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Best of Britain (Premium) - Small Group

11 Day Tour of England, Scotland & Wales

Best of Britain (Premium)
Best of Britain Guided Tour
11 Days
3 Countries

England, Scotland, Wales

17 Cities

London, Stratford, York, Hadrians Wall Path, Jedburgh, Edinburgh, Loch Lomond, Glasgow, Gretna Green, Windermere, Ludlow, Cardiff, Bath, Glastonbury, Plymouth, Dartmoor National Park, Stonehenge

13 Meals

10 Breakfasts, 3 Dinner with Wines

Leisurely

3 or more nights in 1 destination. Requires 1-2 miles of walking per day to participate in top sites primarily flat surfaces and with some stairs.

Average group size average 20
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If you prefer to travel with a smaller group of curious fellow travelers passionate about diving into incredible experiences, Insight Vacations Small Group tours are the perfect choice. With all the premium features of Insight Vacations including 4 and 5-star hotels, one-of-a-kind inclusions, immersive local cultural experiences and superior dining, small group departures have a maximum of just 24 guests allowing for a more intimate, premium touring experience. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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See the very best of Britain on this 11-day guided tour that traverses Scotland, Wales and England. At Edinburgh Castle, sit on the Stone of Destiny, the sandstone seat upon which dozens of Scottish monarchs were crowned. Survey the English Lake District, where mountainous peaks give way to expansive lakes and scenery so picturesque it inspired the words of William Wordsworth. Plus, discover the mystery of Stonehenge, where towering prehistoric stones cast shadows on emerald green fields and sail across Plymouth harbor, with views of the city's royal citadel. Finally, indulge in a feast at a historic mill in the English countryside, enjoying organic seasonal produce freshly picked from the fields just outside.

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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.

Tower Bridge over The Thames in London, England
Thistle Marble Arch View Hotel Details

Thistle Marble Arch

About the Hotel

London, England

Located at the west end of Oxford Street and just 2 minutes from Hyde Park, Thistle Marble Arch is less than a mile from London's famed West End.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • Room Service
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Gym

Style

  • Traditional

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.

The River Avon and row boats, Stratford Upon Avon, England
Hilton York View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Hilton York

About the Hotel

York, England

The Hilton York is situated within the city walls, close to the York Minster and the best this city has to offer.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Tudor street in Stratford upon Avon, England
Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in 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 ...

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Top Rated Highlights Old street leading to Bootham Bar, a gateway in York, England
York Orientation

Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during your orientation of the city.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Meet your Travel Director and fellow guests at a Welcome Dinner in York, England
York Welcome Dinner

In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and the chance to get to know your fellow travelers.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 3

Hadrian's Wall to Edinburgh

See a part of Hadrian's Wall, an impressive Roman construction that once spanned 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. This evening, perhaps partake in a traditional dinner at Ghillie Dhu. 

Skyline view of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Edinburgh Hotel Holyrood By Marriott
Included Meals Breakfast
Top Rated Highlights A stretch of Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland, England
See Hadrians Wall

Stop to see part of the ancient wall that once marked the border of the Roman Empire.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Jedburgh Abbey interior, Jedburgh, Scotland
See Jedburgh Abbey

See the impressive 12th century Jedburgh Abbey, dominating the center of town. Even though it is now in ruins it is still a magnificent structure a...

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Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Enjoy Ceilidh evening dinner see Scottish Piper Ghillie dhu, Edinburgh in Scotland
Ceilidh Evening and Dinner at Ghillie Dhu

Experience the best of Scottish tradition at Ghillie Dhu, where we'll be welcomed by a Scottish piper and enjoy a welcome drink before settling in ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Edinburgh Sightseeing

In the morning join a Local Expert to explore the Royal Mile. You will see the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of His Majesty the King. 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 colorful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Edinburgh Hotel Holyrood By Marriott
Included Meals Breakfast
Top Rated Highlights Guided castle tour of Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle Visit

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.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Princes street in Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh City Tour

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...

