Welcome to Northern England, Scotland and London - May 10-15 2019

About Explore Great Britain

Dear Partner,

I am delighted you are joining us for the ExploreGB educational trip and I hope you enjoy your time touring Great Britain.

Our Product Development Team in London have been working incredibly hard over the past 12 months to ensure you have a fantastic trip with new itineraries including visits to top attractions, hotels and destinations which you can sell to your clients.

Below you will find a detailed itinerary of your educational trip, along with a comprehensive map and contact details for all the suppliers you will be meeting with throughout the tour.

I hope this ExploreGB educational experience provides you with the inspiration and contacts necessary to enable you to deliver your own tours to Great Britain.

Best Wishes,

Carol Dray, Commercial Director

Welcome to Northern England, Scotland and London

6 days

The North of England is home to some of the UK’s most stunning countryside – with The Yorkshire Dales, The Lake District National Park and Northumberland all within this breath-taking area. Beyond the countryside, the vibrant cities of Northern England are where you’ll find some of the country’s most famous football clubs, and once known for their industrial heritage, these are now renowned for their culture, shopping and nightlife.

Only 2 hours from London, Wales provides a backdrop of exciting landscapes for visitors to explore. With 5 designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and 3 National Parks, with their snow-capped peaks and wild coastline, Wales is the perfect place to switch off and explore untouched valleys and sleepy villages, or to enjoy raring-to-go towns and cities.

This tour group will be accompanied by a Mandarin speaking guide throughout the duration of the itinerary.

Day 1

Friday, May 10, 2019 - Harrogate to Edinburgh

Departing Harrogate after ExploreGB, make the journey to Edinburgh, where the educational itinerary begins. Arrive in York and check into your hotel for the night, before having dinner at the hotel that evening.

Edinburgh, Inverness, Isle of Skye feature


16:00 – 17:00Transfer from the convention centre to York station – Listen for the announcements advising when your educational coach will be ready to board
17:35 – 20:13Train from York to Edinburgh
20:13 – 20:30Transfer to Principal George Street Hotel & Check in
20:30 – 21:30Dinner at the Principal Hotel
OvernightPrincipal George Street

Day 2

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - Edinburgh to St. Andrews

The first stop on this itinerary is to the Royal Yacht Britannia. The Queen’s former floating palace for over 40 years, Britannia is now a five-star visitor attraction and exclusive evening venue. Step aboard and explore the ship’s 5 decks. From the gleaming Engine Room to the State Apartments, where The Queen hosted glittering state banquets and receptions, as Britannia sailed a million nautical miles around the world on more than a thousand official visits.
Next up is a tour of The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland, that stands at the foot of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat. It has been a royal residence for over 500 years and is closely associated with Scotland’s rich history.

No visit to Scotland is complete without a taste of one of its finest exports – whisky! The Scotch Whisky Experience is a must for any whisky enthusiast. This afternoon, enjoy an experience that includes the chance to sample a selection of whisky’s and compare different blends, as well as a tour of the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky.

In the afternoon, board the coach and make the journey up to St Andrews. Check into the hotel and make the quick journey into town to enjoy dinner at Rogue.

The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh, Scotland


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at hotel
09:00 – 09:30Transfer to Royal Yacht Britannia
09:30 – 11:00Royal Yacht Britannia – Audio Guided Tour
11:00 – 11:30Transfer to Holyroodhouse
11:30 – 13:00Holyroodhouse
13:00 – 13:30Transfer to Scotch Whiskey Experience
13:30 – 14:40Lunch at Amba Restaurant- Scotch Whiskey Experience
14:40 – 15:30Silver Tour at the Scotch Whisky Experience
15:30 – 17:00Transfer to St Andrews
17:00 – 18:30Check in and refresh for dinner
18:45 – 19:00Transfer by coach to Rogue Restaurant
19:00- 21:00Dinner at Rogue
21:00- 21:15Transfer by coach to Fairmont St Andrews
OvernightFairmont St Andrews

