Vacation?

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Vacation spot

Poll closed Sep 21, 2013.
  1. English Countryside/Wales

    4 vote(s)
    33.3%
  2. Edinburgh

    8 vote(s)
    66.7%
  1. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal Multitudinous

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    I plan on traveling to the UK this summer by myself. I'm going through a tour group though. This will be the same tour group I went through when my ex and I went a couple of summers ago. Anyway, they have two options that I'm looking at:

    1)English Countryside and Wales (11 days): Major stops include London, York, a couple of stops in Wales, Bath, Salisbury, and back to London. Even though I've already been to London, I would love to do this tour because I can see York, travel to Wales (my family is Welsh), and can see Stonehenge which I didn't get to see the last time I was there.

    OR

    2)Edinburgh and the Castles of Scotland (10 days): Major stops are Edinburgh, The Highlands, and Glasgow, with a stop at Loch Ness. I have never been to Scotland at all.

    Out of the two, Edinburg is the cheapest but only by about $300. If you could choose which one would you do? I plan on booking it on Friday so I can start paying on it.
     
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  3. JustMe

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    Hmmm...I'd love both, but I think I'd do #2. You could always go again in a couple years! :)
     
  4. dgpiaffeteach

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    You had me at castles lol. I voted Edinburgh.
     
  5. JustMe

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    (Oops...just saw it was a poll.)
     
  6. Aliceacc

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    You mention that you "would love to do" the first tour, but don't say the same about the 2nd. It sounds as though it's your preference, and that's the one that matters.

    So, in your shoes, I would save Edinburgh for next time.
     
  7. smalltowngal

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    This is true, Alice. I would love to do the second one too because I've never been to Scotland and it is a lot of traveling to old castles which I do love too. But I think overall, I'd be happier with the first one.
     
  8. sue35

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    I have been to all of the places in tour two and some in tour one. Hands down, I would do two. Scotland has the nicest people I have ever met. The highlands are spectacular and the castles are great. I loved Scotland and want to return.

    I did not like London and felt Stonehenge disappointing. You are rather far away from the stones. Bath is nice and can be done in a day.

    But Scotland and its people are wonderful.
     
  9. smalltowngal

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    sue~I had heard that you don't really get to get up close to the stones.
     
  10. Pisces_Fish

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    Jealous! I voted 2 :)
     
  11. MrsC

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    I vote that I come with you! :lol:
     
  12. smalltowngal

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    Come on, MrsC!
     
  13. smalltowngal

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    Just booked my trip to Scotland today! In 285 days I'll be flying to Edinburgh!
     
  14. MrsC

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    How exciting!
     
  15. ecteach

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    I'd do #2.
     
  16. JustMe

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    Fun! So tell me about this tour group and how it works, please.
     
  17. Aliceacc

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    Congrats!!

    Planning is at least half the fun!
     
  18. blazer

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    Aaagh! Only just found this thread!

    What did you finally decide on?

    I notice neither itinerary included Stratford Upon Avon (Just on my doorstep)

    For what it is worth I would have chosen A. Wales is very beautiful and unspoiled. They are very welcoming to foreigners (unless they are English)! It does not get as crowded as Scotland. They even make their own Whiskey! Wales gets better weather as well.
     
  19. smalltowngal

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    JustMe~it's goaheadtours.com. They have tons of different tours you can choose from. The good thing is that they different dates to choose from and you can make payments on the trip until a couple of months before the trip. They take care of almost everything, from airfare to hotel to breakfast and some dinners. I would recommend them to anyone!

    blazer~I decided to go with Scotland this time around because it's something that I have never seen before. The thing with option A is that I've already been to London once. I do plan on doing option A in a few years with my daughter. My family is Welsh so visiting Wales is a top priority. And option A has an excursion to Startford Upon Avon that we could do.
     
  20. blazer

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    Being a Brummie the last place on Earth I would want to visit is London! For a start there are no English people living there! Just an overpriced rip off. I won't even fly out of or into a London Airport if I can possibly help it.

    However if you find yourself heading for Stratford in the future let me know. I would happily be your guide.

    Whereabouts in Wales do you have family? My son, Daughter in Law and grand daughter live in Port Talbot in the South.
     
  21. smalltowngal

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    Oh, I don't have any family living there anymore. It's far back in our family tree. :) And when I travel there in a couple more years, I'll definitely let you know!
     
  22. BookButterfly

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    Go to Edinburgh. Oh man... I went there a few summers back, split the trip between London and Edinburgh and was SO SAD to leave. =) HAve fun!
     
  23. blazer

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    If the Jocks get their way next year you will need to show your passport to get from Edinburgh to London!
     
  24. runsw/scissors

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    Yay! I would love to do either/both. I went to London over Christmas break about 7 years ago and had a blast. I'd love to go again. There is so much to do and see we didn't get to a third of it. We stayed "in town" the whole time and didn't see anything else. Ultimately I'd like to take a tour that hits all the places you mentioned. Of course I think I'd have to win the lottery first.
     

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