Britain & Ireland Experience

12 Day Guided Tour from London to London with Costsaver

Read 6 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Costsaver's 12 Day Britain & Ireland Experience. Travel through landscapes that have inspired world-famous writers and poets, from Shakespeare to Robert Burns. On this 12-day journey across England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales,...read more

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Guided Tour Starts In
Starts In
London
Guided Tour Ends In
Ends In
London
Accomodation
Accomodation
3 - 4 Star
51
Max Group Size
51
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland
Trip Operated By:
Costsaver
Costsaver
231 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.7 out of 5
6 Reviews
Trip Code:
BIEX

Itinerary

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1 London – Windsor – Bath – Cardiff (1 Night)
All the highlights of Britain and Ireland lie ahead as your epic journey across two mystical islands kicks off in London. The Big Smoke's skyscrapers and boroughs give way to an idyllic countryside as you wind your way to Windsor, the Queen's favourite weekend getaway. Arriving in Bath, you'll admire the honey-coloured Georgian architecture which gives this ancient Roman city its elegant aspect. Cross the Severn Estuary, the border between England and tiny Wales, where tonight its capital sets the stage for the rest of your memorable holiday. (D) Stay: Copthorne
2 Cardiff – Waterford (1 Night)
Join this morning's Optional Experience to Cardiff Castle, a medieval fortress which has enjoyed a colourful history spanning centuries. Ancient ruins and lush countryside lie between the Welsh capital and your first stop at Pembroke Castle. But first, your scenic drive will pass Carmarthen, the oldest town in Wales and, legend has it, the birthplace of Merlin. See the 11th-century castle in which King Henry VII, the first of the Tudor line, was born, then board your ferry across the Irish Sea to Ireland where tonight you'll dine in your hotel in Waterford. (B/D) Stay: Treacys
3 Waterford – Blarney – Tralee (1 Night)
The delicate crystal for which Waterford is so famous takes centre stage this morning during a visit to the Waterford Crystal Showroom. Leave all that Viking history behind and head along the southern coast to Youghal, the former home of famous explorer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh. Your next stop is Blarney Castle, where a quick kiss of the Blarney Stone will grant you the 'gift of the gab'. Your scenic drive continues across the Cork and Kerry Mountains. You'll pass Killarney, where you could hop on an optional Jaunting Car ride, before continuing to Tralee, renowned for its annual Rose of Tralee International Festival. (B/D) Stay: Earl of Desmond
4 Tralee – Dingle Peninsula – Limerick - Shannon (1 Night)
There won't be a moment you're not fixated on this wild landscape of stone monuments, deserted beaches and verdant pastures. Today's drive through the Dingle Peninsula is one filled with tiny villages, colourful fishing harbours and landscapes that have inspired poetry. Those incredible views will linger long after you leave Ireland's most westerly point, but there's more to see as you head to the prettiest village in Ireland, Adare. Continue to Limerick to see its medieval-era St. Mary's Cathedral and view King John's Castle, before arriving at your hotel in Shannon. (B) Stay: Park Inn Airport
5 Shannon – Galway – Dublin (2 Nights)
Your first stop today is Ireland's first City of Culture, Galway, or join an Optional Experience to the 15th-century Bunratty Castle and Folk Park delving into what Ireland was like in the 19th century. After a chinwag with the 'locals', drive through the wild landscapes of County Clare bound for Galway, the 'place of foreigners'. See its modern cathedral before heading to the whimsical Irish capital. This evening, an optional dinner and cabaret evening will have your toes tapping and taste buds craving another round of Irish coffee. (B) Stay: Citywest
6 Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time
You're in good hands this morning as your Local Specialist reveals all their secrets about this charismatic capital city with a small-town feel. View Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Dublin Castle, the 13th-century Norman fortress turned museum. This afternoon explore Dublin on your own or join an optional visit to one of the most important monastic sights in Europe. Your Local Specialist will bring the ancient stories of Glendalough to life and show you around the beautiful landscapes of the garden of Ireland. (B)
7 Dublin – Chester – Liverpool – Manchester (1 Night)
Say a fond slán go fóill to the 'Emerald Isle', crossing the Irish Sea bound for Holyhead on the Welsh Island of Anglesey. Get ready for a tongue twister you could only capture in a panoramic shot. View the station boasting one of the longest names in the world, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, then head through the north coast of Wales to Chester, to explore its Roman heritage. There's time to walk along its defensive 1st-century walls and view the famous black and white half-timbered buildings before heading to Liverpool where the musical 'Fab Four' had their start. Join an Optional Experience guided tour of the city, exploring its glorious maritime past and vibrant cultural present, before continuing to Manchester. (B) Stay: Best Western Altrincham Cresta Court
8 Manchester – Lake District – Edinburgh (Dunfermline) (2 Nights)
After a busy week of sightseeing, you deserve an idyllic stop in "the loveliest spot" that has inspired poetry and prose. Board an exclusive and optional cruise on Lake Windermere, skimming the northern coastline, deserted islands and Wray Castle. See the Lake District landscapes that William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter so admired before crossing the Scottish border bound for Gretna Green. Here you'll learn how eloping couples would tie the knot over the legendary anvil against their parents' wishes. Tonight, an Optional Experience could see you join your travel companions for a delicious traditional dinner at a local restaurant. (B) Stay: Holiday Inn Express
9 Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

Discover the Edinburgh's mystical allure which has captivated writers, poets, politicians and royalty. Your Local Specialist will guide this morning's sightseeing tour past the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle. You'll explore the medieval Royal Mile and cross the Liffey to the grand Georgian boulevards of New Town. The rest of the day is free to explore Edinburgh on your terms. Consider joining one of two special Optional Experiences, boarding the Royal Yacht Britannia for a brush with royalty or exploring what lies behind the impenetrable walls of Edinburgh Castle.

