Manchester - Stratford-upon-Avon - Bicester Village - London (358 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.
Bicester, UNITED KINGDOM
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
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 main river that flows through the English city of Cambridge, this waterway flows 40 miles until it converges with the Great Ouse River. It is used for many recreational activities, such as canoeing and fishing.
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.
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.
Situated in central Edinburgh, this hill is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the headquarters of the Scottish government, which is located at St. Andrews House.
Standard Hotel: 3* hotel in Glasgow or city nearby
Glasgow - Gretna Green - Lake District - Manchester (441 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. Then we will conclude the tour.
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.
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.