9 Days / 8 Nights
Day 1 - Arrive in London
"Arrive in London today. You will be welcomed & proceeddirectly for a panoramic city tour of London taking in most of the key sights such as the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and Piccadilly Circus. Later, you will check in to your hotel. This evening, a Welcome Dinner at the hotel to celebrate the start of your Classic Tour of Britain. Overnight at the hotel. (London)"
Day 2 - London Sightseeing
"Continental Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy a full day tour in London focusing on the pageantry that Britain is famed for. Your first stop will be Westminster Abbey, an architectural masterpiece of the 13th to 16th centuries. Westminster Abbey also presents a unique pageant of British history - the shrine of St Edward the Confessor, the tombs of kings and queens, and countless memorials to the famous and the great. It has been the setting for every Coronation since 1066 and for numerous other royal occasions including the funeral of Princess Diana in 1997. You will then proceed on to your visit of the Tower of London. Work commenced on this riverside fortress 900 years ago, and the structure we see today was completed in the 14th Century. The Tower was the refuge of Richard II during the Peasants’ Revolt, the prison of Sir Thomas More, Sir Walter Raleigh and the future Queen Elizabeth I, and the execution place of Lady Jane Grey (British sovereign for 9 days), Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s second and fourth queens. Evening transfer to The West-End for pre-theatre Dinner followed by a visit to one of London’s top shows. Overnight at the hotel. (London)"
Day 3 - Stonehenge & Bath
"Continental breakfast at the hotel. After leaving London this morning your first stop of the day will be at the mystical and monumental site of Stonehenge. 5,000-year-old Stonehenge is Europe’s most famous prehistoric site and, though we know from the stone’s alignment that worship of the sun and moon took place here, the rituals themselves and the methods of construction are still shrouded in mystery. Continue on this afternoon to Bath. Bath is Jane Austen country and this ancient city retains so much of its Georgian charm that Austen fans will recognize many streets and squares from her novels. You will view the magnificent Royal Crescent, perhaps the most attractive street in the country, and visit the preserved and fascinating Roman Baths. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (Bath area)"
Day 4 - Stratford Upon Avon & North Wales
"English Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will drive on to Stratford upon Avon, birthplace of the Bard, William Shakespeare. The town itself has been beautifully maintained, and features some spectacular timber-framed houses. Your morning sightseeing will include visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace which now has an adjoining museum with many momentos belonging to the bard. Depart Stratford this morning for your journey west. First stop en route to Wales is Ironbridge. Ironbridge Gorge was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and is now a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. Continue on to your hotel in North Wales. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (North Wales area)"
Day 5 - North Wales
"Welsh Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy a stunning visit to Snowdonia National Park. The Park is dominated by Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, and is characterized by rugged scenery and breathtaking views. Today, while enjoying the beautiful and dramatic scenery, your tour will also include a ride on the Ffestiniog Railway, a narrow-gauge railway which takes a scenic 14-mile route from Porthmadog Harbour to the mountains and slate town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. At Blaenau Ffestiniog, once the slate capital of North Wales, you will have a chance to visit Llechwedd Slate Caverns which includes a tour of the original caverns and a private talk with a local expert. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (North Wales area)"
Day 6 - Lake Windmere, Grasmere & Glasgow
"Welsh Breakfast at hotel. Today, you will continue your journey north to the Lake District, an area that has inspired poets, authors and artists alike. The first highlight of today will be Lake Windemere; With a number of Potter connections you can cruise from Bowness to Ambleside and glimpse Wray Castle where Beatrix stayed on her first Lake District holiday. You will then make a stop at Grasmere, the village of William Wordsworth and later cross the border to Scotland with a stop at Moffat Woollen to look at woollens. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (Glasgow area)"
Day 7 - Glasgow & Edinburgh
"Scottish Breakfast at hotel. This morning you will have a panoramic city tour of Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland. Glasgow is considered one of Europe’s most exciting and beautiful destinations combining the energy and sophistication of any great international city. As a former UK City of Architecture and Design, Glasgow offers a range of fascinating building in various architectural styles. In the afternoon you will visit Stirling Castle, magnificent both in its situation on a commanding rocky outcrop and in its architecture. Of outstanding interest are the Great Hall and the Gatehouse of James IV, the marvellous palace of James V, the Chapel Royal remodelled by James VI, and the artillery fortifications of the 16th and 18th centuries. The castle was a favourite royal residence and the birthplace of James II in 1430. You will then arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. 'Edinburgh,' said the writer Robert Louis Stevenson 'is what Paris ought to be'. Its magnificent architecture shifts from the lofty tenements and narrow closes of its medieval Old Town as they tumble down the spine of the Royal Mile, to the grace and geometric precision of the Georgian New Town. Above it all, in its towering splendour, stands the Castle. Check in to your Edinburgh area hotel for the next two nights. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (Edinburgh)"
Day 8 - Edinburgh
"Scottish Breakfast at hotel. Your first full day in Edinburgh will start with a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh Castle dominates the city of Edinburgh like no other castle in Scotland, and it is unequalled in the whole of the British Isles . Over one thousand years of history sit on top of the famous Edinburgh rock and it is easy to see why over a million visitors a year visit Edinburgh Castle. After your visit to the Castle, you will visit the Palace of Holyrood House. Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Situated at the end of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is closely associated with Scotland's turbulent past, including Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived here between 1561 and 1567. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (Edinburgh)"
Day 9 - Depart for USA
"Scottish Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, transfer Edinburgh Airport for your flight home. "