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10% Off for Young Travelers
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Triple Room Share Reduction
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Room Match Solo Traveler Savings
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5% Savings on Group Vacations
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VIT (Very Important Traveler) Savings
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Alnwick, Bath, Belfast, Blarney, Cardiff, Chester, Cliffs of Moher, County Donegal, Culloden, Dublin, Edinburgh, Galway, Giant's Causeway, Glasgow, Glencoe, Gretna Green, Isle of Skye, Kenmare, Killarney, Lake District, Leeds, Limerick, Liverpool, Loch Ness, London, Londonderry, Pitlochry, Plymouth, Ring of Kerry, Scottish Highlands, St. Andrews, Stonehenge, Stratford Upon Avon, Waterford, York
Go behind the scenes on a grand exploration of Britain and Ireland - one that will see you circle islands, scale highlands and cross the seas. No corner of the British Isles will remain unexplored, from London and Liverpool to Edinburgh, Dublin and Belfast with a visit to Giant's Causeway, the Ring of Kerry and the ever-elusive 'Nessie' all in between.
Day 1 - London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York – Leeds
The 'Bard of Avon' and his legacy take centre stage as we travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to view Anne Hathaway's picturesque thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre before heading to York and Leeds, where we'll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and get to know our Travel Director and travel companions.
Accommodation: Jurys Inn
Meals: Welcome Reception
Day 2 - Leeds – Alnwick – Edinburgh (Peebles) (2 Nights)
We venture north 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. Enjoy a scenic drive north to the enchanting capital of Edinburgh. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.
Day 3 - Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time
Join a 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, overlooking the town from Castle Rock. See the quaint Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse and new Scottish Parliament building.
Day 4 - Edinburgh (Peebles) – St. Andrews – Pitlochry – Scottish Highlands
We continue north to the historic town of St. Andrews, home to one of the oldest golf courses in the world. View the famous 18th green which the golfing greats have clamoured to play on for centuries, before heading to picturesque Pitlochry and our overnight stop in the Scottish Highlands.
Day 5 - Scottish Highlands – Culloden – Loch Ness – Isle of Skye
View the site of the bloody Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army of Jacobites were defeated in 1746. Then meander through the scenic Scottish Highlands along the banks of Loch Ness in search of Nessie. We'll view the 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle where three lochs meet before travelling to the Isle of Skye where we dine in our hotel tonight.
Accommodation: Dunollie/Kings Arms
Day 6 - Isle of Skye – Glencoe – Glasgow
Journey past the site of the tragic 1692 massacre at Glencoe, known as the 'Glen of Weeping' before heading to the Scottish cultural capital, Glasgow, where our orientation tour includes views of the Cathedral and the magnificent George Square, lined with statues of Great Britain's most celebrated sons. We visit Falkirk Wheel where you'll 'Dive Into Culture' learning about the legacy of Scotland's canals and experience the world's only rotating boat lift. This evening, we enjoy a delicious Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Park Inn by Radisson City Centre
Day 7 - Glasgow – Gretna Green – Lake District
The runaway wedding capital of Gretna Green is our first stop today. See where eloping couples would make their vows over the Marriage Anvil before crossing the border and arriving in Grasmere, where famous Romantic poet William Wordsworth wrote his famous 'Daffodils' poem. See Lake Windermere, England's largest lake, before arriving at your hotel.
Accommodation: North Lakes/Castle Green
Day 8 - Lake District – Liverpool
We travel to the haunt of the 'Fab Four' and our home for the night, the edgy city of Liverpool.
Accommodation: Mercure Atlantic Tower
Day 9 - Liverpool – Chester – Dublin (2 Nights)
Travel to the ancient town of Chester where your orientation tour will take you past its Roman walls and famous Tudor 'Rows'. We continue along the scenic North Wales Coast to the island of Anglesey en route to Holyhead. Cross the Irish Sea to Dublin, the charismatic Irish capital.
Accommodation: Clayton Leopardstown
Day 10 - Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time
Beat the crowds and gain entry to the Guinness Storehouse before general admission. Here you'll 'Dive Into Culture' and embark on a tour and tasting technique demonstration. Later, we join a 'Local Specialist' to see St. Patrick's Cathedral and other iconic sights. The rest of the day is yours to explore the Irish capital. Amble along Grafton Street with its colourful performers, head to Temple Bar or stroll through Phoenix Park, Dublin's playground.
Day 11 - Dublin – Belfast
This morning, cross the border to Northern Ireland. We meet our Local Specialist 'Cabbie' who will take us on a journey through the recent history of Belfast in their Black Cab. Spend the rest of the day at leisure perhaps exploring the Titanic Quarter to learn more about this ill-fated ship.
Accommodation: Park Inn By Radisson
Day 12 - Belfast – Giants Causeway – Londonderry – Donegal
This morning, visit Giants Causeway, an area of about 40,000 interlocking ballast columns, a UNESCO World Heritage site in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one of the most iconic natural wonders in the United Kingdom. Our visit will 'Make A Difference' by helping to conserve this iconic natural landmark. In Londonderry, walk along the 17th-century walls with your 'Local Specialist' and see the streets and murals of the Bogside. Known as the People's Gallery, the murals depict the history of the 'troubles'. Later arrive in Donegal where you dine at your hotel.
