ESSENTIAL BRITAIN - 2017

12 Days - LONDON to LONDON

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Overview

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; take a photo at breathtaking Land’s End, England’s most south-westerly point; 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. 

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 vacation. Be sure to grab your camera so all you have to do is sit back and relax as you experience these wonderful destinations.  

Inclusion

LOCAL FAVOURITES

Experience a cruise on Plymouth Sound harbour
Try original Grasmere gingerbread in Grasmere
Take part in a wedding re-enactment

STANDARD FEATURES

DESTINATIONS
- STONEHENGE

Visit the prehistoric monument.

- PLYMOUTH
Plymouth Sound cruise; welcome dinner.

- CORNWALL
Take photographs of St. Michael's Mount, visit Land's End and St. Ives.

- BATH
Visit the Roman relics.

- BUILTH WELLS
Visit the ancient market town.

- CHESTER
Walking tour.

- LIVERPOOL
Visit the Beatles Story.

- GRASMERE
Visit Wordsworth's village; try original Grasmere gingerbread.

- GRETNA GREEN
Take part in a wedding re-enactment.

- MALLAIG-ARMADALE
Cross the Sound of Sleat by ferry.

- PITLOCHRY
Visit the Victorian mountain resort.

- ST. ANDREWS
Visit the home of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.

- EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.

- ALNWICK
ALNWICKVisit the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland or explore the spectacular garden.

- YORK
Walking tour.

- STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage, visit Shakespeare's birthplace.

- TRANSPORTATION
Motorcoach; Plymouth Sound cruise; ferry to the Isle of Skye.

- HEADSETS
Throughout the tour except London.

- FREE WI-FI
available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
- Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

- MYACCOUNT
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.​

Package Itinerary

Day 1ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND.

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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.

Day 2LONDON - STONEHENGE - PLYMOUTH.

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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 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. You will also have time at the historic Barbican to see the Mayflower Steps. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 3PLYMOUTH. CORNWALL EXCURSION.

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A day full of West Country sights as you head through Poldark's Cornwall. After viewing St. Michael's Mount, take photos at Land's End before exploring the popular seaside resort of St. Ives. Back in Plymouth, why not join an optional excursion into Dartmoor National Park for an evening of storytelling at a local pub? (B)

Day 4PLYMOUTH - GLASTONBURY - BATH - CARDIFF, WALES.

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At Glastonbury, hear about its associations with 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)

Day 5CARDIFF - BUILTH WELLS - CHESTER, ENGLAND - LIVERPOOL.

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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)

Day 6LIVERPOOL - GRASMERE - GRETNA GREEN, SCOTLAND - GLASGOW.

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Start the day with a visit to the award-winning BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the "Fab Four." Later, focus on the tranquil Lake District, considered to be the finest of England's national parks. 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)

Day 7GLASGOW - ISLE OF SKYE - INVERNESS.

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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)

Day 8INVERNESS - CULLODEN - PITLOCHRY - ST. ANDREWS - EDINBURGH.

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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, an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (B)

Day 9EDINBURGH.

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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," drive up the narrow Royal Mile to 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. For departure numbers 0729 through 0819 tickets are included for tonight's performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B)

Day 10EDINBURGH - ALNWICK, ENGLAND - YORK.

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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)

Day 11YORK - STRATFORD - UPON - AVON - LONDON.

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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 Theatre Evening would be an incredible finale to your holiday. (B)

Day 12LONDON.

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Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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