Home > All Tours > UK & Ireland > Britain and Ireland Explorer

Britain and Ireland Explorer

  Avg. Trip Rating 4.2 Based on 13 Reviews. No Booking FeesDedicated Consultant

Britain and Ireland Explorer

  Avg. Trip Rating 4.2 Based on 13 Reviews. No Booking FeesDedicated Consultant
Fully Guided Group Coach Festivals & Events Scenic / Sightseeing Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Our Price From 3,258 Per Person
Exclusive Savings 73 Per Person
 Trip Length
16 Days
 Trip Starts
London
 Trip Finishes
London
16 Day Britain and Ireland Explorer Itinerary (Costsaver)
Countries Explored: England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland Ireland
Our Price From 3,258 Per Person
Exclusive Savings 73 Per Person
 Trip Length
16 Days
 Trip Starts
London
 Trip Finishes
London
16 Day Britain and Ireland Explorer Itinerary (Costsaver)
Countries Explored: England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland Ireland
Accommodation
3 - 4 Star
Max. Group Size
51
Trip Style
Regional
Trip Code
BIXP
Accommodation
3 - 4 Star
Max. Group Size
51
Trip Style
Regional
Trip Code
BIXP

Overview

Read 13 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Costsaver's 16 Day Britain and Ireland Explorer. Go behind the scenes on an exploration of all the highlights of Great Britain and Ireland, from the haunt of Shakespeare to Edinburgh’s medieval allure, the sweeping Cliffs of Moher to England’s celebrated Lake District. Come face-to-face with the legacies of the Vikings, Romans and Normans, witness the sites of great tragedies and triumphs, and keep a keen eye out for an elusive monster hidden in a famous loch.
Read 13 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Costsaver's 16 Day Britain and Ireland Explorer. Go behind the scenes on an exploration of all the highlights of Great Britain and Ireland, from the haunt of Shakespeare to Edinburgh’s medieval allure, the sweeping Cliffs of Moher to England’s celebrated Lake District. Come face-to-face with the legacies of the Vikings, Romans and Normans, witness the sites of great tragedies and triumphs, and keep a keen eye out for an elusive monster hidden in a famous loch.

Itinerary

Discover what’s 'great' about Great Britain as you kickstart your lengthy love affair with Britain and Ireland in London. The multicultural capital, with all its colour, history and culture, waves you on towards the lush green counties north as you wind your way to Stratford-upon-Avon. There’s time to explore the town where England’s favourite bard was born and laid to rest. You could delve into his life during a visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre before continuing your journey to York. Wander through its medieval streets to the city’s geographic and spiritual heart, the York Minster. Then walk along The Shambles, a street so old it was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Continue to your hotel in Bradford. Stay: Jurys Inn

All that lies between you and bonnie Scotland is Hadrian’s Wall. Unlike the barbarians it sought to keep out, you’ll have free reign not only to view it but to cross it bound for the 12th-century ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. See how this symbol of power and authority over 'The Debatable Lands' still impresses today before heading to the Royal Burgh of Airth. This evening, an Optional Experience could see you visit the ancient village of Torphichen where Knights Hospitaller once settled. (B) Stay: Airth Castle

Poets, writers, kings and queens have all found it impossible to resist Edinburgh’s allure. From its medieval Old Town to the elegant Georgian façades across the Leith, you’ll soon discover why it captured the hearts of so many famous people throughout the ages. Your Local Specialist reveals all the colourful tales of 'Auld Reekie' as your sightseeing tour rolls past the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock. Explore the city your way during your free afternoon or 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. Don your tartan if you please this evening. Tonight, you’re in for a memorable Optional Experience featuring the skirl of traditional bagpipes. Time your visit to coincide with the rousing Edinburgh Tattoo with tickets included on certain departures. (B)

A scenic drive through the ancient kingdom of Fife this morning reveals a time when these lush green hills were under the feudal rule of a Pictish king. Your first stop, however, is in the seaside town of St. Andrews, most noteworthy for its 15th-century university and inspiring the origins of golf. Put aside your dream of a hole-in-one and head to Pitlochry next, your gateway to the Highlands. You could choose to explore this salmon fishing centre on your own or walk in the footsteps of queens during an optional visit to Blair Castle, home to Europe’s last remaining private army. Later, an exhilarating optional encounter with a shepherd and his sheep could be on the cards. But it’s the enthusiastic border collies on this Highland farm that are the stars of the show on this Optional Experience. (B/D) Stay: Craiglynne

