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Best of Britain

12 day Best of Britain tour with return flights, deluxe accommodation, breakfast daily, professional tour manager, sightseeing and more!

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Highlights

 

Great Britain is packed with variety; the landscapes, the cities, the architecture. There is so much to see, so much history to learn and so many hidden gems to discover. See the best bits with a 12 day Best of Britain tour from London

Experience the old and the new with a visit to York Minster, medieval Edinburgh and the picturesque Lake District. Admire stunning Victorian architecture in Liverpool and cross the border to the Welsh capital of Cardiff.

Be awed by beautiful Bath before seeing Britain’s most iconic archaeological site, Stonehenge, that dates back more than 5,000 years! 

So get your wellies ready and explore the land of pubs, David Beckham, the BeatlesBig Ben and so much more.  

Extend your experience to tour Ireland

Your package includes return international airfares, deluxe accommodation, breakfast daily, in-depth sightseeing, entrance fees and more!

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Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff – London

Depart Australia today to begin your journey of the UK.

Day 2: London

Today, arrival in to London! On arrival, please make your own way to your hotel.

Optional: A regular shuttle service operates from all terminals to the hotel – cost is £5 per person and bookable at the airport.

London, England’s capital, set on the River Thames, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city.

Hotel: Doubletree Hilton Heathrow or similar

Day 3: London – Windsor (B,D)

After breakfast, you will be transferred from Heathrow to your Windsor hotel, where you will meet your Tour Director early in the afternoon. You will then visit nearby Windsor Castle, residence of the Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. Your Tour Director will host an early evening welcome drink and then after dinner at the hotel, take a brief walk around the historic town of Windsor with a local guide.

Hotel: Macdonald Windsor Hotel or similar

Day 4: Windsor – Oxford – York (B,D)

Little more than an hour’s drive northwest of Windsor is the city of Oxford, home of one of the world’s most famous and prestigious universities. Take a stroll through central Oxford to view some of the most famous colleges and impressive buildings, and learn how the two communities of ‘town’ and ‘gown’ co-exist. You then head north to the walled city of York, where a walking tour is the only way to access the tiny medieval streets, including the Shambles, one of the city’s narrowest alleyways. You will tour the Gothic York Minster, renowned for its magnificent medieval stained glass windows, followed by check-in to your hotel and dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Hotel: York Marriott or similar

Day 5: York – Bamburgh Castle – Edinburgh (B, D)

After breakfast, continue north, pausing for photos at a section of Hadrian’s Wall, before arriving on the Northumberland coast for a visit to Bamburgh Castle. This imposing medieval fortress, dating back to 1096, is one of the largest inhabited castles in Britain and is set high on a rocky plateau affording spectacular views along the coastline. Discover how life was for the kings, courtiers and servants as you explore the dungeons of the Keep, the King’s Hall and the Medieval Kitchen which produced vast quantities of food for the castle’s occupants. You then drive across the Scottish border and having checked into your hotel, head out for a lively Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment.

Hotel: Jury’s Inn, Edinburgh or similar

Day 6: Edinburgh (B)

After a hearty breakfast, explore central Edinburgh, starting in the 200-year old ‘New Town’, with its elegant Georgian houses. View Princes Street, the city’s premier shopping street, and see the Royal Mile, with its clusters of medieval houses. You will visit the magnificent Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny, before spending an afternoon at leisure, when you will have time to visit some of the many museums or browse the myriad shops. The evening is also free for you to dine in one of the many local restaurants or bars.

Hotel: Jury’s Inn, Edinburgh or similar

Day 7: Edinburgh – Lake District – Liverpool (B,D)

Today head back towards England, crossing the border at Gretna Green, a small Scottish village known as the wedding capital of the UK and where eloping couples once married at the famous Blacksmith’s Shop. The journey then continues south, with the mountains beckoning you to the beautiful Lake District National Park. It is one of the most visited areas in the UK, with a stunning landscape of towering mountains, craggy hills and sparkling lakes, as well as its literary connections to William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransome. Time will be spent at Dove Cottage, set on the shores of Lake Grasmere and where Wordsworth wrote some of the greatest poetry in the English language, and the adjacent Wordsworth museum, housing the world’s greatest collection of his poems and journals. Leave the lakes behind as your journey continues to Liverpool where, on arrival, you will visit the ‘Beatles Story’ to hear their music and learn about their lives and work. After dinner at the hotel, you may choose to head out to the world-famous Cavern Club.