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Top Rated Highlights

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Witness the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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 t...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Skyline view of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
Royal Edinburgh

We’ll enjoy views of the Queen's Park and take in a spectacular panorama of Scotland’s Capital before arriving at Holyrood Palace - the King’s offi...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Glasses of Whisky in Edinburgh, Scotland
Dinner In Edinburgh

Edinburgh has more eateries per head than any other city in the UK and your Travel Director knows which ones shine and which ones to shun! Join you...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences View of Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh - The Untold Story

Walk Edinburgh's heart with your Local Expert, to hear about the ultimate loyal dog, grave robbers, executions and other untold stories. Stroll thr...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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.

Beautiful natural landscape, Loch Lomond, Scotland
Radisson Blu Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Radisson Blu Hotel

About the Hotel

Glasgow, Scotland

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow features award-winning architecture, boasting a stunning atrium and rooms with wall-to-ceiling windows.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights George Square in Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow Orientation

See the grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights The entrance known as The Forework, at Stirling Castle in Stirling, Scotland
See Stirling Castle

Travel via the historic site of Bannockburn and view Stirling Castle.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Boat trip in Loch Lomond, Scotland
Lake Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing cruise around picturesque Loch Lomond - the largest stretch of inland water to be found in the British Isles. Settle with a compli...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Doune Castle in Stirling, Scotland
Visit To Medieval Doune Castle

We enjoy a visit of Doune Castle, overlooking the beautiful village of Doune. Famous for its association with Monty Python and now used as a film l...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Glasgow Dinner

In recent years, Glasgow has developed a fearsome culinary reputation. With its elegant and chic atmosphere, tonight's dining experience will featu...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Guided Visit and Dinner at The Mackintosh at the Willow

Step inside the stunning surroundings of Mackintosh at the Willow after-hours and relax with a glass of prosecco. Explore the history of the tearoo...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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.

Scenic view of Lake Windermere, Windermere, England
Castle Green Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Castle Green Hotel

About the Hotel

Kendal, England

Set in the spectacular English Lake District, Castle Green Hotel offers elegant guest bedrooms surrounded by 14 acres of wooded gardens. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Grasmere Lake in Grasmere, Lake District, England.
Visit William Wordsworth's Grave in Grasmere

Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth and visit his grave.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Cruise on Lake Windermere with steam train, England
Windermere Cruise and Steam Train Ride

There is no better way to appreciate the scenic beauty of the English Lake District than a relaxing cruise and steam train ride. First take to the ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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.

Sunset in Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales
Clayton Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Clayton Hotel

About the Hotel

Cardiff, Wales

Nestled among some of Cardiff’s most iconic sights, the Clayton Hotel ensures you don’t miss any action, be it shopping or exploration. Unwind in its restaurant and bar, where you can choose from a sophisticated selection of wine, premium beers and spirits.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights City Orientation Ludlow, Uk
Ludlow Orientation

Explore the narrow streets and lanes in front of the castle. Admire the medieval timber-framed buildings and Georgian mansions.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Norman Keep at Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, Wales
Cardiff Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the castle and Principality Stadium.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Cardiff Castle tour in Cardiff, Wales
Cardiff Castle Tour

Take an ‘insider’ look at this unique Castle started by the Romans 2,000 years ago where we have our own private tour. The refurbishments done in t...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Traditional Welsh evening and dinner in Cardiff, Wales
Welsh Evening

Join us for a lively night celebrating Welsh food and culture at a stunningly-renovated deconsecrated church in the heart of Cardiff. Enjoy a tradi...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a traditional Welsh evening with dinner in Cardiff, Wales
Pub Dinner

Visit a traditional country pub with its stone floors, real ale, and a cosy atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy a mouth-watering meal, featuri...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Georgian Bath and Devon

Cross the Severn Bridge back into England and drive to the golden Georgian City of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the well-preserved Roman Baths, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, which serve as a hub of culture and education for the local population. Continue to Glastonbury, steeped in legend and reputed to be the final resting place of King Arthur and the Holy Grail. View the ruined monastery before continuing to your hotel in the heart of Plymouth. 

Pulteney Bridge over Avon River in Bath, England
Accommodation Leonardo Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Make Travel Matter Steam rising off the Roman Baths in Bath, England
Visit the Roman Baths

Visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths. Discover 2000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational inv...

