Local Flavors of Great Britain

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Great Britain is definitely more than just a collection of world-renowned historical capitals with beautiful and expansive countryside in between. There's more to the island than just the cosmopolitan attractions of London, the royal heritage of Edinburgh, or the coastal allure of Cardiff. Bustling markets to quaint villages, labyrinthine streets to sprawling landscapes, majestic palaces to cozy pubs; there's certainly plenty to be excited about. Venturing out from the city limits would reward curious and willing travelers with a solid grasp on many components of quintessential British life: the traditions, the culture, the geography, the people, and of course... the food.

From England's assortment of comfort staples such as Yorkshire puddings and Cornish pasties to Welsh classics like Rarebit and Glamorgan sausages to Scotland's legendary single malt and blended whiskys, travelers can expect a cuisine that has the ability to be sophisticated, working class, fine, and hearty all at the same time. With a burgeoning culinary scene that constantly strives to elevate British food and drink to exquisite levels, now is the best time to head out and sample what Great Britain has to offer!

England

London

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London has long been a melting pot of people and cultures, and nothing illustrates this better than the city's diverse culinary and bar scenes-from Michelin-starred restaurants to innovative street food.

A plethora of exciting artisan producers work out of London, including gin distillers, craft beer brewers, and chocolatiers. Not only that, but you can find the best produce from across Britain at one of London's many food markets.

As a city that welcomes people from all over the world, London has been enjoying cultural influences like no other, maintaining its status as a culinary powerhouse. In a state of constant evolution, this capital will always manage to seduce you with something new on the dining table, may it be local, foreign or fusion. All you must do is stay excited and hungry.

Yorkshire

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The people of Yorkshire are immensely proud of all aspects of their county, especially their food and drink. Yorkshire has a diverse landscape featuring cosmopolitan cities, pretty market towns, rugged coastline and the famous Moors and Dales, something which is reflected in the range of food and drink experiences on offer.

Today, some of Britain's best meat, cheese, beer and baked goods producers can be found here and, from local markets to renowned restaurants, there is no better place than Yorkshire to sample these local delicacies.

Cornwall

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A visit to the South West county of Cornwall never disappoints. Not only is the region blessed with the best of the British weather, but also with some of the finest food and drink. A journey along the coast will cover many picturesque fishing towns and present numerous opportunities to sample the morning's local catch, be it delicious oysters or crab, or traditional fish and chips.

The beauty of Cornwall lies in its diversity. Its ideal location and mild climate makes it a perfect destination with a wide variety of products, managing to please all of its visitors.

Whether you are looking for exquisite delicacies in a Michelin starred restaurant, hearty meals in the Cornish countryside or just a quick bite at the local pub, Cornwall deserves nothing but praise.

Lake District

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Cumbria is an area of immense beauty. Stunning lakes, valleys and stone-built villages reminisce the romantic setting of ages past. Adored by both locals and eager travelers, the Lake District attracts visitors all year round with its unique charm that changes with every season.

Aside from the already known beauties within, Cumbria's fame lies in its locally-sourced and carefully-crafted Northwestern food and drink. A place that truly understands the art and craft of cuisine, it has and still delights us with exquisite products such as Grasmere Gingerbread, sticky toffee pudding and, of course, the Cumberland sausage.

The Lake District also boasts the highest concentration of Michelin stars outside of London, cementing the area's reputation as a superb destination for foodies. Country pubs can be found in almost every corner, where many craft beers can be enjoyed along with tales and legends from the friendly locals.

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England in a Glass

While there are many beverages associated with England, surely beer, gin and tea rank near the top. This itinerary allows you to sample all three while visiting two historic cities founded by the Romans but still important destinations today.

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Bite of England

Great Britain is now highly regarded as a very exciting food and drink destination. In this package, you'll explore charming food markets, learn the history of chocolate, and become an expert at pairing tea with cheese.

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Sips & Samples of Southern England

From the hidden pubs and cafés of East London to a brewery in Cornwall, become acquainted with some of the regional dishes, beers, and other products of Britain's finest food and drink.

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Culinary Cumbria in a Nutshell

Enjoy a memorable trip through Cumbria, enjoying two of their most famous villages. It's home to the English Lake district and considered one of the most beautiful regions of the UK. You'll visit Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's house, and Rydal Mount, the former home of William Wordsworth. Learn about the intriguing history of Muncaster Castle, while savoring afternoon tea, and take a memorable ride on a narrow gauge steam railway. Learn about the making of whisky with a tour and tasting at Cumbria's famous distillery , and even take an alpaca for a walk...or swim!

