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We can only send our condolences to those who sail off into Europe leaving Great Britain & Ireland behind. The things they are missing! Cities shrouded in history, breathtaking landscapes, and a culture of cool from as far back as the Beatles, this 16-day tour is love at first London site.

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London
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Liverpool
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York
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Lake District
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Gretna Green
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34 reviews

  • laura4
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled June 2013
  • 21
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 18 Countries

Great for exploring

This was a great trip - sort of like 5 tours in one as you can stay for England and Scotland or just Scotland or just Scotland and Ireland or just Ireland or do the whole three like I did! A lot of lovely scenery and great optionals such as entry to castles or dinners like the merry ploughboys (farewell dinner) and scottish dinner (where you can try haggis!) We had Cindy as our TM who was great at showing you the best places to go.

My Contiki was: Scenery-Fun-Good times

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21 June 2013 - 6 July 2013

  • Noelle
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled May 2016
  • 26
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

What a blast! #noregrets!

So this was my second Contiki and I can not compare the two. This Contiki has a lot of different parts unlike my last Contiki (European Highlights). This we had people coming in Scotland and leaving in Glasgow but gaining people, we also gained people in Dublin. Some of us did London to London and think we got really close but we also enjoyed the new people each time. So if you want to see London please get to London a couple days before your tour. Because on the 2nd day (technically) you leave London but they do take you on a driving tour. Liverpool-Awesome! If you or a family member loves the Beatles this is the place! Very cool city! We walked to the Cavern Club where famous musicians have played like the Beatles and Adele and so many more. The Beatles drums and guitars are in a glass case in the lower level-very cool! York-very cool place! We got to walk around town. A lot of shops and music performers and tours you can do. We did the Ghost tour which was really cool-only thing bad I can say was it rained the entire time. But the guide was super cool. Lake District-Lake Windermere was very pretty! We got to hold and touch rescue owls and take a boat tour of the Lake. We had awesome weather! We were then off to high ropes, climbing walls, and archery (extras). The only bad thing I can say was the male instructor was not in a good mood and it showed..we happen to run into road closure and traffic and were running late. Next day was off to Hadrian’s Wall and it was pretty cool. We got to the Scotland and England Board and you get to stop. Really cool. Oh and two people get married and Gretna Green but for not for real but it's really cool. We picked the couple that was on the trip. Edinburgh- you get two days here! 2nd day you have the option to do the Castle tour but it's a free day. Some people walked up Arthur's Seat-just google it. That night a group of us went on a ghost tour really cool. Do know you will be walking a lot here! The first night you have your Scottish experience-totally worth it! Awesome Bagpipe player! Scottish Highlands-very beautiful! Look for Nessie!!! might even get to take a swim in the Loch Ness :) Glasglow-This is the night where some people leave us.  We say goodbye and leave the next day for Dublin. Dublin-We meet new people for this part of the tour. We did free time and then had dinner with all the new people. Not too much time but you’ll be back to Dublin. Cork-Kilkenny first for an optional bike tour-Must do!! Very cool and beautiful town. I wish we had a full day here. Also the Jameson’s Distiller Tour (optional) but very cool tour and you get a drink at the end!  Galway-On the way-Blarney Stone and Castle-must do! Cliffs of Moher was very cool! We got awesome weather! Beautiful! Aran Islands (optional) very beautiful place and you can see it all on a bike. We got excellent weather. Derry or Londonderry-A lot of history here. Walking tour with an excellent tour guide. I got a lot from this city because my family originates from there. Peace Bridge is really cool. Belfast- On the way-Giants Causeway-very cool! When you get to Belfast you get an awesome guide and Firo (Coach Driver) drives us around to see gates and talks about the instability there. Very interesting. Dublin- We’re Back! But also this means the tour has come to an end. We do the Guinness Tour (optional) and its totally worth it! It’s a free day. Farewell dinner and its worth it as well. It’s a good night and everyone has one last night with each other. Some people decide to stay in Dublin and some of us went back with Firo and Emily (Tour Manager) to London. Of course I left some things out but if any of this sounds interesting please look into it! So the few that road back to London, we had to take a ferry to Wales. We got to stop at the town with the longest name Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. Then it’s back to London and some us went to the pub and said our goodbyes. We got in about 7-8pm so you should book an extra night. I will say I had a great Tour Manager Emily that would help you in any way she could. She would take us places you wouldn’t know if you were on your own. She was awesome! Firo was an awesome driver and got to hangout a night with him. I slept great knowing he was at the wheel. #noregrets