Supplier Information

NameThe Royal Yacht Britannia
ProfileThe Royal Yacht Britannia, berthed at Leith in Edinburgh has been rated Scotland's Best Visitor Attraction for 11 years running and TripAdvisor's UK Top 10 for the last five years. The Queen's former floating palace for over 40 years, Britannia is now a five-star visitor attraction and exclusive evening venue. Step aboard and explore the ship's 5 decks. From the gleaming Engine Room to the State Apartments, where The Queen hosted glittering state banquets and receptions, as Britannia sailed a million nautical miles around the world on more than a thousand official visits. See where Prince William and Prince Harry spent their summer holidays every year. Where world leaders and celebrities were wined and dined. From Frank Sinatra and Liz Taylor to Presidents Mandela and Clinton. Visit the Royal Deck Tea Room for lunch or a cream tea, where everything is made on board in the original Royal Galleys. There's also a fantastic selection of gifts in the beautiful shop in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre. Britannia's five decks are fully accessible and there is a FREE audio tour in 30 languages. Groups welcome, rates for groups of 15 or more. Please call for more information.
Phone+44 (0) 131 555 5566

Supplier Information

NamePalace of Holyroodhouse
ProfileThe Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty The Queen's official residence in Scotland, stands at the foot of Edinburgh's Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat. It has been a royal residence for over 500 years and is closely associated with Scotland's rich history.
Phone0303 123 7300
Min - Max capacity:Minimum group size of 15 pax.
Private tours:Yes. Please call 0303 123 7322 for further details or visit our website.
FIT or Groups:FITs and groups are welcome.
Translation:Multimedia guide available in: English, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese Mandarin, Russian and Gaelic.
Extra information:Free tours of Holyrood Abbey are available in English. At the Palace of Holyroodhouse, one group leader will receive free admission when accompanying a group of 15 people or more.

Supplier Information

NameThe Scotch Whisky Experience
ProfileLocated beside Edinburgh Castle, at the top of the historic Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, the award-winning, 5-star Scotch Whisky Experience is one of Scotland’s most prestigious visitor attractions.
Phone0131 220 0441
Frequency:Please see tour information above
FIT or Groups:Groups
Translation:Audio guides are available in 20 languages at no extra charge on the Silver and Gold Tour ONLY. These languages are: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Swedish, Japanese, Polish, Czech, Hindi, Mandarin, Gaelic, Brazilian Portuguese, Cantonese, Korean, British Sign Language and American Sign Language. All other tours are offered in English only, and no live translation will be permitted.
Extra information:Child-friendly exhibits and tailored tours, fully wheelchair accessible. Expert tour guides and whisky advisors are on hand throughout the experience to tailor make your visit and ensure the enjoyment of every member of your party.

Supplier Information

CategoryFood, beverage & Entertainment Venues
ProfileRogue is a new restaurant & bar situated at the heart of St Andrews, Scotland. The impressive restaurant serves up brilliant dry aged steaks & seafood from the best local suppliers Fife has to offer. This multi-faceted venue also offers up a cocktail bar plus its very own small-batch gin distillery.
Phone 01334 470354
FIT or Groups:Both independent and group tours accommodated.

Supplier Information

NameFairmont St Andrews
ProfileA luxury golf resort in St Andrews which prides itself on its two championship golf courses, excellent dining experiences for every taste and sumptuous Spa facilities.
Phone+ 44 1334 837000
Min - Max capacity:Upon request - depending upon season, time of year, day pattern.
Frequency:Not applicable.
Private tours:Yes.
FIT or Groups:Groups.
Extra information:Not applicable.

Day 3

Sunday, May 12, 2019 - St. Andrews

Spend the morning exploring Scotland’s history at St. Andrews Cathedral and Castle. The remains of the Cathedral showcase just how dominating this building was, and it is easy to see how this was this church once dominated Scottish religion. The castle has stood for 450 years, and visitors will learn all about its varied history – from Bishops Palace to state prison.

After a morning of heritage, return to St Andrews, Fairmont for an afternoon of leisure. Try out their golf clinic with a PGA professional on the Championship golf course, before enjoying a wonderful Savoy Afternoon Tea in the beautiful Atrium. Then, what better way to enjoy some free time than taking advantage of the use of the Spa facilities before an interactive show around of the hotel over a drinks reception.

