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British

Heritage



Vacation highlights

INCLUDED FEATURES

London: Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and see the Changing of the Guard, if heldCambridge: Guided tour of King’s College and the ChapelBelvoir: Visit the Duke and Duchess of Rutland’s castleYork: Walking tour, visit the Castle MuseumHadrian’s Wall: Visit Roman SegedunumAlnwick: Visit the Duchess of Northumberland’s spectacular gardenEdinburgh: Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace

Vacation Highlights


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St. Andrews: Practice at the Golf CentreGretna GreenBowness: Lake Windermere cruiseChester: Walking tourLlangollen: Guided tour of Plas NewyddStratford-upon-Avon: Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplaceStow-on-the-Wold: Take a stroll in this Cotswolds village

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Bristol: Orientation driveBath: Visit the Roman relicsStonehenge: Visit the prehistoric monumentWinchester: Guided tour of the cathedral

MEALS

Full English breakfast daily (B); 4 three-course dinners (D) with choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in York

SUPERIOR HOTELS

London Ramada Hyde Park (F), York Novotel (F), Edinburgh Thistle (F), Chester Ramada (F), Bristol Mercure Holland House (SF), London Hilton London Metropole (SF)

Vacation Highlights


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British Heritage

Temperature Average

high / low

London 63 / 46

Edinburgh 57 / 42



Day 2 arrival in london england
Day 2-Arrival in London, England

  • Check into your hotel. In the afternoon there’s time to rest or start exploring the lively British capital; uniformed Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.


Day 3 london
Day 3-London

  • Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide:

    • Knightsbridge with Harrods

    • Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the River Thames

    • Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral

    • Whitehall's mounted horseguards and the changing of the guard

    • Prime Minister's Downing Street

    • Buckingham Palace





Day 3 london continued
Day 3-London continued….

  • Highlights are a visit to

    • St. Paul's Cathedral

  • Changing of the Guard, if held.


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Day 3-London continued….

  • you may want to visit Windsor Castle or the Tower with the spectacular Crown Jewels, and tonight a leisurely cruise on the River Thames.


Day 4 london to york via cambridge
Day 4-London to York via Cambridge

  • Day 4London–Cambridge–York

  • (Sat.) Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart London at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing.

  • In the venerable city of Cambridge, join a local expert for a visit to 500-year-old KING’S COLLEGE, including the CHAPEL with its marvelous fan-vaulted ceiling and stained-glass windows (visits are restricted during examinations).


Day 4 belvoir castle
Day 4- Belvoir Castle

  • This afternoon, enjoy a visit to BELVOIR CASTLE  StoryaboutBelvoir Castle"The Belvoir Castle has a stronghistory in the United Kingdom and dates back to Norman times (1066-1247). Afterhis victory at the Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror gave a grant ofland in Leicestershire to his standard bearer, Robert de Todeni. Todeni, in1085, used the grant to build a castle atop a hill and called it Belvoir –“beautiful view.”

  • The English, who couldn’t latch onto the building’s Frenchpronunciation, called it Beaver Castle and do so to this day – a truth thatwould surely horrify Todeni.", the stately home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, which houses one of England’s finest private art collections.


Day 4 london to york
Day 4-London to York

  • Spend the next two nights in York, England

  • England’s most complete medieval city. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel


Day 5 york
Day 5 - York

  • Day 5At Leisure in York

  • (Sun.) On a walking tour in the company of your Tour Director, visit the CASTLE MUSEUM which recreates the atmosphere of everyday life in Britain during the past 300 years.


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Day 5 - York

  • Day 5At Leisure in York

  • Then follow a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles, before exploring the treasures of awe-inspiring York Minster. The rest of the day is free to enjoy this historic city at your own pace. Ask your Tour Director for this evening’s dining suggestions.



York

  • York


Day 6 york alnwick edinburgh
Day 6 York – Alnwick - Edinburgh

  • Day 6York–Alnwick–Edinburgh

  • View over Auld Reekie in Edinburgh, Scotland

  • (Mon.) Fascinating landmarks as your northbound journey unfolds: at Hadrian’s Wall, visit SEGEDUNUM, where Roman life is vividly explained;


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Day 6 York – Alnwick - Edinburgh

  • glimpse sturdy castles built to repel Scottish invasions; enjoy a lunchtime visit to the lavish ALNWICK GARDEN, where the fountains and waterfalls are a breathtaking feature.


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Day 6 York – Alnwick - Edinburgh

  • Take your photos of the castle, ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, setting for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the recent Harry Potter films. Take in vistas of St. Aidan’s 7th-century Holy Island of Lindisfarne, cradle of English Christianity, as you cross the border into Scotland. Late-afternoon arrival in Edinburgh, the “Athens of the North.”


Day 7 edinburgh
Day 7 - Edinburgh

  • Day 7At Leisure in Edinburgh  StoryaboutEdinburgh - Athens of the North"At least 22 cities claim to be the“Athens of the north” Edinburgh’s claim to the title “Athens on the North”stems from the late 18th century when the city was noted for its intellectualvibrancy and neo-classical architecture. Its topography is also similar to thatof Athens with a castle on a hill, fertile flatlands below and a nearby seaport.

