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8 or 9-Night Best of Britain Tour

Price: From $2,200 Per Person. 8 or 9 Nights

On this tour, you'll spend five or 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

  • Eight or 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


EXPLANATORY NOTE:

The popular Best of Britiain Tour offers two slightly different tour itineraries:

Tour A - 8 nights / 13 meals (Listed Prices are for this Option):

  • Start in London/ End in London
  • Windsor 1 night
  • York 1 night
  • Edinburgh 2 nights
  • Liverpool 1 night
  • Cardiff 1 night
  • London 2 nights

Tour B - Extra night in London at end of tour - 9 nights / 14 meals:

  • Start in London/ End in London
  • Windsor 1 night
  • York 1 night
  • Edinburgh 2 nights
  • Liverpool 1 night
  • Cardiff 1 night
  • London 3 nights

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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 - More Info - 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 - More Info - 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 - More Info - 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 - More Info - 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 - More Info - 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 - More Info - 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 - More Info - 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 - More Info - 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.

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

  • Eight or 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.

“Simply Lovely Vacation!”

Oct 31, 2018 by Jacqueline Murphy. Your Hometown: Parish, NY

The week with my granddaughter was wonderful! Anastasia did an outstanding job coming up with an itinerary to accommodate us in our short time in Ireland. The B and B's were excellent as well as the hotel! The rental car was perfect. Our self guided tour was better than we expected. I needed to contact Anastasia while in Ireland and she immediately responded to my question. Well Done!!!

“Outstanding Holiday to Ireland”

Oct 25, 2018 by Kevin Murphy. Your Hometown: Summerville, SC

Megan did an outstanding job of creating a custom 3-week vacation based on the information I provided to her. We basically toured the entire island in a clock-wise direction. All of the accommodations were outstanding! Although this was a self-drive trip (which certainly is a trip, driving in Ireland!) but Megan provided numerous points of interest for each of our 11 destinations. I felt the tour was reasonably priced and it went off without a hitch. Megan's attention to detail was fantastic. I would highly recommend Authentic Vacations and I would definitely use them again for any future trips to Ireland or the UK!

Oct 25, 2018 by Robin. Your Hometown: Moss Point, MS

My husband and I just returned from a 10-day trip to Ireland/Scotland for our 30th wedding anniversary. When I started looking at this trip, I came across this site and Jocoya Fox-Jones came across the chat. I told her what I was looking at and she planned the rest. Our trip was AMAZING and we couldn't have asked for a better person than Jocoya to have planned our trip. We've already decided that we will be using her again for our next adventure. She made our bucket list vacation a perfect one!!

Oct 16, 2018 by Sunny Holtzman. Your Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel

This is the third trip I have booked with Jocoya Fox-Jones. Ireland, Iceland and now Japan. She has been consistently WONDERFUL, professional and has answered my every request quickly and so well. She is the BEST.

“9-Ireland Vacation”

Oct 9, 2018 by Maggie. Your Hometown: Missouri, USA

This vacation was surprise graduation gift for my two sisters who graduated from nursing school this Spring. We have all talked about traveling outside of the country, but we had never acted on these plans. I wanted to find a travel company that could help a novice traveler create a vacation that my sisters and I would remember. Thankfully, I happened across this site, and Jordan Elzerman! She took my travel requests and created the perfect itinerary for us. I don’t think the girls and I could’ve asked for a more perfect vacation! We’re already talking about “next time”. To any one who may feel reluctant to drive, I promise you that it’s not as scary as you think! We had at least one paid event every day that we were on vacation, and all the other time was free time that we could spend on whatever our hearts desired. It was the perfect combination of scheduled activities/free exploration.

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