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Castles and Kilts

10 Day UK Tour from London to Edinburgh

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Piper and kilt from the waist down, Scotland
10 Days
3 Countries

England, Wales, Scotland

11 Cities

London, Oxford, Lacock, Bath, Llangollen, Ruthin, Chester, Tatton Park, Lancaster, Hadrian's Wall, Edinburgh

14 Meals

1 Kickoff Party, 9 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

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
Tour brand Trafalgar
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This blockbuster family adventure is not your usual England and Scotland trip. From living life as a Roman soldier at Hadrian’s Wall to crossing a moat to a 13th-century Welsh castle for a medieval stay, the whole family will love this exciting experience.

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Day 1

Welcome to London

Delight in the magic and mystery of an ancient land of kings and queens, knights and magical creatures. Your springboard to an unforgettable Family Experience through Britain is the lively capital of London, which you will have an opportunity to explore with your clan before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a memorable Kickoff bash.

London Eye in London, England
Accommodation Crowne Plaza London Kings Cross
Included Meals Kickoff Party

Day 2

Discover the Sights of London

March down the grand boulevards and secret lanes of London, exploring the city's iconic sights with a Local Specialist. Practice your royal wave at Buckingham Palace, snap a selfie in front of Big Ben and see where Britain's royalty has been crowned since the 11th century. Enjoy some Family Fun and head to platform 9¾ to see if you can catch a glimpse of the Hogwarts Express. Then shrug off your Muggle mantle and see the red telephone box where Harry Potter and Mr. Weasley descended into the secret Ministry of Magic in 'Order of the Phoenix'. Admire the pomp and ceremony of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (subject to the event taking place), before enjoying free time for a leisurely lunch at St. Katherine's Dock near Tower Bridge. Our last stop today is the brooding Tower of London where we'll rub shoulders with the Beefeaters and see the Crown Jewels.

Guards at Tower of London, England
Accommodation Crowne Plaza London Kings Cross
Included Meals Breakfast
Family Fun Visit Harry Potter highlights such as Platform 9 and ¾ in London
Family Fun

Let your inner magician loose as you visit Harry Potter highlights such as Platform 9 ¾ and the red telephone box gateway to the Ministry of Magic.

Included in Trip

Family Fun

Iconic Experience Big Ben in London, England
London City Tour with a Local Specialist

See London's iconic sites with a Local Specialist. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 3

London Your Way

Soak up the buzzing multicultural atmosphere of London on this full day at leisure. Explore the wonders of science and centuries of natural history at the city's fascinating museums, delve into the dark depths of the London Dungeon or take a spin on the London Eye. Wander through the colorful array of toys at Hamleys on Regent Street or take a day trip to 11th-century Windsor Castle – the choice is yours.

Beefeater, Tower of London, England
Accommodation Crowne Plaza London Kings Cross
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Winter visit to Windsor Castle in England
Windsor Visit Including Castle Tour

We’ll take a short drive to Windsor where you'll enjoy a tour of Windsor Castle, with entrance to the State Apartments included. Inside the apartme...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences London Eye and River Thames cruise in London, England
London Eye and Thames Cruise

There's no better way to experience London than from a cruise along the Thames. You’ll also experience incredible views of London from the world-fa...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Journey to Oxford and on to Elegant Bath

Imagine yourself as an Oxford scholar as you enjoy a quick visit (as long as students are not sitting exams) to the imposing historic hall of one of Oxford's Divinity Schools. This was used as the film location for the Hogwarts hospital wing. Later, we continue to the pretty Wiltshire village of Lacock for some Family Fun to see Harry Potter's house. Perhaps visit the 13th-century Lacock Abbey, or devour a traditional afternoon tea and cake in one of the local tea rooms before arriving in Bath for your overnight stay.

