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CIE Tours 2018 - 9 Day Best of Britain

4 Star Vacation - 8 Nights /13 Meals Small Group Departures Available
Overnights: 1 Windsor, 1 York, 2 Edinburgh, 1 Liverpool, 1 Cardiff, 2 London
From London to London
Tour Code #: GB-BEA-18-9D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $2,200

CIE Tour Highlights:

Authentic Local Experiences:

 Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 5 to August 19 departures. Discover the rich history of Windsor, Oxford and York as local historians guide you around these charming old towns.

Trip Highlights:

 
  • Bamburgh Castle: Once the royal seat of the Kings of Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle has stood guard over this beautiful  coastline for over 1,400 years. Spanning nine acres of land on its rocky plateau, Bamburgh Castle is  one of the largest inhabited castles in the country. 
  • British Music Experience: The British Music Experience is the newest addition to Liverpool's colourful music offering, moving to its  permanent home in the first-class passenger lounge of the iconic Cunard Building. 
  • Cardiff Castle: Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance.  Located within beautiful parklands at the heart of the capital, Cardiff Castle’s walls and fairytale  towers conceal 2,000 years of history. 
  • Edinburgh Castle: The rock on which today’s castle stands has been a stronghold for over 3000 years and Edinburgh Castle has dominated its surroundings for centuries. See the 12th century St. Margaret’s Chapel, the monumental great hall of James IV, opened in 1511, the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny. 
  • Famous Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green: For over 250 years Gretna Green in Scotland has been the name synonymous with romance and weddings.  Hear the story of Gretna Green and the history of weddings inside the fascinating exhibition and enjoy a snack or lunch and shop for quality souvenirs. 
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room: Around Britain’s only hot springs, the Romans built the finest religious spa in northern Europe. This great temple and bathing complex still flows with natural hot water. See extensive remains and a Roman museum of international significance as well as the 18th century Regency influence 
  • Stonehenge: Stonehenge is probably the most important prehistoric monument in Britain. The circle of vast monoliths  date from about 3,100 B.C. and are built from bluestone, sarson and Welsh sandstone. It is aligned with  the summer solstice and is believed to have been built for lunar and solar worship. 
  • Tintern Abbey: Go south through the lovely Welsh countryside to visit the picturesque ruins of Tintern Abbey, founded in 1131, in the River Wye Valley. It was a prosperous Cistercian abbey which grew and thrived until it was dissolved by order of King Henry VIII in 1536. 
  • Tower of London: Founded in 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England, the tower has played an important part in English history for the past millennium. See the White Tower, dating from 1078, view the priceless Crown Jewels and learn about all the monarchs associated with the Tower. 
  • Windsor Castle: Windsor Castle is an official residence of The Queen and the largest occupied castle in the world. A Royal home and fortress for over 900 years, the Castle remains a working palace today. Walk through the many courtyards to visit the magnificent staterooms and St. George’s Chapel. 
  • Dining Experiences:

     Five dinners including a welcome dinner in Windsor, a Scottish evening in Edinburgh, and a festive Welsh evening in Cardiff.

    Hotels:


    Macdonald Windsor Hotel: Windsor (1 night)
    York Marriott: York (1 night)
    Dalhousie Castle Hotel: Edinburgh (2 nights)
    Hilton Hotel Liverpool: Liverpool (1 night)
    Clayton Hotel Cardiff: Cardiff (1 night)
    Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel: London (2 nights)

    CIE International Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: WINDSOR CASTLE
    Tour begins 2:30 PM, Windsor hotel. Visit Windsor Castle, residence of The Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. In the evening, join your group for a welcome drink before dinner. Take an after-dinner walk around this compact and historic town with a local guide. (D)

    Day 2: OXFORD & YORK MINSTER
    Stroll through central Oxford to see some of the most famous colleges and impressive buildings. Head to York to tour the Gothic York Minster, which is renowned for magnificent medieval stained glass windows. Enjoy a walking tour -- the only way to access the tiny medieval streets including the Shambles, one of the city’s narrowest alleyways. (B, D)

    Day 3: BAMBURGH CASTLE & SCOTTISH EVENING
    As you head north pause for photos at a section of Hadrian’s Wall. Visit Bamburgh Castle, an imposing medieval fortress that is one of the largest inhabited castles in Britain, dating back to 1096. This magical castle is set high on a rocky plateau affording wonderful views along the coast. Continue to Edinburgh and enjoy a lively Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment. (B, D)

    Day 4: GUIDED CITY TOUR & EDINBURGH CASTLE
    Explore central Edinburgh, starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with its planned streets and elegant Georgian houses. View Princes Street, the city’s premier shopping street and see the Royal Mile where medieval houses are clustered closely together. Tour the massive Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free for independent activities. On August 5 to August 19 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B)

    Day 5: LAKE DISTRICT & BRITISH MUSIC EXPERIENCE
    Travel through the Lake District, a region associated with Beatrix Potter who worked tirelessly for its preservation. Stop in the peaceful village of Grasmere where William Wordsworth penned some of his popular lines. Continue to Liverpool to visit the British Music Experience to see the exhibition dedicated to the history of popular music in Britain and admire the priceless collection of music memorabilia. After dinner head to the world-famous Cavern Club. (B, D)

    Day 6: TINTERN ABBEY & WELSH EVENING IN CARDIFF
    Travel through scenic Shropshire, one of the most unspoiled parts of rural England. Stop in Ludlow, a town that can trace its origins back 900 years, to see the huge castle and quaint old black-and-white houses. Continue through the lovely Welsh countryside to visit the picturesque ruins of Tintern Abbey, founded in 1131 and dissolved in 1536 by order of King Henry VIII. Head to Cardiff and tour Cardiff Castle, before enjoying a Welsh evening of dinner and lively music and entertainment. (B, D)

    Day 7: ROMAN BATHS & STONEHENGE
    Take a walking tour of Cardiff to see the principal areas and buildings. Head to Bath for a visit to the Roman Baths and Pump Room, hot mineral-rich springs that have been popular since Roman times. 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 for independent activities. (B)

    Day 8: LONDON TOUR & TOWER OF LONDON
    Set out on a panoramic tour of central London 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, Beefeaters, ravens and the priceless Crown Jewels. The rest of the day is free for further exploring. (B)

    Day 9: TOUR ENDS IN LONDON
    Your tour ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner  >

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