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Essential Britain & Ireland tour

Essential Britain & Ireland

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
From: $ 2,524 $ 252 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Experience the highlights of all of the countries that make up the British Isles.
  • Enjoy guided tours, ferry rides, and the convenience of being driven to and from each destination in a luxurious motorcoach.
  • Immerse yourself in history at the Roman Baths, Edinburgh Castle, and York Minster.
  • See breathtaking natural beauty at Northumberland National Park and the Mountains of Mourne.
  • Stop in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the fascinating Elizabethan hometown of William Shakespeare.

Short Description

From bustling cities, to lush countryside, to quaint medieval villages - explore Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales front to back. See Stonehenge, Cardiff Castle, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Edinburgh Castle, and much more. This 10-day journey is the perfect blend of guided tours, convenience, and free time for exploration.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City London
End City London

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class air to London (LHR)
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • Accommodations in hotels listed, or similar:
  • 1 night in London, England at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge or the Hilton London Metropole
  • 1 night in Newport, Wales at the Coldra Court Hotel by Celtic Manor
  • 1 night in Waterford, Ireland at the Granville Hotel or Tower Hotel
  • 2 nights in Dublin, Ireland at the Gibson Hotel or North Star Hotel
  • 2 nights in Edinburgh, Scotland at the Marriott Courtyard or Holiday Inn Edinburgh
  • 1 night in York, England at the Mercure York Fairfield Manor or the Holiday Inn York
  • 1 night in London, England at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge or the Hilton London Metropole
  • Full breakfast daily
  • 1 lunch and 3 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including welcome dinner
  • Transportation by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach with complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Ferry transportation across St. George's Channel and the North Channel
  • Irish Coffee demonstration in Waterford
  • Guided tours of: Cardiff Castle, House of Waterford Crystal, the Avoca Handweaving Mill, Glendalough
  • Visits to: Stonehenge, the Roman Baths, Edinburgh Castle, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Shakespeare's Birthplace
  • Orientation tours of Cardiff, Dublin, Belfast; City tour of Edinburgh; Walking tour of York
  • Services of a professional tour director
  • Hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to London!

Accommodation: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London and Hilton London Metropole

Give London the royal wave hello! Once you land, enjoy a transfer to your hotel. Be sure to look out the window as you drive past the city's iconic landmarks for the very first time! Check into your hotel, then enjoy the rest of the day exploring this exciting city on your own.

Transfer to London hotel

Day 2: London - Stonehenge - Bath - Newport, Wales

Accommodation: Coldra Court Hotel by Celtic Manor

After a restful sleep and an energizing breakfast, meet your tour director and traveling companions at 8 am for an exciting day of sightseeing. Attempt to unravel the mystery of prehistoric Stonehenge, see the magnificent monument up-close, then stroll through the exhibition-filled visitor center.

Make your way to the elegant Georgian city of Bath and see the fascinating excavations of the famous Roman Baths. Then, cross the Severn River and arrive in Wales! Clink glasses as you enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.

Guided Sightseeing of Bath & Stonehenge

Visit the city of Bath, famous for its Roman baths and natural hot springs. The city was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant cultural importance, from the Roman baths daing back to the 7th century to the elegant Bath Abbey to the Georgian Royal Crescent.

You will then drive to Stonehenge, a stunning prehistoric monument believed to be a burial ground from its earliest beginnings. Explore the dazzling new visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then admire the magnificence of the standing stones from up close.

Day 3: Newport - Cardiff - Waterford, Ireland

Accommodation: Granville Hotel and Tower Hotel-Waterford

Spend the morning driving through the Welsh capital of Cardiff. Snap photos as you stop at all the major attractions, then enjoy a guided tour of Cardiff Castle, famous for its long, dark history.

Take a scenic drive along the South Wales coast to Pembroke, then hop aboard your ferry and sail across the stunning St. George's Channel to Rosslare on the Emerald Isle. Spend the night in Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853! Indulge in a delicious dinner this evening, then enjoy an authentic Irish Coffee demonstration.