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Lake District Getaway

Take a whirlwind trip through Cumbria, home to the English Lake district and considered one of the most beautiful regions of the UK. You'll visit Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's house. Spend a night in Grasmere, Cumbria's most popular village and Windermere, the charming village nestled on the lake. Experience all the activities on a working Lake District farm, board the Ullswater Steamer for a scenic cruise, plus stroll through the recently renovated Lowther castle and gardens.

Wales
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A country's character is best described on the dining table and Wales is no different. The beloved Welsh cakes, rarebits or vegan Glamorgan sausages, all contribute to the culinary scene, each with a different story to tell. Tales of prosperity or hard times, you will learn them all while indulging in the local cuisine.

Modern Welsh cooking is about top-quality ingredients; cooked simply, to let natural flavors shine through. Indulge in lamb from mountains and saltmarshes, Welsh Black beef, Carmarthen ham, and abundant seafood. To wash it down, turn to ales from artisan breweries, Welsh wine, whisky, and gin, as well as plenty of fresh spring water.

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Bite of Wales

Discover the all charms this fascinating country has to offer, while sampling traditional Welsh cuisine along with a myriad of activities. Spend a day exploring the magnificent Brecon Beacon National Park, take a ride on the Brecon Mountain Railway, plus visits to a distillery, a winery, and a cheese tasting. An itinerary for both the serious and casual food lovers; you'll journey through some of their historic cities and countryside, replete with extraordinary landscapes and astounding castles, and maybe learn a few words of Welsh!

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Sips and Samples of Wales

Delve into this fascinating country that has retained a distinct cultural identity, while sampling traditional Welsh cuisine along with a myriad of activities. Spend a day foraging on their rugged coastline, take a Wildlife Boat excursion, all interspersed with visits to a micro-brewery, a winery, and a cheese tasting. An itinerary for both the serious and the not-so serious foodies; you'll journey through some of their historic cities and countryside, replete with extraordinary landscapes and astounding castles, and maybe pick up a few words in Welsh!

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A Taste of Welsh Classics

Discover the Snowdonia Mountains and the stunning coast, including the port town of Caernarfon; home to Wales most famous castle, and the beautiful seaside resort of Llandudno. Also included is a tour of Halen Mon, the famous sea salt; a safari for lobsters, two vineyard tastings for wine lovers, a micro-brewery visit, the traditional afternoon tea, and you'll master the making of a gin cocktail. Wales is one of the few bilingual countries in the world. And with much of the population speaking Welsh as well as English, an opportunity learn how to pronounce all the towns beginning with two "ll's"!

Scotland
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With a hefty selection of outstanding and award- winning restaurants, cafes and bars, dining out in Edinburgh is a culinary adventure worth experiencing. A plethora of diverse places to eat and drink certainly ensures that there will always be something that appeals to all manner of tastes and budgets.

A gorgeous city that remains youthful and vibrant, Edinburgh is the renowned cultural capital of the North where the old and new gracefully coexist. With the Atlantic on its doorstep, fresh mountain waters and fertile soil, Scotland's abundant natural ladder is renowned for its unrivaled quality. As a returning visitor, you will definitely want to stray from the usual places, off to new openings and hidden gems. No matter how many times you return, Edinburgh will always astonish so loosen up your belt and get ready to explore.

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Great Flavors of Britain

This is the ultimate tour of Britain for foodies. From London to Cornwall, from York to Edinburgh-you'll explore local food markets, discover London's affinity for chocolate, fish for your lunch off the English coast, learn the secrets of pairing tea with cheese, tour and sample at gin and scotch distilleries, and visit three brewpubs. Along the way you'll explore some of Britain's historic sites.

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Taste of British Classics

Visit three of Great Britain's most historic and beautiful cities - London, York and Edinburgh - and walk through some of their oldest neighborhoods, sampling and learning about the highlights of English and Scottish food and drink.

Australia's Outback Northern Territory

The Northern Territory is where travelers go to see authentic Australia. From the tropical Top End to the fiery Red Centre, the experiences in the “NT” are as diverse as its natural landscapes. Swim under cascading waterfalls, dine under the desert moon and stars, admire ancient aboriginal rock art and experience the overall contrast of an Outback adventure.

