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16 Day Highlights of Britain


  • London
  • Stonehenge
  • Conwy Castle
  • Lake Windermere Lake District
  • Edinburgh
  • Abbotsford House
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Anne Hathaway's Cottage Stratford-upon-Avon

From £3145 Land Only

2018 - 16 Day Highlights Of Britain
4 Star Holiday - 15 Nights /26 Meals

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 29 to August 12 departures.
  • Step back in time when you visit a North Yorkshire Moors Railway Station -- each station represents a different steam era. See Yorkshire’s amazing scenery as you travel by vintage locomotive.
  • See Plymouth Hoe by sea as you take a short boat trip to Royal William Yard, host to a variety of restaurants and bars, each with their own unique vibe.

Trip Highlights:

  • Castle Howard
  • Famous Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green
  • Lanhydrock House
  • North Yorkshire Steam Vintage Train
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Stonehenge
  • St Andrews
  • Tower of London
  • Windsor Castle

Dining Experiences:

  • Ten dinners including a welcome dinner in Windsor, a Cardiff Castle Welsh banquet, a festive Scottish evening in Edinburgh, a cozy tavern dinner in Edinburgh, and dinner at an historic pub in York

For further information and bookings please contact us:
E-mail:
  lesley@best-of-scotland.co.uk
Tel:  +44 (0)1592 752990
Fax:  +44 (0)1592 331680
Toll Free:  1-888 678 1567 USA/Canada


2018 HIGHLIGHTS OF BRITAIN 16 DAYS / 15 NIGHTS

Day 1: LONDON ARRIVAL & WINDSOR CASTLE
Tour begins 2 PM, Windsor hotel. Visit Windsor Castle, residence of The Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. Then take a brief walk around this compact and historic town with a local guide.
(D)

Day 2: STONEHENGE & SALISBURY
Marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge and learn about the primitive builders who managed to create such an enduring monument. Stop in Salisbury, a charming old city where the cathedral boasts the tallest spire in England. Arrive in Tavistock, a market town on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park.
(B, D)

Day 3: BODMIN MOOR & LANHYDROCK HOUSE
Travel through Bodmin Moor, an area of unspoiled natural beauty, stopping for photos at Jamaica Inn, made famous by Daphne du Maurier's tale of smugglers. Explore Lanhydrock House, a late-Victorian country house with grand rooms and servants’ quarters. Back in Plymouth see the Mayflower Steps and cruise to Royal William Yard, former Royal Navy buildings which now host restaurants idea for independent dining this evening.
(B)

Day 4: ST MICHAEL’S MOUNT & MINACK THEATRE
Visit the coastal village of Marazion to see the majestic outline of St Michael’s Mount, an important pilgrimage destination. In St. Ives enjoy a walking tour of the main sights and admire the array of beautiful sandy beaches surrounding the town. Enjoy some free time before returning to your hotel in Tavistock.
(B, D)

Day 5: ROMAN BATHS & CARDIFF CASTLE
Explore Bath, popular with the Romans for its natural hot springs 2,000 years ago. Tour the wonderfully-preserved Roman Baths and Pump Room, renowned for mineral-rich hot springs. Head to Cardiff for a sightseeing tour around the city centre. Tour Cardiff Castle before sitting down for a Welsh banquet with dinner and some lively entertainment.
(B, D)

Day 6: HAY-ON-WYE & SHREWSBURY
Travel through the Brecon Beacons National Park to Hay-on-Wye, a town famous for books. Continue to Shrewsbury, a picturesque town near the English/Welsh border. Take a walking tour with the town crier to see black-and-white buildings that line the narrow streets. Travel through Cheshire to your hotel in Chester.
(B, D)

Day 7: NORTH WALES & CHESTER
Drive across the Horseshoe Pass for wonderful vistas. Visit a farm to see trained dogs herding sheep and travel to Conwy, a medieval town dominated by a huge castle. Enjoy a walking tour around the picturesque streets and see the smallest house in Britain. In Chester another walking tour will reveal medieval buildings and Roman walls.
(B, D)

Day 8: LAKE DISTRICT & SCOTTISH EVENING
Travel through the glorious Lake District, which inspired many of Beatrix Potter’s children’s books. Stop in the village of Grasmere, where Wordsworth lived and is buried. Stop at the Famous Blacksmith’s Shop in Gretna Green, a popular shopping venue for quality Scottish goods. At your hotel, enjoy a drink with your fellow travellers before a lively Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment.
(B, D)