Straight out of a scene in 'Outlander', the Scottish Highlands has a mystical air about it which you’ll come to discover as you explore its rugged beauty, evocative history and enchanting Highland ways. On your visit to Loch Ness this morning, keep a keen eye out for ‘Nessie’ before arriving in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. Today’s poignant highlight is a visit to Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s brave clansmen fought to keep their traditions alive but were crushed by the Redcoats who subsequently banned everything Scottish. Return to your hotel in the Highlands for dinner. (B/D)

With its head in the clouds, Ben Nevis offers a majestic backdrop to today’s scenic drive to Fort William, the self-proclaimed ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’. Views of Scotland’s highest peak accompany the drive to Loch Linnhe. Continue to Glencoe where the tragic 17th-century massacre of the MacDonalds turned the wild beauty of this valley into a 'Glen of Weeping'. Travel along the banks and braes of Loch Lomond, where an optional cruise experience could take you to Rob Roy’s cave, before arriving in gritty Glasgow later today. Your orientation tour of the city will include views of Glasgow Cathedral and George Square where many of Scotland’s famous sons are immortalised in stone. An evening of good food and characteristic Glaswegian fun lies ahead if you choose an Optional Experience night out on the toon. (B) Stay: Holiday Inn Express City Centre Theatreland

Elope to Gretna Green, as many young couples once did to tie the knot over its marriage anvil. While the practice of handfasting was outlawed less than a century ago, this Scottish town remains a haven for romance and runaway lovers. Continue south through tiny northern villages and vast pastures fringed by ancient stone walls to the Lake District. Today’s highlight is a stop at Lake Windermere where an Optional Experience brings this 'loveliest spot that man hath found' to life. Board an optional cruise on a boat and take a step back in time aboard an old-world steam train before arriving at your hotel later. (B/D) Stay: Ramada Plaza

See the legacy of Roman rule during this morning’s visit to the ancient walled city of Chester. You’ll view its defensive 1st-century walls and the characteristic black and white half-timbered buildings, famously known as 'The Rows' before heading to the west coast. Cross St. George’s Channel to Ireland and its youthful capital, Dublin. You’ll arrive just in time for an Optional Experience at a local restaurant-pub that will deliver the craic for which Ireland is so renowned. (B) Stay: Maldron Newlands Cross

Embrace your playful side on this morning’s sightseeing tour through Ireland’s whimsical capital with a Local Specialist. View St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle and Trinity College, where the 9th-century Book of Kells, and Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure, is housed. This afternoon, explore Dublin your way 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. This evening, an optional dinner and cabaret evening will have your toes tapping and taste buds craving another round of Irish coffee. (B)

Cross the 'Emerald Isle', passing lush green counties as you wind your way north to Bundoran. There’s no better way to admire the scenery than joining an optional cruise along the Shannon River. Later, view the ruins of the 12th-century Boyle Abbey before arriving in Drumcliff, where acclaimed poet and playwright, W.B. Yeats was laid to rest. See the self-penned epitaph on his simple headstone urging the horseman to 'pass by'. Later, continue to Donegal, the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way. (B/D) Stay: Grand Central

Begin your day with views of the 15th-century Donegal Castle, formerly the home of the O’Donnells, one of the most powerful and ancient Gaelic families in Ireland. Leaving civilisation behind for the day, your scenic drive through County Donegal will deliver a multitude of dramatic landscapes. Golden beaches, rugged cliffs and uninhabited islands dot your route so keep your camera at the ready to capture these perfect gifts of Mother Nature. Nothing says sophistication quite like fine porcelain and this afternoon’s visit to Belleek Pottery, across the border in Northern Ireland, reveals over a century of craftsmanship and art, the results of which can still be seen on dining tables the world over. (B)

Galway’s ancient reputation as a 'place of foreigners' is long gone, but much of its captivating heritage remains as you’ll see first-hand during a stroll around Eyre Square. View Galway Cathedral, then leave the city behind for the plunging Cliffs of Moher, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Take a deep breath and let the fresh sea air fill your lungs as you peer over the edge of the emerald-topped cliffs to the crashing waves of the Atlantic below. With a squint you may just be able to see the distant Aran Islands, but without much effort you’ll spot the curious and colourful beaked puffins which are eager residents of the area. You’ll visit the interactive Cliffs Exhibition before heading to your hotel in Shannon. (B/D) Stay: Treacys Oakwood

