See Harry Potter's London, stay in a castle and become a Roman soldier at Hadrian's Wall. Tour Oxford, see the birthplace of the Beatles and hear tales of bravery, treason and intrigue.
ORIENTATION of Oxford, Bath and Liverpool
VIEW the scenic Lake District
VISIT the Tower of London, Divinity School in Oxford, Lacock village, the Roman Baths of Bath, Llangollen, Tatton Park to meet the butler and housekeeper, the Lake District, the Roman Army Museum, Hadrian's Wall and Edinburgh Castle
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 in London
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
VIP entry to many sights
Arrive London (3 Nights)
Delight in the magic and mystery of an ancient land of kings and queens, knights and magical creatures. Your springboard to an unforgettable Family Experience through Britain is the lively capital of London, which you will have an opportunity to explore with your clan before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a memorable Kick-Off bash.
March down the grand boulevards and secret lanes of London, exploring the city's iconic sights with a 'Local Specialist'. Practice your royal wave at Buckingham Palace, snap a selfie in front of Big Ben and see where Britain's royalty has been crowned since the 11th century. Enjoy some 'Family Fun' and head to platform 9¾ to see if you can catch a glimpse of the Hogwarts Express. Then shrug off your Muggle mantle and see the red telephone box where Harry Potter and Mr. Weasley descended into the secret Ministry of Magic in 'Order of the Phoenix'. Admire the pomp and ceremony of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (subject to the event taking place), before enjoying free time for a leisurely lunch at St. Katherine's Dock near Tower Bridge. Our last stop today is the brooding Tower of London where we'll rub shoulders with the Beefeaters and see the Crown Jewels.
London Free Day
Soak up the buzzing multicultural atmosphere of London on this full day at leisure. Explore the wonders of science and centuries of natural history at the city's fascinating museums, delve into the dark depths of the London Dungeon or take a spin on the London Eye. Wander through the colourful array of toys at Hamleys on Regent Street or take a day trip to 11th-century Windsor Castle - the choice is yours.
London – Oxford – Lacock – Bath
Imagine yourself as an Oxford scholar as you enjoy a quick visit (as long as students are not sitting exams) to the imposing historic hall of one of Oxford's Divinity School. This was used as the film location for the Hogwarts hospital wing. Later, we continue to the pretty Wiltshire village of Lacock for some 'Family Fun' to see Harry Potter's house. Perhaps visit the 13th-century Lacock Abbey, or devour a traditional afternoon tea and cake in one of the local tea rooms before arriving in Bath for your overnight stay.
Bath – Llangollen – Ruthin Castle (2 Nights)
Gain insights into the elegant city of Bath during Roman times, enjoying an orientation that will include beautiful Pulteney bridge. Visit the Roman Baths, then visit the Pump Room and view the 15th-century Bath Abbey before crossing the border into Wales. We stop in the historic town of Llangollen, famous for its annual Eisteddfod, and then cross the Horseshoe Pass to a medieval castle and one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories', where we'll spend the next two nights. Dine like lords and ladies this evening enjoying a delicious Welsh dinner with your new travel friends.
Excursion to Liverpool
Twist and shout your way through Liverpool, home of the 'Fab Four', enjoying a full day to explore this fun-filled city. Discover treasures from across the world at the World Museum and consider joining an Optional Experience past Liverpool's iconic sites, including the Cathedral and Mathew Street, birthplace of the Beatles. We return to our regal home-away-from-home this afternoon for free time to relax, or ramble along its ancient walls and through the beautiful castle grounds.
Ruthin Castle – Tatton Park – Lancaster
Discover centuries of history at Tatton Park, set within a 400-hectare deer park. We'll join the butler and housekeeper of this elegant medieval manor house and 'Dive Into Culture', gaining insights into the day-to-day of English aristocrats once upon a time. We continue north to the Lake District, whose enchanting landscapes have inspired poets and writers for centuries. Consider boarding a steam train and cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Windermere before arriving at your hotel, where you'll dine tonight.
Lancaster – Hadrian’s Wall – Edinburgh (2 Nights)
Start today with some 'Family Fun' to experience life as a brave Roman soldier on Emperor Hadrian's northern frontier, exploring the treasures of the Roman Army Museum and Hadrian's Wall. We cross into 'Bonnie Scotland' and arrive in the charismatic capital of Edinburgh which we have an opportunity to explore tonight at leisure. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.
Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time
Delve into the magic of Edinburgh's iconic sights and stunning landscapes as you join a sightseeing tour with a 'Local Specialist'. Ramble up the Royal Mile and see the tall spires of the Scott Monument, visit Edinburgh Castle, where you will hear tales of bravery, treason and intrigue. Get lost in Auld Reekie, strolling through its secret lanes and past medieval façades or join your Travel Director for an Optional Experience. Our epic family adventure is almost at its end. Celebrate a memorable holiday with new friends and your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.
It's time to say bye for now, but not goodbye forever, as the curtain falls on an unforgettable Family Experience through Britain. Transfers are available to Edinburgh Airport. Conditions apply.