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Best of Britain (Premium)

Parliament, London
13 Days from $2,903 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, Edinburgh (2 nights).
  6. In the morning, join a Local Expert for a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of Scotland's crown jewels. See Holyrood Palace at the end of the Royal Mile, then continue past the Scott Monument to the New Town. The afternoon is at leisure. At night, selected departures attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the castle.

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    hotel:The Roxburghe, Edinburgh.
  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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Always included in your GET vacation

  • 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.
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price AvailabilityPrice
30 Apr 17 12 May 17 checkmark $3,225$2,903pp
$3,225 $2,903 pp
7 May 17 19 May 17 checkmark $3,225$2,903pp
$3,225 $2,903 pp
14 May 17 26 May 17 $3,225$2,903pp
$3,225 $2,903 pp
21 May 17 2 Jun 17 $3,225$2,903pp
$3,225 $2,903 pp
28 May 17 9 Jun 17 $3,225$2,903pp
$3,225 $2,903 pp
4 Jun 17 16 Jun 17 checkmark $3,225$2,903pp
$3,225 $2,903 pp
11 Jun 17 23 Jun 17 checkmark $3,225$2,903pp
$3,225 $2,903 pp
18 Jun 17 30 Jun 17 checkmark $3,225$2,903pp
$3,225 $2,903 pp
25 Jun 17 7 Jul 17 $3,325$2,993pp
$3,325 $2,993 pp
2 Jul 17 14 Jul 17 checkmark $3,325$2,993pp
$3,325 $2,993 pp
9 Jul 17 21 Jul 17 $3,325$2,993pp
$3,325 $2,993 pp
16 Jul 17 28 Jul 17 $3,325$2,993pp
$3,325 $2,993 pp
23 Jul 17 4 Aug 17 $3,325$2,993pp
$3,325 $2,993 pp
30 Jul 17 11 Aug 17 checkmark $3,475$3,128pp
$3,475 $3,128 pp
6 Aug 17 18 Aug 17 $3,525$3,173pp
$3,525 $3,173 pp
13 Aug 17 25 Aug 17 $3,525$3,173pp
$3,525 $3,173 pp
20 Aug 17 1 Sep 17 checkmark $3,525$3,173pp
$3,525 $3,173 pp
27 Aug 17 8 Sep 17 $3,225$2,903pp
$3,225 $2,903 pp
3 Sep 17 15 Sep 17 $3,225$2,903pp
$3,225 $2,903 pp
10 Sep 17 22 Sep 17 checkmark $3,225$2,903pp
$3,225 $2,903 pp
17 Sep 17 29 Sep 17 checkmark $3,225$2,903pp
$3,225 $2,903 pp
24 Sep 17 6 Oct 17 $3,225$2,903pp
$3,225 $2,903 pp
1 Oct 17 13 Oct 17 $3,225$2,903pp
$3,225 $2,903 pp

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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  • 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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Service rating : You need to coordinate better with your transfer company. See below.
Product : 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
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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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.
Product : 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.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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Service rating : Very efficient
Product : Great overview - helped determine which parts of the UK I would like to visit for a longer period of time.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
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Service rating : Our tour guide, Peter, was just wonderful. Very knowledgeable and watched out for all of us. Most pleasurable trip. We had lots of laughs and fun.
Product : We saw and did so many wonderful things on this trip. It was really a trip to remember.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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Service rating : Nice people at GET but too large a group; screw up with airport transport blew first day in London; traveled with fun crowd, mostly from Australia.
Product : Very busy, saw a lot, usually prefer to savor sites but not much time to see anything but primary sites. Needed more time in most places. Good memories
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback. We're very sorry to hear about the mixup with your transfer, but so pleased that you were able to enjoy the rest of the trip and the fun group.

Grand European Travel
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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Service rating : I found the company east to work with. Since it was our first trip with this company we disn't know what to expect but everything worked very smoothly
Product : It met expectations or exceeded them in most instances.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We so love exceeding expectations. Thank you for your business and we hope to see you again soon!

Grand European Travel
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
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Service rating : We could not ask for; all aspects from start to finish were handled professionally and service was first class.
Product : This was our first escorted tour and our first vacation outside the US in a very long time. It was fabulous!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your feedback. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Britain and I hope to see you travel with us again.

