Britain and Ireland Grandeur

Tour Type: Regional Explorer
Brochure Type Europe & Britain 2025 v1

There's more to most UK and Ireland trips than the iconic sights. On this journey, you'll trace the footsteps of giants and feel the salty spray of the Cliffs of Moher, smell the mossy walls of medieval castles and enjoy a toe-tapping, heart-stirring Gaelic song along the way.

Be My Guest
  • York Enjoy a traditional British Be My Guest dinner hosted by a local family in the dining room of either their elegant town house in the city or in their impressive country house overlooking picturesque scenery in the Vale of York.
Dining Summary
  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 22 Breakfast (B)
  • 7 Dinner (D)
Dive Into Culture
  • Dublin 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.
  • Falkirk Visit Falkirk Wheel to learn about Scotland's canal system at the world's only rotating boat lift.
  • Waterford Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.
Iconic Experience
  • Eilean Donan Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.
  • Lake District Drive through the hauntingly beautiful Lakes District, immortalized by literary greats of the Romantic Movement.
  • Cardiff Learn more about Wales' capital and cultural hub, Cardiff, as you enjoy an orientation of this vibrant city with your Travel Director.
  • Stonehenge Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.
  • Blarney It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ramparts! Visit Blarney Castle and see the famous Stone of Eloquence.
  • Sligo Bay Explore this scenic town during an orientation with your Travel Director.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history's most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore this pretty town with its iconic Tudor houses.
  • Bath Admire UNESCO-listed Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and the bimillenial Roman Baths from which the city takes its name.
  • Dublin A Local Specialist will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.
  • Edinburgh Explore the city with your Local Specialist as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and the official Scottish residence of the King, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • Gretna Green Visit the famous spot where runaway lovers were married.
  • Inverness At the exciting Culloden Visitor Center, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour yet changed the Highland way of life forever.
  • London See London's iconic sites with a Local Specialist.
  • Ring of Kerry Admire Ireland's enduring scenic beauty on one of the most beautiful drives in the world.
  • Lahinch Help preserve the Cliffs of Moher for generations to come and learn about its extraordinary geology, history and the species that find sanctuary in its nooks and crannies.
  • Londonderry With a Local Specialist explore inside the city walls. See the Gothic Guildhall and the Georgian houses of Shipquay Street.
  • Scottish Highlands Admire picturesque lochs and glens as you travel through the Scottish Highlands.
  • St. Andrews Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.
  • Alnwick See the impressive Alnwick Castle and Tenantry Column during a visit of this traditional county town.
  • York Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during your orientation of the city.
  • Belfast Join a Local Specialist to hear about the history of the city and learn of its progress and current prosperity. See the murals in different locations indicating the political sentiments of local residents.
  • Chester See the Jubilee Clock, cathedral, city walls, and famous black and white Rows.
  • Cornwall See Plymouth's famed landmarks and explore typical seaside villages during an orientation of the Cornish peninsula.
  • Glasgow See the grand public buildings of Glasgow, including George Square.
  • Limerick See Limerick's iconic landmarks during an orientation with your Travel Director.
  • Bushmills In Northern Ireland you'll discover the legend of the Giant's Causeway as you explore with an expert, who'll explain how your visit helps conserve this iconic natural landmark.
Must-see Highlights
  • Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates
  • Discover Plymouth, Bath, Cardiff, Limerick, Galway, Sligo, Chester, Glasgow and York
  • See Galway Cathedral
  • Glencoe Drive through this Highland village on Loch Leven.
  • Explore London, Londonderry, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh with a Local Specialist
  • View the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle in Limerick, the scenic Lake District, the 18th hole at St. Andrews, Eilean Donan Castle, Culloden Battlefield and York Minster
  • Scenic Drive on a Cornish Excursion, experience the Ring of Kerry
  • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle, the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, the Giant's Causeway, Guinness Storehouse, Falkirk Wheel, Isle of Skye, Edinburgh Castle, Alnwick and Sha
Whats Included
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • London The services of a Trafalgar Local Host when you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • London Pick-up and drop-off when you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland

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Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer valid through 9/30/2024
23 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1LondonWelcome to London: The cosmopolitan capital that is London is yours to explore today - the perfect launch pad to discover what's great about Great Britain. Spend the day relaxing in the Royal Parks, amble along the Thames or visit one of the many museums showcasing the art, culture and antiquities of what was once the British Empire.