Accommodation: Ballina/Ocean Sands
Day 13 - Donegal – Galway
Before departing Donegal, view the castle that was once the stronghold of the O'Donnell clan. We view the grave of W. B Yeats in Drumcliffe before continuing through Sligo and Galway to see the stone Cathedral that was built on the site of an old prison, and stroll around Eyre Square with its tribute to John F. Kennedy.
Day 14 - Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Limerick – Kenmare (2 Nights)
We'll visit the dramatic Cliffs of Moher before travelling to Limerick to view St. Mary's Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and King John's Castle, the tallest spire in Ireland. Our drive continues through picturesque Adare, one of Ireland's prettiest villages, before arriving in colourful Kenmare, our home for the next two nights.
Day 15 - Killarney and Ring of Kerry Excursion
Today, we stop in Killarney on our way to the enchanting Ring of Kerry where Ireland's enduring natural beauty is our welcome companion as we circle past the fishing village of Waterville, Black Valley and Moll's Gap.
Day 16 - Kenmare – Blarney – Waterford
In pursuit of the 'gift of the gab', we kiss the Blarney Stone, before continuing to the House of Waterford Crystal where we will enjoy a fascinating 'Dive Into Culture' demonstration with master craftsmen.
Day 17 - Waterford – Cardiff
Cross the Irish Sea to Wales and continue your journey through beautiful countryside to arrive in its capital. Explore Cardiff's iconic sights - the Principality Stadium, Millennium Centre and Victorian fantasy Cardiff Castle at its heart.
Accommodation: Park Inn City Centre
Day 18 - Cardiff – Bath – Plymouth (2 Nights)
Arriving in Bath, we admire the city's elegant Georgian façades and ancient Roman Baths from which it derives its name. Later we continue to Plymouth, our home for the next two nights.
Day 19 - Plymouth Orientation and Cornish Excursion
Embark on an orientation tour and see the Royal Citadel and Mayflower Steps, where brave pilgrims embarked on their epic voyage to the New World centuries ago. Explore the Cornish peninsula and visit the seaside villages of Looe and Polperro. Tonight, we will 'Connect With Locals' for a Farewell 'Be My Guest' dinner at a Cornish farm.
Day 20 - Plymouth – Stonehenge – London
The mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge are our first stop. Ponder their myths that remain largely unsolved before travelling to London where your amazing holiday comes to an end.
- SCENIC DRIVE around the Ring of Kerry and on a Cornish Excursion
- ORIENTATION of York, Glasgow, Chester, Galway, Limerick, Cardiff, Bath, Plymouth and Salisbury
- VIEW York Minster, Culloden Battlefield, Eilean Donan Castle, the 18th hole at St. Andrews, the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth
- VISIT Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, medieval Alnwick, Edinburgh Castle, Isle of Skye, Falkirk Wheel, the Giants Causeway, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, Waterford Crystal Showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge
- 19 breakfasts
- 10 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)
- The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel
- Use of Trafalgar's London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions
- 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
- London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page for details
- Handcrafted Highlights
- VIP entry to many sights
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UK has so many things going for it, unfortunately good weather is NOT one of those. It rained on 6 days of our trip. Moreover, weather was very cool and windy. it is imperative that travelers take the appropriate clothing and necessary accessories like umbrellas and waterproof footwear. Food in the UK is very bland, however cuisine from around the world is available in the larger towns and cities. The UK is rich in history and scenic beauty! Residents of the UK were friendly and helpful. A follow up trip to London in the future is something we are considering. Thank you to Trafalgar, it's staff and corporate partners!
The pace of the itinerary was a little hectic. We did cover a lot of territory however.
The Tour Director, Elizabeth was exceptional. She took great care to know and understand each of her travelers. The days were full of activities and supporting information (that was not read out of a TD booklet, she knew this material). Some days were necessarily long in the coach but were broken up by interesting stops for food and toilets. When "free time" was available she made every effort to help you make informed choices. This was my second tour, the first was Insight Luxury Gold Italy and it was no where near the quality of this trip!
The trip was 3300+ miles in 3 weeks. The bus needed to be more comfortable. Seats behind the driver to the side door had very limited leg room. Aisle seats didn't push out for more room. I thought more of the local walk-around trips should have been included in the price and not be extras.
Quick response, and operator really knew her business well.
British Isles Tour ? September 3 ? 26, 2014 My wife and I recently completed a Trafalgar tour. We were asked in the last two hours of the tour to fill out an evaluation of the trip. Since the trip was quite long and involved, it was in no way an adequate amount of time to properly evaluate all aspects of the trip both good and bad. I can't believe in 2014 that there is not an online option with room for comments/suggestions. It was our first opportunity to be in the UK, as well as taking a bus tour. Since we didn't know what to expect, it was learning experience. After reflection is was an amazing trip considering the places we were able to go and see. I did feel in many aspects that we were only able to see, or in many cases drive by places and/or things that we definitely could have enjoyed 'experiencing' rather than just passing by. One of the things we did learn is that trips such as this are fairly regimented and don't allow free lancing as we are accustomed to doing, a negative for us. Additionally we learned that information passed on prior to our trip from our booking company did not mesh with actual Trafalgar information.
