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Trafalgar Britain and Ireland Grandeur Summer 2017 (BIGT)

23 Days starts and ends in London Print
Tour Style: Regional Explorer
Europe & Britain First Class 2017
Visits: London, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Wiltshire, Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral, PLYMOUTH, Mayflower Steps, Plymouth Sound, Royal Citadel, St Ives, Penzance, Roman Baths, Cardiff, Millenium Centre, National Assembly, Cardiff Castle, Millenium Stadium, Pembroke, Rosslare, Waterford, House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Kenmare, Iveragh Peninsula, Ring of Kerry, Waterville, Black Valley, Molls Gap, Lahinch, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Adare, St Marys Cathedral, Treaty Stone, Donegal, Eyre Square, Galway Cathedral, Letterkenny, Donegal Castle, Drumcliff, Mullaghmore, Belfast, Bushmills, Londonderry, Giants Causeway, Bogside, Dublin, Titanic Dock, Queens University, Belfast City Hall, Trinity College, St Patricks Cathedral, Phoenix Park, Georgian Squares, Guinness Brewery, Liverpool, Holyhead, Wilmslow, Penrith, Kendal, Grasmere, WINDERMERE, Quarry Bank Mills, Manchester, Glasgow, Goerge Square, Glasgow Cathedral, Kyleakin, Fort William, Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Newtonmore, Loch Ness, Glen Shiel, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Firth of Forth, Pitlochry, Edinburgh Castle, Scottish Parliament Building, Palace of Holyroodhouse, York, Alnwick, The Shambles, York Minster, Anne Hathaways Cottage, Shakespeares Birthplace, UK, Ireland

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.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in London, Londonderry/Derry, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh
  • Scenic drives on a Cornish Excursion and experience the Ring of Kerry
  • Orientation of Salisbury, Plymouth, Bath, Cardiff, Limerick, Galway, Chester, Glasgow and York
  • 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
  • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, Giants Causeway, Quarry Bank Mill, Isle of Skye, Edinburgh Castle, medieval Alnwick, and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

Dining Highlights

  • 22 full breakfasts
  • 10 dinners

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
  • Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland
  • 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

