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Best of Britain

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 Trip Length
10 Days
 Trip Starts
Windsor
 Trip Finishes
London
10 Day Best of Britain Itinerary (CIE Tours)
Countries Explored: England Wales Scotland
Our Price From 3,550 Per Person
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 Trip Length
10 Days
 Trip Starts
Windsor
 Trip Finishes
London
10 Day Best of Britain Itinerary (CIE Tours)
Countries Explored: England Wales Scotland
Accommodation
3 - 4 Star
Max. Group Size
44
Trip Code
BEA22
Accommodation
3 - 4 Star
Max. Group Size
44
Trip Code
BEA23

Overview

Read 3 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on CIE Tours 10 Day Best of Britain. Cover a lot of ground in England, Scotland & Wales on this fastpaced introduction to Britain – a perfect tour for first-timers.
Read 3 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on CIE Tours 10 Day Best of Britain. Cover a lot of ground in England, Scotland & Wales on this fastpaced introduction to Britain – a perfect tour for first-timers.

Itinerary

Your tour begins at 2:00 PM at your Windsor hotel. Visit Windsor Castle, residence of the Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. Take a walk around this compact and historic town with your tour director. In the evening, join your group for a welcome drink; you are then free to dine independently.

Travel to Blenheim Palace, a monumental country house and home to the Dukes of Marlborough. Enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque Cotswolds, passing through quaint towns and villages nestled in distinctive rolling hills and valleys. Travel on to York, a city founded by the Romans in the first century and a major wool trading center in the Middle Ages. (B/D)

Take a walking tour of York's medieval streets, including the Shambles, one of the city's narrowest alleyways. Tour Gothic York Minster, renowned for its magnificent medieval stained glass windows. Visit Bamburgh Castle, an imposing medieval fortress that is one of the largest inhabited castles in Britain. This magical castle is set high on a rocky plateau affording wonderful views along the coast. Continue to your hotel near Edinburgh, where you will enjoy an evening free to explore and dine independently. (B)

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 imposing Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Enjoy a lively Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment. August 7 – 21 departures experience the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B/D*)

Travel through the Lake District, a region that inspired the famed children's author Beatrix Potter. Stop in the village of Grasmere to visit the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop. Enjoy a talk and tasting of this traditional spicy-sweet treat, first made 165 years ago. Head to Liverpool, a city that once dominated global trade and is now better known as the home of the Beatles. Take a short walking tour of the docks before some free time for dinner. Meet your group again to experience live music at the world-famous Cavern Club, where the Fab Four got their start. (B)

Travel through scenic Shropshire, one of the most unspoiled parts of rural England. Stop in Ludlow, a quintessentially English town, to see the castle and quaint old black-and-white houses. Continue through the lovely Welsh countryside to visit the picturesque ruins of Tintern Abbey. Head to Cardiff and tour the splendid Cardiff Castle, which was magnificently restored in the Victorian era. Dine at your hotel. (B/D)

Take a panoramic drive around Cardiff with a brief walk to see the principal areas and buildings. Head to Bath for a visit to the Roman Baths, hot mineral-rich springs that have been popular since ancient Roman times. Stop for lunch on your own in this historic spa town. Then 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. Arrive in London and enjoy dinner with your group in a local restaurant. (B/D)

Set out on a panoramic tour of central London with a local guide 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, ravens, Beefeaters in their distinctive uniforms, and the priceless Crown Jewels. The rest of the day and evening is free for further exploring. (B)

Take in a day of independent sightseeing in London as you tour by Hop-On, Hop-Off bus. With several routes to choose from, see the iconic sights as you please, at your own speed. Big Ben, Westminster, Picadilly Circus – the city awaits you. (B)

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

Your tour begins at 2:00 PM at your Windsor hotel. Visit Windsor Castle, residence of the Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. Take a walk around this compact and historic town with your tour director. In the evening, join your group for a welcome drink; you are then free to dine independently.

Travel to Blenheim Palace, a monumental country house and home to the Dukes of Marlborough. Enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque Cotswolds, passing through quaint towns and villages nestled in distinctive rolling hills and valleys. Travel on to York, a city founded by the Romans in the first century and a major wool trading center in the Middle Ages. (B/D)

Take a walking tour of York's medieval streets, including the Shambles, one of the city's narrowest alleyways. Tour Gothic York Minster, renowned for its magnificent medieval stained glass windows. Visit Bamburgh Castle, an imposing medieval fortress that is one of the largest inhabited castles in Britain. This magical castle is set high on a rocky plateau affording wonderful views along the coast. Continue to your hotel near Edinburgh, where you will enjoy an evening free to explore and dine independently. (B)

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 imposing Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Enjoy a lively Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment. August 7 – 21 departures experience the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B/D*)

Travel through the Lake District, a region that inspired the famed children's author Beatrix Potter. Stop in the village of Grasmere to visit the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop. Enjoy a talk and tasting of this traditional spicy-sweet treat, first made 165 years ago. Head to Liverpool, a city that once dominated global trade and is now better known as the home of the Beatles. Take a short walking tour of the docks before some free time for dinner. Meet your group again to experience live music at the world-famous Cavern Club, where the Fab Four got their start. (B)