My Contiki was: beautiful-excellent-thrill

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19 May 2016 - 4 June 2016

  • EmilyL
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled October 2012
  • 21
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

Great Britain & Ireland 2012

Wow! Thats the best way to descripe this tour, we saw so much got to experince such awesome adventures and all in 16 days! The tour manager and driver were both fantastic and the rest of the group was just awesome to hang out with. I've made friends that l'll stay in touch with for the rest of my life and even though we're all from different parts of Australia we've already organised to catch up and its only been 3 weeks since our tour! I'd highly recommend this tour to anyone just starting out traveling or looking for something easy paced. The places you get to go on this tour are all mayjor tourist destinations but you dont have to stand in line or stuff around trying to organise anything yourself, its fantastic! Big thank you to JB & Howie they made the trip one to remember!

My Contiki was: Amazing-Inspiring-Value

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5 October 2012 - 20 October 2012

  • Ria
  • Booked from New Zealand
  • Traveled May 2011
  • 27
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

GB & Ireland

Awesome tour!! Loved every bit of it!! One of the best parts was the ghost tour through York!! The Crew were awesome, had the history down as we moved through each city and our Driver - I have never seen anyone park a Coach like that again!!!

My Contiki was: Awesome-Awesome-Awesome

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27 May 2011 - 11 June 2011

  • Melissa Colmenares
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled August 2015
  • 29
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 17 Countries

I am a changed person. The travel bug has a tight grip on my soul now.

In short, I loved this trip. I went in thinking London and Ireland were going to be my favorite places, and at the end, in beauty and scenery and fun, Scotland took the cake. There are not enough words to explain the beauty of that country. I wish i could move to England, I have never felt more at home. When I arrived back home, nothing felt right anymore. What also made the experience amazing was my wonderful roommate and the exceptional tour manager (Mike) and driver (Matt). Mike is very knowledgeable and if he doesn’t know the answer he will find out for you, a very accommodating sweet guy. Matt kept us alive! Always a smooth comfortable ride. Talk to him, he is very nice, funny and entertaining and will also give you lots of information. They added so much to the trip experience. The Ibis hotels are great. Nothing fancy but it is clean and everything is tiny and it has a nice vibe to it. Try the haggis, it really isn’t bad, just don’t listen to what it is made of. Breakfast is always served buffet style (mostly) and you will encounter basically the same every time. Bacon, eggs, breads, sausage, haggis, fruit, cereals, beans. It’s really a wide selection. The bus was ALWAYS spotless. Poor Matt cleaning up after us. But it always smelled amazing and the windows were cleaned very often. Thanks Matt! If you get car sick, then aim for the front of the bus (first seat is best. Best views and more space.) but beware after this gets out, it will become a fight to the death to get it. Another great seat is the one right in front of the charging station. You can charge your phone while using it. Oh the bus has wifi, but you have to pay for it. Womp Womp. The bus also has a bathroom, don’t use it. Nobody wants to smell pee the whole time on the trip. The trip was a full house. 