No trip down under is complete without a visit to the spiritual heart of Australia, the Northern Territory. The Territory transcends climates and geographies - from scenic plunge pools in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, to the iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Red Centre.

Darwin, the Territory’s vibrant capital city, is a mix of open-air markets, mesmerizing sunsets, aboriginal art galleries and waterfront restaurants. Darwin is also a stepping-stone to some of Australia’s greatest natural playgrounds. Experience world-class barramundi fishing, thrilling airboat safaris, or take a short trip to unwind under a free-flowing waterfall in Litchfield National Park.

Bring your camera and a sense of adventure to dual World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. As you walk, fly, drive or hike through the park, you will see native wildlife, ancient Aboriginal rock art sites, wide, meandering rivers and thundering waterfalls.

The outback meets the tropics in Katherine. Head into nearby Nitmiluk National Park to paddle or cruise through the spectacular Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, or hike the trails that follow the Katherine River looking out for rock art.

Further south, Australia’s Red Centre is the real outback! 200,000 square miles of red dirt, blue skies, desert landscapes and more space than Star Wars.

Spend some time in Alice Springs, Australia’s most famous outback town. Enjoy world-famous indigenous art in the town’s galleries, or buy direct from the artist at a nearby community center. Indulge your sense of adventure and hike the popular Larapinta Trail or tour the surrounding East or West MacDonnell Ranges.

Uluru (Ayers Rock) is Australia’s most recognizable, and perhaps the most photographed national landmark. It is located in the heart of Central Australia, and near the equally magnificent Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Continue east through the Red Centre and experience Watarraka National Park, home to the mighty chasms of Kings Canyon.

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Universal Orlando Resort™

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Take your vacation to the next level at Universal Orlando Resort™. Three amazing theme parks, including an incredible new water theme park, provide days of thrills and adventure beyond your imagination. It’s the only place where you can experience the magic and excitement of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at two parks, connected by the Hogwarts™ Express which you can ride* with a Park-to-Park admission ticket.

Breathtaking on-site hotels put you right in the middle of it all. Plus, Universal CityWalk™ offers a dazzling variety of dining and entertainment options from early in the morning until the wee hours of the evening. It’s days and nights of endless, high-octane fun for every member of the family. Vacation beyond anything you’ve experienced before at Universal Orlando Resort™.

Universal Studios Florida™
Immerse yourself in the next generation of blockbuster entertainment at Universal Studios™. You’ll enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Diagon Alley™, encounter mischievous Minions, and take on the new ride Fast & Furious – Supercharged™, coming Spring 2018.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure™
Journey through the legendary worlds of incredible heroes at Islands of Adventure. Explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Hogsmeade™, come face to face with King Kong, battle villains alongside Spider-Man, and flee hungry raptors in Jurassic Park™.

Universal’s Volcano Bay™
Enjoy the thrills and relaxation of a tropical paradise like no other. At the all-new Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water theme park you’ll find an oasis of excitement along with laid-back luxuries that create an entirely new vacation experience.

Universal CityWalk™
Savor the unforgettable dining and unparalleled entertainment of Universal CityWalk™, home to an array of themed restaurants, clubs, concert venues, movies, shops, miniature golf, the world-renowned Blue Man Group and more.

On-Site Hotels
Unwind at your choice of five spectacularly themed hotels in three distinct categories – Prime Value, Preferred, and Premier – that feature a range of accommodations, amenities, recreation, and special theme park benefits.

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Australia

AUSTRALIA • COASTAL ESCAPES • EPICUREAN EXPLORER • THE ULTIMATE IN OUTBACK • COOL CAPITALS

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With some of the world’s friendliest people, Australia is a place that welcomes you with open arms and invites you to experience it with all your senses. Live like a local whether exploring the Great Barrier Reef, going on coastal walks with wombats, or swimming in waterholes in the Outback. This isn’t a place you just see, but a place you feel.

To enjoy life like an Aussie, here’s recommendations for families, adventure lovers, epicurean explorers and those looking to add a touch of style or romance. Pick and choose your way!

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Where else can you easily explore a floating continent with the world’s best aquatic adventures? Here you’ll find beaches with kangaroos, the Great Barrier Reef, and relaxing beach cities like Melbourne, Sydney and Byron Bay. Make sure to check these adventures off your list whether you’re traveling as a family or with that special someone.

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Along with cool coastal adventures, eating and drinking well plays a significant part in the Australia way of life. Most trips can be paired with can’t miss food and wine experiences that are unencumbered by tradition. Where to start? Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne and Perth are topping lists for their innovative chefs, world-class restaurants, festivals, markets and friendly cellar doors serving new wines. Get a taste now.

