Essential Britain 2020

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

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 marvellous 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; visit the former smugglers’ port of Looe; 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 Wales, you’ll enjoy picturesque Brecon Beacon National Park and charming towns of Builth Wells and Llangollen. 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 first-hand, 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.

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 spend the next two nights. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 219 mi / 352 km (B,D)

Day 3: PLYMOUTH. CORNWALL EXCURSION.
A day full of West Country sights as you head to Poldark’s Cornwall and to the pretty fishing village and former smugglers’ port of Looe. Then, follow in the footsteps of Drake, Raleigh, and the Pilgrim Fathers with a [LF] CRUISE on Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s great natural harbors. Back in Plymouth, why not join an optional excursion into Dartmoor National Park for an evening of storytelling at a local pub?
Today’s Distance: 42 mi / 70 km (B)

Day 4: PLYMOUTH–GLASTONBURY–BATH–CARDIFF, WALES.
At Glastonbury, hear about its connection to 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.
Today’s Distance: 184 mi / 295 km (B)

Day 5: CARDIFF–BUILTH WELLS–LLANGOLLEN–LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND.
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. Take a stroll in picturesque Llangollen, host to one of the world’s most colorful annual music festivals. Spend the night in Liverpool; you may wish to join an optional city tour this afternoon.
Today’s Distance: 190 mi / 306 km (B)

Day 6: LIVERPOOL–GRASMERE–GRETNA GREEN, SCOTLAND–GLASGOW.
Start the day with a visit to THE BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.” Later, focus on the tranquil Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a break in Wordsworth’s beloved Grasmere and try original [LF] GRASMERE GINGERBREAD. Then, head north for the Scottish border and stop at Gretna Green, where the blacksmith would wed runaway couples, and take part in a [LF] WEDDING RE-ENACTMENT. Overnight in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi / 380 km (B,D)

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.
Today’s Distance: 251 mi / 404 km (B,D)

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, consider an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. For departure numbers August 1 through August 22, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.
Today’s Distance: 202 mi / 326 km (B)

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,” visit EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available, excluding August and other occasional dates). 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. (B)

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, with its breathtaking fountains and waterfalls. 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.
Today’s Distance: 214 mi / 344 km (B,D)

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.
Today’s Distance: 255 mi / 410 km (B)

Day 12: LONDON.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

  • June 20 Departure - Stonehenge will be closed due to Summer Solstice and visit to Salisbury Cathedral will be included instead.
  • August 1 through August 22 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included

Sightseeing & Activities:

STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument

PLYMOUTH
Welcome dinner; [LF] Plymouth Sound cruise

CORNWALL
Visit the fishing village of Looe

BATH
Visit the Roman relics

BUILTH WELLS
Visit the ancient market town

LLANGOLLEN
Visit the picturesque village

LIVERPOOL
Visit The Beatles Story

GRASMERE
Visit Wordsworth’s village; [LF] try original Grasmere gingerbread

GRETNA GREEN
[LF] 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 (excluding August and other occasional dates)

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 birthplaceMotorcoach; Plymouth Sound cruise; ferry to the Isle of Skye.

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


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$720

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Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

