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This coach tour of England, Scotland & Wales explores all the parts of those three countries which make Great Britain a 'great' place to visit!
The tour starts in England, taking in beautiful Cambridge and the friendly northern city of Yorkshire, before heading into Scotland's capital, Edinburgh and on to the amazing scenery of the Scottish Highlands, then finishing in Wales' Capital, Cardiff and the famous Roman Bath site in Bath.
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Day 1: Visit Cambridge and Yorkshire.
Day 2: See Hadrian’s Wall, Jedburgh, the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh.
Day 3: A free day in Edinburgh.
Day 4: Visit Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and the Scottish Highlands.
Day 5: Visit the Lake District and Liverpool.
Day 6: Visit Stratford-Upon-Avon and Wales.
Day 7: See Bath and Stonehenge.
1 Included Experience
Included: Cambridge River Punting
We visit this historic city renowned for its leading university. Savour the history and marvellous views as we punt along the river.
2 Included Experience
Included: Walking tour of York
Take a walking tour round this historic walled city with your Expat Explore tour leader.
Dinner in a traditional English pub
1 Included Experience
Included: Photo stop at Hadrian's Wall
Visit Hadrian’s Wall on the border between England and Scotland.
1 Included Experience
Included: Visit to Jedburgh
Located on the border between Scotland and England, Jedburgh has a long history of royal connections and historic warfare. Explore the Abbey ruins and soak up the centuries of history in this amazing place.
1 Included Experience
Included: Edinburgh Walking tour
Arrive in the capital of Scotland and experience the sights and sounds as your tour leader takes you on an evening walking tour of this magnificent city.
Other places of interest you could visit in your free time:
- Edinburgh Castle
- Take a step back in time as you wander the cobbled streets of the Royal Mile down to the Grass Market
- Botanical Gardens
- The National Gallery of Scotland
- Edinburgh Zoo
- The National War Museum of Scotland
- Holyroodhouse Palace
- Evening Ghost tour
1 Included Experience
Included: View National Wallace Monument
See the National Wallace Monument commemorating Sir William Wallace in Sterling.
2 Included Experiences
1 Optional Experience
Included: Whiskey Tasting, Highlands Scenic Drive
Whiskey tasting at one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries in Fort William.
As we head back south behold the grandeur of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, and Glen Coe, a spectacular glen with a fascinating history.
Optional: Cruise on Loch Ness
Prepare for your breath to be taken away by the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands. You’ll have some free time where you may choose to embark on a cruise of Loch Ness – see if you can spot Nessie and the ruins of Urquhart Castle!
1 Included Experience
Included: Visit to the Lake District of England
Here you will have free time for a comfort stop in the beautiful village of Keswick (or similar), in the Lake District.
1 Included Experience
Included: Liverpool driving tour
Take a driving tour and see the Albert Dock, Anfield football stadium and a variety of locations connected to the Beatles.
1 Included Experience
1 Optional Excursion
Included: Visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon
Visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare. You will have free time to wander the city and visit the Shakespearean attractions.
Optional Excursion: Visit the house where William Shakespeare was born, grew up and played. He ate meals in the hall and he slept and dreamt in these rooms. Shakespeare also spent the first five years of married life in this house with his new wife, Anne Hathaway. Other famous writers have also visited here, including Charles Dickens, John Keats, Walter Scott and Thomas Hardy.
1 Included Experience
Included: Caerphilly Castle Photo stop
On our way to Cardiff we stop off for a quick photo stop at this impressive 700-year old castle.
1 Included Experience
Included: Visit to Cardiff
We continue on to the Welsh capital where you have some free time to spend the evening as you wish.
1 Included Experience
Included: Bath Orientation tour
Your Expat Explore tour leader will point out all the main attractions of Bath, so you can make the most of your time here.
Optional Excursion: Bath pump house
Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting some of the finest architectural sights in Europe, and undoubtedly one of the highlights is the Roman Baths. Around Britain's only hot springs, the Romans built the finest religious spa in northern Europe. This great temple and bathing complex still flows with natural hot water. The extensive remains and a Roman museum of international significance lie beneath the Pump Room and Abbey Church Yard in the centre of Bath.
1 Optional Experience
Optional: Visit Stonehenge
We continue onto Stonehenge, an ancient and awe inspiring structure which has mystified tourists and historians alike for centuries.
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Ekomi Reviews for Expat Explore
Newest reviews of this tour
2014-07-12: I will surely recommend this product
Coverage of all tourist sites in Great Britain with brief & precise historic background, excellent time management & personal touch of the tour leader Laura, as also exemplary behaviour of Gary, the driver have made our trip truly memorable. However, first night dinner in a pub at a distance of about 2 miles from the hotel & want of toilet in the bus were the deficiencies that merits to be attended to.
2014-07-03: Busy but memorable - June 2014
The tour was very tiring, however, we saw a lot of interesting and memorable places in the short time we had - definitely felt we saw the highlights of some beautiful towns. Accommodation except for one place was good, food was generally good - some places better than others. Our guide did not talk all day which was nice - some do on bus tours. Our coach was a little scary on some of the narrow, winding Scottish highland roads but we had an excellent driver and the rest of the driving on the motorways was not a problem. The morning departure times were a bit early for us. It was value for money.
