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Best of Britain (Premium)

Operated by: Insight Vacations

11 Days from $3,195 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Aerial view of Parliament Building at dawn, London, England

Countries Visited

United Kingdom ...more United Kingdom

Locations Visited

London, Stratford, York, Hadrians Wall Path, Jedburgh, Edinburgh, Loch Lomond, Glasgow, Gretna Green, Windermere, Ludlow, Cardiff, Bath, Glastonbury, Saltash, Dartmoor National Park, Stonehenge ...more London, Stratford, York, Hadrians Wall Path, Jedburgh, Edinburgh, Loch Lomond, Glasgow, Gretna Green, Windermere, Ludlow, Cardiff, Bath, Glastonbury, Saltash, Dartmoor National Park, Stonehenge
  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 Amba Hotel Marble Arch, London.
  2. Day 2 London 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 houses. 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 and the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening.

    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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, 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, and 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Blu Hotel, 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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Low Wood Bay Resort & 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 of Cardiff for an orientation of the port city, upon the River Taff. See Cardiff Castle and the impressive Principality Stadium.

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

    Cross the Severn Bridge back into England and drive to the Georgian City of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore Bath with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the well-preserved Roman Baths, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, which serve as a hub of culture and education for the local population. Alternatively, enjoy a private visit to the Jane Austen Museum before the crowds arrive, and learn about the esteemed author. Continue to Glastonbury, steeped in legend and reputed to be the final resting place of King Arthur and the Holy Grail. Continue on to your hotel in the heart of Plymouth.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Jurys Inn Plymouth.
  9. Day 9 Dartmoor National Park Relaxed Start

    Explore the breathtaking beauty of Dartmoor National Park, home of wild ponies. Explore the breathtaking beauty of Dartmoor National Park, home of wild ponies. Meet Emma your moorland Local Expert for a discovery walk and intriguing foraging experience. Spend time reconnecting with nature amidst the stunning landscape of towering granite tors, open moorland, beautiful rivers and lush, wooded valleys.Later this evening, savour an unforgettable Celebration Dinner at Heskyn Mill during a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Join your Travel Director and newfound friends for the ultimate Farm-to-Table dining experience. Enjoy a mouth-watering meal prepared from organic seasonal produce, freshly picked from the surrounding fields, served with a glass of wine.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Jurys Inn Plymouth.
  10. Day 10 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. Return to London for a final evening at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Amba Hotel Marble Arch, London.
  11. Day 11 Homeward Bound

    Your journey ends this morning.

    meals Breakfast
Best of Britain Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • 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 delight 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.

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Bath: Visit the Jane Austen Centre and step into the world of the esteemed author. Learn about her life and work inspirations and take an opportunity to dress up in Regency clothes.
  • Bath: Visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths. Discover 2000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational investments to benefit the community. Its school educational programme actively supports local schools and students to learn about the cultural heritage of the region. The Roman Baths experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education.

Well-being

  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Travel Director

  • : "One experience that is not to be missed on this trip is a visit to the Roman Baths, because it’s an incredible relic of Roman times from 2000 years ago."
  • : "Towering mountains, glittering lochs, beautiful forests, crumbling toothy ancient castles, rushing rivers, grand vistas, clear air... there's nowhere else like the Highlands, in how it looks but also how it feels: strong, bright, impressive and light."
  • : "One food I really love introducing my guests to is haggis because it’s surprisingly really nice and they love hearing about how it’s made. "

Top Rated Highlights

  • Stratford-upon-Avon: Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history's most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore this pretty town with its iconic Tudor houses.
  • York: Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during your orientation of the city.
  • Hadrian's Wall: Stop to see part of the ancient wall that once marked the border of the Roman Empire.
  • Jedburgh: See the impressive 12th century Jedburgh Abbey, dominating the centre of town. Even though it is now in ruins it is still a magnificent structure and you can climb a spiral staircase to view the spectacular architecture from a balcony. Built by King David I of Scotland for Augustinian monks, Jedburgh is one of four major Abbeys of the Borders between England and Scotland, and was damaged and rebuilt several times during the Wars of Independence in the late 13th and early 14th centuries.
  • Edinburgh: Your Local Expert walks with you inside the walls of the Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
  • Edinburgh: Explore the city with your Local Expert 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Explore the narrow streets and lanes in front of the castle. Admire the medieval timber-framed buildings and Georgian mansions.
  • Cardiff: During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the castle and Principality Stadium.
  • Bath: Visit the Jane Austen Centre and step into the world of the esteemed author. Learn about her life and work inspirations and take an opportunity to dress up in Regency clothes.
  • Bath: During an orientation you will see the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.
  • Glastonbury: Explore the town rumored to be the resting place of legendary King Arthur and the Holy Grail, and location of one of the world's largest music festivals.
  • Stonehenge: Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.

Authentic Dining

  • York: In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and the chance to get to know your fellow travellers.
  • Dining Summary: 10 Breakfast (B), and 3 Dinner with Wine (DW)

Make Travel Matter

  • Bath: Visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths. Discover 2000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational investments to benefit the community. Its school educational programme actively supports local schools and students to learn about the cultural heritage of the region. The Roman Baths experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education.
  • Cornwall: John and Anne welcome you to historic Heskyn Mill for a farm-to-table dinner. Savour a delightful meal, with all ingredients responsibly sourced from local producers or carefully foraged from the local area to reduce waste. The farms ethos is to support local and reduce food waste. All food is sourced locally, even though this proves more expensive. A staff member grows seasonal vegetables and they have their own egg laying hens. They have relationships with the local farmers where they make sure to get the food that would otherwise struggle to be sold in order to reduce waste. Vegetables are chosen seasonally and are often picked in the morning for their guests to enjoy later the same day. Heskyn Mill Farm advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption & Production.

Insight Experiences

  • Dartmoor National Park: Walk amid the rolling valleys of Dartmoor National Park. Explore the history of stone circles and learn about indigenous traditions from your knowledgeable Local Expert.

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Reviews
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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
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It was delightful. Beautiful country!
Vacation
Could have bought a lot more.
Trusted Customer
Friday, August 18, 2017
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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
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Interesting places visited. fellow traveling companions were enjoyable. Tour guide was excellent. No glitches.
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