Day 9: EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR
Explore central Edinburgh, starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with planned streets and elegant Georgian houses where many famous writers and inventors lived. See the Royal Mile with its narrow medieval houses and tour Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The rest of the day is free. On July 29 to August 12 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
(B)

Day 10: EXCURSION TO GLAMIS CASTLE & ST ANDREWS WALK
Tour Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of Shakespeare’s "Macbeth" and childhood home of the Queen Mother. Cross the modern Tay Bridge to the medieval town of St Andrews, ”the home of golf”. Enjoy a panoramic tour and spend some free time browsing on your own. Back in Edinburgh, head to a nearby pub for dinner with your group.
(B, D)

Day 11: ABBOTSFORD HOUSE & YORK MINSTER
Visit Abbotsford House, formerly the home of historical novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott. Continue to Hadrian's Wall, built in 122 AD to mark the northern edge of the mighty Roman Empire. Upon arrival in York, visit York Minster, which is famous for its stained glass windows. In the evening dine in a centuries-old pub and then take a light-hearted ghost tour.
(B, D)

Day 12: HISTORIC TRAIN RIDE & CASTLE HOWARD
Head to Pickering or Goathland Station, which served as "Hogsmeade" station in the Harry Potter series, and travel on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway by vintage locomotive. In Whitby, take a guided stroll around the picturesque harbor, winding streets and quaint buildings. Tour the elaborate chambers of Castle Howard, an imposing 18th century mansion where “Brideshead Revisited” was filmed.
(B, D)

Day 13: SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE & LONDON
Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Discover the world that shaped the man as you look through an exhibition about his life and work. Drive through the scenic Cotswolds region, renowned for picturesque villages built of honey-colored stone with charming gardens. Arrive in London where the evening is at leisure.
(B)

Day 14: TOWER OF LONDON & CITY SIGHTSEEING
Take a panoramic London tour to see some of the famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Visit the mighty Tower of London to see the many fortresses, Beefeaters in their elaborate uniforms, and the dazzling Crown Jewels. The afternoon and evening are free for independent activities and dining.
(B)

Day 15: LONDON SIGHTSEEING
London sightseeing on an open-top bus tour around famous landmarks. There are a number of different bus routes as well as a walking tour and a River Thames cruise.
(B)

Day 16: TOUR ENDS IN LONDON
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Hotels:

  • MGallery Castle Hotel, Windsor (1 night)
  • The Bedford Hotel, Plymouth (3 nights)
  • Radisson Blu Hotel - Cardiff, Cardiff (1 night)
  • Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Chester, Chester (2 nights)
  • Norton House Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh (3 nights)
  • York Marriott, York (2 nights)
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Victoria, London (3 nights)

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 29 to August 12 departures.
  • Step back in time when you visit a North Yorkshire Moors Railway Station -- each station represents a different steam era. See Yorkshire’s amazing scenery as you travel by vintage locomotive.
  • See Plymouth Hoe by sea as you take a short boat trip to Royal William Yard, host to a variety of restaurants and bars, each with their own unique vibe.

Trip Highlights:

  • Castle Howard
  • Famous Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green
  • Lanhydrock House
  • North Yorkshire Steam Vintage Train
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Stonehenge
  • St Andrews
  • Tower of London
  • Windsor Castle

Dining Experiences:

  • Ten dinners including a welcome dinner in Windsor, a Cardiff Castle Welsh banquet, a festive Scottish evening in Edinburgh, a cozy tavern dinner in Edinburgh, and dinner at an historic pub in York

All Tours Include:

  • All on-tour transportation including shuttles and ferries
  • Welcome get-together drink with your group
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches so you can stay connected along the way
  • Deluxe documents wallet and backpack to keep you organized
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person

16 days London to London
Start LONDON - End LONDON

Single room supplement: £1,588

The prices are land only and per person sharing a twin room

2018
Sunday 15 April 2018 £3325
Sunday 29 April 2018 £3380
Sunday 27 May 2018 £3380
Sunday 10 June 2018 £3380
Sunday 8 July 2018 £3380
Sunday 22 July 2018 £3380
Sunday 29 July 2018 £3600 Tattoo
Sunday 12 August 2018 £3600 Tattoo
Sunday 2 September 2018 £3380
Sunday 9 September 2018 £3380
Sunday 16 September 2018 £3380
Sunday 23 September 2018 £3380
Sunday 7 October 2018 £3145


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