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Best of Britain

Explore the Best of Britain on this incredible trip across England, Scotland and Wales, and travel over the sea to the Isle of Skye. Imagine life as a Benedictine monk at Buckfast Abbey, feel the hope of brave pilgrims in Plymouth and be inspired by the beauty of Lake Windermere.
Sightseeing highlights
  • Explore Liverpool, the Isle of Skye and Edinburgh with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Bath, Plymouth, Cardiff, Chester, Glasgow and York
  • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, Polperro, Buckfast Abbey, Glastonbury Abbey, the town of Ludlow, the Isle of Skye, Edinburgh Castle, Alnwick and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • View Eilean Donan Castle, Alnwick Castle used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, York Minster and Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage
  • See Dartmoor, the Lake District, Ben Nevis and Glenc in the Scottish Highlands and the 18th green at St. Andrews
  • Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates
  • Glenc: See this Highland village on Loch Leven.
Iconic Experience
  • Bath: Admire UNESCO-listed Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and the bimillenial Roman Baths from which the city takes its name.
  • Stonehenge: Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.
  • Plymouth: During an orientation tour with your Travel Director, see Plymouth H and the Citadel before continuing to the Barbican and Mayflower Steps.
  • Glastonbury: Visit the historic Glastonbury Abbey. Founded in the 7th century, its ruins are now registered as a Grade I listed building.
  • 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.
  • Chester: See the Jubilee Clock, cathedral, city walls, and famous black and white Rows.
  • Liverpool: Join a Local Specialist to gain insight into Liverpool's history.
  • Glasgow: See the grand public buildings of Glasgow, including George Square.
  • Gretna Green: Visit the famous spot where runaway lovers were married.
  • Lake District: Drive through the hauntingly beautiful Lakes District, immortalised by literary greats of the Romantic Movement.
  • Fort William: Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.
  • Scottish Highlands: Admire picturesque lochs and glens as you travel through the Scottish Highlands.
  • St. Andrews: Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.
  • Pitlochry: Visit Pitlochry, famous for its salmon leap.
  • Edinburgh: Explore the city with your Local Specialist as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and the official Scottish residence of the King, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • York: Your Travel Director will show you the York Minster, the city walls and the medieval Shambles during your orientation of the city.
  • Alnwick: See the impressive Alnwick Castle and Tenantry Column during a visit of this traditional county town.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history's most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore this pretty town with its iconic Tudor houses.
Dive Into Culture
  • Buckfastleigh: Visit Buckfast Abbey, a Benedictine monastery built on the site where monks have lived and prayed for over 1,000 years.
Tour details
Tour Provider Trafalgar
Price From
$5,216
Number of Days
11
Start Location
London, United Kingdom
End Location
London, United Kingdom
Age Range
Avg. 45+
Group Size
20 to 45
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
No specific theme
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Journey to Stonehenge, Bath and Exeter
The rolling green and golden landscapes of rural Wiltshire provide a stunning backdrop for our scenic drive to Salisbury Plain this morning. We tread in the footsteps of druids and pagans at Stonehenge before travelling to the UNESCO listed Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and the centuries-old Roman Baths. Our home for the next two nights is the historic cathedral city of Exeter where we will enjoy a memorable Welcome Dinner this evening at our hotel.
Plymouth and More in the Southwest Dive Into Culture
Our first stop today is in the ancient port city of Plymouth, where we’ll delve into the history of the brave Pilgrim Fathers who set sail for an unknown New World from its shores. See the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound and consider an optional cruise around the dramatic coastline. We take a step back in time at our next stop – the delightful village of Polperro. Continuing along the brooding moorland of Dartmoor, we arrive at Buckfast Abbey, where we’ll Dive Into Culture and gain insights into how Benedictine monks have lived and prayed for over 1,000 years.
