Britain Uncovered (GF)

12 Day Tour from London to Edinburgh

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Join us to explore the undiscovered destinations of Britain by traveling to off-the-cobblestones locales to experience the authentic, timeless traditions of Britain. Begin in London for some historical sightseeing before venturing on to Stonehenge for an up-close view of the mysterious stone formations. You’ll drive through magnificent scenery to Cornwall—a film location for the series Poldark. In Plymouth, see the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked for America in 1620. Cross the wild moorlands and deep river valleys into Dartmoor for an opportunity to join the locals in a cozy tearooms or friendly pubs in the village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Dip into history with a visit to Bath’s excavated Roman Baths—the grand socializing complex circa 70AD. Stay overnight in the Welsh capital of Cardiff, and travel to Cotswolds. Take in its picturesque villages and rolling hills on your way to Stratford-upon-Avon—historic home to William Shakespeare.

Birthplace of Charles Darwin and one of England’s finest medieval towns, Shrewsbury is located in the glorious countryside near the Welsh border. Next, visit The Beatles Story in Liverpool, then travel further back in time to England’s Lake District aboard a steam railway train. From your carriage, savour the lovely views of the Levens Valley, and continue you journey on a Windermere Steamer cruise boat to Bowness. You’ll stay overnight in Gretna Green—where the blacksmith was known to wed young runaway couples—still a popular wedding venue since the 1700s. Follow the “bonnie banks” of Loch Lomond and the wild Rannoch Moor into the Scottish Highlands. Try to catch a glimpse of “Nessie” in Loch Ness, and hear about the famous battle of Culloden before spending the night in Inverness—the beautiful Highland capital. See St. Andrews, home of golf and tour Edinburgh Castle to admire the Crown Jewels. Specific departures of our escorted tour of Britain include the world-renowned Military Tattoo performance by global performers and a Scottish pipe bands spectacle performed on the castle’s esplanade!

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

 Photo Highlights

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full English breakfast daily; 1 lunch at a local pub; 4 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus


Notes:

  • August 1, August 8, August 15 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included

 Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND

Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts will be waiting to welcome you. The afternoon is at your leisure. For a first experience of London, you might like to join our optional Taste of London excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illumination cruise on the Thames River.

Day 2 LONDON

Start your day with a walking tour past some of London’s most remarkable landmarks. Your Local Guide will bring you to Parliament Square where you’ll see the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Church of St. Margaret’s—all part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, take photographs of the statues of famous statesmen who oversee the comings and goings of today’s politicians: Sir Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela, just to name a few; and of Millicent Garrett Fawcett, a leading suffragist who campaigned tirelessly for women’s rights. Your guide will then lead you to the LONDON EYE for a 30-minute ride on the giant observation wheel, with stunning panoramas of the city. This afternoon, why not to join an optional excursion to the Tower of London with its fabulous Crown Jewels.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 LONDON–STONEHENGE–ILMINSTER-EXETER

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing. First, travel to prehistoric STONEHENGE; explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, before admiring the magnificence of the monument up close. Then, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a traditional carvery LUNCH at a local pub before heading to Exeter where you will spend the next two nights. There is time to discover this small but vibrant city in the heart of Devon on your own.
Today’s Distance: 176 mi / 305 km

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Day 4 EXETER. CORNWALL EXCURSION

Enjoy magnificent scenery today as you drive to Cornwall, of Poldark fame, and to the pretty fishing village and former smuggler’s port of Looe. In Plymouth, see the historic Barbican and the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked in 1620. Then, head into Dartmoor, famous for the wild, open moorlands and deep river valleys, rich history and rare wildlife. Stop in Widecombe-in-the-Moor with its prominent church, cozy tea rooms, and lively pubs before returning to Exeter.
Today’s Distance: 150 mi / 241 km

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Day 5 EXETER–BATH–CARDIFF, WALES

This morning, travel to elegant Bath to see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. Constructed around 70 AD as a grand bathing and socializing complex, this is one of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world. After the visit, you will have time to explore the town on your own and marvel at the honey-colored Georgian architecture. Stay the night in Cardiff, the Welsh capital. You might want to join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner tonight.
Today’s Distance: 161 mi / 262 km

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Day 6 CARDIFF–TINTERN–COTSWOLDS, ENGLAND–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–WARWICK

Start your day with a visit to Tintern, the stunning home to a famous Cistercian abbey, set in the beautiful Wye Valley. Continue to the Cotswolds with its picturesque villages and idyllic rolling English landscapes. Stop in Broadway before making your way to Stratford-upon-Avon, where your Tour Director will take you to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite SHAKESPEARE’S SCHOOLROOM, where William was educated and inspired to become one of the world’s greatest playwrights.
Today’s Distance: 116 mi / 186 km

