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Amazing Britain

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,066 per person
London's Big Ben
  1. Day 1 Arrive 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.

    hotel Hilton Kensington
  2. Day 2 London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York

    Join your Travel Director this morning and indulge your love of theatre and poetry. We travel to romantic Stratford-upon-Avon, made famous by its favourite 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 Centre for insights into the life of the 'Bard of Avon', before exploring the charming cobblestone streets of his hometown. Carry on 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 Reception and delicious local pub fare.

    meals Full Breakfast, Welcome Reception
    hotel Holiday Inn
  3. Day 3 York – Durham – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

    We venture north to the medieval riverside town of Durham, whose exquisite 11th-century Durham Cathedral sits imposingly alongside Durham Castle watching over the medieval 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.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Leonardo Royal Haymarket/Holiday Inn
  4. Day 4 Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

    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 medieval relics. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit includes tickets to see the rousing performances at the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo on the castle grounds.

    meals Full Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Pitlochry – 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 800-year-old Swilcan Bridge. We continue our journey into the dramatic Scottish Highlands, where we'll 'Dive Into Culture' at a whisky distillery and sample a wee dram. Visit picture-perfect Pitlochry, on the edge of the Ben-Y-Vrackie and Cairngorms National Park, before arriving at your hotel in the Scottish Highlands where you'll dine tonight.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Highlander
  6. Day 6 Scottish Highlands – Spean Bridge – Glencoe – Loch Lomond – Glasgow

    The arresting natural 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.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel MacDonald Crutherland House
  7. Day 7 Glasgow – Gretna Green – Lake District – Liverpool

    Today's first stop is in the runaway wedding capital of Gretna Green where eloping couples would make their vows over the Marriage Anvil. Returning to England, we 'Connect With Locals', joining Farmer John and his wife Christine for a Be My Guest lunch 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.

    meals Full Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Mercure Atlantic Tower
  8. Day 8 Liverpool – Wye Valley – Bristol

    Traverse the pretty Welsh countryside this morning and stop in an area of outstanding natural beauty - the Wye Valley, with its characteristic limestone gorge scenery and dense woodlands. View the spectacular ruins of the world-famous Cistercian abbey in Tintern before arriving in Bristol to see the Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain, the world's first ocean-going luxury liner. As the curtain comes down on a memorable journey through England and Scotland, we enjoy a memorable Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant with our Travel Director and newfound friends.

    meals Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Mercure Holland House
  9. Day 9 Bristol – Bath – Stonehenge – 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.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Kensington
  10. Day 10 Depart London

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

    meals Full Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 full breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (including Be My Guest)
  • 3 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Edinburgh
  • ORIENTATION of York, Durham, Glasgow, Bristol and Bath
  • VISIT Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, a Whisky Distillery, Gretna Green, Wye Valley, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge
  • VIEW Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, York Minster, Hadrians' Wall, Jedburgh Abbey and Tintern Abbey
  • SEE the 18th green on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Blair Castle and the Lake District

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
  • Edinburgh Tattoo
  • Alternative Hotel
Price Discount Availability Price
  • Edinburgh Tattoo: This departure includes the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo event.
  • Alternative Hotel: This departure may include alternate hotels in select cities.
Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place every year in August.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, often referred to as "the most spectacular show on earth," is an exciting celebration showcasing the best of Scottish music, dance, and military pageantry.  In 2019 it will take place in Edinburgh from August 2nd to August 24th, and is sure to draw entertainers and spectators from around the world. 

Tickets and arrangements have been included on these select departures. Book early as they will sell out quickly!

Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh by Night and Dinner

We'll drive into the old city of Edinburgh to see the city at night with photo opportunities of the Castle and the Grassmarket, famous for historic executions and when possible visit one of the most haunted graveyards and see the grave of Greyfriars Bobby, the famous Skye Terrier. Then, we'll make our way to a local restaurant for a delicious dinner and drink.
Adult Price: £42

Local Dinner Evening

Join us and your travelling companions for a delicious traditional dinner and drink at a local restaurant.
Adult Price: £40

Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where you’ll hear the inside story on the famous Rosslyn Chapel. One of Scotland's most unusual 15th-century buildings, Rossyln is famed for its associations with the Knights Templar, the Masonic movement, and now 'The Da Vinci Code'.
Adult Price: £21

Dinner And Drive To Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Hospitaller. At the haunted Torphichen Inn your arrival will be toasted by our convivial host before enjoying an excellent dinner of local specialties and entertainment.
Adult Price: £46

Scottish Show With Dinner

Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There's even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.
Adult Price: £60

Scottish Highlands

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 remaining private army. Unique amongst Scottish castles, Blair has hosted royalty from Mary Queen of Scots to Queen Victoria.
Adult Price: £20

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 dog to carry out different tasks. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your hand at sheep shearing, feeding the lambs and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.
Adult Price: £14

Loch Lomond

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 out Rob Roy's cave as you relax and savour the stunning scenery.
Adult Price: £15

Glasgow

A Stirling Evening

See Stirling Castle and the Wallace Memorial by night. A truly local experience, you'll be piped in to your evening meal in the historic Scottish city and enjoy an evening of Scottish delights.
Adult Price: £44

