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Best of Britain | 9 Day Escorted 2018

Tour Includes:

Transport

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide

Accommodation

  • Macdonald Windsor (1 night)
  • York Marriott (1 night)
  • Dalhousie Castle Hotel (2 nights)
  • Hilton Hotel Liverpool (1 night)
  • Clayton Hotel Cardiff (1 night)
  • Radisson Blu Hotel (2 nights)

    Meals

    • Full breakfast daily except on day 1
    • 5 dinners
    • Welcome get-together drink

    Other Inclusions

    • Visits, tours and admissions
    • Headsets for walking tours
    • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
    • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person

    8 Nights / 13 Meals

    Starts in London / Ends in London

    Highlights:

    Scottish Evening

    Cardiff Castle Banquet

    Oxford & York Walking Tours

    Windsor Castle

    The Beatles Story in Liverpool

    Gretna Green

     

    9 Day Best of Britain Itinerary

    Day 1 - London Arrival & Windsor Castle

    Your vacation starts at your Windsor hotel at 2:30 pm when you meet your tour director. Close to your hotel, visit Windsor Castle, residence of The Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. Join your tour director and trip participants for a welcome drink before dining in your hotel. After dinner take a brief walk around this compact and historic town with a local guide.

    Day 2 - Oxford University & York Minister

    Take a stroll through central Oxford to see some of the most famous colleges and impressive buildings. Learn about the city to understand how the two communities of “town” and “gown” co-exist. Drive north to York where a walking tour is the only way to access the tiny medieval streets including the Shambles, one of the city’s narrowest alleyways. Tour the Gothic York Minster, which is renowned for magnificent medieval stained glass windows. Check in to your hotel in York and savor dinner in the hotel restaurant.

    Day 3 - Bamburgh Castle & Scottish Evening

    Drive north and pause for photos at a section of Hadrian’s Wall. Visit Bamburgh Castle, an imposing medieval fortress that is one of the largest inhabited castles in Britain, dating back to 1096. This magical castle is set high on a rocky plateau affording wonderful views along the coast. Imagine what life was like for the kings, courtiers and servants as you explore the dungeons of the Keep, the King’s Hall and the Medieval Kitchen which produced vast quantities of food. Continue through the Scottish Borders to Edinburgh and check in to your hotel. Head out for a lively Scottish Evening with dinner and entertainment.

    Day 4 - Edinburgh Castle & Guided City Tour

    Explore central Edinburgh this morning, starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with its planned streets and elegant Georgian houses where many famous writers and inventors lived. See the Royal Mile where the medieval houses are clustered closely together with some as high as 11 floors. Tour the massive Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny and enjoy great views right across the city. The afternoon is free for independent activities. You may like to visit some of the many museums or browse in the little shops along the Royal Mile. On August 06 to 20 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo which takes place on the Castle Esplanade. 

    Day 5 - Lake District & Beatles’ Liverpool

    Stop in Gretna Green, the first village across the border from England where since 1754 young couples have crossed into Scotland to be married at the Old Blacksmith’s Shop. It is still a popular wedding place to this day. Drive through the Lake District, a region associated with Beatrix Potter. See stunning views of lakes, gentle hills and valleys. Stop in Grasmere where William Wordsworth penned some of his popular lines and you can see his grave in the village churchyard. Continue to Liverpool to visit The Beatles Story where you can hear their music and learn about their lives and work in a lively exhibit. Check in to your centrally-located hotel and after dinner you may head to the world-famous Cavern Club. 

    Day 6 - Tintern Abbey & Cardiff Castle Banquet

    Drive south through Shropshire, close to the Welsh border and one of the most unspoiled parts of rural England. Stop in Ludlow, a town that can trace its origins back 900 years, to see the huge castle and quaint old black-and-white houses. Continue south through the lovely Welsh countryside to visit the picturesque ruins of Tintern Abbey, founded in 1131 and dissolved in 1536 by order of King Henry VIII. In the 18th century it became a popular haunt of the poet, William Wordsworth. Head to Cardiff and tour Cardiff Castle, developed in Roman times and rebuilt through the centuries. Head to a Welsh evening for dinner and some lively music and entertainment.

    Day 7 - Roman Baths & Stonehenge

    Take a panoramic tour of Cardiff to see the principal areas and buildings and discover local information on a brief walking tour. A short drive will bring you to Bath for a visit to the Roman Baths and Pump Room, hot mineral-rich springs that have been popular since Roman times. At Salisbury Plain marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge and learn about the primitive building methods used to create such an enduring monument. Drive to your hotel in London where the evening is free for independent activities.