Liz, Grand European Travel
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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Service rating : The only negative is the London car service. Coming in, the driver did not show up. Another company driver had to call the office. We waited in the airport for over an hour. On leaving, the driver company insisted on picking us up at 6 a.m for a 10:35 departure. We had to wait at the airport for 1 hour before we were even allowed to check in since British Airways rule is that you are not allowed to check in before 3 hour departure time. Next time, we most likely will find another way to get from and to the airport.
We thought our guide, Jacque, and the driver, Arthur were terrific.
Product : Excellent
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about the difficulties with your airport transfers. We will be sending your feedback to our London office for immediate review and appreciate you bringing this to our attention. Glad to see the trip was enjoyable except for this issue.

Grand European Travel
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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Service rating : It was a well planned and well executed trip. The only negative was the airport pick-up at Heathrow. No one was there for us. My husband had to individually approach other drivers to inquire after ours. Eventually we were directed to someone from the service who was there picking up another group; he called to report our problem and the service finally sent someone for us. This happened to at least three other couples taking our tour. It was a bad way to start off.
Product : Very nice tour. Driver and tour guide were first rate.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so sorry to hear about the confusion at London Heathrow and appreciate you bringing it to our attention. We are looking in to the issue and will take the proper steps to keep it from happening again. So glad that you enjoyed the rest of your trip.

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Monday, July 6, 2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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Service rating : Telephone contract leaves terms uncertain, and later disputed.
Product : Tour guide Stephan Russell was superb; knowledgeable, articulate, humorous and helpful
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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Service rating : Want more trips to Asia, 12 days or more, more meals included, free bottled water on the bus, fewer land coverage stops with less time spent traveling on the bus and more time engaging with the locals.
Product : Everyone wanted fewer stops and more time engaging with the locals. The very expensive Scotland dinner/cabaret night option was terrible ... too loud, vegetarian dinner awful, Vegas style instead of simple traditional presentations. Because of this, no one opted for the dinner/show in Wales. Also, we had one traveler who began the trip with a bad head cold (coughing/sneezing) who eventually infected all the others. Is there any way for the director to advise the wearing of a face mask while on the bus?
Sunday, May 31, 2015
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Service rating : I like the way GET provides the names of the participants. Insight did not do that and I still don't know the names of most of my traveling companions. I did not care for two days in London with little direction except for a morning excursion. Plus we never got together as a group until the third evening
Product : See above. Skip Glasgow and Cardiff. Traveling in Cornwall was a good experience, especially the dinner at the small tavern in Devon.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
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Service rating : We completed a survey on the coach.
Product : We completed a survey on the coach.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
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Service rating : take me off your mailing list
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Thursday, October 9, 2014
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Service rating : Every detail was cared for. We enjoyed every part of the tour, particularly our guide.
Product : It was an ideal introduction to Britain.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for choosing Grand European Travel to make your vacation arrangements. I'm glad to see that you enjoyed your trip to Britain and that you found the tour director to be especially helpful.

Liz, Grand European Travel
Friday, October 24, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
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Service rating : Tour and accomodations were superb.
Product : Saw a lot of things and places; wish we could have had more time at some locations, but you can't have everything. Tour director was excellent (knowledgeable and humerous and intertaining - it will be hard to find a better one on any future excursions).
Saturday, September 13, 2014
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Service rating : The only wish we would have more information about London before we arrived. We had no idea what we needed tickets for and even what was available.
Product : I was very disappointed in the narrative part of the trip, our guide Cindy only had information on the city we stopped at not any of the county side we passed through. I wouldn't have know where we were with out road signs. Also the large amount of area cover, left no time for stopping and exploring the towns we stopped in. Maybe splitting the tour in two, one side of England in 15 days and the other side in 15 days would allow for more exploring. Or adding an extra week would help. I just felt we spent to much time on the couch.
Friday, September 12, 2014
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Service rating : Professional treatment of signup and planning.
Product : Knowledgeable and personable guide. Comfortable bus and good choice of places to stay.
Friday, September 12, 2014
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Service rating : Would have found it more helpful to talk with the same person throughout the whole process of registration. Would like to have told that we were one of the 5 families not going to the Thistle Marble Arch hotel as we were looking for someone there to answer questions. It got sorted out but a heads up would of helped.
Product : There was a lot packed in 9 days but we did see a great deal of the UK. At times we wished we could have had a bit more time. For example--was the organic farm necessary especially when it had rained and was muddy and we were late due to a accident on the main highway. No since it was in the brochure, we had to go. Felt sorry for the farmer and his family. A few did go with the family on a short tour but many stayed on the bus.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
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Service rating : The travel director was extremely knowledgeable.
Product : We loved the spots throughout United Kingdom.

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!

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