Britain and Ireland Experience Summer 2020

Britain and Ireland Experience Summer 2020


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Itinerary

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Travel through landscapes that have inspired world-famous writers and poets, from Shakespeare to Robert Burns. On this 12-day journey across England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, you'll see medieval castles and cathedrals, wander past the famous Chester Rows and kiss the Blarney Stone. The idyllic settings of the Lake District, Dingle Peninsula and the Cotswolds give way to vibrant capitals and the little-known train station with the world's longest name.

Day 1 - Arrive London (2 Nights)
All the highlights of Britain and Ireland lie ahead as your epic journey across two mystical islands kicks off in London. After checking in, spend the rest of your first day in Old Blighty exploring the sights on your own. You could delve into the history of the British Empire at one of its many museums or plant yourself outside Buckingham Palace, keeping a keen eye out for the Queen.
Accommodation: Hilton Olympia

Day 2 - London Free Day
Your time is your own today so plan your exploration of Britain's capital wisely. You'll want to soak up all its pomp and pageantry as you stroll along leafy avenues lined with great monuments, museums and historic landmarks. London is intoxicating no matter your interests and you'll have a full free day to discover it your way.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - London – Windsor – Bath – Cardiff (1 Night)
This morning, meet your Travel Director and travelling companions as you set off onto your adventure. The Big Smoke's skyscrapers and boroughs give way to an idyllic countryside as you wind your way to Windsor, the Queen's favourite weekend getaway. Arriving in Bath, you'll admire the honey-coloured Georgian architecture which gives this ancient Roman city its elegant aspect. Cross the Severn Estuary, the border between England and tiny Wales, where tonight its capital sets the stage for the rest of your memorable holiday.
Accommodation: Copthorne
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 4 - Cardiff – Waterford (1 Night)
Join this morning's Optional Experience to Cardiff Castle, a medieval fortress which has enjoyed a colourful history spanning centuries. Ancient ruins and lush countryside lie between the Welsh capital and your first stop at Pembroke Castle. But first, your scenic drive will pass Carmarthen, the oldest town in Wales and, legend has it, the birthplace of Merlin. See the 11th-century castle in which King Henry VII, the first of the Tudor line, was born, then board your ferry across the Irish Sea to Ireland where tonight you'll dine in your hotel in Waterford.
Accommodation: Treacys
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 5 - Waterford – Blarney – Tralee (1 Night)
The delicate crystal for which Waterford is so famous takes centre stage this morning during a visit to the Waterford Crystal Showroom. Leave all that Viking history behind and head along the southern coast to Youghal, the former home of famous explorer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh. Your next stop is Blarney Castle, where a quick kiss of the Blarney Stone will grant you the 'gift of the gab'. Your scenic drive continues across the Cork and Kerry Mountains. You'll pass Killarney, where you could hop on an optional Jaunting Car ride, before continuing to Tralee, renowned for its annual Rose of Tralee International Festival.
Accommodation: Earl of Desmond
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 6 - Tralee – Dingle Peninsula – Limerick - Shannon (1 Night)
There won't be a moment you're not fixated on this wild landscape of stone monuments, deserted beaches and verdant pastures. Today's drive through the Dingle Peninsula is one filled with tiny villages, colourful fishing harbours and landscapes that have inspired poetry. Those incredible views will linger long after you leave Ireland's most westerly point, but there's more to see as you head to the prettiest village in Ireland, Adare. Continue to Limerick to see its medieval-era St. Mary's Cathedral and view King John's Castle, before arriving at your hotel in Shannon.
Accommodation: Park Inn Airport
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Shannon – Galway – Dublin (2 Nights)
Your first stop today is Ireland's first City of Culture, Galway, or join an Optional Experience to the 15th-century Bunratty Castle and Folk Park delving into what Ireland was like in the 19th century. After a chinwag with the 'locals', drive through the wild landscapes of County Clare bound for Galway, the 'place of foreigners'. See its modern cathedral before heading to the whimsical Irish capital. This evening, an optional dinner and cabaret evening will have your toes tapping and taste buds craving another round of Irish coffee.
Accommodation: Citywest
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time
You're in good hands this morning as your Local Specialist reveals all their secrets about this charismatic capital city with a small-town feel. View Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Dublin Castle, the 13th-century Norman fortress turned museum. This afternoon explore Dublin on your own or join an optional visit to one of the most important monastic sights in Europe. Your Local Specialist will bring the ancient stories of Glendalough to life and show you around the beautiful landscapes of the garden of Ireland.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Dublin – Chester – Liverpool – Manchester (1 Night)
Say a fond slán go fóill to the 'Emerald Isle', crossing the Irish Sea bound for Holyhead on the Welsh Island of Anglesey. Get ready for a tongue twister you could only capture in a panoramic shot. View the station boasting one of the longest names in the world, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, then head through the north coast of Wales to Chester, to explore its Roman heritage. There's time to walk along its defensive 1st-century walls and view the famous black and white half-timbered buildings before heading to Liverpool where the musical 'Fab Four' had their start. Join an Optional Experience guided tour of the city, exploring its glorious maritime past and vibrant cultural present, before continuing to Manchester.
