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Luxury England, Scotland and Wales 10 Days

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Luxury England, Scotland and Wales 10 Days

Nine great days sightseeing covering the length and breadth of England, Southern Scotland and Wales. Plus; York, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Lake District, Cardiff & Cornish Countryside and much much more

Highlights

Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach

Extended leg room

On-board restroom

Stratford

Coventry

York

Borders and Hadrian’s Wall

Edinburgh

Lake District

Ludlow

Bath

Glastonbury

Cotswolds

Loch Lomond

Lake District

Dartmoor

Welsh Marshes

Description

Stratford, to see or not to see? Visit the timber-framed building where Shakespeare was born and grew up. York, The Yorkshire pudding is a staple of British Sunday lunch - discover how a simple mixture of flour, eggs, milk and salt gained a place in the culinary hearts of a nation

West Linton, Visit Whitmuir Farm to learn the secrets of organic farming and see how it benefits the environment. Edinburgh and walk with a local expert within the walls of the majestic castle perched on its rock, to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg

Edinburgh, for a limited time in August, you are witness to the breath-taking spectacle of the Military Tattoo. Bath: Visit the ancient Roman Baths with its colonnaded pool filled by natural thermal springs

Stonehenge, visit the mysterious circle of upright stones which stands as strong today as it did 3500 years ago. Cornwall, enjoy the finest local and regional produce during an end-of-tour Celebration Dinner with wine

Schedule

Day 1 - Arrive London

After checking into your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to relax, shop or explore. London will enchant you with a variety of sights and sounds, from its pomp and pageantry to its restaurants, museums, galleries, spectacular shopping, fabulous theatres and its exciting entertainment.

Hotel: Thistle Marble Arch, London

Day 2 - Shakespeare's Stratford, Coventry and Medieval York

Journey through the pretty Cotswolds this morning to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford to uncover the facts about his life and family. See Coventry’s two cathedrals next, then continue to York. Tonight your Tour Director hosts a uniquely Yorkshire Welcome Reception and dinner where the heritage and ancient art of the humble Yorkshire Pudding is revealed before your eyes!

Hotel: Marriott, York

Meals: Welcome Reception / Welcome Dinner

Day 3 - Over the Border to Edinburgh

This morning, stroll the narrow lanes of the Tudor Shambles and view York Minster, England’s largest medieval cathedral. Heading north, stop briefly at part of Hadrian’s Wall, then pass Jedburgh Abbey to visit a real, working organic farm. Learn about the owners' environmentally friendly farming methods and passion for sustainable food a before continuing to Edinburgh.

Hotel: Holyrood, Edinburgh

Meals: Full Breakfast

Day 4 - Edinburgh, Athens of the North

In the morning, join a local expert for a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of Scotland’s crown jewels. See Holyrood Palace at the end of the Royal Mile, then continue past the Scott Monument to the New Town. The afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, selected departures attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the castle.

Hotel: Holyrood, Edinburgh

Meals: Full Breakfast

Day 5 - The Trossachs & Glasgow Drive via historic Bannockburn and Stirling

Enjoy the scenery of the Trossachs. Drive along the banks of Loch Lomond. Continue to Glasgow for an orientation tour.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Glasgow

Meals: Full Breakfast

Day 6 - The Lake District & the English Poets

Drive via Gretna 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 village of Grasmere.

Hotel: Old England Hotel & Spa, Windermere

Meals: Full Breakfast / Three-course Evening Meal with choice or buffet

Day 7 - The Welsh Marches & Cardiff

Stop in ancient Ludlow, one of England’s most attractive towns, dominated by its castle, rich in tragic royal history. After some time to explore, cross into southern Wales and head for the capital city of Cardiff.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Cardiff

Meals: Full Breakfast

Day 8 - Bath, Glastonbury & Cornwall

Cross the Severn Bridge back into England and drive to the Georgian city of Bath - its curative waters have been famous since Roman times. Sightseeing includes a visit to the Roman Baths and you also see the 15th century Abbey Church. Continue on to Glastonbury, steeped in legend, before heading to your fabulous resort in the Cornish countryside.

Hotel: St Mellion International Resort, Saltash

Meals: Full Breakfast

Day 9 - Plymouth & the Cornish Coast Excursion

In the morning, drive to the seaside village of Looe, then continue along the Cornish coast to Plymouth to see the Mayflower Steps, Barbican, Citadel and Plymouth Hoe. Return via the rugged hilly countryside of Dartmoor. Enjoy an end of tour Celebration Dinner with wine tonight.

Hotel: St Mellion International Resort, Saltash

Meals: Full Breakfast / Celebration Dinner

Day 10 - Stonehenge & London

Cross Salisbury Plain to visit Stone henge, the world's most famous prehistoric monument, its true meaning lost in the mists of time. Your tour ends on return to London’s Thistle Marble Arch Hotel.

Meals: Full Breakfast

 

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Premium Hotels and Locations

The mirror-like tower of Crowne Plaza Glasgow soars into the sky above the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on the banks of the River Clyde. Signature Hotels and Locations In pretty Bowness-on-Windermere, nestled on the shore of England's largest lake, experience traditional country house charm at The Old England Hotel.

Included Quality Dining

A Welcome Reception with drinks and Welcome Dinner (WD)

9 full breakfasts (FB), 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) 1 three-course Evening

Meal with choice, or buffets, plus tea or coffee (D)

Included First Class Services

Escorted by an expert Tour Directors - your 'travelling concierge', expert guide, consummate facilitator and friend in a foreign land who ensures your journey is as enjoyable as possible

Baggage handling everywhere on tour, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel

Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for coins or banknotes

Free Wi-Fi in most hotel rooms or lobbies

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

Flourishes - from time to time your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination. From time to time your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination

Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. Complimentary on-board wi-fi where possible

London Airport transfer service available

 

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