2014-06-16: We enjoyed the tours !
My husband and I joined the Europe Taster and Great Britain tours which we enjoyed so much ! We find the itinerary of the tours is well arranged which we could get the best experience of the places that we travelled. The accommodation is real comfortable and convenient to travel on our own on the free day. The tour leader is helpful to provide us the information about the local attraction. We had a great time with the tours ! We have decided to go on next tour soon.
2014-05-18: Leave The Driving to Us
My wife and I had a wonderful experience. We saw new places, learned the history of the UK and soaked in the panoramic views of the countryside. In addition, we made new friends, which included our tour guide and driver; the two Andy's. The excursions allowed us time to get out and touch things we had only read about. Of course, there are things that detract from the trip. As the brochure says, you have to carry your own bags. Because the cost is so low we stayed in more economical hotels. The rooms are adequate but not spacious. I wouldn't let these facts stop me from taking another tour with Expat Tours. I have paid much more money in Paris and Rome for accommodations and received less value.Overall, I was sorry that our vacation came to an end and we had to say, "Goodbye" to our Expat travel family. Do yourself a favor and give this company a try. You'll be as excited about Expat as Sandra and I are.
2014-04-30: All That Was Advertised
We are researchers by nature so had read *all* the material about the tour. It was as advertised - a good value, covering lots of ground. It was exactly as we wanted as we only had a week to see all of Great Britain. Tour guide was helpful and knowledgeable, bus driver was super friendly and skilled. We did the "comfort" tour and were surprised how old people were. We are mid-40s and sorta assumed everyone would be younger. On this tour they were the same age as us and older. Not that it was a problem - great folks - we were just surprised. Included food was better than expected, as were hotels. While mornings were early, days were not too long as they were broken up by frequent breaks and time on your own. I'm an introvert and was a bit nervous about doing a bus tour, but the way it was organized made it quite palatable socially as there were times to be by yourself. I'll be recommending this to others.
2014-04-27: I would recommend this tour
No comments because i don't speack english very well.
2014-04-20: Great introduction to the UK
Traveling 1,200 miles, through three countries, in only seven days means a lot of time sitting on a coach. But, the destinations, the guided tours, the food and, of course, the pubs, make it worthwhile. Gayle, our tour leader, was excellent and kept things moving along nicely. We would have liked to spend more time in some places, Liverpool and Cardiff, for example, but, there's only so much that can be done in seven days. That's one of the benefits of this tour - it helps you discover places you'd like to see again. We thought the tour was enjoyable and good value for the money. The hotels were excellent and the provided meals were very good.
2014-04-07: Magnificent tour
This is a trip that has been on the bucket list for a long time. I left UK 57 years ago to start a new life in North America, eventually marrying and having 3 children. My now-adult children, all married with kids of their own, wanted to retrace their roots, both Scottish and English, and to see the UK in as brief a time as possible through my eyes. I booked the Expat comfort tour, but with great trepidation. My late wife and I traveled UK many times as tourists and I did not see any way you could give us more than just a sponge bath exposure to the "Sceptered Isle". I was wrong. Our 7 day tour was action-packed, comprehensive, well-managed and informative, thanks to your thoughtful itinerary and to Luke, our competent guide. We will be reminiscing this tour for many years to come. It was far beyond our modest expectations and my children and I thank and congratulate you.
2014-04-06: Amazing Tour
The only complaint I would have about the tour was there was no stop while driving across the Scottish Highlands. Other than that, it surpassed all of my families expectations...from the tour leader and driver to the stops, activities and accommodations.
2014-04-06: I would recommend this product
2014-04-06: You actually get more for your money...
Great Britain Tour, March 26- April 1.A great trip in so many ways. The accomodations, even when budget, were always spotless and some hotels (Premier Inn) were more than expected. I had heard bad things about the food but have no complaints at all. The tour leader did an excellent job, couldn't ask for more.The only real con for me was not being able to spend time at certain spots...but saying that, it's a 7 day tour and there is only so much time that can be spent. I don't blame Expat, it's the nature of tours. I really feel I got more than I paid for which is rare these days. Thank you for a lovely trip.
2013-10-17: It's a must for first timers in GB!
I'd always dreamed of visiting Great Britain and when I took on your GB tour (March 27-April 3, 2013) it was absolutely a dream came true! I grew up reading British story books, getting to know some of its history and legends, watching some of British movies and TV serials, listening to some of British songs and music, and admiring pictures of its heritage sites and nature. With a limited time and urge to see as many places as possible on my first trip to GB, I finally decided that Expat Explore's GB tour was the one. The trip throughout GB - from London in the south to Scotland in the north and back to the south - really gave me a good glimpse of what the countries were actually like. They boast rich history and cultural heritage sites as well as charming countrysides and nature. I still can't believe that I finally saw all those famous places with my own eyes. Yet, the trip was even much greater because of new friends I met from many parts of the globe on the tour and the professional and friendly Expat Explore team. Many thanks!
