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BRITISH PANORAMA - 2017

Tour Code - 9020 9 days - LONDON to LONDON $1780 AUD
This exciting vacation is a delightful introduction to the history and culture of England, Scotland, and Wales. Begin your trip in London with a full day to discover the city’s landmarks on your own or to take an optional tour. Then, visit the market town of Stamford and York, England’s most complete medieval city. See a section of Hadrian’s Wall, the Roman coast-to-coast defense against marauding northern tribes, before arriving in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, where your guided sightseeing tour includes mighty Edinburgh Castle with its Crown Jewels. Travel south through the Lowlands to Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Continue through the Lake District, considered the finest of England’s national parks. Visit Wordsworth’s charming Grasmere and follow the shores of beautiful Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake. Enjoy a walking tour of 2,000-year-old Chester, and stop at William Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. Travel through the scenic Cotswolds to the Welsh capital of Cardiff, where you’ll enjoy an orientation drive. Later, explore elegant Georgian Bath, famous for its Roman ruins, and mysterious Stonehenge with its new visitor center and imaginative exhibitions, before returning to London for the finale of your grand Britain vacation.

Standard Features

Destinations

  • SIGHTSEEING
    Visits to Stamford, Hadrian's Wall, Jedburgh, Melrose, Edinburgh Castle, tickets for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (departure numbers 0805, 0812, 0819), Gretna Green, Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, Broadway, Bath, Stonehenge; orientation drive in Cardiff; walking tours in York and Chester.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
    Northumberland National Park, Scottish Lowlands, Lake District National Park, Cotswold Hills, Salisbury Plain.
  • GUIDES
    Local Guide for city sightseeing in Edinburgh; host service in London; professional Tour Director while touring.
  • TRANSPORTATION
    Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach.
  • HOTELS
    Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips,and service charges.
  • MYACCOUNT
    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
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2

Full English breakfast (B) daily
2 three-course dinners (D) with choice of menus.

Day by Day

  1. ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND.
    Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, there's time to rest or start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

  2. LONDON.
    What's your pleasure? Today is devoted to exploring on your own or enjoying our exciting program of optional activities. You may choose to join a Local Guide for an optional morning sightseeing tour of the city's famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall's mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister's Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. A highlight is the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard (if held). Later on, maybe visit Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its spectacular Crown Jewels. Tonight, a leisurely cruise on the Thames River would be fun! (B)

  3. LONDON-STAMFORD-YORK- LEEDS.
    Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and depart at 8 am for a day of northbound travel. Take a break in the market town of Stamford, and in York, England's most complete medieval city, stand in awe in front of the great structure of York Minster. Then, follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. Stop for the night in Leeds. (B,D)

  4. LEEDS-JEDBURGH, SCOTLAND- MELROSE-EDINBURGH.
    See a section of Hadrian's Wall, the Roman coast-to-coast defence against marauding northern tribes, then motor through wild Northumberland National Park to the Scottish border. Stop for photos at Jedburgh, and then Melrose with its 12th-century abbey ruins and connections with Robert the Bruce. Afternoon arrival in Edinburgh. Tonight, why not join an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and, of course, the Ceremony of the Haggis? (B)

  5. EDINBURGH.
    A full day to enjoy the Scottish capital. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old "New Town," home to famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the "Old Town," drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland's Crown Jewels. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, which was once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Tour five decks and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds out this optional evening. For departure numbers 0805, 0812, and 0819, tickets are included for tonight's performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO, a vast spectacle of massed Scottish pipe bands that takes place in an arena on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. (B)

  6. EDINBURGH-GRETNA GREEN- LAKE DISTRICT, ENGLAND-CHESTER- WREXHAM, WALES.
    South through the history-steeped Lowland Hills and a visit to Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Drive through beautiful scenery in the Lake District, considered to be the finest of England's national parks, and take your photographs of picturesque Lake Windermere. In Chester, the historic county town on the Dee River, your walking tour includes the Roman remains, black and white half-timbered buildings, and the two-tiered arcades called the "Rows." Overnight in Wrexham. (B,D)

  7. WREXHAM-STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, ENGLAND-BROADWAY-CARDIFF, WALES.
    Back in England, tour fascinating Stratford-upon-Avon, a living monument to William Shakespeare, before driving through the scenic Cotswold Hills with a stop for photos in picture-book Broadway. Overnight in Cardiff, where an orientation drive introduces you to the capital's major attractions: Cardiff Castle, Cathays Park, Millennium Stadium, and the stately civic buildings. Tonight, why not join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner? (B)

  8. CARDIFF-BATH, ENGLAND- STONEHENGE-LONDON.
    A day of memorable highlights, with a stop first in the elegant Georgian city of Bath, famous for its Roman relics, before visiting STONEHENGE, still an intriguing mystery. Explore the visitor centre with its imaginative exhibitions, then admire the magnificence of the monument from up close. After returning to London around 3:30 pm, how about celebrating the success of your tour with a night out on the town? (B)

  9. LONDON.
    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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05 Aug 2017 13 Aug 2017 $2406 AUD $2945 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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02 Sep 2017 10 Sep 2017 $2270 AUD $2809 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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07 Oct 2017 15 Oct 2017 $2270 AUD $2809 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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04 Nov 2017 12 Nov 2017 $1848 AUD $2387 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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02 Dec 2017 10 Dec 2017 $1780 AUD $2319 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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PRE LONDON 01 Nov 2017 31 Dec 2017 $208 AUD $128 AUD $90 AUD
PRE LONDON 01 May 2017 31 Oct 2017 $277 AUD $171 AUD $151 AUD
POST LONDON 01 Nov 2017 31 Dec 2017 $208 AUD $128 AUD $90 AUD
POST LONDON 01 May 2017 31 Oct 2017 $277 AUD $171 AUD $151 AUD
Charge Type Name Price
OPTIONAL Gratuity $74 AUD

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