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Best of Britain

11 Days 1 Country 14 Cities

This Country Explorer trip uncovers Stonehenge, Bath, the Lake District and Scottish Highlands.

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    • Your London Hotel: This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Park Plaza Riverbank hotel providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.
    • Edinburgh Tattoo 03-25 August 2018: We've included Tattoo tickets when you're in Edinburgh on departures 28 July, 01 August, 04 August, 08 August, 11 August and 15 August 2018.
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      • Your London Hotel: This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the Park Plaza Riverbank hotel providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar.
      • Edinburgh Tattoo 03-25 August 2018: We've included Tattoo tickets when you're in Edinburgh on departures 28 July, 01 August, 04 August, 08 August, 11 August and 15 August 2018.
      • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • 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

      British icons - new and old - will shape your journey, from Liverpool's Fab Four to Shakespeare. Travel to the Scottish Highlands, exploring rugged Dartmoor, the idyllic Lake District and Tudor town of Chester. Take a ferry to the Isle of Skye and contemplate battles fought on Culloden and the golfing grounds of St. Andrews before travelling to Edinburgh and Stratford-upon-Avon.


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      10 Nights

      accommodation

      16 Meals
      • 10 full breakfasts

      • 5 dinners

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

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        • City tour in Liverpool and Edinburgh

        • Orientation 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 Eilean Donan, Alnwick Castle used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, York Minster and Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage

        • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, picturesque Polperro, Buckfast Abbey, Glastonbury Abbey, the town of Ludlow, the Isle of Skye, Culloden, Edinburgh Castle, medieval Alnwick, and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 10 full breakfasts

        • 5 dinners

        • 1 lunch
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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)

        • Use of Trafalgar's London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions

        • 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 transfer page link below for details

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

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


       

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      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      London – Stonehenge – Bath – Exeter (2 Nights)

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      Day 2

      Exeter – Excursion to Plymouth, Polperro, Dartmoor and Buckfast Abbey

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      Exeter – Glastonbury – Cardiff

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      Cardiff – Ludlow – Chester – Liverpool

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      Liverpool – Lake District – Glasgow

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      Glasgow – Glencoe – Fort William – Scottish Highlands (2 Nights)

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      Isle of Skye, Culloden and Scenic Highland Excursion

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      Scottish Highlands – Pitlochry – St. Andrews – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

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      Edinburgh Sightseeing

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      Edinburgh – Alnwick – York

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      Day 11

      York – Stratford-upon-Avon – London

      Day 1

      London – Stonehenge – Bath – Exeter (2 Nights) Day 1 - London – Stonehenge – Bath – Exeter (2 Nights)

      The rolling green and golden landscapes of rural Wiltshire provide a stunning backdrop for our scenic drive to Salisbury Plain this morning. We tread in the footsteps of druids and pagans amidst the mystical ancient monoliths of Stonehenge before travelling to UNESCO-listed Bath with its elegant Georgian façades and the centuries-old Roman Baths from which the town derives its name. Our home for the next two nights is the historic cathedral city of Exeter where we will enjoy a memorable Welcome Reception this evening at our hotel.

      Hotel

      Mercure Southgate

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Mercure Southgate

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Exeter – Excursion to Plymouth, Polperro, Dartmoor and Buckfast Abbey Day 2 - Exeter – Excursion to Plymouth, Polperro, Dartmoor and Buckfast Abbey

      Our first stop today is in the ancient port city of Plymouth where you'll delve into the history of the brave Pilgrim Fathers who set sail for an unknown New World from its shores. See the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound and consider taking an optional cruise around the dramatic coastline. We take a step back in time at our next stop, the quaint fishing village and artists' retreat of Polperro, set within a picturesque harbour. Journeying along the brooding moorland of Dartmoor, we arrive at Buckfast Abbey for a Cultural Insight into how Benedictine monks have lived and prayed for nearly 1,000 years.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Exeter – Glastonbury – Cardiff Day 3 - Exeter – Glastonbury – Cardiff

      Enjoy a picturesque drive through the pretty Devon and Somerset countryside to mystical Glastonbury where we'll see the ruined Abbey, said to be the final resting place of King Arthur. Later, we enjoy a delicious Be My Guest lunch with the Dyer family on their 15th century dairy farm in Somerset before continuing to Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Explore the proud heritage of the Welsh and modern icons including the Millennium Stadium during your orientation tour before checking in at your hotel.

      Hotel

      Holiday Inn City Centre

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Holiday Inn City Centre

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Cardiff – Ludlow – Chester – Liverpool Day 4 - Cardiff – Ludlow – Chester – Liverpool

      Tudor history is explored this morning as we visit the historic towns of Ludlow and Chester with their characteristic black and white half-timbered buildings. Join your Travel Director for an orientation walk past these famous Tudor Rows and enjoy views of Chester's medieval city walls and red sandstone Cathedral. The haunt of the 'Fab Four' is our final stop today. Join a Local Specialist to gain insight into Liverpool's Beatles' history and enjoy an evening at leisure in one of Britain's edgiest cities.

      Hotel

      Jurys Inn

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Jurys Inn

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Liverpool – Lake District – Glasgow Day 5 - Liverpool – Lake District – Glasgow

      Rolling Lancashire pastures give way to the breathtaking Lake District, whose beautiful scenery has inspired poets and writers for centuries. We travel along the shores of Lake Windermere, the largest lake in England to Grasmere, where William Wordsworth was laid to rest at St. Oswald's Church. Standing at the threshold of the 'Marriage Anvil' in Gretna Green, we see where many an eloping couple has tied the knot. We arrive in Glasgow later for an orientation tour including views of the Cathedral, magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, the former heart of the shipbuilding industry. Warm Scottish hospitality and hearty flavours are ours to enjoy this evening during a Regional Meal in a local restaurant.

