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Castles and Kilts 2014

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Roman Baths at night in Bath, EnglandBig BenBuckingham PalaceEdinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
Roman Baths at night in Bath, England
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Buckingham Palace
Edinburgh Castle in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Duration: 11 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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    Family Experiences 2014
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  • Style: Family Experiences
  • Description: Castles, crown jewels and Harry Potter – this classic family experience introduces the history, mystery and magic of England, Wales and Scotland. It's Insider moments like… stepping inside Harry Potter's red telephone box, butterflies fluttering in your tummy as you imagine the descent into the Ministry of Magic. It's discovering Platform 9 ¾ in search for the Hogwart's Express with your Local Expert. It's waking up as a guest in Ruthin Castle, just as kings and queens have done for hundreds of years. And it's the tingling of goose bumps on your skin as you listen to the tales of bravery and treason at Edinburgh Castle, home of royalty, rebellion and the Stone of Destiny.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART CANADA

    Overnight flight to London.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE IN LONDON (3 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to London – one of the most exciting capital cities in the world! After check-in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore. This evening, meet with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the hotel. Tonight we will take you out for a fun evening at a popular London restaurant for your Kick-Off Party. Your Travel Director will explain all the cool things you can do in London.


    Meal(s): (Kick-Off Party)

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Kings Cross Bloomsbury

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  • Day 3

    LONDON SIGHTSEEING

    Your Local Expert shows you the city's sights, including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. See the location of the red telephone box where Harry Potter and Mr. Weasley descend into the secret Ministry of Magic in the 'Order of the Phoenix'. Admire the magical platform 9 ¾ sign where Harry catches the Hogwarts Express! Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (subject to event taking place). After free time for lunch at St Katherine's Dock near Tower Bridge, visit the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    LONDON – FREE DAY

    Today you are free to explore the city on your own. Perhaps visit Tate Modern or the scary London Dungeon. Shop for fashions in the West End, pop into the most famous toy store in the world – Hamleys on Regent Street – or take a day trip to Windsor Castle. Afterwards you might like to take an optional experience to the London Eye for amazing views across this wonderful city or take a cruise along the Thames. The options are endless and your Travel Director will be happy to help.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 5

    LONDON – OXFORD – LACOCK – BRISTOL

    Travel west to Oxford for an orientation of this famous university city. Kings, Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers have all studied here, and you may even have the chance to look inside one of the historic halls (if students are not sitting exams). Later travel to picturesque Lacock in rural Wiltshire – one of England's most beautiful villages. See Harry Potter's house and other historic buildings used as locations in recent films. Perhaps take time to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea and cake in one of the local tea rooms before arriving in Bristol for an overnight stay.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu Bristol

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  • Day 6

    BRISTOL – BATH – RUTHIN CASTLE (2 NIGHTS)

    Your orientation of Bath includes the Pulteney Bridge and famous Georgian architecture. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room and see Bath Abbey, founded in 1499. Arrive later in Wales at a fantastic medieval-style castle which is your home for the next two nights!


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Ruthin Castle

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  • Day 7

    EXCURSION TO LIVERPOOL

    Spend the day exploring Liverpool. There are many things to see and do, including the free World Museum and the Merseyside Maritime Museum featuring a gallery devoted to the story of the Titanic. Fans of the Fab Four might like to join a 'Beatles Tour'! At Crosby Beach see Antony Gormley's 'Another Place' before returning to your castle for free time in the afternoon. Tonight, join your companions for a medieval feast!


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Regional Meal)

  • Day 8

    RUTHIN CASTLE – TATTON PARK – LANCASTER

    Visit Tatton Park for a Unique Insight, into an elegant mansion house set in 1,000 acre deer park, where the butler and housekeeper take you on a guided tour. Continue north to the Lake District and see some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Perhaps take a cruise across Lake Windermere before reaching your hotel, where you dine tonight.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Lancaster House

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  • Day 9

    LANCASTER – HADRIAN'S WALL – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit the Roman Army Museum and Roman Vindolanda for an insight into life as a Roman soldier and see excavations on the site. Visit Hadrian's Wall, built by order of the Emperor Hadrian in AD122, the most important Roman monument in Britain. Later in Edinburgh – Scotland's capital – your Travel Director will propose a fun night out! During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo in the castle grounds are included.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Marriott Edinburgh

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  • Day 10

    EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING

    Experience the beautiful sights of Edinburgh during your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert, including the Castle, Royal Mile and the famous Scott Monument. See the Scottish Crown Jewels during your visit to Edinburgh Castle and hear tales of bravery, treason and intrigue. Spend the afternoon exploring on your own or join your Travel Director for an excursion to Leith to see the Royal Yacht Britannia. Celebrate the end of your journey this evening with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at a special Farewell Dinner.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 11

    EDINBURGH - CANADA

    Say goodbye to your companions at the end of an amazing vacation. Transfers are available to Edinburgh Airport. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Expert in London and Edinburgh.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Unique Insight Enjoy a Harry Potter themed half day city sightseeing tour in London.
  • Unique Insight Enjoy a butler and housekeeper tour at the magnificent National Trust property Tatton Park Mansion house.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tours of London and Edinburgh.
  • Orientation of Bristol and Liverpool.
  • Visit The Tower of London, one of the famous Oxford University halls, picturesque Lacock village, the Roman Baths of Bath, Crosby Beach to see Another Place, Tatton Park to meet the Butler and Housekeeper, the Lake District, Hadrian's Wall, the Roman Army Museum and Roman Vindolanda, and Edinburgh Castle.

Dining

  • 9 full breakfasts.
  • 4 dinners (including Kick off Party, Regional Meal, three course dinner and Farewell 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.
  • London airport shuttle service is available. Conditions apply.
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host in London.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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