Britain and Ireland Highlights

8 Days Starting and ending in London

Visiting: London, Stratford-upon-Avon, York, Harrogate, Gretna Green, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Waterford, Cardiff, Bath, Stonehenge

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

BBIHZM20

Trip Styles:

UK tours by Coach

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Britain and Ireland, where history and beauty intertwine in the most enchanting ways. The "Britain and Ireland Highlights" tour invites you to explore the rich tapestry of cultures, landscapes, and historical landmarks that define these storied lands. From the medieval streets of York and the literary haunts of Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon to the rugged beauty of the Irish Sea and the architectural splendor of Edinburgh, this tour is a feast for the senses. Delight in exclusive experiences, such as a visit to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin and the mysterious Stonehenge. With luxury coach travel, cherry-picked hotels, and the expertise of local specialists, every detail is carefully curated to ensure a seamless and enriching adventure. Discover the soul of these nations through their iconic cities, breathtaking countryside, and the warm welcome of their people.

Highlights

  • Explore Edinburgh

  • Belfast and Dublin with a Local Specialist

  • Discover York

  • Glasgow

  • Cardiff and Bath

  • Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

  • Gretna Green

  • Edinburgh Castle

  • Guinness Storehouse

  • the Irish National Stud and Japanese Garden

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Britain And Ireland Highlights

Britain And Ireland Highlights

Britain And Ireland Highlights

Britain And Ireland Highlights

Britain And Ireland Highlights

Britain And Ireland Highlights

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Britain And Ireland Highlights

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Britain And Ireland Highlights

Itinerary

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Day 1: Stratford-Upon-Avon, York And On To Harrogate

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Location: London, Stratford-upon-Avon, York, Harrogate

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza

Meals Included: Dinner

After leaving your London hotel delve into centuries of history today – tales of star-crossed lovers, tragic kings and Roman emperors are brought to life as we arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon and follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare. Visit his Birthplace and the Visitor Center, before embarking on a scenic drive north to the Viking city of York, where we'll enjoy an orientation walk around its historic streets. View the cobbled Shambles, see the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at our hotel in the Victorian spa town of Harrogate, our home for tonight.

Day 2: Through The Scenic Lake District To Glasgow

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Location: Harrogate, Gretna Green, Glasgow

Accommodation: Novotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

We journey through the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the beautiful Lake District, which has inspired poets and writers for centuries. A highlight on our journey is England's pretty Lake Windermere, which we’ll pass as we continue through countryside made famous by the poet William Wordsworth. We'll cross the border, into Scotland, to the runaway wedding capital of Gretna Green. Here eloping couples would tie the knot over the Marriage Anvil. We drive through the Southern Uplands to vibrant Glasgow where our orientation will take us past Glasgow Cathedral and George Square. Tonight, consider joining an Optional Experience featuring a fabulous dinner and Scottish entertainment.

Day 3: Explore Enchanting Edinburgh

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Location: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Glasgow

Accommodation: Novotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

From the cultural capital of Glasgow to enchanting Edinburgh, with its exquisite medieval façades, our encounter with Scotland will see us join a Local Specialist for a memorable sightseeing tour. We’ll visit Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city, and see the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse and the new Scottish Parliament. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town and amble through the secret lanes of Auld Reekie before returning to Glasgow this evening for a delicious meal at a local restaurant.

Day 4: Cross The Irish Sea To Belfast And Dublin

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Location: Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin

Accommodation: Clayton Ballsbridge, The Address Hotel Connolly

Meals Included: Breakfast

Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast, past the island of Ailsa Craig, the stepping stone from Ireland to Scotland. Board the ferry to Northern Ireland, then join a Local Specialist to explore the crossroads of British and Irish culture in Belfast. We’ll view City Hall and the dock where the Titanic was built. This evening, we arrive in the vibrant capital of Ireland where we'll spend the next two nights.

Day 5: Discover Diverse Dublin Dive Into Culture

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Location: Dublin

Accommodation: Clayton Ballsbridge, The Address Hotel Connolly

Meals Included: Breakfast

Dive Into Culture and discover the fascinating 250-year-old story of Guinness at its original home, the Guinness Storehouse. Top it off with a taste in their Gravity Bar while you enjoy the panoramic views of Dublin. Drive through the pretty streets of Dublin with a Local Specialist to admire the stately Georgian Squares, Trinity College and St. Patrick's Cathedral, the tallest church in Ireland, before spending the rest of the day exploring the sights alone. Ramble through Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its colorful street performers. This evening, consider joining an Optional Experience to a rousing Irish cabaret performance.

Day 6: Journey To Kilkenny And On To Waterford Dive Into Culture

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Location: Dublin, Waterford

Accommodation: Marina

Meals Included: Breakfast

We Dive Into Culture this morning and gain insights into rearing world-class thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud established in 1946. Enjoy a guided walk through the farm and take some time to stroll through its tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe. Admire the imposing medieval castle at Kilkenny before some free time for lunch. Our next stop sees us Dive Into Culture yet again to witness the delicate craft of Waterford Crystal. We'll watch master crafters at work during a tour of the workshop and see the exquisitely crafted pieces in the showroom.

Day 7: Ferry Across To Cultural Cardiff Connect With Locals

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Location: Waterford, Cardiff

Accommodation: Park Inn by Radisson City Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

An early start to our sightseeing today sees us cross the Irish Sea to Wales by ferry and continue our journey to the Welsh capital of Cardiff to view the Wales Millennium Center, National Assembly and historic Cardiff Castle, in the heart of the city. This evening, we Connect With Locals in the idyllic Welsh countryside, joining a local family for a Farewell Dinner Be My Guest experience. Visit the oldest and largest vineyard in Wales, you’ll learn how the Norris family are using sustainable farming practices and get to meet some of the resident animals that roam the land freely. You’ll enjoy a homemade meal, enchanting stories of rural life in Wales and warm Welsh hospitality, leaving with the knowledge that your visit supports the family in their efforts to farm sustainably.

Day 8: Soak Up Bath And Stonehenge Then Off To London

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Location: Cardiff, Bath, Stonehenge, London

Meals Included: Breakfast

Traversing the Severn Estuary into England, we arrive in the glorious UNESCO listed city of Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and visit the world-famous Roman Baths from which the city derives its name. Journey across the scenic landscapes of Wiltshire, paying a visit to the mysterious monolithic stone circle at Stonehenge, then return to London where your memorable holiday in Britain and Ireland comes to an end.

What's Included

What's Not Included

  • Flights

    International airfare to/from the start/end of your trip

  • Insurance

    Travel insurance

  • Optional Experiences

    Costs of optional experiences

  • Incidentals

    Incidental expenses, such as room service, laundry, phone calls, and internet access

  • Additional Meals

    Meals, other than those included in the itinerary

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses, such as souvenirs and tips

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys), Ferry across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland, Ferry across the Irish Sea from Ireland to South Wales

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Check out our Q&As

  • 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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Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

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

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