2013-10-07: Best value budget tour
Recommend for travellers who are time poor and want to cram in as much as possible. Good overview of towns and cities, places of interest. Found both tour guide and driver knowledge interesting and helpful.Has given me confidence to re visit places I have been to to explore more at my own leisure.Thank you Expat!
2013-10-01: 1/10/2013. I would certainly recommend
After reading the tour particulars online this tour exceeded expectation for the price and what was included. Accommodation and meals were of good /high standard. Sam and Gary, guide and driver were only to happy to help with any issues. Gary added a bit of colour with his kilt in Scotland . A good mix of young and old. Of course, more time would be good, but you would have to do a longer trip at a dearer price and if you are time poor, this is perfect.
2013-10-01: What a blast!! 25/9/13-1/10/13
This has been a wonderful experience!! Met some great people....saw some wonderful sites. Wish I had more time! Will be planning my next trip as soon as I get home :) This is a great way to get a snapshot view if the UK
2013-09-23: Overall good value for money
Overall, good value for the money, not sure it can be beat.For the tour itself, guide had almost no knowledge of the region/tour and could not answer any questions. Only prepared notes about the cities were read to the group. Would have also been nice to hear facts or stories about the places we were traveling through in the coach.If you want to see as much as you can in a week, and don't mind being on the coach for 4+ hours per day, this is a great value. Just plan ahead and do your own research about the areas you are passing through.
2013-09-13: I would recommend this product
Great value tour. I enjoyed this tour very much. MS. Sarah is very nice guide and cooperative. Breakfast is good. but Dinner is so so. We did not get any Indian or Muslim food in Dinner. I request to add Indian food in dinner. Total journey is fantastic. Thanks Expat Explore.
2013-09-11: 14-20 August
This trip was worth every cent paid. Gary (our coach driver) and Sarah (tour leader) were amazing. Although we were very busy you never felt forced to take part in anything. This worked especially for the older people on the tour who weren't so mobile any more. Just wish we knew beforehand that we would be in Edinburgh when the Tattoo was on, we wouldv'e booked tickets!
2013-09-09: The perfect choice!
We saw so many places, I'd recommend everyone keep a travel diary. Lots of history, lots of beautiful scenery. Sara the tour directon, and Gary the driver were really great. Other tour members were interesting to talk to, many different nationalities represented.We were pleased with accomodations and food, especialy breakfasts. The tour was well planned, nicely paced.Now the proablem is deciding which expat tour to take next!
2013-08-29: Great Britain tour was fun.
This tour is well suited for people that like a mix of guidance and independence when they are on the road. Accomodations are not very consistent - some better, some - not so great, but clean and private.Food also is different - varies with the hotels. Our tour lead and the driver were very organized and committed. In general - a nice travel memory.
2013-08-20: Great value for the money
This was a great trip that covered some of the major attractions in Great Britain. The package was an excellent value for the money as the hotels were well located and comfortable and the provided breakfasts and dinners were good. The tour leader and driver were very accomodating and did a super job.
2013-08-11: great tour
good hotels and food. tour guide and driver were eficient and professional.a great way to see so many places over such a short time. wish we had had more time at the small towns that we stopped in.all in all, great value for money....physically exhausting...not recommended for elderly or physically unfit people or small kids/babies.
2013-08-07: I would recommend this tour
This was our first coach tour and surprisingly good. Better than expected for cost. Our driver Gary was excellent and our tour guide Luke was very keen and helpful but a bit inexperienced and lacking in knowledge of local history. Overall we had a great time and would recommend to friends.
2013-08-05: Good value
This is a budget tour and as such is good value.I recommend expat adds another similar product with more days and charge accordingly.One more night in Liverpool , Cardiff and Bath.Tour guide to provide more info on places that the coach passes but does not stop.
2013-08-01: Basic but good value for money
We covered a lot of the UK in a short time, which suited us.The beds were all very good, as was the food.We had several long days on the bus, which was to be expected but they could have been more entertaining with some commentary about the areas we were travelling through, some history or whatever - don't just sit back and let half the bus doze off due to boredom.The country side we went through was beautiful as were the cities/towns we visited and it was amazing how much country we covered over the week.
2013-08-01: Value for money!
Very busy schedule that took us from North to South. For such a short time it was a great itinerary.Unfortunately the lack of commentary whilst on the tour was disappointing. We passed so many great locations/historical places without any information. The fact that on previous bus tours the commentary was great was why we decided to take a tour rather than drive ourselves.On the other hand, the walking tours were informative and interesting.The food was good at all accommodations.Accommodation was varied, didn't enjoy the accommodation at Pollocks Hall in Edinburgh or the Rob Roy in Stirling.
