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Taste of Britain

  • 2019 Taste of Britain – 8 Days/7 Nights
Starts London
Ends Glasgow
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 2nd, August 9th, and August 16th departures.
  • Get an insider’s perspective on the lives of the “Fab Four” as a local guide shows you around Liverpool, home of The Beatles.

Trip Highlights:

  • British Music Experience
  • Blair Athol Distillery
  • Loch Lomond Scenic Cruise
  • Scone Palace
  • Tower of London or Kensington Palace
  • Edinburgh Castle

Dining Experiences:

  • 7 breakfasts (B)
  • 2 lunches (L)
  • 2 dinners (D) including a Scottish evening in Edinburgh

Hotels:

  • Park Plaza London Riverbank, London (2 nights)
  • Hilton Liverpool City Centre Hotel, Liverpool (1 night)
  • Malmaison Edinburgh, Edinburgh (2 nights)
  • Columba Hotel, Inverness (1 night)
  • Glasgow Marriott Hotel, Glasgow (1 night)

Hotels

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Park Plaza London Riverbank, London

Park Plaza London Riverbank, London Description:

Ideally situated on the south side of the River Thames near South Bank, the Park Plaza Riverbank London hotel offers guests comfort, convenience and the perfect location in central London. Hotel amenities include a business centre, a fitness centre, free Wi-Fi and on-site dining at chic Chino Latino. Guests can tour the Tate Britain, opposite the hotel, or walk to popular London attractions such as the London Eye and Big Ben. Book a room with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and a workspace at the Park Plaza, and see what sets this property apart from other central London hotels.

Hilton Liverpool City Centre Hotel, Liverpool

Hilton Liverpool City Centre Hotel, Liverpool Description:

This stylish, modern hotel was opened in 2010. Enjoy signature cocktails in the hotel’s elegant PIMA Bar or savor the finest seasonal cuisine at the Exchange Restaurant. Enjoy a range of guest rooms and suites – some with views over the city or the River Mersey – wireless internet access and satellite TV channels. Work out in the fitness center.

Malmaison Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Malmaison Edinburgh, Edinburgh Description:

This boutique hotel located on the seafront offers luxurious rooms complete with refreshing decor. This hotel offers free wifi and 24-hour room service. The hotel promotes its restaurant, Chez Mal Brasserie, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant, located by Leith Shore, offers a large range of seafood dishes, as well as French-inspired cuisine. Located conveniently for exploration, the hotel allows easy access to the National Museum, the Royal Yacht Britannia, as well as Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street.

Columba Hotel, Inverness

Columba Hotel, Inverness Description:

Opened in 1881, this grand historic hotel combines contemporary style and amenities with traditional comfort. Each room features excellent modern facilities including movies, music, radio on demand, and free high-speed wireless internet access. There is a traditional roast meal restaurant with a range of hot, cold and grilled options. This hotel is in a great location in the heart of Inverness, with splendid views of the Ness River and Inverness Castle.

Glasgow Marriott Hotel, Glasgow

Glasgow Marriott Hotel, Glasgow Description:

This modern 13-story hotel offers 300 guest rooms, all with amenities to Marriott standards, including air-conditioned rooms and wireless Internet. Savor international cuisine and carefully selected wine pairings in the Source Restaurant. Rejuvenate with a visit to the Leisure Club’s indoor pool, sauna and gym. The property is located at 500 Argyle Street, in the heart of the city, within easy walking distance of the River Clyde and the fashionable shopping district.

Itinerary

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2019 TASTE of BRITAIN 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 1LONDON ARRIVAL & TOUR

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your London hotel. Take a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group.

Day 2TOWER OF LONDON & CITY SIGHTS

Discover London’s attractions on your own with an open-top bus tour. There is a choice of routes, plus a choice of walking tours. You might visit the Tower of London to view the Crown Jewels, or visit Kensington Palace, former home of Princess Diana. The evening is free to explore and dine on your own. (B)

Day 3BRITISH MUSIC EXPERIENCE & BEATLES’ LIVERPOOL

Travel to Liverpool, stopping for lunch along the way. A local guide will show you around the city focusing on places associated with the “Fab Four.” Explore pop music history at the British Music Experience. The evening is free to explore and dine on your own. Then check out the world famous Cavern Club for an evening of live music. (B, L)

Day 4LAKE DISTRICT & SCOTTISH EVENING

Travel through the Lake District, a region that inspired Beatrix Potter’s children’s books. Embark on a cruise along Lake Windermere, England’s largest natural lake. Over the Scottish border, stop at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop in Gretna Green before travelling towards Edinburgh. Enjoy a traditional dinner and ceilidh at your hotel in Edinburgh. (B, D)

Day 5EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR

Explore central Edinburgh, including the 200-year-old “New Town” with elegant Georgian houses and the Royal Mile where medieval houses are clustered closely together. Tour Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The rest of the day is free to explore and dine on your own. On August 2 - 19 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)

Day 6SCONE PALACE & BLAIR ATHOL DISTILLERY

At Scone Palace see outstanding antiques and the world-renowned grounds. Head to Pitlochry for a traditional pub lunch and free time to explore. Take a tour of the Blair Athol Distillery and sample a “wee dram” of their single malt. Continue to Inverness where the evening is free to check out some of the local pubs with traditional music and food. (B, L)

Day 7LOCH NESS & LOCH LOMOND CRUISE

Travel south through the Highlands, passing the shoreline of Loch Ness with a stop at Fort Augustus or Spean Bridge. See Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak, and continue through the towering mountains around Glencoe. Explore the village of Tyndrum for lunch on your own. Embark on a cruise of Loch Lomond, Britain's largest lake. Enjoy a drive around Glasgow before dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 8TOUR ENDS IN GLASGOW

Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

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