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Britain and Ireland Highlights - Trafalgar Tours from London

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Key Highlights

  • The mysterious Stonehenge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The architecture of Salisbury Castle will hold you fascinated
  • See the place where Shakespeare was born
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    06 Apr - 05 May: Saturday
    06 May - 05 Oct: Monday, Saturday & Sunday
    06 Oct - 19 Oct: Saturday


    8 Days/7 Nights

    Start time

    Start Time: Variable, Please confirm the start time with local activity operater.
    Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights

    Meeting Point

    Bressenden Place (near Victoria Station).
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    Bressenden Place

  • Overview & Itinerary


    If you wish to see the highlights of Britain and Ireland, take this tour to experience the sights, culture and history across these European countries. Set out on a tour of Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare and gain some fascinating insights into his childhood. Appreciate the architecture of the Salisbury Cathedral, one of the finest in England. This majestic and awe-inspiring building has always been a setting for great occasions and huge colourful processions.

    View the ancient Stonehenge - clouded in mystery, it is an amazing feat of engineering and an important prehistoric site in England. Beyond its archaeological significance and possible astronomical role, Stonehenge is also a place of spiritual importance.

    Dominating the Scottish capital’s southern skyline is the majestic Edinburgh Castle, while below are the Princes Street Gardens, offering a quiet refuge from the bustling city.


    Day 1: London – Stratford – York

    You will be picked up from Bressenden Place near Victoria Station, London, in a luxury air-conditioned coach (with onboard washroom). Accompanied by your English-speaking tour director, you will be driven through Oxfordshire countryside to Stratford-upon-Avon. It is renowned for being the birthplace of the world-famous playwright William Shakespeare.

    On arrival, see Anne Hathaway’s cottage at Shottery, the picture-postcard half-timbered childhood home of Shakespeare's wife. It is set in lovely surroundings and contains a treasure-trove of historic domestic artefacts.

    Continue to the Tudor-style birthplace of Shakespeare, gaining a fascinating insight into his childhood with its typical parlour, bedrooms, kitchen, buttery and the glove-maker's workshop used by John, Shakespeare's father.

    Further on, proceed to Viking York and take a walking through the historic streets to the cobbled ‘shambles’, around the city walls and to the magnificent Minster. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink before dinner with your tour director and fellow travellers. Check in at Holiday Inn York hotel and spend the night. Dinner will be served to you in the hotel.

    Holiday Inn York hotel is a prime location overlooking York race course and is just a few kilometres from the historic city centre of York. The hotel has comfortable guestrooms equipped with all modern amenities, cocktail lounge and a restaurant serving international cuisine.

    Day 2: York – Lake District – Glasgow (2 nights)

    Your package includes daily breakfast, throughout your stay. After your English breakfast, you will be driven through the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the quaint villages and scenic glory of the Lake District. Continue along the shores of Lake Windermere and enjoy the scenic beauty.

    Later, you will cross the border into Bonnie Scotland and drive through the Southern Uplands en route to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city and former centre of the shipbuilding industry. After arriving in Glasgow, you will be taken on a orientation tour of the city and visit George Square, regarded as the very centre of the city as it is the location of Glasgow’s main public buildings.

    You will come across a tall column in the centre of the square supporting a statue of Sir Walter Scott, one of Scotland’s greatest authors. You will also see the Glasgow Cathedral, and River Clyde, Scotland’s third longest river. After sightseeing in Glasgow, check-in at Radisson SAS hotel and spend the night.

    Radisson SAS hotel has 250 fully equipped guestrooms, 2 bars and restaurants serving authentic Spanish and international cuisine, health and fitness centre among others.

    Day 3: Edinburgh Excursion

    After breakfast, you will be taken on a morning drive to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital. Accompanied by an English-speaking local guide, set out on a sightseeing tour of the city and visit the Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of Holyrood House, in front of Arthur’s seat once home of Mary Queen of Scots, the new Scottish Parliament and a guided visit to Edinburgh's imposing castle.

    Then, you have some time at leisure to explore the city on your own before returning to Glasgow for the night. After arriving in Glasgow, you will enjoy an evening of traditional hospitality in a local restaurant. Return to your hotel and spend the night.

    Day 4: Glasgow – Belfast – Dublin (2 nights)

    After breakfast, you will be driven past Robert Burns’ (the national poet of Scotland) cottage and his monument at Alloway. Continue along the rugged Ayrshire coast with its many seals and wild birds via Turnberry and its exquisite golf course to Stranraer for a ferry ride to Belfast in Northern Ireland. The cruise will take you past the isle of Ailsa Craig, known as the stepping stone from Ireland to Scotland, on your way to the Irish coast.

