Best of British

16 Day Small Group Tour from London to London with Albatross

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1 Stonehenge and Bath
Your tour departs from London at 9am. Travelling west we reach Salisbury Plain where we visit the remarkable megaliths of Stonehenge. After time at leisure in nearby Salisbury, we continue to Bath where we stay for the next three nights. (D) Stay: Francis Hotel
2 Glastonbury and 'My Time' in Bath
A leisurely start this morning before we drive into Somerset to visit Britain’s earliest Christian sanctuary – the famous ruins of Glastonbury. Legendary burial place of King Arthur and his Queen Guinevere, Glastonbury was once the grandest and richest abbey in England. Later we visit Bath’s famous Roman Baths and Pump room. The remainder of your afternoon and evening is at leisure to explore Bath’s picturesque Abbey, the Georgian crescents, sights and shops. (B)
3 Tintern Abbey, Chepstow Castle & the Clifton Suspension Bridge
This morning we take a scenic drive beside the winding, picturesque River Wye through the delightful Welsh borderlands. The highlight of your day will be a visit to the ancient ruins of Tintern’s Cistercian Abbey, romantically set in a peaceful forest and providing inspiration to poets through the centuries. We will also visit Monmouth and enjoy a photo stop at Chepstow Castle. Set high above the River Wye, this Norman Castle dates back nearly 1,000 years. On the outskirts of Bristol we will also stop to take in the majestic Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, which gracefully spans the River Avon. Later we return to Bath. Dinner tonight is included in a local restaurant. (B/D)
4 Medieval Chester & Lake District
Heading north, we arrive into Chester late morning. Rich in Roman ruins, Chester also has a wonderfully preserved medieval centre, full of half-timbered houses and the famous ‘Rows’ – double level, balconied shopping arcades that date back to the Middle Ages, 700 years ago. Whilst exploring this incredibly historic town make sure you take a walk along the perfectly preserved, red stone, Roman city walls. Mid afternoon we continue to the picturesque Lake District where we stay two nights. (B/D) Stay: Low Wood Bay Resort and Spa
5 Lake District sightseeing
We will spend a delightful day touring the famous Lake District. This morning we visit Ambleside and Grasmere where we visit Dove Cottage, once home to the poet William Wordsworth. Later this afternoon we have included a private cruise on Lake Windermere. (B)
6 New Lanark and Edinburgh
Crossing into Scotland we enjoy a morning tea stop in Gretna Green before we reach the New Lanark World Heritage Site, a sensitively restored 18th century cotton mill village in South Lanarkshire. The giant mill wheels still sit over the torrential river and the 200 year old terraced houses have been restored offering an intriguing look at the workers family life two centuries ago. Later we continue to Edinburgh, where we stay for the next three nights. Before arriving at your hotel we have included a tour and tasting to sample a ‘wee tipple’ at the Scotch Whisky Experience. (B/D) Stay: Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Hotel or Apex Grassmarket Hotel
7 Edinburgh sightseeing and ‘My Time’
After a hearty Scottish breakfast, we are joined by a local guide to discover this city’s rich history. The highlights of your morning will be crossing the drawbridge to visit Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city’s skyline, and visiting the Royal Yacht Britannia. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure in this grand city. (B)
8 Callander and ancient Stirling
Today you have a choice – enjoy a free day in Edinburgh or join us as we visit Stirling and the Trossachs. This morning we travel to the Trossachs and the town of Callander, in the heart of Rob Roy country. Set dramatically beneath high, wooded crags, this delightful town with its tearooms, craft and woollen shops makes the ideal morning tea stop. Continuing on we visit Stirling, the ancient capital of Scotland, that lies at the heart of the nation’s history. The streets of the old town wind upwards towards the castle, 250 feet up on a craggy rock. Our local guide takes us through this grand fortification, with its splendid views across the countryside to the Wallace Monument – built in commemoration of this legendary Scottish hero, William ‘Braveheart’ Wallace. Tonight we have arranged an unmissable evening. Enjoy dinner, including a taste of haggis, neeps and tatties & traditional Scottish entertainment including bagpipes, fiddles and dance. (B/D)
9 Alnwick Castle & Durham
Crossing the border into England and Northumbria, we reach striking Alnwick Castle where we have included a privately guided visit. Dating back 1000 years, the grand staterooms and lavish furnishings will not disappoint. Home to the current Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, Alnwick Castle is also famous for having featured in numerous TV series and movies, such as special editions of Downton Abbey, and of course as mysterious ‘Hogwarts’ in the Harry Potter series. In the afternoon we enjoy a stop in the beautiful city of Durham with its majestic cathedral. Later, we continue to the historic walled town of York where we stay the next three nights. Tonight promises to be memorable as we dine at the Guy Fawkes Inn. Standing in the shadow of York Minster, this is the birthplace of the notorious plotter Guido Fawkes. (B/D) Stay: Dean Court Hotel
10 York sightseeing and Betty’s Café Tea Rooms
This morning will be spent in the nearby city of York. After a city orientation tour the rest of the morning will be at leisure. Make sure you visit the Minster, the largest gothic church in England, go shopping in narrow streets around the historic ‘Shambles’ (the preserved medieval street) or maybe walk along the Roman built city walls. This afternoon we return to Harrogate to indulge in a decadent afternoon tea of dainty sandwiches, handmade cakes, scones and specialty teas experience, in the Imperial Room at ‘Betty’s Café Tea Rooms’. This private room with its beautiful 1920s plasterwork and oak fittings offers unrivalled views of the Montpellier Gardens. (B)
11 Train to Whitby, Whitby Abbey & Captain Cook Museum
Driving north, we stop at Pickering where we board a heritage train of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for the ride to the coastal town of Whitby, once home to the famous explorer Captain Cook. Sit back and relax as we pass by charming villages, such as Goathland - known to many as Aidensfield in the television series Heartbeat, and the bewitching Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter film. Arriving in Whitby, we visit both Whitby’s Benedictine abbey and the Captain Cook Memorial Museum and enjoy a fish & chip lunch. Your evening is at leisure in York. (B/L)
12 Chatsworth House & Stratford-upon-Avon
A leisurely start as we drive south into Derbyshire to reach Chatsworth mid morning. Here we enjoy a guided visit of stately Chatsworth House with its glorious interior, treasure rooms and gardens complete with an ornate maze and the 300 year old water ‘Cascade’, falling 200 metres down the hill in a series of 24 steps. Arriving in Stratford-upon-Avon we visit Anne Hathaway’s cottage before settling into our central hotel, where we stay for the next three nights. (B) Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton
13 Warwick Castle and ‘My Time’ in Stratford-upon-Avon
This morning we visit nearby Warwick and its medieval castle. An expert local guide will join us to breathe life into a thousand years of secrets which hide in the shadows of the castle – tales of murder, mystery, intrigue and scandal. After also visiting Shakespeare’s Birthplace the rest of the day and evening will be free to relax and wander the streets of Elizabethan Stratford-upon-Avon. (B)
14 Oxford and the Cotswolds
Today we visit Oxford, home to one of Europe’s oldest and most famous universities. A local guide takes us on a walking tour around the city and its colleges. Later this afternoon we will wander leisurely through one of the most beautiful and unique regions in England – the Cotswolds. Our country drive will take us through famous villages such as Bourton-on-the-Water and we enjoy an afternoon stop in Broadway. Tonight enjoy a traditional roast dinner with all the trimmings in a local restaurant. (B/D)
15 Magnificent Leeds Castle
Travelling south we skirt London and enjoy a morning stop in Windsor. Later we continue into the heart of Kent and arrive at Leeds Castle where we stay our last, and most memorable night! Set romantically on an island surrounded by a broad moat, the Castle, Gatehouse and Maiden’s tower comprise one of the world’s greatest sights. Tonight the entire castle becomes ours to enjoy! We have included a private tour through the grand staterooms, halls, library, chapel and the 13th century section of the castle. Later, in the Library, we will enjoy a pre-dinner drink before our farewell dinner in Lady Baillie’s Dining Room. (B/D) Stay: Leeds Castle
16 To London
Mid morning, after a leisurely breakfast, we will transfer to St Pancras and Paddington stations, in central London, where your tour ends. (B)

