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Britain and Ireland Explorer Summer 2019

tour code: BIXP
Britain and Ireland Explorer Summer 2019

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Go behind the scenes on an exploration of the vibrant capitals of Britain and Ireland. Visit the scenic Dingle Peninsula, dramatic Cliffs of Moher, rugged Scottish Highlands and Nessie of course, before learning about the delicate craft of Waterford crystal.

16 Days from £1,625 per passenger

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Day 1 : 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.

Accommodation : Jurys Inn

Day 2 : 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.

Accommodation : Airth Castle

Day 3 : 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. Tonight why not attend a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes?

Day 4 : 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.

Accommodation : Carrbridge

Day 5 : 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.

Day 6 : 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.

Accommodation : Holiday Inn Express Theatreland

Day 7 : 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.

Accommodation : Holiday Inn

Day 8 : 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.

Accommodation : Maldron Newlands Cross

Day 9 : 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.

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.

Accommodation : The Abbey

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.

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.

Accommodation : Park Inn

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.

Accommodation : Earl of Desmond/Benners

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).

Accommodation : Treacys

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.

Accommodation : Copthorne

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.

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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