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Best of Britain

14 Day UK Tour of England and Scotland

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14 Days
3 Countries

England, Wales, Scotland

23 Cities

London, Stonehenge, Bath, Exeter, Plymouth, Polperro, Glastonbury, Cardiff, Ludlow, Chester, Liverpool, Lake District, Gretna Green, Glasgow, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, Isle of Skye, Pitlochry, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, Alnwick, York, Stratford-upon-Avon

19 Meals

13 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners, 1 Lunch

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
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Explore the Best of Britain on this incredible trip across England, Scotland and Wales, and travel over the sea to the Isle of Skye. Imagine life as a Benedictine monk at Buckfast Abbey, feel the hope of brave pilgrims in Plymouth and be inspired by the beauty of Lake Windermere.

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Day 1

Welcome to London

London's vibrant city streets are your launch pad to an epic journey through the iconic sights of Britain. Embrace the pomp and ceremony of this multi-cultural capital, exploring the treasures of its former Empire in museums, rambling through its picturesque Royal Parks or admiring the ancient façades that line its grand boulevards and hidden lanes.

St. Pauls Cathedral in London, England
Accommodation Park Plaza London Riverbank

Day 2

Explore Historic London

Join a Local Specialist today for a tour of the city's iconic sights. See Big Ben and the imposing Houses of Parliament on the banks of the Thames, then Buckingham Palace, the official UK residence of the British sovereigns since the mid-19th century. The rest of the day is yours to explore London - an effortless mix of centuries-old heritage and modern sophistication.

Guards at Buckingham Palace in London, England
Accommodation Park Plaza County Hall London
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Big Ben in London, England
London City Tour with a Local Specialist

See London's iconic sites with a Local Specialist. 

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Iconic Experience

Day 3

Journey to Stonehenge, Bath and Exeter

Meet your Travel Director and commence your journey through the rolling green and golden landscapes of rural Wiltshire to Salisbury Plain. We tread in the footsteps of druids and pagans at Stonehenge, before traveling to UNESCO-listed Bath with its elegant Georgian façades and the centuries-old Roman Baths. Our home for the next two nights is the historic cathedral city of Exeter, where we will enjoy a memorable Welcome Dinner this evening at our hotel.

Roman Baths in Bath, England
Accommodation Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Roman Baths in Bath, England
Bath Orientation

Admire UNESCO-listed Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and the bimillenial Roman Baths from which the city takes its name.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Stonehenge in England
Visit Stonehenge

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

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® 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®

Day 4

Plymouth and More in the Southwest

Our first stop today is in the ancient port city of Plymouth, where we’ll delve into the history of the brave Pilgrim Fathers who set sail for an unknown New World from its shores. See the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound and consider an optional cruise around the dramatic coastline. We take a step back in time at our next stop – the delightful village of Polperro. Continuing along the brooding moorland of Dartmoor, we arrive at Buckfast Abbey, where we’ll Dive Into Culture and gain insights into how Benedictine monks have lived and prayed for over 1,000 years.

Fishermans Cottage in Polperro, Cornwall, England
Accommodation Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Visit Buckfast Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Buckfastleigh, England
Discover the Benedictine monastery at Buckfast Abbey

Visit Buckfast Abbey, a Benedictine monastery built on the site where monks have lived and prayed for over 1,000 years.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Sutton Harbour in Plymouth, England
Plymouth Orientation

During an orientation tour with your Travel Director, see Plymouth Hoe and the Citadel before continuing to the Barbican and Mayflower Steps. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Harbour cruise in Plymouth, England
Plymouth Harbor Cruise

Relax on a boat trip around the harbor of one of England’s most famous seaports. As the commentary unfolds, we'll see the Mayflower steps monument,...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy an extended Harbour Cruise of Plymouth, England
Plymouth Harbor Extended Cruise

An hour-long extended private cruise across Plymouth Harbor will give us a comprehensive tour of the history from the Mayflower Steps all the way t...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Devonshire village and dinner in Devon, England
Devonshire Village And Dinner

We’ll drive to a beautiful village in Devon, where you’ll see cob walled houses with thatched roofs and the parish church, which dates back over 70...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Onwards to Glastonbury and Cardiff

