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10-Night Best of England Tour
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10-Night Best of England Tour

Price: From $2,898 Per Person
10 Nights

Discover England’s highlights on our 10-Night Best of England tour. This handcrafted England vacation includes overnight stays in a variety of lovely 4-star properties including two nights in London, two nights in Bath, one night in Stratford-upon-Avon, two nights in Windermere, two nights in York and one night in Windsor. 

Begin your tour in England’s beloved capital - London. Here, you will have the chance to visit the British Museum, Piccadilly Circus, Regents Park, Oxford Circus and Big Ben. You will also be able to see popular landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and The Tower of London, all from the backseat of a traditional London Black Cab! On the third day of your tour, you will leave the city behind and head to Bath. Your time in Bath features a guided historical food tour of the city, as well as a 2-hour Royal Spa Experience aimed at rejuvenating the body and soul.

Upon leaving Bath, you will travel north to the birthplace of William Shakespeare - Stratford-upon-Avon. Here, you will have access to all five properties that share the history of Shakespeare including Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Mary Arden’s Farm, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare’s New Place, and Hall’s Croft. After one night in Stratford, you will continue north to Windermere - England’s largest lake. During your stay, you will have access to the lake and all its splendors via a full day lake cruise pass. 

On the 8th day of your tour, you will begin your journey back to Southern England, stopping for a couple nights in York. While in York, you will have the chance to see Yorkshire Dales National Park, Brimham Rocks, and Harrogate. If your travel dates fall within the March to October window, you will also be taking a day trip through the English countryside and up to the North York Moors, with a ride on the unique North Yorkshire Moors Railway steam train. 

Your trip wraps up with a night in Windsor and a visit to the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world - Windsor Castle.

Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • 10 Nights Accommodations Ranging from City Hotel to Boutique Guesthouse!

TRANSPORTATION

  • Authentic London Black Cab Meet & Greet Transfer on Arrival
  • Included Rental Car - Insurance, Unlimited Mileage & All Taxes paid!

DINING OPTIONS

  • Delectable Full Breakfast Included Each Morning

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Half Day Landmarks Tour in your Iconic Black Cab
  • 2 Hour Visit to the Thermae Royal Healing Baths
  • Locally Led Historic Legends and Food Tour in Bath
  • Shakespeare – The full Story, entrance to all 5 properties
  • 24-Hour Cruise Pass on Windemere Lake
  • Day Trip to Whitby and the North York Moors with Historic Steam train Ride (Seasonal March to October)
  • Entrance to the 11th Century Royal Residence; Windsor Castle

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Spend Two Nights in Central London
  • Visit Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London
  • Shop on Famous Oxford Street and Wander through Regents Park
  • Explore Beautiful Bath Architecture & the Ancient Roman Baths
  • Gaze upon the Beautiful Black & White Tudor Buildings of Stratford
  • Visit the Birthplace of the World's Most Famous Playwright - Shakespeare
  • Take in Jaw-Dropping Scenery in Windermere at The Heart of The Lake District
  • Stroll the Charming Streets of the 2,000-Year Old Walled City of York
  • Be Enthralled by Stunning Warwick & Conisbrough Castles
  • Spend Some Time Exploring Peak District National Park
  • Meander through the Royal Town of Windsor

London, UK

Arrive at

Arrive at London Heathrow Airport, UK

Arrive at London Heathrow Airport. 


Accommodation

Melia White House - London, UK

4 Star
Room Type: Classic Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Included Experiences

Black Cab Meet & Greet Transfer - Heathrow Airport to City

London, UK

Begin your tour with a meet and greet by your black cab driver (also a licensed Tour Guide). Upon meeting your driver, they will retrieve your luggage (with care) and transfer you to central London accommodation via traditional London Black Taxi. Due to traffic and unforeseen circumstances that can delay journeys to and from the airport, all transfer services are at a fixed-price to avoid costs spinning out of control. 


Overnight Location

London, UK

On The Map: London is located in the southwest of England. The city's fantastic transport system, including the Tube (subway), red buses and black taxis, insure you can get around the city quickly and easily.

London is the capital of England, and globally-renowned as one of the world's great cities. London is very diverse - more than 230 languages are spoken, and you'll encounter a great variety of cultures and communities throughout the city. London's history is measured in thousands, not hundreds of years, and the city boasts four World Heritage Sites: The Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich and The Royal Botanic Gardens. Beyond these, there is an unending list of interesting attractions and places to explore. You can visit the Queen's official residence at Buckingham Palace and tour the Houses of Parliament, historic home of the UK government. Many of the most famous attractions are free to visit, like the Tate Modern Art Gallery, the National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museums. Famous City Landmarks abound, such as Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus. London is often cited as Europe's best shopping destination. Oxford Street is the central shopping hub, but quirky markets all over the city, such as in Camden Town are well worth a visit. The River Thames runs through the heart of London, and a river cruise is a great, alternate way to see the city.


Must-See Sites

British Museum, London

The British Museum is a museum dedicated to human history, art, and culture, located in the Bloomsbury area of London. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.

The British Museum was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. The museum first opened to the public on 15 January 1759 in Montagu House in Bloomsbury, on the site of the current museum building. Its expansion over the following two and a half centuries was largely a result of an expanding British colonial footprint and has resulted in the creation of several branch institutions, the first being the British Museum (Natural History) in South Kensington in 1881. Some objects in the collection, most notably the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, are the objects of controversy and of calls for restitution to their countries of origin.

Until 1997, when the British Library (previously centred on the Round Reading Room) moved to a new site, the British Museum housed both a national museum of antiquities and a national library in the same building. The museum is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and as with all other national museums in the United Kingdom it charges no admission fee, except for loan exhibitions.


Regent's Park, London Zoo and Primrose Hill, London

Regent's Park (officially The Regent's Park) is one of the Royal Parks of London. It lies within north-west London, partly in the City of Westminster and partly in the London Borough of Camden. It contains Regent's University London and the London Zoo.

The park has an outer ring road called the Outer Circle (4.45 km) and an inner ring road called the Inner Circle (1 km), which surrounds the most carefully tended section of the park, Queen Mary's Gardens. Apart from two link roads between these two, the park is reserved for pedestrians. The south, east and most of the west side of the park are lined with elegant white stucco terraces of houses designed by John Nash. Running through the northern end of the park is Regent's Canal, which connects the Grand Union Canal to the former London docks.

The 166 hectares (410 acres) park is mainly open parkland that enjoys a wide range of facilities and amenities including gardens, a lake with a heronry, waterfowl and a boating area, sports pitches, and children's playgrounds. The northern side of the park is the home of London Zoo and the headquarters of the Zoological Society of London. There are several public gardens with flowers and specimen plants, including Queen Mary's Gardens in the Inner Circle, in which the Open Air Theatre is located; the formal Italian Gardens and adjacent informal English Gardens in the south-east corner of the park; and the gardens of St John's Lodge. Winfield House, the official residence of the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, stands in private grounds in the western section of the park. Nearby is the domed London Central Mosque, better known as Regent's Park mosque, a highly visible landmark.

Located to the south of the Inner Circle is Regent's University London, home of the European Business School London, Regent's American College London (RACL) and Webster Graduate School among others.

On the northern side of Regent's Park is Primrose Hill, which with a height of 256 feet (78 m) gives has a clear view of central London to the south-east, as well as Belsize Park and Hampstead to the north. Primrose Hill is also the name given to the surrounding district.


Piccadilly Circus, London

On the map: Piccadilly Circus is a road junction and public space of London's West End in the City of Westminster, built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with Piccadilly. In this context, a circus, from the Latin word meaning "circle", is a round, open space at a street junction.
 
