Elegance of Great Britain - Classic Group, 2021

Elegance of Great Britain - Classic Group, 2021

Start: Edinburgh Finish: London

Visiting: Edinburgh, Windermere, York, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, Salisbury, London


Duration: 11 Nights

Tour code: B917N216

Tour operator: Insight Vacations


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Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • iconLondon: Take your comfortable, standard-class seats and relax as your cross-country journey takes you through the green English countryside to Scotland - land of legends and romance.
  • iconScenic Drives: Fall in love with the English and Scottish countryside as you travel through the English Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the picturesque Cotswolds.
  • iconArdgowan Estate: Join Sir Ludovic for a tour of his family home, Ardgowan Estate, and savour a traditional Scottish tea made from local ingredients. Your visit helps support the estate, helping keep Scottish history alive.
  • iconStratford: Enjoy a traditional Sunday Roast Dinner, with all the trimmings.
  • iconArdgowan Castle: 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.
  • iconLincoln: Visit Lincoln Castle and admire one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta, which is over 800 years old.
  • iconBath: Choose to visit the well-preserved remains of the Roman Baths, where natural hot springs still flow or alternatively, step into the world of an esteemed author at the Jane Austen Centre.
  • iconDining Summary: 12 Breakfasts (B), 1 Morning Tea (MT), 2 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
  • iconSalisbury: During your free time for lunch, take a moment to explore this historical 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.
  • iconGretna Green: Visit the spot where once runaway lovers were married.
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Itinerary

icon Day 1: Welcome to Edinburgh

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh.

Meals: Dinner with Wine

Welcome to Scotland - land of legends and romance, from the great cultural cities in the south, to the dramatic mountains and misty lochs of the Highlands. On arrival at Edinburgh Airport, transfers depart for your hotel at 09:00, 11:00 and 13:00. Then the rest of the day is yours to relax before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 17:30 for a Welcome Dinner of modern European cuisine and wine at a chic bistro tucked away in the New Town.(Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 2: Edinburgh, The Capital of Culture

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh.

Meals: Breakfast

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 Honours of Scotland, Scotland's glittering Crown Jewels. With the afternoon at leisure, why not visit the art treasures in the National Gallery?(Breakfast)

icon Day 3: Ardgowan and Gretna Green

Location: Edinburgh, Windermere

Accommodation: Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, Windermere.

Meals: Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner

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.(Breakfast / Afternoon Tea / Dinner)

icon Day 4: English Poets and the Lake District Experience

Location: Windermere

Accommodation: Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, Windermere.

Meals: Breakfast

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.(Breakfast)

icon Day 5: Windermere to York

Location: Windermere, York

Accommodation: Hilton York.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

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* listed three-storey town house was built in 1720 and extended in 1770 by York architect John Carr.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 6: The Viking city of York

Location: York

Accommodation: Hilton York.

Meals: Breakfast

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?(Breakfast)

icon Day 7: Lincoln’s Magna Carta

Location: York

Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford.

Meals: Breakfast

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.(Breakfast)

icon Day 8: Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon

Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.(Breakfast / Dinner)

icon Day 9: The Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace and Bath

Location: Bath

Accommodation: Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath.

Meals: Breakfast

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 amphitheatre 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.(Breakfast)

icon Day 10: Bath

Location: Bath

Accommodation: Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

The City of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built above one of Britain's thermal, mineral springs. Explore Bath with Insight Choice. 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, why not soak and relax with a visit to Thermae Spa? In the evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers 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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 11: Ancient Stonehenge to London.

Location: Bath, Salisbury, London

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

Meals: Breakfast

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.(Breakfast)

icon Day 12: Homeward Bound.

Location: London

Meals: Breakfast

Your journey comes to an end after breakfast.(Breakfast)

What's Included

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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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    Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary

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    From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination

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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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    We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door

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    If your arrival flights are as per the itinerary start date, then arrival transfers are available at scheduled times

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    You may purchase transfers to London Heathrow and Gatwick airports on departure day, or when additional night accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations

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    Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)

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    Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency

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    Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport

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    If your flights are outside these times or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport

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    We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels

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