Enjoy a scenic drive through the pretty Devon and Somerset countryside to mystical Glastonbury, where we'll visit the ruined Abbey, said to be the final resting place of King Arthur. Your journey back to a time of knights, lords and ladies is just beginning and you’ll head to Somerset for an unforgettable experience with Ian and Ann Dyer who are your warm Be My Guest hosts on their modern-day dairy farm, where guests will get to see the ancient manor which was mentioned in the Domesday book of 1085. The Dyers both hail from old farming families and you’ll learn what life is like in the rural countryside and the historical significance of their home as you Connect With Locals over a lunch featuring family favorites prepared by keen cook, Ann. We journey to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, where we'll explore the proud heritage of the Welsh and modern icons, including the Principality Stadium during an orientation tour. 

Take in the Somerset countryside, England
Accommodation Leonardo Hotel Cardiff
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Be My Guest Enjoy a lunch with the Dyer family on their 15th-century dairy farm in Somerset
Lunch with the Dyer Family on their 15th-Century Dairy Farm in Somerset

Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch with the Dyer family on their 15th-century dairy farm in Somerset complete with home-made ice-cream.

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Glastonbury Abbey in England
Glastonbury Abbey Visit

Visit the historic Glastonbury Abbey. Founded in the 7th century, its ruins are now registered as a Grade I listed building.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales
Cardiff Orientation

Learn more about Wales' capital and cultural hub, Cardiff, as you enjoy an orientation of this vibrant city with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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

On a private tour, you'll explore this unique castle and hear tales about the eclectic refurbishments. Done in the 1800s by architect William Burge...

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Optional Experiences

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

Enjoy an evening of Welsh music, culture and humor. The venue for the evening is a stunningly-renovated deconsecrated church. After a warm receptio...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a traditional Welsh evening with dinner in Cardiff, Wales
Traditional Welsh Evening And Dinner

Join us for a traditional Welsh country dinner. We'll take you to a 14th century thatched inn called The Blue Anchor. While you're eating and enjoy...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Explore Tudor History and on to Liverpool

Tudor history is explored this morning as we visit the historic towns of Ludlow and Chester with their characteristic black-and-white half-timbered buildings. Join your Travel Director for an orientation walk past these famous Tudor Rows and enjoy views of Chester's medieval city walls and red sandstone Cathedral. The haunt of the 'Fab Four' is our final stop today. Join a Local Specialist to gain insight into Liverpool's Beatles' history and enjoy a free evening in one of Britain's edgiest cities.

Chester Walls Clock, Chester, England
Accommodation Leonardo Hotel Liverpool
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Ludlow Castle Round Chapel in Ludlow, England
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

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Tudor houses in Chester, England
Chester Orientation

See the Jubilee Clock, cathedral, city walls, and famous black and white Rows.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience The Liverpool Pier head featuring the three graces reflected in the canal in Liverpool, England
Liverpool City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to gain insight into Liverpool's history.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 7

Venture to the Romantic Lake District and on to Glasgow

Rolling Lancashire pastures give way to the soul-stirring Lake District, whose beautiful scenery has inspired poets and writers for centuries. We travel along the shores of Lake Windermere, through countryside made famous by the poet William Wordsworth. Stop in Gretna Green on the Scottish border, where many eloping couples have tied the knot. We arrive in Glasgow later for an orientation tour, including views of the Cathedral, magnificent George Square and the Clyde River, the former heart of the shipbuilding industry. This evening, enjoy a Regional Dinner in a local restaurant.

Take in breathtaking views of Lake District, England
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Glasgow
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Glasgow City Chambers and George Square in Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow Orientation

See the grand public buildings of Glasgow, including George Square. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience The signpost at the Scottish town of Gretna Green, Scotland
Visit Gretna Green

Visit the famous spot where runaway lovers were married.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Lake Windermere in Cumbria, England
Scenic Drive Through the Lake District

Drive through the hauntingly beautiful Lakes District, immortalized by literary greats of the Romantic Movement.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Cruise on Lake Windermere, England
Scenic Cruise on Lake Windermere

Enjoy a scenic boat cruise on England's most beautiful and largest lake, taking in the beautiful houses, gardens and Wray Castle. You’ll see boats ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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

Step back in time as we board the steam train for a short journey from Haverthwaite to Lakeside. Then a chance to view the glorious scenery of the ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

On to Fort William and the Scottish Highlands

Journey along Loch Lomond, whose Bonnie Banks were immortalized in the well-known Scottish song. We arrive in Glencoe and remember the MacDonald clansmen who died tragically in the 1692 massacre which led this place to be called the 'Glen of Weeping'. At the World War II Commando Memorial near Fort William, we admire views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Our day in beautiful surrounds comes to an end with a cozy dinner at our hotel located within the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands.

