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Best of Britain

  • 2020 Best of Britain – 10 Days/9 Nights
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Tour Highlights

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.

Trip Highlights:

  • British Music Experience
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Stonehenge
  • Tower of London
  • Windsor Castle

Dining Experiences:

  • 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.

Hotels:

  • 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)

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.

Hotel Du Vin, York

Hotel Du Vin, York Description:

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

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.

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.

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.

Itinerary

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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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37 Reviews


Customer: Matthew Allan Mccready

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
We had a wonderful “Best of England” tour with guide Harry Gray and driver Denis Murphy. The very first day we saw a mile long line at Windsor Castle, but our tickets were already taken care of and we went straight in with no waiting. That was the way it was at all sights on the trip. The street where we were to meet the bus after the Edinburgh Tattoo had been barricaded by the police. Somehow Denis managed to find a close parking space and Harry was able to find everyone and get us back to the bus. All the accommodations were first class. The meals were excellent, although pretty heavy. We visited the important sights and did not have to worry about booking, driving, parking, where to stay or where to eat. Anytime anybody mentions visiting the UK, I always recommend CIE.

Customer: Mr. Charles Thomas Bargeron Iii

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Great trip. Everything was well planned and executed. Tour guide was great. We will definitely use CIE Tours again.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
Loved the trip. The staff was very professional, met expectations 100%.

Customer: Mr. Billy Owen Fleming, Jr

Date: 12/20/2018

Vacation:
The whole tour was delightful and very professionally run. We enjoyed Harry the guide very much, and were impressed with the pacing and service.

Customer: Janet Evelyn Peterson

Date: 10/03/2019

Vacation:
Great booking experience. She really helped us get the flights we wanted. Explained everything to us. Answered all questions.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 09/29/2019

Vacation:
I booked 8 months prior to travel, from what I remember it was good.

Customer: Jennifer Shakir

Date: 09/16/2019

Vacation:
Well organized tour and led well by Harry Gray.

Customer: Maureen Baratka Merrill

Date: 09/11/2019

Vacation:
Pretty straight forward on each tour.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 09/07/2019

Vacation:
Long time on bus, but that was clear in brochure. Had been on two Ireland tours and expected guide/driver to be funny

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 09/02/2019

Vacation:
Second tour with CIE Tours. Both have been extremely well done. Hotels were great and itinerary excellent. Very professional staff.

Customer: Judy Ann Fraser

Date: 07/25/2019

Vacation:
Booking was easy.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 07/09/2019

Vacation:
Easy to book, I called and they were more than happy to help us. I did not know that I could have /should have asked for different flight options/times for coming and going (which is my ignorance, no fault of CIE). I also did not know that I could have extended my trip (on my own) and CIE would have booked my flight coming or going even if it wasn't the first or last day of the CIE tour. So now I know for next time that it's way more flexible and I can basically customize my trip before and after the tour I choose! Meanwhile, between booking my trip and the departure date, customer service was always top notch whenever I called to ask a question. Our tour guide David Turner was awesome! He was extremely knowledgable about each place we went and always had interesting and fun stories. Our driver Denis (do not recall his last name) was also very courteous and knowledgable. He made long stretches on the bus very comfortable. I hope to one day be on another tour with both David and Denis.

Customer: Barbara Ann Gwalthney

Date: 06/30/2019

Vacation:
Very efficient, all my questions about the tour were quickly answered and the booking was seamless.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/30/2019

Vacation:
Booking was seamless and easy. I called a few times with questions and each time the person was very pleasant and helpful. Our trip was excellent as well. Our guide David Turner and our coach driver Dennis were excellent - very pleasant and superb hosts! We loved every stop. Wish we could have visited Windsor Castle which was closed and not under CIE’s control but the backup plan was fine. David adjusted schedules when we faced unexpected traffic or issues, and was very pleasant managing our very large tour group of 43. Dennis was an excellent driver driving us from place to place. Loved our trip! Can’t wait for our next one.

