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Sceptre Tour of Britain and Scotland

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Sceptre Tour of Britain and Scotland

My husband and I are seriously considering an escorted tour by Sceptre. It is 9days and 8 nites. Has anyone travelled with them before and if so, is it a good tour? Having never traveled to the UK before, so we thought this might be the best way to see the highlights. Thanks for your help!

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1. Re: Sceptre Tour of Britain and Scotland

Which tour is this and what countries are included, 9 day isnt long.

Scotland is part of Gt Britain, as are Wales and England, UK includes Northern Ireland, and British Isles includes Irish Republic(although they insist it doesnt) and most of the smaller islands.

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Is this the tour? - sceptretours.com/vacations/britain-escorted-…

I hadn't heard of Sceptre but a look at the small print shows that this tour is actually operated by Globus, part one of the largest tour operators in the world. You might want to look at their website to compare what prices and what is offered.

For first timers it wouldn't be a bad option. The hotels are decent and are centrally situated for the most part but there will be early nights and long days with some boring stretches on Motorways.

You will I am sure be able to put together your own itinerary which will allow you to see and do the things that YOU want to do but of course a lot more effort will be required and savings may be minimal.

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Seems they do a lot of tours to Ireland, go to the Ireland Forum

tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g186591-i88-Irelan…

and type in Sceptre in the search box.

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4. Re: Sceptre Tour of Britain and Scotland

It looks like that most if not all of their Irish tours are actually operated by Globus or Brendan who are another large tour operator. It seems likely that Sceptre are just a middle man/wholesaler in some parts of the world.

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Bit gruelling in some parts especially Bath - Chester and Chester - Edinburgh. Heres my interpretation of the itiniary

Day 2/2 2 nights Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, London London - guided sightseeing; Hampton Court Gardens

Day 3 Stonehenge; Salisbury; Bath 137 miles

1 night Bath Hilton, Bath

Day 4 Stow-on-the-World; Stratford-Upon-Avon; Llangollen, Chester - 214 miles on some cross country main roads

1 night Ramada Hotel, Chester

Day 5 Grasmere; Gretna Green; Edinburgh 257 miles

2 nights Mount Royal Ramada, Edinburgh

Day 8 Alnwick; York – walking tour and visit York Minster; 211 miles

1 night Fairfield Manor, York

Day 9 Stamford; Cambridge London 218 miles

The tour is better than some I have seen, but still asking a lot to get an indepth time at some of the locations.

Remember the roads are not like the States, the section from Bath to Chester is on main roads, but they are not particularly fast so that will eat up the time. The section from Bath to Chester is 214 miles via the AA route maps, and they allow 281 mins to do it by car (average speed of approx 50 mph). Bearing in mind you are stopping three times, I would estimate at least a ten hour day minimum for that day, and more for the Chester - Edinburgh stretch.

Globus - top touring company and you will be well looked after.

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Yes, you are absolutely correct - it is called a Britain sampler, I believe. We only have 10 days vacation in March, so this is the time frame that works for us and we will avoid the Olympics madness, although I am sure June or July would be nicer weather wise. I will look into Globus Tours - as well, thank you for that tip. In theory, planning our own itinerary would be great, but driving on unfamiliar roads and on the left would be stressful I am sure, and we do want to feel as if we are on vacation and thought that maybe the "experts" could let us see the highlights and we would return again perhaps to do our own tour? Any advice is appreciated!

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Not sure there is much more we can add at this stage. The pros and cons of escorted touring have been much discussed here over the years. For first timers wanting a sample of what our country offers without the worry then they can be a good thing.

As an aside some of us have been pushing for a tour operator forum but to no avail.

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