Day 4: Waterford - Avoca - Glendalough - Dublin

Accommodation: The Gibson Hotel and North Star Hotel

Start your day with a guided tour of the famous House of Waterford Crystal - now that's a gift shop worth checking out! Keep the spirit of craft alive and visit Ireland's oldest hand-weaving mill at Avoca.

In the afternoon, travel on to Glendalough, the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Enjoy a ride to Dublin, then spend the evening exploring this vibrant city on your own.

Tour of the House of Waterford Crystal

Located on the Mall in the heart of the Viking Triangle in Waterford City, the House of Waterford Crystal brings a visit to Waterford to a whole new level. Visitors can witness the creation of crystal stemware, giftware and masterpieces right before their very eyes.

The Waterford Crystal factory tour promises a magical journey reflecting on 200 years of crystal manufacturing. See exquisite pieces of crystal created before your very eyes during the guided factory tour.

Day 5: Dublin

Soak up the spirit of Dublin today! Begin your day with an orientation drive through Ireland's capital city, on which you'll see statue-lined O'Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College, and more.

The rest of the afternoon is yours. Mosey down Grafton Street, visit Dublin Castle, and treat yourself to a pint at a traditional pub in the Temple Bar district!

Day 6: Dublin, Ireland - Belfast, Northern Ireland - Edinburgh, Scotland

Accommodation: Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh and Holiday Inn Edinburgh

Today, cross the River Boyne, then weave through the majestic Mountains of Mourne. Continue on to Northern Ireland and arrive in beautiful Belfast, where the Titanic was built! Walk through this vibrant city, gawk at its stunning City Hall, then board your ferry to cross the North Channel to Cairnryan on Scotland's southwest coast. Snap tons of priceless photos as you travel through Scotland's scenic countryside and make your way to Edinburgh.

Guided Sightseeing In Belfast & Ferry Ride to Cairnryan

Day 7: Edinburgh

Enjoy a full day exploring Edinburgh! Start your day sightseeing in the company of a local guide, who will first introduce you to the 200-year-old "New Town." Travel through time and find yourself in the "Old Town," where you'll drive up the narrow Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle and admire Scotland's Crown Jewels. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the Scottish capital at your own pace.

Day 8: Edinburgh - Jedburgh - York, England

Accommodation: Mercure York Fairfield Manor Hotel and Holiday Inn York

This morning, take a drive past the amazing abbey ruins at Jedburgh and into the wild at Northumberland National Park. Enjoy breathtaking rolling greenery, see a section of Hadrian's Wall, then hop back on the coach and travel to York, England.

In York, England's most complete medieval city, stand in awe in front of the towering York Minster. After that, join your tour director on a walk through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles.

Guided Tour of Edinburgh

Enjoy an expertly guided tour through the stunning capital of Scotland. From its medieval structures combined with the glow of modern convenience, and especially its castles and legends, don't miss a second of this stunning city.

Day 9: York - Stratford-Upon-Avon - London

Accommodation: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London and Hilton London Metropole

Spend your last full day in the UK gallivanting through England. After leaving York, stop at the fascinating Elizabethan town of Stratford-Upon-Avon! Take photos of Anne Hathaway's Cottage, visit Shakespeare's Birthplace, and follow his footsteps throughout this quaint town. After an enjoyable light lunch, return to London.

Enjoy one last evening at leisure in London, and make sure you've seen everything you'd hoped to. Treat yourself to a last night meal of fish & chips, paired with a pint, of course! You might want to take a nighttime ride on the London Eye for an unforgettable view of this magical city.

Day 10: Depart London

Enjoy breakfast, then squeeze all your souvenirs into your luggage. After being transferred to the airport, relax on your return flight home.

Transfer to London airport (LHR)

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This was my first time planning a trip out of the country. I read previous reviews who had a good experience with Great Value Vacation. Our trip was amazing! The booking and reservations were easy to use with the vouchers provided. The staff was helpful. The only downside was I upgraded to have an automatic vehicle and they gave me a stick shift. It took a while to get sorted out but other than that I loved my trip! I will definitely use great value vacations again when I book my next trip. I opted for the additional wine tasting package and I did not regret it! I recommend adding those additional tours to get a more complete experience.
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