Piccadilly now links directly to the theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue, as well as the Haymarket, Coventry Street (onwards to Leicester Square), and Glasshouse Street. The Circus is close to major shopping and entertainment areas in the West End. Its status as a major traffic junction has made Piccadilly Circus a busy meeting place and a tourist attraction in its own right. The Circus is particularly known for its video display and neon signs mounted on the corner building on the northern side, as well as the Shaftesbury memorial fountain and statue of Eros. It is surrounded by several notable buildings, including the London Pavilion, Criterion Restaurant and Criterion Theatre. Directly underneath the plaza is Piccadilly Circus tube station, part of the London Underground system.

Oxford Street, London

On The Map: Oxford Street runs for approx. 1.5 miles from Marble Arch (at the north east corner of Hyde Park), through Oxford Circus to St Giles Circus
Nearest Tube Stops: Marble Arch, Bond Street & Oxford Circus, all served by the Central Line.

Oxford Street is a major road in the West End of London, and is Europe's busiest shopping street, boasting more than 300 shops. Oxford Street follows the route of an ancient Roman road, (the Via Trinobantina), which linked Hampshire with Colchester and became one of the major routes in and out of London City. In the late 18th century, much of the surroundng area was purchased and developed by the Earl of Oxford. It initially became popular with entertainers, including bear-baiters, and for entertainment houses, such as The Pantheon. During the 19th century, the area became known for its shops, a trend that has continued apace ever since. It is the biggest shopping street within Inner London, and forms part of a larger shopping district with Regent Street, Bond Street and a number of other smaller nearby streets. The street is home to a number of major department stores and numerous flagship stores, as well as hundreds of smaller shops. Of particular note is Hamley's on Regent Street. Opened in 1760, Hamley's is the oldest, largest and most famous toy shop in the world.


London, UK

Accommodation

Melia White House - London, UK

4 Star
Room Type: Classic Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Included Experiences

Black Cab 3 Hour London Highlights Tour

London, UK

Spend three hours touring London and visiting its most iconic landmarks from the backseat of a traditional London Black Cab. You will be picked up and returned to your central London accommodation. Your qualified tour guide/driver will take you on a panoramic tour of the city, with a minimum of 6 stops along the way including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London (just to name a few).  

You will have the opportunity to discover the real London and some of its hidden secrets, all from your knowledgeable cabbie! Taking one of the black cabs, instead of a touring bus, ensures that you will have more time to ask questions and will be able to experience the city in a more intimate setting. There will be plenty of opportunities during your tour to stop and take pictures as well as time to stop at a local coffee shop for an energizing cup of joe! 


Must-See Sites

Big Ben, London

On The Map: Big Ben is located in the very heart of Central London, adjacent to the British Houses of Parliament.
Nearest Tube Stop: Westminster - served by the Circle, District & Jubilee Lines, is located right beside Big Ben.

When the Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire in October 1934, it was decided that the new neo-gothic style Palace should include an imposing and impressive clock tower. Thus, one of England's most famous & instantly recognizable landmarks came to be. Interestingly, although the name Big Ben is commonly used to describe the tower, it was initially given to the Great Bell within the tower. The tower itself, which lies to the north of the Houses of Parliament, is officially known as the Elizabeth Tower, and was completed in 1859. The Great Clock started on May 31, with the Great Bell's peals being heard for the first very time on July 11. It is the second largest four-faced chiming clock in the world,after that of Minneapolis City Hall, and is famed for it's unerring time-keeping accuracy. The hands of the clock are 9 and 14 feet in length, and the Great Bell (Big Ben!) weighs-in at 13 tons. Although it is possible to tour the Houses of Parliament, the Elizabeth Tower is closed to visitors. But with no lift, and 334 steps to the top, this may not be such a bad thing!


Westminster Abbey, London

On The Map: Westminster Abbey is located in the very heart of Central London, adjacent to Big Ben.
Nearest Tube Stop: Westminster - served by the Circle, District & Jubilee Lines, is located just 0.2 miles north of Westminster Abbey.

Westminster Abbey is one of the world’s great churches, with a history stretching back over a thousand years. Paying a visit is truly an essential part of any trip to London. Kings & Queens, Poets & Heroes - all are represented at the Abbey - and it has many fascinating tales to tell. Westminster has long been the traditional venue for the coronation of English Monarchs, as well as their final resting place. The current, wonderful 700-year-old building is literally brimming with amazing artifacts and stunning craftsmanship. Of particular note is The Lady Chapel, begun in 1503, and constructed at the expense of Henry VII. It is regarded as the last great masterpiece of English medieval architecture, and in 1545 was heralded as "the wonder of the entire world". The outstanding feature of the chapel is the spectacular fan-vaulted roof with carved pendants. The spectacular Waterford Crystal chandeliers in The Nave were a gift from the Guinness family, in honor of the Abbey's 900th anniversary in 1965. In front of the High Altar is another of the Abbey's treasures - a marble pavement dating from 1268. The method of its decoration is known as Cosmati work, after the Italian family who developed the technique. Audio guides are available in 12 languages, and the highly-popular Verger-led tour is also an option on-site. Westminster Abbey is usually open to visitors from Monday to Saturday throughout the year.


The Tower of London, London

On The Map: The Tower of London is located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.
Nearest Tube Stop: Tower Hill - served by the Northern and Jubilee Lines

The Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. The castle was initially used as a royal residence, but is more famous for its prison use between 1100 and 1952. The Tower has always played a prominent role in English history, when control of the Tower was crucial to establish control of the country. Nowadays the Tower is home to the famed Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom, which while still in regular royal use, are otherwise on display for visitors to admire. The Yeoman Warders ('Beefeaters') are another major attraction. Guided Warder tours are available, and guards will regale you with tales of intrigue, imprisonment, execution and torture! Legend says that the Kingdom and the Tower will fall if the six resident ravens ever leave the fortress. There are seven ravens at the Tower today (the required six plus one spare!), and their lodgings are to be found next to the Wakefield Tower. These magnificent birds, eat 170 grams of raw meat a day, respond only to the Raven Master and should not be approached too closely by anyone else, as they may bite!


Tower Bridge, London

On The Map: Tower Bridge crossed the River Thames just east of London Bridge and in close proximity to the Tower of London
Nearest Tube Stop: Tower Hill - served by the Circle and District Lines

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge over the River Thames and in close proximity to the Tower of London, from which it takes its name. Officially opened on June 30, 1894 by The Prince of Wales (future King Edward VII), Tower Bridge has become an iconic symbol of London. The bridge is 800 feet in length with the two towers each reaching 213 feet high, built upon submerged concrete piers. The 200 foot central span is split into two equal 'bastules', which can be raised to an angle of 86 degrees to allow river traffic to pass. The Bridge's present colour scheme dates from 1977, when it was painted red, white and blue for Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee. The high level walkway of the Bridge was closed in 1910, as it had become a favorite hang-out spot for local prostitutes and pick-pockets. In 1982, the walkway was reopened, and now welcomes visitors. The exhibition uses films, photos and interactive displays to explain why and how Tower Bridge was built. Visitors can access the original steam engines that once powered the bridge bascules, housed in a building close to the south end of the bridge.


Buckingham Palace, London

On The Map: Buckingham Palace is located in the heart of London - north of the River Thames and just southeast of Hyde Park:
Closest Tube Stops: Victoria, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner

Famed Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's Sovereigns since 1837. Although in use for the many official events and receptions held by The Queen, the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to visitors. The Palace has 775 rooms, including 19 State Rooms, 52 Royal and Guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. Buckingham Palace is furnished and decorated with priceless works of art that form part of the Royal Collection, one of the major art collections in the world today. George IV's original palace lacked a large room in which to entertain. Queen Victoria rectified that shortcoming by adding a Ballroom 1853-5 which was, at the time of its construction, the largest room in London. Today, it is used by The Queen for State banquets and other formal occasions such as the annual Diplomatic Reception attended by 1,500 guests.


