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Best of Britain

Operated by: Trafalgar

14 Days from $3,195 per person
Stonehenge

Countries Visited

UK

Locations Visited

London, Big Ben, Bath, Exeter, PLYMOUTH, Cardiff, Glasgow, Isle of Skye, Ed… more London, Big Ben, Bath, Exeter, PLYMOUTH, Cardiff, Glasgow, Isle of Skye, Edinburgh, York, Anne Hathaways Cottage
  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
  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 Full 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 Full 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 Full 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 Full Breakfast, Lunch
    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 Full 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 has 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. Warm Scottish hospitality and hearty flavours are ours to enjoy this evening during a Regional Meal in a local restaurant.

    meals Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
    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 the Weeping'. At the World War II Commando Memorial near Fort William, we admire views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Tonight, we stay at one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' - Laggan Gaskmore Hotel, located within Cairngorm National Park in the Scottish Highlands.

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

    We travel to the coast this morning, boarding a ferry over the sea to the Isle of Skye. Against the backdrop of heather-clad mountains, we stop at the ancient settlement of Kyleakin. Later, we cross the road bridge 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. Pass Culloden battlefield on the way back to your Highland hotel.

    meals Full 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. Tickets to see the Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates from 2nd to 24th August 2019.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Leonardo Royal Haymarket/Holiday 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. Views of 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 Full 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 Full 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 Full Breakfast
    hotel Park Plaza Riverbank
  14. Day 14 Depart London

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

    meals Full Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 13 full breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (including Be My Guest)
  • 5 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 a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in London, Liverpool and Edinburgh
  • 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, Culloden, 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
  • SEE Dartmoor, the Lake District, Ben Nevis and Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands, the Isle of Skye and the 18th green at St. Andrews

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
  • Edinburgh Tattoo
Price Discount Availability Price
  • Edinburgh Tattoo: This departure includes the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo event.
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.

Plymouth

Plymouth Harbour Cruise

Relax on a boat trip round the harbour of one of England’s most famous seaports. As your skipper commentates, you’ll see the Mayflower steps monument, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America and ships sailed for Australia, New Zealand and Newfoundland and enjoy panoramic vistas of Plymouth Hoe. We’ll also enter the Royal Navy Dockyard, where you’ll see some of the modern vessels of the Royal Navy.
Adult Price: £15

Exeter

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 savour a tasty pub dinner and meet the locals, in a 700-year-old village pub.
Adult Price: £37

Cardiff

Welsh Evening At Millennium Centre

Enjoy an evening of Welsh music, culture and humour. The venue for the evening is the Welsh Millennium Centre, an iconic building in the fashionable Cardiff Bay area. After a warm reception, you'll enjoy a first-class meal of seasonal Welsh specialities, 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: £54

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

Windermere

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: £17

Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

A chance to view the glorious scenery of the Lake District as we cruise across England’s largest lake. Then step back in time as we board the steam train for a short journey from Lakeside to Haverthwaite.
Adult Price: £19

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

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 sheep shearing, feeding the lambs and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.
Adult Price: £14

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

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

Reviews
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Trusted Customer
Travel date: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Service
They answered most of my questions but I had some difficulty with the luggage we were allowed to take.
Vacation
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
Terrence Farrell
Travel date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Service
lady (Aysssia) was nice but not great about answering questions we asked several times.
Vacation
Could have been better, Mostly a waste of time the first 2 days in London before director arrived. Need more structure. The Highland hotel was bad with bad water and no draining showers but nice setting. Transfer to airport at end confusing if we needed a transfer slip or not..poorly executed. But, most of the rest of the trip was good. A few too many potty breaks off and then on the bus. Some sights had businesses closed due to being a Sunday so again a wasted stop.
Bonny Schwartz
Travel date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Service
Lauren was wonderful, so nice
Vacation
Tour guide was great, food on trip paid for by the tour very bad, one hotel not that good overall trip was good
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Service
This is not our first trip with them. We will definitely take our next trip with them again. Great service and always available to answer my questions.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your repeat business. We look forward to helping you plan that next trip!
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Vacation
My 4th trip with Trafalgar. I cannot give this trip 5 stars because I had a previous trip with them that I enjoyed more.
Patricia Beers
Travel date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Service
My Trafalgar trip to "The best of Great Britain" was better than I could have imagined. The tour director James Thomson was superb. A great wealth of knowledge of the entire area. He worked all day to to keep us informed. Catered to our every need. He is an asset to your company.
Response from Grand European Travel:
You can't get better than excellent every day! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. We hope to see you again very soon!
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Vacation
Great value.I will do it again.
Jimmy Dodge
Travel date: Monday, September 10, 2018
Service
GET's trips are always well organized and very well thought out. The different types of vacations are geared to be able to cover all different abilities and limitations affecting travelers.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love our repeat customers and are so happy that the Best of Britain was all you hoped for. Thank you!
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Vacation
Excellent sight seeing and very good food at an enjoyable pace.
Felix Massullo
Travel date: Sunday, September 2, 2018
Service
Any questions that I had were answered in a timely fashion. All arrangements were made, outging and return transportation and pre tour hotel.
Vacation
The tour was planned well, with time for relaxation if you chose or you could take in the optional activities. The tour director, Alice Planel, and the bus driver, Andy, were wonderful.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Service
The booking and money exchange went fine..
Vacation
Tour director shaded this one.. 1st and last time with Tralfagar
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Friday, September 29, 2017
Service
The selection of places to stop were great. The tour guide was professional, personable, warm, helpful, detail oriented, knowledgeable. Could not ask for more. Bus driver was kind, helpful, professional, and excellent driver, food was good. I would have liked 1 - 2 days in London, on my own or with the group, that was the greatest deficit
Vacation
I think you get a lot for your money.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Monday, August 28, 2017
Service
Randy Fay was very informative and helpful in the reservation process. He provided detailed and timely information and was responsive to questions
Vacation
Our Travel Director, Alice Planel, was friendly, efficient, informative and organized. She made learning about Britain fun. She obviously cared about the people on the trip. And she had a good sense of humor - very desirable in her job. The bus and driver were also excellent. The bus was always clean and neat. The driver was always friendly and a safe driver. It was obvious that Alice and Jeff (the driver) were organized. They worked together like a well-oiled machine. However, there were two distinct problems - one at the beginning of the trip and one near the end. When we arrived at Heathrow, we followed the written instructions to claim our luggage and proceed through customs and immigration and then out to find the driver to take us to our hotel. All four of us looked around the arrivals area several times but found nobody holding the prescribed card. Finally we spotted a desk near the rear of the area with a Trafalgar sign on the counter. (There was a Virgin sign on the wall behind the desk.) There we encountered a puzzled but helpful young woman. After telling her of our difficulty, she went to her computer and learned that someone named Daisy (no idea who she is) cancelled the reservation - perhaps because she thought we had shown up. But this was absurd. Having traveled to numerous domestic and foreign destinations, I can confidently say that the time needed to get to the arrivals area was not great. So this young woman offered to book another car and driver. After a considerable wait, the driver arrived with a vehicle too small to accommodate all four of us with our luggage. So another car and driver finally came to pick us up. In all, we waited over two hours before getting picked up. There was a big problem here. The problem at the end of the trip concerned internet service on the bus. Apparently the people on the trip had used up all of the data limit purchased by Trafalgar. Yes, I realize that people should be more judicious in their data usage. However, such service is so ubiquitous and usage seemingly part of our DNA that this was simply unsatisfactory. Considering the price paid for this trip, a much higher data limit should have been provided.
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