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Brendan Vacations

Britain and Ireland Highlights Summer 2020

Everyday Price From

$1,934

$2,495

10 days

Globe with Location Markers

Overview

Start your tale of two islands in London, exploring such cities as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin and Cardiff, as well as the scenic Yorkshire Dales and rugged Ayrshire Coast.

Locations Visited

Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cairnryan, Larne, Dublin, Belfast, Waterford, Kildare, Cardiff, Rosslare, Pembroke

Countries Visited

United Kingdom, Ireland

Travel Style

Regional Explorer

Accommodations

9 nights included

Age Requirements

Minimum age 5

Itinerary

COLLAPSE ALL EXPAND ALL

Day 1

Arrive London

London bids you a warm welcome to its regal traditions and centuries-old heritage. Ramble through its Royal Parks relaxing after your journey, or take to its streets to admire elegant façades merged with the modern verve of a global capital that marches to its own multi-cultural tune.

  • Accommodation

    Park Plaza Riverbank/Park Plaza County Hall

Day 2

London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York – Harrogate

Join your Travel Director today and delve into centuries of history - tales of star-crossed lovers, tragic kings and Roman emperors are brought to life as we visit Stratford-upon-Avon and follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare. Visit his Birthplace and the Visitor Centre, before embarking on a scenic drive north to the Viking city of York, where we'll enjoy an orientation walk around its historic streets. View the cobbled Shambles, see the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. This evening, we indulge in traditional pub grub at a Welcome Reception in the Victorian spa town of Harrogate, our home for tonight.

  • Accommodation

    Crowne Plaza

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Welcome Reception

Day 3

Harrogate – Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow (2 Nights)

We journey through the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the beautiful Lake District, which has inspired poets and writers for centuries. A highlight on our journey is England's pretty Lake Windermere, which we'll pass as we continue through countryside made famous by the poet William Wordsworth. We'll cross the border to the runaway wedding capital of Gretna Green. Here eloping couples would tie the knot over the Marriage Anvil. We drive through the Southern Uplands to vibrant Glasgow. Tonight, consider joining an Optional Experience to Braveheart Country for a fabulous dinner and Scottish entertainment.

  • Accommodation

    Park Inn by Radisson City Centre

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 4

Edinburgh Excursion

From the cultural capital of Glasgow to enchanting Edinburgh, with its exquisite medieval façades, our encounter with Scotland will see us join a 'Local Specialist' for a memorable sightseeing tour. We'll visit Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city, and see the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse and the new Scottish Parliament. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town and amble through the secret lanes of Auld Reekie before returning to Glasgow this evening. Enjoy views of Glasgow Cathedral and George Square before a delicious meal at a local restaurant.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Regional Dinner

Day 5

Glasgow – Belfast – Dublin (2 Nights)

Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast, past the island of Ailsa Craig, the stepping stone from Ireland to Scotland. Board the ferry to Northern Ireland, then join a 'Local Specialist' to explore the crossroads of British and Irish culture in Belfast. We'll view City Hall and the dock where the Titanic was built. This evening, we arrive in the vibrant capital of Ireland where we'll spend the next two nights.

  • Accommodation

    Ballsbridge/Mespil

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 6

Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time

Gain insights into the centuries-old tradition of Guinness brewing and enjoy a Storehouse tour and tasting technique demonstration. Drive through the pretty streets of Dublin with a 'Local Specialist' to admire the stately Georgian Squares, Trinity College and St. Patrick's Cathedral, the tallest church in Ireland, before spending the rest of the day exploring the sights alone. Ramble through Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its colourful street performers. This evening, consider joining an Optional Experience to a rousing Irish cabaret performance.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 7

Dublin – Kildare – Kilkenny – Waterford

We 'Dive Into Culture' this morning and gain insights into rearing world-class thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm established in 1946. Enjoy a guided walk through the farm and take some time to stroll through its tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe. Admire the imposing medieval castle at Kilkenny before some free time for lunch. Our next stop sees us 'Dive Into Culture' yet again to witness the delicate craft of Waterford Crystal. We'll watch master craftsmen at work during a tour of the workshop and see the exquisitely crafted pieces in the showroom.

  • Accommodation

    Marina/Fitzwilton

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 8

Waterford – Cardiff

An early start to the day sees us cross the Irish Sea to Wales by ferry and continue our journey to the Welsh capital of Cardiff to view the Millennium Centre, National Assembly and historic Cardiff Castle, at the heart of the city. This evening, we 'Connect With Locals' in the idyllic Welsh countryside, joining a local family for a Farewell 'Be My Guest' Dinner.

  • Accommodation

    Park Inn City Centre

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Be My Guest

Day 9

Cardiff – Bath – Stonehenge – London

Traversing the Severn Estuary into England, we arrive in the glorious UNESCO-listed Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and world-famous Roman Baths from which the city derives its name. Journey across the scenic landscapes of Wiltshire, paying a visit to the mysterious monolithic stone circle at Stonehenge, then return to London.

  • Accommodation

    Park Plaza Riverbank/Park Plaza County Hall

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 10

Depart London

Say farewell to your travelling companions at the end of your holiday, as you prepare to fly home with wonderful memories.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Highlights

  • Sightseeing Highlights
  • ORIENTATION of York, Glasgow, Cardiff and Bath

  • VISIT Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, Gretna Green, the Irish National Stud farm and Japanese Garden, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge

  • VIEW York Minster, Glasgow Cathedral and George Square and Kilkenny Castle and Gardens

  • SEE the Principality Stadium in Cardiff

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What's Included

  • Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts

  • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest)

  • First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • The services of a Brendan Vacations Local Host at your London hotel

  • Use of Brendan Vacations's London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions

  • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland

  • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Ireland to South Wales

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • Optional Experiences and free time

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Handcrafted Highlights

  • VIP entry to many sights

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    Trip Notes:

    • ​International Air: Please note that airfares are not included. We will quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day you book.
    • ​Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1 of itinerary.

    Terms & Conditions:

    • ​Prices listed are per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Single room supplements are available. 
    • ​'Price with Current Deals' reflects current applicable 'Early Payment Discounts' or 'Last Minute Deals.' Early Payment Discounts (land only) savings vary by itinerary, are not valid on all vacations/departure dates and are subject to availability; not valid with all other promotional offers. Last Minute Deals are available on select departures only and only available to travelers departing from the United States; not combinable with Early Payment Discounts or any other promotional offers; full payment due at time of booking. All discounts are for new bookings only, subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Call or request a quote for complete details.
    • ​'Exclusive Costco Member Price' is available upon member login. 
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