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Best of Britain

Operated by: Trafalgar

14 Days from $3,295 per person
Stonehenge with blue sky, England

Countries Visited

United Kingdom ...more United Kingdom

Locations Visited

Buckfastleigh, Glastonbury, Cardiff, Bridgwater, Liverpool, Glasgow, Laggan, Kyleakin, Edinburgh, York ...more Buckfastleigh, Glastonbury, Cardiff, Bridgwater, Liverpool, Glasgow, Laggan, Kyleakin, Edinburgh, York
  1. Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

    London's vibrant city streets are your launch pad to an epic journey through the iconic sights of Britain. Embrace the pomp and ceremony of this multi-cultural capital, exploring the treasures of its former Empire in museums, rambling through its picturesque Royal Parks or admiring the ancient façades that line its grand boulevards and hidden lanes.

    hotel Park Plaza Riverbank/Park Plaza County Hall
  2. Day 2 London Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join a 'Local Specialist' today for a tour of the city's iconic sights. See Big Ben and the imposing Houses of Parliament on the banks of the Thames, then Buckingham Palace, the official UK residence of the UK's sovereigns since the mid-19th century. The rest of the day is yours to explore London - an effortless mix of centuries-old heritage and modern sophistication.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 London – Stonehenge – Bath – Exeter (2 Nights)

    Meet your Travel Director and commence your journey through the rolling green and golden landscapes of rural Wiltshire to Salisbury Plain. We tread in the footsteps of druids and pagans at Stonehenge, before travelling to UNESCO-listed Bath with its elegant Georgian façades and the centuries-old Roman Baths. Our home for the next two nights is the historic cathedral city of Exeter, where we will enjoy a memorable Welcome Reception this evening at our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Welcome Reception
    hotel Mercure Southgate
  4. Day 4 Exeter – Excursion to Plymouth, Polperro, Dartmoor and Buckfast Abbey

    Our first stop today is in the ancient port city of Plymouth, where we'll delve into the history of the brave Pilgrim Fathers who set sail for an unknown New World from its shores. See the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound and consider an optional cruise around the dramatic coastline. We take a step back in time at our next stop, the fishing village and artists' retreat of Polperro. Continuing along the brooding moorland of Dartmoor, we arrive at Buckfast Abbey, where we'll 'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into how Benedictine monks have lived and prayed for over 1,000 years.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Exeter – Glastonbury – Cardiff

    Enjoy a scenic drive through the pretty Devon and Somerset countryside to mystical Glastonbury, where we'll visit the ruined Abbey, said to be the final resting place of King Arthur. Later, we 'Connect With Locals', joining the Dyer family on their 15th-century dairy farm in Somerset for a 'Be My Guest' lunch. We journey to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, where we'll explore the proud heritage of the Welsh and modern icons, including the Principality Stadium during an orientation tour.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Park Inn City Centre
  6. Day 6 Cardiff – Ludlow – Chester – Liverpool

    Tudor history is explored this morning as we visit the historic towns of Ludlow and Chester with their characteristic black and white half-timbered buildings. Join your Travel Director for an orientation walk past these famous Tudor Rows and enjoy views of Chester's medieval city walls and red sandstone Cathedral. The haunt of the 'Fab Four' is our final stop today. Join a 'Local Specialist' to gain insight into Liverpool's Beatles' history and enjoy a free evening in one of Britain's edgiest cities.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Jurys Inn
  7. Day 7 Liverpool – Lake District – Glasgow

    Rolling Lancashire pastures give way to the soul-stirring Lake District, whose beautiful scenery has inspired poets and writers for centuries. We travel along the shores of Lake Windermere, through countryside made famous by the poet William Wordsworth. Stop in Gretna Green, where many an eloping couple have tied the knot. We arrive in Glasgow later for an orientation tour, including views of the Cathedral, magnificent George Square and the Clyde River, the former heart of the shipbuilding industry. This evening, enjoy during a Regional Dinner in a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Crowne Plaza/Holiday Inn City Centre Theatreland
  8. Day 8 Glasgow – Glencoe – Fort William – Scottish Highlands (2 Nights)

