Essential Britain (GC)

12 Day Tour from London to London

2022 Tour Details View 2021 Tour Details »

Thrones and scones. Hops and scotch. Rock stars and famous rocks. They’re all included on this enthralling and encompassing tour of Britain. Pack your tweed and tartans for the best of London and country, the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands, and the enchanting villages and valleys of Wales—and prepare to be swept away like a runaway bride at the elopement capital of Gretna Green. The castles and cathedrals of London, Edinburgh, and Cardiff, as well as the charming pubs on every corner, will steal your heart away. With visits to the baffling boulders of Stonehenge, the battlefield of Culloden Moor, Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, and The Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool, this tour of Britain promises rocking discovery and enlightenment, not to mention honorary degrees in ancient history, English literature, and music appreciation.

Small-Group Discovery

Select Globus Europe tours are limited to an average of just 24 guests per tour. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus European tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Europe vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from transfers to and from your hotel to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!

Save 10% per person on select 2022 Globus Europe, North & South America vacations*
Essential Britain map

 Photo Highlights

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

  • City of Bath
  • Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  • Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City
  • Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
  • Stonehenge
  • The English Lake District

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full English breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Plymouth

 Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND

LONDON Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts will be waiting to welcome you. Free time this afternoon.

Day 2 LONDON–STONEHENGE–PLYMOUTH

LONDON Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions at 8 am before departing for Stonehenge.
STONEHENGE Guided visit.
219 mi / 352 km

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 3 PLYMOUTH. EXCURSION TO CORNWALL

Scenic drive through West Country to Poldark’s Cornwall.
LOOE Visit the pretty fishing village and former smugglers’ port.
PLYMOUTH Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Scenic cruise on Plymouth Sound. Free time this evening.
42 mi / 70 km

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Plymouth with an excursion into Dartmoor National Park including an evening of storytelling at a local pub. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 PLYMOUTH–GLASTONBURY–BATH–CARDIFF, WALES

GLASTONBURY Visit the city of King Arthur and the Holy Grail legends.
BATH Visit the excavations of the Roman Baths.
184 mi / 295 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 CARDIFF–BUILTH WELLS–LLANGOLLEN–LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND

Scenic drive along the Taff Valley and Brecon Beacons National Park.
BUILTH WELLS Stop at the ancient market town.
LLANGOLLEN Visit the picturesque town.
LIVERPOOL Free time the remainder of the day.
190 mi / 306 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 LIVERPOOL–GRASMERE–GRETNA GREEN, SCOTLAND–GLASGOW

LIVERPOOL Visit The Beatles Story.
LAKE DISTRICT (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) Scenic drive.
GRASMERE Visit Wordsworth’s beloved village. Sample Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite the original Grasmere gingerbread.
GRETNA GREEN See where the blacksmith would wed runaway couples and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite take part in a wedding re-enactment.
236 mi / 380 km

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 7 GLASGOW–FORT WILLIAM–INVERNESS

GLASGOW Orientation drive to see the 12th-century cathedral, university buildings, and Georgian squares. Scenic drive past Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, and Fort William.
LOCH NESS Drive the length of the legendary lake.
178 mi / 286 km

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 8 INVERNESS–CULLODEN—PITLOCHRY–ST. ANDREWS–EDINBURGH

CULLODEN See the battlefield of Culloden Moor.
PITLOCHRY Walk through the Victorian mountain resort.
ST. ANDREWS See the home of golf and the famous university town.
EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO Attend the world-renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance. (Departures July 30 through August 20 only).
202 mi / 326 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 EDINBURGH

EDINBURGH Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the New Town and Old Town. Visit to Edinburgh Castle to see Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Visit to Holyrood Palace (when available, excluding August and other occasional dates). Free time.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 EDINBURGH–ALNWICK, ENGLAND–YORK

ALNWICK At Alnwick Castle choose to visit the Castle or explore the garden.
YORK See York Minster and walk through The Shambles.
214 mi / 344 km

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 11 YORK–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–LONDON

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON See Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
255 mi / 410 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 LONDON

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.

ANA SHAW

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

I have always loved to share my passion and knowledge for the British Isles with friends from all over the world, showing them first my home town and then my country. Great Britain and Ireland offer you all you could imagine and more; hear about it whilst you admire their outstanding natural beauty.

Tour Director - ANA SHAW

 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)



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 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: $2,204*
18 guests in a party: $584*

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).

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