Welcome to England - May 10-13 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 England

4 days

South East England is renowned for its beautiful gardens and miles of stunning coastline. Rich in cultural attractions, the region is easily accessible from London, and is also home to gentle rolling countryside, two National Parks, and some of Britain’s driest weather!

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.

Day 1

Friday, May 10, 2019 - Harrogate to London

Departing Harrogate after ExploreGB, board a train to London, where the educational itinerary begins. Enjoy dinner on the train, and upon arrival in London, check into your hotel for the night.

For those observing Ramadan, Iftar will take place in the hotel.


16:00 – 16:30Transfer to York Station
17:06 – 19:47Train to London Kings Cross, including dinner
19:47 – 19:47Tour guide for the duration of the itinerary
19:47 – 20:30Transfer to hotel
20:37 – 22:37Iftar – Sunset @ 20:37
OvernightLondon Hotel
Day 2

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - Ascot Racecourse

For those observing Ramadan, Sunrise is at 05:15, Suhur will take place in the hotel between 04:15 and 05:15. For those not observing Ramadan, breakfast will be served between 09.00 and 10.00. After this, you will board the coach and transfer to Ascot.

Royal Ascot has established itself as a national institution and a major focus of the British social calendar, as well as being the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world. Tradition, pageantry, fashion and style all mix together, as well as over £6.5 million in total prize money on offer and around 30 races over the five days. Enjoy a tour of the grounds.

You will then be taken to London where you will check into your hotel and refresh for dinner. For those fasting, Iftar will take place in the hotel at 20:39.


04:15 – 05:15Suhur – Sunrise @ 05:15
09:00 – 10:00Breakfast at hotel
10:00 – 12:00Transfer to Ascot
12:00 – 18:00Ascot Racecourse
18:00 – 20:00Transfer to London
20:00 – 20:39Refresh for dinner
20:39 – 20:39Iftar – Sunset @ 20:39
OvernightLondon Hotel
Day 3

Sunday, May 12, 2019 - Bicester Village and Silverstone

Sunrise is at 05:15, and Suhur will be served in the hotel. For those not fasting, breakfast will be between 09:00 and 10:00, after which you will be transported by coach to Bicester Village where you will experience a VIP tour of the region’s ultimate shopping destination. Discover a world of luxury at Bicester Village – home to more than 160 fashion and lifestyle boutiques.

Next on the trip is Silverstone, the jewel in the crown of British Motorsports. Enjoy a hard hat tour of Silverstone racetrack – a fast circuit with a series of complex high-speed turns, and a short straight to add to the excitement – average cornering speeds are higher than at any other championship racetrack.

After this, transfer to Manchester where dinner will take place after sunset (20:40) at Comptoir Libanais, before checking into The Principal – one of Manchester’s premier hotels.


04:13 – 05:13Suhur – Sunrise @ 05:13
10:00 – 11:00Breakfast at hotel
11:00 – 13:00Coach to Bicester Village
13:00 – 15:00Bicester Village VIP Tour
15:00 – 15:30Coach to Silverstone
15:00 – 17:30Hard Hat tour of the Silverstone Heritage Centre
17:30 – 20:40Transfer to Manchester
20:40 – 22:40Dinner in Manchester: Comptoir Libanais (Iftar – Sunset @ 20:40)
OvernightThe Principal

Supplier Information

NameBicester Village
ProfileDiscover a world of luxury at Bicester Village, the region’s ultimate shopping destination. Home to more than 160 fashion and lifestyle boutiques, each offers savings of up to 60%, all year round.
Phone01869 366266
Min - Max capacity:1-1000
Private tours:Yes
FIT or Groups:FIT and Groups
Translation:Arabic and Mandarin

Supplier Information

NamePrincipal Hotels
ProfileTHE PRINCIPAL HOTEL COMPANY, comprising PRINCIPAL - a collection of luxury four and five star city-centre hotels based in landmark buildings in exceptional locations across the United Kingdom such as London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, York, Manchester, Oxford and Cardiff., and DE VERE – modern, country estate hotels, with mansion houses at their heart, with market-leading conference facilities.
FIT or Groups:both
Day 4

Monday, May 13, 2019 - Manchester

Suhur will be served in the hotel at 04:12, and breakfast between 09:30 and 10:30. After checkout, you will make your way to Selfridges Manchester, where you will be introduced to personal shopping and the tax-free lounge.

For those fasting, enjoy a tour of the National Football Museum where you will experience everything from interactive exhibitions to a hall of fame, and dive into the history of the ‘beautiful game. For those who aren’t fasting, enjoy lunch at Mowgli before joining the rest of the group for the Manchester United Football Stadium tour, before transferring to the airport.


04:12 – 05:12Suhur – Sunrise @ 05:12
09:30 – 10:30Breakfast at hotel and check-out
10:30 – 10:45Transfer to Selfridges
10:45 – 11:15Introduction to personal shopping tax-free lounge
11:15 – 13:00Shop at own leisure
13:00 – 13:30Transfer to Mowgli for non-fasters (those who are fasting go to the National Football Museum)
13:30 – 14:30Lunch at Mowgli
14:30 – 15:00Transfer to Manchester United Football Stadium
15:00 – 17:00Manchester United Museum Tour
17:00 – 18:00Transfer to Manchester Airport

Supplier Information

NameSelfridges &and Co.
ProfileDiscover the world’s best luxury brands and the latest exclusive arrivals at Selfridges Exchange Square, Manchester, a one-stop shop for luxurious retail therapy in the heart of the city.
Phone0800 123 400
FIT or Groups:Both

Supplier Information

NameManchester United Museum & Tour Centre
ProfileThe Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour offers a behind the scenes look at the world’s most iconic stadium; Old Trafford Come and sit in José’s seat in the dugout, walk through the players’ tunnel towards the hallowed turf and find the seat of your favourite player in the dressing room. Get a feel for life in the Premier League and immerse yourself in an unrivalled story, the greatest football story ever told We welcome groups of all sizes, from all over the world every day to the home of Manchester United, from individuals and families to international group tours, providing the same world class experience to all.
Phone+44(0)161 868 8000

All times are subject to change.