Dinner tonight will take place in the St Andrews Bar and Grill, where you can enjoy the restaurants stunning views of St Andrews.


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at hotel
09:00 – 09:30Transfer by coach to St. Andrews Cathedral and Castle
09:30 – 11:30St. Andrews Cathedral and Castle
11:30 – 12:00Guided visit of Cathedral and Castle with VisitBritain Guide
12:00 – 13:30Come and try the golf clinic with a PGA professional on our Championship golf courses
13:30 – 15:00Savoy Afternoon Tea in the beautiful Atrium
15:00 – 18:00Guests to check in to hotel and enjoy time at leisure and use of the Spa facilities
18:00 – 19:00Interactive show around of hotel over a drinks reception
19:00 – 21:00Dinner in St Andrews Bar and Grill and enjoy the stunning views of St Andrews
OvernightSt Andrews Fairmont

Supplier Information

NameAlnwick Castle
ProfileAlnwick Castle is the one of the largest inhabited castles in England; home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percys, for over 700 years. Combining magnificent medieval architecture with spectacular Italianate State Rooms, it is one of the UK’s most significant heritage destinations.
Phone+44 1665 511100
Private tours:Yes - on request please contact caroline.robinson@alnwickcastle.com
FIT or Groups:Both
Translation:French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Italian
Extra information:Alnwick Castle hosts and exciting daily and seasonal events programme. Daily activities include Artisans Courtyard, a vibrant medieval themed area where adults and children can dress in medieval costume and set forth to train in swordplay, play medieval games or become a craft-making artisan. In Dragon Quest join Harry Hotspur and the Dragon Catcher to battel mystical forces, conquer challenging obstacles and come face to face with a terrifying Dragon. Alnwick Castle famously featured as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films. Visitors to Alnwick Castle can recreate some of the magic with a tour of filming locations or take part in a Broomstick Training * lesson. Broomstick Training is suitable for all ages and the whole family can take part, it teaches the basics of broomstick mounting, manoeuvring and manipulation – with plenty of photo opportunities! In addition to the above daily activities, a range of tours and talks are available each day. During the season, the castle grounds host a range of special events and performances and we are joined by special guest jesters, falconers, musicians, knights and alchemists. *please note that this activity is not associated or endorsed by Warner Bros or JK Rowling.

Day 4

Monday, May 13, 2019 - St. Andrews to Langley Castle

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and ride the coach to Alnmouth which will take you to your first stop of the day – Alnwick Castle.

A magnificent medieval castle set in manicured gardens, Alnwick is one of the most impressive heritage estates in the country. History lovers will appreciate the castle’s dramatic history while those on the Harry Potter trail will relish the chance to get a selfie at the real-life incarnation of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Enjoy a spot of lunch at Alnwick before transferring to Langley Castle hotel where you will check in and refresh for dinner.


08:15 – 09:15Breakfast at Hotel, check-out and load coach
09:15 – 12:30Transfer to Alnwick Castle
12:30 – 16:00Alnwick Castle tour, including lunch
16:00 – 17:30Transfer to Langley castle
17:30 – 18:30Check in and refresh for dinner
18:30 – 20:30Site visit and dinner at hotel
OvernightLangley Castle

Day 5

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Langley Castle to London

The first stop of the day is at Durham Cathedral. Raised up above the city on a rocky promontory, the Norman church is a sight to behold. Founded in 1093, the building has seen hundreds of years of political, social and religious intrigue, and more recently found fame when the cloisters doubled as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. Enjoy a buffet lunch served in Prior’s Hall – a private room behind the scenes of the main cathedral.

After lunch, it’s time to board the train to London Kings Cross where you will meet with a coach that will take you Hiver Beer Experience.

Beekeeping in London? Honey in beer? Yes, really. Nestled in the heart of Kennington Park are Hiver Beer’s very own beehives, producing honey that is a valuable ingredient for their honey beer. With all the kit and protection provided, try your hand at collecting the honey, learning all about the role it plays in the beer production along the way. With tastings and explanation about the processes involved, it’s a unique experience, just a stone’s throw from the city centre.