Albatross Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Stay 3 nights in historic Bath
  • Visit the remarkable stone megaliths of Stonehenge
  • Explore the ruins of Glastonbury and Bath's Roman Baths and Pump room
  • Enjoy Tintern's Cistercian Abbey
  • Take in the majestic Clifton Suspension Bridge above the River Avon
  • Stay 2 nights on the shore of Lake Windermere
  • Explore the walled city of Chester
  • Spend a day touring the stunning Lake District
  • Visit Wordsworth's Dove Cottage & the Wordsworth Museum
  • Cruise on Lake Windermere
  • Stay 3 nights in the heart of Edinburgh
  • Visit New Lanark's 18th century Cotton Mill village
  • Sample a 'wee tipple' at The Scotch Whisky Experience
  • Cross the drawbridge to visit Edinburgh Castle and visit the Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Explore the Trossachs in Rob Roy country
  • Enjoy a William 'Braveheart' Wallace tour of Stirling Castle
  • Stay 3 nights in historic York
  • Dine in the historic Guy Fawkes Inn
  • Visit the lavish and famous Alnwick Castle
  • See Durham's magnificent cathedral
  • Relax in York and go shopping in the historic 'Shambles'
  • Indulge in a decadent afternoon tea at Betty's Tea Rooms in York
  • Board a heritage train and ride to Whitby
  • Enjoy a fish & chip lunch in Whitby, once home to Captain Cook
  • Explore Whitby's Benedictine abbey
  • Stay 3 nights in Shakespeare's Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • Explore the stately home of Chatsworth House
  • Visit Anne Hathaway's Cottage
  • Explore medieval Warwick Castle with an expert local guide
  • Relax and wander the streets of Elizabethan Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Discover Oxford on a guided walking tour
  • Spend an afternoon exploring the villages of the Cotswolds
  • Enjoy your final night with an exclusive stay in Leeds Castle!
  • Visit the old town of Windsor
  • Explore Leeds Castle on a private tour
  • Indulge in a pre-dinner drink in the Castle library
  • Experience a grand farewell Dinner in Lady Baillie's Dining Room
Trip Inclusions
Over $1,600 extras already included
  • ALL excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach
  • 15 nights specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
  • Hand Selected Albatross Experiences - Private cruise Lake Windermere, Captain Cook's Whitby
  • Local guides as described in the itinerary
  • ALL tips to your Tour Manager, Driver and Local Guides
  • Personal audio system whilst on tour
  • Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
  • Albatross Tours App
  • Albatross Memories Photobook
Included Meals
  • 24 Meals – including English/Scottish breakfast daily (B), 1 fish & chip lunch (L) and 8 dinners including a traditional Scottish evening, roast dinner in Stratford-Upon Avon and farewell dinner in Leeds Castle (D)
  • Tea, coffee and a complimentary beverage with all included dinners
  • Afternoon tea at Betty's tearooms in York
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.