This evening, an Optional Experience could see you visit the ancient village where Knights Hospitaller once settled or dance up a storm to the skirl of traditional bagpipes. Time your visit to coincide with the rousing Edinburgh Tattoo with tickets included on certain departures. (B)

10 Edinburgh (Dunfermline) – York – Leeds (1 Night)
Your journey south ventures through what was once referred to as "The Debatable Lands" where all that remains of Jedburgh Abbey are its 12th-century ruins. Admire the expansive Cheviot Hills at Carter Bar, snapping a selfie at the Anglo-Scottish border. Continue into Northumberland National Park to view Hadrian's Wall, the largest Roman archaeological feature anywhere in the world. Then cross the Tyne River at Newcastle and stop in York where an orientation tour will reveal the city's medieval heritage and spiritual heart, its Gothic Minster. Wander down the narrow cobbled Shambles, then continue to your hotel in Leeds where dinner is served this evening. (B/D) Stay: Holiday Inn Garforth
11 Leeds – Stratford-upon-Avon – Cheltenham (1 Night)
The streets and squares of Stratford-upon-Avon remain much as they did in the time of Shakespeare. Embark on your own exploration of the historic market town where England's famous bard was born and buried, including a visit to Anne Hathaway's cottage and his grave which he said to have famously cursed. There's time to join an Optional Experience to Warwick Castle and even see the firing of the greatest of medieval siege weapons, the Trebuchet. (B) Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton
12 Cheltenham – Oxford – London
Take a step back in time to the Cotswolds, a glorious collection of tiny thatched villages and rolling green hills. Your scenic drive through this historic corner of Britain will bring you to Bladon, where Sir Winston Churchill is buried in the unassuming churchyard at St Martin's Church. Churchill, widely credited with delivering the British nation from the brink of defeat to victory in World War II, loved the Cotswolds and spent his retirement here. Next up is a visit to Oxford, England's oldest university city. See several of its iconic landmarks before continuing south to London where you'll bid your Travel Director and new friends a fond farewell. (B)

Costsaver Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Adare - View the prettiest village in Ireland
  • Bath - Visit the Georgian spa city
  • Bladon - View Sir Winston Churchill's grave
  • Blarney - Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle and acquire the 'gift of the gab'
  • Cardiff - See the Principality Stadium and view Cardiff Castle
  • Chester - View the Tudor architecture and the timbered buildings known as the 'Rows'
  • Dublin - With your Local Specialist, see St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College on your panoramic sightseeing tour
  • Edinburgh - Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and the new Parliament Building as well as views of the Castle
  • Galway - See Galway Cathedral
  • Gretna Green - Visit Gretna Green, popular with eloping couples since 1754
  • Hadrian's Wall - View the remains of the Roman wall
  • Jedburgh - View the Abbey ruins
  • Lake District - Visit this picturesque region
  • Limerick - View King John's Castle and see St. Mary's Cathedral
  • Liverpool - Visit the hometown of the Beatles
  • Oxford - View the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera
  • Stratford-upon-Avon - Visit the town of Shakespeare's birth and see Anne Hathaway's cottage
  • Waterford - Visit the Crystal Showroom
  • Windsor - View the castle
  • York - View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles
  • Youghal - Visit this picturesque fishing port
Trip Inclusions
  • 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
  • Return ferry across the Irish Sea from Wales to Ireland
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences (Additional Cost)
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • London airport transfers are available to purchase. See airport transfer page.
  • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Costsaver recommended London hotel booked through Costsaver or from the London Reception Centre
Included Meals
  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 4 Three-course dinners
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included

Reviews (6)

12 Day Britain & Ireland Experience reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Excellent tour of Britain ”
- NSW, Australia Jun 2019 1 Helpful Vote

Great tour guide, lots of extras, good food. Most enjoyable journey thanks Costsaver and Yvonne at Global Journeys.

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“Fantastic introduction to UK & Ireland”
- VIC, Australia Jun 2016 6 Helpful Votes

This tour is quite fast paced. There are at least two long days devoted to travelling from one destination to another. The remaining days are packed with numerous historical sights, interesting villages or small cities to visit. Many of the times you are left to explore on your own with guidance from the tour guide. Many 'must see' locations are visited. The coach does travel along motorways when necessary...but most importantly you will veer onto very narrow country roads to admire the beautiful...read more

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“Excellent package for first time traveller to UK and Ireland”
- Australia Jun 2013 4 Helpful Votes

Excellent package for first time traveller to UK and Ireland. I can only wish I took the longer travel days. The tour guide David, was very knowledgeable of the British History and very professional. The places we visited were historically significant. As a whole I quite enjoyed and very satisfied with the tour.

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“Great sights, great adventures, great scenery and history”
- Australia Apr 2013 2 Helpful Votes

The tour was excellent. Great sights, great adventures, great scenery and history.

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“Enjoyed every day of tour”
- Australia Apr 2013 2 Helpful Votes

Our Tour Director was fantastic, informative and helpful, fellow travellers were friendly and enjoyed each others company. Will definitely do similar trips in near future. Would recommend this type of travel to friends and others.

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