England - Best Tours & Trips 2019
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Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
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Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.
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Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
No Single Supplement Trips where single supplement is usually not required for solo travelers.
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- Discover enchanting gardens including the subtropical Tresco Abbey Gardens.
- Explore archaeological sites like the Callanish Standing Stones and medieval blackhouse villages.
- Residents of Ireland’s Tory Island introduce you to their language, music and stories.
- London City Tour
- National Museum of Wales
- The Big Pit Museum (Blaenovan)
- Worcester Cathedral
- Ann Hathaway’s Cottage (Stratford-upon-Avon)
- Liverpool City Tour
- Lake District Visit
- Edinburgh City Tour
- Highlands/Loch Lomond Visit
- Visit Mont-St.-Michel UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Discover London
- Explore Paris experience a special drive as we continue to celebrate the freedom
- Enjoy the Palace of Versailles
- Discovering Paris the Louvré, Notre Dame & Eiffel Tower
- See the amazing Benedictine abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most revered wonders of Europe
- Enjoy our sightseeing immersion at Barcelona
- Watch the London Eye, or inquire with reservations for the Harry Potter Walking Tour
- Get an opportunity to visit The Louvre, Notre Dame & Eiffel Tower
- Discover London to Paris
- Awesome Historic London Panoramic Tour
- Visit to Heidelberg
- Visit Romantic city of Venice
- Explore a glass-blowing workshop where highly skilled artisans craft anything from delicate figurines to grand, multi-colored chandeliers
- Visit the Swiss Transport Museum, or relax on one of the lovely lakeshore promenades
- Visit the intriguing Hospices Museum
- Discover Oxford’s soaring spires, lovely landscapes and intriguing lore with university insiders
- Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and see the Royal Shakespeare Company perform in one of England's iconic theatres
- Experience the dramatic mountain environment of Snowdonia National Park in Wales
- Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with scones and clotted cream in London.
- Wave hello to the royal family at Buckingham Palace!
- Experience the best sites and activities with sightseeing passes in both cities!
- Wind your way through the elaborate canal system of Amsterdam and past rows of narrow homes.
- Take your pick of Amsterdam's world famous museums, from the Van Gogh Museum to Rijksmuseum.
- Explore some of the world’s finest art galleries over two continents, from New York City to London
- Voyage across the Atlantic aboard the elegant Queen Mary 2, enjoying a lecture series that illuminates the world of modern and contemporary art
- Learn about architecture as you float up the iconic River Thames to the Tate Britain by riverboat
- Get acquainted with London's sprawl with a ride on the London Eye by the River Thames.
- Make sure you have enough battery to snap photos in front of Big Ben, Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace!
- Travel in style on the Eurostar train and pass beautiful countryside on your way to Brussels.
- Stand in awe at Grand Place, the heart of Brussels and one of the world's most beautiful squares!
- From moules frites to waffles and chocolate, Brussels' food scene is one of the most delicious in Europe.
- Experience both the bustling city of London and the quiet beauty of the English countryside
- Stand on the very streets the hit show "Downton Abbey" was filmed!
- Enjoy the unique experience of traditional Afternoon Tea inside Westminster Abbey.
- Step outside your hotel and come face-to-face with Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and Oxford Street.
- Tour the famous Tower of London and Blenheim Palace.
- Paris does museums like no other city in the world, whether it's the Mona Lisa at the Louvre or Monet's water lilies at Musee d'Orsay.
- Cross the iconic Tower Bridge and see London's famous landmarks: Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and Trafalgar Square.
- Head straight to a bakery when you arrive in Amsterdam to try the famous Dutch treat stroopwafel!
- Explore each city with ease using your included sightseeing passes.
- Travel between Amsterdam, Paris and London from the comfort of a high-speed train. Admire the countryside as you hop from city to city!
- See the highlights of England and Wales, from London to Cardiff and Snowdonia.
- Enjoy unique experiences at Welsh copper and gold mines.
- Immerse yourself in history at the Preseli Hills, a place of entombment in Neolithic times and the source of the bluestones of Stonehenge!
