Britain and Ireland Highlights Preview 2018

A 10-Day Trafalgar Tours tour starting from $2,250

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Tour Length: 10 Days
Countries Visited: Ireland
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Tour Operator: Trafalgar Tours
Tour Code: TT-BBIH-USA
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Go beyond the 'great' and see the best of Britain and Ireland on one trip, starting your tale of two islands in London and exploring such city gems as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin and Cardiff. Explore the countryside travelling through the Yorkshire Dales and the rugged Ayrshire Coast, before saddling up for a visit to the Irish National Stud Farm. Please note: All Preview 2018 itineraries are subject to change. Booked guests will be contacted about any changes to their trip upon the release of the 2018 Europe & Britain brochure.

 
Dining Highlights
9 full breakfasts 3 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys) The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel 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 Hand-picked Insider Experiences Optional Experiences and free time All porterage and restaurant gratuities Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras An expert Travel Director and separate Driver All hotel tips, charges and local taxes London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details VIP entry to many sights

 
Day 1: Arrive London
Welcome to London. Relax after your flight or spend time exploring the city on your own.

Day 2: London ' Stratford-upon-Avon ' York ' Harrogate
A scenic drive through beautiful countryside brings you to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre. In the Viking city of York enjoy a walk along its historic streets. View the cobbled Shambles, the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. Later, enjoy a Welcome Reception in a traditional pub.Full Breakfast, Welcome Reception

Day 3: Harrogate ' Lake District ' Gretna Green ' Glasgow (2 Nights)
From quaint villages around the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the glory of the Lake District, your journey is scenic. Travelling past England's largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald's Church. Cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would make their vows over the anvil. This afternoon your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral and the magnificent George Square.Full Breakfast

Day 4: Edinburgh Excursion
Today visit Edinburgh. Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. Later enjoy free time to explore at leisure, before returning to Glasgow for a delicious meal at a local restaurant.Full Breakfast, Regional Meal

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, to board the ferry to Northern Ireland. View City Hall, Queen's University and the dock where the Titanic was built with your Local Specialist. Later arrive in Dublin, your home for the next two nights.Full Breakfast

Day 6: Dublin Sightseeing
See Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Specialist. Visit the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and tasting technique demonstration. Spend the rest of the day as you please. Why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers? This evening consider joining an Optional Experience to an Irish cabaret.Full Breakfast

Day 7: Dublin ' Kildare ' Kilkenny ' Waterford
This morning gain a Cultural Insight into rearing world-class thoroughbreds when visiting the Irish National Stud Farm established in 1946. After a guided walk through the farm, take some time to stroll through the tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe. In Kilkenny, see the imposing medieval castle and enjoy free time for lunch. This afternoon enjoy a Cultural Insight when you visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom.Full Breakfast

Day 8: Waterford ' Cardiff
Cross the Irish Sea to Wales by ferry, and continue your journey to Cardiff Bay to view the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly. View the historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium before arriving at your hotel. Tonight, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Be My Guest Farewell Dinner.Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Day 9: Cardiff ' Bath ' Stonehenge ' London
Travel across the Severn Estuary into England and the glorious city of Bath. See splendid Georgian architecture during your orientation. Enjoy an included visit to the Roman Baths from which the city derives its name. In Wiltshire, visit the mysterious monolithic stone circle at Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, return to London.Full 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.Full Breakfast

 
         
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Sightseeing Highlights
City tour in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin Orientation of York, Glasgow, Cardiff and Bath See the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff View York Minster, Glasgow Cathedral and George Square, Kilkenny Castle and Gardens 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

 

 
 

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