Accommodations: Hilton Kensington
Day 2LondonExplore the Sights of London: Join a Local Specialist today for a memorable encounter with London's most iconic sights. See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey where Britain's kings and queens have been crowned for centuries. Spend the rest of the day exploring London on your terms - shop for the best of British on Carnaby Street, admire the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus or visit 'The City' with Christopher Wren's great St. Pauls Cathedral.

Accommodations: Hilton Kensington
Day 3PlymouthJourney to Stonehenge and on to Plymouth: Meet your Travel Director today before journeying west to the Wiltshire landscapes of Salisbury Plain where you'll ponder the myths of the ancient mystical megaliths at Stonehenge which remain largely unsolved to to this day. Continuing through Devon, arrive in the historic naval port of Plymouth, your home for the next two nights.

Accommodations: Copthorne
Day 4PlymouthDiscover the Cornish Peninsula: Embark on an orientation tour and see the Royal Citadel and Mayflower Steps. Explore the Cornish peninsula and visit the seaside villages of Looe and Polperro.

Accommodations: Copthorne
Day 5CardiffSoak up Bath and off to Cardiff: Arriving in Bath, we admire the city's stylish Georgian façades and visit the ancient Roman Baths from which it derives its name. We continue to the vibrant Welsh capital, Cardiff, where we'll have a free evening to enjoy this modern city's proud heritage.

Accommodations: Holiday Inn City Center, Park Inn by Radisson City Center
Day 6WaterfordCross the Irish Sea to Waterford: This morning, we see Cardiff's iconic sights - the Principality Stadium, Millennium Center and Victorian fantasy castle before crossing the Irish Sea to Waterford, most famous for the delicate crystal that graces elegant homes the world over. This evening we dine in our hotel.

Accommodations: Fitzwilton
Day 7KillarneyOnwards to Blarney and Killarney Dive Into Culture: Our first stop today is at the House of Waterford Crystal where we Dive Into Culture, watching a demonstration with master craftsmen. In pursuit of the ?gift of the gab', we journey to Blarney Castle where you'll have the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone, before arriving later in picturesque Killarney.

Accommodations: Hotel Killarney
Day 8KillarneyA Day on the Ring of Kerry: Ireland's enduring natural beauty accompanies our leisurely drive circling the enchanting Ring of Kerry. We pass the fishing village of Waterville, Moll's Gap and the Black Valley - renowned for being the last place in Ireland without power and telephone networks.

Accommodations: Hotel Killarney
Day 9GalwayOff to Limerick, the Majestic Cliffs of Moher and Galway Make Travel Matter: Stop in Limerick and view St. Mary's Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and King John's Castle. Next up is an unforgettable experience at the Cliffs of Moher where rugged cliffs plunge into the Atlantic, creating a beautifully dramatic coastline which has inspired artists, musicians and poets for centuries. You'll visit the Visitor Center, a wonderfully engaging experience which brings one of Ireland's most treasured natural phenomena to life in an interactive way that will leave you with stories to tell for years to come. Enjoy the IMAX-type multimedia which gives visitors a bird's eye view of the cliffs or dive virtually beneath the surface of the Atlantic and into the underwater caves at the foot of the cliffs that would have otherwise gone unseen. Your next overnight stop in Galway is a real treat for culture buffs. Ireland's capital of music, song and dance and it's the perfect place to dig deep into Ireland's vibrant traditional arts scene first-hand.

Accommodations: Connacht
Day 10COUNTY DONEGALVenture into County Donegal: This morning see the great stone Galway Cathedral and stroll through Eyre Square, a tribute to former US president John F. Kennedy, who visited Galway in 1963. Enjoy an orientation of Sligo on your way to Donegal to see its 15th-century castle and explore the town your way before dining at your hotel.

Accommodations: Central
Day 11BelfastExplore Londonderry, the Giant's Causeway and Belfast Make Travel Matter: We cross the Irish border into Northern Ireland, joining a Local Specialist in Londonderry to stroll along its 17th-century city walls. See the street murals of the Bogside before continuing to the mythical stepping stones of the Giant's Causeway for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience. Our visit to the haunt of Finn McCool will help to conserve this iconic natural landmark. Our final stop today is in Belfast, where we'll enjoy an orientation, followed by free time to explore the capital city's sights.

