Grand Tour of Great Britain (15 or 17 Days)
Your Edventure Includes
- Round-trip airfare from SFO or LAX (price may vary based on choice of other departure gateways)
- 13 nights in hand-picked hotels
- Breakfast daily
- 5 three-course dinners served with wine or beer
- Full-time multilingual tour director
- Visit to HMP Edinburgh (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)
- Private deluxe motor coach and high speed ferry transportation
- Select admissions with priority entry
Edinburgh Castle Cemetery
Evening in Edinburgh
Loch Lomond and the Scottish Highlands
The Beatles Museum, Liverpool
Chester, Cheshire District
Anne Hathaway's Cottage
The Roman Bath in Bath
Optional excursion: Abbotsford House and Melrose Abbey $95 per person
Optional excursion: Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond $105 per person
Optional excursion: Scottish Ceilidh $119 per person
Optional excursion: Whitby $115 per person
Optional excursion: Historic Chester and Pub Dinner $99 per person
Optional excursion: Cardiff Castle Banquet Dinner $129 per person
Optional excursion: Historic Spa Visit $119 per person
Optional excursion: Windsor Castle $99 per person
Optional 2-day extension: London $399 per person
Optional excursion on extension: St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey $119 per person
Optional excursion on extension: London Eye and Pub Dinner $125 per person
Optional excursion on extension: A Day in Oxford $99 per person
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Day 1 - (In-flight meals) Your Great Britain Edventure begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Edinburgh aboard an internationally recognized airline.
Day 2 - (In-flight meals, Dinner) Welcome to Edinburgh. Our representative greets you at the airport and assists with the transfer to your hotel. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.
Day 3 - (Breakfast) A local guide leads this morning’s tour of Edinburgh, from the elegant Georgian New Town to the Royal Mile. The tour includes a visit to Edinburgh Castle, overlooking the city from Castle Rock. Here, you can view the Scottish crown jewels as well as the Stone of Scone. This afternoon, enjoy Edinburgh on your own, or join a couple of optional excursions. First, travel through the Scottish Borders region to Abbotsford House, the 19th-century estate of Sir Walter Scott. The poet designed his home in the Romantic style to imitate the elaborate baronial estates of British aristocrats. Today it serves as a museum for the Scottish memorabilia and artifacts that Scott collected throughout his lifetime. The excursion then continues with a visit to the ruins of Melrose Abbey, one of the most impressive of the four Borders abbeys (additional excursion fee required). Second, for over 44 years, the Royal Yacht Britannia served as a floating residence for Britain’s Royal Family, playing host to world leaders during state visits and acting as a private escape for Queen Elizabeth II. Step back in time as you make your way through lavishly furnished royal apartments and the more modest crew’s quarters below decks (additional excursion fee required).
Day 4 - (Breakfast) Enjoy a free day exploring Edinburgh on your own, or choose to join a couple of optional excursions. First, travel through the Scottish countryside to Stirling Castle, dramatically perched high above the surrounding area on the steep cliff Castle Hill. This fortress has played an important role in Scottish history, first to protect the crossing of the nearby River Forth and later as a coronation site for royalty, including Mary, Queen of Scots. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the castle and grounds, view the iconic Robert the Bruce statue and enjoy free time for lunch in the town of Stirling. Then, take a scenic drive along the placid lake that is the centerpiece of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, the country’s first national park. Stop along the way to soak up views of the lake and mountains of the Scottish Highlands (additional excursion fee required). Then, this evening, enjoy a special evening of Scottish tradition as you witness an authentic céilidh, an age-old Scottish celebration. Along with a savory dinner of local favorites, the evening will feature folk dancers, bagpipers, fiddlers and the “Ceremony of the Haggis” (additional excursion fee required).
Day 5 - (Breakfast, Dinner) En route to Alnwick, stop for photos in Berwick-upon-Tweed, the northernmost town in England. Then, continue along a scenic coastal route to Alnwick for a guided tour of the historic castle and gardens before making your way to the Newcastle region.
Day 6 - (Breakfast) Today, head to the famed college town of Durham for a sightseeing tour. Stroll through the old city along the banks of the River Wear, then enter the UNESCO-recognized Durham Cathedral, known for its Romanesque style and beautiful Norman architecture. Later, drive through the charming English countryside as you continue on to York.
Day 7 - (Breakfast) Embark on a walking tour of this historic walled city with a local guide. Enter York Minster, home to a 500-year-old stained glass window, wander The Shambles, a well-preserved medieval street, view the Roman walls, the oldest section of the city’s walls, then visit the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey and the King’s Manor. Travelers can enjoy a free afternoon in York or add an optional excursion to Whitby. Transfer across the North York Moors on your way to the charming fishing port of Whitby. Whitby was made famous by its associations with Captain Cook (who served his apprenticeship here) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Whitby is where the Transylvanian count first sets foot in the British Isles). You’ll visit Whitby Abbey—the backdrop to Dracula’s killings in the graveyard of St. Mary’s Church—and the 199 steps leading to the port and its small sandy beach. Spend some free time wandering around the port before heading to a restaurant for a fish-and-chips dinner (additional excursion fee required).
