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Best of Britain

  • 2019 Best of Britain 10 Days/9 nights Tour
Starts London
Ends London
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 4th, August 11th and August 18th departures
  • Discover the rich history of Windsor, Oxford and York as local historians guide you around these charming old towns
  • Visit the medieval Bamburgh Castle and enjoy views of the beach below

Trip Highlights:


  • British Music Experience


  • Cardiff Castle


  • Edinburgh Castle


  • Roman Baths & Pump Room


  • Stonehenge


  • Tower of London


  • Windsor Castle

Dining Experiences:

  • 9 hot breakfasts (B)
  • 1 lunch (L)
  • 2 dinners (D) including a Scottish evening at Dalhousie Castle in Edinburgh and a festive Welsh banquet at Cardiff Castle on most departures.

Hotels:

  • Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Windsor (1 night)
  • York Marriott, 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)

Hotels

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Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Windsor

Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Windsor Description:

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.

Clayton Hotel Cardiff, Cardiff

Clayton Hotel Cardiff, Cardiff Description:

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.

Dalhousie Castle Hotel, Bonnyrigg

Dalhousie Castle Hotel, Bonnyrigg Description:

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

Hilton Liverpool City Centre Hotel, Liverpool Description:

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.

Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel, London

Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel, London Description:

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.

York Marriott, York

York Marriott, York Description:

This modern, stylish hotel is an ideal base for exploring York. The Chase Bar & Grill is open for all meals with an international menu. 151 luxuriously appointed guest rooms offer satellite TV, a hairdryer and tea and coffee facilities. Guests can enjoy one hour of free Wi-Fi access in public areas. The leisure club features a heated pool and spa facilities. York city center is within 2 miles of the hotel with York Minster being a 40-minute walk.

Itinerary

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BEST OF BRITAIN 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

All components of this tour (hotels, visits and attractions) for 2019 itineraries are subject to change until finalized in September 2018.

Day 1WINDSOR CASTLE

Tour begins 2:30 PM at your Windsor hotel. Visit Windsor Castle, residence of the Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. In the evening, join your group for a welcome drink.Take a walk around this compact and historic town with a local guide.

Day 2BLENHEIM PALACE & YORK MINSTER

Travel to Blenheim Palace, a monumental “country house” and home to the Dukes of Marlborough. Head to York to tour the Gothic York Minster, which is renowned for magnificent medieval stained glass windows. Enjoy a walking tour -- the only way to access the medieval streets including the Shambles, one of the city’s narrowest alleyways. (B, D)

Day 3BAMBURGH CASTLE & SCOTTISH EVENING

As you head north, stop for photos at a section of Hadrian’s Wall. 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 livley Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment. (B, D)

Day 4GUIDED CITY TOUR & EDINBURGH CASTLE

Explore central Edinburgh, 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. The August 4 - 18 departures watch 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 in the peaceful village of Grasmere for lunch on your own before continuing to Liverpool. Visit the British Music Experience to see the exhibition dedicated to the history of popular music in Britain, admire the priceless collection of music memorabilia, and enjoy a musical twist. After dinner, head to the world-famous Cavern Club to enjoy live music. (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 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, Beefeaters in their distinctive uniforms, ravens, and the priceless Crown Jewels. The rest of the day is free for further exploring. (B)

Day 9LONDON SIGHTSEEING

Enjoy a day of sightseeing in London by open-top bus tour around the many famous landmarks. There are a number of different routes to choose from 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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