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England, Wales & Scotland

LONDON, CARDIFF, WARWICK, LIVERPOOL, CHESTER & EDINBURGH

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  • Duration: 13 days
  • Price: from $2,899

 

    Save up to $800 per couple!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this amazing United Kingdom Tour! Reserve by May 18, 2017 to qualify for the early booking discount and enjoy special Brexit-inspired pricing! Space is limited on these tours of the United Kingdom so please reserve early.

Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your United Kingdom vacation package includes
  • 3 nights in London
  • 2 nights in Cardiff
  • 1 night in Coventry
  • 2 nights in Liverpool 
  • 3 nights in Edinburgh
  • London City Tour
  • Stonehenge 
  • National Museum of Wales 
  • The Big Pit Museum (Blaenovan)
  • Worcester Cathedral 
  • Anne Hathaway’s Cottage (Stratford-upon-Avon) 
  • Liverpool City Tour
  • Lake District Visit
  • Edinburgh City Tour
  • Highlands/Loch Lomond Visit 
  • Round trip non-stop airfare from New York. Add $300 from Los Angeles (non-stop from Los Angeles to London and one stop from Edinburgh to Los Angeles)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • 15 meals: 11 buffet breakfasts (B) and 4 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking Driver / Tour Director throughout

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Guided Tour Pricing

Pricing includes land and airfare

(Land only pricing available upon request)

