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This exciting vacation is a delightful introduction to the history and culture of England, Scotland, and Wales. You’ll see fascinating sights as you travel from London to Edinburgh and back to London staying overnight along the way in Leeds, Wrexham, and Cardiff. Plus, part of the charm of traveling through Britain is seeing the marvelous scenery, including the pastoral countryside. On this Britain tour, you’ll get the opportunity to witness some of its most scenic areas, including tranquil Northumberland National Park. With its wide-open spaces and landscapes of endless beauty, it is the UK’s least populated national park. Also drive through the serene Lake District, England’s largest and finest natural park, and stop for photos at Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake. Finally, drive through the Cotswolds with the rolling hills and picturesque villages. History buffs will be delighted in seeing mysterious, prehistoric Stonehenge (just imagine how these stones got there!); Bath, famous for the Roman baths constructed around 70 AD and today one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world; Chester, one of Britain's best cities for archaeological and architectural treasures, including Roman remains and half-timbered buildings; Stratford-upon-Avon, home to William Shakespeare; and York, England's most complete medieval city with its cobbled streets and the magnificent York Minister. Roughly 2,000 year ago, Emperor Hadrian gave orders for construction of a wall along the coast—with its craggy bluffs and high ridges—to protect against raiding northern tribes. You’ll see a section of that wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Edinburgh, admire the Crown Jewels at Edinburgh Castle. From the beautiful scenery to the historical sights, this Britain tour—designed for value-minded travelers—is a great way to sample what Britain has to offer!
Sightseeing:Visits to Stamford, Hadrian’s Wall, Jedburgh, Melrose, Edinburgh Castle, tickets for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (departure numbers August 5, 12, 19), Gretna Green, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, Broadway, Bath, Stonehenge; orientation drive in Cardiff; walking tours in York and Chester. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Guides:
Local Guide for city sightseeing in Edinburgh; host service in London; professional Tour Director while touring
Scenic Highlights: Northumberland National Park, Scottish Lowlands, Lake District National Park, Cotswold Hills, Salisbury Plain
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- City of Bath
- Frontiers of the Roman Empire
- Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
Transportation: Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach