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The Royal Tour of Britain

Duration
8 Days
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US$ 2,949

Explore what makes Britain great on this royal tour from Edinburgh to London. Focusing on royal history and key sites that have shaped the course of British history, this tour takes in many of Britain’s most beloved cities as well, culminating in a tour of Hampton Court and Windsor Castle.


This 9-day Great Britain vacation unveils some of the stories and traditions that have shaped the British Royal Family, and the nation itself. Begin in the Scottish town of Ballater, then weave your way down through England to London’s most famous royal residences.

Depart Edinburgh bound for Ballater, a small town just west of Aberdeen. You’ll stop in at St Andrews University and its famous golf course along the way. Ballater might sound like an odd place to begin a royal British tour, but it’s here – specifically, Loch Muick - that the royals have enjoyed picnics (in all weather!) all the way back to Queen Victoria. The following day, visit Balmoral Castle, where the Queen spends her summers, Crathie Church, and Crathie Graveyard. Your next destination is Braemar Castle, where forbidding turrets hide an opulent interior. Afterwards, visit the site of the Highland Games and Lochnagar Distillery.

It wouldn’t be a trip to Scotland without visiting Edinburgh, where you’ll spend one night, and tour Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile walk, and the Royal Yacht Britannia. Then go on to Rosslyn to visit the chapel made famous in The Da Vinci Code. Then drive to York, the historic capital of England’s north, where you’ll have time to explore on your own. Perhaps explore the Yorkshire Museum and Gardens, shop along The Shambles, or plunge into Nordic history at the immersive Jorvik Viking Centre. Don’t however devote your free time to York Minster and Tower. You’ll be visiting those with the group tomorrow, followed by more time to explore.

Find your inner bard (or at least, your inner literary buff) at Straford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare and one of England’s prettiest towns. Then go on to nearby Oxford, where you’ll enjoy a tour of the famous colleges, where the Royals studied.

Your trip ends of course in London, where your included itinerary will focus on London’s most famous royal residences. Take tours of Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace, seeing other key royal sites as you explore the city. Visit the Princess Diana Fountain and the Albert memorial, before dinner at Goring, a favourite restaurant of the royals. Your final day takes you west of the city to Windsor Castle, and Hampton Court Palace, historic residence of Henry VIII. Disembark in the city, where you can easily extend your visit if you wish. They do, after all, still say s/he who is tired of London is tired of life.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,949

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Day 1

Edinburgh - St. Andrews - Royal Deeside

After meeting the group in Edinburgh, we'll move on to our first stop: St Andrews University, where we'll take a look at the university golf course. Then: into the Scottish countryside we go!

Before we reach our hotel, we'll take a scenic drive around Loch Muick - the picturesque lake favoured by Queen Victoria. After all that sightseeing, a welcome dinner will be the perfect way to round off the day.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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The Deeside Inn

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    The Deeside Inn



    The Deeside Inn is situated in the centre of Ballater which is a beautiful village in the heart of Royal Deeside. The panelled entrance and log fires instantly demonstrate its friendly, "home from home" atmosphere which can be enjoyed in the cosy lounge bar, traditional ...

    The Deeside Inn is situated in the centre of Ballater which is a beautiful village in the heart of Royal Deeside. The panelled entrance and log fires instantly demonstrate its friendly, "home from home" atmosphere which can be enjoyed in the cosy lounge bar, traditional restaurant and quiet lounge. Guests can take time to explore Royal Deeside including Balmoral Castle, Crathie Kirk or enjoy outdoor activities including golf, walking, fishing and cycling. The Deeside Inn sits in the centre of the picturesque Royal Deesdie village of Ballater, at the heart of the Grampian Highlands. The Deeside Inn is known for its traditional Scottish hospitality and lively music scene as much as it is for its homely lounge, open fires and welcoming bar with quality homemade food.

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    • Bar
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Royal Deeside - Balmoral - Royal Deeside

With a visit to either Balmoral Castle or Braemar Castle on the agenda, sensational architecture and breathtaking scenic views will be today's recurring theme! After taking a walk around the site of the Highland Games this afternoon, we'll move on to the Royal Lochnagar Distillery for a dram of whisky.