Bath, England - South West

Accommodation

Brindley's Guesthouse - Bath, England - South West

Guesthouse
Room Type: Classic Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is between 2:00pm & 7:00pm on your day of arrival.

Complimentary visitors parking permits for on-street parking around the hotel will be provided to you on your arrival.


Included Experiences

Thermae Royal Bath - 2 Hour Visit

Bath, England - South West

Spend two hours relaxing in the New Royal Bath at the Thermae Bath Spa! The bath is a fusion of glass, stone, light and water, creating a special setting in which to enjoy a Thermae Welcome. You will have the opportunity to try out two different baths, each fed by naturally warm, mineral-rich waters. You will also have access to the multi-sensory Wellness Suite, featuring five distinctive spa experiences: a Roman steam room with traditional stone seating, a Georgian steam room with traditional Georgian architecture, an infrared room, an ice chamber with menthol-infused mist and a giant ice trough, and a celestial relaxation room with heated lounge chairs and calming sounds. Along with access to the Wellness Suite, you will have access to the open-air rooftop pool, the Minerva Bath (featuring a whirlpool and lazy river), and the Springs Cafe Restaurant. With so much to offer, this Thermae Bath Spa experience is sure to help you unwind and prepare for the rest of your travels. 

Important Information
- Please note children under 16 are not permitted in the New Royal Bath.
- Towel, robe, and slippers are included
- Extra time is added to your spa session if you have something to eat or drink in the Restaurant
- You may take an additional 15 minutes at the end of your spa session for showering, drying hair, etc.


Enroute Sightseeing

Stonehenge, England - South West

On The Map: Stonehenge is located in Wiltshire, in the southwest of England - 90 miles west of London and 33 miles southeast of the Roman City of Bath.

Stonehenge is without doubt one of the most famous sites in the world. The iconic remains of the ring of standing stones are instantly recognizable and draw almost 1 million visitors every year. Archaeologists believe that the first phase of construction at Stonehenge began around 3100 BC, at which time a large earthwork or 'Henge', comprising an earthbank and ditch, was built. The second phase of construction began around 2150 BC, when some 82 bluestones, weighing up to 4 tons, were transported 240 miles from southwest Wales! Around 2000 BC, the third phase saw the arrival of the massive Sarsen stones, weighing up to 50 tons. The stones were most likely transported from 25 miles away, and great mystery and intrigue continues to surround just how this mammoth task was achieved. The stones could only have been moved using sledges and ropes, and archaeologists guesstimate it would have taken 600 men to pull just one stone. The final construction phase took place around 1500 BC when the bluestones were rearranged in the horseshoe and circle that we see today. There are many theories as to the purpose of Stonehenge - ancient burial site, astronomical calendar, healing site, or sacred hunting ground? Perhaps when you visit, you can decipher the great mystery!


Enroute Sightseeing

Avebury, England - South West

On The Map: Avebury is located in the southwest of England, 80 miles west of London, and 25 miles north of Stonehenge

Avebury may not be quite as well known as Stonehenge, its prestigious neighbor 25 miles to the south, but it is world-famous nonetheless! Avebury is the world's largest prehistoric stone circle, partially encompassing the pretty village of Avebury. Millionaire archaeologist Alexander Keiller excavated the site in the 1930s, and the on-site museum bears his name. Arranged in two parts, the Alexander Keiller Museum is divided into The Stables - displaying archaeological treasures from across the World Heritage Site, and The Barn - a 17th-century Threshing Barn, with interactive displays and children's activities that reveal the story of this ancient landscape. The Avesbury Stone Circle dates from approx. 2600 BC. Its original purpose is shrouded in mystery, but most likely it was used in ancient rituals and ceremonies. The site still has much spiritual meaning today, and is of great religious importance to contemporary Pagans. Nearby Silbury Hill, which is the largest man-made mound in pre-industrial Europe, still dominates the surrounding landscape.


Enroute Sightseeing

Salisbury, England - South West

On The Map: Salisbury is located in Southern England, 25 miles northwest of Southampton, and 88 miles southwest of London.

Known as the 'City in the Countryside', Salisbury retains much of its historic past & charm with timbered buildings, and an Early English Gothic Cathedral. The sight of the Cathedral rising from the surrounding green fields (pictured) is one to behold, and is often described as one of Britain's great views. Within the Chapter House at Salisbury Cathedral, you’ll find the best preserved of the four original Magna Carta manuscripts dating from 1215. 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of this momentous document, and many celebrations are taking place throughout the year. The Magna Carta was undoubtedly a landmark legal document. It is even cited as influencing the formation of the American Constitution in 1789, and is still held in high regard by legal scholars today. Salisbury is a thriving market, boasts a buzzing arts scene, delightful museums and some of England’s finest historic houses.


Overnight Location

Bath, England - South West

On The Map: Bath is located in the southwest of England, 115 miles west of London, and just 13 miles east of Bristol.

The City of Bath is truly unique. It was founded by the Romans, after their conquest of Britain in AD 43. Between the 1st and 4th centuries, the Romans constructed a temple dedicated to the divinity, Sulis, as well as several hot baths. The natural source of the baths yields over 1,200,000 litres of water daily, at a temperature of more than 46 °C / 115 °F. Today, you can walk in the ancient footsteps of Romans, on the original stone pavements around the steaming pool. After the fall of the Roman city, medieval Bath became a major wool-producing centre, and the city commanded considerable religious influence from 1091 to 1206. During the 18th century, three ambitious local entrepreneurs set out to make Bath one of the most beautiful cities in Europe - they succeeded! The most famous legacy of their work is the Royal Crescent, comprising of 30 houses laid out in a crescent shape. In total Bath boasts approximately 5,000 listed buildings, and on top of its impressive Roman heritage, is also England's most celebrated Georgian city. Such is its unique nature, the entire City of Bath was granted World Heritage status by UNESCO.


Bath, England - South West

Accommodation

Brindley's Guesthouse - Bath, England - South West

Guesthouse
Room Type: Classic Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is between 2:00pm & 7:00pm on your day of arrival.

Complimentary visitors parking permits for on-street parking around the hotel will be provided to you on your arrival.


Included Experiences

Bath Food Tour

Bath, England - South West

Discover why the UK has slowly become one of the most exciting food cultures in the world on this 3-hour food tour of Bath. This guided tour delivers 7 food and drink tastings (each with their own unique flavor), highlights of Bath’s history, food customs, and the low down on local eateries and shopping hot spots. You will also have the special opportunity to encounter two types of Bath “food hero”: the legendary food specialties that have left their mark on the city. This walking food tour is sure to excite the foodie in everyone!

Tour Includes:
- A friendly, locally-based, & knowledgable tour guide
- A variety of 7 different food and drink tastings (savoury & sweet), the total of which represents a light meal
- 1 curb-side tasting, and 6 interior or seated tastings
- Highlights of Bath’s legendary history plus British food & drink history & customs
- Low down on local food, drink & shopping hot spots
- A comprehensive handout with dining, drinking & shopping suggestions


Must-See Sites

Roman Baths, England - South West

The 2,000 year-old Roman Baths complex is undoubtedly one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe. The Baths are located below modern street level, and were not discovered and explored until the late nineteenth century. The site was opened as a visitor attraction in 1897. In 2011 the Roman Baths completed a £5.5 million redevelopment to bring the best of modern interpretation to the site, transform its accessibility and preserve it for the next 100 years. The Baths have four main areas: The Sacred Spring, The Roman Temple, The Roman Bath House and Finds from Roman Bath. The Sacred Spring is at the very heart of the site. Naturally hot (46°C) water rises here every day, as it has done for thousands of years. In Roman times, this natural phenomenon was beyond human understanding, and was believed to be the work of the ancient gods. A Great Temple was therefore built next to the Spring dedicated to the goddess Sulis Minerva, a deity with healing powers. The Great Bath itself is lined with 45 sheets of lead. It once stood in an enormous barrel-vaulted hall that rose to a height of 130 feet. For many Roman visitors this would have been the largest building they had ever entered..


