Globus and Cosmos are launching new tours of Great Britain in 2019 that aim to showcase the destination’s less-traveled places to visit. The new “Undiscovered Britain” tours build on the company’s previously launched “Undiscovered Italy” tours. They are:
Britain Uncovered (12 days) - Based around Britain’s legends and lore, on this new tour, travelers will explore Exeter, a small city on the Exe River with heritage pre-dating the Romans’ arrival in 50 A.D., as well as get to know the locals in the village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor. There will also be the chance to visit the scenery of Tintern, including the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey, in Wales’ Wye Valley, which served as inspiration for Jane Austen, as well as the Tudor-style birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Hidden Treasures of Southern England (6 days) - For centuries, Londoners have headed to the calming hills, soothing hot springs and solitude of the seaside resorts of Southern England. On this new tour, travelers can follow them while visiting Bath, which dates back to Roman times and is also known for its Georgian architecture, as well as Cotswolds, an area of hills and meadows dotted with castles, villages and thatched-roof cottages. There will also be stops in Tetbury, a wool town reminiscent of the 16th and 17th centuries, and the Isle of Wight, a popular yacht destination on the South Coast.
Scottish Escape (7 days) - This off-season escape invites travelers to Scotland, including Glengoyne, where travelers can learn from the makers of single malt scotch, and Pitlochry, a former Victorian spa town, that has Scottish Baronial architecture dating back 170 years. Guests will also hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans in Culloden.
There are also two new tours from Cosmos:
British Highlights (6 days) - A balance of town and country, this tour leads travelers to the capital cities of London, Edinburgh and Cardiff, as well as local spots in England, Wales and Scotland. Travelers will spend time in Cardiff, a destination set between an ancient fort and modern waterfront, as well as on the medieval streets of Chester. There will also be a chance to explore The Lake District, a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the village of Gretna Green in Scotland.
Scottish Outlander Adventure (7 days) - From Glasgow to the Isle of Skye and beyond, this tour of the Scottish Highlands will take travelers to Stirling Castle, built atop a volcanic plug, and to Strathpeffer, a highland spa town that rose to prominence during Victorian times. There will also be a cruise on Loch Ness, as well as an exploration of the rugged terrain of the Isle of Skye.