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New Year's in Edinburgh: England, Scotland & Ireland (Plus)

17 days, 6 cities9
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A pathway lined with trees decorated with blue and white lights with a river and a city skyline in the background
A pathway lined with trees decorated with blue and white lights with a river and a city skyline in the background
Aerial view of a fair with rides and a cityscape in the background at night
A street lined by stone buildings with three red telephone booths in the foreground
A bright red building on the cobblestone streets of Dublin with the words "The Temple Bar" written at the top of the building and green plants right above the words
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Why go?

Spend your days taking in stunning landscapes, iconic sights, and rich history and your nights with a pint at pubs that feel like living museums. Explore quaint countrysides and bustling cities, then celebrate the New Year with 40,000 new friends on Hogmanay Street.

Picture yourself

  • Looking out at Big Ben from high atop the London Eye

  • Ringing in the New Year at the famous Hogmanay St. celebration 

  • Reading Harry Potter in the café where it was written

  • Learning to play the bagpipes from a pro (kilt optional)

  • Pouring the perfect pint at the Guinness Storehouse

What you'll get

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers (or book 'em yourself)

  • 15 nights in handpicked accommodations

  • 15 breakfasts

  • 3 dinners

  • Expert Tour Director

  • 24/7 Support

  • Entry to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party on New Year’s Eve

  • 5 insider city tours with a local guide

  • Entrance to Edinburgh Castle

  • Admission to the Titanic Museum

  • Visit to Giant’s Causeway

Map for the New Year's in Edinburgh: England, Scotland & Ireland (Plus) tour
Full trip itinerary

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Overnight Flight

    Board your overnight flight bound for London. Your adventure begins tomorrow, so sit back, shut your eyes, and do as the English do and try and catch some “zeds.”

  • Day 2: Arrive in London + Welcome Dinner

    Welcome to London. Home of the royal fam, tea, a wonderfully different form of the English language, and the largest city in Western Europe. Brimming with history and unique architecture, you’ll soon understand why it’s one of the most visited cities in the world.

    In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!

    Today's highlights:

    • Land at the airport and meet a waiting EF representative.
    • Transfer to your hotel to check in and check out your room.
    • Get familiar with the area around your hotel with an introductory walk with your Tour Director including the River Thames, Trafalgar & Leicester Squares, and Covent Garden.
  • Day 3: Explore London + Optional London Eye & Tea

    Go big and go British today as a local guide takes you all around town for the inside scoop on London’s iconic palaces, churches, castles, and yes, even a big old clock.

    Today's highlights:

    • Dive into thousands of years of London’s secrets with a local guide.
    • Immerse yourself in London’s rich history at gorgeous landmarks from the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral to Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.
    • Experience a royal ritual during the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace.
    • Wave hello to Big Ben, the bell inside the famous clock tower.

    London Eye & Tea (extra cost)

    Ride Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel for panoramic views before enjoying a traditional English tea.

    This excursion is pre-book only; if your trip is less than fourteen days away, please call 800-766-2645 to purchase.

  • Day 4: Free Day in London

    Use this free day to check out and check off anything you may have missed in one of the world’s greatest cities. Dive in and act like you belong with some local slang, try some famous fare (looking at you fish and chips), and explore until you’re too knackered (tired) to continue.

    Free time suggestions

    The British Museum: Discover over 2 million years of human history at this free museum. With over 8 million objects and counting, it is one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in existence—so don’t expect to see it all.
    Westminster Abbey: This historic, royal church is the traditional place of coronation and burial for British monarchs. The mainly Gothic façade leads to a gorgeous array of paintings, stained glass, and artifacts. Get yourself a ticket and you’ll be treated to more than just a house of worship.

  • Day 5: Travel to Liverpool via Stratford-upon-Avon

    Board your private coach to Liverpool, home of the Beatles, Liverpool Football Club and waterfront nightlife. En route, make a stop in William Shakespeare’s hometown for lunch.

    Today's highlights:

    • Make your way to Liverpool via private coach.
    • Stop in the little town of Stratford-upon-Avon to tour the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
    • Arrive in Liverpool and explore the area with your tour director.

    Free time suggestions

    • The Beatles: Cue up your Beatles playlist and see the band members’ childhood homes and some of the places that inspired their music, like Strawberry Field.
  • Day 6: Free Day in Liverpool or Optional North Wales Adventure

    For being a center of innovation and invention for centuries, Liverpool sure is humble. They only invented the first lifeboat station, the first School for the Blind, and the first High School for Girls after all. (And too many more to type.) Today’s your chance to explore this city on your own and go beyond the Beatles.

