Best of Britain - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

11 days

from $2716 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"The best holiday we have ever taken"
Janine , Jul 2014

This British experience unveils the pomp, ceremony and unique soundtracks of England, Wales and Scotland through its cultural traditions and tastes.

It's Insider moments like… travelling down Penny Lane to the sound of the song as Phil, bona fide friend of The Beatles, shares stories of the band in his Liverpudlian lilt and takes you around his home city's famous sights.

Trip type:
Country Explorer
Trip code:
BBOB

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    LONDON – STONEHENGE – BATH – EXETER (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning, travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. On arrival in Bath see the impressive Abbey and visit the Roman Baths from which the town derives its name. Later, we arrive into the historic cathedral city of Exeter. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director during your Welcome Reception at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Mercure Southgate

  • 2.

    PLYMOUTH – POLPERRO – DARTMOOR EXCURSION – BUCKFAST ABBEY

    Your orientation of Plymouth includes the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World. See the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Consider taking an optional cruise around the famous coastline. Visit Polperro, a quaint fishing village nested around a picturesque harbour. Later, cross rugged Dartmoor, famous for its dramatic and breathtaking scenery. Later enjoy a Cultural Insight at Buckfast Abbey where Abbotts have lived and prayed for nearly 1000 years.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 3.

    EXETER – GLASTONBURY – CARDIFF

    Enjoy a picturesque drive through the South West countryside to Glastonbury. Visit the ruined Abbey, said to be the burial place of King Arthur. Later enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch in a 15th century Manor House on a working dairy farm in Somerset. Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is your final destination. View the impressive Castle and the Millennium stadium during your orientation, before checking in at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

    Hotel

    Maldron

  • 4.

    CARDIFF – LUDLOW – CHESTER – LIVERPOOL

    View the Malvern Hills on your way to visit the Tudor market town of Ludlow in Shropshire. Your Travel Director takes you on a walking orientation tour of Chester, which includes views of the medieval walls, the Cathedral and the famous Tudor Rows. Liverpool is the home of the Merseybeat! This evening, hear tales of the ‘Fab Four' as you drive through Liverpool with your Local Specialist on an included Beatles tour.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Jurys Inn

  • 5.

    LIVERPOOL – LAKE DISTRICT – GLASGOW

    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, magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. Celebrate your first night in Scotland with a Regional Meal in a local restaurant.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Regional Meal

    Hotel

    Westerwood Cumbernauld

  • 6.

    GLASGOW – GLENCOE – FORT WILLIAM – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS (2 NIGHTS)

    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 breathtaking views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Dine tonight at your hotel in the Scottish Highlands.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Strathspey

  • 7.

    ISLE OF SKYE AND SCENIC HIGHLAND EXCURSION

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

  • 8.

    SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – PITLOCHRY – ST. ANDREWS – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS)

    Heading south, stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry before heading to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Take a photograph on 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. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo in the castle grounds are included.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Marriott

  • 9.

    EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, along with a choice of an included 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?

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 10.

    EDINBURGH – ALNWICK – YORK

    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. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as you cross Northumberland. Cross the River Tyne at Newcastle en route to York where your walking orientation includes the medieval walls, the Shambles and the awe-inspiring Minster. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

    Hotel

    Hotel 53/Novotel

  • 11.

    YORK – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – LONDON

    View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon, where the Bard was born and raised. Explore the cobbled streets or walk along the banks of the River Avon. Later, travel back to London where your amazing holiday comes to an end.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Visit a working dairy farm in Somerset and enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch with the family in their 15th Century heritage listed Manor House.
  • Cultural Insights

    Visit Buckfast Abbey, where Abbots have lived and prayed for over 1000 years.
  • Local Specialists

    in Liverpool and Edinburgh.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of London, Liverpool and Edinburgh
  • Orientations of Bath, Plymouth, Cardiff, Chester, Glasgow and York
  • See Dartmoor, the Lake District, Ben Nevis and Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands, the Isle of Skye and the 18th green at St. Andrews
  • View Alnwick Castle the home to Harry Potter and Hogwarts, York Minster and Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage
  • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, picturesque Polperro, Buckfast Abbey, Glastonbury Abbey, the Roman Baths in Bath, the town of Ludlow, the Clan Donald Centre, medieval Alnwick, and Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Your choice of sightseeing in Edinburgh, visit either Edinburgh Castle or Edinburgh's Camera Obscura.

Dining

  • 10 full breakfasts.
    5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Regional Meal, 2 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

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.

Exeter

  • Devonshire Village And Dinner

    Adult Price: £35.00 We’ll drive to a beautiful village in Devon, where you’ll see cob walled houses with thatched roofs and the parish church, which dates back 1000 years. You’ll also savour a tasty pub dinner and meet the locals, in an 800-year-old village pub.

PLYMOUTH

  • 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.

Cardiff

  • Cardiff Castle Tour

    Adult Price: £20.00 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 1,000-year-old Norman keep for superb views over Cardiff.
  • Traditional Welsh Evening And Dinner

    Adult Price: £38.00 Join us for a traditional Welsh country dinner. We'll take you to a 14th century thatched inn called The Blue Anchor. While you're eating and enjoying your drink, you'll be entertained with a performance from a Welsh harpist.
  • Cardiff Welsh Evening

    Adult Price: £46.00 The perfect opportunity to sample the culture of Wales in its music and food. You’ll dine on distinctive Welsh dishes, be charmed by Welsh harp music and enchanted by the beautiful voices of the castle's lords and ladies as the wine flows.

WINDERMERE

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.
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