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2024 Highlights of Britain - 14 Days/13 Nights

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

England , Scotland , Wales

  1. Day 1
    London Arrival | Windsor Castle
    Your tour departs at 2:00 PM from your Windsor hotel. Venture to see the splendors of Windsor Castle, a residence of the King, and the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. Then take a walking tour around the medieval town of Windsor with a local guide. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group, and dine and explore as you wish this evening.
  2. 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    St Michael’s Mount | St Ives
    Travel through the unspoiled beauty of Bodmin Moor; stop for photos at Jamaica Inn, built in 1750 and immortalized in Daphne du Maurier’s tale of daring smugglers. Visit the coastal village of Marazion to see the romantic outline of St Michael’s Mount, an island topped by a spectacular castle. In the old fishing town of St Ives, take a walking tour to see its cobbled streets, quaint cottages, art galleries, and surrounding sandy beaches. Enjoy time to explore before returning to a free evening in Tavistock. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Roman Baths | Cardiff Castle
    Explore Bath, a city of elegant Georgian buildings in a distinctive golden stone. Tour the wonderfully preserved Roman Baths. Head to Cardiff, where you’ll take a sightseeing tour of the city before touring Cardiff Castle, a medieval castle fabulously renovated in Victorian Gothic style. Dine in your hotel this evening. (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Hay-on-Wye | Shrewsbury
    Travel through the Brecon Beacons National Park to Hay-on-Wye, a town famous for its bookshops. 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    North Wales | Chester
    Drive through the countryside of north Wales as you journey 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 the ancient city of Chester, explore the Roman and medieval heritage on a walking tour. Your evening is free to explore this fascinating place as you wish. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Lake District | Edinburgh
    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. Pass through the village of Gretna Green as you cross the border into Scotland. Arrive at your hotel in Edinburgh, where your evening is yours to explore. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Edinburgh Castle | City Tour | Scottish Evening*
    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. Spend the evening with your group. Most departures will enjoy a lively Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment. Departures from July 29 – August 12 will attend the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with reserved seats on the castle esplanade. (B, D*)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Glamis Castle | St Andrews
    Tour Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and childhood home of the King’s grandmother. Cross the modern Tay Bridge to the medieval town of St Andrews, the “Home of Golf.” Take a panoramic tour of this scenic university town by the sea. Have lunch with your group and enjoy some time to explore. (B, L)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  10. Day 10
    Abbotsford House | York
    Visit Abbotsford House, the rambling and picturesque former home of Sir Walter Scott, the internationally famed 19th-century novelist; he was one of Scotland’s greatest historic characters and played a large role in the modern popularity of tartan. Head to York, an ancient city of narrow cobbled streets, charming tearooms and quaint old pubs, and fantastic medieval churches. Here you’ll have the rest of the day free to explore and dine as you wish. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    Whitby | Castle Howard | York Minster
    Visit the old fishing town of Whitby. Tour its pretty harbor and cobbled streets with your tour director before departing for Castle Howard, a 300-year-old stately home that has been the setting for numerous film and TV productions, including the hit show “Bridgerton”. Return to York to tour magnificent York Minster, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe. (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Shakespeare’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 and enjoy dinner with your group. (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Tower of London | City Sightseeing
    Take a panoramic London tour with a local guide 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  14. Day 14
    Tour Ends in London
    Your tour ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner *Meal counts vary on Tattoo departures, as the Scottish Evening is replaced with the Tattoo and an independent dinner. >
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Accommodations

Castle Hotel Windsor
Castle Hotel Windsor
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
The Bedford Hotel
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.
The Bedford Hotel
The Bedford Hotel
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
Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel & Spa
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
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Chester
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.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Chester
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Chester
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.
Edinburgh Marriott Hotel Holyrood
Edinburgh Marriott Hotel Holyrood
Delta Hotels by Marriott York
Delta Hotels by Marriott York
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.
Delta Hotels by Marriott York
Delta Hotels by Marriott York
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
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Victoria
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.

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CIE Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.3
Accommodations
4
Itinerary
4.4
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4.2

Ratings based off 2161 reviews about CIE Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

CIE has the best hotels and include so many activities

We had a wonderful trip. We were very pleased with the itinerary and the quality of hotels provided through CIE. We would recommend CIE again.

Everything exceeded expectations. I couldn't be happier with our CIE tour.

We had a lovely tour throughout Ireland. The service and accommodation exceeded my expectations! We were fortunate to have good weather. Ireland is very beautiful and the people are gracious to all tourist!

CIE is a solid company who provide friendly, strong tours. Affordable Tours was a excellent company to book through. Having both companies working together to support us outside the tour then during the tour was helpful. We had a very bad situation happen at one of the hotels when the hotel baggage people misplaced our luggage into an empty room thus we did not get our luggage. The CIE director had the hotel staff search every room until the misplaced luggage was found. This piece of luggage had all my wife's clothes and very valuable things locked in it. If not for the tour director this in issue could have been quite miserable for us. The hotel was not taking us seriously until she stepped in and resolved the problem. She was a strong tour director which helped the tour run smoothly.

Good starter tour for someone new to the UK. Use of a Hop on Off in London let's people see more of what interests them. Dinner at the hotel in Bath was excellent.

The trip was wonderful. This is our second CIE tour and totally enjoyed both and highly recommend.

Fantastic trip, more than I was expecting.

We greatly enjoyed this tour. The itinerary covered a lot of fabulous places to see, the accommodations were excellent, and the tour guide/coach driver was very entertaining and informative. We will definitely consider CIE and Affordable Tours in booking our next vacation. Thanks!

I expected more hands on guidance in the choice of pubs, more going as a group. However I liked very much our driver/guide, Matt Nolan. His manner was very pleasant, his introductions to the areas we visited and history talks were just enough, and he was skilled driver on the narrow roads. Time on the bus was calm and quiet which seemed to suit us. He managed all the travel details professionally.

Exceeded my expectations. Wonderful accommodations, very interactive experience with the tour stops.

Wonderful experience, we are looking forward to booking another tour.

Price very reasonable. Nice accommodations. Great tours and good amount of free time.

It was a great experience from beginning to end.

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