Best of Britain - Classic Group, 2022

Best of Britain - Classic Group, 2022

Start: London Finish: London

Visiting: London, Stratford, York, Jedburgh, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Windermere, Ludlow, Cardiff, Bath, Glastonbury, Saltash, Plymouth


Duration: 10 Nights

Tour code: B903AFN17

Tour operator: Insight Vacations


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Tour Overview

From the home of Shakespeare, to the moors of Scotland and the beautiful Cornish Countryside, this really is the best of all that Britain offers.

Highlights

  • iconCornwall: Owner John welcomes you to historic Heskyn Mil for a Farm-to-Table dinner. Savour a delightful meal prepared by his wife, Ann. John and Ann take pride in the restaurants friendly service and the quality of its freshly prepared West Country produce. Heskyn Mill Farm advances SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production. The farms ethos is to support local and reduce food waste. All food is sourced locally, even though this proves more expensive. A staff member grows seasonal vegetables and they have their own egg laying hens. They have relationships with the local farmers where they make sure to get the food that would otherwise struggle to be sold in order to reduce waste. Vegetables are chosen seasonally and are often picked in the morning for their guests to enjoy later the same day.
  • iconGlasgow: See the grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral.
  • iconBath: Explore the well-preserved Roman Baths with your Travel Director. Once used for public bathing, they are now open for visitors to explore their grounds and onsite museum.
  • iconStratford-upon-Avon: Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history's most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore this pretty town with its iconic Tudor houses.
  • iconStirling: Travel via the historic site of Bannockburn and view Stirling Castle.
  • iconGrasmere: Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth and visit his grave.
  • iconCardiff: During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the castle and Principality Stadium.
  • iconStonehenge: Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.
  • iconYork: Walk with your Travel Director within the city walls to see the York Minster and crocked Shambles.
  • iconPlymouth: During your orientation tour with your Travel Director see Plymouth Hoe and the Citadel then continue to the Barbican and Mayflower Steps. Then head out to explore a quaint Cornish fishing village.
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Itinerary

icon Day 1: Welcome to London

Location: London

Accommodation: The Grosvenor Hotel/Amba Hotel Marble Arch, 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.

icon Day 2: London, Stratford-upon-Avon and Medieval York.

Location: London, Stratford, York

Accommodation: Hilton York.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

At 07:30, meet your Travel Director to begin your journey north to Stratford-upon-Avon, with its wealth of black and white timber-framed buildings. Discover how William Shakespeare and his incredible works continue to shape society today when you visit his birthplace, full of interesting memorabilia and artefacts relating to his life. Continue to historic York to stroll the narrow lanes including the Shambles and view York Minster, England's largest medieval cathedral. Later, join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner and the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 3: Hadrian's Wall to Edinburgh

Location: Jedburgh

Accommodation: Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh.

Meals: Breakfast

See a part of Hadrian's Wall, once spanning 80 miles from coast to coast, marking the northern frontier of the mighty Roman Empire. Continue past Jedburgh Abbey en route to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, for your two-night stay in this stunning city.(Breakfast)

icon Day 4: Edinburgh Sightseeing

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh.

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, join a Local Expert to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty the Queen, at the end of the Royal Mile. Continue past the Sir Walter Scott Monument to the 18th century New Town with its neoclassical Adam facades. Visit Edinburgh Castle, home of the Honours of Scotland, to view Mons Meg, and see the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is at leisure. In the evening, select departures will attend the spectacular Military Tattoo - a colourful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.(Breakfast)

icon Day 5: Loch Lomond to Glasgow

Location: Edinburgh, Glasgow

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow.

Meals: Breakfast

Drive via historic Bannockburn and Stirling and enjoy the scenery of the Trossachs. Continue along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, before arriving in Glasgow for an orientation of the city with your Travel Director. See the grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral.(Breakfast)

icon Day 6: The Glorious Lake District

Location: Glasgow, Windermere

Accommodation: Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, Windermere.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Travel via Gretna Green to the English Lake District, with scenery so beautiful it inspired a host of writers. Learn about the life of William Wordsworth and visit his grave in the picturesque, stone-built village of Grasmere.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 7: The Welsh Marches and Cardiff

Location: Windermere, Ludlow, Cardiff

Accommodation: Clayton Hotel, Cardiff.

Meals: Breakfast

Stop in ancient Ludlow, one of England’s most attractive towns, dominated by its castle, rich in tragic royal history. Why not spend time exploring the traditional open-air market, admiring the local crafts and perhaps sampling the produce? Afterwards, cross into southern Wales and head for the capital of Cardiff for an orientation of the port city, upon the River Taff. See Cardiff Castle and the impressive Principality Stadium.(Breakfast)

icon Day 8: Georgian Bath and Cornwall

Location: Cardiff, Bath, Glastonbury, Saltash

Accommodation: St. Mellion International Resort, Saltash.

Meals: Breakfast

Cross the Severn Bridge back into England and drive to the Georgian City of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its curative waters have been famous since Roman times. See the 15th century Abbey Church with angels climbing Jacob's Ladder. Visit the Roman Baths to see the incredibly well-preserved remains of one of the greatest spas of the ancient world, still flowing with the natural hot water from the springs below. Continue on to Glastonbury, steeped in legend and reputed to be the final resting place of King Arthur and the Holy Grail. Then head to your fabulous resort in the Cornish countryside.(Breakfast)

icon Day 9: The Cornish Coast Experience

Location: Saltash, Plymouth

Accommodation: St. Mellion International Resort, Saltash.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

In the morning, visit a quaint Cornish fishing village. Explore Dartmoor with Insight Choice. Choose between a walk and foraging experience in Dartmoor or a scenic cruise of Plymouth harbour to see the Barbican, Citadel, Plymouth Hoe and the Mayflower Steps, from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America. Return via the hilly countryside of Dartmoor, home to wild ponies. Savour an unforgettable Celebration Dinner at Heskyn Mill. Join your Travel Director and newfound friends for the ultimate Farm-to-Table dining experience with mouth-watering meals prepared from organic seasonal produce, freshly picked from the surrounding fields, served with a glass of wine.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 10: Ancient Stonehenge and London.

Location: Saltash, London

Accommodation: The Grosvenor Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the pre-historic and mysterious Stonehenge, where the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths are reputed to be up to 5,000 years old.(Breakfast)

icon Day 11: Homeward Bound.

Location: London

Meals: Breakfast

Your journey ends this morning.(Breakfast)

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    Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom

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    Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas

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