Welcome to London and the South West - May 4-8 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 London and the South West

5 days

One of the world’s most visited cities, England’s buzzing capital has so much to offer, from magnificent history and culture to cutting-edge fashion and food. But for those who think they know London, then think again – this ever-changing capital continues to surprise new and repeat visitors alike.

South West England is home to eleven Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, two National Parks and benefits from a feeling of remoteness and tranquillity which makes it a popular holiday destination.

Day 1

Saturday, May 04, 2019 - Stonehenge

Arrive at the airport and meet your guide before boarding a coach to start your exploration of London and the South West!

The first stop on this itinerary is to Stonehenge. Stonehenge, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avebury and Stonehenge is approximately 1 hour by car from the city of Bath. As the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe, and now with a fantastic exhibition and visitor centre, visitors can get up close to 250 ancient objects and marvel at how Stonehenge came to be.

Under an hour from Stonehenge is Bath, a city known for its vibrant culture and ancient Roman roots. Check into your hotel before enjoying a dinner in this wonderful city.


13:10Flight arrives
14:15 – 16:00Transfer to Stonehenge
16:00 – 18:00Stonehenge Visit
18:00 – 19:30Transfer to Bath
19:30 – 21:30Dinner
OvernightMacDonald Spa Hotel

Supplier Information

CategoryTourist Board / DMO / Local Authority
ProfileVisitWiltshire is the official Destination Management & Marketing Organisation for Wiltshire representing 600 partners. It is a public/private sector membership organisation. Shrouded in mystery, steeped in legend, Wiltshire has been a special place for a very long time. Its strong connection with the past makes it the perfect place to enjoy the present. The World Heritage Site of Stonehenge and Avebury. has a magnetism that has drawn people to it for centuries. Our charming rural market towns have something unique to offer visitors with many stylish independent shops, a wide range of accommodation, award-winning restaurants, pubs and cafe's plus major attractions, events, arts, culture and entertainment, and its only 90 minutes from London and easily accessible by train, coach or car. VisitWiltshire is leading on developing a new long distance touring route which will join up many of England's iconic destinations and attractions along a corridor west of London through to Bristol. This is one of a number of successful projects made possible by VisitEngland's £40m Discover England Fund (www.discoverenglandfund.org). The touring route will be suitable for visitors to travel by car, coach, rail, cycling, walking or even canal boating. A range of themed itineraries and trails, including heritage, food and drink, countryside, film tourism and GREAT moments, will allow visitors to explore the route in depth, and aims to rival any of the great touring routes in the world!
Phone01722 341309
Day 2

Sunday, May 05, 2019 - Bath and Glastonbury

For centuries Bath has been the place where people came to in order to relax. The ancient Romans came here for the hot thermal waters, and the Victorians came here to take the healing waters and to shop. As a result, Bath today is a mix of ancient culture and refined boutiques, beautiful historic Georgian architecture and elegant eateries, with the Roman Baths still a centrepiece of the city.

The natural thermal waters of the Thermae Bath Spa offer visitors the modern equivalent of the ancient Roman Baths. There is no better way to experience the naturally warm, mineral-rich waters than by bathing in their rooftop pool overlooking Bath’s city skyline.

After the modernity of the Thermae Bath Spa, step back in time to one of best preserved ancient sites in Europe – The Roman Baths. Admiring the collonaded pools and immersing oneself in the stories of the Romans at leisure shouldn’t be missed.

After lunch, you’ll make your way to Glastonbury to enjoy an English Tea at the town hall before exploring Glastonbury’s three major sites of antiquity; The Chalice Well, Glastonbury Abbey and The Tor. These are places with deep spiritual roots and have been long claimed to have magical connections.

