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England, Wales and Scotland: since 1707 the Union Jack has combined the blue-white-and-red of the crosses of Saint George and Saint Andrew. At its peak the British Empire was the master of the world and comprised no less than a quarter of the world’s population.
Today, slightly over 60 millions inhabitants and lots of ‘‘men in a hurry’’ populate this insular territory whose capital, London, remains the number one financial market in Europe. But there’s still time for a pint at the pub after work in the City! And though it is a hub for the cutting-edge European cultural scene, the city of Sherlock Holmes has preserved its aristocratic charm.
Beyond the green ‘‘ London countryside’’, you can explore the fascinating history of Great Britain through its fortresses and castles surrounded by enchanting lakes and gardens. After visiting some of its magnificent stately homes, such as Chatsworth and Caernaforn, take time for a stroll on the legendary campuses of Oxford and Cambridge.
To reach even further back in time, head for the Scottish Highlands, where glaciers created a jagged coast of fjords, known locally as lochs.

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Great Britain : Must-see towns and regions

  • Cambridge

    Alongside its rival Oxford, the city of Cambridge has come to symbolise university education. Around 100km north of London, it is built on two arms of the River Cam; its willow-planted banks run behin...

  • Cardiff

    Don’t be deluded into dismissing Cardiff as a charmless industrial city: a proud castle overlooks a huge park and Georgian houses incorporating some capricious architectural motifs line its streets. T...

  • Edinburgh

    Capital of Scotland and seat of the Scottish Parliament, the beautiful and verdant city of Edinburgh rises on a cluster of volcanic hills. It has two contrasting parts: the medieval Old Town is perche...

  • Glasgow

    Scotland’s most populous city, Glasgow flourished in the 19C. In the 1960s it went into decline with the closure of its shipyards, but subsequently diversified into technology industries. Its architec...

  • London

    For London to give up its deepest secrets, it is vital to understand its constant intermingling of past and present. Always known as a lively and dynamic capital city, there has been a renewal of vita...

  • Oxford

    Situated on the banks of the River Thames, Oxford is one of the world’s best known seats of learning. Alongside rival Cambridge, it represents the best of English education. Strolling through its stre...

  • Bath

    England's only hot springs surfaced in Bath around 100 000 years ago. The Romans established baths here, and in the 18C it became a fashionable spa town. It is today one of England’s most appealing to...

  • York

    The proud medieval city of York remains well protected behind its virtually intact walls, encircling it between the River Ouse and River Foss. Today, visitors may wander along its rampart walk, offeri...

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