The Britannia - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

15 days

from $3533 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Sep 2015.
"Had a fabulous holiday with Trafalgar"
Wendy , Jun 2014

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.

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.


    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.


    Welcome Reception


    Jurys Inn

  • 2.


    Travel through the beautiful New Forest to mystical Stonehenge where you visit the ancient stone circle. Visit Salisbury Cathedral to see the Magna Carta which was signed in 1215 by King John and the barons of Medieval England. 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of this important document. Later, in Plymouth, 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.


    Full Breakfast


    Future Inn/Copthorne

  • 3.


    The rugged Cornish coast is famous for smugglers' coves and quaint fishing villages, which you will see on the way to 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 at your hotel.


    Full Breakfast,Dinner

  • 4.


    A scenic drive through Somerset will bring you to the beautiful city of Bath for an overnight stay. Admire the impressive Georgian buildings and visit the Roman Baths after which the city is named. This evening offers an opportunity to join an optional experience to the idyllic village of Lacock to enjoy dinner in a traditional English inn.


    Full Breakfast


    Bailbrook House

  • 5.


    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.


    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining,Dinner



  • 6.


    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.


    Full Breakfast,Dinner


    Jurys Inn

  • 7.


    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 Cultural Insight into how communities lived during this period.


    Full Breakfast

  • 8.


    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.


    Full Breakfast


    Westerwood Cumbernauld

  • 9.


    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.


    Full Breakfast



  • 10.


    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.


    Full Breakfast,Dinner

  • 11.


    Heading south, stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry. Enjoy a Cultural Insight 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 of the 18th green 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.


    Full Breakfast



  • 12.


    This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle or Edinburgh's Camera Obscura. 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.


    Full Breakfast

  • 13.


    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. Enjoy a scenic drive to the Yorkshire Dales for your overnight stay in Ilkley.


    Full Breakfast



  • 14.


    In York, your Travel Director will show you the magnificent Minster, the city walls and the famous Shambles on your orientation tour. 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. Before dinner your Travel Director will take you and your travel companions for a Farewell Drink in a local pub.


    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner



  • 15.


    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 Specialist ‘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 Cultural Insight into the raising of thoroughbred champions. Arrive in London in the early evening at the end of your memorable holiday.


    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation

    Bailbrook House wouldn’t be out of place in a Jane Austen period drama. This 18th century Authentic Accommodation is one of the only Grade II listed hotels in Bath.
  • 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.
  • Cultural Insights

    Visit the National Trust property of Quarry Bank to gain an insight into the regions Industrial Heritage.
    Visit a whisky distillery for a tour and a tasting.
    Visit the Newmarket National Stud, home to some of England's finest thoroughbreds.
  • Local Specialists

    in Edinburgh. In Cambridge enjoy punt (boat ride) along the River Cam, with an expert chauffeur telling you about life in this University town.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of London and Edinburgh
  • Punting on the Cam River
  • Orientations of Brighton, Plymouth, Bath, Chester, Manchester, Glasgow, York and Cambridge
  • 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
  • View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, medieval Alnwick, Durham Castle and Cathedral and York Minster
  • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and the Magna Carta, 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 university city of Cambridge and the National Stud at Newmarket
  • Your choice of sightseeing in Edinburgh, visit either Edinburgh Castle or Edinburgh's Camera Obscura.


  • 14 full breakfasts.
    6 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 4 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).
    1 lunch (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
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Use of Trafalgar's London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions.
  • 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 at your Trafalgar London hotel.
  • VIP entry to many sights

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences


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.


  • Plymouth Harbour Cruise

    Adult Price: £12.00 Relax on a boat trip round the harbour of one of England’s most famous seaports. As your skipper commentates, you’ll see the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America, and ships sailed for Australia, New Zealand and Newfoundland and enjoy panoramic vistas of Plymouth Hoe. We’ll also enter the Royal Navy Dockyard where you’ll see some of the modern vessels of the Royal Navy.
  • Dartmoor Excursion And Dinner

    Adult Price: £34.00 A scenic drive across the mysterious moors takes us to the capital of the moors, Princetown. Here you’ll see the infamous prison before driving to a lovely old Inn for a drink and a delicious home-cooked dinner, followed by stories and legends about the area.
  • Forgotten Cornwall And Dinner

    Adult Price: £30.00 Join us as we catch a ferry across the River Tamar to Cornwall and the village of Cremyll. Tonight you’ll enjoy dinner at an old Cornish inn, the Edgcumbe Arms, with a main course from the Carvery. Afterwards we’ll take a drive along the beautiful coast known as 'Rame Head', where you’ll enjoy stunning views.


  • 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.


  • A Stirling Evening

    Adult Price: £43.00 See Stirling Castle and the Wallace Memorial by night. A truly local experience, you'll be piped in to your evening meal in the historic Scottish city and enjoy an evening of Scottish delights.


  • Loch Lomond Boat Trip

    Adult Price: £12.50 Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond'. As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point out Rob Roy's cave as you relax and savour the stunning scenery.

Scottish Highlands

  • Highland Farm Experience

    Adult Price: £12.00 Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each dog to carry out different tasks. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your hand at sheep shearing, feeding the pups and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.
  • Pitlochry. Visit Of Blair Castle

    Adult Price: £20.00 Set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, you’ll visit the castle and find out more about the home of the Duke of Atholl – the only man in Britain to have a private army.


  • Local Dinner Evening

    Adult Price: £35.00 Join us and your travelling companions for a delicious traditional dinner and drink at a local restaurant.
  • Rosslyn Chapel

    Adult Price: £17.00 We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where you’ll hear the inside story on the famous Rosslyn Chapel. You’ll also visit one of Scotland's most unusual 15th century buildings, famed for its associations with the Knights Templar, the Masonic movement, and now 'The Da Vinci Code'.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Conservation Village Of Lacock And Dinner

    Adult Price: £31.00 We’ll drive out to the beautiful National Trust owned Cotswold village of Lacock, built in the 13th century. Often used as a location for films, such as the Harry Potter series and Pride and Prejudice, you’ll have time to wander around, before enjoying a delicious dinner at the historic George Inn.
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