Thermae Spa, Bath


07:15 – 08:15Breakfast in the Hotel
08:15 – 08:30Transfer to Thermae Bath Spa
08:30 – 09:00Thermea Bath Site Tour
09:00 – 11:00Thermae Bath Spa Experience / or free time if they do not wish to use the facilities
11:00 – 12:00Roman Baths tour
12:00 – 13:00Lunch at The Gainsborough Bath Spa
13:00 – 14:30Transfer to Glastonbury
14:30 – 15:30English Tea at the Glastonbury Town Hall
15:30 – 16:30Chalice Well
16:30 – 17:45Glastonbury Abbey Ruins
17:45 – 18:00Transfer to Glastonbury Tor
18:00 – 19:00Glastonbury Tor
19:00 – 20:00Transfer back to Cadbury house
20:00 – 20:30Free time / get ready for dinner
20:30 – 22:00Dinner at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse (at Cadbury House)
OvernightCadbury House

Supplier Information

NameThermae Bath Spa
ProfileThermae Bath Spa, Britain's only natural thermal spa, located in the historic city of Bath, offers traditional and state-of-the-art spa facilities. Guests can bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters, enjoy the Wellness Suite and a range of spa treatments designed to ease the body & soothe the mind.
Phone01225 331234
Min - Max capacity:1-10.
Private tours:Yes. Tours must be requested in advance by calling Peter Rollins on 01225 328463
FIT or Groups:Small groups
Day 3

Monday, May 06, 2019 - Somerset to Cornwall

This morning, it’s a quick 40 minute drive to Cheddar – from its awe-inspiring cliffs to its extraordinary subterranean caves, Cheddar Gorge & Caves. The guided tour of caves will reveal many fascinating secrets about Britain’s prehistoric ancestors, and it’s also an international centre for caving and rock climbing.

After an exhilarating morning exploring Somerset’s underground secrets, it’s time to visit Kilver Court Designer Village, created by Mulberry founder and English designer Roger Saul, situated within a regenerated textile mill, Kilver Court is home to over 40 designer brands which offer up to 60% off RRP all year round.

There are stand-alone outlets for Rapha, Toast and L.K. Bennett as well as a designer Emporium and Arcade featuring brands such as M.i.h Jeans, Joseph, Chinti & Parker, Bamford, Winser London and Pringle. There is also a Great House shop offering a treasure trove of decorative items, gifts and furniture, alongside the Sharpham Park farm shop selling locally sourced, artisanal food and drink products. Behind the old mill complex is a stunning 3.5 acre garden, as seen on BBC Gardeners’ World set against the impressive backdrop of the Charlton viaduct.

It’s then onto a site visit of the Mount Somerset Hotel and Spa, well established as one of the finest luxury country hotels, wedding and conference venues in the South West, The Mount Somerset Hotel and Spa has won a host of awards including four red AA stars for the levels of comfort and hospitality, alongside three AA Rosettes for the outstanding cuisine of head chef Mark Potts.

Sit back and relax as you board the coach to Cornwall. The South West has some of the most beautiful views in the whole country, so relax and watch the countryside flitter by as you make the journey to the stunning coastal town of St. Ives


07:30 – 08:30Breakfast in the hotel, checkout and load coach
08:30 – 09:15Transfer to Cheddar
09:15 – 10:15Cheddar Cheese Meet and Greet
10:30 – 11:30Guided tour of Cheddar Caves
11:30 – 12:00Transfer to Kilver Court Designer Village
12:00 – 13:30Guided Tour and lunch at Kilver Court Designer Village
13:30 – 14:30Transfer to Mount Somerset Hotel
14:30 – 15:30Mount Somerset Hotel Site inspection
15:30 – 18:30Transfer to St. Ives
18:30 – 19:00Check in to Carbis Bay Hotel
19:00 – 20:00Site inspection
20:00 – 21:00Dinner at Hotel
Overnight –Carbis Bay

Supplier Information

NameCheddar Gorge & Caves
ProfileExplore one of Britain's most spectacular natural landmarks. From its awe-inspiring cliffs to its extraordinary subterranean stalactite show caves. Cheddar Gorge & Caves holds many fascinating secrets about our prehistoric ancestors, and is an international centre for caving and rock climbing.
Phone01985 844328
Min - Max capacity:Group is a Minimum of 12
Private tours:Yes
FIT or Groups:Groups of 12 or more

