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Best of Britain 2020

Best of Britain 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Explore the Best of Britain on this incredible trip across England and Scotland, and travel over the sea to the Isle of Skye. Imagine life as a Benedictine monk at Buckfast Abbey, feel the hope of brave pilgrims in Plymouth and be inspired by the beauty of Lake Windermere.

Day 1 - Arrive London (2 Nights)
London's vibrant city streets are your launch pad to an epic journey through the iconic sights of Britain. Embrace the pomp and ceremony of this multi-cultural capital, exploring the treasures of its former Empire in museums, rambling through its picturesque Royal Parks or admiring the ancient façades that line its grand boulevards and hidden lanes.
Accommodation: Park Plaza Riverbank/Park Plaza County Hall

Day 2 - London Sightseeing and Free Time
Join a 'Local Specialist' today for a tour of the city's iconic sights. See Big Ben and the imposing Houses of Parliament on the banks of the Thames, then Buckingham Palace, the official UK residence of the UK's sovereigns since the mid-19th century. The rest of the day is yours to explore London - an effortless mix of centuries-old heritage and modern sophistication.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - London – Stonehenge – Bath – Exeter (2 Nights)
Meet your Travel Director and commence your journey through the rolling green and golden landscapes of rural Wiltshire to Salisbury Plain. We tread in the footsteps of druids and pagans at Stonehenge, before travelling to UNESCO-listed Bath with its elegant Georgian façades and the centuries-old Roman Baths. Our home for the next two nights is the historic cathedral city of Exeter, where we will enjoy a memorable Welcome Reception this evening at our hotel.
Accommodation: Mercure Southgate
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 4 - Exeter – Excursion to Plymouth, Polperro, Dartmoor and Buckfast Abbey
Our first stop today is in the ancient port city of Plymouth, where we'll delve into the history of the brave Pilgrim Fathers who set sail for an unknown New World from its shores. See the Royal Citadel overlooking Plymouth Sound and consider an optional cruise around the dramatic coastline. We take a step back in time at our next stop, the fishing village and artists' retreat of Polperro. Continuing along the brooding moorland of Dartmoor, we arrive at Buckfast Abbey, where we'll 'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into how Benedictine monks have lived and prayed for over 1,000 years.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Exeter – Glastonbury – Cardiff
Enjoy a scenic drive through the pretty Devon and Somerset countryside to mystical Glastonbury, where we'll visit the ruined Abbey, said to be the final resting place of King Arthur. Later, we 'Connect With Locals', joining the Dyer family on their 15th-century dairy farm in Somerset for a 'Be My Guest' lunch. We journey to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, where we'll explore the proud heritage of the Welsh and modern icons, including the Principality Stadium during an orientation tour.
Accommodation: Park Inn City Centre
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 6 - Cardiff – Ludlow – Chester – Liverpool
Tudor history is explored this morning as we visit the historic towns of Ludlow and Chester with their characteristic black and white half-timbered buildings. Join your Travel Director for an orientation walk past these famous Tudor Rows and enjoy views of Chester's medieval city walls and red sandstone Cathedral. The haunt of the 'Fab Four' is our final stop today. Join a 'Local Specialist' to gain insight into Liverpool's Beatles' history and enjoy a free evening in one of Britain's edgiest cities.
Accommodation: Jurys Inn
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Liverpool – Lake District – Glasgow
Rolling Lancashire pastures give way to the soul-stirring Lake District, whose beautiful scenery has inspired poets and writers for centuries. We travel along the shores of Lake Windermere, through countryside made famous by the poet William Wordsworth. Stop in Gretna Green, where many an eloping couple have tied the knot. We arrive in Glasgow later for an orientation tour, including views of the Cathedral, magnificent George Square and the Clyde River, the former heart of the shipbuilding industry. This evening, enjoy during a Regional Dinner in a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza/Holiday Inn City Centre Theatreland
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 8 - Glasgow – Glencoe – Fort William – Scottish Highlands (2 Nights)
Journey along Loch Lomond, whose bonnie banks were immortalised in the well-known Scottish song. We arrive in Glencoe and remember the MacDonald clansmen who died tragically in the 1692 massacre which led this place to be called the 'Glen of Weeping'. At the World War II Commando Memorial near Fort William, we admire views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Our day in beautiful surrounds comes to an end with a cosy dinner at our hotel located within the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands.
Accommodation: Laggan Gaskmore/Carrbridge
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 9 - Isle of Skye Sightseeing and Scenic Highland Excursion
We travel to the coast this morning to the Isle of Skye where a 'Local Specialist' will take us on a journey to view the remarkable Cuillin Mountains. Against the backdrop of heather-clad mountains, we stop at the ancient settlement of Kyleakin. Later, we cross back to view scenic Eilean Donan Castle on the mainland. Travel through the Scottish Highlands past its picturesque lochs and glens, keeping your camera at the ready to capture 'Nessie' if you can.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 10 - Scottish Highlands – Pitlochry – St. Andrews – Edinburgh (2 Nights)
Heading back to the lowlands of Scotland, we stop in Pitlochry before heading to the historic home of golf, St. Andrews. Here, the first games were played during the 1400s. See its famous 18th hole before crossing the Firth of Forth to Scotland's enchanting capital, Edinburgh.
Accommodation: Marriott/Jurys Inn
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time
Ramble up the Royal Mile today and see the iconic sights of one of Britain's most enchanting cities. The elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse, in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and the Scottish Parliament feature on your sightseeing tour with a 'Local Specialist'. Visit Edinburgh Castle perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town and amble through the hidden passages of the Old Town before enjoying an evening at leisure. Consider an Optional Experience including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 - Edinburgh – Alnwick – York
We travel to the medieval market town of Alnwick this morning, where we'll see the impressive castle home to the Duke of Northumberland and the Tenantry Column, upon which the Percy Lion sits and surveys the town. Journey through Northumberland to the cathedral city of York. We'll embark an orientation walk past its cobblestone Shambles and see the inspiring Minster with its 'heart of Yorkshire' before joining our newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner.
Accommodation: Novotel Centre
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 13 - York – Stratford-upon-Avon – London
Shakespeare's legacy and life are celebrated in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, which we will have an opportunity to visit today on our return to London. See Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre. Later, we travel back to London for our final night at leisure.
Accommodation: Park Plaza Riverbank/Park Plaza County Hall
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 - Depart London
Say a fond farewell to London and your newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable journey.
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Sightseeing Highlights

