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9-Night Best of Britain Tour

Price: From $2,200 Per Person.
9 Nights

On this tour, you'll spend six nights in England, two in Scotland and one in Wales. Begin your tour just west of London, with an historic hotel stay in the shadow of stunning Windsor Castle. Then journey north through the Cotswolds and Shakespeare country, to visit the splendid City of York. Spend two nights in Edinburgh, Scotland, before striking south again through the Lake District to Liverpool. Marvel at Tintern Abbey, the famous Roman Baths and take a tour of Stonehenge, before returning to London for your final two or three nights. Tours and visits include Windsor Castle, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, York Minster, Edinburgh Castle, Old Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green, The Beatles Story, Tintern Abbey, Cardiff Castle, Roman Baths & Pump Room, Stonehenge and Tower of London and much, much more!

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Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • Nine Nights of Superior Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Sightseeing by Luxury Coach
  • Services of a professional Irish Driver/Guide

DINING OPTIONS

  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Full Breakfast Daily except on Day of Arrival
  • 5 Dinners Including:
    - Welcome dinner in Windsor
    - Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
    - Welsh Evening in Cardiff
    - 2 table d'hote dinners

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Walking Tours of Windsor, Oxford & York
  • Tours of London, Edinburgh & Cardiff
  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo Reserved Seats (August 6 to 20 Departures)
  • London open-top bus tour
  • The Beatles Story in Liverpool

ENTRANCES AND ADMISSIONS

  • Windsor Castle
  • York Minster
  • Bamburgh Castle
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Famous Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green
  • The Beatles Story
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Stonehenge
  • Tower of London

Windsor (BB), UK

Arrive at

London Arrival (CIE), UK

Arrive at London Airport after your overnight flight from the U.S.
Airport Transfers: If you also book your flight with us when reserving your tour, transfers from/to the airport at the start/end of your tour are included free of charge. If you book your flights independently, a $30.00 per person transfer fee will be added to your tour cost (which covers arrival and departure transfers). Please note that transfers cannot be provided for flights arriving after 12:00 noon. In the unlikely event that your flight arrives after 12:00 noon, we recommend taking a taxi to your hotel.


Accommodation

MacDonald Windsor Hotel - Windsor (BB), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Windsor (BB), UK

London Arrival & Windsor Castle
Your vacation starts at your Windsor hotel at 2:30 pm when you meet your tour director. Close to your hotel, visit Windsor Castle, residence of The Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. Join your tour director and trip participants for a welcome drink before dining in your hotel. After dinner take a brief walk around this compact and historic town with a local guide.
Heathrow Airport & Windsor Castle
Your vacation starts at your Windsor hotel at 2:30 pm when you meet your tour director. Close to your hotel, visit Windsor Castle, residence of The Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. See the lavishly decorated State Apartments and courtyards. In the evening meet your tour director and trip participants over a welcome drink to discuss your itinerary before dining in your hotel. After dinner take a brief walk around this compact and historic town with a local guide. - See more at: http://www.cietours.com/us/escorted_tour/2015/best_of_britain_9d/#sthash.6bFPdaKY.dpuf

York (BB), UK

Accommodation

York Marriott - York (BB), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

York (BB), UK

Oxford University & York Minster
Take a stroll through central Oxford to see some of the most famous colleges and impressive buildings. Learn about the city to understand how the two communities of “town” and “gown” co-exist. Drive north to York where a walking tour is the only way to access the tiny medieval streets including the Shambles, one of the city’s narrowest alleyways. Tour the Gothic York Minster, which is renowned for magnificent medieval stained glass windows. Check in to your hotel in York and savor dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Edinburgh (BB), Scotland

Accommodation

Dalhousie Castle Hotel - Edinburgh (BB), Scotland

Castle
Room Type: Double

Overnight Location

Edinburgh (BB), Scotland

Bamburgh Castle & Scottish Evening
Drive north and pause for photos at a section of Hadrian’s Wall. Visit Bamburgh Castle, an imposing medieval fortress that is one of the largest inhabited castles in Britain, dating back to 1096. This magical castle is set high on a rocky plateau affording wonderful views along the coast. Imagine what life was like for the kings, courtiers and servants as you explore the dungeons of the Keep, the King’s Hall and the Medieval Kitchen which produced vast quantities of food. Continue through the Scottish Borders to Edinburgh and check in to your hotel. Head out for a lively Scottish Evening with dinner and entertainment.