Reviews (5)

16 Day Best of British reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“A Taste Of The UK”
- WA, Australia Aug 2018 1 Helpful Vote

Global Journeys again did their work very efficiently and without flaw....thanks Hannah.
We had a very enjoyable trip with Derek, the quintessential Englishman, as our guide and Joe the best fun driver one could ask for. Went to Wales day one which was a bit 'nothingy' but after that we hit the major tourist hot spots of England and Scotland (including the brilliant Military Tattoo in Scotland). A full Australian team of 28 on the bus but it was a 50 seater so more

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“Great first trip to the UK”
- VIC, Australia Jul 2017 1 Helpful Vote

A very well organised small group tour of Britain and Scotland. Multiple days stays gave it a more relaxed feel than your typical coach tour. Quality historical accommodation added to the enjoyment of the trip with the highlight being a final night stay in a State Room at Leeds Castle. With only 26 people in a 48 seater coach there was plenty of space to stretch out and getting on and off was quick and easy.

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“Breakfast at Leeds Castle”
- NSW, Australia Jul 2016

Our third trip with Albatross and again we were very happy with the organisation of the trip and everyone on our bus got on very well.

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“We would definitely travel with Albatross again!”
- Australia May 2013

Overall an excellent tour, a few places we could have had more time in, namely Bath and a bit rushed in the Cotswolds too. Our only disappointment was the accommodation at The Hilton Dunblayne - we felt the rooms were not up to standard. The smaller group was an advantage too (20 only). We would definitely travel with Albatross again! (Ed. This itinerary has been renamed & amended for 2015 departures.)

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“Overall a well organized trip”
- Australia May 2013

Overall a well organized trip, plenty of extended stays in different places, which is why we chose this tour. The only comment would be for a longer time in Bath, but really would recommend this tour to others. Our last night in Leeds Castle was a highlight. (Ed. This itinerary has been renamed & amended for 2015 departures.)

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