“What is it about the English countryside — why is the beauty so much more than visual? Why does it touch one so?”
– Dodie Smith (author)
This program is designed to give you an overview of Britain’s rich history and stunning natural beauty. As part of a small group tour, you will stay in 3 and4-star hotels in all three capitals of Britain while enjoying guided tours and special programming designed to deliver a quick immersion in the various regions. In London you’ll stay in the heart of Kensington, steps away from the Palace where Queen Victoria was rasied and where the current generation of younger royals make their home.
Journey Cardiff, Wales’ capital city and experience the cultural and linguistic differences found in here. Travel though the grassy moorlands and mountain ranges of Breacon Beacons National Park, stroll the charming half-timbered streets of Chester, learn more about Liverpool’s most famous exports at “The Beatles Story”, walk along Hadrian’s Wall, experience the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and much more on this tour of Britain’s highlights.
London, Stonehenge, Bath, Chester, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool
April 15–23 2019, May 20–28 2019, June 24–July 02 2019, Sep 09–17 2019
Land prices start at USD$1,375.00 per adult
Why Choose Unforgettable Britain?
- 9 days, 8 nights small group tour
- Stay in all three capital cities in Britain
- Sightseeing Tours of London, Edinburgh and Cardiff
- Walking tours of York and Chester
- Enjoy iconic attractions like Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stonehenge and Bath
- Scenic drives through three national parks
- Two Royal residences: Kensington Palace & Edinburch Castle
- Experience “The Beatles Story” in Liverpool
- Enjoy an authentic Welsh banquet at Cardiff Castle
Day 1: Arrival to London
Day 2: London Sightseeing
Day 3: London // Stonehenge // Bath // Cardiff
Day 4: Cardiff // Breacon Beacons National Park // Chester
Day 5: Chester // Liverpool // Lake District // Edinburgh
Day 6: Edinburgh
Day 7: Edinburgh // Hadrian’s Wall // York
Day 8: York // Stratford-Upon-Avon & The Cotswolds // London
Day 9 London and Departure
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: WELCOME TO LONDON
Arrive at your chosen London area airport. Transfer to your London hotel under own arrangements. At 2pm, you will meet with your driver and guide in the hotel lobby before departing for a panoramic tour of London. Discover the iconic landmarks, architectural and cultural diversity, and fascinating history that makes London the most visited city in the world. Your London sightseeing tour will take you on a non-stop procession of recognizable sights, including The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Nelson’s Column, and Tower Bridge. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner and drink at your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 2: LONDON SIGHTSEEING
This morning you will visit Kensington Palace, which has been the residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century and currently houses several members of the family. The State Rooms are open to the public to be explored, the palace offers exhibits incorporating cutting-edge digital presentations, interactive experiences, and even audio sequences that bring to life the gatherings of gowns, antique furniture, and other memorabilia of notable residents of the palace. The balance of your day is free for personal sightseeing and shopping. OPTIONAL: Theatre tickets to a West End Show – prices will vary per show.
Day 3: STONEHENGE & BATH
Today you will travel from London to Cardiff. As you travel through one of England’s most historical areas, enjoy an en-route visit to Stonehenge. See the giant stones and explore the visitor centre to make up your own mind about how and why this mysterious stone circle came to be. Continue to the old Roman city of Bath and discover the Roman Baths, where well-preserved ruins bring Roman Britain to life. On arrival in Cardiff enjoy a panoramic tour and discover the old sites of Cardiff Castle alongside the futuristic architecture of the Cardiff Bay area and the Principality Stadium. Experience an unforgettable evening of Welsh hospitality in the historic surroundings of Cardiff Castle. Enjoy the best of Welsh entertainment, Welsh food and the warmest of welcomes from your hosts, who will entertain you with a selection of traditional and contemporary songs in both English and Welsh. Transfer back to your hotel.
Day 4: BRECON BEACONS NATIONAL PARK & CHESTER
Depart Cardiff and enjoy a scenic drive through Brecon Beacons National Park. From mountains to moorlands, the Brecon Beacons offer up a stunning mixture of peaks and rolling hills as far as the eye can see. Stop on the border of England and Wales at Hay- on-Wye – a bustling market town known as ‘the town of books’ – for some free time. Then the black and white half-timbered houses and medieval buildings of Shrewsbury make it the perfect place for lunch under own arrangements. Your final sightseeing on this day is a walking tour of Chester where you will discover a treasure trove of Roman, medieval and Tudor architecture and history. Arrive in Liverpool and check into your hotel for the night.
