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The Britannia 2014

  • Duration: 15 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: England, Wales and Scotland unite, on this epic regional journey through the cultural highlights of Britain - St Ives, Snowdonia and the Isle of Skye. It's Insider moments like… the creak of wood and whisper of leaves as you glide along the River Cam in Cambridge, finding out the best way to steer a 'punt' from your chauffeur, a student at the university. Meeting the owners of the restored Hall at Abby-Cwm-Hir, who tell you renovation stories as you tour their Gothic home. And the memory of the clash of steel against steel at Caernarfon Castle, the history of this medieval stronghold singing through the stones as you explore the ancient battleground of Welsh and English alike.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    LONDON – BRIGHTON – SOUTHAMPTON

    Meet your travelling companions and Travel Director before leaving London for the south coast town of Brighton.  See the exotic pavilion, built for the Prince Regent  who later became King George IV.  Walk through The Lanes, a shopping area full of quaint and quirky shops and cafes.  Stroll along the seafront or even onto the famous Pier.  Later, arrive in Southampton where you join your Travel Director and fellow companions to enjoy a Welcome Reception in a typical English pub.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Jurys Inn Southampton

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  • Day 2

    SOUTHAMPTON – STONEHENGE – PLYMOUTH (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel through the beautiful New Forest to mystical Stonehenge where you visit the ancient stone circle. Cross Salisbury Plain through lush countryside to the historic naval city of Plymouth for a two night stay. View the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World and see the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound during your orientation of the city. This afternoon, you might like to join an optional cruise around the historic harbour.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Jurys Inn Plymouth

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  • Day 3

    CORNISH EXCURSION

    The rugged Cornish coast is famous for smugglers' coves and quaint fishing villages, which you will see on the way to Land's End, the most westerly point in England. Visit St. Ives, a beautiful resort popular with artists and tourists. Enjoy views of St. Michael's Mount near Penzance. Cross Bodmin Moor, dominated by dramatic granite tors, on your way back to Plymouth. Dine tonight in your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 4

    PLYMOUTH – GLASTONBURY – BATH – BRISTOL

    Visit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and see the legendary burial site of King Arthur. On arrival in the city of Bath, admire the Georgian buildings and visit the Roman Baths after which the city is named. Enjoy a scenic drive to Bristol. This evening offers an opportunity to join an optional experience to the idyllic village of Lacock to enjoy dinner in a traditional English inn.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu

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  • Day 5

    BRISTOL – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – LLANDRINDOD WELLS

    This morning we travel to the town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit the birthplace and visitor centre of William Shakespeare, with time to explore the city or enjoy a leisurely lunch. Later, enjoy a picturesque drive through the Welsh Marches to Llandrindod Wells. Enjoy an extra special Be My Guest experience at a Victorian Gothic Revival mansion overlooking the ruins of a 12th century Cistercian Abbey. Enjoy drinks and canapés before a guided tour of the house and gardens. Dine tonight at your hotel.


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

    Hotel: Metropole Hotel

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  • Day 6

    LLANDRINDOD WELLS – SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK – CAERNARFON – MANCHESTER (2 NIGHTS)

    Take in the breath-taking views of North Wales as you travel through Snowdonia National Park. Visit the picturesque village of Betws-y-Coed which attracts many artists who appreciate its natural beauty.  In Caernarfon visit the ancient castle built by Edward I.  In 1969 this was the setting for the investiture of Prince Charles to become the current Prince of Wales. A scenic drive along the North Wales Coast will bring you to Manchester, a city famous for its industrial heritage and immense creative output.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Jurys Inn Manchester

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  • Day 7

    CHESTER AND QUARRY BANK MILL EXCURSION

    This morning visit Chester and see the 'Rows' and the Cathedral during your walking orientation. In your free time why not walk the impressive city walls. Manchester was the heart of textile manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution, so an included visit to Quarry Bank Mill a National Trust property gives a Unique Insight into how communities lived during this period.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 8

    MANCHESTER – LAKE DISTRICT – GRETNA GREEN – GLASGOW

    Travel north through characteristically glorious scenery, from Lancashire to the Lake District. Travelling along the shores of England's largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald's Church. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would say their vows over the anvil. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral, the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Jurys Inn Glasgow

