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Great British Cities

  • 2019 Great British Cities – 8 day/7 night
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 28th – August 11th departures.

Dining Experiences:

  • 7 breakfasts (B) and 4 dinners (D) including a festive Scottish evening in Edinburgh and dinner at a historic pub in York.

Trip Highlights:


  • Castle Howard


  • North Yorkshire Steam Vintage Train

  • Glamis Castle

  • Roman Baths & Pump Room


  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace


  • St Andrews


  • Tower of London

  • York Minster

Hotels:

  • Norton House Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh (3)
  • York Marriott, York (2)
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Victoria, London (2)

Hotels

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Norton House Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

Norton House Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh Description:

This Victorian mansion was built in 1840 on 55 Acres of parkland and gardens. The hotel offers 83 luxury bedrooms with satellite TV/DVD player and a minibar. Ushers Restaurant offers fine dining and specialty wines in elegant surroundings. The Brasserie offers traditional British cuisine, and The Glass Lounge serves classic cocktails and afternoon teas. Guests can relax in the sauna, steam room or hydrotherapy pool in the luxurious spa. Edinburgh is a 20 minute drive, and Edinburgh Airport is 3 miles away.

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.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Victoria, London

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Victoria, London Description:

Conveniently located opposite Victoria Station, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Victoria provides an immediate link to London’s public transport, Gatwick and Heathrow airports, and some of the city’s most popular points of interest. Walk to Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Harrods, and the famous Oxford and Bond Street from this central London hotel. Our friendly multilingual staff look forward to welcoming you with a signature DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie.

Itinerary

 

2019 8-DAY GREAT BRITISH CITIES

Day 1: Edinburgh & Scottish Evening
Tour begins 6:30 PM at your Edinburgh hotel. Meet your tour director and fellow travelers and enjoy a lively Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment.
(D)

Day 2: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Travel through Bodmin Moor, an area of unspoiled natural beauty, stopping for photos at Jamaica Inn, made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s tale of smugglers. Explore Lanhydrock House, a late-Victorian country house with grand rooms and servants’ quarters. Back in Plymouth, see the Mayflower Steps and take a cruise from the Barbican before enjoying a free evening.
(B)

Day 3: Excursion To Glamis Castle & St Andrews Walk
Tour Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and childhood home of the Queen Mother. Cross the modern Tay Bridge to the medieval town of St Andrews, ”the home of golf”. Enjoy a panoramic tour and spend some free time browsing on your own. Back in Edinburgh, head to a nearby pub for dinner with your group.
(B, D)

Day 4: York Minster
Your first visit of the day will be Abbotsford House, former home of Sir Walter Scott. Upon arrival in York, visit York Minster, which is famous for its stained glass windows. In the evening dine in a cozy local pub.
(B, D)

Day 5: Historic Train Ride & Castle Howard
Head to Goathland Station, which served as “Hogsmeade” station in the Harry Potter series, and travel on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway by vintage locomotive. In Whitby, take a guided stroll around the picturesque harbor, winding streets, and quaint buildings. Tour the elaborate chambers of Castle Howard, an imposing 18th century mansion where “Brideshead Revisited” was filmed.
(B, D)

Day 6: Shakespeare’s Birthplace & London
Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Discover the world that shaped the man as you look through an exhibition about his life and work, and take in a short performance to see his words come to life. Take a cruise along the River Avon to admire the grand river-side houses. Drive through the scenic Cotswolds region, renowned for picturesque villages built of honey-colored stone with charming gardens. Arrive in London where the evening is at leisure.
(B)

Day 7: Tower Of London & City Sightseeing
Take a panoramic London tour to see some of the famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column 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 elaborate uniforms, and the dazzling Crown Jewels. The afternoon is free for independent activities. In the evening, join your group for a farewell drink before dinner at the hotel.
(B, D)

Day 8: Tour Ends In London
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)

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.

 

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