liverpool

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast

Cross the Irish Sea to Wales and continue to the ancient town of Chester, where your orientation tour will take you past its Roman walls and famous half-timbered Tudor Rows. Later, we head to the haunt of the 'Fab Four', edgy Liverpool, where we'll spend the night.

Day 13 : Continue To The Beautiful Lake District

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Location: Liverpool, Lake District

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: North Lakes Castle Green

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner

Head north to the idyllic Lake District, which has inspired poets and writers for centuries, and admire the spectacular surrounds of Lake Windermere.

Day 14 : Journey North To Glasgow Dive Into Culture

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Location: Lake District, Gretna Green, Glasgow

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hilton Garden Inn City Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast

The runaway wedding capital, Gretna Green is our first stop today, where we'll tread in the footsteps of eloping couples who would take their vows over the Marriage Anvil.
Continue to Glasgow for an orientation tour including views of the Cathedral and magnificent George Square, lined with statues of Great Britain's most celebrated sons. Visit the 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.

Day 15 : Over The Sea To Skye

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Location: Glasgow, Glencoe, Skye

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Dunollie Kings Arms

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey past the site of the tragic 1692 massacre at Glencoe, known as the 'Glen of the Weeping' and see Britain's highest mountain – Ben Nevis. We'll view the 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle, where three lochs meet, before visiting the Isle of Skye.

Day 16 : The Sights Of Loch Ness And Culloden In The Scottish Highlands

Location: Skye, Culloden, Scottish Highlands

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: Highlander

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through the scenic Scottish Highlands via Glen Shiel and along the banks of Loch Ness, home to the mythical monster affectionately known as 'Nessie'. View the site of the bloody Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army of Jacobites were defeated in 1746.

Day 17 : Onwards To Edinburgh

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Location: Scottish Highlands, Pitlochry, St Andrews, Edinburgh

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast

We continue south and stop in Pitlochry before travelling to the historic town of St. Andrews, home to the oldest golf course in the world. We cross the Firth of Forth to the enchanting Scottish capital, Edinburgh, our home for the next two nights. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.

Day 18 : Explore Edinburgh Castle

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Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 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 Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse and new Scottish Parliament building.

Day 19 : Uncover York’S Treasures Connect With Locals

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Location: Edinburgh, Alnwick, York

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: Novotel Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner

Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick before stopping in York where we'll embark on an orientation walk along the picturesque Shambles and to York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world. This evening Connect With Locals over dinner at a Be My Guest experience, a grand private home of a Yorkshire family enjoying traditional flavours and hospitality.

Day 20 : Journey To Stratford-Upon-Avon And On To London

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Location: York, Stratford-upon-Avon, London

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to view Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre before returning to London.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in an itinerary

  • Fully Guided

    An expert Travel Director and professional driver on this trip.

  • Meals

    As detailed in an itinerary

  • Transport

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

What's Not Included

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • What is the maximum group size?

    40 to 45 is the average group size.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, English speaking local tour guide on this tour.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 5 years or above children are permitted on this tour.

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

    Yes

  • 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

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    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.

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

    Yes

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