Essential Britain

Essential Britain

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Essential Britain

12 Days Starting and ending in London, UK

Visiting: London, Stonehenge, Ilminster, Plymouth, Cornwall, Glastonbury, Bath, Cardiff, Builth Wells, Llangollen, Liverpool, Grasmere, Gretna Green, Glasgow, Fort William, Inverness, Culloden, Pitlochry, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Alnwick, York, Stratford-upon-Avon

Tour operator:

Globus

Tour code:

GC-2024

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Low

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

UK tours by Coach

From:
$3370
$2946 (USD) Operator discount: -$341 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$83 -13%
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Tour Overview

Thrones and scones. Hops and scotch. Rock stars and famous rocks. They’re all included on this enthralling and encompassing tour of Britain. Pack your tweed and tartans for the best of London and country, the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands, and the enchanting villages and valleys of Wales, and prepare to be swept away like a runaway bride at the elopement capital of Gretna Green. The castles and cathedrals of London, Edinburgh, and Cardiff, as well as the charming pubs on every corner, will steal your heart away. With visits to the baffling boulders of Stonehenge, the battlefield of Culloden Moor, Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, and The Beatles’ home city of Liverpool, this tour of Britain promises rocking discovery and enlightenment, not to mention honorary degrees in ancient history, English literature, and music appreciation.

Highlights

  • Pack your tweed and tartans for the best of London and country, the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands, and the enchanting villages and valleys of Wales

  • Prepare to be swept away like a runaway bride at the elopement capital of Gretna Green

  • The castles and cathedrals of London, Edinburgh, and Cardiff, as well as the charming pubs on every corner, will steal your heart away

  • Discover the extraordinary natural beauty of Brecon Beacons National Park while driving through its mountains, moors, and magnificent views

Places You'll See

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Park Plaza Waterloo

Mercure Cardiff Holland House

Crowne Plaza Plymouth

Pullman Liverpool

Mercure Edinburgh Princes Street

Clayton Hotel Glasgow

Mercure Inverness Hotel

Mercure York Fairfield Manor

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive In London,England
Location: London
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge or Park Plaza Waterloo

Uniformed Globus Hosts will be waiting to welcome you. Free time this afternoon.

Day 2: London-Stonehenge-Ilminster-Plymouth
Location: London, Stonehenge, Ilminster, Plymouth
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Plymouth
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

LONDON Meet your Tour Director and travel companions at 8 am before departing for Stonehenge.
STONEHENGE Join a guided visit to the legendary site.
ILMINSTER [LF] Lunch at a local pub.
219 mi / 352 km

Day 3: Plymouth. Excursion To Cornwall
Location: Plymouth, Cornwall, Plymouth
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Plymouth
Meals Included: Breakfast

PLYMOUTH [LF] All aboard for a scenic cruise on Plymouth Sound. Enjoy a scenic drive through the West Country to Poldark’s Cornwall.
LOOE Visit the thriving fishing village and former smugglers’ port.
PLYMOUTH Free time this evening.
42 mi / 70 km

Day 4: Plymouth-Glastonbury-Bath-Cardiff,Wales
Randolfo Santos
Steven Eastham
Diego Alberto Etchevarne
Sun Travels And Resorts (Sun travels)
Val Rossi
Location: Plymouth, Glastonbury, Bath, Cardiff
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Mercure Cardiff Holland House
Meals Included: Breakfast

GLASTONBURY Visit the town of the legend of King Arthur and the Holy Grail.
BATH Visit the excavations of the Roman Baths.
184 mi / 295 km

Day 5: Cardiff-Builth Wells-Llangollen-Liverpool,England
Sun Travels And Resorts (Sun travels)
Val Rossi
Location: Cardiff, Builth Wells, Llangollen, Liverpool
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Pullman Liverpool
Meals Included: Breakfast

Take a scenic drive along the Taff Valley and through the Brecon Beacons National Park.
BUILTH WELLS Stop at the ancient market town.
LLANGOLLEN Visit the picturesque town.
LIVERPOOL Free time the remainder of the day.
190 mi / 306 km

