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Highlights of Britain

  • 2019 Highlights of Britain – 15 day/14 night
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18 reviews
Starts Windsor
Ends London
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

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.
  • See Yorkshire’s amazing scenery as you travel by vintage locomotive.

Dining Experiences:

  • 14 breakfasts and 10 dinners including a welcome dinner in Windsor, a Cardiff Castle Welsh banquet, a festive Scottish evening in Edinburgh, and dinner at a historic pub in York.

Trip Highlights:

  • Castle Howard
  • Lanhydrock House
  • North Yorkshire Steam Vintage Train
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Stonehenge
  • St Andrews
  • Tower of London
  • Windsor Castle

Hotels:

  • MGallery Castle Hotel | Windsor (1 night)
  • The Bedford Hotel | Tavistock (3 nights)
  • Radisson Blu Hotel | Cardiff (1 night)
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa | Chester (2 nights)
  • Norton House Hotel & Spa | near Edinburgh (3 nights)
  • York Marriott | York (2 nights)
  • Doubletree by Hilton Hotel London – Victoria | London (2 nights)

Hotels

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MGallery Castle Hotel, Windsor

MGallery Castle Hotel, Windsor Description:

MGallery Castle Hotel is a characterful and harmonious building, with a unifying palette and design features. The concept of how history and people have made their mark permeates the entirety of the property’s new creative interior design. Immerse yourself in history in a unique location. Castle Hotel Windsor is an elegant Georgian building with a rich past and an enviable address: directly opposite Windsor Castle. Walk through the doors and walk back in time, as you discover fascinating authentic features and lovingly restored décor, before you retire to your gloriously relaxing room. The town’s cobbled streets offer much to explore, and you’ll have the best view possible for the pomp and grandeur of the Changing of the Guard.

The Bedford Hotel, Tavistock

The Bedford Hotel, Tavistock Description:

The Bedford Hotel sits in the very heart of the award-winning Devon market town of Tavistock, with views over the historic market square, the parish church grounds, and the town’s rooftops. The hotel’s ancient walled garden is a quiet spot on a sunny day, and provides herbs for the hotel’s kitchens. Inside you’ll find 31 individually-designed bedrooms, an award-winning restaurant where local ingredients are at the heart of the menu, relaxing lounges and a bustling bar. This privately owned and managed hotel prides itself on a truly warm welcome, and professional yet friendly service. Popular with local residents and visitors alike, The Bedford Hotel is a true gem of a place, in a perfect location in the centre of this popular Devon market town, and with Dartmoor National Park on the doorstep.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff Description:

Enjoy a stay at this impressive 21-story city center hotel with stunning views of the city. Guests appreciate convenient access to cultural attractions and shopping in Cardiff. Choose one of 215 cosy rooms, each with free Wi-Fi access and coffee/tea provisions. Savor flavorful Italian cuisine at the chic Filini Restaurant and enjoy a nightcap or appetizers at the Filini Bar & Lounge.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Chester, Chester

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Chester, Chester Description:

In an 18th-century manor house on 12 garden acres, this modern hotel is 2.3 miles from the Vicars Cross Golf Club and 12.9 miles from Beeston Castle and Woodland Park. The chic, minimalist rooms have air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, minifridges, and tea and coffee-making equipment. Suites are airy with lounge areas, and one has a kitchen and an Xbox.

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

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2019 15-DAY HIGHLIGHTS OF BRITAIN

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 1LONDON ARRIVAL & WINDSOR CASTLE

Tour begins at 2 PM in your hotel. Visit Windsor Castle, residence of the Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. Then take a brief walk around this compact and historic town with a local guide. (D)

Day 2STONEHENGE & SALISBURY

Marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge and learn about the primitive builders who managed to create such an enduring monument. Stop in Salisbury, a charming old city where the cathedral boasts the tallest spire in England. Arrive in Tavistock, a market town on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. (B, D)

Day 3BODMIN MOOR & LANHYDROCK HOUSE

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. In Plymouth, see the Mayflower Steps and take a cruise from the Barbican, before enjoying a free evening. (B)

Day 4ST MICHAEL’S MOUNT & ST IVES

Visit the coastal village of Marazion to see the majestic outline of St Michael’s Mount, an important pilgrimage destination. In St. Ives, enjoy a walking tour of the main sights and admire the array of beautiful sandy beaches surrounding the town. Enjoy some free time before returning to your hotel in Tavistock. (B, D)

Day 5ROMAN BATHS & CARDIFF CASTLE

Explore Bath, popular with the Romans for its natural hot springs 2,000 years ago. Tour the wonderfully-preserved Roman Baths. Head to Cardiff for a sightseeing tour around the city center. Tour Cardiff Castle before sitting down for a Welsh banquet with dinner and lively entertainment. (B, D)

Day 6HAY-ON-WYE & SHREWSBURY

Travel through the Brecon Beacons National Park to Hay-on-Wye, a town famous for books. Continue to Shrewsbury, a picturesque town near the English/Welsh border. Take a walking tour with the town crier to see black-and-white buildings that line the narrow streets. Travel through Cheshire to your hotel in Chester. (B, D)

Day 7NORTH WALES & CHESTER

Drive through the town of Llangollen and across the Horseshoe Pass for wonderful vistas. Visit a farm to see trained dogs herding sheep and travel to Conwy, a medieval town dominated by a huge castle. Enjoy a walking tour around the picturesque streets and see the smallest house in Britain. In Chester, another walking tour will reveal medieval buildings and Roman walls. (B, D)

