ENGLAND / SCOTLAND
ENGLAND & SCOTLAND
Approximate travel dates,
June 2, 2020 – June 14, 2020
12 Days/11 Nights - Dates finalized by 9/27/2019
Start & Finish dates may change by as many as 5 days
Overnight flight to Edinburgh.
We will be met by our guide and private motor coach and take a driving tour of Edinburgh and surrounding countryside. After checking into our hotel in the afternoon we will take time to relax and then go to dinner. Dinner on our own.
During those times when dinner is on our own, you may go to any restaurant you want but there will always be a group-led dinner.
After a restful night and hot breakfast we will take a walking tour of old Edinburgh led by our local guide. We will start at Holyrood Palace, a favorite place of Elizabeth II and the British Royal Family and make our way up the Royal Mile, ending at Edinburgh Castle. There is so much to see and experience in Edinburgh but we will certainly take time for lunch along the Royal Mile; you must try the fish and chips! Wait to try the Scotch Whiskey until tonight. Dinner on our own.
Today we venture north to tour Stirling Castle and visit Stirling Bridge, the site where William Wallace (Braveheart) defeated the army of Edward Longshanks. On our return from Stirling we will stop to view the Kelpies and the Falkeirk Wheel, two modern marvels of Scotland. Upon our return to Edinburgh there will be time to continue sightseeing along the Royal Mile. Tonight we will enjoy a provided traditional Scottish Dinner and Show.
This morning we place our luggage in our coach and continue sightseeing. After lunch we will proceed to the airport where we will board a mid- afternoon flight to London. Upon arrival in London (only one hour and fifteen minutes away) we will meet our local guide and take a coach tour of London (some walking) to get an overview of this historic city. Following the tour we will check-in to our hotel and take a few minutes to freshen up. We will take a few more minutes to see some of London at night and then proceed to dinner on our own.
Day 6 & 7
After breakfast we will gather for a few minutes to learn how to navigate the “Tube,” otherwise known as the London Underground (subway). Don’t worry, you’ll never be abandoned to find your own way. This is for those who want to venture out on their own during free time. Then we are off to see the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Number 10 Downing Street (the home of the Prime Minister), Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Picadilly Circus, Covent Gardens, St. James Park, Hyde Park, and visit Harrods Department Store-it is absolutely amazing. Oh yes, we will also see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, squeeze in a ride on the London Eye and visit the Tower of London.
Dinner on day 6 is provided as we enjoy a Medieval Banquet & Show. On day 7 dinner is on our own and this will be the ideal time for anyone wanting to see a London play; we’ll help you with arrangements.
Today we will take a scenic coach ride to Stonehenge, a true wonder. Stonehenge is the oldest and only remaining monument named in the Seven Wonders of the ancient World. From Stonehenge we drive the short distance to Salisbury, a village (now a small town) originating form medieval times. Included in this excursion is a visit and entrance to Salisbury Cathedral where only one of four, and the best preserved, original manuscripts of the Magna Carta, dating from 1215, still exits. Dinner on our own.
This morning we again board our private motor coach and this time, travel north of London. Our destination is the impressive Warwick Castle. After our self- guided tour of the castle (be sure to climb the battlements) we drive the short distance to Stratford upon Avon. Here we will visit the birthplaces of Anne Hathoway and William Shakespeare. Stratford on Avon is still a quaint village that deserves time to explore, which we will. Dinner on our own.
Today’s highlight is a visit to Windsor Castle and the town of Windsor. Assuming we don’t get invited for lunch with the Queen, we will have lunch in Windsor before returning to London. We will continue with our tour of London. Dinner on our own.
Today we take our motor coach in the opposite direction of Windsor Castle and drive east to the City of Canterbury, once a small quaint village of England that is fun to stroll through. Here we tour Canterbury Cathedral, home to the Archbishop of Canterbury, principal leader of the Church of England and who generally presides at official, royal events. The cathedral is most known for the site where Thomas A. Becket was murdered in 1170. After leaving Canterbury we take a short ride to Dover to view the White Cliffs of Dover before returning to London, late afternoon. Dinner on our own.
Today we will have organized tours to interesting places in London. However, today is your day to do whatever you want: you may want to revisit some of the places we have already seen or perhaps just wander through the streets and parks. Romantics may want to visit Notting Hill, nostalgics may want to cross the street at Abbey Road scene of the famous Beatles Album cover, or sports minded may want to play a little tennis at Wimbledon or you may just want to ride in a London taxi or double decker bus or even just ride the Tube. We will help you do whatever you want!
We board our late morning flight back to Charlotte.
$5,645 per person based on double occupancy.
SAVE $300 per person when you make a $750 deposit by May 31, 2019
Deposit is fully refundable until September 25, 2019
Round trip flight originating from Charlotte International airport
All ground transportation
Private deluxe motor coach
Private, guided tours
11 nights in 3 ½ - 4 star hotels
A full buffet breakfast every morning
Entrance to major sites, museums, and attractions,
2 dinners & shows
1 Farewell dinner
AND all tips-no wondering if or how much to tip
What’s NOT Included
Travel Insurance – quote available upon request. To be covered by a pre-existing condition, the full premium payment must be received within 10 days of making your trip deposit payment.
Personal items you might purchase
London has numerous museums and many are free to the public:
The Victoria and albert Museum, free
The National Gallery of art, free
The British Museum (Where the Rosetta Stone has been exhibited since 1802) free
The Imperial War Museum, free
The London Transport Museum- admission about 25USD
The Churchill War Room – admission about 35 USD.
Tonight, a provided farewell dinner.