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Essential Britain

Thrones and scones. Hops and scotch. Rock stars and famous rocks. They’re all included on this enthralling and encompassing tour of Britain. Pack your tweed and tartans for the best of London and country, the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands, and the enchanting villages and valleys of Wales—and prepare to be swept away like a runaway bride at the elopement capital of Gretna Green. The castles and cathedrals of London, Edinburgh, and Cardiff, as well as the charming pubs on every corner, will steal your heart away. With visits to the baffling boulders of Stonehenge, the battlefield of Culloden Moor, Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, and The Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool, this tour of Britain promises rocking discovery and enlightenment, not to mention honorary degrees in ancient history, English literature, and music appreciation.

Highlights of Essential Britain

Travelers Notes

We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from transfers to and from your hotel to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!

Private Touring

6 guests in a party: $2,204*
18 guests in a party: $584*

Small Group

Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

Product Group

Essential Britain


City of Bath|Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape|Frontiers of the Roman Empire|Old and New Towns of Edinburgh|Stonehenge|The English Lake District


Full English breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Plymouth


Day 1

ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND LONDON Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts will be waiting to welcome you. Free time this afternoon.

Day 2

LONDON–STONEHENGE–PLYMOUTH LONDON Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions at 8 am before departing for Stonehenge.
STONEHENGE Guided visit.
219 mi / 352 km (B,D)

Day 3

PLYMOUTH. EXCURSION TO CORNWALL Scenic drive through West Country to Poldark’s Cornwall.
LOOE Visit the pretty fishing village and former smugglers’ port.
PLYMOUTH [LF] Scenic cruise on Plymouth Sound. Free time this evening. (B)
42 mi / 70 km

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Plymouth with an excursion into Dartmoor National Park including an evening of storytelling at a local pub. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Day 4

PLYMOUTH–GLASTONBURY–BATH–CARDIFF, WALES GLASTONBURY Visit the city of King Arthur and the Holy Grail legends.
BATH Visit the excavations of the Roman Baths. (B)
184 mi / 295 km

Day 5

CARDIFF–BUILTH WELLS–LLANGOLLEN–LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND Scenic drive along the Taff Valley and Brecon Beacons National Park.
BUILTH WELLS Stop at the ancient market town.
LLANGOLLEN Visit the picturesque town.
LIVERPOOL Free time the remainder of the day. (B)
190 mi / 306 km

Day 6

LAKE DISTRICT (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) Scenic drive.
GRASMERE Visit Wordsworth’s beloved village. Sample [LF] the original Grasmere gingerbread.
GRETNA GREEN See where the blacksmith would wed runaway couples and [LF] take part in a wedding re-enactment. (B,D)
236 mi / 380 km

Day 7

GLASGOW–FORT WILLIAM–INVERNESS GLASGOW Orientation drive to see the 12th-century cathedral, university buildings, and Georgian squares. Scenic drive past Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, and Fort William.
LOCH NESS Drive the length of the legendary lake. (B,D)
178 mi / 286 km

Day 8

PITLOCHRY Walk through the Victorian mountain resort.
ST. ANDREWS See the home of golf and the famous university town.
EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO Attend the world-renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance. (Departures July 30 through August 20 only). (B)
202 mi / 326 km

Day 9

EDINBURGHEDINBURGH Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the New Town and Old Town. Visit to Edinburgh Castle to see Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Visit to Holyrood Palace (when available, excluding August and other occasional dates). Free time. (B)

Day 10

EDINBURGH–ALNWICK, ENGLAND–YORK ALNWICK At Alnwick Castle choose to visit the Castle or explore the garden.
YORK See York Minster and walk through The Shambles. (B,D)
214 mi / 344 km

Day 11

YORK–STRATFORD-UPON-AVON–LONDON STRATFORD-UPON-AVON See Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. (B)
255 mi / 410 km

Day 12

LONDON LONDON Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)


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# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Park Plaza Waterloo The 494-room property is situated within walking distance of top London attractions, including the London Eye, the London Dungeons and the Imperial War Museum. The Florentine Restaurant serves a Brasserie-style menu; the bar features the best of British bubbles and craft beers as well as a range of signature cocktails; and for a relaxing cup of coffee, head to the illy Caffè bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre and a heated swimming pool. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guests throughout the hotel. London 6 Hercules Road Superior First-Class
2 Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Situated opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge places guests at the heart of central London. Dining option include Brasserie Joël, Ichi Sushi & Sashimi, 1WB Lounge & Patisserie, and Primo Bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness center with a 15-meter pool and Mandara Spa. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guests throughout the hotel. London 200 Westminster Bridge Superior First-Class
3 Crowne Plaza Plymouth A modern hotel with sea views overlooking Plymouth Hoe. Thanks to Sleep Advantage® programme, guests enjoy a good night's rest, with premium bedding, quiet zones and a guaranteed wake up call. There is Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill with sea views and Drakes Bar and Lounge. Guests can workout in the gym or wind down in the heated pool. There's also an outdoor garden for those who prefer to enjoy the fresh air. Plymouth Armada Way Superior First-Class
4 Mercure Cardiff Holland House Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel and Spa is a modern hotel situated in the vibrant capital city of Wales, Cardiff, with 165 bedrooms. All of the sights and attractions of Cardiff are within walking distance such as the iconic Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Castle. Cardiff 24-26 Newport Road Superior First-Class
5 Pullman Liverpool Guests will enjoy the conveniences of this central hotel and its bar, lounge, and Marco Pierre White Wheelers of St. James Oyster Bar & Grill Room. All guestrooms are bright, modern, and luxurious, and come with blackout curtains, minibar with complimentary mineral water, 55" TV with SKY TV channels, tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, robe and slippers, waterfall shower, and luxury toiletries. There is free 5G Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Liverpool Kings Dock, Monarchs Quay Superior First-Class
6 Maldron Hotel Glasgow Maldron Hotel Glasgow is a brand new centrally located hotel in Glasgow offering 300 brand new bedrooms and Grain & Grill Restaurant with dishes prepared from fresh, local produce. It is in walking distance to theaters, shops, restaurants/bars, and sightseeing attractions. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and offer all the modern amenities. Glasgow 50 Renfrew Street First-Class
7 Columba Hotel Columba Hotel is a 4-star hotel boasting a perfect position in the very heart of Inverness, yet, is in a peaceful area offering marvelous views of Inverness Castle and the River Ness. Inverness Ness Walk First-Class
8 Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket The Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket lies in the historical heart of the city, right next door to Haymarket station and a vast array of cafés, bars and restaurants. Discover the numerous sights and events in this lively city. Edinburgh 1 Morrison Link First-Class
9 Mercure York Fairfield Manor One of the most tranquil hotels in York, set in 6 acres of private grounds on the outskirts of the historic walled cathedral city and the banks of the River Ouse. All 89 comfortable bedrooms have HD TV, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary WIFI. Skelton-York Shipton Road First-Class
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