On this Essential Britain tour you'll experience some of Britain's most fascinating towns as you travel through England, Wales, and Scotland stopping for overnights in London, Plymouth, Cardiff, Liverpool, Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh, and York. Plus, part of the charm of traveling through Britain is seeing the marvelous scenery and on this Britain tour you'll get the opportunity to witness some of its most scenic areas. You'll cruise on Plymouth Sound, one of the world's great natural harbors; visit the former smugglers' port of Looe; drive through Brecon Beacons National Park, with its dramatic landscapes; explore England's tranquil Lake District, England's largest and finest natural park; visit the Isle of Skye, with some of Scotland's best scenery; and trace the shores of Loch Ness.
On this tour to Britain, you'll also travel to some of the charming towns. In Bath, you'll explore the excavations of the Roman baths, used over 2,000 years ago for bathing and socializing. In Chester, you'll enjoy a walking tour of this city famed for its Roman remains, black and white half-timbered buildings, and famous two-tiered arcades. In Liverpool, take a journey into the life of the Beatles. Walk through York's quaint streets with your Tour Director, who will bring York and all of Britain alive with first-hand, in-depth knowledge throughout your tour. Globus also brings these destinations to life with out-of-the-ordinary experiences-such as a wedding re-enactment at Gretna Green and original Grasmere gingerbread in Grasmere-arranged just for you.
Majestic scenery, fascinating towns, special treats, an expert Tour Director bringing these destinations to life, and so much more are offered on this spectacular Britain holiday. Be sure to grab your camera so all you have to do is sit back and relax as you experience these wonderful destinations.
Visit the prehistoric monument.
Welcome dinner; Plymouth Sound cruise.
Visit the fishing village of Looe.
Visit the Roman relics.
Visit the ancient market town.
Visit the Beatles Story.
Visit Wordsworth's village; try original Grasmere gingerbread.
Take part in a wedding re-enactment.
Cross the Sound of Sleat by ferry.
Visit the Victorian mountain resort.
Visit the home of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.
Visit the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland or explore the spectacular garden.
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage, visit Shakespeare's birthplace.
Full English breakfast (B) daily; 4 three-course dinners (D) with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Plymouth.
Motorcoach; Plymouth Sound cruise; ferry to the Isle of Skye.
Throughout the tour except London.
available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.
- 11 breakfasts (B).
- 4 dinners (D).
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ItineraryDAY - 1
Location: ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND. - Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts will be waiting to welcome you. After checking into your hotel and an afternoon at leisure, we recommend our optional Taste of London excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illumination cruise on the Thames River.
Location: LONDON-STONEHENGE-PLYMOUTH. - Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions, and depart London at 8 am. First, try to unravel the mystery of prehistoric STONEHENGE. Explore the visitor centre with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. Continue on through Thomas Hardy's Wessex, and head to Plymouth where you spend the next two nights. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. (B,D)
Location: PLYMOUTH. CORNWALL EXCURSION. - A day full of West Country sights as you head to Poldark's Cornwall and to the pretty fishing village and former smugglers' port of Looe. Then, follow in the footsteps of Drake, Raleigh, and the Pilgrim Fathers with a CRUISE on Plymouth Sound, one of the world's great natural harbours. Back in Plymouth, why not join an optional excursion into Dartmoor National Park for an evening of storytelling at a local pub? (B)
Location: PLYMOUTH-GLASTONBURY-BATH-CARDIFF, WALES. - At Glastonbury, hear about its connection to King Arthur, and in elegant Bath, see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS, with time to explore further on your own. Stay the night in Cardiff, the Welsh capital. You might want to join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner tonight. (B)
Location: CARDIFF-BUILTH WELLS-CHESTER, ENGLAND-LIVERPOOL. - Your journey through Wales takes you north along the Taff Valley and Brecon Beacons National Park, and via the ancient market town of Builth Wells to Chester. On your walking tour, see the Roman remains, the characteristic black and white half-timbered buildings, and the famous two-tiered arcades called the "Rows." Spend the night in Liverpool; you may wish to join an optional city tour this afternoon. (B)
Location: LIVERPOOL-GRASMERE-GRETNA GREEN, SCOTLAND-GLASGOW. - Start the day with a visit to THE BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the "Fab Four." Later, focus on the tranquil Lake District, recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Take a break in Wordsworth's beloved Grasmere and try original GRASMERE GINGERBREAD. Then, head north for the Scottish border and stop at Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples, and take part in a WEDDING RE-ENACTMENT. Overnight in Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. (B,D)
Location: GLASGOW-ISLE OF SKYE-INVERNESS. - Follow the "Bonnie Banks" of Loch Lomond, then proceed via Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, Fort William, and the "Road to the Isles." At Mallaig, board your FERRY for the crossing to the Isle of Skye, the largest island of the Inner Hebrides and famous for its dramatic landscapes. Return to the mainland and trace the shores of Loch Ness on the way to the Highland capital. (B,D)
Location: INVERNESS-CULLODEN-PITLOCHRY-ST. ANDREWS-EDINBURGH. - Main features today: the battlefield of Culloden Moor; the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry; St. Andrews; and over the elegant Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. Tonight, consider an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. For departure numbers 0727 through 0817, tickets are included for tonight's performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B)
Location: EDINBURGH. - Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old "New Town" and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the "Old Town," visit EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland's Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available). Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. (B)
Location: EDINBURGH-ALNWICK, ENGLAND-YORK. - This morning at ALNWICK CASTLE the choice is yours: visit the CASTLE itself, the opulent ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, featured in Harry Potter and Downton Abbey, or explore ALNWICK GARDEN, where the fountains and waterfalls are a breathtaking feature. Next, make your way to York, England's most complete medieval city. Here, stand in front of the great structure of the Minster, then follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. (B,D)
Location: YORK-STRATFORD-UPON-AVON-LONDON. - On the last leg of your journey, stop at Stratford-upon-Avon to take pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHPLACE. On return to London at about 3:30 pm, a Shownight Theater Evening would be an incredible finale to your holiday. (B)
Location: LONDON. - Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)