Elegance of Great Britain start London (Summer 2018)

Tour Type: Country Roads
Brochure Type: Europe 2018

This journey is a must for those who have a love of literature and Britain. Stately homes, historic castles and beautiful gardens shape a delightful itinerary, evoking a bygone age.

Authentic Dining
  • Ardgowan Estate: You are welcomed by Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart who will lead you on a tour of his property, set on a 10,000-acre coastal estate. Learn of the histories of the area, the Shaw Stewart family and the house, followed by the delightful and elegant tradition of a Scottish Tea and Scones.
  • York: Enjoy the opportunity to mix with the locals over dinner and drinks.
  • Stratford: Enjoy a traditional Sunday Roast Dinner, with all the trimmings.
  • Dining Summary: 10 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Morning Tea (MT), 2 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
Insight Experiences
  • Edinburgh: Walk with a Local Expert within the walls of the Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
  • York: Walk with your Local Expert to see the might York Minster and wander the maze of cobbled streets to see the Shambles.
Signature and Highlight Hotels
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: The Stratford is an award-winning boutique hotel in the centre of this historic town.
Top Rated Highlights
  • Bath: The Roman Baths have existed for over 2,000 years and are now one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world. Learn the importance of this historic site, still used as a center for bathing and socialising.
  • Stonehenge: Visit the mysterious circle of upright stones, which stands as strong today as it did 5,000 years ago.
  • English Lake District: The best way to enjoy the Lake District is by cruise. Relax as you admire the magnificent views. Board a steam train and journey along the banks of the beautiful River Leven.
  • Haworth: A visit to the Bronte Parsonage Museum provides a fascinating insight into the life of the Bronte family and the inspiration behind their marvellous works of literature.
  • Lincoln: Visit Lincoln Castle and admire one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta, which is over 800 years old.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: Learn about the life of William Shakespeare, arguably history's most famous writer, when you visit his birthplace. Then enjoy some time to explore this pretty town with its iconic Tudor houses.
  • Blenheim Palace: Witness a masterpiece of the English Baroque, brimming with priceless art and tapestries.
  • Bath: During your orientation of the city, your Travel Director will show you the Georgian houses, the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.
  • Edinburgh: Edinburgh: Explore the city as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and the official Scottish residence of the Queen, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • Edinburgh: A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from the drawbridge. For a limited time in August, witness the incredible spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
  • Grasmere: Visit the grave of the English poet, William Wordsworth.
  • Gretna Green: Visit the spot where once runaway lovers were married.
  • Scenic Drives: Fall in love with the English and Scottish countryside as you travel through the English Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the picturesque Cotswolds.
Additional Star Services
  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival flights are as per the itinerary start date, then arrival transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport. You may purchase transfers to London Heathrow and Gatwick airports on departure day, or when additional night accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

