Wonders of Britain and Ireland Summer 2020

Wonders of Britain and Ireland Summer 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Travel through England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to write your own story that will feature a Blarney Stone kiss, a swig of Guinness and romance rediscovered in the Lake District.

Day 1 - Arrive London (2 Nights)
The cosmopolitan capital of London rolls out its red carpet with all the pomp and pageantry you're unlikely to encounter anywhere else in the world. Spend the day ambling along its grand boulevards and past iconic sights as you familiarise yourself with the city's bustling atmosphere.
Accommodation: Park Plaza County Hall/Park Plaza Riverbank

Day 2 - London Sightseeing and Free Time
Join a 'Local Specialist' today to explore the city's favourite landmarks. See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace before spending the rest of the day at leisure to delve into the city's history, culture, art and architecture.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - London – Stonehenge – Bath – Cardiff
Meet your Travel Director this morning and stop to ponder the mysteries of the ancient monoliths of Stonehenge, before driving west to Bath. Cross the Severn Estuary to Cardiff, then view the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay. Later, enjoy warm hospitality and traditional Welsh pub fare and drinks at a rousing Welcome Reception.
Accommodation: Park Inn City Centre
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 4 - Cardiff – Waterford
This morning, we view the Principality Stadium during our orientation of Cardiff. Enjoy some leisure time in this modern capital. Perhaps visit the Victorian Gothic fantasy of Cardiff Castle at the heart of the city. We cross the Irish Sea by ferry to the Emerald Isle and travel to historic Waterford, where we'll dine in our hotel tonight.
Accommodation: Marina/Treacys
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 5 - Waterford – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights)
'Dive Into Culture' and watch the master craftsmen of the renowned House of Waterford Crystal. Then, kiss the Blarney Stone to acquire the 'gift of the gab', before travelling to the picturesque town of Killarney.
Accommodation: Killarney
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Ring of Kerry Excursion
Today we experience the enduring beauty of Ireland's most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula - the emerald green hills, centuries-old stone villages and vivid blue seascapes provide an exquisite backdrop for our leisurely drive around what has become known as the Ring of Kerry. See Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap with its panoramic views. This evening, we 'Connect With Locals' at Molly Gallivan's 200-year-old cottage, sharing a memorable 'Be My Guest' dinner with the O'Sullivan family and their Kerry cows.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 7 - Killarney – Cashel – Dublin Sightseeing (2 Nights)
Celtic art and history take centre stage this morning as we visit the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary, the seat of Irish kings for centuries. Perched atop a limestone outcrop in the Golden Vale, the historic ruins house one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture in Europe. We arrive this afternoon in Dublin, where we will join our 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour to see Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the stately Georgian Squares. This evening, consider joining an Optional Experience to enjoy the rousing sounds of an Irish cabaret.
Accommodation: Sandymount/Clayton Leopardstown
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Dublin Free Time
Beat the crowds and explore the Guinness Brewery for a tour of the Storehouse including a tasting technique demonstration. The rest of the day is yours to soak up the cosy atmosphere of the Irish capital. Ramble through the buzzing streets of Temple Bar or visit Grafton Street, famous for its colourful street performers.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Dublin – Chester – Liverpool
Admire the spectacular landscape of Snowdonia National Park as you travel to the ancient city of Chester, with its characteristic Tudor Rows and medieval walls. We arrive later in Liverpool, the haunt of the 'Fab Four', joining our companions for a tasty Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Jurys Inn
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 10 - Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Edinburgh (2 Nights)
The beautiful landscape, which for centuries inspired the Romantic poets, provides a mesmerising backdrop for our scenic drive from the lush green hills of Lancashire to the Lake District. Skirt the shores of England's largest lake, Windermere, as we travel through countryside made famous by poet William Wordsworth. We cross the Scottish border and visit the runaway wedding capital that is Gretna Green. This evening, we arrive in beguiling Edinburgh, where we'll spend the next two nights.
Accommodation: Apex City
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time
Join a 'Local Specialist' this morning for a memorable sightseeing tour of this captivating capital, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city on Castle Rock. See Auld Reekie's Royal Mile and the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and admire the Georgian façades in Edinburgh's New Town. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 - Edinburgh – Alnwick – York
We venture south 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. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you cross Northumberland and the River Tyne at Newcastle en route to York where you'll walk through the charming Shambles, see the medieval walls and York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world.
Accommodation: Novotel Centre
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 - York – Stratford-upon-Avon
We visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon to see where the 'Avon Bard' was born and raised. View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, then enjoy some free time to explore. This evening we join our fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.
Accommodation: Stratford Manor
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 14 - Stratford-upon-Avon – Bladon – Oxford – London
Journey to the Cotswolds this morning and the little churchyard at Bladon where Sir Winston Churchill is buried. Arriving in Oxford, the oldest university city in the British Isles, we'll enjoy an orientation tour of the city to view the Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library and visit one of the university's famous colleges (when open). We return to London this afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 - Depart London
For now, it's time to say farewell to our travel companions at the end of a memorable holiday as we prepare to return home with treasured memories.
Meals: Breakfast

