Tour of Britain - Globus® British Tours

Essential Britain (GC)

12 Day Tour from London to London

2017 Tour Details View 2016 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; take a photo at breathtaking Land’s End, England’s most south-westerly point; 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 firsthand, 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

STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument
PLYMOUTH
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Plymouth Sound cruise; welcome dinner
CORNWALL
Take photographs of St. Michael’s Mount, visit Land’s End and St. Ives
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; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite try original Grasmere gingerbread
GRETNA GREEN
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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
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
Headsets throughout the tour except London

NOTE:

  • July 29 through August 19 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included (departures July 29, August 5, August 12, and August 19 will attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance on Saturday).

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 follow in the footsteps of Drake, Raleigh, and the Pilgrim Fathers with a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite CRUISE on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbors. You will also have time at the historic Barbican to see the Mayflower Steps. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 3 Plymouth. Cornwall Excursion

A day full of West Country sights as you head through Poldark’s Cornwall. After viewing St. Michael’s Mount, take photos at Land’s End before exploring the popular seaside resort of St. Ives. 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 associations with 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 award-winning BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.” Later, 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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WEDDING RE-ANACTMENT. Overnight in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

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
DinnerDinner

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, an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.

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,” drive up the narrow Royal Mile to 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. For departure numbers July 29 through August 19 tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.

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, where the fountains and waterfalls are a breathtaking feature. 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
DinnerDinner

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.

JULIAN CLEARY

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Why did King John build a castle on the Shannon? Why is St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin protestant? How did James Watt change the world? My greatest pleasure is to answer those questions! When you travel to my country, I have the duty to show it to you properly!

Tour Director - JULIAN CLEARY

 Accommodations

London
Plymouth
Cardiff
Liverpool
Glasgow
Inverness
Edinburgh
York
London

London

Hilton London Metropole

Superior First-Class

Hilton London Metropole 225 Edgware Road, London,   United Kingdom

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

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Superior First-Class

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge 200 Westminster Bridge, London,  United Kingdom

200 Westminster Bridge
London, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

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

Plymouth

Holiday Inn Plymouth

Superior First-Class

Holiday Inn Plymouth Armada Way, Plymouth,   United Kingdom

Armada Way
Plymouth, United Kingdom

The peaceful Holiday Inn Plymouth is surrounded by the grassy open spaces of Plymouth Hoe. Relax over dinner with views across Plymouth Sound from 11th-floor Elliott's restaurant and bar. Exeter International Airport is a 50-minute drive away and Plymouth Airport 6 miles from the hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Ice Machine
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon

Room Amenities

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

Cardiff

Mercure Cardiff Holland House

Superior First-Class

Mercure Cardiff Holland House 24-26 Newport Road, Cardiff,  United Kingdom

24-26 Newport Road
Cardiff, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel and Spa is a modern hotel situated in the vibrant capital city of Wales, Cardiff, with 165 bedrooms. All of the sights and attractions of Cardiff are within walking distance such as the iconic Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Castle.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access

Liverpool

Novotel Liverpool

First-Class

Novotel Liverpool 40 Hanover St., Liverpool,  United Kingdom

40 Hanover St.
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The stylish 4 star Novotel Liverpool is located in the city center. Book this Liverpool hotel for close proximity to the Liverpool Echo Arena, the Albert Dock and Liverpool One shopping center. Each of the 209 chic rooms has wireless internet and satellite TV.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Hot Tub
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Mini-bar
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Voicemail
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Window Opens
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access

Glasgow

GoGlasgow

First-Class

GoGlasgow 517 Paisley Road West, Glasgow,  United Kingdom

517 Paisley Road West
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

GoGlasgow Urban Hotel is a reflection of Scotland¿s most progressive, dynamic and friendly city. With 117 guest rooms, the hotel offers a stylish and practical choice for accommodation in Glasgow. Minimal, monochrome with hints of industrial décor, GoGlasgow's rooms have everything you need for a get up and go stay in Glasgow. The hotel is located close to Glasgow city centre, minutes from the M8 motorway and a short taxi ride to Glasgow airport. Entertainment venues such as The SSE Hydro, SECC and The Clyde Auditorium (familiarly known as "The Armadillo") are within walking distance as are top attractions such as Glasgow Science Centre, Kelvingrove Art Musuem and the award-winning Riverside Museum.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Television
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Phone

Inverness

Mercure Inverness Hotel

First-Class

Mercure Inverness Hotel 33 Church Street, Inverness,   United Kingdom

33 Church Street
Inverness, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Enjoy warm Highland hospitality in Old Town Inverness at Mercure Inverness Hotel.  Rebuilt on the site of the original Caledonian Hotel, the modern hotel is just 200 meters from Inverness train station and a caber toss from the city's numerous pubs and restaurants.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

Edinburgh

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton

Superior First-Class

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton North Bridge, Edinburgh,   United Kingdom

North Bridge
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

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

Mercure York Fairfield Manor Shipton Road, Skelton-York,   United Kingdom

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

Dorsett Shepherds Bush 58 Shepherds Bush Green, London,  United Kingdom

58 Shepherds Bush Green
London, United Kingdom

Free Wifi

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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