Pulteney Bridge, England - South West

Pulteney Bridge, along with the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, is widely recognized as one of the world's most beautiful bridges. Like the Ponte Vecchio, Pulteney is one of a very few historic bridges in the world to have shops constructed upon it. Pulteney Bridge crosses the River Avon in the heart of Bath. The bridge was constructed in Palladian style by Robert Adam at the behest of William Pulteney, and was completed in 1774. Pulteney's goal was to connect central Bath to the east bank of the River Avon, in the pursuit of commercial fortune. In subsequent years, the bridge was expanded to include more shops, and at the end of the 18th century was largely rebuilt as a consequence of flood damage. Shops line both sides of the bridge, and in spite of plans to pedestrianize the famous listed structure, it is currently still used by buses and taxis. You'll get the best view of Pulteney Bridge from Parade Gardens Park by the Crescent Weir.


Bath Abbey, England - South West

A stay in Bath will not be complete without visiting magnificent Bath Abbey. The current structure is the third to occupy this site since 757 AD. The first church was destroyed by Norman conquerers, who replaced it with a massive Norman Cathedral in the late 11th century. Subsequent to Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539, an already deteriorating Abbey fell into further disrepair. It was not until 1616  that the current Abbey was repaired and maintained. Sir George Gilbert Scott completely transformed the interior of the Abbey between 1864 & 1874, adding the spectacular stone fan vault ceiling - one of the Abbey's most impressive features. Another notable feature is the 'Ladder of Angels' on the Abbey's west exterior, supposedly inspired by a dream of Bishop King circa 1500. Edgar, the very first King of all England, was crowned at the Abbey in 973, setting the precedent for all subsequent Kings and Queens, including the current Elizabeth II. Entrance to the Abbey is free, though a discretionary donation is encouraged. For a few extra pounds, you can take a Tower Tour, which involves climbing a relatively tricky 212 step spiral staircase. En route to the glorious city views at the top, you'll visit the Ringing Chamber and Bell Chamber, stand atop the Abbey’s famous vaulted ceiling, and even sit behind the clock face!


The Royal Crescent, England - South West

Located in the City of Bath, the Royal Crescent is a row of 30 terraced houses, laid out in a unique crescent shape. Designed by the architect John Wood the Younger, the Crescent was constructed between 1767 and 1774. It is a Grade I listed building, and undoubtedly one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found anywhere in the United Kingdom. The 114 columns of Wood's creation are 30 inches in diameter, and reach a height of 47 feet. The Georgian stone façade has changed little since 1774. Interestingly, original townhouse purchasers bought only a length of the exterior façade. They then employed their own architects to construct the house behind the façade! As a result, when viewed from behind, the Crescent is not at all uniform, with varying roof heights, shapes and structures. This architecture style, known as 'Queen Anne fronts and Mary-Anne backs', is prevalent throughout Bath. Many notable and famous people have called the Crescent home over the last 240 years, and some are commemorated on plaques attached to the relevant buildings. Of the Crescent's original 30 units, only a few are still full-size townhouses. Most have been sub-divided into apartments of various sizes, while No. 1 is the Royal Crescent Museum and the central Numbers 15 & 16 comprise the Royal Crescent Hotel.


Stratford-Upon-Avon, England - West Midlands

Accommodation

Arden Hotel - Stratford-Upon-Avon, England - West Midlands

4 Star
Room Type: Classic Twin/ Double

Check in policies:

Check in time is after 14:00 on your day of arrival. Check out time is 11:00am


Included Experiences

Shakespeare - The Full Story

Stratford-Upon-Avon, England - West Midlands

Your full story ticket includes unlimited visits to all five of the Shakespearean landmarks in Stratford-upon-Avon. You will have access to Shakespeare’s Birthplace, where you can enjoy live theatre and rare artifacts; Shakespeare’s New Place (his family home and where he wrote his later plays), where you can see the largest surviving part of his estate; Hall’s Croft (home of Shakespeare’s daughter), where you can wander the tranquil walled garden; Anne Hathaway’s Cottage (Shakespeare’s wife’s childhood home), where you can explore the gardens and the 500-year-old dwelling; and Mary Arden’s Farm (home of Shakespeare’s mother), where you can meet the farm animals currently residing on the property. While “the full story” is sure to be the highlight of the trip for any Shakespeare fan, it is sure to excite even those who are unfamiliar with his work with rich English history. 

Includes Entry To:
Shakespeare's Birthplace
Shakespeare's New Place
Hall's Croft
Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Mary Arden's Farm*
 
*Please note: Mary Arden's Farm is closed for winter and will re-open on 16th March until 5th November

Enroute Sightseeing

The Cotswolds, England - West Midlands

On The Map: The Cotswolds Region covers an area of 790 square miles in the 'upper' southwest region of England, approx. 80 miles west of London.

The Cotswolds area is one of England's favourite and most popular destinations. It is the largest of England's 38 designated 'Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty', and attracts 38 million visitors each year. Often described as 'quintessentially English', the area is famous for its hundreds of honey-colour, limestone villages, nestled among gentle hillsides, known as 'wolds'. Between the 13th and 15th centuries, native Cotswold sheep were famous throughout Europe for their high quality wool. Cotswold wool therefore commanded a high price, and generated significant wealth for the region. This in turn led to the building of fine houses and wonderful churches, known as 'Wool Churches'. Many of the beautiful limestone towns and villages have remained largely unchanged for up to 300 years. 'Drystone walls', skillfully constructed without cement, criss-cross the rolling landscape. Some are hundreds of years old, and although a protected historical feature, are still in daily farming use. The region is a walker's paradise, with thousands of miles of public footpath to explore, including the Cotswold Way National Trail.


Overnight Location

Stratford-Upon-Avon, England - West Midlands

On The Map: Stratford-upon-Avon is located in the Western Midlands of England, just 40 miles south of Birmingham, and 100 miles northwest of London.

Stratford-upon-Avon is set in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon. Stratford boasts an 800 year history - the original Charter of the Town was granted in 1196. While an important market town, Stratford is best known for its very close association with William Shakespeare, and is a major tourist destination. Often regarded as the world's greatest playwright, Shakespeare was born and grew-up in Stratford. Many of the original buildings from Shakespeare's era are intact and in excellent condition, thanks to the ongoing preservtion work of the Shakespeare Organisation. Several houses synonymous with Shakespeare are open to the public, including his birthplace & Hall's Croft, the home of his daughter. The recently remodelled Royal Shakespeare Theatre is located on the banks of the River Avon and is one of Britain's most important cultural venues. Stratford's Town Centre contains many fine old buildings on lovely wide streets, and boasts a great variety of shops, bars & restaurants.


Must-See Sites

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, England - West Midlands

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is a 1,040 seat 'thrust stage' theatre, which pays homage to all-things Shakespeare, and is located in the great man's birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon. The original Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened its doors in 1879. Destroyed by fire in 1926, construction of the current theatre was completed in 1932. The thrust stage design guarantees an intimate experience. The stage is open on three sides at audience level, and after a 2010 renovation, no theatre-goer is more than 50 feet away from the actors, regardless of seat type reserved. If staying in Stratford, attending a play at the theatre is highly recommended, and given the very high quality of production and acting, is most definitely an evening to be savored. If your schedule does not afford time to attend a performance, a variety of theatre tours are available throughout the day. Visitors can tour the private and public theatre spaces, learn of the theatre's history, and discover behind the scenes secrets to high-end productions. You can also book a trip to the 109 foot-high viewing platform of the Theatre Tower, for wonderful views over Stratford-Upon-Avon.