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Bath, Cardiff, Chester, York and Oxford
  • VISIT the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Rock of Cashel, Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle, Alnwick, Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and one of the famous colleges of Oxford (when open)
  • VIEW the home to Harry Potter & Hogwarts' Alnwick Castle, York Minster, Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and Sir Winston Churchill's grave at Bladon
  • SEE the Lake District's magnificent scenery
  • SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry

Dining Highlights

  • 14 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Use of Trafalgar's London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel
  • Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
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  • VIP entry to many sights

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Ratings based off 24 reviews . Currently showing 8 reviews with comments only.
By Ronald P on Sep 13, 2019

Found that the bus ride on several days was a bit long.

By Lawrence B on Jun 28, 2019

The included tour and suggested tour in London were not on a par with the rest of the trip, but they were the only disappointments.

By Paula H on Sep 07, 2018

I found my day was on the bus and the days were jam packed too much so. Some stops were for very little Gretna green for one little to see a money grab same with Shakespeare's grave lots of places to shop and a few minutes at the grace although I did pay my respects. The Irish and Scottish show we were packed in like sardines worried about the fire code felt they get as many in as possible for the money and then present a show which was too long same for Ireland. You don't feel appreciated by the host country like they're making the most money while loading too many people together as opposed to a symphony concert in Vienna with those signed for it our own group.

By Laszlo C on Jul 29, 2018

The first day in London was a waste of time, the guide walked the group by Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Parliament then to the park with Lincoln and Churchill"s statue . She was so preoccupied with women's rights issues taking us to a suffragette's statue instead of Mr. Churchill's. We had to insist to continue there. Out of the 5 included dinners 2 or 3 were substandard. Example:The Liverpool Regional meal , the steak was really a poor imitation of a steak sandwich, with a minuscule wilted salad and similarly wilted cheap french fries. The one day hotel stay days do not provide much time sightseeing. Due to the huge distances it might be beneficial to eliminate Liverpool entirely, instead fly the group directly to Edinburgh. The Lake district is lovely, but not essential. The Tour could be trimmed to 9-10 days this way.

By Alan S on Jun 23, 2017

THE TOUR WAS CONDUCTED IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER AND OUR TOUR GUIDE PAUL FLEMING WAS SUPERB THE ACCOMMODATIONS WERE GENERALLY VERY GOOD ALTHOUGH IN SEVERAL VENUES THE HOTELS WERE NOT CONVENIENT FOR WALKING TO THE CENTER OF THE CITY, ESPECIALLY IN DUBLIN.

By Marilyn H on Jun 08, 2012

My first tour was excellent. Food great. Rooms clean and lovely.  The whole group all got alone well and had alot of fun. And the weather was great all trip. No rain except when on bus. LUCKY US. thanx

By Carol S on May 13, 2012

Very happy with my trip arrangements. All of my question were answered very promptly and thoroughly. My trip was everything I expected and more. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

By Bruce K on Apr 15, 2012

We truly enjoyed our vacation. The only issues we had were that 3 times we had single beds. Also some of the meals provided were below standard. Otherwise the guide and driver were excellent. Definetely book another trip. Thanks


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