2013 Best of Britain 9 Days/8 night Tour

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Highlights

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Highlights:

  • Scottish Evening
  • Cardiff Castle Banquet
  • York Walking Tour
  • Windsor Castle
  • The Beatles Story in Liverpool
  • Gretna Green

Hotels:

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  • Harte & Garter Hotel
    Windsor (1 night)
  • The Yorkshire Hotel
    Harrogate (1 night)
  • Macdonald Houstoun House Hotel, Uphall
    Uphall, near Edinburgh (2 nights)
  • Marriott Liverpool City Centre Hotel
    Liverpool (1 night)
  • Clayton Hotel Cardiff
    Cardiff (1 night)
  • Thistle Kensington Gardens
    London (2 nights)

Tour Includes:

  • Airport transfers at start and end of tour
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 8 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 5 dinners (D) including
    - Welcome dinner in Windsor
    - Scottish evening
    - Welsh Banquet at Cardiff Castle
    - 2 table d'hote dinners
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Walking tour of York
  • Tours of Edinburgh and Cardiff
  • London open-top bus tour with a visit to either the Tower of London or Kensington Palace
  • Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 4 to 18 departures
  • Visits and admissions to Windsor Castle, Shakespeare's Birthplace, York Minster, Edinburgh Castle, Old Blacksmith's Shop at Gretna Green, Beatles Story, Tintern Abbey, Cardiff Castle, Roman Baths & Pump Room and Stonehenge
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
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    Itinerary

    9 Day Best of Britain Tour 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.
    (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.
    (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.
    (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.
    (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.
    (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.
    (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 Roman Baths and 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.
    (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 or Kensington Palace, birthplace of Queen Victoria and home to Princess Diana. 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.
    (B)

    Day 9 : Tour Ends Heathrow Airport
    Travel to Heathrow Airport by independent transfer in time to check in for your flight home.
    (B)

    B: Breakfast; D: Dinner

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