13 Days
2 Countries

England, Scotland

11 Cities

London, Edinburgh, Ardgowan House, Gretna Green, Windermere, Lake District National Park, York, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, Stonehenge, Salisbury

18 Meals

12 Breakfasts, 4 Dinner with Wines, 1 Afternoon Tea, 1 Dinner

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations

Insight Vacations

If you typically fly business with extra legroom and appreciate 4 and 5-star hotels and one-of-a-kind experiences, Insight Vacations is a great fit for you. Get all the sights and insights, up close and personal on these premium guided tours and enjoy business class seating on luxury motorcoaches designed just for Insight Vacations, with double the legroom and personal space of a regular touring coach. Engage your curiosity with hand-selected experiences, immerse yourself in local culture with superior dining and stay in style at highly rated hotels. 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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Edinburgh Military Tattoo Tours

Enjoy included tickets to Scotland's prestigious Edinburgh Military Tattoo on select August departures. Military bands from around the world travel to Edinburgh Castle Experience the breathtaking spectacle of music, dance, and precision performances at the iconic Edinburgh Castle.

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Follow in the footsteps of historical figures and literary giants on a 13-day guided tour of Scotland and England. In Edinburgh be dazzled by the jewels of Scottish royalty and join a Local Expert as you explore the best the city has to offer. Dine with Sir Ludovic, a Scottish Baronet, on his 10,000-acre coastal home - Ardgowan Castle. He’ll tell you about the castle's history and surrounding area as you enjoy traditional tea and scones. Cruise the English Lake District, and visit William Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Plus, marvel at Stonehenge's monoliths and indulge in a home-hosted meal at York's Thrisk Hall, an 18th-century town house renovated by English architect John Carr.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to London

Welcome to London. After checking into your hotel, the afternoon is free to enjoy a city that is famous for its pomp and pageantry. Perhaps relax with a walk along the Serpentine in Hyde Park or window shop in the elegant boutiques of Knightsbridge? Alternatively, you may want to stroll along the Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London.

Tower Bridge over The Thames in London, England
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

From London to Edinburgh

In the morning, transfer to the train station and take your comfortable, standard-class seats. Your cross-country journey takes you through the green English countryside as you travel to Scotland - land of legends and romance. You are then transferred to your Edinburgh hotel, where the rest of the day is yours to relax before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers.

Edinburgh, Scotland
Apex Waterloo Place Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Apex Waterloo Place Hotel

About the Hotel

Edinburgh, Scotland

The Apex Waterloo Place Hotel is perfectly situated at the end of Princes Street in Edinburgh's New Town, just moments from all the key sights. Originally built in 1819 as Edinburgh's first purpose-built, large scale hotel, the building was used offices for local authorities for 120 years until it was re-established as a hotel in 2006.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Heritage
Top Rated Highlights The rolling hills and valleys of Yorkshire Dales National Park, England
Scenic Train to Scotland

Take your comfortable, standard-class seats and relax as your cross-country journey takes you through the green English countryside to Scotland - land of legends and romance.

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Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Dinner in Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh Welcome Dinner

Get to know your fellow travelers over dinner of modern European cuisine, at a quirky bistro tucked away in Leith.

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Authentic Dining

Day 3

Edinburgh, The Capital of Culture

Join a Local Expert to see the highlights of the city. Enjoy a drive along Princes Street to the ornate Scott Memorial and see the 18th century New Town with its neoclassical Adam facades. Over in the Old Town, see the Palace of Holyroodhouse and visit the castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and the Honours of Scotland, Scotland's glittering Crown Jewels. With the afternoon at leisure, why not visit the art treasures in the National Gallery? On select departures, you will also attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo — a colorful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Apex Waterloo Place Hotel View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Apex Waterloo Place Hotel

About the Hotel

Edinburgh, Scotland

The Apex Waterloo Place Hotel is perfectly situated at the end of Princes Street in Edinburgh's New Town, just moments from all the key sights. Originally built in 1819 as Edinburgh's first purpose-built, large scale hotel, the building was used offices for local authorities for 120 years until it was re-established as a hotel in 2006.

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

  • Heritage
Top Rated Highlights Guided castle tour of Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle Visit

Visit Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Mons Meg and other artefacts with your Local Expert.

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

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

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Top Rated Highlights Witness Edinburgh's Military Tattoo, Edinburgh, Scotland
Witness the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from t...

