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Britain and Ireland Panorama

Dive right into history, culture and spectacular scenery on this immersive England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland trip. Step in the shs of Highland warriors, 12th-century monks and welcoming, warm Irish locals who’ll share the beauty and stories of their islands just for you.
Sightseeing highlights
  • Explore Edinburgh, the Isle of Skye, Dublin and Cobh with a Local Specialist
  • Discover York, Glasgow, Chester, Galway, Cork, Cardiff, Bath and Plymouth
  • Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, Isle of Skye, the Necropolis in Glasgow, the Guinness Storehouse, EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum, Blarney Castle, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath, Glastonbury Abbey, the fishing village of Polperro and Stonehenge
  • View Eilean Donan Castle, Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, York Minster and the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth
  • See Galway Cathedral and the Principality Stadium in Cardiff
  • Scenic Drive around the Ring of Kerry
  • Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates
Iconic Experience
  • York: Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during your orientation of the city.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history's most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore this pretty town with its iconic Tudor houses.
  • Jedburgh: See the impressive 12th-century Jedburgh Abbey that dominates the centre of town.
  • Edinburgh: Explore the city with your Local Specialist as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and the official Scottish residence of the King, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • St. Andrews: Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.
  • Pitlochry: Visit Pitlochry, famous for its salmon leap.
  • Eilean Donan: Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.
  • Isle of Skye: View the Cuillin Mountains on a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist.
  • Fort William: Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.
  • Glasgow: See the grand public buildings of Glasgow, including George Square.
  • Lake District: Drive through the hauntingly beautiful Lakes District, immortalised by literary greats of the Romantic Movement.
  • Chester: See the Jubilee Clock, cathedral, city walls, and famous black and white Rows.
  • Dublin: A Local Specialist will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.
  • Galway: Explore the historic heart of Galway. See landmarks such as the Spanish Arch and the cathedral, or perhaps admire the distinctive Claddagh rings.
  • Ring of Kerry: Admire Ireland's enduring scenic beauty on one of the most beautiful drives in the world.
  • Blarney: It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ramparts! Visit Blarney Castle and see the famous Stone of Eloquence.
  • Cobh: Join a Local Specialist on a walking tour through the historic port city of Cobh.
  • Cardiff: Learn more about Wales' capital and cultural hub, Cardiff, as you enjoy an orientation of this vibrant city with your Travel Director.
  • Bath: Admire UNESCO-listed Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and the bimillenial Roman Baths from which the city takes its name.
  • Glastonbury: Visit the historic Glastonbury Abbey. Founded in the 7th century, its ruins are now registered as a Grade I listed building.
  • Plymouth: During an orientation tour with your Travel Director, see Plymouth H and the Citadel before continuing to the Barbican and Mayflower Steps.
  • Polperro: Visit the picturesque harbour of Polperro's Heritage Coastline.
  • Stonehenge: Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.
Dive Into Culture
  • Glasgow: Visit the Necropolis in Glasgow, one of Europe's most significant burial grounds.
  • Dublin: Visit the Guinness Storehouse to see how the world’s most famous stout is created then enjoy the distinctive taste of a perfectly chilled pint of Guinness.
  • Waterford: Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.
Tour details
Tour Provider Trafalgar
Price From
$6,928
Number of Days
16
Start Location
London, United Kingdom
End Location
London, United Kingdom
Age Range
Avg. 45+
Group Size
20 to 45
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
No specific theme
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Journey to Stratford-upon-Avon and on to York
Venture through lush green Warwickshire bound for Stratford-upon-Avon to delve into the lyrical legacy of one of the world's favourite writers. Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre, and see Anne Hathaway's cottage, before arriving in York. Wander along its cobbled Shambles and see the magnificent York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world. This evening, we join our Travel Director and travel companions for a delicious Yorkshire dinner in our hotel.
Continue through Northumberland to Edinburgh
Journeying through Northumberland National Park’s dramatic landscapes, we arrive at the remarkably intact ruins of the 12th-century Jedburgh Abbey en route to the enchanting Scottish capital, Edinburgh. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.
