LONDON, CARDIFF, WARWICK, LIVERPOOL, CHESTER, AND EDINBURGH
Explore these European countries in style on this tour including round-trip airfare from the U.S.! See all of London’s iconic sights including Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, the London Eye, and more. The city also has exceptional museums which include The National Gallery and British Museum. After a visit to Stonehenge to examine this curious world wonder, make your way to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, and tour the magnificent architecture, urban woodlands, and fascinating museums. Following this, head to Liverpool, stopping at Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon along the way. Spend a day exploring Liverpool (maybe even consider the optional Beatles Story tour!) and then explore the lush green countryside as you journey into Scotland for two days in Edinburgh. Finally, complete your trip with a photo stop at Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
- 3 nights in London
- 2 nights in Cardiff
- 1 night in Coventry
- 2 nights in Liverpool
- 3 nights in Edinburgh
- Round trip non-stop airfare from New York
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
- Accommodations at First Class hotels
- 15 meals: 11 buffet breakfasts (B) and 4 dinners (D)
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
- Professional English-speaking Driver / Tour Director throughout
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Your fascinating journey through the United Kingdom begins as your depart today on your flight to London, England.
Arrive London (England)
Arrive in beautiful London, the capital of England and one of the most spectacular cities in the entire world. You’ll be greeted at the airport by your Tour Director and escorted to your upscale hotel. Enjoy some time at leisure in London before gathering with your group for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Chelsea | Dinner
This morning enjoy your guided panoramic tour of London. With over seven million people, three hundred languages, and 170 museums housing thousands of years of culture, you’ll never be short of things to do in London. Whether you know the capital well or are visiting for the first time, London is a city full of secrets, surprises and endless entertainment (in fact, there are 17,000 music performances per year across the city).
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Chelsea | Breakfast
(Note: Elizabeth Tower is under construction until 2021, but it…
Today is at your leisure. Use the day to explore London independently. The possibilities are limitless. Enjoy!
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Chelsea | Breakfast
This morning, depart on your journey to Cardiff (Wales). En route, visit Stonehenge, the Neolithic stone circle in the Wiltshire countryside and one of the most famous wonders of the world. Dating back to approximately 3000 BC, the circle of huge, upright, and horizontal rectangular stones continues to fascinate academics, spiritualists, and visitors. How and why did hundreds of people transport five tonne stones from all over the south of England and Wales to create a monument that has no obvious function? A multitude of theories regarding the origins and purpose of Stonehenge abound…
This morning, enjoy a city tour of Cardiff, the capital and largest city in Wales. Cardiff boasts a long, fascinating history and is reinventing itself for the future. Cardiff Castle towers over the historical center, showing off an eclectic collection of architectural styles. Llandaff Cathedral marks one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain. Adjacent to the city center, Bute Park is where historical buildings, urban woodland, and the River Taff combine to create the city’s green heart. Down at the rejuvenated Cardiff Bay area, the old docklands and red light district have been…
This morning, depart Wales and journey to Warwick. En route, visit the Rhondda Heritage Park. Rhondda Heritage Park offers insights into the life of the coal mining community, and you’ll enjoy a guided tour through one of the mine shafts of the Lewis Merthyr colliery. Next, visit Worcester Cathedral, one of England’s loveliest cathedrals. With the royal tombs of King John and Prince Arthur, medieval cloisters, ancient crypt and chapter house, and magnificent Victorian stained glass. There is also a fascinating ancient library and archive, which houses the second largest…
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Stratford-upon-Avon and tea at Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Discover the real-life romantic life of William Shakespeare by exploring the exquisite gardens and pretty thatched cottage of the family home of the playwright’s wife, Anne Hathaway. Eighteen-year-old William spent much time courting Anne, a woman six years his senior, in the beautiful grounds of the cottage. The stunning gardens showcase traditional Tudor planting, giant willow sculptures, a heart-shaped lavender maze and woodland trails. Within the cottage there are many original…
Liverpool & Chester
This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Liverpool, also known as the “World Capital City of Pop.” You may also consider an optional visit to the Beatles Story (more information listed in the optional tours tab). This afternoon, enjoy a trip to Chester. Upon arrival, experience journey through the remains of Roman Chester – Deva. Armed with the latest archaeological evidence, you are provided with a unique insight into life as it was in Roman Britain, showing you some astounding sights ranging from the Amphitheater itself to remains hidden away in the basements of the…
This morning depart Liverpool and journey across the Scottish borders to Edinburgh. En route, enjoy a scenic journey through the Lake District, a stunning National Park in the north of England which is home to sixteen lakes and Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England. The Lakes, famous for their dramatic landscapes, lush forests and mist-capped mountains are the perfect place to explore England’s wilder side. The area also served as literary inspiration to the likes of Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. From his home at Dove Cottage, Wordsworth wrote much of his poetry and the…
This morning, discover Edinburgh, the inspiring capital of Scotland, with a panoramic city tour. From the historical closes of the Old Town to the largest avenues of New Town, explore an outstanding city of contrasts and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along its main thoroughfare, Princes Street, you will witness the most unique sight of Edinburgh Castle, majestically dominating both Old and New Town. See Calton Hill and its National Monument, rightfully giving Edinburgh its nickname: the “Athens of the North.” The balance of the day is at leisure. You may also consider joining an…
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs
Today, enjoy a day trip to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs with a number of photostops. Lying on the Highland Boundary Fault, Loch Lomond is the largest body of freshwater in mainland Britain. Being 24.5 miles (39 km) long, Loch Lomond has more than 30 islands, the largest of which is Inchmurrin. The Loch Lomond and Trossachs area of Scotland was awarded National Park Status in July 2002 and is currently used by generations of Scots and visitors for boating, water skiing, bathing and picnicking, or just enjoying the unique atmosphere and scenery. After your visit, return to Edinburgh. This…
This morning transfer to Edinburgh Airport for your return flight. Your memorable tour of the United Kingdom ends as you arrive back in the USA later today.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
To enhance and make your visit to the United Kingdom more complete and memorable, you tour director will offer optional tours. Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and may be cancelled if the minimum is not met. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates. Please note that you will register and pay for your optional tours while you are on your trip (not in advance) unless otherwise noted. Note that optional tours are non-refundable.