London: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
Situated opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge places guests at the heart of central London. Dining option include Brasserie Joël, Ichi Sushi & Sashimi, 1WB Lounge & Patisserie, and Primo Bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness center with a 15-meter pool and Mandara Spa. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guest throughout the hotel.
Address:
200 Westminster Bridge
London , United Kingdom
Plymouth: Crowne Plaza Plymouth
The peaceful Crowne Plaza 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.
Address:
Armada Way
Plymouth , United Kingdom
Cardiff: Mercure Cardiff Holland House
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.
Address:
24-26 Newport Road
Cardiff , United Kingdom
Liverpool: Novotel Liverpool
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.
Address:
40 Hanover St.
Liverpool , United Kingdom
Glasgow: Radisson RED Glasgow
Radisson RED Hotel Glasgow combines urban style, modern comforts, a love for the arts, and a warm welcome. The hotel's close to major local attractions like Glasgow Science Centre and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. It has 174 Studios all offering floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the city's views. Red Sky Bar on the 9th floor of the hotel is perfect for a cocktail and Oui Bar offers a dinner menu. The in-room modern facilities such as pairing technology allows guests to stream their own content on the large TV.
Address:
25 Tunnel Street
Glasgow , United Kingdom
Glasgow: Hilton Garden Inn
In the heart of the city, the Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow is perfectly located for exploring all that Glasgow has to offer including shopping, museums, botanic gardens and eclectic nightlife. Relax in your contemporary guest room and look out across the riverbank through floor-to-ceiling windows; stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi or unwind in front of the 42-inch TV; or enjoy casual dining at Recess where you can eat, drink and meet day to night, or dine al fresco on our Riverside Terrace. The high-tech Precor gym is also available free of charge, 24-hours a day.
Address:
Finnieston Quay
Glasgow , United Kingdom
Inverness: Mercure Inverness Hotel
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.
Address:
33 Church Street
Inverness , United Kingdom
Edinburgh: Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket
The Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket lies in the historical heart of the city, right next door to Haymarket station and a vast array of cafés, bars and restaurants. Discover the numerous sights and events in this lively city.
Address:
1 Morrison Link
Edinburgh , United Kingdom
Edinburgh: Mercure Edinburgh Princes Street
A fine 3 star Edinburgh hotel, ideally located in the city center's popular Princes Street. Mercure Edinburgh City Princes Street Hotel has great views of Edinburgh Castle. The 158 stylish rooms all have internet access and satellite TV. Princes Dining Room and Bar are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as for light snacks and drinks.
Address:
53 Princes Street
Edinburgh , United Kingdom
York: Mercure York Fairfield Manor
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.
Address:
Shipton Road
Skelton-York , United Kingdom
London: Hilton London Metropole
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.
Address:
225 Edgware Road
London , United Kingdom

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Questions & Answers

Question: Do the coaches have restrooms?

Globus’s private motor coaches will have emergency restrooms. Please keep in mind that your driver will be making many rest stops on the way for travelers to get out and stretch and to use a more comfortable facility.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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By Margaret H on Jul 27, 2019

All the details were taken care of for the entire trip. Our tour guide even offered an additional excursion. The itinerary offered so many different things to see and enjoy. Something for everyone and more.

By Alyssa B on Jul 06, 2019

Great experience. Everything was handled smoothly and we had a great time.

By Jane S on May 27, 2019

The itinerary was very interesting and informative. We had a great guide and drivers. Our guide not only provided very in depth information, but also cared for people in the group. The only thing I wish was not shown is their political views. We were not much interested in them. We expected only cultural and historical information. But that was minor. In general the trip was great experience, and the group was wonderful, very interesting and diverse. Thank you.

By Rosemary P on Apr 20, 2019

Christina, our tour guide, was excellent. It was great to have 26 people on the tour instead of a possible 48. That made life easier for everyone. Our group was cooperative and on time, which helped us visit the sites in a timely manner. We felt safe with the bus driver who knew the roads and the route. Everything went well, and the weather was pleasant with only one rainy day and one misty morning.

By William G on Sep 01, 2018

Accommodations at GoGlasgow and Mercure/York we're very poor. Globus could have done much better! I wish we could have spent more time on Isle of Skye. This is a beautiful island with much to see but instead it was a 1 hr. stop at a gift shop. WiFi service on the coach was inconsistent and spotty. Overall, however, we enjoyed ourselves and the tour. Our driver and tour guide were both excellent!

By Coleen C on Aug 23, 2018

Some hotels were excellent, however a few were a lower standard than I expected, so small there was no space to open your suitcase, no A/C, or on a noisy street.

By Sheila S on Aug 18, 2018

I have booked 3 Land tours with Globus. Two out of three have not been my best tours. This was not my best tour. A land tour is only as good as the Tour Director. Will probably go with another tour company the next time I plan a land tour. Some of the hotels that Globus used were not even a 2 star hotel in my opinion. They were pretty old and dirty. It seemed like we more riding a bus than touring. The tour director shared very little as to what we were seeing as we drove from place to place.

