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Britain Sampler 2021

Britain Sampler 2021


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Our most popular Britain tour offers you the best of this great land. You'll have amazing experiences and see the fascinating sights as you travel from London to Edinburgh and back to London. History buffs will be delighted in seeing mysterious, prehistoric Stonehenge (just imagine how these stones got there!); the Roman Baths in Bath, constructed around 70 AD and today one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world; medieval market town of Ludlow, perched on a cliff above the river Teme; Edinburgh, home to many Scottish monarchs, including Queen Margaret, who died here in 1093; and York, England's most complete medieval city with its cobbled streets and the magnificent York Minister. Literary fans will enjoy visiting Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon; Abbotsford House, home of Sir Walter Scott; Grasmere, home to William Wordsworth. But that's not all…Globus has also arranged special, out-of-the-ordinary experiences for you. You'll enjoy Grasmere gingerbread, invented in 1856 in the English Lake District, and a whisky tasting in Gretna Green. From the historical sights to the beautiful scenery to the special experiences, this Britain tour is a great way to sample what Britain has to offer!

Day 1: ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND.
Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 2: LONDON.
After a hearty English breakfast, morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street residence, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. The highlight is a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL (except on Sundays), Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece built between 1675 and 1708. Free time in the afternoon for independent activities or to join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its fabulous Crown Jewels. Later, how about an optional dinner, followed by a cruise on the Thames River? (B)

Day 3: LONDON–STONEHENGE–BATH.
Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and depart at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing. 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. Cross Salisbury Plain and head for the elegant Georgian city of Bath, where you see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. You will also have time to explore the town further on your own. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 139 mi / 224 km (B,D)

Day 4: BATH–LUDLOW–LLANGOLLEN, WALES–LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND.
This morning, drive through the fertile Severn Valley and across unspoiled countryside to the medieval market town of Ludlow, perched on a cliff above the River Teme. The afternoon is dedicated to North Wales. Take a stroll in picturesque Llangollen, host to one of the world’s most colorful annual music festivals, before continuing on to Liverpool, hometown of The Beatles and once the departure port of great transatlantic liners.
Today’s Distance: 204 mi / 335 km (B)

Day 5: LIVERPOOL–GRASMERE–GRETNA GREEN, SCOTLAND–EDINBURGH.
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. On the way through the history-steeped Lowland Hills, stop at Gretna Green and visit [LF] THE WHISKY HOUSE where an expert explains the mysteries behind whisky production and lets you taste some well-known malts. In Edinburgh, don’t miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Today’s Distance: 237 mi / 390 km (B)

Day 6: 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. 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. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure numbers August 3 through August 24, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO, a vast spectacle of massed Scottish pipe bands that takes place in an arena on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. (B)

Day 7: EDINBURGH–ABBOTSFORD–JEDBURGH–YORK, ENGLAND.
First on today’s agenda is a guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s ABBOTSFORD HOUSE, with its impressive collection of historic relics, weapons, and armor, as well as an extensive library with over 9,000 rare volumes. Melrose Abbey and the ruins at Jedburgh are pointed out on the way to the English border and Northumberland National Park. In York, England’s most complete medieval city, stand in awe in front of the great structure of York Minster, then follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles.
Today’s Distance: 202 mi / 325 km (B,D)

Day 8: YORK–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–LONDON.
Depart Yorkshire, setting of author James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small, and drive through the richest farmland in Britain. In Stratford-upon-Avon, take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE. Return to London around 3:30 pm. How about a night out on the town with newfound friends? A three-course pre-theater dinner followed by one of London’s West End shows might take your fancy.
Today’s Distance: 256 mi / 411 km (B)

Day 9: LONDON.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

  • August 3 through August 24 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included
  • Your sightseeing may be moved to an alternate day due to events in the city.

Sightseeing & Activities:

LONDON
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays)

STONEHENGE
Visit the prehistoric monument

BATH
Visit the Roman relics; welcome dinner

LUDLOW
Visit the medieval market town

LLANGOLLEN
Visit the picturesque village

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

GRETNA GREEN
[LF] Enjoy a whisky tasting

EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle

ABBOTSFORD
Guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s house

JEDBURGH
Take pictures of the abbey ruins YORK Walking tour

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplaceMotorcoach.

Meals:
Full English breakfast daily; 2 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Bath


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$870

No triple room reduction.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How large is the Britain Sampler tour? How far are the walking tours?

Globus travels with an average group size of 38 to 44 guests. There is roughly 1 to 2 hours of walking on days with included excursions.

Question: Is the hotel accommodation included in the Britain Sampler 2019 tour?

Yes hotel accommodations are included.

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
4.1
Accommodations
3.5
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 157 reviews - currently showing 41 reviews with comments only

Globus "Britain Sampler" included a generous cross-section of England, Wales and Scotland. Selections of sites, places and activities was interesting and culture-representative. Schedules occasionally were a bit cramped, thus rushed and perhaps another day to expand into would have afforded a more leisurely appreciation of the offerings. Hotels ranged from mediocre and cramped to outstanding. Bus was clean, comfortable and expertly handled, resulting in no delays due to traffic mishaps. Tour Guide Damian was personable, good-humored and either knowledgable or expertly passed along the relevant background and history from his cellphone.

