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Country Roads of Wales, Devon and Cornwall – Small Group

13 Day Tour to London, Bath, Devon & Cardiff

Country Roads of Wales, Devon and Cornwall
13 Days
2 Countries

England, Wales

20 Cities

London, Oxford, Bath, Brecon, Cardiff, Glastonbury, Plymouth, Looe, St. Ives, Penzance, Barnstaple, Tintagel, Cornwall, Padstow, Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park, Dartmoor National Park, Evershot, Dorchester, Salisbury

17 Meals

12 Breakfasts, 3 Dinner with Wines, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 20

Insight - Small Groups

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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Insight Vacations Small Group departures are limited to only 24 guests. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, more personalized attention from your Travel Director, and the opportunity to form closer connections with fellow travelers. Perfect for couples, families, and solo travelers who want to explore must-see destinations with like-minded people.

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Prefer to get off the beaten track? On our Country Roads tours, you'll leave the tourist hotspots behind and explore your destination from the perspective of a local. You'll eat like a local and enjoy farm-to-table dining. Seen all the iconic sites? Discover a new perspective!

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Take the country roads across England and Wales on an exploration of Dorset’s quaint seaside vistas, Cardiff’s Welsh Rugby heritage and Bath’s ancient Roman history. After taking in the grandeur of Cornwall’s manor houses, indulge in the most quintessentially English experience: learning to play croquet on a country lawn, with tips from a professional instructor. Witness the millennia-old Stonehenge and tour the stunning 8th-century ruins of Glastonbury Abbey. The rich honey color hues of the stone houses will delight in The Cotswolds, the literary legacy of Jane Austen will bring Pride and Prejudice to life in Bath, and the luxury accommodations in Dartmoor’s Bovey Castle will give you a regal taste of the high life.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to London

Welcome to London. After checking into your hotel, enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.

Tower Bridge over The Thames in London, England
The Clermont Victoria View Hotel Details

The Clermont Victoria

About the Hotel

London, England

The Clermont Hotel Victoria is centrally located right next to Victoria Station and only a short walk to Buckingham Palace. The guests rooms blend Victorian opulence with modern comforts, making for an enjoyable stay in the vibrant capital. 

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Historic

Day 2

Oxford, the Cotswolds and Bath

From lush green rolling hills to old-world villages, this pretty country surprises and delights at every corner. Meet your Travel Director and make your your way along the scenic Great West Way to Oxford. A city built to be discovered, Oxford is a wholesome image of leather-bound books, libraries, storybook buildings and picnics. Continue your journey on to the Cotswolds. Just as charming as Oxford, this breathtaking area is about as quintessentially British as it gets. Honey-colored stone houses line the winding streets of the area’s most beautiful towns and villages, while rapeseed fields decorate this colorful part of the UK in splashes of gold. See the pretty market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, before heading to the historic city of Bath, with its Roman and Georgian architecture. Head on an orientation of the city before checking in to your accommodation for the night, the luxury Apex Hotel. End your day in the most British of manners with a Sunday roast dinner.

See the picturesque cotswolds houses, Cotswolds, England
Apex Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Apex Hotel

About the Hotel

Bath, England

Situated in the heart of historic Bath on the corner of James Street West and Charles Street, Apex is a contemporary hotel with all the modern amenities you’d associate with its stylish interior. It’s just a five-minute walk from the Thermae Bath Spa, while its hotel bar and outdoor terrace make it the perfect spot to socialise with fellow travelers.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Safe deposit box

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Gardens in front of Christchurch College, Oxford, England
Oxford Orientation

See the spires and colleges of this world-famous university town.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Cotswold sheep near Chipping Campden, Cotswolds, England
Cotswolds Scenic Drive

This breathtaking area is about as quintessentially British as it gets. Honey-colored stone houses line the winding streets of the area’s most beau...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

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

Authentic Dining Traditional British Sunday Roast dinner
Bath Sunday Roast Welcome Dinner

After a day exploring the Roman town of Bath, indulge in a Sunday Roast for dinner.

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Authentic Dining

Day 3

Bath through the years

After a relaxed start to enjoy the amenities at your hotel, begin your exploration of Bath. Having attained UNESCO World Heritage status in 1987, this unique city is famous for its Georgian and Victorian architecture and of course its Roman-built baths. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths, also an important hub of culture and education for the area. During free time perhaps learn more about the life of the esteemed author Jane Austen, who made Bath her home? 