Accommodation: Best Western Altrincham Cresta Court
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Manchester – Lake District – Edinburgh (Dunfermline) (2 Nights)
After a busy week of sightseeing, you deserve an idyllic stop in "the loveliest spot" that has inspired poetry and prose. Board an exclusive and optional cruise on Lake Windermere, skimming the northern coastline, deserted islands and Wray Castle. See the Lake District landscapes that William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter so admired before crossing the Scottish border bound for Gretna Green. Here you'll learn how eloping couples would tie the knot over the legendary anvil against their parents' wishes. Tonight, an Optional Experience could see you join your travel companions for a delicious traditional dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time
Discover the Edinburgh's mystical allure which has captivated writers, poets, politicians and royalty. Your Local Specialist will guide this morning's sightseeing tour past the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle. You'll explore the medieval Royal Mile and cross the Liffey to the grand Georgian boulevards of New Town. The rest of the day is free to explore Edinburgh on your terms. Consider joining one of two special Optional Experiences, boarding the Royal Yacht Britannia for a brush with royalty or exploring what lies behind the impenetrable walls of Edinburgh Castle. This evening, an Optional Experience could see you visit the ancient village where Knights Hospitaller once settled or dance up a storm to the skirl of traditional bagpipes. Time your visit to coincide with the rousing Edinburgh Tattoo with tickets included on certain departures.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 - Edinburgh (Dunfermline) – York – Leeds (1 Night)
Your journey south ventures through what was once referred to as "The Debatable Lands" where all that remains of Jedburgh Abbey are its 12th-century ruins. Admire the expansive Cheviot Hills at Carter Bar, snapping a selfie at the Anglo-Scottish border. Continue into Northumberland National Park to view Hadrian's Wall, the largest Roman archaeological feature anywhere in the world. Then cross the Tyne River at Newcastle and stop in York where an orientation tour will reveal the city's medieval heritage and spiritual heart, its Gothic Minster. Wander down the narrow cobbled Shambles, then continue to your hotel in Leeds where dinner is served this evening.
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Garforth
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 13 - Leeds – Stratford-upon-Avon – Cheltenham (1 Night)
The streets and squares of Stratford-upon-Avon remain much as they did in the time of Shakespeare. Embark on your own exploration of the historic market town where England's famous bard was born and buried, including a visit to Anne Hathaway's cottage and his grave which he said to have famously cursed. There's time to join an Optional Experience to Warwick Castle and even see the firing of the greatest of medieval siege weapons, the Trebuchet.
Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 - Cheltenham – Oxford – London (1 Night)
Take a step back in time to the Cotswolds, a glorious collection of tiny thatched villages and rolling green hills. Your scenic drive through this historic corner of Britain will bring you to Bladon, where Sir Winston Churchill is buried in the unassuming churchyard at St Martins Church. Churchill, widely credited with delivering the British nation from the brink of defeat to victory in World War II, loved the Cotswolds and spent his retirement here. Next up is a visit to Oxford, England's oldest university city. See several of its iconic landmarks before continuing south to London.
Accommodation: Hilton Olympia
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 - Depart London
It's time to close the curtain on your epic adventure across Britain and Ireland. You'll say farewell to new friends as you prepare for your return journey home. A London Heathrow Airport shuttle service is available to purchase. Conditions apply.
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Adare View the prettiest village in Ireland
  • Bath Visit the Georgian spa city
  • 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 Principality 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, Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, 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 See Galway Cathedral
  • 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
  • Lake District Visit this picturesque region
  • Limerick View King John's Castle and see St. Mary's Cathedral
  • Liverpool Visit the hometown of the Beatles
  • Oxford View the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera
  • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit the town of Shakespeare's birth and see Anne Hathaway's cottage
  • Waterford Visit the Crystal Showroom
  • Windsor View the castle
  • York View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles
  • Youghal Visit this picturesque fishing port

Dining Highlights

  • 14 Breakfasts
  • 4 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • The services of a Local Host at your London hotel
  • Return ferry across the Irish Sea from Wales to Ireland
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • London airport transfers are available to purchase. See airport transfer page.
  • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Costsaver recommended London hotel booked through Costsaver or from the London Reception Centre

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By Louis L on Jun 19, 2019

Include laundry in package. Have the "included" meals at the more remote hotels. Give more knowledge regarding menu options for the "Optional" meals.

By Jane L on Jul 27, 2018

If this trip had only been half as great as it turned out to be it would be spectacular ... therefore it was nothing less than tremendous ! Cost Saver tour director and coach driver were fabulous! The hotels were unique and wonderful. Very fortunate to have the group on our tour that we had ... receiving emails from my new friends from all over the globe !


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