Britain & Ireland Experience – Journey with our Experts
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Experience the Britain and Ireland of a simpler time, through medieval castles and churches that have stood for centuries. Admire Ireland’s breathtaking Ring of Kerry, stand in awe before the mysterious Stonehenge and roam the charming streets of Oxford.
September 5-20, 2013
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Hosted by Richard and Shelley Carlin
$100 p/p towards the next “Journey with our Experts Trip”
Welcome reception in London with coffee and croissant
London Morning Tour
Dublin Dinner and Cabaret show
Scottish Show with Dinner
Trafalgar “Be My Guest” Dinner at Whitwell Hall
Claire Newell Luggage Tag
Travel Best Bets Package Includes
International flights with Air Transat roundtrip from Vancouver to London Gatwick
14 nights hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities (First Class-F, Moderate First Class-MF, Superior Tourist Class-ST)
Private coach airport transfers from airport to hotel to airport in London
Dining highlights: Welcome Reception in London coffee & Croissant, 13 full breakfasts, 4 three-course dinners, 4 specialty dinners (Dublin Dinner & Cabaret, Scottish Show with Dinner, Trafalgar “Be My Guest” Dinner, Farewell Dinner)
London Morning sightseeing tour
All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included
Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
Ferry across the Irish Sea from Wales to Ireland and return
The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey
A stylish wallet, travel documents and map
Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
Meet your hosts:
We have enjoyed life-long careers in the travel industry and are fortunate to have traveled to six continents and sailed oceans and seas. We are delighted to represent Travel Best Bets as their ‘Hosts’ on The Britain and Ireland Tour this September.
Our role as ‘Hosts’ is to ensure that the many added-value components included in your tour are delivered as contracted, as well as to work with the Trafalgar Tour Director to make sure you have a great holiday.
We invite you to join us to explore, learn, experience and discover the many treasures of Britain and Ireland.
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Day 1 (September 5) -DEPART CANADA
Overnight flight to London Gatwick from Vancouver with Air Transat. Sept05 TS494 Vancouver 14:40 London Gatwick 08:10 +1 non stop
Day 2 (September 6) -ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS)
Welcome to London! After checking in to your hotel the rest of your day is free to explore this magical city.
Hotel: Jurys Inn Islington (F) Bonus: Welcome Reception at your hotel with coffee and croissant
Day 3 (September 7) -LONDON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
See the famous sights including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Parliament Buildings, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus (admissions not included) on your included half day sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. Spend the rest of the day as you choose. You might like to explore Hyde Park, stroll through Kensington Gardens, visit the Natural History Museum or take a cruise on the River Thames to the Tower of London. Perhaps finish with a West End theatre show!
Meal(s): Full Breakfast Hotel: Jurys Inn Islington (F) Bonus: London morning sightseeing tour as described above
This morning, meet your Travel Director and traveling companions as you set off on your holiday. View the mysterious ancient stone circle at Stonehenge. See elegant Georgian architecture in the spa town of Bath. Cross the vast Severn Estuary to Cardiff, capital of Wales, where you dine tonight.
Meal(s): Full Breakfast / Dinner Hotel: Copthorne Cardiff (F)
Day 5 (September 9) -CARDIFF – PEMBROKE – WATERFORD
Admire Cardiff Castle then journey through beautiful countryside via Carmarthen. View Pembroke Castle which is the birthplace of Henry Vll, founder of the Tudor Dynasty. Board your ferry from Pembroke to Rosslare, Ireland. Journey west to Waterford and dine tonight at your hotel.
Meal(s): Full Breakfast / Dinner Hotel: Treacys Hotel (F)
Day 6 (September 10) -WATERFORD – BLARNEY – TRALEE
Visit the Waterford Crystal Showroom. Continue along the splendid southern coast through the picturesque fishing port of Youghal. Explore Blarney Castle – kiss the stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’! Cross over the Cork and the Kerry Mountains, then travel via Killarney to your hotel in Tralee.
Meal(s): Full Breakfast / Dinner Hotel: Manor West (F)
Day 7 (September 11) -TRALEE – DINGLE PENINSULA – LIMERICK
This morning, enjoy a scenic drive along the Dingle Peninsula. See the unspoilt and colourful villages and fishing harbours of Europe’s most westerly point. Travel north to County Limerick through Adare, the prettiest village in Ireland. Arrive in Limerick where you view St. Mary’s Cathedral and King John’s Castle.
Meal(s): Full Breakfast Hotel: Jurys Inn Limerick (F)
This morning there is time to visit Bunratty Castle and folk park, where 19th century life is vividly recreated. Drive through beautiful County Clare to view Galway Bay. Stop in Galway then head across lush countryside to Dublin, Ireland’s capital.