2013-07-31: Worked for me
This trip definitely worked for me. I could have spent more time in Cardiff and visit the Welsh capital in daylight, or have a short stop and visit another Welsh city/town/village.Amazing food in Edinburgh, great hotel in Liverpool, fantastic view at Lake District, Hadrian's Wall, friendly people in York. Thank you Expat for our gift, I love my T-shirt and bag with full of goods. ;)
2013-07-30: 03/07/2013 00:00:00
I thorougly enjoyed the tour and seeing the UK. Last year we had a very bad experience travelling through Europe with an uninformed guide. This year our guide, Aga, was the opposite and she just proved once again that the guide can make or break the trip. The time on the road was not too long and we managed to see all the most important sights around the UK. Expat should consider doing tours of Ireland too.
2013-07-28: UK with a friend
This was a fast paced tour which gave me a little tast of all the UK has to offer. The tour itself was excellent, it was unfortunate that the Tour Leader showed inexperience this did impact on the group, there were no introductions of the group therefore i did not get to know everyone i was still meeting people from the group on the last day and looking at the group photo i still have no idea who alot of these people were. However Luke was a nice man very friendly and approachable, i am sure with a few more tours he will be an amazing leader. Our driver Gary was lovely but didnt interact too much with the group.
2013-07-15: Phenomenal Trip
My 15yo daughter and I loved this trip! Expat was wonderful, it surpassed our expectations in every way! Loved tour leader, Aga and driver, Gary. They made the trip fun, friendly and educational!Made so many new friends. So much to see in a mere 7 days!
2013-07-09: Life changing, end of story.
Trip was 24/06/2013 - 03/07/2013.Great price. Not too short. Not too long. This tour is such a brilliant opportunity. Gives a lovely taste of some superb places in Europe. Just enough that you enjoy it so much on the trip, and also decide to revisit your favourite places later on in life. The guide, Alex, was experienced and knew her stuff. She was really witty and so involved with the group, doing everything we did. What a difference it made, having a passionate leader.Sights are amazing and unforgettable. People are so interesting and the group will undoubtedly become friends. Europe is just staggeringly entertaining.The accommodation was perfectly in line with this being a budget trip. Don't expect 5 star service, but the places are comfortable and clean. Admittedly, they are not centrally located in the cities, but one does most things in a group and, together with next to no free time, staying far away ends up meaning nothing. Time is not in massive supply, however. Free time is not exactly plentiful and one must be prepared to be punctual at rather early times of the morning. Try sleep on the coach to catch up. This is not too much of an issue, though, because everyone is in the same boat, even the leader!Sadly, food and drink costs an arm and a leg, but one can slightly curb it by 'collecting' bits and pieces at breakfast to supply one's lunch. Again, everybody is in the same boat and a routine is quickly established. Don't worry, you'll work something out. Not that you get much time to focus on hunger anyway.All in all, wonderful, superb, fantastic, brilliant, mindblowing. My life literally changed because of this holiday. I know it sounds cliched and corny, but this trip changed me so much for the better, not joking. Book now, seriously.:)
2013-07-07: I would recommend this tour.
It was the first time that we use foreigner tour.We met friends from over the world we learned each other and knew that how different they are but we are the same who want to Explore.we had the impress of our friend from South Africa that they are so nice and from some country that not!Any way our tour had experienced and good mood driver name "Dean" which ma son like him very much.Cons are too expensive for 50 pounds to change the name of passenger because no change everything even key card of hotel or the name of passenger and at the Liverpool someone can take time there some not????Coach is good also.
2013-07-06: 19-25 June 2013
Slightly exhausting but a great adventure! I would not recommend it for families with children under 12. It would be great to get more information of whatever the next stop is before getting of the bus. With such a big group it was often hard to hear the tour leader's comments while in a busy and noisy location.
2013-07-01: Awesome Trip! - June 19-25, 2013
Great experience and well worth the price! We did so many things, learned so much, and had such a great time. We did this tour as part of our honeymoon, and we had a fun time and met so many nice people from all over the world. By the end I was glad to get out of the coach, but it was a worthwhile experience. Loved Aga, Gary, and Sarah! Thanks so much for everything!
2013-06-27: I would recommend it to anyone
Would appreciate more factual information on sites that we passed while travelling.
2013-06-24: it is quite fine
This is a good trip but it is really exhausting. Some minor places may be excluded and more time should be spent in important places such as liverpool and cardiff. For example, We could not visit the museums and some other places in Liverpool as we arrived ad Liverpool at 4 pm and we left early the next day. There are too frequent convenience stops for WC, I understand that it is necessary but when we leave from a place to another which is 2 hours away, I think that there is no need for a convenience stop because people can have this in the first stop and two hours is not very long. Convenience stops are supposed to be 15 minutes but in reality it takes at least 30 minutes as most of the people get of and until they all get on again.. All in all, considering the places we have visited, I think that this trip is recommandable and worth the money
2013-06-21: Awesome trip definitely recommend
Great time our tour guide Sally was awesome and easy to talk to . She was very helpful in suggesting things to do and where they were . Our driver Gary was great . It was a great 7 day trip wish it didn't have to end . Also Aga our other tour guide was a lot of fun to be around and helpful with guiding us to places we wanted to see . Loved Great Britain can't wait to go back again .