    Free time suggestions

    English Breakfast: Start your morning strong with a full fry-up: eggs, bacon, sausage, tomatoes, baked beans, mushrooms, toast, black pudding, and a cup of tea or coffee. Good luck eating it all!

    Albert Dock: Hang out during your free day at Albert Dock, a complex of dock buildings and warehouses with cool museums, restaurants, and bars.

    North Wales Adventure (extra cost)

    Wales is a hidden gem of a country. This full day trip whisks you to the seaside town of Conwy, the rolling green Snowdonia National Park, and finally, to Betws-Y-Coed to grab a quaint pint and some pub food.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 7: Travel to Edinburgh + New Year's Eve celebration

    Mix in a nap on the bus to Scotland—you’re gonna need it. Tonight, you’ll ring in the new year at the electric Hogmanay St. celebration, where old-school Scottish traditions meet new-school party vibes. Soak in the atmosphere on the pub-lined streets before watching the fireworks over Edinburgh Castle.

    Today's highlights:

    • Wind through the hilly lake-studded expanse of Northern England’s Lake District National Park.
    • Stop for lunch on your own in Windermere, home to England’s largest lake.
    • Arrive in Edinburgh and stretch your legs on a walk around town with your Tour Director.
    • Count down to midnight at Hogmanay Street with live music, dancing, fireworks, and 40,000 other revelers.
  • Day 8: Explore Edinburgh + Optional Scottish Bagpipe Lesson & Dinner

    Get an in-depth look at Scottish history and modern day life with a guided sightseeing tour of Edinburgh.

    Today's highlights:

    • View the Scottish Crown Jewels in Edinburgh Castle.
    • Walk the Great Hall and see the armor, swords and medieval decor that line the walls.
    • Visit the Elephant House Cafe, where the first Harry Potter book was written.

    Scottish Bagpipe Lesson & Dinner (extra cost)

    Only one thing really sounds like Scotland: bagpipes. Today you’ll learn how to play one yourself. Watch a demonstration by a world-class piper, take a lesson, and let ‘er rip over a three-course dinner and drinks.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 9: Free Day in Edinburgh

    Take a day to explore Edinburgh your way. Get your Gothic architecture on, hit the pubs, or try and figure out what exactly haggis is (let us know if you get an answer on that one).

    Free time suggestions

    Brew Lab: This specialty shop serves up delicious artisanal coffee. It’s also the perfect place to sample the wares of some other indie Edinburgh icons, including soup from Union of Genius and cakes from Lovecrumbs.
    Arthur’s Seat: Visible from pretty much everywhere in the city, this extinct volcanic peak is a relatively easy hike with a killer view.
    Old Town: Walk the winding streets lined with everything from candy-colored shops to local pubs to souvenir shops.

  • Day 10: Travel to Northern Ireland + Explore Belfast

    You’ve had some good times in Great Britain (we hope you now see why they don’t just call it Britain), because now you’re off to a different British Isle: Ireland. Specifically, the green and welcoming country of Northern Ireland. A ferry will take all you wee lads and lasses across the Irish Sea and then it’s onwards to explore the capital city of Belfast.

    Today's highlights:

    • Jig on over to Northern Ireland via ferry and bus.
    • Learn about Belfast’s long struggles caught between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom in a guided tour of the city’s must-see sights.
  • Day 11: Titanic Museum + Explore Giant’s Causeway

    It’s time to go big—really big. Like Giant’s Causeway big. Some (scientists) say this unique geological formation is result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption, others (everyone else) believe that an Irish giant by the name of Finn MacCool built it—so he could fight a Scottish giant. Either way, it’s a stunningly beautiful spot to watch the crashing sea. After your visit to Giant’s Causeway, you’ll have time to visit the Titanic Museum.

    Today's highlights:

    • Journey to the end of Northern Ireland to see the Giant’s Causeway—on a clear day you can see Scotland from here.
    • Walk among the nearly 40,000 basalt rock columns of the Causeway.
    • Pass by the infamous dockyards where the Titanic was built over one hundred years ago, and get inside the Titanic Museum to view its very cool exhibits and learn more about the doomed ship.
    • Enjoy an included dinner with your group.
  • Day 12: Travel to Galway via Sligo

    You’re off to Galway, a city famous for live music, street performers, and art shows. On the way, stop in Sligo to stroll the streets of this quaint city.

