England & Scotland (Winter 2013/14)

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You will visit: England, England & Scotland, including London, Bristol, York, Edinburgh, Scottish Highlands, Glasgow & Liverpool

The England & Scotland tour will take you away to a whirlwind of sightseeing, medieval history and culture. Rolling green hills and cosy pubs are what England & Scotland are all about.

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Itinerary + Backstage Pass & ME Time Optionals

ME Time Optionals

ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Tour Manager in local currency.

Backstage Pass

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1 Depart for Europe

Jet off to the trip of a lifetime awaiting you in Europe!

2 Arrive London

Check-in to your hotel after 2pm and the remainder of the day is free to relax before meeting your fellow travellers for your Kickstart meeting this evening. Afterwards why not grab some dinner at one of the local restaurants or take a short walk to explore nearby Covent Garden

Hotel

3 London to Liverpool

Meet up with your fellow travellers and Tour Manager and jump on the coach for a look at London’s iconic buildings and UNESCO World Heritage sites in our included tour.

Start your tour by learning about the Royal Family’s place of residence (Buckingham Palace), the horror tales of the Tower of London and the magnificent Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine Middleton were married in 2011.

Head out of the big city today, we’re off to Liverpool! This place is famous for its football team, accents & it’s most famous ex-residents, The Beatles. Enjoy some time to explore the city this afternoon

If you’re feeling like getting into Liverpool by night then you could opt to party at the city’s famous Cavern Club, where Beatlemania was born!

Hotel Dinner

  • See Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London & Westminster Abbey
4 Liverpool to York

This morning get in the know with a tour to learn all about the 'Fab Four' & explore this cool water-side city, on a Beatles Magical Mystery Tour.

Then, back on the coach, take in the wild countryside of the Peak District as we head to York. It’s soaked in history and English traditions.

Your Tour Manager will wind back the clock and fill you in on York’s 2000-year-old history as you walk through the web of little lanes within the medieval city walls. You’ll see the impressive York Minister, the Shambles and Clifford’s Tower.

For legends and folklore, opt for a night-time ghost tour that takes you through dark historic alleyways of York. Our expert Local Guide, a typical story-teller, will give you the low down on whose ghosts haunt which houses!

Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

  • Follow in the footsteps of The Beatles on a locally guided Magical Mystery Tour
  • Guided walking tour of York
  • See York Minster and Clifford's Tower
  • Evening 'Ghost Walk'
    GB £5.00
5 York to Edinburgh

Today we take a trip to the foot of the Pennine Mountains to view Hadrian’s Wall. North into Bonnie Scotland for a scenic drive to the vibrant city of Edinburgh. Enjoy a first glimpse of the city on our including sightseeing tour this evening. Tonight, there’s a chance to experience a hearty Scottish meal, complete with haggis and a traditional bagpiper. After dinner, round up some friends and head out into the city’s pumping nightlife. Edinburgh has so much on offer – so ask your Tour Manager for some tips on the city’s cosy pubs, basement bars and happening clubs.

Hotel Breakfast

  • See Hadrian's Wall
  • Hadrian's Wall
    GB £6.40
  • Scottish Evening
    GB £33.50 (20-34 people) / GB £32.50 (35+ people)
6 Edinburgh

With a free day, decide how you want to shape your Edinburgh experience and explore this living time-line.

Explore the scene-stealing Edinburgh Castle, perched high up above the city on an extinct volcano, where the Scottish crown jewels and famous Stone of Destiny are housed. Retrace Scottish royalty’s footsteps and walk the Royal Mile with its jumble of medieval houses and buildings. See the Holyrood Palace, former home to Mary Queen of Scots.

For a one-stop shopping spot, make the most of Princes Street. From kilts and tartans to modern labels and cashmere, this street has it all.

At lunch, go local and order some traditional fish’n’chips and a deep fried chocolate bar if you’re feeling adventurous!

For a relaxing afternoon, spend some time in Edinburgh’s famous Botanical Gardens. Explore the 72 acres of grounds, exotic plants and stunning glass houses.

Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

  • See Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile
7 Edinburgh to Scottish Highlands

Stop by St. Andrews, Scotland’s oldest university town and the “home of golf” where you’ll see the famous course of the same name that is used in major international tournaments. Then roll on through the Scottish highlands, packed with wild mountain scenery, rugged green hills and the tales of old clans.

Back on the coach, plug in your headphones, sit back and take in the dramatic scenery. We drive past turreted castles and surging rivers before stopping for the night in this spectacular spot.

Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

  • Visit St. Andrews, the home of golf
8 Scottish Highlands to Glasgow

Next up is the stuff of legends - cruise the world-famous Loch Ness this morning. Find out more as your Tour Manager fills you in on the lake’s mythical monster.

We continue south past Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, and through Glencoe before heading to Glasgow, situated on the banks of the river Clyde.

Hotel Breakfast

  • Spot 'Nessie' on a boat cruise of stunning Loch Ness
  • See Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain
9 Glasgow to Lake District

Heading south through Robert Burns country, we stop at Gretna Green. Leaving Scotland behind, we travel through the spectacular scenery of England's countryside as we head towards the jaw-droppingly beautiful Lake District. The area has a reputation as England’s most scenic region and you’ll soon understand why. Filled with 16 major lakes, high peaks and cute, stone-built settlements, this region is all about picture-perfect countryside.

Hotel Breakfast

  • Entrance to Gretna Green Museum and take part in an historic wedding ceremony
  • Gretna Green Group Photo
    Large: GB£10.00 / Small GB £5.00
10 Lake District to London

Today we head back to London where it's time to say bye to your new friends as your tour ends.

Breakfast

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Backstage Pass

Our backstage pass includes all of this and more, and it's free as part of your trip.

Exclusive Inclusions

  • See Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London & Westminster Abbey
  • Follow in the footsteps of The Beatles on a locally guided Magical Mystery Tour
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Me Time

  • Evening 'Ghost Walk'
  • Hadrian's Wall
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