Pulteney Bridge over Avon River in Bath, England
Apex Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Apex Hotel

About the Hotel

Bath, England

Situated in the heart of historic Bath on the corner of James Street West and Charles Street, Apex is a contemporary hotel with all the modern amenities you’d associate with its stylish interior. It’s just a five-minute walk from the Thermae Bath Spa, while its hotel bar and outdoor terrace make it the perfect spot to socialise with fellow travelers.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Safe deposit box

Style

  • Contemporary
Make Travel Matter Steam rising off the Roman Baths in Bath, England
Visit the Roman Baths

Visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths. Discover 2,000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational in...

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Make Travel Matter

Optional Experiences
Georgian Walking Tour & Afternoon Tea

As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Bath is a unique city bursting with history from the Romans to 18th-century Georgians. There's no better way to br...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Brecon Beacons National Park

After a relaxed start you’ll move cities, and countries, as you make your way to Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Along the way you’ll visit the Brecon Beacons. A mountain range in South Wales, it is little surprise this striking location is a chosen destination for so many hikers and nature enthusiasts. Its old red sandstone cliffs hold a variety of plant life, including roseroot, green spleenwort and rue-leaved saxifrages, while its range of fauna includes otters, herons, kingfishers and the soaring red kite, which is the national bird of Wales. Visit the Brecon Beacons with Insight Choice. Choose to join your Local Expert for a foraging walk in the stunning surroundings of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Under her tuition she will show you how to reconnect with nature, and forage for edible and medicinal plants. Alternatively, visit a local kitchen garden for a peak into the freshest seasonal aromatics from the Brecon Beacons. After a morning in the great outdoors, rectify your lethargic bliss with a hearty Farm-to-Table pub lunch, where a delicious seasonal menu with local ingredients will be available. In the afternoon, you’ll arrive in Cardiff, Wales’ cultural hub.

Sunny day on the Brecon Beacons, Wales
Clayton, Cardiff View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Clayton, Cardiff

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
Insight Choice Visit a Local Kitchen Garden in Brecon Beacons, Wales
Visit a Local Kitchen Garden in Brecon Beacons

Visit a local kitchen garden for a peek into the freshest seasonal aromatics from the Brecon Beacons.

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Insight Choice Beautiful countryside in Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales
Brecon Beacons Forage Nature Walk with a Local Expert

Explore the stunning flora of the Brecon Beacons, forage for edible and medicinal plants with a Local Expert.

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Make Travel Matter Enjoy a Farm to Table meal in the Brecon Beacons, Wales.
Brecon Beacons Farm-to-Table Lunch

Indulge on a hearty farm-to-table pub lunch, where a delicious seasonal menu with local ingredients will be available. Your visit directly supports...

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Make Travel Matter

Day 5

Cardiff

Enjoy a relaxed start this morning. Join your Travel Director for an orientation of this vibrant city. See Principality Stadium, home of Welsh Rugby, and Cardiff Castle. The rest of your day is at leisure.

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

Clayton, Cardiff

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 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

Day 6

Glastonbury Abbey and Plymouth

Begin your day at the historic ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, an 8th-century monastery steeped in legend and now registered as a Grade I listed building. Continue to the port city of Plymouth in Devon, famous for its cobbled streets, gin distilleries and the Mayflower that transported the first English Puritans to the New World.

Arch view of the Great Church at Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, England
Crowne Plaza Plymouth View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Crowne Plaza Plymouth

About the Hotel

Plymouth, England

Crowne Plaza Plymouth offers breath-taking views overlooking the Plymouth Sound and is the perfect location for exploring Cornwall.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Concierge
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Arch view of the Great Church at Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, 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

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Guests exploring the 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. After...

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Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Dinner and Devon Storytelling

Tonight, we'll head out to dinner at a local Gastropub accompanied by our renowned Devon Storyteller for an evening of tales you won't soon forget.

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Exploring the Southwest

Journey to the quaint coastal town of Looe, a holiday hotspot of the Victorian era. Admire Looe’s turquoise waters and sandy beach before continuing to St. Ives, where art galleries, surf shops and fashion boutiques line the quaint streets. Continue to Penzance, made famous by the comic opera "The Pirates of Penzance," which recounts the adventures of pirates who arrived at the city's shores in the late 18th century.