Hotel: Hilton Liverpool or similar

Day 8: Liverpool – Ludlow – Cardiff (B,D)

Less than 2 hours’ drive from Liverpool and through the pretty Shropshire Hills is Ludlow, where a stop will allow time to view the 11th century Castle, perched in an ideal defensive position high above the River Teme amidst scenic and unspoilt Shropshire countryside. Dating back to the 11th century, the castle demonstrates examples of Norman, Medieval and Tudor periods. Continue south through the beautiful Welsh countryside to visit the ruins of Tintern Abbey, founded in 1131 and later to become a popular haunt of Wordsworth. Then it’s on to Cardiff and a tour of the famous castle, originating in Roman times and rebuilt through the centuries. After checking into your hotel, you will be taken for dinner and an evening of traditional Welsh entertainment.

Hotel: Clayton Hotel or similar

Day 9: Cardiff – Bath – Stonehenge – London (B)

After breakfast, take a panoramic tour of Cardiff to see the main sights and points of interest of Wales’ capital city, before heading back across the River Severn into England, where you will stop at the historical city of Bath, known for its natural hot springs and grand Georgian architecture. You will visit the renowned Roman Baths and Pump Room, constructed around 70AD as a grand bathing and socialising complex, and today one of the finest preserved Roman remains in the world. Continue on to Britain’s most iconic archaeological sites, Stonehenge, where the awe-inspiring monolithic stones date back more than 5,000 years. Your visit will allow you time to step inside the ruins to view the tools and objects of Neolithic life, and to browse the many ancient artefacts within the exhibition centre. Your day ends with the drive back to London.

Hotel: Marriott Kensington or similar

Day 10: London (B) 

After breakfast in the hotel, take a morning panoramic tour of Central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, with its statue of Eros; Nelson’s Column, flanked by huge lion statues in the centre of Trafalgar Square; Westminster Abbey and Big Ben; the Houses of Parliament. Visit the mighty Tower of London to view the many fortresses and priceless Crown Jewels, all presided over by the iconic Beefeaters in their striking and unmistakable outfits. The afternoon is free to explore some of the many other fascinating attractions of one of the world’s great cities, and these may include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the Cutty Sark in Greenwich or one of the myriad museums or galleries. The evening is free for you to dine wherever you choose and maybe take in one of the many fabulous shows in London’s dazzling West End.

Hotel: Marriott Kensington or similar

Day 11: London – airplane-takeoff– Australia (B) (option to extend to 18 Day Best of Britain & Ireland – please see below)

Today, your tour of the UK concludes after breakfast. At the appropriate time, make your own way to the airport for your homeward flight. Optional: You may opt to join our hassle free airport transfer from your hotel.

Day 12: Australia

Arrive home today.

OR extend to 18 Day Best of Britain & Ireland

 

Day 11: London – airplane-takeoff– Dublin (B)

At the appropriate time, make your own way to the airport for your onward flight to Dublin. On arrival, make your own way to your central Dublin hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure. Optional: You may opt to join our hassle free airport transfer from your hotel in both London or Dublin

Hotel: Fleet Street Hotel or similar

Day 12: Dublin – Clonmacnoise – Galway (B)

Today after breakfast, make your way to the starting location to board your coach as we head west through Kildare and Offally to Locke’s Distillery. Here you have the choice for an optional tour and tasting before admiring the churches, stone crosses and round towers of the monastic Clonmacnoise. Founded by St Ciaran in the mid-6th century, it became a great centre of religion and learning, visited by scholars from all over the world. Many historical manuscripts, including the 11th century Annals of Tighernach and the 12th century Book of the Dun Cow, were written here. We then continue our drive, stopping .in a traditional pub enroute before arriving in Galway for the night. On arrival the rest of the afternoon is at leisure

Hotel: Ashgrove House B&B or similar

Day 13: Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (B)

Today, drive through the unique Burren region to admire its barren hillsides, early Christian settlements and rare native flora and fauna. We visit the cathedral in Kilfenora. Various of the famous ‘seven crosses’ can be seen in and around the cathedral and its graveyard, notably the Doorty Cross. We then continue to the stunning Cliffs of Moher for time at leisure to explore its limestone wall reaching more than 200 metres above the Atlantic. After, continue south through County Clare and catch the ferry across the Shannon estuary to Killarney where you will spend the next three nights.

Hotel: Killarney Lodge B&B or similar

Day 14: Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – Killarney (B)

Explore the heart of Gaelic culture and tradition on the Dingle Peninsula. The Dingle Peninsula, on Ireland’s southwest Atlantic coast, is ringed by sandy beaches and craggy cliffs. The region’s an officially recognised bastion of Irish language and culture. Here see the surf beach at Inch, then travel to Slea Head, an area of ancient forts with views out to the Blasket Islands. The scenery here is truly magical and boasts weather-worn cliffs and deserted beaches. Spend the afternoon in the busy harbour town of Dingle before returning to Killarney.

