Britain Sampler (GE)

9 Day Tour from London to London

2020 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; medieval market town of Ludlow, perched on a cliff above the river Teme; 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. 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 whisky tasting in Gretna Green.

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 (except on Sundays)
STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument
BATH
Visit the Roman relics; welcome dinner
LUDLOW
Visit the medieval market town
LLANGOLLEN
Visit the picturesque village
GRASMERE
Visit Wordsworth’s village; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite try original Grasmere gingerbread
GRETNA GREEN
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy a whisky tasting
EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle
ABBOTSFORD
Guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s house
JEDBURGH
Take pictures of the abbey ruins YORK Walking tour
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace

Headsets throughout the tour except London.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

Notes:

  • August 3 through August 24 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included
  • Your sightseeing may be moved to an alternate day due to events in the city.

Transportation:

Motorcoach.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full English breakfast daily; 2 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, including admission charges where applicable.

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 residence, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. The highlight is a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL (except on Sundays), Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece built between 1675 and 1708. 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 at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 139 mi / 224 km

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 4 BATH–LUDLOW–LLANGOLLEN, WALES–LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND

This morning, drive through the fertile Severn Valley and across unspoiled countryside to the medieval market town of Ludlow, perched on a cliff above the River Teme. The afternoon is dedicated to North Wales. Take a stroll in picturesque Llangollen, host to one of the world’s most colorful annual music festivals, before continuing on to Liverpool, hometown of The Beatles and once the departure port of great transatlantic liners.
Today’s Distance: 204 mi / 335 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 LIVERPOOL–GRASMERE–GRETNA GREEN, SCOTLAND–EDINBURGH

Focus on the tranquil Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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 and visit Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite THE WHISKY HOUSE where an expert explains the mysteries behind whisky production and lets you taste some well-known malts. In Edinburgh, don’t miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Today’s Distance: 237 mi / 390 km

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,” visit EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. 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 August 3 through August 24, 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, with its impressive collection of historic relics, weapons, and armor, as well as an extensive library with over 9,000 rare volumes. 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.
Today’s Distance: 202 mi / 325 km

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 8 YORK–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–LONDON

Depart Yorkshire, setting of author James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small, and drive through the richest farmland in Britain. In Stratford-upon-Avon, take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE. Return to London around 3:30 pm. How about a night out on the town with newfound friends? A three-course pre-theater dinner followed by one of London’s West End shows might take your fancy.
Today’s Distance: 256 mi / 411 km

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 a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are 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

 Optional Excursions

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $1,841*
18 guests in a party: $537*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for 2019 travel year. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

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