London, York & Edinburgh with Stonehenge & Bath
Discover the best of London, York and Edinburgh by rail. Highlights of this 11-day vacation include a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral, a full-day excursion to Bath and Stonehenge, and a visit to Edinburgh Castle.
The United Kingdom is steeped in history. Enjoy stays in three of its impressive cities with ample time to explore each as you like. Explore London, England’s capital city, viewing its historic and famous sights on a guided sightseeing tour including a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Tour prehistoric Stonehenge. See the 2,000-year-old Roman Baths. Travel to York by train, where a hop-on/hop-off tour allows you to explore the city at leisure including the York Minster and the narrow Shambles. Continue your travels to Edinburgh by train, where a city tour showcases both the “New Town” and “Old Town,” following the Royal Mile for a visit to the imposing Edinburgh Castle.
Highlights and Inclusions
- First-class accommodations for 9 nights
- First-class express train travel between London and York and York and Edinburgh
- Breakfast daily
- Visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral
- Excursion to Bath and Stonehenge
- Hop-on/hop-off tour of York
- Visit to Edinburgh Castle
- Services of local hosts
Day 1 - Depart USA for London
Board your international flight for the journey across the Atlantic Ocean. (Air travel not included in tour cost)
Day 2 - London, England
Arrive in London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, and a leading and vibrant global city. Your local hosts will help you make the most of your time. Overnight London. (B)
Day 3 - London Sightseeing
This morning's guided sightseeing and orientation includes all of London's famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married; Whitehall's mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister's Downing Street; and Piccadilly Circus. Take photographs of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the river bank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Then, visit St. Paul's Cathedral. Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London's skyline and the awe-inspiring interior holds fascinating stories about its history. The final highlight is the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard (if held) at Buckingham Palace. Overnight London. (B)
Day 4 - London at Leisure
Ask your local hosts for suggestions to make the best of the day. Maybe a flight on the London Eye, a visit to Madame Tussauds celebrity wax figure exhibition, or a London pub dining experience, followed by an illumination cruise on the River Thames. Overnight London. (B)
Day 5 - Stonehenge & Bath Excursion
Explore the brand-new Stonehenge Visitor Centre and walk around the most famous prehistoric monument in the world, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, head to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. Following a scenic drive into the heart of the city, visit the Roman Baths, built nearly 2,000 years ago. You will also have time to enjoy coffee in the famous Pump Room, or just stroll past Bath Abbey and along the River Avon. Overnight London. (B)
Day 6 - London to York by Rail
Today travel to York by express train (first-class). Overnight York. (B)
Day 7 - York Sightseeing
Your hop-on/hop-off sightseeing ticket for the “City of the Dreaming Spires” allows you to experience and discover in-depth one of the most inspiring cities in England. Take time to admire mighty York Minster and to walk through the narrow Shambles, and perhaps take afternoon tea at the historic Bettys Café Tea Rooms. Overnight York. (B)
Day 8 - York to Edinburgh by Rail
Travel to Edinburgh by express train (first-class) today. Overnight Edinburgh. (B)
Day 9 - Edinburgh Sightseeing
Your morning guided sightseeing and orientation tour* introduces you to the 200-year-old elegant “New Town” with its original neo-classical and Georgian period architecture. In the “Old Town,” follow the Royal Mile and visit Edinburgh Castle, perched on top of a rocky crag, the remnants of an extinct volcano. Tour the castle and admire the “Honours of Scotland,” the oldest set of crown jewels in the British Isles and first used for the coronation of Mary Queen of Scots in 1543. Overnight Edinburgh. (B)
Day 10 - Edinburgh at Leisure
You have a full day at leisure to explore the vibrant Scottish capital. Your local host will assist you with recommendations, such as a visit to Rosslyn Chapel, setting for part of The Da Vinci Code, or an entertaining evening Ghosts and Ghouls walking tour of old Edinburgh. Or perhaps travel out of the city for the day to visit Loch Ness, Glen Coe, and the Highlands. Overnight Edinburgh. (B)
Day 11 - Edinburgh
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, London
Located in fashionable Kensington, the striking, 27-story property offers excellent transport links close to London's key attractions. The hotel is a 2-minute walk to Gloucester Road underground station and only four stops on the underground to Paddington. Trendy Kensington's restaurants and cafés are at your doorstep, and the Natural History Museum and brand-name shopping on bustling High Street Kensington are a short walk away. The elegant Consortia Restaurant serves a varied European menu of hearty breakfasts, light lunches and delicious dinners, and the Cromwell Tavern offers chilled beers, world wines, and spirits. The hotel also boasts a fitness center and a gift shop. Monograms clients are offered four hours of complimentary Wi-Fi access.
Hilton York Hotel
Conveniently located inside the city walls and opposite Clifford's Tower, the hotel is within walking distance of some of the town's most popular tourist attractions and the business district. With a choice of two fully serviced bars and restaurants, there is something on offer at the Hilton York hotel to satisfy all tastes. The restaurants serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
G&V Royal Mile
A stunning, contemporary landmark on the historic Royal Mile in the heart of the Scottish capital, offering iconic design characterized by the rich Scottish heritage. The hotel is situated in Edinburgh's stylish Old Town, a 5-minute walk from lively Princes Street, and only a half-mile from the magnificent castle. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all public areas and guestrooms. The award-winning signature restaurant Cucina, serves dishes inspired by classic Italian cooking, using the finest, freshest ingredients, simply prepared. The impressive cellar offers fine and rare wines, and the glamorous Bar G&V mixes creative cocktails using quality spirits and unique glassware. The hotel's spa offers all the facilities to de-stress, wind down, or perk up after the day out.
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*Sightseeing in Edinburgh may take place on day 10.
Hotel upgrades, flights, transfers and additional sightseeing are available at an additional charge.