    Today's highlights:

    • Board your private coach for the drive to Galway with a quick pit stop in Sligo
    • Explore Sligo to stretch your legs and have some lunch
    • Arrive in Galway and take it all in with a walking tour through the city
  • Day 13: Free Day in Galway + Optional Aran Islands Excursion

    Decisions, decisions. You’ve got a free day in Galway today, and you can either spend the time seeking out the coziest pub or exploring the STUNNING Aran Islands.

    Free time suggestions

    Eyre Square: The end of the rainbow in Galway leads to Eyre Square—a bustling center of shops, cafes, and art, though no known pot of gold sightings—yet.
    Irish Coffee: Vodka Red Bull’s Irish cousin packs a caffeinated punch of coffee, whiskey, and Bailey’s. Please enjoy responsibly.

    Afternoon on the Aran Islands (extra cost)

    Take a ferry ride to the Aran Islands, where old traditions and iconic Irish countryside are hanging on strong. Don't miss Dún Aengus, a 2,000-year-old fort with walls that go right to the edge of a cliff high above the sea.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 14: Free day in Galway

    Raise your glass, here’s to one more rowdy day in Galway. How you spend the day is up to you, but we highly recommend finding time for some beef and Guinness pie—comfort food like you read about.

    Free time suggestions

    Quay Street: Quay Street is a pub-crawler’s heaven. Pick a starting point, have a pint, and see where it takes you. 
    Buskers: Busking, or street performing, is basically Galway’s favorite pastime. Catch the best fiddle player you’ve ever seen on one corner, and a blazing banjoist on the next.

  • Day 15: Travel to Dublin via Cliffs of Moher + Explore Dublin & Guinness Storehouse

    Say goodbye to Galway and hello to Dublin—the capital of Ireland. On the way, stop at the Cliffs of Moher for breathtaking views of the coastline. In the afternoon, you’ll see the best Dublin has to offer with a local guide, then tour the Guinness Brewery with a pint in hand.

    Today's highlights:

    • Gawk at the Cliffs of Moher—limestone walls of rock that dominate the coast for five miles and rise to staggering heights of 700 feet
    • Enter St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the 800-year-old church named after the famous saint.
    • Scope out Trinity College, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities, home to the library that inspired Hogwarts’ own.
    • Tour the pint-glass shaped Guinness Storehouse to learn how the famous stout became Ireland’s favorite beer.
  • Day 16: Free day in Dublin + Farewell Dinner

    Today is a free day in Dublin to do as you please. Take a stroll to St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, and Temple bar, where pub culture, literary history, and all-around charm await.

    Today's highlights:

    • Consult with your bucket list for any last must-see sights in Dublin.
    • Share some laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included Farewell Dinner with your group.

    Free time suggestions

    Book of Kells: Head back to Trinity College for a chance to see the Book of Kells—a pristine 1,200-year old illustrated collection of biblical stories—up-close.
    Jameson Distillery: Sick of stout? Switch things up in favor of the strong stuff with a guided tour and whiskey tasting at the Jameson Distillery Bow St.

  • Day 17: Fly Home

    Slán libh, a cháirde!
    Translation: Goodbye, friends! Your next destination awaits—home. But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?

    EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS

    1. Double the fun
    A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.

    2. Go ahead or stay behind
    Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.

    Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.

Reviews


Overall rating: 4.2 out of 5
Based on 9 authentic traveler reviews
  • 10/10

      Madisen, traveled Dec. 2022

    Best time of my life.

  • More confidence in solo traveling

      Cynthia, traveled Dec. 2019

    My first time traveling solo via this tour group was an amazing experience! I had vetted EF for a couple of years with another friend, but life happens so I decided to just book the trip alone. Best. Decision. Ever! I met so many amazing people and got to explore on my terms. Everything was scheduled and booked according to plan which allowed me to enjoy mys... See more

  • It was an amazing experience!

      Christina, traveled Dec. 2017

    Rang in the New Year next to Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, viewed London from a rooftop as high as St Paul's cathedral, wrote on the graffiti wall in Belfast, roamed the streets of Dublin, listened to live Irish music in pubs throughout Ireland, got another tattoo in Galway & so much more. It was an amazing experience! I was never bored, everything was orga... See more

  • Highly Recommend!

      Kathleen, traveled Dec. 2017

    The trip of a lifetime. My tour director was fantastic. The perfect combination of a scheduled itinerary and free time. I felt like I got the most out of every day I spent in each spot! THANK YOU, EF ULTIMATE!

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