Best of Britain Private Small Group Departure
JOIN US on this PRIVATE Small Group Departure of Britain!
Leave the US on September 30th, 2023 and the land tour begins October 1 - 10, 2023.
This fast-paced tour is the perfect introduction to England, Scotland and Wales, showcasing the very best historical and scenic spots, alongside vibrant cities.
2023 Best of Britain - 10 Days/9 Nights
Day 1 Windsor Castle | Walking Tour | Welcome Drink
Tour begins at 2:30PM at your Windsor hotel. Visit Windsor Castle, residence of the
Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. Take a walk around this
compact and historic town with your Tour Director. In the evening, join your group
for a welcome drink and dinner. (D)
Day 2 Blenheim Palace | Cotswold Drive
Travel to Blenheim Palace, a monumental country house and home to the Dukes of
Marlborough. Enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque Cotswolds, passing
through quaint towns and villages nestled in distinctive rolling hills and valleys.
Travel on to York, a city founded by the Romans in the first century and a major
wool trading center in the Middle Ages. (B, D)
Day 3 York Walking Tour | York Minster | Bamburgh Castle
Take a walking tour of York's medieval streets, including the Shambles, one of the
city's narrowest alleyways. Tour Gothic York Minster, renowned for its magnificent
medieval stained glass windows. Visit Bamburgh Castle, an imposing medieval
fortress that is one of the largest inhabited castles in Britain. This magical castle is
set high on a rocky plateau affording wonderful views along the coast. Continue to
your hotel near Edinburgh, where you will enjoy an evening free to explore and dine
Day 4 Edinburgh City Tour | Edinburgh Castle | Scottish
Explore central Edinburgh on a panoramic tour starting in the 200-year-old “New
Town” with its planned streets and elegant Georgian houses. View Princes Street,
the city's premier shopping street, and see the Royal Mile, where medieval houses
are clustered closely together. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle to see the
Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free to explore
on your own. Enjoy a Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment. (B, D*)
Day 5 Lake District | Liverpool
Travel through the Lake District, a region that inspired Beatrix Potter's many
children's books. Stop in the village of Grasmere to visit the Grasmere Gingerbread
Shop. Enjoy a talk and tasting of this traditional spicy-sweet treat, first made 165
years ago. Head to Liverpool, a city that once dominated global trade and is now
better known as the home of the Beatles. Take a short Walking Tour of the docks
before some free time for dinner. Meet your group again to experience live music at
the famous Cavern Club, where the Fab Four got their start (B)
Day 6 Ludlow | Tintern Abbey | Cardiff Castle
Travel through scenic Shropshire, one of the most unspoiled parts of rural England.
Stop in Ludlow, a quintessentially English town to see the castle and quaint old
black-and-white houses. Continue through the lovely Welsh countryside to visit the
picturesque ruins of Tintern Abbey close to the River Wye. Head to Cardiff and tour
the splendid Cardiff Castle, which was magnificently restored in the Victorian era.
Dine at your hotel (B, D)
Day 7 Cardiff Panoramic Tour | Roman Baths | Stonehenge
Take a panoramic drive around Cardiff with a brief walk to see the principal areas
and buildings. Head to Bath for a visit to the Roman Baths, hot mineral-rich springs
that have been popular since ancient Roman times. Take time to explore on your
own in this historic spa town. Then marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths
of Stonehenge at Salisbury Plain and learn about the primitive building methods
used to create such an enduring monument. In London, the evening is free to
explore and dine in one of the city's many restaurants. (B)
Day 8 London Tour | Tower of London | Independent Sightseeing
Set out on a panoramic tour of central London with a local guide to see famous
landmarks including Piccadilly Circus with its statue of Eros, Nelson's Column
flanked by huge lions in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the
Houses of Parliament. Visit the mighty Tower of London to see the many fortresses,
ravens, Beefeaters in their distinctive uniforms, and the priceless Crown Jewels. The
rest of the day and evening is free for further exploring. (B)
Day 9 Independent London Sightseeing
Enjoy a day of independent sightseeing in London by Hop-On, Hop-Off bus and tour
around the many famous landmarks as you please. You can choose from a number of
different routes, including a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames. (B)
Day 10 Tour ends in London
Your program ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
• Edinburgh Castle
• Roman Baths & Pump Room
• Tower of London
• Cardiff Castle
• Windsor Castle
• Cardiff Castle
• MGallery Castle Hotel
• Hilton York
• Norton House Hotel & Spa
• Hilton Liverpool City Centre
• Clayton Hotel Cardiff
• Hilton London Kensington
To join the group or for more details please email or call Gayle Zielke.
A $250 per person non -refundable deposit will be required to confirm your space.
Optional travel insurance is recommended. Travel Insurance with CIE is $239 per person.
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