8-Night Britain Sampler Guided Tour, round trip from London
2018 DEPARTURES: May 5, 12, 14, 19, 26 & 28; June 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 23, 25 & 30
From $1,839(1)(2) per person, based on double occupancy (airfare not included)
Includes hotel accommodations; 11 meals; on-tour motorcoach transportation
Single and triple accommodations are available for this tour; call us for rates. Extra nights in London are available for an additional charge.
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From the historical sights to the beautiful scenery to the special experiences, this Britain tour is a great way to sample what Britain has to offer! History buffs will delight in seeing mysterious, prehistoric Stonehenge; the Roman Baths in Bath, constructed around 70 A.D. and today one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world; Chester, one of Britain’s best cities for archaeological and architectural treasures; Edinburgh, home to many Scottish monarchs, including Queen Margaret, who died here in 1093; and York, England’s most complete medieval city with its cobbled streets and the magnificent York Minister. Literary fans will enjoy visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon; Abbotsford House, home of Sir Walter Scott; Grasmere, home to William Wordsworth; and Cambridge, where you have the chance to explore the city and the colleges attended by many famous writers. Globus has also arranged special, out-of-the-ordinary experiences for you, like sampling Grasmere gingerbread, invented in 1856 in the English Lake District, and a cup of tea and shortbread in Abbotsford.
- Hotel accommodations in London, England; Bath, England; Chester, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; and York, England
- 11 meals (full English breakfast daily and 3 three-course dinners with wine)
- Welcome Dinner in Bath
- Tour Director and Local Guides
- VIP Access to must-see sights
- On-tour motorcoach transportation
- Taxes and fees
Day 1 — London, England
Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.
Day 2 — London, England
After a hearty English breakfast, morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River; Westminster Abbey; Whitehall’s mounted horse guards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street; Piccadilly Circus; and Buckingham Palace. Highlights are a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays) and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held. Enjoy free time in the afternoon for independent activities or to join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its fabulous Crown Jewels. This evening you may choose an optional dinner, followed by a cruise on the Thames River.
Day 3 — London, England – Stonehenge, England – Bath, England
Depart for a memorable day of sightseeing. First try to unravel the mystery of prehistoric Stonehenge. Explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibits, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. Cross Salisbury Plain and head for the elegant Georgian city of Bath, where you will see the amazing excavations of the Roman Baths. You will also have time to explore the town further on your own. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner with wine at your hotel.
Day 4 — Bath, England – Stow-On-The-Wold, England – Stratford-Upon-Avon, England – Llangollen, Wales – Chester, England
Savor vistas of the Cotswolds on your way via the medieval market town of Stow-on-the-Wold to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. The afternoon is dedicated to North Wales. Take a stroll in picturesque Llangollen, home of an annual international contest for poets and musicians. Spend the night at Chester, the historic county town on the Dee River.
Day 5 — Chester, England – Grasmere, England – Gretna Green, Scotland – Edinburgh, Scotland
This morning’s walking tour includes the Roman remains, black and white half-timbered buildings, the cathedral and the two-tiered shopping arcades called the “Rows.” Next focus on the tranquil Lake District, considered to be the finest of England’s national parks. Take a break in Wordsworth’s beloved Grasmere, and try original Grasmere gingerbread. Next head north for the Scottish border. On the way through the history-steeped Lowland Hills, stop at Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. In Edinburgh don’t miss the optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Day 6 — Edinburgh, Scotland
Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old New Town and the famous scientists, inventors and novelists who lived there. In the Old Town drive up the narrow Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, and then explore Holyrood Palace (when available). The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later you can choose a unique optional experience: Board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays, and have dinner aboard the ship.
Day 7 — Edinburgh, Scotland – Abbotsford, Scotland – Jedburgh, Scotland – York, England
First on today’s agenda is a guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford House. After the tour enjoy a cup of tea and shortbread at Ochiltree’s Dining. Melrose Abbey and the ruins at Jedburgh are pointed out on the way to the English border and Northumberland National Park. In York, England’s most complete medieval city, stand in awe in front of the great structure of York Minster, then follow your Tour Director through its maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles.
Day 8 — York, England – Cambridge, England – London, England
Leave Yorkshire and its associations with James Herriot and drive through the richest farmland in Britain. Pause in the market town of Stamford before arriving in the beautiful university city of Cambridge. Return to London in the afternoon. Perhaps enjoy a night out on the town with your newfound friends.
Day 9 — London, England
Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning.
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