Whether your clients are looking to indulge in a little Beatlemania, catch hot comedic acts at Edinburgh’s famed Fringe Festival, explore the beautiful Lake District or have tea at one of London’s top hotels, the U.K. offers independent travelers plenty of things to see and do. To help travel advisors plan their client’s perfect British getaway, Avanti Destinations has released a new advisor’s guide to Great Britain with six basic itineraries that can be modified to suit a variety of tastes, from first-time visitors to U.K. veterans.
The 44-page e-brochure, Welcome to Another Side of Britain; Classic Sites and Endless Wonders, includes key information on: international flights to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales; transportation in and around the U.K.; upcoming annual festivals and events such as Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night, when Brits commemorate the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605; choices of 4- and 5-star accommodation at hotels, castles and country houses; food and pub culture; popular destinations like London, Inverness and Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-Upon-Avon as well up-and-coming areas such as Fort William and Derry; the many English gardens worth exploring; natural wonders like the heather-filled North York Moors National Park; and where you can go to walk in the footsteps of your favorite characters from popular television shows and films like Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter films.
The six itineraries in the Avanti’s advisor guide include:
- The 9-day Enchanted England round trip rail journey from London that takes travelers to Oxford, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Bath, with three nights in London, two nights each in Stratford and Bath and one night in Oxford. The tour includes private transfers to and from London Heathrow airport, walking and punting tours of Oxford, behind the scenes tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford as well as walking tour of the city, a private city tour of London by car and entrance to the Roman Baths at Bath followed by tea in one of the town’s tearooms.
- The 7-day British Classics rail tour of London, York and Edinburgh, with three nights in London, two in Edinburgh and one in York. The tour includes private transfers from London Heathrow and to Edinburgh Airport, a private walking tour of Edinburgh and royal-themed walking tour of London, plus foodie walking tours through Borough Market, Edinburgh’s Broughton Street and Harrogate.
- The 8-day Best of Britain rail tour of London, Liverpool and Edinburgh, with three nights each in London and Edinburgh and two nights in Liverpool. The tour includes private transfers from London Heathrow and to Edinburgh Airport, a private London highlights tour in one of the city’s famed Black Taxis, a Beatles walking tour of Liverpool, a 10-hour combined tour of Bath, Stonehenge and Windsor, a 12-hour combined tour of Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands, and a walking tour of Edinburgh Castle and the famed Royal Mile.
- The 7-day Best of Scotland self-driving tour to Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow. The trip includes two nights each in Edinburgh and Inverness and one night each in Glasgow and Aberdeen. Activities include a 2.5 hour walking tour of Edinburgh and a chance to spot Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, during a cruise on beautiful Loch Ness.
- The 11-day Gardens of England self-driving, round trip from London tour, with stops in the Cotswolds, Lake District and York. The itinerary includes private transfers to and from London Heathrow airport, entrance to Kew Gardens, Lowther Castle as well as Kensington and Blenheim palaces, entrance and private tours of RHS Garden Harlow Carr and RHS Garden Wisley and a cruise on Ullswater Lake with a well-earned glass of Prosecco.
- The 7-day England in a Glass tour of London and York, where guests will spend four nights in London and two nights in York touring the Meantime and Yorkshire breweries, take tea at London’s 4-star St. Ermin’s Hotel and participate in a walking tour around the gin distilleries of foodie hotspot Borough Market.
Avanti’s advisor guide also features mini itineraries such as specialty television and film-themed tours from London like the Warner Bros. Studio Tour and the Bridgerton excursion to Bath and Wilton House, the 17-century Wiltshire family seat of the Earls of Pembroke.
Advisors can book with Avanti Destinations on its revamped advisor portal.
For more information, visit avantidestinations.com.