Heart Of Great Britain

Duration

9 Days

Destination

London

Cities

3

DAY 1

Arrive London

Arrive in London, the capital of the United Kingdom. After you check in at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city. The metro is the best mode of transport. We recommend you buy the Oyster Card which is available at any of the Underground metro stations. It is the cheapest way to pay for single journeys on bus, tube, tram and rail services in London. Later in the evening, enjoy a classy play or a mesmerizing musical at a West End theatre. Overnight in London.


DAY 2

London

Discover the city on the Majestic London tour where history, pageantry and tradition come alive. The tour begins with a panoramic drive around Parliament Square to see Westminster Abbey where many Kings, Queens, statesmen, poets and writers are buried. Admire Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, enjoy a guided tour of Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece - St Paul’s Cathedral, crowned by a magnificent dome. Witness the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in all its colourful pageantry and ceremony, set to the stirring tunes of the Regimental band. Partake of a traditional lunch before setting off on a Thames River Cruise with its stunning views of the Gothic Houses of Parliament. Then onto the Tower of London where the splendidly dressed Beefeaters will enlighten you on the Tower’s glorious history, and lead you on a guided tour of the Crown Jewels, including the crown with the magnificent Kohinoor. Then take an elegant coach to the square mile of the City of London, with the glorious dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, the elegant Mansion House - home to the Lord Mayor of London, and the Bank of England known as The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street, at the heart of the City. Overnight in London.


DAY 3

London - Salisbury / Stonehenge / Bath

Today, a full day tour to Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge and Bath awaits. Start with the beautiful 13th century Salisbury Cathedral - an international symbol of Christianity, a world-class heritage attraction. Continue to the legendary Stonehenge where, 5,000 years ago, mammoth 40 tonne stones made their journey from over 280 miles away in Wales. Later, proceed to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath, a World Heritage Site, with its delightful terraces, elegant crescents and stunning architecture. Take a tour of the city, witness the Royal Crescent, the Pulteney Bridge modelled on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, and the Bath Abbey. Turn back the clock at the 2000-year old Roman Baths, still in perfect working order. Return to London and spend the evening browsing through Oxford Street’s many delights, from Marks and Spencer, Debenhams and Top Shop to its great bargain shopping deals, like Primark. Of course, getting the children to step away from Hamleys - the largest toy store on earth, may prove to be quite a challenge. Overnight in London.


DAY 4

London - Windermere

This morning, make your way to the train station to board your train to Windermere, in the Lake District. A memorable, relaxing 3-hour ride away, check in at your hotel in Windermere for an evening where you are free to soak in the salubrious environs of the region at your own pace. Overnight in Windermere.


DAY 5

Windermere

The day is free at leisure for you to explore the town and its adjoining areas. An evening spent shooting the breeze, on a relaxing boat cruise on Lake Windermere is highly recommended. Overnight in Windermere.


DAY 6

Windermere - Edinburgh

This morning another picturesque train ride, this time to beautiful Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, awaits. Check in at your hotel, after which the rest of the day is free for you to meander through the winding cobbled streets of this popular city, as you admire the breathtaking architecture, and soak in its sights and sounds. Overnight in Edinburgh.


DAY 7

Edinburgh

Explore the city using your Hop-On Hop-Off card which is valid for 24 hours and stops at all the must-see sights of the city. In the afternoon, embark on a unique Scotch Whisky Experience at a replica distillery which is located beside Edinburgh Castle on the famous Royal Mile. Become part of a famous whisky making process as you imbibe the intoxicating stories behind this magical craft, recounted by expert tour guides and knowledgeable whisky advisors, sip by heady sip. Learn about the aromas and flavours that appeal to your palate, and lead you to the Single Malt Whisky perfect for you. Overnight in Edinburgh.


DAY 8

Edinburgh

Embark on a walking tour of Edinburgh to unearth the secrets of the Royal Mile, a treasure-chest of historic gems. Be enraptured by the history of this fascinating street, as your expert guide reveals its unique place in the development of the Scottish nation. This tour, the only one of its kind, is the ideal introduction to the Old Town of Edinburgh, familiarising you with buildings and courtyards no bus could ever reach. Overnight in Edinburgh.


DAY 9

Depart Edinburgh

Bid farewell to Scotland, as you make your way to the airport to catch your flight out.