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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.
May 14, 2019 by Joe.

The planning, hotel booking and suggested site seeing itinerary were so well organized and perfect. I would suggest informing first time travelers to Ireland who are driving for the first time, that there can be quite a bit of mountain side driving with very narrow, winding roads. That wasn't something that was addressed beforehand with Authentic Ireland, caused a little bit of distress while in Ireland. I would also mention that communication while booking the trip with my agent wasn't the greatest. There were many business days that would go by without hearing any responses to email questions, which when looking to book a trip, a 1 business day turnaround is typically expected. Though once i discussed items with my agent, she was very professional and well informed. Just improve on communication timing, if out of the office an out of office message would assist in letting passanger know they should contact someone else within the office.

“Enchanting family quality time!”

May 14, 2019 by Gustavo Segura. Your Hometown: San José, Costa Rica

I live in Costa Rica. A colleague from the local tourism industry recommended Authentic Vacations... I contacted AV with a little bit of hesitation. But the moment Jocoya Fox-Jones established communication, things started flowing! The planning went smoothly; she made sure to ask the right questions about our needs and desires. The itinerary sounded perfect... and turned out to be perfect in the end! My 7 year-old loved the castles and the hotels, my wife and I enjoyed the gastro experiences and we all found several opportunities for a great family bonding time. The beauty of Scotland and Ireland plus the right planning made it all a 5-star experience! Thanks Jocoya, thanks Authentic Vacations!

May 14, 2019 by adam schneider. Your Hometown: georgetown de united states

Wonderful experience will travel with Authentic again. Anastasia was great to deal with and she is my go to woman for the next vacation.

“Magical Trip to Scotland & Ireland!”

May 14, 2019 by Lisa. Your Hometown: NYC

Jocoya from Authentic Ireland was an amazing travel specialist! It was my first solo trip to Scotland & Ireland and working with her made my holiday so much better. She was very flexible and accommodating when I wanted to tailor my itinerary to include more historical sights. Jocoya is very responsive and she helped me sort out some hotel snafu in Scotland. Loved my trip and will be going back to Ireland in the future and using Authentic Vacations again. I strongly recommend using Authentic Vacations if you're planning a trip to Ireland, Scotland or England!

May 14, 2019 by Kim Ehlenbeck. Your Hometown: Aurora

I feel that I have to give 2 reviews. The first review would definitely be 5-star for our 8 days in Ireland. The Applecroft House B&B in Killarney was amazing and our stays at the Davenport Hotel in Dublin and the Ballyseede Castle in Tralee were outstanding! We went on to London for 3 days after Ireland and Authentic Vacations (AV) booked our hotel in London - the Park Grand London Paddington. AV was new to booking in London and I have to say that they should never recommend this hotel again. The quality of the hotel was sub-par, especially after what we experienced in Ireland. The rooms and beds were small, the decor was shabby and tacky. There were no rooms that were being renovated either. AV tried to make it right by asking the hotel to show us other rooms we could upgrade to, but they were all pretty bad. I only want to mention all this so that AV knows not to steer any future clients here. Thanks to Lonna for planning a custom itinerary for us in Ireland that exceeded our expectations. Would definitely recommend Authentic Vacations to anyone considering a trip to Ireland.

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