On this Escape, visit the must-see landmarks and experience the culture of Britain without the crowds—and even better—without the high-season prices. A concise Britain tour that offers you the unforgettable sights of this great land! Be sure to pack your camera to capture all the magnificent experiences you’ll have traveling from London to Edinburgh. History buffs will delight in seeing mysterious, prehistoric Stonehenge (just imagine how those stones got there!); the Roman Baths in Bath, constructed around 70 AD and today one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world; Liverpool, once a great Victorian city and Atlantic seaport, and renowned for its musical heritage; and Edinburgh, home to many Scottish monarchs, including Queen Margaret, who died here in 1093.
Literary fans will enjoy visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, and Grasmere, home to William Wordsworth. But that’s not all…a London Guide will show you all the city’s famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace to the Prime Minister’s Downing Street and Westminster Abbey; in Edinburgh, you’ll tour the castle and see Scotland’s Crown Jewels; and in Liverpool, your Tour Director will walk you through the Beatles quarter.
From the historical sights to the beautiful scenery to the special experiences, this tour is a great way to sample everything Britain has to offer at a price that screams “Let’s go!”
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Tonight, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.(D)
After a hearty English breakfast, morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Free time in the afternoon for independent activities or to join an optional excursion. (B)
Depart at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing. First, visit the intriguing prehistoric monument of 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, where you see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS, once one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. (B,D)
Savour vistas of the Cotswolds on your way via the medieval market town of Stow-on-the-Wold to Stratford-upon-Avon. Time here to visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE and for pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. In the afternoon, drive to Liverpool, the hometown of The Beatles. Walk with your Tour Director through The Beatles quarter, where the Cavern Club is located. (B)
This morning, focus on the tranquil Lake District, considered to be the finest of England’s national parks. Take a break in Wordsworth’s beloved Grasmere, then, head north for the Scottish border. On the way through the history-steeped Lowland Hills, stop at Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Afternoon arrival in Edinburgh, where you spend the next two nights. (B)
Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels and the iconic Stone of Destiny, used to inaugurate monarchs for centuries, and take in the fantastic views over the city. The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)