Day 5: THE BEATLES & LAKE DISTRICT
This morning, visit The Beatles Story and discover everything you will ever need to know about the world’s greatest ever rock band at this award-winning attraction. The Beatles Story explores the lives, careers and times of The Beatles from their childhoods to world domination through fascinating exhibits and interactive themed areas. Leaving Liverpool head north through the Lake District – England’s largest National Park which is home to sixteen lakes and Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England. On the Scottish border, you will then stop at Gretna Green, where generations of couples have eloped to get married – Britain’s answer to Las Vegas! Continue to Edinburgh.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: EDINBURGH CASTLE
Today discover Edinburgh, the inspiring capital of Scotland, with a panoramic city tour. From the historical closes of the Old Town to the wide avenues of the New Town, explore an outstanding city of contrasts. See Calton Hill and its National Monument, rightfully giving Edinburgh its nickname: the “Athens of the North”. Visit Edinburgh Castle. Sited on top of an extinct volcano, gaining stunning views across the City of Edinburgh, the castle has witnessed many of the defining events of Scottish history and has dominated its surroundings with majesty for centuries. Spend the balance of the day at leisure.
OPTIONAL: Dinner and entertainment at the Spirit of Scotland Show – Supplement of £55.00 p.p.
Spirit of Scotland Show involves a rip-roaring evening of traditional Scottish song and dance accompanied by a great selection of quality Scottish food to delight your pallet. The resident band and traditional Scottish Dancers provide breath-taking performances for their audience and never fail to entertain.
Day 7: HADRIAN’S WALL & YORK MINSTER
Travel from Edinburgh back to Northern England via the Scottish Borders. En-route stop for photos at the ruins of Hadrian’s Wall. Built in AD 122 by Roman Emperor Hadrian, the purpose of this 80-mile-long defensive structure was to keep out the ‘Barbarians’ to the north. Continue to the historically important city of York. York was a roman garrison town, Viking stronghold and prosperous medieval city and aspects of all this can still be seen today. Your York walking tour will follow medieval city walls and snake through the narrow medieval passageways of the Shambles.
OPTIONAL: Dinner at a traditional pub in York – Supplement of £30.00 p.p.
Day 8: STRATFORD-UPON-AVON & THE COTSWOLDS
Travel from York to London. En-route visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace. In the charming town of Stratford-upon-Avon is a distinctive 16th century, half-timbered house where the great Bard William Shakespeare lived for much of his life. Today the building is a literary shrine to millions of pilgrims every year and gives visitors a glimpse into his life and times. Leaving the Midlands, journey south through the Cotswolds. Honey-coloured limestone houses, historical market towns and rolling green hills represent an unspoiled idyll of quintessential England. Continue to London and enjoy your nal evening at leisure.
Day 9: FAREWELL
After a final breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the airport under own arrangements.
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Land Tour Price Includes
- 8 nights’ accommodation at 3/4 star hotels with full regional breakfast each morning
- Welcome drink on day 1
- Dinner at hotels: Day 1 – London, Day 5 – Edinburgh
- Welsh Banquet on day 3
- Entrances and visits to the following: Kensington Palace, Stonehenge, Roman Baths, The Beatles Story, Edinburgh Castle, Shakespeare’s Birthplace
- Walking tour of Chester
- Walking tour of York
- Modern motor-coach with driver included as per itinerary
- English speaking tour escort included as per itinerary
- Porterage x 1 piece of luggage per person in/ out of hotels
- Service charges and taxes at existing rates
Tour Price Does Not Include
- International airfare and departure taxes
- Any meals not specified
- Beverages (including those at meals, specialty coffees, alcoholic drinks)
- Single supplement (for those people travelling solo))
- Baggage fees
- Optional excursions and meals
- Payment in full at time of booking
Fine Print: Price is quoted in US$. Price is based on shared double accommodations in standard 3/4-star hotels. Single supplement applies to a person travelling solo without a partner/roommate. $75 supplement per person for July and August departures. Price does not include airfare. Pleae note living conidtions and services differ from those found in Canada.
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“This trip really does give a great overview of Britain’s most significant regions. Edinburgh was definitely a highlight! The Royal Mile is not to be missed.”
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