Depart

Return

Best Value Pricing
Reserve by May 18 2017

Reserve after
May 18 2017

2017

w/check 
discount

Sale

After Sale

Apr 28

May 10

SOLD OUT

May 12

May 24

$ 3299

$ 3399

$ 3699

May 26

Jun 7

$ 3299

$ 3399

$ 3699

Jun 9

Jun 21

$ 3299

$ 3399

$ 3699

Jul 28

Aug 9

$ 3199

$ 3299

$ 3599

Aug 11

Aug 23

$ 3199

$ 3299

$ 3599

Sep 15

Sep 27

$ 3199

$ 3299

$ 3599

Oct 13*

Oct 25

$ 2899

$ 2999

$ 3299

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $649.
Departures from LAX: Add $300 per person.
*Oct 13: Departure from Los Angeles unavailable. Included flights only from JFK.
For more information on this United Kingdom tour package, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations for tours of the United Kingdom can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable and non-transferable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating journey through the United Kingdom begins as your depart today on your flight to London, England. 
Day 2
Arrive London (England).
Arrive in beautiful London, the capital of England and one of the most spectacular cities in the entire world. You’ll be greeted at the airport by your Tour Director and escorted to your upscale hotel. Enjoy some time at leisure in London before gathering with your group for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening. Park Plaza Waterloo Hotel (D)
Day 3
London.
This morning enjoy your guided panoramic tour of London. With over seven million people, three hundred languages, and 170 museums housing thousands of years of culture, you’ll never be short of things to do in London. Whether you know the capital well or are visiting for the first time, London is a city full of secrets, surprises and endless entertainment (in fact, there are 17,000 music performances per year across the city). (B)
Day 4
London.
Today is at your leisure. Use the day to explore London independently. The possibilities are limitless. Enjoy! (B)
Day 5
London/Stonehenge/Cardiff (Wales).
This morning, depart on your journey to Cardiff (Wales). En route, visit Stonehenge, the Neolithic stone circle in the Wiltshire countryside and one of the most famous wonders of the world. Dating back to approximately 3000 BC, the circle of huge, upright, and horizontal rectangular stones continues to fascinate academics, spiritualists, and visitors. How and why did hundreds of people transport five tonne stones from all over the south of England and Wales to create a monument that has no obvious function? A multitude of theories regarding the origins and purpose of Stonehenge abound – some serious and some a little hard to believe but all have their supporters. Stonehenge could have been an elite burial mound, druid temple or ancient observatory, and may have been put there by ordinary people, aliens, or by Merlin the mythical wizard. This fascinating stone circle can be toured with audio guides and the modern visitor center includes over 250 artifacts, reconstructions of Neolithic houses, and a 360-degree audio-visual presentation that all help towards understanding the structure. After your visit to Stonehenge, continue to your centrally-located hotel in Cardiff. Clayton Hotel Cardiff (B)
Day 6
Cardiff (Wales).
This morning, enjoy a city tour of Cardiff, the capital and largest city in Wales. Cardiff boasts a long, fascinating history and is reinventing itself for the future. Cardiff Castle towers over the historical center, showing off an eclectic collection of architectural styles. Llandaff Cathedral marks one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain. Adjacent to the city center, Bute Park is where historical buildings, urban woodland, and the River Taff combine to create the city’s green heart. Down at the rejuvenated Cardiff Bay area, the old docklands and red light district have been replaced with Europe’s largest waterfront development, offering visitor attractions like the red-brick Norwegian Church, Doctor Who Experience, and Welsh Millennium Center cultural hub. Next, visit the National Museum of Wales. Take an amazing journey in The Evolution of Wales from the very beginnings of time to the present day. The story begins in space with the Big Bang, and takes you on a 4,600 million-year journey, bringing you face to face with dinosaurs and woolly mammoths along the way. Find out how life evolved in Wales and which dinosaurs roamed the land. The art collection at National Museum Cardiff is one of Europe’s finest. See five hundred years of magnificent paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics from Wales and across the world, including one of Europe’s best collections of Impressionist art. (B)
Day 7
Cardiff (Wales)/Blaenovan/Worcester/Warwick.
This morning, depart Walesand journey to Warwick. En route, visit the Big Pit Museum. Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain’s leading mining museums. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative visit. Enjoy a multi-media tour of a modern coal mine with a virtual miner in the Mining Galleries, exhibitions in the Pithead Baths and Historic colliery buildings. Next, visit Worcester Cathedral, one of England’s loveliest cathedrals. With the royal tombs of King John and Prince Arthur, medieval cloisters, ancient crypt and chapter house, and magnificent Victorian stained glass. There is also a fascinating ancient library and archive, which houses the second largest collection of medieval manuscripts in any cathedral in the United Kingdom. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.  Hilton Coventry (B, D)
Day 8
Warwick/Stratford-upon-Avon/Liverpool.
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Stratford-upon-Avon and tea at Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Discover the real-life romantic life of William Shakespeare by exploring the exquisite gardens and pretty thatched cottage of the family home of the playwright’s wife, Anne Hathaway. Eighteen-year-old William spent much time courting Anne, a woman six years his senior, in the beautiful grounds of the cottage. The stunning gardens showcase traditional Tudor planting, giant willow sculptures, a heart-shaped lavender maze and woodland trails. Within the cottage there are many original pieces of furniture, and an exhibition on Tudor courtship. The cottage, located just over one mile from Stratford-upon-Avon in the hamlet of Shottery, can be reached by road or a well-signposted footpath. A cafe can be found within the grounds serving hot and cold refreshments. After your exploration of the area, continue to Liverpool. Pullman Liverpool (B)
Day 9
Liverpool & Chester.
This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Liverpool, also known as the “World Capital City of Pop.” You may also consider an optional visit to the Beatles Story (more information listed in the optional tours tab). This afternoon, enjoy a trip to Chester. Upon arrival, experience journey through the remains of Roman Chester – Deva. Armed with the latest archaeological evidence, you are provided with a unique insight into life as it was in Roman Britain, showing you some astounding sights ranging from the Amphitheater itself to remains hidden away in the basements of the high street shops. (B)
Day 10
Liverpool/Edinburgh (Scotland).
This morning depart Liverpool and journey across the Scottish borders to Edinburgh. En route, enjoy a scenic journey through the Lake District, a stunning National Park in the north of England which is home to sixteen lakes and Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England. One of the most popular spots in the area is Lake Windermere where a lake cruise and free time in the charming Victorian town of Bowness-on-Windermere are highly recommended activities. The Lakes, famous for their dramatic landscapes, lush forests and mist-capped mountains are the perfect place to explore England’s wilder side. The area also served as literary inspiration to the likes of Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. From his home at Dove Cottage, Wordsworth wrote much of his poetry and the iconic poem ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’ is said to detail a walk along the daffodil-fringed Ullswater lake. Later, enjoy a fun experience watching the Border Collie sheepdogs in beautiful surroundings as they round up sheep in the same way they have for centuries. This evening, enjoy dinner at your centrally-located Edinburgh hotel. Macdonald Holyrood Hotel (B,D)
Day 11
Edinburgh.
This morning, discover Edinburgh, the inspiring capital of Scotland, with a panoramic city tour. From the historical closes of the Old Town to the largest avenues of New Town, explore an outstanding city of contrasts and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along its main thoroughfare, Princes Street, you will witness the most unique sight of Edinburgh Castle, majestically dominating both Old and New Town. See Calton Hill and its National Monument, rightfully giving Edinburgh its nickname: the “Athens of the North”. The balance of the day is at leisure. You may also consider joining an optional visit to Edinburgh Castle (more information listed in the optional tours tab). (B)
Day 12
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs.
Today, enjoy a day trip to Loch Lomond and the Trrossachs with a number of photostops. Lying on the Highland Boundary Fault, Loch Lomond is the largest body of freshwater in mainland Britain. Loch Lomond is the largest body of freshwater in mainland Britain. Being 24.5 miles (39 km) long, Loch Lomond has more than 30 islands, the largest of which is Inchmurrin. The Loch Lomond and Trossachs area of Scotland was awarded National Park Status in July 2002 and is currently used by generations of Scots and visitors for boating, water skiing, bathing and picnicking, or just enjoying the unique atmosphere and scenery. After your visit, return to Edinburgh. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 13
Depart Scotland.
This morning transfer to Edinburgh Airport for your return flight. Your memorable tour of the United Kingdom ends as you arrive back in the USA later today. (B)

Optional Tours

To enhance and make your visit to the United Kingdom more complete and memorable, you tour director will offer optional tours.  Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and may be cancelled if the minimum is not met. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates. Please note that you will register and pay for your optional tours while you are on your trip (not in advance) unless otherwise noted.