Day 6: Liverpool-Grasmere-Gretna Green,Scotland-Glasgow
Location: Liverpool, Grasmere, Gretna Green, Glasgow
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Clayton Hotel Glasgow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

LIVERPOOL Visit The Beatles Story for a fascinating journey into the life and music of the Fab Four.
LAKE DISTRICT Take a scenic drive.
GRASMERE Visit Wordsworth’s beloved village, and sample [LF] the original Grasmere gingerbread.
GRETNA GREEN See where a Scottish blacksmith performed weddings for eloping young couples and [LF] join in a fun wedding re-enactment.
236 mi / 380 km

Day 7: Glasgow-Fort William-Inverness
Location: Glasgow, Fort William, Inverness
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Mercure Inverness Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

GLASGOW Orientation drive to see Glasgow’s landmarks, including the 12th-century cathedral, university buildings, and Georgian squares. Take a scenic drive past Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor, and Glen Coe.
FORT WILLIAM See the gateway to Ben Nevis, UK’s highest peak.
LOCH NESS Drive the length of the legendary lake en route to Inverness.
178 mi / 286 km

Day 8: Inverness-Culloden—Pitlochry-St. Andrews-Edinburgh
Location: Inverness, Culloden, Pitlochry, St Andrews, Edinburgh
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket
Meals Included: Breakfast

CULLODEN See the battlefield of Culloden Moor.
PITLOCHRY Walk through the Victorian mountain resort.
ST. ANDREWS Visit the home of golf and the famous university town.
EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO Attend the world-renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance. (Departures July 27 through August 17 only).
202 mi / 326 km

Day 9: Edinburgh
Location: Edinburgh
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket
Meals Included: Breakfast

EDINBURGH Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the New Town, the Old Town, and a visit to Edinburgh Castle to see Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Free time.

Day 10: Edinburgh-Alnwick,England-York
Location: Edinburgh, Alnwick, York
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Mercure York Fairfield Manor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

ALNWICK Visit Alnwick Castle, setting for many film productions. Choose between touring the castle or taking a stroll through the magnificent gardens.
YORK See York Minster and browse the shops of The Shambles.
214 mi / 344 km

Day 11: York,Stratford-Upon-Avon,London
Location: York, Stratford-upon-Avon, London
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge or Park Plaza Waterloo
Meals Included: Breakfast

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON See Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
255 mi / 410 km

Day 12: London
Location: London
Meals Included: Breakfast

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

What's Included

  • Fully Guided

    Globus Tour Directors

  • Meals

    Breakfast 11, Lunch 1, Dinner 3

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary or similar

  • Transport

    Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • International Travel

  • Tipping and Gratuities

Small Group

Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus Europe escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized European tour—without the crowds.

UNESCO Sites

City of Bath|Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape|Forth Road Bridge|Frontiers of the Roman Empire|Old and New Towns of Edinburgh|Stonehenge|The English Lake District|The great Spa Towns of Europe - Bath

Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 3 three-course dinners

Accommodation

London:Park Plaza Waterloo
London:Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
Plymouth:Crowne Plaza Plymouth
Cardiff:Mercure Cardiff Holland House
Liverpool:Pullman Liverpool
Glasgow:Clayton Hotel Glasgow
Inverness:Mercure Inverness Hotel
Edinburgh:Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket
York:Mercure York Fairfield Manor

Check out our Q&As

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Low

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    For over 90 years.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest Covid-19 policies

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Travel documents, including any air tickets, itineraries, and other information, are available approximately two to three weeks prior to departure provided full payment has been received.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    The Globus Lighthouse Project - an illuminating initiative where we can all come together to tread lightly and give generously for the globe's greater good. Globus, along with sister companies Avalon Waterways and Cosmos, invite our travellers and partners to help us in supporting causes that provide for a more sustainable planet and a brighter tomorrow.

Reviews of this Operator

Lisset  

Great Value for your Money

19-Dec-2022

This is my second time travelling with Globus, would have been my third if not for COVID. The way they plan everything is super organized, the tour managers are very caring and knowledgeable. We always enjoy all the site visits planned for each trip. They start by picking you up from the airport and from then on everything is taken care of up until the last day of your trip, even dropping you off at the airport not matter the time of day or night. The hotels at every city are always great and centrally located so you can walk around during your free time or plan your own visits to different sites.