Trafalgar Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)
Welcome to London. Relax after your journey and look forward to your holiday of Great Britain and Ireland.
Day: 2 London Sightseeing
Marvel at the amazing sights during your included half day guided sightseeing tour of London with a Local Specialist. See the sights including Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Later, spend time exploring the city independently or go shopping in one of the famous London department stores.Full Breakfast
Day: 3 London – Stonehenge – Salisbury – Plymouth (2 Nights)
Meet your Travel Director before leaving the sights of London behind. Travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge. Visit Salisbury Cathedral and see the Magna Carta which was signed in 1215 by King John and the barons of Medieval England. Get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drinks. Later arrive in the historic naval port of Plymouth.Full Breakfast, Welcome Reception
Day: 4 Cornish Excursion
Your orientation of Plymouth includes the Mayflower Steps and see the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Cross the River Tamar and follow the Cornish peninsula to St. Ives, the renowned artists' colony. Photograph St. Michael's Mount near Penzance. Relax and enjoy the stunning Cornish scenery.Full Breakfast
Day: 5 Plymouth – Bath – Cardiff
On arrival in the city of Bath, admire the Georgian buildings and visit the Roman Baths after which the city is named. Spend some time exploring the city before making your way to the Welsh capital, Cardiff.Full Breakfast
Day: 6 Cardiff – Waterford
See the sights of Cardiff including the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay. View historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium. Enjoy the scenic drive through Pembrokeshire and cross the Irish Sea to Rosslare. Dine tonight at your hotel in Waterford.Full Breakfast, Dinner
Day: 7 Waterford – Blarney – Kenmare (2 Nights)
Visit the renowned House of Waterford Crystal for a Cultural Insight demonstration. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop. At Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the 'gift of the gab'. Cross the Kerry Mountains to Kenmare, your home for the next two nights.Full Breakfast
Day: 8 Ring of Kerry Excursion
Today we experience Ireland's most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographer's delight. We will also see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. Dine tonight at your hotel.Full Breakfast, Dinner
Day: 9 Kenmare – Limerick – Cliffs of Moher – Galway
Drive through Adare, one of Ireland's prettiest villages, en route to Limerick on the banks of the River Shannon. View King John's Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Treaty Stone. Visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. Arrive later in Galway where you dine at your hotel.Full Breakfast, Dinner
Day: 10 Galway – Donegal
This morning see Galway Cathedral and stroll through Eyre Square. Later stop in Drumcliffe to see the grave of W.B. Yeats. See the fishing village of Mullaghmore, where Lord Mountbatten once lived. Then travel to Donegal to see the 15th century castle and enjoy free time before dinner at your hotel. Dine tonight at your hotelFull Breakfast, Dinner
Day: 11 Donegal – Londonderry – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast Orientation
Cross the border to Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Walk along the 17th century city walls with your Local Specialist and see the street murals of the Bogside. Visit the Giant's Causeway a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most iconic natural wonders in all of Ireland. On arrival in Belfast enjoy an orientation, followed by free time to explore the Titanic Quarter or shop in the bustling city centre.Full Breakfast
Day: 12 Belfast – Dublin (2 Nights)
This morning meet your Local Specialist ‘Cabbie' who will take you on a journey through the recent history of the city in their Black Cab. Later, head south to Dublin where you will see Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian squares with your Local Specialist. Tonight, perhaps consider an Optional Experience at an Irish Cabaret.Full Breakfast
Day: 13 Dublin Sightseeing
This morning explore the Guinness Brewery with entry before general admission and take a tour including a tasting technique demonstration. Spend the rest of the day as you please. Why not explore Grafton Street famous for its street performers or consider joining an Optional Experience to the monastic site at Glendalough.Full Breakfast
Day: 14 Dublin – Chester – Liverpool
Cross the Irish Sea to Wales and continue to Chester. Your orientation walk here includes the Roman walls and the famous Tudor 'Rows'. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the life of the local Town Crier - an esteemed position which dates back to medieval times. Arrive later in historic Liverpool, hometown of the legendary Beatles.Full Breakfast
Day: 15 Liverpool – Quarry Bank Mill – Lake District
After a leisurely start, visit Quarry Bank Mill, a National Trust property that brings to life how communities lived together during the Industrial Revolution. Manchester and the surrounding area was involved with textile manufacturing during this period and today's visit will give you a Cultural Insight into life during this important time in British history. Later make your way north to the idyllic Lake District. Travel along the shores of England's largest lake, Windermere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried in the village of Grasmere. Dine tonight at your hotel.Full Breakfast, Dinner
Day: 16 Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow
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, magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. This evening join your companions for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
Day: 17 Glasgow – Glencoe – Isle of Skye
Travel along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond towards the site of the 1692 massacre at Glencoe - 'Glen of the Weeping'. Pass through Fort William and see Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. View Eilean Donan Castle before crossing onto the Isle of Skye. Dine tonight at your hotel.Full Breakfast, Dinner
Day: 18 Isle of Skye – Loch Ness – Culloden – Scottish Highlands
Enjoy a scenic drive back to the mainland via Glen Shiel and along the banks of Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for the elusive monster. View the site of the Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's army was defeated in 1746. Dine tonight at your hotel.Full Breakfast, Dinner
Day: 19 Scottish Highlands – Pitlochry – St. Andrews – Edinburgh (2 Nights)
Head south and stop in Pitlochry before travelling to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Cross the Firth of Forth to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights.Full Breakfast
Day: 20 Edinburgh Sightseeing
Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour including a visit to Edinburgh Castle. See the Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse and the new Scottish Parliament building. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo are included. Tonight why not enjoy an optional night out including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare?Full Breakfast
Day: 21 Edinburgh – Alnwick – York
Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the impressive castle and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Marvel at the magnificent scenery en route to York where your walking orientation includes the Shambles and the awe-inspiring Minster. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner at a grand private home of a Yorkshire family with your fellow travellers.Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
Day: 22 York – Stratford-upon-Avon – London
View Anne Hathaway's picturesque thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Spend some time exploring the town before heading back to London.Full Breakfast
Day: 23 Depart London
Say goodbye to your fellow travellers as you leave London and return home with special memories.Full Breakfast

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