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Essential Britain

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Explore the best of England, Wales & Scotland

Experience the most essential parts of Britain with this 11-night guided vacation. You'll visit Stonehenge, St. Andrews, the Isle of Skye, Liverpool and more!

What's Included


  • Round-trip economy class air to London (LHR)
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • Transportation by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach (with complimentary Wi-Fi)

Accommodations in hotels listed, or similar:

  • 1 night in London at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel
  • 2 nights in Plymouth at the Holiday Inn Plymouth Hotel
  • 1 night in Cardiff at the Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel
  • 1 night in Liverpool at the Novotel Liverpool Hotel
  • 1 night in Glasgow at the Novotel Glasgow Hotel
  • 1 night in Inverness at the Mercure Inverness Hotel
  • 2 nights in Edinburgh at the Carlton Hotel
  • 1 night in Skelton-York at the Mercure York Fairfield Manor Hotel
  • 1 night in London at the Dorsett Shepherds Bush Hotel

Guided sightseeing as described in itinerary, including:

  • Stonehenge, Plymouth, Cornwall, Bath, Builth Wells, Chester, Liverpool, Grasmere, Gretna Green, Mallaig-Armadale, Isle of Skye, Braemar, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, Alnwick, York and Stratford-Upon-Avon. 
  • Ferry to the Isle of Skye

Other Inclusions:

  • Buffet Breakfast daily
  • 4 three-course dinners 
  • Services of a Professional Travel Director
  • Hotel taxes, porterage, tips and service charges
Great Ways to Explore
  • Experience the dazzling Isle of Skye, the cultural hub of Liverpool, iconic London and more of Essential Britain.
  • You'll have guided tours and included entrances to special attractions such as Gretna Green, St Andrews and Edinburgh.
  • Visit Stonehenge, one of the world's most cryptic and mysterious landmarks.
  • Enjoy the many amenities of some of our more modern hotels.
  • With such a wealth of history, you'll find castles, gardens and other historic monuments sprinkled throughout Britain.
Package Overview

This vacation offers a panoramic exploration of England, Wales, and Scotland. Begin with an overnight in London, then head west to prehistoric Stonehenge. Spend two nights in Plymouth, with an excursion into Cornwall. Visit Land’s End and the seaside resort of St. Ives, and try the Local Favorite—a traditional Cornish Pasty, minced beef, rutabaga, potato, and onion baked in pastry. Travel north to Glastonbury, of King Arthur fame, and stop to see the amazing Roman excavations in Bath. Cross into Wales for an overnight in Cardiff and a drive through Brecon Beacons National Park to Chester. Then, journey to Liverpool, where you’ll visit the Beatles Story. Explore England’s scenic Lake District and Wordsworth’s Grasmere, where you will taste its famous gingerbread before crossing into Scotland for a stop in Gretna Green. Here, take part in a wedding re-enactment, and experience how the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Spend the night in Glasgow, then skirt the banks of Loch Lomond on your way to the Isle of Skye, where a visit to the Museum of the Isles at the Clan Donald Centre is included.

After a stop in the Highland capital of Inverness, head south through Culloden Moor, Culloden, and St. Andrews. A 2-night stay in Edinburgh includes guided sightseeing and visits to Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace (except when the Queen is in residence). Tickets are included for the world-renowned Military Tattoo on departures between August 1-22. Back in England, choose between a visit to Alnwick Castle or to the lavish Alnwick Garden. See a section of Hadrian’s Wall and medieval York with its awe-inspiring minster. Stop in Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon to visit his birthplace before returning to London for an overnight and the finale of your magnificent vacation.

Note: Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included for departures between August 1-22.


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