Start Point
London
End Point
London
Ages
10 - 75+
Transport
Private coach
Accommodation
2, 3 & 4* hotels

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Summary

Enjoy the festive season with a Great Britain and Ireland Christmas and New Year vacation! Celebrate Christmas Day in Ireland and ring in the new year in Edinburgh. See the Giant’s Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher and enjoy an optional visit to Stonehenge. Visit castles, stroll through bustling Irish towns and join a local guide for a driving tour of Belfast. Sip whisky in Scotland and search for the Loch Ness Monster! Explore Liverpool, Bath, York and Cambridge. Revel in the festive cheer over 13 days on this Christmas in Ireland and UK New Year tour!

UK & Ireland Christmas & New Year tour
Accommodation
  • 12 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities
  • Single travelers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room
Meals
  • 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
    *Vegetarian options available for all meals on request
Transport
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
Modern air conditioned coach transport
Extras
  • Services of your Expat Explore tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips to ensure that you get the most from your trip
  • All taxes and fees included
  • Free Expat Explore tour souvenir – a memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip
23 Experiences!

Accommodation

We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list one week prior to your departure date.

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Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff City Centre Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff City Centre
Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff City Centre Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff City Centre
Cardiff North Hotel by Accor Cardiff North Hotel by Accor
Cardiff North Hotel by Accor Cardiff North Hotel by Accor
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Ibis Liverpool Centre Albert Dock Hotel Ibis Liverpool Centre Albert Dock Hotel
Ibis Liverpool Centre Albert Dock Hotel Ibis Liverpool Centre Albert Dock Hotel
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Lucan Spa Hotel Dublin Lucan Spa Hotel Dublin
Lucan Spa Hotel Dublin Lucan Spa Hotel Dublin
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Manor West Hotel & Leisure Club Manor West Hotel & Leisure Club
Manor West Hotel & Leisure Club Manor West Hotel & Leisure Club
Earl Of Desmond Hotel Tralee Earl Of Desmond Hotel Tralee
Earl Of Desmond Hotel Tralee Earl Of Desmond Hotel Tralee
Holiday Inn Killarney Holiday Inn Killarney
Holiday Inn Killarney Holiday Inn Killarney
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Holiday Inn Express Antrim Holiday Inn Express Antrim
Holiday Inn Express Antrim Holiday Inn Express Antrim
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Cedar Court Wakefield Cedar Court Wakefield
Cedar Court Wakefield Cedar Court Wakefield
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Twin Trees Hotel & Leisure Club Twin Trees Hotel & Leisure Club
Twin Trees Hotel & Leisure Club Twin Trees Hotel & Leisure Club
Park Hotel Kiltimagh Park Hotel Kiltimagh
Park Hotel Kiltimagh Park Hotel Kiltimagh
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Loch Long Hotel Loch Long Hotel
Loch Long Hotel Loch Long Hotel
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Holiday Inn West Holiday Inn West
Holiday Inn West Holiday Inn West
Novotel Edinburgh Park Hotel Novotel Edinburgh Park Hotel
Novotel Edinburgh Park Hotel Novotel Edinburgh Park Hotel
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Start Point
Outside Hotel Novotel at Greenwich station173-185 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA
06:30 hrs
Hotel lobby at Holiday Inn Express, Greenwich85 Bugsby Way, Greenwich, London, SE10 0GD
07:00 hrs
End Point
Outside Hotel Novotel at Greenwich station173-185 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA
17:30 hrs – 20:30 hrs
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Optionals

On Tour Excursions
All optional excursions are booked on tour and paid in cash to your tour leader, unless stated otherwise. Please note, certain optional excursions are subject to availability and could change as a result.
Transfers

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Why this tour

Have a very merry Christmas and New Year’s Eve fun on this Great Britain and Ireland tour! Travel through England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Scotland to see the highlights and enjoy the festive holidays in just under two weeks. 

On our festive Christmas tours, travellers will get to see bucket-list sites, explore charming towns and experience warm British and Irish hospitality during the festive season. Highlights of this Christmas in Ireland and British New Year vacation include the best places to go between Christmas and New Year in the UK. You will get to:  

  • Celebrate Christmas in Dublin! Enjoy all things merry while in Ireland for Christmas! You will be free to explore Dublin as you wish and enjoy a delicious Irish Christmas lunch.
  • Marvel at the Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh! The city plays host to world-famous New Year's Eve celebrations (known as Hogmanay). Ring in the new year in the UK with street parties, fireworks and jolly vibes!
  • See the breathtaking Giant’s Causeway, which is an impressive landmark made up of over 40,000 basalt columns and shrouded in myth and legend!
  • Grab your chance to visit the mysterious Stonehenge on an optional excursion.
  • Admire the natural beauty of the Cliffs of Moher, the English Lake District, Glen Coe and the Scottish Highlands.
  • Get your fix of fantastic Irish destinations that are some of the best places to visit in Ireland at Christmas, including Blarney Castle, Galway, Derry, Adare, which is Ireland's prettiest village, and Waterford - which is the oldest city in Ireland.
  • Embark on a locally guided driving tour of Belfast to learn more about the city's tumultuous past.
  • Enjoy unique Irish and Scottish traditions; watch an Irish music show in Dublin and enjoy a whisky tasting in one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries.
  • Enjoy the options to visit Shakespeare’s House in Stratford-upon-Avon and the Beatles Museum in Liverpool. 

Is this the right tour for me? 
What kind of accommodation will I be staying in? 
The Expat Explore team selects quality hotels and travellers will share twin rooms with someone of the same gender. Anyone who would prefer their own space can pay for a single room supplement. 

What should I pack for Christmas in UK? 
The temperatures drop during winter in Great Britain and Ireland so be sure to pack warm clothes! Layer up with coats, sweaters/jerseys, beanies and scarves. It may be chilly while walking around outside but most indoor venues have heating.

What is the main mode of transportation? 
You will travel comfortably by coach. 

Wondering “where to vacation between Christmas and New Years? 
This tour covers it all in England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. See historic towns, bucket-list sights, natural wonders and enjoy the festive atmosphere! 

Travel tip: For a different way to experience Scotland, jump aboard our Scotland Rail Express rail tour! 

If you’re looking for exciting, fun and affordable UK holidays over the festive season, look no further! The tour price includes accommodation, transport, fun activities and most meals. It’s the best way to experience a Great Britain Christmas vacation and New year celebrations! 

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