I'd like to relate that our tour guide was not only a capable and extremely knowledgeable but she was genuinely interested in us having a great trip. She was however at the mercy of the Trafalgar expectations/processes, etc. I would say that if we'd ever decide to take another such tour, she and our driver would be our choice to lead us on the adventure. I do feel like as a customer, and a first time customer that you would welcome the opportunity to improve your products by honest customer feedback. I don't want you to feel that this is only negative but observation for our view point for you to consider. I understand business processes and customer service as I've just completed a 35 year career. This was our retirement present to each other.
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1. When we got to the airport and made our way to the baggage area, we had no idea where to go from there. We expected to see a Trafalgar representative to assist us or at least point the way. We were finally directed by a competitor's representative as to Trafalgar's process for their arriving guest. We did finally see on transfer vouchers what we should have done. Expecting that information to be adequate was not in our case, or in the experience of quite a few other Trafalgar customers even close to adequate based on our conversations with them.
2. From arriving in the baggage area to getting to the hotel it was a 3 hour ordeal. That's too long especially after traveling in some case all day and thru the night. We waited over an hour once we got to the hotels by bus location for a shuttle to take us to the hotel.
3. We were assured that each bus was equipped with a wi-fi system. I guess we should have asked if it was a working wi-fi system because ours never worked the entire trip. This is some cases may not be a big deal for some but it was advertised and an expectation for us that wasn't fulfilled.
4. Optional Tours - We discussed and even tried to pin down our booking agent on optional tours prior to beginning the trip. We understood after getting on the trip that the optional tours listed and what would be available during the trip was at the mercy of the tour director. We were somewhat disappointed that some of the ones we hoped to do were not available. Our greatest heartburn about optional tours came within the first few days. We never imagined that the tour we paid for would be interrupted in the middle of the day for an optional tour. Optional for us would mean extra time, at the beginning or end of the day. This first optional tour offered was in the middle of the afternoon with those of us opting out having to remain on the bus traveling to where the others were going to be picked up! We had no OPTION! This remained an aggravation for us throughout the tour as our trip, paid for at the price Trafalgar requested was interrupted by Trafalgar?s preference for additional revenue. Big time let down in our book! We would like a refund for the Beara Penisula Drive, Cruise and Dinner in Kenmare and also the Dinner and Cabaret in Dublin. The Beara Penisula Cruise and Dinner was just very disappointing. The captain of the boat was yelling at his help and at the passengers about not moving around the boat, he did not even get close enough for us to tell if we were seeing rocks or seals plus he had a bad odor. The food took forever to get and then our fish and chips were cold and very unpleasant. It was the worst fish and chips that we have ever had and the worst boat ride that we have ever experienced!!! The Dinner and Cabaret in Dublin was truly over booked. We sat in back behind a pole, so we could not see most of the show. Our food was cold and we had no choice of dessert because they ran out. This building was so hot that I had to leave before the show was over. I got sick to my stomach.
5. Hotels - generally the hotel accommodations were adequate. One issue is that we were assured by our booking agency that all hotels would have air conditioning. 80 % of them did not. While we were fortunate that the weather was mild during our trip, many of the rooms had little or no air movement making good rest fitful at best. We took many showers and sleep with no covers. It's something we are accustomed to and something that was promised. If it's not available, don't tell us it is! I can only imagine taking similar tour in warmer weather. Your information also said each hotel would have wi-fi. 80 % of the hotels had a very very slow or no-working wi-fi.
6. Hotel Locations - Again, predominately locations for the hotels were good compared to the town centers/sightseeing options. One GLARING exception to this was the hotel Trafalgar secured related to our time in Edinburgh. It was a minimum of a one hour drive from the city center. Over the two days there we spent literally more than 5 hours just getting back and forth to Edinburgh/Hotel. If a person was inclined to not want to spend a lot of time in the city center, or was merely interested in resting/recharging at the hotel, it was impossible. We were told early on that the hotel choice was because of the "referendum" and general lack of options but then learned that this is a regular thing in the area, not town of Edinburgh. An hour drive is not even in the area!! We were even asked to put comments in our evaluations on this very thing.
7. Food - Most of the food was decent. A few of the venues for the meals were unique and worth a visit. The selection of food however was unimaginative at the least. Our expectation, especially during the extra charge dinner was to experience traditional cuisine from the country/area. It appears that traditional English, Wales, Irish, and Scottish cuisine consisted of a beef/lamb choice, a fish/salmon choice and a vegetarian offering. All cooked the same with the same vegetables. In hind sight, we would opt out of any optional dinners regardless of venue or entertainment. Also, most of the places we ate were very uncomfortable as far as not having air conditioning.
We most likely will not take another Trafalgar vacation or recommend you to our friends and family!!
We enjoyed the itinerary of our trip very much. It visited all of the places we wanted to see. The tour guide was great