Red Grouse in Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Accommodation Laggan Hotel Cairngorms
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Must-see Highlights Conservation Range Glencoe, Scotland
See Glencoe

Drive through this Highland village on Loch Leven.

Included in Trip

Must-see Highlights

Iconic Experience The Commando Memorial, Fort William, Scotland
Fort William World War II Commando Memorial

Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Boat trip in Loch Lomond, Scotland
Loch Lomond Boat Trip

Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond'. As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point o...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Highland farm experience in Kincraig, Scotland
Highland Farm Experience

Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each d...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Discover the Isle of Skye

We travel to the coast this morning to the Isle of Skye where a Local Specialist will take us on a journey to view the remarkable Cuillin Mountains. Against the backdrop of heather-clad mountains, we stop at the ancient settlement of Kyleakin. Later, we cross back to the mainland to view scenic Eilean Donan Castle. Travel through the Scottish Highlands past its picturesque lochs and glens, keeping your camera at the ready to capture ‘Nessie’ if you can.

Eilean Donan Castle in Dornie, Scotland
Accommodation Laggan Hotel Cairngorms
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Visit the scenic Scottish Highlands
Scenic Drive Through the Scottish Highlands

Admire picturesque lochs and glens as you travel through the Scottish Highlands.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 10

Journey to Enchanting Edinburgh

Heading back to the lowlands of Scotland, we stop in Pitlochry before heading to the historic home of golf, St. Andrews. Here, the first games were played during the 1400s. See its famous 18th hole before crossing the Firth of Forth to Scotland's enchanting capital, Edinburgh. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.

Old Bridge, Pitlochry, Scotland
Accommodation Delta Hotels by Marriott
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Golf Course of St. Andrews, Scotland
Visit the University Town of St. Andrews

Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience View of Pitlochry Church in Pitlochry, Scotland
Visit Pitlochry

Visit Pitlochry, famous for its salmon leap.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Blair Castle in Pitlochry, Scotland
Pitlochry, Visit of Blair Castle

Set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, we'll discover the ancient home of the Dukes of Atholl, home to Europe's last remain...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy whiskey cocktails on royal mile in Edinburgh, Scotland
Johnnie Walker’s ‘Journey of Flavor’ Tour & Dinner on the Royal Mile

Take part in a 90-minute immersive tour, led by Johnnie Walker Experts. This sensory experience includes live performances, light shows, and delici...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Walk with fish and chips in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Historic Old Town Edinburgh Walk With Traditional Fish & Chips

Walk through Edinburgh's Historic Old Town with a Local Specialist. Stroll along Victoria Street, with its unusual shape and collection of quirky s...

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Optional Experiences

Day 11

Uncover Edinburgh’s Treasures

Ramble up the Royal Mile today and see the iconic sights of one of Britain's most enchanting cities. The elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse, in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and the Scottish Parliament feature on your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Visit Edinburgh Castle perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town and amble through the hidden passages of the Old Town before enjoying an evening at leisure. Consider an Optional Experience including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare.

Bag Piper in Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Delta Hotels by Marriott
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh City Tour

Explore the city with your Local Specialist as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Rosslyn Chapel in Edinburgh, Scotland
Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we’ll hear the inside story of the famous Rosslyn Chapel from a Local Specialist...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Scenic drive and dinner in Torphichen, Scotland
Dinner and Drive to Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Templar. At the Torphichen Inn, your arrival ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 12

Continue to York

We travel to the medieval market town of Alnwick this morning, where we'll see the impressive castle home to the Duke of Northumberland and the Tenantry Column, upon which the Percy Lion sits and surveys the town. Journey through Northumberland to the cathedral city of York. We’ll embark an orientation walk past its cobblestone Shambles and see the inspiring Minster with its 'heart of Yorkshire' before joining our newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner.