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The image of Australia’s Outback is often dusty and remote, yet the reality has many choices for travelers. There’s wildlife safaris in Kakadu National Park near Darwin. And helicopters and coastal cruises through the Kimberley. Seeing the natural landscapes through the local indigenous people at Uluru, Alice Springs or the Daintree Rainforest near Cairns and Port Douglas. And a tale of two great reefs - a very famous one and an equally spectacular, secret one on the west coast – where each can be combined with the Outback. Choose your Outback adventure.

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Australia’s capital cities have that rare combination of award-winning restaurants, friendly people and easy access to nearby nature. Sydney is one of the world's great cities where you can explore the harbour or beach in five-star style. For those looking for natural wonders both on and off the plate then go to Hobart in Tasmania. If you want to add the outback to wine and wildlife, then head to Adelaide or Perth. Darwin is perfect for Outback adventures. Brisbane is a great jumping off point to Great Barrier Reef adventures or stunning beaches like the Sunshine and Gold Coast. Or you may want to start in the hip laneway eateries, festivals and rooftop bars of Melbourne, which is often noted as Australia’s culture capital. Get started and explore the top ideas in each city.

AUSTRALIA • COASTAL ESCAPES • EPICUREAN EXPLORER • THE ULTIMATE IN OUTBACK • COOL CAPITALS

The Hawaiian Islands

The Hawaiian Islands • Kauai • Oahu • Molokai • Lanai • Maui • Island of Hawaii

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Let Hawaii Happen

Six Hawaiian Islands. Six unique experiences. From crystal blue waters to black sand beaches, Hawaii’s iconic locations will fill any bucket list. But there’s more to Hawaii than what you’ve heard about. Take a moment. Wander from the suggested route. Stumble upon food that locals love. Experience a culture full of welcoming aloha. You won’t need a roadmap to find your most memorable moments. Get inspired at #LetHawaiiHappen.

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Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS . DINING . ENTERTAINMENT .  WEDDINGS & WELLNESS
As the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas is a city that is constantly reinventing itself to provide innovative ways to impress its visitors. Beyond the 24-hour-a-day casino excitement, there are restaurants directed by renowned chefs, as well as major sporting events, headline concerts and immersive shows.

Today, the city is also recognized as the world’s premier meetings destination. Along with the more than 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space, over 150,000 hotel rooms, and hosting experts at the ready for groups of all sizes and descriptions, there is growing evidence that Las Vegas is one of the most effective places to conduct business, with events held in Las Vegas enjoying increased attendance. There is also an array of shopping centers along the iconic Strip, along with live music at Downtown’s Fremont Street Experience. Whether travel or business, it’s a city designed to make anything and everything possible.

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Caribbean

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The Caribbean should be on everyone's list for a tropical vacation. At least 28 island nations and 7,000 islands offer tropical weather, incredible sunsets, and exciting activities all year round. Relax on the beach, explore, or do it all on your Caribbean vacation.

Beautiful blue waters, warm sands, and great weather year round make the Caribbean beaches some of the best in the world. The beaches offer a variety of water sports where you’ll see diverse marine life such as dolphins, coral rays, turtles, and brightly colored tropical fish. Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, waterskiing, windsurfing, and boating are just a few of the available beach activities in the Caribbean islands.

Best of all, the food and culture are incredible. Caribbean food is a fusion between African, Amerindian, European, East Indian, and Chinese. The islands are rich in colonial history with British, African, Indian, and Chinese influences. Many islands offer fascinating historical museums to visit. Plan your trip around the many festivals that are a key part of Caribbean life. Most islands host annual events celebrating their unique heritage.

The Caribbean offers a huge range of accommodation including all inclusive, family, and romantic resorts. Take a look at the amazing Caribbean land and cruise vacations we offer.

Europe

There is so much to do in Europe, from ocean cruising to river cruising to touring one or more countries on a single itinerary. There is no end to the architecture, culture, and history unique to each country. Climate varies from warm sunny beaches along the Mediterranean to the snowy Alps, perfect for a winter ski vacation. And traveling through Europe has never been easier due to the open borders of the 26 countries of the Schengen Area and cooperating countries like Switzerland.

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United States

From Hawaii to New York, vacationing in the United States offers more variety than anywhere in the world. Here are the top vacation destinations in the United States.

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