51 travelers! Mostly from Canada and Austrialia. Then there were a mix of other countries. The age group was from the very young (18) to the older crowd mid 30’s. Mosty in the early to mid 20’s. Details in no particular order (sorry its all jumbled together in my mind at this point): London- Get to London at LEAST one day before the tour begins. There is so much to see, all the touristy attractions, museums, pubs, coffee shops, shopping etc. When I go back I will spend at least 2 days before and after the trip to see more of London and the surrounding areas. I arrived one day early, met with my roommate and we wondered aimlessly and ended up having an amazing time away from all the craziness of central London (Primrose and Camden). The first day of the trip there is a driving tour of London so you won’t get to do anything but take pretty picture of London. Liverpool- What an amazing city. The lady that talks about the city is amazing and easy to understand. The waterfront is beautiful and yes there is Beatles stuff everywhere. At nighttime I again left all of the main areas and wondered around to random pubs with my roommate. Yes they look at you strangely but eventually they warmed up to us. The Philharmonic is a must see, it is beautiful to sit there and have a pint or two. Also there is a pub one block over from the hotel, its relaxed and this is where I had my first real ale (I never knew that existed, your beer life will change after this). Carlisle- Is this tiny city, that basically consists of the one main street. Everyone ended up drinking at the Wetherspoons (our first of many) across the street and if you felt like it, you walked up the road and find more pubs or dancing. It was great because the hotel is right in the heart of town, so drink up, you can just walk back to the hotel. Oban- The hotel is right on the water, beautiful scenery. We again went to a Wetherspoons, and there was the Scottish dancing night! One of my favorites. A great way to dance with that cute boy on your tour bus or just have a laugh with the friend you have already made. Don’t be shy, just dance! Gretna Green- Get ready for one of your to get married, and a group photo for the memory of this incredibly awkward event between two strangers. York- Was one of my favorite stops. Cute little city, lots of pubs, lots of people. The ghost tour thing was alright, not my favorite, I would have preferred to keep walking around on my own. Lake District- Do the high ropes activity. I was scared beyond belief, but when I was done I felt amazing that I completed it. The Windermere cruise was alright, I would have skipped it. Edinburgh- We spent 2 nights there. Luckily we went during the festival time. The Fringe festival is a collection of merchants selling random stuff, be warned it is EXTREMLY crowded (not my scene), I also went to see the Military Tattoo. It rained beyond belief, but it was worth it. The next day I spent it at the Castle, shopping, and again just pub hopping (Rose St I think it was called). Scottish Highlands/Lochness- This is the only place that the whole group is has to stay in the hotel. There is nothing around to do. So it ended up being a really fun night (there is a bar in the hotel) getting to know everyone. Also do the Lochness dip in the water. It is freezing cold and the rocks are slippery and slimy but hey it was a fun time! Glasgow- This is where the travelers who only did up to Scotland leave. . Goodbye drinks, fun times. Another Wetherspoons. Dublin- You really only need one night there, but you will spend two. Pick up the travelers who are only doing Ireland. Be nice, they haven’t been traveling with the same group for a number of days now. Basically one street for drinking, so go hopping around and listen to all the live music and dance. Do the Guinness Storehouse thing (if your into getting a free Guinness at the end, and how it is supposed to taste). Group photo time! This is also the last city for the only Ireland travelers. The Merry Ploughboy thing is nice, not sure what else you would do if you skipped this. So just do it. Hadrians Wall- A must see! Beautiful scenery and a fantastic place to show the beauty of Scotland. Giants Causeway- A must see. Great scenery and a place to take photos of the beauty of Ireland. (London)Derry- This place will blow your mind. I don’t want to spoil all the history of this place, but it was a shock for me. The walking tour guy is lovely. The hotel is one of the fancier hotel you will stay at. Galway/Aron Islands- Rent the bike! Other options are using the bus (you wont see much that way) and a horse and carriage (stinky) or simply walk (it will be a very very long walk). Cork- Cliffs of Mohr is beautiful and time to kiss the Blarney stone. Kilkenny- Leaves a lot to be desired. The hotel is attached to seedy looking bar, its very old and kinda smells. Not my favorite. Skip the bike tour that is offered!

