- Sightseeing by luxury coach
- Professional driver/guide
- Norton House Hotel Hotel (3 nights)
- York Marriott (2 nights)
- Doubletree by Hilton London (2 nights)
- Full breakfast daily except on day 1
- 4 dinners
- Welcome get-together drink
- 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
7 Nights / 11 Meals
Starts in London / Ends in London
Steam Vintage Train
Tower of London
8 Day Great British Cities Itinerary
Day 1: Edinburgh & Scottish Evening
Tour begins 6:30 PM at your Edinburgh hotel. Meet your tour director and fellow travelers and enjoy a lively Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment.
Day 2: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Travel through Bodmin Moor, an area of unspoiled natural beauty, stopping for photos at Jamaica Inn, made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s tale of smugglers. Explore Lanhydrock House, a late-Victorian country house with grand rooms and servants’ quarters. Back in Plymouth, see the Mayflower Steps and take a cruise from the Barbican before enjoying a free evening.
Day 3: Excursion to Glamis Castle & St Andrews Walk
Tour Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and childhood home of the Queen Mother. Cross the modern Tay Bridge to the medieval town of St Andrews, ”the home of golf”. Enjoy a panoramic tour and spend some free time browsing on your own. Back in Edinburgh, head to a nearby pub for dinner with your group.
Day 4: York Minster
Your first visit of the day will be Abbotsford House, former home of Sir Walter Scott. Upon arrival in York, visit York Minster, which is famous for its stained glass windows. In the evening dine in a cozy local pub.
Day 5: Historic Train Ride & Castle Howard
Head to Goathland Station, which served as “Hogsmeade” station in the Harry Potter series, and travel on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway by vintage locomotive. In Whitby, take a guided stroll around the picturesque harbor, winding streets, and quaint buildings. Tour the elaborate chambers of Castle Howard, an imposing 18th century mansion where “Brideshead Revisited” was filmed.
Day 6: Shakespeare's Birthplace & London
Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Discover the world that shaped the man as you look through an exhibition about his life and work, and take in a short performance to see his words come to life. Take a cruise along the River Avon to admire the grand river-side houses. Drive through 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 & City Sightseeing
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, and the dazzling Crown Jewels. The afternoon is free for independent activities. In the evening, join your group for a farewell drink before dinner at the hotel.
Day 8: Tour Ends in London
Your tour ends after breakfast.