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Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights The Royal Crescent in Bath, England
Bath Orientation

During an orientation you will see the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Town Orientation Glastonbury, Uk
Glastonbury Orientation

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.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Cornwall Dinner

There can be nothing better than 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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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Dartmoor National Park

Explore Dartmoor with Insight Choice. Choose to join a scenic exploration of Dartmoor National Park. Spend time reconnecting with nature amidst the stunning landscape of towering granite tors, open moorland, beautiful rivers and lush, wooded valleys. Alternatively, enjoy a relaxing cruise of Plymouth Harbor and see the Mayflower Steps, Barbican, Royal Citadel and Plymouth Hoe.
Later this evening, savor 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.

Guests enjoying a Celebration Dinner in Saltash, England
Accommodation Leonardo Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Make Travel Matter A Make Travel Matter experience at Heskyn Mill Farm, Saltash, England
Locally Sourced Farm-to-Table Meal at Heskyn Mill Farm in Saltash

John and Anne welcome you to historic Heskyn Mill for a farm-to-table dinner. Savor a delightful meal, with all ingredients responsibly sourced fro...

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Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights Dartmoor Sightseeing Plymouth, Uk
Plymouth Harbor Scenic Cruise

Set sail on a relaxing cruise from Plymouth harbor, where the pilgrims left over 400 years ago.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Insight Experiences Walk in Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park, England
Dartmoor National Park Walk

Learn about the history of stone circles and indigenous traditions from your knowledgeable Local Expert and enjoy a scenic exploration across the r...

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Insight Experiences

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. Explore this fascinating site and learn about its historic and modern interpretations before returning to London for a final evening at leisure.

Scenic view of Salisbury Plain, Salisbury, England
Thistle Marble Arch View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Thistle Marble Arch

About the Hotel

London, England

Located at the west end of Oxford Street and just 2 minutes from Hyde Park, Thistle Marble Arch is less than a mile from London's famed West End.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • Room Service
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Gym

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights First light at Stonehenge, Salisbury, England
Visit Stonehenge

Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 11

Homeward Bound

Bid farewell to England and Wales as your journey ends this morning.

Thames River Dinner Cruise, London, England
Included Meals Breakfast

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

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Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace in 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 ...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
York Orientation

Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during your orientation of the city.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See Hadrians Wall

Stop to see part of the ancient wall that once marked the border of the Roman Empire.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See Jedburgh Abbey

See the impressive 12th century Jedburgh Abbey, dominating the center of town. Even though it is now in ruins it is still a magnificent structure a...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Edinburgh Castle Visit

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.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Edinburgh City Tour

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...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Witness the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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 t...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Glasgow Orientation

See the grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See Stirling Castle

Travel via the historic site of Bannockburn and view Stirling Castle.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit William Wordsworth's Grave in Grasmere

Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth and visit his grave.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Ludlow Orientation

Explore the narrow streets and lanes in front of the castle. Admire the medieval timber-framed buildings and Georgian mansions.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Cardiff Orientation

During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the castle and Principality Stadium.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Visit the Roman Baths

Visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths. Discover 2000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational inv...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Bath Orientation

During an orientation you will see the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Glastonbury Orientation

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.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Locally Sourced Farm-to-Table Meal at Heskyn Mill Farm in Saltash

John and Anne welcome you to historic Heskyn Mill for a farm-to-table dinner. Savor a delightful meal, with all ingredients responsibly sourced fro...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Plymouth Harbor Scenic Cruise

Set sail on a relaxing cruise from Plymouth harbor, where the pilgrims left over 400 years ago.

Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Dartmoor National Park Walk

Learn about the history of stone circles and indigenous traditions from your knowledgeable Local Expert and enjoy a scenic exploration across the r...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Stonehenge

Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.

Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
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.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

10 Breakfasts, 3 Dinner with Wines

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

York Welcome Dinner

In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and the chance to get to know your fellow travelers.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Thistle Marble Arch
Hilton York
Radisson Blu Hotel
Castle Green Hotel
Clayton Hotel

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Ceilidh Evening and Dinner at Ghillie Dhu

Experience the best of Scottish tradition at Ghillie Dhu, where we'll be welcomed by a Scottish piper and enjoy a welcome drink before settling in ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Royal Edinburgh

We’ll enjoy views of the Queen's Park and take in a spectacular panorama of Scotland’s Capital before arriving at Holyrood Palace - the King’s offi...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner In Edinburgh

Edinburgh has more eateries per head than any other city in the UK and your Travel Director knows which ones shine and which ones to shun! Join you...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Edinburgh - The Untold Story

