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Scenic Britain

  • 2020 Scenic Britain – 11 Days/10 Nights
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7 reviews
Starts London
Ends Edinburgh
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
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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 August 2-16 departures.
  • Meet the local town crier for a walking tour around the border town of Shrewsbury.
  • Visit St Michael’s Mount, a little island crowned by a medieval church and a castle that looks straight out of a fairytale.

Dining Experiences:

  • 10 breakfasts (B) and 8 dinners (D) including a welcome dinner in Windsor, a Welsh banquet at Cardiff Castle on most departures and a festive Scottish evening in Edinburgh.

Trip Highlights:

  • Glamis Castle
  • Lanhydrock House
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Stonehenge
  • St Andrews
  • Windsor Castle

Hotels:

  • MGallery Castle Hotel | Windsor (1 night)
  • The Bedford Hotel | Tavistock (3 nights)
  • Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel & Spa | Cardiff (1 night)
  • DoubleTre by Hilton Hotel & Spa Chester | Chester (2 nights)
  • Norton House Hotel & Spa | near Edinburgh (3 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.

Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel & Spa, Cardiff

Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel & Spa, Cardiff Description:

This modern hotel’s 165 bedrooms offer guests a range of rooms with facilities such as air conditioning, Wi-Fi and satellite TV. The First Floor Restaurant has developed an enviable reputation for style, ambience and culinary excellence. The menu provides a varied and irresistible range of modern cuisine, all served with style. Located in the heart of Cardiff, all of the sights of Cardiff, such as the iconic Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Castle, are within easy walking distance.

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.

Itinerary

2020 SCENIC BRITAIN – 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS / 18 MEALS

Day 1: LONDON ARRIVAL & WINDSOR CASTLE
Tour begins at 2:00 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 the compact and historic town of Windsor with a local guide.
(D)

Day 2: STONEHENGE & 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 Dartmoor National Park
(B, D)

Day 3: LANHYDROCK HOUSE & PLYMOUTH
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 daring 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 4: ST 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 5: ROMAN BATHS & CARDIFF CASTLE
Explore Bath, popular for over 2,000 years for its natural hot springs. Tour the wonderfully preserved Roman Baths. Head to Cardiff for a sightseeing tour around the city center. Tour Cardiff Castle before sitting down to a Welsh banquet with dinner and lively entertainment.
(B, D)

Day 6: HAY-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 7: NORTH 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, followed by free time for lunch on your own. In Chester, take another walking tour to see medieval buildings and Roman walls.
(B, D)

Day 8: LAKE 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 lively Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment.
(B, D)

Day 9: EDINBURGH 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 for you to explore. On August 2 – 16 departures, attend the world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
(B)

Day 10: GLAMIS CASTLE & ST ANDREWS
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 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 11: TOUR ENDS IN EDINBURGH
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

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7 Reviews


Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 09/15/2019

Vacation:
We enjoyed our tour of scenic Britain very much. One phone call was all it took to schedule our trip and to purchase trip insurance.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 08/11/2019

Vacation:
The trip was very easy to book and the communications were good. The Included paperwork was good - never needed to show any of the vouchers.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 07/28/2019

Vacation:
Tour director and bus driver were both great, friendly, funny, and very knowledgeable. The bus itself was not very comfortable - much like an airplane seat. The tour was great... saw many things you would not see on a cruise. The Roman baths, Stonehenge, Wales, sheepdog demonstration, and Edinburgh were real highlights. Not enough free time, however, and a very busy schedule.

Customer: Mr. John David Martino

Date: 07/09/2019

Vacation:
Booking service was easy, responsive, and personal. Thank you, Daniel Maguire for all your assistance and care. Scenic Britain is a great itinerary to learn & experience the UK. Superb guide Harry Gray & Dennis driver.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 12/06/2018

Vacation:
Booking was fine. The sights were beautiful, hotels were nice and food good. The pace of the tour was bit too fast for us. We would have enjoyed more free time during the tour. We understand that we had a lot of ground to cover but planning for more free time every 3 days or so would have made the tour more enjoyable. Our guide was very knowledgeable. However, his personal political opinions seemed to frequently spill over into his commentary.

Customer: Ms. Carol Ann Macarthur

Date: 11/09/2018

Vacation:
The only problem we had was that we were told we would be travelling through Amsterdam on the way home, but we were never scheduled to do that. Once we were done with dinner the last night, we were sort of cast off on our own. The trip, otherwise, really deserved five stars. The accommodations were great, the bus was luxurious, and the meals were exceptional. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and concerned for all his passengers. He offered us a map to keep track of our route each day. This has been a great keepsake!

Customer: Krys Maryan

Date: 11/06/2018

Vacation:
Unfortunately you do not fly out of Ottawa Canada, which meant we had to book our own flights and the return flight from Dublin via Aer Lingus was dreadful, which I know is not you fault, but I'm sure we would have been alright if you had made our flight arrangements.

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