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    United Kingdom

    8 Nights - 9 Days

    Day 1: Heathrow Airport & Windsor Castle

    Arrival to Heathrow and visit Windsor Castle, residence of The Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. See the lavishly decorated State Apartments and courtyards. Arrival to the your hotel and free afternoon in London.

    1 Night stay in London.

    Day 2: Cotswolds & Shakespeare

    Head out into the English countryside today and travel through the delightful Cotswolds. This region developed and had a thriving economy during the Middle Ages when the wool produced was vital to the economy. Most of the villages date back centuries and are built in the local warm toned stone. Stop in one of the villages for a look around and take photos before driving to Stratford upon Avon. In the center of this attractive town, visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace to see an exhibition about his life and work. Then enter the house where he was born to see rooms furnished as they would have been in his day. Drive north to Yorkshire and 1 Night stay in York area.

    Day 3: York Minster & Scottish Evening

    Walking tour through medieval streets to see black and white half-timbered houses. Stroll along the Shambles, one of the city’s narrowest alleyways where the overhanging upper floors almost form an arch across the street. Tour the stately York Minster, which towers over the old city. It is built in Gothic style and is renowned for magnificent medieval stained glass windows. Travel north through the Northumberland National Park and pause in Jedburgh to view its picturesque abbey ruins. Continue through the hilly countryside of the Scottish Borders to Edinburgh.

    2 Nights stay in Edinburgh area.

    Day 4: Edinburgh Castle & Guided City Tour

    Explore central Edinburgh this morning, starting in the 200yearold “New Town” with its planned streets and elegant Georgian houses where many famous writers and inventors lived. View Princes Street, the city’s premier shopping street. See the Royal Mile where the medieval houses are clustered closely together.

    Free afternoon to continue exploring the Old and New Town.

    Overnight stay in Edinburgh.

    Day 5: Lake District & Beatles’ Liverpool

    Stop in Gretna Green, the first village across the border from England where eloping couples used to cross into Scotland to be married at the Old Blacksmith’s Shop. While it still holds many weddings, today it is a popular shopping stop for quality Scottish goods. Drive through the Lake District, a region associated with Beatrix Potter who worked tirelessly for its preservation. See stunning views of lakes, gentle hills and valleys. Continue to Liverpool and arrive just on time to visit The Beatles Story where you can hear their music and learn about their lives and work.

    1 Night stay in Liverpool area.

     Day 6: Tintern Abbey & Welsh Evening in Cardiff

     Drive south through Shropshire, close to the Welsh border and one of the most unspoiled parts of rural England with gentle hills and picturesque farms. Stop in Ludlow, a town that can trace its origins back 900 years, to see the huge castle and quaint old black and white houses. Continue south through the lovely Welsh countryside to visit the picturesque ruins of Tintern Abbey, founded in 1131. In the 18th century it became a popular haunt of the poet, William Wordsworth. Continue to Cardiff, the youngest and fastest growing capital city in Europe.

    1 Night stay in Cardiff area.

     Day 7: Roman Baths & Stonehenge

     Take a panoramic tour around the highlights of Cardiff including the older buildings as well as the iconic Wales Millennium Centre. A short drive will bring you to the spa city of Bath, popular for its natural hot springs with the Romans 2,000 years ago and again in the 18th century Regency period. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room, wonderfully preserved after two millennia, with hot springs still sending out healing waters. At Salisbury Plain marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of  Stonehenge and learn about the primitive builders who managed to create such an enduring monument. Continue to London and 2 Nights stay in the city.

     Day 8: London Tour & Tower of London

     This morning take a panoramic tour of central London. Some of the highlights of the tour will be Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Visit the mighty Tower of London to see the many fortresses, Beefeaters, ravens and the priceless Crown Jewels.

    Free afternoon and overnight in London.

     Day 9: Departure

     Free time to enjoy the last minute visits and shopping of London and at the required time, transfer to Heathrow Airport.