Walk Edinburgh's heart with your Local Expert, to hear about the ultimate loyal dog, grave robbers, executions and other untold stories. Stroll thr...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Lake Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing cruise around picturesque Loch Lomond - the largest stretch of inland water to be found in the British Isles. Settle with a compli...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Visit To Medieval Doune Castle

We enjoy a visit of Doune Castle, overlooking the beautiful village of Doune. Famous for its association with Monty Python and now used as a film l...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Glasgow Dinner

In recent years, Glasgow has developed a fearsome culinary reputation. With its elegant and chic atmosphere, tonight's dining experience will featu...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Guided Visit and Dinner at The Mackintosh at the Willow

Step inside the stunning surroundings of Mackintosh at the Willow after-hours and relax with a glass of prosecco. Explore the history of the tearoo...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Windermere Cruise and Steam Train Ride

There is no better way to appreciate the scenic beauty of the English Lake District than a relaxing cruise and steam train ride. First take to the ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Cardiff Castle Tour

Take an ‘insider’ look at this unique Castle started by the Romans 2,000 years ago where we have our own private tour. The refurbishments done in t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Welsh Evening

Join us for a lively night celebrating Welsh food and culture at a stunningly-renovated deconsecrated church in the heart of Cardiff. Enjoy a tradi...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Pub Dinner

Visit a traditional country pub with its stone floors, real ale, and a cosy atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy a mouth-watering meal, featuri...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Cornwall Dinner

There can be nothing better than a delightful meal in a quintessential English country pub. Enjoy a three-course dinner of superb local food with wine. Cheers!

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

Best Value Why touring is the easiest way to travel Learn more >

Current Entry Requirements Check your destination View Entry Guide >

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Great Britain is made up of three countries: England, Scotland, and Wales. These countries are located on the island of Great Britain, which is the largest island in the British Isles
  • The United Kingdom (UK) consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland
  • Languages across Great Britain: English is the dominant language throughout Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales). While the main language in Scotland is English, Scots and Scottish Gaelic are minority languages. In Wales, both English and Welsh Gaelic are spoken. If you're traveling through the UK and visiting Northern Ireland, you'll also hear English and Irish or Gaeilge.
  • Currencies used in Great Britain: British Pound Sterling (£) is used throughout the United Kingdom.
  • Capitals Cities: London (England), Edinburgh (Scotland), Cardiff (Wales), Belfast (Northern Ireland)
  • Time Zone(s) in the United Kingdom: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1) during daylight saving time

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

United Kingdom passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter the United Kingdom.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

The climate in the United Kingdom is generally classified as temperate maritime, characterized by mild winters and cool summers. The weather is known for its variability and can change frequently throughout the day. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with showers being common. The western parts of the UK, particularly areas like Wales and Scotland, tend to experience higher rainfall compared to the eastern regions. The UK is influenced by the warm Gulf Stream, which helps to moderate temperatures and prevent extreme heat or cold. Fog and mist are common in some areas, particularly in autumn and winter.

Electricity

  • American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.
  • Type G outlets are used throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
    Adapters are used to change the plug style from American-style plugs with two flat prongs to fit into these outlets, which take three rectangular prongs.
  • You will need a plug adapter and voltage converter to use your appliances in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in European and United Kingdom hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.
  • Most hotels in Europe or the UK can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport Transfers for Europe flights not arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold 
  • Your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings

Airport Transfers for Europe flights arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold
  • You booked your land tour and flights as a land/air package through GET. If you book your flights independently via London Heathrow, you can *purchase a transfer through us.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Service
well done
Vacation
Edinburgh Tattoo was reason this tour was selected
Alan Walters
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: Friday, September 1, 2017
Service
It was delightful. Beautiful country!
Vacation
Could have bought a lot more.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, August 18, 2017
Service
The Insight bus was very comfortable. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, especially the history and geography of the various regions traveled. The bus driver was very skilled. Travelling with people from other countries adds to the experience.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate you taking the time to write, and are glad to hear you enjoyed your Best of Britain trip.  
Friday, August 18, 2017
Vacation
Interesting places visited. fellow traveling companions were enjoyable. Tour guide was excellent. No glitches.
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