Visit historic York Minster in York, England
Accommodation Novotel Center
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience The Shambles, 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

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Alnwick Castle and Tenantry Column, England
Alnwick Visit

See the impressive Alnwick Castle and Tenantry Column during a visit of this traditional county town.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 13

Onwards to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and London

Shakespeare's legacy and life are celebrated in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, which we will have an opportunity to visit today on our return to London. See Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Center. Later, we travel back to London for our final night at leisure.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Accommodation Park Plaza London Riverbank
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Shakespeares Birthplace 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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Day 14

Cheerio London

Say a fond farewell to London and your newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable journey.

Tower Bridge in London, England
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
London City Tour with a Local Specialist

See London's iconic sites with a Local Specialist. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Bath Orientation

Admire UNESCO-listed Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and the bimillenial Roman Baths from which the city takes its name.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Stonehenge

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

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
Dive Into Culture
Discover the Benedictine monastery at Buckfast Abbey

Visit Buckfast Abbey, a Benedictine monastery built on the site where monks have lived and prayed for over 1,000 years.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Plymouth Orientation

During an orientation tour with your Travel Director, see Plymouth Hoe and the Citadel before continuing to the Barbican and Mayflower Steps. 

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Lunch with the Dyer Family on their 15th-Century Dairy Farm in Somerset

Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch with the Dyer family on their 15th-century dairy farm in Somerset complete with home-made ice-cream.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Glastonbury Abbey Visit

Visit the historic Glastonbury Abbey. Founded in the 7th century, its ruins are now registered as a Grade I listed building.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Cardiff Orientation

Learn more about Wales' capital and cultural hub, Cardiff, as you enjoy an orientation of this vibrant city with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
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
Iconic Experience
Chester Orientation

See the Jubilee Clock, cathedral, city walls, and famous black and white Rows.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Liverpool City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to gain insight into Liverpool's history.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Glasgow Orientation

See the grand public buildings of Glasgow, including George Square. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Gretna Green

Visit the famous spot where runaway lovers were married.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Through the Lake District

Drive through the hauntingly beautiful Lakes District, immortalized by literary greats of the Romantic Movement.

Included in Trip
Must-see Highlights
See Glencoe

Drive through this Highland village on Loch Leven.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Fort William World War II Commando Memorial

Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Through the Scottish Highlands

Admire picturesque lochs and glens as you travel through the Scottish Highlands.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the University Town of St. Andrews

Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Pitlochry

Visit Pitlochry, famous for its salmon leap.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Edinburgh City Tour

Explore the city with your Local Specialist as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
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
Iconic Experience
Alnwick Visit

See the impressive Alnwick Castle and Tenantry Column during a visit of this traditional county town.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
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 ...

See More
Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
The services of a Trafalgar Local Host when you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel
Pick-up and drop-off when you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore London, Liverpool, the Isle of Skye and Edinburgh with a Local Specialist
Discover Bath, Plymouth, Cardiff, Chester, Glasgow and York
Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, Polperro, Buckfast Abbey, Glastonbury Abbey, the town of Ludlow, the Isle of Skye, Edinburgh Castle, Alnwick and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
View Eilean Donan Castle, Alnwick Castle used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, York Minster and Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage
See Dartmoor, the Lake District, Ben Nevis and Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands and the 18th green at St. Andrews
Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates

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
Plymouth Harbor Cruise

Relax on a boat trip around the harbor of one of England’s most famous seaports. As the commentary unfolds, we'll see the Mayflower steps monument,...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Plymouth Harbor Extended Cruise

An hour-long extended private cruise across Plymouth Harbor will give us a comprehensive tour of the history from the Mayflower Steps all the way t...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Devonshire Village And Dinner

We’ll drive to a beautiful village in Devon, where you’ll see cob walled houses with thatched roofs and the parish church, which dates back over 70...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Cardiff Castle Tour

On a private tour, you'll explore this unique castle and hear tales about the eclectic refurbishments. Done in the 1800s by architect William Burge...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Welsh Evening

Enjoy an evening of Welsh music, culture and humor. The venue for the evening is a stunningly-renovated deconsecrated church. After a warm receptio...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Traditional Welsh Evening And Dinner

Join us for a traditional Welsh country dinner. We'll take you to a 14th century thatched inn called The Blue Anchor. While you're eating and enjoy...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Scenic Cruise on Lake Windermere

Enjoy a scenic boat cruise on England's most beautiful and largest lake, taking in the beautiful houses, gardens and Wray Castle. You’ll see boats ...