Onwards to Glastonbury and Cardiff Connect with Locals
Enjoy a scenic drive through the pretty Devon and Somerset countryside to mystical Glastonbury, where we'll visit the ruined Abbey, said to be the final resting place of King Arthur. Your journey back to a time of knights, lords and ladies is just beginning and you’ll head to Somerset for an unforgettable experience with Ian and Ann Dyer who are your warm Be My Guest hosts on their modern-day dairy farm, where guests will get to see the ancient manor which was mentioned in the Domesday book of 1085. The Dyers both hail from old farming families and you’ll learn what life is like in the rural countryside and the historical significance of their home as you Connect With Locals over a lunch featuring family favourites prepared by keen cook, Ann. We journey to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, where we'll explore the proud heritage of the Welsh and modern icons, including the Principality Stadium during an orientation tour.
Explore Tudor History and on to Liverpool
Tudor history is explored this morning as we visit the historic towns of Ludlow and Chester with their characteristic black-and-white half-timbered buildings. Join your Travel Director for an orientation walk past these famous Tudor Rows and enjoy views of Chester's medieval city walls and red sandstone Cathedral. The haunt of the 'Fab Four' is our final stop today. Join a Local Specialist to gain insight into Liverpool's Beatles' history and enjoy a free evening in one of Britain's edgiest cities.
Venture to the Romantic Lake District and on to Glasgow
Rolling Lancashire pastures give way to the soul-stirring Lake District, whose beautiful scenery has inspired pts and writers for centuries. We travel along the shores of Lake Windermere, through countryside made famous by the pt William Wordsworth. Stop in Gretna Green on the Scottish border, where many eloping couples have tied the knot. We arrive in Glasgow later for an orientation tour, including views of the Cathedral, magnificent George Square and the Clyde River, the former heart of the shipbuilding industry. This evening, enjoy a Regional Dinner in a local restaurant.
On to Fort William and the Scottish Highlands
Journey along Loch Lomond, whose Bonnie Banks were immortalised in the well-known Scottish song. We arrive in Glenc and remember the MacDonald clansmen who died tragically in the 1692 massacre which led this place to be called the 'Glen of Weeping'. At the World War II Commando Memorial near Fort William, we admire views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Our day in beautiful surrounds comes to an end with a cosy dinner at our hotel located within the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands.
Discover the Isle of Skye
We travel to the coast this morning to the Isle of Skye where a Local Specialist will take us on a journey to view the remarkable Cuillin Mountains. Against the backdrop of heather-clad mountains, we stop at the ancient settlement of Kyleakin. Later, we cross back to the mainland to view scenic Eilean Donan Castle. Travel through the Scottish Highlands past its picturesque lochs and glens, keeping your camera at the ready to capture ‘Nessie’ if you can.
Journey to Enchanting Edinburgh
Heading back to the lowlands of Scotland, we stop in Pitlochry before heading to the historic home of golf, St. Andrews. Here, the first games were played during the 1400s. See its famous 18th hole before crossing the Firth of Forth to Scotland's enchanting capital, Edinburgh. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.
Uncover Edinburgh’s Treasures
Ramble up the Royal Mile today and see the iconic sights of one of Britain's most enchanting cities. The elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse, in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and the Scottish Parliament feature on your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Visit Edinburgh Castle perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town and amble through the hidden passages of the Old Town before enjoying an evening at leisure. Consider an Optional Experience including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare.
Continue to York
We travel to the medieval market town of Alnwick this morning, where we'll see the impressive castle home to the Duke of Northumberland and the Tenantry Column, upon which the Percy Lion sits and surveys the town. Journey through Northumberland to the cathedral city of York. We’ll embark an orientation walk past its cobblestone Shambles and see the inspiring Minster with its 'heart of Yorkshire' before joining our newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner.
Onwards to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and London
Shakespeare's legacy and life are celebrated in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, which we will have an opportunity to visit today on our return to London. See Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre. Later, we travel back to London where our amazing holiday comes to an end.
