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Best of Britain (2019 Preview)

14 Days from $2,903 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

British icons – new and old – will shape your journey, from Liverpool's Fab Four to Shakespeare. Travel to the Scottish Highlands, exploring rugged Dartmoor, the idyllic Lake District and Tudor town of Chester. Take a ferry to the Isle of Skye and contemplate battles fought on Culloden and the golfing grounds of St. Andrews before traveling to Edinburgh and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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British icons – new and old – will shape your journey, from Liverpool's Fab Four to Shakespeare. Travel to the Scottish Highlands, exploring rugged Dartmoor, the idyllic Lake District and Tudor town of Chester. Take a ferry to the Isle of Skye and contemplate battles fought on Culloden and the golfing grounds of St. Andrews before traveling to Edinburgh and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. London's vibrant city streets are your launchpad to an epic journey through the iconic sights of Britain.
    hotel:Park Plaza Riverbank
  2. Join a Local Specialist today for a tour of the city's iconic sights. See Big Ben, the imposing Houses of Parliament on the banks of the Thames and Buckingham Palace, the official UK residence of the UK's sovereigns since the mid-19th century.
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  3. Meet your Travel Director and commence your journey through the rolling green and golden landscapes of rural Wiltshire to the mystical ancient monoliths of Stonehenge before traveling to UNESCO-listed Bath. Our home for the next two nights is the historic cathedral city of Exeter where we will enjoy a memorable Welcome Reception.
    meal(s):FB, WR
    hotel:Mercure Southgate
  4. Our first stop today is in the ancient port city of Plymouth where you'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 taking an optional cruise around the dramatic coastline. We take a step back in time at our next stop, the quaint fishing village and artists' retreat of Polperro, set within a picturesque harbor. Journeying along the brooding moorland of Dartmoor, we arrive at Buckfast Abbey for a Cultural Insight into how Benedictine monks have lived and prayed for nearly 1,000 years.
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  5. Enjoy a picturesque 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 enjoy a delicious Be My Guest lunch with the Dyer family on their 15th century dairy farm in Somerset before continuing to Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Explore the proud heritage of the Welsh during your orientation tour before checking in at your hotel.

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    hotel:Holiday Inn City Centre
  6. Tudor history is explored this morning as we visit the historic towns of Ludlow and Chester. 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.
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    hotel:Jurys Inn
  7. Rolling Lancashire pastures give way to the breathtaking Lake District, whose beautiful scenery has inspired poets and writers for centuries. We travel along the shores of Lake Windermere, the largest lake in England to Grasmere, where William Wordsworth was laid to rest at St. Oswald's Church. Standing at the threshold of the 'Marriage Anvil' in Gretna Green, we see 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 River Clyde, the former heart of the shipbuilding industry. Warm Scottish hospitality and hearty flavors are ours to enjoy this evening during a Regional Meal in a local restaurant.
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    hotel:Crowne Plaza
  8. Journey along Loch Lomond whose bonnie banks were immortalized in the well-known Scottish song. We arrive in the Glencoe and remember the 1692 massacre that led this place to be dubbed the 'Glen of Weeping'. At the World War II Commando Memorial near Fort William, see breathtaking views of Britain's highest mountain Ben Nevis.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Laggan Gaskmore Authentic Accommodation/Highlander
  9. We travel to the coast this morning, boarding a ferry over the sea to the Isle of Skye. Against the backdrop of violet-hued, heather-clad mountains, we enjoy lunch at the ancient settlement of Kyleaken. Later cross the road bridge to view scenic Eilean Donan Castle on the mainland. Meandering through the Scottish Highlands past its picturesque lochs and glens, with a photo stop by Loch Ness to catch a glimpse of its fabled monster. Pass Culloden battlefield on the way back to your Highland hotel.

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  10. Heading back to the lowlands of Scotland, we stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry before heading to St. Andrews. See its famous 18th hole before crossing the Firth of Forth to Scotland's enchanting capital, Edinburgh. During the Edinburgh Festival, enjoy rousing performances with included tickets for the Edinburgh Tattoo.
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    hotel:Leonardo Royal
  11. Ramble up the Royal Mile today and see the iconic sights of one of Britain's most beguiling 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. Your choice of sightseeing could see you visit the Edinburgh Camera Obscura or Edinburgh Castle perched dramatically on Castle Rock above 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 soaking up the cozy atmosphere. Consider an Optional Experience including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare.
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  12. 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. Meander through Northumberland to the cathedral city of York, where we will enjoy an orientation walk past its medieval city walls and cobblestone Shambles, and see the inspiring Minster with its 'heart of Yorkshire'. We enjoy a final Farewell Dinner together to bring our memorable journey to a close.

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    hotel:Hotel 53
  13. 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.
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    hotel:Park Plaza Riverbank
  14. Say a fond farewell to London and your newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable journey.
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  • Edinburgh Tattoo: This departure includes the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo event.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $940 p.p.

Triple Discount: $10 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $105 per person.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels

Meal Summary

19 meals. 13 Full Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 5 Dinners, all with tea and coffee.  

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy lunch with the Dyer family on their 15th century dairy farm in Somerset complete with home-made ice-cream

Authentic Accommodations

  • Enjoy Highland hospitality at Laggan Gaskmore Hotel located within Cairngorm National Park in the Scottish Highlands

Cultural Insight

  • Visit Buckfast Abbey, a Benedictine monastery built on the site where monks have lived and prayed for over 1,000 years

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in London, Liverpool and Edinburgh

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in London, Liverpool, Edinburgh
  • Orientation of Bath, Plymouth, Cardiff, Chester, Glasgow, York
  • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, picturesque Polperro, Buckfast Abbey, Glastonbury Abbey, the town of Ludlow, the Isle of Skye, Culloden, Edinburgh Castle, medieval Alnwick, Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • View Eilean Donan Castle, Alnwick Castle used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, York Minster, Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage
  • See Dartmoor, the Lake District, Ben Nevis and Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands, the Isle of Skye, the 18th green at St. Andrews
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  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to UK must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering the UK.

  • The currency in the UK is the Pound (£).  While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in the UK, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • English specialties include fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, sausages, stilton cheese, and scones with clotted cream. Culinary experiences to not to miss include a traditional pub meal, afternoon tea, and full English breakfast.  In larger cities like London you’ll also find restaurants serving a variety of international cuisine.

    Food and drink in Scotland goes far beyond haggis, porridge, and whiskey.  Other specialties to try include kippers, fish and chips, Scotch broth, smoked salmon, sausages, shortbread, and Dundee cake.  For a meal that’s inexpensive and authentic, try a pub meal with a pint of Scottish ale.

  • The climate in the UK is temperate, with regular rainfall throughout the year. We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress.  A few important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping is less common in the UK than in the U.S. When dining out, some restaurants will add a service charge of 12.5 percent to your bill, especially for groups.  If a service hasn’t been added, it’s appropriate to leave 10 – 15 percent gratuity.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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Reviews

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Patricia Beers
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : 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.
Monday, September 10, 2018
Jimmy Dodge
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : 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.
Sunday, September 2, 2018
Felix Massullo
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : 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.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The booking and money exchange went fine..
Vacation : Tour director shaded this one.. 1st and last time with Tralfagar
Friday, September 29, 2017
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : 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.
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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!

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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