2015 English & Scottish Discovery 8 Days / 7 Nights
Your vacation starts at your London hotel at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director. Head out on a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Stop at St. Paul’s Cathedral, with its world-famous dome, to tour the awe-inspiring interior. In the evening meet your tour director to discuss your trip over a welcome drink and dine in your hotel.
Today you may schedule your London sightseeing as you wish when you take an open-top bus tour around the many famous landmarks. There are a number of different bus routes as well as a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames. You have a voucher for a visit to either the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels or Kensington Palace, former home of Princess Diana and now home to her son, Prince William. You are free to choose a restaurant to dine independently.
Drive through the Cotswolds, a delightful hilly region of mellow-hued stone houses with thatched roofs and colorful gardens. Take a panoramic tour around the town of Stratford-upon-Avon to see places associated with William Shakespeare. Continue to Liverpool for a visit to The Beatles Story, an attraction that will immerse you in the lives of the “Fab Four.” Check in to your hotel. After dinner, you may like to head out to hear some music.
Travel through the glorious Lake District, associated with the children’s author, Beatrix Potter, and the poet, William Wordsworth. In the charming village of Grasmere visit Dove Cottage, where Wordsworth lived and wrote. Near the Scottish border stop at the Old Blacksmith’s Shop in Gretna Green, a popular wedding venue for many people in Britain and also a shopping venue for quality Scottish goods. Drive to your hotel near Edinburgh and enjoy a Scottish evening with special dishes and lively music.
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 medieval houses are clustered and tour Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free for independent activities. On August 7 to 21 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Travel north to St Andrews, famous as the “Home of Golf” and also home to Scotland’s oldest university. Take a walking tour around the town with your tour director who will tell you about the famous people and happenings here. View the picturesque ruins of St Andrews Cathedral, which overlook the coast and long sandy beaches. Drive to Inverness, the major market town in the Highlands, and check in to your hotel beside the River Ness which flows through the center of the town.
Travel south through more wonderful Highland scenery today, passing the shoreline of Loch Ness with views of this deep lake. Drive past Ben Nevis, Britain's highest peak, and through the towering mountains of Glen Coe, which is famous for the Massacre of Glen Coe in 1692. Take a scenic cruise on Loch Lomond, Britain's largest lake, to admire panoramic views. Drive into Glasgow for a short orientation tour.
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner