Manchester - Stratford-upon-Avon - Bicester Village - London (297 km)
Today, we will embark on a breath-taking drive that will take us to Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon to see the cobble-stoned streets, drinking dens and old theaters. Later, we will go to Bicester Village, an outlet shopping center.
Stratford-Upon-Avon, UNITED KINGDOM
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.
Admission (Optional): Adult GBP17.50; Child (3-17 yrs) GBP11.50
Bicester, UNITED KINGDOM
A town and civil parish in the Cherwell district of northeastern Oxfordshire in England.This historic market centre is one of the fastest growing towns in Oxfordshire.
This outlet shopping center to the northwest of London is home to several luxury stores, including Armani, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Burberry, DKNY, Dior, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, and much more!
Standard Hotel: 3* hotel in London or city nearby
London - Cambridge - York (293 km)
After breakfast, we will visit the University of Cambridge, one of England's most acclaimed educational institutions. Then, we will proceed to York, where we will see the York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe. We will also visit the city wall that date back to Roman times. Afterwards, we will be able to take some time to wander around.
Cambridge, UNITED KINGDOM
A university city and the county town of Cambridgeshire, England, home to the world-renowned University of Cambridge, which was founded in 1209.
King's College is one of the schools that make up the University of Cambridge in England. It was founded in 1441, making it more than 550 years old. The amazing King's College Chapel is considered a Gothic masterpiece.
The River Cam runs through the heart of Cambridge enabling you to enjoy fantastic views of the world famous Cambridge College "Backs" from the comfort of a traditional Cambridge Punt.
Admission (Optional): Adult GBP16; Child GBP16
Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs in Cambridge is a covered bridge at St John's College, Cambridge University. It was built in 1831 and crosses the River Cam between the college's Third Court and New Court.
York (UK), UNITED KINGDOM
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.
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.
Standard Hotel: 3* hotel in York or city nearby
York - Edinburgh - Glasgow (326 km)
After leaving York, we will arrive in Edinburgh in the afternoon. Upon arrive, we will visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. After that, we will continue to City Hall and the Royal Parks. We will also get the chance to stop at the cafe where J.K. Rowling wrote much of the beloved Harry Potter series. Later on, we will continue to Glasgow, where we will spend the night.
Edinburgh, UNITED KINGDOM
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, to the north of England in the United Kingdom. Learn about the area's proud history at the National Museum of Scotland, and tour the Royal Yacht Britannia and Arthur's Seat.
This historic and famous castle sits atop the Castle Rock precipice in the city of Edinburgh. Human occupation of the area that is now the fortress dates back to the second century AD or possibly even earlier.
Closed on Dec 26, only take pictures outside.
Admission (Optional): Adult GBP18.50; Child (6-16 yrs) GBP11.50
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official Scottish residence of the royal family and has been since the 1500s. The structures on the palace ground dated back even further, to the founding of Hollyrood Abbey in 1128.
As the name suggests, approximately one mile long and runs downhill between two significant locations in the history of Scotland, namely Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. The streets which make up the Royal Mile are (west to east) Castlehill, the Lawnmarket, the High Street, the Canongate and Abbey Strand. The Royal Mile is the busiest tourist street in the Old Town, rivalled only by Princes Street in the New Town.
The Elephant House
This restaurant serves delicious, energizing gourmet tea and coffee. It has gained some fame for being the place where J.K. Rowling sat down to write a good portion of her beloved Harry Potter series.
Standard Hotel: 3* hotel in Glasgow or city nearby
Glasgow - Gretna Green - Lake District - Manchester (396 km)
In the morning, we will drive to the Lake District. On the way, we will stop in Greta Green, a village in the south of Scotland famous for the number of runaway marriages that seek refuge here. Afterwards, we will reach the Lake District National Park before continuing to Manchester, where we can visit Old Trafford, the stadium that is home to Manchester United.
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.
Lake District National Park, UNITED KINGDOM
Usually simply known as the "Lake District," this park in the northernmost area of the United Kingdom is home to nearly one hundred lakes. Its beauty has made it a popular vacation spot with people across the country.
Located in Lake District National Park in the north of England, Windermere is the largest lake in the country. It is classified as a ribbon lake because it is long and narrow, resembling a finger.
Take this relaxing cruise on the Windermere, where you will see magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands.
Admission (Optional): Adult GBP8; Child GBP8|Duration: Approx. 45 Minutes
The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction
This low-key amusement park for children can be found in the Lake District National Park in the north of England. It is based off the works of children's author Beatrix Potter, who wrote Peter Rabbit and other beloved stories.
Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM
Manchester is a major city in the northwest of England with a rich industrial heritage. It was the world's first industrialized city and is the second largest city in the United Kingdom.
This legendary football stadium is home to Manchester United F.C., one of the biggest and most successful teams in the sporting world. With a capacity of 75,635 attendees, it is the second-largest football stadium in the United Kingdom.