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Best of Britain (Premium)

Operated by: Insight Vacations

11 Days from $2,903 per person

Countries Visited

England ...more England

Locations Visited

York, Edinburgh, Jedburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Windermere, Grasmere, Ludlow, Cardiff, Bath, Glastonbury, Saltash, Plymouth, London ...more York, Edinburgh, Jedburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Windermere, Grasmere, Ludlow, Cardiff, Bath, Glastonbury, Saltash, Plymouth, London
  1. Day 1 Welcome to London

    Welcome to London. After checking into your hotel, the afternoon is free to enjoy a city that is famous for its pomp and pageantry. Perhaps relax with a walk along the Serpentine in Hyde Park or window shop in the elegant boutiques of Knightsbridge? Alternatively, you may want to stroll along the Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London.

    hotel The Grosvenor Hotel/Amba Hotel Marble Arch, London.
  2. Day 2 London, Stratford-upon-Avon and Medieval York.

    At 07:30, meet your Travel Director to begin your journey north to Stratford-upon-Avon with its wealth of black and white timber-framed buildings. Discover how William Shakespeare and his incredible works continue to shape society today when you visit his birthplace, full of interesting memorabilia and artefacts relating to his life. Continue to historic York to stroll the narrow lanes including the Shambles and view York Minster, England's largest medieval cathedral. Later, join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner with the opportunity to mingle other over a pleasant evening.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton York.
  3. Day 3 Hadrian's Wall to Edinburgh

    See a part of Hadrian's Wall, once spanning 80 miles from coast to coast, marking the northern frontier of the mighty Roman Empire. Continue past Jedburgh Abbey en route to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh for your two-night stay in this stunning city.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel MacDonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh.
  4. Day 4 Edinburgh Sightseeing.

    In the morning, join a Local Expert to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen, at the end of the Royal Mile. Continue past the Sir Walter Scott Monument to the 18th century New Town with its neoclassical Adam facades. Visit Edinburgh Castle, home of the Honours of Scotland, to view Mons Meg, with the option to see the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is at leisure. In the evening, select departures will attend the spectacular Military Tattoo - a colourful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel MacDonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh.
  5. Day 5 Loch Lomond to Glasgow.

    Drive via historic Bannockburn and Stirling and enjoy the scenery of the Trossachs. Continue along the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, before arriving in Glasgow for an orientation of the city with your Travel Director. See the grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Blu Glasgow.
  6. Day 6 The Glorious Lake District.

    Travel via Gretna Green to the English Lake District, with scenery so beautiful it inspired a host of writers. Learn about the life of William Wordsworth and visit his grave in the picturesque, stone-built village of Grasmere.(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa, Windermere.
  7. Day 7 The Welsh Marches and Cardiff.

    Stop in ancient Ludlow, one of England’s most attractive towns, dominated by its castle, rich in tragic royal history. Why not spend time exploring the traditional open-air market, admiring the local crafts and perhaps sampling the produce? Afterwards, cross into southern Wales and head for the capital city of Cardiff for an orientation of the port city, upon the River Taff. See Cardiff Castle and the impressive Principality Stadium.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Clayton Hotel Cardiff.
  8. Day 8 Georgian Bath and Cornwall.

    Cross the Severn Bridge back into England and drive to the Georgian City of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built amphitheatre-style on the surrounding hills and above one of Britain's thermal, mineral springs, its curative waters have been famous since Roman times. See the 15th century Abbey Church with angels climbing Jacob's Ladder. Visit the Roman Baths to see the incredibly well-preserved remains of one of the greatest spas of the ancient world, still flowing with the natural hot water from the springs below. Continue on to Glastonbury, steeped in legend and reputed to be the final resting place of King Arthur and the Holy Grail. Then head to your fabulous resort in the Cornish countryside.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel St. Mellion International Resort, Saltash, Cornish Coast.
  9. Day 9 The Cornish Coast Experience.

    In the morning, visit a quaint Cornish fishing village. Explore Devon with Insight Choice. Choose between a walk and foraging experience in Dartmoor or a scenic cruise of Plymouth harbour to see the Barbican, Citadel, Plymouth Hoe and the Mayflower Steps, from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America. Return via the hilly countryside of Dartmoor, home to wild ponies. For your Celebration Dinner, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Farm-to-Table dining experience of freshly prepared west country produce.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel St. Mellion International Resort, Saltash, Cornish Coast.
  10. Day 10 Ancient Stonehenge and London.

    Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the pre-historic and mysterious Stonehenge, where the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths are reputed to be up to 5,000 years old. Your journey concludes upon arrival at The Grosvenor Hotel in London.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Grosvenor Hotel
  11. Day 11 Homeward Bound.

