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Amazing Britain 2014

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Ancient Roman BathsWilliam Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, EnglandEdinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, ScotlandLoch NessSt Andrews Golf Course
Ancient Roman Baths
William Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Edinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
Loch Ness
St Andrews Golf Course
  • Duration: 11 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Sprawling cities and beautiful scenery – these are countries of contrasts. Lochs, lakes and bustling streets come under the spotlight in this comprehensive look at England and Scotland. It's Insider moments like… the whistle and roar of the industrial revolution, evoked by the steam and clank of Quarry Bank cotton mill. The rush of Europe's most powerful waterwheel the soundtrack, as your National Trust guide explains how channelling the power of the Bollin River changed the face and fortune of Britain. Water is a prominent feature of this land – you'll see the River Avon in Shakespeare country, the spectacular Forth Bridge, the bonny banks of Loch Lomond, and Lake Windermere – the largest natural lake in England.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART CANADA

    Overnight flight to London.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE LONDON

    Welcome to London! After check-in, relax or spend time exploring this wonderful city.

    Hotel: Hilton Kensington

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  • Day 3

    LONDON – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – YORK

    This morning, travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to view Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Visitor Centre. In your free time explore the charming cobbled streets of the town or walk along the banks of the River Avon. In York, view the ancient city walls, picturesque Shambles, and the magnificent Minster during your orientation walk through the Roman town. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drink.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Hotel 53

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  • Day 4

    YORK – DURHAM – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS)

    Set around the picturesque River Wear, Durham enjoys a long and varied history. View the 11th century Norman cathedral, the castle overlooking Palace Green, and a host of other fine period buildings. Photograph Hadrian's Wall before a scenic drive through Northumberland National Park. Admire spectacular views of the Cheviot Hills as you cross the Scottish border. Stop to admire the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey before arriving in Edinburgh, Scotland's bustling capital.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Jurys Inn

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  • Day 5

    EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Set in rugged landscape and containing a vast array of medieval and Georgian architecture, Edinburgh is a fascinating city. This morning your Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour which includes the Royal Mile, views of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Arthur's Seat, Princes Street, the Scottish Parliament plus an included visit to Edinburgh Castle. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore the city at your own pace or join your Travel Director on an optional experience to Rosslyn Chapel, famous for its association with the Knights Templar. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit includes tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo on the castle grounds.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 6

    EDINBURGH – ST. ANDREWS – PITLOCHRY – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

    Cross the spectacular Forth Bridge to the ancient Kingdom of Fife and onto the famous golf course at St. Andrews. Stop to take photographs at the 18th hole! Drive over the River Tay into the Scottish Highlands. Enjoy an included Local Speciality at a whisky distillery to sample a 'wee dram'. Arrive at Pitlochry, a charming village on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. A picturesque drive brings you to your hotel. Dine tonight in your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Macdonalds Four Seasons

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  • Day 7

    SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – SPEAN BRIDGE – GLENCOE – LOCH LOMOND – GLASGOW

    View the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge and see views of Britain's highest mountain – Ben Nevis. Drive to Glencoe, the site of a bloody and cruel massacre in 1692. Travelling south through picturesque landscapes to Scotland's prettiest loch, Loch Lomond. Later you arrive in Glasgow where your orientation includes George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu/Marks Hotel

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  • Day 8

    GLASGOW – GRASMERE – QUARRY BANK MILL – MANCHESTER

    Return to England and visit the Lake District where the great poet William Wordsworth once lived. Visit Grasmere where he wrote his most famous poem 'Daffodils' and see his final resting place in the churchyard of St. Oswald's Church. View Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England. This afternoon gain a Unique Insight into the life of communities during the Industrial Revolution. Manchester and the surrounding region was heavily involved in the textile industry and a visit to Quarry Bank Mill, a National Trust property, shows how the local towns were established during this important period in British history.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Park Inn Manchester Victoria

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  • Day 9

    MANCHESTER – CARDIFF – BRISTOL

    This morning travel south and see the Malvern Hills as you enter Wales. Enjoy a Be My Guest Farewell Lunch on a working farm where you can explore the gardens, see the animals and enjoy traditional Welsh hospitality. Later, drive through the capital city, Cardiff. See the castle and the Millennium stadium before crossing the Severn Estuary and arriving in Bristol.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Mercure Holland House

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  • Day 10

    BRISTOL – BATH – STONEHENGE – LONDON

    Visit the ancient city of Bath. See the splendid Georgian architecture and enjoy an included visit to the Roman Baths. Visit the mysterious prehistoric monoliths at Stonehenge. A scenic drive through Wiltshire and Hampshire brings you back to London.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hilton Kensington

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  • Day 11

    LONDON - CANADA

    Say farewell to your traveling companions as you prepare to return home after a memorable vacation.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest in Wales.
  • Local Guide in Edinburgh.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Visit a Scottish whisky distillery for a tour and a tasting in the Scottish Highlands.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Edinburgh.
  • Orientations of York, Glasgow, Grasmere and Bath.
  • Visit Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, Whisky Distillery, Quarry Bank Mill, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge.
  • View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, York Minster and Hadrians' Wall.
  • See the 18th hole on the Old Course at St Andrews, Blair Castle, the Lake District's and Cardiff Castle.

Dining

  • 9 full breakfasts.
  • 1 Be My Guest lunch
  • 2 dinners (including Welcome Reception and three course dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre.
  • London airport shuttle service available. Conditions apply.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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