Glimpses of Great Britain 9 Days

$2,799.00

London – Cambridge – York – Edinburgh – Glasgow – Lake District – Manchester – Stratford upon Avon – Bicester

You'll catch more than a glimpse of Great Britain on this tour! Starting in London, make your way through a number of the most attractive destinations in the UK. Enjoy a thorough introduction to the wonders of London – London Bridge has not fallen down! Make your way through Cambridge University and the medieval melting-pot York in the north-east of England. Drive on to Scotland and discover Edinburgh and Glasgow, and maybe enjoy a drop of single malt after a tour of Edinburgh Castle. Cross back to England and experience the Lake district before visiting Manchester – a highlight for football fans. From there, we make our way through the quintessentially English village – Stratford Upon Avon – the immortal Shakespeare's home town.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a wide-reaching tour of London, once the centre of the global British Empire and still home to many iconic attractions.
  • Experience the charming town of Cambridge, which provides a beautiful setting for beautiful and world-renowned Cambridge University
  • Visit York – a melting pot of Roman, Saxon, and Viking culture and architecture
  • Discover Edinburgh and Glasgow, and maybe enjoy a drop of single malt scotch
  • Visit Lake District National Park – the most visited national park in the United Kingdom
  • Are you scholar or a sportsman? enjoy a pilgrimage to Shakespeare's hometown or the Manchester United Old Trafford grounds!
  • Wind up the trip with a shopping spree at Bichester Village, famed for heavy discounts on designer clothing, sporting goods, jewellery and more

 

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Guaranteed Departure Dates

2017 Price Per Person Single Supplement
02 Jun 11 Aug 20 Oct From $2,799
Northern, Western, Eastern tours are combinable – $1,399/extension
$499
09 Jun 18 Aug 27 Oct
16 Jun* 25 Aug 03 Nov
23 Jun* 01 Sep 10 Nov
30 Jun* 08 Sep 17 Nov
07 Jul* 15 Sep 24 Nov
14 Jul* 22 Sep* 1 Dec
21 Jul* 29 Sep* 08 Dec*
28 Jul* 06 Oct 15 Dec*
04 Aug* 13 Sep
2018
23 Feb 08 Jun 21 Sep*
02 Mar 15 Jun 28 Sep*
09 Mar 22 Jun 05 Oct*
16 Mar 29 Jun 12 Oct
23 Mar 06 Jul* 19 Oct
30 Mar 13 Jul* 26 Oct
06 Apr* 20 Jul* 02 Nov
13 Apr* 27 Jul 09 Nov
20 Apr* 03 Aug 16 Nov
27 Apr* 10 Aug 23 Nov
04 May 17 Aug 30 Nov
11 May 24 Aug 07 Dec
18 May 31 Aug 14 Dec*
25 May 07 Sep
01 Jun 14 Sep

Inclusions:

  • Return international airfares economy class and taxes flying China Southern or China Eastern Airlines (subject to availability)
  • Sightseeing and orientation tours included in the itinerary – expertly planned to maximise your time to visit iconic and must-see sites in each city (optional excursions also available).
  • Accommodation in a comfortable three-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities.
  • Dedicated coach transportation
  • Return airport-hotel transfers
  • English speaking tour guide(s)
  • Daily continental breakfast

Exclusions:

  • Mandatory tip for the tour manager and driver of €5 per person per day (€3 for the tour manager and €2 for the driver), which will be collected by the tour manager whilst on tour.
  • City entrance fees + taxes – paid directly to tour guide
  • All optional activities, tours and attraction tickets not included in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenses

Attractions and Optionals Price List

  • Cambridge Punting – €16
  • Visit Windermere by Cruise & Train – €20
  • River Thames Cruise – €16.50

NOTE: Please use as reference only, as prices are subject to change. Some excursions are subject to minimum numbers and local conditions. You can only book optionals/pay taxes whilst on tour. Your tour manager will also collect payment in cash only (Euros).

Hotel Accommodation

The hotels we use are carefully selected to provide you with a comfortable stay in a relaxing environment. All the hotel we use are three-star, with continental breakfast included. A selection of our preferred hotels in our main destinations is listed below. As the hotels are generally not in the downtown area, we cannot guarantee that there is transportation to the city except for taxis. Please note that hotels will vary depending on group sizes and hence hotel information can only be ascertained within 24 hours prior to check-in.

