The Best of UK & Ireland

The Best of UK & Ireland

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The Best of UK & Ireland

14 Days Starting in london and ending in Holyhead, UK

Visiting: London, Windsor, Stonehenge, Bath, Bristol, Stratford-upon-Avon, Leeds, York, Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Cairngorms, Inverness, Loch Ness, Loch Lomond, Glasgow, Larne, Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Sligo, Wild Atlantic Way, Galway, Dublin, Holyhead

Tour operator:

Leger Holidays

Tour code:

bui1

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

0-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

UK tours by Coach

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

This brand new Highlights of UK and Ireland tour soaks up the best these beautiful isles have to offer. Explore world-renowned cities, iconic landmarks, wild Irish coastlines and pretty country villages as we uncover centuries of culture and history on our unforgettable journey.

Highlights

  • This brand new Highlights of UK and Ireland tour soaks up the best these beautiful isles have to offer.

  • Explore world-renowned cities, iconic landmarks, wild Irish coastlines and pretty country villages

  • Uncover centuries of culture and history on our unforgettable journey.

Places You'll See

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive In London

Location: London

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star and 4-star hotels

Regional departure by coach or Door-to-Door service. This afternoon we arrive in London, with time at leisure for shopping or sightseeing, before continuing to our hotel for two nights.

Day 2 : Windsor & London

Location: Windsor, London

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star and 4-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we travel to Royal Windsor on our included excursion. Famous for the castle, which is over 900 years old and the largest inhabited castle in the world, Windsor boasts pleasant cobbled streets lined with tearooms, souvenir shops and restaurants.

This afternoon we return to London for free time.

Day 3 : Stonehenge & Bath

Randolfo Santos
Steven Eastham
Diego Alberto Etchevarne

Location: Stonehenge, Bath, Bristol

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star and 4-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We begin the day with a visit to one of England’s most famous landmarks, the fascinating, prehistoric Stonehenge. You will have time to explore the visitors' centre before admiring the monument up close.

Later, we continue to the elegant Georgian city of Bath. Renowned for its Roman heritage, natural hot springs and graceful architecture, you will have free time to explore the city’s delightful streets at your own pace.

This afternoon we continue to Bristol for an overnight stay.

Day 4 : Stratford Upon Avon

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Leeds

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star and 4-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We head to the lovely market town of Stratford upon Avon. Set on the River Avon and famed as the home of William Shakespeare, you will have time to discover the historic landmarks and locations associated with the famous playwright.

We continue to Leeds for an overnight stay.

Day 5 : York

Location: York, Edinburgh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star and 4-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we head to York. With Roman roots and a strong Viking heritage, York is one of England’s finest and most beautiful historic cities. Surrounded by ancient, medieval walls the city has a stunningly preserved historic heart which is home to the magnificent Gothic Minster. Famed for its medieval stained glass, the Minster’s Great East Window is thought to be the largest area of stained glass in the world.

This afternoon we travel to Edinburgh, where we stay for two nights.

Day 6 : Edinburgh

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star and 4-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We spend the day in Edinburgh, one of Europe’s great capital cities. Walk the Royal Mile, which links Castle Hill (the city’s oldest street), the Lawnmarket, High Street and Cannongate and runs through the heart of the Old Town.

Take time to discover the atmospheric ‘closes’ or alleys running rib-like off the backbone of the Mile. There is also a good choice of pubs, restaurants and teashops, so it’s easy to find refreshments while exploring.

Day 7 : Pitlochry & The Cairngorms

Location: Pitlochry, Cairngorms, Inverness

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star and 4-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We begin the day with a visit to Pitlochry. Famous for its two malt whiskey distilleries and salmon ladder, you will have time to explore this pretty little town before continuing through the Cairngorms National Park to Inverness.

The largest National Park in the UK, the Cairngorms is renowned for its spectacular scenery and abundance of wildlife including Red Deer and the Golden Eagle.

We stay overnight, near Inverness.

Day 8 : Loch Ness & Loch Lomond

Location: Loch Ness, Loch Lomond, Glasgow

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star and 4-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we head to Loch Ness –arguably Scotland's most famous Loch – where you will have time at leisure to explore.

The ruined Urquhart Castle, located along the northern shore, indicates the deepest part of the Loch, which may be the best place to spot the elusive monster?

We continue to Loch Lomond, mainland Britain's largest lake. Overlooked by the peak of Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond is described by many as 'the Queen of Scottish Lochs' and is often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’.

We stay overnight in the Glasgow area.

Day 9 : Ferry To Larne

Location: Larne, Belfast

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star and 4-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we make the two-hour ferry crossing from Scotland to Northern Ireland, arriving this afternoon in the vibrant city of Belfast, where you will have time at leisure to explore this bustling city, perhaps visiting the Titanic Belfast Exhibition (entrance at extra cost).

