England and Scotland Heritage
from LondonTour Highlights: Windsor, Salisbury, Bath, Tintern, Chester, Lake District, Gretna Green, Glasgow, Scottish Highlands, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, Hadrian's Wall, York and Stratford-upon-Avon
Take a look at Britain's past and present: majestic Windsor Castle, Roman Baths, vast Hadrian’s Wall, Elizabethan Stratford-upon-Avon, quaint Chester and Gretna Green, the inspirational Lake District, Viking York and the juxtaposition of old castles with Edinburgh’s elegant 'New Town'.
London- Windsor - Bristol
This morning visit Windsor and view the castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the World. In the city of Bath - famous for hot springs first discovered by the Romans over 2,000 years ago - with time to maybe visit the Roman Baths. Marvel at elegant Georgian architecture in the city’s squares and crescents, where several of Jane Austen’s novels were set. Arrive later at your hotel in Bristol.
Overnight: Ibis Bristol Temple Meads Quay, Bristol (or similar)
Bristol- Chester - Lake District
This morning travel north to Chester to view the Roman Walls, the cathedral and the black and white timbered buildings, known as the ‘Rows’. Why not join your fellow travellers on an excursion to North Wales to visit the town of Llangollen, home of the international Eisteddfod. Your day ends in the beautiful Lake District, an area famous for lakes and mountains featuring breathtaking scenery!
Overnight: Holiday Inn, Lancaster (or similar)
Lake District - Glasgow
Visit the village of Grasmere where the poet, William Wordsworth, lived and wrote his most acclaimed poem, 'The Daffodils'. Enjoy spectacular views of Lake Windermere as you head north to the Scottish border and stop at Gretna Green, where eloping couples married against their parents' wishes. Cross the Southern Uplands to Glasgow, one of Europe’s liveliest cities.
Overnight: Ibis Hotel, Glasgow (or similar)
Glasgow- Scottish Highlands
See Glasgow’s sights during your orientation tour. Drive north through incredible scenery into the Scottish Highlands and follow the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Drive across remote Rannoch Moor to reach Glen Coe, the Glen of weeping and on to Fort William, which lies in the shadow of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, whose summit stands at 4,409 feet above sea-level. Dine tonight at your Highland hotel in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, which is also renowned as a centre for hill walking.
Overnight: Gaskmore Hotel, Laggan (or similar)
Scottish Highlands - St Andrews - Edinburgh (Falkirk) (2 Nights)
Visit picturesque Pitlochry, famous for salmon fishing, where a 'fish ladder' on the dammed river helps the salmon swim upstream to spawn. Take time to shop and explore or join an excursion to nearby Blair Castle, home to teh Duke of Atholl, the only man in the UK allowed to have his own standing army. In St. Andrews, where Prince William went to university, stop to take a picture of the 18th hole at the home of golf, where the game has been played for over 600 years!
Overnight: Airth Castle Hotel, Falkirk (or similar)
Edinburgh Sightseeing and free time
Your expert Local Guide shows you the city’s sights, including the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, Princes Street and the famous castle, where the Edinburgh Tattoo takes place annually. Spend free time exploring on your own or join your Tour Manager for an optional visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia berthed in the nearby Port of Leith. Tonight, you might like to attend a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipe music!
Edinburgh – York - Leeds
From Edinburgh, cross the Border country back into England and drive through Northumberland National Park, and see part of Hadrian's Wall, which was built in honour of Emperor Hadrian’s visit in 122 AD. The wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is among the most important monuments to be built by the Romans in Britain. Continue south, crossing the River Tyne at Newcastle, and arrive in York, a city of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth. Your Travel Director takes you on a walk through the web of quaint, narrow streets known as the Shambles and shows you York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world. Finish the day in Leeds, where you dine tonight at your hotel.
Overnight: Bewleys Hotel, Leeds (or similar)
Leeds - Stratford upon Avon - London
Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace, where you have time to see the sights and shop for souvenirs. In your free time why not visit the Shakespeare Visitor Centre for an indepth look at the great man's life. Journey through pretty Cotswold countryside to London and say goodbye to your newfound friends and Travel Director at the end of an exciting and memorable holiday.