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Real Britain (Winter 2013/2014)

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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: 6 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2013-2014
  • Style: Great Britain and Ireland Regionals
  • Description: Poetry, culture and history - your Britain tour takes you from ancient cathedral cities of Salisbury, York and Chester to the Neolithic monuments of Stonehenge. The fascinating history of Britain will be revealed as you journey through spectacular countryside to Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, Wordworth's Lake District and historic Edinburgh.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Visit the historic stone monoliths at Stonehenge where pagans once worshiped before visiting the Georgian town of Bath. Visit the Roman baths from which the city derives its name. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Pub Reception with a traditional pub meal. It’s the ideal opportunity to get to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Mercure Holland House

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Visit the Wedgwood Visitor Centre for a Local Speciality 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 excursion through the spectacular Horseshoe Pass to visit the Welsh town of Llangollen, home to the famous music Eisteddfod.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Best Western Premier Queen

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    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

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    This morning, discover the elegance of the city with your Local Guide 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 of Edinburgh Castle is informative and engaging. Spend free time exploring on your own or join your Travel Director on an optional excursion to the Royal Yacht Britannia. Tonight, why not attend a lively Scottish dinner with traditional haggis and bagpipes?

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 5


    Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. View the castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland, and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Cross the river Tyne and continue to the Roman city of York. See York Minster and walk along the famous Shambles. Tonight, enjoy a memorable Be My Guest Farewell Dinner experience in an English country home.

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

    Hotel: Holiday Inn York

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon and see Anne Hathaway’s gorgeous thatched cottage. Later, arrive back into London where your memorable holiday comes to an end.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Speciality Visit the Wedgwood Fine Bone China Factory for a porcelain crafting demonstration.
  • Be My Guest Memorable dinner and drinks in a delightful English country home hosted by a local family.
  • Local Guide In Edinburgh.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • StonehengeVisit the ancient stone circle.
  • BathView the Georgian architecture and visit the Roman Baths.
  • ChesterVisit the historic city, including the arcade of shops known as the ‘Rows’.
  • GrasmereVisit the village where William Wordsworth lived.
  • Gretna GreenVisit this historic destination, popular with eloping couples.
  • EdinburghSightseeing with your Local Guide includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building as well as a visit of the castle.
  • AlnwickVisit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the castle and the Tenantry Column.
  • YorkSee the old walls and Mansion House. View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles.
  • Stratford-upon-AvonVisit Shakespeare’s birthplace and Visitor Centre and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage.


  • 5 full breakfasts.
  • 3 evening meals including:
    • Welcome Pub Reception in Bristol includes a traditional British pub meal and welcome drinks.
    • 1 three-course dinner.
    • Be My Guest Farewell with wine in York.
  • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights:

    • The 23 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate Christmas in Edinburgh where you will enjoy a delicious traditional Festive dinner with all the trimmings at your hotel. Relax and toast a Scottish Christmas to remember!
    • The 28 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh. After a delicious meal with champagne at your hotel, tickets are included for Edinburgh Hogmanay. This party below Edinburgh Castle is the largest New Year’s event in the world which you will get to enjoy!

      Each of these specially arranged Festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.

Travel Highlights

  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • 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 Centre.
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.

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