Start: England Finish: Wales
Physical rating: 2
Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Please contact Collette with any specific dietary requirements
Tour code: 13431
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An adventure fit for a Shakespearean tale takes you from verdant hillsides to bustling British cities rich with culture. Explore The Athens of the North during your stay in Edinburgh. Explore the ruins of a Roman Fort during a visit to Hadrian’s Wall. Enjoy medieval York and its historic Minster. See the Welsh landscape from above on a cruise atop of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (UNESCO). Walk in the footsteps of the Bard and enjoy dinner at Hall’s Croft, a 400-year-old Shakespeare family home. Personalize your tour with a choice of included excursions in Edinburgh and Oxford. See the quintessential sights of London with a local guide. Sleepy villages, grassy slopes, mountainside lakes, and cities built upon layers of history – these are the landscapes of Britain.
Accommodation: Mercure Haymarket
Feel the vibrant energy of England, hear the unique sounds of Scotland, and see the rolling countryside of Wales on a trip that combines dramatic history and natural wonders.
Your tour opens in Edinburgh, the historic capital of Scotland, where rocky hills tower in the distance and the shadows of history can be seen around every corner. Discover Scotland's capital and see how medieval crossroads blend seamlessly with a vibrant modern energy. This evening, get a taste of contemporary Scottish fare as you join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner highlighting the flavors of Scotland.
Accommodation: Holiday Inn York City Centre
Today, it’s your choice! Get acquainted with this regal city on a locally guided tour of the city via coach -OR- join a local expert and explore the city on foot. Both tours include visits to Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse,* the Queen’s official Edinburgh residence and the former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city independently.
Accommodation: Hallmark Hotel Chester The Queen
Say farewell to the rolling hills of Scotland while travelling south through the Borders Region. Stop to visit the archeological site of Vindolanda, an Ancient Roman fortress built along Hadrian’s Wall in the 2nd century to protect Roman Britain from the tribes of Scotland. Upon arrival in the medieval city of York, enjoy a brief orientation tour to get the lay of the land. Tonight, stay within the historic walled section of the city.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Enjoy a leisurely morning to explore York at your own pace. Meander the labyrinth of quaint, narrow streets the locals call Snickelways or maybe visit the city’s famous Minster. End the day in Chester, your home for the next two nights, where ancient walls enclose charming Tudor and Victorian houses.
Accommodation: Hotel Indigo
Embark on a panoramic city tour and then walk through Chester’s Rows. Here you’ll peer into the city’s hidden secrets, hopping in and out of the iconic 2-tiered shopping galleries with a local guide. Cross over into Wales and discover Llangollen, one of the country’s most picturesque villages. See the area from a different perspective when you sail along the top of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Admire the view from the tall, bridge-like waterway, towering more than 120 feet above the landscape below.
Accommodation: H10 London Waterloo
Step back in time on a journey through the English countryside to Stratford-upon-Avon. This afternoon visit the Bard’s birthplace – the childhood home of William Shakespeare. After touring the home, enjoy time at leisure to explore on your own. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a private dinner at Hall’s Croft, a 400-year-old Shakespeare family home, while actors in traditional costume perform some of Shakespeare’s most renowned scenes.
Bid adieu to Stratford and travel to the charming university city of Oxford. Upon arrival, it’s your choice! Glide gently past Oxford’s spires on a traditional punting boat experience -OR- join an expert local guide for a walking tour, including one of the Colleges used as a filming location for Harry Potter. Continue on to London, England’s storied capital city.
Take in the sites of London on a panoramic tour of the city’s quintessential sights, making your way past famous icons including the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the Royal Buckingham Palace. Today is yours to explore this cosmopolitan and dynamic city at your leisure. Perhaps you will take an optional excursion to infamous Tower of London. This evening, toast the end of a wonderful journey during a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Your journey through Britain comes to a close today.
Join us for a rollicking evening of tastes, sights and sounds that are classically Scottish. Feast on a banquet prepared from a selection of local recipes. Your taste buds will savor the true flavor and goodness of this distinctive country. Tonight will be filled with entertainment including Highland pipers and dancers, who deliver the very best in Scottish music, song and dance. A highlight of the evening is the Ceremony of the Haggis, and, of course, you may try this national dish. Be prepared for a Scottish night of food, fun and many fond memories! Duration approximately 3 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 15 passenger(s) is required to operate this option.
This option is only offered from May-September. This option will not be offered on departures that include the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Surround yourself in old-world ambiance and the fresh flavors of Yorkshire when dining in a family-owned alehouse located in the center of historic York. Begin by being treated to a tasting of five Yorkshire brews that includes a selection of ciders, lagers and ales. Then pick your favorite to enjoy with your homemade farm-to-table dinner. You’ll delight in the personal service as you are guided through the menu featuring a variety of seasonal local dishes including the region’s famous “Yorkshire pudding.” Take this opportunity to get to know Northern England’s budding farm-to-table movement showcased during this locally inspired dining experience. Duration approximately 3 hour(s). Transportation is not included A minimum of 8 passenger(s) is required to operate this option.
We will walk to the restaurant which is located nearby your hotel. Depending on the location of your hotel, the walk is approximately ½ mile
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