On this Escape, the traditions and intrigue of Britain are calling you. Experience the fascinating cities and countryside of this beautiful land without the crowds—and even better—without the high-season prices. A concise Britain guided tour takes you to the historical must-see sites from London to Edinburgh. History buffs will delight in seeing mysterious, prehistoric Stonehenge (just imagine how those stones got there!); the Roman Baths in Bath, constructed around 70 AD and today one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world; Liverpool, once a great Victorian city and Atlantic seaport, and renowned as the birthplace of the Beatles; and Edinburgh, home to many Scottish monarchs, including Queen Margaret, who died here in 1093.Literary fans will enjoy visiting Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, and Grasmere, home to William Wordsworth. But that's not all…a London Guide will show you all the city’s famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace to the Prime Minister’s Downing Street and Westminster Abbey; and in Edinburgh you’ll tour the castle and see Scotland’s Crown Jewels—all the better experience without the long lines and crowds. For the conclusion of your vacation, travel via first-class express train back to London for one night. From the historical landmarks to the beautiful scenery, this guided tour of England and Scotland is a great way to sample what Britain has to offer and it’s all possible at a price you can afford!
Location: Arrive In London, England
Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
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, the Prime Minister’s Downing Street residence, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. The highlight is a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece built between 1675 and 1708. This afternoon, an optional excursion to the Tower of London is available. And this evening, maybe enjoy an optional dinner, followed by a cruise on the River Thames.
Depart at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing. First, visit the intriguing prehistoric monument of 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. Across Salisbury Plain, head for the elegant Georgian city of Bath, where you see the amazing excavations of the Roman Baths, once one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world.Today’s Distance: 136 mi / 219 km
Savor vistas of rural England on your way to Stratford-upon-Avon. Time here to visit Shakespear's Birthplace and discover this pretty Elizabethan town at your own pace. In the afternoon, drive to Liverpool, the hometown of The Beatles. Then, why not join a Local Guide for an optional excursion that will give you a detailed introduction to the city. You’ll visit the magnificent cathedral, admire stunning historic civic buildings, hear all about the legendary Beatles, and discover the city’s glorious maritime history.Today’s Distance: 222 mi / 357 km
Location: Liverpool–Grasmere–Gretna Green, Scotland–Edinburgh
This morning, focus on the tranquil Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, considered to be the finest of England’s national parks. Take a break in Wordsworth’s beloved Grasmere and try original LF Grasmere Gingerbread. Then, head north for the Scottish border and stop at Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Arrive in Edinburgh this afternoon for a two-night stay.Today’s Distance: 239 mi / 384 km
Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” visit Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels and the iconic Stone of Destiny, used to inaugurate monarchs for centuries, and take in the fantastic views over the city. The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Location: Edinburgh–London, England
Travel by Express Train (first-class) to London. Your Globus Host is available to help you make the most of your stay.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Prices for sole occupancy are available on request
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