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BEST OF BRITAIN

Experience the very best of England, Scotland and Wales on this quality tour of all of Britain. Enjoy the fabulous cities of York, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cardiff and pass through areas of outstanding scenery in the Cotswolds, Yorkshire, the Trossachs, the Lake District and the renowned coastal counties of England's West Country; Devon and Cornwall.

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KEY FEATURES

Duration:
9 days / 8 nights

Regions visited:
All of Britain

Start point:
Central London

End point:
Central London

Customizable:
No

Additional information:

  • Maximum group-size of 40
  • Premium Hotels
  • Tour Pace: Comfortable

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ITINERARY

coachtourEscorted coach tour: Best of Britain

DAY ONE

Shakespeare's Stratford and Medieval York

Best of Britain - Stratford upon Avon

Anne Hathaway's House, Stratford, England

Departing London, we pass north through the patchwork hills of the Cotswolds on route to Stratford-upon-Avon; here we visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare to learn about his life and times. Then continuing north to York, we walk inside the ancient city walls to see the crooked houses of the 'Shambles' before visiting York Minster, England's largest gothic cathedral. Tonight, we enjoy a Welcome Reception including drinks and dinner.

accommodationAccommodation: Hilton York Hotel, York (dinner included).

attractionsHighlights: Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's Birthplace, York City and York Minster.

DAYS TWO

Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish Borders

Today our route winds north through the Yorkshire hills to the place which was once the ancient northern edge of the Roman Empire; we'll have an opportunity to view parts of Hadrian's Wall which remain intact to this day. Then we cross the Northumberland Moors and in to the rolling hills and understated beauty of the Scottish Borders region; here we'll pause for views of Jedburgh Abbey, one of Scotland's most impressive monastic ruins which dates back to the 12th century.

accommodationAccommodation: Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh.

attractionsHighlights: Yorkshire Dales, Hadrian's Wall, Scottish Borders and Jedburgh.

DAYS THREE

Edinburgh City and Edinburgh Castle

This morning, we are joined by a local expert to visit to the majestic Edinburgh Castle home to St Margaret's Chapel, the Stone of Destiny and the Scottish Crown Jewels. Afterwards, we descend the Royal Mile for an orientation of the city; we'll enjoy views of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queens official Scottish residence, and travel along the renowned Princes Street passing the Princes Street Gardens and the Sir Walter Scott monument before arriving in the elegant 18th century New Town. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the Scottish Capital independently perhaps taking in some of the city's world class museums and galleries. Selected departures attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

accommodationAccommodation: Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh.

attractionsHighlights: Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh's Royal Mile and an afternoon at leisure in Edinburgh.

DAY FOUR

Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and Glasgow

Best of Britain - Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

Departing Edinburgh, we make our way north passing Bannockburn, site of the famous battlefield, and historic Stirling where we gain views of the beautiful Stirling Castle. We'll then continue on a scenic drive through the glorious landscapes of the Trossachs National Park, known as the Highlands in miniature, and along the "Bonny Banks" of Loch Lomond. We then descend in to Scotland's most populous urban centre, the thriving city of Glasgow; here we enjoy an orientation tour taking in the city's key sites such as the magnificent cathedral and the Victorian monuments of George Square.

accommodationAccommodation: Hilton Glsagow Hotel, Glasgow.

attractionsHighlights: Stirling Castle, the Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond and Glasgow City.

DAY FIVE

Gretna Green and the English Lake District

Today we make our way south through the rolling hills of the Scottish Lowlands and stop in Gretna where eloping English couples would cross the border to marry over a blacksmiths anvil. We then continue in to the stunning scenery of the Lake District which inspired artists, authors and poets alike. We visit the charming lake-land village of Grasmere and the final resting place William Wordsworth at St Oswald's Church before making our way to our lake-side hotel.

accommodationAccommodation: Old England Hotel and Spa, Bowness-on-Windermere (dinner included).

attractionsHighlights: Scottish lowlands, Gretna Green and the charming villages of the Lake District.

DAY SIX

Ludlow, the Welsh Marches and Cardiff

Best of Britain - Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle, Wales

Continuing south, we make our way to the border town of Ludlow, one of England's most attractive towns, which is dominated by its castle and rich and tragic royal history. Explore the half-timbered Jacobean houses or the traditional market square. This afternoon we cross the Welsh border marches and pass south to the stunning Welsh Capital in Cardiff.

accommodationAccommodation: Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff.

attractionsHighlights: Border town of Ludlow, the Welsh Marches and the Welsh Capital, Cardiff.

DAYS SEVEN

Georgian Bath, Glastonbury and Cornwall

A short drive over the Severn Bridge takes us back in to England and to the Georgian city of Bath with its 15th century Abbey, elegant sandstone streets and crescents; here we visit the gloriously preserved Roman Baths and Pump Room. Continuing South, we pass in to the Somerset hills and on to Glastonbury, spiritual capital of England and steeped in legend including connections to King Arthur and the Isle of Avalon. Later we continue to your resort hotel in the Cornish countryside.

accommodationAccommodation: St Mellion International Resort, Saltash.

attractionsHighlights: Bath, Roman Baths and Pump Room, Glastonbury and the Cornish countryside.