Customer: Dianne Sharon Mair

Date: 06/29/2019

Vacation:
Easy to book!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/29/2019

Vacation:
We've booked with CIE many times & they don't disappoint with the tours. Hotel service at 1st hotel was lacking: didn't have room access until 15 minutes before afternoon tour began; no time for freshening up after overnight flight!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/26/2019

Vacation:
We found CIE to be an Superb choice for our Tour through England and Scotland. This Tour started in Windsor, went all the way up to Edinburgh and then down to Cardiff before ending in London. It was a Superb Itinerary. We also liked the fact that one can join a 'small group' tour --- no more than 25 people. Our Tour had 14 individuals. It was a Wonderful Tour.

Customer: Marcia L Hall

Date: 06/15/2019

Vacation:
The representative who assisted me on the phone was very patient, as I had many questions and concerns. He answered them all.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/03/2019

Vacation:
Better hotels and a little more dinners would be good.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 05/28/2019

Vacation:
Our CIE tour guide and coach driver were both knowledgeable and skillful. They kept our interest with insightful historical and current event facts.

Customer: Gregory Monroe Shreve

Date: 05/26/2019

Vacation:
Excellent guides and drivers with excellent selection of sites and venues.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 05/26/2019

Vacation:
The tour director and driver were great. They both had very pleasant personalities and were very knowledgeable . They handled check-in and check-out perfectly every time which made things nice and easy for our group.

Customer: Leroy Edward Brekke

Date: 05/27/2019

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You were very informative and helpful when we had any questions.

Customer: Mrs. Sandra Kay Greenwood

Date: 12/20/2018

Vacation:
Excellent setvice

Customer: Mrs. Mary Anne Gowen

Date: 11/13/2018

Vacation:
I enjoyed the tour very much. However, I had problems getting through to a person using their phone numbers. Maybe I was calling during. busy time?

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/11/2018

Vacation:
Booking service was intuitive and easy

Customer: Mr. James L Ladas

Date: 11/11/2018

Vacation:
Great tour. Very professional guide and drivers. Many great experiences we will always remember. Perfect way to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. The Military Tattoo was a wonderful experience.

Customer: Mr. David Williamson

Date: 11/11/2018

Vacation:
We booked through Affordable Tours. The experience was flawless. The agent, Mo, was on top of every detail and kept us informed with every step.

Customer: Mr. David Ian Macintyre

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
Very well planned out. We will definitely recommend CIE to anyone who asks how we enjoyed our holiday.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Very well organized. Excellent tour director and bus driver team. We do recommend the company. We hope to travel with this company again within the next year.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
We took this tour to see the Edinburgh Tatoo. It was wonderful. Most of the tour was what we expected. There were a couple of major disappointments. You might as well skip Liverpool. The hotel was ok, but the food was absolutely inedible; the worst I have ever had on any tour. There was little to do except go to a pub (& we don't drink)) Then when we got to London, aside from the Tower of London tour and the quickie tour of London, we felt lost. We were given an outdated map of the bus routes & kicked clear. The people in the London hotel were downright rude - I guess they don't like Americans. We had to print our own plane tickets & arrange for transport to the airport ourselves. On previous trips, our guide has done that for us, so all we had to do was show up at the front door of the hotel on time. All in all, we won't be using CIE again & will not recommend it to any of our friends.

Customer: Hector Diodonet

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Our guide and driver were wonderful! Attention to detail and professional to the max!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
The booking through AAA was excellent.

Customer: Melanie

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Harry, our tour guide, kept everyone informed, well organized and he fielded all questions tossed out with patience and good humor. He was a fabulous fountain of information! Additions such as playing cds with music and reading quotes appropriate to the areas we were passing through enhanced the experience. Dennis, our driver, was a silent wonder! He didn't talk much but he was one terrific driver!!

Customer: Mr. Christopher Walter Dzielak

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Booking was very easy and explained very clearly

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
I booked the trip online. It was easy. I booked the hotel a day early and arranged transport also.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/07/2018

Vacation:
smooth, easy

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