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Day 3

Royal Deeside - Edinburgh

Today's regal attraction? The Royal Yacht Britannia, Her Majesty the Queen's former floating palace. Here, we'll step inside the Royal Deck Tearoom, the Bridge and the Sun Lounge - the very place where the Queen used to enjoy breakfast during her stays on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Carberry Tower Hotel

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    Carberry Tower Hotel



    One of the great Castle Mansion Houses of Scotland, Carberry Tower Mansion House and Estate is a place of intimate grandeur. And to arrive here, is to weave your own journey into a story that goes back to 1480 when our first foundation stone was ...

    One of the great Castle Mansion Houses of Scotland, Carberry Tower Mansion House and Estate is a place of intimate grandeur. And to arrive here, is to weave your own journey into a story that goes back to 1480 when our first foundation stone was laid.

    Since then, we have been a gathering place for Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses and over the centuries the great and the good have also come to warm themselves by our fires and feast from our banqueting tables.

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    • Bar
    • Golf Course
    • Tour Desk
    • Weddings
    • Wine tasting

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Day 4

Edinburgh

Today in Edinburgh, a tour of the famous Castle awaits. After discovering the Great Hall, the crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, we'll stretch our legs with a walk along the Royal Mile. At the end of the thoroughfare stands Holyrood Palace, the official Scottish residence of Queen Elizabeth II - so it's only right that we take a look around before we retire to the hotel for the evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 5

Edinburgh - Sandringham

Today, it's all aboard the train as we make our way to Sandringham in Norfolk - where we'll enjoy an included dinner together this evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Knights Hill Hotel and Spa

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    Knights Hill Hotel and Spa



    Ideally located atop one of the highest points in West Norfolk, the Knights Hill Hotel and Spa offers the perfect getaway retreat. With spectacular views of the Wash and Castle Rising, the hotel and spa provide guests with the ideal location to enjoy a relaxing ...

    Ideally located atop one of the highest points in West Norfolk, the Knights Hill Hotel and Spa offers the perfect getaway retreat.

    With spectacular views of the Wash and Castle Rising, the hotel and spa provide guests with the ideal location to enjoy a relaxing break in affordable, stylish and comfortable surroundings.

    Whether guests want to explore local attractions such as Sandringham House, Norfolk Lavender and the historic market town of Kings Lynn, or take advantage of the on-site spa and health club, the hotel provides a luxurious base.

    Guests can enjoy a meal in the Garden Restaurant, or visit the adjoining pub, The Farmers Arms, for a more relaxed dining experience.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Indoor Pool
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting and Event Facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Tennis Court
    • Wedding venue

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Day 6

Sandringham - Cambridge - London

The grand Sandringham Estate will be our next stop. The private residence of The Royal Family, Sandringham is where the Queen spends Christmas each year - and with beautiful grounds, landscaped gardens, parks and woodlands all around, it's easy to see why.

On our way to London later today, we'll stop off at historic Cambridge for a walking tour - ticking off the likes of the Bridge of Sighs and the 'Backs' of Cambridge University as we go.

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Day 7

London

This morning, we'll visit the show-stopping Buckingham Palace - the home of the Royal Family - and pass through Westminster for a closer look at Clarence House and St James's Palace. We'll then move on to Hyde Park to see the Albert Memorial and the unique Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain before heading to the magnificent Kensington Palace (the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge).

Tonight, we'll come together at a superb local restaurant for a farewell dinner.

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Day 8

London - Windsor - Hampton Court - London

Before we say goodbye, we've two more stops to make: the iconic Windsor Castle (the historic place where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently tied the knot) and the majestic Hampton Court Palace - the home of Henry VIII. Our tour will then come to a close in bustling London.

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DEPARTURES:

2019: May 4; Jun 15; Jul 6; Aug 10; Sep 7, 21
2020: Apr 19; May 10, 31; Jun 14, 28; Jul 12; Aug 9; Sep 6, 20; Oct 4

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Expert Driver/Guide in a premium mini-coach
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 5 evening meals
  • Touring and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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