Birthplace of Shakespeare, England - West Midlands

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. His father, John Shakespeare, was a glover and wool dealer of good standing in the town. His mother, Mary Arden, was one of the daughters of Robert Arden, a yeoman farmer of Wilmcote. From the age of 7 to about 14, William attended Stratford Grammar School, receiving an excellent, well-rounded education. At the age of 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, who was seven years his senior and three months pregnant! The marriage was not destined to last and Shakespeare soon abandoned his wife, fleeing to London to become an actor. Shakespeare of course went on to become arguably the most famous literary figure of all time. Nowadays, Shakespeare's birthplace on Henley Street in Stratford, is a wonderfully informative, and lovingly-restored museum. The 16th century dwelling (pictured) is simple by modern standards, but would have been quite a substantial home in the 1500s. A must-visit for anyone with even a passing interest in literature.

Windermere, England - North East

Accommodation

Storrs Hall - Windermere, England - North East

4 Star
Room Type: Classic Lake View

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 11 AM.


Enroute Sightseeing

Samlesbury Hall, England - North East

On The Map: Samlesbury Hall is located in the west of Central England. It is directly east of Preston, and just 2.7 miles east of the main M6 Motorway from Junction 31.

Samlesbury Hall is an historic house in Lancashire, constructed by Gilbert de Southworth in 1325. The Hall retains its charming original black and white exterior – a wonderful façade that belies a turbulent and fascinating history. The mansion was home to the Southworth family for several centuries, later serving time as both a pub and girls’ boarding school. In 1925, the Hall was rescued from demolition for its timber by the Samlesbury Hall Trust. The house is reputedly haunted by no fewer than three ghosts, including that of Lady Dorothy Southworth, who went insane with grief when her lover was killed and secretly buried by her disapproving family. Samlesbury has thrice featured on paranormal TV shows – twice on ‘Most Haunted’ and once on ‘Ghost Hunters International’. Nowadays, visitors to the Hall are provided with a captivating insight into life from the 14th century on, in Lancashire. Samlesbury Hall also displays exhibits from local artists. Antiques, collectibles and Lancashire produce are available at the gift shop. The extensive grounds are delightful, and the gardens supply much of the ingredients used in the award-winning restaurant and coffee lounge. Samlesbury is open to visitors from Sunday to Friday (11am – 4pm), but is closed on Saturdays. Admission is free, though discretionary donations are greatly appreciated.


Enroute Sightseeing

Warwick Castle, England - West Midlands

On The Map: Warwick Castle is located in the own of Warwick, just 9 miles northeast of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Warwick Castle's origins can be traced to 914 A.D., but was really put on the map by William the Conqueror's structure, built in 1068. The castle was rebuilt in stone in the 13th century, and during the Hundred Years War (1337 - 1453), the castle underwent major refortification, resulting in what is now one of the finest existing examples of 14th century military architecture. Through the centuries, the castle was at the epicentre of many notable historical events, and has extensive tales to tell. Since its acquistion by the Tussauds Group in 1978, the castle has been transformed into somehting akin to Medieval Disneyland! Visitors can experience a wide array of activities and interesting diversions, including the impressive towers and ramparts, stunningly restored interior chambers, the Time Tower, Castle Dungeons, and the world's largest functioning trebuchet. The castle offers many shows and performances, such as the very highly recommended Pirds of Prey display, and Bowman Show. Entrance to the castle is not cheap, but discounted admission is regularly available if puchased in advance on the castle's website.


Overnight Location

Windermere, England - North East

On The Map: Windermere is located just east of Windermere Lake in England's Lake District National Park, in the northwest of the country.

The town of Windermere is located in England's stunning Lake District - just one mile from Windermere Lake. The town grew-up around the Railway Station constructed to bring tourists to the area in the 19th century. Originally named Birthwaite, the Railway Company named its station after the lake, and the town name followed! It is a bustling little town with a good variety of local shops, but the main attraction is most definitely the lake. Windermere is the largest natural lake in England, and lies within the Lake District National Park. Boat rides are available from Bowness Pier, and sail around the lake, many mooring at the picturesque villages of Ambleside or Lakeside, the latter boasting a restored railway. A short walk from Windermere takes you to Orrest Head, an outstanding viewpoint. In 1930, it was the first ‘summit’ in Lakeland to be visited by acclaimed guidebook author, Alfred Wainwright. Over the years, Windermere has merged with the older, adjacent town of Bowness-on-Windermere, though the two have retained separate centres.


Windermere, England - North East

Accommodation

Storrs Hall - Windermere, England - North East

4 Star
Room Type: Classic Lake View

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 11 AM.


Included Experiences

24-Hour Cruise Pass on Windermere Lake

Windermere, England - North East

Travel from Lakeside to Waterhead on England’s largest lake - Windermere. This full-day lake cruise ticket is valid for 24 hours from the time that you pick it up. The ticket is valid on all of the cruises. Before boarding your cruise, be sure to check out the Lakes Aquarium, known for displaying local fish, birds, and mammals such as Arctic Charr and Otters. Once aboard the lake cruise, you will be treated to stunning views of the lake and its surroundings. Be sure to keep an eye out for the local wildlife that you saw at the aquarium! 


Must-See Sites

Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum, England - North East

On The Map: Dove Cottage is located just southeast of Grasmere, in northern England's Lake District
 
Dove Cottage was likely constructed early in the 17th century, and was initially an inn, 'The Dove and Olive Bough'. The cottage is however most well known as the home of the poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. Wordsworth first came across the cottage by chance as he enjoyed a stroll with fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in late 1799. He and Dorothy moved in just a few weeks later, and remained in the cottage until May 1808. It was during this period that Wordsworth completed some of his most famous works, including 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud', 'Ode: Intimations of Immortality', 'Ode to Duty', and 'My Heart Leaps Up'. The cottage was acquired by the Wordsworth Trust in 1890, and opened to the public in 1891.The Cottage is a Grade I listed building, and visitors will get a real sense of Wordsworth's quality of life at the turn of the 19th century. The Cottage is largely unchanged, containing stone floors, dark panelled rooms, glowing coal fires as well as a selection of the family’s own belongings. Dorothy wrote her famous 'Grasmere Journal', while living in the Cottage, and it too, is currently on display.

Keswick, England - North East

On The Map: Keswick is located in the north of the Lake District, in northwest England.

Keswick is the most popular destination in the northern portion of England's famous Lake District. Nestled between the Skiddaw Mountains and Derwentwater Lake, the charming town occupies an idyllic scenic location. Keswick's origins can be traced to the 13th century. in 1276 the town was granted a charter to hold a Saturday market, which still continues today - almost 750 years later! Keswick's scenic beauity was trumpeted by famous local poets, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey, and became a mecca for tourists in the 19th century. Nowadays, the town boasts a wealth of interesting shops, galleries, restaurants, bars and cafes. Most of Keswick's main shopping streets are pedestrianized, only adding to the enjoyment of a leisurely stroll around town. Moot Hall in the heart of town, is a major landmark. Originally dating from 1571, the current striking building was constructed in 1813. A visit to the Alhambra Cinema is a trip back in time. The very well-preserved movie-theatre is one of England's oldest. Hope Park's wonderful gardens are a delight, while Fitz Park offers a fantastic children's play area. A short walk takes you to the lakeshore, where row and small motor boats can be hired.


Castlerigg Stone Circle, England - North East

On The Map: Castlerigg Stone Circle is located approx. 1.5 miles east of Keswick Town, in England's Lake District.

