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9 Days / 8 Nights

Tour Overview:
To travel Britain is to travel through a land with rich history and tradition, metropolitan cities and quaint villages, rolling green hills and jagged coastlines, just to name a few. Explore this diverse land on this tour which has been specially designed to include Royal connections from the historic streets of Edinburgh to the excitement of London, one breath-taking step at a time.

Day 1 - Edinburgh - St Andrews - Ballater
Home to endless natural beauty, history and cobbled streets begging to be discovered, Scotland will not disappoint. Our first stop includes a visit to St Andrews University and free time to stroll around the university's golf course before we continue to Loch Muick in Ballater - the picnic site of Queen Victoria and where some of the Royal family still frequent. In the evening, we sit down for dinner and a enjoy an included bagpipe performance before retiring for the night. (D)

Accommodation: Deeside Inn

Day 2 - Ballater - Balmoral - Ballater
Sensational architecture and breath-taking scenic views set the tone for today as we enter the Balmoral Castle, the summer residence of the Queen, Crathie Church and the Crathie Graveyard. Next, we journey to Braemar Castle for more jaw-dropping beauty. In the afternoon, walk around the site of the Highland Games and after, head to Lochnagar Distillery for a dram of whisky if you wish. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Deeside Inn

Day 3 - Ballater - Edinburgh
After breakfast, we embark on a tour of Edinburgh Castle and Royal Mile walk. In the afternoon, we head to the Royal Yacht Britannia - which was used by the Royal family until it was de-commissioned and later transfer back to our hotel. In the evening, we enjoy an evening meal together. (B,D)

Accommodation: Carberry Tower Mansion House

Day 4 - Edinburgh - Rosslyn - York
Turning our attention away from stunning Edinburgh, we travel to the Rosslyn Chapel (featured in the film The Da Vinci Code) before going to York in the afternoon. With no set agenda, it's your turn to write the itinerary today with free time to explore as you wish before we meet for dinner in the evening. (B,D)

Accommodation: The Grange Hotel

Day 5 - York - Fossgate - York
Today, we begin with a city tour of York where you can discover the York Minster and Tower. Later, the afternoon is yours to explore this gorgeous city. (B)

Accommodation: The Grange Hotel

Day 6 - York - Stratford-upon-avon - Shipston On Stour - Leamington Spa
Our first stop today is one for the literary buffs with a visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon; the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Before the day is out, we depart for our hotel and indulge in dinner in a local restaurant. (B,D)

Accommodation: Mallory Court Leamington Spa

Day 7 - Leamington Spa - Oxford - London
With your eyes set on Oxford today, enjoy a tour of the surrounding colleges where members of the Royal family studied before driving to London. (B)

Accommodation: Grange Wellington

Day 8 - London
A trip to England wouldn't be complete without a sightseeing day in London. We start with a tour of Buckingham Palace, before passing by St. James's Palace, Clarence House, the Banqueting House and more. Then, take a tour of Kensington Palace and visit the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain and Albert memorial. In the evening, we meet for our farewell dinner at Goring, a Michelin-starred restaurant adorned with Swarovski chandeliers - frequented by royalty. (B,D)

Accommodation: Grange Wellington

Day 9 - London - Windsor - Hampton Court - London
Before we say goodbye, we have one final tour of Windsor Castle before exploring Hampton Court Palace. En route back to London, we pass by Eton College and say farewell in the afternoon. (B)

Please note: When the Royal Family are in residence at Balmoral Castle (usually in Aug and Sept), it will not be possible to enter the castle although you can still see the building from the gates. Also, Buckingham Palace is open to the public usually from 5 Aug to 24 Sept (when the Queen is in Balmoral). Any departures that are not during this period will have a tour of the Royal Mews instead. A tour of Braemar Castle is included.


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  2018      
         
  Departure : May - Sep, 2018  
     
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   Jun 02, 2018  $4,515  $5,285 On Request
   Jul 07, 2018  $4,515  $5,285  
   Sep 08, 2018  $4,515  $5,285 Limited Availability
   
   
   
   
   
     
     
     
     
Inclusions:
  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver/Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Breakfast daily (B), 5 evening meals (D)
  • Entrance included to: St Andrews University & Golf course, Balmoral Castle, Crathie Church, Crathie Graveyard, Edinburgh Castle & Royal Mile Walk, Royal Yacht Britannia, Rosslyn Chapel, Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace & Clarence House, Braemae Castle, Lochnagar distillery. Kensington Palace, York Minster, Princess Diana & Albert Memorial, Windsor Castle and Hampton Court.

Exclusions:

  • Unless otherwise specified in the listed inclusions, airfares are not included in the tour price.
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,’ items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
  • Pre and post tour accommodation.
  • Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.
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