Your tour of Britain will be the highlight of your travelogues for years to come. You’ll set out from London to the Welsh capital of Cardiff. On the way, you’ll visit mysterious Stonehenge and stop in the elegant Georgian city of Bath. You’ll travel through the lovely Cotswold Hills with their honey-colored limestone villages to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. Your tour of Britain’s highlights includes a drive into the tranquil Lake District, often considered to be the finest of England’s national parks. Then, visit Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples before making your way through the history-steeped Lowland Hills to Edinburgh. Visit Edinburgh Castle and see the Scottish Crown Jewels, known as the Honours of Scotland. Departures 0729 and 0819 include a special treat: a performance of the world-renowned Military Tattoo—Scottish pipe bands en masse, performing on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. Your value-minded Britain holiday is one to remember for years to come.
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, there’s time to rest or to explore the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your day. Tonight, dinner followed by a leisurely cruise on the Thames River would be fun.
Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and depart at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing. First, try to unravel the mystery of prehistoric STONEHENGE; explore the visitor centre with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. Across Salisbury Plain, head for the elegant Georgian city of Bath, famous for its Roman relics. Your overnight destination is the Welsh capital of Cardiff and later, consider an optional Welsh evening with dinner and entertainment. (B)
Today, travel through the lovely Cotswold Hills with its honeycoloured limestone villages to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, where you will have time to explore the town at your own pace. The afternoon is dedicated to North Wales. Take a stroll in picturesque Llangollen, home of an annual international contest for poets and musicians. Spend the night in Chester, the historic county town on the Dee River. (B,D)
Drive into the tranquil Lake District, often considered to be the finest of England’s national parks and recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Then, visit Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples before making your way through the history-steeped Lowland Hills to Edinburgh. A suggestion for this evening: enjoy a traditional Scottish night out with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and, of course, the Ceremony of the Haggis. (B)
A full day to enjoy the Scottish capital. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town,” home to famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the “Old Town,” visit EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Afternoon at leisure. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia. Tour five decks and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds out this optional evening. For departure numbers 0729 through 0819, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO, a vast spectacle of massed Scottish pipe bands that takes place in an arena on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)