Britain Sampler (GE)

9 days from London to London

2019 Tour Details

Our most popular Britain tour offers you the best of this great land. You'll have amazing experiences and see the fascinating sights as you travel from London to Edinburgh and back to London. History buffs will be delighted in seeing mysterious, prehistoric Stonehenge (just imagine how these stones got there!); the Roman Baths in Bath, constructed around 70 AD 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. But that's not all…Globus has also arranged special, out-of-the-ordinary experiences for you. You'll enjoy Grasmere gingerbread, invented in 1856 in the English Lake District, and a cup of tea and shortbread in Abbotsford.

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!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

LONDON
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and see the Changing of the Guard, if held

STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument

BATH
Visit the Roman relics; welcome dinner

STOW-ON-THE-WOLD
Take a stroll in this Cotswolds village

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace

LLANGOLLEN
Visit the picturesque village

CHESTER
Walking tour

GRASMERE
Visit Wordsworth’s village; [LF] try original Grasmere gingerbread

EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace

ABBOTSFORD
Guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s house, then enjoy [LF] a cup of tea & shortbread at Ochiltree’s Dining

JEDBURGH
Take pictures of the abbey ruins

YORK
Walking tour

CAMBRIDGE
Explore the university city

Headsets throughout the tour except London

Notes:

NOTES:

  • July 31 through August 21 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included
  • June 19 Departure–Stonehenge will be closed due to Summer Solstice and a visit to Salisbury Cathedral will be included instead.

Transportation:

Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full English breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Bath

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

Arrive In London, England. Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 2

London. 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 horseguards 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. 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. Later, how about an optional dinner, followed by a cruise on the Thames River?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

London–Stonehenge–Bath. Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and depart at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing. First, try to unravel the mystery of prehistoric STONEHENGE. Explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, 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 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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

Bath–Stow-On-The-Wold–Stratford-Upon-Avon–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. Time here to visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE and for 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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 5

Chester–Grasmere–Gretna Green, Scotland–Edinburgh. 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.” Focus now 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 [LF] GRASMERE GINGERBREAD. Then, 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 our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

Edinburgh. 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, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available). The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure numbers July 31 through August 21, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO, a vast spectacle of massed Scottish pipe bands that takes place in an arena on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

Edinburgh–Abbotsford–Jedburgh–York, England. First on today’s agenda is a guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s ABBOTSFORD HOUSE. After the tour, enjoy a [LF] 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 a maze of quaint streets including the narrow Shambles.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 8

York–Stamford–Cambridge–London. 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 around 3:30 pm. How about a night out on the town with newfound friends?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

London. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

GAVIN CRUICKSHANK

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"Having spent most of my youth in the hospitality industry, I became a Tour Director many years ago. Originally from Edinburgh, I enjoy showing travelers Britain and Ireland-from Land's End and John O'Groats to Giant's Causeway and Waterford. It fills me with so much pride to show off the countries and tell the stories of my ancestors to our guests."

Tour Director -  GAVIN CRUICKSHANK

 Accommodations

BATH

HILTON BATH CITY

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

EDINBURGH

MERCURE EDINBURGH PRINCES STREET

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LIVERPOOL

ALOFT HOTEL LIVERPOOL

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LONDON

PARK PLAZA WESTMINSTER BRIDGE

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

YORK

MERCURE YORK FAIRFIELD MANOR

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

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