By Keith S on Aug 18, 2018

The Macure hotels were not up to standards like at the Hilton's... antiquated, rude and dirty and not accommodating

By David F on Aug 06, 2018

The route was changed - a trip to the Isle of Skye was cancelled and a tour of Urquarht Castle on Loch Ness substituted. Most stops at points of interest allowed 1-2 hours. In general, this was not enough time at the places of interest to tour, eat necessary meals and shop. Location of hotels did not normally provide for additional free time at points of interest, or the dinners provided to the group took so much time that they used any free time we might have had. I think the itinerary needs to be reworked.

By Gina G on Jul 12, 2018

The Essential Britain tour by Globus met my expectations with regards to pace and places visited. Although the tour director was less experienced/knowledgeable than what we expected, it did not make the overall experience less pleasant. The coach was new and comfortable although wifi was slow. I would have preferred staying 2 nights in Cardiff, Wales and spent the night in Stratford-Upon-Avon and St. Andrews instead of just stopping by. Edinburgh, Scotland was my favorite. The hotel accommodations were good although there were a couple that were below standard (no air-conditioning). The Hilton hotel room in London was less desirable, but the breakfast buffet was the best among all hotels.

By Neil F on Jun 28, 2018

Globus provided an excellent tour of Great Britain and their service was right on with regard to itinerary, hotels and food. I only have one issue and that was with one optional excursion in Scotland (dinner and Scottish dancers). They brought us into a facility with about 10 other tour operators. The room had no air and it got extremely warm in there. It took about an hour or so to get the food and we were in a hot room with no food for quite some time. Poor planning by the local business. It would be great if I could get a refund on this excursion or possibly a credit towards a future trip. Our tour director was aware of the issue but at that point there wasnt much she could do to help. Please contact Globus and see if there is anything they could do. As a note, our tour direct was excellent!! Thank you!!

By Nancy M on Jun 09, 2018

I appreciated the extras added to the Globus tour over a similar Cosmos tour. The central location of the hotels was very helpful for exploration on your own. The itinerary keeps you moving so you don't have a lot of time in any one place and that is shown in the description.

By Jane W on May 14, 2018

I have done several Globus and Cosmos tours through Affordable Tours, (plus Trafalgar and Road Scholar). This trip was everything I expected. I do have concerns that increasing traffic in many cities may require some changes in traditional itineraries. Over the years I have seen trips gradually morph from substantial coach time, usually through scenic areas with appropriate commentary punctuated by fairly long stops with enough time to really tour a destination on foot, see the major sights, shop a bit or have a cup of coffee, then move on into "drive by" tours which include a significant percentage of time in heavy traffic, and the time in destinations has become proportionately shorter. a two hour drive to, for example, Bath, with three hours in town is infinitely better than a three and a half hour drive (longer because of more highway congestion) with 90 minutes in town. Perhaps this explains the increasing popularity of river cruising? Tour operators need to consider some changes to cope with this situation.

By Judy D on Sep 18, 2017

This particular tour was a bit fast-paced, as each leg of the journey averaged over 200 miles, except for the second day in Edinburgh. The scenery was gorgeous, and I knew it would be fast-paced, but just seemed a shame that Globus didn't make this particular tour a 13-14 day tour instead as it covered a round trip through England, Wales, and Scotland. I picked this particular tour as it covered both Cornwall and Wales and knew it would be a bit short for the distance covered, but other tours we've taken with Globus/Cosmos (and we always try to do somewhat of a circle around the country) were a bit longer, which this one certainly deserved. However, it was a very nice trip and it did meet my expectations based on the itinerary. The provided meals were not quite up to those on other trips we've taken (but then, again, this was the UK!).

By Christina P on Sep 17, 2017

Our Tour director was amazing. Full of knowledge, history and current affairs. Very friendly and courteous. Our driver, was also amazing. He was funny and very helpful to us. We really enjoyed our trip overall, just a couple of the hotels weren't great but we explained that on the survey form. Wish we could have had more time in Wales to see more of the sites. But we had so much fun!

By Pamela M on Jul 03, 2017

It was a busy itinerary, which we knew when booking, but it was still a good amount of time on the road to get to all the places. It is a good overview tour, allowing you to see many many places, but as such, you have little free time and are always on the go. My niece and I enjoyed it very much and are so delighted we saw so many beautiful places.

By Norbert F on Sep 10, 2016

Some of the hotels were not up to standard. Some offered no wi-fi. The tour guide was outstanding; knowledgeable in the country's history, witty, and concerned for our welfare.