See the Ireland you’ve only encountered in pictures and on the big screen until now. Your scenic drive around the Dingle Peninsula reveals a land of stone monuments, wild beaches and verdant pastures. See tiny Gaelic settlements, colourful fishing villages and landscapes that 'catch the heart off guard', in the words of Irish poet, Seamus Heaney. Later arrive in Tralee in County Kerry, where the Rose of Tralee International Festival attracts 'lovely and fair' Irishwomen from around the world to compete for the crown of 'Rose'. A fitting way to end the day would be to join an Optional Experience with the Siamsa Tire performers. Embrace the spirit of old Ireland life and times and enjoy a hearty Irish meal. (B) Stay: River Island

Kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the 'gift of the gab' on your visit to Blarney Castle this morning. Show off your silver tongue throughout your scenic drive through Cork to Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city. From the ancient Vikings to the Normans, they all made their mark on Waterford, but it is the city’s glittering crystal mastery spanning the years since 1783 that have made it world famous. Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom (when open) to see its artistry before an optional walking tour with a Local Specialist followed by a drink in a pub. (B) Stay: Treacys

Board your return ferry to the United Kingdom this morning, arriving in Wales later where its tiny capital Cardiff waits to be explored. Your orientation tour will take you past its Millennium Centre, the National Assembly and the historic Castle at its heart. Join an optional tour of Cardiff Castle followed by an optional evening of Welsh music, culture and humour. (B) Stay: Copthorne

As your epic exploration of five countries comes to an end, there’s time to fit in some last-minute sightseeing before returning to London. Cross the Severn Estuary into England and venture to Bath, with its elegant Georgian architecture and the Roman Baths which have given this ancient spa town its name. Visit Windsor and view the world’s oldest and largest inhabited castle before shopping for Royal souvenirs. The Queen’s favourite weekend home is a sight to behold before you continue to London where your journey comes to an end. (B)

Discover what’s 'great' about Great Britain as you kickstart your lengthy love affair with Britain and Ireland in London. The multicultural capital, with all its colour, history and culture, waves you on towards the lush green counties north as you wind your way to Stratford-upon-Avon. There’s time to explore the town where England’s favourite bard was born and laid to rest. You could delve into his life during a visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre before continuing your journey to York. Wander through its medieval streets to the city’s geographic and spiritual heart, the York Minster. Then walk along The Shambles, a street so old it was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Continue to your hotel in Bradford. Stay: Jurys Inn

All that lies between you and bonnie Scotland is Hadrian’s Wall. Unlike the barbarians it sought to keep out, you’ll have free reign not only to view it but to cross it bound for the 12th-century ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. See how this symbol of power and authority over 'The Debatable Lands' still impresses today before heading to the Royal Burgh of Airth. This evening, an Optional Experience could see you visit the ancient village of Torphichen where Knights Hospitaller once settled. (B) Stay: Airth Castle

Poets, writers, kings and queens have all found it impossible to resist Edinburgh’s allure. From its medieval Old Town to the elegant Georgian façades across the Leith, you’ll soon discover why it captured the hearts of so many famous people throughout the ages. Your Local Specialist reveals all the colourful tales of 'Auld Reekie' as your sightseeing tour rolls past the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock. Explore the city your way during your free afternoon or 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. Don your tartan if you please this evening. Tonight, you’re in for a memorable Optional Experience featuring the skirl of traditional bagpipes. Time your visit to coincide with the rousing Edinburgh Tattoo with tickets included on certain departures. (B)

A scenic drive through the ancient kingdom of Fife this morning reveals a time when these lush green hills were under the feudal rule of a Pictish king. Your first stop, however, is in the seaside town of St. Andrews, most noteworthy for its 15th-century university and inspiring the origins of golf. Put aside your dream of a hole-in-one and head to Pitlochry next, your gateway to the Highlands. You could choose to explore this salmon fishing centre on your own or walk in the footsteps of queens during an optional visit to Blair Castle, home to Europe’s last remaining private army. Later, an exhilarating optional encounter with a shepherd and his sheep could be on the cards. But it’s the enthusiastic border collies on this Highland farm that are the stars of the show on this Optional Experience. (B/D) Stay: Craiglynne

