Britain may be compact, but it’s big where it counts for most travelers, with its deep and rich history. Britain’s cultures and languages are all stitched together like one big tapestry. England, Scotland, and Wales share the English language, rail, motorways, and ferries, but each retains its own heritage and traditions, like Wales’ Welsh language. Add to this the amazing array of options for 2012, like the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Cultural Olympiad, and the Torch Relay leading up to the Olympics, and you’ve got a recipe for a fabulous vacation.
Explore the countryside of Britain by driving through the Highlands of Scotland, stopping off for tea and a walk along one of the many lochs. In the Lowlands of Scotland, you’ll find remnants of the Industrial Revolution and the historic and modern cites of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Traipse through England via BritRail from iconic London through the city of York to walk through its snickelways (narrow alleys) to find the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe: York Minster. Be sure to savor a delectable meal in one of the six Michelin star restaurants in Yorkshire for an epicurean vacation.
If you love castles, books and mythical villages, your vacation to Britain would be best served by visiting Wales. Check out the impressive Conwy Castle in North Wales. Head south to explore Brecon Beacons National Park with its stunning landscapes, walking paths, and charming villages. Pop into Hay-on-Wye, especially during its annual Hay Festival for a literary vacation. Visit the capital of Cardiff on your way to the travel gem of Pembrokeshire along the southwest coast.
With any vacation to Britain, using the trains and driving a car will provide you with a more personal and authentic Britain. And with Avanti, you’re sure to have the vacation of a lifetime.
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