An adventure fit for a Shakespearean tale takes you from verdant hillsides to bustling cities. See the quintessential sights of London with a local guide. Enjoy medieval York and its historic Minster. Discover the ancient Roman walls of Chester – the best-preserved set in all of Britain. See the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of Scotland’s greatest events. See the Welsh landscape from above on a cruise atop of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (UNESCO). Walk in the footsteps of the Bard and enjoy dinner at Hall’s Croft, a 400-year-old Shakespeare family home. Personalize your tour with a choice of included excursions in Chester and Edinburgh. Sleepy villages, grassy slopes, mountainside lakes, and cities built upon layers of history – these are the landscapes of Britain.
- Itinerary Type : Alternative
- Activity Level : 2
- Number of Days:10
- Number of Meals:12
- Hotels:Doubletree by Hilton (York), Hotel Indigo (Stratford-upon-Avon), Apex Grassmarket Hotel (Edinburgh), Leonardo Royal Hotel London City (London), Hallmark Hotel Chester The Queen (Chester)
- Experiences:Behold the Crown Jewels of Scotland on a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle.
Discover the picturesque Lake District.
Explore Wales during a tour of Llangollen.
- Must Sees:See the quintessential sights of London with a local guide.
Wonder at the engineering mastery of the Victorian Age during a cruise of Wales’ Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (UNESCO).
See the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an annual tribute to Scotland's traditions.
- Culinaries:Enjoy a private dinner at Hall's Croft, a 400-year-old Shakespeare family home.
Enjoy London’s culinary renaissance at a dinner highlighting contemporary British cuisine.
Itinerary (9 days)
London, England - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in London, the cosmopolitan and historic capital of England. This evening, get a taste of contemporary British fare as you join your fellow travelers for a meal highlighting London’s culinary renaissance.
Start the day with a local guide and view London’s quintessential sights. Make your way past famous icons including the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the Royal Buckingham Palace. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this dynamic city on your own.
London - York
Say farewell to London and visit the 800-year-old university town of Cambridge en route to the medieval city of York. Upon arrival in York, enjoy a brief orientation tour to get the lay of the land. Or, for a faster journey, choose to arrive in York earlier on your own by way of an optional high speed rail.* Climb aboard at London’s King’s Cross station and navigate the busy British train just as the locals do. Sit back and relax as you travel 125 mph through England’s stunning countryside, arriving in York just over two hours later. After your quick ride, meet up with a local expert and walk the labyrinth of quaint, narrow streets and see the city’s famous Minster.
York - Borders Region, Scotland - Edinburgh
Travel north along the rolling hills to “bonnie” Scotland. Stop to see Hadrian’s Wall, built in the 2nd century to protect Roman Britain from the tribes of Scotland. Once the mark of the northern border of the Roman Empire, this ancient fortification stretches across the country. Make your way through Scotland’s Borders region before arriving in Edinburgh, where rocky hills tower in the distance and the shadows of history can be seen around every corner. Discover Scotland's capital and see how medieval crossroads blend seamlessly with a vibrant modern energy. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Today, it’s your choice! Get acquainted with this regal city on a locally guided tour of the city via coach -OR- join a local expert and explore the city on foot. Both tours include visits to Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse,** the Queen’s official Edinburgh residence and the former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. This evening, take your seat at the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an annual tribute to Scotland’s traditions.
Edinburgh - Lake District, England - Chester
Your final stop in Scotland comes at the border town of Gretna Green, where generations of runaway couples came to get married. Return to England and travel through the picturesque Lake District. In the district’s heart, visit the charming village of Grasmere, home of the poet William Wordsworth. End your day in Chester, your home for the next two nights, where ancient walls enclose Tudor and Victorian houses.
Chester - Llangollen, Wales - Chester, England
Choose how you discover Chester because today it’s your choice! Embark on a panoramic city tour and then walk through Chester’s Rows to peer into the city’s hidden secrets, hopping in and out of these iconic 2-tiered shopping galleries with a local guide -OR- follow in the footsteps of ancient Roman soldiers and medieval archers with an exploratory stroll on the city’s ancient walls. Then, cross over into Wales and discover Llangollen, one of the country’s most picturesque villages. See the area from a different perspective when you sail along the top of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Admire the view from the tall, bridge-like waterway, towering more than 120 feet above the landscape below.
Chester - Stratford upon Avon, England
Step back in time on a journey to Stratford-upon-Avon and visit the Bard’s birthplace – the childhood home of William Shakespeare. After touring the home, enjoy time at leisure to explore on your own. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a private farewell dinner at Hall’s Croft, a 400-year-old Shakespeare family home. Toast the end of a wonderful journey while actors in traditional costume perform some of Shakespeare’s most renowned scenes.
Stratford-upon-Avon - Tour Ends
Your journey through Britain concludes today.
A world in a city is a common way to describe the capital of England and its 9 million inhabitants. A cultural melting pot of over 230 nationalities, London is the financial, political and cultural capital of the UK and has a history dating before the Romans in A.D. 43.
The historic walled city of York in North Yorkshire is located in the northern part of England. Today York is still encircled by its ancient medieval walls. York was founded by the Romans in A.D. 71 and is considered to be one of the great cities of the medieval world.
Edinburgh Castle is a historic castle and fortress located in Edinburgh, Scotland. It sits atop Castle Rock in the city center and is an integral part of Edinburgh’s skyline. In present day the castle is a major tourist attraction for the city. It is the most visited paid visitor attraction in Scotland.
Choices on Tour
In Edinburgh, get acquainted with the capital of Scotland on a locally guided all-encompassing tour of the city via coach -OR- join a local expert and explore the city on foot. Both tours include visits to Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. In Chester, embark on a panoramic city tour and walk through Chester’s Rows with a local guide -OR- follow in the footsteps of ancient Roman soldiers during a 2-mile walk on the city’s ancient walls.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Since 1950, the epichol Edinburgh Military Tattoo has dazzled millions of spectators with performances from musicians, pipers, drummers, singers and dancers. This epic show, unique every year, takes place at the Edinburgh Castle, hauntingly illuminated under the open sky. In the past, the show’s themes have paid tribute to nature, the Queen’s 90th birthday, and Scotland's homecoming, to name just a few. This international festival comes alive with performers from a multitude of countries and audience members from around the world. Military pageantry and cultural celebrations, culminating with a spectacular fireworks display, set the stage for an unforgettable evening.
The Lake District is a mountainous region in northwest England. This region is famous for its lakes, mountains and forests. In this region hiking the mountain trails and boating on the lakes is a popular activity.
Visit the medieval walled city of Chester, England and feel its Roman roots. Its infamous city walls were built over two millennia ago and developed over time to protect the city. It is also home to the oldest racecourse and largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain. Explore the 700-year-old Chester’s Row shopping plaza.
Explore the picturesque village of Llangollen, Wales. Admire it from the view of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the waterway 120 feet above. Take in the scenery of mountains, a medieval castle and church, and the scenic Victoria Promenade. Learn the history of the famous Ladies of Llangollen, embedded throughout the village.
Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south. Wales is populated by over 3 million people; its capital city being Cardiff. Wales uses the pound sterling as their currency.
Stratford-upon-Avon is a town located in south Warwickshire, England on the River Avon. It is most famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare, one of the world’s great playwrights. Stratford is home to the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.