Straight out of a scene in 'Outlander', the Scottish Highlands has a mystical air about it which you’ll come to discover as you explore its rugged beauty, evocative history and enchanting Highland ways. On your visit to Loch Ness this morning, keep a keen eye out for ‘Nessie’ before arriving in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. Today’s poignant highlight is a visit to Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s brave clansmen fought to keep their traditions alive but were crushed by the Redcoats who subsequently banned everything Scottish. Return to your hotel in the Highlands for dinner. (B/D)

With its head in the clouds, Ben Nevis offers a majestic backdrop to today’s scenic drive to Fort William, the self-proclaimed ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’. Views of Scotland’s highest peak accompany the drive to Loch Linnhe. Continue to Glencoe where the tragic 17th-century massacre of the MacDonalds turned the wild beauty of this valley into a 'Glen of Weeping'. Travel along the banks and braes of Loch Lomond, where an optional cruise experience could take you to Rob Roy’s cave, before arriving in gritty Glasgow later today. Your orientation tour of the city will include views of Glasgow Cathedral and George Square where many of Scotland’s famous sons are immortalised in stone. An evening of good food and characteristic Glaswegian fun lies ahead if you choose an Optional Experience night out on the toon. (B) Stay: Holiday Inn Express City Centre Theatreland

Elope to Gretna Green, as many young couples once did to tie the knot over its marriage anvil. While the practice of handfasting was outlawed less than a century ago, this Scottish town remains a haven for romance and runaway lovers. Continue south through tiny northern villages and vast pastures fringed by ancient stone walls to the Lake District. Today’s highlight is a stop at Lake Windermere where an Optional Experience brings this 'loveliest spot that man hath found' to life. Board an optional cruise on a boat and take a step back in time aboard an old-world steam train before arriving at your hotel later. (B/D) Stay: Ramada Plaza

See the legacy of Roman rule during this morning’s visit to the ancient walled city of Chester. You’ll view its defensive 1st-century walls and the characteristic black and white half-timbered buildings, famously known as 'The Rows' before heading to the west coast. Cross St. George’s Channel to Ireland and its youthful capital, Dublin. You’ll arrive just in time for an Optional Experience at a local restaurant-pub that will deliver the craic for which Ireland is so renowned. (B) Stay: Maldron Newlands Cross

Embrace your playful side on this morning’s sightseeing tour through Ireland’s whimsical capital with a Local Specialist. View St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle and Trinity College, where the 9th-century Book of Kells, and Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure, is housed. This afternoon, explore Dublin your way 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. This evening, an optional dinner and cabaret evening will have your toes tapping and taste buds craving another round of Irish coffee. (B)

Cross the 'Emerald Isle', passing lush green counties as you wind your way north to Bundoran. There’s no better way to admire the scenery than joining an optional cruise along the Shannon River. Later, view the ruins of the 12th-century Boyle Abbey before arriving in Drumcliff, where acclaimed poet and playwright, W.B. Yeats was laid to rest. See the self-penned epitaph on his simple headstone urging the horseman to 'pass by'. Later, continue to Donegal, the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way. (B/D) Stay: Grand Central

Begin your day with views of the 15th-century Donegal Castle, formerly the home of the O’Donnells, one of the most powerful and ancient Gaelic families in Ireland. Leaving civilisation behind for the day, your scenic drive through County Donegal will deliver a multitude of dramatic landscapes. Golden beaches, rugged cliffs and uninhabited islands dot your route so keep your camera at the ready to capture these perfect gifts of Mother Nature. Nothing says sophistication quite like fine porcelain and this afternoon’s visit to Belleek Pottery, across the border in Northern Ireland, reveals over a century of craftsmanship and art, the results of which can still be seen on dining tables the world over. (B)

