Ultimate Great Britain

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Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

18 Days
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Introduction

Discover England and Wales and take an extended journey through Scotland on this one magical tour through these magnificent countries. Visit castles, countrysides, culturally-rich cities, and more!

Trip Includes

Sightseeing
  • London
  • Stonehenge
  • Bath
  • Cotswolds
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • North Wales
  • Liverpool
  • Lake District
  • Newcastle
  • Edinburgh
  • Cairngorms National Park
  • Loch Ness
  • Inverness
  • Western Highlands
  • Isle of Skye
  • Glasgow
Hotel Accommodations
  • 16 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
Meals
  • 16 Breakfasts and 9 Dinners
Service
  • A professionally trained English-speaking local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room throughout your land tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Activity Level Active


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Trip Highlights

In England & Wales

  • Spend 2 nights with an included guided city tour in London
  • Marvel at the wonder of Stonehenge
  • Enjoy a scenic train ride through Snowdonia National Park
In Scotland
  • See Edinburgh and Edinburgh castle
  • Witness the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands
  • Discover Loch Ness on a scenic cruise
  • Explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle
  • Included whisky distillery tour & tasting

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Ultimate Great Britain

Tours Starts: London, England

Tours Ends: Glasgow, Scotland

Day 1

Depart for London

Your journey begins on your overnight transatlantic flight to London.

Day 2

Arrive in London

If you purchased airline tickets through YMT, a representative will welcome you at the airport and transport you to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy until the included welcome dinner at the hotel where you'll learn about the exciting days ahead. (D)

Lancaster Gate Hotel or similar

Day 3

London Sightseeing

After breakfast, head out on a panoramic city tour of one of history’s most influential capitals. Enjoy an overview of all of London’s most important landmarks from the comfort of your roomy coach and enjoy the rest of the day to explore as you wish. The city boasts many famous sights, including the Tower of London, Big Ben, Piccadilly Square, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and more! (B)

Lancaster Gate Hotel or similar

Day 4

Stonehenge and Bath

Leave London this morning and go back in time to explore two of England’s oldest sites: Stonehenge and the Roman Baths. Stonehenge is the instantly recognizable ring of stones built approximately 5,000 years. With no written records, the purpose of the monument, and the methods of its construction, remain a mystery. Stand in awe beside these massive wonders and experience their glory up close! In Bath, we tour of some of the best Roman ruins in the world. Romans started taking advantage of Bath’s natural hot springs when Claudius invaded Britain in 43 AD. They turned the site into a religious shrine that housed incredibly complex bathing areas with cold rooms, warm rooms, and a massive central pool. Explore this city, whose largely intact ruins are a testament to Rome’s incredible engineering skills. (B)

Mercure Bristol Holland House or similar

Day 5

The Cotswolds and Stratfordupon- Avon

Spend the morning in the Cotswolds, a stunning rural area renowned for lush rolling hills and beautifully maintained historic buildings and villages. The striking color of local structures— from grand manors and churches to humble single-family cottages—is due to the region’s native honey-colored limestone. The buttery yellow stone is a signature feature that’s distinguished the Cotswolds for centuries. Then we continue to the home of the world’s most influential writer—William Shakespeare. Take a tour of Shakespeare’s Birthplace and hear family stories and live theatre recitals during your time in this charming home. The day ends with a delicious dinner at your hotel in Wales. (B, D)

Ramada Plaza Wrexham or similar

Day 6

North Wales

Go deep into the Welsh mountains today on a visit to breathtaking Snowdonia National Park. Take in its wild landscapes of mountains and incredibly lush Welsh oak forests. Its coastline is protected as a Special Area of Conservation, with rugged banks and a scattering of sand dunes in the park’s mid-coast. Then enjoy a ride on the Ffestiniog Railway, one of “The Great Little Trains of Wales” through the heart of the park. You'll also learn about Wales’ slate mining industry and history, with a tour 500 feet underground at Llechwedd Slate Caverns, an historical mine. The day ends with another included dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Ramada Plaza Wrexham or similar

Day 7

Liverpool & The Lake District

Today we tour Liverpool, a port city from where over 9 million emigrants left England for a new life in America. You’ll see the Liver building, the Headquarters of the Whitestar Shipping line where the Titanic was built, the Albert Docks, and the two cathedrals of Hope Street. This afternoon we arrive in of the prettiest parts of England—the Lake District. A popular holiday destination for centuries, the district is the ultimate country retreat for wealthy city dwellers, and the ideal place for poets and writers such as William Wordsworth, John Keats, and Beatrix Potter to get outside and write. (B, D)

The Damson Dene Hotel or similar

Day 8

Lake Windermere Cruise, the Beatrix Potter Gallery, and Hadrian's Wall

Cruise Lake Windermere, England’s largest natural lake. Surrounded by mountains, it was historically one of the most popular places to "get out of town." Then, tour the Beatrix Potter Gallery and see many original works of the beloved author and illustrator displayed in the delightful 17th-century house where her husband practiced law. Miss Potter was famous for writing The Tale of Peter Rabbit and dozens of other whimsical, charmingly-illustrated books. Your final stop is the Roman-era Vallum Hadriani, or Hadrian’s Wall. The stone remains of fortifications built by the Romans, the wall stretches 73 miles from coast to coast and reveals just how gifted Rome’s engineers were! (B)

