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Real Britain Winter 2014/2015

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Roman Baths at night in Bath, EnglandChester Rows in Chester, EnglandThe Lake District in North West EnglandStonehenge, EnglandWilliam Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, EnglandEdinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
Roman Baths at night in Bath, England
Chester Rows in Chester, England
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
  • Duration: 10 Days
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  • Brochure: Autumn, Winter & Spring 2014/2015
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Cityscapes and scenic lakes, this lively round-trip goes from London to Bristol, Chester, Edinburgh and York for a fast-paced taste of British culture and craftsmanship. It's Insider moments like… stepping onto the drive of a classic country house, in the England you always imagined. It's chatting with your hosts as they unveil the history and heritage of their family home, and invite you to discover their little corner of tradition. It's inhaling the lush perfume of an English country garden in the springtime, feeling the tickle of grass against your feet. And, of course, it's sampling real home cooking with local produce, as you experience British hospitality first-hand with the owners of this 'country pile'.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART HOME

    Overnight flight to London.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE LONDON (2 Nights)

    Welcome to London! Relax or spend time exploring this fascinating city.

    Hotel: Cumberland

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  • Day 3

    LONDON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See the famous sights including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace with your Local Expert. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring London on your own.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    lONDON - STONEHENGE - BATH - BRISTOL

    This morning travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. Later travel to the Georgian town of Bath. Visit the Roman baths from which the city derives its name. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception with a traditional pub meal. It's the ideal opportunity to get to know your Travel Director and fellow travelers.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Mercure Bristol Holland House

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  • Day 5

    BRISTOL – WEDGWOOD – CHESTER

    Visit the Wedgwood Visitor Center for a Local Specialty demonstration and learn about the manufacture of porcelain in the region known as The Potteries. See the medieval city walls at Chester and admire the Tudor architecture and the galleried shops known as the Rows. In your free time, explore the city and perhaps treat yourself to a traditional English Cream Tea, or join an optional experience through the spectacular Horseshoe Pass to visit the Welsh town of Llangollen, home to the famous music Eisteddfod.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Mercure Abbots Well

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  • Day 6

    CHESTER – GRASMERE – GRETNA GREEN – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS)

    Admire the views throughout the scenic Lake District. These scenes provided William Wordsworth with the inspiration to write the poem 'Daffodils'. Visit the town of Grasmere to see St. Oswald's church where the poet is buried. Stop at Gretna Green across the Scottish border, a town popular with eloping couples. Here the marriage ceremony was traditionally performed across a blacksmith's anvil. Then travel to the historic capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Edinburgh

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  • Day 7

    EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning, discover the elegance of Edinburgh with your Local Expert on your included city sightseeing tour. See the Royal Mile in the Old Town. View the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Arthur's Seat. Your guided visit inside Edinburgh Castle is informative and engaging. Spend free time exploring on your own or join your Travel Director on an optional experience to the Royal Yacht Britannia. Tonight, why not try traditional cuisine at a local restaurant?


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 8

    EDINBURGH – ALNWICK – YORK

    Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. View the castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland, and recently featured as Hogwarts in a number of Harry Potter films and also in the movie Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. Cross the River Tyne and continue to the Roman city of York. See York Minster and walk along the famous Shambles. Tonight enjoy a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner at a country home. Meet the family and learn the history of the house before enjoying a hearty home cooked meal.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Vacation Inn York

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  • Day 9

    YORK - STRATFORD - LONDON

    Visit Shakespeare's birthplace and Visitor Center in Stratford-upon-Avon and see Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, before arriving back in London.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 10

    LONDON - RETURN HOME

    After a hearty breakfast bid farewell to London as your vacation comes to an end.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Enjoy a hearty Farewell Dinner at a English country home.
  • Local Expert in Edinburgh.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Specialty Visit the Wedgwood Fine Bone China Factory for a porcelain crafting demonstration.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Edinburgh.
  • Orientations of Bath, Bristol, Chester, Grasmere and York.
  • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, Wedgewood Visitor Center, Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle, medieval Alnwick, and Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, the home to Harry Potter and Hogwarts' Alnwick Castle and York Minster.

Dining

  • 8 full breakfasts.
  • 2 dinners (including Welcome Reception and Be My Guest).

Travel Highlights

  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day.
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Hotel accommodations featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.
  • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Center.
  • London airport shuttle service available. Conditions apply.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

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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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