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Amazing Britain

8 Days 1 Country 8 Cities

Take in England, Wales and Scotland on this Country Explorer trip, featuring Edinburgh and Bath.

"Amazing Britain - truly amazing"

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About this trip

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.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... feeling the warmth of whisky in your throat as you sip a ‘wee dram' at Blair Athol distillery. Nestled in the Highlands, you meet the distillers and explore together, as they share the secrets behind Scotland's national drink.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: BHIL

7 Nights

accommodation

11 Meals
  • 7 full breakfasts.

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest).

  • 3 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

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Day 1

London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York

Day 2

York – Durham – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

Day 3

Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 4

Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Pitlochry – Scottish Highlands

Day 5

Scottish Highlands – Spean Bridge – Glencoe – Loch Lomond – Glasgow

Day 6

Glasgow – Gretna Green – Lake District – Manchester

Day 7

Manchester – Cotswolds – Bristol

Day 8

Bristol – Bath – Stonehenge – London

Day 1

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 Centre. 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.

Hotel

Hotel 53

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

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.

Hotel

Jurys Inn

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Local Dinner Evening

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

Adult Price: £36.00

Day 2

Day 3

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 and the Scottish Parliament. Your choice of sightseeing includes 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Rosslyn Chapel

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'.

Adult Price: £17.50

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: £54.00

Day 3

Day 4

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.

Hotel

Highlander

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Highland Farm Experience

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.

Adult Price: £13.00

Pitlochry. Visit Of Blair Castle

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.

Adult Price: £20.00

Day 4

Day 5

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. Travel 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.

Hotel

Radisson Blu/Westerwood

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

A Stirling Evening

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.

Adult Price: £44.00

Loch Lomond Boat Trip

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.

Adult Price: £13.00

Day 5

Day 6

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 light Be My Guest lunch 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 at your hotel.

Hotel

Park Inn City Centre Manchester/Jurys Inn Manchester/Mercure Liverpool

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 6

Day 7

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.

Hotel

Mercure Holland House

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Guided Tour of Bristol

The centre of the British aeronautics industry since WWII, Bristol was also a great seafaring port and England's second city until not long ago. There's a wealth of history to be discovered and John Cabot, Brunel, the Plimsoll Line, John and Charles Wesley, Wills Tobacco, Archibald Leach (who's he?), Banksy, and Robinson Crusoe are all names that have unique links with Bristol. Find out how they all fit together on a rip-roaring tour of the town with Bristol's number-one local specialist.

Adult Price: £15.00

Day 7

Day 8

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 where your amazing holiday ends.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 8

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Edinburgh.

    • Orientation of York, Durham, Glasgow, Grasmere, Bristol and Bath

    • Visit Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, Whisky Distillery, Gretna Green, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge

    • View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, York Minster, Hadrians' Wall and Jedburgh Abbey

    • See the 18th green on the Old Course at St Andrews, Blair Castle, the Lake District and the Costswolds


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 full breakfasts.

    • 1 lunch (Be My Guest).

    • 3 dinners.


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

    • 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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    Service rating : Trafalger associates took care of many of the details that are often times a cause of stress. Transportation to and from the airport, handling of luggage, room check-in and ticket purchases are examples of those items that are often a stress point that we did not need to concern

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    Service rating : The service we received was very good. Ben, our tour director, was very considerate and our bus driver was unbelievable.Product : Enjoyed the trip immensely

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    Service rating : The service was excellentProduct : Some days had too much crammed into them as optional extras and that left little time for lunch on some occassions

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    Service rating : The service was excellent, we were in good hands. All hotel experinces were good except the lower quality of the Hilton Kensington which needs work. The tour director and driver were excellent.Product : Every experience was fun and exciting. Seeing Edinburgh Castle, a Taste of

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    • Edinburgh Tattoo 5-27 August 2016: We've included Tattoo tickets when you're in Edinburgh on departures 6 August 2016, 7 August 2016, 13 August 2016, 14 August 2016, 20 August 2016 and 21 August 2016.
    • Your London Hotel: Hilton Kensington This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the above hotel providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.
    • London Airport Transfers: Transfers available to purchase. Conditions apply.
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