Real Britain - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

6 days

from $1625 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Nov 2015.
"Most amazing holiday I ever had"
Bianca , Jul 2014

Cityscapes and scenic lakes, this lively round-trip goes from London to York, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Cardiff for a fast-paced taste of British culture and craftsmanship.

It's Insider moments like… feeling the history that seeps through the timbered houses, as you explore the medieval lanes of the The Shambles in York. And discovering the wynds and alleys and hearing the secrets hidden behind the walls of the Old Town, in Edinburgh

Trip type:
Country Explorer
Trip code:
BIBT

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    LONDON – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – YORK

    Enjoy a scenic drive and visit Shakespeare's birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon and see Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage. Later, in York, see York Minster and walk along the famous Shambles. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome 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

    Hotel 53

  • 2.

    YORK – HADRIAN’S WALL – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS)

    Head north and cross the River Tyne at Newcastle. Stop and view Hadrian's Wall before crossing into ‘Bonnie Scotland'. Enjoy the scenery of the Scottish borders before arriving into Edinburgh.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Marriott

  • 3.

    EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning, discover the elegance of Edinburgh with your Local Specialist on an 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. Your choice of sightseeing means you could chose to visit Edinburgh's Camera Obscura instead of the castle. Spend free time exploring on your own or join your Travel Director on an optional experience to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. Tonight, why not attend a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes? During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit includes tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo on the castle grounds.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 4.

    EDINBURGH – GRETNA GREEN – LAKE DISTRICT – LIVERPOOL

    Stop at Gretna Green, a town popular with eloping couples. Here the marriage ceremony was traditionally performed across a blacksmith's anvil. 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 and see St. Oswald's church where the poet is buried. Later arrive in Liverpool hometown of the 'Fab Four'.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Novotel City Centre

  • 5.

    LIVERPOOL – LUDLOW – CARDIFF

    Visit the Tudor market town of Ludlow with its historic castle and timbered buildings. See the Malvern Hills as you cross into Wales and visit its capital, Cardiff.  See Cardiff Bay, the Millenium Stadium and the castle before arriving at your hotel. Tonight enjoy a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner with beautiful views of the Welsh countryside.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast
    Be My Guest Dining

    Hotel

    Maldron

  • 6.

    CARDIFF – BATH – STONEHENGE – LONDON

    Visit Bath and view the Abbey before visiting the Roman Baths. At Stonehenge visit the mystical stone monoliths before returning to London where your memorable holiday ends.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

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What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of London and Edinburgh
  • Orientations of York, Grasmere, Liverpool, Cardiff and Bath
  • See the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff
  • View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, York Minster, the Lake District's magnificent scenery, the Chester Rows, Cardiff Castle and Bath Abbey
  • Visit Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Hadrian's Wall, Edinburgh Castle, Gretna Green, the Roman Baths in Bath and Stonehenge
  • Your choice of sightseeing in Edinburgh, visit either Edinburgh Castle or Edinburgh's Camera Obscura.

Dining

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

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre.
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • London airport shuttle service available. Conditions apply.
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.
  • VIP entry to many sights

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

WINDERMERE

  • Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

    Adult Price: £16.50 A chance to view the glorious scenery of the Lake District as we cruise across England’s largest lake. Then step back in time as we board the steam train for a short journey from Lakeside to Haverthwaite.
  • Private Cruise On Lake Windermere

    Adult Price: £14.50 Enjoy an exclusive cruise on a private boat on England's most beautiful and largest lake, taking in the northern coastline, beautiful houses, gardens and Wray Castle. You’ll see deserted islands, boats and birdlife as you explore the area loved by Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.

Edinburgh

  • Local Dinner Evening

    Adult Price: £35.00 Join us and your travelling companions for a delicious traditional dinner and drink at a local restaurant.
  • Scottish Show With Dinner

    Adult Price: £54.00 Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There's even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.
  • Royal Yacht Britannia

    Adult Price: £16.00 You’ll explore this magnificent ship, which has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. Now berthed in Leith, you’ll be welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences – the former honeymoon sanctuary for four royal couples.
  • Edinburgh's Dark Past

    Adult Price: £30.00 Be enthralled by Edinburgh's sinister and unsavoury past exploring the shadowy closes of the Old Town. Experience the famous haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults of Edinburgh by candle-light and relish one of a selection of fine malt whiskies and learn the story of your dram. After your tour enjoy free time for dinner on the Royal Mile.

Liverpool

  • Sightseeing With A Local Specialist

    Adult Price: £14.00 Come along on a guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural present, you’ll discover the two magnificently different cathedrals, see Mathew Street, birthplace of The Beatles, and admire the Mersey Sound.

Cardiff

  • Cardiff Castle Tour

    Adult Price: £12.00 Join us on a visit to this unique castle, given to the city of Cardiff by the Marquis of Bute. You’ll discover the ornate decor within the castle and find out more about influences and stories behind it.
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