Essential Britain


  • 12 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

Tour : GC

Up to 10% off on 2020

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From

£1,854 pp

Tour only

Based on 11th Apr 2020

From

£2,111 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on Manchester

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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 marvellous 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 Wales, you’ll enjoy picturesque Brecon Beacon National Park and charming towns of Builth Wells and Llangollen. 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 vacation. Be sure to grab your camera so all you have to do is sit back and relax as you experience these wonderful destinations.

Highlights

STONEHENGE Visit the prehistoric monument

PLYMOUTH Welcome dinner; Plymouth Sound cruise

CORNWALL Visit the fishing village of Looe

BATH Visit the Roman relics

BUILTH WELLS Visit the ancient market town

LLANGOLLEN Visit the picturesque village

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 (excluding August and other occasional dates)

ALNWICK Visit 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

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Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 4 dinners

ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND

Day
1

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.

LONDON–STONEHENGE–PLYMOUTH

Day
2

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and depart London at 8 am. First, try to unravel the mystery of prehistoric STONEHENGE. Explore the visitor center 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.
Today’s Distance: 219 mi / 352 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

PLYMOUTH. CORNWALL EXCURSION

Day
3

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 LF CRUISE on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbors. Back in Plymouth, why not join an optional excursion into Dartmoor National Park for an evening of storytelling at a local pub?
Today’s Distance: 42 mi / 70 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

PLYMOUTH–GLASTONBURY–BATH–CARDIFF, WALES

Day
4

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.
Today’s Distance: 184 mi / 295 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CARDIFF–BUILTH WELLS–LLANGOLLEN–LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND

Day
5

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. Take a stroll in picturesque Llangollen, host to one of the world’s most colorful annual music festivals. Spend the night in Liverpool; you may wish to join an optional city tour this afternoon.
Today’s Distance: 190 mi / 306 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LIVERPOOL–GRASMERE–GRETNA GREEN, SCOTLAND–GLASGOW

Day
6

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, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a break in Wordsworth’s beloved Grasmere and try original LF GRASMERE GINGERBREAD. Then, head north for the Scottish border and stop at Gretna Green, where the blacksmith would wed runaway couples, and take part in a LF WEDDING RE-ENACTMENT. Overnight in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi / 380 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

GLASGOW–ISLE OF SKYE–INVERNESS

Day
7

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.
Today’s Distance: 251 mi / 404 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INVERNESS–CULLODEN—PITLOCHRY–ST. ANDREWS–EDINBURGH

Day
8

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 August 1 through August 22, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.
Today’s Distance: 202 mi / 326 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

EDINBURGH.

Day
9

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, excluding August and other occasional dates). 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

EDINBURGH–ALNWICK, ENGLAND–YORK

Day
10

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, with its breathtaking fountains and waterfalls. 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.
Today’s Distance: 214 mi / 344 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

YORK–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–LONDON

Day
11

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 vacation.
Today’s Distance: 255 mi / 410 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LONDON

Day
12

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special Departures:

Departures 1 August 2020 through 22 August 2020 – Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included.

Please Note: 20 June 2020 departure - Stonehenge will be closed due to Summer Solstice and a visit to Salisbury Cathedral will be included instead.

 

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

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£1,854 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Headset
  • All port taxes

Tour with flights

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£2,111 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Headset
  • All airport and port taxes

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