  • The title became ironic a century later, however, when city leaders decided tobuild a monument to the fallen heroes of the Napoleonic Wars atop Calton Hill,overlooking Edinburgh. The design called for a shrine with neo-classical Greekcolumns resembling the Parthenon.

  • Local legend says it was to be a full replicaof the ancient Greek structure, but the monument was never completed. Today, itstands as a half-finished tribute to all those who gave their lives fightingNapoleon."


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Day 7 - Edinburgh

  • Day (Tue.) A full day to enjoy this “Prince of Cities.” Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the “Old Town,” drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (except when the Queen is in residence).



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Day 7 - Edinburgh

  • The afternoon is at leisure. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for the Queen’s glittering state visits and family holidays. Tour five decks and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening.


Day 8 excursion to st andrews
Day 8 excursion to St. Andrews

  • (Wed.) This morning, enjoy a drive across the elegant Forth Road Bridge and through Fife to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club, founded in 1754, has given us the rules of golfing. A fun inclusion is the opportunity to hit a few balls at the ST. ANDREWS GOLF PRACTICE CENTRE. Spend the rest of the day back in Edinburgh. With so much to see and do, take your Tour Director’s best advice.


Day 8 edinburgh
Day 8 Edinburgh

Tonight, don’t miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. .






Day 9 edinburgh to lake district chester
Day 9 Edinburgh to Lake District - Chester

  • Day 9Edinburgh–Lake District, England–Chester

  • (Thu.) On the way through the history-steeped Lowland Hills, stop at GRETNA GREEN  where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Leave the land of the Scots and journey through the tranquil Lake District, considered the finest of England’s national parks. At Bowness-on-Windermere, enjoy one of the highlights of the day—a CRUISE along the lake on an historic iron steamship. Spend the next two nights at Chester


Day 9 gretna green
Day 9 Gretna Green

  • GRETNA GREEN  StoryaboutGretna Green"There are many legends of love thatsurround Gretna Green – the first town encountered across the Scottish border.For centuries, Gretna Green has been synonymous with elopement and blacksmithmarriages, although marriage by a blacksmith is more legend than fact.

  • Until the18th century, church marriages among the lower classes in Europe were almostunheard of. Instead, lower class weddings were usually looked at as “marriage bydeclaration.”

  • When England passed the Marriage Act of 1754, establishing churchweddings as the only legal form of marriage, a sudden industry began over theborder in Scotland, where couples could still wed by declaration.

  • Scottish“blacksmith priests” began working in pubs and inns and the eloping couples camein droves.",


Day 10 chester north wales excursion
Day 10 Chester – North Wales excursion

  • On your walking tour in the walled city of Chester, see the Roman remains, the characteristic black and white half-timbered buildings, and the two-tiered arcades called the “Rows,” with time afterwards to browse and shop.



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Day 10 Chester – North Wales excursion

  • Day 10 cont.. The afternoon is dedicated to North Wales. Take a stroll in picturesque Llangollen, home of an annual international contest for poets and minstrels. Spend the night at Chester, the historic county town on the River Dee



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Day 10 Chester – North Wales excursion

  • A special treat: a guided tour of PLAS NEWYDD, the timbered black and white home of the eccentric “Ladies of Llangollen.” Tonight, take your Tour Director’s optional recommendation.


Day 11 chester stratford upon avon to bristol
Day 11 Chester –Stratford-upon-Avon to Bristol

In Stratford-upon-Avon, take your pictures of ANNE HATHAWAY’S COTTAGE and visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE. Time to explore this fine example of an Elizabethan town on your own before driving through the beautiful Cotswold Hills to quaint medieval Stow-on-the-Wold. Your destination for the next two nights is Bristol, from where John Cabot sailed in 1497 to discover America.


Day 12 bristol bath excursion
Day 12 Bristol. Bath Excursion

  • Your Bristol orientation tour focuses on Brunel’s daring Clifton Suspension Bridge, SS Great Britain, and the historic harbor.


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Day 12 Bristol. Bath Excursion

  • In Bath, see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS then plenty of time to explore this beautiful flower-festooned city at your own pace. This evening, consider an optional excursion to the picture-book 13th-century village of Castle Comb


Day 13 bristol stonehenge winchester london
Day 13 Bristol – Stonehenge – Winchester - London

  • Try to unravel the mystery of prehistoric STONEHENGE on the way across Salisbury Plain.

  • Take a lunchtime break in Winchester, the ancient capital of Wessex, and visit the immense CATHEDRAL where the murdered King William Rufus and novelist Jane Austen of Pride and Prejudice fame are buried.

  • Return to London around 3:30 pm. How about celebrating the success of your leisurely tour of Britain with a night out on the town




Thank you
Thank You

  • Enjoy your tour


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