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

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

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Optional Experiences

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

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

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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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Day 4

Ardgowan and Gretna Green

Depart the majestic Scottish capital and journey to Ardgowan, set on a stunning 10,000-acre coastal estate. Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart welcomes you to his family castle. Learn the history of the area, the Shaw Stewart family and the conservation efforts to protect the land on this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, followed by a degustation of traditional Scottish tea and scones. Continue to Gretna Green to see the famous spot where runaway lovers were married at the blacksmith's shop. Your travels continue to the picturesque English Lake District. 

Guests enjoying tea in the Ardgowan Estate Gallery, Ardgowan, Scotland
Accommodation The Ro Hotel Windermere
Included Meals Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner with Wine
Make Travel Matter Sir Ludo in the Ardgowan gardens with guests, Ardgowan House, Scotland
Visit Ardgowan Estate for a Private Tour and Afternoon Tea

Join Sir Ludovic for a tour of his family home, Ardgowan Estate, and savor a traditional Scottish tea made from local ingredients. Hear more about ...

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Make Travel Matter

Top Rated Highlights The signpost at the Scottish town of Gretna Green - famed for 'runaway' marriages, Gretna Green, Scotland
Visit Gretna Green

Visit the spot where runaway lovers were married.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 5

English Poets and the Lake District Experience

Devote the day to a scenic wonderland of rugged mountains and tranquil waters - inspiration to a host of English poets.
Visit Wordsworth’s grave in the small churchyard at Grasmere.
Appreciate the scenic beauty of the English Lake District on a relaxing cruise admiring the magnificent views of rugged mountains, secluded bays and wooded islands. Then, embark on a nostalgic steam train ride along the banks of the beautiful River Leven.

Scenic view of Lake Windermere, Windermere, England
Accommodation The Ro Hotel Windermere
Included Meals Breakfast
Top Rated Highlights Grasmere Lake in Grasmere, Lake District, England.
Visit William Wordsworth's Grave in Grasmere

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

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Lake Windermere Cruise, Windermere, England
English Lake District Scenic Cruise

The best way to enjoy the Lake District is by cruise, relax as you admire the magnificent views.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Haverthwaite Station, part of Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, Windermere, England
English Lake District Steam Train

Board a steam train and journey along the banks of the beautiful River Leven.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Elizabethan Levens Hall & Topiary Gardens

Join us this morning as we visit Levens Hall, a beautiful privately-owned house, steeped in Elizabethan history and renowned for it's topiary gardens.

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Day 6

Windermere to York

Enjoy a morning at leisure before traveling through the Yorkshire Dales to arrive at the charming village of Haworth. Visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum, created within the home of the Brontë family. Learn about the family's literary legacy and what inspired them from the surroundings of their own home. Your journey continues to York, one of the oldest cities in England. In the evening join a family for a home-hosted meal at the historic Thirsk Hall. This grade II* listed three-storey town house was built in 1720 and extended in 1770 by York architect John Carr.

Tourist information sign in front of York Cathedral, York, England
Accommodation DoubleTree by Hilton York
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Top Rated Highlights Bronte Parsonage Museum Haworth, England
Haworth Brontë Parsonage Museum Visit

A visit to the Brontë Parsonage Museum provides a fascinating insight into the life of the Brontë family and the inspiration behind their marvelous works of literature.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining
Dine at Home in York

Join your hosts for dinner at the historic Thirsk Hall. The building was extended in 1770 by famous English architect John Carr. 

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 7

The Viking City of York

Enjoy an exploration of one of Britain’s most historic cities, controlled by the Vikings during the 9th and 10th centuries and now renowned for its exquisite architecture. Walk within the town walls with a Local Expert to see the York Minster, Britain’s largest medieval cathedral. Explore the tangle of narrow, cobbled streets and see the Shambles. Spend the afternoon with Insight Choice. Visit the National Railway Museum housing over 300 years of history, or the magnificent York Minster, one of the largest in Northern Europe.

View of York City Wall and York Minster in York, England
Accommodation DoubleTree by Hilton York
Included Meals Breakfast
Top Rated Highlights Sunny York Minster in York, England
York City Tour

Walk with your Local Expert to see the might York Minster and wander the maze of cobbled streets to see the Shambles.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights
National Railway Museum

Visit the National Railway Museum, housing over 300 years of history, and home to iconic locomotives and an unrivaled collection of engineering bri...

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Top Rated Highlights York Minster, York, England
York Minster

Delve into the historic and human stories which have shaped the Minster we see today. Explore the cathedral’s rich history, from the Roman Emperor ...

