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Real Britain Winter 2020-2021

9 days with Trafalgar   Rating: First Class

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)
Brightly coloured Union Jacks pave your way to an unforgettable journey through Britain, which kicks off in London. Visit 'The City' and see the imposing dome of Christopher Wren's St. Pauls and the Tower of London, or admire the pageantry of royal palaces, cathedrals and parks, exploring the city on your own terms.

Day 2 London Sightseeing and Free Time
Join a 'Local Specialist' today for a grand exploration of the vibrant British capital, including such sights as 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 1837. Spend the rest of the day on your own, exploring the centuries-old heritage and modern sophistication of London. (Breakfast)

Day 3 London – Stonehenge – Bath – Cardiff
This morning meet your Travel Director before embarking on a journey to discover what's 'great' about Great Britain, on this mesmerising sojourn past the peaks of Wales and the rolling hills and lush farmlands of England to 'bonnie' Scotland. We kick-start our adventure in the cosmopolitan capital of London, heading west to Stonehenge's stone monoliths, whose centuries-old myths have yet to be fully revealed. The elegant Georgian architecture of Bath takes centre stage during our visit to this famous spa town. Here, we'll see the Abbey and visit the Roman baths, before crossing the Severn Estuary to Cardiff. Delve into the proud culture and heritage of the Welsh as you embark on an orientation of the city to see the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle, in the heart of the city. Tonight, we celebrate the beginning of an epic adventure through Britain at a Welcome Reception. (Breakfast)

Day 4 Cardiff – Ludlow – Liverpool
The half-timbered Tudor houses of Ludlow feature today on our exploration of this market town with its medieval walls and historic castle. We journey north through the Shropshire Hills and Cheshire landscapes to the bold British city of Liverpool, hometown of the 'Fab Four'. Saunter through its edgy Scouse streets and perhaps visit The Cavern Club, where the Beatles once played, during your evening at leisure. (Breakfast)

Day 5 Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Edinburgh (2 Nights)
The enchanting views of Britain's Lake District provide a scenic backdrop for our leisurely drive north to Scotland. Skirt the romantic shores of Lake Windermere and enjoy views that inspired literary greats like William Wordsworth. We stop at the runaway wedding capital that is Gretna Green where "Blacksmith Priests" would marry couples over the Marriage Anvil. Later, we arrive in enchanting Edinburgh - our home for the next two nights. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates. (Breakfast)

Day 6 Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time
Ramble up the Royal Mile in the mesmerising medieval city of Edinburgh, where you'll join a 'Local Specialist' on an included city sightseeing tour. Stroll through the Old Town and view Arthur's Seat and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, for centuries the seat of the kings and queens of the Scots. Visit Edinburgh Castle perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city. Spend the rest of the day exploring Auld Reekie's medieval relics and elegant Georgian and Gothic façades on your own, or join your Travel Director on an Optional Experience to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. This evening, consider attending a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes. (Breakfast)

Day 7 Edinburgh – Hadrian’s Wall – York
Trace the northern frontier of the Roman Empire at Hadrian's Wall before crossing the River Tyne and venturing south to the ancient cathedral city of York, whose origins hark back to Roman times. Walk along the famous Shambles and view the York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world. This evening we 'Connect With Locals', joining a family in York for a home-cooked 'Be My Guest' Farewell Dinner and some hearty British hospitality. (Breakfast)

Day 8 York – Stratford-upon-Avon – London
Delve into the story of Shakespeare's life at his Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon, and view Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage. We return to London this afternoon. (Breakfast)

Day 9 Depart London
Say farewell to London today as you return home with magical memories. (Breakfast)

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All This Included
Your journey through the lush landscapes of Britain will see you visit mythical Stonehenge, Cardiff and the Lake District, before rambling up Edinburgh's Royal Mile and back to London.

Dining Highlights

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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
  • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfers page link below for details
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights
Highlights
The Trafalgar Difference
  • CONNECT WITH LOCALS Enjoy a traditional British 'Be My Guest' supper hosted by a local family in the dining room of either their elegant town house in the city or in their impressive country house overlooking picturesque scenery in the Vale of York. (Day 7)
  • LOCAL SPECIALIST For included sightseeing in London and Edinburgh
Sightseeing Highlights
  • ORIENTATION of Bath, Cardiff, Liverpool and York
  • VISIT Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, the Tudor town of Ludlow, Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • VIEW Bath Abbey, Cardiff Castle, the Lake District's magnificent scenery, Hadrian's Wall, York Minster and Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage
  • SEE the Principality Stadium in Cardiff and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh
Accommodations
London: Hilton Kensington
Cardiff: Mercure Holland House
Liverpool: Mercure Atlantic Tower
Edinburgh: Holiday Inn
York: Novotel Centre
Notes
  • * Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1.
  • * Drinking Water: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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