Best of Britain
11 day / 10 night
Join us for the perfect introduction to Britain. This perfectly arranged itinerary will let you explore the picturesque West Country and marvel at the ancient monoliths at Stonehenge. Roam the scenic Lake District, Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye. Visit the unique cities of Plymouth, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, York, and Cardiff. It’s the perfect way to appreciate the very best of Britain.
Price range: £1,975 - £2,710
Stonehenge - visit the towering prehistoric stones
West Country - explore the quaint fishing village of Polperro and enjoy a drive over Dartmoor
Liverpool - join a local expert to discover the story of the “Fab Four”
Isle of Skye - enjoy a tour through the Sleat Peninsula, known as the “Garden of Skye”
Alnwick Castle - see the real Hogwarts
Movie locations - Harry Potter, The Legend of Tarzan and Rob Roy
Hotel accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - London - Bath - Exeter
This morning travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. On arrival in the UNESCO World Heritage City of 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.
Overnight: Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 2 - Polperro and Dartmoor Excursion
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. Travel along 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.
Day 3 - Exeter - Glastonbury - Cardiff
Enjoy a picturesque drive through the South West countryside to visit ruined Glastonbury Abbey, said to be the burial place of King Arthur. Later enjoy a special lunch in a 15th century Manor House on a working dairy farm in Somerset. Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is your final destination. View impressive Cardiff Castle and the Millennium stadium during your orientation, before checking in at your hotel.
Overnight: Park Inn City Centre, Cardiff (or similar)
Day 4 - Cardiff - 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 famous Tudor Rows and Chester Cathedral. 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.
Overnight: Jury’s Inn, Liverpool (or similar)
Day 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 Glasgow 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
Overnight: Crowne Plaza/Holiday Inn Theatreland, Glasgow (or similar)
Day 6 - Glasgow - Glen Coe - Scottish Highlands
Enter the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and journey along the "bonnie, bonnie banks", immortalised in the well-known Scottish song towards the site of the 1692 massacre Glen Coe - ‘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.
Overnight: Gaskmore Hotel, Laggan (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 7 - Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Excursion
This morning travel to the coast and take a ferry over the sea to Skye from Mallaig to Armadale. Drive up the Sleat Peninsula and admire the spectacular scenery of the Cuillin Hills before stopping for time to have lunch. Cross over a road bridge to view scenic Eilean Donan Castle back on the mainland. Continue your journey past the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands and visit Culloden battlefield. This site was where the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745 took place and also played a part in the religious civil war in Britain. Later return to your hotel in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.
Day 8 - Scottish Highlands - St. Andrews - Edinburgh
Heading south, stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry before driving to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. See the University, Scotland's oldest; ancient St Andrews Cathedral and 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 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in the castle grounds are included
Overnight: Marriot Hotel/Jurys Inn, Edinburgh (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 9 - Edinburgh City Tour and Edinburgh Castle
This morning your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, followed by your choice of sightseeing 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?.
Day 10 - Edinburgh - Alnwick - York
Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick. See impressive Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland and the Tenantry Column, topped by the Percy Lion. Marvel at the magnificent scenery as we travel through the Northumberland National Park. Cross the River Tyne at Newcastle en route to York where your walking orientation includes the medieval walls, the Shambles and the awe-inspiring York Minster. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers.
Overnight: Novotel Centre, York (or similar)
Day 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Escorted Tour?
If you enjoy the art of first class travel whilst enjoying amazing value then an Escorted Tour is just for you. All these tours are carefully researched and combine quality hotels, luxury travel, informative visits and leisure time. You’ll find our Escorted Tours to be memorable - for all the right reasons! You will travel aboard a state of the art motorcoach with air-conditioning, on-board WiFi, reclining seats, oversized windows and emergency washroom. An experienced tour manager will lead the tour and your coach will be expertly driven by a professional driver. In certain cities you’ll be joined by a local guide who will provide local insight and show you the highlights. These tours are inclusive of superior tourist class accommodation, transportation, selected admission fees and many meals. You’ll have the chance to personalise your touring experience by participating in some carefully planned optional excursions. These are at additional expense and details will be provided with your tour documentation.
What kind of accommodation do you use?
The group will stay together in first class or superior tourist class hotels. Each has been carefully selected for comfort, quality and ambiance located in the best locations close to the shopping areas and the key sights. You will discover a pleasant balance of familiar brand hotels such as Hilton, Marriott and Accor together with locally owned family-run hotels. In rural locations your accommodation will be in the best available hotels. A full hotel list will be provided as part of your EDocumentation.
How many people will be on the tour?
The number of people travelling on an Escorted Tour will not normally be more than 50 passengers. On a Premium Escorted Tour you will travel with around 38 fellow passengers.
Do I sit in the same seat on the coach all the time?
On all tours a policy of seat rotation is used. This gives everyone the opportunity to sit towards the front of the coach and experience the best views. Your tour director will explain how the rotation system works when you join the tour. Please note that whilst seated you must wear your seat belt.
- 10 nights hotel accommodation - all rooms with private bathrooms
- Location: Exeter (2); Cardiff (1); Liverpool (1); Glasgow (1); Scottish Highlands (2); Edinburgh (2) and York (1)
- Cooked/Continental breakfast (10)
- Welcome pub reception and dinner with your Tour Director
- Table d’hôte dinners (3)
- Light lunch in Somerset
- Farwell dinner in York
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Admission to Stonehenge, Buckfast Abbey, Glastonbury Abbey, Roman Baths in Bath, Edinburgh Castle and Shakespeare’s Birthplace
- City tours of Liverpool and Edinburgh
- Orientation tours of Bath, Plymouth, Cardiff, Chester, Glasgow and York
- Tickets are included for the World-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 01 to 22 August, 2020 departures
- Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats, on board washroom and Wifi
- All baggage handling and hotel tips are included
- Services throughout the tour of a professional Tour Director
- Service charges and taxes
Please check your tour documentation for the commencement time of the tour
From 79 York Road
London SE1 7NJ
Check-in: 06:30 hrs
Tour Departs: 07:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 19:00 hrs
Child discount applies to children aged 5 to 17 years inclusive on the basis that they share a room with an adult.
We’re sorry but children aged under 5 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
The price of this tour includes hotel accommodation with en-suite bathroom.
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Selected departures include a visit to this famous celebration of music, dancing and culture performed against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.