Galway’s ancient reputation as a 'place of foreigners' is long gone, but much of its captivating heritage remains as you’ll see first-hand during a stroll around Eyre Square. View Galway Cathedral, then leave the city behind for the plunging Cliffs of Moher, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Take a deep breath and let the fresh sea air fill your lungs as you peer over the edge of the emerald-topped cliffs to the crashing waves of the Atlantic below. With a squint you may just be able to see the distant Aran Islands, but without much effort you’ll spot the curious and colourful beaked puffins which are eager residents of the area. You’ll visit the interactive Cliffs Exhibition before heading to your hotel in Shannon. (B/D) Stay: Treacys Oakwood

See the Ireland you’ve only encountered in pictures and on the big screen until now. Your scenic drive around the Dingle Peninsula reveals a land of stone monuments, wild beaches and verdant pastures. See tiny Gaelic settlements, colourful fishing villages and landscapes that 'catch the heart off guard', in the words of Irish poet, Seamus Heaney. Later arrive in Tralee in County Kerry, where the Rose of Tralee International Festival attracts 'lovely and fair' Irishwomen from around the world to compete for the crown of 'Rose'. A fitting way to end the day would be to join an Optional Experience with the Siamsa Tire performers. Embrace the spirit of old Ireland life and times and enjoy a hearty Irish meal. (B) Stay: River Island

Kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the 'gift of the gab' on your visit to Blarney Castle this morning. Show off your silver tongue throughout your scenic drive through Cork to Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city. From the ancient Vikings to the Normans, they all made their mark on Waterford, but it is the city’s glittering crystal mastery spanning the years since 1783 that have made it world famous. Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom (when open) to see its artistry before an optional walking tour with a Local Specialist followed by a drink in a pub. (B) Stay: Treacys

Board your return ferry to the United Kingdom this morning, arriving in Wales later where its tiny capital Cardiff waits to be explored. Your orientation tour will take you past its Millennium Centre, the National Assembly and the historic Castle at its heart. Join an optional tour of Cardiff Castle followed by an optional evening of Welsh music, culture and humour. (B) Stay: Copthorne

As your epic exploration of five countries comes to an end, there’s time to fit in some last-minute sightseeing before returning to London. Cross the Severn Estuary into England and venture to Bath, with its elegant Georgian architecture and the Roman Baths which have given this ancient spa town its name. Visit Windsor and view the world’s oldest and largest inhabited castle before shopping for Royal souvenirs. The Queen’s favourite weekend home is a sight to behold before you continue to London where your journey comes to an end. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Bath - Visit the Georgian spa town
  • Belleek - Visit the Belleek Pottery Centre
  • Blarney - Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle
  • Boyle - View the Cistercian Abbey
  • Cardiff - See the Principality Stadium and view Cardiff Castle
  • Chester - View the timbered buildings known as the 'Rows'
  • Cliffs of Moher - View the cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition
  • County Donegal - View the 15th-century castle
  • Culloden - Visit the famous battlefield
  • Dingle Peninsula - Enjoy the beautiful scenery
  • Dublin - With your Local Specialist, see St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christchurch Cathedral, the glorious Georgian Squares and Trinity College
  • Edinburgh - Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the Castle
  • Galway - See Galway Cathedral
  • Glasgow - View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour
  • Glencoe - See Glencoe, also known as the 'Glen of Weeping'
  • Gretna Green - Visit this town, popular with eloping couples since 1754
  • Hadrian's Wall - View the remains of the Roman wall
  • Inverness - Visit the capital of the Scottish Highlands
  • Jedburgh - View the Jedburgh Abbey ruins
  • Lake District - Visit this picturesque region
  • Loch Ness - View the most famous loch of them all
  • St. Andrews - View the 18th green on St. Andrews Old Course
  • Stratford-upon-Avon - Visit the town of Shakespeare's Birth
  • Waterford - Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom
  • Windsor - View the Royal Castle
  • York - View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles

  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • City orientation tours
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
  • Many meals and daily breakfasts included
  • Pick-up and drop-off when you stay at the Costsaver recommended London hotel, booked through Costsaver
  • The services of a Costsaver Local Host if you stay at Costsaver's recommended London hotel
  • Variety of Optional Experiences (Additional Cost)

  • 15 Breakfasts
  • 5 Dinners

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included

  • Bath - Visit the Georgian spa town
  • Belleek - Visit the Belleek Pottery Centre
  • Blarney - Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle
  • Boyle - View the Cistercian Abbey
  • Cardiff - See the Principality Stadium and view Cardiff Castle
  • Chester - View the timbered buildings known as the 'Rows'
  • Cliffs of Moher - View the cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition
  • County Donegal - View the 15th-century castle
  • Culloden - Visit the famous battlefield
  • Dingle Peninsula - Enjoy the beautiful scenery
  • Dublin - With your Local Specialist, see St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christchurch Cathedral, the glorious Georgian Squares and Trinity College
  • Edinburgh - Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the Castle
  • Galway - See Galway Cathedral
  • Glasgow - View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour
  • Glencoe - See Glencoe, also known as the 'Glen of Weeping'
  • Gretna Green - Visit this town, popular with eloping couples since 1754
  • Hadrian's Wall - View the remains of the Roman wall
  • Inverness - Visit the capital of the Scottish Highlands
  • Jedburgh - View the Jedburgh Abbey ruins
  • Lake District - Visit this picturesque region
  • Loch Ness - View the most famous loch of them all
  • St. Andrews - View the 18th green on St. Andrews Old Course
  • Stratford-upon-Avon - Visit the town of Shakespeare's Birth
  • Waterford - Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom
  • Windsor - View the Royal Castle
  • York - View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles

  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • City orientation tours
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
  • Many meals and daily breakfasts included
  • Pick-up and drop-off when you stay at the Costsaver recommended London hotel, booked through Costsaver
  • The services of a Costsaver Local Host if you stay at Costsaver's recommended London hotel
  • Variety of Optional Experiences (Additional Cost)

  • 15 Breakfasts
  • 5 Dinners

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included

Trip Reviews (13) View All Most Recent 'Britain and Ireland Explorer' Reviews

4.23
AVG. RATING 4.23 / 5
13 Reviews
5 Star
54%
4 Star
23%
3 Star
15%
2 Star
8%
1 Star
Britain & Ireland Explorer 0 , NSW, Australia, Aug 2019
Enjoyed the trip very much, particularly Edinburgh Tattoo, which was included in trip, and for me a highlight. Tour leader, Joel, was very knowledgeable and informative and kept us all on schedule and a really nice guy. We had two drivers, Grant and Willy, who were both great. Accommodation on the whole was reasonable, some great, one in particular, ...read more terrible - Treacys in Waterford Ireland. Breakfasts all good but those dinners that were included in package left a lot to be desired. There was only two options other than a vegetarian choice and it was basically the same at each venue. Would suggest Trafalgar organise this a little better. On the whole would rate tour as a great success and left us with fond memories.
Wonderful Trip 1 , NSW, Australia, May 2018
I had a good time on this trip. The tour director Christian is excellent. The bus driver Jamie is too good. Everyone on this tour is very friendly. The Scotland and Ireland scenery are very beautiful. Day by day every thing ran smoothly and there was plenty of joy. Thanks Jemma and Global Journeys for arranging this trip for me. I will contact you about ...read more the next trip!
Wonderful trip 3 , NSW, Australia, Sep 2017
Yvonne and her team were extremely helpful in organising a wonderful holiday from my friend and I. The tour was great and very suitable for the price that we paid! The communication pre and post tour was excellent and the documents were all easy to read and understand. I highly recommend this tour to anyone of any age that is looking for the highlights ...read more of UK and Ireland.
Britain and Ireland Explorer - Trafalgar Costsaver 12 , NSW, Australia, Sep 2017
Excellent tour and good value for money. Early September meant school holidays were over so little overcrowding. Weather not terrific - drizzled most days although a few fine days towards the end. However, rain rarely affected what we were doing. Colder than I expected - range mostly 10-14 centigrade during the day (but after all it's autumn in the ...read more UK!). Did not wear any of the lighter clothes I had packed.

Accommodation quite satisfactory and sometimes really good - mostly outside town as one might expect for a Costsaver tour. In the Scottish Highlands we stayed in two different hotels in the same area on consecutive nights and this meant some unnecessary "doubling back". Assume this was due to a hotel booking issue. Inclusions good.