My Contiki was: Life Altering-Must Do-Beautiful

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17 August 2015 - 2 September 2015

  • <3 Kimberly <3
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled August 2011
  • 18
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

AMAZING!!! <3

This summer I went on a contiki tour to Great Britain and Ireland because I always wanted to go to Ireland, but I didn't want to go only for a week. So, my sister and I decited to go all out and do England and Scotland as well, and I'm very glad that we did. I had never went with contiki before, and so I was a little bit nervous, and I never expected the amazing experience that I had. I met so many wonderful new friends from all over the world, and saw incredible architecture, culture, and scenery. I kind of wish that we had more time in a lot of the places however, because I think we all felt a little bit too rushed. In the flyer it was supposed to be "in-depth," but it wasn't really. It was more of a "go-go-go from place to place," and although it was still great, if you are looking at something with more time, this might not be exactly what you want. If you aren't...then it's awesome! I would definitely recoment this tour to anybody, especially if they love old architecture. The food was also amazing pretty much everywhere that we went, the locals were friendly, and the live pub music was like nothing else. All in all, it was a tour of a lifetime!

My Contiki was: Great Britain & Ireland-Friends-Amazing

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10 August 2011 - 27 August 2011

  • DropKick.
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled June 2011
  • 19
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 13 Countries

Tour Review

Such an amazing time! Had the best tour manager (Patrick Davis) and Driver (Dan Talbot) who made the trip that little bit more fantastic. Made some friends I will have for life. Saw some wonderful historic sites and stayed in some lovely remote locations.

My Contiki was: Fun-New Friends -The best!!

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10 June 2011 - 25 June 2011

  • Katherine
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled May 2014
  • 21
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

Trip of a lifetime!