Jury Inn Newcastle or similar

Day 9

Newcastle and Edinburgh

Discover Newcastle, Northeastern England’s most populous city. A riverside city with an ancient Roman past (you can see sections of Hadrian’s Wall from certain vantage points), Newcastle is full of fabulous sightseeing. On your guided tour this morning, see Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Tyne Bridge, imposing Newcastle Castle, and the towering Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas, a beautiful example of Perpendicular Gothic architecture. This afternoon, we arrive in Edinburgh, home to Edinburgh Castle, the historical fortress that dominates Edinburgh’s iconic skyline as a globally recognizable symbol of Scotland. The rest of the evening is at leisure until your included dinner. (B, D)

Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh Airport or similar

Day 10

Edinburgh Leisure Day

Explore Edinburgh on your own today. You'll be transferred into the city for a full day to enjoy your included city pass. (B, D)

Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh Airport or similar

Day 11

Edinburgh

Today starts with a comprehensive tour of Edinburgh. The beautifully maintained capital city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and tour highlights include the Royal Scottish Academy, The Georgian House, St. Giles Cathedral, The Scottish Parliament, and Greyfriars Bobby. Your final stop this morning is Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny, and Edinburgh’s oldest building, St. Margaret’s Chapel. Admission to the castle is included for you to enjoy a self-guided tour. The guided portion of the day concludes at lunchtime, after which you are free to remain in the city and explore on your own, or to join our afternoon optional tour. (B)

Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh Airport or similar

Day 12

Edinburgh to The Highlands

After a delicious breakfast, we’ll head to one of the most historically significant places in all of Britain—the iconic Scone Palace in Perth. The home of the Earl of Mansfield, it has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of the Kings of Scots since the 9th century. Continue to the Highlands to enjoy some free time. Today also includes a visit to the Leault Working Sheepdogs Farm for a 45-minute demonstration of up to eight dogs working as a team to herd sheep and responding to their own personalized commands and individualized whistles. Meet the collie pups, see the orphan lambs and perhaps take part in shearing a sheep. En route to your hotel, see Britain’s tallest mountain range in Cairngorms National Park. (B, D)

Highlander Hotel or similar

Day 13

Loch Ness & Inverness

Enjoy stunning views of Inverness and the Moray Firth as you make your way into the Great Glen, and Loch Ness. Up to 755 feet deep at places, the murky lake has plenty of hiding space for the mythical Loch Ness Monster, or “Nessie.” Take a short scenic cruise across the loch to Urquhart Castle to explore the ruins dating back to the 13th century. Enjoy the afternoon at your own pace, taking in the sights of Inverness, the ancient capital of the Highlands. (B)

Jurys Inn Inverness or similar

Day 14

The Highlands

Our first stop this morning is the historic battlefield site of the bloody Battle of Culloden Moor. This brutal battle in April 1746 saw thousands of casualties and marked the end of the 60-year-long Jacobite Uprising against the English monarchy. Enjoy an innovative interactive exhibit about the battle, as well as area history at the Visitor Centre. Continue to Cawdor Castle, an ancient medieval fortress with three very different and extraordinary gardens. Explore the grounds on a guided tour before continuing to Glen Ord Whisky Distillery for an informative tour and tasting of beautiful Scotch Whisky—no trip to Scotland would be complete without it! (B, D)

Jurys Inn Inverness or similar

Day 15

Isle of Skye & Western Highlands

Today you’ll visit one of the most ruggedly beautiful places in Scotland, the unforgettable Isle of Skye. This magical island has been occupied since the Mesothelic era, and its history is something you will learn about during your stop today at the verdant Armadale Castle, Gardens and Museum. The Highland estate features romantic ruins, historic gardens, and an award-winning museum all for you to enjoy during your visit today. (B)

Royal Hotel or similar

Day 16

Argyll & Glasgow

Today’s itinerary takes you farther south along the rugged shoreline into Argyll. First, you will visit Inveraray Castle, built in 1743 in the Gothic Revival style. You’ll enjoy seeing the extensive collection of pikes, muskets and other weaponry. There will also be a short break on the banks of Loch Lomond, the largest lake in the country. After leaving the tranquility of the Highlands, your trip takes you into Glasgow, the biggest city in Scotland. (B)

Alana Hotel or similar

Day 17

Glasgow

During a panoramic morning city tour, you will see the remnants of the monastery at Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis, an ancient cemetery in the middle of the city. You will also visit George Square, named after King George III and the de facto center of Glasgow. The rest of the afternoon is yours until our final sit-down Farewell Dinner (B, D)

Alana Hotel or similar

Day 18

Depart for Home (B)

Note: This tour is not suitable for those who have difficulty walking. The included sightseeing and optional tours will involve walking and standing, steps, stairs and uneven ground at ancient sites and other locations. Accommodations used throughout this tour are commonly situated in rural, scenic areas and local amenities may be limited.


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.


YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.



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