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  • Day 9

    GLASGOW – GLENCOE – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS (2 NIGHTS)

    Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, towards the site of the 1692 massacre, Glencoe − 'Glen of the Weeping'. At the Commando Memorial near Fort William, see breath-taking views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Macdonalds Four Seasons

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  • Day 10

    ISLE OF SKYE AND SCENIC HIGHLAND EXCURSION

    Travel through Inverness, known as the capital of The Highlands and along the banks of the famous Loch Ness. View Eilean Donan Castle before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles, where you can trace your genealogy or explore the wonderful gardens. Later take the ferry to Mallaig and continue your journey through the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands to your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 11

    SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – ST. ANDREWS – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS)

    Heading south, stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry. Enjoy a Local Speciality with an included visit to a whisky distillery to sample a 'wee dram' before heading to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Take a photograph on the 18th hole of the Old Course, where the game was first played 600 years ago! Cross the Firth of Forth to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Marriott Edinburgh

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  • Day 12

    EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning, your Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. Tonight, why not enjoy an optional night out including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare? During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo in the castle grounds are included.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 13

    EDINBURGH – ALNWICK – DURHAM – HARROGATE

    Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See the impressive castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland, and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. View Durham Castle and Cathedral, both striking examples of Norman architecture. Tonight, dine at your hotel in the spa town of Harrogate.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Yorkshire Hotel

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  • Day 14

    HARROGATE – YORK – MELTON MOWBRAY – CAMBRIDGE

    In York, your Travel Director will show you the magnificent Minster, the city walls and the famous Shambles on your orientation tour. Travel south to the market town of Melton Mowbray famous for traditional English delicacies such as Stilton Cheese and Pork Pies. Here enjoy a Local Speciality pie-making demonstration and tasting with a local pie-maker. Later arrive in the stunning university city of Cambridge. This evening, celebrate the conclusion of a memorable holiday with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner. After dinner your Travel Director will take your and your travel companions for a Farewell Drink in a local pub.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: The Belfry

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  • Day 15

    CAMBRIDGE – NEWMARKET – LONDON

    See the magnificent architecture of King's College Chapel in the prestigious university city of Cambridge. Get an inside look at life as a student at one of these renowned colleges as you glide past the famous 'backs' on the River Cam with your Local Expert 'chauffeur' on a flat-bottomed boat known as a 'punt'. This afternoon visit the Newmarket National Stud, devoted to thoroughbred horse breeding since 1916 where you will gain a Unique Insight into the raising of thoroughbred champions. Arrive in London in the early evening at the end of your memorable holiday.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Expert in Edinburgh and a punt (boat ride) along the River Cam, with an expert chauffeur telling you about life in this University town.
  • Unique Insight Visit the Newmarket National Stud, home to some of England's finest thoroughbreds.
  • Unique Insight Visit the National Trust property of Quarry Bank to gain an insight into the regions Industrial Heritage.
  • Be My Guest Visit a magnificent 19th century Welsh Gothic mansion and meet the family who have worked tirelessly to preserve and restore it to its current Gothic splendour. After a walk around the house and gardens you will enjoy wine and canapés with your hosts.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Visit a whisky distillery for a tour and a tasting.
  • Local Speciality Visit a traditional pie maker for a demonstration and tasting.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Edinburgh.
  • Orientations of Brighton, Plymouth, Bath, Bristol, Chester, Manchester, Glasgow, York and Cambridge.
  • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, Glastonbury Abbey ruins, the Roman Baths in Bath and Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, the imposing Caernarfon Castle, Quarry Bank Mill, the town of Gretna Green, the Clan Donald Centre, the Isle of Skye, a Scottish Whisky Distillery, Edinburgh Castle, the market town of Melton Mowbray the university city of Cambridge and the National Stud at Newmarket.
  • View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, medieval Alnwick, Durham Castle and Cathedral and York Minster.
  • See the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail, the Lake District, Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands and the 18th hole at St Andrews.

Dining

  • 14 full breakfasts.
  • 1 Be My Guest lunch.
  • 7 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 5 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your Trafalgar London hotel.
  • Use of Trafalgar's London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.

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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. 
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