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There’s more to most UK and Ireland trips than the iconic sights. On this journey, you’ll trace the footsteps of giants and feel the salty spray of the Cliffs of Moher, smell the mossy walls of medieval castles and enjoy a toe-tapping, heart-stirring Gaelic song along the way.

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to London
    The cosmopolitan capital that is London is yours to explore today - the perfect launch pad to discover what's great about Great Britain. Spend the day relaxing in the Royal Parks, amble along the Thames or visit one of the many museums showcasing the art, culture and antiquities of what was once the British Empire.Accommodation: Hilton Kensington
  2. Day 2
    Explore the Sights of London
    Join a Local Specialist to see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Journey to Stonehenge and on to Plymouth
    Meet your Travel Director today before journeying west to the Wiltshire landscapes of Salisbury Plain where you'll ponder the myths of the ancient mystical monoliths at Stonehenge which remain largely unsolved to to this day. Continuing through Devon, arrive in the historic naval port of Plymouth, your home for the next two nights.Accommodation: Copthorne
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Discover the Cornish Peninsula
    Embark on an orientation tour and see the Royal Citadel and Mayflower Steps. Explore the Cornish peninsula and visit the seaside villages of Looe and Polperro.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    Soak up Bath and off to Cardiff
    Arriving in Bath, we admire the city's stylish Georgian façades and ancient Roman Baths from which it derives its name. We continue to the vibrant Welsh capital, Cardiff, where we’ll have a free evening to enjoy this modern city's proud heritage.Accommodation: Park Inn by Radisson City Centre
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Cross the Irish Sea to Waterford
    This morning, we explore Cardiff's iconic sights – the Principality Stadium, Millennium Centre and Victorian fantasy castle before crossing the Irish Sea to Waterford, most famous for the delicate crystal that graces elegant homes the world over. This evening we dine in our hotel.Accommodation: Fitzwilton
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Onwards to Blarney and Killarney
    Our first stop today is at the House of Waterford Crystal where we Dive Into Culture, watching a demonstration with master craftsmen. In pursuit of the ‘gift of the gab', we journey to Blarney Castle where you'll have the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone, before arriving later in picturesque Killarney.Accommodation: Park Inn by Radisson City Centre/Holiday Inn
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    A Day on the Ring of Kerry
    Ireland's enduring natural beauty accompanies our leisurely drive circling the enchanting Ring of Kerry. We pass the fishing village of Waterville, Moll's Gap and the Black Valley – renowned for being the last place in Ireland without power and telephone networks.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Off to Limerick, the Majestic Cliffs of Moher and Galway
    We stop in Limerick and view St. Mary's Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and King John's Castle. Next up is an unforgettable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at the Cliffs of Moher where rugged cliffs plunge into the Atlantic, creating a beautifully dramatic coastline which has inspired artists, musicians and poets for centuries. You’ll visit the Visitor Centre, a wonderfully engaging experience which brings one of Ireland’s most treasured natural phenomena to life in an interactive way that will leave you with stories to tell for years to come. Enjoy the IMAX-type multimedia which gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the cliffs or dive virtually beneath the surface of the Atlantic and into the underwater caves at the foot of the cliffs that would have otherwise gone unseen. Your next overnight stop in Galway is a real treat for culture buffs. You’ll overnight in Ireland’s capital of music, song and dance and it’s the perfect place to dig deep into Ireland’s vibrant traditional arts scene first-hand.Accommodation: Killarney/Innisfallen
    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Venture into County Donegal
    This morning see the great stone Galway Cathedral and stroll through Eyre Square, a tribute to former US president John F. Kennedy, who visited Galway in 1963. Enjoy an orientation of Sligo on your way to Donegal to see its 15th-century castle and explore the city your way before dining at your hotel.Accommodation: Central
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Explore Londonderry, the Giant’s Causeway and Belfast
    We cross the Irish border into Northern Ireland, joining a Local Specialist in Londonderry to stroll along its 17th-century city walls. See the street murals of the Bogside before continuing to the mythical stepping stones of the Giant's Causeway for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Our visit to the haunt of Finn McCool will help to conserve this iconic natural landmark. Our final stop today is in Belfast, where we'll enjoy an orientation, followed by free time to explore the capital city's sights.Accommodation: Park Inn by Radisson
    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    On the road to Dublin
    We spend the morning with a Local Specialist 'Cabbie' who will take us on a journey through the recent history of Belfast in their taxi. Heading south to Dublin later, we see St. Patrick's Cathedral and other iconic sights in the company of a Local Specialist. Tonight, consider an Optional Experience to enjoy the rousing sounds and warm hospitality of a traditional Irish Cabaret performance.Accommodation: Mespil