Of the 1,300 stone circles in Britain, Castlerigg is arguably the prettiest. From its idyllic location on a natural raised plateau, Castlerigg offers panoramic views of the beautiful surrounding countryside, as well as some of the tallest mountains in Cumbria. The Circle is somewhere between 4,000 & 5,000 years old - likely closer to 5,000. The flattened circle measures 107 feet at its widest, and 97 feet at its narrowest. The Circle comprises 38 free-standing stones, the tallest at approximately 10 feet and estimated to weigh 16 tons. The original purpose of Castlerigg is unknown, though many theories abound. A trading post or social meeting place? Or perhaps Castlerigg was used for religious ceremonies and astrological observation? Whatever the answer, visiting the Circle comes highly recommended. It's nowhere near as busy as Stonehenge, allowing for a far more personal and unhindered experience. There's a small carpark in close proximity to the site, or one can take a pleasant 30 minute walk to Castlerigg from Keswick Town.


Hill Top Farm - Beatrix Potter, England - North East

Hill Top is a 17th-century house near Sawrey, Hawkshead, in the English county of Cumbria, and within the Lake District National Park. It is an example of Lakeland vernacular architecture with random stone walls and slate roof. The house was once the home of children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter who left it to The National Trust. It is a Grade II listed building. It is open to the public and the house is shown as Beatrix Potter herself would have known it. The address is Hill Top, Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, LA22 0LF.


Windermere, England - North East

On The Map: Windermere is located just east of Windermere Lake in England's Lake District National Park, in the northwest of the country.

The town of Windermere is located in England's stunning Lake District - just one mile from Windermere Lake. The town grew-up around the Railway Station constructed to bring tourists to the area in the 19th century. Originally named Birthwaite, the Railway Company named its station after the lake, and the town name followed! It is a bustling little town with a good variety of local shops, but the main attraction is most definitely the lake. Windermere is the largest natural lake in England, and lies within the Lake District National Park. Boat rides are available from Bowness Pier, and sail around the lake, many mooring at the picturesque villages of Ambleside or Lakeside, the latter boasting a restored railway. A short walk from Windermere takes you to Orrest Head, an outstanding viewpoint. In 1930, it was the first ‘summit’ in Lakeland to be visited by acclaimed guidebook author, Alfred Wainwright. Over the years, Windermere has merged with the older, adjacent town of Bowness-on-Windermere, though the two have retained separate centres.


Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum, England - North East

On The Map: Dove Cottage is located just southeast of Grasmere, in northern England's Lake District
 
Dove Cottage was likely constructed early in the 17th century, and was initially an inn, 'The Dove and Olive Bough'. The cottage is however most well known as the home of the poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. Wordsworth first came across the cottage by chance as he enjoyed a stroll with fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in late 1799. He and Dorothy moved in just a few weeks later, and remained in the cottage until May 1808. It was during this period that Wordsworth completed some of his most famous works, including 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud', 'Ode: Intimations of Immortality', 'Ode to Duty', and 'My Heart Leaps Up'. The cottage was acquired by the Wordsworth Trust in 1890, and opened to the public in 1891.The Cottage is a Grade I listed building, and visitors will get a real sense of Wordsworth's quality of life at the turn of the 19th century. The Cottage is largely unchanged, containing stone floors, dark panelled rooms, glowing coal fires as well as a selection of the family’s own belongings. Dorothy wrote her famous 'Grasmere Journal', while living in the Cottage, and it too, is currently on display.

York, England - North East

Accommodation

The Principal York - York, England - North East

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 11:00am.


Enroute Sightseeing

Harrogate, England - North East

On The Map: Harrogate is located in Central England, just 15 miles north of Leeds, and 20 miles east of York

Harrogate and the surrounding area offer a plethora of wonderful options to visitors. A Cathedral City, a Spa town, historic marketing towns, a World Heritage Site and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are all within a few short miles of each other. Whether you love the great outdoors or prefer shopping and good food, whether your passion is for gardens, history, art, culture or theatre, you'll find it all here. It's little wonder then that Harrogate was voted the happiest place in Britain for two years running! Slip back to ancient times visiting monuments such as Ripon Cathedral, Fountains Abbey, our Turkish Baths or admire the 18th Century elegance of historic houses such as Newby Hall. Stroll through the award winning Valley Gardens, or browse around the stylish shops in Harrogate. And no visit to the town is complete without a stop at famous Betty's Tea Shop!


Enroute Sightseeing

Brimham Rocks, England - North East

On The Map: Brimham Rocks is located just 10 miles northwest of Harrogate in the north of England.

Brimham Rocks is an amazing collection of weird and wonderful balancing rock formations near Harrogate in Northern England. The shapely rocks were formed by millstone grit being eroded by wind, water and glacial forces of nature. The formations rise to heights of 100 feet, and boast a variety of unusual and interesting shapes. Many of the formations have been named, such as The Sphinx, The Watchdog, The Eagle The Camel, The Turtle, The Dancing Bear and Idol Rock (pictured). A range of paths and trails can be followed through this unique and exceptionally pretty landscape, as you traverse heather moorland and woodland. Brimham Rocks is open all year round - entry is free, with a modest car parking fee charged. In high season, a small kiosk offers refreshments, which can be enjoyed at the nearby picnic tables, while gazing at the gravity-defying rocks.


Enroute Sightseeing

Yorkshire Dales National Park, England - North East

On The Map: The Yorkshire Dales National Park is located in Northern England, some 55 miles northwest of the City of York.

Up hill and down dale, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is home to some of Yorkshire's most iconic scenery and attractions. The Park was established in 1954, and covers an area of 680 square miles. Ideal for walking, the Park exudes tranquility and solitude - a place in which to be refreshed and invigorated. The Park is home to a wide range of animal and plant species. Many of these are rare or scarce nationally, and the Park often represents their last stronghold. The area straddles the Pennines Mountains, the backbone of England. Three peaks rise to over 2,300 feet. Rivers have cut deep valleys (dales), of which there are over 20 named examples, each distinctive in character and atmosphere. The south of the National Park boasts one of the best examples in Britain of classic limestone (Karst) scenery, with its crags, pavements and extensive cave systems. The area's northern landscape is equally striking. Its valleys with distinctive stepped profiles, are separated by extensive moorland plateau. With picture postcard villages and historic castles, the Park stirs the emotions and stimulates the senses of everyone that visits.


Overnight Location

York, England - North East

On The Map: The City of York is located in Northern England, just 25 miles northwest of the major city of Leeds

The City of York boasts a dramatic 2,000 year history. The City, originally named Eboracum, was founded by the Romans in 71 AD, and became the capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior. Visitors to York can enjoy a wealth of attractions, museums, historic buildings, shops, restaurants and bars, all within the compact walled city. Indeed, substantial portions of the City's Walls are still intact today - more so than any other English city - and are a major tourist attraction in themselves. York Minster Cathedral (pictured), is the highlight of the city. The gothic edifice is one of the largest of its kind in Europe, and its Great East Window contains the greatest area of medieval stained glass in the entire world. Another of York's gems, Clifford's Tower, offers panoramic views over the city and surrounding countryside. The current stucture dates from the 1300s and is a great example of the power wielded by England's medieval Kings. The Shambles is a must-visit shopping street in the city. Bulidings, some dating from the 14th century, overhang the street by several feet - so much so, that opposing structures are not very far from touching in some places!


Must-See Sites

Roman Bath Pub, England - North East

The Roman Bath Pub  is an excellent location to enjoy good food, ale and live music, not to mention the ancient Roman Bathhouse in the basement!  The pub is remarkable because during excavation of the site in the 1980s, the Caldarium or 'hot room' of a Roman legionary bath-house was discovered. The floor of the Caldarium was originally raised upon columns to a height of approximately four feet above the foundations. This gap provided enough space for the hot gases from the furnaces to circulate underneath the floor, which in turn heated the room above. The heat fumes were channelled through the walls to vents in the roof of the building. The Caldarium was therefore heated both from below and its walls - Romans of the time had to quickly learn to always wear sandals, and not lay hands on the walls to avoid being scorched! One of the City's oldest attractions, nowadays you can step underground to see the remains of Roman York or Eboracum as it was then known. Discover what life was like for the soldiers who lived and worked here.... and why a visit to the Baths was so important!


