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Real Britain

9 Days 1 Country 5 Cities

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

"Most amazing holiday I ever had"

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9 Days, 1 Country, 5 Cities

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Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

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    • International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above.
    • Autumn, Winter, Spring (WIBT): Departures from 03 November 2017 to 23 March 2018 marked in the price panel are subject to change in price, discount and hotel. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2017.
    • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1.
    • Unused London Accommodation: Should you chose not to use the included nights in London, we give you the option to remove these at the time of booking and offer a reduction for this.
    • Edinburgh Tattoo 04-26 August 2017: We've included Tattoo tickets when you're in Edinburgh on departures 04 August, 11 August and 18 August 2017.
    • One of the most spectacular annual events is the Edinburgh Tattoo. It is simply not to be missed. Military bands from all over the world take to the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle to play rousing tunes culminating in the haunting bugle call of the Last Post. The Tattoo is run for charitable causes and has donated over £5 million to military and civilian charities and organisations. Trafalgar includes tickets and arrangements for our guests for every trip in this brochure that stays in Edinburgh during the Tattoo dates above.
    • Festive Celebrations: Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for departures 21 December, 27 December and 29 December 2017. Join us in Britain to celebrate the Festive Season.
    • Hogmanay: Departure 27 December 2016 will celebrate Hogmanay in Edinburgh.
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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 traveling as part of a family group. 
  • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

About this trip

Pure poetry awaits as you journey north to the land of the bonny and brave. En route to charming Edinburgh you'll see the birthplace of Shakespeare and Hadrian's Wall. Consider eloping to Gretna Green, admire the beautiful Lake District and cross in to Wales where you'll explore its capital, Cardiff, before returning to London via Stonehenge.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: BIBT

8 Nights

accommodation

10 Meals
  • 8 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 London and Edinburgh

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

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

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

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 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 at your 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

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

    • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfers 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

Arrive London (2 Nights)

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Day 2

London Sightseeing

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Day 3

London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York

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York – Hadrian’s Wall – Falkirk (2 Nights)

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Day 5

Edinburgh Sightseeing

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Falkirk – Gretna Green – Lake District – Liverpool

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Liverpool – Ludlow – Cardiff

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Cardiff – Bath – Stonehenge – London

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Depart London

Day 1

Arrive London (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive London (2 Nights)

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

Hotel

Hilton Kensington

Meals

Hotel

Hilton Kensington

Meals

Day 1

Day 2

London Sightseeing Day 2 - London Sightseeing

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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York Day 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 Centre 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 travellers.

Hotel

Hotel 53

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Hotel 53

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Welcome Reception

Day 3

Day 4

York – Hadrian’s Wall – Falkirk (2 Nights) Day 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 hotel.

Hotel

Macdonald Inchyra

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Macdonald Inchyra

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

Edinburgh Sightseeing Day 5 - Edinburgh Sightseeing

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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

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: £16.50

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: £58.00

Day 5

Day 6

Falkirk – Gretna Green – Lake District – Liverpool Day 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'.

Hotel

Mercure Atlantic Tower

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Mercure Atlantic Tower

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

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

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: £15.50

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: £17.50

Day 6

Day 7

Liverpool – Ludlow – Cardiff Day 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 Millennium 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.

Hotel

Jurys Inn

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Jurys Inn

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

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 1,000-year-old Norman keep for superb views over Cardiff.

Adult Price: £21.00

Day 7

Day 8

Cardiff – Bath – Stonehenge – London Day 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.

Hotel

Hilton Kensington

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Hilton Kensington

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

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

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: £15.50

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: £17.50

Day 8

Day 9

Depart London Day 9 - Depart London

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

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 9

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy a hearty Welsh dinner with a farming family and their animals in the beautiful award-winning vineyards of Wales

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialist
    For included sightseeing in London and Edinburgh

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in London and Edinburgh

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

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

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

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 full breakfasts

    • 2 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


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What's Included

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 at your 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

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

    • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfers 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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The Trafalgar Experience

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Enjoy

Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


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Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 140 Reviews

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    Service rating : We had an absolutely wonderful tour director (Daisy Arundel); her energy and enthusiasm were positively contagious, and I was extremely impressed with her knowledge of history (in England, Scotland and Wales). Also, she was able to squeeze a lot of little extras into the

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    Service:

    Service rating : Great Kiwi tour guide. Well organised tour. No hiccups until last tour night, was served a cheese dinner when I specially registered my allergy to cheese. Not offered alternative food. Was actually refused!Product : Great knowledge of destinations. Plenty of variety. Saw things

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    John Barleyman was excellent.

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    Service rating : This was a great tour and a lot was due to our terrific guide, Daisy Arundel. She went above and beyond to give us all an experience beyond our expectations. The itinerary gave us a wonderful,overview of the U.K. and the many hidden gems we visited were most enjoyable.Product :

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    Service rating : Good to very good overall. London tours need to start and end with one tour director. Separating group to separate hotels and being left on own doesn't work. Takes to long for group to meet and jell.Product : Lodging in Edinburgh to far from city. Extra hours on coach wasted.

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