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11 Day Best Value Tour Britain and Ireland

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11 Day Best Value Tour Britain and Ireland

Travel through landscapes that have inspired world-famous writers and poets. See medieval Castles and Cathedrals, the famous Chester Rows and Anne Hathaways' cottage. You'll also kiss the Blarney Stone, enjoy a 'wee dram' and visit the birthplace of the Beatles.

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Day by day

First Day from London we Visit Windsor, Bath and Cardiff

This morning meet your Travel Director and travelling companions as you set off on your holiday. Visit Windsor and view the impressive Castle. See elegant Georgian architecture in the spa town of Bath. Cross the vast Severn Estuary to Cardiff, capital of Wales, where you dine tonight. (D)

Hotel:   Copthorne

Second Day we ferry from Pembroke to Rosslare then head to Waterford

Admire Cardiff Castle then journey through beautiful countryside via Carmarthen. See Pembroke Castle which is the birthplace of Henry Vll, founder of the Tudor Dynasty. Board your ferry from Pembroke to Rosslare, Ireland. Journey west to Waterford and dine tonight at your hotel. (FB),(D)

Hotel:    Treacys

Third Day its Waterford to Blarney then stay in Tralee

Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom. Continue along the splendid southern coast through the picturesque fishing port of Youghal. Explore Blarney Castle - kiss the stone and acquire the 'gift of the gab'. Cross over the Cork and the Kerry Mountains, then travel via Killarney to your hotel in Tralee. (FB),(D)

Hotel:   Earl of Desmond

Fourth Day we drive along the Dingle Peninsula then onto Tipperary 

This morning enjoy a scenic drive along the Dingle Peninsula. See the un-spoilt and colourful villages and fishing harbours of Ireland's most westerly point. Travel north to County Tipperary. (FB)

Hotel:   Aherlow House

Fifth Day we travel to Galway then onto Clane

Drive through beautiful County Clare to Galway. View the Cathedral before heading across lush countryside to the town of Clane located near Dublin, Ireland's capital. (FB)

Hotel:   Westgrove

Sixth Day see the sights of Dublin with Free Time 

Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of Dublin with views of Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and historic Phoenix Park. Spend the rest of your day as you choose before returning to your hotel. (FB)

Hotel:   Westgrove

Seventh Day its Clane then we visit Chester before arriving in Liverpool

Cross the Irish Sea with magnificent views of Dublin Bay and arrive at Holyhead on the Welsh Island of Anglesey. Cameras at the ready as you view the station with one of the longest names in the world, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwlllantysiliogogogoch. Enjoy the scenery of the north coast of Wales on the way to Chester, where you have time to walk along the medieval walls and appreciate the famous ‘Chester Rows’. Arrive later in Liverpool, home of the Beatles. (FB)

Hotel:    Ibis Albert Dock

Eighth Day we stop in the Lake District before continuing to Edinburgh

Stop to view William Wordsworth's grave in the pretty Lake District village of Grasmere. Continue across the Scottish border and stop at Gretna Green, where eloping couples could marry against their parents' wishes. Your day ends at your hotel near Edinburgh. Tonight why not attend a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes? (FB)

Hotel:   Peebles Hydro

Ninth day enjoy Edinburgh sightseeing with Free Time 

This morning's sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes views of the Georgian New Town, Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Spend free time exploring on your own or join your Travel Director on an Optional Experience to the Royal Yacht Britannia in nearby Leith. During the Festival, tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included. (FB)

Hotel:   Peebles Hydro

Tenth Day we see Edinburgh then its York and we stop in Leeds

This morning travel south through the Scottish Borderlands and stop to view the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Enjoy the views across the Cheviot Hills at Carter Bar and continue into Northumberland National Park where you view Hadrian's Wall at Heddon. Cross the River Tyne at Newcastle and stop at York for an orientation tour including the Gothic Minster and the narrow cobbled street known as the Shambles. Then continue to your hotel in Leeds. Dine tonight at your hotel. (FB),(D)

