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Real Britain

Operated by: Trafalgar

9 Days from $1,844 per person
Edinburgh Castle at night, Scotland

Countries Visited

UK

Locations Visited

London, Houses of Parliament, Cardiff, Liverpool, Edinburgh, York
  1. Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

    Brightly coloured Union Jacks pave your way to an unforgettable journey through Britain, which kicks off in London. Visit 'The City' and see the imposing dome of Christopher Wren's St. Pauls and the Tower of London, or admire the pageantry of royal palaces, cathedrals and parks, exploring the city on your own terms.

    hotel Hilton Kensington
  2. Day 2 London Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join a Local Specialist today for a grand exploration of the vibrant British capital, including such sights as Big Ben and the imposing Houses of Parliament on the banks of the Thames, then Buckingham Palace, the official UK residence of the UK's sovereigns since 1837. Spend the rest of the day on your own, exploring the centuries-old heritage and modern sophistication of London.

    meals Full Breakfast
  3. Day 3 London – Stonehenge – Bath – Cardiff

    This morning meet your Travel Director before embarking on a journey to discover what's "great" about Great Britain, on this mesmerising sojourn past the peaks of Wales and the rolling hills and lush farmlands of England to "bonnie" Scotland. We kick-start our adventure in the cosmopolitan capital of London, heading west to Stonehenge's stone monoliths, whose centuries-old myths have yet to be fully revealed. The elegant Georgian architecture of Bath takes centre stage during our visit to this famous spa town. Here, we'll see the Abbey and visit the Roman baths, before crossing the Severn Estuary to Cardiff. Delve into the proud culture and heritage of the Welsh as you embark on an orientation of the city to see the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle, in the heart of the city. Tonight, we celebrate the beginning of an epic adventure through Britain at a Welcome Reception.

    meals Full Breakfast, Welcome Reception
    hotel Jurys Inn
  4. Day 4 Cardiff – Ludlow – Liverpool

    The half-timbered Tudor houses of Ludlow feature today on our exploration of this market town with its medieval walls and historic castle. We journey north through the Shropshire Hills and Cheshire landscapes to the bold British city of Liverpool, hometown of the 'Fab Four'. Saunter through its edgy Scouse streets and perhaps visit The Cavern Club where The Beatles once played on your evening at leisure.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Mercure Atlantic Tower
  5. Day 5 Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

    The enchanting views of Britain's Lake District provide a scenic backdrop for our leisurely drive north to Scotland. Skirt the romantic shores of Lake Windermere and enjoy views that inspired literary greats like William Wordsworth. We stop at the runaway wedding capital that is Gretna Green where "Blacksmith Priests" would marry couples over the Marriage Anvil. Later, we arrive in enchanting Edinburgh - our home for the next two nights. If your visit coincides with the Edinburgh Festival, enjoy rousing performances at the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo in the city's striking castle grounds.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Leonardo Royal Haymarket
  6. Day 6 Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

    Ramble up the Royal Mile in the mesmerising medieval city of Edinburgh, where you'll join a Local Specialist on an included city sightseeing tour. Stroll through the Old Town and view Arthur's Seat and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, for centuries the seat of the kings and queens of the Scots. Visit Edinburgh Castle perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city. Spend the rest of the day exploring Auld Reekie's medieval relics and elegant Georgian and Gothic façades on your own, or join your Travel Director on an Optional Experience to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. This evening, consider attending a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes.

    meals Full Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Edinburgh – Hadrian’s Wall – York

    Trace the northern frontier of the Roman Empire at Hadrian's Wall before crossing the River Tyne and venturing south to the ancient cathedral city of York, whose origins hark back to Roman times. Walk along the famous Shambles and view the York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world. This evening we 'Connect With Locals', joining a family in York for a home-cooked Be My Guest Farewell Dinner and some hearty British hospitality.

    meals Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Novotel Centre
  8. Day 8 York – Stratford-upon-Avon – London