Overall everything was good and feeling my expectations eccepting some little disappointments like sleeping in a Hotel basement and an offer of a pre dinner bar glass of wine and no wine included on the free dinner.

This is my first experience with AffordableTours. And our tour guide told us that we were the first South Koreans he have met in his tour groups, and so we've decided to recommend Affordable Tours to our friends who are palnning trips abroad.

Some of the hotels we stayed are below standard, for example the Hilton Metropole London the carpets are dirty and stained, bathtubs with blackened spots, the A/C wasn't cool enough, the fridge wasn't working no ice machines. Some of the hotels are are also away from city center.

We were rushed into Stonehenge and were there to see it, eat, shop and use the bathroom in 45 minutes. That's ridiculous. The Edinburgh Castle was the same way and we were staying in Edinburgh 2 nights. The town where Shakespeare was born was the same way and so was Ann Hathaways House. Very disappointing. We paid for all excursions and had little time for shopping.

The rooms were in some cases smaller than expected leaving little room to maneuver luggage.

We throughly enjoyed our Britain Sampler tour. Our guide Julie Anne was fabulous, knowledgeable and so very nice! The bus driver was great too. We're definitely considering doing another tour of Ireland and Scotland.

I would emphasize that while you get to see many places on this tour, your time at each is very limited. I would also be clear that many hotels will not have air conditioning.

Globus and the tour were wonderful. However 3 out of 4 of our flights were late or canceled which caused our luggage to be lost for 2 days.. I would not use united again. One hotel we used was in Edinburgh. A mercure. It was dirty and noisy Had to change our room because of screamers. Only after 4 calls to administration and a night of no sleep.

WE booked our flight and tour together after checking the final pricing, and affordable tours had better pricing than going straight through globus. We did experience some hiccups during the process of booking our flight however, as there was an incorrect date on there and after reviewing the recording and 2 days of talking with donna and the customer service manager, affordable tours decided to cover the costs of changing the flights and dates. My wife and I really appreciated this and it relieved alot of stress and the tour itself was amazing. The only downside is that on flights we were always the last group to board so sometimes we had to check our carry ons as there was a lack of space. Julie and kevin was an amazing tour guide provided by globus, and we really enjoyed the tour. Price wise it is way better then doing everything yourself, also always ask the hotels for possible room upgrades because sometimes they might give it to you complimentary! Enjoyed the trip and I was glad affordable tours covered the flight switch after the mishap because the fault was on both parties but initially on affordable, and I rate it 5/5 due to the consumer service.

Travel director was very knowledgeable and professonal. Bus driver was exceptional driving in the narrow streets of Europe. The trip was welll organized. Hotels in larger cities tend to be qite small in size but usually centrally located which makes it eay to explore on your own. Breakfast in all English hotels are pratically identical - eggs, /banger sausages/English bacon/mushrooms/juice/pastries......itinerary is quite good but tend to include too many optional excurisions which are quite expensive

Margo, my travel companion, booked the tour. She chose you. It was her idea to do the extensive bus tour of UK. I came along "for the ride." Not being a traveler at all, I can only imagine that it had to be a first class tour from the places we stayed, the area we covered with knowledgeable and courteous and personable guide and driver. The bus was brand new and exceptionally comfy. Perfect in every way. Anyone wanting a tour of this kind could not do better as far as my experience seemed to dictate. My only complaint has nothing to do with Globus but the whole idea of this kind of rigourous working vacation as my personal preference would be to have more time at less places and be more on my own even staying on one trip in one place and thoroughly exploring it with only an occasional professional tour guide.

Our guide Ana was THE best---She always made wherever we were going or whatever we were seeing sound so interesting and exciting , we couldn't wait to experience it ourselves. Her stories on the way made the history of the places we were seeing much more memorable.

The trip was fantastic and well organized. All I had to do was pack my bags and show up!

What a wonderful tour. We enjoyed it immensely and would recommend it to those wishing a taste of Britain.

Some accommodations were poor, one was very small room, could not open suitcase, another hotel we had a handicapped home which we could not change, hotel said Globus booked all the rooms.

Trip not easily to forget it outsmart our greatest expectations. Just loved the trip. The tour guide and driver was exceptional good and friendly the hotels totally superb. Highly recommended for future tourists

This was a great trip for an introduction to Great Britain. It covers a lot in a short time, you'll want to book another trip to see some areas more in depth. The tour director was informative and gracious to the guests.

The Britain Sampler was excellent! It surpassed our expectations in every way.

