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Great British Cities | 9 Day Escorted 2018

Tour Includes:

Transport

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide

Accommodation

    • Norton House Hotel Hotel (3 nights)
    • York Marriott (2 nights)
    • Doubletree by Hilton London (3 nights)

      Meals

      • Full breakfast daily except on day 1
      • 4 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 / 12 Meals
      Starts in London / Ends in London

      Highlights:

      Three-Night Stays in London & Edinburgh

      Tower of London

      Leeds Castle

      Canterbury Cathedral

      Palace of Holyroodhouse

      Stirling Castle

      9 Day Great British Cities Itinerary

      Day 1: Edinburgh & Scottish Evening

      Land in Edinburgh. Transfer to your hotel and spend the day relaxing in your lovely manor house hotel on the outskirts of Edinburgh. You may like to explore central Edinburgh a little on your own. At 6:30 pm meet your tour director and fellow travelers right in your hotel for a Scottish evening with dinner followed by a ceilidh, a traditional party with bagpipe music.

      Day 2: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour

      Explore central Edinburgh this morning, starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with wide, planned streets and elegant Georgian mansions where many famous writers and inventors lived. See the Royal Mile with its narrow medieval houses which extends from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to Edinburgh Castle and walk along part of it to see the tall buildings and the wynds or alleyways between them. Tour Edinburgh Castle perched high above the city and see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. Enjoy wonderful views of the city from the ramparts. The rest of the day is free. On August 6 to 20 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

      Day 3: Excursion to St Andrews

      Tour Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and childhood home of the Queen Mother. A gentle walking tour will bring you into the picturesque ruins of St Andrews Castle and Cathedral. Spend some free time to have a browse around the town, shop at some of the golf specialty stores and maybe even try a round of pitch and putt. Back in Edinburgh, head to a nearby tavern for dinner with your group.

      Day 4: Abbotsford House & York

      Visit Abbotsford House, the former home of historical novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott. Continue to York for a walking tour to appreciate narrow medieval streets, especially the Shambles where the houses almost form an arch across the street. Visit the mighty York Minster, which is famous for its stained glass windows and memorials to many prominent people. In the evening dine in a centuries-old pub with plenty of atmosphere and take a lighthearted ghost walking tour afterwards.

      Day 5: Historic Train Ride & Castle Howard

      Travel at a leisurely pace to admire the scenery when you board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s vintage locomotive. Arrive in Whitby, a lovely fishing town. Stroll around the picturesque harbor, winding streets and quaint buildings. If you like to take photos, this is an ideal place as everywhere throughout the town you can find delightful scenes. Drive to Castle Howard, a magnificent 18th century residence set in 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of North Yorkshire. Tour the elaborate chambers where “Brideshead Revisited” was filmed and sit down to a cream tea with freshly-baked scones. Return to your hotel in York in time for dinner.

      Day 6: Shakespeare's Birthplace & London

      Travel south by highway to Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare’s Birthplace in the center of the town. William Shakespeare was born in this house and lived here until he was old enough to marry and spend the first five years of family life here with his new wife, Anne Hathaway. Here you will discover the world that shaped the man as you look through an exhibition about his life and work. Today the house is furnished as it would have been when he lived and worked there. Drive through a part of the scenic Cotswolds region, renowned for picturesque villages built of honey-colored stone with charming gardens. Arrive in London where the evening is at leisure.

      Day 7: Tower of London and City Sightseeing

      This morning take a panoramic London tour to see some of the famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Visit the mighty Tower of London to see the many fortresses, Beefeaters in their elaborate uniforms, ravens that inhabit the Tower and the dazzling Crown Jewels. The afternoon and evening are free for independent activities and dining.

      Day 8: London Open-Top Bus Tour

      Today plan your day as you wish as you travel around London on your own and choose the places that interest you. Use your voucher for an open-top bus tour around famous landmarks. There are a number of different bus routes as well as a walking tour and a River Thames cruise so you will have plenty of interesting areas to explore.

      Day 9: Depart London

      Your tour ends after breakfast.