Hotel: Killarney Lodge B&B or similar

Day 15: Killarney – Ring of Kerry – Killarney (B)

After breakfast we head for the classic Ring of Kerry, taking the coast road through Cahersiveen ring fort to the fishing village of Portmagee. Portmagee, a small picturesque fishing village on the Wild Atlantic Way is well known for welcoming people, lively traditions, fresh seafood, spectacular scenery. Here you have the option to cross to Valentia Island to visit the Skellig Experience before stopping for photos at Coonmakista Pass for magnificent views over the countryside. We visit Derrynane House for a walk in the beachside gardens then stop at Moll’s Gap and the Torc Waterfall on the return to Killarney.

Hotel: Killarney Lodge B&B or similar

Day 16: Killarney – Macroom – Blarney Castle – Rock of Cashel – Dublin (B)

Head east through the mountains of West Cork to Blarney Castle. Built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftans, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention ever since. The first building in the tenth century was a wooden structure. Around 1210 A.D. this was replaced by a stone structure which had the entrance some twenty feet above the ground on the north face. This building was demolished for foundations. In 1446 the third castle was built by Dermot McCarthy, King of Munster of which the keep still remains standing. After, explore the woodland walks and mystical Rock Close then spend time at leisure in the village itself for lunch or a spot of shopping. Continue to the Rock of Cashel and view its medieval monastery. Cashel’s rich history is reflected in its built heritage, from prehistoric raths to medieval monasteries and fortified town houses. We then stop in Kilkenny to enjoy a final pint of Guinness or walk along the peaceful riverside before arriving into Dublin in the evening.

Hotel: Fleet Street Hotel or similar

Day 17: Dublin – airplane-takeoff– Australia (B)

Today, your tour of Ireland concludes after breakfast. At the appropriate time, make your own way to the airport for your homeward flight.

Optional: You may opt to join our hassle free airport transfer from your hotel.

Day 18: Australia

Arrive home today.

Please note: due to scheduling, some flight might arrive 1 day later

 
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What You Get

 

Your package includes return international airfares, superior accommodation, breakfast daily, in-depth sightseeing, entrance fees and more…

  • Return international economy airfares with a full service airline including 20kgs checked baggage
  • 9 nights deluxe 3-4 star accommodation throughout the United Kingdom
  • Delicious breakfast daily plus 5 dinners
  • Professional tour manager throughout the UK
  • In depth sightseeing in all cities and towns with local experts that know them best
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Dedicated coach transportation throughout
  • Transfer from London to Windsor
  • Audio headsets
  • Walking tours of Windsor, Oxford and York
  • Porterage (1 case) per person
  • Admission to Windsor Castle, York Minster, Bamburgh Castle, Edinburgh Castle,
    Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green, The Beatles Story, Tintern Abbey, Cardiff Castle,
    Roman Baths & Pump Room, Stonehenge and Tower of London

Extend your experience to include Ireland!

Receive all of the above plus;

  • London – Dublin economy airfares
  • 7 unforgettable days on the Emerald Isle
  • Additional breakfasts
  • 6 nights hotel and traditional B&B accommodation 
  • The services of a professional guide throughout

Highlights:

  • Walk the historic streets of Windsor
  • Uncover the famous colleges of Oxford and stroll the medieval streets
  • Visit York Minster, a beautiful example of Gothic architecture and the largest medieval cathedral in Northern Europe.
  • Explore the imposing medieval fortress, Bamburgh Castle
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle, a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh from its position on top of Castle Rock
  • Enjoy the Lake District where Wordsworth wrote some of the greatest poetry in the English language.
  • Cross the Welsh border to Cardiff and tour the famous castle.
  • Step back in time at Bath as you discover the ancient and beautifully preserved Roman Baths
  • An unforgettable highlight, visit the pre-historic site of Stonehenge
  • Visit the mighty Tower of London to view the many fortresses and priceless Crown Jewels

Extensions:

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Fine Print

 

 

Excluding:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Tipping
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfare with Malaysia Airlines (China Southern, KLM, Thai Airways or similar if unavailable)
  • We are unable to guarantee which airline you will travel with as flights will be booked subject to promotional fare availability for your travel dates.
  • A $300 interstate surcharge applies for customers departing Adelaide. 
  • Internal Airfares with Aer Lingus or similar (Ireland Extension only)
  • Customers wishing to choose their preferred airline – please purchase your voucher first and request your preferred airline in the ‘special requests’ field when submitting your booking form. Webjet Exclusives will then advise if any surcharges are payable. Should you be unhappy with the additional surcharge amount, you will be provided with a full refund of your voucher.
  • Including minimum 20kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. Once we receive your form and your dates are available, your booking will be completed – no further changes will be possible.
  • The airfare remains non-refundable at all times.