2013-06-09: You have to go............if only once!
Ultimate Europe May 10th 2013. Weather cool some rain. I am 61 on the coach ages ranged from a 12 year old to a man of 82, a good split between young and old. My wife and I were the only ones from England. James our tour conductor and Dom the driver had you laughing I would have paid extra to have the entertainment. You stay in a mixture of hotels, hostels and campsites……not in a tent. Best place we stayed was a campsite outside Rome what fun that was, swimming pool, dancing and a supermarket. We were fed well and we put on weight. Bring a small electric kettle and flask great for the coach. If not staying in town easy rides to town perhaps in most cases 20-30 minutes. Warnings: Lots of walking and if you are late on the bus you have to sing. Clothes washing places are approx a week apart however can wash small stuff in hotel room. A few places you will need to carry cases upstairs. Not enough time we will go back in the future and spend more time in places we liked. Our coach was full of laughter from the moment we started to the moment with tears in our eyes we all hugged each other and parted. Robert ….. London.
2013-06-04: May 22, 2013
Great guide (Sally), terrific driver (Gary), highly recommend this tour. Only one suggestion: rotate seating assignments, it would save the morning scrum for seats and also prevent hogging of seats in front.
2013-06-01: absolutely fun and worthed!!
This trip was absolutely fantastic and entertaining. We met many people from other countries. For the price, we were expected to stay in multishare hostels. However, what we got are 3 star hotel, which were fantastic. we spent our daughter's birthday in Edinburgh. At dinner time,the tour guide surprised her with a birthday cake And the whole members sang the birthday song for her. We Went to many places during the trip. All are beautiful and worth to visit. However the overall trip were too exhausting. We recommend this trip specifically only for young adult.. too many walking tours... Sally and Garry,you guys Did a great job... the tour was well organizes, punctual, and well flow of communication. Please do contact us when u come to Jakarta. Great trip, great guide, great multicultural groups In a relatively low price, EXPAT EXPLORE ROCKS!!!
2013-05-20: Enjoyable Tour
very enjoyable trip. only issue was the dinner, as we had as been vegetarian we had risotto rice everyday which was awful. but the tour really enjoyable and made few new friends which shall be in contact. shall book again for another place next year.
What an incredible trip! I could not have been happier with Expat Explore. We packed so much into one week when I came back to work no one could believe how much I had seen. The tour guide, Sally, was wonderful and we also had two incredible trainees with us Zoe and Andrew. (when they start giving tours I hope to go on another one with them) I was shocked at how nice the accommodations were. For the price I was sure they would be hostleish, But they were not and the food they provided was really good. They have the trip down to a science, we got to see so much and only once did I wish I had more time in a location (Stratford Upon Avon...but they may just be because I am a big theater nerd and I wanted to do more Shakespeare stuff) every other place was timed out perfectly.When I booked this I kept googleing Expat Explore scam because I couldn't believe a trip that included so much could be so affordable. This is no scam...I would recommend taking a trip like this to anyone who wants to pack as much into a week as they can and I will certainly be taking another trip with them in the future!
2013-05-06: 7 days Great Britain
need more time for taking pictures, more places for picture stop. more activities to know each other.. very excellent in time organising, very ontime. need more info about chinese food rest. better to provide water for passenger. will give refferral to travel company in indonesia for better business.d
2013-05-05: Excellent product for the price. 23/4/13
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip.I Commend our guide Sally for being so well organized and communicating clearly so that a group of 49 people can manage to be on time every time throughout the trip!I also enjoyed the friendly atmosphere among such a large and multicutural group.The only setbacks for me are the crazy weather and having to get up early in the morning.
2013-04-29: 27th March 2013 7 days GB tour
Although the tour group was large (49) everyone was punctual and friendly. The breakfasts were fantastic but some dinners could be improved. Certain days were very hectic resulting in a very short stop at Lake district(20 minutes). Would have preferred to skip the overnight at the Scottish Highlands and stay instead at Lake district. Gary the driver was great and a fountain of knowledge.
2013-04-18: March 13th Tour of British Isle
Paula, Gary, et al, Ihis trip is great fun and I loved everyone that I met! It was a great multi-cultural group. If anyone travels to Florida, please do contact me. Sally, I hope all is going well for you. All the best to you and everyone, please post photos! Much love, Carol
2013-04-11: 7 Days Great Britain
My first tour with Expat Explore..........and never regret , doing so...............tour leader Paula.......great leader and helpful..........coach driver, Gary, friendly and a very nice guy......and most of all,,,,our tour group..........friendly and nice people from all over the world...........so happy to have the chance to get to know you guys!!!!!!!!!!!
2013-04-11: Great Britain - 22/3 - 2/4/2013
We had a great time..........our tour leader, Holly was great , helping and giving us advises whenever needed . Also our coach driver, Dean , a great and fun guy........thanks guys and especially thanks to Expat Explore...........this will not be our last tour with you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!
2013-04-07: I really recommended this tour
I really really recommended this tour. the food are great, the tour leader are friendly and well organized all. so freakin' cool men.
