Real Britain

Real Britain

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Real Britain

9 Days Starting and ending in London

Visiting: London, Stonehenge, Bath, Cardiff, Ludlow, Liverpool, Lake District, Gretna Green, Edinburgh, York, Stratford-upon-Avon

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

WIBTZN19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Trip Styles:

UK tours by Coach

Interests:

Cultural, History

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Medieval castles and the inspiring beauty of the Lake District are highlights on this exciting England, Scotland and Wales trip. Learn about the runaway wedding capital, Gretna Green and Tudor history in Ludlow before you ascend to lofty Castle Rock for spellbinding views of Edinburgh.

Highlights

  • 8 Breakfast (B)

  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)

  • York: Enjoy a traditional British Be My Guest dinner hosted by a local family in the dining room of either their elegant town house in the city or in their impressive country house overlooking picturesque scenery in the Vale of York.

  • Stonehenge: Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.

  • Bath: Admire UNESCO-listed Bath, with its elegant Georgian facades and the bimillenial Roman Baths from which the city takes its name.

  • Cardiff: Learn more about Wales' capital and cultural hub, Cardiff, as you enjoy an orientation of this vibrant city with your Travel Director.

  • Ludlow: Explore the narrow streets and lanes in front of the castle. Admire the medieval timber-framed buildings and Georgian mansions.

  • Lake District: Drive through the hauntingly beautiful Lakes District, immortalised by literary greats of the Romantic Movement.

  • Gretna Green: Visit the famous spot where runaway lovers were married.

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Day 1: Welcome To London

Location: London

Accommodation: Hilton Kensington

Brightly coloured Union Jacks pave your way to an unforgettable journey through Britain, which kicks off in London. Visit 'The City' and see the imposing dome of Christopher Wren's St. Paul's and the Tower of London, or admire the pageantry of royal palaces, cathedrals and parks, exploring the city on your own terms.

Day 2: Explore The Sights Of London

Location: London

Accommodation: Hilton Kensington

Meals Included: Breakfast

Join a Local Specialist today for a grand exploration of the vibrant British capital, including such sights as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament on the banks of the Thames, then Buckingham Palace, the official UK residence of British sovereigns since 1837. Spend the rest of the day on your own, exploring the centuries-old heritage and modern sophistication of London.

Day 3: Journey To Stonehenge, Bath And Cardiff

Randolfo Santos
Steven Eastham
Diego Alberto Etchevarne
Sun Travels And Resorts (Sun travels)
Val Rossi

Location: London, Stonehenge, Bath, Cardiff

Meals Included: Breakfast, Welcome Reception

This morning meet your Travel Director before embarking on a journey to discover what's 'great' about Great Britain, on this mesmerising sojourn past the peaks of Wales and the rolling hills and lush farmlands of England to 'bonnie' Scotland. We kick-start our adventure in the cosmopolitan capital of London, heading west to visit Stonehenge's stone monoliths, whose centuries-old myths have yet to be fully revealed. The elegant Georgian architecture of Bath takes centre stage during our visit to this famous spa town. Here, we'll see the Abbey and visit the Roman baths, before crossing the Severn Estuary to Cardiff. Delve into the proud culture and heritage of the Welsh as you embark on an orientation of the city to see the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle, in the heart of the city. Tonight, we celebrate the beginning of an epic adventure through Great Britain at a Welcome Reception.

Day 4: Through The Scenic Countryside To Liverpool

Sun Travels And Resorts (Sun travels)
Val Rossi

Location: Cardiff, Ludlow, Liverpool

Meals Included: Breakfast

The half-timbered Tudor houses of Ludlow feature today on our exploration of this market town with its medieval walls and historic castle. We journey north through the Shropshire Hills and Cheshire landscapes to the bold British city of Liverpool, hometown of the 'Fab Four'. Saunter through its edgy 'Scouse' streets and perhaps visit The Cavern Club, where the Beatles once played, during your evening at leisure.

Day 5: Venture To The Romantic Lake District And On To Edinburgh

Location: Liverpool, Lake District, Gretna Green, Edinburgh

Accommodation: Jurys Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast

The enchanting views of Britain's Lake District provide a scenic backdrop for our drive north to Scotland. Skirt the romantic shores of Lake Windermere and enjoy views that inspired literary greats like William Wordsworth. We stop at the runaway wedding capital that is Gretna Green where 'Blacksmith Priests' would marry couples over the Marriage Anvil. Later, we arrive in enchanting Edinburgh – our home for the next two nights.

Day 6: Discover Edinburgh’S Treasures

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Jurys Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast

Ramble up the Royal Mile in the mesmerising medieval city of Edinburgh, where you'll join a Local Specialist on an included city sightseeing tour. Stroll through the Old Town and view Arthur's Seat and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, for centuries the seat of the kings and queens of the Scots. Visit Edinburgh Castle perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city. Spend the rest of the day exploring Auld Reekie's medieval relics and elegant Georgian and Gothic façades on your own, or join your Travel Director on an Optional Experience to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Day 7: Explore Hadrian’S Wall And Onwards To York Connect With Locals

Location: Edinburgh, York

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Trace the northern frontier of the Roman Empire at Hadrian's Wall before crossing the River Tyne and venturing south to the ancient cathedral city of York, whose origins hark back to Roman times. Walk along the famous Shambles and view York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world. This evening we Connect With Locals, joining a family at their stately home in York for a home-cooked Be My Guest Farewell Dinner and some hearty British hospitality.

Day 8: Admire Stratford-Upon-Avon And Return To London

Location: York, Stratford-upon-Avon, London

Accommodation: Hilton Kensington

Meals Included: Breakfast

Delve into the story of Shakespeare's life at his Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon, and view Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage. We return to London this afternoon.

Day 9: Cheerio London

Location: London

Accommodation: Hilton Kensington

Meals Included: Breakfast

Say farewell to your fellow travellers and Travel Director as you return home with magical memories.

What's Included

  • London: The services of a Trafalgar Local Host when you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel

  • London: Pick-up and drop-off when you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • All transport and transfers shown

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

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Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

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

    Yes

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Renato Arrieta  

Best tour I joined so far

14-Jan-2023

My first time with Trafalgar and I see no reason why I should not join them again.

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King Ng, Lafayette, California  

Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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Trusted Customer  

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14-Jan-2023

We really did see the best of Egypt and beyond. Our tour guide, Mohammad, guided us through the rich history and the urban and rural life of such a unique and delightful country. We felt very safe and pampered.

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Wonderful Best Of Turkey

06-Nov-2021

It was my first time with Trafalgar Tour and I had a wonderful trip from day 1 till the last day. The Tour Director, Yocel Atik is very knowledgeable and Excellent. The health director and coach driver are helpful and supportive as well. The hotels selected were comfortable especially Rixos Hotel and Movenpick Hotel. The Best of Turkey is better than I expected.

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Irish Experience

09-Nov-2021

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