  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR with Local Specialist in Barcelona
  • ORIENTATION of Bath, Plymouth, Cardiff, Chester, Glasgow and York
  • VISIT the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, Polperro, Buckfast Abbey, Glastonbury Abbey, the town of Ludlow, the Isle of Skye, Edinburgh Castle, Alnwick and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • VIEW Eilean Donan Castle, Alnwick Castle used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, York Minster and Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage

Dining Highlights

  • 13 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (including Be My Guest)
  • 5 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Hygiene and Safety Protocols for Trafalgar Tours

Trafalgar has introduced these enhanced hygiene protocols – for you and team members.

You can travel with Trafalgar and be assured that their team has put numerous new measures in place to elevate their hygiene standards and protocols. The well-being of guests and team has always been, and always will be, their primary concern.

In this new, fast changing Covid-19 era, Trafalgar is doing all they can to adapt to new requirements and expectations. Here are some important new steps and procedures that they have implemented to enhance hygiene protocols, to comply with physical distancing requirements by relevant government authorities and to give you the peace of mind when you are traveling during these new times.

Expertly Trained Travel Directors

Travel Director training equips them with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing procedures. During your trip, they will operate with a duty of care and monitor the hygiene etiquette of the guests, reacting and advising as needed, to ensure high standards are maintained. Before you travel, Trafalgar will also keep you well informed about new protocols required in these areas, and ask that you cooperate with and heed the advice and direction of Travel Directors while on your trip. The Travel Directors have preventative measures in place to try and ensure your well-being and in the event that any unexpected issues arise on trip, they will activate additional protocols.

