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Grand Tour of Great Britain

with London extension
  • Duration: 15 or 17 days
  • Group size: 15-38
  • Reviews: 14
Immerse yourself in the majesty of Great Britain.

Discover what makes Great Britain truly great as you explore this delightful island from top to bottom. Start in Edinburgh, the Georgian Scottish capital, before heading south to Wales, passing through lovely English countryside and historic cities like York and Liverpool along the way. Then it’s off to the Roman town of Bath and royal London—the perfect finishing touch on this quintessentially British experience.

Your tour package includes
  • 13 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 11 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Alnwick Castle
  • Durham Cathedral
  • York Minster
  • Beatles Story Museum
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Edinburgh today.

Edinburgh3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Edinburgh
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Scotland! Transfer to your hotel and get settled in before meeting your group at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know Edinburgh in all its medieval beauty on a tour led by a local expert.

• View the elegant Georgian-style New Town and the Royal Mile, two UNESCO World Heritage sites

• See the King George statue and Bute House, the official residence of the Scottish Prime Minister

• Pass the Sir Walter Scott monument

• Enter Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish crown jewels and Stone of Scone

Spend a free afternoon in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Free day in Edinburgh
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring on your own or add an excursion.

Stirling Castle & Loch Lomond
Excursion (additional cost)
Newcastle Region1 night
Day 5: Newcastle Region via Alnwick
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

En route to Alnwick, stop for photos in Berwick-upon-Tweed, the northernmost town in England. Then, continue along a scenic coastal route to Alnwick for a guided tour of the historic castle and gardens before making your way to the Newcastle region.

Later this evening, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

York2 nights
Day 6: York via Durham
Included meal: Breakfast

Today, head to the famed college town of Durham for a sightseeing tour.

• Stroll through the old city along the banks of the River Wear

• Enter the UNESCO-recognized Durham Cathedral, known for its Romanesque style and beautiful Norman architecture

Later, drive through the charming English countryside as you continue on to York.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of York
Included meal: Breakfast

Embark on a walking tour of this historic walled city with a local guide.

• Enter York Minster, home to largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world

• See the York Museum Gardens, which occupy ten acres in the city center

• View the Roman wall, the oldest section of the city’s historic fortifications

• Visit the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey and the King’s Manor

Enjoy a free afternoon in York or add an excursion.

Whitby
Excursion (additional cost)
Liverpool2 nights
Day 8: Transfer to Liverpool
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Bid farewell to York this morning as you set out for Liverpool.

Tonight, sit down for an included dinner with your group.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Liverpool
Included meal: Breakfast

Explore the UNESCO-recognized port city of Liverpool this morning with a local as your guide.

• View the neo-Gothic Liverpool Cathedral as well as the modern Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

• See the homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney before entering the Beatles Story Museum, a tribute to the legendary band

• Explore the Merseyside Maritime Museum to learn about Liverpool’s role in the tragic voyage of the Titanic

Cardiff1 night
Day 10: Cardiff via Stratford-upon-Avon
Included meal: Breakfast

Drive southeast through the countryside to Stratford-upon-Avon, the town of Shakespeare’s birth. Here, you’ll step inside the Shakespeare family home with a local guide.

Then, transfer to Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Enjoy a free evening in Cardiff or add an excursion.

Cardiff Castle Banquet Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Bath2 nights
Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Cardiff
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Meet your local guide this morning for a sightseeing tour of the largest city in Wales.

• View the medieval Cardiff Castle, located in the city center

• Take in views of the beautiful Cardiff Bay

Then, take a scenic drive along the Severn River to the town of Bath, where you'll enjoy an included dinner with your group this evening.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Bath
Included meal: Breakfast

On a guided sightseeing tour, get to know the charming city of Bath, named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.

• Investigate the city’s most famous architectural sites, including the Roman Baths, the Royal Crescent and the Circus

• Enter Bath Abbey, to view its fan vaulting and striking stained glass window

Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Bath on your own or add an excursion.

No.1 Royal Crescent Museum & Afternoon Tea
Excursion (additional cost)
London2 nights
Day 13: London via Stonehenge & Salisbury
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to London today, stopping on the way to gaze upon the vast monoliths of the UNESCO-protected Stonehenge and visit its new visitor center before heading to the medieval city of Salisbury.

• View the soaring spire of Salisbury Cathedral, then go inside to view one of the original copies of the Magna Carta

• Marvel at Salisbury’s historic architecture and wander through its charming shopping streets

Day 14: Sightseeing tour of London
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

With a local expert leading the way, take a guided tour of the regal landmarks and UNESCO World Heritage sites of the English capital.

• Pass the grand Trafalgar Square and Baroque-style St. Paul’s Cathedral, perched atop Ludgate Hill

• See Westminster Abbey, the setting for royal coronations and weddings

• View icons like Big Ben, the London Eye and the Tower of London

• Stop by Buckingham Palace, where you may catch the Changing of the Guard

Enjoy a free afternoon in London or add an excursion. Then, raise a glass to your trip at a farewell dinner this evening.

