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Great Britain Christmas Tour

Places Covered: Cambridge, Yorkshire, Hadrian’s Wall, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, Edinburgh,Liverpool, Wales, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Bath
Duration: 7 days
Tour Cost: €749

This coach tour of England, Scotland & Wales explores all the parts of those three countries which make Great Britain a 'great' place to visit!

The tour starts in England, taking in beautiful Cambridge and the friendly northern city of Yorkshire, before heading into Scotland's capital, Edinburgh and on to the amazing scenery of the Scottish Highlands, then finishing in Wales' Capital, Cardiff and the famous Roman Bath site in Bath.

DAY 01

Visit Cambridge and Yorkshire.

Welcome to your Christmas tour of Great Britain! Today you will fill your lungs with fresh, English countryside air, as you depart the city of London, and head to where the grass is greener. Arriving in Cambridge, your first adventure will have you punting along the river in traditional style, taking in the stunning scenery and epic, historical buildings in the most relaxing way. Simply wonderful! The afternoon sees you continuing your rural ‘rovering’, towards York, a mecca for history buffs and lovers of fine architecture and culture. Your walking tour offers fascinating insights, stories and history of the city. Tonight you will enjoy dinner in a traditional English pub - plenty of choices on the menu including English favourites such as Fish and Chips or Bangers and Mash (that's sausages and creamy mashed potatoes)!

Dinner. Overnight Yorkshire.

DAY 02

See Hadrian’s Wall, Jedburgh, the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh.

Which will win your heart, today, man or nature? From dawn till dusk, you will stand in places of historical battles, religious significance, ancient architecture and royal ruins, surrounded by breathtaking scenery and views which will make you rub your eyes in disbelief. Your first stop of the day is the iconic, Hadrian’s Wall. Built by hand in 122 AD, its creation is extremely significant in the history of Great Britain, and it is one of the most visited cultural landmarks in the UK. Not too far away lies the border town of Jedburgh. Famed for its links to Royalty and historical warfare, you will have an opportunity to explore the city and take in the amazing architecture, which speak for population’s passed. The Jedburgh Abbey ruins are incredible and a visit is highly recommended. As you journey through southern Scotland, relax and embrace the beauty of the landscape drifting past you. The city of Edinburgh is waiting for you, to embrace it with both arms. Your Expat Explore tour leader will take you on an evening guided walking tour which will help you get your bearings of this historic city, with stories which ooze out of every cobble and doorstep. Time to enjoy some Scottish hospitality!

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Edinburgh.

DAY 03

Christmas day in Edinburgh.

Don’t waste a minute! Today you are free to explore the city as you wish, and there is so much to see and do. Known as the cultural capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is blessed with stunning greystone and gothic architecture. Take a step back in time and wander around the authentic, and unchanged cobbled streets of the Royal Mile and meander down to the Grass Market, to a row of pubs where public hangings used to ‘entertain’ the crowds. This evening, enjoy a festive dinner!

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Edinburgh.

DAY 04

The Scottish Highlands.

Just over half way through your Great Britain tour, and you are heading north to the Scottish Highlands. Once on the road, prepare for boldness and the symbol of the highlands. Rising out of the ground like a waking giant, behold the grandeur of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Whilst in the region, you will visit Glencoe – a spectacular Glen (Scottish for a deep valley in the Highlands) and where the massacre of Glencoe took place in 1692, one of the most fascinating yet saddest stories encompassing Scotland’s history. Your day will wind down with a well-earned whiskey tasting, before continuing on to your hotel in the Scottish Highlands. Enjoy your final evening in this amazing country.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Scottish Highlands.

DAY 05

Visit the Lake District and Liverpool.

As your heart sinks at the thought of leaving Scotland, be reassured that there are exciting adventures to be had today in England! Your Great Britain tour, will take a twist into modern history, as you head across the border, bound for Liverpool - the home of ‘The Beatles’ and two world famous premier league football clubs! On the way, you can soak up the last of the Scottish landscape, before reaching the picturesque Lake District, for a lunch stop - simply stunning! Once you have arrived in Liverpool, you will be shown the sights on our guided coach tour of the city. For football fans Anfield Football Stadium home to Liverpool FC will excite. For Beatles fans...there are a myriad of locations which were significant to developing the world class pop act, which shaped modern music as we know it. Home to Paul, John, George and Ringo, Liverpool inspired such timeless classics including ‘Strawberry Fields’ and ‘Penny Lane’. Upon checking in at the hotel, head to one of the many local pubs. Can’t get enough of ‘Beatlemania’? - ‘The Cavern’ isn’t far away, and is a pub where the identity of The Beatles was formed.

Breakfast. Overnight Liverpool.

DAY 06

Visit Stratford-Upon-Avon and Wales.

