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9 Day Great British Cities

Authored by Rodney Toney

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

      Travel north to St Andrews, famously known as the “Home of Golf” and location of Scotland’s oldest university. Take a panoramic drive around the town to view the layout and some of the golf courses. 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: Scottish Borders & York

      Drive south through the charming hilly countryside of the Borders and past some of the market towns. Stop in Jedburgh for a look around the town and see the ruined Jedburgh Abbey, one of many picturesque ruins in this area. 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.

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