Optional Excursions OK. Did not think optional cruise on Loch Lomond had much going for it but others enjoyed it and I found cruise on Lake Windermere really worthwhile. Highlights York, Edinburgh, Lake District, Bath, Dingle Peninsula, Cliffs of Moher. Pace, as expected, lively. Mostly 7 am breakfast/bags out and on the coach at 8. Tiring at times but one or two easier paced days. Global Journeys staff very helpful and efficient - highly recommended.
Great trip shame about the tour director 5 , QLD, Australia, Sep 2017
The trip was great and we were blessed with exceptional weather. I did find some of the stops were too short and some too long e.g. St Andrews golf course. Overall however the trip was great. My biggest complaint would be the lack of information provided regarding places of interest and history and many times we passed or stopped at places of interest ...read more but were not provided any or very little information. The tour director lacked knowledge, professionalism and seemed very disorganised. A real shame as it would of put the icing on the cake. I have been on alternate tours (not Trafalgar) and the tour directors were excellent.
A very enjoyable holiday travelling with the experts - Trafalgar (Costsaver) 1 , WA, Australia, Apr 2017
Would recommend this tour to anyone who loves travelling, learning about cultures, enjoying scenic view, being with friendly bunch of other holiday makers, whether family or single. Expert planning by the Travel Director and Coach Driver. Fantastic holiday. Money well spent. Enjoyed every moment of the tour.
Play Youtube Video

