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CIE Tours 2018 - 15 Day Highlights of Britain

4 Star Vacation - 14 Nights /24 Meals
Overnights: 1 Windsor, 3 Tavistock, 1 Cardiff, 2 Chester, 3 Edinburgh, 2 York, 2 London
From Windsor to London
Tour Code #: GB-HBA1-18-15D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $3,870

CIE Tour Highlights:

Authentic Local Experiences:


Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 29 to August 12 departures.  Step back in time when you visit a North Yorkshire Moors Railway Station -- each station represents a different steam era. See Yorkshire’s amazing scenery as you travel by vintage locomotive.  See Plymouth Hoe by sea as you take a short boat trip to Royal William Yard, host to a variety of restaurants and bars, each with their own unique vibe.  

Trip Highlights:


Castle Howard Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th century residence set within 1,000acres of breathtaking landscape in the Howardian Hills. Enjoy world-renowned collections, stunningarchitecture, fascinating tours and inspiring stories.

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 fascinatingexhibition and enjoy a snack or lunch and shop for quality souvenirs.

Lanhydrock House Tour this magnificent late Victorian country house with gardens to discover two sides of Victorian life: 'below stairs' in the kitchens, nurseries and servants' quarters to the luxurious family areas, elegant dining room and spacious bedrooms ‘upstairs’ living.

North Yorkshire Steam Vintage Train The North Yorkshire Moors Railway provides some 18 miles of preserved steam railwayrunning through the spectacular scenery of the North Yorkshire Moors.

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 aRoman museum of international significance as well as the 18th century Regency influence

Shakespeare’s Birthplace This carefully restored 16th century half-timbered house in Stratford-upon-Avon is where William Shakespearewas born in 1564 and spent his childhood years. See an exhibition on Shakespeare and his times before walkingthrough the house, now restored to look at it would have been in his day.

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.

St Andrews Golf has been played on the Links at St Andrews since around 1400 AD and the Old Course is renowned throughout the world as the Home of Golf. By the 19th century it was part of the way of life for many local people and golf. Golf still plays a major part in the culture and economy of St Andrews today.

Tower of London Founded in 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England, the tower has played an important part inEnglish history for the past millennium. See the White Tower, dating from 1078, view the pricelessCrown Jewels and learn about all the monarchs associated with the Tower.

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:


Ten dinners including a welcome dinner in Windsor, a Cardiff Castle Welsh banquet, a festive Scottish evening in Edinburgh, a cozy tavern dinner in Edinburgh, and dinner at an historic pub in York 

Hotels:


MGallery Castle Hotel -  Windsor (1 night)
The Bedford Hotel -  Plymouth (3 nights)
Radisson Blu Hotel - Cardiff -  Cardiff (1 night)
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Chester -  Chester (2 nights)
Norton House Hotel & Spa -  Edinburgh (3 nights)
York Marriott -  York (2 nights)
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Victoria -  London (2 nights)

CIE International Tour Itinerary

Day 1: LONDON ARRIVAL & WINDSOR CASTLE
Tour begins 2 PM, Windsor hotel. Visit Windsor Castle, residence of The Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. Then take a brief walk around this compact and historic town with a local guide. (D)

Day 2: STONEHENGE & SALISBURY
Marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge and learn about the primitive builders who managed to create such an enduring monument. Stop in Salisbury, a charming old city where the cathedral boasts the tallest spire in England. Arrive in Tavistock, a market town on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. (B, D)

Day 3: BODMIN MOOR & LANHYDROCK HOUSE
Travel through Bodmin Moor, an area of unspoiled natural beauty, stopping for photos at Jamaica Inn, made famous by Daphne du Maurier's tale of smugglers. Explore Lanhydrock House, a late-Victorian country house with grand rooms and servants’ quarters. Back in Plymouth see the Mayflower Steps and cruise to Royal William Yard, former Royal Navy buildings which now host restaurants idea for independent dining this evening. (B)

