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13 Day Deluxe Great Britain

13 Day Deluxe Great Britain


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Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Scotland
Depart for Edinburgh, Scotland

DAY 2, Monday - Edinburgh
Welcome to Scotland! Arrive in the royal city of Edinburgh, with its exquisite Georgian and Victorian architecture and winding medieval streets. During your stay, there’ll be time to discover the city’s rich heritage and historic buildings -- its Old and New Town are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You’ll be transferred to your hotel. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception and a delectable dinner with a Scottish flair
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse
This morning visit Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city, home to the legendary Stone of Destiny a powerful symbol of Scottish monarchy and the breathtaking Crown Jewels on display in the Crown Room. On to the baroque Palace of Holyroodhouse, (when the Queen is not in residence). Standing at the end of Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile, this fine palace was once home to Scottish royals including Mary Queen of Scots. Explore the historic State Apartments, ruins of the 12th century Abbey and the remarkable royal gardens of the Queen's official residence in Scotland. This evening, attend an outdoor performance of the astonishing Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performed by the British Armed Forces, military bands and display teams on the esplanade of illuminated Edinburgh Castle - it’s an amazing display of pomp and pageantry**The Military Tattoo is available for Aug 16 departure only.
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Wednesday - Hadrian’s Wall, Estate Lunch, Wordsworth's Grasmere, Windermere
Driving south, we stop in the border town of Jedburgh to see the striking Abbey built in Scotland’s border country during the Middle Ages. As we cross into England, travel through Northumberland National Park before reaching a section of Hadrian's Wall in the sprawling northern frontier, built by force of men in less than six years – truly an engineering feat! At Housesteads, view the most complete example of a Roman fort in Britain, a unique monument that is a revelation of life at the Roman Empire’s most northern outpost. Then, we travel to the county of Cumbria, where we’ll enjoy a regal lunch at the elegant Castletown Estate, a private manor house on the River Eden. Then, on to Grasmere, Cumbria’s most popular village, thanks to William Wordsworth with its lovely 19th-century architecture. A delightful walk through this pretty village, where he wrote some of his most famous poems, takes us to the church to view Wordsworth’s resting place. We continue to Windermere in the gorgeous Lake District. Dinner and overnight at our resort hotel set on England’s largest lake.
Overnight: Windermere
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Cruise on Windermere Lake, England’s Lake District, Topiary Gardens
Start the day with magnificent views as we cruise on Windermere Lake, the largest body of water in England, surrounded by panoramas of mountain scenery, secluded bays, and wooded islands. At Bowness-on-Windermere, you’ll be enchanted by the historical houses in this bustling Victorian town with its many tea shops, ice cream stalls, and crafts shops. Home to The World of Beatrix Potter, themed attractions in the town bring to life various scenes from her most popular books. Free time for lunch on your own before a visit to Levens Hall*, a grand manor house dating back to 1350 with its fine Elizabethan interior, ornate scrollwork, and priceless paintings. A highlight of the visit is a walk through the exceptional garden of topiary characters sculpted from box and yew, surrounded by over 30,000 colorful flowers. Tonight, join your group for dinner at the hotel*Levens Hall is not available on all departures
Overnight: Windermere
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Walled City of Chester, Medieval Conwy, Artisan Food Demonstration Dinner
Travel to the striking medieval walled city of Chester set on the River Dee, home to an excavated Roman Amphitheatre and an impressive Gothic cathedral. Along the shopping streets of Eastgate and Watergate perhaps you’ll hear the Town Crier making their traditional proclamations. Continue across the border to North Wales and the seaside town Deganwy, situated across the Conwy River from the stunning 13th century Conwy Castle. Explore the picturesque town of Conwy and the medieval walled fortress with its commanding views of the mountains of Snowdonia and the River Conwy. Later, visit the unique Bodnant Food Center at the Furnace Farm, in a spectacular river setting. Here, the best artisan food in Wales is showcased including meat, cheeses, honey – all organically grown. Taste the specialty breads, honey from the estate and a mouth-watering range of preserves and condiments. Enjoy a cooking demonstration, tales from the Chef, recipes to take home and a specially prepared dinner
Overnight: Deganwy
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Caernarfon Castle
In the compact and diverse nation of Wales, visit the imposing massive Caernarfon Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the country’s most impressive castles, created by King Edward I to symbolize the power of the English over the subdued Welsh, it was designed to echo the walls of Constantinople. Reigning over the Menai Strait on the northwestern coast of Wales, the grandeur of Caernarfon Castle is characterized by its unique polygonal towers. On our privately guided tour, view the interesting exhibition devoted to the Princes of Wales through the years. After lunch on your own in Caernarfon, return to Deganwy via the scenic Llanberis Pass. Time to enjoy all of the amenities at your resort hotel. Savor a delightful dinner together at the hotel with views of illuminated Conwy Castle and the sparkling bay
Overnight: Deganwy
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Sunday - Stratford-upon-Avon
Departing Wales, we arrive in picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon, a medieval town of Tudor timberwork, open greens and boats bobbing on the river Avon. Home to William Shakespeare, England’s greatest poet, and playwright, the town is brimming with cultural and historic attractions including his birthplace and Anne Hathaway's childhood home. Free time to wander the lanes of this celebrated town, where the Bard's plays are still performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Arrive at your hotel in Stratford for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Stratford-upon-Avon
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Monday - Oxford University, Woodstock Village, Blenheim Palace
Enjoy a morning tour of the city of Oxford, housing the oldest university in the English-speaking world. The ivy-clad colleges that make up the university are renowned for some of the finest architecture in Europe. On our walking tour along the cobbled streets, soak up the academic ambience which inspired many literary geniuses. . Explore the many colleges such as Christ Church, used in many of the Harry Potter movies, with its impressive landmark tower designed by Christopher Wren. Next, we drive through the historic market town of Woodstock walk along the honey-colored streets, enchanted by boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops. Travel to St. Martin’s Church in Bladon to pay respects at the gravesite of Sir Winston Churchill, before continuing to his home at gilded Blenheim Palace. This birthplace of Winston Churchill and home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough is a true masterpiece of 18th-century Baroque architecture, built in celebration of the English victory over the French in the War of Spanish Succession. Time to wander along the lanes of this glorious UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on over 2,000 acres with its sensational formal gardens. After lunch on your own, travel back to Stratford-upon-Avon
Overnight: Stratford-upon-Avon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Tuesday - Explore Bath, a British Jewel
Treasure a glorious day in Bath, home to some of the nation's grandest Georgian architecture. View the Pulteney Bridge across the River Avon on the way to the Royal Crescent, a semicircular terrace of majestic townhouses overlooking the green sweep of Royal Victoria Park. At Bath Abbey, looming above the city center, enter one of the country’s greatest medieval churches. It was here, that King Edgar was crowned King of England in 973. Our tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site includes the well-preserved 2,000-year-old Roman Baths, a complex of bathhouses above Bath's three natural hot springs, encircled by 18th and 19th-century buildings. Later perhaps sample the city’s curative mineral-rich waters at a local spa complex
Overnight: Bath
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Wednesday - Mysterious Stonehenge, Windsor Castle
Upon our arrival at the Salisbury Plains, you’ll gaze at the magical ring of stones that is known as Stonehenge. One of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries, Stonehenge is a massive circle of 3,500-year-old standing stones situated in the midst of a green field. Still unclear who built the landmark or, how it was constructed, Stonehenge is one of Britain's most important ancient monuments, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Evidence suggests the area may have once been a burial site, and theories abound that Stonehenge may have astronomical, spiritual, or even supernatural meaning. On our drive toward London, a very special royal treat as we stop at legendary Windsor Castle, the oldest inhabited castle in the world, home to over 39 monarchs in the last 1,000 years. A majestic vision of towers and battlements, the castle today is used for state occasions and is the Queen’s principal residence. If the Queen is home, look for the Royal Standard flying from the Round Tower! Our tour of the opulent castle includes the lavish State Apartments with priceless artworks, St. George’s Chapel, burial place of 10 monarchs including Henry VIII, and Queen Mary’s intricate Doll House with immaculately reproduced miniature replicas. Upon arrival at the hotel in London, spend time at leisure
Overnight: London
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Thursday - Iconic Sights of London, Tower of London
Discover London’s history and pageantry on today’s exploration of London. We begin with a view of the iconic Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower, where we pause to see Big Ben. Then, onto the Tower of London with a warm welcome from a Yeoman Warder, also known as a Beefeater, as we arrive at the Tower of London a former fortress and Royal Palace that has witnessed 1000 years of history most notoriously as a prison. You will view the Crown Jewels and the iconic Tower Bridge. Afterward, spend the afternoon at leisure to stroll through the astonishing British Museum, visit Madame Tussauds, or the striking Tate Modern. This evening, attend a Farewell Dinner with your newfound friends and Tour Manager
Overnight: London
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Friday - Depart England
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Edinburgh, London-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights Deluxe accommodations
  • 2 nights Edinburgh
  • 2 nights Windermere
  • 2 nights Deganwy
  • 2 nights Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • 1 night Bath
  • 2 nights London
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†♦
  • Maximum 28 passengers per tour
  • 20 meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

  • Special Features

  • Visit Edinburgh Castle, home to the crown jewels of Scotland, and Holyrood Palace, the Queen's official residence in Scotland
  • During August 16 departure, attend an evening performance of the astonishing Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle
  • Enjoy lunch at the elegant Castletown Estate, a private manor house on the River Eden
  • Walk through the exceptional garden of 30,000 flowers and topiary characters at Levens Hall
  • Cruise on Windermere Lake, surrounded by panoramas of mountain scenery, bays and wooded islands
  • In North Wales, visit the picturesque seaside town of Conwy with its stunning 13th century castle
  • Visit the imposing Caernarfon Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the country's most impressive castles
  • Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, home to William Shakespeare, England's greatest poet and playwright
  • Explore the many colleges at Oxford including Christ Church, used in many of the Harry Potter movies
  • Tour gilded Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, set in the rolling hills of the Cotswolds
  • At Stonehenge, gaze at the mysterious magical ring of stones at this UNESCO Heritage Site
  • Treasure a glorious day in enchanting Bath, home to Britain's grandest Georgian architecture
  • A special royal treat as we visit legendary Windsor Castle, the oldest inhabited castle in the world
  • View London's history and pageantry at the iconic Buckingham Palace
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    ♦ London Gatwick Airport transfers available at an additional cost

    *Not Included:
    Gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Aug 16 departure will attend an evening performance of the astonishing Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.

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    Accommodations

    Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian
    The Caledonian, with its imposing Victorian décor has embodied the very best in Scottish hospitality for over a hundred years. Recently relaunched to Waldorf Astoria's peerless, world-renowned standards, the hotel is elegant and beautifully understated. Its guest rooms bring style, sophistication and comfort. A relaxing haven of exclusive and indulgent treatments are offered by the UK's only Guerlain Spa, the state-of-the-art Fitness Center and swimming pool. The hotel's gourmet restaurants offer celebrated cuisine by England's most famous chefs.

    Low Wood Bay
    Low Wood Bay is located in the heart of the magnificent Windermere Lake District. This first-class lakefront resort and marina is the perfect place with traditional rooms offering country-chic décor and comfort. Enjoy the lovely European restaurant in tasteful and modern surroundings, or relax in the informal lounge, bar or lakeside bistro where the sun terrace overlooks the shores of Lake Windermere. In the leisure center, you'll find a large swimming pool, workout center and sauna.

    Quay Hotel & Spa
    The Quay Hotel & Spa offers unique luxury on the rugged North Wales coast. The moment you enter this hotel in Deganwy Quay you'll be warmly welcomed into a world of coziness and contentment. Set on the idyllic Conwy Estuary, the Quay Hotel commands awe-inspiring views of the most magical scenery in North Wales. The hotel's spa offers a range of relaxing experiences and its fine restaurant and lounges offer award-winning culinary delights

    Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Shakespeare Country.

    Francis Hotel
    In the heart of the historic city of Bath, this luxury Regency-style townhouse hotel occupies seven of the original 18th century townhouses in centrally located Queen Square. The hotel itself is a destination of historical and architectural significance, recently restored to its former glory following a multi-million dollar refurbishment. Guests may expect sublime comfort in each of the individually designed rooms with superb amenities. All of the hotel's restaurants, lounges and bars offer award-winning cuisine prepared by a master chef.

    Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul's
    This deluxe hotel is located nearby St Paul's Cathedral in London's business district.

    The Langham
    This renowned deluxe hotel, opened in 1865 as Europe's first "grand" hotel, and it has accommodated royalty, foreign dignitaries and celebrities for over 150 years. Located at the top of Regent Street, the prestigious Langham, renowned for its legendary service, continues to reign as one of the finest hotels in London. Discover exotic concoctions at Artesian, voted the World's Best Bar. Unwind with a cocktail when Palm Court transforms into a jazz lounge in the late evenings. Enjoy the hotel's world-class facilities; fitness center, steam rooms, and vitality pools. The Langham is also home of the world-famous "Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood."

    The Langham
    This renowned deluxe hotel, opened in 1865 as Europe's first "grand" hotel, and it has accommodated royalty, foreign dignitaries and celebrities for over 150 years. Located at the top of Regent Street, the prestigious Langham, renowned for its legendary service, continues to reign as one of the finest hotels in London. Discover exotic concoctions at Artesian, voted the World's Best Bar. Unwind with a cocktail when Palm Court transforms into a jazz lounge in the late evenings. Enjoy the hotel's world-class facilities; fitness center, steam rooms, and vitality pools. The Langham is also home of the world-famous "Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood."

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