Great Britain & Ireland Youth tour

16 Days
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Cross the Irish sea, explore historic cities shrouded in folklore and mystery, gawp at Ireland’s breathtaking landscapes and appreciate a culture of cool from as far back as the Beatles. Through London, York, Glasgow, Liverpool, Dublin and more, this 16-day tour of Britain and Ireland includes entrance into awe-inspiring attractions aplenty, including puckering up for the Blarney stone, cruising across Loch Ness and enjoying your very own Magical Mystery tour. It’ll be love at first London site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

DAY 1 – LONDON TO LIVERPOOL
London
Good morning dear Londonites! And welcome to your 16-day deep dive into all things Great Britain & Ireland. Big things are just around the corner. So big we’ve nicknamed one of them Big Ben.
Liverpool
Chat all things Beatlemania & football in your best Scouse accent – this is the call of the day as we pull up in lively Liverpool.
Stay
Hallmark Inn Liverpool (or similar)
INCLUDED EXPERIENCES
See Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London & Westminster Abbey
Walk in the footsteps of the Fab Four on a Magical Mystery Beatles Tour, Liverpool

DAY 2 – LIVERPOOL TO YORK
Liverpool
Lap up your last dose of Liverpool before we embark on a wild countryside journey in the traditional walled city of York.
York
2,000 years of history will unfold upon us as we amble down narrow lanes exploring York Minister, the Shambles and Clifford’s Tower. For fans of folklore, sign up to a night of ghostly horrors and dark alley ways & prepare to be spooked.
Stay
Holiday Inn Leeds Hotel Garforth (or similar)
INCLUDED EXPERIENCES
Walking tour of historic York
See York Minster and Clifford’s Tower
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Evening ‘Ghost Walk’
GBP 5.50

DAY 3 – YORK TO LAKE DISTRICT
York
Even if the ghosts of York kept you awake all night, you’re going to need to rise and shine and wave goodbye to the Harry Potter like setting of this ancient city.
Lake District
Whatever you do, don’t Google this place before we arrive. It will spoil the surprise of its unfathomable beauty. Endless green hills, 16 serene lakes & streets of stone homes will have you pining for the country life.
Stay
Hotel Ibis Carlisle (or similar)
INCLUDED EXPERIENCES
Visit Bowness & see Windermere
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Take a cruise along the beautiful Lake Windermere in the Lake District
GBP 8.25

DAY 4 – LAKE DISTRICT TO EDINBURGH VIA GRETNA GREEN AND HADRIAN’S WALL
Lake District
Today we are in for some border hopping along the English/Scottish border to see the sights on our way to Edinburgh!
Gretna Green
Shortly after our first border hop into Scotland we’ll be in a world of fairytale cuteness at the wedding hotspot of Gretna Green. An old blacksmith’s shop & a kissing gate are all part of the story (for winter departures we will visit Gretna Green on Day 3).
Hadrian’s Wall
Back over the border to take in a spectacular drive this morning to the Roman Empire’s impressive Hadrian’s Wall as well as English country charm in abundance.
Edinburgh
Back in the 21st Century we’ll find ourselves in Edinburgh, a city that, although still simmering in ancient history, comes alive with music festivals, a rousing creative scene & fun bars. Top the day off with a Scottish meal, complete with haggis and a traditional bagpiper.
Stay
Holiday Inn Edinburgh City West (or similar)
INCLUDED EXPERIENCES
See Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile
Entrance to Gretna Green Museum and take part in a historic wedding ceremony
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Enjoy an evening of traditional Scottish food, music and dancing (haggis for the brave)
GBP 36.00
Gretna Green Group Photo
GBP 5.50 – 10.50
Walk along the Roman structure of Hadrian’s Wall
GBP 7.50

DAY 5 – EDINBURGH
Edinburgh
Today is yours to roam free – but if you want to get the low down on the history of this city why not join our local guide for an optional tour of Edinburgh Castle (which is resting on an extinct volcano!!) to kickstart your love affair with this city. Or maybe you’ll do a spot of tartan shopping on Princes Street. Strictly for the purpose of being cultural, you should probably make time for a traditional deep fried chocolate bar during your day. The things we do for cultural immersion…
Stay
Holiday Inn Edinburgh City West (or similar)
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Get exclusive entry and a guided tour of the richly historical Edinburgh Castle
GBP 19.50
Sip Scottish Whisky in an old Edinburgh pub while locals tell you folkloric tales
GBP 22.50

DAY 6 – EDINBURGH TO SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS VIA ST ANDREWS
Edinburgh
Wake from your fried chocolate food coma crazy travellers, it’s time to blaze a trail out of Edinburgh & head for the Scottish Highlands.
St. Andrews
On the way to the main affair of the day we’ll stop by St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf, would you believe? As well as Scotland’s oldest university town.
Scottish Highlands
Already blown away by the beauty of the rugged mountain scenery en route, we’ll arrive in the Scottish Highlands amped up for mystical tales and a lake cruise on Loch Ness.
Stay
Loch Ness Lodge Hotel Drumnadrochit (or similar)
INCLUDED EXPERIENCES
Try and spot ‘Nessie’ on a cruise along the spectacular Loch Ness
Visit St. Andrews, the home of golf

