Britain Uncovered with London 2020 - 13 days from London to London
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Britain Uncovered with London 2020

13 days from London to London

Starting at $2,987


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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Join us to explore the undiscovered destinations of Britain by traveling to off-the-cobblestones locales to experience the authentic, timeless traditions of Britain. Begin in London for some historical sightseeing before venturing on to Stonehenge for an up-close view of the mysterious stone formations. You’ll drive through magnificent scenery to Cornwall—a film location for the series Poldark. In Plymouth, see the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked for America in 1620. Cross the wild moorlands and deep river valleys into Dartmoor, for an opportunity to join the locals in a cozy tearooms or friendly pubs in the village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Dip into history with a visit to Bath’s excavated Roman Baths—the grand socializing complex circa 70AD. Stay overnight in the Welsh capital of Cardiff, and travel to Cotswolds. Take in its picturesque villages and rolling hills on your way to Stratford-upon-Avon—historic home to William Shakespeare.

Birthplace of Charles Darwin and one of England’s finest medieval towns, Shrewsbury is located in the glorious countryside near the Welsh border. Next, visit The Beatles Story in Liverpool, then travel further back in time to England’s Lake District aboard a steam railway train. From your carriage, savour the lovely views of the Levens Valley, and continue you journey on a Windermere Steamer cruise boat to Bowness.

You’ll stay overnight in Gretna Green—where the blacksmith was known to wed young runaway couples—still a popular wedding venue since the 1700s. Follow the “bonnie banks” of Loch Lomond and the wild Rannoch Moor into the Scottish Highlands. Try to catch a glimpse of “Nessie” in Loch Ness, and hear about the famous battle of Culloden before spending the night in Inverness—the beautiful Highland capital. See St. Andrews, home of golf and tour Edinburgh Castle to admire the Crown Jewels. Specific departures of our escorted tour of Britain include the world-renowned Military Tattoo performance by global performers and a Scottish pipe bands spectacle performed on the castle’s esplanade! From Edinburgh, travel to London via express train to find your Local Host ready with the assistance you need to enjoy the best of London.

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Destination & Sightseeing

LONDON
Guided Westminster walking tour, London Eye observation wheel ride
STONEHENGEVisit the prehistoric monument
ILMINSTER[LF] Enjoy lunch at a local pub
CORNWALLVisit the fishing village of Looe
PLYMOUTHSee the Barbican and Mayflower Steps
DARTMOORVisit Widecombe-in-the-Moor
BATHVisit the Roman relics
TINTERNTake photographs of the Cistercian abbey
COTSWOLDSStop in pretty Broadway
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON[LF] Visit Shakespeare’s schoolroom
SHREWSBURYVisit the medieval market town
LIVERPOOLVisit The Beatles Story
LAKE DISTRICT[LF] Ride the Lakeside & Haverthwaite steam train, cruise Lake Windermere
CULLODEN MOORVisit the battle site’s visitor center
PITLOCHRYVisit the Victorian mountain resort
ST. ANDREWSVisit the home of golf
EDINBURGHRoyal Mile walking tour, visit The Real Mary King’s Close and Edinburgh Castle
EDINBURGH-LONDON
By Express Train (first-class)
Headsets throughout the tour except London.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Notes:
  • August 1, August 8, August 15 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included
Transportation:
Motorcoach; Lakeside & Haverthwaite steam train; Lake Windermere cruise; express train

MEALS

Full English breakfast daily; 1 lunch at a local pub; 4 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus

ITINERARY

Day 1 ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND.
Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts will be waiting to welcome you. The afternoon is at your leisure. For a first experience of London, you might like to join our optional Taste of London excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illumination cruise on the Thames River

