0912BBA1 - The Majesty of England and Scotland 13 days from Toronto

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British Airways http://bit.ly/QL20IP

Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $211 plus current fuel surcharges of $350 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
BA0912RG 09/12/2021 $5570.00
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Trip Details

Today we depart via coach to Toronto’s Pearson Airport for our overnight flight to London. We enjoy inflight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft.
Depending upon our arrival time in London, our day will include: visiting Kensington Palace to explore the birthplace of Queen Victoria and home to young royals for over 300 years. The palace was home to Diana, Princess of Wales and is now home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William & Kate). Walk in the footsteps of royalty in Queen Victoria’s re-imagined childhood rooms, the magnificent King’s State Apartments and the famous Sunken Garden. We enjoy included traditional afternoon tea in the Kensington Palace Pavilion. We check into our hotel and have time for an independent dinner and to explore the vibrant capital city. (L/Tea) Overnight: in London.
After breakfast at our hotel, we begin to discover this historic and royal city. We visit the Tower of London: its medieval palace and prison and home of the Crown Jewels and get a great view of the iconic Tower Bridge. We then visit the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II. At the end of the visit, we have an independent lunch at the palace’s café on the terrace overlooking the palace garden. In the afternoon, we visit gothic Westminster Abbey, location of coronations, royal weddings, funerals and other state occasions. In the Abbey, we take time to pray at the Tomb of Edward the Confessor (if allowed), destination of pilgrims throughout the centuries. We return to our hotel and have a free evening for an independent dinner, theatre, concerts, London Ghost walk or visit an English pub. (B) Overnight in London.
We depart our hotel after breakfast to visit the Palace of Westminster, commonly known as the Houses of Parliament. (If possible-to be confirmed early 2021.) We visit the House of Commons, the House of Lords, and Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the complex dating from 1097. The remainder of the day is yours to discover more of this great city: consider The British Museum, The National Gallery, shopping at Harrod’s, The Royal Mews, or the lush greenery of the city’s parks. Independent dinner (B) Overnight in London.
After breakfast we depart London to visit Canterbury Cathedral, the sight of the martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket and destination of pilgrims throughout the centuries. After our visit to the Cathedral, there is time to explore this quaint town and have an independent lunch. Afterward, we depart for Windsor Castle to tour the staterooms of the oldest inhabited castle in the world. Damaged by a huge fire, the restored castle continues to be preferred home of the Queen. We also visit breathtaking St. George’s Chapel on the castle grounds. Late in the afternoon we check into our hotel and have evening to explore the castle town and have time for an independent dinner. (B) Overnight in Windsor.
We depart after breakfast at our hotel. We visit for the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. After our visit we drive to Stratford-upon-Avon for an afternoon visit to the 16th century birthplace of William Shakespeare, possibly the most famous writer in the English language. We check into our hotel in Stratford with time for an independent dinner and evening. (B) Overnight in Stratford.
Departing after breakfast, this morning we drive through the rolling hills of the English countryside making our way north to the walled city of York founded by the Romans. The city is dominated by its 13th Century Cathedral, York Minister. We enjoy an included lunch in a local pub. Upon arrival visit the Cathedral and explore the walled city. Have time to walk the walls around the city on your own, have independent dinner, shop, and explore this vibrant city. (B/L) Overnight in York.
Today after breakfast we depart our hotel to celebrate Sunday Mass and then travel to visit the Roman wall that marked the end of the Roman Empire built in 130 A.D. We view powerful scenery and the best-preserved portion of the wall and Housestead Fort. Afterwards we visit England’s greatest Norman Church in Durham and have time for lunch. We then continue to travel north to Edinburgh, Scotland, check into our hotel and have dinner together. (B, D) Overnight in Edinburgh.
After breakfast at our hotel, we discover Edinburgh Castle, the centerpiece of the city. It sits upon Castle Rock, the remains of a dormant volcano. The castle was constructed in the 12th century and has been the site of tumultuous historical events spanning hundreds of years. Inside the castle we view the Crown Jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Scone, and the Royal Chambers. We exit the castle precincts onto the Royal Mile making our way to St. Giles Cathedral, founded in 1124. We enjoy an independent lunch on the Royal Mile. We then continue to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland and associated with some of Scotland’s most well-known historic figures such as Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. We visit he staterooms, palace gardens, and the remains of Holyrood Abbey. This evening is free for an independent dinner and to explore the city (B) Overnight in Edinburgh.
This morning we depart our hotel after breakfast to tour the Royal Yacht Britannia. Britannia was the first Royal Yacht to be built with complete ocean-going capacity and designed as a Royal residence to entertain guests around the world. When she was decommissioned in 1997, it marked the end of a long tradition of British Royal Yachts, dating back to 1660 and the reign of Charles II. Before departing, stop in at the Royal Deck tearoom for a spot of tea. After our visit, we depart the city for the rugged scenery of the Scottish countryside as we make our way to Glamis Castle and its gardens, the ancestral seat to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne since 1372, inspiration for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and birthplace of Princess Margaret. We have group dinner and overnight in the nearby coastal city of Dundee. (B,D) Overnight in Dundee.
Our exploration of the Scottish countryside continues after breakfast at our hotel and we travel to visit Macbeth’s castle, Cawdor, set in the gardens in the parish of Cawdor in Nairnshire. The castle is best known for its literary connection to Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” On the way we stop in Dufftown to tour the Glenfiddich Distillery to learn about and taste their award-winning scotch whisky. Check in to our hotel and enjoy an independent dinner. (B) Overnight in Inverness.
Today, after breakfast, we depart our hotel continuing to explore the Scottish countryside and travel to Scotland’s most famous body of water: Loch Ness. We view Lock Ness and visit the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle on its shore. After our visit on the way back to Edinburgh, we stop to visit Blair Athol Distillery for a tour and taste of the spirits of Scotland. After checking into our hotel, this evening will include a special visit to Rosslyn Chapel. The chapel was found in 1446 and is one of Scotland’s most remarkable buildings. We celebrate the conclusion of our trip with a special farewell visit and reception. (B, reception) Overnight in Edinburgh.
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight home with unforgettable memories. (B)