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Optional Experiences Ghost walk and dinner in York, England
Dinner and Ghost Walk

Beginning with a drink and a delicious meal in a local restaurant, you'll then discover tales of murder and mystery from the 2000-year-old Roman ci...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Lincoln’s Magna Carta

Visit Lincoln Castle, one of the finest Norman castles in England. Your tour will include a chance to see one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta. Continue to Stratford, beautifully situated on the River Avon. Your hotel is set in its own private grounds, just a short walk from the Royal Shakespeare Theater and the town's black and white timber-framed buildings.

Lincolns Magna Carta, Lincoln, England
DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon

About the Hotel

Stratford-upon-Avon, England

The DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon offers stylish guest rooms, within walking distance of the historic city center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Exchequer gate leading to Lincoln Castle Lincoln, England
Lincoln Castle Visit

Visit Lincoln Castle and admire one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta, which is over 800 years old.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Stratford Dinner

Enjoy an evening of cozy comfort in an historic country English pub that dates back to the 1600s. Dinner includes a three-course menu with some tra...

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Day 9

Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon

Discover how William Shakespeare and his incredible works continue to delight audiences today when you visit his birthplace, full of interesting memorabilia and artefacts relating to his life. Later, join your Travel Director for dinner.

The River Avon and row boats, Stratford Upon Avon, England
DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon

About the Hotel

Stratford-upon-Avon, England

The DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon offers stylish guest rooms, within walking distance of the historic city center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

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

Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history's most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore ...

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Optional Experiences Visit Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon & The Cotswolds in England
Shakespeare's Schoolhouse Experience

Today we'll visit Stratford's medieval guildhall and attend a lesson at Shakespeare's schoolhouse, in the very room where he sat as a pupil in the ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 10

The Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace and Bath

An enchanting day awaits in the morning. Cross the beautiful Cotswold hills, a chocolate box scene of golden stone villages with roses around the doors. Visit the magnificent stately home and gardens of Blenheim Palace, the greatest building of the English Baroque, and learn more about Churchill's life at Blenheim during a talk by a historian. Continue to the elegant Georgian city of Bath, built in amphitheater style on the surrounding hills. Your Travel Director introduces you to the Pulteney Bridge, built in mellow local stone. 

See the picturesque cotswolds houses, Cotswolds, England
Accommodation Lansdown Grove
Included Meals Breakfast
Insight Experiences Blenheim Palace in Blenheim, England
Blenheim Palace Visit

Witness a masterpiece of the English Baroque, brimming with priceless art and tapestries, and learn more about Churchill's life at Blenheim during a talk by a historian.

Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

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

Day 11

Bath

The City of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built above one of Britain's thermal, mineral springs. Enjoy a visit to its incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths. With the rest of the day at leisure, why not soak and relax with a visit to Thermae Spa? In the evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers as you raise a glass over dinner to commend your wonderful journey.

Pulteney Bridge over Avon River in Bath, England
Accommodation Lansdown Grove
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Authentic Dining Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with fellow guests
Bath Celebration Dinner

Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers at Brasserie Blanc, while enjoying a delicious French-inspired meal.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

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

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

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Make Travel Matter

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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Day 12

Ancient Stonehenge to London

Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the prehistoric and mysterious Stonehenge, where the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths are reputed to be up to 5,000 years old. Continue into the heart of Wiltshire to the city of Salisbury where you have time at leisure to enjoy lunch and explore. See the tallest spire in England, atop the medieval cathedral, and observe an architectural timeline from the city's medieval walls and half-timbered Tudor town houses to Georgian mansions and Victorian villas. Upon arrival in London you are at leisure for the rest of the afternoon.

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

Thistle Marble Arch

About the Hotel

London, England

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

Hotel Amenities

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

Style

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

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

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, England
Explore the Historical City of Salisbury

During your free time for lunch, take a moment to explore this historical city. See the tallest spire in England, atop the Medieval cathedral and w...

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Day 13

Homeward Bound

Your journey comes to an end after breakfast.

Thames River Dinner Cruise, London, England
Included Meals Breakfast

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Scenic Train to Scotland

Take your comfortable, standard-class seats and relax as your cross-country journey takes you through the green English countryside to Scotland - land of legends and romance.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Edinburgh Castle Visit

Visit Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Mons Meg and other artefacts with your Local Expert.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Edinburgh City Tour

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

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Witness the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from t...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Visit Ardgowan Estate for a Private Tour and Afternoon Tea

Join Sir Ludovic for a tour of his family home, Ardgowan Estate, and savor a traditional Scottish tea made from local ingredients. Hear more about ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Gretna Green

Visit the spot where runaway lovers were married.

