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British Landscapes, England, Scotland & Wales

British Landscapes, England, Scotland & Wales

An adventure fit for a Shakespearean tale takes you from verdant hillsides to bustling British cities rich with culture and much more!

09/05/2023-09/14/2023 Tue-Thur   Trip# 2023000

 

British Landscapes, England, Scotland & Wales

 

An adventure fit for a Shakespearean tale takes you from verdant hillsides to bustling British cities rich with culture. 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 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. Also includes round trip complimentary service to and from the Philadelphia Airport. Price is land only.

Day 1

Feel the vibrant energy of England, hear the unique sounds of Scotland, and see the rolling countryside of Wales on a trip that combines dramatic history and natural wonders.

Day 2

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.

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Day 3

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.

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Day 4

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.

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DAy 5

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.

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Day 6

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. The rest of today is yours to explore the city independently.

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Day 7

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 the day in Chester, your home for the next two nights, where ancient walls enclose charming Tudor and Victorian houses.

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Day 8

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.

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Day 9

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.

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Day 10

Your journey through Britain concludes today.

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

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10 Days

9 Nights

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Meals

12 Meals

8 Breakfasts

4 Dinners

 

Activity Level-2

Britain is 5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and Eastern Daylight Time.

 

 In the United Kingdom, the plug type is G, which has three rectangular pins in a triangle pattern. If your plugs do not match this description, you will need an adaptor. Next, verify the voltage of each device you intend to bring.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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