Accommodations: Stormont, AC by Marriott
Day 12DublinOn the road to Dublin: We spend the morning with a Local Specialist 'Cabbie' who will take us on a journey through the recent history of Belfast in their taxi. Heading south to Dublin later, we see St. Patrick's Cathedral and other iconic sights in the company of a Local Specialist. Tonight, consider an Optional Experience to enjoy the rousing sounds and warm hospitality of a traditional Irish Cabaret performance.

Accommodations: The Address Hotel Connolly, Hampton by Hilton Dublin City Center.
Day 13DublinSee the Sights of Dublin Dive Into Culture: Today you'll gain entry to the Guinness Storehouse. Here you'll Dive Into Culture and embark on a self-guided tour finishing at the Gravity Bar where you can sip on a pint of the black stuff while overlooking Dublin. The rest of the day is yours to explore the Irish capital. Amble along Grafton Street with its colorful performers, head to Temple Bar or stroll through St. Stephen's Green.

Accommodations: The Address Hotel Connolly, Hampton by Hilton Dublin City Center.
Day 14LiverpoolFerry across to Historic Chester and Liverpool: Cross the Irish Sea to Wales and continue to the ancient town of Chester, where your orientation tour will take you past its Roman walls and famous half-timbered Tudor Rows. Later, we head to the haunt of the 'Fab Four', edgy Liverpool, where we'll spend the night.

Accommodations: Leonardo Hotel Liverpool
Day 15Lake DistrictContinue to the Beautiful Lake District: Head north to the idyllic Lake District, which has inspired poets and writers for centuries, and admire the spectacular surrounds of Lake Windermere.

Accommodations: North Lakes, Castle Green
Day 16GlasgowJourney North to Glasgow Dive Into Culture: The runaway wedding capital, Gretna Green is our first stop today, where we'll tread in the footsteps of eloping couples who would take their vows over the Marriage Anvil. Continue to Glasgow for an orientation tour including views of the Cathedral and magnificent George Square, lined with statues of Great Britain's most celebrated sons. Visit the 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.

Accommodations: Novotel, Courtyard by Marriott SEC., Hilton Garden Inn City Center
Day 17Isle of SkyeOver the Sea to Skye: Journey past the site of the tragic 1692 massacre at Glencoe, known as the 'Glen of the Weeping' and see Britain's highest mountain - Ben Nevis. We'll view the 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle, where three lochs meet, before visiting the Isle of Skye.

Accommodations: Dunollie, Kings Arms
Day 18Scottish HighlandsThe Sights of Loch Ness and Culloden in the Scottish Highlands: Travel through the scenic Scottish Highlands via Glen Shiel and along the banks of Loch Ness, home to the mythical monster affectionately known as 'Nessie'. View the site of the bloody Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army of Jacobites were defeated in 1746.

Accommodations: Highlander
Day 19EdinburghOnwards to Edinburgh: We continue south and stop in Pitlochry before traveling to the historic town of St. Andrews, home to the oldest golf course in the world. We cross the Firth of Forth to the enchanting Scottish capital, Edinburgh, our home for the next two nights. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.

Accommodations: Holiday Inn
Day 20EdinburghExplore Edinburgh Castle: Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, overlooking the town from Castle Rock. See the Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse and new Scottish Parliament building.

Accommodations: Holiday Inn
Day 21YorkUncover York's Treasures Connect with Locals: Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick before stopping in York where we'll embark on an orientation walk along the picturesque Shambles and to York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world. This evening Connect With Locals over dinner at a Be My Guest experience, a grand private home of a Yorkshire family enjoying traditional flavors and hospitality.

Accommodations: Novotel Center
Day 22LondonJourney to Stratford-upon-Avon and on to London: Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to view Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Center before returning to London this afternoon for our last evening at leisure.

Accommodations: Hilton Kensington, The Tower
Day 23LondonFarewell London: We leave the bright lights of Old Blighty behind after an epic encounter with Britain and Ireland.


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    Tour Type: Regional ExplorerBrochure Type Europe & Britain 2025 v1There's more to most UK and Ireland trips than the iconic sights.

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