Multi-Day Tour

Elegance of Great Britain (Summer 2018) (13 days)

Insight Vacations, Inc.

Your Journey Begins To Homeward Bound.

Valid for Departures: 19 May 2018 - 22 Sep 2018

Elegance of Great Britain (Summer 2018) (13 days)

Day 1

Your Journey Begins

Day 2

Welcome To Edinburgh.

Day 4

Ardgowan, Gretna Green And The English Lakes.

Day 5

English Poets And The Lake District Experience.

Day 7

The Viking City Of York.

Day 8

Lincoln’s Magna Carta And On To Stratford.

Day 9

Shakespeare's Straford-Upon-Avon.

Day 10

The Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace And Bath.

Day 13

Homeward Bound.

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Your Journey Begins
None None
Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).
Day 2
Welcome To Edinburgh.
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh. None
Welcome to Scotland - land of legends and romance, from the great cultural cities in the south, to the dramatic mountains and misty lochs of the Highlands. On arrival at Edinburgh Airport, transfers depart for your hotel at 09:00, 11:00 and 13:00. Then the rest of the day is yours to relax before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 17:30 for a Welcome Dinner and the opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening.(Dinner with Wine)
Day 3
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh. None
Join a Local Expert to see the highlights of the city. Enjoy a drive along Princes Street to the ornate Scott Memorial and see the 18th century New Town with its neoclassical Adam facades. Over in the Old Town, visit Edinburgh Castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and Scotland’s crown jewels, known as The Honours of Scotland. At the bottom of the Royal Mile stands the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen. With the afternoon at leisure, why not visit the art treasures in the National Gallery? On select departures, you will also attend the spectacular Military Tattoo - a colourful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 4
Ardgowan, Gretna Green And The English Lakes.
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, Windermere. None
Depart the majestic Scottish capital and journey to Ardgowan, set in a stunning 10,000-acre coastal estate. Meet Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart for a tour of the expansive house and learn the histories of the area, the family, the domain and its contents - you may even hear about the ghost! Delight in freshly-made, traditional Scottish Tea and Scones. Continue to Gretna Green to see the famous spot where runaway lovers were married over the anvil at the blacksmith's shop. Your travels continues to the picturesque English Lake District and dinner is served at your hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere.(Buffet Breakfast / Morning Tea / Dinner)
Day 5
English Poets And The Lake District Experience.
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, Windermere. None
Devote the day to a scenic wonderland of rugged mountains and tranquil waters - inspiration to a host of English poets. Visit Wordsworth's grave in the small churchyard at Grasmere. Appreciate the scenic beauty of the English Lake District on a relaxing cruise admiring the magnificent views of rugged mountains, secluded bays and wooded islands. Then, embark on a nostalgic steam train ride along the banks of the beautiful River Leven.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 6
Windermere, United Kingdom
Hilton York. None
Enjoy a morning at leisure before travelling through the Yorkshire Dales to arrive at the charming village of Haworth. Visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum, created within the actual home of the Brontë family. Learn about the family's literary legacy and what inspired them from the surroundings of their own home. Your journey continues to York, one of the oldest cities in England. In the evening, take the opportunity to mix with the locals over dinner and drinks.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 7
The Viking City Of York.
Hilton York. None
Enjoy an exploration of one of Britain’s most historic cities, controlled by the Vikings during the 9th and 10th century and now renowned for its exquisite architecture. Walk within the town walls with a Local Expert to see the huge York Minster, Britain’s largest medieval cathedral. Explore the tangle of quaint, narrow, cobbled streets and see the Shambles. There is plenty of time to further explore on you own, perhaps visit the National Railway Museum housing over 300 years of history, or continue wandering the well-preserved city walls?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 8
Lincoln’s Magna Carta And On To Stratford.
The Stratford, Stratford-upon-avon. None
Visit Lincoln Castle, one of the finest Norman castles in England. Your tour will include a chance to see one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta. Continue to pretty Stratford, beautifully situated on the River Avon. Your hotel is set in its own private grounds, just a short walk from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the town's wealth of black and white timber-framed buildings.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 9
Shakespeare's Straford-Upon-Avon.
The Stratford, Stratford-upon-avon. None
Discover how William Shakespeare and his incredible works continue to delight audiences today when you visit his birthplace, full of interesting memorabilia and artefacts relating to his life. Later, join your Travel Director for a traditional Sunday Roast Dinner, served with Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Day 10
The Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace And Bath.
Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath. None
An enchanting day awaits in the morning. Cross the beautiful Cotswold hills, a chocolate box scene of golden stone villages with roses round the doors. Visit the magnificent stately home and gardens of Blenheim Palace, the greatest building of the English Baroque. Continue to the elegant Georgian city of Bath, built in amphitheatre-style on the surrounding hills. Your Travel Director introduces you to the impressive Royal Crescent and Pulteney Bridge, both built in mellow local stone. See the angels climbing Jacob's Ladder on Bath Abbey.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 11
Bath, United Kingdom
Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath. None
The City of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built above Britain's only thermal, mineral springs and the key highlight is of course a visit to the Roman Baths. See incredibly well-preserved remains of one of the greatest spas of the ancient world, still flowing with the natural hot water from the springs. With the rest of the day at leisure, why not soak and relax with a visit to Thermae Spa? Alternatively, you may wish to follow in the steps of Jane Austen with a visit to the Jane Austen Centre? In the evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers as you raise a glass over your Celebration Dinner to commend your wonderful journey.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 12
London, United Kingdom
None None
Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the pre-historic and mysterious Stonehenge, where the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths are reputed to be up to 5,000 years old. Your journey concludes upon arrival at the Amba Hotel Marble Arch in London.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 13
Homeward Bound.
None None
Your journey comes to an end after breakfast.(Buffet Breakfast)

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This journey is a must for those who have a love of literature and Britain. Stately homes, historic castles and beautiful gardens shape a delightful itinerary, evoking a bygone age.

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