2013-03-28: Try it, you won't regret. 13.03.2013
This tour exceeded all our expectations.We were fortunate to have a very knowledgeable tour guide in Paula, who organised the tour impeccably looking into our comforts all the time.Gary was a fantastic driver who never put a foot wrong. His taste of music was beyond belief. We were humming along on our long drives.Already thinking of booking the next holiday in Europe with Expat, next Spring/Summer.
2012-12-21: Amazing tour at a fantastic price!
Wow, this was an incredible tour for the price! Ty and Gary (tour leader and guide) were exceptional OK! The hotels were all in great locations (only metres from town centres) and whilst they were not 5 star they were exactly what they should be, comfortable, clean and with great facilities. They say they are only 3 star but I think most were close to 4 star ratings.The food inclusions were far superior than I expected, the breakfasts were all full buffet hot English and all and the dinners were excellent and not all of them were at the hotel, the one in Edinburgh was in a great Italian restaurant.This trip was actually fully booked so there weren't any spare seats but the coach was very comfortable and kept exceptionally clean (thanks Gary!)The main thing I want to get across though is this tour has amazing Value, there is no way you could even get just the hotels and transport for this price so all the meals and touring is simply a bonus. If you want a great short tour to the UK that sees a lot of the sights and you dont want to break the bank this is the tour for you.
2012-11-26: Great Britain 15 Nov 12
Great way to have a taste of the different cities.
2012-11-14: Amazing tour in 7 days!
Great to see so much in just 7 days, lots of travelling but was a really fun group! All ages and all cultures. Made really good freinds
2012-11-03: 9/27/2012 Great Britain Tour
The tour covered a lot of places we wanted to see in a short period of time. We expected a lot of time on the bus since it covers over 1400 miles in 7 days. Be prepared for a lot of bus riding and watching movies. While our guide and bus driver tried, they had neither done this tour before so it started out with "don't know if this is the place". Not their fault to be assigned to a tour they had never done. Management should have at least had one of them to have done the tour before. The accommodations were very adequate and clean - only one was below par (Rob Roy). The sights we saw were all very good - but be prepared that many places you only get 1 to 2 hours with a max. of 3 hrs. to visit. Remember that is the norm on a tour of this type. When our bus driver changed to a regular one on this route it was amazing the knowledge he had and we could see the difference it would have made if he had done the entire tour. Several stops were not open when we arrived so all we did was take a photo of it. The trip to Cardiff was disappointing as it basically spend the night. The breakfast and dinners that were included were all very good. The guide really tried to do her best on a tour she had never done. We did have flat tire and they did a fantastic job of finding a good place for us to stop and efficiently handled the tire being changed. The tour met our goal of seeing several sights in a short period of time. The price for this tour compared to other "Taste of Britain Tours" was the attraction to us. Overall it is a good tour "taste" of Great Britain. Go prepared to sample the areas and be sure to take the extra excursions even for the extra fees as you probably won't be back again. Another suggestion is to see the sights on the stops and grab a lunch "to go" to eat on the bus. We sometimes spent time on getting a meal and not getting to see the sights.
2012-11-01: Fantastic 7-Day Great Britain Overview
The 7-day GB is a FULL (approx.7am-6pm) 7 days of expansive, 3-country overviews of England, Scotland, & Wales' various historical and well-recognized sites. Be ready to get up early in the mornings! I think ExpatExplore did an excellent job with its overall itinerary, given the fact we traveled 1600+ miles. The Ibis Hotels we stayed in were immaculately clean [...], and catered full morning breakfasts. 3 dinner meals were also included in the tour price (Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff). Several GB regional or history-specific DVDs were shown on the bus trip, if one didn't want to watch the passing countryside. The only drawback was, while reaching several of the tour's spots, we appeared to have a "wayward bus driver," who either didn't know how to use his GPS or who didn't want to use his GPS ~ 1st day of tour: 3x around London (Ibis-Greenwich)before heading out to Cambridge; the wrong Inverness boat tour stop, so we almost missed our Loch Ness tour boat cruise to Urquhart Castle, trying to reach the right dock; and then a flat tire, so we had to make an unscheduled lunchstop @Gretna on the Green, Scotland, thus canceling our Keswick lunch. [...]Take the trip; it's a fantastic overview of the British Isles!
2012-11-01: Great way to see Great Britain
The trip is an excellent way to get a good overview of the UK. Very well organised by our tour leader [@] Surprisingly good accommodation and food, amazing that it can all be done for the price paid. Highlights were; Edinburgh, Loch Ness Cruise and Whisky Tasting in the Scottish Highlands.
2012-10-21: Excellent Value for Money!
