Begin your England, Scotland, and Wales vacation in London with a day of independent activities or optional tours. Then, head out to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and Lady Godiva’s Coventry. Take a walking tour of York, England’s most complete medieval city, see a section of Hadrian’s Wall, the Roman coast-to-coast defense against marauding northern tribes, and cross the Scottish border. In Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, the guided sightseeing tour includes a visit to mighty Edinburgh Castle to see Scotland’s Crown Jewels. On to St. Andrews, home of golf, and via Dundee and Perth to the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry before continuing to your overnight destination Grantown-on-Spey. Visit the Highland capital of Inverness, and search for elusive “Nessie” at legendary Loch Ness. Via Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, continue through the Lowlands to Gretna Green. A drive through the lovely Lake District takes you to charming Grasmere and to the shores of beautiful Lake Windermere. Overnight in Liverpool, of Beatles fame. In Wales, stop at Betws-y-Coed and Caernarvon as you travel through scenic Snowdonia. Later, drive via Brecon Beacons National Park to Cardiff, the Welsh capital. Back in England, explore elegant Georgian Bath, famous for its Roman ruins, and hear about King Arthur in Glastonbury. Visit quaint Widecombe-in-the-Moor in Dartmoor National Park, made famous in The Hound of the Baskervilles, and see the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked on their voyage in 1620. Explore mysterious, prehistoric Stonehenge on the way back to London, where your tour concludes with free time—a fantastic vacation!
Inside visits and special features:Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing:Visits to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, Coventry, Hadrian’s Wall, Jedburgh, Edinburgh Castle, tickets for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (departure numbers August 1 through August 22), St. Andrews, Pitlochry, Culloden Moor, Fort William, Gretna Green, Grasmere, Liverpool, Betws-y-Coed, Caernarvon, Ludlow, Bath, Glastonbury, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Plymouth, Stonehenge; orientation drive in Cardiff; walking tours in York and Chester
LONDON Kensington Close (ST) or Novotel London West (F)LEEDS Mercure Leeds Parkway (F)EDINBURGH Capital (F)GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY Craiglynne (F)GLASGOW Pond (F)LIVERPOOL Holiday Inn Liverpool City Centre (F)CARDIFF Novotel (F)PLYMOUTH Jurys Inn (F)LONDON Novotel London West (F)
Full English breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with choice of menus
Transportation: Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach