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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Travel through landscapes that have inspired world-famous writers and poets, from Shakespeare to Robert Burns. On this 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.

  1. Day 1
    Arrive London
    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 King.Accommodation: Holiday Inn Brentford Lock.
  2. 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.Accommodation: Holiday Inn Brentford Lock.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    London – Windsor – Bath – Cardiff
    This morning, meet your Travel Director and traveling 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. Arriving in Bath, you'll admire the honey-colored 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 Cardiff-Caerdydd
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Cardiff – Waterford
    Join this morning’s Optional Experience to Cardiff Castle, a medieval fortress which has enjoyed a colorful history spanning centuries. Ancient ruins and lush countryside lie between the Welsh capital and your first stop in Pembroke. 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 Pembroke castle where King Henry VII, the first of the Tudor line, was born, then board your ferry across the Irish Sea to Ireland.Accommodation: Treacy's
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    Waterford – Blarney – Tralee
    The delicate crystal for which Waterford is so famous takes center stage this morning during a visit to the Waterford Crystal Showroom. Leave all that Viking history behind and enjoy the charming scenery en route to Blarney Castle, where a quick kiss of the Blarney Stone will grant you the 'gift of the gab'. Your scenic drive continues past 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: Benners Hotel
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Tralee – Dingle Peninsula – Limerick – Shannon
    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, colorful fishing harbors 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 where tonight you'll dine in your hotel.Accommodation: Treacys Oakwood
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Shannon – Galway – Dublin
    This morning 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 Irish show will have your toes tapping and taste buds craving another round of Irish coffee.Accommodation: Dublin One
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. 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.Accommodation: Dublin One
    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    Dublin – Chester – Altrincham
    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 might even be 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. This evening we head to Altrincham in Manchester.Accommodation: Best Western Cresta Court
    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Altrincham – Lake District – Edinburgh (Queensferry)
    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: Doubletree by Hilton Edinburgh Queensferry Crossing.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    Edinburgh sightseeing and free time
    Discover 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 City 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, visiting the mysterious Rosslyn Chapel or exploring what lies behind the impenetrable walls of Edinburgh Castle. This evening is your chance to enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. Time your visit to coincide with the Edinburgh Tattoo, and you'll get tickets included on certain departures!Accommodation: Doubletree by Hilton Edinburgh Queensferry Crossing.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    Edinburgh (Dunfermline) – York – Bradford
    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, before enjoying dinner in a traditional York pub. Then continue to your hotel in Bradford where you'll lay your head for the evening.Accommodation: Leonardo Hotel
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Bradford – Stratford-upon-Avon – Cheltenham
    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. 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
  14. Day 14
    Cheltenham – Oxford – London
    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. Martin's 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, where you'll bid your Travel Director and new friends a fond farewell.Accommodation: Holiday Inn Brentford Lock.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  15. 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.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Dining Summary

  • 14 Breakfast (B)
  • 4 Dinner (D)

Essentials

  • : View the Royal Castle
  • : Visit the Georgian spa town
  • : View Cardiff Castle
  • : Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom
  • : Kiss the Blarney Stone
  • : View the prettiest village in Ireland
  • : View King John's Castle and see St. Mary's Cathedral
  • : See Galway Cathedral
  • : See St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christchurch Cathedral, the Georgian Squares and Trinity College with a Local Specialist
  • : View the timbered buildings known as the 'Rows'
  • : Visit this picturesque region
  • : Visit this town, popular with eloping couples since 1754
  • : With your Local Specialist see Princes Street, the Royal Mile and the Castle
  • : View the Jedburgh Abbey ruins
  • : View the remains of the Roman wall
  • : View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles
  • : Visit the town of Shakespeare and see Anne Hathaway's cottage
  • : View Sir Winston Churchill's grave
  • : View the Bodleian Library
  • : Visit the Beatles' hometown

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : The services of a Costsaver Local Host if you stay at Costsaver's recommended London hotel
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : Many meals and daily breakfasts included
  • : City orientation tours
  • : Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
  • : Extensive variety of Choice Optional Experiences
  • : On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • The services of a Costsaver Local Host if you stay at Costsaver's recommended London hotel
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Many meals and daily breakfasts included
  • City orientation tours
  • Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
  • Extensive variety of Choice Optional Experiences
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

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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
3.7
Accommodations
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Itinerary
3.7
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
3.7
Value for Money
3.8

Ratings based off 15 reviews - currently showing 4 reviews with comments only

We enjoyed everything about this trip. All of the "extras" needed to make the trip awesome added up to about the same cost as the trip itself which was a surprise, but we would do it again. Our Tour Director made the trip special!!

I had a wonderful time with this trip. The travel director set up the tone and pace of the trip is the best. He was never flustered and gave us updates. Our drivers superb driving kept us safe. We were given keepsakes and snacks from different regions we visited and it was a pleasure to have these. The tour was fantastic. It was hectic, but was well organized. We were 40 travellers and we had a blast. Hope to travel with you soon.

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

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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