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

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

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
English Lake District Scenic Cruise

The best way to enjoy the Lake District is by cruise, relax as you admire the magnificent views.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
English Lake District Steam Train

Board a steam train and journey along the banks of the beautiful River Leven.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Haworth Brontë Parsonage Museum Visit

A visit to the Brontë Parsonage Museum provides a fascinating insight into the life of the Brontë family and the inspiration behind their marvelous works of literature.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
York City Tour

Walk with your Local Expert to see the might York Minster and wander the maze of cobbled streets to see the Shambles.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
National Railway Museum

Visit the National Railway Museum, housing over 300 years of history, and home to iconic locomotives and an unrivaled collection of engineering bri...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
York Minster

Delve into the historic and human stories which have shaped the Minster we see today. Explore the cathedral’s rich history, from the Roman Emperor ...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Lincoln Castle Visit

Visit Lincoln Castle and admire one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta, which is over 800 years old.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
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
Insight Experiences
Blenheim Palace Visit

Witness a masterpiece of the English Baroque, brimming with priceless art and tapestries, and learn more about Churchill's life at Blenheim during a talk by a historian.

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 2000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational inv...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Stonehenge

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

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Explore the Historical City of Salisbury

During your free time for lunch, take a moment to explore this historical city. See the tallest spire in England, atop the Medieval cathedral and w...

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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.
If your arrival flights are as per the itinerary start date, then arrival 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. You may purchase transfers to London Heathrow and Gatwick airports on departure day, or when additional night accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

12 Breakfasts, 4 Dinner with Wines, 1 Afternoon Tea, 1 Dinner

Edinburgh Welcome Dinner

Get to know your fellow travelers over dinner of modern European cuisine, at a quirky bistro tucked away in Leith.

Dine at Home in York

Join your hosts for dinner at the historic Thirsk Hall. The building was extended in 1770 by famous English architect John Carr. 

Bath Celebration Dinner

Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers at Brasserie Blanc, while enjoying a delicious French-inspired meal.

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 Waterloo Place Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon
Thistle Marble Arch

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
Royal Edinburgh

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

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner In Edinburgh

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

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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
Elizabethan Levens Hall & Topiary Gardens

Join us this morning as we visit Levens Hall, a beautiful privately-owned house, steeped in Elizabethan history and renowned for it's topiary gardens.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner and Ghost Walk

Beginning with a drink and a delicious meal in a local restaurant, you'll then discover tales of murder and mystery from the 2000-year-old Roman ci...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Stratford Dinner

Enjoy an evening of cozy comfort in an historic country English pub that dates back to the 1600s. Dinner includes a three-course menu with some tra...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Shakespeare's Schoolhouse Experience

Today we'll visit Stratford's medieval guildhall and attend a lesson at Shakespeare's schoolhouse, in the very room where he sat as a pupil in the ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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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Nancy Woollard
Review date: Thursday, May 19, 2022
Service
Our booking agent, Michelle Gumringer was excellent. Well informed and attentive.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Awww, we love Michelle too! She's so great with all the details. And we are so happy you were able to enjoy your trip to Great Britain. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Happy Travels!
Thursday, June 2, 2022
Vacation
Especially loved the Scottish and British countryside and small towns.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Service
The people who run and work at Grand European Tours do a fantastic job for their clients. They go out of their way to make travel easy, affordable, and fulfilling. I recommend this company to friends and associate all the time. They're number one in my book.
Vacation
This trip was exceptional in many ways, but I do have one question concerning this tour. My wife and I left the USA on 8-7-17 and yet we were told the actual "tour" started on 8-10-17. Apparently, Insight, a sister company of Grand European Tours, feels that being on your own In London for 2 days is OK for everyone. My wife and I are experienced travelers but we didn't feel comfortable being on our own in London for 2 days. We didn't meet our tour director until the afternoon or 8-9-17 and didn't meet fellow travelers until 8-10-17. I personally don't think that this is a good policy for a company (Insight) advertising guided tours. When we asked about the situation, we were given some flippant excuse about this policy. If this had been our first trip to Europe, we would have been very uncomfortable with this situation.
Mary Comfort
Review date: Monday, August 28, 2017
Service
Grand European handled all the details for us and worked out adding extra days at the end in London. We have worked with them for many yeas and they are very efficient.
Vacation
The trip more than met our expectations. We enjoyed the relaxed starts and the amount of free time we had letting us judge how much time to spend in each part of an excursion.
Holly Kellogg
Review date: Monday, August 21, 2017
Service
Getting emails through to agent was difficult.
Vacation
I would have rather had more meals on my own. The all inclusive meals became repetitive.
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