    Journey along Loch Lomond, whose bonnie banks were immortalised in the well-known Scottish song. We arrive in Glencoe and remember the MacDonald clansmen who died tragically in the 1692 massacre which led this place to be called the 'Glen of Weeping'. At the World War II Commando Memorial near Fort William, we admire views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Our day in beautiful surrounds comes to an end with a cosy dinner at our hotel located within the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Laggan Gaskmore/Carrbridge
  9. Day 9 Isle of Skye Sightseeing and Scenic Highland Excursion

    We travel to the coast this morning to the Isle of Skye where a 'Local Specialist' will take us on a journey to view the remarkable Cuillin Mountains. Against the backdrop of heather-clad mountains, we stop at the ancient settlement of Kyleakin. Later, we cross back to view scenic Eilean Donan Castle on the mainland. Travel through the Scottish Highlands past its picturesque lochs and glens, keeping your camera at the ready to capture 'Nessie' if you can.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  10. Day 10 Scottish Highlands – Pitlochry – St. Andrews – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

    Heading back to the lowlands of Scotland, we stop in Pitlochry before heading to the historic home of golf, St. Andrews. Here, the first games were played during the 1400s. See its famous 18th hole before crossing the Firth of Forth to Scotland's enchanting capital, Edinburgh.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Marriott/Jurys Inn
  11. Day 11 Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

    Ramble up the Royal Mile today and see the iconic sights of one of Britain's most enchanting cities. The elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse, in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and the Scottish Parliament feature on your sightseeing tour with a 'Local Specialist'. Visit Edinburgh Castle perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town and amble through the hidden passages of the Old Town before enjoying an evening at leisure. Consider an Optional Experience including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare.

    meals Breakfast
  12. Day 12 Edinburgh – Alnwick – York

    We travel to the medieval market town of Alnwick this morning, where we'll see the impressive castle home to the Duke of Northumberland and the Tenantry Column, upon which the Percy Lion sits and surveys the town. Journey through Northumberland to the cathedral city of York. We'll embark an orientation walk past its cobblestone Shambles and see the inspiring Minster with its 'heart of Yorkshire' before joining our newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Novotel Centre
  13. Day 13 York – Stratford-upon-Avon – London

    Shakespeare's legacy and life are celebrated in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, which we will have an opportunity to visit today on our return to London. See Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre. Later, we travel back to London for our final night at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Park Plaza Riverbank/Park Plaza County Hall
  14. Day 14 Depart London

    Say a fond farewell to London and your newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable journey.

    meals Breakfast
Best of Britain
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 13 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (including Be My Guest)
  • 5 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi 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
  • 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
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR with Local Specialist in Barcelona
  • ORIENTATION of Bath, Plymouth, Cardiff, Chester, Glasgow and York
  • VISIT the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, Polperro, Buckfast Abbey, Glastonbury Abbey, the town of Ludlow, the Isle of Skye, Edinburgh Castle, Alnwick and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • VIEW Eilean Donan Castle, Alnwick Castle used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, York Minster and Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage

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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.


Plymouth harbor Cruise

Relax on a boat trip round the harbor of one of England’s most famous seaports. As commentary unfolds, we'll see the Mayflower steps monument, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America. We'll enjoy panoramic vistas of Plymouth Hoe before entering the Royal Navy Dockyard, where we’ll see modern vessels of the Royal Navy.
Adult Price: £15


Devonshire Village And Dinner

We’ll drive to a beautiful village in Devon, where you’ll see cob walled houses with thatched roofs and the parish church, which dates back over 700 years. You’ll also savor a tasty pub dinner and meet the locals, in a 700-year-old village pub.
Adult Price: £38


