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Grand Tour of Great Britain: England, Wales & Scotland

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  • $3499
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  • 15
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Let the stories of England, Scotland & Wales unravel and come to life on this new Grand Tour of Great Britain! London will whisk you off your feet with famed sites and famous royal history. You’ll wander the wonderful Welsh countryside and bask in the beauty of Snowdonia National Park, then delve into medieval architecture and history in York. Admire the scenic side of England as you travel and stop through the picturesque Lake District en route to Scotland, where you’ll end your trip with two days of insightful exploration in Edinburgh. With so much to experience, there is no better way to enjoy Great Britain!

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • International flight
  • 3 nights in London
  • 1 night in Bath
  • 2 nights in North Wales
  • 2 nights in Leeds
  • 2 nights in the Lake District
  • 3 nights in Edinburgh

Tour
Highlights

  • Royal London Tour
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • The Beatles Story
  • Snowdon Mountain Railway
  • York Minster
  • Cheese & Butter Making Demonstration at Creamery
  • Sheepdog Demonstration
  • Ullswater Steamer Cruise in the Lake District
  • Edinburgh City Tour

Activity Level: Adventurer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
  • 17 meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Director

Tour Itinerary

Depart USA

Your fascinating journey through Great Britain begins as you depart today on your flight to London, England.

Arrive in London

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 – Islington or similar | Breakfast, Dinner

London

This morning enjoy a panoramic tour of Royal London where you will see the places where the royals have lived, married and visited, including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Kensington Palace.

Next, you’ll visit the British Museum. With around 80,000 objects on display, the British Museum really is one of the great museums of the world. Journey through over two million years of human history and see artifacts from the world’s great cultures.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Islington or similar | Breakfast

London

Today is at your leisure. Use the day to explore London independently. The possibilities are limitless! You could visit the timeless Tower of London or explore the historic Churchill War Rooms. Savor the flavors of Borough Market or take a leisurely walk through London’s royal parks. Whatever you decide, you won’t be disappointed –  Enjoy!

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Islington or similar | Breakfast

London/Stonehenge/Bath

This morning depart London and journey to Bath. En-route visit Stonehenge. The Neolithic stone circle in the Wiltshire countryside is 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. 

On arrival in Bath enjoy a walking tour in the delightful city centre packed with eye-catching highlights. The half-moon shaped Royal Crescent is the epitome of Bath’s Georgian architecture. And standing out in the city skyline are the towers of…

Bath/North Wales

This morning depart Bath and journey to North Wales. Enjoy the breathtaking landscapes as you journey over hills and through valleys rich with history and legend. Take in the beauty of ancient castles and be on the lookout for dragons!

En-route visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace in the charming town of Stratford-upon-Avon, in a distinctive 16th century, half-timbered house where the great Bard William Shakespeare was born, grew up and lived with Anne Hathaway and his children for the first five years of their married life. Today the birthplace of William Shakespeare is a literary…

Snowdonia

Today enjoy touring Snowdonia National Park. The beautiful National Park offers sprawling forests and great lakes. Covering half the National Park are nine mountain ranges with Wales and England’s largest mountain – Mount Snowdon – standing at 3650ft tall. Since 1895 the peak of Mountain Snowdon has been accessible by a mountain railway and this relatively short ascent has become one of the world’s great railway journeys. Enjoy a journey by diesel train to the summit on the Snowdonia Mountain Railway. Trains depart from Llanberis station and begin their climb 1085m to the summit of…

North Wales/Liverpool

This morning depart North Wales and journey to Leeds. En route, stop in Liverpool to discover everything you will ever need to know about the world’s greatest rock band at the award-winning The Beatles Story. 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 times of The Beatles right from their childhoods to world domination and beyond into their successful solo careers through…

York/Leeds

Today enjoy a walking tour of York. Since its establishment as a city by the Romans in 71 AD, York has played a pivotal role in the history of England and today showcases well-preserved remains that bring this history to life. Over the centuries York was a roman garrison town, Viking stronghold and prosperous medieval city and aspects of all this can still be seen today. Your York walking tour will walk along medieval city walls, visit the ruined 11th century St. Mary’s Abbey and marvel at the exterior of the imposing gothic cathedral. An essential York experience is a walk through the…

Leeds/the Lake District

This morning depart Leeds and journey to the Lake District. En-route journey through the Yorkshire Dales, England’s second largest National Park. The remarkably pretty Yorkshire Dales are characterized by patchwork fields bordered by painstakingly-built drystone walls, bleakly beautiful moorland dotted all over with sheep and charming market towns. Beyond the charming, the Yorkshire Dales also offers the spectacular – like the impressive engineering feat of the Ribblesdale Viaduct’s, the most famous of the many feats of Victorian engineering along the stunning Settle to Carlisle…

The Lake District

Today enjoy a tour of the Lake District. The Lake District, a stunning National Park in the north of England, is home to sixteen lakes and Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England. The Lakes, famous for their dramatic landscape, lush forests and mist-capped mountains are the perfect place to explore England’s wilder side. The area also acted as a literary inspiration to much-loved literary figures like Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. 