      8 Nights / 12 Meals

      Starts in London / Ends in London

       

      Tour Includes:

      Transport

      • Sightseeing by luxury coach
      • Professional driver/guide

      Accommodation

      • Hilton London Paddington Hotel (3 nights)
      • York Marriott (2 nights)
      • Marriott Edinburgh Hotel (3 nights)

      Meals

      • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
      • 4 dinners (D) including
        • Welcome dinner in London
        • Historic Pub in York
        • Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
        • 1 table d'hote dinners
      • Welcome get-together drink

      Other Inclusions

      • Tours of London and Edinburgh
      • Walking tours of Cambridge and York
      • Ghost walking tour of York
      • River cruise in York
      • Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 31 to August 21 departures
      • Visits and admissions to Tower of London, Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, York Minster, Alnwick Castle & Garden, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Stirling Castle and St Andrews
      • 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
      All prices quoted are per person, double occupancy. Single room supplement for this tour is $822

       


       

      9 Day Great British Cities Itinerary

      Day 1: London Arrival

       

      Your vacation starts at your London hotel at 6:00 pm when you meet your tour director and fellow travelers for a welcome drink, which is followed by dinner in your hotel. (D)

      Overnight at Hilton London Paddington Hotel

       

      Day 2: Tower of London & City Sightseeing

       

      This morning take a panoramic drive around London's main attractions to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Visit the Tower of London to see the Beefeaters and the Crown Jewels. (B)

      Overnight at Hilton London Paddington Hotel

       

      Day 3: Kent & Leeds Castle

       

      The focus is on Kent, often called the Garden of England. Visit Leeds Castle, over 900 years old and with many royal associations, including King Henry VIII. Tour Canterbury Cathedral, founded by St. Augustine in 597 AD and featured in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. (B)

      Overnight at Hilton London Paddington Hotel

       

      Day 4: Cambridge & York Pub Dinner

       

      Walk around Cambridge to see some of the famous colleges. Drive north to York and check in to your hotel. In the evening head to a cozy pub for dinner and join a local guide on a mysterious ghost walking tour through the narrow medieval streets and alleys. (B, D)

      Overnight at York Marriott

       

      Day 5: York Minster & River Cruise

       

      Discover York on a walking tour to view narrow streets, especially the Shambles, where the medieval houses almost touch from one side of the street to the other. Enjoy a short scenic river cruise. Tour the stately Gothic York Minster, which dates back to the 12th century. (B, D)

      Overnight at York Marriott

       

      Day 6: Alnwick Castle & Scottish Evening

       

      Visit the mighty Alnwick Castle, the second largest inhabited castle in England. View the lavish State Rooms with a stunning array of art, portraits and furniture. Stop in Melrose, renowned for its abbey. Drive to Edinburgh for a lively Scottish Evening with dinner and a show. (B, D)

      Overnight at Marriott Edinburgh Hotel

       

      Day 7: Edinburgh & Holyroodhouse

       

      This morning tour the principal sights of Edinburgh with a local guide. Drive through the gracious, wide streets of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town”. Walk along part of the Royal Mile and visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse. On July 31 to August 21 departures, seats are reserved for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)

      Overnight at Marriott Edinburgh Hotel

       

      Day 8: Stirling Castle & St Andrews

       

      Tour the magnificent and massive Stirling Castle, associated with “Braveheart” William Wallace and Mary, Queen of Scots. Travel to St Andrews for a panoramic tour around the town. Afternoon and evening are free. (B)

      Overnight at Marriott Edinburgh Hotel

       

      Day 9: Depart Edinburgh

       

      Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

       

      Tour Starts Tour Ends Price (PPDO) Tour Status  
      Sun Apr 22, 2018 Mon Apr 30, 2018 $2,110.00 Book
      Sun May 6, 2018 Mon May 14, 2018 $2,380.00 Book
      Sun May 20, 2018 Mon May 28, 2018 $2,380.00 Book
      Sun Jun 3, 2018 Mon Jun 11, 2018 $2,380.00 Book
      Sun Jun 17, 2018 Mon Jun 25, 2018 $2,380.00 Book
      Sun Jul 1, 2018 Mon Jul 9, 2018 $2,380.00 Book
      Sun Jul 15, 2018 Mon Jul 23, 2018 $2,380.00 Book
      Sun Jul 29, 2018 Mon Aug 6, 2018 $2,380.00 Book
      Sun Aug 5, 2018 Mon Aug 13, 2018 $2,540.00 Book
      Sun Aug 12, 2018 Mon Aug 20, 2018 $2,540.00 Book
      Sun Aug 19, 2018 Mon Aug 27, 2018 $2,515.00 Book
      Sun Sep 2, 2018 Mon Sep 10, 2018 $2,380.00 Book
      Sun Sep 9, 2018 Mon Sep 17, 2018 $2,380.00 Book
      Sun Sep 16, 2018 Mon Sep 24, 2018 $2,380.00 Book
      Sun Sep 23, 2018 Mon Oct 1, 2018 $2,380.00 Book
      Sun Sep 30, 2018 Mon Oct 8, 2018 $2,380.00 Book
      Sun Oct 14, 2018 Mon Oct 22, 2018 $2,210.00 Book
      Sun Oct 28, 2018 Mon Nov 5, 2018 $2,210.00 Book
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