 

Sutton Harbour in Plymouth, England
The Royal and Fortescue Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

The Royal and Fortescue Hotel

About the Hotel

Barnstaple, England

Barnstaple is full of historic finds, and one of its most special architectural gems is the beautiful Georgian building which houses The Royal and Fortescue Hotel. Ancient meets modern at this relaxed and comfortable hotel with its classic boutique styling and warm and friendly ambience.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Fishing boat at the port of Looe, England
See the Coastal Town of Looe

Journey to this quaint coastal town. A holiday hotspot in the Victorian era, explore its stores and winding streets at leisure.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 8

Legends of Cornwall

Admire the unspoiled maritime scenery of Cornwall as you begin your day in Tintagel, featured in the legendary tale of King Arthur and where, according to local lore, Arthur was born. Travel to Port Isaac, a pretty fishing village and popular filming location for British television programmes. Have your camera ready to capture stonework façades and coastline views during an orientation around the village. For lunch, visit Padstow and perhaps try traditional fish and chips before returning to Barnstaple. 

Tintagel Castle ruins in Cornwall, England
The Royal and Fortescue Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

The Royal and Fortescue Hotel

About the Hotel

Barnstaple, England

Barnstaple is full of historic finds, and one of its most special architectural gems is the beautiful Georgian building which houses The Royal and Fortescue Hotel. Ancient meets modern at this relaxed and comfortable hotel with its classic boutique styling and warm and friendly ambience.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
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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Optional Experiences

Day 9

Breathtaking National Parks

Stop in the town of Lynmouth before journeying to Somerset's Exmoor National Park, a unique landscape of moorland, woodland and dramatic coastline. A protected Area of Outstanding Beauty, this stunning park is a mass of verdant open land, livestock and flora. Stop in Exmoor for lunch at your leisure. Your day ends at Bovey Castle. Nestled in the rolling valleys of Dartmoor National Park, this five-star accommodation stands amid 275 acres of picturesque countryside and offers an award-winning 18-hole golf course, two refurbished restaurants and individually-designed rooms. Unwind in this natural sanctuary as you enjoy the comforts of Bovey Castle. Tonight, catch up with your fellow travelers over dinner at the hotel.

A view of Lands End, Cornwall, England
Bovey Castle View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Bovey Castle

About the Hotel

Dartmoor National Park, England

Located in the rolling valleys of Dartmoor National Park, this five-star accommodation stands within 275 acres of beautiful countryside and offers an 18-hole golf course and two lovely refurbished restaurants. Wake up to beautiful views across Bovey Castle’s woodland or pretty courtyard, and unwind in one of its uniquely designed, luxurious rooms – all exude a pleasant mix of warmth and elegance.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Castle

Day 10

Country houses of Dorset

Stop at Athelhampton, a 500-year-old Tudor Manor House in the heart of Dorset. Join Estate Manager Owen for a walk through one of the world’s greatest estates, and enjoy time at leisure to explore the tranquil Elizabethan gardens. 

Delight in a quintessential Devonshire high tea with freshly baked scones and sandwiches.

Silver teapot on tray with cups, saucers and scones for traditional English tea
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Restaurant View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Restaurant

About the Hotel

Dorchester, England

This five-star boutique venue is a Red Carnation hotel, owned by the same family as Insight itself. You can expect the same quality of service and elegance – luxury is always front of mind. Set within Evershot, which Thomas Hardy used as the inspiration for the fictitious “Evershed,” in his novel “Wessex,” the hotel lives up to its picturesque, storybook setting. With a croquet pitch, falconry, horse riding and shooting just a few of the activities it offers, you will have lots to keep you pleasantly busy.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Boutique
Authentic Dining Guests enjoying cream tea at Sand House, Dorchester, England
Devonshire Morning Tea

Experience Devonshire tea with a delicious selection of scones, sandwiches and tea at Athelhampton House and Gardens.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Insight Experiences Beautiful Flowers Trees And Plants And Garden Landscaping In Sissinghurst Caslte Gardens, Kent
Athelhampton Visit with Estate Manager

Visit the Manor House of Athelhampton and join an Estate Manager Owen on a guided tour to discover the beautiful Tudor architecture and Elizabethan style gardens.

Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Day 11

Jurassic Coast and Weymouth

Admire England's only natural World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast, during a visit to Lulworth Cove. Stroll with an ice cream on the pebbled beach or learn about the unique geology at the Visitor Center. Travel to seaside Weymouth and enjoy time at leisure to explore the town while snacking on traditional 'seaside rock'. Perhaps join an Optional visit to historic Nothe Fort with its ghost tunnel and rampart views. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a dinner of delicious local cuisine and wine. 

