Essential Tour Information
Single £ 895.00
Twin £ 725.00
All prices are per person
Child* discount £70
*child rate apply from 5-17 years inclusive
We regret that children under the age of 5 are not carried on this tour.
Seasonal Price Range
Tour Type: Escorted Tour
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Dates of Operation
12 April to 4 October, 2015
Check In: 06:45
From: Thistle Marble Arch Hotel, 55 Bryanston St, London W1H 7EH
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• First class hotel accommodation in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities
• 4 full English or Scottish breakfasts
• Welcome reception with dinner and drinks
• Admission to Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Roman Baths, Bath
• Guided walk along Chester City Walls
• Tickets are included for the World-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 9-23 August departures
• All baggage handling and hotel tips are included
• Services throughout the tour of a professional Tour Director
• Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and a washroom
• Service charges and taxes
What's NOT included
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your driver and guide
Product Code: IV00183
Full tour operator information including local contact telephone numbers and departure details will appear on your tour voucher/confirmation.
Gems of Britain
Tour Highlights: Stratford upon Avon and visit to William Shakespeare’s Birthplace, York, Northumberland, Jedburgh Abbey, Edinburgh, Gretna Green, Lake District, Liverpool, Chester, Cardiff, Bath and Stonehenge.
Stratford & Medieval York
Meet your tour director at the Thistle Marble Arch, London. From London we travel through the flower-trimmed villages of The Cotswolds to reach the pretty town of Stratford-upon- Avon
to visit the half-timbered birthplace of William Shakespeare
. Head north to historic York and walk inside the ancient city walls to walk the narrow cobbled streets to reach the Tudor ‘Shambles', where the houses lean so far that they almost touch! See magnificent York Minster
, England's largest medieval Cathedral. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception, drinks and fabulous Welcome dinner.
Hotel: Hilton York, York (or similar)
Edinburgh, Athens of the North
Cross the wild Northumberland Moors and cross the border into Scotland. Go past the romantic ruins of Jedburgh Abbey and head on to Scotland's elegant capital, Edinburgh. On a guided city tour, drive down the stately Royal Mile, past St Giles' Cathedral to Holyroodhouse Palace - the Queen's official residence in Scotland - and on to the 18th century New Town with its sweeping crescents, grand squares and delightful gardens. See Edinburgh Castle, home to the Honours of Scotland, the nation's crown jewels.
This evening selected departures will attend the famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Hotel: G&V Royal Mile Hotel, Edinburgh (or similar)
The Lake District & Liverpool
Drive through the Southern Uplands via Gretna Green, where many an eloping English couple have been married, then cross the border back into England. Enjoy a drive through the Lake District, a region so beautiful it inspired a host of English poets. Visit the grave of William Wordsworth before continuing to lively Liverpool, home of the Beatles! Your hotel is adjacent to the iconic Liver Building & overlooking the Dock Front World Heritage Site.
Hotel: Atlantic Tower by Thistle, Liverpool (or similar)
Chester & Cardiff
First stop is at the former Roman fortress town of Chester. Walk with your tour director along part of the well preserved city walls. See the Eastgate Clock, Cathedral, unique black and white ‘Rows' and remains of the Roman Amphitheatre.
After some time to explore Chester on your own, cross into Wales and head southwards to the capital of Cardiff. On our arrival see the magnificent 11th Century Castle and impressive Millennium Stadium.
Hotel: Mercure Cardiff Holland House/Thistle Cardiff City Centre (or similar)
Bath, Stonehenge & London
Cross the Severn Bridge back into England. Visit the ancient city of Bath for a visit to the Roman baths and see the 15th century Abbey. Continue towards Salisbury Plain for a visit to the mysterious prehistoric monoliths at Stonehenge. Take the smooth motorway back to London where you end your tour at the Thistle Marble Arch hotel.