Authentic Local Experiences:
- Reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 9 – 23 departures.
- Discover the rich history of Windsor and York on walking tours around these charming old towns.
- Visit the medieval Bamburgh Castle and enjoy views of the beach below.
- British Music Experience
- Cardiff Castle
- Edinburgh Castle
- Roman Baths & Pump Room
- Tower of London
- Windsor Castle
- 9 breakfasts (B) 1 lunch (L) and 3 dinners (D) including a Scottish evening at Dalhousie Castle in Edinburgh and a festive Welsh banquet at Cardiff Castle.
- Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Windsor (1 night)
- Hotel du Vin, York (1 night)
- Dalhousie Castle Hotel, near Edinburgh (2 nights)
- Hilton Liverpool City Centre Hotel, Liverpool (1 night)
- Clayton Hotel Cardiff, Cardiff (1 night)
- Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel, London (3 nights)
Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Windsor
Located minutes away from Windsor Castle is the Macdonald Windsor Hotel. Set in a 1700s townhouse this hotel features contemporary design with rich pops of color against a muted palette. The bedrooms are luxurious and elegant and features plush fabrics, free Wi-Fi, and an en-suite bathroom with drench showers. Enjoy a meal at the Scottish Steakhouse which uses quality ingredients to create innovative twists to delicious dishes.
Hotel Du Vin, York
Tucked away in the Mount area of the city, the Hotel Du Vin York lies within a Grade II-listed mansion house, combining classic early 19th century architecture and charm with modern style and comfort. At Hotel du Vin York, you’ll find 44 distinctive rooms and suites, featuring luxurious beds with Egyptian cotton linen, powerful drench showers and roll top baths, flat screen TVs and unique features that have been carefully restored. Enjoy dinner at the French and British influenced Bistro, or relax with a cocktail or glass of wine in the bar. Hotel Du Vin York services include Free WiFi, Same day laundry service, and 24 hour room service.
Dalhousie Castle Hotel, Bonnyrigg
Certain parts of this majestic red stone castle – which is the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland – date back as far as the 13th century. The rooms are individually decorated, blending historic surroundings with modern amenities, and feature Scottish fabrics and period furniture. Enjoy a meal in The Dungeon Restaurant, located in the castle’s actual dungeon, or a relaxed bite in the hotel’s bistro.
Hilton Liverpool City Centre Hotel, Liverpool
This stylish, modern hotel was opened in 2010. Enjoy signature cocktails in the hotel’s elegant PIMA Bar or savor the finest seasonal cuisine at the Exchange Restaurant. Enjoy a range of guest rooms and suites – some with views over the city or the River Mersey – wireless internet access and satellite TV channels. Work out in the fitness center.
Clayton Hotel Cardiff, Cardiff
This new 12-story hotel, opened in 2011, is one of Cardiff’s tallest buildings, with panoramic views over Cardiff Bay. The Cardiff Hotel Bar is open for drinks and casual food throughout the day. Stir Bar & Restaurant, overlooking Mill Lane, offers an array of dishes to tempt your taste buds. Two hundred sixteen guest rooms provide every amenity for a comfortable stay, offering the perfect place to relax and unwind. These spacious and airy rooms offer beds with crisp white duvet and pillows, with outstanding views of the beautiful Cardiff surroundings. Facilities include air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel, London
With luxurious colonial furniture and original Asian artwork, this welcoming hotel is like a smart and exclusive club. 330 luxuriously appointed rooms offer beautiful furnishings, crisp bed linen, and fabulous marble bathrooms. The Aston Bar and Restaurant has a superior reputation and is a great place for a drink, a light lunch, or a sumptuous dinner made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. It is located on Tottenham Court Road, in the West End and close to theaters, museums and art galleries.
BEST OF BRITAIN 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS/ 13 MEALS
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
Day 1WINDSOR CASTLE
Tour begins at 2:30 PM at your Windsor hotel. Visit Windsor Castle, residence of the Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. Take a walk around this compact and historic town with a local guide. In the evening, join your group for a welcome drink before dining independently.
Day 2BLENHEIM PALACE & COTSWOLDS DRIVE
Travel to Blenheim Palace, a monumental country house and home to the Dukes of Marlborough. Enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque Cotswolds, passing through quaint towns and villages nestled in distinctive rolling hills and valleys. Travel on to York, a city founded by the Romans in the first century and a major wool trading center in the Middle Ages. (B, D)
Day 3YORK MINISTER & BAMBURGH CASTLE
Take a walking tour of York’s medieval streets, including the Shambles, one of the city’s narrowest alleyways. Tour Gothic York Minster, renowned for its magnificent medieval stained glass windows. Visit Bamburgh Castle, an imposing medieval fortress that is one of the largest inhabited castles in Britain. This magical castle is set high on a rocky plateau affording wonderful views along the coast. Continue to your hotel near Edinburgh, Dalhousie Castle, and hear a piper play before a lively Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment in your hotel. (B, D)
Day 4Day 4: EDINBURGH CITY TOUR & EDINBURGH CASTLE
Explore central Edinburgh with a local guide starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with its planned streets and elegant Georgian houses. View Princes Street, the city’s premier shopping street, and see the Royal Mile, where medieval houses are clustered closely together. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. August 9 - 23 departures attend the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B)
Day 5LAKE DISTRICT & BRITISH MUSIC EXPERIENCE
Travel through the Lake District, a region that inspired Beatrix Potter's many children's books. Stop for lunch in one of the many traditional villages before continuing on to Liverpool. Visit the British Music Experience, an interactive attraction exploring British popular music through the decades. Admire the priceless collection of music memorabilia and enjoy a musical twist. The evening is free to dine on your own – then experience live music at the world-famous Cavern Club. (B, L)
Day 6TINTERN ABBEY & WELSH EVENING IN CARDIFF
Travel through scenic Shropshire, one of the most unspoiled parts of rural England. Stop in Ludlow, a quintessentially English town to see the castle and quaint old black-and-white houses. Continue through the lovely Welsh countryside to visit the picturesque ruins of Tintern Abbey close to the River Wye. Head to Cardiff and tour Cardiff Castle before enjoying a Welsh banquet with lively music and entertainment. (B, D)
Day 7ROMAN BATHS & STONEHENGE
Take a panoramic drive around Cardiff with a brief walk to see the principal areas and buildings. Head to Bath for a visit to the Roman Baths, hot mineral-rich springs that have been popular since ancient Roman times. Stop for lunch on your own in this historic spa town. Then marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge at Salisbury Plain and learn about the primitive building methods used to create such an enduring monument. In London, the evening is free to explore and dine in one of the city’s many restaurants. (B)
Day 8LONDON TOUR & TOWER OF LONDON
Set out on a panoramic tour of central London with a local guide to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus with its statue of Eros, Nelson’s Column flanked by huge lions in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Visit the mighty Tower of London to see the many fortresses, ravens, Beefeaters in their distinctive uniforms, and the priceless Crown Jewels. The rest of the day and evening is free for further exploring. (B)
Day 9INDEPENDENT LONDON SIGHTSEEING
Enjoy a day of independent sightseeing in London by Hop-On, Hop-Off bus and tour around the many famous landmarks as you please. You can choose from a number of different routes, including a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames. (B)
Day 10TOUR ENDS IN LONDON
Your program ends after breakfast. (B)
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