Travel through scenic Shropshire, one of the most unspoiled parts of rural England. Stop in Ludlow, a quintessentially English town, to see the castle and quaint old black-and-white houses. Continue through the lovely Welsh countryside to visit the picturesque ruins of Tintern Abbey. Head to Cardiff and tour the splendid Cardiff Castle, which was magnificently restored in the Victorian era. Dine at your hotel. (B/D)

Take a panoramic drive around Cardiff with a brief walk to see the principal areas and buildings. Head to Bath for a visit to the Roman Baths, hot mineral-rich springs that have been popular since ancient Roman times. Stop for lunch on your own in this historic spa town. Then 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. Arrive in London and enjoy dinner with your group in a local restaurant. (B/D)

Set out on a panoramic tour of central London with a local guide 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, ravens, Beefeaters in their distinctive uniforms, and the priceless Crown Jewels. The rest of the day and evening is free for further exploring. (B)

Take in a day of independent sightseeing in London as you tour by Hop-On, Hop-Off bus. With several routes to choose from, see the iconic sights as you please, at your own speed. Big Ben, Westminster, Picadilly Circus – the city awaits you. (B)

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Blenheim Palace
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Scottish Evening*
  • Roman Baths
  • Stonehenge
  • Tower of London
  • Windsor Castle

  • Enjoy reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 7 – 21 departures.
  • Discover the rich history of Windsor and York on walking tours around these charming old towns.
  • Visit the medieval Bamburgh Castle and enjoy views of the beach below.

  • 10 Breakfasts (B) and 4 Dinners* (D)

  • MGallery Castle Hotel (4 Stars)
  • York Marriott Hotel (4 Stars)
  • Norton House Hotel & Spa (4 Stars)
  • Hilton Liverpool City Centre (4 Stars)
  • Clayton Hotel Cardiff (4 Stars)
  • Hilton London Kensington (4 Stars)

  • Airport transfers at your arrival and departure destination are not included in the price of the tour.
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.

  • Blenheim Palace
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Scottish Evening*
  • Roman Baths
  • Stonehenge
  • Tower of London
  • Windsor Castle

  • Enjoy reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 7 – 21 departures.
  • Discover the rich history of Windsor and York on walking tours around these charming old towns.
  • Visit the medieval Bamburgh Castle and enjoy views of the beach below.

  • 10 Breakfasts (B) and 4 Dinners* (D)

  • MGallery Castle Hotel (4 Stars)
  • York Marriott Hotel (4 Stars)
  • Norton House Hotel & Spa (4 Stars)
  • Hilton Liverpool City Centre (4 Stars)
  • Clayton Hotel Cardiff (4 Stars)
  • Hilton London Kensington (4 Stars)

  • Airport transfers at your arrival and departure destination are not included in the price of the tour.
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
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Trip Reviews (3) Most Recent 'Best of Britain' Reviews

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Didn't stand up to my previous CIE experience 0 , Australia, Jun 2018
Having travelled with CIE in 2016 to Scotland and Ireland I was disappointed that this tour did not stand up to my previous experience with CIE. I was delighted with our guide and driver - Phil and Denis and the fact that we had a small group of 15 or 16. I believe that had we had more on our coach we would have been limited in what we saw and rushed ...read more to get to all the sights. I was pleased with the food - excellent as in my past trip. I understand that the weather was the warmest since 1976, but our accommodations were below standard. Most locations were too far to shop or enjoy any evening activities in town unless you were willing to pay for transportation into town. The rooms were small and all but one of my rooms overlooked HAVAC rooftop equipment. Some of the hotels did not have air conditioning at all. I was also disappointed in the Scottish Evening at Dalhousie having had a wonderful time at the Scottish Evening provided on the Scotland/Ireland tour in 2016. The Welsh dinner was wonderful! Overall, I had a great time on this tour - but I did take it upon myself to travel to some things on my own.
Thoroughly enjoyable adventure 0 , Australia, May 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed my adventure. It was a whirlwind tour with early mornings and late nights. Phil, tour commentator in the UK kept us on schedule... hurried but on schedule. Garry, our tour guide in Ireland was less strict recognising we were on vacation and made an exhausting tour very enjoyable. His kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity was appreciated ...read more by all. As with daily life, stuff happens yet Garry ensured our time was enjoyable and well spent. As a first time lone traveller I would highly recommend.
An unforgettable trip 0 , Australia, Sep 2017
This was our first international overseas guided tour. Mick Brady (Tour Director) and David Walker (knighted by the group as Sir David of the Coach) made this an unforgettable trip! Their professionalism, knowledge, and focus on Customer Service were beyond outstanding. The all-inclusive nature of the itinerary, as well as the lack of any up-selling ...read more pressure by Mick and Dave made for a relaxing holiday. Mick provided tremendous commentary along the route (history from the beginning of time, fun-filled facts, stories, folk lore, personal anecdotes, etc.) and filled in the white space with well-timed regional music and humorous CDs. He went out of his way to provide follow-up information and directions after the tour ended. David's focus on a safe yet comfortable coach trip was amazing, and he kept his professionalism and sense of humour throughout. Their timing was impeccable and we arrived either early or on time at each of our destinations over an estimated 1,200 coach miles. All of our destinations knew in advance of our timing and welcomed us with open arms. Amazing! We'll certainly look to CIE for our next guided visit and would consider ourselves very fortunate to have Tour Directors and Drivers the quality of Mick and David. Very well done!
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