Britain and Ireland ExperienceUnited Kingdom

From RM6,951 / per person for 11 nights
Journey into Britain and Ireland's history, visiting places like Stonehenge, the Dingle Peninsula and Warwick Castle.

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Summary

Travel through landscapes that have inspired world-famous writers and poets, from Shakespeare to Robert Burns. On this 12-day 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.


*Price based on twin-sharing basis after any discounts applicable. 

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Itinerary

Accommodation

Day 1: Hotel Copthorne

Day 2: Hotel Treacys

Day 3: Earl of Desmond

Day 4: Park Inn Airport

Day 5 & 6: Citywest

Day 7: Best Western Altrincham Cresta Court

Day 8 & 9: Holiday Inn Express

Day 10: Holiday Inn Garforth

Day 11: DoubleTree by Hilton

Day 12: Depart London

Britain & Ireland Experience

Day 1 - London - Windsor - Bath - Cardiff
All the highlights of Britain and Ireland lie ahead as your epic journey across two mystical islands kicks off in London. The Big Smoke's skyscrapers and boroughs give way to an idyllic countryside as you wind your way to Windsor, the Queen's favourite weekend getaway. Arriving in Bath, you'll admire the honey-coloured 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.

Included Meals - Dinner


Day 2 - Cardiff - Waterford
Join this morning's Optional Experience to Cardiff Castle, a medieval fortress which has enjoyed a colourful history spanning centuries. Ancient ruins and lush countryside lie between the Welsh capital and your first stop at Pembroke Castle. 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 castle in which King Henry VII, the first of the Tudor line, was born, then board your ferry across the Irish Sea to Ireland where tonight you'll dine in your hotel in Waterford.

Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner


Day 3 - Waterford - Blarney - Tralee
The delicate crystal for which Waterford is so famous takes centre stage this morning during a visit to the Waterford Crystal Showroom. Leave all that Viking history behind and head along the southern coast to Youghal, the former home of famous explorer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh. Your next stop is Blarney Castle, where a quick kiss of the Blarney Stone will grant you the 'gift of the gab'. Your scenic drive continues across 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.

Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner


Day 4 - 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, colourful fishing harbours 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.

Included Meals - Breakfast


Day 5 - Shannon - Galway - Dublin 
Your first stop today is Ireland's first City of Culture, Galway, or 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 cabaret evening will have your toes tapping and taste buds craving another round of Irish coffee.

Included Meals - Breakfast


Day 6 - 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.

Included Meals - Breakfast


Day 7 - Dublin - Chester - Liverpool - Manchester
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's 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. Join an Optional Experience guided tour of the city, exploring its glorious maritime past and vibrant cultural present, before continuing to Manchester.

Included Meals - Breakfast


Day 8 - Manchester - Lake District - Edinburgh (Dunfermline)
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.

Included Meals - Breakfast


Day 9 - Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time
Discover the 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 Liffey 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, boarding the Royal Yacht Britannia for a brush with royalty or exploring what lies behind the impenetrable walls of Edinburgh Castle. This evening, an Optional Experience could see you visit the ancient village where Knights Hospitaller once settled or dance up a storm to the skirl of traditional bagpipes. Time your visit to coincide with the rousing Edinburgh Tattoo with tickets included on certain departures.

Included Meals - Breakfast


Day 10 - Edinburgh (Dunfermline) - York - Leeds
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, then continue to your hotel in Leeds where dinner is served this evening.

Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner


Day 11 - Leeds - 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, including a visit to Anne Hathaway's cottage and his grave which he said to have famously cursed. 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.

Included Meals - Breakfast


Day 12 - 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.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

On-Trip Transport

- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi
- Return ferry across the Irish Sea from Wales to Ireland

Meals

15 meals as per itinerary - 11 Breakfasts, 4 Three-course dinners

Local Specialists

Sightseeing tour with Local Specialist in Dublin, Edinburgh

Travel Director

An expert Travel Director and separate driver

Charges & Taxes

All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

Pre-pay Gratuities

Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver.

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

Airport Transfer

Per single trip to/from Heathrow Airport

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