By Quinnon P on Jun 18, 2016

Holiday Inn Plymouth terrible facility/time in Plymouth was wasted-boat trip and Lands End not worthwhile/One night in Cardiff-got in at 5:45 PM-no chance to sight see-left next AM at 8:00AM-Capital city left unseen/Glasgow-arrived at 5:30PM and left 8AM next day-no sight seeing in largest city in Scotland/Isle of Skye was a joke-over an hour of bus ride and a 30minute ferry ride deposited us onto Isle of Skye but we never saw a thing-no villages , no cows, no sightseeing on Isle-only 45minute ride from ferry landing back to bridge and mainland. Loch Ness was sighted but no chance to do anything other than ride by and see out of bus window. Out visit to Culloden was 30minutes before the gift shop or tourist facility was open--30 minutes on site=no time to study or walk the battlefield-We then drove 2 hrs thru narrow mountain roads to Braemar and had lunch-then on to St Andrews where we were only allowed less than 30minutes to see the city, visit the R&A Museum and observe the golf course-at least 10 minutes was devoted to using toilets-no time or chance to see any of the city or the 3rd oldest university. Novent hotels are substandard/one of three Mercure was acceptable/Holiday Inn unacceptable. I will say the bus driver and the tour director were outstanding and very skilled. They made an excellent team and made up for some of the deficiencies and should be commended. Overall C plus/Bus driver and tour director A plus/Hotels at least 5 are unacceptable/Itenerary-C plus-Stonehenge, London, Edinburgh, York, Inverness were good/rest need to be changed, improved or eliminated. Riding through an area cannot be construed as visiting an area-Driving down Abercorn in Savannah or King Street in Charleston cannot be interpreted as having visited Savannah or Charleston.

By Dennis S on Jun 04, 2016

Great trip. Well organized.

By Jovina S on Apr 23, 2016

All my expectations for the tour was met.

By Rohith U on Oct 17, 2015

With a little adjustments in the program we could have had a more comfortable tour and perhaps more time at the main sites

By Bradford M on Sep 19, 2015

The tour was advertised as a "first class tour". A few of the hotels were clearly not "first class". The dinners provided at the hotels were average or below average. On other Globus tours included dinners were at betters restaurants, not hotels. The tour director and driver were excellent as was the coach and itinerary.

By Angela C on May 16, 2015

Globus did not seem to be as organized as the Trafalgar tours we have taken.

By Richard C on May 11, 2015

The only downside of the trip was too many miles covered each day in the bus. Because of this our scheduled stops were too short to appreciate the villages and or attractions. Added to this was the fact that we had to get lunch on our own during the 1 to 1 1/2 hour we spent at a place. If lunch had been pre planned it may have helped. We don't feel mislead, however if the literature had highlighted the distance involved we may have chosen differently. We had no idea that the UK involved so many miles!!!

By Keri S on Apr 26, 2014

We had the most wonderful time! Since this was our first coach tour, we really didn\'t know what to expect, but after this experience we wouldn\'t hesitate to book another tour. All the hard work was done for us! From start (booking) to finish we have had an awesome experience, and a trip we will always remember !

By Sheila C on Apr 26, 2014

Everything went according to what I had been told. It was my first escorted tour so I didn\'t know what to expect but it all went by the book. I am ready to go on my next tour,

By Kathryn K on Apr 12, 2014

I was very pleased with the Globus tour "Essential Britain". Excellent itinerary. Everything was perfect, even the weather. Globus booked the airfare and the flights went smoothly.

By Anthony N on Jun 15, 2013

The bonus picture stops also added to the itinerary  Our tour guide was a history buff that had a gift to present it well to us non history buffs. 

By Diane F on Sep 21, 2012

The trip was great and Globus did a good job.

By Elsie L on Sep 08, 2012

I was assured that the bus tour would end by 3 p.m. every day allowing plenty of time to get out and walk. this was not the case and more time was spent on the bus than I like. For this reason I would be reluctant to take another bus trip even though this one was well organized and we saw a lot. The many optional excursions increased the cost of the trip by quite a lot, something I would advise othrs to take into consideration.


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