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6-Night Iconic England: The Great West Way

Price: From $998 Per Person Including Flights! 6 Nights

Looking to explore England’s new touring route? Look no further than our 6-Night Iconic England: The Great West Way tour. This England vacation includes overnight stays in a variety of charming properties including 2 nights at the Dorsett City Hotel (London), 3 nights at the Cadbury House (Bristol) and 1 night in the convenient DoubleTree at Heathrow Airport. 

Your tour begins in London, where you will have the opportunity to see some of the city’s top sightseeing destinations such as the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, the British Museum and Oxford Street. In addition to sightseeing at your leisure, you will be treated to a London Night Bus Tour featuring night views of Picadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace - all lit up with eye-catching spotlights! 

After picking up your rental car, leave the city behind and head towards Bristol. Along the way, you will access to Windsor Castle (where the Queen spends most of her weekends) and you will be passing by KEW Gardens and Wadworth Brewery so be sure to stop and check them out!

During your time in Bristol, you will be treated to visits to the nearby Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company (located in the birthplace of Cheddar Cheese) and world-famous Roman Baths. You will also have time to see the Aerospace Museum, Stonor Mansion, and Castle Combe. 

Your tour wraps up with a visit to Stonehenge - one of the world’s most famous prehistoric monuments - and possible visits to Salisbury Cathedral and Highclere Castle. With all of the highlights of The Great West Way, this tour is sure to excite everyone!

Tour Highlights:

FLIGHTS

  • Roundtrip Airfare to London from New York / Boston

ACCOMMODATION

  • 6 Nights in 4-Star Hotels

TRANSPORTATION

  • Flight from New York/Boston to London
  • Compact Rental Car with Automatic Transmission

DINING

  • Sumptuous Full English Breakfasts Each Morning

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • London by Night Sightseeing Bus Tour
  • Entrance to the 11th Century Royal Residence; Windsor Castle
  • Enjoy a Visit to the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company
  • Discover the Mysterious Megaliths of Stonehenge
  • Visit the Roman Baths, Built Nearly Two Millennia Ago

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Spend Two Nights in Central London
  • Wander through The Regent's Park and Primrose Hill
  • Shop at Harrods, Hamleys and on Oxford Street
  • Stroll through Leicester Square & Piccadilly Circus
  • Marvel at the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace
  • Visit Westminister Abbey & Big Ben
  • Explore the Tower of London & London Bridge
  • Get Lost in the Most Diverse Botanical Collection in the World at Kew Gardens
  • Visit an Original Victorian Brewery at Wadworth Brewery
  • Discover Bristol's role in Aviation History at the Bristol Aerospace Museum
  • See Brunel's SS Great Britain - Regarded as the World's First Ocean Liner
  • Gaze upon the Elegant Streets and Architecture of the Cotswolds
  • Explore Beautiful Bath Architecture & the Ancient Roman Baths
  • Stroll Through the Medieval Cathedral City of Salisbury
  • See the Mysterious Standing Stones at Stonehenge and Avebury

London, UK

Accommodation

Dorsett City Hotel - London, UK

4 Star
Room Type: Superior Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time: 2 PM

Check-out time: 12 PM


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

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.


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.


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.


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!


London, UK

Accommodation

Dorsett City Hotel - London, UK

4 Star
Room Type: Superior Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time: 2 PM

Check-out time: 12 PM


Included Experiences

London by Night Sightseeing Bus Tour

London, UK

For those who love city lights, this tour is sure to excite you! See London all lit up on our London Night Bus tour and soak up the lively evening atmosphere from the open-top bus. The tour lasts almost two hours and takes you by the city’s top landmarks including the vibrant Piccadilly Circus, the booming financial district, Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London, the London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Big Ben. The bus also passes by the stunning Buckingham Palace, which will be glowing under eye-catching spotlights. While you should also see these sights during the day, there is nothing more magical than seeing them when the sun goes down. 

Departure Point: Golden Tours Visitor Centre 4 Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SH
Return Point: Victoria Station

Must-See Sites

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.


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.

Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column, London

Trafalgar Square is a public space and tourist attraction in central London, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. It is situated in the City of Westminster. At its centre is Nelson's Column, which is guarded by four lion statues at its base. There are a number of commemorative statues and sculptures in the square, while one plinth, left empty since it was built in 1840, The Fourth Plinth, has been host to contemporary art since 1999. The square is also used for political demonstrations and community gatherings, such as the celebration of New Year's Eve. The name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory of the Napoleonic Wars over France and Spain which took place on 21 October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar, Spain. The original name was to have been "King William the Fourth's Square", but George Ledwell Taylor suggested the name "Trafalgar Square". In the 1820s George IV engaged the architect John Nash to redevelop the area. Nash cleared the square as part of his Charing Cross Improvement Scheme. The present architecture of the square is due to Sir Charles Barry and was completed in 1845. Trafalgar Square is owned by the Queen in Right of the Crown and managed by the Greater London Authority, while Westminster City Council owns the roads around the square, including the pedestrianised area of the North Terrace. It forms part of the Northbank business improvement district.


St Paul's Cathedral, London

On The Map: St. Paul's Cathedral is located in the heart of the Old City of London - just north of the River Thames and west of the Tower of London.
Nearest Tube Stop: St Paul's - served by the Central Line and located just north of the Cathedral.

St Paul's Cathedral is one of London's iconic structures. A church has stood on Ludgate Hill, London's highest point, since early in the 7th century. Design and construction of the present Cathedral began in 1669 and was officially completed in 1711. The Cathedral dominated London's skyline for almost 300 years, before its height was finally surpassed in 1962. It is the second largest church in the country, after the massive Liverpool Cathedral. At 365 feet, the church's imposing dome is one of the largest in the world. Many important British services have taken place here, including Prince Cahrles and Diana's wedding, Winston Churchill's funeral and Queen Victoria's Jubilee celebration. Entrance to the Cathedral is pricey, but within, many wonders await the visitor. Several viewing galleries with magnificent views over London City are open to the public. You may climb anywhere from 257 to 528 steps, but the effort is well rewarded! A plethora of tombs and memorials can be viewed in the underground Crypt. Lords Nelson & Wellington are both here, in fittingy imposing caskets. St Paul's Cathedral is a busy working church, with ongoing daily services & prayer. Choral Evensong is usually held at 5:00pm most evenings, and is well worth attending.


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.


Bristol, England - South West

Accommodation

Cadbury House Bristol - Bristol, England - South West

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12 PM Noon.


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! 


Overnight Location

Bristol, England - South West

On The Map: Bristol is located in southwest England, along the Bristol Channel separating England & Southern Wales.

Bristol enjoys a fantastic location in the heart of the West Country, with some of England's finest countryside stretching out in all directions from the city. The rich and eventful history of Bristol as a port spans many centuries. The original town was listed in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle of 1051 as a port trading regularly with Ireland. Bristol played an extremely important role in sea trade for hundreds of years thereafter. There are several world class attractions in modern Bristol. The iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge (pictured), spans the picturesque Avon Gorge, and is the symbol of the city. For almost 150 years this Grade I listed structure has attracted visitors from all over the world. When launched in 1843, the 'Great Britain' became the world's first luxury ocean liner. Now a dockside museum, the historic ship is a pleasure to visit and explore. For the best views in Bristol, climb Cabot Tower. Admission is free and you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the town center, harbor, Clifton Suspension Bridge and beyond. Bristol Zoo is the world’s fifth oldest, and highly acclaimed.


Must-See Sites

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK

Kew Gardens, formally Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, botanical garden located at Kew, site of a former royal estate in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames. In 2003 Kew Gardens was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Kew Gardens contains some 28,680 taxa of living plants, an herbarium of approximately seven million dried specimens, and a library of some 130,000 volumes in addition to archived materials, periodicals, and prints and drawings. The collections of tropical orchids, succulents, tropical ferns, and Australian plants are exceptionally fine.


Wadworth Brewery, England - South West

Visit the Brewery that started it all! At the Wadworth Brewery in Devizes, not only can you taste their beer, you can tour the facilities. All tours begin with an introduction to Wadworth’s history and heritage in the Visitor Centre. After your introduction, your guide will lead you to the top of the traditional Victorian tower brewery and you will work your way down through each of the four floors - moving forward through time as you descend. You will also be treated to a visit with their most famous residents - Max, Sam and Archie (the brewery’s working Shire Horses). The tour ends with a sampling session where you will learn more about the handcrafted ales in The Harness Room Bar. 


Windsor Castle, UK

On the map: Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. It is notable for its long association with the English and later British royal family and for its architecture.

