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9 Day Luxury Best of Britain

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9 Day Luxury Best of Britain

9 Day Trip exploring the best of Britain, combining stunning scenery of the pretty Cotswolds, Trossachs and Lake District with amazing Historical sites of Medieval York, Beautiful Bath and Prehistoric Stonehenge.

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Day by day

First Day From London to Stratford 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. On arrival in York, stroll the narrow lanes of the Tudor Shambles and view York Minster, England's largest medieval cathedral. 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

Second Day Over the Border to Edinburgh

This morning, head north, stopping briefly at part of Hadrian's Wall, then passing Jedburgh Abbey to visit a real working organic farm. Learn about the owners' environmentally friendly farming methods and passion for sustainable food before continuing to Edinburgh.

Hotel:   Holyrood/Crowne Plaza - The Roxburghe, Edinburgh

Third Day its 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/Crowne Plaza - The Roxburghe, Edinburgh

Fourth Day Through the Trossachs and by Loch Lomond to Glasgow

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

Hotel:   Crowne Plaza, Glasgow

Fifth Day Drive by Gretna Green to the Lake District

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 and Spa, Windermere

Sixth Day To Ludlow, the Welsh Marches and to Cardiff

Stop in ancient Ludlow, one of England's most attractive towns, dominated by its castle, rich in tragic royal history. Why not spend time exploring the traditional open-air market, admiring the local crafts and perhaps sampling the produce. Afterwards, cross into Southern Wales and head for the capital city of Cardiff.

Hotel:   Thistle Cardiff City Centre/Mercure Cardiff Holland House, Cardiff

Seventh Day On to Georgian Bath, Glastonbury and 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

Eighth Day Travel to Plymouth and Cornish Coast Excursion

In the morning, move on to a quaint Cornish fishing village, 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 a last evening Celebration Dinner with wine tonight.

Hotel:   St Mellion International Resort, Saltash

Ninth Day Visit Ancient Stonehenge and on to London

Cross Salisbury Plain to visit Stonehenge, 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.

Hotel:   Thistle Marble Arch

Whats included

Sightseeing Highlights

Stratford,  Appreciate the architecture of this pretty town. Visit the timber-framed building where Shakespeare was born and grew up.

York, See York Minster, city walls and medieval “Shambles”. 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.

Borders, Visit part of Hadrian’s Wall. See Jedburgh Abbey ruins. 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. Visit Whitmuir Farm to learn the secrets of organic farming and see how it benefits the environment

Edinburgh, Enjoy a guided city tour down the Royal Mile past Holyrood house and over to the 18C ‘New Town’. For a limited time in August, you are witness to the breathtaking spectacle of the Military Tattoo.

Stirling, Travel via the historic site of Bannockburn. View Stirling Castle.

Glasgow, Orientation drive past St. Mungo’s Cathedral

Lake District,  Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth and visit his grave in Grasmere

Ludlow, See the walls of the castle and Jacobean buildings

Bath, Witness the town's fine Georgian architecture. Visit the ancient Roman Baths with its colonnaded pool filled by natural thermal springs.

Glastonbury, Drive past the ruined Abbey

Looe, Visit this stunningly beautiful fishing port.

Plymouth, Orientation tour past Plymouth Hoe and Citadel to the Barbican and Mayflower Steps

Scenic drives - Cotswolds, the Trossachs, Loch Lomond, Lake District, Severn Bridge, Dartmoor, Welsh Marshes

Wiltshire, Visit the mysterious circle of upright stones, which stands as strong today as it did 3500 years ago

Dining

Welcome Reception, 8 full breakfasts, 1 three-course Evening Meal with choice, or buffets, plus tea or coffee and 1 Celebration Dinner.

Be my guest

Enjoy the finest local and regional produce during an end-of-tour Celebration Dinner with wine.

Highlight Hotels and Locations

Bowness-on-Windermere: Nestled on the shore of England's largest lake, experience traditional country house charm at The Old England Hotel.

Glasgow: The mirror-like tower of the Crowne Plaza soars into the sky above the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on the banks of the River Clyde.

Optional Extras

Dinner in Edinburgh, Edinburgh has more eateries per head than any other city in the UK and your Tour Director knows which ones shine and which ones to shun! Join your fellow companions for a fun evening out in this vibrant city. Visit a prized local restaurant for a delicious three course dinner with a glass or wine, beer or soft drink included.

Royal Yacht Brittania, This magnificent ship has hosted some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. For four royal couples, Britannia was to provide a honeymoon sanctuary before the onset of married life in the world's most photographed family. Now berthed in Leith, you are welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

Scottish Dinner and Cabaret, Join us for a lively and memorable evening of traditional Scottish song, dance, tartan and bagpipes. Besides the wine and gourmet dinner, your kilted hosts will lead you through some of the best loved music and songs. Learn a Highland dance or two and sample Scotland’s national dish - haggis. An exceptional Scottish experience!

Glasgow Dinner, In recent years, Glasgow has developed a fearsome culinary reputation and your grand restaurant, with its elegant and chic atmosphere, is very much at the forefront. In the hub of Glasgow's vibrant cosmopolitan capital, enjoy an evening of Scottish fayre and experience the unique atmosphere of the city at night.

Lake Cruise, Enjoy a relaxing cruise around picturesque Loch Lomond - the largest stretch of inland water to be found in the British Isles. Settle with a complimentary cup of tea or coffee and enjoy the flawless natural beauty, while all the history and legend is brought to life by on-board commentary.

Lake Windermere Cruise and Steam train ride, There is no better way to appreciate the scenic beauty of the English Lake District than a relaxing cruise and steam train ride. First take to the limpid waters of Lake Windermere for a spectacular voyage, offering magnificent views of rugged mountains, secluded bays and wooded islands. At the southern end of the lake, your cruise connects with a steam locomotive for a nostalgic ride along the banks of the beautiful River Leven to Haverthwaite Station.

Welsh Castle Tour and Banquet, An unforgettable night of Welsh hospitality in the historic surroundings of Cardiff Castle. Experience medieval music, stories from days of old and the full-voiced splendour of a Welsh choir. Dressed in traditional costume, your hosts serve up a three course banquet of locally inspired dishes to accompany the evening entertainment. UK£ 50 When the Castle is not available an alternative optional experience will be offered. NOTE: This tour may at times be offered with a premium guided tour.

Pub Dinner, Visit a traditional country pub with its stone floors, real ale, and cosy atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy a mouth-watering meal  featuring freshly cooked traditional British food.

Plymouth Harbour Cruise, Join us for a pleasant cruise around the harbour of this most famous seaport. Your skipper provides all the informative commentary as you enjoy panoramic vistas of Plymouth Hoe, site of Drake’s legendary game of bowls.  View the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America, and ships weighed anchor for Australia, New Zealand and Newfoundland. Continue into the Royal Navy Dockyard for a chance to see some of the more modern vessels of the Royal Navy

Plymouth Dinner, There can be nothing better on a long summer's evening, then a delightful meal in a quintessential English country pub. Follow the hedgerows and narrow country lanes to a tranquil Devon village on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. Enjoy a three course dinner of superb local food with wine. Cheers! 

 Where you stay

All hotels included in your tour package are hand-picked, of an outstanding standard and far better value than if booked individually. Our valued travel partners who organise these tours also own the Red Carnation Hotel Group and where possible Red Carnation Hotels are used and please see our link for further details.

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are multi-award winning Globe Best Tour operator in the world 2013, 2014 and 2015.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA, IATA and ATOL protected
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