Joan Cupp (Google Reviewer)  

My go-to escorted travel Co My...

01-Mar-2024

My go-to escorted travel Co My 4th trip with Globus and the did not disappoint. The sales deals they offer make it affordable for me to travel. All of the guides are well versed in the history of the area you travel in.

David R  

What a wonderful trip, thanks Globus

10-Jan-2023

Globus is my favorite travel agency. I tried others, but always come back to Globus. It is a 100% stress free one-stop shop. Easy booking with flight, hotel, transportation and travel insurance all in one place. Great customer service at reasonable prices. Lots of information prepared for the trip to handle travel logistics. I planned and booked my trip within 24 hours. Highly recommended to everyon

Alexander Wright  

Great guide, accommodations, and tours.

28-Dec-2022

We had a fantastic guide, with a great mix of free time and guided tours.

CTRTeach 11  

Globus exceeded my expectations!

20-Dec-2022

This is my first Globus tour. I was pleasantly surprised with the depth and quality. The hotels were top notch, and the cruise on the Nile exceeded my expectations. The cabins were roomy and comfortable, and the food was very good.

Nancy Arias  

The experience was amazing!!

30-Dec-2022

The trip was amazing. Our tour guide was so kind and very knowledgeable. I needed to attend a very important meeting via zoom. She was very understanding and accommodating to my needs and made it happen. I was very grateful! Our driver was by far the best driver I’ve ever encountered! I was beyond impressed with our guide, driver and trip!! I will definitely be back for another adventure!!

Irish Beth Maddock (Google Reviewer)  

Did the Globus Highlands and...

30-Sep-2023

Did the Globus Highlands and Islands Scottish Tour with Ian and Allister. What a trip!! With his sharp wit, immense knowledge and fun humour, Ian absolutely brought Scotland to vivid life with his many tales, informative quips and total, utter passion for history. Was spellbound. Am so VERY thankful I had the opportunity to be on Ian's last bus tour before retiring with Globus. In addition, to being so hard working and helpful, with Allister our driver, I cannot tell you how safe and secure I felt in his capable driving hands. He had some very awkward traffic and interesting roads to navigate with our large bus, (especially on the islands and up north) but he handled it all expertly and without a hitch. So much so, I was able to relax and enjoy the journey. All in all, with our tour, you could tell both these kind men cared very much for those of us who needed the extra help and advice. Made my bucket list trip to Scotland so memorable and wonderful. Thank you Ian and Allister! Globus is truly fortunate to have you both.

Dates & Availability

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Saturday - Wednesday

Apr 27, 2024 - May 08, 2024
$3779 $3555 (USD)

Operator discount: -$124 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$101 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

May 04, 2024 - May 15, 2024
$3308 $3097 (USD)

Operator discount: -$124 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$88 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

May 11, 2024 - May 22, 2024
$3308 $3097 (USD)

Operator discount: -$124 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$88 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

May 18, 2024 - May 29, 2024
$3779 $3555 (USD)

Operator discount: -$124 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$101 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

May 25, 2024 - Jun 05, 2024
$3308 $3097 (USD)

Operator discount: -$124 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$88 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Jun 01, 2024 - Jun 12, 2024
$3308 $3097 (USD)

Operator discount: -$124 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$88 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Jun 15, 2024 - Jun 26, 2024
$3395 $3181 (USD)

Operator discount: -$124 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$90 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Jul 06, 2024 - Jul 17, 2024
$3345 $3133 (USD)

Operator discount: -$124 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$89 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Jul 13, 2024 - Jul 24, 2024
$3829 $3603 (USD)

Operator discount: -$124 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$102 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Aug 03, 2024 - Aug 14, 2024
$3519 $3301 (USD)

Operator discount: -$124 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$93 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Aug 10, 2024 - Aug 21, 2024
$3519 $3301 (USD)

Operator discount: -$124 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$93 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Aug 17, 2024 - Aug 28, 2024
$3519 $3301 (USD)

