Gems of Britain with Edinburgh Military Tattoo
5 days with
Day 1 From London to Stratford-upon-Avon and Medieval York.
Drive to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Head north to York and walk inside the city walls to see the crooked 'Shambles' and York Minster. At night, enjoy a Welcome Reception with drinks and dinner. (WD)
Day 2 Over the Border to Edinburgh
Pass the ruined Jedburgh Abbey, en route to Edinburgh. Sightseeing with a Local Expert shows Edinburgh Castle and Holyroodhouse Palace at the end of the Royal Mile. Cross over to Princes Street, past the Sir Walter Scott Monument, to explore the elegant New Town. (FB)
Day 3 To the Lake District and on to Liverpool
Drive via Gretna Green, where many eloping English couples have married, then continue to the beautiful English Lake District. Visit the grave of William Wordsworth before reaching lively Liverpool. (FB)
Day 4 Travel to Roman Chester and on to Cardiff
The first stop is the former Roman fortress town of Chester. Walk along part of the city walls, see the Eastgate Clock, cathedral, unique black and white 'Rows' and remains of the Roman Amphitheatre. After some time to explore, cross into Southern Wales and head for the capital of Cardiff. (FB)
Day 5 Georgian Bath, Stonehenge and London
Cross the Severn Bridge back into England and journey to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. Visit the ancient Roman Baths and see the 15th century Abbey. Drive across Salisbury Plain for a visit to Stonehenge before enjoying a smooth journey back to London. (FB)
All This Included
Succinct and feature packed, this spirited journey captures the essence of Britain in only a few days! It includes a fantastic cross section of Britain's historical towns, traditional heritage, cultural figures and idyllic scenic landscapes.
AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS
4 Full Breakfasts (FB) and 1 Welcome Dinner (WD) with wine, plus tea or coffee.
STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES
York: The 4-star Hilton Hotel is conveniently located within the city walls opposite the historic Clifford's Tower. From here, it's an easy stroll to most of the city's major attractions.
ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES
An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
Baggage handling everywhere, 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 foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.
Stratford-upon-Avon: Discover the fascinating story of William Shakespeare's early years. Inside the timber-framed building where the world's most famous playwright was born and grew up. Peruse the interesting artefacts and memorabilia relating to the great bard's life.
Edinburgh: Sightseeing with a Local Expert shows Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Royal Mile. See the Walter Scott Monument on Princes Street, and explore the elegant New Town.
Edinburgh: A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle, framed by flickering torch light. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from the drawbridge. In their hundreds, wave upon wave of massed bands, flag bearers and baton twirlers erupt in a virtuoso display of rhythmic precision. For a limited time in August, you can witness the remarkable spectacle of the Edinburgh 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 3,500 years ago.
ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
Bath: View Bath Abbey and the fine Georgian architecture.
Cardiff: Enjoy an orientation tour.
Chester: Walk by Chester's ‘black and white' shopping arcades known as the ‘Rows' and see the Cathedral and remains of the Roman Amphitheatre.
Lake District: Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth and visit his grave in the picturesque stone built village of Grasmere.
Edinburgh: See Edinburgh Castle. Take a guided tour down the Royal Mile, past Holyroodhouse Palace, and over to the Walter Scott Monument and the 18C ‘New Town' with its classical Adam facades.
Liverpool: See the famous Liver Building.
Borders: See the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey.
York: Walk within the city walls to see the glorious Minster, largest medieval church in northern Europe and the topsy-turvy ‘shambles', a picturesque street with warped over hanging timber-framed houses.
Stratford: Enjoy the architecture of this pretty town nestled beside the River Avon.
Scenic drives: Cotswolds, English Lake District, Northumberland Moors, Welsh Marshes, Severn Bridge.
Edinburgh: The Roxburghe
Liverpool: Radisson Blu
Cardiff: Clayton Hotel
This tour starts and ends at London’s Grosvenor.
Insight’s Bonus Night Option does not apply to this tour.
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