Britain Sampler (GE)

9 Day Tour from London to London

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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 it 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

LONDON
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and see the Changing of the Guard, if held
HAMPTON COURT
A special walking tour through the palace’s ornamental gardens
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; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite try original Grasmere gingerbread
EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace
ABBOTSFORD
Guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s house, then enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a cup of tea & shortbread at Ochiltree’s Dining
JEDBURGH
Take pictures of the abbey ruins
YORK
Walking tour
CAMBRIDGE
Explore the university city

NOTE:

  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included for departures July 31 through August 22
  • Departure June 19 – Stonehenge will be closed due to Summer Solstice and a visit to Salisbury Cathedral will be included instead.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • City of Bath
  • Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
  • Stonehenge
  • Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church

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, maybe an optional dinner followed by a cruise on the Thames River?

Breakfast

Day 3 London–Hampton Court–Stonehenge–Bath

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing. First, a special visit to admire the breathtaking ORNAMENTAL GARDENS of Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace. Your Tour Director will take you on a walk to see the Great Vine, Pond Garden, Privy Garden, and the flower borders of the Great Fountain Garden. Then, westward to the intriguing prehistoric monument of STONEHENGE. Explore the stunning visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. Across Salisbury Plain, head for the elegant Georgian city of Bath, where you see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.

Breakfast
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
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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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

Day 6 Edinburgh

Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and 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 departures July 31 through August 22, 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

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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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
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

Day 9 London

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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

Years of Experience: 24

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.

 Accommodations

London
Bath
Chester
Edinburgh
York

London

Millennium Gloucester

Superior First-Class

4-18 Harrington Gardens
London, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

This modern and luxurious hotel is located in fashionable South Kensington, a relaxed environment in the heart of London. Situated next to Gloucester Road underground station, it is perfectly placed for visiting London’s greatest attractions including Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The hotel offers a variety of dining options such as Bombay Brasserie and Bugis Street Brasserie for Indian and Oriental cuisine, South West 7 for breakfast and Humphrey’s Bar for light meals and drinks. 24-hour room service, concierge service, and a fitness room with cardiovascular equipment and weights is also available.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • ATM
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Television
  • Phone

London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Superior First-Class

200 Westminster Bridge
London, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

This contemporary hotel is located within minutes of London's famous landmarks in the heart of city. Dining options include Brasserie Joël, Ichi Sushi & Sashimi, 1WB Lounge & Patisserie and Primo Bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre with 15-metre pool and Mandara Spa. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guest throughout the hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Pool
  • Ice Machine
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Pay Movies
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail

London

Hilton London Metropole

Superior First-Class

225 Edgware Road
London, United Kingdom

This contemporary, centrally located 1,054-room hotel is just a few minutes' stroll away from the West End and Oxford Street, London's major shopping area. Hyde Park and Regent Park are nearby, as are art galleries, museums and theaters. Dine on international cuisine at Fiamma Restaurant, savor Asian Fusion favorites and views of London at Minako at the Met on the 23rd floor, or enjoy exciting sports events in the Sports Bar. Discover the latest additions to the hotel, the contemporary EDG Bar & Lounge and the Whisky Lounge, serving an impressive range of whiskies. The hotel also boasts a LivingWell Health Club, a 12.5 meter heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room and the beauty salon.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Ice Machine
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pay Movies
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Voicemail
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access

Bath

Hilton Bath City

First-Class

Walcot Street
Bath, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

Settle in to a warm, inviting guest room at the Hilton Bath City hotel. Spoil yourself with the stunning views of the Pulteney Bridge and rolling hills.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Desk
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Pay Movies
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service

Chester

Mercure Chester Abbots Well

First-Class

Whitchurch Road
Chester-Cheshire, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

Relax in the UK countryside at the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel, nestled amid two acres of landscaped gardens.  Historical Chester with its Roman Amphitheatre, medieval half-timbered buildings and charming shops, restaurants and cafes is just a short march away.

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Ice Machine
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television

Edinburgh

Mercure Edinburgh Princes Street

First-Class

53 Princes Street
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

A fine 3 star Edinburgh hotel, ideally located in the city center's popular Princes Street. Mercure Edinburgh City Princes Street Hotel has great views of Edinburgh Castle. The 158 stylish rooms all have internet access and satellite TV. PrincesDining Room and Bar are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as for light snacks and drinks.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Television

Edinburgh

Carlton Hotel Edinburgh

Superior First-Class

North Bridge
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

The grand, classically designed Carlton has an excellent central location just off the Royal Mile and is equidistant between the castle and Holyrood Palace. With 189 spacious air-cooling rooms, the hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the city. It offers the elegant Bridge Restaurant, a cocktail bar, a fitness suite with Techno gym equipment, swimming pool, sauna, steam room spa, and a squash court.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Beauty Salon
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail
  • Pay Movies
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Internet Access

York

Mercure York Fairfield Manor

First-Class

Shipton Road
Skelton-York, United Kingdom

18th century Georgian manor house set in its own grounds. This York hotel enjoys views of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and is 6 km from York Castle and the Jorvik Viking Museum.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Ice Machine

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service

London

Dorsett Shepherds Bush

Superior First-Class

58 Shepherds Bush Green
London, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

Where heritage meets contemporary elegance. The Dorsett Shepherds Bush offers stylish and comfortable accommodation for the most discerning guests to enjoy, relax, party and refresh. The 8-storey hotel with 317 rooms boasts modern architecture and design. The Pavilion is a Grade II listed building, which overlooks Shepherds Bush Green, retaining the building's historic facade. The hotel offers 2 restaurants, destination bar, a spa and gym with the latest in cardio and resistance equipment.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Air Conditioning
  • Voicemail
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Television
  • Phone

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