Windsor Castle
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to continue exploring London.

Extension to London

A city that loves to be explored, London beckons with world-class (and often free) museums and galleries, quirky shops, outstanding restaurants, royal pageantry, charming neighborhoods, and an unconquered heritage with more than 2,000 years of history.

London2 nights
Day 15: Free day in London
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in London to explore on your own or add excursions.

Tower of London & Thames River Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
London Eye & Pub Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 16: Free day in London
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend another free day in London or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

A Day in Cambridge
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 17: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews
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My thoughts
by 2nd time traveler 

I'm glad I took this tour. Accommodations were clean, up-to-date, and convenient to restaurants, etc. I wish I'd had a users manual in each to tell me how to use plumbing, electric, AC, etc. With the exception of one horrible dinner in Newcastle, meals were excellent. I found the excursion to Loc...

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by 3rd time traveler 

Overall I had a wonderful time on the Tour of Great Britain. Our tour guide David grew up there so I loved hearing childhood stories and driving past his sisters’ farm. Just added a personal touch. I was also impressed David kept such good track of us, even when someone tried to wonder off…….. ...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 10/23/2018

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by 3rd time traveler 

Wonderful experience. I always recommend EF Tours to friends that are considering a travel experience.

by 2nd time traveler 

For the most part I thought the tour was great. I'm not used to such small hotel rooms and with two women sharing with luggage it was very tight, sometimes we had to lay out suitcases out on the floor and just step over them. The last hotel we stayed in was beautiful in the lobby areas, restauran...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 10/02/2018

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by 4th time traveler 

Great tour! All the stops and local guides were top notch. Your director Nick was wonderful, entertaining, educational and took good care of everyone. All hotels were excellent and in city centers so could walk to shops, restaurants and attractions. Food was very good and got to try haggis in Scotla...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 09/28/2018

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket

This modern hotel is located in Edinburgh’s West End. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you'll find Edinburgh Castle, the Nation...

Sandman Signature

This historic hotel is located in the Newcastle city center. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a fitness facility, and a bar. Nearby, you'll find the Newcastle...

Flights

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FAQ
Passport & visa requirements
  • In order to enter the United Kingdom, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Edinburgh and depart from London. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • Scottish cuisine relies on readily available ingredients like game, dairy, and fish, with little use of exotic spices. Pickled kippers and smoked salmon are popular, as well as hearty dishes like Scotch broth (stew of meat and root vegetables) and haggis (a savory pudding of sheep innards). Scotch whisky is a legendary local spirit, and Scottish ales are world-famous.
  • For traditional English fare at a reasonable price, try a pub meal of fish and chips or bangers and mash. Stilton cheese, steak and kidney pie, and Cumberland sausages are also worth a try.
  • Modern-day London boasts an array of diverse international restaurants. Popular options for the adventurous palate include Indian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, Greek, and West African cuisine.Sip afternoon tea with delicious finger sandwiches and scones at Harrods for the ultimate in English tradition.
  • The small country of Wales has a reputation for interesting local cuisine. Most visitors will love Welsh cakes, which resemble a mix between a cookie and a pancake, and bara brith, a sweet, dense bread. Welsh rarebit, a savory cheese sauce, is popular on bread as well as served as a dip. Seafood fans will love the ubiquity of fresh cockles (small saltwater clams) and the more adventurous should try laverbread, seaweed that’s been boiled and fried and is often served with buttered toast.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • The United Kingdom operates within 230-240 volts and uses a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though charges may apply.
  • There is no internet access on the motor coach.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • The United Kingdom is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm in London.
Currency
  • You will use the Pound sterling in the United Kingdom.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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19 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Sep 7–Sep 21, 2019
Extension available
$5,249CAD$4,949CAD
Oct 5–Oct 19, 2019
Extension available
$4,699CAD
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Nov 2–Nov 16, 2019
Extension available
$4,599CAD$4,299CAD
Apr 18–May 2, 2020
$4,599CAD
May 9–May 23, 2020
Extension available
$4,599CAD
Jun 6–Jun 20, 2020
Extension available
$5,449CAD
Jul 4–Jul 18, 2020
$5,249CAD
Sep 5–Sep 19, 2020
Extension available
$5,249CAD
Sep 19–Oct 3, 2020
$5,249CAD$4,949CAD
Oct 10–Oct 24, 2020
Extension available
$4,699CAD
Nov 7–Nov 21, 2020
$4,599CAD
Apr 17–May 1, 2021
Extension available
$4,599CAD
May 8–May 22, 2021
Extension available
$4,599CAD
Jun 5–Jun 19, 2021
Extension available
$5,449CAD
Jul 10–Jul 24, 2021
$5,249CAD
Sep 4–Sep 18, 2021
$5,249CAD
Sep 18–Oct 2, 2021
Extension available
$5,249CAD
Oct 9–Oct 23, 2021
$4,699CAD
Nov 6–Nov 20, 2021
$4,599CAD
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