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Britain and Ireland Grandeur - 2020 Presale

Great savings for 2020 trips!

No corner of the British Isles will remain unexplored, from London and Liverpool to Edinburgh, Dublin and Belfast, with a visit to The Giant's Causeway, the Ring of Kerry and 'Nessie'.

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19 nights
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About this holiday

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Sightseeing on Britain and Ireland Grandeur

CONNECT WITH LOCALS

  • Enjoy a traditional British Be My Guest supper 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. (Day 19)

DIVE INTO CULTURE

  • Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour. (Day 5)
  • Visit the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour into what makes the perfect pint and enjoy one. (Day 11)
    Meet the official Town Crier of Chester and hear about his traditional role dating back to medieval times. (Day 12)
  • Visit Falkirk Wheel to learn about Scotland's canal system at the world's only rotating boat lift. (Day 14)

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

  • In Northern Ireland, where your visit to Giant's Causeway helps conserve this iconic natural landmark. (Day 9)

LOCAL SPECIALISTS

  • Experience Belfast from the comfort of your dedicated Black Cab with expert 'Cabbie' commentary. For included sightseeing in Londonderry, Dublin and Edinburgh

Book and Pay by 18 December 2019 to save 10%

  • Twin share from $5,255pp (was $5,839pp - save $584pp)
  • Solo from $6,308pp (WAS $7009pp - save $700+)

Price based on 4, 11 & 18 April 2020 departures.

Inclusions

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  • 19 Nights accommodation
  • 19 full breakfasts & 10 dinners

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

  • CITY TOUR in Londonderry, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh
  • ORIENTATION of Salisbury Plain, Plymouth, Bath, Cardiff, Limerick, Galway, Chester, Glasgow and York
  • VISIT the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, Giants Causeway, the Falkirk Wheel, Isle of Skye, Edinburgh Castle, Alnwick and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • VIEW the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, 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

ALWAYS INCLUDED

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi 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
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional 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

Accommodation

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19 Nights in cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Travel dates

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Various departures available from 4 April 2020 through to 4 Oct 2020. For more pricing, please call our friendly travel team on freecall 1300 414 198.

Itinerary

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DAY 1 - LONDON – STONEHENGE – SALISBURY – PLYMOUTH (2 NIGHTS)
Journey west to the Wiltshire landscapes of Salisbury Plain where you'll ponder the myths of the ancient mystical monoliths 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.
MEALS - Welcome Reception
HOTEL - Copthorne

DAY 2 - PLYMOUTH ORIENTATION AND CORNISH EXCURSION
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. You will be offered one of the following two evening optional experiences depending on availability:
MEALS - Full Breakfast

DAY 3 - PLYMOUTH – BATH – CARDIFF
Arriving in Bath, we admire the city's stylish Georgian façades and 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. You will be offered one of the following two optional experiences depending on availability:
MEALS - Full Breakfast
HOTEL - Park Inn City Centre

DAY 4 - CARDIFF – WATERFORD
This morning, we explore Cardiff's iconic sights - the Principality Stadium, Millennium Centre 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.
MEALS - Full Breakfast, Dinner
HOTEL - Fitzwilton

DAY 5 - WATERFORD – BLARNEY – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS)
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 to kiss the Blarney Stone, before arriving later in picturesque Killarney. You will be offered one of the following two optional experiences depending on availability:
MEALS - Full Breakfast
HOTEL - Hotel Killarney/Innisfallen

DAY 6 - RING OF KERRY EXCURSION
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.
MEALS - Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 - KILLARNEY – LIMERICK – CLIFFS OF MOHER – GALWAY
We stop in Limerick and view St. Mary's Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and King John's Castle. Our next stop is the magnificent Cliffs of Moher which plunge into the Atlantic, before arriving in Galway, where we'll spend the night.
MEALS - Full Breakfast, Dinner
HOTEL - Connacht/Maldron Oranmore

DAY 8 - GALWAY – CO. 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. Travel to Donegal to see its 15th-century castle and enjoy time at leisure before dining at your hotel.
MEALS - Full Breakfast, Dinner
HOTEL - Central/Ocean Sands

DAY 9 - CO. DONEGAL – LONDONDERRY – GIANT’S CAUSEWAY – BELFAST ORIENTATION
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. Our visit to the haunt of Finn McCool will 'Make A Difference' by helping 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. You will be offered one of the following two optional experiences depending on availability:
MEALS - Full Breakfast
HOTEL - Park Inn/Stormont

DAY 10 - BELFAST – DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS)
We spend the morning with a Local Specialist 'Cabbie' who will take us on a journey through the recent history of Belfast in their Black Cab. 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.
MEALS - Full Breakfast
HOTEL - Mespil/Clayton Leopardstown

DAY 11 - 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. 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.
MEALS - Full Breakfast

DAY 12 - DUBLIN – CHESTER – 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'. 'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into the life of the local Town Crier before heading to the haunt of the 'Fab Four', edgy Liverpool, where we'll spend the night.
MEALS - Full Breakfast
HOTEL - Jurys Inn

DAY 13 - LIVERPOOL – 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. You will be offered one of the following two optional experiences depending on availability:
MEALS - Full Breakfast, Dinner
HOTEL - North Lakes/Castle Green

DAY 14 - LAKE DISTRICT – GRETNA GREEN – GLASGOW
The runaway wedding capital of 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. We arrive in Glasgow for an orientation tour including views of the Cathedral and 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 Meal at a local restaurant.
MEALS - Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
HOTEL - Hilton Garden Inn/Park Inn

DAY 15 - GLASGOW – GLENCOE – ISLE OF 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 travelling to the Isle of Skye.
MEALS - Full Breakfast, Dinner
HOTEL - Dunollie/Kings Arms

DAY 16 - ISLE OF SKYE – LOCH NESS – CULLODEN – 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.
MEALS - Full Breakfast, Dinner
HOTEL - Highlander

DAY 17 - SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – PITLOCHRY – ST. ANDREWS – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS)
We continue south and stop in Pitlochry before travelling to the historic town of St. Andrews, home to one of the oldest golf courses in the world. We cross the Firth of Forth to the enchanting Scottish capital, Edinburgh, our home for the next two nights. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle are included. You will be offered one of the following two evening optional experiences depending on availability:
MEALS - Full Breakfast
HOTEL - Leonardo Royal Haymarket/Holiday Inn

DAY 18 - EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING
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. Of the two following evening optional experiences, you will be offered the 'Scottish Show With Dinner'. However, on the rare occasion that this is not available, the 'Dinner and Drive to Historic Torphichen' has been selected as a suitable alternative.
MEALS - Full Breakfast

DAY 19 - EDINBURGH – ALNWICK – YORK
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 a Be My Guest dinner at a grand private home of a Yorkshire family enjoying traditional flavours and hospitality.
MEALS - Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
HOTEL - Novotel Centre

DAY 20 - YORK – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – LONDON
Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to view Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre before returning to London.
MEALS - Full Breakfast

The finalised itinerary will be confirmed upon the release of Trafalgar's 2020 Europe & Britain brochure in September 2019. Pre-Sale (Preview) itineraries & trip content are based on the itineraries featured in Trafalgar's 2019 Europe brochure (unless specified otherwise) however items such as hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip destinations are subject to change.

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