This journey is a must for those who have a love of literature and Britain. Stately homes, historic castles and beautiful gardens shape a delightful itinerary, evoking a bygone age.
Our prices start from3,975 LAND ONLY
13 Days • GUIDED • 17MealsOperated Tour
- 12 nights accommodation
- Services of a travel director
- All on-tour transportation and related fees
- Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
- Conditions Apply.
- Airport transfers at specified times on arrival and departure days
- 12 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Day 1 - Arrive London
Welcome to London. After checking into your hotel, the afternoon is free to enjoy a city that is famous for its pomp and pageantry. Perhaps relax with a walk along the Serpentine in Hyde Park or window shop in the elegant boutiques of Knightsbridge. Alternatively, you may want to stroll along the Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London.
Day 2 - London - Edinburgh
In the morning, transfer to the train station and take your comfortable, standard-class seats. Your cross-country journey takes you through the green English countryside as you travel to Scotland - land of legends and romance. You are then transferred to Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, where the rest of the day is yours to relax. Join your travel director and fellow travelers at 5:30 p.m. for a welcome dinner and the opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers over a pleasant evening.
Day 3 - Edinburgh, The Capital of Culture
Join a Local Expert to see the highlights of the city. Enjoy a drive along Princes Street to the ornate Scott Memorial and see the 18th century New Town with its neoclassical Adam facades. Over in the Old Town, see the Palace of Holyroodhouse - the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen and visit the castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and the Honors of Scotland, Scotland's glittering Crown Jewels. With the afternoon at leisure, visit the art treasures in the National Gallery. On select departures, you will also attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo — a colorful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Day 4 - Ardgowan and Gretna Green
Depart the majestic Scottish capital and journey to Ardgowan, set on a stunning 10,000-acre coastal estate. Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart welcomes you to his family castle, set on a 10,000-acre coastal estate. Learn the history of the area, the Shaw Stewart family and the castle itself, followed by a traditional Scottish tea and scones. Continue to Gretna Green to see the famous spot where runaway lovers were married over the anvil at the blacksmith's shop. Your travels continues to the picturesque English Lake District and dinner is served at your hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere.
Day 5 - Relaxed Start - English Poets And The Lake District Experience
Devote the day to a scenic wonderland of rugged mountains and tranquil waters - inspiration to a host of English poets. Visit Wordsworth's grave in the small churchyard at Grasmere. Appreciate the scenic beauty of the English Lake District on a relaxing cruise admiring the magnificent views of rugged mountains, secluded bays and wooded islands. Then, embark on a nostalgic steam train ride along the banks of the beautiful River Leven.
Day 6 - Relaxed Start - Windermere To York
Enjoy a morning at leisure before travelling through the Yorkshire Dales to arrive at the charming village of Haworth. Visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum, created within the actual home of the Brontë family. Learn about the family's literary legacy and what inspired them from the surroundings of their own home. Your journey continues to York, one of the oldest cities in England. In the evening join a family for a home-hosted meal at the historic Thirsk Hall. This grade II* three-story town house was built in 1720 and extended in 1770 by York architect John Carr.
Day 7 - Relaxed Start - The Viking City Of York
Enjoy an exploration of one of Britain's most historic cities, controlled by the Vikings during the 9th and 10th century and now renowned for its exquisite architecture. Walk within the town walls with a local expert to see the huge York Minster, Britain's largest medieval cathedral. Explore the tangle of quaint, narrow, cobbled streets and see the Shambles. There is plenty of time to further explore on you own, perhaps visit the National Railway Museum housing over 300 years of history, or continue wandering the well-preserved city walls.
Day 8 - Lincoln's Magna Carta
Visit Lincoln Castle, one of the finest Norman castles in England. Your tour will include a chance to see one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta. Continue to pretty Stratford, beautifully situated on the River Avon. Your hotel is set in its own private grounds, just a short walk from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the town's wealth of black and white timber-framed buildings.
Day 9 - Relaxed Start - Shakespeare's Stratford-Upon-Avon
Discover how William Shakespeare and his incredible works continue to delight audiences today when you visit his birthplace, full of interesting memorabilia and artefacts relating to his life. Later, join your travel director for a traditional Sunday roast dinner, served with Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings.
Day 10 - The Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace and Bath
An enchanting day awaits in the morning. Cross the beautiful Cotswold hills, a chocolate box scene of golden stone villages with roses round the doors. Visit the magnificent stately home and gardens of Blenheim Palace, the greatest building of the English Baroque. Continue to the elegant Georgian city of Bath, built in amphitheater style on the surrounding hills. Your travel director introduces you to the Pulteney Bridge, built in mellow local stone. See the angels climbing Jacob's Ladder on Bath Abbey.
Day 11 - Relaxed Start - Bath
The City of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built above one of Britain's thermal, mineral springs. Enjoy exploring Bath. Visit its incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths or discover the town's significance in the life and work of Jane Austen. With the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps soak and relax with a visit to Thermae Spa. In the evening, join your travel director and fellow travelers at Brasserie Blanc. Raise a glass over your celebration dinner to commend your wonderful journey, while enjoying a delicious French-inspired meal accompanied with wine.
Day 12 - Ancient Stonehenge To London
Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the prehistoric and mysterious Stonehenge, where the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths are reputed to be up to 5,000 years old. Continue into the heart of Wiltshire to reach the city of Salisbury where you have time at leisure to enjoy lunch and explore the city. See the tallest spire in England, atop the medieval cathedral and walk the streets to observe an architectural timeline from the city's medieval walls and half-timbered Tudor town houses to Georgian mansions and Victorian villas. Upon arrival in London you are at leisure for the rest of the afternoon.
Day 13 - Homeward Bound
Your journey comes to an end after breakfast.
Prices are subject to change. Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land and cruise only, based on May 1, 2021 travel date. International airfare is additional.
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