    On arrival in Belfast, take a sightseeing tour with your local guide, who will show you both sides of this fascinating city including the City Hall and Queen's University as well as the dock where the Titanic was built. Then, you will proceed towards south, crossing the River Boyne at Drogheda and on to Dublin for two nights. On arriving at Dublin, check in at Trinity Capital spend the night.

    Trinity Capital hotel in Dublin has beautifully designed guestrooms equipped with modern conveniences. At Café Cairo, the on-site bar and restaurant, try out a range of cocktails and drinks, and international cuisine.

    Day 5: Dublin sightseeing and at leisure

    After an Irish breakfast, you will be taken on a guided sightseeing tour of the city and shown the Trinity College, with its grand historic architecture, the only constituent college of Ireland’s oldest university.

    See the Bank of Ireland, which used to be Ireland’s House of Parliament, St. Patrick’s Cathedral - Ireland’s largest church, built in English Gothic style, is believed to stand on the site of a holy well St Patrick used for baptisms.

    Also visit the Georgian Squares and Phoenix Park, the largest urban enclosed park in Europe with ornamental gardens, nature trails and verdant grasslands. You are at leisure for the rest of the day. You may wish to shop for Irish tweeds and linen in O’Connell or Henry Street, or take a trip to the stately home of Malahide. In the evening, you can join in the excitement at an Irish cabaret. Later, return to your hotel and spend the night.

    Day 6: Dublin – Kildare – Waterford

    After breakfast, set out on your Irish excursion. Your first stop will be at the Irish National Stud Farm located outside the town of Kildare. Here, you will enjoy a guided walking tour conducted by a member of the friendly staff, through the tranquillity of the grounds and gardens. See world-class stallions and visit the glorious Japanese gardens.

    Then, travel on Irish country roads to medieval Kilkenny and see its ancient castle. Later, continue your drive to the Waterford Crystal Factory and see how crystal is created. Continue on to your hotel, The Belfry in Waterford and spend the night.

    The Belfry Hotel in Waterford is conveniently located just off the quay, in what was once the garden of Blackfriars Abbey, where shopping, entertainment and relaxation opportunities abound. The hotel has comfortable guestrooms equipped with all modern amenities. It also has a cocktail bar and a restaurant serving delicious international cuisine with a mix of modern and traditional fare, followed by Belfry’s mouth watering desserts.

    Day 7: Waterford – Cardiff

    After breakfast, take a drive to Rosslare Harbour where, you will board a ferry to Pembroke in South Wales, seat of the Tudor dynasty. After arriving at Pembroke, drive along the heritage coast and continue on to the Welsh capital, Cardiff.

    Here, you will stop to view its historic castle and see the Millennium Stadium Cardiff Arms Park, a rugby union stadium situated in the centre of Cardiff, Wales and home to the Cardiff Blues and Cardiff RFC.

    Tonight, you will enjoy a farewell dinner together with your tour director and travelling companions at a local restaurant. After dinner, check in at Park Inn City Centre hotel in Cardiff and spend the night.

    Park Inn City Centre hotel in Cardiff is a 4-star hotel with an impressive Victorian-style lobby and a central location in Cardiff. The hotel has 146 spacious and comfortable guestrooms equipped with all modern amenities, Dylan’s Restaurant serving an international fare and a traditional Irish pub among others.

    Day 8: Cardiff – Bath – Stonehenge – London

    After breakfast, set out on your excursion and cross the Severn Bridge into England. Head to the glorious city of Bath. On your arrival, an orientation tour will show you its graceful terraces and take you to the Baths dating from Roman times.

    From here, continue to the mysterious monolithic stone circle at Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Further on, proceed to Salisbury with time to view its impressive Cathedral – the tallest in Britain.

    Finally, return to London and you will be dropped at the Victoria Station. The tour ends here.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Pick up and drop off from designated spot
    • Transportation in air-conditioned coach with onboard washroom
    • English-speaking tour director
    • Welcome drink in York
    • 4 English and 3 Irish breakfasts
    • 1 three-course dinners in hotels
    • Local speciality dinner in Glasgow
    • Farewell dinner with wine in Cardiff
    • English-speaking local guide in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin
    • 7 nights accommodation in twin-bedded rooms
    • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland and Ireland to South Wales
    • A stylish wallet, documents and a map book journal


    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Daily lunch
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
    Please carry your valid travel documents.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.