Sunny day at summer lodge in Evershot, England
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Restaurant View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Restaurant

About the Hotel

Dorchester, England

This five-star boutique venue is a Red Carnation hotel, owned by the same family as Insight itself. You can expect the same quality of service and elegance – luxury is always front of mind. Set within Evershot, which Thomas Hardy used as the inspiration for the fictitious “Evershed,” in his novel “Wessex,” the hotel lives up to its picturesque, storybook setting. With a croquet pitch, falconry, horse riding and shooting just a few of the activities it offers, you will have lots to keep you pleasantly busy.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Boutique
Authentic Dining Enjoy a delicious Celebration Dinner at your hotel, Summer Lodge Country House Hotel and Spa, Evershot, England
Dorchester Celebration Dinner

Toast to your travels at a delicious dinner at your hotel, Summer Lodge Country House Hotel and Spa.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences
Nothe Fort & Lunch on the Jurassic Coast

Spend the afternoon visiting the historic Nothe Fort overlooking Portland Harbor. Once you’ve finished exploring the underground passages, parade g...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 12

Salisbury and Stonehenge

This morning, journey to iconic Stonehenge to appreciate the history, and mystery, of this prehistoric monument. The ring of standing stones is believed to have been constructed between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. It was made a legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument in 1882 and, as one of Britain’s most celebrated sites, draws visitors from around the world. Continue to Salisbury and visit the 13th-century cathedral. Witness Britain's tallest spire and see the world's best-preserved original copy of the Magna Carta. End your day in London at the hotel.

Aerial view Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain, England
The Clermont Victoria View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

The Clermont Victoria

About the Hotel

London, England

The Clermont Hotel Victoria is centrally located right next to Victoria Station and only a short walk to Buckingham Palace. The guests rooms blend Victorian opulence with modern comforts, making for an enjoyable stay in the vibrant capital. 

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

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

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

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Top Rated Highlights

Day 13

Homeward Bound

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

Depart London, England
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Top rated highlights

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

Top Rated Highlights
Oxford Orientation

See the spires and colleges of this world-famous university town.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Cotswolds Scenic Drive

This breathtaking area is about as quintessentially British as it gets. Honey-colored stone houses line the winding streets of the area’s most beau...

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
Make Travel Matter
Visit the Roman Baths

Visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths. Discover 2,000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational in...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Visit a Local Kitchen Garden in Brecon Beacons

Visit a local kitchen garden for a peek into the freshest seasonal aromatics from the Brecon Beacons.

Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Brecon Beacons Forage Nature Walk with a Local Expert

Explore the stunning flora of the Brecon Beacons, forage for edible and medicinal plants with a Local Expert.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Brecon Beacons Farm-to-Table Lunch

Indulge on a hearty farm-to-table pub lunch, where a delicious seasonal menu with local ingredients will be available. Your visit directly supports...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Cardiff Orientation

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

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
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
Top Rated Highlights
Plymouth Orientation

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

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See the Coastal Town of Looe

Journey to this quaint coastal town. A holiday hotspot in the Victorian era, explore its stores and winding streets at leisure.

Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Athelhampton Visit with Estate Manager

Visit the Manor House of Athelhampton and join an Estate Manager Owen on a guided tour to discover the beautiful Tudor architecture and Elizabethan style gardens.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Stonehenge

Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring megaliths 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

12 Breakfasts, 3 Dinner with Wines, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Bath Sunday Roast Welcome Dinner

After a day exploring the Roman town of Bath, indulge in a Sunday Roast for dinner.

Devonshire Morning Tea

Experience Devonshire tea with a delicious selection of scones, sandwiches and tea at Athelhampton House and Gardens.

Dorchester Celebration Dinner

Toast to your travels at a delicious dinner at your hotel, Summer Lodge Country House Hotel and Spa.

Hand-Picked Hotels

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

The Clermont Victoria
Apex Hotel
Clayton, Cardiff
Crowne Plaza Plymouth
The Royal and Fortescue Hotel
Bovey Castle
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Restaurant

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
Georgian Walking Tour & Afternoon Tea

As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Bath is a unique city bursting with history from the Romans to 18th-century Georgians. There's no better way to br...

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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
Dinner and Devon Storytelling

Tonight, we'll head out to dinner at a local Gastropub accompanied by our renowned Devon Storyteller for an evening of tales you won't soon forget.

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
Optional Experience
Nothe Fort & Lunch on the Jurassic Coast

Spend the afternoon visiting the historic Nothe Fort overlooking Portland Harbor. Once you’ve finished exploring the underground passages, parade g...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Great Britain

  • 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 Great Britain 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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