    Meals:   Breakfast
  13. Day 13
    See the Sights of Dublin
    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. 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.Accommodation: Park Inn by Radisson/Stormont
    Meals:   Breakfast
  14. Day 14
    Ferry across to Historic Chester and Liverpool
    Cross the Irish Sea to Wales and continue to the ancient town of Chester, where your orientation tour will take you past its Roman walls and famous half-timbered Tudor Rows. Later, we head to the haunt of the 'Fab Four', edgy Liverpool, where we'll spend the night.Accommodation: Mespil Clayton Cardiff Lane
    Meals:   Breakfast
  15. Day 15
    Continue to the Beautiful Lake District
    Head north to the idyllic Lake District, which has inspired poets and writers for centuries, and admire the spectacular surrounds of Lake Windermere.Accommodation: North Lakes
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  16. Day 16
    Journey North to Glasgow
    The runaway wedding capital, Gretna Green is our first stop today, where we'll tread in the footsteps of eloping couples who would take their vows over the Marriage Anvil. We arrive in Glasgow for an orientation tour including views of the Cathedral and 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.Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn City Centre
    Meals:   Breakfast
  17. Day 17
    Over the Sea to Skye
    Journey past the site of the tragic 1692 massacre at Glencoe, known as the 'Glen of the Weeping' and see Britain's highest mountain – Ben Nevis. We'll view the 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle, where three lochs meet, before visiting the Isle of Skye.Accommodation: North Lakes / Castle Green
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  18. Day 18
    The Sights of Loch Ness and Culloden in the Scottish Highlands
    Travel through the scenic Scottish Highlands via Glen Shiel and along the banks of Loch Ness, home to the mythical monster affectionately known as 'Nessie'. View the site of the bloody Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army of Jacobites were defeated in 1746.Accommodation: Highlander
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  19. Day 19
    Onwards to Edinburgh
    We continue south and stop in Pitlochry before travelling to the historic town of St. Andrews, home to one of the oldest golf courses in the world. We cross the Firth of Forth to the enchanting Scottish capital, Edinburgh, our home for the next two nights. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.Accommodation: Holiday Inn
    Meals:   Breakfast
  20. Day 20
    Explore Edinburgh Castle
    Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, overlooking the town from Castle Rock. See the Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse and new Scottish Parliament building.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  21. Day 21
    Uncover York’s Treasures
    Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick before stopping in York where we'll embark on an orientation walk along the picturesque Shambles and to York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world. This evening Connect With Locals over dinner at a Be My Guest experience, a grand private home of a Yorkshire family enjoying traditional flavours and hospitality.Accommodation: Novotel Centre
    Meals:   Breakfast
  22. Day 22
    Journey to Stratford-upon-Avon and on to London
    Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to view Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre before returning to London this afternoon for our last evening at leisure.Accommodation: Hilton Kensington
    Meals:   Breakfast
  23. Day 23
    Farewell London
    We leave the bright lights of Old Blighty behind after an epic encounter with Britain and Ireland.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore London, Londonderry, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Plymouth, Bath, Cardiff, Limerick, Galway, Sligo, Chester, Glasgow and York
  • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle, the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, the Giant's Causeway, Falkirk Wheel, Isle of Skye, Edinburgh Castle, Alnwick and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • View the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle in Limerick, the scenic Lake District, the 18th hole at St. Andrews, Eilean Donan Castle, Culloden Battlefield and York Minster
  • See Galway Cathedral
  • Scenic Drive on a Cornish Excursion, experience the Ring of Kerry
  • Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.
  • Connect With Locals Enjoy a traditional British Be My Guest dinner hosted by a local family in the dining room of either their elegant town house in the city or in their impressive country house overlooking picturesque scenery in the Vale of York.
  • Dive into Culture Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.
  • Dive Into Culture Visit Falkirk Wheel to learn about Scotland's canal system at the world's only rotating boat lift.
  • Dive Into Culture Visit the Guinness Storehouse to see how the world’s most famous stout is created then enjoy the distinctive taste of a perfectly chilled pint of Guinness.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Help preserve the Cliffs of Moher for generations to come and learn about its extraordinary geology, history and the species that find sanctuary in its nooks and crannies.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® In Northern Ireland you'll discover the legend of the Giant's Causeway as you explore with an expert, who'll explain how your visit helps conserve this iconic natural landmark.

