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Great Britain & Ireland

(Until March 2020)

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The one that gives you the best of British culture, topped off with The Emerald Isles

Duration
17 Days
Countries
4 Countries

Visiting London, Liverpool, York, Lake District, Edinburgh, Scottish Highlands, West Highlands, Glasgow, Dublin, Cork, Galway, Londonderry, Belfast, Gretna Green, Hadrian's Wall, St. Andrews, Isle of Skye, Stirling, Larne, Kilkenny, Blarney, Cliffs of Moher, Giant's Causeway

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style

Coach

Highlights

  • See Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London & Westminster Abbey
  • Walk in the footsteps of the Fab Four on a Magical Mystery Beatles Tour, Liverpool
  • Walking tour of historic York
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Pay over time, interest free
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  • No booking fee, no change fees
  • Financing available with UpLift

What's included?

16 nights accommodation

16 nights in Hotel

Cosy up for 16 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

8 Dinner, 15 Breakfast

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

Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

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

All transport included during the trip

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

19 included, 15 optional that you can add

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

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
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.

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Top Experiences

Some are available to purchase while on the trip

See Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London & Westminster Abbey

London

Try and spot 'Nessie' on a cruise along the spectacular Loch Ness

Scottish Highlands

See Ben Nevis Britains highest mountain

West Highlands

Visit Blarney Castle and get the gift of the gab as you kiss the Blarney Stone

Blarney

Sip Scottish Whisky in an old Edinburgh pub while locals tell you folkloric tales

GBP 22.50

Edinburgh

Visit the famous Guinness Storehouse and learn how to pour a pint of the black stuff

GBP 16.00

Dublin

Great Britain & Ireland (Until March 2020)

19 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London & Westminster Abbey
  • Walk in the footsteps of the Fab Four on a Magical Mystery Beatles Tour, Liverpool
  • Walking tour of historic York
  • See York Minster and Clifford's Tower
  • Visit Bowness & see Windermere
  • See Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile
  • Entrance to Gretna Green Museum and take part in a historic wedding ceremony
  • Try and spot 'Nessie' on a cruise along the spectacular Loch Ness
  • Visit St. Andrews, the home of golf
  • See the spectacular Eilean Donan castle
  • See Ben Nevis Britains highest mountain
  • Visit the seaside town of Portree
  • See the William Wallace Monument
  • 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
  • See the 17th century city walls of Londonderry
  • City tour of Belfast with a Local Guide
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Giant’s Causeway

15 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Evening 'Ghost Walk' GBP 5.50
  • Take a cruise along the beautiful Lake Windermere in the Lake District GBP 8.25
  • 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
  • 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
  • Eat in a local pub with the owners and be serenaded by local musicians, Glasgow
  • Jamesons Whiskey Distillery tour GBP 16.00
  • Cycle through the historical and cultural wonders of Kilkenny GBP 18.00
  • Explore the ancient cultural churches and hike and cycle along the beautiful Aran Islands (Summer Only) GBP 28.00
  • Take a LegenDerry Walking Tour and uncover Ireland's troubled recent history GBP 9.00
  • Visit the epic Titanic Museum and learn all about the doomed ship at its original home, Belfast GBP 16.65
  • 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

Itinerary

Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    London

  2. 1 1 night

    Liverpool

  3. 1 1 night

    York

  4. 1 1 night

    Lake District

  5. via via

    Gretna Green

  6. via via

    Hadrian's Wall

  7. 2 2 nights

    Edinburgh

  8. via via

    St. Andrews

  9. 1 1 night

    Scottish Highlands

  10. via via

    Isle of Skye

  11. 1 1 night

    West Highlands

  12. via via

    Stirling

  13. 1 1 night

    Glasgow

  14. via via

    Larne

  15. 1 1 night

    Dublin

  16. via via

    Kilkenny

  17. 1 1 night

    Cork

  18. via via

    Blarney

  19. via via

    Cliffs of Moher

  20. 2 2 nights

    Galway

  21. 1 1 night

    Londonderry

  22. via via

    Giant's Causeway

  23. 1 1 night

    Belfast

  24. 1 1 night

    Dublin

  25. London

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What documents do I need to travel?

Dependent on where you’re travelling and your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter into certain countries - please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. The majority of our Europe trips travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries - e.g. Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada - can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. For non-Schengen countries, you may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival, depending on your nationality. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

IMPORTANT
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part or all of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent or local consular services before you leave home.
4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our European trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) to be stored in the hold & one small day bag to take on board. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the coach).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Europe. They know their way around better than google maps & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen European destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot

In all areas of the service industry in Europe, from restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis, it is common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent. The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around 2 Euros per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is completely up to you.

Will I be able to access WIFI on my trip?

Yes! Our fleet of modern, sleek coaches are kitted out with WiFi in all places except Greece, as are most hotels & hostels across the continent, so you’ll always be able to effortlessly get online and update everyone back home about your incredible adventure.

What are Contiki's sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From street tours that support local residents, refugees and the vulnerably housed, to dining experiences that support local farmers, our conscious travel experiences let you see things from a different perspective. Find out more

How do I redeem the % off deal?

Our great deals and offers are only in market for a limited time are subject to pay in full deadlines. If you cannot pay in full by the specified date shown alongside the offer/deal you can still  lock in the trip date of your choice at our Standard Price where normal payment terms of pay in full 45 days prior to your trip departing apply.  Visit the deals page for the full terms & conditions. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip).

What type of clothing should I bring?

In the UK the weather is forever changing throughout the day, and you should always prepare for rain! It’s best to pack for all weather conditions e.g. a jacket, jeans/trousers, good shoes, an umbrella, and a sweater/jumper/hoodie.

Do I need a visa to travel to the UK?

Some countries need a visa to travel to the UK and some don’t. It’s up to you to check whether you need one depending on your individual circumstances. Please visit the following website to find out more

Will activities run even if it rains?

Activities will run-in all-weather conditions, unless a supplier decides to cancel the experience. In these rare occasions, you will be refunded.

Cash vs card?

You can pay using a debit or credit card in most places in the UK and Ireland, however it is always good to have a small amount of cash on you, just in case. 

What currencies will we be using?

British Pound Sterling (GBP/£) AND Euro (€) if you are doing the Ireland portion as well. Please note GBP (£) is used in Northern Ireland, and Euro (€) is used in the ROI (Republic of Ireland).

Why can't I pay for Ireland Free Time Add-Ons in Euros?

Due to spending most of the time in the UK, all optionals are costed in GBP.

Will I do sightseeing of London while on trip?

As we depart London on the way to Liverpool, we’ll do a coach city tour. This isn’t a hop on hop off tour, so if there are any sites and attractions you want to check out, we recommend arriving in London prior to the trip – maybe checking out our London Explorer trip. The Contiki Basement can assist you in recommendations and help you with tickets to many of the major attractions in London. Plus, it has a ping pong table and a photo booth, so it’s generally a great place to hang out! 

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