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Amazing Britain

10 Day Tour of Britain to York, Edinburgh

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Amazing Britain
10 Days
2 Countries

England, Scotland

17 Cities

London, Stratford-upon-Avon, York, Leeds, Durham, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Pitlochry, Scottish Highlands, Glasgow, Gretna Green, Lake District, Liverpool, Ludlow, Bristol, Bath, Stonehenge

13 Meals

9 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners, 1 Lunch

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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Enjoy included tickets to Scotland's prestigious Edinburgh Military Tattoo on select August departures. Military bands from around the world travel to Edinburgh Castle Experience the breathtaking spectacle of music, dance, and precision performances at the iconic Edinburgh Castle.

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Discover Amazing Britain on this unforgettable trip. From Shakespeare’s theatrical roots and mystical Stonehenge to the fresh air and rugged outdoors of the Scottish Highlands, where you’ll learn all about the locals’ favorite drink at a traditional whisky distillery.

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Day 1

Welcome to London

Embrace the pomp and pageantry of a global capital with multi-cultural verve. Today is yours to explore the vibrant mix of old and new around every turn. Spend the day delving into the royal heritage of London, stroll along the tree-lined Thames or admire treasures from across the globe, before enjoying the night-time buzz of this city.

View of London, England
Accommodation Hilton London Kensington

Day 2

Journey to Stratford-upon-Avon and on to York

Join your Travel Director this morning and indulge your love of theater and poetry. We travel to romantic Stratford-upon-Avon, made famous by its favorite son, William Shakespeare, whose extraordinary works have been admired by audiences for over 500 years. View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Center for insights into the life of the 'Bard of Avon', before exploring the charming cobblestone streets of his hometown. Continue to the ancient cathedral city of York where we will enjoy an orientation walk to view its ancient city walls, picturesque Shambles and magnificent 800-year-old Minster. Join your Travel Director and fellow travel companions this evening for a memorable Welcome Dinner and delicious local pub fare.

Stained Glass Window in York Minster, York, England
Accommodation Clayton Hotel Leeds
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Shakespeares Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history's most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore ...

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience The Shambles, York, England
York Orientation

Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during your orientation of the city.

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Iconic Experience

Day 3

Cross Hadrian’s Wall and onwards to Edinburgh

We venture north to the medieval riverside town of Durham, whose exquisite 11th century cathedral sits imposingly alongside Durham Castle watching over the streets below. We cross what was once the northern frontier of the Roman Empire, Hadrian's Wall, before enjoying a scenic drive through the soul-stirring landscapes of Northumberland National Park. Admire spectacular views of the windswept Cheviot Hills as you cross the Scottish border, stopping to admire the 12th century ruins of Jedburgh Abbey en route to Edinburgh.

Hadrians Wall in Carlisle, England
Accommodation Holiday Inn
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Evening Sun on Durham Cathedral, Durham, England
See Durham Cathedral

See Durham's Romanesque cathedral and admire the innovative audacity of its architecture.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Old Ruins at Jedburgh Abbey, Scotland
See Jedburgh Abbey

See the impressive 12th-century Jedburgh Abbey that dominates the center of town. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Enjoy whiskey cocktails on royal mile in Edinburgh, Scotland
Johnnie Walker’s ‘Journey of Flavor’ Tour & Dinner on the Royal Mile

Take part in a 90-minute immersive tour, led by Johnnie Walker Experts. This sensory experience includes live performances, light shows, and delici...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Discover Enchanting Edinburgh

Fall in love with the enchanting city of Edinburgh as you join a Local Specialist to discover what lies behind its medieval façades. Ramble up the Royal Mile and enjoy astounding views of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament. Visit Edinburgh Castle perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city. Spend some free time this afternoon strolling through Edinburgh and admiring ancient relics. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates. 

St. Giles Cathedral, The Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Holiday Inn
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh City Tour

Explore the city with your Local Specialist as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Rosslyn Chapel in Edinburgh, Scotland
Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we’ll hear the inside story of the famous Rosslyn Chapel from a Local Specialist...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Scenic drive and dinner in Torphichen, Scotland
Dinner and Drive to Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Templar. At the Torphichen Inn, your arrival ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy Ceilidh evening dinner see Scottish Piper Ghillie dhu, Edinburgh in Scotland
Ceilidh Evening and Dinner at Ghillie Dhu

Experience the best of Scottish tradition at Ghillie Dhu, where we'll be welcomed by a Scottish piper and enjoy a welcome drink before settling in ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Venture into the Scottish Highlands

Cross the Firth of Forth to the ancient Kingdom of Fife and St. Andrews. This famous golf course is renowned for its 18th hole and 700-year-old Swilcan Bridge.