York, England - North East

Accommodation

The Principal York - York, England - North East

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 11:00am.


Included Experiences

Steam Trains, Whitby, and the North York Moors

York, England - North East

Spend the day exploring the North York Moors, Whitby, and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Your day begins in York City centre where you will meet your guide and board the executive minibus. After leaving York, you will travel through the countryside up to the market town of Helmsley, where you will have some free time to enjoy coffee or tea in a local cafe. From Helmsley, you will continue on through the heart of the North York Moors and its isolated villages before arriving in Whitby. Once in Whitby, you will have over two hours to explore the town and its varied attractions, at your leisure, before gathering for the short journey to Goathland. After some free time in Goathland, you will meet the rest of the group at Goathland’s railway station, and board the steam train for your journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The train will bring you south back across the Moors and deliver you to Pickering - a small market town - where you will re-board the minibus for the final leg of your journey back to York City centre. 

Highlights:
- Market town of Helmsley
- Stunning North Yorkshire villages
- Scenic journey across the North York Moors
- More than two hours in Whitby
- Goathland (better known as ‘Aidensfield’ or ‘Hogsmeade’)
- Steam train journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Included:
Return travel from York
The services of a local guide throughout the day

Not included:
Meals/Drinks
Steam train ticket*

*Please Note: Steam Train paid for separately on the day (no more than $12 per person)


Must-See Sites

National Railway Museum York, England - North East

The National Railway Museum in York boasts a collection of more than 100 locomotives and nearly 300 other items of rolling stock, virtually all of which either ran on the revered railways of Great Britain or were built there. Also on the impressive 20 acre site are hundreds of thousands of other items and records of historical interest. The museum is divided into several sections including, The Great Hall, The Station Hall, The Workshop, The Warehouse & The South Yard. This is the largest museum of its type in Britain and reputedly welcomes more visitors each year than any other British museum located outside London. The museum is a short walk from the railway station in York, either on the road or via a staircase from the rear of the platforms. Admission to the museum has been free since 2001. It is open daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm from February to November and 10:00am to 5:00pm during the winter months.


The Shambles, England - North East

The Shambles is an old street in York, famous for its overhanging timber-framed buildings. Some structures date from as back as far as the fourteenth century. The Shambles' ancient buildings overhang the cobbled street, to the point that the roofs almost touch in the middle. Mentioned in the Domesday book (making it over 900 years of age), The Shambles is York 's oldest street, and Europe's best preserved Medieval street. It was once known as The Great Flesh Shambles - literally 'flesh-shelves' - the word for the shelves that butchers used to display their meat. As recently as 1872, there were twenty-five butchers' shops in the street, but now there are none. The street today is one of England's most visited, and boasts a wealth of shopping, tourist attractions, restaurants and many other things to see and do, including tours, ghost walks and historic talks.


York Minster, England - North East

York Minster is the cathedral of York, and one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. The Minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the second-highest office of the Church of England, and is the cathedral for the Diocese of York. The formal title of York Minster is "The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York". The title "Minster" is attributed to churches established in the Anglo-Saxon period as missionary teaching churches, and serves now as an honorific title. The Minster has a very wide Decorated Gothic nave and chapter house, a Perpendicular Gothic Quire and east end and Early English north and south transepts. The nave contains the West Window, constructed in 1338, and over the Lady Chapel in the east end is the Great East Window, (finished in 1408), the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world. In the north transept is the Five Sisters Window, each lancet being over 52 feet high. The south transept contains a rose window, while the West Window contains a heart-shaped design colloquially known as 'The Heart of Yorkshire’.

Yorkshire Museum Gardens, England - North East

The Yorkshire Museum Gardens are botanic gardens, located in the centre of York. The ten-acre botanical Museum Gardens stretch from the River Ouse to the back of the York Art Galley, and from Marygate on one side, to Museum Street on the other. Established in the 1830s by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, these gardens are famous for their fantastic collection of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. Set in the stunning surroundings of the medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey, this is a great space to relax, unwind, and enjoy the wonderful peace and tranquillity that the gardens offer. There are several historic buildings in the gardens. They contain the remains of the west corner of the Roman fort of Eboracum, including the Multangular Tower and parts of the Roman walls. In the same area there is also the Anglian Tower, which was probably built into the remains of a late Roman period fortress. During the Middle Ages, the tower was expanded and the Roman walls were incorporated into York's City Walls. Admission to the the gardens is free.


Windsor, England - South East

Accommodation

Macdonald Windsor Hotel - Windsor, England - South East

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check in is from 3pm to 6pm please call if you wish to arrive outside of these hours.


Included Experiences

Entrance to Windsor Castle

Windsor, England - South East

Enjoy entrance to the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world - Windsor Castle. Explore the castle’s grounds and be sure to check out its highlights including: The State Apartments (the grand sequence of rooms forming the centerpiece of the Castle), The Semi-State Rooms (the private apartments created for George IV), The Grand Reception Room, St. George’s Chapel (where Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle were married), and the Changing of the Guard. No matter how you spend your time at Windsor Castle, it will surely take your breath away! 


Enroute Sightseeing

Nottingham, England - East Midlands

On The Map: Nottingham is located in Nottinghamshire in Central England, 125 miles north of London.

Nottingham is a charming and compact city, boasting many pedestrianized streets and an award-winning public transportation system. In recent years, the city has established a fantastic reputation for great shopping, dining and nightlife. Nottingham is perhaps best-known for its association with the legend of Robin Hood. Sherwood Forest, where the amicable outlaw and his band of Merry Men resided, is located just 20 miles north of the city. According to folklore, it was at Nottingham Castle that Robin Hood had his final showdown with the Sherriff of Nottingham. The Castle was founded in the 11th century, and is the site of King Richard the Lionheart's return from the Crusades. The castle had been usurped by Prince John in his absence, forcing Richard to besiege it, before its ultimate recapture. Other Nottingham attractions include Wollaton Hall & Deer Park, a spectacular Elizabethan Mansion & Estate, which became Wayne Manor, in the 2012 movie, 'Batman: The Dark Knight Rises'. Tours are available of the City of Caves, an impressive network of more than 500 man-made sandstone caves lying beneath the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre. Admission to Green's Windmill, where you can observe the milling of award-winning organic flour, is free, and well-worth a visit. The windmill is perched on a ridge, and offers wonderful views over Nottingham and the River Trent Valley.


Enroute Sightseeing

Sherwood Forest, England - East Midlands

On The Map: Sherwood Forest is located in Nottinghamshire in Central England, just 20 miles north of the City of Nottingham.

Sherwood Forest was established as a royal hunting preserve in the 10th century, at which time it encompassed a much larger area than what remains today. Sherwood is of course best known for its association with the legend of Robin Hood, though, when on-site, the Robin Hood link is a little more low-key than one might expect. That is with the exception of August each year, when the forest hosts a week-long Robin Hood Festival. This event recreates a medieval atmosphere and features the major characters from the Robin Hood legend. The week's entertainment includes jousters and strolling players, in addition to a medieval encampment complete with jesters, musicians, rat-catchers, alchemists and fire eaters. Sherwood offers a network of well-maintained and very pleasant walking trails. The forest also boasts 'Britain's Favorite Tree' - Major Oak. The tree is estimated to be 800 to 1000 years old, and according to folklore, provided overnight shelter for Robin Hood and his Band of Merry Men!


Enroute Sightseeing

Conisbrough Castle, England - East Midlands

On The Map: Conisbrough Castle is located in the town of Conisbrough, in central England, just 6 miles southwest of Doncaster.