During your visit, an optional sightseeing tour will be available to introduce you to the city. Our sightseeing tour takes in the Falls and Shankill Road, and political wall paintings. We also see the Cathedral Quarter, one of Belfast’s oldest areas. We then return to the city centre, passing Stormont and the CS Lewis Memorial.

Later, enjoy time at leisure, maybe for a pint of Guinness at the famous Crown Liquor Saloon. We stay overnight in Belfast.

Day 10 : Giant's Causeway

Location: Giant's Causeway, Sligo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star and 4-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

A day of fantastic scenery on our included excursion as we head to the world-famous Giant’s Causeway (visitor centre entrance extra, approximately £12.50), with its basalt columns and tales of ancient Irish giants. Entrance to see the famous stones is via the new visitor centre, and then either by walking to the stones (approximately ½ mile), or taking the local shuttle bus (extra cost – approximately £2).

Our day continues with a picturesque drive through County Donegal to the county town of Sligo for two nights. Straddling the Garavogue River, Sligo is known for its literary heritage and its dramatic scenery.

Day 11 : Wild Atlantic Way

Location: Wild Atlantic Way

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star and 4-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

A day of glorious scenery awaits as we head to Achill, Ireland's largest island on our optional excursion.

Reaching the island by road bridge, we follow the spectacular Atlantic Coast Drive, a circular route around the southern tip of the island overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the islands of Clare and Beg.

Day 12 : Galway

Location: Galway, Dublin

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star and 4-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We leave Sligo and head south to the ‘City of Tribes’, Galway. You will have free time to explore the beautiful beaches, long winding promenade, cobbled streets and colourful shop façades.

This afternoon we head east to Dublin.

Day 13 : Dublin

Location: Dublin

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: 3-star and 4-star hotels

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We spend today in the lively Irish capital of Dublin, where our optional sightseeing tour will give you a taste of this fascinating city. The tour will show you the inner city of Dublin, which if left on your own would take a week!

You will see both the north and south part of the capital. The tour is a panoramic one, seeing beautiful buildings of significance like Trinity College, St Patrick’s Cathedral, The National Art Gallery and the Four Courts. Dublin is a beautiful Georgian city and highlights will be the magnificence of Georgian Dublin with visits to some of the superb squares.

Dublin is also home to the Guinness Storehouse, should you wish to pay homage to Dublin’s most famous drink and see a panorama of Dublin from its glassed Gravity Bar.

Day 14 : Return Home

Location: Holyhead

Meals Included: Breakfast

To Holyhead, then home.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Additional Services

    Travel from a wide range of convenient joining points across the UK is included within your coach holiday price; some carry a supplement. Please contact us for our full list of joining points.

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    This trip includes coach travel from/to a local UK joining point

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Transport

    Comfortable, air-conditioned motorcoach

What's Not Included

Accommodation

Throughout your tour, you will stay at 3-star and 4-star hotels.

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    On Leger Coach Holidays, your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Some tours carry a supplement for solo travellers, please ask for details if the Single price is not shown

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Low

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Fully escorted by our experienced drivers/crews. And in most towns and cities we either include or offer optional sightseeing tours with expert local guides to help you get the most from your visits.

  • What type of coach will be used?

    You will travel on either our Luxuria Coach or our Silver Service Coach

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    40 years

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Sole use of your own room on all Single Traveller holidays: means you still get your privacy and time out from the group.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Battlefield Tours - Will it be possible to visit a particular cemetery whilst on the tour?

    Please contact us and we will check to see whether you can visit a particular cemetery on any of our Battlefield Tours, if we are not able to fit it into our itinerary then you could take some time out of the tour and do this independently by taxi or public transport.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest Covid-19 policies

Reviews of this operator

Gary White (Google Reviewer)  

Just got back from a...

27-May-2024

Just got back from a holiday with leger holidays to callea spain which my wife done as a surprise for my 60th and wedding anniversary together my wife and i had a great time the coach journey there was excellent regular stops for toilet breaks and a stretch. Our two drivers Geoff and katrina were brilliant serving regular drinks and making the trip pleasant all the people on the coach were pleasant the hotel in spain was so nice the best we've stayed in lovely staff lovely bar the guy at the bar was great really friendly nice room. Overall our journey there and our return journey was brill the only thing that was not good at all was the ibis hotel on the return journey the room was horrible not a nice breakfast not polite French staff. Not really interested in trying to speak some english if i was leger should try and use a different hotel. Once again a big thank you to Geoff and katrina well done guys for making our holiday lovely. Hope to see you on another holiday soon

Will (Google Reviewer)  

I went on the 4...

