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Amazing Britain - Trafalgar Tours from London

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Key Highlights

  • Enjoy the world-famous Tattoo event at the Edinburgh Festival during August
  • Visit Stonehenge and Loch Ness on this tour
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    23 Mar - 10 May: Saturday
    11 May - 04 Oct: Saturday & Sunday
    05 Oct - 19 Oct: Saturday

    Duration

    8 Days/7 Nights

    Start time

    Start time: variable
    Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights

    Meeting Point

    Tour Departure Point near Victoria station You will be advised the exact point and time once the booking is confirmed.
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    Near Victoria Station

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    On this historical and cultural tour of Britain, see Shakespeare’s birthplace, the mystifying formations at Stonehenge, the ancient Roman fortifications like Hadrian’s Wall and Tintern Abbey.

    This tour will also show you the beautiful Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness, though we can’t promise you’ll see the monster!

    This comprehensive tour is the best way to see Amazing Britain.

    Itinerary

    Day 1: London – Stratford – Coventry – York – Harrogate

    You will be picked up from the tour departure point near Victoria Station and after a warm welcome from the tour director, travel in a coach through the picturesque rolling Cotswold Hills to Stratford-upon-Avon. Here you will visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and see the typical parlour, bedrooms, kitchen and of course the glove-maker's workshop used by John, Shakespeare's father. Also see his wife, Anne Hathaway’s cottage before continuing to Coventry where you will see the two Cathedrals – one which was bombed into a ruin during the Second World War and the other, which has risen from its ashes.

    You will also see the statue of Lady Godiva who is said to have ridden on a horse naked through the streets of the city. Continue to Viking York where you will enjoy a walking tour of the city seeing the ancient Walls, the Mansion House, the picturesque ‘Shambles’, considered York’s oldest street and Europe’s best-preserved mediaeval street which today is a bustling market. Also see the magnificent York Minster, the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe.

    Continue to hotel Holiday Inn in Harrogate, a 4 star hotel located in the town centre. The hotel has comfortably-furnished rooms, a bar and multi-cuisine restaurant.

    Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner in the restaurant and spend the night at the hotel.

    Day 2: Harrogate – Durham – Edinburgh (2 nights)

    After breakfast, set out for Durham which is dominated by its 11th century Norman Cathedral, its castle overlooking Palace Green and other fine buildings surrounded by the picturesque river Wear. You will have time to explore this small but magnificent city before driving through the Northumberland National Park to a section of Hadrian’s Wall where you can take pictures of this Roman construction.

    You will then cross the Scottish border at Carter Bar for spectacular views and pause to see the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Appreciate the intricately carved Rose Window and the restored doorway of the Abbey before arriving in Edinburgh, Scotland’s elegant capital. Check in at hotel Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn North for two nights. The Holiday Inn Edinburgh North is located near the city centre and has 101 air-conditioned bedrooms with fantastic views of the city or Pentland Hills. The hotel also has a bar lounge and a multi-cuisine restaurant.

    Spend the night at the hotel.

    Day 3: Edinburgh Sightseeing

    After a buffet breakfast, go on a sightseeing tour with a local English-speaking guide. Enjoy views of Holyrood House the Queen’s Scottish residence and Arthur’s seat and Princes Street, all of which are beautiful. Also see the Scottish Parliament building and visit the Edinburgh Castle, one of the city’s most popular attractions. It is situated high up on an extinct volcano and among its attractions are the Great Hall and a tiny room where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI of Scotland and I of England.

    You’ll have the opportunity to visit the nearby Rosslyn Chapel just south of the city, which retains an aura of mystery with its many references to the Knights Templar and Freemasonry – and which was an important feature of the ‘Da Vinci Code’. If the Edinburgh Festival is on, you will have tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo, an annual celebratory event.

    Day 4: Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Scottish Highlands (Laggan)

    After breakfast today, drive across the Forth Bridge and along the Fife Coast up to the famous golf course at St. Andrew’s where there will be a photo stop at the 18th hole! Continue to the Scottish Highlands and over the river Tay to visit charming Pitlochry village, famous for its salmon. Continue to the Highland village of Laggan. Check into Laggan Country Hotel, located near River Spey. The tranquil and idyllic setting of the hotel is ideal for a comfortable stay. The hotel has well-furnished rooms that offer great views of the picturesque highlands. The restaurant serves multi-cuisine meals, using Scottish ingredients to give the food a unique flavour.

