Essential Britain (GC)

12 days from London to London

2019 Tour Details

On this Essential Britain tour you’ll experience some of Britain’s most fascinating towns as you travel through England, Wales, and Scotland stopping for overnights in London, Plymouth, Cardiff, Liverpool, Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh, and York. Plus, part of the charm of traveling through Britain is seeing the marvelous scenery and on this Britain tour you’ll get the opportunity to witness some of its most scenic areas. You’ll cruise on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbors; visit the former smugglers’ port of Looe; drive through Brecon Beacons National Park, with its dramatic landscapes; explore England’s tranquil Lake District, England’s largest and finest natural park; visit the Isle of Skye, with some of Scotland’s best scenery; and trace the shores of Loch Ness.

On this tour to Britain, you’ll also travel to some of the charming towns. In Bath, you’ll explore the excavations of the Roman baths, used over 2,000 years ago for bathing and socializing. In Chester, you’ll enjoy a walking tour of this city famed for its Roman remains, black and white half-timbered buildings, and famous two-tiered arcades. In Liverpool, take a journey into the life of the Beatles. Walk through York’s quaint streets with your Tour Director, who will bring York and all of Britain alive with first-hand, in-depth knowledge throughout your tour. Globus also brings these destinations to life with out-of-the-ordinary experiences—such as a wedding re-enactment at Gretna Green and original Grasmere gingerbread in Grasmere—arranged just for you.

Majestic scenery, fascinating towns, special treats, an expert Tour Director bringing these destinations to life, and so much more are offered on this spectacular Britain vacation. Be sure to grab your camera so all you have to do is sit back and relax as you experience these wonderful destinations.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument

PLYMOUTH
Welcome dinner; [LF] Plymouth Sound cruise

CORNWALL
Visit the fishing village of Looe

BATH
Visit the Roman relics

BUILTH WELLS
Visit the ancient market town

CHESTER
Walking tour

LIVERPOOL
Visit the Beatles Story

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

GRETNA GREEN
[LF] Take part in a wedding re-enactment

MALLAIG-ARMADALE
Cross the Sound of Sleat by ferry

PITLOCHRY
Visit the Victorian mountain resort

ST. ANDREWS
Visit the home of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club

EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace (when available)

ALNWICK
Visit the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland or explore the spectacular garden

YORK
Walking tour

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

Notes:

  • July 27 through August 17 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included

Transportation:

Motorcoach; Plymouth Sound cruise; ferry to the Isle of Skye. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full English breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Plymouth

 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 will be waiting to welcome you. After checking into your hotel and an afternoon at leisure, we recommend our optional Taste of London excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illumination cruise on the Thames River.

Day 2

LONDON–STONEHENGE–PLYMOUTH. Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and depart London at 8 am. 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. Continue on through Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, and head to Plymouth where you spend the next two nights. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 3

PLYMOUTH. CORNWALL EXCURSION. A day full of West Country sights as you head to Poldark’s Cornwall and to the pretty fishing village and former smugglers’ port of Looe. Then, follow in the footsteps of Drake, Raleigh, and the Pilgrim Fathers with a [LF] CRUISE on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbors. Back in Plymouth, why not join an optional excursion into Dartmoor National Park for an evening of storytelling at a local pub?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

PLYMOUTH–GLASTONBURY–BATH–CARDIFF, WALES. At Glastonbury, hear about its connection to King Arthur, and in elegant Bath, see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS, with time to explore further on your own. Stay the night in Cardiff, the Welsh capital. You might want to join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner tonight.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

CARDIFF–BUILTH WELLS–CHESTER, ENGLAND–LIVERPOOL. Your journey through Wales takes you north along the Taff Valley and Brecon Beacons National Park, and via the ancient market town of Builth Wells to Chester. On your walking tour, see the Roman remains, the characteristic black and white half-timbered buildings, and the famous two-tiered arcades called the “Rows.” Spend the night in Liverpool; you may wish to join an optional city tour this afternoon.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

LIVERPOOL–GRASMERE–GRETNA GREEN, SCOTLAND–GLASGOW. Start the day with a visit to THE BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.” Later, focus on the tranquil Lake District, recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Take a break in Wordsworth’s beloved Grasmere and try original [LF] GRASMERE GINGERBREAD. Then, head north for the Scottish border and stop at Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples, and take part in a [LF] WEDDING RE-ENACTMENT. Overnight in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 7

GLASGOW–ISLE OF SKYE–INVERNESS. Follow the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, then proceed via Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, Fort William, and the “Road to the Isles.” At Mallaig, board your FERRY for the crossing to the Isle of Skye, the largest island of the Inner Hebrides and famous for its dramatic landscapes. Return to the mainland and trace the shores of Loch Ness on the way to the Highland capital.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 8

INVERNESS–CULLODEN—PITLOCHRY–ST. ANDREWS–EDINBURGH. Main features today: the battlefield of Culloden Moor; the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry; St. Andrews; and over the elegant Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. Tonight, consider an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. For departure numbers July 27 through August 17, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

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,” visit EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available). Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Dinner rounds off this optional evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

EDINBURGH–ALNWICK, ENGLAND–YORK. This morning at ALNWICK CASTLE, the choice is yours: visit the CASTLE itself, the opulent ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, featured in Harry Potter and Downton Abbey, or explore ALNWICK GARDEN, with its breathtaking fountains and waterfalls. Next, make your way to York, England’s most complete medieval city. Here, stand in front of the great structure of the Minster, then follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 11

YORK–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–LONDON. On the last leg of your journey, stop at Stratford-upon-Avon to take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE. On return to London at about 3:30 pm, a Shownight Theater Evening would be an incredible finale to your vacation.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12

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.

ANA SHAW

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

"I have always loved to share my passion and knowledge for the British Isles with friends from all over the world, showing them first my home town and then my country. Great Britain and Ireland offer you all you could imagine and more; hear about it whilst you admire their outstanding natural beauty."

Tour Director -  ANA SHAW

 Accommodations

CARDIFF

MERCURE CARDIFF HOLLAND HOUSE

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

EDINBURGH

MERCURE EDINBURGH PRINCES STREET

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

GLASGOW

HILTON GARDEN INN

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

INVERNESS

MERCURE INVERNESS HOTEL

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

LIVERPOOL

NOVOTEL LIVERPOOL

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

LONDON

PARK PLAZA WESTMINSTER BRIDGE

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

PLYMOUTH

CROWNE PLAZA PLYMOUTH

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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