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Best of Britain (Premium)

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Parliament, London
Tour Style: Premium
13 Days from $2,825 per person

From the home of Shakespeare, to the moors of Scotland and the beautiful Cornish Countryside, this tour really is the best of all that Great Britain offers.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

  2. Check into your hotel, then there is time to relax, explore or shop.

    hotel:Grosvenor Hotel
  3. An included half day sightseeing tour of London’s West End shows you all the major sights - Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace. Your Insight Vacations Representative is also on hand today for help and advice.

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    hotel:Grosvenor Hotel
  4. Journey through the pretty Cotswolds to visit Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and uncover the facts about his life and family. On arrival in York, stroll the narrow lanes of the Tudor Shambles and view York Minster, England's largest medieval cathedral. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

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    hotel:Hilton, York.
  5. See a part of Hadrian's Wall, then pass Jedburgh Abbey en route to Edinburgh for your two-night stay in this stunning city.

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    hotel:The Roxburghe/Malmaison, Edinburgh/Leith (2 nights).
  6. In the morning, see Holyrood Palace at the end of the Royal Mile, then continue past the Scott Monument to the New Town, before joining a Local Expert for a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of Scotland’s crown jewels. The afternoon is at leisure. At night, selected departures attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the castle.

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    hotel:The Roxburghe/Malmaison, Edinburgh/Leith.
  7. Drive via historic Bannockburn and Stirling. Enjoy the scenery of the Trossachs. Drive along the banks of Loch Lomond. Continue to Glasgow for an orientation tour.

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    hotel:Hilton, Glasgow.
  8. Drive via Gretna 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 village of Grasmere.

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    hotel:Old England Hotel & Spa, Windermere.
  9. 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.

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    hotel:Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff.
  10. Cross the Severn Bridge back into England and drive to the Georgian city of Bath - its curative waters have been famous since Roman times. Sightseeing includes a visit to the Roman Baths and you also see the 15th century Abbey Church. Continue on to Glastonbury, steeped in legend, before heading to your fabulous resort in the Cornish countryside.

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    hotel:St. Mellion International Resort, Saltash (2 nights).
  11. In the morning, move on to a quaint Cornish fishing village, then continue along the Cornish coast to Plymouth to see the Mayflower Steps, Barbican, Citadel and Plymouth Hoe. Return via the hilly countryside of Dartmoor. Complete the day with a Celebration Dinner and wine.

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    hotel:St. Mellion International Resort, Saltash.
  12. Cross Salisbury Plain to visit Stonehenge, the world's most famous prehistoric monument, its true meaning lost in the mists of time. In the afternoon, return to London's Grosvenor Hotel.

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  13. Your journey draws to a close after breakfast this morning.

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

INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

8 Full breakfasts (FB), 1 three-course Dinner (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) both with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

Stratford:

  • To see or not to see? Visit the timber-framed building where Shakespeare was born and grew up.

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.
  • For a limited time in August, witness the breathtaking spectacle of the Military Tattoo.

Bath:

  • Visit the ancient Roman Baths with its colonnaded pool filled by natural thermal springs.

Stonehenge:

  • Visit the mysterious circle of upright stones, which stands as strong today as it did 3,500 years ago.
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These departures include the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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 $1,100 p.p.

Triple Supplement: $130 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $77 per person.

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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.

  • 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 in the UK. 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.  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 £2.50 per person/per day for your driver and £4.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 pounds 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 48 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.

Reviews

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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Vacation : We had problems with starting transfer. He was not there when we arrived. He did not know we were using insight so he didn't look for us. He thought we were Travfugar. Another Travfugar pickup driver would not help us contact pickup service. We had to borrow coins to call pickup service. Pickup had only Travfugar sign not insight sign.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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Vacation:
Service rating : This trip was run in a most professional manner. Our driver and travel director were excellent. Luggage was loaded and unloaded in a timely fashion and all the rooms I had were very good. Great trip.
Vacation : This tour was my first as a solo traveler so I was a little apprehensive initially but I didn't need to be as everyone was very friendly. The outstanding part of the tour for me was the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, this was amazing. The only thing that was a little disconcerting for me was being left on the pavement with my luggage when it ended. Also the driver who picked me up the following day did not have my name but luckily saw the Grand European yellow recognition label on my suitcase. Otherwise everything was great.

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place every year in August and is included on four departures in 2017:

July 30, August 6, August 13 and August 20.

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 2017 it will take place in Edinburgh from August 4th to August 26th, 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 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

Adult Price: £36.00

Edinburgh has more eateries per head than any other city in the UK and your Tour 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 or wine, beer or soft drink included.

Royal Yacht Britannia

Adult Price: £17.50

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.

Scottish Dinner & Cabaret

Adult Price: £58.00

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!

Loch Lomond

Doune Castle and the Trossachs Drive

Adult Price: £26.00

We enjoy a drive through the beautiful Trossachs to visit 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 new hit show, Outlander.

Glasgow

Glasgow Dinner

Adult Price: £37.00

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.This meal may be offered as a lunch.

Loch Lomond

Lake Cruise

Adult Price: £15.00

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.

Lake Windermere

Arts and Crafts House and Gardens

Adult Price: £20.00

A rare opportunity to visit an Arts & Crafts house designed by the famous architect MH Baillie Scott, set in stunning lakeside gardens. Refreshments will be included.

Cardiff

Cardiff Castle Tour

Adult Price: £21.00

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.

Pub Dinner

Adult Price: £35.00

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.

Welsh Evening At Millennium Centre

Adult Price: £54.00

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.

Cornwall

Cornwall Dinner

Adult Price: £34.00

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!

Plymouth

Plymouth Harbour Cruise

Adult Price: £15.00

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

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