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The Royal Tour of Britain

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,329

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
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,329

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Day 1

Edinburgh - St. Andrews - Ballater

After meeting the group in Edinburgh you'll move on to St Andrews University. Here, you'll see the university golf course before you continue to Loch Muick in Ballater -- the picnic site of Queen Victoria. In the evening, you'll enjoy a group dinner together.

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 2

Ballater -Balmoral - Ballater

Sensational architecture and breathtaking scenic views will set the tone for today as you visit Balmoral Castle, Crathie Church, the Crathie Graveyard and Braemar Castle. In the afternoon, you'll take a walk around the site of the Highland Games -- and after that, you'll head to Lochnagar Distillery for a dram of whisky.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Ballater - Edinburgh

After breakfast you'll embark on a tour of Edinburgh Castle, followed by a Royal Mile walk and a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia. This evening, you'll sit down for dinner together and enjoy an included bagpipe performance before retiring for the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Edinbrgh - Rosslyn - York

Turning your attention away from stunning Edinburgh, today you'll travel to Rosslyn Chapel before moving on to York. You can then enjoy some free time before you meet for dinner in the evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 5

York - Fossgate - York

Today will begin with a city tour of York, where you can discover York Minster -- whose Central Tower is tall enough to fit the Leaning Tower of Pisa inside. Later, the afternoon will be yours to explore this captivating city.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

York - Stratford-upon-Avon - Shipston on Stour - Leamington Spa

Today you'll be visiting Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Before the day is out, you'll move on to the hotel in Leamington Spa.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

Leamington Spa - Oxford - London

Today you'll leave Leamington Spa behind and make tracks to historic Oxford. Here, you'll enjoy a tour of the colleges where members of the royal family studied, before driving on to London.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 8

London

Today you'll start at Buckingham Palace before continuing on to St James's Palace, Clarence House, the Banqueting House and more. After that, you'll take a tour of Kensington Palace and visit the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain and Albert Memorial. In the evening, you'll meet for the farewell dinner at a local restaurant that's often frequented by the royals.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 9

London - Windsor - Hampton Court - London

Before you say goodbye, you'll have one final tour of Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace. You'll pass by Eton College on the way back to London, where you'll say farewell.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2018: May 4; Jun 2; Jul 7; Aug 8
2019: May 4, 18; Jun 1, 15; Jul 6; Aug 10; Sep 7, 21

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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21 Sep 2019
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