Day 8 - (Breakfast, Dinner) Bid farewell to York this morning as you set out for Liverpool. On the way, pass through Peak District National Park, home to rolling hills and craggy cliffs. Then, stop in the city of Manchester for a sightseeing tour. Drive past the town hall, waterfront quays and the John Rylands Library, view the grand Manchester Cathedral, then enter the Museum of Science and Industry and peruse its fascinating exhibits on your own.
Day 9 - (Breakfast) Explore the UNESCO-recognized port city of Liverpool this morning with a local as your guide.View the neo-Gothic Liverpool Cathedral as well as the modern Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, and see the homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney before entering the Beatles Story Museum, a tribute to the legendary band. Explore the Merseyside Maritime Museum to learn about Liverpool’s role in the tragic voyage of the Titanic, then enjoy a free evening in Liverpool or add an excursion to Chester. Take off to this city near the Welsh border with a deep history dating back to the Roman Empire. You’ll join a local guide on a sightseeing tour of the city’s many historic landmarks, including the ancient city walls, the first-century amphitheater, the Roman Gardens and Chester Cathedral. Spend free time in the city center, lined with medieval architecture and the city’s signature black-and-white buildings, before enjoying a traditional English pub dinner (additional excursion fee required).
Day 10 - (Breakfast) Drive southeast through the countryside to Stratford-upon-Avon, the town of Shakespeare’s birth. Here, you’ll set out on a guided walking tour of the most prominent sights. Enter the Shakespeare family home and the cottage and gardens which belonged to his wife, Anne Hathaway. Explore Mary Arden’s Farm, the homestead once owned by Shakespeare’s mother. Then, this afternoon, transfer to Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Enjoy a free evening in Cardiff or add an optional excursion for a very special castle banquet. In the heart of medieval Cardiff stands Cardiff Castle, an 11th-century structure built by the Normans on the remnants of a third-century Roman fort. Upon arrival, you’ll partake in a tasting of Welsh mead, an ancient drink made with fermented honey. Then, it’s time to enjoy a three-course meal of local specialties as you listen to a selection of songs accompanied by a harpist and entertainers in traditional Welsh costume (additional excursion fee required).
Day 13 - (Breakfast) Depart for London, stopping on the way to visit Stonehenge and Salisbury. Gaze upon the vast monoliths at Stonehenge and explore the new visitor’s center. Then on to explore the medieval city of Salisbury, where you'll view the soaring spire of Salisbury Cathedral and marvel at Salisbury’s historic architecture as you wander through its charming shopping streets.
Day 14 - (Breakfast, Dinner) A local guide leads this morning’s sightseeing tour of London by coach. Highlights of the panoramic tour include views of Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, the Big Ben clock tower, the Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus and a stop outside St. James’ Palace, where are posted those famous stoic red-coated guards. This afternoon, choose an optional excursion to Windsor Castle, the centuries-old retreat of Britain’s Royal Family. Led by a Blue Badge Guide, you’ll travel to Windsor for a guided visit to the world’s largest and longest-inhabited castle. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1070, Windsor has been the British Royal Family’s preferred retreat for the past 900 years. Step inside the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel (closed Sundays), where the Knights of the Garter ceremony takes place. View the exhibit of royal treasures on display within the castle. You’ll then have time to stroll through the town of Windsor (additional excursion fee required).
Day 15 - (Breakfast) Transfer to the airport for your flight home,
OR Optional Extension:
Day 15 - (Breakfast) A city that loves to be explored, London beckons with world-class (and often free) museums and galleries, quirky shops, outstanding restaurants, royal pageantry, charming neighborhoods, and an unconquered heritage with more than 2,000 years of history. Enjoy a free day in London to explore on your own or add optional excursions. First, Compare and contrast two of Britain’s most famous churches, whose rich histories provide an unparalleled look into the country’s past. First, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, the second largest church building in the United Kingdom and seat of the Bishop of London. The English Baroque-style cathedral is globally renowned for its magnificent dome and glittering mosaics. Continue on to Westminster Abbey, a Gothic church located near the Houses of Parliament. Since 1066, every royal coronation, with the exception of Edward V and Edward VIII, has taken place at Westminster Abbey. The Abbey also serves as the burial ground for Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton (optional excursion fee required). Then, glide through London's skyline on the London Eye. As the world’s third-tallest observation wheel, the London Eye lifts its passengers 450 feet above the River Thames on a 30-minute ride in an enclosed gondola. In clear weather, you can see for 25 miles around the city center. Afterward, take a brief tour of London’s West End before venturing to a local pub for dinner (additional excursion fee required).
Day 16 - (Breakfast) Spend another free day in London or add an optional excursion to Oxford for the day. World-renowned for its astute academia and signature architectural style, Oxford is a town rich with culture. Spend the day here as your local guide takes you on a walking tour of the city, making a stop at Brasenose College, where David Cameron, the current British Prime Minister, once studied. Afterward, enjoy free time for your own exploration and lunch before transferring back to London.
Day 17 - (Breakfast) Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Next Departure Dates:
May 2018 (UKGB0518)
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May 2018 (UKGB0518)
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