British Landscapes featuring Highclere Castle
Enter a realm that has inspired storytellers for centuries as you embark on a delightful journey through England, Scotland and Wales. Sleep in a historic castle. Lose yourself in the real-life world of Downton Abbey during a visit to Highclere Castle, the magnificent property where the television series was filmed. Soak up the pastoral landscapes of the Cotswolds. Walk in the footsteps of William Shakespeare and enjoy dinner at Hall's Croft, a 400-year-old Shakespearean family home. Explore London and Edinburgh. Personalize your tour with a choice of included excursions in Stratford and Edinburgh. Experience the wonder of Stonehenge.
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- Offer valid through 9/30/2017
- 10 Days
|Day 1||London||Overnight Flight: Feel the vibrant energy of England, hear the unique sounds of Scotland and see the rolling countryside of Wales on a trip that combines the exploration of dramatic history and natural wonders.|
|Day 2||London||London, England - Tour Begins: Your tour opens in London, the cosmopolitan and historic capital of England. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a traditional English pub.|
|Day 3||London||London: This morning, see the quintessential sights of London with your local guide. View the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard (if held).* Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to independently explore this iconic city.|
|Day 4||London||London - Highclere Castle - London: Today you enter the world of Downton Abbey as you visit Highclere Castle, filming location for this show. Highclere is the home of the Earls of Carnarvon and has one of the world's best private Egyptian collections. Enjoy full access to the castle, the Egyptian exhibition and the grounds.|
|Day 5||London||London - Train Journey - York: Your day begins at London King's Cross, one of England's most historic railway stations. Board a train and be whisked away to the medieval city of York. Sit back and relax on your journey through stunning countryside. Upon arriving in York, join a local guide for a walking tour of this remarkable city. See the famous York Minster and walk on the 'Shambles,' a quaint, narrow street that appears today almost as it did during the Middle Ages. Here you'll find great shopping and a street that is so narrow in parts that you can almost reach both sides with your outstretched arms. Tonight, stay within the city's historic walls.|
|Day 6||York||York - Borders Region, Scotland - Edinburgh: Head north through the rolling fields on your way to bonnie ('lovely' in Scottish) Scotland. Stretching across the country you will find Hadrian's Wall which once marked the northern border of the Roman Empire. Stop to see this ancient fortification that was begun in A.D. 122 to protect Roman Britain from the tribes of Scotland. Next, drive through Scotland's Borders region before arriving in Edinburgh, the "Athens of the North." Discover Scotland's exciting capital city which is rich in beauty and culture. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.|
|Day 7||Edinburgh||Edinburgh: Today it's your choice! You may choose to get acquainted with this regal city on a locally guided panoramic city tour via coach. Or, for a different perspective, perhaps you'd prefer to join a local expert to explore the city on foot. Both tours include visits to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels; and the Palace of Holyroodhouse,** the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. The remainder of the day is free to independently explore the city.|
|Day 8||Edinburgh||Edinburgh - Lake District, England - Ruthin Castle, Wales: Our final stop in Scotland is at the border town of Gretna Green, where generations of runaway couples came to be married. Later, return to England and travel through the picturesque Lake District. In the heart of the Lake District, visit the charming village of Grasmere, home of the poet William Wordsworth. End your day with an overnight stay in beautiful Ruthin Castle, situated in the north of Wales.|
|Day 9||Wales||Wales - Stratford-upon-Avon, England: Journey to Stratford-upon-Avon, your home for the next two nights and birthplace of William Shakespeare, England's most famous playwright. Step back in time as we visit Shakespeare's birthplace. Afterward, it's your choice! You may choose to tour Anne Hathaway's thatch-roofed cottage, the childhood home of the author's wife; or, perhaps you will choose to enjoy a leisurely cruise along the picturesque Avon River.|
|Day 10||Stratford-upon-Avon||Stratford - Stonehenge - Cotswolds - Stratford: Complete your visit to Britain with a trip to the mystical and fascinating Stonehenge before traveling through some of England's most beautiful countryside. Explore the picturesque villages of the Cotswolds region. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a private farewell dinner at Hall's Croft, a 400-year-old Shakespeare-family home. As traditionally costumed actors perform some of the playwright's most renowned scenes, toast the end of a wonderful journey.|
|Day 11||Stratford-upon-Avon||Stratford-upon-Avon - Tour Ends: Your journey through Britain ends today.|
- Grange Tower Bridge Hotel London, United Kingdom
- Ruthin Castle Ruthin, United Kingdom
- Hotel 53 York, United Kingdom
- Mercure Shakespeare Hotel Stratford, United Kingdom
- Apex Grassmarket Hotel Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.