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Glasgow – Glencoe – Fort William – Scottish Highlands (2 Nights) Day 6 - Glasgow – Glencoe – Fort William – Scottish Highlands (2 Nights)

      Journey along Loch Lomond whose bonnie banks were immortalised in the well-known Scottish song. We arrive in the Glencoe and remember the MacDonald clansmen who died tragically in the 1692 massacre that led this place to be dubbed the 'Glen of Weeping'. At the World War II Commando Memorial near Fort William, see breathtaking views of Britain's highest mountain Ben Nevis, continuing to our hotel where we'll enjoy a delicious dinner.

      Hotel

      Laggan Gaskmore Authentic Accommodation/Highlander

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Laggan Gaskmore Authentic Accommodation/Highlander

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Isle of Skye, Culloden and Scenic Highland Excursion Day 7 - Isle of Skye, Culloden and Scenic Highland Excursion

      We travel to the coast this morning, boarding a ferry over the sea to the Isle of Skye. Against the backdrop of violet-hued, heather-clad mountains, we enjoy lunch on the Sleat Peninsula, crossing the road bridge to view scenic Eilean Donan Castle on the mainland. Meandering through the Scottish Highlands past its picturesque lochs and glens, we view Culloden Battlefield, the site of the final Jacobite Rising clash in 1746. Later, we return to our hotel in Newtonmore, said to be at the geographical heart of Scotland.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      Day 8

      Scottish Highlands – Pitlochry – St. Andrews – Edinburgh (2 Nights) Day 8 - Scottish Highlands – Pitlochry – St. Andrews – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

      Heading back to the lowlands of Scotland, we stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry before heading to the historic home of golf, St. Andrews, where the first games were played during the 1400s. See its famous 18th hole before crossing the Firth of Forth to Scotland's enchanting capital, Edinburgh. During the Edinburgh Festival, enjoy rousing performances with included tickets for the Edinburgh Tattoo in the magical setting of Edinburgh Castle's grounds.

      Hotel

      Leonardo Royal

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Leonardo Royal

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 9

      Edinburgh Sightseeing Day 9 - Edinburgh Sightseeing

      Ramble up the Royal Mile today and see the iconic sights of one of Britain's most enchanting cities. The elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat and the Scottish Parliament feature on your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Your choice of sightseeing could see you visit the Edinburgh Camera Obscura or Edinburgh Castle perched dramatically on Castle Rock above the city. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town and amble through the hidden passages of the Old Town before enjoying an evening at leisure soaking up the cosy atmosphere. Consider an Optional Experience including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 10

      Edinburgh – Alnwick – York Day 10 - Edinburgh – Alnwick – York

      We travel to the medieval market town of Alnwick this morning where we'll see the impressive castle home to the Duke of Northumberland and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Meander through Northumberland, across the Tyne at Newscastle and to the cathedral city of York, where we will enjoy an orientation walk along its medieval city walls and cobblestone Shambles, and see the inspiring Minster with its 'heart of Yorkshire'. We enjoy a final Farewell Dinner together to bring our memorable journey to a close.

      Hotel

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      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Hotel 53

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Day 11

      York – Stratford-upon-Avon – London Day 11 - York – Stratford-upon-Avon – London

      Shakespeare's legacy and life are celebrated in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon which we will have an opportunity to visit today on our return to London. See Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre before rambling through its quaint cobblestone streets. Later, we travel back to London where our amazing holiday comes to an end.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      • Full Breakfast

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        Enjoy Highland hospitality at Laggan Gaskmore Hotel located within Cairngorm National Park in the Scottish Highlands

      • Be My Guest
        Enjoy lunch with the Dyer family on their 15th century dairy farm in Somerset complete with home-made ice-cream

      • Cultural Insight
        Visit Buckfast Abbey, a Benedictine monastery built on the site where monks have lived and prayed for over 1,000 years

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      • Local Specialist
        For included sightseeing in Liverpool and Edinburgh

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      What's Included

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        • City tour in Liverpool and Edinburgh

        • Orientation 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 Eilean Donan, Alnwick Castle used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, York Minster and Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage

        • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, picturesque Polperro, Buckfast Abbey, Glastonbury Abbey, the town of Ludlow, the Isle of Skye, Culloden, Edinburgh Castle, medieval Alnwick, and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon


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      Dining

        • 10 full breakfasts

        • 5 dinners

        • 1 lunch
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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)

        • Use of Trafalgar's London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions

        • 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 transfer page link below for details

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

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


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        Service rating : Our guide, Roxanne *personal information removed by Feefo*, was a gem! She was extremely positive, very knowledgeable, always smiling, and had a great sense of humor. She knows what she's doing, and she set the tone for a wonderful time. Many of the stops we made were things I

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        Service rating : Service was top-notch. The pre-tour communications were timely and helpful. The website is very good. All arrangements made in advance came off without a hitch. Can't say enough good things about tour director Roxy and how well she took care of us.Product : We had a great time on

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        Service rating : Definitely Roxy *personal information removed by Feefo* the tour diirecotor and Paul the driver were very professional and approachable. You might not be aware after the B of Britian I did another coach tour and I can honestly say Trafaglar was far superior.The only disappoint

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        Eddie Lerner the tour director was excellent, personable, and organized. Drivers were amazing. Some hotels were below par though. Especially the Holiday Inn in Edinburgh. Mold in the tub which probably had not been scrubbed in a year! Also the most rude night manager (Rafel) that I have ever

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        Service rating : Loved the tour and all the places we got to see in 11 days.Product : The coach was excellent, The hotels were clean and adequate.

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