Discover Enchanting Edinburgh
Join your Local Specialist this morning for a sightseeing tour through Auld Reekie's elegant New Town, Princes Street and the Royal Mile, enjoying views of the exquisite Palace of Holyroodhouse and Arthur's Seat. Embark on a guided visit of Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock. Later, consider a traditional Scottish night out this evening, savouring up the flavours of haggis and exhilarating sounds of bagpipes which fill the air.
Venture into the Scottish Highlands
Today, we travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view its celebrated ancient university and explore centuries of golf heritage. Our next stop is Pitlochry on the banks of the Tummel River. You could choose to join an Optional Experience to visit Blair Castle, the ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. We continue to the Scottish Highlands, our home for two nights.
Explore the Isle of Skye
Drive to the rugged coast of Scotland this morning, passing scenic Eilean Donan Castle. We cross to the Isle of Skye, admire the spectacular scenery before enjoying free time for lunch. A Local Specialist will take us on a journey to admire the remarkable Cuillin Mountain. Cross back to the mainland and continue past the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands.
Onwards to Loch Lomond and Glasgow’s Rich Legacy Dive Into Culture
Our first stop today is the World War II Commando Memorial, near Fort William, for views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through the 'Glen of Weeping', paying tribute to the MacDonald clansmen who were massacred for failing to pledge allegiance to Scotland's new monarchs. Arriving in Glasgow, we enjoy an orientation tour including views of the Cathedral and magnificent George Square. We'll also visit the Necropolis where we’ll Dive Into Culture and gain insights into one of Europe's most important 19th-century burial grounds.
Through the Lake District to Liverpool Connect with Locals
Cross the border into England and Connect With Locals, joining Christine on her Cumbrian working farm for a Be My Guest lunch, before continuing your journey through the beautiful Lake District and its landscapes that have inspired pts and painters for centuries. See Lake Windermere, England's largest lake, before travelling to Liverpool, the haunt of Britain's ‘Fab Four'.
Across the Irish Sea to Dublin
The half-timbered Tudor Rows in Chester are our first stop today as we travel to Holyhead in North Wales to catch our ferry across the Irish Sea to Dublin.
Admire Dublin’s Iconic Sights Dive Into Culture
Dive Into Culture and visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about Ireland's famous brew, before delving into Dublin’s iconic sights with a Local Specialist. See Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the stately Georgian Squares. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or consider a trip to Glendalough. This evening you could choose to join an Optional Experience at an Irish Cabaret.
On to Galway and Limerick
Journey to the West Coast and the vibrant cultural centre of Galway, where you will have an opportunity to see Galway Cathedral and Eyre Square, with its tribute to former US president John F. Kennedy, before travelling to Limerick.
Circle the Ring of Kerry and on to Cork Stays With Stories
Admire Ireland's enduring scenic beauty on one of the most beautiful drives in the world, circling the spectacular Ring of Kerry.
The Sights of Blarney, Waterford and Wexford Dive Into Culture
In the pursuit of acquiring the 'gift of the gab', we visit Blarney Castle where you might kiss the famous Blarney Stone, before stopping in Cobh for a walking tour with a Local Specialist. This seaside city was the final port of call for the tragic Titanic on its fateful voyage. This afternoon, we Dive Into Culture during a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal and witness talented master crafters at work.
Ferry across to Cardiff
We cross the Irish Sea to Wales and its capital, Cardiff, where we will see the Principality Stadium and view the Millennium Centre, National Assembly and Cardiff Castle.
Enjoy Bath, Glastonbury and Plymouth
Cross the Severn Estuary to Bath, so named for the ancient Roman Baths that have made the city a popular retreat for centuries. Admire the elegant Georgian façades and visit the Roman Baths, before some free time to explore on your own. We wind our way to mystical Glastonbury to visit the 7th-century Abbey where King Arthur is believed to be buried. Later, we arrive in the city of Plymouth, our home for two nights.