DAY 7 – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS TO WEST HIGHLANDS VIA ISLE OF SKYE
Scottish Highlands
We might be coming down from a high (geographically speaking) this morning, but as we seek out the stunning Isle of Skye, the mood will only be rising.
Isle Of Skye
Time to explore an island famed for its pastel houses that fringe the coastline like a giant selection of marshmallows. We’ll look around a fishing port and the seaside town of Portree, all the while learning how people live in this dramatic environment.
West Highlands
Before the day’s out we’ll set our eyes on Britain’s highest mountain. Whether capped by snow or overflowing with green, it’s sure to take your breath away & leave you more than content with your day’s discoveries.
Stay
Regent Hotel Oban (or similar)
INCLUDED EXPERIENCES
See the spectacular Eilean Donan castle
See Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain
Visit the seaside town of Portree

DAY 8 – WEST HIGHLANDS TO GLASGOW VIA STIRLING
West Highlands
After a few days of remote and rugged goodness, a change of pace in Scotland’s biggest city is sure to fire things up a notch.
Stirling
We make a stop in Stirling, known for it’s famous Castle nestled right on a hill, and the town where William Wallace took on the English and yelled “Freeeedom!”
Glasgow
Get involved with everything great about Glasgow. Live music on every corner, a gothic cathedral & plenty of quirky characters make this city unique.
Stay
Ibis Glasgow City Centre (or similar)
INCLUDED EXPERIENCES
See the William Wallace Monument
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Eat in a local pub with the owners and be serenaded by local musicians, Glasgow

DAY 9 – GLASGOW TO DUBLIN VIA LARNE
Glasgow
Scotland, you’ve been unreal. If Ireland puts on half the show you did, we have many happy days ahead of us.
Larne
We arrive in the port town of Larne, your first steps on Northern Irish soil, but not for long…
Dublin
So much more than the capital city, Dublin is a place of heritage, character, and more cute pubs than you could crawl in a week. End the day with a lively night of festivities at the cobbled lanes of Temple Bar.
Stay
Clayton Hotel Leopardstown (or similar)

DAY 10 – DUBLIN TO CORK VIA KILKENNY
Dublin
That’s us done with Dublin…for now. But fear not Dub-lovers, we’ll get another taste of this fine place before our trip comes to an end.
Kilkenny
Break up your coach hangs with some bicycle time in a village sure to leave you wanting Irish in your blood. It’s a castle, a cathedral & mountains of medieval charm before we hit the road again for Cork.
Cork
Welcome to vibrant Cork! But not before the chance to sample some of Ireland’s famous whiskey at the Jameson’s Distillery in Middleton. Yum! Even when the skies are grey, Cork is covered in colour and good vibes. Stroll the River Lee or grab your first Guinness in the comfort of a pub, if you didn’t get your hands on one in Dublin.
Stay
Oriel House Hotel Ballincollig (or similar)
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Jameson’s Whiskey Distillery tour
GBP 16.00
Cycle through the historical and cultural wonders of Kilkenny
GBP 18.00

DAY 11 – CORK TO GALWAY VIA BLARNEY AND CLIFFS OF MOHER
Cork
Hopefully you exhausted all of your cork puns yesterday, as today we are moving on, sightseeing our way to 2-nights in Galway.
Blarney
Irish folklore tells us there’s a chunk of limestone built into a castle that grants its kissers the gift of the gab. Pucker up kids, we’re paying her a visit!
Cliffs Of Moher
If heights aren’t your cup of English Breakfast, you best sit this one out. Spine tingling, nail biting cliff faces are there to tremble at for those without fear.
Galway
From the moment we arrive in Galway, you’ll understand why 2-nights were needed here. Everything you’ve dreamed Ireland to be is tucked into this small, atmospheric city. Step into a local pub and down Irish stew over live music and chats with locals. Outside will be just as lively, with buskers & colourful buildings lining the streets.
Stay
Travelodge Galway City Hotel (or similar)
INCLUDED EXPERIENCES
Galway Walking Tour
Visit Blarney Castle and get the gift of the gab as you kiss the Blarney Stone
Entry to the magical Cliffs of Moher

DAY 12 – GALWAY
Galway
Try your tongue at some Gaelic and carry on exploring gorgeous Galway. Or, if you hear the call of the wild, you can sign yourself up to a ferry ride to Aran Islands (summer departures only) where you can dance around with horses and take a bike ride around the picturesque farms, or head up to Dún Aonghasa (the ruins of a prehistoric fortress) – make sure you take photos, this area is not for the faint-hearted! Irish life, you so sweet.
Stay
Travelodge Galway City Hotel (or similar)
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Explore the ancient cultural churches and hike and cycle along the beautiful Aran Islands (Summer Only)
GBP 28.00

