From 03/06/2022 to 09/10/2022
Explore Edinburgh with a Local SpecialistDiscover York, Durham, Glasgow, Bristol and BathVisit Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Distillery, Gretna Green, Ludlow, Wye Valley, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at StonehengeView Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, York Minster, Hadrian's Wall and Jedburgh AbbeySee the 18th green on the Old Course at St.
Andrews, Blair Castle and the Lake DistrictTickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance datesConnect With Locals Meet Farmer John and his wife Christine and enjoy a few hours of Cumbria farm-life with a traditional Be My Guest lunch and some Highland cow company thrown in for good measure.
Dive Into Culture Visit Stirling Distillery for a tour and tasting of their single malt whisky.
1 Be My Guest1 Dinner1 Farewell Dinner1 Welcome Reception7 BreakfastsAn expert Travel Director and professional DriverThe services of a Trafalgar Local Host when you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.
All hotel tips, charges and local taxesCherry-picked hotels, all tried and trustedBreakfast daily and up to half of your evening mealsMust-see sightseeing and surprise extrasAudio headsets for flexible sightseeingAll porterage and restaurant gratuitiesLuxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)Pick-up and drop-off when you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through TrafalgarOptional Experiences and free time.
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Day 1 - Indulge your love of theatre and poetry this morning as we travel to romantic Stratford-upon-Avon, made famous by its favourite son, William Shakespeare, whose extraordinary works have been admired by audiences for over 500 years. View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre for insights into the life of the 'Bard of Avon', before exploring the charming cobblestone streets of his hometown. Continue to the ancient cathedral city of York where we will enjoy an orientation walk to view its ancient city walls, picturesque Shambles and magnificent 800-year-old Minster. Join your Travel Director and fellow travel companions this evening for a memorable Welcome Reception and delicious local pub fare.
Day 2 - We venture north to the medieval riverside town of Durham, whose exquisite 11th-century cathedral sits imposingly alongside Durham Castle watching over the streets below. We cross what was once the northern frontier of the Roman Empire, Hadrian's Wall, before enjoying a scenic drive through the soul-stirring landscapes of Northumberland National Park. Admire spectacular views of the windswept Cheviot Hills as you cross the Scottish border, stopping to admire the 12th-century ruins of Jedburgh Abbey en route to Edinburgh.
Day 3 - Fall in love with the enchanting city of Edinburgh as you join a Local Specialist to discover what lies behind its medieval fa?ades. Ramble up the Royal Mile and enjoy astounding views of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament. Visit Edinburgh Castle perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city. Spend some free time this afternoon strolling through Edinburgh and admiring ancient relics. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.
Day 4 - Cross the Firth of Forth to the ancient Kingdom of Fife and St. Andrews. This famous golf course is renowned for its 18th hole and 700-year-old Swilcan Bridge. We continue our journey and visit picture-perfect Pitlochry, on the edge of the Ben Vrackie and Cairngorms National Park, before arriving at your hotel in the Scottish Highlands where you'll dine tonight.
Day 5 - The arresting beauty of the Scottish Highlands provides a stunning backdrop for today's leisurely drive to Glasgow. View the World War II Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge and admire views of Britain's highest mountain - Ben Nevis. See Glencoe, the site of a bloody massacre in 1692 following the Jacobite Uprising, and travel to the 'bonnie' banks of Scotland's prettiest loch, Loch Lomond. Next, we'll Dive Into Culture at Stirling Distillery and sample a wee dram. We arrive in Glasgow later this afternoon where our orientation will take us past St. Mungo's Cathedral and George Square, lined with statues and monuments dedicated to famous British subjects, including Robert Burns and Sir Robert Peel.
Day 6 - Today's first stop is in the runaway wedding capital, Gretna Green where eloping couples would exchange their vows over the Marriage Anvil. Returning to England, we Connect With Locals, joining farmer John and his wife Christine for lunch at a Be My Guest experience in the company of Highland cows. See beautiful Lake District landscapes and skirt the romantic shores of Lake Windermere, the largest lake in England, arriving in edgy Liverpool of 'Fab Four' fame, for an evening at leisure.
Day 7 - Traverse the pretty Welsh countryside this morning and stop in an area of outstanding natural beauty - the Wye Valley, with its characteristic limestone gorge scenery and dense woodlands. Visit the Shropshire market town of Ludlow with some time to explore on your own before arriving in Bristol to see the Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain, the world's first ocean-going luxury liner. As the curtain comes down on a memorable journey through England and Scotland, we enjoy a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant with our Travel Director and newfound friends.
Day 8 - Returning to London, we visit the UNESCO-listed city of Bath to admire its elegant Georgian fa?ades and the Roman Baths from which the city takes its name. Emerging from the Salisbury Plain, the imposing monoliths of Stonehenge are our final stop before continuing through the lush Wiltshire and Hampshire landscapes to London, where our amazing holiday comes to an end.
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