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Real Britain

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

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    • Your London Hotel: This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Hilton Kensington hotel providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.
    • Edinburgh Tattoo 03-25 August 2018: We’ve included Edinburgh Tattoo tickets when you’re in Edinburgh on departures 06 August, 13 August and 20 August
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    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

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      • Your London Hotel: This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Hilton Kensington hotel providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.
      • Edinburgh Tattoo 03-25 August 2018: We’ve included Edinburgh Tattoo tickets when you’re in Edinburgh on departures 06 August, 13 August and 20 August
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
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      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Pure poetry awaits as you journey north to the land of the bonny and brave. Meandering through the lush green landscapes of Britain, you'll see the mythical Stonehenge and journey to Wales and its capital, Cardiff. Admire the beautiful Lake District and consider eloping at Gretna Green, before rambling up the Royal Mile en route back to London via Shakespeare's birthplace.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: BIBT

      5 Nights

      accommodation

      7 Meals
      • 5 full breakfasts

      • 2 dinners (including Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Edinburgh

        • Orientation of Bath, Cardiff, Liverpool and York

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

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

        • Visit Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, the Tudor town of Ludlow, Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 5 full breakfasts

        • 2 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

        • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • 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

        • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfers page link below for details

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

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      Real Britain

      Your Itinerary

      1. London – Stonehenge – Bath – Cardiff

      Experience first-hand what's "great" about Great Britain on this mesmerising sojourn past the peaks of Wales and the rolling hills and lush farmlands of England to bonnie Scotland. We kickstart our adventure in the cosmopolitan capital of London, heading west to the stone monoliths at Stonehenge whose centuries-old myths have yet to be fully revealed. The elegant Georgian architecture of Bath takes centre stage during our visit to this famous spa town where we'll see the Abbey and visit the Roman baths before crossing the Severn Estuary to Cardiff, capital of Wales. Delve into the proud culture and heritage of the Welsh as you embark on an orientation of the city to see the Millennium Stadium and the medieval Cardiff Castle in the heart of the city. Tonight, we celebrate the beginning of an epic adventure through Britain at a Welcome Reception with top pub nosh.

      Meal(s)
      Welcome Reception
      Hotel
      Clayton

      2. Cardiff – Ludlow – Liverpool

      The charming half-timbered Tudor houses of Ludlow feature today on our exploration of this market town with its medieval walls and historic castle. We meander north through the Shropshire Hills and lush green Cheshire landscapes to the bold British city of Liverpool, hometown of the 'Fab Four'. Saunter through its edgy Scouse streets and perhaps visit The Cavern Club where The Beatles once played on your evening at leisure.

      Meal(s)
      Full Breakfast
      Hotel
      Mercure Atlantic Tower

      Optional Experiences

      Cardiff Castle Tour

      You’ll explore this unique castle on a private tour and hear tales about the eclectic refurbishments. Done in the 1800s by architect William Burgess, his influences included Islamic art, Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales and even Aesop's fables. You’ll also walk on the battlements and climb the 900-year-old Norman keep for superb views over Cardiff.

      Adult Price: £21.00

      Famous Sights and the Fab Four

      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.

      Adult Price: £16.50

      3. Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

      The enchanting views of Britain's Lake District provide a scenic backdrop for our leisurely drive north to Scotland - views that inspired the centuries-old writings of such literary greats as William Wordsworth, who declared the village of Grasmere "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found". We stop at the runaway wedding capital that is Gretna Green where "Blacksmith Priests" would marry couples over the Marriage Anvil. Later, we arrive in enchanting Edinburgh - our home for the next two nights. If your visit coincides with the Edinburgh Festival, enjoy rousing performances at the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo in the city's striking castle grounds.

      Meal(s)
      Full Breakfast
      Hotel
      Leonardo Royal

      Optional Experiences

      Local Dinner Evening

      Join us and your travelling companions for a delicious traditional dinner and drink at a local restaurant.

      Adult Price: £38.00

      Private Cruise On Lake Windermere

      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.

      Adult Price: £17.00

      Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

      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.

      Adult Price: £19.00

      4. Edinburgh Sightseeing

      Ramble up the Royal Mile in the mesmerising medieval city of Edinburgh where you'll join a Local Specialist on an included city sightseeing tour. Meander through the Old Town and view Arthur's Seat and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, for centuries the seat of the kings and queens of the Scots. Your choice of sightseeing could see you visit either Edinburgh's Camera Obscura or Edinburgh Castle. Spend the rest of the day exploring Auld Reekie's charming cobblestone streets, medieval relics and elegant Georgian and Gothic façades on your own or join your Travel Director on an Optional Experience to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. Soak up the irresistible charm of the city and consider attending a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes this evening.

      Meal(s)
      Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Dinner And Drive To Historic Torphichen

      Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Hospitaller. At the haunted Torphichen Inn your arrival will be toasted by our convivial host before enjoying an excellent dinner of local specialties and entertainment.

      Adult Price: £46.00

      Royal Yacht Britannia

      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.

      Adult Price: £23.00

      Scottish Show With Dinner

      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.

      Adult Price: £60.00

      5. Edinburgh – Hadrian’s Wall – York

      Trace the northern frontier of the Roman Empire at Hadrian's Wall before crossing the River Tyne and venturing south to the ancient cathedral city of York, whose origins hark back to Roman times. Saunter along the famous Shambles and view York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world. This evening join a local family for hearty British hospitality and a home-cooked Be My Guest Farewell Dinner in their country home.

      Meal(s)
      Full Breakfast
      Be My Guest Dining
      Hotel
      Novotel Centre

      6. York – Stratford-upon-Avon – London

      Delve into the fascinating story of Shakespeare's life at his Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon, and view Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage. We return to London this evening where our memorable encounter with Britain's icons comes to an end.

      Meal(s)
      Full Breakfast

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        This evening join a local family for hearty British hospitality and a home-cooked dinner in their country home in Yorkshire

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      • Local Specialist
        For included sightseeing in Edinburgh

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Edinburgh

        • Orientation of Bath, Cardiff, Liverpool and York

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

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

        • Visit Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, the Tudor town of Ludlow, Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 5 full breakfasts

        • 2 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

        • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • 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

        • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfers page link below for details

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

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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