    Enjoy dinner and spend the night at the hotel.

    Day 5: Scottish Highlands (Laggan) – Culloden – Loch Ness – Glasgow

    After a buffet breakfast, travel to Culloden Moor where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated by the redcoats ending Jacobite hopes of restoring the exiled Stuart dynasty to the throne of England. This is one of the most iconic sites in Scotland.

    Continue to the famous, Loch Ness – keep your eyes open for the monster! – and there will be a photo stop to take pictures at the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Continue to Fort William and see Ben Nevis – Britain’s highest mountain – before driving on to Glencoe and Loch Lomond en route to Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow – once one of the most important shipbuilding cities in the world.

    Check into hotel Radisson SAS. The Radisson SAS has 250 air-conditioned rooms with all modern amenities, a bar and multi-cuisine restaurant, an indoor pool and sauna and other facilities.

    Spend the night at the hotel.

    Day 6: Glasgow – Grasmere – Lake District – Lancashire (Lake District)

    After breakfast, go on an orientation tour of Glasgow featuring George Square. Continue through the Southern Uplands to Gretna Green, which is famous as the place where couples who have eloped, marry!

    Continue to the English Lake District and Lake Windermere, then to Grasmere where you will visit William Wordsworth’s burial place and your tour director will show you a hidden treasure before you arrive at your hotel, Holiday Inn, Lancaster. The hotel is located near the picturesque Lake District and has 156 air-conditioned rooms with high-speed internet access. The hotel also has a multi-cuisine restaurant, a cocktail lounge, a sauna and indoor pool among other facilities.

    Enjoy dinner at the hotel and spend the night there.

    Day 7: Lancashire (Lake District) – Chester – Tintern – Bristol

    After breakfast, board the coach and travel to Chester. Enjoy a walking tour and see the Roman Walls, the Cathedral and the black and white Tudor arcaded buildings known as the ‘Rows’. From here you will cross into Wales and the Wye Valley to see the ruins of the 12th century Tintern Abbey. Finally you will go to Bristol and check into Marriott City Centre. This centrally-located hotel lies close to major shopping areas and has comfortably-furnished rooms with a mini bar and high-speed internet access. The hotel has a Costa Coffee shop and a multi-cuisine restaurant besides a swimming pool and health club.

    Enjoy a farewell dinner and spend the night at the hotel.

    Day 8: Bristol – Bath – Stonehenge – Salisbury – London

    After breakfast, depart for the beautiful city of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bath is a beautiful Georgian city with impressive architecture, especially the ancient Roman Baths. Continue your journey across Salisbury Plain making a stop to visit the mysterious and imposing monoliths at Stonehenge. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stonehenge is a mystifying circular formation of tall, standing stones. Experts still debate whether these were intended as an observatory of the moon, a temple to the sun, or an elaborate cemetery. Then continue to Salisbury where you will have time to admire the Cathedral and its spire – the tallest in Britain! Finally you will travel past Wiltshire and Hampshire to return to London.

    Your tour ends near Victoria Station.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Escorted by a tour director whilst touring
    • A qualified local city guide in Edinburgh
    • Tickets are included for the world-famous Tattoo event during the Edinburgh Festival. The festival dates are: 1st to 23rd August and the tickets will be provided on tours that depart from 2nd till 17th August
    • Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned coach with onboard washroom
    • Accommodation in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities
    • All hotel service charges, tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included
    • A stylish wallet, tour documents and map book journal
    • 1 welcome drink and highlight dinner in Harrogate
    • 7 full English breakfasts on tour
    • 2 three-course dinners in hotels
    • Farewell dinner with wine in Bristol

    Exclusions

    • Lunch on all days
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details
    Please carry valid travel documents

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
  • Reviews
    • Trafalger services once again has been remarkable -thank you

      The selection of site visiting,hotels, tour director and coach driver were all top class. We will undoubtedly be using Trafalger again in the future....

      william sciberras