 Flights:

  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 2 transits, stopovers or a substitute airline. Such changes are beyond our control, as availability on flights can vary.
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable. Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing.
  • Please Note, flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure. If your travel dates are within 30 days of purchase you will be provided with your itinerary within 7 days.
  • Passport Details are required

 Single Supplement: 

12 day Best of Britain – $1,999 per person in addition to the twin share price
18 day Best of Britain & Ireland – $2,699 per person in addition to the twin share price

You can purchase you single supplement by clicking here.

Group Size: 10 – 48 people

Triple Share: Not available

Children: Same price as adults. Min age 2 years.

Interconnecting/adjoining rooms: Can be requested however not guaranteed. Please submit request when filling out your booking form.

Accommodation:

Heathrow: Doubletree Hilton or similar
Windsor: Macdonald Windsor Hotel or similar
York: York Marriott or similar
Edinburgh: Jury’s Inn or similar
Liverpool: Hilton Liverpool or similar
Cardiff: Clayton Hotel or similar
London: Marriott Kensington or similar

Dublin: Fleet Street Hotel or similar
Galway: Ashgrove House B&B or similar
Killarney: Killarney Lodge B&B or similar

Please note: Galway and Killarney properties change frequently as B&B’s are small with limited rooms. If sold out an alternative will be used.

Tour Extensions: 

3 Night London Extension – $549 per person twin share 

To purchase your extension, you will need to purchase both your Britain or Britain and Ireland voucher and the extension voucher (located AFTER you hit ‘Buy Now’) per person. You can also purchase your extension by clicking here.

See city break extension here

Airport Transfers: 

London Airport Transfer (arrival) – A regular shuttle service operates from all terminals to the hotel – cost is approx. £5 per person and bookable at the airport on arrival.
London Airport Transfers (departure) – $39 per person – please purchase 2 vouchers for a return transfer 

Dublin Airport Transfers (each-way) – $24 per person – please purchase 2 vouchers for a return transfer

To purchase your Airport Transfer, you will need to purchase both your Britain or Britain and Ireland voucher and the Airport Transfer voucher (located AFTER you hit ‘Buy Now’) per person.

If you have already purchased your 12 or 18 day voucher, you can purchase tour extensions, optional tours, and airport transfers by clicking here. 

Stay behind surcharge: If you wish to extend your trip, a $250 per person breakaway charge will apply (subject to availability and applicable fare difference). Please purchase your voucher first and Webjet Exclusives will invoice the additional supplement charge when finalising your booking. If you wish to alter or extend your trip, please purchase your voucher first and submit a request on your booking form. Webjet Exclusives will then provide quotations for any alterations or extensions. Should you wish to proceed any additional charges will be collected. However if you are unhappy with the options a full refund of the voucher will be provided.

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $1,000/$2,000 per person plus any applicable surcharges are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once your travel dates are booked and confirmed, no cancellations or amendments are permitted and the deposit becomes strictly non-refundable
  • Book early to secure your desired date
  • Final Payment is due no later than 180 day prior to departure. 
  • If your travel date is within 180 days, you will be emailed an invoice shortly after purchase.
  • If your travel date is greater than 180 days. A final invoice will be emailed to you prior to 180 days.
  • You will then have 7 days from invoice date in order to arrange final payment to secure your dates. 
  • Any payments not received within 7 days will result in the cancellation of your purchase.

Travel Insurance: Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

Note: If you have not yet selected your dates of travel or submitted your booking form, our 21 Day Money Back Guarantee allows you to claim a full refund within 21 days of your purchase. However, if you have selected your dates and submitted your booking form, your purchase becomes strictly non-refundable even within 21 days of purchase. See our Terms & Conditions for further details.

 
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Travel Dates

 

Departure Dates:

2017

14 April^
28 April
5 May
19 May
9 June
16 June
7 July
28 July
4 August
11 August
25 August^
8 September^
15 September^

^ Ireland extension not available 

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Surcharges may apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

 
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Package Inclusions
  • Return international economy airfares
  • Deluxe 3-4 star accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast & 5 dinners
  • Professional tour manager 
  • In depth sightseeing
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Dedicated coach transportation
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