Essential Britain

About Wales

This vacation offers a panoramic exploration of England, Wales, and Scotland. Begin with an overnight in London, then head west to prehistoric Stonehenge. Spend two nights in Plymouth, with an excursion to Land’s End and the seaside resort of St. Ives. Here, try our Local Favorite, a traditional Cornish Pasty — minced beef, rutabaga, potato, and onion baked in pastry. Travel north to Glastonbury, of King Arthur fame, and stop to see the amazing Roman excavations in Bath. Cross into Wales for an overnight in Cardiff and a drive through Brecon Beacons National Park to Chester. Then, journey to Liverpool, where you’ll visit the Beatles Story. Explore England’s scenic Lake District and Wordsworth’s Grasmere before crossing into Scotland for a stop in Gretna Green. Spend the night in Glasgow, then skirt the banks of Loch Lomond on your way to the Isle of Skye. After a stop in the Highland capital of Inverness, head south through Culloden Moor, Braemar, and St. Andrews. A two-night stay in Edinburgh includes guided sightseeing and visits to Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. Back in England, choose between a visit to Alnwick Castle or to the lavish Alnwick Garden. Then, see a section of Hadrian’s Wall and medieval York with its awe-inspiring minster. Stop in Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon to visit his birthplace before returning to London for an overnight and the finale of your magnificent vacation.

City Highlights

STONEHENGE Visit the prehistoric monumentPLYMOUTH Welcome dinnerCORNWALL Take photographs of St. Michael’s Mount, visit Land’s End and St. Ives; [LF] Cornish pasty treatBATH Visit the Roman relicsBUILTH WELLS Visit the ancient market townCHESTERWalking tourLIVERPOOL Visit the Beatles StoryGRASMERE Visit Wordsworth’s village; [LF] try original Grasmere gingerbreadGRETNA GREENMALLAIG-ARMADALE Cross the Sound of Sleat by ferryISLE OF SKYEVisit the Museum of the Isles at the Clan Donald Centre, [LF] enjoy tea and cake at the Stables restaurantBRAEMARST. ANDREWSVisit the home of the Royal and Ancient Golf ClubEDINBURGHGuided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood PalaceALNWICK Visit the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland or explore the spectacular gardenYORK Walking tourSTRATFORD-UPON-AVON Take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace

Hotels

LONDON DoubleTree by Hilton London – Hyde Park (SF) or Park Plaza Westminster Bridge (SF)PLYMOUTH Holiday Inn (SF)CARDIFF Mercure Holland House (F)LIVERPOOL Novotel (F)GLASGOW Radisson Blu (SF) or Thistle (F)INVERNESS Mercure Inverness (F)EDINBURGH The Carlton (SF)YORK Mercure York Fairfield Manor (F)LONDON Hilton London Metropole (SF) or Holiday Inn London – Kensington Forum (F)

Meals

Full English breakfast (B) daily; 4 three-course dinners (D) with choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Plymouth

Notes

NOTE:Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included for departures July 26 through August 16

Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; ferry to the Isle of Skye

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