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Britain and Ireland Grandeur Reverse

  • Britain and Ireland Grandeur Reverse

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. Trafalgar Tours » code: RIGTB15 » id: 38753

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  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Ireland
  • Leeds
  • Stratford upon Avon
  • Peebles
  • Edinburgh
  • Newtonmore
  • Broadford
  • Glasgow
  • Falkirk
  • Lancaster
  • Liverpool
  • Holyhead
  • Dublin
  • Belfast
  • Bushmills
  • Londonderry
  • Donegal
  • Galway
  • Killarney
  • Lahinch
  • Blarney
  • Waterford
  • Rosslare
  • Pembroke
  • Cardiff
  • Bath
  • Plymouth
  • Salisbury
  • Europe
  • Australasia
  • British Isles
 
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.

 

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. ?

 

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.

 

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.?

 

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.?

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

Dining Highlights

 

  • 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

Sightseeing Highlights

 

  • 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
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