A Royal home and fortress for over 900 years, Winsdor Castle, the largest occupied castle in the world, remains a working palace today. The Queen uses the Castle both as a private home, where she usually spends the weekend, and as an official Royal residence at which she undertakes certain formal duties.

The Royal Wedding of Pince Harry and Meghan Markle is set to take place at St George's Chapel on the grounds.


Bristol, England - South West

Accommodation

Cadbury House Bristol - Bristol, England - South West

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12 PM Noon.


Included Experiences

Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company

Somerset, England - South West

Try the only cheddar cheese made in Cheddar at the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company! This world-famous cheese originates from the village of Cheddar in Somerset and visitors come from all over the world to taste the original cheddar cheese. The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company is a family-owned, independent small artisan cheesemaker that produces award-winning cheeses. They invite you to their working dairy and Visitor Centre to witness the cheese-making process from start to finish. Watch the cheese experts transform fresh raw milk into curds and whey (using traditional methods) before they full the day’s make cheese moulds for setting. You can even head to the packing room to watch workers portion and prepare the cheese for sale! Staff is always on hand to answer any questions you may have about the cheese-making process and to help you make the most of your experience. 


Must-See Sites

Brunel's SS Great Britain, England - South West

Discover what was once the longest passenger ship in the world at the SS Great Britain museum in Bristol. Step aboard the world-famous ship and explore its many parts. Climb the rigging of the mainmast on the Weather Deck, wander the Promenade Deck where first class passengers spent most of their time, marvel at the beautiful dinner settings in the Dining Saloon, discover where third class passengers slept in the Steerage section of the ship, see where food was made (and stored) for everyone on the ship in the Galley and Bakery, and learn about the ship’s structure and engines in the Forward Hold and Engine Room. Head outside the ship itself to explore the Dockyard (where the ship was constructed) and the Dry Dock. The Dry Dock has been sealed by a huge water-line glass plate that is flooded with a shallow layer of water to give the illusion of being afloat - it also allows visitors to see the ship from below. With so much to see and learn about this amazing ship, a full day could be spent here! 


Bristol Aerospace Museum, England - South West

On the map: Aerospace Bristol will take you on a journey through more than a century of aviation achievements and intriguing tales of human endeavor. From the beginning of the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company in 1910, to modern age and its cutting-edge technology. You will even have a look into what the future holds for aerospace engineering. Enjoy fun and interactive exhibits such as aeroplanes, helicopters, missiles, satellites, engines and more. Step aboard the world-famous Concorde Alpha Foxtrot: the last of the iconic supersonic passenger jets to be built and the last to take to the skies. This special exhibit will answer all of your questions about this elusive aircraft - How did the engineers of the 1960s create an aircraft capable of supersonic speed? Why did the aircraft eventually fail? With so much technology to explore, this museum is a must-see for those traveling to Bristol. 


Bristol, England - South West

Accommodation

Cadbury House Bristol - Bristol, England - South West

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12 PM Noon.


Included Experiences

Entrance to Roman Baths

Bath, England - South West

Step back in time with a visit to the historic Roman Baths. Known as one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe, the Roman Baths sit at the heart of the City of Bath World Heritage Site and consist of preserved remains of one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. While the city’s natural thermal springs still rise in the site and keep the natural hot water flowing, visitors are not allowed to bath in the baths. Instead, visitors are invited to join a guided tour or have a tour curated for them. The Above and Below tour takes visitors to some of the tunnels under the site and gives insight into the work being done above ground to transform nearby buildings into a Learning Centre for the Roman Baths - the tour is included in the price of admission, so make sure you check it out! After you explore the site, head to the Pump Room Restaurant or the Roman Baths Kitchen to enjoy a meal or some afternoon tea!


Must-See Sites

Stonor Park, England - South East

Stonor Park has been home to the Stonor Family for about 850 years, making it one of the oldest family homes still lived in today. Wander the halls of this stunning mansion and discover the art and treasures that have been collected over the years. The house is actually a collection of old buildings, some that date back to Medieval times. Highlights of the grounds and house include the Gothic revival hall, the 17th century library, the long gallery that opens up to the gardens, the 13th century Chapel and the 17th century Italianate Pleasure garden complete with Renaissance ponds and fountains. Be sure to keep an eye out for the wildlife that frequents the property - Stonor is home to one of the oldest herds of deer in Britain!