Inclusions
  • 5 Dinner (D)
  • 10 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • 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
  • 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
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
13 Apr 2024 23 Apr 2024 Available $5,695
20 Apr 2024 30 Apr 2024 Available $5,695
27 Apr 2024 07 May 2024 Available $5,775
04 May 2024 14 May 2024 Available $5,775
08 May 2024 18 May 2024 onRequest $5,775
11 May 2024 21 May 2024 Available $5,775
18 May 2024 28 May 2024 Available $5,775
22 May 2024 01 Jun 2024 Available $5,216
25 May 2024 04 Jun 2024 Available $5,795
01 Jun 2024 11 Jun 2024 onRequest $5,795
05 Jun 2024 15 Jun 2024 Available $5,216
08 Jun 2024 18 Jun 2024 Available $5,216
15 Jun 2024 25 Jun 2024 Available $5,306
29 Jun 2024 09 Jul 2024 Available $5,895
06 Jul 2024 16 Jul 2024 Available $5,333
13 Jul 2024 23 Jul 2024 Available $5,396
20 Jul 2024 30 Jul 2024 Available $5,396
27 Jul 2024 06 Aug 2024 Available $5,873
31 Jul 2024 10 Aug 2024 Available $5,873
03 Aug 2024 13 Aug 2024 Available $5,873
07 Aug 2024 17 Aug 2024 Available $5,873
10 Aug 2024 20 Aug 2024 Available $5,873
17 Aug 2024 27 Aug 2024 Available $5,873
21 Aug 2024 31 Aug 2024 Available $5,486
24 Aug 2024 03 Sep 2024 Available $5,333
31 Aug 2024 10 Sep 2024 Available $5,925
04 Sep 2024 14 Sep 2024 onRequest $5,925
07 Sep 2024 17 Sep 2024 Available $5,925
11 Sep 2024 21 Sep 2024 Available $5,925
14 Sep 2024 24 Sep 2024 onRequest $5,825
21 Sep 2024 01 Oct 2024 onRequest $5,825
28 Sep 2024 08 Oct 2024 Available $5,725
05 Oct 2024 15 Oct 2024 Available $5,675
12 Oct 2024 22 Oct 2024 Available $5,675
12 Apr 2025 22 Apr 2025 Available $6,125
19 Apr 2025 29 Apr 2025 Available $6,125
26 Apr 2025 06 May 2025 Available $6,195
03 May 2025 13 May 2025 Available $6,195
07 May 2025 17 May 2025 Available $6,195
10 May 2025 20 May 2025 Available $6,195
17 May 2025 27 May 2025 Available $6,195
21 May 2025 31 May 2025 Available $6,225
24 May 2025 03 Jun 2025 Available $6,225
31 May 2025 10 Jun 2025 Available $6,225
04 Jun 2025 14 Jun 2025 Available $6,225
07 Jun 2025 17 Jun 2025 Available $6,225
14 Jun 2025 24 Jun 2025 Available $6,350
18 Jun 2025 28 Jun 2025 Available $6,350
21 Jun 2025 01 Jul 2025 Available $6,350
28 Jun 2025 08 Jul 2025 Available $6,350
02 Jul 2025 12 Jul 2025 Available $6,375
05 Jul 2025 15 Jul 2025 Available $6,375
12 Jul 2025 22 Jul 2025 Available $6,450
19 Jul 2025 29 Jul 2025 Available $6,450
23 Jul 2025 02 Aug 2025 Available $6,375
26 Jul 2025 05 Aug 2025 Available $7,025
30 Jul 2025 09 Aug 2025 Available $7,025
02 Aug 2025 12 Aug 2025 Available $7,025
06 Aug 2025 16 Aug 2025 Available $7,025
09 Aug 2025 19 Aug 2025 Available $7,025
16 Aug 2025 26 Aug 2025 Available $7,025
20 Aug 2025 30 Aug 2025 Available $6,550
23 Aug 2025 02 Sep 2025 Available $6,375
27 Aug 2025 06 Sep 2025 Available $6,375
30 Aug 2025 09 Sep 2025 Available $6,375
03 Sep 2025 13 Sep 2025 Available $6,375
06 Sep 2025 16 Sep 2025 Available $6,375
10 Sep 2025 20 Sep 2025 Available $6,375
13 Sep 2025 23 Sep 2025 Available $6,250
20 Sep 2025 30 Sep 2025 Available $6,250
27 Sep 2025 07 Oct 2025 Available $6,150
04 Oct 2025 14 Oct 2025 Available $6,095
11 Oct 2025 21 Oct 2025 Available $6,095