The Britannia Preview 2014

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Chester Rows in Chester, EnglandStonehenge, EnglandCaernarvon CastleEdinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, ScotlandEilean Donan CastleSt Andrews Golf Course
Chester Rows in Chester, England
Stonehenge, England
Caernarvon Castle
Edinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
Eilean Donan Castle
St Andrews Golf Course
  • Duration: 19 Days
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  • Style: Great Britain and Ireland Regionals
  • Description: This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, this earth of majesty… From Shakespeare’s birthplace and Churchill’s home to Roman towns and ancient ruins, mystic monuments, breathtaking landscapes, famous castles, historic cities, myths, legends and heroes. This tour of Britannia will live long in the memory!
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART USA

    Overnight flight to London.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS)

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

  • Day 3

    LONDON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See the famous sights including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace on your included half day sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. The rest of your day is free for shopping or exploring.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    LONDON - CANTERBURY - BRIGHTON - SOUTHAMPTON

    Meet your travelling companions and Travel Director before passing through the ‘Garden of England’ en-route to visit the cathedral city of Canterbury. View the oldest cathedral in England and explore the cobbled streets and castle walls during your city orientation.Later, see the exotic Royal Pavilion in the lively town of Brighton on England’s south coast. Walk along the famous pier or explore its Regency Squares, before heading to the city of Southampton. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drinks.


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

  • Day 5

    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. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 6

    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.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    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. Spend some time exploring the city before making your way to Bristol. After a short orientation of the city, check into your hotel. This evening offers an opportunity to join an excursion to the idyllic village of Lacock to enjoy dinner in a traditional English inn.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 8

    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 Revival Gothic 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 lunch / Dinner)

  • Day 9

    LLANDRINDOD WELLS - LLANGOLLEN - CHESTER - MANCHESTER (2 NIGHTS)

    Drive through glorious Welsh countryside to Llangollen, home of the International Eisteddfod, on the banks of the River Dee. Later, travel the scenic Horseshoe Pass towards Chester for some of the most spectacular views across north Wales. View the ‘Rows’, the city walls and the Cathedral during your walking orientation of Chester. See Old Trafford and the impressive Town Hall in Manchester, a city famous for its industrial heritage and immense creative output. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 10

    NORTH WALES EXCURSION

    Travel the beautiful North Wales coast to the Island of Anglesey. See the tiny railway station with the longest place name in Europe: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Cross the Menai Straits to visit one of the most impressive castles in Wales, historic Caernarvon Castle, which gained worldwide fame as the setting for the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales. Pass through Snowdonia en route to your hotel. Enjoy spectacular views of the ancient mountain landscape.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 11

    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. Celebrate your first night in Scotland with a Highlight Dinner in a local restaurant.


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

  • Day 12

    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)

  • Day 13

    ISLE OF SKYE & SCENIC HIGHLAND EXCURSION

    Travel via the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands,taking the Skye Bridge, with its views of picturesque Eilean Donan Castle, to the Isle of Skye, renowned for its spectacular scenery. Visit the Clan Donald Centre and the Museum of the Isles. Discover the history of the Kingdom of the Isles, trace your genealogy, or explore the gardens before returning to Mallaig by ferry. View Loch Ness en route back to your hotel. Dine tonight at your hotel in the Scottish Highlands.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 14

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

    Heading south, stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry. Enjoy 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)

  • Day 15

    EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning, your Local Guide 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 Holyrood House 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 16

    EDINBURGH - ALNWICK - DURHAM - 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. View Durham Castle and Cathedral, both striking examples of Norman architecture. Tonight, dine at your hotel in the historic city of York.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 17

    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.


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

  • Day 18

    CAMBRIDGE - NEWMARKET - LONDON

    See the magnificent architecture of King’s College Chapel. 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 to the raising of thoroughbred champions. Arrive in London in the early evening.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 19

    LONDON - USA

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


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Specialty Visit a whisky distillery for a tour and a tasting.
  • Local Guide in London and Edinburgh.
  • Local Specialty Visit a traditional pie maker for a demonstration and tasting.
  • 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.
  • Unique Insight Visit the Newmarket National Stud, home to some of England’s finest thoroughbreds.
  • Local Expert Sit back and relax while your expert chauffeur does the hard work on a punt (boat ride) along the River Cam, telling you about life in this University town.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • LondonMorning sightseeing tour with a Local Guide includes views of Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben.
  • CanterburyView England’s oldest cathedral.
  • BrightonSee the striking Royal Pavilion and view the famous Brighton Pier.
  • StonehengeVisit the ancient stone circle.
  • PlymouthSee the Mayflower Steps.
  • Cornish ExcursionVisit the village of St. Ives and view St. Michael’s Mount.
  • GlastonburyVisit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey.
  • BathVisit the Roman Baths.
  • BristolSee the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
  • Stratford-upon-AvonVisit Shakespeare’s birthplace and Visitors Centre.
  • ChesterView the Tudor architecture.
  • ManchesterOrientation includes views of the Town Hall.
  • CaernarvonVisit the imposing Norman Castle.
  • GrasmereVisit the village where Wordsworth lived.
  • Gretna GreenVisit this historic destination, popular with eloping couples since 1754.
  • GlasgowView Glasgow Cathedral and George Square.
  • Isle of SkyeVisit the Clan Donald Centre.
  • Loch NessView the most famous Loch of them all.
  • St. AndrewsView the 18th hole on the Old Course.
  • EdinburghSightseeing includes the Royal Mile and visit the iconic castle.
  • AlnwickVisit the medieval market town of Alnwick.
  • DurhamView Durham Castle and the Cathedral.
  • YorkView York Minster and stroll along the Shambles.
  • Melton MowbrayVisit the traditional market town.
  • CambridgeView King’s College Chapel and the Bridge of Sighs.

Dining

  • 17 full breakfasts.

  • Be My Guest experience in Llandrindod Wells.

  • 8 evening meals including:
  • Welcome Pub Reception in Southampton, which includes a Traditional British pub meal and Welcome Drinks.
  • 5 three-course dinners.
  • Highlight Dinner with wine in Glasgow.
  • Farewell Dinner with wine in Cambridge.

Travel Highlights

  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
  • The services of a professional Travel Director
  • 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
  • Audio headsets to clearly hear your guide’s commentary on all included sightseeing
  • A travel wallet with your documentation
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map
  • London airport transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply.

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