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Day 7 WARWICK–SHREWSBURY–LIVERPOOL

Set amidst glorious countryside near the Welsh Borders, Shrewsbury is one of England’s finest medieval market towns. You will have time to stroll through narrow streets and alleyways and see the timber-framed black and white buildings of Charles Darwin’s hometown. In Liverpool, visit THE BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.”
Today’s Distance: 148 mi / 238 km

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Day 8 LIVERPOOL–LAKE DISTRICT–GRETNA GREEN, SCOTLAND–GLASGOW

Travel back in time in England’s Lake District as you climb aboard the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite LAKESIDE & HAVERTHWAITE RAILWAY STEAM TRAIN and enjoy beautiful views of the Levens Valley from your carriage. Continue your journey aboard a WINDERMERE STEAMER to Bowness and take in the wooded shoreline and distant stretches of the high moorland. On your way to Glasgow for your overnight stay, stop in Gretna Green, where the blacksmith would wed runaway couples.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi / 380 km

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Day 9 GLASGOW–FORT WILLIAM–CULLODEN MOOR–INVERNESS

Follow the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond and head through wild Rannoch Moor into the Highlands. Via haunting Glen Coe, reach Fort William beneath Ben Nevis. Then, travel along Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, and Loch Ness of ‘Nessie’ fame to the CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE. Hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Overnight in the Highlands capital of Inverness.
Today’s Distance: 181 mi / 313 km

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Day 10 INVERNESS–PITLOCHRY–ST. ANDREWS–EDINBURGH

Enjoy beautiful vistas of the Cairngroms National Park on your way to the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry. Then to St. Andrews, home of golf and a famous university town, and over the elegant Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. Tonight, you might like to join an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Today’s Distance: 202 mi / 325 km

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Day 11 EDINBURGH

Join your Local Guide on a walking tour along the famous Royal Mile. On the way, discover Edinburgh’s deepest secret, THE REAL MARY KING’S CLOSE, a warren of hidden streets frozen in time since the 17th Century. Your tour will finish at 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. Tour five decks and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure numbers August 1, August 8, August 15, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 EDINBURGH

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast


Transportation:

Motorcoach; Lakeside & Haverthwaite steam train; Lake Windermere cruise

 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.

JULIE ANNE BARNETT

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

People sometimes ask if I ever tire of the same scenery and routine. The answer is no! Every group has a unique personality based on the people, the itinerary, the time of the year, and even the weather. I never get bored and neither will you!

Tour Director - JULIE ANNE BARNETT

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


London
Cardiff
Liverpool
Inverness
Edinburgh

London

A Taste of London

A Taste of London

A traditional dining experience followed by a nighttime cruise along the Thames River, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights.

Price Range: $$$

Tower of London and Crown Jewels

Tower of London and Crown Jewels

From the opulent Crown Jewels to the uniformed Beefeaters and infamous ravens, this fascinating excursion introduces you to the Tower of London, one of the country's most famous castle fortresses.

Price Range: $$

Cardiff

Welsh Evening

Welsh Evening

Experience Welsh culture at its finest during this memorable excursion featuring a dinner of local specialties, wine, and spirited folkloric entertainment.

Price Range: $$

Liverpool

City Tour

City Tour

This private guided tour is an entertaining introduction to Liverpool, featuring the city's glorious maritime past, the cathedral, historic civic buildings, and sites made famous by the Beatles!

Price Range: $

Inverness

Clava Cairns and Pub Visit

Clava Cairns and Pub Visit

Enjoy an unrestricted encounter with Bronze Age history at the 4,000-year-old Clava Cairns burial site, then reflect on its symbols and significance during an included drink at a local pub!

Price Range: $

Edinburgh

Scottish Evening with Bagpipers and Ceremony of the Haggis

Scottish Evening with Bagpipers and Ceremony of the Haggis

No trip to Scotland is complete without an authentic Scottish evening filled with traditional food, drinks, singers, dancers, bagpipes, and, of course, the unforgettable Ceremony of the Haggis!

Price Range: $$

Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion and Dinner

Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion and Dinner

Discover what life was like on board Her Majesty's floating residence during an exciting visit of the Royal Yacht Britannia, followed by dinner with wine at an excellent local restaurant!

Price Range: $$

 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: $2,127*
18 guests in a party: $547*

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 2020 and 2021 travel years. 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.



* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include International airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).