The Royal Crescent in Bath, England
Accommodation Hampton by Hilton
Included Meals Breakfast
Family Fun Visit Lacock Village & Abbey, where famous scenes of Harry Potter were filmed
Family Fun

Visit the charming Lacock Village, where famous scenes of Harry Potter were filmed and explore Lacock Abbey where you’ll recognise some of the corridors and classrooms of Hogwarts.

Included in Trip

Family Fun

Iconic Experience Oxford University, Oxford, England
See an Oxford School

See an imposing and historic hall of one of Oxford's Schools.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 5

Onwards to Historic Wales and Ruthin Castle

Gain insights into the elegant city of Bath during Roman times, enjoying an orientation that will include beautiful Pulteney bridge. Admire the honey-hued Georgian architecture of Bath and view such highlights as the 15th-century Bath Abbey before crossing the border into Wales. We stop in the historic town of Llangollen, famous for its annual Eisteddfod, and then cross the Horseshoe Pass to a medieval castle and one of Trafalgar’s Stays With Stories, where we'll spend the next two nights. Dine like lords and ladies this evening enjoying a delicious Welsh dinner with your new travel friends.

Roman Baths in Bath, England
Ruthin Castle Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Ruthin Castle Hotel

About the Hotel

Ruthin, Wales

Stay in the 13th-century Ruthin Castle in North Wales with its original moat and acres of parkland.

Style

  • Stays With Stories
Trafalgar Difference Stay in the 13th-century Ruthin Castle in North Wales with its original moat
Stays with Stories

Stay in the 13th-century Ruthin Castle in North Wales with its original moat and acres of parkland.

Included in Trip

Trafalgar Difference

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

Day 6

Enjoy a Day in Chester

Go back in time today during your visit to Chester, whose medieval city walls and famous red cathedral will give you a sense of what it must have been like to live in the Middle Ages. You’ll take to its ancient walls with a Roman centurion Local Specialist, learning all there is to know about 2,000-year-old Deva, Britain’s biggest Roman fortress on which modern-day Chester was built. The highlight of today will undoubtedly be the opportunity to Connect With Locals at an exclusive Be My Guest experience featuring an English cream tea. We return to our regal home-away-from-home this afternoon for free time to relax, or ramble along its ancient walls and through the beautiful castle grounds.

Chester Walls Clock, Chester, England
Ruthin Castle Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Ruthin Castle Hotel

About the Hotel

Ruthin, Wales

Stay in the 13th-century Ruthin Castle in North Wales with its original moat and acres of parkland.

Style

  • Stays With Stories
Be My Guest English cream tea in Chester
Enjoy an Typical English Cream Tea

Enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest English cream tea.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Tudor houses in Chester, England
Chester City Tour with a Local Specialist

Explore Chester and its ancient city walls with a Local Specialist.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Beatles city tour in Liverpool, England
Famous Sights and the Fab Four

Come along with our Local Specialist for a guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural present, you’ll discove...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Explore a Manor House and Continue to Lancaster

Discover centuries of history at Tatton Park, set within a 1,000 acre (400 ha) deer park. We'll join the butler and housekeeper of this elegant medieval manor house and Dive Into Culture, gaining insights into the day-to-day of English aristocrats once upon a time. We continue north to the Lake District, whose enchanting landscapes have inspired poets and writers for centuries. Consider boarding a steam train for a brief journey, then cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Windermere before arriving at your hotel, where you'll dine tonight.

Family in Lake District, England
Accommodation Lancaster House Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Enjoy a tour at 18th-century Tatton Park Mansion house
Discover Tatton Park Mansion house with a butler and housekeeper tour

Enjoy a butler and housekeeper tour at the stately 18th-century National Trust property, Tatton Park Mansion house.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

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 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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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Admire Hadrian’s Wall and on to Edinburgh

Start today with some Family Fun to experience life as a brave Roman soldier on Emperor Hadrian's northern frontier, exploring the treasures of the Roman Army Museum and Hadrian's Wall. We cross into 'Bonnie Scotland' and arrive in the charismatic capital of Edinburgh where we'll have an opportunity to explore tonight at leisure.

