Amazing Britain - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

11 days

from $2112 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"It was an amazing experience"
Lindsay , Jul 2014

Sprawling cities and beautiful scenery – these are countries of contrasts. Lochs, lakes and bustling streets come under the spotlight in this comprehensive look at England and Scotland.

It's Insider moments like... feeling the warmth of whisky in your throat as you sip a ‘wee dram' at Eradour, the smallest distillery in Scotland. Nestled in the Highlands, you meet the distillers and explore together, as they share the secrets behind their famous brew.

Trip type:
Country Explorer
Trip code:
BHIL

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    DEPART HOME

    Overnight flight to London.

  • 2.

    ARRIVE LONDON

    Welcome to London! After check-in, relax or spend time exploring this wonderful city.

    Hotel

    Hilton Kensington

  • 3.

    LONDON – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – YORK

    This morning, travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to view Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Center. In your free time explore the charming cobbled streets of the town or walk along the banks of the River Avon. In York, view the ancient city walls, picturesque Shambles, and the magnificent Minster during your orientation walk through the Roman town. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drink.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast
    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Hotel 53

  • 4.

    YORK – DURHAM – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS)

    Set around the picturesque River Wear, Durham enjoys a long and varied history. View the 11th century Norman Cathedral and the castle overlooking Palace Green. Photograph Hadrian's Wall before a scenic drive through Northumberland National Park. Admire spectacular views of the Cheviot Hills as you cross the Scottish border. Stop to admire the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey before arriving in Edinburgh, Scotland's bustling capital.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Jurys Inn

  • 5.

    EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Set in rugged landscape and containing a vast array of medieval and Georgian architecture, Edinburgh is a fascinating city. This morning your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour which includes the Royal Mile, views of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Arthur's Seat, Princes Street, the Scottish Parliament including a visit to Edinburgh Castle or Edinburgh's Camera Obscura. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore the city at your own pace or join your Travel Director on an optional experience to Rosslyn Chapel, famous for its association with the Knights Templar. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit includes tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo on the castle grounds.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 6.

    EDINBURGH – ST. ANDREWS – PITLOCHRY – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

    Cross the Forth Bridge to the ancient Kingdom of Fife and onto the famous golf course at St. Andrews. Stop to take photographs at the 18th green! Drive over the River Tay into the Scottish Highlands. Enjoy an included Cultural Insight at a whisky distillery to sample a ‘wee dram'. Arrive at Pitlochry, a charming village on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. A picturesque drive brings you to your hotel. Dine tonight in your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Strathspey

  • 7.

    SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – SPEAN BRIDGE – GLENCOE – LOCH LOMOND – GLASGOW

    View the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge and see views of Britain's highest mountain – Ben Nevis. Drive to Glencoe, the site of a bloody and cruel massacre in 1692. Travelling south through picturesque landscapes to Scotland's prettiest loch, Loch Lomond. Later you arrive in Glasgow where your orientation includes George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Radisson Blu/Marks

  • 8.

    GLASGOW – GRETNA GREEN – LAKE DISTRICT – MANCHESTER

    Visit Gretna Green where eloping couples would make their vows over the anvil. Return to England and enjoy a Be My Guest experience in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside. Later, visit the Lake District where the great poet William Wordsworth once lived. Visit Grasmere where he wrote his most famous poem ‘Daffodils' and see his final resting place in the churchyard of St. Oswald's Church. View Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England before arriving in Manchester.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

    Hotel

    Park Inn Victoria

  • 9.

    MANCHESTER – COTSWOLDS – BRISTOL

    Travel through the beautiful Cotswold countryside. The area is known for its rolling hills and historic towns which are built in the local honey coloured stone. Visit Stow-on-the-Wold and see the vast Market Square which was once a trading centre for the sheep and wool trade. Later arrive in Bristol and see the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain during your orientation.  This evening join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

    Hotel

    Mercure Holland House

  • 10.

    BRISTOL – BATH – STONEHENGE – LONDON

    Visit the ancient city of Bath. See the splendid Georgian architecture and enjoy an included visit to the Roman Baths. Visit the mysterious prehistoric monoliths at Stonehenge. A scenic drive through Wiltshire and Hampshire brings you back to London.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Hilton Kensington

  • 11.

    LONDON – RETURN HOME

    Say farewell to your traveling companions as you prepare to return home after a memorable vacation.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Edinburgh.
  • Orientations of York, Durham, Glasgow, Grasmere, Bristol and Bath
  • See the 18th hole on the Old Course at St Andrews, Blair Castle, the Lake District and the Costswolds
  • View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, York Minster, Hadrians' Wall and Jedburgh Abbey
  • Visit Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, Whisky Distillery, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge
  • Your choice of sightseeing in Edinburgh, visit either Edinburgh Castle or Edinburgh's Camera Obscura.

Dining

  • 9 full breakfasts.
    3 dinners (including Welcome Reception, three course dinner and Farewell Dinner).
    Be My Guest lunch.

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
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

Scottish Highlands

  • 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.
  • 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.

LOCH LOMOND

  • 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.

Glasgow

  • 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.
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