    Day 8 - Tower of London & Tour

    This morning take a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus with its statue of Eros, Nelson’s Column flanked by huge lions in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Visit the mighty Tower of London to see the many fortresses, Beefeaters, ravens and the priceless Crown Jewels. The rest of the day is free for further exploring and there is no shortage of great things to see and do.

    Day 9 - Tour Ends Heathrow Airport

    Tour ends after breakfast.

    8 Nights / 13 Meals

    Starts in London / Ends in London

    Tour Includes:

    Transport

    • Airport transfers at start and end of tour
    • Sightseeing by luxury coach
    • Professional driver/guide

    Accommodation

    • Harte & Garter Hotel Windsor (1 night)
    • The Yorkshire Hotel Harrogate (1 night)
    • Norton House Hotel & Spa Edinburgh (2 nights)
    • Radisson Blu Hotel Liverpool
      (1 night)
    • Maldron Hotel Cardiff (1 night)
    • Marriott Kensington Hotel London (2 nights)

    Meals

    • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
    • 5 dinners (D) including
      - Welcome dinner in Windsor
      - Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
      - Welsh Evening in Cardiff
      - 2 table d'hote dinners
    • Welcome get-together drink

    Other Inclusions

    • Walking tours of Windsor and York
    • Tours of Edinburgh, Liverpool, Cardiff and London
    • Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 9 to August 23 departures
    • Visits and admissions to Windsor Castle, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, York Minster, Edinburgh Castle, Old Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green, Tintern Abbey, Roman Baths & Pump Room, Stonehenge and Tower of London
    • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
    • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person.
    All prices quoted are per person, double occupancy. Single room supplement for this tour is $798



     

    9 Day Best of Britain Itinerary

    Day 1 - Heathrow Airport & Windsor Castle

     

    Start your tour at Heathrow Airport with a transfer to your hotel in Windsor. At 2:30 PM depart your hotel to visit Windsor Castle, residence of The Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. 

    See the lavishly decorated State Apartments and courtyards. In the evening meet your tour director and trip participants over a welcome drink to discuss your itinerary before dining in your hotel. 

    Overnight at Harte & Garter Hotel.(D)

     

    Day 2 - Cotswolds & Shakespeare’s Birthplace

     

    Head out into the English countryside today and travel through the delightful Cotswolds. This region was important in the Middle Ages when the wool produced was vital to the economy. Most of the villages date back centuries and are built in the local warm-toned stone. 

    Stop in one of the villages to take photos before driving to Stratford-upon-Avon. Here visit Shakespeare's Birthplace to see an exhibition about his life and work. Then enter the house where he was born to see rooms furnished as they would have been in his day. Drive north to Yorkshire and check in to your charming traditional hotel in central Harrogate. 

    Overnight at The Yorkshire Hotel.(B, D)

     

    Day 3 - York Minster & Scottish Evening

     

    Drive to nearby York for a walking tour through medieval streets to see black and white half-timbered houses, which contain centuries of history. Stroll along the Shambles, one of narrowest alleyways where the overhanging upper floors almost form an arch across the street. 

    Tour the stately York Minster, which towers over the old city and is renowned for its magnificent stained glass windows. Travel north through the Northumberland National Park and pause in Jedburgh, a marketing town with picturesque abbey ruins. 

    Continue through the pleasant, hilly countryside of the Scottish Borders to Edinburgh where your historic hotel is set in spacious grounds a few miles outside the city. In the evening enjoy a Scottish dinner with musical entertainment. 

    Overnight at Norton House Hotel & Spa.(B, D)

     

    Day 4 - Edinburgh Castle & Guided City Tour

     

    Explore central Edinburgh this morning, starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with its planned streets and elegant Georgian houses where many famous writers and inventors lived. See the Royal Mile where the medieval houses are clustered closely together with some as high as 11 floors. 

    Tour the massive Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny and enjoy great views right across the city. The afternoon is free for independent activities. You may like to visit some of the many museums or browse in the little shops along the Royal Mile. On August 04 to 18 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo which takes place on the Castle Esplanade. 

    Overnight at Norton House Hotel & Spa.(B)

     

    Day 5 - Lake District & Beatles’ Liverpool

     

    Stop in Gretna Green, the first village across the border from England where since 1754 young couples have crossed into Scotland to be married at the Old Blacksmith’s Shop. It is still a popular wedding place to this day. Drive through the Lake District, a region associated with Beatrix Potter. See stunning views of lakes, gentle hills and valleys. 

    Stop in Grasmere where William Wordsworth penned some of his popular lines and you can see his grave in the village churchyard. Continue to Liverpool to visit The Beatles Story where you can hear their music and learn about their lives and work in a lively exhibit. Check in to your centrally-located hotel and after dinner you may head to the world-famous Cavern Club. 

