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!
- 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
- 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
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
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
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
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
- 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…
- 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…
- 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…
Doubletree by Hilton Islington
This contemporary hotel is conveniently located near the tube and local sites. All rooms offer warm, relaxed decor and custom-designed beds, plus flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. They also have mini-fridges and tea and coffee making facilities. A breakfast buffet is available (fee), and there’s an on-site grill restaurant, as well as a chic bar. Additional amenities include a freshly baked cookie on arrival.
60 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9LA, United Kingdom
Abbey Hotel Bath
Abbey Hotel is a 62-bedroom hotel in the heart of Bath. It is only two minutes walk from the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey, and s five minute walk from Bath Spa Railway Station. All bedrooms offer free WiFi, bespoke Hypnos beds and in-room amenities. Guests can relax over coffee or cocktails in ArtBar. During the summer months the AA 4-star Abbey Hotel wide pavement terrace offers al fresco dining.
North Parade, Bath, Somerset, BA1 1LF, UK
The Quay Hotel
- North Wales
Meticulously designed throughout, the Quay Hotel and Spa in Deganwy, North Wales epitomizes cool sophistication on the North Wales Coast. The moment you enter the 4 star hotel in Deganwy Quay you are welcomed into a world of comfort and a sense of belonging. Set on the idyllic Conwy Estuary, the 4 star Quay Hotel and Spa commands awe-inspiring views of the most magical scenery in North Wales and is located within easy reach of Snowdonia National Park.
Deganwy Quay, Deganwy, Conwy, LL31 9DJ, UK
The Clayton Hotel Leeds
Situated beside Leed’s city centre, The Clayton Hotel Leeds features spacious and stylish rooms with modern furnishings. All rooms are fully soundproofed and offer comfortable duvets and hypo-allergenic pillows. Rooms also include a private bathroom with power shower. There is a TV in each room, along with a hairdryer and tea/coffee facilities.
City Walk, Sweet Street, Leeds LS11 9AT, United Kingdom
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa is one of the finest 4-star Lake District hotels. Set on the shores of Lake Windermere – England’s largest lake – this hotel offers the best of breathtaking scenery and exceptional facilities. From unrivaled views over mature lawns, to private jetties and moorings on the lake – the hotel proves a popular choice for travelers.
23 Church Street, Cumbria, LA23 3DF, 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)|
|2020: Apr. 24, May 15||Delta Airlines||7:30 PM||1:30 PM|
|2020: Jun. 19||British Airways||9:30 PM||4:00 PM|
|2020: Aug. 14, Sep. 4, Oct. 9||TBA||TBA||TBA|
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 15 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.
In October, April, and May you can expect daytime high’s in the 50’s and low 60’s with evening lows in the mid-30’s to high-40’s. June through September you can typically expect daytime highs in the mid-60’s to mid-70’s with some cooler days in areas like the Lake District and Edinburgh where it may only reach the high 50’s as we approach September. Evening lows are typically in the 40’s and 50’s with the coolest temperatures once again in the Lake District and Edinburgh. 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
The currency in Great Britain is the pound sterling (£). The best exchange rates can typically be found at the ATM. Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need 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 50 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.