    Your journey comes to an end after breakfast.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • You may purchase transfers from/to London Heathrow and Gatwick airports on arrival and departure days, or when additional night accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

  • Cornwall: Savour an unforgettable Celebration Dinner at Heskyn Mill. Join your Travel Director and newfound friends for the ultimate Farm-to-Table dining experience with mouthwatering meals prepared from organic seasonal produce, freshly-picked from the surrounding fields, and of course served with a glass of wine.
  • Dining Summary: 10 Breakfasts (B), 1 Dinner (D) and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Edinburgh: A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from the drawbridge. For a limited time in August, witness the incredible spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
  • Stratford: To see or not to see? Visit the timber-framed building where Shakespeare was born and grew up. Then enjoy some time to explore this pretty town.
  • York: Walk with your Travel Director within the city walls to see the York Minster and crocked Shambles.
  • Hadrian's Wall: Stop to see part of the ancient wall that once marked the border of the Roman Empire.
  • Jedburgh: See the Abbey, now in ruins.
  • Edinburgh: Walk with a Local Expert within the walls of the majestic castle perched on its rock, to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
  • Edinburgh: Your Local Expert reveals why this is Scotland's City of Culture. Explore the city as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and the official Scottish residence of the Queen, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • Glasgow: See the grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral.
  • Stirling: Travel via the historic site of Bannockburn and view Stirling Castle.
  • Grasmere: Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth and visit his grave.
  • Ludlow: See the walls of the castle and Jacobean buildings.
  • Cardiff: During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the castle and Principality Stadium.
  • Bath: Visit the ancient Roman Baths with its colonnaded pool filled by natural thermal springs. Explore the city with your Travel Director and witness the town's fine Georgian architecture.
  • Bath: During an orientation you will see the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.
  • Glastonbury: Pass the ruined Abbey where King Arthur is allegedly buried when you visit this town, famous for its yearly music festival.
  • Plymouth: During your orientation tour with your Travel Director see Plymouth Hoe and the Citadel then continue to the Barbican and Mayflower Steps. Then head out to explore a quaint Cornish fishing village.
  • Stonehenge: Visit the mysterious circle of upright stones, which stands as strong today as it did 3,500 years ago.
  • Scenic Drives: Enjoy the beautiful Scottish countryside and scenery of the Trossachs and Loch Lomond before continuing through the English Lake District, over Severn Bridge and past Dartmoor and the Welsh Marshes.

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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 2020 it will take place in Edinburgh from August 7th to August 29th, 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

Dinner In Edinburgh

Edinburgh has more eateries per head than any other city in the UK and your Travel Director knows which ones shine and which ones to shun! Join your fellow companions for a fun evening out in this vibrant city. Visit a prized local restaurant for a delicious three course dinner with a glass of wine, beer or soft drink included.
Adult Price: £40

Edinburgh's Most Haunted

Join our Ghouls and Ghosts to embark upon a scary and mirth-filled tour of Edinburgh's old town as never seen before! We'll enjoy a drink afterwards to calm our nerves before returning to the land of the living.
Adult Price: £27

Royal Yacht Britannia

This magnificent ship has hosted some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. For four royal couples, Britannia was to provide a honeymoon sanctuary before the onset of married life in the world's most photographed family. Now berthed in Leith, you are welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.
Adult Price: £23

Scottish Dinner & Cabaret

Join us for a lively and memorable evening of traditional Scottish song, dance, tartan and bagpipes. In addition to wine and dinner, your kilted hosts will lead you through some of the best-loved Scottish music and songs. You'll learn a Highland dance or two and sample Scotland’s national dish - haggis. An exceptional Scottish experience!
Adult Price: £60

Loch Lomond

Lake Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing cruise around picturesque Loch Lomond - the largest stretch of inland water to be found in the British Isles. Settle with a complimentary cup of tea or coffee and enjoy the flawless natural beauty, while all the history and legend is brought to life by on-board commentary.
Adult Price: £15

Visit To Medieval Doune Castle

We enjoy a visit of Doune Castle, overlooking the beautiful village of Doune. Famous for its association with Monty Python and now used as a film location for Game of Thrones, Doune is also the main Castle in the hit show, Outlander.
Adult Price: £15

Glasgow

Glasgow Dinner

In recent years, Glasgow has developed a fearsome culinary reputation. With its elegant and chic atmosphere, this restaurant is very much at the forefront. In the hub of Glasgow's vibrant cosmopolitan capital, enjoy an evening of Scottish fayre and experience the unique atmosphere of the city at night.
Adult Price: £40

Lake District

Windermere Cruise & Steam Train Ride

There is no better way to appreciate the scenic beauty of the English Lake District than a relaxing cruise and steam train ride. First take to the limpid waters of Windermere for a spectacular voyage, offering magnificent views of rugged mountains, secluded bays and wooded islands. At the southern end of the lake, your cruise connects with a steam locomotive for a nostalgic ride along the banks of the beautiful River Leven to Haverthwaite Station.
Adult Price: £19

