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Scenic Britain

  • 2019 Scenic Britain – 11 day/10 night
Starts London
Ends Edinburgh
  • 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 4th and August 11th departures.
  • Meet the local town crier for a walking tour around the border town of Shrewsbury.

Dining Experiences:

  • 10 breakfasts and 8 dinners including a welcome dinner in Windsor, a Cardiff Castle Welsh banquet, and a festive Scottish evening in Edinburgh

Trip Highlights:


  • Famous Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green


  • Lanhydrock House


  • Roman Baths & Pump Room


  • Stonehenge


  • St Andrews


  • Windsor Castle

Hotels:

  • 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)

Hotels

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Castle Hotel, Windsor

Castle Hotel, Windsor Description:

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.

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.

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.

Itinerary

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2019 11-DAY SCENIC BRITAIN

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

Day 4ST MICHAEL’S MOUNT

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 29 to August 12 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 11TOUR ENDS IN EDINBURGH

Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

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