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Britain and Ireland Experience

Duration 12 days

Destinations visited :
  • UK
  • Ireland

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

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London – Windsor – Bath – Cardiff
This morning, meet your Travel Director and travelling companions as you set off on your holiday. Visit Windsor and view the impressive castle. See elegant Georgian architecture in the World Heritage city of Bath. Cross the vast Severn Estuary to Cardiff, capital of Wales, where you dine tonight.
Hotel: Copthorne
Meal: Dinner


Cardiff – Pembroke – Waterford
Admire Cardiff Castle then journey through beautiful countryside via Carmarthen. See Pembroke Castle which is the birthplace of Henry VII, founder of the Tudor Dynasty. Board your ferry from Pembroke to Rosslare, Ireland. Journey west to Waterford and dine tonight at your hotel.
Hotel: Treacys
Meal: Full Breakfast,Dinner


Waterford – Blarney – Tralee
Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom. Continue along the splendid southern coast through the picturesque fishing port of Youghal. Explore Blarney Castle – kiss the stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. Cross over the Cork and the Kerry Mountains, then travel via Killarney to your hotel in Tralee.
Hotel: Earl of Desmond
Meal: Full Breakfast,Dinner


Tralee – Dingle Peninsula – Limerick – Co. Tipperary
This morning, enjoy a scenic drive along the Dingle Peninsula. See the unspoilt and colourful villages and fishing harbours of Ireland’s most westerly point. Travel north to County Limerick through Adare, the prettiest village in Ireland, before arriving at your hotel in County Tipperary.
Hotel: Aherlow House
Meal: Full Breakfast


Co. Tipperary – Galway – Dublin (2 Nights)
This morning, stop in Limerick to view St. Mary’s Cathedral and King John’s Castle. There is time to visit Bunratty Castle and folk park, where 19th-century life is vividly recreated. Drive through beautiful County Clare to Galway. View the cathedral before heading across the lush countryside to Dublin, Ireland’s capital.
Hotel: Maldron Tallaght
Meal: Full Breakfast


Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time
Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of Dublin with views of Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle. Spend the rest of your day as you choose.
Meal: Full Breakfast


Dublin – Chester – Liverpool – Manchester
Cross the Irish Sea with magnificent views of Dublin Bay and arrive at Holyhead on the Welsh Island of Anglesey. Cameras at the ready as you view the station with one of the longest names in the world, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll llantysiliogogogoch. Enjoy the scenery of the north coast of Wales on the way to Chester, where you have time to walk along the medieval walls and appreciate the famous ‘Chester Rows’. Carry on to Liverpool for an orientation and a chance to see where the Beatles had their start before arriving later in Manchester.
Hotel: Best Western Altrincham Cresta Court
Meal: Full Breakfast


Manchester – Lake District – Edinburgh (Peebles) (2 Nights)
Stop in the picturesque Lake District where the poet William Wordsworth lived. Continue across the Scottish border and stop at Gretna Green, where eloping couples could marry against their parents’ wishes. Your day ends at your hotel near Edinburgh.
Hotel: Peebles Hydro
Meal: Full Breakfast


Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time
This morning’s sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes views of the Georgian New Town, Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Spend free time exploring on your own or join your Travel Director on an Optional Experience to the Royal Yacht Britannia in nearby Leith. Tickets are included on departures that coincide with the Edinburgh Tattoo.
Meal: Full Breakfast

DAY 10

Edinburgh (Peebles) – York – Leeds
This morning, travel south through the Scottish Borderlands and stop to view the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Enjoy the views across the Cheviot Hills at Carter Bar and continue into Northumberland National Park where you view Hadrian’s Wall at Heddon. Cross the River Tyne at Newcastle and stop at York for an orientation tour including the Gothic Minster and the narrow cobbled street known as the Shambles. Then continue to your hotel in Leeds. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Garforth
Meal: Full Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 11

Leeds – Stratford-upon-Avon – Cheltenham
This morning, visit Stratford-upon-Avon where you have time to see the sights, including Anne Hathaway’s cottage, and shop for souvenirs.
Hotel: Doubletree By Hilton
Meal: Full Breakfast

DAY 12

Cheltenham – Oxford – London
Enjoy a scenic drive through the glorious Cotswolds to the little churchyard in Bladon, where Sir Winston Churchill is buried. See the sights of Oxford, the oldest university city in England, before continuing to London where you can say farewell to your Travel Director and travelling companions at the end of your memorable holiday.
Meal: Full Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Adare View the prettiest village in Ireland
  • Bath Visit the Georgian spa city
  • Bladon View Sir Winston Churchill’s grave
  • Blarney Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’
  • Cardiff See the Principality Stadium and view Cardiff Castle
  • Chester View the Tudor architecture and the timbered buildings known as the ‘Rows’
  • Dublin With your Local Specialist, see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College on your panoramic sightseeing tour
  • Edinburgh Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and the new Parliament Building as well as views of the Castle
  • Galway View Galway Cathedral
  • Gretna Green Visit Gretna Green, popular with eloping couples since 1754
  • Hadrian’s Wall View the remains of the Roman wall
  • Jedburgh View the Abbey ruins
  • Lake District Visit this picturesque region
  • Limerick View St. Mary’s Cathedral and King John’s Castle
  • Liverpool Visit the hometown of the Beatles
  • Oxford View the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera
  • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit the town of Shakespeare’s birth and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage
  • Waterford Visit the Crystal Showroom
  • Windsor View the castle
  • York View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles
  • Youghal Visit this picturesque fishing port

Dining Highlights

  • 11 Full breakfasts
  • 4 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • The services of a Local Host if you stay at Costsaver’s recommended London hotel
  • Return ferry across the Irish Sea from Wales to Ireland
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Costsaver recommended London hotel booked through Costsaver or from the London Reception Centre
  • London airport transfers are available to purchase. See link below for airport transfer page
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Britain and Ireland Experience

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