This trip was everything I expected and more. It was a fun and safe way to travel alone without ever feeling unsafe. Our tour manager Becc went out of her way to make sure we saw everything possible in the time we had by making special stops and getting great photo opps. She had so much knowledge about every place we saw and I learned so much more than I ever thought I would on a trip like this. I met so many amazing people who wanted to see the same things as me and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Every hotel was more than I could ask for everything was clean and had so much space. It was beautiful scenery everywhere we went and the backstage pass included so many amazing things I will never forget seeing. I suggest this trip to anyone who wants to see these countries because it shows you so much in such little time. Our tour manager was one of the best people I've ever met and she did so much for all of us and made this the trip of a lifetime! #no regrets

My Contiki was: --

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22 May 2014 - 7 June 2014

  • HueChen
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled June 2010
  • 32
  • Level 6 Traveller
  • 6 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

Very different than the rest of europe

Great Britain and Ireland is actually 3 tours that put together - England, Scotland and Ireland. You see more castles on this tour and learn more about history than any other tour that i've been on. I've done 4 contikis so far.

My Contiki was: castles-history-food

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2 June 2010 - 19 June 2010

  • Meelya
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled September 2011
  • Level 6 Traveller
  • 6 Contikis
  • 17 Countries

GREAT Britain & Ireland

Definitely do this trip if you want to see the UK and have a limited time. Covered heaps of ground and saw so much but at the same time it wasn't endless hours on the bus with no stops... stopping at places during the day really broke up the trip. I did most of the optionals, recommend the optional dinners, everyone had a great time and I think most people bonded over these. Accommodation was very good, especially after being in Europe... even got a double bed each in some hotels!! I did this trip solo and I would go back in a heartbeat. Met some amazing people, had a ball, and got to experience some of the most beautiful sights in the world! Oooo not to mention eating copious amounts of scones... yumm!!!

My Contiki was: Fun-Adventure-INBETWEENERS RULE

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30 September 2011 - 15 October 2011

  • Andrew John Cook
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled March 2014
  • 28
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

expected so much more....

The tour was sub par it was rushed to much. Free time was like 4hrs. A day to do what u want then u had to go on some lame ghost tour or walking city tour then the manager would tell u where to eat (so they get kick backs). All the meals are basic cheap meals boiled ham and taters and cream on everything never any vegetables. Good luck trying to eat healthy it's truck stop food all the time. Every night the manager would try to get everyone out to get drunk and majority did and if you don't you kinda miss out on connecting with everyone. You spend about 7+ hrs on the bus each day many of the sights they claim u get to see you are on the bus having to snap pics through a window... most the add on activities are lame once u seen a few castles it gets boring fast there's not much to see in them. the farewell dinners are way over priced and again basic. You get to 'see a lot yes'. But you get to experience the culture and locals very little. And the end when you fill out your sheet about the trip the manager basically makes you feel like you have give 10 to everything and keeps stressing to tip them 20 pound n 20 for driver :/

My Contiki was: --

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27 March 2014 - 12 April 2014

  • Kirsty1044
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled June 2011
  • 21
  • Level 4 Traveller
  • 4 Contikis
  • 14 Countries

Great Britain & Ireland June 2011

I can honestly say that I had the best time of my life on this tour. It wasn't just the amazing sights I saw, it wasn't the experiences that I will never forget. It was mostly about being in another part of the world and experiencing these unforgettable moments with people that appreciated them as much as I did. I was a first time solo traveller and extremely excited about jet setting off on my first overseas experience. The first day on tour I met up with two girls that had befriended on the Contiki website. I was nervous about meeting the rest of the group, expecting the other travellers to all know each other. To my surprise, about 90% were travelling solo. I could see that most of the other travellers were as nervous as I was, so after the initial meeting we all hit The London Pub to get to know each other before the tour started, by the way, great location for the Pub. Throughout the entire trip our tour manager and bus driver, in this instance Patrick and Dan, were just amazing. They would come out with us when they could and were always there just for a chat. Being an Aussie myself and having two Aussie blokes around to just talk about home or kick a footy around was great (an AFL footy, in case your wondering). The amount we saw on this trip even astounded me. For what I paid and the time that we were on tour, the amount that we saw almost defied the laws of physics. From walking around Stonehenge to kissing the Blarney Stone, eating haggis (which is actually quite nice) and cursing around the Aran Islands, everything that I saw and experiences was seared into my mind. Though it was fast paced, it made it possible to fit so much in. The accommodation was above what I expected for a budget tour, I was very impressed with the rooms and even more so because they were in Hotels. The food was also above what I expected, the breakfasts were always hot and filling, a great way cure any hangover. The dinners provided were all very good. The extra dinners and activities were definitely worth the money. I was lucky enough to do every optional activity and I would recommend it to everyone. The experiences are worth so much more then a tacky souvenir. I cant actually say that I had a favourite moment, I would feel like I was cheating on all my other moments if I chose one. Their was nothing I didn't love about my time on tour. I would recommend Contiki to anyone who wants to experience the world and have an amazing time doing it. If you do choose Contiki you will never ever regret it. You will take away moments that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

