ENGLAND / SCOTLAND
ENGLAND & SCOTLAND
August 16 – August 28, 2022
12 Days / 11 Nights
Cost: $5622.00 per person, double occupancy
Deposit $200.00 per person
Overnight flight to London
Day 1: Upon arrival in London we will meet our local guide and take a coach tour, with some walking, to get acquainted with this historic city. Following our tour we will check in to our hotel and take a few minutes to relax before going to dinner. Dinner on our own tonight.
Days 2 & 3: After breakfast 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, and squeeze in a ride on the London Eye.
Dinner on day 3 is provided as we enjoy a Medieval Banquet & Show.
Day 4: This morning we board our private motor coach to motor 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 around 2 PM. This afternoon we will visit the Tower of London and continue our sightseeing in London. Dinner on our own.
Day 6: 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 of London. 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! Or you can just tag along with a group going to visit some of the above places.
London has numerous, wonderful museums and many of them are free to the public: Dinner on our own
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.
Dinner on our own.
Day 7: Our day begins as usual with a good breakfast and then we take our coach to Winchester, England where we will walk the narrow streets of this Medieval town. After lunch we will take the short drive to Stonehenge and to Amesbury. Stonehenge is the giant monolith everyone wants, and should, see. Stonehenge is the oldest and only remaining monument named in the Seven Wonders of the ancient World. We then drive to Amesbury, a site off the tourist radar, not nearly the size of Stonehenge but very impressive. From Amesbury 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.
Day 8: Today we continue our coach tour as we head west to the town of Bath, most famous for its public, Roman Baths which we will visit. Bring your own soap and towel. From Bath we continue our scenic drive to Bristol where we will board our flight to Inverness, Scotland where we will be met with by our local guide. We will visit some interesting, historical sights in Inverness before touring Urquart Castle and then checking into our hotel. Dinner on our own.
Day 9: This morning we drive south from Inverness through the rugged Scottish Highlands on our way to Edinburgh. We will stop in Stirling to view Stirling Castle and visit Stirling Bridge. On September 11, 1297, Scottish forces led by William Wallace defeated the English at The Battle of Stirling Bridge. From here we drive to Edinburgh stopping to view the amazing the Falkirk Wheel. Upon arrival in Edinburgh we will immediately check into our hotel. Dinner on our own.
Day 10: We begin this morning with a brief, guided coach tour of Edinburgh. We will leave our coach and continue the rest of our guided tour on foot as walk up the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle. Provided Dinner & Show tonight.
Day 11: Today is your day to revisit sights or explore this beautiful city. Old Edinburgh is filled with restaurants, pubs (why not try a little scotch), shops of all kinds-pick yourself up a nice kilt- souvenir shops, and numerous closes-narrow walkways. Tonight, rain or not, we will watch the famous Edinburgh Tattoo; a thrilling display of military bands from around the world. Check it out on you tube. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ1ukNUMzeA
Day 12: Flight home
Round trip air from Charlotte NC
All ground transportation
11 nights in first class hotels
A full breakfast every morning
Our personal, private coach
Private guided tours
Admission to major sites, museums, and attractions,
2 dinner shows; 1 group dinner
Ticket to Royal Tattoo
ALL TIPS while on the land tour-no wondering if or how much to tip
What’s NOT Included
Travel protection – strongly recommended; quote available upon request.