    Overnight at Marriott Liverpool City Centre Hotel.(B, D)

     

    Day 6 - Tintern Abbey & Cardiff Castle Banquet

     

    Drive south through Shropshire, one of the most unspoiled parts of rural England and close to the Welsh border. Stop in Ludlow, a town that can trace its origins back 900 years, to see the huge castle and old black-and-white houses. 

    Continue south through the lovely Welsh countryside to visit the picturesque ruins of Tintern Abbey, founded in 1131, in the River Wye Valley. It was a prosperous Cistercian abbey which grew and thrived until it was dissolved by order of King Henry VIII in 1536. In the 18th century it became a popular haunt of the poet, William Wordsworth. 

    Continue to Cardiff, the youngest and fastest-growing capital city in Europe. In the heart of the city visit Cardiff Castle, which dates back nearly 2,000 years. See the 19th century fairy-tale apartments with ornate decorations and then enjoy a great Welsh banquet right in the Castle. 

    Overnight at Maldron Hotel Cardiff.(B, D)

     

    Day 7 - Roman Baths & Stonehenge

     

    Take a panoramic tour around the highlights of Cardiff including the older buildings as well as the iconic Wales Millennium Centre. A short drive will bring you to the spa city of Bath, popular for its natural hot springs with the Romans 2,000 years ago and again in the 18th century Regency period. 

    View the stately town houses, the Pulteney Bridge and many other fine Regency buildings. Visit the Bath Houses & Pump Room, wonderfully preserved after two millennia, with hot springs still sending out healing waters. At Salisbury Plain marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge and learn about the primitive builders who managed to create such an enduring monument. Continue into London and check in to your hotel. 

    Overnight at Mercure London Bridge Hotel.(B)

     

    Day 8 - Tower of London & Tour

     

    Today explore London on an independent open-top sightseeing bus tour – you have a choice of routes around London’s famous landmarks so you may get on and off wherever you wish. There is also a walking tour and a River Thames cruise. 

    Be sure to use your included voucher to visit the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels, guarded by Beefeaters in distinctive Tudor uniforms. There is no shortage of great things to see and do and the bus routes go through many popular shopping districts, if you wish to buy souvenirs. In the evening you are free for dinner. 

    Overnight at Mercure London Bridge Hotel. (B)

     

    Day 9 - Tour Ends Heathrow Airport

     

    Travel to Heathrow Airport by independent transfer in time to check in for your flight home. (B)

     

    Tour Starts Tour Ends Price (PPDO) Tour Status  
    Sun Apr 8, 2018 Mon Apr 16, 2018 $2,265.00 Guaranteed Book
    Sun Apr 15, 2018 Mon Apr 23, 2018 $2,200.00 Guaranteed Book
    Sun Apr 22, 2018 Mon Apr 30, 2018 $2,650.00 Guaranteed Sold Out
    Sun May 6, 2018 Mon May 14, 2018 $2,370.00 Guaranteed Book
    Sun May 20, 2018 Mon May 28, 2018 $2,440.00 Book
    Sun May 27, 2018 Mon Jun 4, 2018 $2,820.00 Guaranteed Small Group Book
    Sun Jun 24, 2018 Mon Jul 2, 2018 $2,820.00 Guaranteed Small Group Book
    Sun Jul 1, 2018 Mon Jul 9, 2018 $2,440.00 Guaranteed Book
    Sun Jul 8, 2018 Mon Jul 16, 2018 $2,820.00 Guaranteed Small Group Book
    Sun Jul 15, 2018 Mon Jul 23, 2018 $2,370.00 Book
    Sun Jul 22, 2018 Mon Jul 30, 2018 $2,820.00 Guaranteed Small Group Book
    Sun Jul 29, 2018 Mon Aug 6, 2018 $2,440.00 Guaranteed Book
    Sun Aug 5, 2018 Mon Aug 13, 2018 $3,060.00 Guaranteed Small Group Tattoo Book
    Sun Aug 12, 2018 Mon Aug 20, 2018 $2,610.00 Tattoo/Tour Guaranteed Book
    Sun Aug 19, 2018 Mon Aug 27, 2018 $2,685.00 Tattoo/Tour Guaranteed Book
    Sun Sep 9, 2018 Mon Sep 17, 2018 $2,370.00 Guaranteed Book
    Sun Sep 23, 2018 Mon Oct 1, 2018 $2,370.00 Guaranteed Book
    Sun Oct 7, 2018 Mon Oct 15, 2018 $2,200.00 Guaranteed Book
    Sun Oct 14, 2018 Mon Oct 22, 2018 $2,650.00 Guaranteed Small Group Book
    Sun Oct 21, 2018 Mon Oct 29, 2018 $2,200.00 Book
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