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Best of Britain (Premium)

11 Days from $2,696 per person

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

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

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

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

  1. 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
  2. At 7:30 pm, 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 artifacts 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Hilton York
  3. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
  4. In the morning, 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. Join a Local Expert at Edinburgh Castle, home of the Honours of Scotland, to view the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg. The afternoon is at leisure. In the evening, select departures will attend the spectacular Military Tattoo—a colorful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
  5. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Radisson Blu Hotel
  6. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
  7. 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? Afterward, 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Clayton Hotel Cardiff
  8. Cross the Severn Bridge back into England and drive to the Georgian City of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built amphitheater-style on the surrounding hills and above Britain's only 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:St. Mellion International Resort
  9. In the morning, visit a quaint Cornish fishing village and continue to Plymouth on the Cornish Coast. Numerous famous voyagers have set off from this ancient port and you will 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 on the edge of Dartmoor National Park.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:St. Mellion International Resort
  10. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:The Grosvenor Hotel/Amba Hotel Marble Arch
  11. Your journey draws to a close after breakfast this morning.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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  • Edinburgh Tattoo
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  • Edinburgh Tattoo: This departure includes the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo event.
  • Festive Celebrations: Christmas and/or New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures.
  • Alternative Hotel: This departure may include alternate hotels in select cities.
  • Autumn Winter Spring Departure: Please note, these departures are subject to change in price, discount and hotel.

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 $850 per person

Triple Room Supplement: $110 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $98 per person.

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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

10 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner and 2 Dinners with Wine, 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.
  • Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace • Hadrian's Wall • Edinburgh Castle • the Roman Baths of Bath • Stonehenge
  • City tour of Edinburgh with a Local Expert
  • See York Minster and Shambles • Jedburgh Abbey ruins • St. Mungo's Cathedral in Glasgow • Stirling Castle • Wordsworth's grave in Grasmere • Ludlow Castle • Cardiff Castle and Principality Stadium • Bath Abbey • Glastonbury • Plymouth Hoe, the Barbican and Mayflower Steps in Plymouth.
  • 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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    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

Friday, September 21, 2018
Rita Williams
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Service rating : 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.
Friday, September 21, 2018
Thomas Ewing
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Service rating : 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
Friday, August 24, 2018
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Service rating : well done
Vacation : Edinburgh Tattoo was reason this tour was selected
Friday, August 17, 2018
Alan Walters
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Service rating : 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.
Friday, July 6, 2018
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Service rating : 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.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
William Morcom
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Service rating : 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
Friday, October 13, 2017
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Service rating : 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!
Friday, September 1, 2017
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Service rating : It was delightful. Beautiful country!
Vacation : Could have bought a lot more.
Friday, August 18, 2017
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Service rating : 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.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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Service rating : You need to coordinate better with your transfer company. See below.
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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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.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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Service rating : Very efficient
Vacation : 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.
Vacation : 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.
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
Vacation : 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
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
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
Vacation : It met expectations or exceeded them in most instances.
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.
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
Vacation : This was our first escorted tour and our first vacation outside the US in a very long time. It was fabulous!
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.
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
Vacation : Excellent
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Trusted Customer
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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.
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. Grand European Travel
Monday, July 6, 2015
Vacation : Very nice tour. Driver and tour guide were first rate.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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Service rating : Telephone contract leaves terms uncertain, and later disputed.
Vacation : 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.
Vacation : 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
Vacation : 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.
Vacation : We completed a survey on the coach.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
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Service rating : take me off your mailing list
Vacation : take me off your mailing list
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.
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
Vacation : It was an ideal introduction to Britain.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
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Service rating : Tour and accomodations were superb.
Vacation : 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.
Vacation : 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.
Vacation : 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.
Vacation : 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.
Vacation : We loved the spots throughout United Kingdom.
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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.

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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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  • 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 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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  • 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.

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: £39.00

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 of wine, beer or soft drink included.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh's Most Haunted

Adult Price: £27.00

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.

Edinburgh

Scottish Dinner & Cabaret

Adult Price: £60.00

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!

Edinburgh

Royal Yacht Britannia

Adult Price: £23.00

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.

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.

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

Visit To Medieval Doune Castle

Adult Price: £15.00

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.

Lake District

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.

Lake District

Windermere Cruise & Steam Train Ride

Adult Price: £19.00

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.

Cardiff

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.

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.

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.

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

Cornwall

Cornwall Dinner

Adult Price: £40.00

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!

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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.

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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