Day 2 LONDON.
Start your day with a walking tour past some of London’s most remarkable landmarks. Your Local Guide will bring you to Parliament Square where you’ll see the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Church of St. Margaret’s—all part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, take photographs of the statues of famous statesmen who oversee the comings and goings of today’s politicians: Sir Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela, just to name a few; and of Millicent Garrett Fawcett, a leading suffragist who campaigned tirelessly for women’s rights. Your guide will then lead you to the LONDON EYE for a 30-minute ride on the giant observation wheel, with stunning panoramas of the city. This afternoon, why not to join an optional excursion to the Tower of London with its fabulous Crown Jewels. (B)
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Day 3 LONDON–STONEHENGE–ILMINSTER-EXETER.
Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing. First, travel to prehistoric STONEHENGE; explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, before admiring the magnificence of the monument up close. Then, enjoy [LF] a traditional carvery LUNCH at a local pub before heading to Exeter where you will spend the next two nights. There is time to discover this small but vibrant city in the heart of Devon on your own. Today’s Distance: 176 mi / 305 km (B,L)
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Day 4 EXETER. CORNWALL EXCURSION.
Enjoy magnificent scenery today as you drive to Cornwall, of Poldark fame, and to the pretty fishing village and former smuggler’s port of Looe. In Plymouth, see the historic Barbican and the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked in 1620. Then, head into Dartmoor, famous for the wild, open moorlands and deep river valleys, rich history and rare wildlife. Stop in Widecombe-in-the-Moor with its prominent church, cozy tea rooms, and lively pubs before returning to Exeter. Today’s Distance: 150 mi / 241 km (B,D)
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Day 5 EXETER–BATH–CARDIFF, WALES.
This morning, travel to elegant Bath to see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. Constructed around 70 AD as a grand bathing and socializing complex, this is one of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world. After the visit, you will have time to explore the town on your own and marvel at the honey-colored Georgian architecture. Stay the night in Cardiff, the Welsh capital. You might want to join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner tonight. Today’s Distance: 161 mi / 262 km (B)
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Day 6 CARDIFF–TINTERN–COTSWOLDS, ENGLAND–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–WARWICK.
Start your day with a visit to Tintern, the stunning home to a famous Cistercian abbey, set in the beautiful Wye Valley. Continue to the Cotswolds with its picturesque villages and idyllic rolling English landscapes. Stop in Broadway before making your way to Stratford-upon-Avon, where your Tour Director will take you to [LF] SHAKESPEARE’S SCHOOLROOM, where William was educated and inspired to become one of the world’s greatest playwrights. Today’s Distance: 116 mi / 186 km (B,D)
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Day 7 WARWICK–SHREWSBURY–LIVERPOOL.
Set amidst glorious countryside near the Welsh Borders, Shrewsbury is one of England’s finest medieval market towns. You will have time to stroll through narrow streets and alleyways and see the timber-framed black and white buildings of Charles Darwin’s hometown. In Liverpool, visit THE BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.” Today’s Distance: 148 mi / 238 km (B)
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Day 8 LIVERPOOL–LAKE DISTRICT–GRETNA GREEN, SCOTLAND–GLASGOW.
Travel back in time in England’s Lake District as you climb aboard the [LF] LAKESIDE & HAVERTHWAITE RAILWAY STEAM TRAIN and enjoy beautiful views of the Levens Valley from your carriage. Continue your journey aboard a WINDERMERE STEAMER to Bowness and take in the wooded shoreline and distant stretches of the high moorland. On your way to Glasgow for your overnight stay, stop in Gretna Green, where the blacksmith would wed runaway couples. Today’s Distance: 236 mi / 380 km (B,D)
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Day 9 GLASGOW–FORT WILLIAM–CULLODEN MOOR–INVERNESS.
Follow the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond and head through wild Rannoch Moor into the Highlands. Via haunting Glen Coe, reach Fort William beneath Ben Nevis. Then, travel along Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, and Loch Ness of ‘Nessie’ fame to the CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE. Hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Overnight in the Highlands capital of Inverness. Today’s Distance: 181 mi / 313 km (B,D)
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Day 10 INVERNESS–PITLOCHRY–ST. ANDREWS–EDINBURGH.
Enjoy beautiful vistas of the Cairngroms National Park on your way to the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry. Then to St. Andrews, home of golf and a famous university town, and over the elegant Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. Tonight, you might like to join an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. Today’s Distance: 202 mi / 325 km (B)
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Day 11 EDINBURGH.
Join your Local Guide on a walking tour along the famous Royal Mile. On the way, discover Edinburgh’s deepest secret, THE REAL MARY KING’S CLOSE, a warren of hidden streets frozen in time since the 17th Century. Your tour will finish at 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. Tour five decks and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure numbers August 1, August 8, August 15, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B)
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Day 12 EDINBURGH–LONDON, ENGLAND.
Travel by EXPRESS TRAIN (first-class) to London. Your Local Host is available to help you make the most of your stay
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Day 13 LONDON.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Accommodations

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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
Superior First-Class

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200 Westminster Bridge London United Kingdom

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.
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