Edinburgh (BB), Scotland

Accommodation

Dalhousie Castle Hotel - Edinburgh (BB), Scotland

Castle
Room Type: Double

Overnight Location

Edinburgh (BB2), Scotland

Edinburgh Castle & Guided City Tour
Explore central Edinburgh this morning, starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with its planned streets and elegant Georgian houses. View Princes Street, the city’s premier shopping street and see the Royal Mile where medieval houses are clustered closely together. Tour the massive Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free for independent activities. You may like to visit some of the many museums or browse in the little shops along the Royal Mile. On August 06 to 20 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.

Liverpool (BB), UK

Accommodation

Liverpool Hilton Hotel - Liverpool (BB), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Liverpool (BB), UK

Lake District & Beatles' Liverpool
Stop in Gretna Green, where eloping couples used to cross into Scotland to be married at the Famous Blacksmith’s Shop. While it still holds many weddings, today it is a popular shopping stop for quality Scottish goods. Drive through the Lake District, a region associated with Beatrix Potter who worked tirelessly for its preservation. See stunning views of lakes, gentle hills and valleys. Stop in the peaceful village of Grasmere where William Wordsworth penned some of his popular lines. Continue to Liverpool to visit The Beatles Story where you can hear their music and learn about their lives and work. Check in to your hotel and after dinner you may head to the world-famous Cavern Club.

Cardiff (BB), Wales

Accommodation

Clayton Hotel Cardiff - Cardiff (BB), Wales

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Cardiff (BB), Wales

Tintern Abbey & Welsh Evening in Cardiff
Drive south through Shropshire, close to the Welsh border and one of the most unspoiled parts of rural England. Stop in Ludlow, a town that can trace its origins back 900 years, to see the huge castle and quaint old black-and-white houses. Continue south through the lovely Welsh countryside to visit the picturesque ruins of Tintern Abbey, founded in 1131 and dissolved in 1536 by order of King Henry VIII. In the 18th century it became a popular haunt of the poet, William Wordsworth. Head to Cardiff and tour Cardiff Castle, developed in Roman times and rebuilt through the centuries. Head to a Welsh evening for dinner and some lively music and entertainment.

London (BB), UK

Accommodation

Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton - London (BB), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

London (BB), UK

Roman Baths & Stonehenge
Take a panoramic tour of Cardiff to see the principal areas and buildings and discover local information on a brief walking tour. A short drive will bring you to Bath for a visit to the Roman Baths and Pump Room, hot mineral-rich springs that have been popular since Roman times. At Salisbury Plain marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge and learn about the primitive building methods used to create such an enduring monument. Drive to your hotel in London where the evening is free for independent activities.

London (BB), UK

Accommodation

Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton - London (BB), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

London (BB2), UK

London Tour & Tower of London
This morning take a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus with its statue of Eros, Nelson’s Column flanked by huge lions in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Visit the mighty Tower of London to see the many fortresses, Beefeaters, ravens and the priceless Crown Jewels. The rest of the day is free for further exploring and there is no shortage of great things to see and do.

London (BB), UK

Accommodation

Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton - London (BB), UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

London (BB3), UK

Extend your Stay in London
London sightseeing by open-top bus tour around the many famous landmarks. There are a number of different bus routes to choose from as well as a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames.

Depart From

London Departure (CIE), UK

Tour Ends at London Airport:
Your tour ends this morning. Fly home from London Heathrow Airport.


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Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • Nine Nights of Superior Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Sightseeing by Luxury Coach
  • Services of a professional Irish Driver/Guide

DINING OPTIONS

  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Full Breakfast Daily except on Day of Arrival
  • 5 Dinners Including:
    - Welcome dinner in Windsor
    - Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
    - Welsh Evening in Cardiff
    - 2 table d'hote dinners

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Walking Tours of Windsor, Oxford & York
  • Tours of London, Edinburgh & Cardiff
  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo Reserved Seats (August 6 to 20 Departures)
  • London open-top bus tour
  • The Beatles Story in Liverpool

ENTRANCES AND ADMISSIONS

  • Windsor Castle
  • York Minster
  • Bamburgh Castle
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Famous Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green
  • The Beatles Story
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Stonehenge
  • Tower of London

Prices Based On

  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Single travelers are very welcome on the Best of Britain Tour - life-long friendships are regularly formed with fellow passengers! Single travelers may have their own hotel room each night at an additional cost of US$845.00
  • All Taxes & Fees Included.

“Last Minute Trip”

Jul 17, 2019 by Dylan. Your Hometown: Nashville

I had a last-minute work trip that I added a vacation too. Authentic Vacations were quick and found me exactly what I needed. They worked within my budget and it was seamless when I got to Ireland!