Stringent On-the-Road Protocols

The customized luxury coaches are sanitised before the start of your trip and have always been kept to very high standards. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Trafalgar have taken additional measures to elevate hygiene and sanitary practices in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as required, applicable government regulations. The Driver training provides them with the latest hygiene protocols. They will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis. All the guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organisation including the thorough and regular washing of hands and sanitising when required. Hand sanitiser is freely available on board for your use throughout the day. Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves with you, and additional hand sanitiser to make you feel comfortable, as these will be required to be worn in public in some countries. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays and wipes will be available for guest distribution on all trips.

A Full Team of Support 24/7

It’s not just your Travel Director and Driver who will be taking care of you. Behind the scenes, the operations and guest support teams are in contact with them and on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

Physical Distancing

Adapting to the right size groups, based on government distancing requirements, you can rest assured that you will travel with the comfort of your own personal space. Have peace of mind that all of the experiences, hotels and restaurants you’ll enjoy on your trip have been vetted to ensure they adhere to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.

Trusted Partners, Exceptional Standards

Trafalgar is very selective in who they work with and choose to only use hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that take the well-being of the guests as seriously as Trafalgar does and agrees to meet expected guidelines and specifications. Trafalgar only works with establishments that they are confident will consistently adhere to their high standards.

Always in the Know

As part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) , Trafalgar is kept up to date with all government advisories and travel alerts on a daily basis and is continually in touch with all of the partners on the ground in each destination. Also, rest assured that during your trip, the teams work to ensure the supplier partners (hotels, restaurants, museums and other venues) are also applying the same standard to these new hygiene and distancing protocols, to the extent possible.

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Questions & Answers

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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.9
Accommodations
3.4
Itinerary
4.2
Professional Staff
4.2
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
3.8

Ratings based off 26 reviews - currently showing 7 reviews with comments only

I loved my tour and learned that my next tour will give me more time to explore the places we stop. This tour was billed as The Best of Britain, and it was very comprehensive. All the hotels were great except I was surprised by Lagan Hotel. It was not my expectation and not as comfortable as the others. The staff there was soperb under unusual circumstances being as they were called in last minute. They made the stay great! Mick was a great bus driver, as was Glen. Stephen was very knowledgeable and friendly. it had a it of a hard time admitting when he was wrong a couple of times. I loved dealing with Richard in the planning of the trip. I had not taken this type of tour before and he explained things well and made himself available, it only to me, but to my family as well while I was gone. Thanks so much for the great tour!

The trip was wonderful. Most of the sites were great and we had sufficient time to walk around. The only sites I did not enjoy were Glasgow and Isle of Skye. Isle of Skye is great, but we only saw a small corner of it. It wasn't worth the trouble. The Holiday Inn in Cardiff was also not very good. But overall we were delighted with the trip

Alter the itinerary to eliminate the excursion day to Plymouth, Polperro, Dartmouth & Buckfast Abbey and add a day in Liverpool. Not nearly enough time to enjoy what the city has to offer. The Be My Guest lunch was really bad and a big waste of time. When stopping for lunch you need to give more options of things to do for those of us that don't choose to eat lunch. Need to provide good options for things to do if you don't purchase an excursion. There ere three boat trips offered and if you didn't do them there was nothing for you to do. Didn't like the location of the hotel in Laggan. Liverpool, Cardiff & Edinburgh were much better stops because they have a lot to offer. We were looking into booking another Trafalgar tour for next year when we left but now we are rethinking it.

Some of the excursions were not worth it and food was not very good. e.g. Scottish highlands farm experience and more importantly the Edinburg Scotish show with dinner which was way overpriced at 58 pounds. It was more like a cruise ship show rather than authentic Scotish entertainment and the food was poorly prepared.

Great trip, excellent value.

Typical bus trip. Could have used more free time. Guide tried to include too much which did not allow enough time to explore.

We were basically satisfied with this trip. The only dissatisfaction was that several of the hotels (2 Jurys Inns, and Mc Donalds) were substandard-very beat up and the McDonald's was dirty. Dissappointed that Trafalgar would try to cut costs with something like this because everyone was unhappy about it and would rather have paid a little more to have better accommodations.


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