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 22 Breakfasts
  • 6 Dinners

First class travel Highlights

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  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Pick-up and drop-off when you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar
  • Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host when you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.

Health and Safety Protocols for Trafalgar Tours

Trafalgar has introduced these enhanced hygiene protocols – for you and team members.

You can travel with Trafalgar and be assured that their team has put numerous new measures in place to elevate their hygiene standards and protocols. The well-being of guests and team has always been, and always will be, their primary concern.

In this new, fast changing Covid-19 era, Trafalgar is doing all they can to adapt to new requirements and expectations. Here are some important new steps and procedures that they have implemented to enhance hygiene protocols, to comply with physical distancing requirements by relevant government authorities and to give you the peace of mind when you are traveling during these new times.

Expertly Trained Travel Directors

Travel Director training equips them with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing procedures. During your trip, they will operate with a duty of care and monitor the hygiene etiquette of the guests, reacting and advising as needed, to ensure high standards are maintained. Before you travel, Trafalgar will also keep you well informed about new protocols required in these areas, and ask that you cooperate with and heed the advice and direction of Travel Directors while on your trip. The Travel Directors have preventative measures in place to try and ensure your well-being and in the event that any unexpected issues arise on trip, they will activate additional protocols.

Stringent On-the-Road Protocols

The customized luxury coaches are sanitised before the start of your trip and have always been kept to very high standards. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Trafalgar have taken additional measures to elevate hygiene and sanitary practices in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as required, applicable government regulations. The Driver training provides them with the latest hygiene protocols. They will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis. All the guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organisation including the thorough and regular washing of hands and sanitising when required. Hand sanitiser is freely available on board for your use throughout the day. Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves with you, and additional hand sanitiser to make you feel comfortable, as these will be required to be worn in public in some countries. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays and wipes will be available for guest distribution on all trips.

A Full Team of Support 24/7

It’s not just your Travel Director and Driver who will be taking care of you. Behind the scenes, the operations and guest support teams are in contact with them and on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

Physical Distancing

Adapting to the right size groups, based on government distancing requirements, you can rest assured that you will travel with the comfort of your own personal space. Have peace of mind that all of the experiences, hotels and restaurants you’ll enjoy on your trip have been vetted to ensure they adhere to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.

Trusted Partners, Exceptional Standards

Trafalgar is very selective in who they work with and choose to only use hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that take the well-being of the guests as seriously as Trafalgar does and agrees to meet expected guidelines and specifications. Trafalgar only works with establishments that they are confident will consistently adhere to their high standards.

Always in the Know

As part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) , Trafalgar is kept up to date with all government advisories and travel alerts on a daily basis and is continually in touch with all of the partners on the ground in each destination. Also, rest assured that during your trip, the teams work to ensure the supplier partners (hotels, restaurants, museums and other venues) are also applying the same standard to these new hygiene and distancing protocols, to the extent possible.

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Questions & Answers

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

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

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

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Accommodations
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Professional Staff
3.8
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Value for Money
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Ratings based off 12 reviews - currently showing 7 reviews with comments only

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 

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