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

Step back in time as we board the steam train for a short journey from Haverthwaite to Lakeside. Then a chance to view the glorious scenery of the ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Loch Lomond Boat Trip

Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond'. As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point o...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Highland Farm Experience

Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each d...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Pitlochry, Visit of Blair Castle

Set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, we'll discover the ancient home of the Dukes of Atholl, home to Europe's last remain...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Johnnie Walker’s ‘Journey of Flavor’ Tour & Dinner on the Royal Mile

Take part in a 90-minute immersive tour, led by Johnnie Walker Experts. This sensory experience includes live performances, light shows, and delici...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Historic Old Town Edinburgh Walk With Traditional Fish & Chips

Walk through Edinburgh's Historic Old Town with a Local Specialist. Stroll along Victoria Street, with its unusual shape and collection of quirky s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we’ll hear the inside story of the famous Rosslyn Chapel from a Local Specialist...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner and Drive to Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Templar. At the Torphichen Inn, your arrival ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
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
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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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Gwendolyn Lew Morrissey
Review date: Thursday, November 2, 2023
Service
Booking was made very easy working with Tyler Blackwell at GET. He asked if I had any questions before I booked and answered all my questions afterwards.
Vacation
Wonderful and unforgettable trip. Trip was very informative and well planned. Travel director, Anne-Marie and driver, Alex were very friendly and helpful. They were also very cheerful.
Donna Day
Review date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Service
She was very helpful, and covered the details with us. She even found a discount for us from a previous trip with Insight Vacations.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so excited to hear you enjoyed your Best of Britain tour. Thank you for your review and kind words. We appreciate your feedback. Take care!
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Vacation
It was a very educational and interesting experience. Saw lots of different parts of Britain. It was very jam packed, with a busy schedule. Sometimes we wished there was more time in certain places so we didn't feel so rushed, but overall a good experience.
Gregory Newton
Review date: Sunday, August 28, 2022
Service
Always helpful staff!
Vacation
The trip was disappointing….MANY hours on the bus, VERY little time in Cardiff, Liverpool, Glasgow and York, and if you didn’t take one of the optional excursions, your alternative was to sit on the bus for an hour!…This should have been mentioned to the optional should included…I also found the tour guide, who certainly did his best, was hard to understand due to his heavy English accent…Thankfully the Military Tatoo was outstanding as were the Scottish Highlands. Some of the hotels were also mediocre at best….I wouldn’t recommend this tour.
Keith Oldoerp
Review date: Sunday, August 28, 2022
Service
That reflects the fact that some of the hotels were poor. Someone should have done a better job to make sure the properties were comfortable.
Vacation
The trip itinerary was poorly designed. They tried to do too much and often we had only a few hours in a city like Glasgow or Liverpool. I’d rather stay 2 days in each key city. Meals provided were not great.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your honest feedback and will share this with the Tour Operator and Quality Control team for immediate review. Thank you.
Friday, September 9, 2022
John Reed
Review date: Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Service
I paid for bus driver and tour director initially. This was before Covid. Then I found out I am still charged the same amount and it is not indicating on my final paid receipt.
Vacation
It was great with trafalger!!!
William Weichtmann
Review date: Saturday, July 2, 2022
Service
as in the past booking experience was excellent
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had a great time on your Best of Britain tour. We appreciate your repeat business and are so glad we were able to help you plan this special trip. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your feedback!
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Vacation
tour director Mike Willis was very good
Catherine Munro
Review date: Monday, October 14, 2019
Service
Rob was wonderful, if there were any issues he took care of them
Vacation
I have taken 12 trips with GET and I think this was the best, we saw so much, I took over 2000 pictures
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so grateful to have you as part of our travel family. Thank you for your business and loyalty. We'd love to see some of those pictures!
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, September 23, 2019
Service
No problem!
Vacation
Great time, but long bus rides
Lowell Thomas
Review date: Sunday, September 22, 2019
Service
they responded to every request quickly and effectuvely.
Vacation
We were able to see many treasures that we never knew about in England and Scotland
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, September 1, 2019
Service
Hotels were ready for us. Check in was easy and fast
Vacation
We saw historic sights and some off the road gems
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