Availability

Sunday 21 Aug 2022
Monday 05 Sep 2022
Status
From: $3,650
  Sold Out
Sunday 11 Sep 2022
Monday 26 Sep 2022
Status
From: $3,395 $3,327
Save $68 Enquire
Sunday 25 Sep 2022
Monday 10 Oct 2022
Status
From: $3,325 $3,258
Save $67 Enquire
Sunday 21 Aug 2022
Monday 05 Sep 2022
Status
From: $4,240
  Sold Out
Sunday 11 Sep 2022
Monday 26 Sep 2022
Status
From: $3,985 $3,917
Save $68 Enquire
Sunday 25 Sep 2022
Monday 10 Oct 2022
Status
From: $3,915 $3,848
Save $67 Enquire
Sunday 23 Apr 2023
Monday 08 May 2023
Status
From: $3,495 $3,425
Save $70 Enquire
Sunday 30 Apr 2023
Monday 15 May 2023
Status
From: $3,495 $3,425
Save $70 Enquire
Sunday 07 May 2023
Monday 22 May 2023
Status
From: $3,525 $3,454
Save $71 Enquire
Sunday 14 May 2023
Monday 29 May 2023
Status
From: $3,525 $3,454
Save $71 Enquire
Sunday 21 May 2023
Monday 05 Jun 2023
Status
From: $3,550 $3,479
Save $71 Enquire
Sunday 28 May 2023
Monday 12 Jun 2023
Status
From: $3,550 $3,479
Save $71 Enquire
Sunday 04 Jun 2023
Monday 19 Jun 2023
Status
From: $3,550 $3,479
Save $71 Enquire
Sunday 11 Jun 2023
Monday 26 Jun 2023
Status
From: $3,550 $3,479
Save $71 Enquire
Sunday 18 Jun 2023
Monday 03 Jul 2023
Status
From: $3,550 $3,479
Save $71 Enquire
Sunday 25 Jun 2023
Monday 10 Jul 2023
Status
From: $3,595 $3,523
Save $72 Enquire
Sunday 02 Jul 2023
Monday 17 Jul 2023
Status
From: $3,595 $3,523
Save $72 Enquire
Sunday 09 Jul 2023
Monday 24 Jul 2023
Status
From: $3,595 $3,523
Save $72 Enquire
Sunday 16 Jul 2023
Monday 31 Jul 2023
Status
From: $3,595 $3,523
Save $72 Enquire
Sunday 23 Jul 2023
Monday 07 Aug 2023
Status
From: $3,625 $3,552
Save $73 Enquire
Sunday 30 Jul 2023
Monday 14 Aug 2023
Status
From: $3,625 $3,552
Save $73 Enquire
Sunday 06 Aug 2023
Monday 21 Aug 2023
Status
From: $3,625 $3,552
Save $73 Enquire
Sunday 13 Aug 2023
Monday 28 Aug 2023
Status
From: $3,625 $3,552
Save $73 Enquire
Sunday 20 Aug 2023
Monday 04 Sep 2023
Status
From: $3,625 $3,552
Save $73 Enquire
Sunday 27 Aug 2023
Monday 11 Sep 2023
Status
From: $3,575 $3,503
Save $72 Enquire
Sunday 03 Sep 2023
Monday 18 Sep 2023
Status
From: $3,575 $3,503
Save $72 Enquire
Sunday 10 Sep 2023
Monday 25 Sep 2023
Status
From: $3,575 $3,503
Save $72 Enquire
Sunday 17 Sep 2023
Monday 02 Oct 2023
Status
From: $3,575 $3,503
Save $72 Enquire
Sunday 24 Sep 2023
Monday 09 Oct 2023
Status
From: $3,495 $3,425
Save $70 Enquire
Sunday 23 Apr 2023
Monday 08 May 2023
Status
From: $4,085 $4,015
Save $70 Enquire
Sunday 30 Apr 2023
Monday 15 May 2023
Status
From: $4,085 $4,015
Save $70 Enquire
Sunday 07 May 2023
Monday 22 May 2023
Status
From: $4,115 $4,044
Save $71 Enquire
Sunday 14 May 2023
Monday 29 May 2023
Status
From: $4,115 $4,044
Save $71 Enquire
Sunday 21 May 2023
Monday 05 Jun 2023
Status
From: $4,140 $4,069
Save $71 Enquire
Sunday 28 May 2023
Monday 12 Jun 2023
Status
From: $4,140 $4,069
Save $71 Enquire
Sunday 04 Jun 2023
Monday 19 Jun 2023
Status
From: $4,140 $4,069
Save $71 Enquire
Sunday 11 Jun 2023
Monday 26 Jun 2023
Status
From: $4,140 $4,069
Save $71 Enquire
Sunday 18 Jun 2023
Monday 03 Jul 2023
Status
From: $4,140 $4,069
Save $71 Enquire
Sunday 25 Jun 2023
Monday 10 Jul 2023
Status
From: $4,185 $4,113
Save $72 Enquire
Sunday 02 Jul 2023
Monday 17 Jul 2023
Status
From: $4,185 $4,113
Save $72 Enquire
Sunday 09 Jul 2023
Monday 24 Jul 2023
Status
From: $4,185 $4,113
Save $72 Enquire
Sunday 16 Jul 2023
Monday 31 Jul 2023
Status
From: $4,185 $4,113
Save $72 Enquire
Sunday 23 Jul 2023
Monday 07 Aug 2023
Status
From: $4,215 $4,142
Save $73 Enquire
Sunday 30 Jul 2023
Monday 14 Aug 2023
Status
From: $4,215 $4,142
Save $73 Enquire
Sunday 06 Aug 2023
Monday 21 Aug 2023
Status
From: $4,215 $4,142
Save $73 Enquire
Sunday 13 Aug 2023
Monday 28 Aug 2023
Status
From: $4,215 $4,142
Save $73 Enquire
Sunday 20 Aug 2023
Monday 04 Sep 2023
Status
From: $4,215 $4,142
Save $73 Enquire
Sunday 27 Aug 2023
Monday 11 Sep 2023
Status
From: $4,165 $4,093
Save $72 Enquire
Sunday 03 Sep 2023
Monday 18 Sep 2023
Status
From: $4,165 $4,093
Save $72 Enquire
Sunday 10 Sep 2023
Monday 25 Sep 2023
Status
From: $4,165 $4,093
Save $72 Enquire
Sunday 17 Sep 2023
Monday 02 Oct 2023
Status
From: $4,165 $4,093
Save $72 Enquire
Sunday 24 Sep 2023
Monday 09 Oct 2023
Status
From: $4,085 $4,015
Save $70 Enquire
Show more dates...
Key
Definite Departure. Minimum numbers reached for this depature to operate.
Available Departure. Minimum numbers not yet reached, so while this depature is expected to operate, it’s not yet a Definite Departure.
Not Available. Places on this departure are unavailable.
Exclusive Global Journeys Savings. Available for a limited time or until sold out.
Note
Your Global Journeys Travel Advisor will check the availability of your departure date when you enquire. Additional savings may apply. We guarantee the lowest price in Australia. T&C’s apply.
Note
Tour & cruises prices are per person. Prices shown have savings applied, are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Prices and trip information are correct at the time at this point in time, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking and are subject to change by Costsaver.

Similar Tours

12 Day Britain and Ireland Experience (Costsaver)

12 Days London London

Operated By: Costsaver

From 2,499
Save 52