Day 8LAKE DISTRICT & SCOTTISH EVENING

Travel through the glorious Lake District, which inspired many of Beatrix Potter’s children’s books. Visit the village of Grasmere, where Wordsworth lived and is buried. Stop at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop in Gretna Green, a popular shopping venue for quality Scottish goods. At your hotel, enjoy a drink with your fellow travellers before a lively Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment. (B, D)

Day 9EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR

Explore central Edinburgh, starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with planned streets and elegant Georgian houses where many famous writers and inventors lived. See the Royal Mile with its narrow medieval houses, then tour Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The rest of the day is free. On July 28 to August 11 departures experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)

Day 10EXCURSION 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 11ABBOTSFORD HOUSE & YORK MINSTER

Visit 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 enjoy a pub dinner with your group.

Day 12HISTORIC 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 13SHAKESPEARE’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. 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 14TOWER 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 and evening are free for independent activities. (B)

Day 15TOUR ENDS IN LONDON

Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

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Sunday Oct 20, 2019 from Windsor Sunday Nov 3, 2019 to London 15 Days $4299 Guaranteed Call to book

18 Reviews


Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 12/25/2018

Vacation:
This is my 3rd Cie tour and I enjoy all aspects of the tours. They cover a lot and the tour guides are very knowledgeable and make the experience terrific.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Booking was easy. Reaching out through e-mail I always got answers to any questions in a timely manner.

Customer: LeahP

Date: 09/26/2019

Vacation:
Everything was handled for us

Customer: Mr. Kenneth Robert Mcconnaughay

Date: 09/26/2019

Vacation:
Our Tour guide was superior. She had great knowledge of her birthplace as well as her spirit in serving us.

Customer: Margaret Ann Knox

Date: 09/20/2019

Vacation:
booking was extremely easy.

Customer: Ms. Audrey Roberta Williams

Date: 08/25/2019

Vacation:
Places visited were excellent, some unnecessary. Some places, could have spent less time and given more time at the larger, highlighted stop for the day. Most days were long and grueling, need a vacay after this vacay !

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 08/22/2019

Vacation:
Guide and driver were excellent. Itinerary was good but would have liked some more time at some venues.

Customer: Mrs. Geralyn Ann Meyer

Date: 08/15/2019

Vacation:
Our tour director and bus driver were fantastic. My major disappointment was the location of the hotels, particularly the hotels in Tavistock, Chester, York and Edinburgh. These hotels were allocated outside of the cities which limited access to points of interest during free time at the hotel.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 07/31/2019

Vacation:
Tour was very well planned, kept to the time schedule but was able to make a couple xtra stops as time allowed. The driver and TG were a wealth of knowledge. Had a couple hiccoughs with the transport to and from the airport but was not CIE's fault and Barbara in CS was exceptional in rectifying the situation. Would recommend to others and plan to take another trip.

Customer: Margaret Anne Hansen

Date: 07/18/2019

Vacation:
t This was the second time we have travelled with CIE, and the booking experience went quite a bit better. Last year we booked an Ireland tour and encountered several problems in the beginning of the booking..

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 07/04/2019

Vacation:
The trip was great, the tour guide John was fantastic. But the hotels and inn’s needed a/c that works properly and walk-in showers for older and semi-handicap people like myself. The last hotel in London, Hilton double tree was the only one that had both.

Customer: Linda Harbertson

Date: 07/04/2019

Vacation:
excellent. Only problem we ran into was on arrival at Heathrow no one waiting to take us to our Hotel. Took me an hour to figure out what to do as we couldn’t get phones to work. After I quit panicking I looked up exact name of hotel and address from print out and managed to get a taxi. Cost us forty pounds. Would like refund. But Already picked out CIE trip for next year. Looking forward to it.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/24/2019

Vacation:
THE TOUR DIRECTOR ASSIGNED TO OUR TOUR WAS BARELY ADEQUATE

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/18/2019

Vacation:
Very easy. Usually got a response back quickly.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/17/2019

Vacation:
We had a little problem coordinating the airport to hotel transfers. They were eventually cleared up by our travel agent. We were traveling as a group of eight, but our transfer from Heathrow to Windsor, instead of being for our entire group was for four different vehicles which all arrived at different times

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/05/2019

Vacation:
The Highlights of Britain tour was amazing. From beginning to end, all went well. The tour director (Kim Pyle) and bus driver (Mark) worked fantastically well together ensuring we each had beautiful memories to take home.

Customer: Debra Marie Mcbride

Date: 11/11/2018

Vacation:
The tour was very well organized and we enjoyed it. We understand if we want to see everything that we need to get up early and get going. Near the end it does get tiring. Example-We went to York, England and we were disappointed we didn’t have an afternoon, or longer to see the city. If our Hotel was closer to the town we could have walked on the Wall or taken in some more sights. We would have liked our travel package mailed to us before our trip-which I was told it would be. We didn’t get it till we joined the tour, so therefore we had extra backpacks and other things to pack around with us and fit into our baggage.

Customer: Ms. Suzanne Gerathy

Date: 11/08/2018

Vacation:
Great tour - accomodation - itinerary - wonderful - tour guide outstanding !

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