Day 4: ST MICHAEL’S MOUNT & MINACK THEATRE
Visit the coastal village of Marazion to see the majestic outline of St Michael’s Mount, an important pilgrimage destination. In St. Ives enjoy a walking tour of the main sights and admire the array of beautiful sandy beaches surrounding the town. Enjoy some free time before returning to your hotel in Tavistock. (B, D)

Day 5: ROMAN BATHS & CARDIFF CASTLE
Explore Bath, popular with the Romans for its natural hot springs 2,000 years ago. Tour the wonderfully-preserved Roman Baths and Pump Room, renowned for mineral-rich hot springs. Head to Cardiff for a sightseeing tour around the city centre. Tour Cardiff Castle before sitting down for a Welsh banquet with dinner and some lively entertainment. (B, D)

Day 6: HAY-ON-WYE & SHREWSBURY
Travel through the Brecon Beacons National Park to Hay-on-Wye, a town famous for books. Continue to Shrewsbury, a picturesque town near the English/Welsh border. Take a walking tour with the town crier to see black-and-white buildings that line the narrow streets. Travel through Cheshire to your hotel in Chester. (B, D)

Day 7: NORTH WALES & CHESTER
Drive across the Horseshoe Pass for wonderful vistas. Visit a farm to see trained dogs herding sheep and travel to Conwy, a medieval town dominated by a huge castle. Enjoy a walking tour around the picturesque streets and see the smallest house in Britain. In Chester another walking tour will reveal medieval buildings and Roman walls. (B, D)

Day 8: LAKE DISTRICT & SCOTTISH EVENING
Travel through the glorious Lake District, associated with the children’s author, Beatrix Potter, and the poet, William Wordsworth. Stop in the village of Grasmere, where Wordsworth lived and is buried. Stop at the Famous Blacksmith’s Shop in Gretna Green, a popular shopping venue for quality Scottish goods. At your hotel, enjoy a drink with your fellow travellers before a lively Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment. (B, D)

Day 9: EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR
Explore central Edinburgh, starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with planned streets and elegant Georgian houses where many famous writers and inventors lived. See the Royal Mile with its narrow medieval houses and tour Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The rest of the day is free. On July 29 to August 12 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)

Day 10: EXCURSION TO GLAMIS CASTLE & ST ANDREWS WALK
Tour Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of Shakespeare’s "Macbeth" and childhood home of the Queen Mother. Cross the modern Tay Bridge to the medieval town of St Andrews, ”the home of golf”. Enjoy a panoramic tour and spend some free time browsing on your own. Back in Edinburgh, head to a nearby pub for dinner with your group. (B, D)

Day 11: ABBOTSFORD HOUSE & YORK MINSTER
Visit Abbotsford House, formerly the home of historical novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott. Continue to Hadrian's Wall, built in 122 AD to mark the northern edge of the mighty Roman Empire. Upon arrival in York, visit York Minster, which is famous for its stained glass windows. In the evening dine in a centuries-old pub and then take a light-hearted ghost tour. (B, D)

Day 12: HISTORIC TRAIN RIDE & CASTLE HOWARD
Head to Pickering or Goathland Station, which served as "Hogsmeade" station in the Harry Potter series, and travel on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway by vintage locomotive. In Whitby, take a guided stroll around the picturesque harbor, winding streets and quaint buildings. Tour the elaborate chambers of Castle Howard, an imposing 18th century mansion where “Brideshead Revisited” was filmed. (B, D)

Day 13: SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE & LONDON
Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Discover the world that shaped the man as you look through an exhibition about his life and work. Drive through the scenic Cotswolds region, renowned for picturesque villages built of honey-coloured stone with charming gardens. Arrive in London where the evening is at leisure. (B)

Day 14: TOWER OF LONDON & CITY SIGHTSEEING
Take a panoramic London tour to see some of the famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Visit the mighty Tower of London to see the many fortresses, Beefeaters in their elaborate uniforms, and the dazzling Crown Jewels. The afternoon and evening are free for independent activities and dining. (B)

Day 15: TOUR ENDS IN LONDON
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

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