    Delve into the story of Shakespeare's life at his Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon, and view Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage. We return to London this afternoon.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Kensington
  9. Day 9 Depart London

    Say farewell to London today as you return home with magical memories.

    meals Full Breakfast
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Dining Highlights

  • 8 full breakfasts
  • 2 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfers page link below for details
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in London and Edinburgh
  • ORIENTATION of Bath, Cardiff, Liverpool and York
  • VISIT Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, the Tudor town of Ludlow, Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • VIEW Bath Abbey, Cardiff Castle, the Lake District's magnificent scenery, Hadrian's Wall, York Minster and Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage
  • SEE the Principality Stadium in Cardiff and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
  • Edinburgh Tattoo
Price Discount Availability Price
Start Date: Sat, Jul 6, 2019
Return Date: Sun, Jul 14, 2019
$2,225pp AARP members save an additional $100 checkmark Call 1-877-622-9109
Start Date: Sat, Jul 13, 2019
Return Date: Sun, Jul 21, 2019
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Start Date: Sat, Jul 20, 2019
Return Date: Sun, Jul 28, 2019
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Edinburgh Tattoo
Start Date: Sat, Aug 10, 2019
Return Date: Sun, Aug 18, 2019
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Start Date: Sat, Aug 31, 2019
Return Date: Sun, Sep 8, 2019
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Start Date: Sat, Sep 7, 2019
Return Date: Sun, Sep 15, 2019
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Start Date: Sat, Sep 14, 2019
Return Date: Sun, Sep 22, 2019
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Start Date: Sat, Sep 21, 2019
Return Date: Sun, Sep 29, 2019
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Start Date: Sat, Sep 28, 2019
Return Date: Sun, Oct 6, 2019
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Start Date: Sat, Oct 5, 2019
Return Date: Sun, Oct 13, 2019
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Start Date: Sat, Oct 12, 2019
Return Date: Sun, Oct 20, 2019
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  • Edinburgh Tattoo: This departure includes the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo event.
Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place every year in August.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, often referred to as "the most spectacular show on earth," is an exciting celebration showcasing the best of Scottish music, dance, and military pageantry.  In 2019 it will take place in Edinburgh from August 2nd to August 24th, and is sure to draw entertainers and spectators from around the world. 

Tickets and arrangements have been included on these select departures. Book early as they will sell out quickly!

Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Cardiff

Cardiff Castle Tour

You’ll explore this unique castle on a private tour and hear tales about the eclectic refurbishments. Done in the 1800s by architect William Burgess, his influences included Islamic art, Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales and even Aesop's fables. You’ll also walk on the battlements and climb the 900-year-old Norman keep for superb views over Cardiff.
Adult Price: £21

Liverpool

Famous Sights and the Fab Four

Come along on a guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural present, you’ll discover the two magnificently different cathedrals, see Mathew Street, birthplace of The Beatles, and admire the Mersey Sound.
Adult Price: £16.50

Windermere

Private Cruise On Lake Windermere

Enjoy an exclusive cruise on a private boat on England's most beautiful and largest lake, taking in the northern coastline, beautiful houses, gardens and Wray Castle. You’ll see deserted islands, boats and birdlife as you explore the area loved by Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.
Adult Price: £17

Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

A chance to view the glorious scenery of the Lake District as we cruise across England’s largest lake. Then step back in time as we board the steam train for a short journey from Lakeside to Haverthwaite.
Adult Price: £19

Edinburgh

Local Dinner Evening

Join us and your travelling companions for a delicious traditional dinner and drink at a local restaurant.
Adult Price: £40

Royal Yacht Britannia

You’ll explore this magnificent ship, which has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. Now berthed in Leith, you’ll be welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences – the former honeymoon sanctuary for four royal couples.
Adult Price: £23

Dinner And Drive To Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Hospitaller. At the haunted Torphichen Inn your arrival will be toasted by our convivial host before enjoying an excellent dinner of local specialties and entertainment.
Adult Price: £46

Scottish Show With Dinner

Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There's even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.
Adult Price: £60

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