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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Start your tale of two islands in London, exploring such cities as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin and Cardiff, as well as the scenic Yorkshire Dales and rugged Ayrshire Coast.

Day 1 - Arrive London
London bids you a warm welcome to its regal traditions and centuries-old heritage. Ramble through its Royal Parks relaxing after your journey, or take to its streets to admire elegant façades merged with the modern verve of a global capital that marches to its own multi-cultural tune.
Accommodation: Park Plaza Riverbank/Park Plaza County Hall

Day 2 - London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York – Harrogate
Join your Travel Director today and delve into centuries of history - tales of star-crossed lovers, tragic kings and Roman emperors are brought to life as we visit Stratford-upon-Avon and follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare. Visit his Birthplace and the Visitor Centre, before embarking on a scenic drive north to the Viking city of York, where we'll enjoy an orientation walk around its historic streets. View the cobbled Shambles, see the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception in our hotel in the Victorian spa town of Harrogate, our home for tonight.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 3 - Harrogate – Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow (2 Nights)
We journey through the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the beautiful Lake District, which has inspired poets and writers for centuries. A highlight on our journey is England's pretty Lake Windermere, which we'll pass as we continue through countryside made famous by the poet William Wordsworth. We'll cross the border to the runaway wedding capital of Gretna Green. Here eloping couples would tie the knot over the Marriage Anvil. We drive through the Southern Uplands to vibrant Glasgow. Tonight, consider joining an Optional Experience to Braveheart Country for a fabulous dinner and Scottish entertainment.
Accommodation: Park Inn by Radisson City Centre
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Edinburgh Excursion
From the cultural capital of Glasgow to enchanting Edinburgh, with its exquisite medieval façades, our encounter with Scotland will see us join a 'Local Specialist' for a memorable sightseeing tour. We'll visit Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city, and see the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse and the new Scottish Parliament. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town and amble through the secret lanes of Auld Reekie before returning to Glasgow this evening. Enjoy views of Glasgow Cathedral and George Square before a delicious meal at a local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 5 - Glasgow – Belfast – Dublin (2 Nights)
Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast, past the island of Ailsa Craig, the stepping stone from Ireland to Scotland. Board the ferry to Northern Ireland, then join a 'Local Specialist' to explore the crossroads of British and Irish culture in Belfast. We'll view City Hall and the dock where the Titanic was built. This evening, we arrive in the vibrant capital of Ireland where we'll spend the next two nights.
Accommodation: Ballsbridge/Mespil
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time
Gain insights into the centuries-old tradition of Guinness brewing and enjoy a Storehouse tour and tasting technique demonstration. Drive through the pretty streets of Dublin with a 'Local Specialist' to admire the stately Georgian Squares, Trinity College and St. Patrick's Cathedral, the tallest church in Ireland, before spending the rest of the day exploring the sights alone. Ramble through Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its colourful street performers. This evening, consider joining an Optional Experience to a rousing Irish cabaret performance.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Dublin – Kildare – Kilkenny – Waterford
We 'Dive Into Culture' this morning and gain insights into rearing world-class thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm established in 1946. Enjoy a guided walk through the farm and take some time to stroll through its tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe. Admire the imposing medieval castle at Kilkenny before some free time for lunch. Our next stop sees us 'Dive Into Culture' yet again to witness the delicate craft of Waterford Crystal. We'll watch master craftsmen at work during a tour of the workshop and see the exquisitely crafted pieces in the showroom.
Accommodation: Marina/Fitzwilton
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Waterford – Cardiff
An early start to the day sees us cross the Irish Sea to Wales by ferry and continue our journey to the Welsh capital of Cardiff to view the Millennium Centre, National Assembly and historic Cardiff Castle, at the heart of the city. This evening, we 'Connect With Locals' in the idyllic Welsh countryside, joining a local family for a Farewell 'Be My Guest' Dinner.
Accommodation: Park Inn City Centre
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 9 - Cardiff – Bath – Stonehenge – London
Traversing the Severn Estuary into England, we arrive in the glorious UNESCO-listed Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and world-famous Roman Baths from which the city derives its name. Journey across the scenic landscapes of Wiltshire, paying a visit to the mysterious monolithic stone circle at Stonehenge, then return to London.
Accommodation: Park Plaza Riverbank/Park Plaza County Hall
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Depart London
Say farewell to your travelling companions at the end of your holiday, as you prepare to fly home with wonderful memories.
Meals: Breakfast

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of York, Glasgow, Cardiff and Bath
  • VISIT Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, Gretna Green, the Irish National Stud farm and Japanese Garden, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge
  • VIEW York Minster, Glasgow Cathedral and George Square and Kilkenny Castle and Gardens
  • SEE the Principality Stadium in Cardiff

Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 3 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 at your London hotel
  • Use of Trafalgar's London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions
  • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland
  • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Ireland to South Wales
  • 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
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

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Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
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Itinerary
4.2
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 49 reviews - currently showing 6 reviews with comments only

Cant really blame Affordable Tours but the lodging several nights was not up to previous standards with Trafalgar. Also, the optional tour to Sterling Castle in Belfast was not as advertised; we walked up to the Castle at night, couldn't get in or really see anything, show was not understandable, so it was a waste of money! Not really much in Waterford, took the optional tour, and it was ok by me, my wife thought it was great. I didn't think it was work what we paid for it. Otherwise, it was a very good trip.

In general, Trafalgar did a good job with the tour. Some of the hotels were sub-par but doable for one night. The food at the winery was terrible. I would book another tour with this company.

Hotel rooms, although adequate, were inferior to those we had in Eastern Europe on two previous Trafalgar tours. Best of Britain and Ireland rooms were small, lacked radios/clocks, doors that would not open a safe that was so low in a closet you had to lay on the floor to use the number pad (I could do it, but some on this trip could not). Trafalgar did not want to honor a return transfer to Heathrow Airport even though we purchased airfares through them. Issue had to do with the fact we were continuing on rather than returning. Your website states the transfer is authorised and doesn't exclude those not returning.

The optional tours and some places in the itinerary of this Trafalgar trip are throw away. The more important places were not given enough time to be explored. Liverpool should have been part of it and perhaps have an option for Beatles fans to do some sight seeing

Trafalgar USA marketing material counts the day of our departure from the US as Day 1. Thus, next day on arrival at the hotel we are already on Day 2. But we were told to wait until 2pm, the check-in time. It was a day wasted. We did have facility to store our luggage, but we could have enjoyed the day only after freshening, changing and leaving our luggage securely. Trafalgar should negotiate early check-ins for USA/Canada based clients. Similarly on return from tour back to London hotel, our tour director told us "you are now on your own to haul your luggage to/from the hotel room". Last day of the tour is on the day we leave hotel after breakfast. Thus asking us to manage our luggage while tour is still continuing didn't appear professional.

We were switched to Thistle Marble Arch for first night. The room was OK but very small. Not what we expected for a first class hotel. The breakfast was terrible. Only rolls, juice and coffee and not enough for everyone. Everyone was complaining. We also had problems with two of the hotels about the third bed. Both times it was a roll away, springs were broken and too small. Our terrific tour director took care of the first hotel and had them bring us a new bed. The second time after the tour ended, we were at the beautiful Park Plaza Riverbank. The air conditioning did not work in our room and the third bed was horrible, but they upgraded us the next night to a beautiful suite. Final comment: Our tour director was fabulous and all in all the trip was wonderful.


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