Last month a small group of visitors from Malaysia took a Great British Trip and had such a wonderful experience that they were keen to share their fantastic trip with the world. To that end, below are just a small selection of the photographs from the trip along with an honest comment from them and some details of their itinerary for inspiration!
"We had the best experience in the UK tour from 15th - 30th March 2014. The trip was planned professionally by Great British Trips. Andrew, the tour coordinator is an easy person to deal with. We have not met him but only liased with him via email. He has been very patient and accommodating as we have been changing our itinerary a few times prior to the trip.
We have been very lucky to have such an experience tour planner and drivers that made the journey an unforgettable one. The drivers (Harry & Peter) were very helpful from the start till the day we departed. Accommodation are very good and clean, although twin rooms at one or two guest houses are a little small. Breakfasts are excellent. Overall is still very good.
The whole journey was memorable and we will remember this forever. We will definitely recommend the Great British Trips to others."
The group spent days 1 - 3 exploring the capital city of London. Armed with a London Pass, the group were able to gain free entry into over 60 of London's top attractions which was a great money saving solution as well as time saving as the pass often allows you to 'jump the queue'. As well as the traditional London sights, the group visited the famous St Paul's Cathedral (pictured here and inclduded in the pass) and saw Buckingham Palace as well as the other great landmarks in London.
On day 4 the group members were collected by a private driver and taken to the university city of Oxford. Here they visited the most famous landmarks in this incredibly beautiful city and took a private guided walking tour of the city. After a day in Oxford the group travelled on to their overnight accommodation in the heart of the English Cotswolds at Bourton on the Water.
Over the next 2 days the group spent the day in the Cotswolds region visiting Stratford Upon Avon where they were able to see Shakespeare's Houses as well as Holy Trinity Church and the beautiful medieval city. Next the group visited the incredible Warwick Castle which is totally unique in that this huge fully restored castle has played an incredible role in Britain's history - a story that is told throughout your time at the castle. It really is like stepping back in time.
On day 7 the group travelled north to the Viking city of York where they were met by a guide who took them on a private walking tour of the city. This was followed by an incredible visit to the ever popular Jorvik Viking centre and the breathtaking York Minster Cathedral. After travelling further north into Northumberland National Park for an overnight stay, the following day the group were collected and taken to Houseteads Roman Fort which is one of the most impressive forts laying along the ancient Roman Hadrian's Wall. Next the group continued north to see Jedburgh Abbey, castle jail and museum for travelling on to Edinburgh for an overnight stay.
Day 9 in Edinburgh started with a guided walking tour of the city followed by a free day to explore all its delights at leisure. Members of the group visited Edinburgh Castle as well as the Palace of Holyrood House and the Royal Yacht Brittania. For the next 2 days the group travelled through the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Taking in some of the most beautiful sites in the country the tour included a cruise on Loch Ness and a visit to a famous whisky distillery.
Now travelling back towards the south and into England, the group visited the beautiful Lake District National Park. The sun shone brightly as they embarked upon a full day guided tour of the lakes which included a cruise on Enland's largest lake Windermere and a visit to Beatrix Potter's Hill Top farm.
Now day 13 and nearing the end of their tour, this whistle stop tour of the UK took the group further south where they had some free time to explore the beautiful old walled city of Chester. From here they travelled into north Wales where they took the Great Orme Tramway - a route which has been used for centuries in the town of Llandudno.
On day 14 the group had chance to explore the beautiful region of Snowdonia and the Welsh national Park. Taking a long steam railway journey through the beautiful mountains, the train took the group right to the summit of Wales' highest mountain; Snowdon herself which as you can see from the image lived up to its name with a snowy top! From here the group then travelled south to the Welsh capital of Cardiff where they spent and enjoyed day 15.
The final day 16 of the tour was no less action packed than the previous 15 days had been. Continuing the loop back round towards London's Heathrow airport, the group stopped in at the incredible Roman city of Bath. Here they took a walking tour and visited the popular Roman Bath's as well as Bath Abbey which is right in the centre. From here the group travelled on to the small city of Salisbury where they visited the incredible Salisbury Cathedral which boasts Britain's highest steeple and the best surviving copy of the Magna Carta. The group then rounded off their trip - possibly saving the best til last with a visit to the pre-historic stones of Stonehenge and the brand new visitor centre there before heading back to London for a flight home.
This tour cost the group just over 1600GBP per person for a group of 8. This cost included 15 nights B&B accommodation at 3* hotels, a private vehicle and driver, most of the attractions and walking tours mentioned here as well as all taxes, fees and charges. To enquire about a tour with a similar itinerary please ask for '16 day wonders' tour.
By Ruth Lancey
Date: 2017-11-28 13:17:42