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8 Day Classic Britain

8-day escorted tour with Gate 1

Gate 1 Tour
DAY 1, Saturday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Britain. 

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in London
Arrive and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink and orientation.

DAY 3, Monday - London City Tour
Today, discover the history, pageantry and sights of the city with a half day tour of London’s West End. Begin with a drive through fashionable Kensington with its elegant squares and parks. Pass Harrods store and continue to view Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and the famous Big Ben. Continue to Buckingham Palace to witness the pomp and pageantry of the Changing of the Guard (when held). Afternoon at leisure to enjoy a traditional pub lunch and maybe join our in-depth optional tour of St. Paul's cathedral and the Tower of London. (Breakfast)

Optional: Tower of London & St. Paul's Cathedral ($83)

DAY 4, Tuesday - Stonehenge, Bath
Today, depart London and head to the circles of Stonehenge. Located in the middle of Salisbury Plain, Stonehenge is unique among stone circles and its construction still defies belief. The first stone was placed here 5000 years ago and the structure was finally completed 1400 years later. Continue to Bath's Georgian Crescents to find elegant stone buildings with terraces, crescents, and graceful squares. Visit the original 2000-year-old Roman Baths and Georgian Pump Room with its natural mineral water. (Breakfast)

Optional: Village of Lacock with dinner ($63)

DAY 5, Wednesday - Cotswolds, Stratford, Chester, Liverpool
Drive north today into the Heart of England through the villages of the Cotswolds, with its stone and thatch cottages, to the birthplace of Shakespeare, Stratford, a charming market town. View Anne Hathaway's cottage, the school that William Shakespeare attended, and Shakespeare's birthplace. Enjoy time at leisure in this historic town, where the Bard's plays are still performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Continue for an orientation tour of Chester which highlights the Cathedral, half timbered Tudor buildings and the arcaded 'Rows.' Continue on to Liverpool, situated on the River Mersey and birthplace of the Beatles. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 6, Thursday - Lake District, Moffat, Edinburgh
Today, we drive through the delightful green hills of the Lake District and travel along the shores of Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England. Enjoy beautiful views of the lake and surrounding area as we continue to Wordsworth’s beloved Grasmere before crossing into Scotland near Gretna Green, where runaway couples eloped in days of old. We pass Moffat, known for its high quality woolens on the way into Edinburgh. Tonight, perhaps you might opt for an evening of traditional Scottish entertainment. (Breakfast)

Optional: Scottish Dinner & Show ($99)

DAY 7, Friday - Edinburgh City Tour
This morning, join a local guide for a city tour of historic Edinburgh. The route will take you past the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Palace, the Museum of Scotland, the Royal Mile, and Princes Street. Also included is a visit to Edinburgh Castle, where you can see The Crown Room, Royal Palace, St. Margaret's Chapel, and much more! The balance of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 8, Saturday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
Tour Highlights
  • Stonehenge
  • Roman Bath
  • Edinburgh Castle
All This Included
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • Hotel porterage
  • 7 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Accommodations on this Tour
London: Thistle Kensington Gardens
Bath: Hilton Bath City
Liverpool: Jurys Inn Liverpool
Edinburgh: Apex International Hotel
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • London Gatwick Airport transfers available at an additional cost.
  • Sep 13, 2013 departure will be accommodated at Holiday Inn Chester South in Chester instead of Jurys Inn Liverpool in Liverpool.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package, at the price quoted.

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