My sis and I went on the Great Britain tour from Oct 3-10, 2012. I was celebrating my 30th birthday on the 9th and I thought what better way to spend it than travelling to places I've never been? When I found the tour, I was just blown away by how much cheaper it was than other tours, so I did my due diligence, checked out some reviews and booked it right away, months before our scheduled travel date.We were a bit anxious at the beginning, but we shouldn't have worried. We were picked up at Ibis Greenwich on time, and from the moment we got on the coach, we knew it would be a good trip. When we did our introductions on the coach, almost a third of our group were "repeat customers" of Expat Explore, so we knew we were in good hands. Our tour leader, [@] and our driver [@], were excellent companions, telling us about the sights, insider tips, places to eat and such, and took us from place to place with great efficiency. The trip was well organized, and it's an excellent way to meet new people.There are some caveats, because of the number of places to visit, there are times you feel rushed, but I think what's good about the tour is that you get to "sample" the places and then you can decide which ones to go back to at a more leisurely pace. With the price, we were prepared to stay in small inns/B&Bs, but surprisingly our accommodations were quite decent, with Holiday Inn, Premier Inn, Ibis and Caledonian hotel. Hotel locations were good too, especially the Premier Inn in Cardiff and the Holiday Inn in Edinburgh. We were also pleasantly surprised that we had full English breakfasts all the way, and there were even some dinners included in the cost of the tour, and we also had great walking tours from local guides and got to ride a punt in Cambridge. Really, really excellent value for money, so I will not hesitate to recommend this to others, and am already saving up for the 17 day Western Europe tour. :)
The programme is well organized, the hotels are great except IBIS hotels, I would pay more if you can change IBIS to Holiday Inn. It's worth the money we paid.We are now on your ULTIMATE 26 DAYS, 11 countries tour, [...]
2012-10-15: Sure, I would recommend this 7 days.
Very worthful for money spent. Great hotel i.e. Holiday Inn but not IBIS hotel. Increase fee more and use only Holiday Inn hotels, the Oban Calidonian hotel is great too. Tour leader, [...] is very efficient and control all the situation plus[...] the driver, both are your asset that you should keep them long. Everyone loves them so much. I would recommend my friends to join your tour for sure. thanks a million.
2012-10-12: Great Britain,great surprise!!
First of all,meeting my travel mates at the hotel the first morning,we all shared the same thoughts:the trip seemed to inexpensive to be legit and/or decent,we may be stranded by a non-existent Expatexplore,haha. Nothing was farther from the truth.Beth met us with her bouyant self and soon we were loaded onto the comfortable bus, starting our breathtaking and fun packed adventure!! I still miss my bus buddies so much!!
2012-10-02: Great Britain 7 days , 20-26 Sept 2012
Incredible GB bus tour in 7 full days. Wonderful 1500+ mile trip. Variety of tour activities in each town. Lots of historic sites, time to meander in various GB cities, whisky distillery, and relatively comfortable hotel accommodations. (One should NOT expect typical USA hotel room setup/bed sizes, however, these GB overnight rooms were all clean w/ crisp, white bedsheets, friendly & helpful hotel staff, more than adequate food selections/varieties for both breakfasts & dinners) Refreshing coffee/tea w/ cream + biscuits/cookies available in every hotel room visited. Initial bus driver of 4 days got lost several times within GB - even leaving London, driving around 3x in the same area!(including bus flat tire), thus delaying our arrival in various scheduled sightseeing towns or eliminating a particular town. So, our actual, available touring time was shortened during the several days' visits. Bus windows were dirty, making it difficult to see out or take pictures from inside the bus if it rained. (I noticed other company tour busdrivers in the bus parking lots, using Squeegees on their bus windows when their tourists went into the towns for sightseeing.) Sunday, Sept.23 arrival for Inverness boat ride: lunch beforehand was difficult to find due to bus's early morning arrival and all restaurants still closed...[only cafe open was the one near the bus station dropoff, and the food options were meager] SO MANY sheep and English/Scottish on the drive north ~ would like to have stopped at a Northern English farm to either pet the sheep and/or see how they are sheared. (Or, are all these sheep & cows sent to the slaugherhouse??) All in all, I think the 7-day GB tour was an excellent one. We had almost perfect weather every day, lots of sunshine in Edinburgh for castle tour. Inspite of its length, I thoroughly enjoyed viewing the countrysides from the bus as they changed geographically over the miles. Bus driver became lost again finding Inverness tour location, so we almost missed our Loch Ness boat ride. The only 'poor accommodations' were the ones @The Rob Roy Hotel, Aberfoyle, Stirling, however, due to the geographical location of our drive south from Inverness, this particular hotel appeared to be the only large hotel that could accommodate a large tour bus crowd. Our rooms were clean, the housekeeping staff friendly, albeit its decor was a bit 'rustic'. No mention of the famous Rob Roy was made by our tour guide... this legendary local folk hero could have been described in greater detail, etc. Or a DVD played on the bus, while driving toward this hotel in the nearby Trossachs. Fantastic displays of pervasive wind engine turbines on hillsides. Tour buses need seats that have backpocket mesh 'baskets', so magazines, apparel, souvenirs can be organized/stored in front of each passenger for easy access instead of in the overhead compartment. Also, places are needed for holding drinks or cups.