Supplier Information

NameCarbis Bay Hotel, Spa & Estate
ProfileCarbis Bay Hotel & Estate offers a stunning coastal retreat with direct access to its privately owned 25 acre Blue Flag beach and breath-taking views of one of the world’s most beautiful bays.
Phone+44 (0) 1736 795311
FIT or Groups:FIT
Day 4

Tuesday, May 07, 2019 - Cornwall and the sleeper train to London

Teetering on the cliffs of a rocky outcrop, the morning starts off at the Minack Theatre – without a doubt one of the most unique auditoriums in the world. It overlooks the beautiful Porthcurno Bay and, in the summer, presents open-air plays, musicals and opera. Its sub-tropical gardens are also a sight to behold, bringing a backdrop of colour – particularly in the spring.

Explore the amazing island world of St Michael’s Mount with a guided tour and discover legend, myth and over a thousand years of incredible history before making your way to Penzance. Famous for both pirates and its weather, Penzance has one of the mildest climages in the whole of the UK – something that’s easy to understand when you arrive and discover the abundance of palm trees and other tropical plants!

Enjoy some free time exploring Penzance before boarding the train to London.



08:00 – 08:45Breakfast in the hotel
08:45 – 09:45Transfer to Minack Theater
09:45 – 11:30Minack Theatre and tour
11:30 – 12:30Transfer to St Michaels Mount
12:30 – 14:00Lunch at St Michaels Mount
14:00 – 17:00St Michaels Mount Tour
17:00 – 17:30Transfer to Penzance
17:30 – 19:00Free time
19:00 – 21:00Dinner
21:00 – 21:45Transfer to the rail station, and board train
21:45 – 07:00Board the overnight sleeper train to London Paddington

Supplier Information

NameThe Minack Theatre
ProfileThe Minack is a unique theatre perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean. We put on a full programme of drama, musicals and opera every summer, together with music, comedy and story-telling. We are open all year round for you to come and explore this amazing place and discover the incredible story of Rowena Cade who created the theatre. We look forward to welcoming you.
Phone+44(0)1736 810694
FIT or Groups:Both
Day 5

Wednesday, May 08, 2019 - London to Harrogate

The final day of this itinerary begins at the stunning Westminster Abbey – a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the country’s finest Gothic masterpieces. Kings and Queens have been crowned and buried here since 1066, and the abbey has held no fewer than 16 royal weddings – including that of Kate Middleton and Prince William. Enjoy a private tour with Verga Westminster Abbey for a true best of British experience.

Next, it’s onto the Coca-Cola London Eye to get a birds-eye view of the capital before transferring to London Kings Cross to board a train for Harrogate. Check into your hotel and enjoy dinner before ExploreGB tomorrow!

best of British - the entrance to Westminster Abbey taken from below


05:23Arrive into London Paddington
06:45 – 07:45Use showers in first class lounge at Paddington Station
07:45 – 08:30Transfer to St Pancras Station
08:30 – 09:30Breakfast TBC
09:30 – 10:00Transfer to Westminster Abbey
10:00 – 12:00Westminster Guided tour
12:00 – 13:30Lunch at Westminster Abbey Cellarium Café and Terrace
13:30 – 14:00Walk to London Eye
14:00 – 14:30Ride the London Eye
14:30 – 15:00Transfer to King Cross
15:30 – 16:41Train to  York
16:41 – 17:00Coach Transfer to Harrogate

Supplier Information

NameWestminster Abbey
ProfileKings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains - Westminster Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history. The Abbey has been the Coronation church since 1066, and the setting for many other great events in the life of the nation, including sixteen royal weddings.
Phone+44(0)20 7222 5152
FIT or Groups:Both

Supplier Information

NameCoca-Cola London Eye
ProfileStanding tall on the south bank of the River Thames, the Coca-Cola London Eye moves you through the iconic skyline. Get closer to the views of London’s most spectacular landmarks from Big Ben to The Houses of Parliament and even Windsor Castle on a clear day.
FIT or Groups:FIT and Groups


All times are subject to change.