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Britain and Ireland Explorer

Duration 16 days

Destinations visited :
  • UK
  • Ireland

Go behind the scenes on an exploration of all the highlights of Great Britain and Ireland, from the haunt of Shakespeare to Edinburgh’s medieval allure, the sweeping Cliffs of Moher to England’s celebrated Lake District. Come face-to-face with the legacies of the Vikings, Romans and Normans, witness the sites of great tragedies and triumphs, and keep a keen eye out for an elusive monster hidden in a famous loch.

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London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York – Bradford
Welcome to London. Your holiday starts with a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon. In your free time why not visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre for an in-depth look at the great man’s life? This afternoon, we travel to York and see the sights including the Minster and picturesque ‘Shambles’. Later arrive at your hotel in Bradford.
Hotel: Jurys Inn


Bradford – Near Edinburgh (Airth) (2 Nights)
Head north, stopping to view Hadrian’s Wall and the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey, to your hotel in Airth. Tickets are included on departures that coincide with the Edinburgh Tattoo.
Hotel: Airth Castle
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.
Meal: Full Breakfast


Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Scottish Highlands (2 Nights)
Crossing into the ancient Kingdom of Fife, we head for the coastal town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Later, we stop in the town of Pitlochry before heading to your Highland hotel for a two-night stay.
Hotel: Carrbridge
Meal: Full Breakfast,Dinner


Scottish Highlands Excursion
Today is dedicated to the beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Visit Loch Ness, and keep a look out for the famous monster. Visit Inverness – the capital of the Highlands. Later visit the battlefield of Culloden where Bonnie Prince Charlie fought the English. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Meal: Full Breakfast,Dinner


Scottish Highlands – Glasgow
Drive in the shadow of Ben Nevis to Fort William then follow the shores of Loch Linnhe to Glencoe – the Glen of the Weeping. Travel along the ‘banks and braes of Loch Lomond’ before continuing your journey to Glasgow. View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square during your orientation tour.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Theatreland
Meal: Full Breakfast


Glasgow – Gretna Green – Lake District – Haydock (Near Liverpool)
Visit Gretna Green, where eloping lovers famously went to marry. Continue south through breathtaking scenery in the English Lake District to your hotel.
Hotel: Holiday Inn
Meal: Full Breakfast,Dinner


Haydock (near Liverpool) – Chester – Dublin (2 Nights)
On arrival in Chester, view the medieval city walls and the half-timbered buildings known as the ‘Rows’. Later cross the Irish Sea to Dublin.
Hotel: Maldron Newlands Cross
Meal: Full Breakfast


Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time
Your Local Specialist shows you the sights of this historic city, with views of Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the city.
Meal: Full Breakfast

DAY 10

Dublin – Boyle – Donegal (2 Nights)
View the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey at Boyle and stop at Yeats’ grave in Drumcliff. Continue through lush countryside to Donegal, your home for the next two nights.
Hotel: The Abbey
Meal: Full Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 11

County Donegal Excursion
View the 15th-century castle this morning in Donegal town, followed by an excursion to explore the County Donegal region, famed for its rugged beauty and as part of the Wild Atlantic Way west coast touring route. Visit the Belleek Pottery centre in Northern Ireland.
Meal: Full Breakfast

DAY 12

Donegal – Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Shannon
This morning, travel to Galway on the banks of the Corrib River. View the cathedral and stroll around Eyre Square. At the Cliffs of Moher, view the dramatic cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition. Later arrive at your hotel.
Hotel: Park Inn
Meal: Full Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 13

Shannon – Dingle Peninsula – Tralee
Leave Shannon and take a drive to enjoy the scenic landscape along the Dingle Peninsula. See the unspoilt and colourful villages and fishing harbours. Later, arrive in the town of Tralee, famed for its annual ‘Rose of Tralee’ festival and beauty pageant.
Hotel: Earl of Desmond/Benners
Meal: Full Breakfast

DAY 14

Tralee – Blarney – Waterford
Explore Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. Continue through Cork to Waterford, famous for its crystal ware. Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom (when open).
Hotel: Treacys
Meal: Full Breakfast

DAY 15

Waterford – Cardiff
Travel from Waterford to Rosslare, then by ferry to Wales. Arrive in Pembroke and drive on to Cardiff and see the Principality Stadium and Castle during your orientation.
Hotel: Copthorne
Meal: Full Breakfast

DAY 16

Cardiff – Bath – Windsor – London
Cross the Severn Estuary to Georgian Bath. Admire the Georgian architecture and enjoy free time to visit the Roman Baths. Visit Windsor and view the castle en route to London where your amazing holiday comes to an end.
Meal: Full Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Bath Visit the Georgian spa town
  • Belleek Visit the Belleek Pottery Centre
  • Blarney Kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Boyle View the Cistercian Abbey
  • Cardiff See the Principality Stadium and view Cardiff Castle
  • Chester View the timbered buildings known as the ‘Rows’
  • Cliffs of Moher View the cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition
  • Donegal View the 15th-century castle
  • Culloden Visit the famous battlefield
  • Dingle Peninsula Enjoy the beautiful scenery
  • Dublin Sightseeing with a Local Specialist. See St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College
  • Edinburgh Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the Castle
  • Galway View Galway Cathedral
  • Glasgow View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour
  • Glencoe See Glencoe, also known as the Glen of the Weeping
  • Gretna Green Visit this town, popular with eloping couples since 1754
  • Hadrian’s Wall View the remains of the Roman wall
  • Inverness Visit the capital of the Scottish Highlands
  • Jedburgh View the Jedburgh Abbey ruins
  • Lake District View Lake Windermere
  • Loch Ness View the most famous loch of them all
  • St. Andrews View the 18th green
  • Stratford-upon-Avon Visit the town of Shakespeare’s Birth
  • Waterford Visit the Crystal Showroom (when open)
  • Windsor View the castle
  • York View York Minster and the Shambles

Dining Highlights

  • 15 Full breakfasts
  • 5 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
  • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Wales to Ireland and return
  • 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
  • London airport transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply. See link below for airport transfer page
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Britain and Ireland Explorer

Go behind the scenes on an exploration of all the highlights of Great Britain and Ireland, from the haunt of Shakespeare to Edinburgh’s medieval allure, the sweeping Cliffs of Moher to England’s celebrated Lake District. Come face-to-face with the legacies of the Vikings, Romans and Normans, witness the sites of great tragedies and triumphs, and keep a keen eye out for an elusive monster hidden in a famous loch.