We continue our journey into the dramatic Scottish Highlands, where we’ll Dive Into Culture at Blair Athol Distillery and sample a wee dram of whisky. Visit picture-perfect Pitlochry, on the edge of the Ben Vrackie and Cairngorms National Park, before arriving at your hotel in the Scottish Highlands where you'll dine tonight.

Golf at St. Andrews, Scotland
Accommodation The Highlander Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Golf Course of St. Andrews, Scotland
Visit the University Town of St. Andrews

Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience View of Pitlochry Church in Pitlochry, Scotland
Visit Pitlochry

Visit Pitlochry, famous for its salmon leap.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Blair Castle in Pitlochry, Scotland
Pitlochry, Visit of Blair Castle

Set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, we'll discover the ancient home of the Dukes of Atholl, home to Europe's last remain...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Highland farm experience in Kincraig, Scotland
Highland Farm Experience

Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each d...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Onwards to Loch Lomond and Glasgow’s Rich Legacy

The arresting beauty of the Scottish Highlands provides a stunning backdrop for today's leisurely drive to Glasgow. View the World War II Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge and admire views of Britain's highest mountain – Ben Nevis. See Glencoe, the site of a bloody massacre in 1692 following the Jacobite Uprising, and travel to the 'bonnie' banks of Scotland's prettiest loch, Loch Lomond.

We arrive in Glasgow this afternoon where our orientation will take us past St. Mungo's Cathedral and George Square, lined with statues and monuments dedicated to famous British subjects, including Robert Burns and Sir Robert Peel.

Landscape of Loch Lomond, Scotland
Accommodation Novotel Glasgow Center
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Glasgow City Chambers and George Square in Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow Orientation

See the grand public buildings of Glasgow, including George Square. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Visit the scenic Scottish Highlands
Scenic Drive Through the Scottish Highlands

Admire picturesque lochs and glens as you travel through the Scottish Highlands.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience The Commando Memorial, Fort William, Scotland
Fort William World War II Commando Memorial

Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Boat trip in Loch Lomond, Scotland
Loch Lomond Boat Trip

Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond'. As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point o...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Stirling Castle evening visit in Stirling, Scotland
A Stirling Evening

See Stirling Castle and the Wallace Memorial by night. A truly wonderful experience, you'll be piped in to your evening meal in the historic Scotti...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Explore the Lake District and Journey to Liverpool

Today's first stop is in the runaway wedding capital, Gretna Green, where eloping couples would exchange their vows over the Marriage Anvil.

Returning to England, we Connect With Locals, joining Christine for lunch at a Be My Guest experience in the company of Highland cows. See beautiful Lake District landscapes and skirt the romantic shores of Lake Windermere, the largest lake in England, arriving in edgy Liverpool of 'Fab Four' fame, for an evening at leisure.

View of the Lake District, England
Accommodation Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Be My Guest Meet Christine on her Cumbrian farm
Enjoy a Lunch with Christine at her Cumbrian Farm

Meet Christine and enjoy a few hours of Cumbria farm-life with a traditional Be My Guest lunch and some farm animals company thrown in for good measure.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience The signpost at the Scottish town of Gretna Green, Scotland
Visit Gretna Green

Visit the famous spot where runaway lovers were married.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Lake Windermere in Cumbria, England
Scenic Drive Through the Lake District

Drive through the hauntingly beautiful Lakes District, immortalized by literary greats of the Romantic Movement.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Beatles city tour in Liverpool, England
Famous Sights and the Fab Four

Come along with our Local Specialist for a guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural present, you’ll discove...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Through the Beautiful Welsh Countryside to Discover Bristol

This morning, we traverse the pretty Welsh countryside before we visit the Shropshire market town of Ludlow with some time to explore on your own. Later, arrive in Bristol for an orientation drive. Join us for an Optional Experience that will take us out to the SS Great Britain as well as the Clifton Suspension Bridge along with all the other highlights of Bristol. As the curtain comes down on a memorable journey through England and Scotland, we enjoy a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant with our Travel Director and newfound friends.

Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, England
Accommodation Mercure Bristol Holland House
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience River Avon and downtown buildings in Bristol, England
Bristol Orientation

See some of Bristol's highlights on an orientation drive with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Ludlow Castle Round Chapel in Ludlow, England
Ludlow Orientation

Explore the narrow streets and lanes in front of the castle. Admire the medieval timber-framed buildings and Georgian mansions.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Colourful row houses in Bristol, England
Guided Tour of Bristol

The center of the British aeronautics industry since WWII, Bristol was also a great seafaring port and England's second city until not long ago. Th...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Soak up Bath and Stonehenge then off to London

Journeying back to London, we visit the UNESCO-listed city of Bath to admire its elegant Georgian façades and the Roman baths from which the city takes its name. Emerging from the Salisbury Plain, the imposing monoliths of Stonehenge are our final stop before continuing through the lush Wiltshire and Hampshire landscapes to London for a final night at leisure.