Meal(s): Full Breakfast Hotel: Jurys Inn Parnell St (MF)
Day 9 (September 13) -DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of Dublin, with views of Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and historic Phoenix Park. Spend the rest of your day as you choose. For your last night in Ireland, enjoy dinner and a cabaret show!
Meal(s): Full Breakfast Hotel: Jurys Inn Parnell St (MF) Bonus: Dinner and Cabaret – Over an excellent dinner you’ll enjoy a non-stop show featuring comedy, dance, song, music and fine food. Ireland’s musical history unfolds in a cabaret that will delight you long after the night has ended. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the fun, and it’s all wrapped up in the spirit of Irish humour. We will even serve you an Irish Coffee at the end of dinner, it will put you in the mood for Ireland’s best night out.
Day 10 (September 14) -DUBLIN – CHESTER – LIVERPOOL
Cross the Irish Sea, with magnificent views of Dublin Bay, and arrive at Holyhead on the Welsh Island of Anglesey. Cameras at the ready as you view the station with one of the longest names in the world, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerych-wyrndrobwlllantysiliogogogoch. Admire breath-taking scenery in Snowdonia National Park on the way to Chester, where you have time to walk along the medieval walls and appreciate the famous ‘Chester Rows’. Arrive later in Liverpool, home of the Beatles.
Meal(s): Full Breakfast Hotel: Ibis Liverpool (ST)
Day 11 (September 15) -LIVERPOOL – LAKE DISTRICT – DUNFERMLINE (NEAR EDINBURGH) (2 NIGHTS)
Stop to view William Wordsworth’s grave in the pretty Lake District village of Grasmere. Continue across the Scottish border and stop at Gretna Green, where eloping couples could marry against their parents’ wishes. Your day ends at your hotel near Edinburgh.
Meal(s): Full Breakfast Hotel: Queensferry Hotel/Holiday Inn Express (MF)
Day 12 (September 16) -EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING
This morning’s sightseeing tour with your Local Guide includes views of the Georgian New Town, Holyrood Palace, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Spend free time exploring on your own or join your Travel Director on an optional excursion to the Royal Yacht Britannia in nearby Leith. Tonight, enjoy Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes!
Meal(s): Full Breakfast Hotel: Queensferry Hotel/Holiday Inn Express (MF)
Bonus: Scottish Show with Dinner – Tonight is a chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an Internationally famous venue. There is food, wine and a great atmosphere. Join in with the singing, we’ll show you a Highland dance or two and there’s a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis. It’s a grand night and a wonderful way to celebrate an evening in Edinburgh.
Day 13 (September 17) -DUNFERMLINE – YORK – LEEDS
This morning, travel south through the Scottish Borderlands and stop to view the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Enjoy the views across the Cheviot Hills at Carter Bar and continue into Northumberland National Park where you view Hadrian’s Wall at Heddon. Cross the River Tyne at Newcastle and stop at York for an orientation tour including the Gothic Minster and the narrow cobbled street known as the Shambles. Then continue to your hotel in Leeds.
Meal(s): Full Breakfast Hotel: Bewleys Hotel (F)
Bonus: Trafalgar’s unique “Be My Guest” Dinner – Janey Bell and family at Whitwell Hall (near Castle Howard). The Bell’s will welcome the group to Whitwell Hall which is a traditional country house crica 1830. Very much a family home, the Bell’s have 5 children, dogs, a llama, donnky, chickens and cows and beautiful gardens and woods. The house sits on the top of Whitwell hill with beautiful views over the Vale of York. Weather permitting the Bell’s will provide a tour of the garden and drinks with canapes on the terrace followed by a two course buffet dinner. Dinner is taken between the drawing room and the dining room.
Day 14 (September 18) -LEEDS – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – WARWICK
This morning, visit Stratford-upon-Avon where you have time to see the sights and shop for souvenirs and see Anne Hathaways’ Cottage. In your free time, why not visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor’s Centre for an in-depth look at the great man’s life. Dine tonight at your hotel in the historic city of Warwick.
Meal(s): Full Breakfast / Dinner Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Warwick (F)
Day 15 (September 19) -WARWICK – OXFORD – LONDON
See Warwick Castle, dating back over 1100 years, and enjoy a scenic drive through the Cotswolds to the little churchyard at Bladon, where Sir Winston Churchill is buried. See the sights of Oxford, the oldest university city in England, before continuing to London. Enjoy in the evening a Farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.
Meal(s): Full Breakfast Hotel: Jurys Inn Islington (F) Bonus: Farewell Dinner in London
Day 16 (September 20) -LONDON TO CANADA
Today bid farewell to London and your fellow travelers as your memorable vacation comes to an end. Sept20 TS577 London Gatwick 09:20 Vancouver 11:10 non stop
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