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Best of Britain 2014

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The Lake District in North West EnglandStonehenge, EnglandWilliam Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, EnglandEdinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, ScotlandSt Andrews Golf Course
The Lake District in North West England
Stonehenge, England
William Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Edinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
St Andrews Golf Course
  • Duration: 11 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: This British experience unveils the pomp, ceremony and unique soundtracks of England, Wales and Scotland through its cultural traditions and tastes. It's Insider moments like… travelling down Penny Lane to the sound of the song as Phil, bonafide friend of The Beatles, shares stories of the band in his Liverpudlian lilt. It's experiencing the silence of Tintern Abbey and the Isle of Skye. And it's hearing the West Country voices of the Dyer family, who welcome you to Blackmore Farm – Ann treats you to a feast in the Great Hall of the 15th century manor house, with local cider and often the dairy farm's own scrumptious ice cream.
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Optionals

On every itinerary, we offer a range of optional excursions that allow you to further enhance your experience should you so choose. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited these can be paid with cash or credit card.


A reduction of 25% of the cost of the Optional Excursions is offered to all children under the age of 16 years at the time of travel. Please Note: This discount to does not apply to North America optionals, as they are already discounted.

  • EXETER

    • + Devonshire Dinner Drive to a beautiful Devon village with its cob walled houses with thatched roofs dominated by its parish church dating back 1000 years. In the 800 year old quintessential thatched roofed pub we will have a delicious pub dinner and meet the locals.

  • PLYMOUTH

    • + Plymouth Harbour Cruise A boat trip round the harbour of one of England's most famous seaports. View the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America, and ships sailed for Australia, New Zealand and Newfoundland. See panoramic vistas of Plymouth Hoe, site of Drake's legendary game of bowls. Into the Royal Navy Dockyard and a chance to see some of the modern vessels of the Royal Navy. A commentary is given by the skipper.

  • CARDIFF

    • + 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 the 1,800s have been described as outrageous to opulent, bogus to brilliant and some even say the architect, William Burgess, smoked his opium pipe too much! His influences include Arab and Islamic art, Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales and even Aesop's fables. In addition, we can walk on the battlements and climb the 1,000-year-old Norman keep for superb views over Cardiff.

    • + Welsh Evening And Dinner A Welsh country dinner at The Blue Anchor, a 14th century thatched inn. Listen to a Welsh harpist play while you enjoy your meal. A drink is included.

    • + Cardiff Welsh Banquet This is the ideal opportunity to sample the culture of Wales in its music and food. During this highly entertaining evening the wine will flow, we will dine on distinctive Welsh dishes, be charmed by the lovely sounds of the Welsh harp and enchanted by the beautiful voices of the castle's lords and ladies. Wales really is the land of song!

  • WINDERMERE

    • + Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride A chance to view the glorious scenery of the lake district as we cruise across Englands largest lake. Then step back in time as we board the steam train for a short journey from Lakeside to Haverthwaite.

    • + Private Cruise On Lake Windermere Enjoy an exclusive cruise on a private boat on England's most beautiful lake taking in the northern coastline, many beautiful houses and gardens and Wray Castle. We also see deserted islands, boats, birdlife and have a chance to breath in the local air and appreciate the area so loved by Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. A photographers' paradise.

  • LOCH LOMOND

    • + Loch Lomond Boat Trip Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond'. As we cruise across the loch the skipper will tell you stories and point out Rob Roy's cave as you relax and savour the stunning scenery. It really is a photographer's paradise! (N.B: The boats are covered launches and will operate subject to suitable weather conditions.)

  • SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

    • + Highland Farm Visit Visit a real Highland sheep farm and find out about a dying way of life. The shepherd, Neil, has many border collies and will show you how, with different whistles, he can command each dog to carry out different tasks. You will be introduced to the dogs, try your hand at sheep shearing, feed the pups and see how they will be trained to be sheepdogs of the future. This is an opportunity not to be missed. (Weather permitting.)

    • + Pitlochry Visit Of Blair Castle This fine castle is set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery. We will enjoy an interior visit of the castle, the home of the Duke of Atholl who is the only man in Britain to have a private army.

  • EDINBURGH

    • + Dinner Evening Join your travelling companions for dinner in an exciting local restaurant with an included drink.

    • + Rosslyn Chapel We drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we have a tour of the famous Rosslyn Chapel. Visit one of Scotland's most unusual 15th century buildings, famed for its associations with the Knights Templar, the Masonic movement, and now 'The Da Vinci Code'. Intricate carvings of New World plants, and secret chambers make this a must on any visit to Scotland. Afterwards there is the opportunity to visit the chapel shop before returning to Edinburgh.

    • + Scottish Show With Dinner Tonight is a chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an Internationally famous venue. There is food, wine and a great atmosphere. Join in with the singing, well show you a Highland dance or two and there's a chance to sample Scotlands national dish - haggis. Its a grand night and a wonderful way to celebrate an evening in Edinburgh.

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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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