Lacock, England - West Midlands

Lacock is a small village in Wiltshire County that is owned almost entirely by the National Trust. The village is a popular destination due to its unspoiled appearance and the Lacock Abbey (established in 1232). Wander the streets and imagine what it was like to live here in the 18th century (back when most of the surviving homes were built). There is tons to discover here - quaint stone cottages, the old workhouse, the medieval tithe barn, the old lock up and much more. The village is also a popular filming location, its most famous appearances being “Downton Abbey”, BBC’s “Pride and Prejudice” and “Cranford”, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and “Wolfman”. If you are lucky enough to visit at the end of May, be sure to check out the annual Scarecrow Festival! 


Castle Combe, England - South West

Unlike its name suggests, Castle Combe is not actually a castle - it is a quintessentially English village. The village is made up of honey-colored Cotswold stone and has been featured regularly as a filming location - most recently in “The Wolf Man”, “Stardust” and Stephen Spielberg’s “War Horse”. One of the village’s main attractions is St Andrew’s Church which dates back to the 13th century and houses one of the oldest working clocks in the country. On the edge of the village, there is a driving circuit (the Castle Combe Circuit) where visitors have the opportunity to test out different vehicles or tackle the Rally course.


London, UK

Accommodation

4-Star London Airport Hotel - London, UK

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Tonight's stay is in a hotel nearby London Heathrow or London Gatwick Airport.


Included Experiences

Entrance to Stonehenge

Salisbury, England - South West

Visit what is perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument at the beautiful Stonehenge. Follow the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors as you explore the ancient landscape. Walk around the Stone Circle - a masterpiece of engineering - and experience for yourself why so many people consider this a spiritual place and source of inspiration. Step inside the Neolithic houses and imagine how people lived 4,500 years ago - volunteers are there to answer any questions you may have about how the houses were built and what materials were used. Finally, explore the history behind this enchanting monument at the Visitor Centre - complete with an audio-visual 360 degree view from inside the stones. The centre also houses over 250 archaeological objects and treasures - ranging from jewellery and pottery to ancient human remains and building materials - that have been discovered on site. 


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

Highclere Castle, England - South East

On the map: Highclere Castle is a country house in the Jacobethan style by the architect Charles Barry, with a park designed by Capability Brown. The 5,000-acre estate is in Hampshire, England, about 5 miles south of Newbury, Berkshire.

Highclere Castle is the ancestral seat of the Carnarvon family and has hosted kings, queens, and prime ministers. Thanks to Downtown Abbey, the famous BBC television drama, the Victorian-era house has also become a full-blown prime-time star! 


Salisbury Cathedral, UK

Built to the glory of God, this vibrant Cathedral church with Britain's tallest spire and best preserved Magna Carta is just 8 miles from Stonehenge.


Depart From

Depart from a London Airport, UK

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


Available Tour Dates

Tour Departs Every Saturday from Feb 16th through April 20th

From $998 Per Person Including Airfare!

Your Price Includes

FLIGHTS

  • Roundtrip Airfare to London from New York / Boston

ACCOMMODATION

  • 6 Nights in 4-Star Hotels

TRANSPORTATION

  • Compact Rental Car with Automatic Transmission

DINING

  • Sumptuous Full English Breakfasts Each Morning

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • London Night Bus Tour
  • Entrance to the 11th Century Royal Residence; Windsor Castle
  • Enjoy a Visit to the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company
  • Discover the Mysterious Megaliths of Stonehenge
  • Visit the Roman Baths, Built Nearly Two Millennia Ago

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Spend Two Nights in Central London
  • Wander through The Regent's Park and Primrose Hill
  • Shop at Harrods, Hamleys and on Oxford Street
  • Stroll through Leicester Square & Piccadilly Circus
  • Marvel at the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace
  • Visit Westminister Abbey & Big Ben
  • Explore the Tower of London & London Bridge
  • Get Lost in the Most Diverse Botanical Collection in the World at Kew Gardens
  • Visit an Original Victorian Brewery at Wadworth Brewery
  • Discover Bristol's role in Aviation History at the Bristol Aerospace Museum
  • See Brunel's SS Great Britain - Regarded as the World's First Ocean Liner
  • Gaze upon the Elegant Streets and Architecture of the Cotswolds
  • Explore Beautiful Bath Architecture & the Ancient Roman Baths
  • Stroll Through the Medieval Cathedral City of Salisbury
  • See the Mysterious Standing Stones at Stonehenge and Avebury
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  • 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.

