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: 15 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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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART USA

    Overnight flight to London.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Britain! After check-in, spend time simply relaxing or take a leisurely stroll through the bustling streets of London.

    Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank

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  • Day 3

    LONDON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning a Local Expert will take you on a sightseeing tour of London. See Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. You are free later to explore and shop on your own in the center of London.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    LONDON – STONEHENGE – BATH – EXETER (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning, travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. On arrival in Bath see the impressive Abbey and visit the Roman Baths from which the town derives its name. Later, we arrive into the historic cathedral city of Exeter. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Drink in a local pub followed by dinner in your hotel.


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

    Hotel: Mercure Exeter Southgate

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  • Day 5

    PLYMOUTH – POLPERRO – DARTMOOR EXCURSION

    Your orientation of Plymouth includes the Mayflower steps, where the pilgrim fathers set sail for the New World. See the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Consider taking an optional cruise around the famous harbour. Visit Polperro, a quaint fishing village nested around a picturesque harbour. Later, cross rugged Dartmoor, famous for its dramatic and breath-taking scenery. Later enjoy a Unique Insight into local crafts at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, before arriving at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 6

    EXETER – GLASTONBURY – CARDIFF

    Enjoy a picturesque drive through the South West countryside to Glastonbury. Visit the ruined Abbey, said to be the burial place of King Arthur. Later enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch in a 15th century Manor House on a working dairy farm in Somerset. Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is your final destination. View the impressive castle and the Millennium stadium during your orientation, before checking in at your hotel.


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

    Hotel: Park Inn City Centre

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  • Day 7

    CARDIFF – TINTERN – LUDLOW – CHESTER – LIVERPOOL

    Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you drive along the beautiful Wye Valley. View the ruins of Tintern Abbey, which inspired the romantic poets. Cross the beautiful Welsh Marches at Hereford to visit the Tudor market town of Ludlow in Shropshire. Your Travel Director takes you on a walking orientation tour of Chester, which includes views of the medieval walls, the Cathedral and the famous Tudor Rows. Liverpool is the home of the Merseybeat! This evening, hear tales of the 'Fab Four' as you drive through Liverpool with your Local Expert on an included Beatles tour.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Jurys Inn Liverpool

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  • Day 8

    LIVERPOOL – LAKE DISTRICT – 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, magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. Celebrate your first night in Scotland with a Regional Meal in a local restaurant.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Regional Meal)

    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. Dine tonight at your hotel in the Scottish Highlands.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    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 – PITLOCHRY – ST. ANDREWS – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS)

    Heading south, stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry 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. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo in the castle grounds are included.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Apex European/Marriott

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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?


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 13

    EDINBURGH – ALNWICK – YORK

    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. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you cross Northumberland. Cross the River Tyne at Newcastle en route to York where your walking orientation includes the medieval walls, the Shambles and the awe-inspiring Minster. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers.


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

    Hotel: Hotel 53

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  • Day 14

    YORK – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – LONDON

    View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon, where the bard was born and raised. Explore the cobbled streets or walk along the banks of the River Avon. Later, travel back to London.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank

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  • Day 15

    LONDON - USA

    Say goodbye to your new found friends at the end of a memorable vacation.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Expert in London.
  • Be My Guest Visit a working dairy farm in Somerset and enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch with the family in their 15th Century heritage listed Manor House.
  • Local Expert in Liverpool and Edinburgh.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Unique Insight Visit Devon's Guild of Craftsmen.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in London, Liverpool and Edinburgh.
  • Orientations of Bath, Plymouth, Cardiff, Chester, Glasgow and York.
  • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, picturesque Polperro, Glastonbury Abbey, the Roman Baths in Bath, the town of Ludlow, the Clan Donald Centre, medieval Alnwick, and Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • View Tintern Abbey in the Wye Valley, Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, Alnwick Castle the home to Harry Potter & Hogwarts and York Minster.
  • See Dartmoor, the Lake District, Ben Nevis and Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands, the Isle of Skye and the 18th hole at St Andrews.

Dining

  • 13 full breakfasts.
  • 1 Be My Guest lunch.
  • 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Regional Meal, 2 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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  • * 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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