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Tour Operator
Insight Vacations
Offer
Offer valid through 6/30/2018
Duration
14 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1Your Journey BeginsYour Journey Begins: Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).
Day 2LondonWelcome to London: Welcome to London. After checking into your hotel, the afternoon is free to enjoy a city that is famous for its pomp and pageantry. Perhaps relax with a walk along the Serpentine in Hyde Park or window shop in the elegant boutiques of Knightsbridge? Alternatively, you may want to stroll along the Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London.
Amba Hotel Marble Arch, London.
Day 3EdinburghFrom London to Edinburgh.: In the morning, transfer to the train station and take your comfortable, standard-class seats. Your cross-country journey takes you through the green English countryside as you travel to Scotland - land of legends and romance. You are then transferred to Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, where the rest of the day is yours to relax. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 17:30 for a Welcome Dinner and the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening. (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh.
Day 4EdinburghEdinburgh, The Capital of Culture.: Join a Local Expert to see the highlights of the city. Enjoy a drive along Princes Street to the ornate Scott Memorial and see the 18th century New Town with its neoclassical Adam facades. Over in the Old Town, visit Edinburgh Castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and Scotland's crown jewels, known as The Honours of Scotland. At the bottom of the Royal Mile stands the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen. With the afternoon at leisure, why not visit the art treasures in the National Gallery? On select departures, you will also attend the spectacular Military Tattoo - a colourful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. (Buffet Breakfast)
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh.
Day 5WindermereArdgowan, Gretna Green and the English Lakes.: Depart the majestic Scottish capital and journey to Ardgowan, set in a stunning 10,000-acre coastal estate. Meet Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart for a tour of the expansive house and learn the histories of the area, the family, the domain and its contents - you may even hear about the ghost! Delight in freshly-made, traditional Scottish Tea and Scones. Continue to Gretna Green to see the famous spot where runaway lovers were married over the anvil at the blacksmith's shop. Your travels continues to the picturesque English Lake District and dinner is served at your hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere. (Buffet Breakfast / Morning Tea / Dinner)
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, Windermere.
Day 6WindermereEnglish Poets and the Lake District Experience.: Devote the day to a scenic wonderland of rugged mountains and tranquil waters - inspiration to a host of English poets. Visit Wordsworth's grave in the small churchyard at Grasmere. Appreciate the scenic beauty of the English Lake District on a relaxing cruise admiring the magnificent views of rugged mountains, secluded bays and wooded islands. Then, embark on a nostalgic steam train ride along the banks of the beautiful River Leven. (Buffet Breakfast)
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, Windermere.
Day 7YorkWindermere to York.: Enjoy a morning at leisure before travelling through the Yorkshire Dales to arrive at the charming village of Haworth. Visit the Bronte Parsonage Museum, created within the actual home of the Bronte family. Learn about the family's literary legacy and what inspired them from the surroundings of their own home. Your journey continues to York, one of the oldest cities in England. (Buffet Breakfast)
Hilton York.
Day 8YorkThe Viking city of York.: Enjoy an exploration of one of Britain's most historic cities, controlled by the Vikings during the 9th and 10th century and now renowned for its exquisite architecture. Walk within the town walls with a Local Expert to see the huge York Minster, Britain's largest medieval cathedral. Explore the tangle of quaint, narrow, cobbled streets and see the Shambles. There is plenty of time to further explore on you own, perhaps visit the National Railway Museum housing over 300 years of history, or continue wandering the well-preserved city walls? In the evening, take the opportunity to mix with the locals over dinner and drinks. (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Hilton York.
Day 9Stratford-upon-AvonLincoln's Magna Carta and on to Stratford.: Visit Lincoln Castle, one of the finest Norman castles in England. Your tour will include a chance to see one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta. Continue to pretty Stratford, beautifully situated on the River Avon. Your hotel is set in its own private grounds, just a short walk from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the town's wealth of black and white timber-framed buildings. (Buffet Breakfast)
The Stratford, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Day 10Stratford-upon-AvonShakespeare's Straford-upon-Avon.: Discover how William Shakespeare and his incredible works continue to delight audiences today when you visit his birthplace, full of interesting memorabilia and artefacts relating to his life. Later, join your Travel Director for a traditional Sunday Roast Dinner, served with Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings. (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
The Stratford, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Day 11BathThe Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace and Bath.: An enchanting day awaits in the morning. Cross the beautiful Cotswold hills, a chocolate box scene of golden stone villages with roses round the doors. Visit the magnificent stately home and gardens of Blenheim Palace, the greatest building of the English Baroque. Continue to the elegant Georgian city of Bath, built in amphitheatre-style on the surrounding hills. Your Travel Director introduces you to the impressive Royal Crescent and Pulteney Bridge, both built in mellow local stone. See the angels climbing Jacob's Ladder on Bath Abbey. (Buffet Breakfast)
Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath.
Day 12BathBath.: The City of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built above Britain's only thermal, mineral springs and the key highlight is of course a visit to the Roman Baths. See incredibly well-preserved remains of one of the greatest spas of the ancient world, still flowing with the natural hot water from the springs. With the rest of the day at leisure, why not soak and relax with a visit to Thermae Spa? Alternatively, you may wish to follow in the steps of Jane Austen with a visit to the Jane Austen Centre? In the evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers as you raise a glass over your Celebration Dinner to commend your wonderful journey. (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath.
Day 13LondonAncient Stonehenge to London.: Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the pre-historic and mysterious Stonehenge, where the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths are reputed to be up to 5,000 years old. Your journey concludes upon arrival at the Amba Hotel Marble Arch in London. (Buffet Breakfast)
Day 14Homeward BoundHomeward Bound.: Your journey comes to an end after breakfast. (Buffet Breakfast)
Dates/Pricing

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05/18/2018$3,970.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
06/01/2018$3,970.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
06/15/2018$3,970.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
06/29/2018$4,020.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
07/06/2018$4,020.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
07/13/2018$4,020.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
07/20/2018$4,020.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
07/27/2018$4,020.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
08/03/2018$4,220.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite Departure - On RequestQuote
08/10/2018$4,220.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
08/17/2018$4,220.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
08/24/2018$4,095.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
08/31/2018$4,020.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
09/07/2018$4,020.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite Departure - On RequestQuote
09/14/2018$4,020.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
09/21/2018$4,020.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
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Notes: Twin prices are per person. Alternative stately homes or gardens may be substituted if those mentioned are closed. Edinburgh Military Tattoo: 4 Aug, 11 Aug, & 18 Aug departures will attend.

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    Tour Type: Country RoadsBrochure Type: Europe 2018This journey is a must for those who have a love of literature and Britain. Stately homes, historic castles and beautiful gardens shape a delightful itinerary, evoking a bygone age.

 
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