Explore the cultural diversity and breathtaking countryside of Britain and Ireland with their imposing city spires, wild Highland landscapes and such highlights as the idyllic Lake District, Edinburgh Castle, Dublin's Trinity College and Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace, all en route.
Bath Visit the Georgian spa town
Belfast See Belfast City Hall and Queen's University
Cardiff See the Principality Stadium and view Cardiff Castle
Dublin Sightseeing with your Local Specialist to see St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, the glorious Georgian Squares and Trinity College
Edinburgh Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building as well as the Castle
Glasgow View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour
Kilkenny View Kilkenny Castle and gardens
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. See the city walls
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 at your London hotel
Ferry across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland and Ireland to South Wales
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
Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Costsaver recommended London hotel booked through Costsaver or from the London Reception Centre
Welcome to London. After checking in to your hotel the rest of your day is free to explore this magical city.
London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York – Bradford
This morning meet your Travel Director and travelling companions to board your Costsaver coach and set off from London. Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, where you have time to see the sights and shop for souvenirs. Later, during your orientation of York your Travel Director will take you on a walk through the web of quaint, narrow streets and show you York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world. Dine at a local restaurant before continuing to your hotel in Bradford.
Bradford – Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow (2 Nights)
Drive through the Yorkshire Dales to the scenic glory of the Lake District. Skirt the shores of England's largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside made famous by the poet William Wordsworth. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would say their vows over the anvil. This afternoon your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the cathedral, the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry.
Today visit Edinburgh. Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city. View the famous castle, the Royal Mile, historic Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. Later, enjoy free time to explore at leisure.
Glasgow – Belfast – Dublin (2 Nights)
Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast past the island called Ailsa Craig, the stepping stone from Scotland to Ireland, then board a ferry for the short crossing to Northern Ireland. See City Hall, Queen's University and the dock where the Titanic was built during your city orientation. Finally, cross the River Boyne at Drogheda to enter the Irish capital, Dublin.
Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time
See Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Specialist. Spend the rest of the day as you please. Why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers? This evening, consider joining an Optional Experience to an Irish cabaret.
Dublin – Kilkenny – Waterford
Traverse County Kildare's splendid countryside. In Kilkenny see the imposing medieval castle and enjoy free time for lunch. This afternoon, visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and see the exquisite pieces. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Waterford – Cardiff
Cross St. George's Channel to Wales, and continue your journey to Cardiff Bay to view the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly. View the historic Cardiff Castle and see the Principality Stadium before arriving at your hotel.
Cardiff – Bath – Windsor – London
Cross the Severn Estuary into England and the glorious city of Bath. See splendid Georgian architecture during your orientation. Perhaps consider a visit to the Roman Baths. View the world's oldest and largest inhabited castle during your visit to Windsor. Why not enjoy a stroll along the banks of the river or shop for Royal souvenirs. Later arrive back in London.
Say goodbye to your travelling friends at the end of your amazing holiday.