Theatre, literature and history buffs, unite! Upon leaving Liverpool, you shall be escorted to the birthplace of William Shakespeare - Straford-upon-Avon. A guided walking tour will allow you to explore the quaint, historical village and then you shall have free time to explore on your own - there are numerous Shakespearean attractions and fascinating historical locations to visit. For those who wish to delve into the life of Shakespeare more intimately, we can arrange an optional excursion for you to visit the home where he grew up as a child, and also lived with his wife when they were newlyweds. Famous writers such as Charles Dickens, John Keats, Walter Scott and Thomas Hardy have also visited this dwelling. Sliding into south Wales, we take a photo stop at Caerphilly Castle, a medieval fortification built in the 13th century, ranked the second largest castle in the UK. Surrounded by artificial lakes, not only is the architecture a sight to behold, but it was a groundbreaking design back in its day. Onwards to the Welsh capital of Cardiff, you have an evening in which to enjoy the local nightlife on offer.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Wales.

DAY 7

See Bath.

This is the last day of your British Tour, and there is no sign of slowing down! The road from Cardiff to London is littered with history, stunning scenery and architectural delights. Next stop is Bath – a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring some of the finest architecture in Europe. Join us on a guided walking tour of the town, and learn about the historical significance of the region, including the natural hot springs which supply the Roman baths - visited by over 1 million international tourists every year! As you board your Expat Explore coach for the last time on your Great Britain tour, take this chance to exchange contact details and share photos with new friends and fellow travelers, before you alight at your last stop in London. We can’t wait for you to upload your favorite memories onto our Facebook page, and share the highlights of your 7 day Great Britain tour. We hope to travel with you again soon!

Breakfast.

Highlights and Inclusions

  • 6 Nights accommodation in twin rooms. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners
  • 15 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving toursplus other exciting experiences.
  • Public transport used during sightseeing tours is now included. (Not on free days)
  • Modern air-conditioned motorcoach with reclining seats.
  • Services of tour leader who will be on hand with advice and tips and ensure that you get the most from your trip. You can also book any of the optional excursions available during your tour with your tour leader.
  • All taxes and fees.
  • Experienced tour leader
  • Free tour souvenir
  • Sightseeing as described.

REMEMBER ALL TOURS ARE GUARANTEED DEPARTURES AND WILL OPERATE.

Many other companies that operate tours of Europe cancel tours if minimum numbers are not achieved or will only guarantee some departure dates. All tours operated by us are guaranteed departures and will operate.∗

Tour Experiences



Cambridge

1 Included Experience

Included: Cambridge River Punting

We visit this historic city renowned for its leading university. Savour the history and marvellous views as we punt along the river.

Yorkshire

2 Included Experiences

Included: Walking tour of York

Take a walking tour round this historic walled city with your Expat Explore tour leader.

Dinner in a traditional English pub

Hadrian’s Wall

1 Included Experience

Included: Photo stop at Hadrian's Wall

Visit Hadrian’s Wall on the border between England and Scotland.

Jedburgh

1 Included Experience

Included: Visit to Jedburgh

Located on the border between Scotland and England, Jedburgh has a long history of royal connections and historic warfare. Explore the Abbey ruins and soak up the centuries of history in this amazing place.

Edinburgh

1 Included Experience

Included: Edinburgh Walking tour

Arrive in the capital of Scotland and experience the sights and sounds as your tour leader takes you on an evening walking tour of this magnificent city.

Scottish Highlands

2 Included Experiences

Included: Whiskey Tasting, Highlands Scenic Drive

Whiskey tasting.

As we head back south behold the grandeur of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, and Glen Coe, a spectacular glen with a fascinating history.

Lake District

1 Included Experience

Included: Visit to the Lake District of England

Here you will have free time for a comfort stop in the beautiful village of Keswick (or similar), in the Lake District.

Liverpool

1 Included Experience

Included: Liverpool driving tour

Take a driving tour and see the Albert Dock, Anfield football stadium and a variety of locations connected to the Beatles.

Stratford-Upon-Avon

1 Included Experience

Included: Visit toStratford-Upon-Avon

Visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare. You will have free time to wander the historic city centre.

Caerphilly

1 Included Experience

Included: Caerphilly Castle Photo stop

On our way to Cardiff we stop off for a quick photo stop at this impressive 700-year old castle.

Cardiff

1 Included Experience

Included: Visit to Cardiff

We continue on to the Welsh capital where you have some free time to spend the evening as you wish.

Bath

1 Included Experience

Included: Bath Orientation tour

Your Expat Explore tour leader will point out all the main attractions of Bath, so you can make the most of your time here.

Optional Excursion: Bath pump house

Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting some of the finest architectural sights in Europe, and undoubtedly one of the highlights is the Roman Baths. Around Britain's only hot springs, the Romans built the finest religious spa in northern Europe. This great temple and bathing complex still flows with natural hot water. The extensive remains and a Roman museum of international significance lie beneath the Pump Room and Abbey Church Yard in the centre of Bath.

Tour Dates & Rates

Dates

Tour Price

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23 Dec to 29 Dec 2015

£749

£449

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