Best of Britain CIE Tours International

Best of Britain

Small Group Departures Available

The Best of Britain tour is ideal to discover the highlights of Britain. Explore Windsor Castle, Oxford and York. Visit Liverpool and the British Music Experience. Go to Edinburgh Castle and the Lake District. Enjoy a Welsh evening in Cardiff and some of the most unspoiled parts of rural England. Take in the Roman Baths and Stonehenge. Finally see some of London’s most famous landmarks.

The 10 day Best of Britain tour from CIE Tours comprehensively tackles the difficult mission of distilling the best of this storied country into an itinerary that pleases even the most discerning of travelers. Your travel tour will cover so much of the British experience in this time you'll be able to end your trip with a great overall knowledge of what makes this great destination tick. Book your 10 day Best of Britain tour from CIE Tours now and discover the Best of Britain in style.


10 Daysfr. $2,699

  • Bamburgh Castle
  • British Music Experience
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Famous Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Stonehenge
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Tower of London
  • Windsor Castle
  • Discover the rich history of Windsor, Oxford and York as local historians guide you around these charming old towns.
  • Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 5 to August 19 departures.
  • Handling of one piece of luggage per person is included in the cost of all coach tours. Size should not exceed 30 x 20 x 10 inches and weight should be under 50 lbs. Luggage is carried at owner's risk throughout the tour unless insured.
  • Tips for personal services and to tour directors and drivers are not included in tour cost and left to your discretion.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • Full daily breakfasts (except Day 1)
  • 5 dinners including a welcome dinner in Windsor, a Scottish evening in Edinburgh, and a festive Welsh evening in Cardiff.
  • Macdonald Windsor Hotel in Windsor (1 night)
  • York Marriott in York (1 night)
  • Dalhousie Castle Hotel in Edinburgh (2 nights)
  • Hilton Hotel Liverpool in Liverpool (1 night)
  • Clayton Hotel Cardiff in Cardiff (1 night)
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel in London (3 nights)

WINDSOR CASTLE

Windsor, United Kingdom

Tour begins 2:30 PM at your Windsor hotel. Visit Windsor Castle, residence of the Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. In the evening, join your group for a welcome drink.Take a walk around this compact and historic town with a local guide.

Macdonald Windsor Hotel

BLENHEIM PALACE & YORK MINSTER

Woodstock, United Kingdom

Travel to Blenheim Palace, a monumental “country house” and home to the Dukes of Marlborough.

York, United Kingdom

Head to York to tour the Gothic York Minster, which is renowned for magnificent medieval stained glass windows. Enjoy a walking tour -- the only way to access the medieval streets including the Shambles, one of the city’s narrowest alleyways.

Breakfast, Dinner

York Marriott

BAMBURGH CASTLE & SCOTTISH EVENING

Bamburgh, United Kingdom

As you head north, stop for photos at a section of Hadrian’s Wall. 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.

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Continue to your hotel near Edinburgh, Dalhousie Castle, and hear a piper play before a livley Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment.

Breakfast, Dinner

Dalhousie Castle Hotel

GUIDED CITY TOUR & EDINBURGH CASTLE

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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. The August 4 - 18 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.

Breakfast

Dalhousie Castle Hotel

LAKE DISTRICT & BRITISH MUSIC EXPERIENCE

Lake District, United Kingdom

Travel through the Lake District, a region that inspired Beatrix Potter’s many children’s books.

Grasmere, United Kingdom

Stop in the peaceful village of Grasmere for lunch on your own before continuing to Liverpool.

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Visit the British Music Experience to see the exhibition dedicated to the history of popular music in Britain, admire the priceless collection of music memorabilia, and enjoy a musical twist. After dinner, head to the world-famous Cavern Club to enjoy live music.

Breakfast

Hilton Liverpool City Centre Hotel

TINTERN ABBEY & WELSH EVENING IN CARDIFF

Ludlow, United Kingdom

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.

Cardiff, United Kingdom

Continue through the lovely Welsh countryside to visit the picturesque ruins of Tintern Abbey close to the River Wye. Head to Cardiff and tour Cardiff Castle before enjoying a Welsh banquet with lively music and entertainment.

Breakfast, Dinner

Clayton Hotel Cardiff

ROMAN BATHS & STONEHENGE

Cardiff, United Kingdom

Take a panoramic drive around Cardiff with a brief walk to see the principal areas and buildings.

Bath, United Kingdom

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.

Stonehenge, United Kingdom

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.

London, United Kingdom

In London, the evening is free to explore and dine in one of the city’s many restaurants.

Breakfast

Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

LONDON TOUR & TOWER OF LONDON

London, United Kingdom

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

Breakfast

Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

LONDON SIGHTSEEING

London, United Kingdom

Enjoy a day of sightseeing in London by open-top bus tour around the many famous landmarks. There are a number of different routes to choose from including a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames.

Breakfast

Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

TOUR ENDS IN LONDON

London, United Kingdom

Your program ends after breakfast.

Breakfast

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Important information:

  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.

ALL guests must carefully verify the existing identification requirements for their particular travel situation DIRECTLY WITH THEIR LOCAL CONSULATES OR EMBASSIES or with a visa service, as these requirements may change. Guests without proper documentation may be denied entry and will not be entitled to a refund
  • 70 days or more prior to departure: Forfeiture of deposit
  • 69 - 46 days prior to departure: 25% per person
  • 45 - 8 days prior to departure: 35% per person
  • 7 - 1 days prior to departure: 50% per person
  • On day of departure: 100% per person
  • All cancellations must be received in writing prior to tour departure. The cancellation policy will apply according to the date that the cancellation notification is received. The MINIMUM cancellation penalty is the deposit amount.
  • The purchase to trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Land only “from price” is per person based on two people sharing a room together.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.
  • A non-refundable land deposit of $250 per person is required for coach tours. Deposits are required within 5 days of making the reservation. Early booking discounts require higher deposits.
  • The final payment must be made by credit card no later than 80 days prior to departure date. If payment is not received as scheduled, the reservation will automatically cancel and deposit payment become forfeit.
  • Once confirmed any revision to land tours will incur a $50 handling fee per booking. If clients cancel from one tour and rebook on another tour or another date, a cancellation fee may apply. Revisions are not permitted within 14 days of departure or once documents have been issued.
  • Documents will be shipped by U.P.S. ground service approximately 21 days prior to departure provided full payment has been received. If documents are required earlier, sufficient notice id required to arrange for early delivery by regular service. Late bookings will incur an express service delivery charge.
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