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Best of Britain

2 N: London, 3 N: Cheltenham, 2 N: Cardiff, 2 N: Ripon, 2 N: Edinburgh, 1 N: Pitlochry
13 Days
from  USD 6950
  • Our in country expert says
    From England's iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites and the picturesque villages of Wales to the stunning Scottish landscapes, what better way to experience the true beauty and heritage of these three wonderful lands than on this incredible journey into the life and times of Great Britain

     

    Day
    01
    London Arrive in London to be met by your driver who will transfer you by limousine to your Centrally located London hotel. Early arrivals can drop bags and freshen up before enjoying a leisurely stroll along Thames riverside Jubilee Walk to watch the street artists and performers.
    Day
    02
    London - Houses of Parliament - Westminster The day starts early, with a private “behind the scenes” tour of the Houses of Parliament as it is being prepared for the days law-making, followed by a highlights sightseeing tour of London. In the afternoon, discover the buzzing food culture of modern London on a walking taste of London food tour.
    Day
    03
    Royal Botanic Gardens Kew - Blenheim Palace - The Cotswolds Your day begins with a guided tour of the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. In the afternoon, you will travel  into the Cotswolds, an officially designated “Area of Outstanding Beauty” and visit Blenheim Palace for a private guided tour. This World Heritage Site was modeled on the French Palace of Versailles and is also the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
    Day
    04
    Berkeley Castle - Bath - Gloucester Cathedral The day starts with a private tour of Berkeley Castle, guided by the actual owner whose family have lived there for 800 years. Then its on to the World Heritage city of Bath, for a tour of the original 2000 year old Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. Time to taste the unique Bath bun at a historic tea shop and explore the boutiques and artisan shops. Late in day, enjoy the spectacle of Choral Evensong at Gloucester Cathedral, followed by a private tour of the historic monastic library containing books and manuscripts dating back to the 11th century. 
    Day
    05
    The Cotswolds - Stratford-upon-Avon - Mary Ardens Farm After breakfast, leave for a tour through the Cotswolds. Passing picture-book cottages and villages, you will arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon for a tour of William Shakespeare’s birthplace with exclusive access to the birthplace library and archive. In the afternoon, visit the home of Shakespeare’s mother and experience the sights, sounds and smells of a working Tudor farm.
    Day
    06
    Herefordshire Cider Making - Blaenavon World Heritage Site - Big Pit Leave England to head over the border into Wales, pausing for a private tour of a craft (hard) cider maker with tutored tastings. Pass through picturesque villages and mountains to the Blaenavon World Heritage site for a special visit to the Big Pit. Take the underground tour to live the experience that brought great wealth to the region a hundred years ago.
    Day
    07
    St Fagans National Museum - Spirit of Wales Dinner Show - Cardiff We start the day with a visit to St Fagans, the National Museum of Wales, one of Europe’s leading open air museums. This is where the evolution of 1000 years of the distinctive culture of the Welsh nation comes alive. Then taste the food and drink of Wales on a private city walking tour and discover the history of the capital city, sampling local produce, visiting markets and learning the local cuisine. The day finishes with a spectacular Spirit of Wales dinner show, with fine dining and Welsh music and song at the magnificent Millenium Centre, overlooking Cardiff Bay.
    Day
    08
    Wedgwood An early start today as you will leave Wales for the north of England. After a brief visit to a collection of artisan craft workshops in the pretty countryside, you will arrive at the famous Wedgwood China factory, where you can see china being made before it is exported across the world. Here you will create your own china pot or decorate your own personal Wedgwood item at a tutored workshop which will be shipped home for you.
    Day
    09
    York - National Railway Museum - York Minster Today, we visit heritage city of York with its medieval city walls, cobbled streets and ancient buildings. Your private walking tour includes the Minster (cathedral) and the National Railway Museum. Then you will visit a local brewery for a tour and tasting before returning to Swinton Park, where the owners will welcome you for an exclusive private talk about their family estate and an afternoon tea tasting. This evening the multi award winning executive chef at Swinton Park, Simon Crannage, will host you for a chef’s table dinner.
    Day
    10
    Alnwick Castle - Alnwick Garden - Edinburgh Alnwick Castle and Gardens are today’s highlight visit. The home of the Duke of Northumberland family for over 700 years, the castle features as Brancaster Castle in the PBS Downton Abbey show and Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films. Our private tour includes the State rooms, to see one of Europe’s finest private collections of furniture and “Old Master” art. Your tour then heads over the border into Scotland, where you will enjoy a panoramic tour of Edinburgh, often known as the Athens of the North for its fine classical architecture.
    Day
    11
    Edinburgh - Palace of Holyroodhouse - Edinburgh Castle Today, you will discover the highlights of Scotland’s capital city, starting with a private “behind the ropes” tour of HM Queen Elizabeth’s Palace of Holyrood including private areas used by the Royal Family not normally open to the public. You will then take a tour of the 1000 year old Edinburgh castle, which still dominates the city. Once the home of the Scottish Kings and Queens, it is now an internationally acclaimed World Heritage site. The afternoon is free for you to explore at leisure the Royal Mile, the Scottish National Gallery of Art or the shops on Princes’ Street. Enjoy a fabulous evening of traditional Highland entertainment at the Scottish dinner & show in the city centre. 
    Day
    12
    Highland Landrover Safari - Whisky Distillery After breakfast, your tour heads into the mountains for a day of adventure with a Highland Land Rover safari and a red deer and barn owl encounter. Here your kilted safari ranger will share his passion for Scotland’s nature, culture and history. Surrounded by the magnificent wild and mountainous countryside, the rest of the day is spent relaxing with a glass of whisky at a premier Scotch distillery, with a private tour and tasting, before checking into your castle. Enjoy a farewell dinner on this final night of your tour - you will be piped in to the restaurant by a Scottish piper and can look forward to a wonderful meal skillfully prepared using the finest of local produce.
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    13
    Departure Your coach transfer will take you back to the south of Scotland ready for your flight back to the USA, or if you wish to enjoy more time in the UK, we are able to arrange additional nights for you in a city of your choice.
    Inclusion
    • Executive coach transportation
    • Premium services of Bi-lingual Tour Director
    • All nights in a first class hotel
    • Entrances to sightseeings and excursions as per the itinerary
    Exclusion
    • Items of personal nature viz. telephone calls, drinks, laundry bills, lunch etc.
    Prices are in US$ per person, based on double occupancy
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