Day 1 London
We will arrive in London day. Uniformed Hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.
Day 2 London
After a hearty English breakfast, morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall's mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister's Downing Street residence, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. The highlight is a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral (except on Sundays). Free time in the afternoon for independent activities or to join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its fabulous Crown Jewels. Later, how about an optional dinner, followed by a cruise on the Thames River?
Day 3 London - Stonehenge - Bath (177 km)
We will depart at 8:00 am for a memorable day of sightseeing. First, visit Stonehenge, explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. Cross Salisbury Plain and head for the elegant Georgian city of Bath to see the excavations of the Roman Baths. You will also have time to explore the town further on your own. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at hotel.
Day 4 Bath - Ludlow - Llangollen - Liverpool
This morning, drive through the fertile Severn Valley and across unspoiled countryside to the medieval market town of Ludlow. The afternoon is dedicated to North Wales. Take a stroll in picturesque Llangollen before continuing on to Liverpool, hometown of The Beatles and once the departure port of great transatlantic liners.
Day 5 London - Grasmere - Gretna Green - Edinburgh (12172 km)
Focus on the tranquil Lake District, recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Take a break in Wordsworth's beloved Grasmere, and try original Grasmere Gingerbread. Then, head north for the Scottish border. On the way through the history-steeped Lowland Hills, stop at Gretna Green and visit The Whisky House where an expert explains the mysteries behind whisky production and lets you taste some well-known malts. In Edinburgh, don't miss the optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Day 6 Edinburgh
Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old "New Town," and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the "Old Town," visit Edinburgh Castle. The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure numbers 0729 through 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.
Day 7 Edinburgh - Abbotsford - Jedburgh - York (259 km)
First we will have a guided tour of Sir Walter Scott's Abbotsford Hourse. Melrose Abbey and the ruins at Jedburgh will be pointed out on the way to the English border and Northumberland National Park. 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.
Day 8 York - Stratford-Upon-Avon - London (364 km)
Leave Yorkshire and its associations with James Herriot, and drive through the richest farmland in Britain. In Stratford-upon-Avon, take pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace. Return to London around 3:30 pm. How about a night out on the town with newfound friends? A three-course pre-theater dinner followed by one of London's West End shows might take your fancy.
Day 9 London
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.