Welsh Evening

Enjoy an evening of Welsh music, culture and humor. The venue for the evening is a stunningly-renovated deconsecrated church. After a warm reception, we'll enjoy a first-class meal of seasonal Welsh specialties, sourced and produced locally. Quality wine or soft drinks are included and the meal will be accompanied by our enchanting Welsh harpist. You'll then be entertained by the finest local singers presenting the beautiful music of Wales.
Adult Price: £55

Cardiff Castle Tour

You’ll explore this unique castle on a private tour and hear tales about the eclectic refurbishments. Done in the 1800s by architect William Burgess, his influences included Islamic art, Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales and even Aesop's fables. You’ll also walk on the battlements and climb the 900-year-old Norman keep for superb views over Cardiff.
Adult Price: £21


Private Cruise On Lake Windermere

Enjoy an exclusive cruise on a private boat on England's most beautiful and largest lake, taking in the northern coastline, beautiful houses, gardens and Wray Castle. You’ll see deserted islands, boats and birdlife as you explore the area loved by Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.
Adult Price: £18

Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

Step back in time as we board the steam train for a short journey from Haverthwaite to Lakeside. Then a chance to view the glorious scenery of the Lake District as we cruise across England's largest lake.
Adult Price: £21

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 savor the stunning scenery.
Adult Price: £15

Scottish Highlands

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 feeding the lambs and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.
Adult Price: £15

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


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 traveling 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 Torphichen Inn, your arrival will be toasted by our convivial host before enjoying an excellent dinner of local specialties and entertainment.
Adult Price: £48

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 Scottish 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

Independent Reviews
Catherine Munro
Monday, October 14, 2019
Rob was wonderful, if there were any issues he took care of them
I have taken 12 trips with GET and I think this was the best, we saw so much, I took over 2000 pictures
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so grateful to have you as part of our travel family. Thank you for your business and loyalty. We'd love to see some of those pictures!
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Trusted Customer
Monday, September 23, 2019
No problem!
Great time, but long bus rides
Lowell Thomas
Sunday, September 22, 2019
they responded to every request quickly and effectuvely.
We were able to see many treasures that we never knew about in England and Scotland
Trusted Customer
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Hotels were ready for us. Check in was easy and fast
We saw historic sights and some off the road gems
Trusted Customer
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Great tour director(Andrew) and driver(Phil). Good local guides...Tickets to the Military Tattoo included, which was absolutely amazing! Hotels were okay- a couple were really nice; the others were average. Due to traffic, we missed going to some of sights. Excursions are all extra.
We were with a great group of people on the tour!
George Cozens Jr
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Great guide and driver. Sites visited were excellent. Need to add Roslyn Chapel to tour; our guide made arrangements with another tour group to allow us to visit. Overnight accommodations were good.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're happy to see you back with us! Thank you for booking and taking the time to share your feedback.
Friday, August 30, 2019
Great food and accommodations. Great guide and driver. Sites visited were excellent.
Albert Fuchs Jr
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Service from GET was great. Easy to use and good info leading up to the trip
Wanted more service from Trafalgar. Was not up to the standards that past GET tours have provided. Trafalgar would not be a choice for me going forward.
Geneva Yadav
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Timely and thorough. Quick response to questions.
Correspondence pushed bringing own water bottle but we weren't given instructions on where to fill them-only told we could buy glass bottles from driver. Not picking up after the Tatoo show was a copout. Other companies and cruises had their coaches there. Not enough time for potty breaks, especially if there was a line.
Brenda Mcdonald
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Rob was very helpful and gave me all of the information I needed.
Great trip! Tour guide and driver were top notch.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, June 22, 2019
They answered most of my questions but I had some difficulty with the luggage we were allowed to take.
The trip was good except the first day when we arrived in London. We wanted to book a tour for the next day but they filled up five minutes after we were told about them. Very frustrating. Also, we stayed one night in the Leonardo Hotel which was the dirtiest place I have ever stayed. Most of the other hotels were good. The Radisson could have been a bit nicer. We had a good tour director.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry to hear about your frustration. We do appreciate you bringing this to our attention and will be sharing your comments with Trafalgar for immediate review.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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