• Topdeck travellers taking a group photo in front of the iconic Stonehenge landmark.

Play & Pause: Britain & Ireland

Up to US$650 off selected departures on this trip

Trip overview

TRIP VIBE = bucket-list sights and plenty of free time to do whatever you wanna do, UK-edition. Sweeet. We’re hitting five INCREDIBLE nations all crammed into one teeny tiny corner of the planet. That’s England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland and Wales. Guess what? Each one is filled to the brim with its own unique cultures, languages, accents, foods and facts. Meaning? You’ll need to enlist the help of a pro to make sense of it all. Lucky for you, we’ve got a few of ’em on hand. Ready for it?

Worth noting…

Heading on this trip between November and March? You’ll be hitting up Bamburgh instead of Alnwick on Day 4. It’s the epitome of northern-winter-ghostly vibes. So keep your eyes PEELED.

Tales From Topdeckers

Trip itinerary

  1. London (England)

    1

    One minute you’re at home, dreaming of the second you hit London with all you got. Next minute, you’re here. Making that dream a reality with a bunch of people who are 100% different but 100% the same. Ready to see what Britain and Ireland are about? Home to fish and chips. Bridgerton actors. Mind-blowing history. And really long names you probs can’t pronounce. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. First, we’ll kick off the good times with our first included group dinner. Bonus points for the weirdest British facts (FYI it’s illegal to hold a salmon and look suspicious here – time to make new evening plans).

    • Meals
      • Dinner
  2. London – Oxford – York

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  3. York – Whitby & Durham – Newcastle

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  4. Newcastle – Hadrian’s Wall – Edinburgh (Scotland)

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  5. Edinburgh

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  6. Edinburgh – Stirling – Scottish Highlands

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  7. Scottish Highlands – Loch Ness & Glenfinnan – Scottish Highlands

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  8. Scottish Highlands – Glasgow

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  9. Glasgow – Belfast (Northern Ireland)

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  10. Belfast – Giants Causeway & Derry/Londonderry – Belfast

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  11. Belfast – Galway (Republic of Ireland)

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  12. Galway

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  13. Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Dublin

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  14. Dublin

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  15. Dublin – North Wales (Wales)

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  16. North Wales – Cardiff

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  17. Cardiff – Bath & Stonehenge – London (England)

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Your Inclusions

Activities

  • -Walking tour of Oxford with Trip Leader
  • -Walking tour of York with Trip Leader
  • -Scenic drive through North Moors National Park to Whitby
  • -Visit Durham
  • -Visit Hadrian’s Wall
  • -Walking tour of Edinburgh with Trip Leader
  • -Visit Stirling
  • -Visit Loch Ness
  • -Visit Glenfinnan
  • -Walking tour of Glasgow with Trip Leader
  • -Walking tour of Belfast with Trip Leader
  • -Visit the Giant’s Causeway
  • -Visit Londonderry/Derry
  • -Orientation walk of Galway with Trip Leader
  • -Visit the Cliffs of Moher
  • -Walking tour of Dublin with Trip Leader
  • -Photo stop at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
  • -Visit Bath
  • -Visit Stonehenge

Accommodation

-16 nights in hotel-style accommodation (twin or double)

Transport

Air-conditioned minicoach

Your Options

FYI: these are optional activities available locally. Things might change – prices are here to give you a rough idea.

-Visit Alnwick Castle (summer only): from £21

-Visit Bamburgh Castle (winter only): prices available locally

-Pub crawl in Edinburgh: from £25

-Outlander-inspired history tour: from £40

-Loch Ness scenic cruise: from €20

-Aran Island ferries to Inis Mor: prices available locally

-Irish dinner and dance show: from €59

Views & reviews

Latest reviews

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  • Jo Ma June 2024

    Our tour guide Jake was fantastic and very knowledgeable. He was always happy to help and we had a great time exploring each city and meeting new friends.

  • Anonymous June 2024

    We went on this trip in May. I think it unnecessary spending the first night of the trip in London. Most people are already then and have been sight seeing already. Oxford and York were great. I think leaving York a bit earlier in the day would of been better so we got to Alnwick Castle so we could do more of the tours. we could only do one by the time we got there. I think the Newcastle stop in unnecessary unless the day you are there is a weekend. I would of preferred to go to Liverpool or Manchester. I didn't like the Scottish highlands 2 night stop. It would of been better as one night as we didnt stay in Inverness and then our day trip to Lochness and Glenfinnan has us finishing closer to Glasgow then the Scottish highlands so lots of unnecessary time on the bus. Belfast would benefit from having the optional extra of a Black cabs tour. The included breakfasts were great. Australians be aware that hashbrowns over there have onion in them. Included dinners were very hit and miss all editable but i think choice of menu was controversial. Eg having haggis ontray followed by and Salmon as the main dish. Please be aware that some of the accommodation is out of town which is frustrating as you aren't told of that in advance. There is also like no where to do washing. None of our hotels had washing facilities which was very frustrating.
    Our Trip Leader Jimmy was lovely and always up for a chat and a beer. However most places we went he would start with there is not much to do here which was annoying to me. We didn't get recommendations of places to go and eat unless it was a pub. Even if it was some nice to eat or feedback from previous trips. We made sure to give Jimmy feedback on places we went to eat and what was good and what wasn't.
    Our coach drivers change a bit due to the driving laws over there. I did feel unsafe a few times while he was driving however he was fantastic in the tricky spots.

  • Anonymous June 2024
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