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Real Britain

9 Days 1 Country 2 Cities

See and taste the best of British culture, taking in London, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh and more.

"Most amazing holiday I ever had"


About this trip

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.

You'll enjoy 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 i

Trip code: BIBT

8 Nights


10 Meals
  • 8 full breakfasts.

  • 2 dinners (including Be My Guest).

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Your Itinerary

1. Arrive London (2 Nights)

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

Hilton Kensington

2. London Sightseeing and Free Time

See the famous sights including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace with your Local Specialist. The afternoon is yours to continue exploring London on your own.

Full Breakfast

3. London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York

Meet your Travel Director this morning before leaving London. Enjoy a scenic drive and visit Shakespeare's birthplace and Visitor Center in Stratford-upon-Avon. View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage. Later in York, view 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 travelers.

Full Breakfast
Welcome Reception
Hotel 53

4. York – Hadrian’s Wall – Falkirk (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 at your spa hotel which is a traditional Scottish manor house within beautiful, landscaped gardens.

Full Breakfast
Inchyra Hotel and Spa

5. 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 choice of sightseeing means you could chose to visit either Edinburgh's Camera Obscura or Edinburgh 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.

Full Breakfast

6. Falkirk – 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'.

Full Breakfast

7. 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 at a local vineyard with beautiful views of the Welsh countryside.

Full Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

8. 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.

Full Breakfast
Hilton Kensington

9. Depart London

Say farewell to London today as you return home with magical memories.

Full Breakfast

Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 54 Reviews

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    Service rating : Everything was great. All arrangements were made and the entire tour flowed smoothly. The Travel Director, Marie Holzamer, is FANTASTIC!!! Our coach driver, Jamie, did an excellent job getting us around. He had some tight places to maneuver that big coach through and did it

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    Service rating : Tour leader was oblivious to the needs of the elderly in her care. Because the tour leader didn't clearly state the baggage, breakfast and meeting times, someone or other always misunderstood and was late. Written notices should have been handed out at each stop.Product :

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    Good service, liked all the extra information that was given. Would like a bit more time for browsing and exploring the cities.

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    Service rating : I felt the service was excellent. I got a vacation that was well organized and got to see the places indicated in the iterniary.Product : I enjoyed most of the stops. Only wish some more free time in Liverpool. It was a very busy day but the lake area could have been cut back

  • Trip:


    Service rating : Great tourProduct : Very enjoyable trip with a fun group

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in London and Edinburgh

    • Orientation of York, Grasmere, Liverpool, Cardiff and Bath

    • Visit Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, Gretna Green, the Roman Baths in Bath and Stonehenge

    • View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, Hadrian's Wall, York Minster, the Lake District's magnificent scenery, Cardiff Castle and Bath Abbey

    • See the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff

What's Included


    • 8 full breakfasts.

    • 2 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel.

    • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre.

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    • Edinburgh Tattoo 5-27 August 2016: We've included Tattoo tickets when you're in Edinburgh on departures 5 Augsut 2016, 12 August 2016 and 19 August 2016.
    • London Airport Transfers: Transfers available to purchase. Conditions apply.
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