My Contiki was: Great Britain-Ireland-Experience

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10 June 2011 - 25 June 2011

  • JC
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled April 2014
  • 22
  • Level 4 Traveller
  • 4 Contikis
  • 8 Countries

Amazing Places, amazing people, amazing times!

It's been nearly a year since I did this tour, but I still reminisce about it all the time. I'd never travelled overseas on my own before this trip, but I've done it again since. Honestly, don't worry about travelling solo, there are many others doing the same and you'll all have the best time! This is a bit long, but bear with me....here are some of my notes and recommendations about the places you'll visit on this trip: *Liverpool -If you're a football fan, doing a tour of Anfield is a must in your free time. -Spend some of your free time chilling at Albert Dock, very peaceful place. -I had a blast at the Cavern Club! It's very crowded early on in the night, but give it some time and once it starts to clear out a little is a very enjoyable place. Interact with the locals! *York -The narrow cobblestone streets of York are very cool. Take a stroll through the markets, you'll find some amazing food for lunch or an afternoon snack. -Check out Clifford's Tower, you'll get some very impressive views of the city. -DEFINITELY do the ghost walk at night. Even if you don't believe in that stuff, York is a great setting for those horror/supernatural type stories as the sun goes down. By the end, some people are so on edge, that even dull sounds in the distance start to scare them! *Lake District -Do the high ropes course! It's great fun with many laughs involved. A really good bonding exercise for those who choose to do it. -If you do the Lake Windermere cruise, take a decent jacket! *Edinburgh -This is such a great city for sightseeing. Definitely check out Edinburgh Castle, then go wandering the cobblestone streets to check out the awesome architecture around the city. -Absolutely go to the Scottish dinner and order the haggis! You're at a Scottish dinner in Edinburgh with everyone dressed up with a brilliant and hilarious bagpiper, might as well try the haggis! It tastes better than you'd imagine! -If you're a rugby fan, take the opportunity to check out Murrayfield in your free time. *Scottish Highlands/Inverness -Searching for Nessie is good fun and take a dip in Loch Ness! *West Highlands -Isle of Skye. Amazing. Never have I seen such stunning natural scenery. Take the opportunity to dip your face in the freezing 'stream of eternal beauty'! -Oban is a nice chilled out seaside town. Glenn, our awesome TM, took us Scottish Highland dancing that night and it was amazingly fun! Another really great bonding experience for the group. *Glasgow -On the way you'll stop in at Stirling, check out the castle there, pretty cool way to spend a couple of hours. I actually found Glasgow quite average, but if you're a football fan, do a stadium tour of Celtic Park. Stunning. -The nightlife in Glasgow is really awesome, this was one of my favourite nights on tour. Everyone gets dressed up and has a super night! *Dublin (1st time) -The bus ride to the port and then the ferry ride from Scotland to Ireland is as good a time as any to catch up on sleep. Trust me, your body will thank you after the previous night. -Head out to Temple Bar and check out the live music scene. Great atmosphere. *Dublin to Derry -Belfast is an incredibly interesting place, especially if you're a history nut like me. The peace wall and the Titanic slipways are very cool. -Giants Causeway. Amazing. Incredible natural scenery. -You must do the walking tour with Ronan in Derry. Such a great guy and so knowledgable. So much history there and by the end, you'll feel a great sense of empathy for what went on. The best walking tour of a city I've ever been on. *Galway -I thought it was a pretty average place to be honest, but you MUST go and see the Aran Islands. You can ride a bike around the island all day surrounded by stunning scenery. Quite possibly my favourite place on tour. *Galway to Cork -Cliffs of Moher = Breathtaking, peaceful, magnificent. -Blarney Castle - Go on, kiss the blarney stone. It makes for some cool photos! *Cork to Kilkenny -Not too much going on during this day, but I thought paying a few Euro to see the Rock of Cashel was worth it. -If your TM plans to take the group to the Karaoke Bar, you must go! It's an incredibly fun night, right up there as one of the most enjoyable nights on tour! Words cannot describe. *Dublin (last night) -This is pretty much the last night of the tour, so make sure you sign up for the optional Irish dinner! Everyone gets dressed up again and there's some great Irish food, singing and dancing going on. -As it's the last night, everyone's pretty tired but I'd recommend heading out to Temple Bar one last time before the trek back to London. It might even be the last time you'll see some of the group as they finish in Dublin and fly out early the next morning. So make the most of it! *Dublin to London -The whole day is taken up by a ferry and bus trip, with a short stop in Wales with the longest town name in history. Everyone pretty much spends the whole day sleeping on the bus. Your body will need it. All in all, it's 16 days of awesomeness and worth every last cent. You see so much in such a short space of time. Perfect for those with only a few weeks to travel, like myself. Last few recommendations/info: -On this trip, you don't spend much time on the bus at all which was awesome. Your sightseeing time was definitely maximised. -Food was great, as was the accommodation. -Travelling solo was great. As long as you're open minded, willing to make an effort to get to know people and let others get to know you, you'll be sweet. You'll have friends for life from all corners of the globe. I now have friends from NZ, South Africa, Canada, the US, Germany, Mexico and all parts of my own country, Australia. Since this trip, I've had numerous contiki reunions (even travelling interstate for these) and it's so great to catch up with my fellow travellers and reminisce about the great times we shared on this trip. -Travelling alone and having to share a room is fine. In fact, my room-mate on this trip is now one of my football team-mates. -If you're a student, bring your student ID - you'll get in cheaper at some of the places. -As this trip does a quick drive through of London at the start before departing for Liverpool, I HIGHLY recommend staying another week or so after the trip in London. A lot of your new friends will do the same and after the trip is done, all you'll want to do is spend more time with them! Not to mention having enough time to properly check out one of the most amazing cities on the planet! I only spent a further day in London and regretted that, while several others did exactly what I mentioned above and had a great time. -It doesn't matter if you're a partier or not. My group had a mix of people who partied a lot (sheepishly raises hand haha....) and people who chose to have many quiet nights in. No-one forces you to do anything and no-one minds either way if you decide to go party or stay in. I made good friends with people on both ends of that scale. It's entirely up to you! The only downside to this trip (apart from not having enough time in London or Wales included) is that after it's all said and done, you'll miss everyone like crazy! I'm currently planning a trip to Canada (with some fellow Aussies from this tour) to catch up with the Canadians I've met from this tour. If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up here or on facebook. I'll be happy to answer any questions you've got about anything! If you want to check out some photos of my trip, I have many up on my instagram (@adamjcp). If you're thinking about doing this tour, just do it and don't look back. You will have the most amazing time! #noregrets