The Beatles Story
- From approx. GBP 15 Per Person
Discover everything you will ever need to know about the world’s greatest ever rock band at the award-winning The Beatles Story in Liverpool’s Mersey-side Albert Dock. The Beatles met as teenagers in the maritime city of Liverpool before shooting to worldwide fame with hits like She Loves You and Love Me Do. This UNESCO City of Music has become intrinsically linked with the Fab Four and it’s only right that the world’s largest permanent Beatles exhibition is located on the city’s iconic riverside. The Beatles Story explores the lives, careers, and…
- From approx. GBP 18 Per Person
Edinburgh’s Castle rock has been a stronghold for over 3000 years. In its dominating position overlooking the capital city, the grandeur and historical significance of Edinburgh Castle has made it a globally famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Seated on top of an extinct volcano with stunning views across the City of Edinburgh, the castle has witnessed many of the defining events of Scottish history and has dominated its surroundings with majesty for centuries. Captivating visitors with its ancient buildings and marvelous views,…
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Chelsea
Imperial Road Imperial Wharf, London,
SW6 2GA, United Kingdom
Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel
24-26 Newport Rd
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Paradise Way, Walsgrave Triangle
Coventry, United Kingdom
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
Situated in Edinburgh’s historical centre with views of Arthur’s Seat, the Holyrood Macdonald Hotel is a 5-minute walk from Holyrood Palace, the Scottish Parliament and the Royal Mile. Lively Princes Street can be reached within 15 minutes. The hotel features 156 elegant and spacious bedrooms with a traditional decor inclusive of all the modern amenities. The Steak and Grill Restaurant serves a traditional British menu. The stylish Piano Bar serves afternoon teas and a range of beverages throughout the day. The Vital Health and Wellbeing Club features a gym, indoor pool, sauna and steam…
Your flights from New York to the United Kingdom and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure.
|Date||Airline||New York (JFK)|
|2019: Jun. 7, Jul. 19, Aug. 16, Sep. 6, Sep. 20, Oct. 11||Delta Airlines||7:30pm||1:30pm|
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
American Airlines does not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignments can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check in at London hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-Only services end after breakfast at Edinburgh hotel on Day 13 of the itinerary listed on our tour page.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visa not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets, final instructions, and additional travel tips will be emailed to you 7-10 days prior to the scheduled departure of your tour.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/ travel for current recommendations. As always, we recommend you consult your personal physician or local public health authorities for medical recommendations based on your personal medical history.
|Approximate Average High & Low Temperatures|
|Jan||48 ˚F / 41 ˚F||45 ˚F / 37 ˚F||45 ˚F / 39 ˚F||41 ˚F / 34 ˚F|
|Feb||48 ˚F / 41 ˚F||43 ˚F / 36 ˚F||45 ˚F / 39 ˚F||43 ˚F / 34 ˚F|
|Mar||54 ˚F / 43 ˚F||48 ˚F / 39 ˚F||48 ˚F / 41 ˚F||48 ˚F / 36 ˚F|
|Apr||59 ˚F / 45 ˚F||54 ˚F / 39 ˚F||52 ˚F / 41 ˚F||52 ˚F / 37 ˚F|
|May||64 ˚F / 50 ˚F||59 ˚F / 45 ˚F||57 ˚F / 46 ˚F||57 ˚F / 43 ˚F|
|Jun||70 ˚F / 55 ˚F||64 ˚F / 50 ˚F||61 ˚F / 50 ˚F||63 ˚F / 48 ˚F|
|Jul||73 ˚F / 59 ˚F||68 ˚F / 54 ˚F||66 ˚F / 55 ˚F||66 ˚F / 52 ˚F|
|Aug||73 ˚F / 59 ˚F||68 ˚F / 54 ˚F||66 ˚F / 54 ˚F||66 ˚F / 52 ˚F|
|Sept||68 ˚F / 55 ˚F||64 ˚F / 52 ˚F||63 ˚F / 50 ˚F||61 ˚F / 48 ˚F|
|Oct||61 ˚F / 50 ˚F||57 ˚F / 48 ˚F||55 ˚F / 48 ˚F||55 ˚F / 45 ˚F|
|Nov||54 ˚F / 45 ˚F||50 ˚F / 41 ˚F||48 ˚F / 43 ˚F||48 ˚F / 37 ˚F|
|Dec||48 ˚F / 41 ˚F||46 ˚F / 39 ˚F||46 ˚F / 41 ˚F||45 ˚F / 36 ˚F|
Please keep in mind that there is no distinct wet or dry season in the United Kingdom. We recommend bringing a waterproof or water resistant outer layer (jacket, etc).
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Due to the limitations of both the airlines and the tour buses, each passenger may bring one piece of checked luggage (no more than 44 pounds), and one carry-on piece small enough to fit under the seat in front of you. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you plan to layer your clothing with climate and comfort in mind.