London - Stonehenge - Bath (177 km)
We will depart at 8:00 am for a memorable day of sightseeing. First, visit Stonehenge, explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then take the shuttle to the stone circle and admire the magnificence of the monument up close. Cross Salisbury Plain and head for the elegant Georgian city of Bath to see the excavations of the Roman Baths. You will also have time to explore the town further on your own. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at hotel.
Salisbury, UNITED KINGDOM
This cathedral city in Wiltshere, England is best known for its large, historic cathedral, which is most famous for housing the Magna Carta, a critical document in English history.
This world-famous prehistoric monument dates to between 3000 and 2000 BC. It is a UNESCO National Historic Site and one of the most recognizable icons of Britain in the world. It is thought to have been a burial site.
Bath, UNITED KINGDOM
Bath is the largest city in the ceremonial county of Somerset, England, known for its Roman-built baths.
The Roman Baths is an exceptionally well-preserved bathhouse built around a natural hotspring in antiquity. The first bathhouse there was built in about 890 BC (before Roman rule), though the current building dates to about 65 AD.
Standard Hotel: Hilton Bath City or similar
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
Bath - Ludlow - Llangollen - Liverpool
This morning, drive through the fertile Severn Valley and across unspoiled countryside to the medieval market town of Ludlow. The afternoon is dedicated to North Wales. Take a stroll in picturesque Llangollen before continuing on to Liverpool, hometown of The Beatles and once the departure port of great transatlantic liners.
Ludlow, UNITED KINGDOM
The medieval walled town, founded in the late 11th century after the Norman conquest of England. It has nearly 500 listed buildings,including examples of medieval and Tudor-style half-timbered buildings. The town was described by Sir John Betjeman as "probably the loveliest town in England".
Llangollen, UNITED KINGDOM
A small town and community in Denbighshire, north-east Wales. Above the town to the north is Castell Dinas Bran. Beyond the castle is the limestone escarpment known as the Eglwyseg Rocks. The area nearest the castle is the Panorama Walk, and a monument to poet I.D. Hooson from the village of Rhosllannerchrugog can be found there.
Standard Hotel: Aloft Hotel Liverpool or similar
London - Grasmere - Gretna Green - Edinburgh (12172 km)
Focus on the tranquil Lake District, recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Take a break in Wordsworth's beloved Grasmere, and try original Grasmere Gingerbread. Then, head north for the Scottish border. On the way through the history-steeped Lowland Hills, stop at Gretna Green and visit The Whisky House where an expert explains the mysteries behind whisky production and lets you taste some well-known malts. In Edinburgh, don't miss the optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Grasmere, UNITED KINGDOM
A village and tourist destination in the centre of the English Lake District. It takes its name from the adjacent lake. Poet William Wordsworth lived in Grasmere for 14 years and called it as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found."
Gretna Green, UNITED KINGDOM
This Scottish village, right across the border from England, has grown quite a reputation for being a destination of runaway couples trying to get married. There are many lovely historical buildings in town.
Standard Hotel: Mercure Edinburgh Princes Street or similar
Edinburgh - Abbotsford - Jedburgh - York (259 km)
First we will have a guided tour of Sir Walter Scott's Abbotsford Hourse. Melrose Abbey and the ruins at Jedburgh will be pointed out on the way to the English border and Northumberland National Park. In York, England's most complete medieval city, stand in awe in front of the great structure of York Minster, then follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles.
Melrose, UNITED KINGDOM
Melrose is a small town and civil parish in the Scottish Borders, historically in Roxburghshire.
A historic country house in the Scottish Borders, near Melrose. It was formerly the residence of historical novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott, listed a Category A Building.
Jedburgh, UNITED KINGDOM
Jedburgh is a town and former royal burgh in the Scottish Borders and former county town of Roxburghshire. It is 10 miles from the border with England, and is dominated by the substantial ruins of Jedburgh Abbey.
York, UNITED KINGDOM
A historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.
York City Walls
The English city of York has been defended by walls since its earliest days as a Roman settlement. Today, visitors to the city can still see the significant portions of the medieval walls that still stand.
This church in York is the official cathedral of the city, and one of the largest of its kind in northern Europe. It is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the second-highest office in the Church of England.
The Shambles is an old mediaeval street, often called Europe's best preserved. This short and narrow street has overhanging timber-framed buildings, some of which dates back as far as the fourteenth century.
Standard Hotel: Mercure York Fairfield Manor or similar
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
York - Stratford-Upon-Avon - London (364 km)
Leave Yorkshire and its associations with James Herriot, and drive through the richest farmland in Britain. In Stratford-upon-Avon, take pictures of Anne Hathaway's Cottage and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace. Return to London around 3:30 pm. How about a night out on the town with newfound friends? A three-course pre-theater dinner followed by one of London's West End shows might take your fancy.
Stratford-Upon-Avon, UNITED KINGDOM
Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town and civil parish in the Stratford-on-Avon District.
Anne Hathaway's Cottage
The cottage was the childhood home of Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway. It is not a museum and public garden. Replicas of this famous farmhouse have been built all around the world, from Texas to Australia and more.
Believed to be the birthplace and childhood home of playwright William Shakespeare, this 16th-century house and museum has been called, "a Mecca for all lovers of literature." Shakespeare would have lived here from 1564 until about 1574.
Standard Hotel: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge or similar