Liverpool
The Beatles Story (GBP 14 per person)
Discover everything you will ever need to know about the world’s greatest ever rock band t the award-winning The Beatles Story in Liverpool’s Mersey-side Albert Dock. The Beatles met at teenagers in the maritime city of Liverpool before shooting to worldwide fame with hits like She Loves You and Love Me Do. This UNESCO City of Music has become intrinsically linked with the Fb Four and it’s only right that the world’s largest permanent Beatles exhibition is locatedo n the city’s iconic riverside. The Beatles Story explores the lives, careers, and times of The Beatles right form their childhoods to world domination and beyond into their successful solo careers through fascinating exhibits and interactive themed areas. Take a ride on the Yellow Submarine, order a coffee at the Casbah Cafe and go behind the scenes at Abbey Studios for a unique Beatles experience.
Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle (GBP 17 per person)
Edinburgh’s Castle rock has been a stronghold for over 3000 years. In its dominating position overlooking the capital city, the grandeur and historical significance of Edinburgh Castle has made it a globally famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Seated on top of an extinct volcano with stunning views across the City of Edinburgh, the castle has witnessed many of the defining events of Scottish history and has dominated its surroundings with majesty for centuries. Captivating visitors with its ancient buildings and marvelous views, it continues to spellbound with its wonderful story.

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your flights from New York to the United Kingdom and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules.  We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure.

Date Airline New York (JFK) Los Angeles (LAX)

Depart

Return

Depart

Return

2017: Apr. 28, May 12, May 26, Jun. 9, Jul. 28, Aug. 11, Sep. 15

American Airlines

10:15pm

1:00pm

5:45pm 6:15pm
2017: Oct. 13 American Airlines 10:15pm 1:00pm

N/A

N/A
2017: Nov. 10

British Airways

9:30pm

5:30pm

N/A N/A

 

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

American Airlines does not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignments can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visa not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations.  Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets, final instructions, and additional travel tips will be emailed to you 7-10 days prior to the scheduled departure of your tour.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/ travel for current recommendations. As always, we recommend you consult your personal physician or local public health authorities for medical recommendations based on your personal medical history.  

CLIMATE

Approximate Average High & Low Temperatures
London Cardiff Liverpool Edinburgh
Jan 48 ˚F / 41 ˚F 45 ˚F / 37 ˚F 45 ˚F / 39 ˚F 41 ˚F / 34 ˚F
Feb 48 ˚F / 41 ˚F 43 ˚F / 36 ˚F 45 ˚F / 39 ˚F 43 ˚F / 34 ˚F
Mar 54 ˚F / 43 ˚F 48 ˚F / 39 ˚F 48 ˚F / 41 ˚F 48 ˚F / 36 ˚F
Apr 59 ˚F / 45 ˚F 54 ˚F / 39 ˚F 52 ˚F / 41 ˚F 52 ˚F / 37 ˚F
May 64 ˚F / 50 ˚F 59 ˚F / 45 ˚F 57 ˚F / 46 ˚F 57 ˚F / 43 ˚F
Jun 70 ˚F / 55 ˚F 64 ˚F / 50 ˚F 61 ˚F / 50 ˚F 63 ˚F / 48 ˚F
Jul 73 ˚F / 59 ˚F 68 ˚F / 54 ˚F 66 ˚F / 55 ˚F 66 ˚F / 52 ˚F
Aug 73 ˚F / 59 ˚F 68 ˚F / 54 ˚F 66 ˚F / 54 ˚F 66 ˚F / 52 ˚F
Sept 68 ˚F / 55 ˚F 64 ˚F / 52 ˚F 63 ˚F / 50 ˚F 61 ˚F / 48 ˚F
Oct 61 ˚F / 50 ˚F 57 ˚F / 48 ˚F 55 ˚F / 48 ˚F 55 ˚F / 45 ˚F
Nov 54 ˚F / 45 ˚F 50 ˚F / 41 ˚F 48 ˚F / 43 ˚F 48 ˚F / 37 ˚F
Dec 48 ˚F / 41 ˚F 46 ˚F / 39 ˚F 46 ˚F / 41 ˚F 45 ˚F / 36 ˚F

Please keep in mind that there is no distinct wet or dry season in the United Kingdom. We recommend bringing a waterproof or water resistant outer layer (jacket, etc). 

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency.  Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency.   It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

BAGGAGE

Due to the limitations of both the airlines and the tour buses, each passenger may bring one piece of checked luggage (no more than 44 pounds), and one carry-on piece small enough to fit under the seat in front of you. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you plan to layer your clothing with climate and comfort in mind. 

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