Day 1:ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND.
Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts will be waiting to welcome you. The afternoon is at your leisure. For a first experience of London, you might like to join our optional Taste of London excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illumination cruise on the Thames River.
Start your day with a walking tour past some of London’s most remarkable landmarks. Your Local Guide will bring you to Parliament Square where you’ll see the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Church of St. Margaret’s-all part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, take photographs of the statues of famous statesmen who oversee the comings and goings of today’s politicians: Sir Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela, just to name a few; and of Millicent Garrett Fawcett, a leading suffragist who campaigned tirelessly for women’s rights. Your guide will then lead you to the LONDON EYE for a 30-minute ride on the giant observation wheel, with stunning panoramas of the city. This afternoon, why not to join an optional excursion to the Tower of London with its fabulous Crown Jewels.
Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and depart at 8 am for a memorable day of sightseeing. First, travel to prehistoric STONEHENGE; explore the visitor centre with its imaginative exhibitions, before admiring the magnificence of the monument up close. Then, enjoy a traditional carvery LUNCH at a local pub before heading to Exeter where you will spend the next two nights. There is time to discover this small but vibrant city in the heart of Devon on your own.
Day 4:EXETER. CORNWALL EXCURSION.
Enjoy magnificent scenery today as you drive to Cornwall, of Poldark fame, and to the pretty fishing village and former smuggler’s port of Looe. In Plymouth, see the historic Barbican and the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked in 1620. Then, head into Dartmoor, famous for the wild, open moorlands and deep river valleys, rich history and rare wildlife. Stop in Widecombe-in-the-Moor with its prominent church, cozy tea rooms, and lively pubs before returning to Exeter.
Day 5:EXETER-BATH-CARDIFF, WALES.
This morning, travel to elegant Bath to see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS. Constructed around 70 AD as a grand bathing and socializing complex, this is one of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world. After the visit, you will have time to explore the town on your own and marvel at the honey-coloured Georgian architecture. Stay the night in Cardiff, the Welsh capital. You might want to join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner tonight.
Day 6:CARDIFF-TINTERN-COTSWOLDS, ENGLAND-STRATFORDUPON- AVON-WARWICK.
Start your day with a visit to Tintern, the stunning home to a famous Cistercian abbey, set in the beautiful Wye Valley. Continue to the Cotswolds with its picturesque villages and idyllic rolling English landscapes. Stop in Broadway before making your way to Stratford-upon- Avon, where your Tour Director will take you to SHAKESPEARE’S SCHOOLROOM, where William was educated and inspired to become one of the world’s greatest playwrights.
Set amidst glorious countryside near the Welsh Borders, Shrewsbury is one of England’s finest medieval market towns. You will have time to stroll through narrow streets and alleyways and see the timber-framed black and white buildings of Charles Darwin’s hometown. In Liverpool, visit THE BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.”
Day 8:LIVERPOOL-LAKE DISTRICT-GRETNA GREEN, SCOTLAND-GLASGOW.
Travel back in time in England’s Lake District as you climb aboard the LAKESIDE & HAVERTHWAITE RAILWAY STEAM TRAIN and enjoy beautiful views of the Levens Valley from your carriage. Continue your journey aboard a WINDERMERE STEAMER to Bowness and take in the wooded shoreline and distant stretches of the high moorland. On your way to Glasgow for your overnight stay, stop in Gretna Green, where the blacksmith would wed runaway couples.
Day 9:GLASGOW-FORT WILLIAM-CULLODEN MOOR-INVERNESS.
Follow the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond and head through wild Rannoch Moor into the Highlands. Via haunting Glen Coe, reach Fort William beneath Ben Nevis. Then, travel along Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, and Loch Ness of ‘Nessie’ fame to the CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE. Hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Overnight in the Highlands capital of Inverness.
Day 10:INVERNESS-PITLOCHRY-ST. ANDREWS-EDINBURGH.
Enjoy beautiful vistas of the Cairngroms National Park on your way to the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry. Then to St. Andrews, home of golf and a famous university town, and over the elegant Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. Tonight, you might like to join an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Join your Local Guide on a walking tour along the famous Royal Mile. On the way, discover Edinburgh’s deepest secret, THE REAL MARY KING’S CLOSE, a warren of hidden streets frozen in time since the 17th Century. Your tour will finish at EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Tour five decks and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure numbers 0801, 0808, 0815, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.