This is a good tour if you want just a sample of the things to see in the United Kingdom, which is what Mom wanted. It is a fast-paced tour without much walking - much to my chagrin but much to the happiness of most of the people on the tour. I was on it only to accompany my mother. Our Tour Director kept us on track and was very helpful as we went along. He had good information and always knew where the clean restrooms were. The hotels we used were good - best one was the Mercure Fairfield Manor in York. If this is your first trip to the U.K., it is a good starting place, but do not expect to have much time to explore on your own.

Our "Taste of England" trip was just that; we learned and saw a lot.

We found the pace of the trip and most of the sights/stops to be very good. Our driver was excellent, and our guide was very knowledgeable. We had been hoping for a better experience in the Cotswolds - views of the famous thatched-roofed cottages and the quaint villages. All we had was a brief stop where most of the time was taken up with waiting for the restroom. Regarding our accommodations, while we don't expect most hotel rooms in Europe to be the size of their American counterparts, we found the Mercure rooms in both Chester and Edinburgh to be exceptionally small and hot. In the absence of air conditioning, fans would be helpful, but they were not always available. The optional excursion in Edinburgh, the Scottish Evening with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis, was a lot of fun.

My one request would be to be able to get into my hotel room on arrival day before normal check in times. I arrived in London at 1:00 PM but was not able to get into my room until 3:00 PM. Globus should make arrangements with the hotels to allow early check in for their customers.

Our guide was the best. Perfect balance of humor and knowledge to make the trip extremely enjoyable. We saw and did more in Great Britain than I thought possible. On the negative, the plane trip was poor. Seats were in middle with people on both sides and next too bathroom. Additionally, 7 hour lay over was too long.

Loved the tour, really saw a lot of Great Britain, and the tour director and driver were awesome!

This is a very busy tour, a lot of ground is covered in a short period of time. With the exception of an overnight in London and Edinburgh there is very little downtime in the other stops. If you like a leisurely pace, this tour is not for you. But if you are time constrained and want to see a lot in a short time this is your trip. Lots of time on the bus between stops.

We were disappointed in ours rooms. They gave us twin beds some rooms too small no hot water another had a mold/mildew problem servers at dinner one evening. Previous experience with CIE tours better rooms.

The trip operator, GLOBUS, took care of everything for us. We felt very pampered. There was a nice combination of guided tours and free time for exploring.

My wife and I both enjoyed the trip. The itinerary, tour guide, hotel accommodations were all very good. The tour was well organized and ran smoothly. We enjoyed the company of our fellow travelers.

GREAT TRIP THEY TOOK CARE OF EVERYTHING A+

The Tour is a highlite tour so time at each stop is very limited. You experience everything you want to know about most of the UK. Just the highlites with a lot of windshield time. Our tour guide explained everything we passed along the way.

There was one particular instance when we were disappointed with Globus. We were asked to be at the Globus "desk" at a prescribed time for a tour. When we got there, at the appointed time, no one was at desk so we waited a few minutes. The Host came into the lobby from escorting other tour members to the coach, and in essence "chewed us out for being late." She didn't say we were lying; she just worded it to say the same thing. She was not completely "professional" at this moment. Fortunately she arranged to put us on another tour which was extremely good and had a most interesting guide. It was unfortunate, but we refused to let it ruin our day, or any part of our tour experience. Additionally: our tour guide, was well versed in the history of England and did a wonderful job of describing sights. He added many little stories of places we passed and made all of it most enjoyable. He did lack a bit in giving definitive directions when he left us to visit places by ourselves. There were times we could not see him when he was pointing out directions. But, all in all, I would definitely appreciate having him for a guide any time. We were disappointed in the Mercure hotels. There are many plumbing problems in these hotels, and some were described by hotel staff as "just being in a really old building." Our night out to dinner and a play was disastrous. The play was cancelled about half-way through so we didn't get to see the complete performance. Our schedule for the coach to pick us up was about the time it was announced the play would be cancelled.

Very pleased with the people and guides. Great tour!

The hotel rooms could have been a bit nicer. They were ok but extremely small and the toilets in one hotel didn't flush well.

The bus driver and the tour director were great. All of my fellow travelers, except one, were delightful. My daughter and I call this trip our adventure. Thanks so much

We did not see everything that was on the itinerary. We were supposed to see Piccadilly Square and Westminster Abby. Overall it was a good trip. The travel guide was knowledgable and great.

This was our first tour with Globus and we were very satisfied with almost every aspect of the trip. Their staff is very professional and helpful and we will definitely book another vacation with this company.

The accommodations were well chosen and well located, with good amenities and excellent food. 

We had a great time, found the tour director to be very knowledgable and helpful. My only issue was in the price of excursions of Globus. I will not participate in their "excursions" again as the price charged did not match with the value of the experience. I could have gone on my own at a very reduced rate...

This is the second Globus tour I have taken. The service from both Affordable Tours and Globus is outstanding. I would most like to commend the Globus Tour Operators who are extremely knowledgeable, helpful, humorous and polite. On both tours, we had 40+ people in our group and there were no problems with anyone.

Throughly enjoyed the tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable which added to my enjoyement of the tour. I was using a cane and both he and the bus driver were always there to help me.


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