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Best of Britain Private Small Group Departure

Best of Britain  10 Days


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

Trip Itinerary


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

independently. (B)

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 


Trip Highlights:

• Edinburgh Castle

• Roman Baths & Pump Room

• Tower of London

• Cardiff Castle

• Windsor Castle

• Stonehenge

• Cardiff Castle


• MGallery Castle Hotel

• Hilton York

• Norton House Hotel & Spa

• Hilton Liverpool City Centre

• Clayton Hotel Cardiff

• 100 Queens Gate Hotel London, Curio Collection by Hilton 


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.
info / 262-542-5955


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