Operator discount: -$124 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$93 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Aug 24, 2024 - Sep 04, 2024
$3345 $3133 (USD)

Operator discount: -$124 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$89 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Aug 31, 2024 - Sep 11, 2024
$3345 $3133 (USD)

Operator discount: -$124 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$89 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Sep 14, 2024 - Sep 25, 2024
$3395 $3181 (USD)

Operator discount: -$124 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$90 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Sep 21, 2024 - Oct 02, 2024
$3320 $3109 (USD)

Operator discount: -$124 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$88 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Apr 05, 2025 - Apr 16, 2025
$3370 $2946 (USD)

Operator discount: -$341 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$83 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Apr 12, 2025 - Apr 23, 2025
$3977 $3478 (USD)

Operator discount: -$401 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$98 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Apr 19, 2025 - Apr 30, 2025
$3643 $3185 (USD)

Operator discount: -$368 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$90 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Apr 26, 2025 - May 07, 2025
$3643 $3185 (USD)

Operator discount: -$368 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$90 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

May 03, 2025 - May 14, 2025
$3643 $3185 (USD)

Operator discount: -$368 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$90 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

May 10, 2025 - May 21, 2025
$4163 $3640 (USD)

Operator discount: -$420 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$103 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

May 17, 2025 - May 28, 2025
$3643 $3185 (USD)

Operator discount: -$368 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$90 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

May 24, 2025 - Jun 04, 2025
$3643 $3185 (USD)

Operator discount: -$368 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$90 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

May 31, 2025 - Jun 11, 2025
$3643 $3185 (USD)

Operator discount: -$368 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$90 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Jun 07, 2025 - Jun 18, 2025
$3643 $3185 (USD)

Operator discount: -$368 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$90 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Jun 14, 2025 - Jun 25, 2025
$3742 $3271 (USD)

Operator discount: -$378 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$93 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Jun 21, 2025 - Jul 02, 2025
$3742 $3271 (USD)

Operator discount: -$378 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$93 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Jun 28, 2025 - Jul 09, 2025
$4225 $3694 (USD)

Operator discount: -$426 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$104 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Jul 05, 2025 - Jul 16, 2025
$3692 $3228 (USD)

Operator discount: -$373 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$91 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Jul 12, 2025 - Jul 23, 2025
$3692 $3228 (USD)

Operator discount: -$373 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$91 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Jul 19, 2025 - Jul 30, 2025
$4225 $3694 (USD)

Operator discount: -$426 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$104 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Jul 26, 2025 - Aug 06, 2025
$3878 $3391 (USD)

Operator discount: -$392 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$96 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Aug 02, 2025 - Aug 13, 2025
$3878 $3391 (USD)

Operator discount: -$392 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$96 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Aug 09, 2025 - Aug 20, 2025
$3878 $3391 (USD)

Operator discount: -$392 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$96 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Aug 16, 2025 - Aug 27, 2025
$3878 $3391 (USD)

Operator discount: -$392 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$96 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Aug 23, 2025 - Sep 03, 2025
$4225 $3694 (USD)

Operator discount: -$426 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$104 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Aug 30, 2025 - Sep 10, 2025
$3692 $3228 (USD)

Operator discount: -$373 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$91 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Sep 06, 2025 - Sep 17, 2025
$3742 $3271 (USD)

Operator discount: -$378 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$93 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Sep 13, 2025 - Sep 24, 2025
$3742 $3271 (USD)

Operator discount: -$378 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$93 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Sep 20, 2025 - Oct 01, 2025
$3655 $3195 (USD)

Operator discount: -$369 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$90 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Sep 27, 2025 - Oct 08, 2025
$3977 $3478 (USD)

Operator discount: -$401 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$98 (USD)

Saturday - Wednesday

Oct 04, 2025 - Oct 15, 2025
$3370 $2946 (USD)

Operator discount: -$341 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$83 (USD)

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  • Low Deposit

    Globus requires a minimum deposit of 200 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of globus charges.

    Up to 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 89 days before tour starts: Forfeit 20% of booking price.

    At 21 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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