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Discover the rich history of Windor and York on walking tours around these charming old towns
Visit the medieval Bamburgh Castle and enjoy views of the beach below!
Tour begins 2:30 PM at your Windsor hotel. Visit Windsor Castle, residence of the Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. Take a walk around this compact and historic town with a local guide. In the evening, join your group for a welcome drink before dining independently.
Travel to Blenheim Palace, a monumental country house and home to the Dukes of Marlborough. Enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque Cotswolds, passing through quaint towns and villages nestled in distinctive rolling hills and valleys. Travel on to York, a city founded by the Romans in the first century and a major wool trading center in the Middle Ages. (B, D)
Take a walking tour of York’s medieval streets, including the Shambles, one of the city’s narrowest alleyways. Tour Gothic York Minster, renowned for its magnificent medieval stained glass windows. Visit Bamburgh Castle, an imposing medieval fortress that is one of the largest inhabited castles in Britain. This magical castle is set high on a rocky plateau affording wonderful views along the coast. Continue to your hotel near Edinburgh, Dalhousie Castle, and hear a piper play before a lively Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment in your hotel. (B, D)
Explore Edinburgh, starting with the elegant Georgian houses in its 200-year-old "New Town," along with the premier shopping area on Princes Street, and the medieval-era homes in the Royal Mile. See the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny during your tour of Edinburgh Castle, before setting off to explore the city on your own. On departures from August 9 to 23, you'll get to experience the Royal Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B)
Travel through the Lake District, a region that inspired Beatrix Potter’s many children’s books. Stop for lunch in one of the many traditional villages before continuing on to Liverpool. Visit the British Music Experience, an interactive attraction exploring British popular music through the decades. Admire the priceless collection of music memorabilia and enjoy a musical twist. The evening is free to dine on your own—then experience live music at the world-famous Cavern Club. (B, L)
Travel through scenic Shropshire, one of the most unspoiled parts of rural England. Stop in Ludlow, a quintessentially English town to see the castle and quaint old black-and-white houses. Continue through the lovely Welsh countryside to visit the picturesque ruins of Tintern Abbey close to the River Wye. Head to Cardiff and tour Cardiff Castle before enjoying a Welsh banquet with lively music and entertainment. (B, D)
Take a panoramic drive around Cardiff with a brief walk to see the principal areas and buildings. Head to Bath for a visit to the Roman Baths, hot mineral-rich springs that have been popular since ancient Roman times. Stop for lunch on your own in this historic spa town. Then marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge at Salisbury Plain and learn about the primitive building methods used to create such an enduring monument. In London, the evening is free to explore and dine in one of the city’s many restaurants. (B)
Take a panoramic tour of central London with a local guide to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus with its statue of Eros, Nelson’s Column flanked by huge lions in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Visit the mighty Tower of London to see the many fortresses, ravens, Beefeaters in their distinctive uniforms, and the priceless Crown Jewels. The rest of the day and evening are free for further exploring. (B)
Enjoy a day of independent sightseeing in London by Hop-On, Hop-Off bus and tour around the many famous landmarks as you please. You can choose from a number of different routes, including a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames. (B)
Your program ends today after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
Edinburgh, the inspiring capital city of Scotland, where centuries of history meet a vibrant, cosmopolitan city in an unforgettable setting.
Cardiff Castle is located in Wales and is one of the country’s leading heritage attractions and is a place of international importance. Cardiff is the capital of Wales and the ca...
Edinburgh Castle is one of the most historic buildings in Scotland and has huge significant importance as a fortress which dominates the skyline of Edinburgh. During archaeologis...
The Roman Baths complex is a site of historical interest in the English city of Bath. The house is a well-preserved Roman site for public bathing.
There are no written records as to why Stonehenge was built. There are many theories but no confirmations. Some theory it was a place of dying, while others theory it was a place...
The Tower of London is an imposing fortress situated on the north bank of the River Thames in London. This historic castle was founded by William the Conqueror in 1066 and it was...
Trafalgar Square is a public space and tourist attraction in central London, England, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. It is in the borough of the City of W...
The castle remains an important ceremonial location The Waterloo ceremony is carried out in the presence of the Queen each year, and the annual ceremony of the Order of the Garte...
Edinburgh Scotland's capital city is known for its medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with its lavish gardens and neoclassical architecture. The located on the south...
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