Best of Britain (9 days / 8 nights / 13 meals)

Best of Britain (9 days / 8 nights / 13 meals)

The perfect tour to see a lot of Britain in a short time – from Windsor Castle to historic York, from The Beatles’ Liverpool to Edinburgh Castle, from a Welsh Evening in Cardiff to cosmopolitan London. Enjoy daily sightseeing, full breakfasts and five dinners including three special dinner/shows.

ALL your sightseeing, hotels, and attraction entries are covered AND you get a full breakfast every day (except day 1) plus 5 dinners! Tour operator (CIE Tours) have over 85 years experience and guaranteed departures.

Please contact us for more information and to book: sales@britishtips.com or 021 975 2047

Weekly departures. Starts in Windsor and ends in London. (We can book your trains/coaches/private transfers in the UK too.)


Rates vary according to dates. Please contact us for more information.

2018 price per person* April to October

R35 696 – R44 448 INCLUDES all hotels 3* & 4* and  13 meals

Great value for money!

*Prices  valid until 31 October 2018, and are subject to continued availability and major currency fluctuation.

Single supplement applies.
Children 8 – 18 years pay 90% of adult rate; children under 8 years not permitted (why not consider a self-drive tour?).


Highlights – ALL included (see below for full itinerary)

England

  • Windsor Castle
  • Guided walking tour around Windsor
  • Explore central Oxford
  • York Minster cathedral (Pictured above)
  • Guided walking tour of York including The Shambles
  • Photo stop at Hadrian’s Wall
  • Medieval Bamburgh Castle

Scotland

  • Edinburgh and Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment
  • Explore central Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Castle tour
  • (NOTE: Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 05 August to 19 August departures.)

England

  • Travel through the Lake District
  • Grasmere  Village
  • British Music Experience in Liverpool
  • Travel through scenic Shropshire and stop in Ludlow

Wales

  • Tintern Abbey
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Welsh evening of dinner and lively music and entertainment (Cardiff)
  • Walking tour of Cardiff

England

  • Bath – Roman Baths and Pumproom
  • Stonehenge
  • Free time in London
  • Panoramic tour of central London
  • Tower of London


Includes:

“No optional extras” policy

  • Breakfasts: 8
  • Dinner: 5
  • Welcome drink
  • Entry to attractions
  • Free wi-fi on the coach
  • Daily sightseeing and entry to attractions
  • Document wallet, backpack, luggage tags
  • All on-tour transport including ferries and shuttles
  • Local tour guide’s services
  • Local taxes, hotel service charges, suitcase handling (1 per person)


Does not include:

  • Certain meals and drinks
  • Shopping
  • Flights


On the coach

  • Breaks at approximately 2-hour intervals to stretch your legs, take photos, etc.
  • Seats are rotated daily so all passengers have a chance to sit at the front of the coach.
  • Seat belts must be worn.
  • Emergency toilets are available on the coaches but cannot be used while coach is in motion. Frequent bathroom breaks are included in the itinerary.


Need to know

  • Clothing: comfortable and casual – remember to pack comfortable walking shoes and a weatherproof jacket.
  • Luggage: 1 piece of luggage + 1 carry-on
  • Money: Most components are prepaid. You may need money for lunches and dinners when there is an evening at your leisure. You will also need money for shopping. We recommend carrying small denominations, and use credit or ATM cards (most towns have ATMs).
  • Currency: Northern Ireland and Britrain: Pound Sterling £  | Southern Ireland (Republic of Ireland): Euro €
  • Tipping: It is customary to tip your driver and guide at the end of the tour. Feel free to contact us for more info.


Full itinerary

Day 1: Windsor Castle
Tour begins 14h30 PM, Windsor hotel. Visit Windsor Castle, residence of The Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. In the evening, join your group for a welcome drink before dinner. Take an after-dinner walk around this compact and historic town with a local guide.

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Day 2: Oxford and York Minster
Stroll through central Oxford to see some of the most famous colleges and impressive buildings. Head to York to tour the Gothic York Minster, which is renowned for magnificent medieval stained glass windows. Enjoy a walking tour — the only way to access the tiny medieval streets including the Shambles, one of the city’s narrowest alleyways.

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Day 3: Bamburgh Castle and Scottish Evening
As you head north pause for photos at a section of Hadrian’s Wall. Visit Bamburgh Castle, an imposing medieval fortress that is one of the largest inhabited castles in Britain, dating back to 1096. This magical castle is set high on a rocky plateau affording wonderful views along the coast. Continue to Edinburgh and enjoy a lively Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment.

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Day 4: Guided City Tour and Edinburgh Castle
Explore central Edinburgh, starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with its planned streets and elegant Georgian houses. View Princes Street, the city’s premier shopping street and see the Royal Mile where medieval houses are clustered closely together. Tour the massive Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free for independent activities. On August 5 to August 19 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.

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Day 5: Lake District and British Music Experience
Travel through the Lake District, a region associated with Beatrix Potter who worked tirelessly for its preservation. Stop in the peaceful village of Grasmere where William Wordsworth penned some of his popular lines. Continue to Liverpool to visit the British Music Experience to see the exhibition dedicated to the history of popular music in Britain and admire the priceless collection of music memorabilia. After dinner head to the world-famous Cavern Club.

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Day 6: Tintern Abbey and Welsh Evening In Cardiff
Travel through scenic Shropshire, one of the most unspoiled parts of rural England. Stop in Ludlow, a town that can trace its origins back 900 years, to see the huge castle and quaint old black-and-white houses. Continue through the lovely Welsh countryside to visit the picturesque ruins of Tintern Abbey, founded in 1131 and dissolved in 1536 by order of King Henry VIII. Head to Cardiff and tour Cardiff Castle, before enjoying a Welsh evening of dinner and lively music and entertainment.

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Day 7: Roman Baths and Stonehenge
Take a walking tour of Cardiff to see the principal areas and buildings. Head to Bath for a visit to the Roman Baths and Pump Room, hot mineral-rich springs that have been popular since Roman times. Marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge at Salisbury Plain and learn about the primitive building methods used to create such an enduring monument. In London, the evening is free for independent activities.

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Day 8: London Tour and Tower Of London
Set out on a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus with its statue of Eros, Nelson’s Column flanked by huge lions in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Visit the mighty Tower of London to see the many fortresses, Beefeaters, ravens and the priceless Crown Jewels. The rest of the day is free for further exploring.

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Day 9: Tour Ends In London
Your tour ends after breakfast.

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B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

 

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