DAYS EIGHT

Plymouth and the Cornish Coast

Today is dedicated to exploring the beautiful coastal county of Cornwall as we head firstly to one of the peninsula's many traditional seaside villages. We then continue along the coast to the seafaring city of Plymouth where we see the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the new World. We also see the town's other sites including the Barbican, Citadel and Plymouth Hoe. Later we return via the rugged hilly countryside of Dartmoor. This evening we enjoy a last evening celebration dinner with wine tonight.

accommodationAccommodation: St Mellion International Resort, Saltash (celebration dinner included).

attractionsHighlights: Plymouth and the Mayflower Steps, Plymouth Hoe and the rugged landscape of Dartmoor National Park.

DAY NINE

Stonehenge and the Salisbury Plain

Best of Britain - Salisbury

Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Today we return East through Dorset and in to the Wiltshire countryside; arriving on the eerie Salisbury Plain we make our way to the mysterious standing monoliths of Stonehenge. Here we explore the new visitor centre to try to uncover the secrets of this ancient monument before viewing the enchanting stones themselves. By afternoon we make our way back to London where our tour ends in the heart of the city.

attractionsHighlights: Salisbury Plain and Stonehenge .

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Best of Britain - Britain escorted coach tour

INCLUSIONS

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arrowUNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the timber-framed building where Shakespeare was born and grew up.
  • Walk with a local expert within the walls of the majestic Edinburgh castle.
  • For a limited time in August, you are witness to the breath-taking spectacle of the Military Tattoo.
  • Visit the ancient Roman Baths dating back to the first century AD.
  • See the mysterious standing monoliths of Stonehenge.

arrowSIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Appreciate the architecture of Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • See York Minster, its Roman city walls and medieval "Shambles".
  • View Hadrian's Wall and Jedburgh Abbey.
  • Enjoy a guided city tour of Edinburgh.
  • Enjoy views of Stirling Castle.
  • Discover Glasgow on an orientation tour.
  • Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth and visit his grave in Grasmere.
  • Explore historic Ludlow.
  • Admire Bath's Georgian architecture.
  • Drive past Glastonbury Abbey ruins.
  • Visit a beautiful Cornish fishing port.
  • Enjoy an orientation tour of Plymouth Hoe and see the Mayflower Steps.
  • Scenic drives – Cotswolds, the Trossachs, Loch Lomond, Lake District, Severn Bridge, Dartmoor, Welsh Marshes.

arrow DINING

  • 8 x full breakfasts.
  • 3 x evening meals including a Welcome Dinner, one hotel dinner and a celebration dinner.

arrowACCOMMODATION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stay in a traditional country house hotel located on the shores of Lake Windermere at the MacDonald Old England Hotel.
  • Experience the best of Cornish hospitality at the plush St Mellion International Resort, a unique blend of contemporary style spread over 450 acres of peaceful countryside.

arrowINCLUDED FIRST CLASS SERVICES

  • The services of your professional Tour Director.
  • All overnight accommodation in premium hotels, as per the tour itinerary, featuring twin rooms and private facilities. All service charges, taxes and porterage are included.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of a luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom.
  • Free wi-fi in most hotel rooms or lobbies and available on most touring coaches. • Maximum group-size of 40 passengers on board.
  • Personal radio headsets for all guided visits allowing you to wander without missing any commentary.
  • A travel wallet with your tour documentation.

arrowTOUR FEATURE

  • Maximum group-size of 40 passengers on board.

arrowOPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in central London.
  • Airport transfers or transport to/from your departure/return cities.
  • Your tour already includes a comprehensive sightseeing program however some additional excursions may be available to enhance your trip further - these are fully optional and bookable during your tour.

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PRICING

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arrowDEPARTURE DATES 2017

START DAY
(in London)
END DAY
(in London)
ADDITIONAL FEATURES PRICE PER PERSON
(sharing twin/ double)
Wed 23 Aug, 2017 Thu 31 Aug, 2017 Tattoo / Guaranteed £ 1,915
Wed 30 Aug, 2017 Thu 07 Sep, 2017 Guaranteed £ 1,715
Wed 06 Sep, 2017 Thu 14 Sep, 2017 Guaranteed £ 1,715
Wed 13 Sep, 2017 Thu 21 Sep, 2017 Guaranteed £ 1,715
Wed 20 Sep, 2017 Thu 28 Sep, 2017 Guaranteed £ 1,715
Wed 27 Sep, 2017 Thu 05 Oct, 2017 Guaranteed £ 1,715
Wed 04 Oct, 2017 Thu 12 Oct, 2017 Guaranteed £ 1,715

Single Supplement: £500.

This tour starts early morning on the first day of travel and returns around 6pm on the final day of travel. If you require pre or post tour accommodation in central London, please let us know.

arrowDEPARTURE NOTES

  • Edinburgh Tattoo - August 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2017 departures we've included Tattoo tickets.

arrowPRICING NOTES

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
  • Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
  • Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
  • Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP£) for approximate costs in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however are subject to change.

arrow2018 DEPARTURES AND PRICING

We have 2018 tour dates and pricing available and are in the process of updating our website. Please contact us with your preferred dates and we will send you a quotation.

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