“Summer vacation with wife and 14 yr old daughter”

Jul 17, 2019 by C.J. Driggers. Your Hometown: GILBERT, SC

We had an awesome trip to the wonderful island of Ireland. Everything went smooth for us and our agent Lonna set us up with great accommodations. It seemed each hotel/b&b got better as the trip went along! We went for 8 days with 2 in Dublin, 1 in Kinittey, 2 in Killarney, 1 in Dingle, 1 in Doolin, and 1 in Trim before departing for home. My wife and daughter liked Dingle the best, while I thought Killarney offered the best of all worlds. I will say as an American, driving over there is an adventure. Major roadways are not a problem, but I've been on golf cart paths wider than some of the rural 2-lane roads found in the countryside. The only piece of advice I could offer is that when in Dublin, take the hop-on/off tour bus 1st thing around the entire city. Then get off the bus and explore the parts of the city that seem interesting to you. If you stay at the Ashling Hotel, walk across the bridge in front of the hotel and go around the corner of the train station to your right to get on the convertible bus. Knowing this would have saved us several hours as we wasted half a day trying to figure this out on our own.

Jul 17, 2019 by Nancy Foldesi. Your Hometown: Simi Valley

This was our second trip with Authentic Ireland and we loved it even more than our first trip. Aran Islands was a great spot. Rugged and beautiful! Our driver for the 3-day portion was great. Very helpful with great ideas. Our stay in Sheen Falls was magical. The cottage and villa were stocked with everything we needed to make a fantastic breakfast!! Also wine and candy 😎 Michelle was so helpful and gave me wonderful advice. She booked our perfect meal at The Lime Tree!! Perfect family vacation!!

“Ireland Trip 2019”

Jul 17, 2019 by Meghan Fahey. Your Hometown: Vermont

We booked a 10 day stay in Ireland. My boyfriend and I made our first international trip together. We had a great time! I had been to Ireland before, but the itinerary AV made was outstanding. The pace was great for a cross-country road trip and Michael was excellent at listening to our expectations and our wishlist. The Mystical Rose and Mena House were our very favorite B&Bs! Ring of Kerry was spectacular! We never had a bad meal! IT was outstanding to have all the planning stream-lined in one document. We just got back July 1st, and are already talking about Scotland! I had never been to Galway-what an addition to the trip. We saw everything we planned and had enough time to try other experiences. Ireland is getting more touristy by the second, so I would highly recommend planning and booking in advance for as much as possible. There were 2 B&Bs that we were not overwhelmingly enthused by, but they got the job done. We could not have had better weather-only one day of rain! The Blarney Castle was fantastic and driving ourselves was not even that bad. All in all, a great experience!

“40th Anniversary Trip”

Jul 10, 2019 by Kenneth Elder. Your Hometown: Katy, TX

My wife and I spent 16 days traveling all over Scotland. We had an amazing trip! We had read many of Con's blogs and planned many of our activities based on his blog.

Con and his team set up the hotel/B&B stops for us along the way and my wife and I drove the rental car over 1500 miles touring the countryside, castles, distilleries, and sites around Scotland, as we pleased.

Most of the accommodations were very nice, but, like most anywhere you travel in Europe, many of the showers in the bathrooms are more like a phone booth. Very cramped.

Except for being a little warmer than we anticipated, the weather was perfect. Out of 16 days, we had two days of rain.

Driving on the wrong side of the road, from the wrong side of the car, on some of the narrow, single lanes, winding coastal roads, with your wife navigating and yelling at you to slow down, was an adventure all by itself. I wish we had taken a "GoPro" camera to put on the dash to record some of the roads we drove on! Make sure you have an international phone plan or a GPS! Google Maps worked great for us.

As someone else mentioned in their review, the "Spirit of Scotland" dinner show was underwhelming, as was the food, but it was already included in our package. Probably could have spent those 2-3 hours doing something more interesting.

Con was very helpful in helping arrange our trip and gave some very useful tips and insight.

One suggestion I would make to Authentic Vacations for those who are renting a vehicle and driving in Scotland is that they provide some explanation of road signs and some details about highway speed limits. Such as, unless posted differently, the speed limit on Scotland highways is 60 MPH.

AND, in Scotland, the speed limit is in MPH, not Kilometers. Speed cameras are used extensively in Scotland, so mind your speed.

Thanks, Con and Authentic Vacations. We had a wonderful vacation!

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