8 Day Britain and Ireland Highlights
Your trip starts on day one in London and to Stratford-Upon-Avon, York and Leeds where you will stay overnight. Day two takes you to Grasmere, Gretna Green and Glasgow where you will stay for two nights. Enjoy sightseeing in Edinburgh on the third day then its off to Belfast and Dublin for a two night overstay. From Dublin you next visit Kilkenny and Waterford where your stay will be, then day seven we cross the Irish sea to Cardiff.Your final day takes you to Bath, Windsor then back to London.
Our adventure map
Day by day
First day from London to Stratford-upon-Avon, York and Leeds
This morning, visit Stratford-upon-Avon, where you have time to see the sights and shop for souvenirs. During your orientation of York, your Travel Director will take you on a walk through the web of quaint, narrow streets and show you York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic Cathedrals in the world. Continue to your hotel in Leeds where you dine tonight.
Hotel: Bewleys Leeds
Second day visit Grasmere, Gretna Green and Glasgow
Drive through the Yorkshire Dales to the scenic glory of the Lake District. Travelling along the shores of England's largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald's Church. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would say their vows over the anvil. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral, the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry.
Hotel: Ibis City Centre Glasgow
Third day enjoy Edinburgh Excursion
Today visit Edinburgh. Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city. View the famous Castle, the Royal Mile, historic Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. Later, enjoy free time to explore at leisure. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Fourth day see Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin
Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast past the island called Ailsa Craig, the stepping stone from Ireland to Scotland, then board a ferry for the short crossing to Northern Ireland. View City Hall, Queen's University and the dock where the Titanic was built during your city orientation. Finally, cross the River Boyne at Drogheda to enter the Irish capital, Dublin.
Fifth day experience Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time
See Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Specialist. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers? This evening consider joining an excursion to an Irish cabaret.
Sixth day Travel to Kilkenny and Waterford
Traverse County Kildare's splendid countryside. In Kilkenny, see the imposing medieval castle and enjoy free time for lunch. This afternoon, visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and see the exquisite pieces. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Seventh day journey from Waterford to Cardiff
Cross the Irish Sea to Wales, and continue your journey to Cardiff Bay to view the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly. View the historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium before arriving at your hotel.
Hotel: Copthorne Cardiff
Eighth day its Bath, Windsor and back to London
Cross the Severn Estuary into England and the glorious city of Bath. See splendid Georgian architecture during your orientation. Perhaps consider a visit to the Roman Baths. View the world's oldest and largest inhabited castle during your visit to Windsor. Why not enjoy a stroll along the banks of the river or shop for Royal souvenirs. Later arrive back in London where your amazing holiday ends.
Bath, Visit the Georgian spa town
Belfast, See Belfast City Hall and Queen's University
Cardiff, See the Millennium Stadium and view Cardiff Castle
Dublin, Sightseeing with your Local Specialist to see St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares and Trinity College
Edinburgh, Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building as well as the Castle
Glasgow, View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour
Kilkenny, View Kilkenny Castle and gardens
Stratford-upon-Avon, Visit the town of Shakespeare's birth
Waterford, Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom, when open
Windsor, View the castle
York, View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. See the city walls
3 three course dinners, 7 full breakfasts
Dublin, Dinner in Dublin City
Come to one of Dublin's most locally-loved restaurant-pubs. You'll enjoy dinner and charming hospitality that this part of the world is renowned for.
An Evening of Irish Craic
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.
The Glen Of The Two Lakes, Enjoy a visit to one of the most important monastic sites in Europe, which dates back to the 7th 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.
Irish Food and Folk Fun
During this evening of entertainment, you'll get the chance to experience Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. Enjoy a drink or two while locals sing, dance and play music for you.
Explore Waterford's History and Local Pub
Join us in Waterford, where the history dates back as far as the Vikings. Your Local Specialist will bring the historic area to life through stories and anecdotes; one guest even described the trip as the "best history lesson ever". Afterwards, we stop off for a drink in one of the area's oldest pubs for a pint or drink of your choice.
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.
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 birdlife as you explore the area loved by Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.
Glasgow City Evening
You'll enjoy a chance to experience a night out in the city of Glasgow. Your Travel Director will take you for an evening of good food, a drink, and undoubtedly interesting conversation.
A Stirling Evening
See Stirling Castle and the Wallace Memorial by night. A truly local experience, you'll be piped in to your evening meal in the historic Scottish city and enjoy an evening of Scottish delights.
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.
Traditional Welsh Evening And Dinner
Join us for a traditional Welsh country dinner. We'll take you to a 14th century thatched inn called The Blue Anchor. While you're eating and enjoying your drink, you'll be entertained with a performance from a Welsh harpist.
Cardiff Welsh Evening
The perfect opportunity to sample the culture of Wales in its music and food. You'll dine on distinctive Welsh dishes, be charmed by Welsh harp music and enchanted by the beautiful voices of the castle's lords and ladies as the wine flows.
Where you stay
All hotels included in your tour package are hand-picked, of an outstanding standard and far better value than if booked individually. Our valued travel partners who organise these tours also own the Red Carnation Hotel Group and where possible Red Carnation Hotels are used and please see our link for further details.
- Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
- Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
- Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities
- Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the recommended London hotel
- Variety of Optional Experiences
- The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your trip
- All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included
- The services of a Local Host if you stay at recommended London hotel
- Airport Transfers
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- This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are multi-award winning Globe Best Tour operator in the world 2013, 2014 and 2015.
- Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
- ABTA, IATA and ATOL protected
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