Conisbrough Castle was originally founded in the 10th century, with the current stone structure dating from the 12th century. The castle is dominated by its great cylindrical keep, from which massive, wedge-shaped buttresses project at regular intervals. The unique design of the imposing castle can be seen for several miles on approach to Conisbrough, and is certainly a sight to behold! Conisbrough is probably most famous for inspiring Sir Walter Scott's 1819 classic fictional novel, 'Ivanhoe'. Nowadays, the floors and roof of the lofty circular keep have been restored, and you can fully appreciate the magnificence of the original 12th century building, while enjoying spectacular views over Conisbrough town. Technology has been used to great effect at Conisbrough, in telling the castle's story. Life-size characters, projected onto the keep's walls, regale visitors with tales of the castle's fascinating history. When visiting the castle, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for ghostly apparitions! Sightings of a grey monk, a lady dressed in white, strange lights and unexplained footsteps, have been regularly reported by castle visitors.


Overnight Location

Windsor, England - South East

On The Map: Windsor is located 25 miles directly west of the heart of London, along the M4 Motorway.

The town of Windsor is best known for the impressive Windsor Castle (pictured). The castle has a long history - well documented from the 11th century. Through subsequent centuries the castle drew a regular royal presence to the town, which in turn insured the prosperity of Windsor, as repeated investment in the castle drew merchants, smiths and craftsmen of all descriptions to the area. The castle is currently an official residence of the Queen, and is the largest inhabited castle in the entire world. Windsor boasts a wealth of good shopping options - of particular note is the Windsor Royal Shopping Centre located in the Central Train Station. Windsor is also home to the largest Legoland in the world, and the only one in Britain. World-famous Ascot Racecourse is located in Windsor, and beautiful Savill Garden is also well worth a visit.


Depart From

Depart from London Heathrow Airport, UK

Return to London Heathrow Airport three hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure. This will allow ample time to check in for your flight home.


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From $2,898 per person

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ACCOMMODATION

  • 10 Nights Accommodations Ranging from City Hotel to Boutique Guesthouse!

TRANSPORTATION

  • Authentic London Black Cab Meet & Greet Transfer on Arrival
  • Included Rental Car - Insurance, Unlimited Mileage & All Taxes paid!

DINING OPTIONS

  • Delectable Full Breakfast Included Each Morning

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Half Day Landmarks Tour in your Iconic Black Cab
  • 2 Hour Visit to the Thermae Royal Healing Baths
  • Locally Led Historic Legends and Food Tour in Bath
  • Shakespeare – The full Story, entrance to all 5 properties
  • 24-Hour Cruise Pass on Windemere Lake
  • Day Trip to Whitby and the North York Moors with Historic Steam train Ride (Seasonal March to October)
  • Entrance to the 11th Century Royal Residence; Windsor Castle

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Spend Two Nights in Central London
  • Visit Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London
  • Shop on Famous Oxford Street and Wander through Regents Park
  • Explore Beautiful Bath Architecture & the Ancient Roman Baths
  • Gaze upon the Beautiful Black & White Tudor Buildings of Stratford
  • Visit the Birthplace of the World's Most Famous Playwright - Shakespeare
  • Take in Jaw-Dropping Scenery in Windermere at The Heart of The Lake District
  • Stroll the Charming Streets of the 2,000-Year Old Walled City of York
  • Be Enthralled by Stunning Warwick & Conisbrough Castles
  • Spend Some Time Exploring Peak District National Park
  • Meander through the Royal Town of Windsor
Prices Based On
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. Just Ask Us for a Single Supplement Price.

“Heart of Scotland”

Aug 14, 2019 by Jennifer. Your Hometown: CT

This was our second trip through Authentic Ireland (the first one was to Ireland 7 years ago), and we thoroughly loved the experience. Yes, driving is challenging because we were driving on the "wrong" side of the car and on the "wrong" side of the road, but you'd be surprised at how quickly you adapt and how much having your own transportation allows you to see so much more than you would with a bus or guided tour. All of our hotels were in converted homes or castles, which made the experience so much more, well, authentic. We were able to go to all of the sites on our itinerary, saw a large amount of the country, and were able to experience the local cuisine. Our agent, Tim, was great at answering any questions and providing all of the travel documents well in advance of the trip. We will definitely be going back to Ireland and Scotland one day, and I have no reservations about going through Authentic Ireland again.

“Amazing Family/10 Year”

Aug 14, 2019 by Kilipaki Harris. Your Hometown: Skagway AK/Yuma AZ

We just spent 14 amazing days in Ireland. It was myself, spouse, a 14-year-old and a 9-Year-old. Talk about amazing, Amanda did such a great job at planning our trip for us. Each day was something new and exciting. All I did was give a few details and somehow this magician was able to pull off the best trip we have ever had. There were multiple things for all of us each day just about. So not only was my 9-year-old saying every day was EPIC, my 14-year-old even had an amazing time. The only suggestion I can give is to get the rental car added into your package. Don't be like me and try and get it cheaper, it will not work. Other than that such a great time. Thank you.

“Bucket List Trip to Ireland 2019”

Aug 8, 2019 by The Beckham's. Your Hometown: Carthage,TX

So Ireland has been on my bucket list for over 25 years. Something about there has always drawn my interest. We usually are headed to some beach and sun destination, but this year we agreed to check Ireland off the list. We started off by talking to friends that have been there about where and what to do. Of course, that led us to decide we needed to not go to a spot, but rather tour the whole island to see it all for ourselves. I am a big Game of Thrones fan and had to add Northern Ireland to the trip to see many of the sets and exhibits that were available during our trip. Jackie Daniel was who we ended up talking to and she was amazing!. we went back and forth a few times on adding this and changing that, but she put us together with a well-rounded trip!. We probably drove more than the average person would want to, but we wanted to see it all. Jackie put down things to do in every town and even things to try and go see between destinations. We had an amazing trip and just enjoyed the country. We did find out that due to cooler weather that a lot of hotels did not have Air Conditioning, but were gracious enough to provide fans. We had one B&B that just was not a good fit for is and sent Jackie an email asking what we could do. It was probably 0200 AM her time when we sent it due to the time change but she immediately responded and solved our problem on the spot. Her customer service was outstanding and would recommend her to anyone first time Ireland visitor. Ireland showed us the parts that were most to our liking and we will return next time and have more time to enjoy the street life both during the day and night. We did the whole country driving in 12 days but would suggest maybe 14 would allow a little more time in each place. Please do not fly to Dublin and not go to the countryside! That's where the real Ireland is!!

“Wonderful Week in Ireland”

Aug 7, 2019 by Laura Casper. Your Hometown: Battle Ground

My husband and I took our first trip to Ireland this month and had a wonderful, busy experience. Lainie Shaver put together a great self-guided road trip. Lainie spent a lot of time on the phone with me before our trip, explaining all the necessary details. She even walked me through Google maps to make sure I was comfortable with its use. Our lodging was top notch on large estates. There were more suggested places to visit than we could manage day by day so we picked our favorites before heading out each day. The extremely narrow country roads and frequent roundabouts didn't faze us after a few close calls! One of the best parts we weren't expecting but were pleasantly surprised about was the upgraded airfare to premium economy. We had so much space on our flights to and from Europe which were much appreciated and well worth the added expense. I highly recommend using Authentic Vacations to put your trip together.

Aug 7, 2019 by Jennie. Your Hometown: Toledo, IL

We just returned from a 15-day self-guided trip to Ireland and Scotland. We had a wonderful time experiencing these two beautiful countries. Our travel agent, Jocoya did a great job helping me plan our itinerary. I told what we wanted and she was both very helpful and accommodating. I would highly recommend Authentic Ireland and Jocoya.

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