Cardiff

Cardiff Castle Tour

Take an ‘insider’ look at this unique Castle started by the Romans 2,000 years ago where we have our own private tour. The refurbishments done in the 1800s have been described as outrageous to opulent, bogus to brilliant and some even say the architect, William Burgess, smoked his opium pipe too much!  His influences include Arab and Islamic art, Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales and even Aesop's fables. In addition, we can walk on the battlements and climb the 1,000-year-old Norman keep for superb views over Cardiff.
Adult Price: £21

Pub Dinner

Visit a traditional country pub with its stone floors, real ale, and cosy atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy a mouth-watering meal  featuring freshly cooked traditional British food.
Adult Price: £36

Welsh Evening At Millennium Centre

Join us for a lively night celebrating Welsh food and culture at the stunning Welsh Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Enjoy a traditional and locally-sourced three-course meal whilst being entertained by Welsh stories, enchanting music and renowned Welsh singers.
Adult Price: £54

Plymouth

Plymouth Harbour Cruise

Join us for a pleasant cruise around the harbour of this most famous seaport. Your skipper provides all the informative commentary as you enjoy panoramic vistas of Plymouth Hoe, site of Drake’s legendary game of bowls.  View the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America, and ships weighed anchor for Australia, New Zealand and Newfoundland. Continue into the Royal Navy Dockyard for a chance to see some of the more modern vessels of the Royal Navy
Adult Price: £15

Cornwall

Cornwall Dinner

There can be nothing better on a long summer's evening, then a delightful meal in a quintessential English country pub. Enjoy a three-course dinner of superb local food with wine. Cheers!
Adult Price: £40

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Service
Everything about the trip was fabulous. John Chappell is a huge asset to your company, so patient and kind and creative in his problem-solving. Because no matter how much good planning one does, problems do arise.
Vacation
Every single day was filled with delights. Beautiful and interesting countries, good food, history, architecture, and more.
Rita Williams
Friday, September 21, 2018
Service
The leader, John Jennings, and the two drivers were really good. The little treats, scones, scotch at the border, were delightful. The coach was always clean, but had several seats with limited leg room They were uncomfortable. John rotated us to minimize the problem. Limited overhead storage. GET did not send labels etc to my travel companions causing a problem at the beginning of the tour with luggage loading.
Vacation
I expected to be part of a smaller group, 25-30, but found our group merged with Insight tours. This became 40. All were wonderful fellow travelers, but I might not have purchased this had I known the size of the group. The coach was too full.
Thomas Ewing
Friday, September 21, 2018
Service
Arrangements were good, my disappointment may be more related to insight.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We do apologize for the unexpected change in itinerary, but hope you had some good times along the way.
Friday, September 21, 2018
Vacation
My first bus tour, lot of sitting. Our tour guide John was good
Trusted Customer
Friday, August 24, 2018
Service
well done
Vacation
Edinburgh Tattoo was reason this tour was selected
Alan Walters
Friday, August 17, 2018
Service
did not see many sites that came with the tour. too much time on the coach due to the road systems. rooms were average.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to let us know. We will research the situation and our Guest Relations team will be in touch with you.
Monday, August 20, 2018
Vacation
average value for what you get.
Trusted Customer
Friday, July 6, 2018
Service
Christina was a great guide. She was knowledgeable, helpful and had good taste. We also appreciated our driver Les. He did an amazing job of keeping us safe and the coach spotless.
Response from Grand European Travel:
So happy to hear you had a nice trip! Thanks for sharing your experience.
Friday, July 6, 2018
Vacation
We covered a lot of ground on this trip and say many important attractions. This trip is good value for the money spent.
William Morcom
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Service
good hotel locations, roomy bus
Vacation
Enjoyed the trip, but would have liked less optionals on lake/harbor cruises and more on historical sites. More time in some locations and we missed some sites I would have liked to see. Also wine was only average and we should have had choices especially on the optional tours. Would have liked tour of London, Windsor Castle, Tintagel, Mount St Michael's. Doune castle.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback and suggestions.  We will be sure to share them with  Insight Vacation's planning teams.  We are glad that you enjoyed the Best of Britain overall.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Trusted Customer
Friday, October 13, 2017
Service
Efficient handling of the booking & help in finding the right tour to suit our time schedule.
Vacation
The optional tours were good value for money!
Trusted Customer
Friday, September 1, 2017
Service
It was delightful. Beautiful country!
Vacation
Could have bought a lot more.
Trusted Customer
Friday, August 18, 2017
Service
The Insight bus was very comfortable. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, especially the history and geography of the various regions traveled. The bus driver was very skilled. Travelling with people from other countries adds to the experience.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate you taking the time to write, and are glad to hear you enjoyed your Best of Britain trip.  
Friday, August 18, 2017
Vacation
Interesting places visited. fellow traveling companions were enjoyable. Tour guide was excellent. No glitches.
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