My Contiki was: The Best Time Ever-Life-Changing-Unforgettable

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18 April 2014 - 3 May 2014

  • JamesA
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled August 2013
  • Level 13 Traveller
  • 13 Contikis
  • 8 Countries

Awesome memorable trip!

This was an awesome trip. Matt and Rusty were great as tour manager and driver! Things included were awesome, food was great and accommodation was great. Meet some awesome people doing this trip. Highly recommend this tour, it's a bit relaxing compared to European tours but the things you see and do in the UK and Ireland on this trip are simply amazing. I'll never forget looking for Nessie in freezing water.

My Contiki was: Awesome-Memorable-Life changing

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23 August 2013 - 7 September 2013

  • Alyssia
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled May 2014
  • 19
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

Best Trip Ever

The Great Britain & Ireland trip was absolutely amazing! Our tour manager Becc was incredible and everyone else on the trip was great. This trip fully met my expectations and I don't regret anything! Before going on this trip, I remember going through these reviews and trying to find helpful information, so I've decided to give as much as I would have liked to have read. Sorry if it's a bit long. First off, it should be noted that this tour is a 5 part tour. There are a certain number of people starting off in London and doing the entire tour, while others do only the England and Scotland part. Some people only join in Scotland while others only join in Ireland. Whatever it is that people choose to do, you end up meeting lots of new people on this trip, which is awesome. The night before the tour officially starts, most people meet up at the Contiki basement, get all the necessary information and then have a night out at the London pub, getting to know each other. It's a great way to just interact with everyone and feel comfortable in a foreign country. The following day, although the tour says you start in London and "see" some sights, it's literally just an early morning bus tour around London. You see everything, but you don't get out to take any pictures. A lot of people chose to arrive in London a few days early to visit and get over jet lag. I chose to add some days afterwards instead. I personally prefer my method because, after having traveled almost 3 weeks in the UK and Ireland with people, you feel a lot more comfortable and confident exploring London alone. Whatever you choose, definitely plan to have more than one day in London because it is nowhere near enough time to explore. Although I wasn't super impressed by the Backstage Pass stuff on this tour, you definitely get the value for your money. The hotels were all amazing. Three star hotels in the UK and Ireland are perfectly respectable hotels. Almost every hotel had free wifi, though you occasionally had to leave your room to access it. The included city tours were also pretty good and our driver Chris managed to drive in a way that you would get lots of pictures from whatever side you were sitting on in the coach. I thought the food was awesome. Every morning, we got to eat an English Breakfast (eggs, hashbrowns, beans, fruits, cereal, etc.) and the included suppers usually included soup, vegetables, potatoes, some sort of meat and dessert. We often got three options for the entree, the meal and 2 dessert options. The ME time optionals were awesome: England: Ghost tour GB £5.00: It was okay. It's probably best to do it, though, since the hotel isn't in the city and the tour is after free time and the shops have all closed... Windermere Cruise - GB £7.50: It was nice and relaxing. If you want, you can spend some time walking around Windermere instead. Activities - GB £25.00: You can do archery, a high ropes course or rock climbing. DO NOT do rock-climbing, it's literally just in indoor wall. The high ropes course isn't the best I've been to, but it's a great bonding experience with the group and you can talk to some locals. You can also go visit the Stone Circle there after the high ropes course. Gretna Green Group Photo - Large: GB£10.00 / Small GB £5.00: Don't bother getting it. It really isn't anything wow-worthy and, if you just want a group picture, someone will take some at some point during your trip. Hadrian's Wall - GB £6.40: Absolutely amazing, especially on a beautiful day. The Roman ruins are cool and you get a great view of the countyside. Scotland: Scottish Evening - GB £33.50 (20-34 people) / GB £32.50 (35+ people): Definitely do this! Andy the bagpiper is a great musician and absolutely hilarious. It's also a great way to meet the new Scottish people and taste local food. Palace of Holyroodhouse GB £11.30: Not a ME time activity. but definitely worth visiting! Edinburgh Caste GB £16.00: Not a ME time activity but can be organized by the tour manager and worth a visit as well. Loch Ness Jump: This wasn't actually part of the itinerary, but I definitely recommend doing it if your tour manager suggests it! It's free and a once in a lifetime experience. Eiliean Donan Castle: Definitely visit this one! This is an actual old-school castle where people actually still live there. National Wallace Monument GB £8.55: Really cool monument. The view of Stirling at the top is amazing as well! Ireland: Titanic Belfast GB £11.00: The best Titanic Museum you will ever see and the best museum on the entire tour. Giant's Causeway - GB £6.50: Definitely do this!!!! Even if it's raining, it's impressive to see and just fun to explore. Don't be afraid to climb on random cliffs to get a better view. Walking tour of Londonderry/Derry - Euro 5.00: Best walking tour of the entire trip. Definitely do this to truly understand the situation between the Replublic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Ronan, our guide, was a historian and thus very knowledgeable. Aran Islands Visit - EUR 28.00: If you don't want to do any of the other activities, you must, at the very least, do this one. You get to spend an entire day on a small island. I rode a bike, some people took a horse carriage instead. Everyone had an awesome day since the weather was gorgeous. Definitely go up to the fort; the view is amazing and you can get awesome pictures. Guided walking tour of Kilkenny - Euro 5.50: It was a nice tour, but it would have been awesome to actually have time to visit Kilkenny while the shops were still open, so it might be better to do that instead. Guinness Storehouse Visit - Euro 14.50: Definitely interesting if you love Guinness. Going up to the Gravity room and learning how to pour the perfect pint is cool. Kilmainham Gaol Euro 2.00: Not part of the ME time optionals, but definitely worth seeing! Farewell Evening at The Merry Ploughboy Pub - Euro 47.00: Expensive, but really fun to hear some Irish music and see amazing Irish dancing. The food is amazing as well. Overall, this trip was amazing! I was kind of nervous about sharing a room with a stranger, but my roommate was great and I never felt unsafe. I was also uncertain about the whole drinking aspect; I'd heard that Contiki was big on drinking and partying and I'm not much of a drinker or partier, but I never felt obligated to go out if I didn't want to. For those who love to drink and party, though, the tour manager arranged everything, suggested great places and I was told it was amazing. If you aren't a partier, I still recommend going out to a few pubs just to get the experience. Make sure you bring lots of warm clothing. Bring lots of jeans and less shorts. Also, if you're a student (in the UK or elsewhere in the world), bring your student ID card; you can get a discount almost anywhere and they have serious discounts, not just a few pence. Remember to have lots of fun on this trip! Make new friends but don't be afraid of exploring on your own as well!

