13 Day England & Scotland: Castles & Countryside

2 London, 1 Winchester, 2 Oxford, 1 Chester, 2 Windermere & 3 Edinburgh
Round trip airfare from NYC, 11 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights New York-London, Edinburgh-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights London
    • 1 night Winchester
    • 2 nights Oxford
    • 1 night Chester
    • 2 nights Windermere
    • 3 nights Edinburgh
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 21 meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 afternoon tea, 8 dinners with wine (including a home hosted dinner)
  • Coffee and tea with all meals
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Visit Chartwell, family home of Winston Churchill, now a museum dedicated to the beloved Prime Minister
  • Experience 700 years of history at romantic 13th century Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn
  • A walking tour in the medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, traces the footsteps of William Shakespeare
  • Journey into the unique Cotswold countryside with its charming thatch cottages and rolling hillsides
  • Tour Blenheim Palace, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture and birthplace of Winston Churchill
  • Enjoy a peaceful cruise on stunning Windermere Lake with its breathtaking panoramas
  • Walking tour of medieval Chester with its rows of overhanging black-and-white timbered houses
  • Walk through Levens Hall, a grand manor house with its fine Elizabethan interior and topiary garden
  • In dazzling Grasmere, visit the resting place of William Wordsworth and tiny Dove Cottage where he once lived
  • Admire the beautiful stonework and mysterious carvings of stunning 15th century Rosslyn Chapel
  • Visit splendid Edinburgh Castle perched high above the city; view the magnificent crown jewels
  • Experience a traditional Afternoon High Tea in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town
  • Tour Stirling Castle and its beautiful gardens, a favored residence of the Stewart kings and queens
  • At Glengoyne Distillery, taste some of the finest single malt Scotch Whisky, each matched with tasty handmade chocolates

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for England
Depart for England

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in London
Welcome to London, transfer to your hotel. Most flights arrive in the early morning and your room may not be ready for you. In this case, leave your luggage with the concierge and your Tour Manager will provide suggestions for you to begin to explore the city on your own. This evening, your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by a light dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4 PM
Overnight: London
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Discover London, Home Hosted Dinner
Today, discover the history and pageantry of this city. The tour of the trendy West End begins with a drive through fashionable Kensington with its elegant squares and pristine parks. Drive via Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, and the Houses of Parliament. Continue to view Buckingham Palace, the London residence of Her Majesty the Queen. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, savor a delectable home-cooked dinner with an accomplished chef and author
Overnight: London
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Churchill's Chartwell, 13th Century Hever Castle, Winchester
A morning drive from London takes you into the Kent countryside to visit Chartwell, the family home of Sir Winston Churchill. Time to walk through the Victorian and Tudor-inspired home, and its beautiful surrounding gardens. Later, experience 700 years of history at romantic 13th century Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII's second wife. Stroll through the splendid rooms containing fine furniture, tapestries and a priceless collection of Tudor paintings. After a walk in the award-winning gardens, on to Winchester, dominated by the imposing spire of the medieval Winchester Cathedral. Tonight, enjoy dinner together
Overnight: Winchester
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Salisbury, The Cotswolds
The day begins in scenic Salisbury in the southern county of Wiltshire; view the ornate medieval cathedral. Next, journey into the heart of England to discover the unique Cotswold countryside. You'll be captivated by the natural beauty of ancient limestone villages, charming stone and thatch cottages, pristine gardens, rolling hillsides and stately homes. Later, arrive at your hotel in Oxford, with time to settle in before dinner
Overnight: Oxford
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Oxford, Blenheim Palace
This morning, explore the city of Oxford. The ivy-clad colleges that make up the university are renowned for some of the finest architecture in Europe. Begin with a walking tour of the city and visit Oxford's impressive Bodleian Library. Explore the many colleges such as Christ Church, used in many of the Harry Potter movies, with its landmark tower designed by Christopher Wren. Next, travel to Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Explore the gilded State Rooms of the palace and view the priceless collections. Return to Oxford and spend the evening at leisure
Overnight: Oxford
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday - Stratford-upon-Avon
After breakfast, head to the medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, to trace the footsteps of William Shakespeare. View the thatched cottage where Anne Hathaway lived before visiting Shakespeare's birthplace on Henley Street, the schoolroom where he was educated and the Guildhall with its outstanding timber-framed architecture and rare historic wall paintings. Free time in this town where the Bard's plays are still performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Afterward, drive to the walled city of Chester for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Chester
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Medieval Chester, Levens Hall Gardens, Windermere
Your day begins with a walking tour of medieval Chester, set on of the River Dee. The city is home to a recently excavated Roman Amphitheatre and an impressive Gothic cathedral. View Chester's racetrack, visit Levens Hall*, a grand manor house with its fine Elizabethan interior, ornate scrollwork, and priceless paintings. A highlight of the visit is a walk through the garden of topiary characters sculpted from box and yew, surrounded by over 30,000 colorful flowers. Afterward, make your way to Windermere in the Lake District. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel
*For Oct departures, Levens Hall is unavailable.
Overnight: Windermere
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Windermere Lake Cruise, High Yewdale Farm
This morning, embark on a peaceful and scenic cruise on Windermere Lake. Admire views from the water toward the Langdales. Continue on with a visit to High Yewdale farm, located in the beautiful Lake District. The farmhouse was built in the late 1600s and was owned by Beatrix Potter in the 1930s. Tour the home that still has many of her furnishings. After lunch at the farm, return to Windermere region for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Windermere
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Saturday - Wordsworth’s Grasmere, Rosslyn Chapel, Edinburgh
In Grasmere with its serene 19th-century architecture, visit the resting place of William Wordsworth at the country church and tiny Dove Cottage* where he once lived. Crossing into Scotland, stop in Gretna Green before proceeding to the 15th century Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by the Da Vinci Code novel by Dan Brown. Admire the beautiful stonework, mysterious carvings, and unique architecture. Find out more about the myths and legends surrounding the chapel and its association with the Knights Templar. Afterward, travel to Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city for dinner and overnight
*For May departures, Dove Cottage is unavailable.
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Palace of Holyrood, Edinburgh Castle, Afternoon Tea
An exploration of Edinburgh's rich heritage unfolds, as you pass the elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian "New Town" on your way to the Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Parliament. View the Baroque Palace of Holyrood, the historic State Apartments, ruins of the 12th century Abbey and the royal gardens. Afterward, on to Edinburgh Castle and view the Crown Jewels on display in the Crown Room. This afternoon, experience a traditional Afternoon Tea, as you enjoy a sampling of teas accompanied by sweet and savory pastries, scones and finger sandwiches
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast, Afternoon Tea

DAY 12, Monday - Stirling Castle, The Trossachs, Scotch Whisky Experience
Your day begins with a visit to Stirling Castle, favored residence of the Stewart kings and queens. Later, head to the dramatic Trossachs, set on the physical boundary between the Highlands and the Lowlands of Scotland. Afterward, take a tour of the Scotch Whisky Experience. Learn about the production and maturation process of Scotch whisky, and view the world's largest collection of Scotch whisky. Conclude the tour with a tasting. Return to Edinburgh for dinner tonight at a local restaurant
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Tuesday - Depart Scotland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Notes :
  • Land only prices do not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • London Gatwick Airport transfers available at an additional cost.
  • Triples are not available for this package.
  • 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.
Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Land only prices do not include arrival/departure transfers

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