Essential Tour Information
Single £ 1,970.00
Twin £ 1,595.00
All prices are per person
Child* discount £160
*child rate apply from 5-17 years inclusive.
We regret that children under the age of 5 are not carried on this tour.
Seasonal Price Range
The departure and return times shown are for guidance only. Please refer to your tour documentation for the confirmed times.
Tour Type: Escorted Tour
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Dates of Operation
4 April to 10 October, 2015
29 July, 5 & 12 August, 2015
· First class hotel accommodation in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities
· 10 full English/Scottish breakfasts
· 2 table d'hote dinners
· Welcome Drink and Pub Dinner with your Tour Director in Plymouth
· 'Be My Guest' lunch
· Farewell Dinner with wine
· Admission to Stonehenge, Buckfast Abbey, Glastonbury Abbey, Roman Baths, Bath, Clan Donald Centre, Edinburgh Castle or Camera Obscura and Shakespeare’s Birthplace
· Beatles themed drive in Liverpool
· City tours of London and Edinburgh
· Tickets are included for the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 01 to 22 August departures
· All baggage handling and hotel tips are included
· Services throughout the tour of a professional Tour Director
· Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and a washroom
· A qualified local city guide in Edinburgh
· Service charges and taxes
What's NOT included
· Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
· Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
· Gratuity to your driver and guide
Product Code:TT 00188
Full tour operator information including local contact telephone numbers and departure details will appear on your tour voucher/confirmation.
Best of Britain
Tour Highlights: Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain, Bath, Plymouth, Polperro, Dartmoor, Glastonbury, Cardiff, Ludlow, Chester, Liverpool, The Lake District, Gretna Green, Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Glen Coe, The Highlands, Isle of Skye, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, Alnwick, York and Stratford upon Avon
Explore the many contrasts of Britain: see ancient Stonehenge, investigate the Abbey ruins and Roman spas in Bath, roam the scenic Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye and visit the unique cities of Oxford, Liverpool, Glasgow, York, Cardiff and St. Andrews.
London - Stonehenge - Exeter (2 nights)
Greetings this morning from your Tour Director as you travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the ancient monoliths at Stonehenge
. Drive through Thomas Hardy country to reach the beautiful city of Bath
where our sightseeing tour includes a visit to the Roman Baths
as well as a drive through the city to admire its Georgian architecture. Later we arrive in the cathedral city of Exeter. After check-in this evening enjoy a Welcome Drink and Pub Dinner with your Tour Director and fellow travel companions.
Hotel: Mercure Exeter Southgate, Exeter (or similar)
Plymouth and Dartmoor Excursion
First an orientation of Plymouth shows you the Mayflower steps
, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World. See the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound. Perhaps take a cruise around the historical harbour before making your way to the pretty village of Polperro
, which sits 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 100 years.
Exeter - Glastonbury - Cardiff
Enjoy a picturesque drive through the South West countryside to Glastonbury
. Visit the ruined abbey, said to be the buriel place of King Arthur. Later enjoy lunch in a 15th Century Manor House on a working dairy farm in Somerset. Next cross the Severn Bridge
into Wales and head to the Capital City, Cardiff
. View the impressive castle and the Millennium Stadium during your orientation tour, before checking into your hotel.
Hotel: Maldron, Cardiff (or similar)
Cardiff - Chester - Liverpool
Enjoy a scenic drive through the Malvern Hills and the unsung beauty of the Welsh Marches to reach the Tudor market town of Ludlow in Shropshire. Next stop is Chester
where your Tour Director takes you on a walking tour, which includes the Roman Walls, the Cathedral, and the famous ‘Chester Rows’. Then drive on to your hotel in Liverpool
, once home to the Beatles and port of embarkation for emigrants seeking a better life in the New World. You will see Liverpool’s famous skyline, including the fourth largest Cathedral in the world. Tonight enjoy a "Beatles
" themed drive through the city in the company of a local expert.
Hotel: Jurys Inn, Liverpool (or similar)
Liverpool - Lake District - Glasgow
A day of glorious scenery as we travel through Lancashire to the beauty of the Lake District
beyond. Drive along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere
, and through countryside that inspired the poet Wordsworth before reaching Grasmere where he is buried. Continue north to Scotland and Gretna Green
where eloping couples married in secret against their parents’ wishes. Our drive takes us through the rolling countryside of the Scottish Borders to the great city of Glasgow
. This afternoon enjoy an orientation tour of Scotland's largest city which includes views of St Mungo's Cathedral, magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. Celebrate your first night in Scotland with a Scottish dinner in a local restaurant.
Hotel: Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld (or similar)
Glasgow – Glen Coe – Scottish Highlands (2 nights)
Travel along the "bonnie, bonnie banks” of Loch Lomond
, immortalised in the traditional Scottish song. Enjoy magnificent scenery as you make your way to Glen Coe
through the tragic 'Glen of Weeping' – so named after the infamous 1692 massacre. Afterwards stop at the Commando Memorial for breathtaking views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, before continuing to your hotel where you will dine tonight.
Hotel: Strathspey Hotel, Aviemore (or similar)
Isle of Skye excursion
Travel by way of the mysterious banks of Loch Ness - keep a careful watch, just in case! Enjoy views of picturesque Eilean Donan Castle
before crossing the Skye Bridge, "Over the sea to Skye". There are wonderful views of the Cuillin Hills as we make our way to the Clan Donald Centre and Gardens
for a visit. Later board a ferry for the short sail to Mallaig before touring the famous "Road to the Isles". Along the way we will see the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, seen in several of the Harry Potter movies. Return to our hotel with scenic views of the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands.
Scottish Highlands - St Andrews - Edinburgh (2 nights)
Start your day with a drive to the picturesque town of Pitlochry before heading to historic St. Andrews. This is known as the home of golf and also has the oldest university in Scotland. Stop to photograph the 18th hole of the Old Course where the game was first played some 600 years ago. Finally cross the splendid Forth Bridge to enter Scotland’s capital Edinburgh for two nights. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo in the Castle grounds are included.
Hotel : Marriott Hotel, Edinburgh (or similar)
This morning there is a tour of Edinburgh in the company of a local guide. We will tour the magnificent crescents and squares of the Georgian New Town and hear tales of murder and mystery as we travel the medieval Royal Mile. The highlight is a visit to Edinburgh Castle where there is an opportunity to view the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny on which the ancient Kings of Scotland were crowned. As an alternative you can opt to enjoy panoramic views of Edinburgh by visiting the popular Camera Obscura. Further on see elegant Holyrood House in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Tonight, why not enjoy an optional night out including haggis, whisky and bagpipes.
Edinburgh - Alnwick - York
This morning 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. Continue through the magnificent scenery of Northumberland. Cross the River Tyne and travel onwards to Viking York where you will enjoy an orientation tour and see the Mansion House, the old walls, the Shambles as well as the awe-inspiring Minster. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner together.
Hotel: Hotel 53/Novotel, York (or similar)
York – Stratford upon Avon - London
This morning arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon where you visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and see Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage! William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and produced around 38 plays and 154 sonnets. Explore the cobbled streets or enjoy time strolling along the banks of the River Avon. Later return to London where sadly our tour comes to an end.