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Taste of England

  • 2020 Taste of England – 14 Days/13 Nights
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Starts London
Ends Liverpool
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Enjoy a vintage train ride through rolling hills and charming countryside departing from the real Hogsmeade Station of the Harry Potter films.
  • Tour Stonehenge, the famous mysterious stone monoliths built in prehistoric times.
  • Marvel at the magnfificent Ely Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece.

Dining Experiences:

  • 13 breakfasts (B) and 8 dinners (D) including a welcome and a farewell dinner.

Trip Highlights:

  • North Yorkshire Steam Vintage Train
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Stonehenge
  • Canterbury Cathedral
  • Blenheim Palace
  • York Minster
  • Lakes Distillery

Hotels:

  • Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge l London (2 nights)
  • MGallery Francis Hotel | Bath (2 nights)
  • Malmaison Brighton | Brighton (1 night)
  • Chilston Park Hotel | Maidstone (1 night)
  • The Tower Hotel | London (1 night)
  • Hilton Cambridge City Centre | Cambridge (1 night)
  • Novotel York Centre | York (2 nights)
  • Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa | Windermere (1 night)
  • Hilton Liverpool City Centre | Liverpool (2 nights)

Hotels

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Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge, London

Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge, London Description:

Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge is perfectly placed for visitors to enjoy a stay in London City. Located a short walk from Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, plus a number of museums, galleries and shops, the central location makes it easy for guests to explore the wonderful sights and attractions in the city. Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge features 370 guest rooms, all fitted with modern amenities including free WiFi. The hotel also boasts the Tower Grill, an in-house restaurant serving European cuisine daily. There are two in-house bars for you to relax and unwind in. The Knights Bar serves afternoon tea and an array of wines throughout the day, and the traditional Tower Bar also offers light snacks and hot and cold beverages. Guests are also welcome to use the fully equipped gym, swimming pool, sauna or a range of treatments from Ajala Spa.

MGallery Francis Hotel, Bath

MGallery Francis Hotel, Bath Description:

The MGallery Francis Hotel rests in the heart of the historic city of Bath. This boutique and distinctive hotel occupies seven of the original 18th Century townhouses of the prestigious Queen Square. The hotel offers the enviable position of being within walking distance of Bath’s major attractions including the Roman Baths, Pump Room and Thermae Bath Spa. The convenient, central location allows guests to discover Bath’s fantastic shopping areas and historic landmarks. Bath Spa Rail Station is just one mile away too, while the Georgian buildings on The Circus are a short distance away. The hotel has 95 en-suite bedrooms providing style and comfort with four-poster beds and glorious views of the city. You can relax with Afternoon Tea in the Tea Room, or a short stroll through the hotel will lead you to celebrated chef Raymond Blanc’s Brasserie Blanc restaurant, with exquisite French dishes.

Malmaison Brighton, Brighton

Malmaison Brighton, Brighton Description:

Malmaison Brighton is located right on the Brighton marina, boasting 73 boutique bedrooms, the elegant Chez Mal Brasserie with sea-view conservatory, and the glittering Chez Mal Bar. All rooms of htis ocian-front hotel feature modern décor, stylish furnishings with a wash of natural light and include free wifi, 24 hour room service and same-day laundry service.

Chilston Park Hotel, Maidstone

Chilston Park Hotel, Maidstone Description:

Set back from tree-lined lanes, the manor house at Chilston Park Hotel in Lenham, Kent sits in 22 acres of parkland, featuring a two AA Rosette restaurant. The GradeI listed hotel offers a wide variety of unique feature bedrooms, from mews Classic double rooms to the Manor House master suite. You are more than a number when you stay at Chilston Park – each of the 53 bedrooms is known by a name, not a digit, and has its own unique history and feel. There are romantic four posters, large family bedrooms, a range of superior bedrooms and many feature stunning views across the gardens and lake. The period charm of this traditional Kentish country housel sets the tone for an authentic and memorable dining experience in the heart of the county. For formal yet relaxed evening dining, Culpeper’s award-winning restaurant near Maidstone offers a menu of seasonal modern British dishes. The elegant Marble Lounge offers an idyllic setting for traditional Afternoon Tea, with plenty of contemporary touches, and in the summer enjoy a light bite out on the terraces.

The Tower Hotel, London

The Tower Hotel, London Description:

As a 4 star hotel near Tower Bridge, The Tower Hotel London combines comfort and convenience with unparalleled views and the Tower of London UNESCO World Heritage Site on your doorstep. Each of The Tower Hotel rooms comes equipped with fast, free Wi-Fi, complimentary toiletries and an elegant ensuite bathroom. With 801 rooms to choose from, including accessible options and sumptuous suites, a range of bars and restaurants and fantastic service, The Tower Hotel delivers the ideal hotel experience.

Hilton Cambridge City Centre, Cambridge

Hilton Cambridge City Centre, Cambridge Description:

Located in the heart of the city, within walking distance to attractions and nightlife, Hilton Cambridge City Centre is the perfect base for exploring the university town. As the largest central hotel in Cambridge, the hotel includes a fitness room and a relaxed restaurant and lounge. All air-conditioned guest rooms and suites feature refurbished bathrooms and spacious desks. This pet-friendly hotel, close to colleges, museums, shopping, theatre and punting, offers Free WiFi in guest rooms and public areas, LivingWell fitness gym, Executive Lounge and valet parking

Novotel York Centre, York

Novotel York Centre, York Description:

Overlooking the idyllic banks of the River Foss, CIE Tours guests can enjoy a 4-Star family-friendly stay at the Novotel York Centre hotel. Situated close to the historical City walls at Fishergate, YO10 4FD, York, this hotel is perfectly located for exploring the countless cultural offerings the city has to offer, as well as the numerous shopping, restaurants and bars too. Situated within a mile of York Minster and York railway station, it’s a perfect base for visiting guests.

Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa, Windermere

Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa, Windermere Description:

Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa is one of the top-ranked Lake District hotels with its stunning lakeside location on the shores of Windermere. Guests can dine at the upscale Windemere Restaruant or at the more casual Blue Smoke on the Bay Grill. All guests have complimentary use of the Health Club, indoor/outdoor pools, state of the art gym and classes. The hotel features 131 new and enhanced bedrooms with en-suite & daily housekeeping and free Wifi.

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.

Itinerary

2020 Taste of England – 14 Days/13 Nights/21 Meals

Day 1: Independent Sightseeing in London & Welcome Dinner
Begin your tour with a day of independent touring in London using your voucher for the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour. Choose your route to see famous London landmarks such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus, and more. Meet your group in the evening for a welcome drink and dinner at your hotel.
(D)

Day 2: Kensington Palace & London Eye
Visit Kensington Palace, former home of Princess Diana. Head to the National Gallery to savor a classic afternoon tea. Proceed on to the London Eye, Europe’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel, for a birds-eye view of the city from a private capsule. The evening is free to explore London and dine as you wish.
(B)

Day 3: Bristol & Bath
Journey to Bristol, where your tour director will take you on a walking tour to explore its thousand-year history. Travel on to the city of Bath, famous for its natural geothermal hot springs. Enjoy a walking tour with your tour director, then visit the Roman Baths. Dine with your group in your hotel this evening.
(B, D)

Day 4: Chavenage House & Blenheim Palace
Journey through the rolling countryside of the Cotswolds to visit Chavenage House, where you will enjoy a welcome drink. View this Elizabethan manor house, built in 1576 and frequently used as a location for film and television, such as the current “Poldark” series. Next, visit Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage site and birthplace of Winston Churchill. Enjoy a free evening in Bath.
(B)

Day 5: Stonehenge & Mary Rose Museum
Travel to Stonehenge to view one of England’s most famous landmarks. Believed to have been created between 3000 BC to 2000 BC, the massive stone monoliths of this UNESCO World Heritage site each stand 13 feet high, seven feet wide, and weigh approximately 25 tons. Journey on to Portsmouth to visit the Mary Rose Museum. Discover the history of this ship that was lost at sea in 1545 and recovered in 1982. Dine in your hotel in Brighton this evening.
(B, D)

Day 6: White Cliffs & Castle Garden
Travel to Birling Gap, part of the world famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. Head to the charming historic town of Royal Tunbridge Wells for independent exploration and lunch. The afternoon will be spent at either Sissinghurst Castle Garden, the country home and garden of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson, or at Scotney Castle, a 14th-century moated castle. Travel on to your hotel in Maidstone for dinner.
(B, D)

Day 7: Leeds Castle & Canterbury Cathedral
Visit Leeds Castle in Kent, a 900-year-old castle built on an island in a lake, then on to Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, followed by free time for lunch. Then go to Shepherd Neame Brewery for a tour and beer tasting. Return to London for dinner with your group.
(B, D)

Day 8: Oxford & Cambridge

Visit the University of Oxford, founded in the 12th century and one of the world’s most prestigious universities. Visit the Bodleian Library, home to more than 13 million printed items and with roots in the 14th century. In the afternoon, journey to Cambridge, where you’ll punt down the River Cam, enjoying views of the colleges of Cambridge University as you travel along the water. Enjoy free time for dinner in Cambridge.

(B)

Day 9: Ely Cathedral & York Minster
Visit Ely Cathedral, dating back to 672. This magnificent building was used as a filming location for “The Crown” and “The King’s Speech”. Travel to the equally resplendent York Minster; this Gothic cathedral has the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world. Enjoy some free time in York to explore independently before dinner in your hotel.
(B, D)

Day 10: Vintage Train Ride & Whitby
Journey back in time on a vintage train ride from the Goathland Station that portrayed Hogsmeade Station in the first “Harry Potter” film to the ancient seaport of Whitby. Take a walking tour with your tour director, then free time for lunch. Travel back to York where your afternoon and evening are free for exploring and dinner on your own.
(B)

Day 11: Harrogate & Lake District
Visit Harrogate, a Victorian spa town in Yorkshire, for a walking tour with your tour director. Travel on to the Lake District, with a stop for lunch. Visit the Lakes Distillery, to discover how hand-crafted spirits are made and enjoy a sampling. Go to Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, and have a tasting of its traditional spicy-sweet treat, first made 165 years ago. Continue to your hotel on the shore of Lake Windermere for dinner.
(B, D)

Day 12: The Armitt & Lake Windermere
Visit the Armitt Museum, which preserves the cultural heritage of the Lake District, with a special focus on local artist Beatrix Potter. Depart for a scenic cruise down Lake Windermere, then board a train and travel the historic Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway for a picturesque ride through the Leven Valley. Travel on to Liverpool where you’ll check into your hotel and dine independently.
(B)

Day 13: Liverpool & Farewell Dinner
Discover Liverpool, the famous port city and home of the Beatles. You are free to delve into some of the city’s long history today at your own pace. In the evening, gather with your group for a farewell dinner.
(B, D)

Day 14: Tour Ends in Liverpool
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

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Friday May 8, 2020 from London Thursday May 21, 2020 to Liverpool 14 Days $4299 Guaranteed Book Now
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