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British Landscapes - 2017

Sleepy villages where sheep wander the grassy hillsides, lakes set amidst mountains that inspired centuries of literature, and cities thriving with arts and culture these are the landscapes of Britain. Discover them on this memorable journey through England, Scotland and Wales. Sleep in a historic castle. Take a scenic journey through the English countryside on a train ride from London to historic York where you will enjoy a privately guided tour. Soak up the pastoral landscapes of the Cotswolds. Walk in the footsteps of William Shakespeare and enjoy dinner at Hall's Croft, a 400-year-old Shakespearean family home. Explore London and Edinburgh. Personalize your tour with a choice of included excursions in Stratford and Edinburgh. Experience the wonder of Stonehenge.

Inclusions

8 breakfasts
8 dinners
Take a scenic train from London to York.
Behold the Crown Jewels of Scotland on a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle.
Discover the beauty of the picturesque Lake District.
Feel like a regal guest during an overnight stay in a beautiful castle situated in the north of Wales.
Stop to see the ancient Roman fortification Hadrian's Wall.
Step back in time when visiting Shakespeare's birthplace.
Tour Provider Collette
Number of Days
9
Price From
AUD $3,679
Start Location
London, United Kingdom
End Location
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
1 to 44
Tour Style
Luxury
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
22 Apr 201801 May 2018GuaranteedAUD $3,679
ItineraryExpand
London, England - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in London, the cosmopolitan and historic capital of England. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a traditional English pub.
Dinner Included
London
This morning, see the quintessential sights of London with your local guide. View the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard (if held).* Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to independently explore this iconic city.
Breakfast Included
London - Train Journey - York
Your day begins at London King's Cross, one of England's most historic railway stations. Board a train and be whisked away to the medieval city of York. Sit back and relax on your journey through stunning countryside. Upon arriving in York, join a local guide for a walking tour of this remarkable city. See the famous York Minster and walk on the "Shambles," a quaint, narrow street that appears today almost as it did during the Middle Ages. Here you'll find great shopping and a street that is so narrow in parts that you can almost reach both sides with your outstretched arms. Tonight, stay within the city's historic walls.
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York - Borders Region, Scotland - Edinburgh
Head north through the rolling fields on your way to bonnie ("lovely" in Scottish) Scotland. Stretching across the country you will find Hadrian's Wall which once marked the northern border of the Roman Empire. Stop to see this ancient fortification that was begun in A.D. 122 to protect Roman Britain from the tribes of Scotland. Next, drive through Scotland's Borders region before arriving in Edinburgh, the "Athens of the North." Discover Scotland's exciting capital city which is rich in beauty and culture. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
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Edinburgh
Today it's your choice! You may choose to get acquainted with this regal city on a locally guided panoramic city tour via coach. Or, for a different perspective, perhaps you'd prefer to join a local expert to explore the city on foot. Both tours include visits to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels; and the Palace of Holyroodhouse,** the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. The remainder of the day is free to independently explore the city.
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Edinburgh - Lake District, England - Ruthin Castle, Wales
Our final stop in Scotland is at the border town of Gretna Green, where generations of runaway couples came to be married. Later, return to England and travel through the picturesque Lake District. In the heart of the Lake District, visit the charming village of Grasmere, home of the pt William Wordsworth. End your day with an overnight stay in beautiful Ruthin Castle, situated in the north of Wales.
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Wales - Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Journey to Stratford-upon-Avon, your home for the next two nights and birthplace of William Shakespeare, England's most famous playwright. Step back in time as we visit Shakespeare's birthplace. Afterward, it's your choice! You may choose to tour Anne Hathaway's thatch-roofed cottage, the childhood home of the author's wife; or, perhaps you will choose to enjoy a leisurely cruise along the picturesque Avon River.
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Stratford - Stonehenge - Cotswolds - Stratford
Complete your visit to Britain with a trip to the mystical and fascinating Stonehenge before traveling through some of England's most beautiful countryside. Explore the picturesque villages of the Cotswolds region. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a private farewell dinner at Hall's Croft, a 400-year-old Shakespeare-family home. As traditionally costumed actors perform some of the playwright's most renowned scenes, toast the end of a wonderful journey.
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Stratford-upon-Avon - Tour Ends
Your journey through Britain ends today.
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