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at Hotel, check-out and load coach
09:00 – 10:30Transfer to Durham
10:30 – 11:30Cathedral Guided Tour and visit to the Open Treasure Exhibition
11:30 – 12:30Buffet Lunch served in Prior’s Hall, private room behind-the-scenes
12:30 – 12:45Transfer to Durham train station
12:54 – 15:49Train to London Kings Cross (Changing at York)
15:55 – 17:00Transfer to Hiver Brewery and Taproom
17:00 – 18:30Hiver Brewery and Taproom
18:30 – 19:30Transfer to Amba Charing Cross and check in
20:00 – 21:30Transfer to Four Seasons, Chinatown
20:00 – 21:30Dinner at the Four Seasons, Chinatown
21:30 – 22:00Transfer to Amba Charing Cross
OvernightAmba Charing Cross

Supplier Information

NameHiver Beers
ProfileHiver was born out of an admiration for London's urban beekeepers and a passion for craft beer. We offer a range of experiences including our unique beekeeping and craft beer tasting session.
Phone+44 (0)203 198 9972
Min - Max capacity:Max 12 for Hiver Experience Max 20 for Tap room tastings
Frequency:Beekeeping Experiences are available April - September We have scheduled experiences for FIT/Groups can book on Saturdays and Sundays Private group sessions can be booked Monday-Friday by prior arrangement. Tap Room Tastings are currently only available on Saturdays and can be booked by prior arrangement.
Private tours:Yes - please contact us with your requirements
FIT or Groups:FIT or Groups

Supplier Information

Nameglh Hotels, London
Profileglh operates Amba, Thistle & Thistle Express brands, plus three luxury London hotels under the Guoman umbrella - The Grosvenor, The Royal Horseguards, and The Tower. The fabulous Hard Rock Hotel London is now open, along with the Hard Rock Cafe - Oxford Street.
FIT or Groups:Both

Day 6

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - London to Heathrow

After breakfast at the hotel, make the short journey to The Shard – the tallest building in Western Europe, and journey in their extraordinary high-speed lifts that travel from Level 1 to Level 68 in sixty seconds. Once there, enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the capital from our Level 69 observation deck whilst unwinding with a glass of champagne.

And for a more traditional London experience, Shakespeare’s Globe is the home of one of London’s most beloved theatres. Enjoy a guided tour as well as a delicious afternoon tea, including finger sandwiches, patisserie and warm scones – the perfect spot for a bite to eat.

08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at Hotel
09:00 – 09:30Transfer to the Shard
09:30 – 10:45Shangri-La site visit
10:45 – 11:45View from the Shard – Champagne experience
11:45 – 12:00Transfer to the Globe
12:00 – 15:00Shakespeare’s Globe Tour & afternoon tea
15:00 – 16:00Transfer to Heathrow Airport

Supplier Information

NameShangri-La Hotel
ProfileAfter a morning’s stroll through London’s bustling Borough Market, you enjoy a short walk back to the comfort and elegance of Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London. The 34th to 52nd floors of Renzo Piano’s iconic building house the hotel, which is Shangri-La’s first property in the UK. When you arrive, you savour a refreshing cup of Chinese tea at on level 35, before making your way to your spacious room. Here, floor to ceiling windows showcase breathtaking views of vibrant London, and you watch the life of the city unfold along the River Thames.
Phone07234 8000
FIT or Groups:N/A

Supplier Information

NameThe View from The Shard
ProfileThe View from The Shard is the premium visitor attraction located at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building, The Shard and offers guests the unique opportunity to experience London like never before.
Phone0344 499 7222
Min - Max capacity:220 guests each half hour
Frequency:The View can be enjoyed on a self-guided basis with guests being able to stay as long as they wish.
Private tours:Yes.
FIT or Groups:Both.

Supplier Information

NameShakespeare's Globe
ProfileWe celebrate Shakespeare’s transformative impact on the world by conducting a radical theatrical experiment. Inspired and informed by the unique historic playing conditions of two beautiful iconic theatres, our diverse programme of work harnesses the power of performance, cultivates intellectual curiosity and excites learning to make Shakespeare accessible for all.
Phone+44 (0)20 7902 1400
FIT or Groups:n/a

All times and dates are subject to change.