Ullswater is England’s second largest lake and one of the most beautiful. Here you’ll experience the peace and tranquility of the lake…

The Lake District/Edinburgh

This morning depart The Lake District and journey to Edinburgh. En-route journey along Hadrian’s Wall which stretches from the west to east coast of England’s northern foothills for over 80 miles. This remarkable feat of Roman engineering was built by Emperor Hadrian after his visit to Britain in AD 122 to mark the northern frontier of the mighty Roman Empire and keep out the ‘barbarians’ to the north. Today you can still journey alongside the remains of the original wall which despite being reduced in size are still remarkably intact in many places with the layouts of 1000 year old…

Edinburgh

This morning enjoy a panoramic tour of Edinburgh City with a local guide.

From the historical closes of the Old Town to the 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 remainder of the day allows for leisure time —  perhaps walk along the Royal Mile or chose to do…

Edinburgh

Today is at leisure for independent exploration! Consider an optional full-day trip to St. Andrews with your duration guide, local coach, walking tour and visit to St. Andrews Castle and Cathedral. Discover St. Andrews with a walking tour, a charming and historic town that attracts visitors from all over the world. Known worldwide as The Home of Golf, the town also boasts Scotland’s oldest university. One of the top universities in Britain, St. Andrews is often compared to Oxford and Cambridge for its defining presence and the collegiate feel it gives to the town. St. Andrews has also…

Depart Edinburgh/Arrive USA

This morning transfer to Edinburgh Airport for your return flight. Your memorable tour of Great Britain ends as you arrive back in the USA later today.

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Rates are based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $949.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.

*Apr. 24 Departure: The London Marathon takes place while this departure is in Great Britain. To accommodate the London Marathon, the itinerary for days 3 and 4 will be switched. On this departure, Day 3 will be a day at leisure and Day 4 will include a panoramic tour of Royal London and a visit to the British Museum.

**Aug. 14 Departure: This departure includes Edinburgh Military Tattoo tickets and takes place during Edinburgh’s vibrant festival season in August.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations for tours of the United Kingdom can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

To enhance and make your visit to Great Britain more complete and memorable, your tour director will offer optional tours.  Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and may be canceled 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.

Conwy Castle

  • North Wales
  • From approx. £10 Per Person

Conwy Castle is arguably the finest surviving example of Edward Longshank’s collection of 13th and 14th century imposing castles across the north of Wales. The truly impressive size and force of Conwy Castle certainly did fulfill the monarch’s mission statement of cowering the locals into submission for their English king. Dominating the seaside town of Conwy, this castle is perched on a rocky outcrop and boasts eight huge towers, thick battlements and two heavily fortified gateways. From the interior, visitors are treated to spectacular sea views and a well-preserved great hall, royal…

Edinburgh Castle

  • Edinburgh
  • From approx. £17 Per Person

Edinburgh’s Castle rock has been a stronghold for over 3000 years. 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. Sitting on top of an extinct volcano, gaining 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 marvellous views, it continues to spellbound with its wonderful…

St. Andrews

  • From Edinburgh
  • From approx. £40 Per Person

Enjoy a full-day trip to St. Andrews with your duration guide, local coach, walking tour and visit to St. Andrews Castle and Cathedral. Discover St. Andrews with a walking tour, a charming and historic town that attracts visitors from all over the world. Known worldwide as The Home of Golf, the town also boasts Scotland’s oldest university. One of the top universities in Britain, St. Andrews is often compared to Oxford and Cambridge for its defining presence and the collegiate feel it gives to the town. St. Andrews has also two great beaches, one being the magnificent West Sands, where…

Reviews

Lawrence

Tour director was very good. City tours by bus were weak. There needed to be a handout with ideas for free time with directions and costs. Beatles museum visit should have been part of base tour. Edinburg castle optional tour should have live guide or audio guide as part of package, Options for dinner at three price points should be a handout for each location where dinner is on your own.

George

Very good guide. AA just ok airline. Liked 9am start times. Hotels excellent except good in Edinburgh. Tours excellent except good in Liverpool. Wish single room was not so expensive.
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