Liverpool

Liverpool by Night

Meet your Local Beatles/Liverpool Specialist who will take you around by coach to some of the sites of this great port city. You'll enjoy the buzz of Mathew Street and see the Cavern Club, where the Beatles played and the Bunch of Grapes pub where the lads enjoyed a pint between sessions. Enjoy a drink yourself in one of the pubs before enjoying free time for dinner in this exciting city.
Adult Price: £20

Bristol

Guided Tour of Bristol

The centre of the British aeronautics industry since WWII, Bristol was also a great seafaring port and England's second city until not long ago. There's a wealth of history to be discovered and John Cabot, Brunel, the Plimsoll Line, John and Charles Wesley, Wills Tobacco, Archibald Leach (who's he?), Banksy, and Robinson Crusoe are all names that have unique links with Bristol. Find out how they all fit together on a rip-roaring tour of the town with Bristol's number-one local specialist.
Adult Price: £15

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Travel 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
Travel 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
Travel 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
Linda Glaze
Travel date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Service
Had a great time. Tour director was very knowledgeable and helpful.
Vacation
My sisters and I took our 16 year old granddaughters on this trip. I specifically asked the question "do I need a notarized letter from the parents on this trip?" I was told no. When we got to customs we were questioned about bringing teenage girls into the country without permission from the parents. When we finally cleared things up, our car that was to take us to our hotel was gone.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We do apologize for the additional time it took you to go through customs. This is something out of our control, but we would be happy to reimburse any cost involved getting to your hotel. Our Guest Services department should be in touch with you shortly to work out the details.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Monday, May 7, 2018
Service
It was a great experience, everything was taken care of, all I had to do was enjoy the sights.
Vacation
The hotel in the Scottish Highlands was awful and the food there was awful also. I also wish we could have spent more time in Wales.
Myron Bloom
Travel date: Sunday, October 29, 2017
Service
hassle free tour covering 1600 miles of England, Scotland and Wales
Vacation
we just didn't buy very much
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Service
The “Amazing Britain” tour presents an excellent itinerary to get acquainted with the U.K. We covered 2300 miles in 8 days. Stops are frequent and short, so do not expect in depth exploration in any one location. We arrived too late to our locations to be able to sufficiently explore the towns. And you’ll see only “a wee bit” of Wales. Four of the seven hotels would be rated as one or two star hotels. The Hilton Kensington in London is in poor repair. The Jury’s Inn in Edinburgh is in a good location, but was dirty with very poor temperature control, and the water pipes hummed loudly like the bagpipes that we heard at the Tattoo. Our room overlooked a brightly lit alley of trash, dumpsters and dirty laundry. The Highlander Hotel in Netwonmore also lacked temperature control and the midges prohibited open windows, but it was acceptable in its own modest way. The Mercure Atlantic Tower in Liverpool has the tiniest room and baths – impossible for two people with luggage. The York 53 Hotel, Radisson Blue in Glasgow and Mercure Holland House in Bristol were all better quality hotels. The seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo were excellent, located 30 rows up the stands. It was quite a hike to the top, but the show made it worthwhile. And it is quite nice to bypass ticket lines at Bath and Stonehenge to get into the sights. The Welcome Reception in York was quite nice. The Be My Guest lunch was enjoyable. The optional Stirling Evening was outstanding and the Loch Lomond boat tour is a nice diversion from the bus. Don’t select the tour based on the optional trips because the tour director can cancel these at will. Ours cancelled three of them and it was highly disappointing. Tour directors can make or break the trip. Unfortunately, this tour director is the reason for the average service rating. He was quite rude and grumpy, and scores very low in the customer service delivery areas. Our coach driver, Brian, was excellent. The bus was comfortable and clean and Brian always made us feel safe and he always had a smile and friendly greeting for each one of us. Confusion abounds when you arrive at your hotel in London. I had to call the London Reception Center and found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. My airline tickets were problematic. Twice I called GET when I was unable to check in online. Two separate representatives told me everything was fine and that I had to check in at Virgin Atlantic (even though Virgin Atlantic told me to check into Delta). There was no Virgin Atlantic counter at my airport, so I did go to the Delta counter. The agent there told me that my ticket wasn’t paid for … nothing like a little adrenalin rush to start your vacation. She then further checked and found that the Virgin Atlantic and Delta records were not pointing to each other. So, if you have issues with online check-in, push your travel agent to investigate the problem with more than just a cursory look. It would be nice to have more photo stops, once we got off the highway. Most of your photos will be through the bus windows. And one final suggestion, TTC needs to find better nametags. They are useless and difficult to attach to clothing. Give us a lanyard instead – much more functional. So even though this trip was far from perfect, I am glad I did this excursion. I saw many sights of historical significance; I experienced new cultures and food and drink; and I learned a lot … and that’s why I travel.
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Javier Labrador
Travel date: Sunday, May 14, 2017
Service
Everything was very well organized and planned accordingly to the itinerary we had been provided. The guide was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour. The chauffeur was excellent and the group mingled perfectly well. The hotels provided were good and the visits were very timely arranged.
Vacation
The trip was great from beginning to end, and we both came back with everlasting memories of the good time we shared with other tourists in the group, our tour leader and the chauffeur as a family.
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