A Day Exploring Coastal Villages
The springboard to a 'New World' takes centre stage as we start our day with an orientation of Plymouth. View the Mayflower Steps, where brave pilgrims embarked on their epic voyage to America, and see the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Visit the fishing village of Polperro with its narrow streets and picturesque harbour, before enjoying a scenic drive through the brooding landscapes of Dartmoor, keeping a keen eye out for the area’s wild ponies. Our epic adventure through Britain and Ireland almost at its end, we join our travel companions and Travel Director for a memorable Farewell Dinner.
Journey to Prehistoric Stonehenge and return to London
Our return journey to London will see us cross the Salisbury Plain and visit the ancient mystical monoliths of Stonehenge, whose myths have yet to be fully revealed. This afternoon we close the curtain on a memorable journey with new friends.
Inclusions
  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 15 Breakfast (B)
  • 4 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • All transport and transfers shown
  • London: The services of a Trafalgar Local Host when you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • London: Pick-up and drop-off when you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Return ferry across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
11 Apr 2024 26 Apr 2024 onRequest $8,050
25 Apr 2024 10 May 2024 onRequest $8,050
02 May 2024 17 May 2024 Available $8,150
09 May 2024 24 May 2024 Available $8,150
16 May 2024 31 May 2024 onRequest $8,150
23 May 2024 07 Jun 2024 onRequest $8,150
30 May 2024 14 Jun 2024 Available $8,150
06 Jun 2024 21 Jun 2024 Available $6,928
13 Jun 2024 28 Jun 2024 onRequest $8,150
20 Jun 2024 05 Jul 2024 Available $6,991
27 Jun 2024 12 Jul 2024 Available $8,225
04 Jul 2024 19 Jul 2024 Available $8,225
11 Jul 2024 26 Jul 2024 Available $8,225
18 Jul 2024 02 Aug 2024 Available $6,991
25 Jul 2024 09 Aug 2024 Available $6,991
08 Aug 2024 23 Aug 2024 Available $8,750
15 Aug 2024 30 Aug 2024 onRequest $8,750
29 Aug 2024 13 Sep 2024 onRequest $8,275
05 Sep 2024 20 Sep 2024 onRequest $8,125
12 Sep 2024 27 Sep 2024 Available $8,125
19 Sep 2024 04 Oct 2024 Available $8,125
26 Sep 2024 11 Oct 2024 Available $8,125
03 Apr 2025 18 Apr 2025 Available $8,595
10 Apr 2025 25 Apr 2025 Available $8,595
17 Apr 2025 02 May 2025 Available $8,595
24 Apr 2025 09 May 2025 Available $8,595
01 May 2025 16 May 2025 Available $8,695
08 May 2025 23 May 2025 Available $8,695
15 May 2025 30 May 2025 Available $8,695
22 May 2025 06 Jun 2025 Available $8,695
29 May 2025 13 Jun 2025 Available $8,695
05 Jun 2025 20 Jun 2025 Available $8,695
12 Jun 2025 27 Jun 2025 Available $8,695
19 Jun 2025 04 Jul 2025 Available $8,795
26 Jun 2025 11 Jul 2025 Available $8,795
03 Jul 2025 18 Jul 2025 Available $8,795
10 Jul 2025 25 Jul 2025 Available $8,795
17 Jul 2025 01 Aug 2025 Available $8,795
24 Jul 2025 08 Aug 2025 Available $8,795
31 Jul 2025 15 Aug 2025 Available $9,595
07 Aug 2025 22 Aug 2025 Available $9,595
14 Aug 2025 29 Aug 2025 Available $9,595
21 Aug 2025 05 Sep 2025 Available $9,595
28 Aug 2025 12 Sep 2025 Available $8,850
04 Sep 2025 19 Sep 2025 Available $8,675
11 Sep 2025 26 Sep 2025 Available $8,675
18 Sep 2025 03 Oct 2025 Available $8,675
25 Sep 2025 10 Oct 2025 Available $8,675