London (UK) Holiday Inn London – Brentford Lock
Ibis London Wembley
Commerce Road, Brentford, TW8 8GA Middlesex London
South Way, Wembley, HA9 6BA London
York/Darlington (UK) Holiday Inn Harrogate
Blackwell Grange Hotel
Kings Road, Harrogate, HG1 1XX North Yorkshire
Darlington, DL3 8QH County Durham
Glasgow (Scotland) Days Inn Abington
Holiday Inn Express Glasgow City Riverside
M74, J13, ML12 6RG Abinton, Lanarkshire
Stockwell Street, G1 4 LW Glasgow
Manchester (UK) Holiday Inn Express Manchester East
Novotel Manchester West
Debdale Park Hyde Road, M18 7LJ Manchester
Worsley Brow, Worsley, M28 2YA Greater Manchester
Take an international flight from Australia to London.
Arrive in London. You will be transferred to your hotel.
London at Night
After having breakfast, we start a walking tour passing key London attractions: Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, St. James’ Park, Buckingham Palace and the River Thames. In the afternoon, we will visit the British Museum, and will enter St Paul’s Cathedral if we have enough time. You can also enjoy the scene of Tower Bridge and Tower of London while sitting on the coach. The Tower of London is an historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. It has played a prominent role in English history and served variously as a palace, an armoury, a treasury, a prison, the home of the Royal Mint, and the home of the Crown Jewels of England, and has been setting to many bloody battles among British monarchs. We stay overnight in London, where you can experience the dazzling night scene, or head for a Thames Cruise or musical with a group of friends. (Musical tickets, boat reservation and more activities can be arranged by us).
Big Ben and Houses of Parliament
After breakfast, it is time to visit the nation’s acclaimed educational institution: Cambridge University. In addition to a strong academic atmosphere, Cambridge is where many luminaries started their dreams and hopes for the future with the sight of the pastoral landscapes, picturesque rivers and architecture. The University of Cambridge includes King’s College and Queens College, and is set among the most rural of bridges. We proceed to York, a true medieval melting pot of Roman, Saxon, and Viking culture. The city is mostly intact from the middle ages and shows the rustic side of Britain. We visit York Minster, the largest gothic cathedral in northern Europe. Then we will step up onto the York city walls, dating back to Roman times. For those keen to discover the little grass-roots shops, there will be time to wander around.
Cambridge University
After leaving York, Edinburgh is next on our places to visit. We expect to arrive in Edinburgh in the afternoon. Edinburgh is Scotland’s compact, hilly capital. It represents the best in Scottish heritage. Wooden barrels of golden single malt whiskey, tartan kilts and Scottish bagpipes will make you grow fond of this warm and lively nation of quirky characters. Upon arrival, we first visit Edinburgh Castle, set volcanic rock, where once inside we will admire the royal crown and jewellery. We then continue this royal trail with a visit to Holyrood Palace, City Hall and the Royal Parks. Optional is a visit to JK Rowling’s Ivory Café where Harry Potter was written, to enjoy a cup of coffee.
Holyrood House
In the morning, we drive straight to the Lake District, located in the northwest of England. On the way, we will stop in Gretna Green, which is a village in the south of Scotland famous for ‘runaway marriages’, which began in 1754. Due to its romantic wedding traditions dating back over centuries, Gretna Green is one of the world’s most popular wedding locations. After that we continue our journey to the Lake District. The Lake District National Park is the most visited national park in the United Kingdom. Each year tens of thousands of visitors travel here to see the thousands of years of geological changes reflected in the intricate natural beauty, lakes, valleys, mountains, waterfalls and natural carved out planning. You can choose our optional boat cruise on Lake Windermere, or hop off to the World of Beatrix Potter attraction. Then we drive to Manchester, a fashionable, socially buzzing and dynamic city. This city is not only well known for being a city of sport, the headquarters of Manchester United, but also England’s most productive industrial city. Football fans can enjoy a pilgrimage to the Manchester United Old Trafford grounds or catch a training game. Food lovers can pick a scrumptious restaurant in the nearby Chinatown.
Glasgow Scotland
A breath-taking drive will take us to the famous English playwright and poet William Shakespeare’s hometown, Stratford-upon-Avon. This is also where acclaimed Hollywood blockbuster movie – ‘Shakespeare in Love’ was filmed. From the cobble-stoned streets to the drinking dens, theatres and road signs, everything is to do with Shakespeare. It is heaven for those who are romantically inclined. Our most anticipated outing for today must be the now infamous outlet shopping centre – Bicester Village. For your fix of designer clothes, sporting goods, jewellery, household items and children’s clothing etc., Bicester Village is home to more than 130 fashion and lifestyle boutiques, including Gucci, Armani, Prada, Calvin Klein, Dunhill, DKNY, Burberry, Paul Smith, Bally, Clarks and so on, each offers savings of up to 60%, all year round. We dare you not to be persuaded.
Stratford Upon Avon
After breakfast enjoy the morning at leisure before you are transferred to London airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. Passengers can join the optional Classic Northern Europe (Luxembourg, Germany, France, Netherlands, and Belgium) or the Enticing Eastern Europe tour (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland) or the Picturesque Western Europe (Switzerland, Italy, The Vatican City, French Riviera). Otherwise you are free to leave the tour after breakfast.
London Bridge
Arrive home this morning