Hotel:    Holiday Inn Garforth

Eleventh Day we travel from Leeds to Oxford and finally back to London

Drive south to the scenic Cotswolds and stop at the little Churchyard in Bladon, where Sir Winston Churchill is buried. See the sights of Oxford, the oldest university city in England, before continuing to London where you can say farewell to your Travel Director and travelling companions at the end of your memorable holiday. (FB)

Dining

10 full breakfasts (FB)

4 three course dinners(D)

Travel Highlights

  • Bath: Visit the Georgian spa town.
  • Bladon: View Sir Winston Churchill's grave.
  • Blarney: Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle and acquire the 'gift of the gab'.
  • Cardiff: See the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle.
  • Chester: View the Tudor architecture and the timbered buildings known as the 'Rows'.
  • Dublin: With your Local Specialist, see St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College on your panoramic sightseeing tour.
  • Edinburgh: Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and the new Parliament Building as well as views of the Castle.
  • Galway: View Galway Cathedral.
  • Grasmere: Visit the village of Grasmere and view the grave of Wordsworth.
  • Gretna Green: Visit Gretna Green, popular with eloping couples since 1754.
  • Hadrian’s Wall: View the remains of the Roman wall.
  • Jedburgh: View the abbey ruins.
  • Oxford: View the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera.
  • Waterford: Visit the Crystal Showroom.
  • Windsor: View the castle.
  • York: View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles.
  • Youghal: Visit this picturesque fishing port.

Optional Experiences

Cardiff Castle Tour

Join us on a visit to this unique castle, given to the city of Cardiff by the Marquis of Bute. You’ll discover the ornate decor within the castle and find out more about influences and stories behind it.

Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride at Killarney

Enjoy a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourn-Vincent National Park. During your journey, your Local Specialist will share fascinating anecdotes about the area and Ireland.

Irish Night in Cashel

Join us for a unique Irish cultural experience nestled in the shadow of the ancient Rock of Cashel. A warm Céad Míle Fáilte will greet you before this unique show, that combines the best aspects of Irish music and dance, will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Bunratty Castle And Folk Park in Limerick

Come on a visit to the 15th-century Bunratty Castle and admire its fine furnishings, antiques and paintings. You’ll experience an Ireland of the past, as you wander through the folk park with its thatched cottages and smoky turf fires. In the village, we'll have free time to explore the quaint shops and relax in the local tea room.

Experience the Ancient Monastic Site of Glendalough in Dublin

Enjoy a visit to one of the most important monastic sites in Europe, which dates back to the 6th century. Your Local Specialist will tell tales and show you around this sacred area, famous for its tranquil beauty amidst the rolling countryside of County Wicklow, the garden of Ireland.

Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

Enjoy an evening of fine food and non-stop fun as Ireland’s history unfolds in a cabaret of comedy, song and dance. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the show, all in the spirit of Irish humour. And you’ll even be served an Irish coffee to round off your dinner.

Famous Sights and the Fab Four in Liverpool

Come along on a guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural present, you’ll discover the two magnificently different Cathedrals, see Mathew Street, birthplace of The Beatles, and admire the Mersey Sound.

Private Cruise On Lake Windermere

Enjoy an exclusive cruise on a private boat on England's most beautiful and largest lake, taking in the northern coastline, beautiful houses, gardens and Wray Castle. You’ll see deserted islands, boats and bird life as you explore the area loved by Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.

Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

A chance to view the glorious scenery of the Lake District as we cruise across England’s largest lake. Then step back in time as we board the steam train for a short journey from Lakeside to Haverthwaite.

Local Dinner Evening in Edinburgh

Join us and your travelling companions for a delicious traditional dinner and drink at a local restaurant.

Royal Yacht Britannia

You’ll explore this magnificent ship, which has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. Now berthed in Leith, you’ll be welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences – the former honeymoon sanctuary for four royal couples.

Scottish Show With Dinner

Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There's even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.

Please note: Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

The Difference

Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.

Daily breakfast.

Luxury air-conditioned coach.

The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.

Return ferry across the Irish Sea from Wales to Ireland.

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.

Variety of Optional Experiences.

An expert Travel Director and separate driver.

All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes.

Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the recommended London hotel booked through us or from the London Reception Centre.

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
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