2012-10-01: Good Great Britain tour
2012-08-12: Great Britain tour- 12th July 2012
We took the risk of booking this tour of expat explore through net since none of the travel agents in Oman nor our friends are aware of the expat explore but that turned out to be cost effective and wonderful life time experience. The tour was professionally organized right from the comfort of the bus, seletion of hotels like IBIS, Premier inn, places of interest in England, Scotland and Wales etc. Excellent driver [@]with good navigation skills, maintain the time schedules perfectly and greets all the passengers cheerfully everytime. Above all wonderful, knowledgeable and cheerful tour guide [@] really made the difference and treated all the tourists equally, cheerfully and her knowledge, way of presentation are very good besides better than special local guides in Edinburgh and other places of importance. [@] made our 25th wedding anniversary (13th July) memorable and we enjoyed her quiz. My wife and daughter won the quiz and got two tee shirts to become the ambassador of expat explore.com. regards
2012-07-14: A Must for your to do List
My family and I went on this tour this in June. It was well worth the money. The choices of stops-cities, towns rural and in between areas gave a great prespective of Bristish culture and history. The choices of hotels were also great. They were clean, centrally situated and offered value for money. The scenery while driving was picturesques (thankfully the weather cooperated). The tour guide and driver were wonderful. They were knowledgeable, competent and friendly. This tour is a great way to see Britian in a short period of time. Caution-there is a lot of walking so where comfortable shoes.
2012-07-05: June 7 Day uk tour
Great tour really the wife and i really enjoyed every minute of it our tour guide [@]and our Driver [@] where both fantastic very knowledgeable. a deifinate asset to xpat.The tour was good valur for money, we all saw plenty in the amount of time we had weather was ok, typical english weather. I can recommend this tour to anybody of any age to go on. There where 4 of us on this tour and we where known as the 4 musketeers.
2012-06-21: Worth Every Penny...n Good!!!
Its was packed and fun trip. The hotel was excellent condition... The food also nice. It just the weather that keep us from total explode!!!For those who want to know more please join the tour and not by reading the review. I can't explained in words how good and best this tour is. You should feel and experience it by yourself as I did with my mother and my auntie. Wuhuuuuuuu!!!! Can't wait for next year tour - 'The Best of Egypt' There is only 1 thing that i believe can make this trip perfect is to include visit Beatles Museum at Liverpool and Stadium Tour at Cardiff. I hope Expat will looked into this and try to make it the best Great Britain Tour!!!!
2012-05-24: Great all inclusive Jam-packed Tour!
I really enjoyed the whole tour. It's a great way to see so many different cities, towns, monuments, castle etc in short amount of time over the 7 days on the tour. For the cost of the tour its great value as not only do you not have to worry about transportation, you also have great accommodation taken care of, as well as most of your meals included. It's nice to have pretty much everything taken care of for you for a change.Our tour guide [@] was really helpful if anyone needed it, she was knowledgeable and told us a lot of history in each place we went to. She was also friendly and fun. I met a lot of people from all walks of life and it's great to be able to meet people of all different ages and backgrounds from all around the world. We had walking tours, organised activities as well as having free time to do as we pleased in most places. Although the time in each place is short, it's almost like a taste tester so you find out what places you would maybe like to go back to another time. I know I definitely want to go back to Edinburgh! There is a fair amount of time spent on the bus between places, but they provide plenty of rest and comfort stops and the bus is always clean and tidy with plenty of room. A few games and some movies/music along the way as well to keep you entertained. I spent most of my time looking out the window at the amazing scenery while on the bus.I would definitely recommend the tour to anyone of any age who is wanting to see a lot of different places around the UK.Thank you so much! :)
Included in Tour
- 6 Nights accommodation in twin rooms. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room
- 6 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
- 15 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours plus other exciting experiences – please see Experiences tab for more information).
- Public transport used during sightseeing tours is now included. (Not on free days)
- Modern air-conditioned motorcoach with reclining seats.
- Services of your Expat tour leader who will be on hand with advice and tips and ensure that you get the most from your trip. You can also book any of the optional excursions available during your tour with your tour leader – please see Essential Information tab for more details.
- All taxes and fees.
- Experienced tour leader
- Free Expat Explore tour souvenir
- Sightseeing as described.
REMEMBER ALL TOURS ARE GUARANTEED DEPARTURES AND WILL OPERATE. Many other companies that operate tours of Europe cancel tours if minimum numbers are not achieved or will only guarantee some departure dates. All tours operated by Expat Explore are guaranteed departures and will operate.*
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Tour Essential Information
This is where you'll find all the extra information about your tour, from departure times and meeting points, to tips on what to pack and details of what time you'll arrive back in London. Click the links below for more information.
REMEMBER ALL TOURS ARE GUARANTEED DEPARTURES AND WILL OPERATE. Many other companies that operate tours of Europe cancel tours if minimum numbers are not achieved or will only guarantee some departure dates. All tours operated by Expat Explore are guaranteed departures and will operate.
Meeting Letter: Meeting point details, arrival in London, important passenger information and contact details.
Optional Excursions: Optional activities available on your Great Britain tour.
Pre-departure information: Everything you need to know before you leave on your tour.