“Amazing Customer Service”

Feb 28, 2019 by Rebecca Mullikin. Your Hometown: Maryland, US

I cannot express more how amazing the customer service has been with this company. Jocoya has truly gone above and beyond for us. We had a few hiccups in our travel arrangements and with a quick turnaround, she did her absolute best to accommodate us. I would be thrilled to use this company again in the future.

Thank you Jocoya! You are a star!

“Great Experience”

Feb 19, 2019 by Anne. Your Hometown: East Leroy

Amanda did an excellent job booking our driving tour. She made arrangements for everything we knew we wanted to see and had suggestions for other great places as well. Accommodations were great. The one slight snag was handled efficiently and completely to our satisfaction. I recommend Authentic Ireland and Amanda. We would certainly use them again.

“I cant say enough!”

Feb 8, 2019 by Lisa. Your Hometown: Spofford, NH

I am a professional travel advisor with 25 years experience. I started to use Authentic Ireland a little over a year ago for our travel clients. As a professional, relationship building is very important and I have never found a company that has been so professional, so knowledgeable and so helpful. I recently worked with Michelle for a group traveling for 15 nights to Ireland in September. We had several revisions but Michelle and Authentic Ireland handled the changes effortlessly. The arrangements, the accommodations are always wonderful. Every one of Fitzgerald Travel's clients have returned from vacation with rave reviews. Thank you Authentic Ireland for making us look so good! I look forward to years together!

“Perfect Ireland Vacation”

Feb 8, 2019 by Paul Murphy. Your Hometown: McKinney, TX

My wife and I had a wonderful Ireland vacation in August for our Anniversary. We had received some recommendations for Authentic Vacations and we are so glad we chose them for this memorable getaway. We were there for a week and everything, from the accommodations (a nice mixture of classy boutique hotels in the cities to small family B&B's in the country), the suggested itinerary and car reservation was all perfectly scheduled by their expert travel team (Jocoya, specifically). We are ready to book our next Ireland trip soon and will gladly use their services again. We believe their experience allows them to offer easy but memorable itineraries that take all the guess work out of planning a great trip to a wonderful and beautiful place like Ireland.

“Enchanting Emerald Isle Tour”

Jan 30, 2019 by Honor Rosar. Your Hometown: Carlisle, PA

My sister and I were on the Enchanting Emerald Isle tour in July 2018. We had always wanted to go to Ireland and this was a wonderful opportunity. We met family members from the U.S. in Dublin and toured some of the city prior to traveling on to Enniscrone, Galway, Killarney, Kilkenny, and back to Dublin. We traveled the Ring of Kerry and The Burren! In spite of the drought that affected Europe in 2018, the countryside was beautiful! Brendan Vacations provided wonderful lodging at every stop! We took advantage of many of the optional experiences such as the Shannon River cruise and the Killarney Jaunting Cart Ride! I would particularly like to thank our travel director, James Creegan, for his patience and assistance during the trip! He answered all of our questions and provided us with an insight into Irish history that we can't glean from books! It may have been like herding cats, but James did it with aplomb! I would also like to give a shout out to our driver, Gerry, for his awesome navigation of the narrow country roads. Gerry was always willing to answer questions or lend a hand when needed! Thank you all for providing a most awesome trip through Ireland!

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1. Click on the Green “Get Started” Button to the Right 

Submit your travel dates, number of people and type of transportation. We can adjust the length of our vacation packages to suit your needs.

2. Online Account & Quote Created

Our experts will create a custom quote & itinerary based on your requirements, and all details are posted to your Authentic Ireland online account (login info will be emailed to you!).

3. Make Changes / Ask Questions 

Your quote will have been created by your own personal Expert, who will be available to you at any stage of planning your vacation & even while you are in Ireland or Scotland. Call or email your dedicated Expert to discuss options, make changes or ask questions.

4. Reserve & Pay Online

Reserve your vacation package securely via your online account. We only require a 20% deposit to secure your vacation, and our Risk-Free Cancellation Policy provides you with complete peace of mind.

5. Print Your Travel Documents & Go!

Once your vacation has been paid in full, you will be able to print your travel documents directly from your online account. You’re ready to go!

Questions?

With offices in both Ireland & the U.S., we can offer you unrivaled support while you are in Ireland or Scotland. We truly believe all our clients deserve an extraordinary experience!

Call us toll-free, 1-888-443-5259 (US) or +353 01 293.3088 (international), and we will be delighted to answer all questions!

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