Hadrians Wall in Carlisle, England
Accommodation Edinburgh Marriott Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Family Fun Explore the treasures of the Roman Army Museum and Hadrian's Wall
Family Fun

Experience life as a brave Roman soldier on Emperor Hadrian's northern frontier, exploring the treasures of the Roman Army Museum and Hadrian's Wall.

Included in Trip

Family Fun

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 9

Uncover Edinburgh’s Treasures

Delve into the magic of Edinburgh's iconic sights and stunning landscapes as you join a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Ramble up the Royal Mile and see the tall spires of the Scott Monument, visit Edinburgh Castle, where you will hear tales of bravery, treason and intrigue. Get lost in 'Auld Reekie', strolling through its secret lanes and past medieval façades or join your Travel Director for an Optional Experience. Our epic family adventure is almost at its end. Celebrate a memorable holiday with new friends and your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.

Change of the guard in Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Edinburgh Marriott Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
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

Day 10

Journey Home

It's time to say bye for now, but not goodbye forever, as the curtain falls on an unforgettable Family Experience through Britain.

Boy by Old Castle Edinburgh, Scotland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Family Fun
Family Fun

Let your inner magician loose as you visit Harry Potter highlights such as Platform 9 ¾ and the red telephone box gateway to the Ministry of Magic.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
London City Tour with a Local Specialist

See London's iconic sites with a Local Specialist. 

Included in Trip
Family Fun
Family Fun

Visit the charming Lacock Village, where famous scenes of Harry Potter were filmed and explore Lacock Abbey where you’ll recognise some of the corridors and classrooms of Hogwarts.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See an Oxford School

See an imposing and historic hall of one of Oxford's Schools.

Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Stays with Stories

Stay in the 13th-century Ruthin Castle in North Wales with its original moat and acres of parkland.

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
Be My Guest
Enjoy an Typical English Cream Tea

Enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest English cream tea.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Chester City Tour with a Local Specialist

Explore Chester and its ancient city walls with a Local Specialist.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover Tatton Park Mansion house with a butler and housekeeper tour

Enjoy a butler and housekeeper tour at the stately 18th-century National Trust property, Tatton Park Mansion house.

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
Family Fun
Family Fun

Experience life as a brave Roman soldier on Emperor Hadrian's northern frontier, exploring the treasures of the Roman Army Museum and Hadrian's Wall.

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...

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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
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, Chester and Edinburgh with a Local Specialist
Discover Oxford and Bath
Visit the Tower of London, Divinity School in Oxford, Lacock village, Llangollen, Tatton Park to meet the butler and housekeeper, the Lake District, the Roman Army Museum, Hadrian's Wall and Edinburgh Castle
View the scenic Lake District
Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates

Hand-Picked Hotels

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

Ruthin Castle 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
Windsor Visit Including Castle Tour

We’ll take a short drive to Windsor where you'll enjoy a tour of Windsor Castle, with entrance to the State Apartments included. Inside the apartme...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
London Eye and Thames Cruise

There's no better way to experience London than from a cruise along the Thames. You’ll also experience incredible views of London from the world-fa...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Famous Sights and the Fab Four

Come along with our Local Specialist for a guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural present, you’ll discove...

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
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
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

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Best Value Why touring is the easiest way to travel Learn 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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Wayne Castro
Review date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
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The reservations for flights and hotels were wonderful, 5 stars. I especially enjoyed the stay at Ruthin Castle. the Military Tatoo was an uplifting and inspirational experience, 5 stars. The trip to Oxford was rushed and disappointing. I would have liked to spend more time in Oxford, and the Harry Potter connection was minimal, at best. I would definitely recommend the tour. My wife and I are planning follow-on tours.
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I felt the experience was well worth the price. The trip through Wales was very minimal. I would have preferred to spend a day in Cardiff and explored Caraphilly Castle. All in all, a wonderful and memorable experience.
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