- Dive right into the action in your central London hotel, then relax in your beautiful seaside accommodations in Wales.
- Spend an afternoon in Laugharne, where Dylan Thomas wrote his famous play, "Under Milk Wood.
- Learn about and practice your fly fishing technique with an expert instructor in four Southwest Virginia streams: South Fork Holston River, Tumbling Creek, Buller Dam and Whitetop Laurel Creek
- Take in inspiring lectures on fly fishing and local history and ecology throughout the week, including one from a Trout Unlimited expert
- Visit a local fish hatchery to learn about breeding, hatching and rearing of finfish and shellfish
- Experience the iconic Changing of the Guard in London.
- Take the perfect selfie in front of Big Ben or Tower Bridge!
- Enjoy an afternoon in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare.
- Explore the village that inspired Bram Stoker while he was writing Dracula!
- Enjoy breathtaking views from the mountains of Snowdonia National Park in Wales.
- Alnwick Castle - Internationally renowned as a major shooting location for the Harry Potter franchise and Downton Abbey, this superb 1000 year old site offers the archetypal English castle experience.
- York Minster - Majestic Gothic spires reach up into the York sky on one of Europe’s largest cathedrals, a focal point for dramatic events throughout English history.
- Robin Hood’s Bay - This beautifully preserved fishing village offers a stunning contrast between its pretty cottages and rugged cliffside setting.
- Yorkshire Dales - The fiercely rugged and verdant expanse is a haven for plant species and hosts some of the UK’s most diverse wildlife, with the beautiful Gothic-influenced city of York at its centre.
- Wordsworth’s Cottage - Famed abode of the poet William Wordsworth and the refuge where he produced some of his greatest works, this cottage is full of the great man’s secrets and truths.
- Lake Windermere - Spiritual home to Beatrix Potter’s fabulous stories, the largest natural lake in England provides historical and natural fascination.
- Scottish Borders - Explore from the ancient boundary of Hadrian’s Wall to the great city of Edinburgh.
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Top England Experiences
Visiting iconic literary destinations such as the homes of Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens
Strolling along the Thames
Visiting the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens
Enjoying afternoon tea at Hampton Court
Walking through the impressive Windsor Castle
Visiting the imposing Tower of London and learning it’s dark history
Watching a theater performance at the Globe Theater
Driving through the idyllic countryside in Kent
Marveling at the mysterious and enigmatic Stonehenge
Taking a tour of Oxford University where Harry Potter was filmed and JRR Tolkien once taught.
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The land of Shakespeare, Stonehenge, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queens and Kings, and of course Harry Potter, England has much to offer travelers to its shores. A country in the United Kingdom, England is a popular destination for music lovers, theater lovers, and history lovers.
While the wider UK has much claim in the literary world, England has produced perhaps the most recognizable list. From Shakespeare to Jane Austen, it’s a literature enthusiasts dreamland, and several tours that visit England include a comprehensive look at famous literary sites.
You can visit Shakespeare’s house, the Globe Theater, Charles Dickens home, and even the pub where JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis use to meet for a pint and lively conversation.
While it might seem cliche, England really does have a fair share of idyllic countryside. Rolling green hills, quaint cottages, lakes, ponds, and country roads are most quintessential in Kent, the Cotswolds, and the Lake District. These areas showcase a unique beauty, and many tours will explore them as a part of their itinerary.
A more wild version can be found in the far north of England, in Yorkshire, the famous home of the Brontes who spend their youth exploring the moors surrounding their fathers Parish. Down in the south of England you’ll find the mysterious Stonehenge site, surrounded by more misty, expansive moorland.
The Downton Abbey Phenomenon
While many films and novels have put England on the map, the success of Downton Abbey has drawn a new, larger audience to the country. The show has also shed a light on the beautiful stately homes, mansions, and castles so admired by visitors. These houses survive primarily on tourism and Downton has boosted their popularity in a wonderful way. Try a Downton Abbey Tour to see them and other filming locations from the show.
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