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Gems of Britain

Duration 5 days

Destinations visited :
  • England
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  • Wales
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  • Scotland
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This 5-Day Guided Tour ensures you see all of Britain’s best gems. From a tour of William Shakespeare’s hometown Stratford-Upon-Avon, a Tudor-style village nestled along a winding river, to sightseeing at a former Roman fortress in Cardiff, this tour offers something for every type of traveler. Indulge in a celebratory feast in Cardiff. In Edinburgh, visit its infamous castle with a Local Expert. Afterwards, let them guide you through the Scott Monument, the second-largest monument to a writer in the world, and the Queen’s official residence. In Bath, tour historic-but-preserved Roman thermal pools or follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen, who once called the town home, and learn about her life and literary legacy.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

London & Medieval York.
At 07:15, meet your Travel Director at the The Grosvenor Hotel in London and depart for Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare and admire the architecture of this pretty town nestled beside the River Avon. Head north to historic York and walk inside the city walls see to the topsy-turvy Shambles, a picturesque street with warped overhanging timber-framed houses. Admire the glorious York Minster, which is the largest medieval church in northern Europe. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and the chance to get to know your fellow travellers.
Hotel: Hilton York.
Meal: Dinner with Wine

DAY 2

Over the Border to Edinburgh.
Pass the ruined Jedburgh Abbey, en route to Edinburgh. Your Local Expert will show you Edinburgh Castle, home to the Honours of Scotland. At the end of the Royal Mile see the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen. Cross over to Princes Street, passing the Sir Walter Scott Monument, to explore the elegant 18th century New Town with its classical Adam facades. In the evening, select departures will attend the spectacular Military Tattoo – a colourful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Hotel: Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, Edinburgh.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 3

The Lake District and Liverpool.
Journey via Gretna Green, where many eloping English couples have married, to the beautiful English Lake District where there is time at leisure to explore on your own. Why not choose the Optional Excursion of a cruise on Windermere and steam train ride? There really is no better way to admire the incredible scenery of rugged mountain and secluded bays. Continue to lively Liverpool, home of The Beatles, for an orientation.
Hotel: Pullman Liverpool Hotel.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 4

Roman Chester and Cardiff.
Visit the former Roman fortress town of Chester. Walk along part of the city walls, see the Eastgate Clock, Chester Cathedral, remains of the Roman Amphitheatre and the unique black and white shopping arcades known as the ‘Rows. ’ After time to explore, cross into Wales and head for the capital of Cardiff for an orientation of the port city, on the River Taff.
Hotel: Clayton Hotel Cardiff.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 5

Georgian Bath, Stonehenge and London.
Cross the Severn Bridge back into England and travel to the City of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built above one of Britain’s thermal, mineral springs. 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. You will also see the angels climbing Jacob’s Ladder on the 15th century Bath Abbey. 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 Grosvenor Hotel in London.
Meal: Breakfast

Authentic Dining

  • Dining Summery: 4 Breakfasts (B) and 1 Dinner with Wine (WD) all with tea or coffee.

Stay in Style

  • London: The Grosvenor Hotel is centrally located, right next to Victoria Station, and only a short walk to Buckingham Palace.
  • York: The Hilton York is situated within the city walls, close to the York Minster and the best this city has to offer.
  • Cardiff: Clayton Hotel Cardiff is located in the heart of the city on St. Mary Street, just a short walk from Cardiff’s premium sporting facility, Millennium Stadium.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Edinburgh: A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle, framed by flickering torch light. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from the drawbridge. In their hundreds, wave upon wave of massed bands, flag bearers and baton twirlers erupt in a virtuoso display of rhythmic precision. For a limited time in August, you can witness the remarkable spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: Discover the fascinating story of William Shakespeare’s early years. Wander inside the timber-framed building where the world’s most famous playwright was born and grew up. Peruse the interesting artefacts and memorabilia relating to the great bard’s life.
  • York: Walk with your Travel Director within the city walls to see the York Minster and crocked Shambles.
  • Jedburgh: See the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey.
  • Edinburgh: Sightseeing with a Local Expert will show you Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. You will also see the Sir Walter Scott Monument on Princes Street, and explore the elegant New Town.
  • Liverpool: Stay in the home city of The Beatles.
  • Chester: Explore this former Roman fortress town with a guided walk along part of the city walls. Admire the Eastgate Clock, cathedral, black and white ‘Rows’ and remains of the Roman Amphitheatre.
  • Cardiff: During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the castle and Principality Stadium.
  • Bath: During an orientation you will see the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.
  • Bath: The City of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built atop of Britain’s only natural mineral springs. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room, built by the Romans over 2000 years ago as a place to wash and socialise.
  • Stonehenge: Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have stood for 5,000 years.
  • Scenic Drives: Enjoy the beautiful British countryside and scenery of the English Lake District and Welsh Marshes, along with the Severn Bridge.

Included Insight 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.
  • You may purchase transfers from/to London Heathrow and Gatwick airports on arrival and departure days, 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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Gems of Britain

This 5-Day Guided Tour ensures you see all of Britain’s best gems. From a tour of William Shakespeare’s hometown Stratford-Upon-Avon, a Tudor-style village nestled along a winding river, to sightseeing at a former Roman fortress in Cardiff, this tour offers something for every type of traveler. Indulge in a celebratory feast in Cardiff. In Edinburgh, visit its infamous castle with a Local Expert. Afterwards, let them guide you through the Scott Monument, the second-largest monument to a writer in the world, and the Queen’s official residence. In Bath, tour historic-but-preserved Roman thermal pools or follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen, who once called the town home, and learn about her life and literary legacy.