Roman Baths in Bath, England
Accommodation Hilton London Kensington
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Roman Baths in Bath, England
Bath Orientation

Admire UNESCO-listed Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and the bimillenial Roman Baths from which the city takes its name.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Stonehenge in England
Visit Stonehenge

Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Roman Baths in Bath, England
Visit the Roman Baths

Visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths. Discover 2000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational inv...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Day 10

Goodbye London

We bid 'Old Blighty' a fond farewell as we prepare to return home after a memorable holiday.

Covent Garden phone boxes in London, England
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history's most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore ...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
York Orientation

Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during your orientation of the city.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Durham Cathedral

See Durham's Romanesque cathedral and admire the innovative audacity of its architecture.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Jedburgh Abbey

See the impressive 12th-century Jedburgh Abbey that dominates the center of town. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Edinburgh City Tour

Explore the city with your Local Specialist as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the University Town of St. Andrews

Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Pitlochry

Visit Pitlochry, famous for its salmon leap.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Glasgow Orientation

See the grand public buildings of Glasgow, including George Square. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Through the Scottish Highlands

Admire picturesque lochs and glens as you travel through the Scottish Highlands.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Fort William World War II Commando Memorial

Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy a Lunch with Christine at her Cumbrian Farm

Meet Christine and enjoy a few hours of Cumbria farm-life with a traditional Be My Guest lunch and some farm animals company thrown in for good measure.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Gretna Green

Visit the famous spot where runaway lovers were married.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Through the Lake District

Drive through the hauntingly beautiful Lakes District, immortalized by literary greats of the Romantic Movement.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Bristol Orientation

See some of Bristol's highlights on an orientation drive with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Ludlow Orientation

Explore the narrow streets and lanes in front of the castle. Admire the medieval timber-framed buildings and Georgian mansions.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Bath Orientation

Admire UNESCO-listed Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and the bimillenial Roman Baths from which the city takes its name.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Stonehenge

Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit the Roman Baths

Visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths. Discover 2000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational inv...

See More
Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
The services of a Trafalgar Local Host when you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel
Pick-up and drop-off when you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Edinburgh with a Local Specialist
Discover York, Durham, Glasgow, Bristol and Bath
Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, a whisky distillery, Gretna Green, Ludlow, Wye Valley, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge
View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, York Minster, Hadrian's Wall and Jedburgh Abbey
See the 18th green on the Old Course at St. Andrews and the Lake District
Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Johnnie Walker’s ‘Journey of Flavor’ Tour & Dinner on the Royal Mile

Take part in a 90-minute immersive tour, led by Johnnie Walker Experts. This sensory experience includes live performances, light shows, and delici...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we’ll hear the inside story of the famous Rosslyn Chapel from a Local Specialist...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner and Drive to Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Templar. At the Torphichen Inn, your arrival ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Ceilidh Evening and Dinner at Ghillie Dhu

Experience the best of Scottish tradition at Ghillie Dhu, where we'll be welcomed by a Scottish piper and enjoy a welcome drink before settling in ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Pitlochry, Visit of Blair Castle

Set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, we'll discover the ancient home of the Dukes of Atholl, home to Europe's last remain...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Highland Farm Experience

Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each d...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Loch Lomond Boat Trip

Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond'. As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point o...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
A Stirling Evening

See Stirling Castle and the Wallace Memorial by night. A truly wonderful experience, you'll be piped in to your evening meal in the historic Scotti...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Famous Sights and the Fab Four

Come along with our Local Specialist for a guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural present, you’ll discove...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Guided Tour of Bristol

The center of the British aeronautics industry since WWII, Bristol was also a great seafaring port and England's second city until not long ago. Th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Great Britain is made up of three countries: England, Scotland, and Wales. These countries are located on the island of Great Britain, which is the largest island in the British Isles
  • The United Kingdom (UK) consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland
  • Languages across Great Britain: English is the dominant language throughout Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales). While the main language in Scotland is English, Scots and Scottish Gaelic are minority languages. In Wales, both English and Welsh Gaelic are spoken. If you're traveling through the UK and visiting Northern Ireland, you'll also hear English and Irish or Gaeilge.
  • Currencies used in Great Britain: British Pound Sterling (£) is used throughout the United Kingdom.
  • Capitals Cities: London (England), Edinburgh (Scotland), Cardiff (Wales), Belfast (Northern Ireland)
  • Time Zone(s) in the United Kingdom: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1) during daylight saving time

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

United Kingdom passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter the United Kingdom.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

The climate in the United Kingdom is generally classified as temperate maritime, characterized by mild winters and cool summers. The weather is known for its variability and can change frequently throughout the day. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with showers being common. The western parts of the UK, particularly areas like Wales and Scotland, tend to experience higher rainfall compared to the eastern regions. The UK is influenced by the warm Gulf Stream, which helps to moderate temperatures and prevent extreme heat or cold. Fog and mist are common in some areas, particularly in autumn and winter.

Electricity

  • American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.
  • Type G outlets are used throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
    Adapters are used to change the plug style from American-style plugs with two flat prongs to fit into these outlets, which take three rectangular prongs.
  • You will need a plug adapter and voltage converter to use your appliances in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in European and United Kingdom hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.
  • Most hotels in Europe or the UK can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport Transfers for Europe flights not arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold 
  • Your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings

Airport Transfers for Europe flights arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold
  • You booked your land tour and flights as a land/air package through GET. If you book your flights independently via London Heathrow, you can *purchase a transfer through us.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Service
It was not user friendly
Vacation
We had a great time but it was too fast paced.
Barbara Rockholt
Review date: Monday, September 18, 2023
Service
Everyone is always so knowledgeable and helpful.
Vacation
Too much time was spent in some places and not enough time allowed in other more prominent places.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for providing your feedback. We will be sure to forward this on to the Tour Operator for further review. We do hope that most of the trip was memorable.
Thursday, September 28, 2023
Robert Swindell
Review date: Thursday, August 3, 2023
Service
Our tour guide was very knowable. His ability to speak in the manner of the people in areas of GB we were soon to visit was remarkable. A wonderful history lesson.
Vacation
Provided more opportunities to see a greater variety of areas. Enjoyed seeing sights that were highlighted in our favorite British TV and movies
Ulysses Caiati
Review date: Sunday, July 16, 2023
Service
The trip was a great experience. Our Guide, Ben met us at the hotel was very organized and knowledgeable. Ben kept us informed every step of the way with announcements and follow-up email's. Our driver Lee, was excellent and made our trip comfortable as possible.
Vacation
Amazing Britten is an apt description. We enjoined the sights and sounds of where our ancestors came from.
Beverly Remington
Review date: Thursday, October 6, 2022
Service
There is no way to see all we saw and experienced on our own. Ben and Billy were great. Keeping a group of unfamiliar adults happy, engaged, and on time is a real talent. This is an adventure we will cherish.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Wow! It sounds like your trip to Britain was amazing!! We are so thankful we were able to help you plan this wonderful vacation. We appreciate that you took the time to leave a review. Your feedback is very much appreciated.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Vacation
The trip was beyond anything we could expect. We felt a part of the country, relaxed, and safe.
John Meyer
Review date: Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Service
Clear, precise directions along each step. Documents on time. Responsive to needs.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled you enjoyed your trip to Britain. Thank you for letting us help you plan and book it. We truly appreciate your business and review. Thank you for taking the time to write. Take care.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Vacation
The Travel Director, Matt Bauer, was a wealth of information which he generously shared and definitely made the trip 5 star.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, July 25, 2022
Service
The tour guide, Jim, was very knowledgeable and professional. Love the tour, but not happy with hotels. Not clean . Like 2 star hotels
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for letting us know about the condition of the hotels on your trip. We will share this information with the operator's Quality Control team immediately.
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Vacation
Tour was perfect, tour guide was very professional and knowledgeable
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, May 5, 2019
Service
We loved our Trafalgar trip around Great Britain. Your company helped booking this trip easy.
Vacation
The coach and tour guide were perfect. Clean and comfortable for the days we spent on this trip.
Theresa Bachu
Review date: Monday, April 22, 2019
Service
great tour guide excellent driver beautiful cities
Vacation
too much rushing. we did not have time to enjoy the cities. maybe less cities with more time in each city.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear you felt rushed during your trip. We will be sure to share your suggestions with our Operations Team. Thank you!
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, October 15, 2018
Service
From the time we touched down at Heathrow Airport all of our expectations were fulfilled. Our tour director James could not have been more accommodating. His knowledge and enthusiasm of his home country was truly amazing. He would tell us stories of himself growing up in England. We have never had a tour director as entertaining as James. As for our driver Jamie, he was a true gentleman for the entire length of our trip. We were spoiled by him as he had to leave our tour two days before we left. Our second driver was very competent, just not Jamie.
Vacation
As I said James made the trip amazing
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