05-Jan-2024

I went on the 4 countries trip and swiss glacier express and overall it was a great trip. The coach I was on was silver service, it was tidy had nice seats and other accessories such as charging points and headsets which was very handy. The drivers Alex and Dave were fantastic, very kind, funny and respectful throughout the whole trip and a pleasure to talk to. The excursions were very pleasant and all ran very smoothly. The hotels were decent and offered a good service. I overall very much recommend leger holidays.

Sally Matson  

Excellent customer service

10-Jan-2023

Booked our ‘Christmas in Austria & Scenic Trains of the Tyrol’ through George on the customer Helpline. Nothing was too much trouble, everything clearly & patiently explained. He even had permission to log in on his day off to finalise the sale! A charming and helpful young person and a credit to the company.

Euan Donald (Google Reviewer)  

Been on two tours now...

10-Oct-2023

Been on two tours now the “D Day beaches” and “ All Quiet on the Western Front” tour of the Somme and Ypres. Both four days in total, two travelling and two on the site of the various battles. This is outstanding value for money, picked up from Carlisle , Cumbria and literally looked after all the way through the tours. The coaches are great and the accommodation spot on . The guides are very knowledgeable ( Mark Hope brilliant guy)and the bus drivers professional . Absolutely fantastic .

Sue Sinfield (Google Reviewer)  

Due to covid it was...

21-Jul-2022

Due to covid it was 3rd time lucky for us to visit lake Garda, what a treat. One or two hiccups but no fault of Legers at all. Praise to Graham and Chris for their excellent driving and coffee service. Our visit to Verona, our guide was very informative but did walk at a pace sometimes had to hurry to keep up. A lovely holiday

Michael Stephen Shilleto   England

Four Countries New Year & the Swiss Glacier Express

07-Jan-2024

Firstly we must thank Alex and Dave our tour guide / drivers who entertained us through out . The tour was fantastic so was the hotel’s food and entertainment. The tour was through the new year holidays as expected lots of shops closed and hotels were understaffed which was lost on some travelers. We travelled back from stop 24 on a luxuria coach I would recommend paying the extra for the comfort alone

Roy Williams (Google Reviewer)  

Great company. We did the...

03-Apr-2024

Great company. We did the 4 day D Day Normandy Landing tour.We had 2 great driver's John and Ian.. Nothing was a problem for them. They kept us safe and entertained.Then we had Fred Greenhow as our guide And he was outstanding. He told us everything we wanted to know. Can't praise them enough Thank you all. We will do more tours with them......

aled blackshaw (Google Reviewer)  

just returned from a solos...

25-Mar-2024

just returned from a solos break to valkenburg and rhine valley i enjoyed the break overall although both journeys were considerably longer than expected due to several picks ups. I could have done without the 3 countries meeting point excursion to be honest and the lunch on rhine cruise was very basic. The drivers/couriers were efficient and good humoured and provided free lunch vouchers on the ferry which were much appreciated. I probably would book another break with leger but to somewhere a lot closer to home.

Mary Elmhirst (Google Reviewer)  

I was told by a...

19-May-2024

I was told by a customer service advisor (Michael) , our hotel overlooked the River Seine, which was totally untrue. It was nowhere in sight and a good walk to get to it. My view from the hotel room was a wall and a window, There was no porterage available and although our drivers offered, after a 15 hour journey to France, we all opted to take our own luggage. To get into the shower there was a step to it and the floor of the shower was like an ice rink when wet, with nothing to hold onto. ( I showered wearing my slippers to avoid slipping). The plunger to the sink was unusable; (the lever to retrieve it was broken). The staff were pleasant and helpful, the bed was comfortable and clean abd the breakfast was worthy of the 3 stars given. Otherwise, I have stayed in a better 2* hotel in France. The driver and travel rep, Paul were both very friendly and pleasant but it was the first time Paul had been on this trip and therefore had little knowledge of the places we visited! There was no commentary and the history of Monet and Versailles was read out from a book! All in all, nothing would persuade me to take part in another Leger tour.

TU  

Many thanks to Molly.

03-Jan-2023

I have recently booked a trip to Le Mans and had the good fortune to speak to Molly. She was very helpful and a pleasure to talk to. She was able to answer all but one of my queries with clarity and promised to ring me with the answer to the un-answered question as it required further investigation. This she duly did. An unusually pleasant experience when making a booking over the phone, if only it could be this easy every the time.

Book with Confidence

  • Low Deposit

    Leger Holidays requires a minimum deposit of 20% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 75 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of leger holidays charges.

    Up to 56 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 55 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 42 days before tour starts: Forfeit 75% of booking price.

    At 21 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.