Elegance of Great Britain - Start London, Small Group

Elegance of Great Britain - Start London, Small Group

12 Days



Elegance of Great Britain - Start London, Small Group

12 Days Starting and ending in London

Visiting: London, Edinburgh, Ardgowan House, Gretna Green, Windermere, Lake District National Park, York, Stratford-upon-Avon

$6246 (USD) The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$329

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Tour Overview

Follow in the footsteps of historical figures and literary giants on a 13-day guided tour of Scotland and England. In Edinburgh be dazzled by the jewels of Scottish royalty and join a Local Expert as you explore the best the city has to offer. Dine with Sir Ludovic, a Scottish Baronet, on his 10,000-acre coastal home - Ardgowan Castle. He’ll tell you about the castle's history and surrounding area as you enjoy traditional tea and scones. Cruise the English Lake District, and visit William Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Plus, marvel at Stonehenge's monoliths and indulge in a home-hosted meal at York's Thrisk Hall, an 18th-century town house renovated by English architect John Carr.


  • 11 Breakfast (B)

  • 1 Afternoon Tea (AT)

  • 3 Dinner with Wine (DW)

  • 1 Dinner (D)

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities

  • York: Visit the National Railway Museum, housing over 300 years of history, and home to iconic locomotives and an unrivalled collection of engineering brilliance, we celebrate the past, present and future of innovation on the railways.

  • : Delve into the historic and human stories which have shaped the Minster we see today, Explore the cathedral’s rich history, from the Roman Emperor who changed the course of Christianity, to the fires which threatened to destroy the cathedral.

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

  • : Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

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

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Day 1: Welcome To London
Location: London
Accommodation: The Clermont Victoria, London, Thistle 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.

Day 2: Edinburgh, The Capital Of Culture
Location: Edinburgh
Accommodation: Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, Edinburgh.
Meals Included: 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 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? On select departures, you will also attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo — a colorful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Day 3: Ardgowan And Gretna Green
Location: Edinburgh, Ardgowan House, Gretna Green, Windermere
Accommodation: The Ro Hotel Windermere
Meals Included: Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner with Wine

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. Learn the history of the area, the Shaw Stewart family and the conservation efforts to protect the land on this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, followed by a degustation of traditional Scottish tea and scones. Continue to Gretna Green to see the famous spot where runaway lovers were married at the blacksmith's shop. Your travels continue to the picturesque English Lake District.

Day 4: English Poets And The Lake District Experience Relaxed Start
Location: Windermere, Lake District National Park, Windermere
Accommodation: The Ro Hotel Windermere
Meals Included: 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.

Day 5: Windermere To York Relaxed Start
Location: Windermere, York
Accommodation: Hilton York.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Enjoy a morning at leisure before traveling through the Yorkshire Dales to arrive at the charming village of Haworth. Visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum, created within the 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.

Day 6: The Viking City Of York Relaxed Start
Location: York
Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton York
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy an exploration of one of Britain’s most historic cities, controlled by the Vikings during the 9th and 10th centuries and now renowned for its exquisite architecture. Walk within the town walls with a Local Expert to see the York Minster, Britain’s largest medieval cathedral. Explore the tangle of narrow, cobbled streets and see the Shambles. Spend the afternoon with Insight Choice. Visit the National Railway Museum housing over 300 years of history, or the magnificent York Minster, one of the largest in Northern Europe.

Day 7: Lincoln’S Magna Carta
Location: York, Stratford-upon-Avon
Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon.
Meals Included: 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 Stratford, beautifully situated on the River Avon. Your hotel is set in its own private grounds, just a short walk from the Royal Shakespeare Theater and the town's black and white timber-framed buildings.

Mode of Transport

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.


The Clermont Victoria, Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, The Ro Hotel Windermere, DoubleTree by Hilton York, DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon, Lansdown Grove, Thistle Marble Arch

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