My Contiki was: Laughter-History-Scenic

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22 May 2014 - 7 June 2014

  • Explorer1268707
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled September 2011
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 22 Countries

fun trip

My partner and I did this trip on Sept 23 - it was cooler than the rest of Europe. Be prepared for some rain and wind but its not necessarily cold. Take more than 1 jumper to wear or buy a cheap one in a Primark store (like I did) we also bought a pair of gloves each for 1 pound! There is no where to do washing until about day 10. New people join the tour in Ireland and some people leave after Scotland so the dynamics of the tour changes. We had a lot of young immature girls on our tour who were selfish and disrespectful (they ralked during important announcements from the tour manager, then asked wat time we were meeting later that was mentioned in his talk, and they were often in everyones way oblivious to the needs of others) but you can ignore them and still enjoy the highlights of the tour. Our coach was not a contiki brand so the TM couldnt hook up his music etc to the system for us (therefore no theme songs) and you couldnt charge anything on the coach - just do it overnight in your hotel - be prepared for the next day. Our driver had her bag stolen from a hotel lobby when she left it unattended - just dont leave bags unattended anytime and you'll be right. Help take bags on and off the coach it really helps everyone - (we did but the selfish young girls didnt). The food is great everywhere - full breaky every morning, great accomodation. Fun TM too. Big things to see Stonehenge, Giants Causeway, Edinburgh - its all good - go the the aran islands and hire bikes, go to jamie olivers restaurant in edinburgh (cheap and good quality and service). met some nice people on tour and have great memories . . . (by Samantha Regan)

My Contiki was: exciting-fun-green

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23 September 2011 - 8 October 2011

  • Rosez & Chad
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled July 2014
  • 29
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 14 Countries

Such amazing fun!

The Best Trip! went during the royal military tattoo in Scotland and that was super cool. You get so much time to explore and the ME options were fun and informative. Made some great friends and a lot of memories. if you want to explore Great Britain and Ireland for you first time, I recommend this tour. Food is a little above average, it gets you through the day. Be prepared...coach rides are long and try score seats near the front, sitting near the back, has the tendency to make you motion sick.

My Contiki was: Fun-Cool-amazing

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31 July 2014 - 16 August 2014

  • AmyBlake(:
  • Booked from Australia
  • Traveled August 2010
  • 20
  • Level 6 Traveller
  • 6 Contikis
  • 15 Countries

English, Scottish, Irish.

Great Britain & Ireland was an amazing tour through England, Scotland and Ireland! Saw so many sights I've heard about for years and really got to experience the local culture. Would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Will continue to catch up with the new friends I've made for life (:

My Contiki was: Party-Sightseeing-Friends

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27 August 2010 - 11 September 2010

  • Erica
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled July 2013
  • 33
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

WOW!!!!

Words cannot describe the amazing time that I had in the UK and Ireland. I strongly recommend this trip to any person, whether your 18 or 35. I had the time of my life. From the scenery to the night life, everything was amazing! I met a lot of great people and would not trade this experience. I now have an extended contiki family!

My Contiki was: Drink-See-Experience

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10 July 2013 - 27 July 2013

  • Susana
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled July 2014
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 9 Countries

Great Trip

I enjoyed this trip immensely. Our tour guide and was amazing and she was very knowledgable, fun, and organized (Jordana you rock!!). The people where a good mix of 20's, 25's and 30's year olds so you had people to hang out with. I would say the average age would be about 25. This was my first contiki trip and would definitely recommend this trip. You see a lot of things in the least amount of time. I think that if I would do this trip on my own I would not have been able to see as much as we did on this tour. Also, if I had to choose (because of time) I would do all three places (england, scotland, ireland) but if you don't have much time would do scotland and ireland.

My Contiki was: --

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17 July 2014 - 2 August 2014

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