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Tour Itinerary

Short on travel time but want to see all the Britain and Ireland highlights? This trip delivers the genius of Shakespeare, Waterford crystal creations in Ireland and a hearty Welsh dinner at a local vineyard, with a side of ancient history, in just over one week.

Countries Visited

England , Ireland

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to London
    London bids you a warm welcome to its regal traditions and centuries-old heritage. Stroll 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
  2. Day 2
    Stratford-upon-Avon, York and on to 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, we indulge in traditional pub grub at a Welcome Reception in the Victorian spa town of Harrogate, our home for tonight.Accommodation: Crowne Plaza
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Through the Scenic Lake District to Glasgow
    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, into Scotland, 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: Novotel
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Explore Enchanting Edinburgh
    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   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Cross the Irish Sea to Belfast and Dublin
    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: Mespil
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Discover Diverse Dublin
    Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the centuries-old tradition of Guinness brewing, and enjoy a Storehouse tour and a tasting and pouring 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.Accommodation: Mespil Clayton / Ballsbridge
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Journey to Kilkenny and on to Waterford
    We Dive Into Culture this morning and gain insights into rearing world-class thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud 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
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Ferry Across to Cultural Cardiff
    An early start to our sightseeing today sees us cross the Irish Sea to Wales by ferry and continue our journey to the Welsh capital of Cardiff to view the Wales Millennium Centre, National Assembly and historic Cardiff Castle, in the heart of the city. This evening, we Connect With Locals in the idyllic Welsh countryside, joining a local family for a Farewell Dinner Be My Guest experience. During your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, visit the oldest and largest vineyard in Wales, you’ll learn how the Norris family are using sustainable farming practices and get to meet some of the resident animals that roam the land freely. You’ll enjoy a homemade meal, enchanting stories of rural life in Wales and warm Welsh hospitality, leaving with the knowledge that your visit supports the family in their efforts to farm sustainably.Accommodation: Marina/Fitzwilton
    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    Soak up Bath and Stonehenge then off to London
    Traversing the Severn Estuary into England, we arrive in the glorious UNESCO-listed city of 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
    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Farewell London
    Say farewell to your traveling companions at the end of your vacation, as you prepare to fly home with wonderful memories.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin with a Local Specialist
  • Discover York, Glasgow, Cardiff and Bath
  • Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle, Guinness Storehouse, the Irish National Stud 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, City Hall in Belfast, Kilkenny Castle and Gardens
  • See the Principality Stadium in Cardiff
  • Connect With Locals Enjoy a hearty Be My Guest Welsh dinner with a farming family and their animals in the beautiful award-winning vineyards of Wales.
  • Dive into Culture Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.
  • Dive into Culture Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm.
  • 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® Visit the oldest and largest vineyard in Wales where you’ll learn how the Norris family are using environmentally friendly and sustainable farming practices.

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Regional Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 9 Breakfasts

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • 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
  • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland
  • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Ireland to South Wales
  • 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
  • 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

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3.3
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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