DAY 13 – GALWAY TO LONDONDERRY
Galway
Goodbye Galway, hello more Irish eye-candy. Today we continue on towards to Londonderry.
Londonderry
Here in Londonderry, 17th century walls stand at 8 metres high speaking of times gone by when this area was in battle. Times may have changed, but we’re still keen to soak up the history and learn a thing or two from our wise Local Guide.
Stay
Waterfoot Hotel Londonderry (or similar)
INCLUDED EXPERIENCES
See the 17th century city walls of Londonderry
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Take a LegenDerry Walking Tour and uncover Ireland’s troubled recent history
GBP 9.00

DAY 14 – LONDONDERRY TO BELFAST VIA GIANTS CAUSEWAY
Londonderry
Laters Londonderry, we’ve got a one way ticket to Belfast and a whole lot more exploration to do.
Giant’s Causeway
UNESCO World Heritage site of the Giant’s Causeway – also known as those giant rock columns you’ve probably drooled over on Pinterest needs to be seen to be believed. Get those hashtags ready, a snap with the group is essential on the mind-blowing natural formation.
Belfast
Next up – we’ll arrive in Belfast. Concluding the day will be a driving tour and a trip to the Titanic museum where parts of the world’s most famous ship can be seen.
Stay
Hotel ETAP Belfast (or similar)
INCLUDED EXPERIENCES
City tour of Belfast with a Local Guide
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Giant’s Causeway
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Visit the epic Titanic Museum and learn all about the doomed ship at its original home, Belfast
GBP 16.65

DAY 15 – BELFAST TO DUBLIN
Belfast
With one night left in Ireland and on tour, we’re on the fast track to Dublin where our Irish fairytale first began.
Dublin
A promise is a promise. Here we are back in the city that started our Ireland infatuations. Use this second stint to do your missed critical activities such as visiting the Guinness Storehouse where you can learn how to pull a pint the Irish way.
Stay
Rochestown Lodge Hotel and Spa Dublin (or similar)
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Visit the famous Guinness Storehouse and learn how to pour a pint of the black stuff
GBP 16.00
Eat authentic Irish food and enjoy Irish music at The Merry Ploughboy, Dublin
GBP 49.50

DAY 16 – DUBLIN TO LONDON
Dublin
We leave Ireland today with leprechauns in our hearts and memories in our souls. Enjoy the roll back to London town as it will be the last bout our crew has together.
London
We’ve crossed the Irish Sea, motored through Wales, passed the town of try-to-say-it-out-loud Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, and now we are back in London. That’s all folks! Pass the tissues, say your goodbyes, and make plans for your next adventure. Unless, of course, there’s talk of a reunion tour. Greek Islands, anyone?

Inclusions

  • 15 nights accommodation
    Cosy up for 15 nights in twin-share accommodation in quaint hotels in enviable locations everywhere we visit. Alternatively, you can pay a bit extra and be upgraded to your own room.
  • 23 Meals
    Sample staples like roast dinner, Irish stew and black pudding (hint: not a dessert) as we embark on a culinary tour of Britain and Ireland. In addition to a hot breakfast each morning, we’ll throw in 8 dinners in our favourite local spots.
  • Team
    A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
  • Transport
    Included in your trip is transport across Europe on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They’re kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.
  • Experiences

    TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

    – Following the Beatles’ footsteps on our locally guided Magical Mystery Tour, Liverpool
    – See the famous Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London & Westminster Abbey, London
    – Spook yourself with an evening ghost walk through the 2,000 year-old city of York*
    – Sample Ireland’s best black bitter at the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin*
    – Kiss the Blarney stone for the gift of the gab at Blarney Castle
    – Explore the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway on the wild north coast
    – Gaze out from the Cliffs of Moher over the rugged Irish coast of the Atlantic ocean

Tour Dates

R 34474

  • 3 April – 18 April 2020
  • 24 April – 9 May 2020
  • 21 August -5 September 2020
  • 11 September- 26 September 2020
  • 18 September – 3 October 2020
  • 2 October – 17 October 2020
  • 9 October – 24 October 2020

R 35 200 

  • 5 May – 20 May 2020
  • 15 May – 30 May 2020
  • 19 May – 6 June 2020
  • 2 June – 17 June 2020
  • 5 June – 20 June 2020
  • 16 June – 1 July 2020
  • 19 June – 4 July 2020
  • 23 June – 8 July 202
  • 3 July – 18 July 2020
  • 10 July – 25 July 2020
  • 14 July – 26 July 2020

Pricing Terms

  • Packages are subject to availability at the time of the reservation.
  • Passport & visa costs (if applicable), travel insurance & items of a personal nature are not included.
  • Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and currency fluctuations.
  • Rebooking and cancellation fees apply.
  • All prices are per person sharing unless otherwise specified.
  • Standard terms and conditions apply.
  • All discounts and/or special offers have already been included in the package price.

Price:R45,959.00 R34,470.00

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