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Your Journey Begins
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Welcome to London
Welcome to London. After checking into your hotel, the afternoon is free to enjoy a city that is famous for its pomp and pageantry. Perhaps relax with a walk along the Serpentine in Hyde Park or window shop in the elegant boutiques of Knightsbridge? Alternatively, you may want to stroll along the Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London.
From London to Edinburgh.
In the morning, transfer to the train station and take your comfortable, standard-class seats. Your cross-country journey takes you through the green English countryside as you travel to Scotland - land of legends and romance. You are then transferred to Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, where the rest of the day is yours to relax. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 17:30 for a Welcome Dinner and the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening.
Edinburgh, The Capital of Culture.
Join a Local Expert to see the highlights of the city. Enjoy a drive along Princes Street to the ornate Scott Memorial and see the 18th century New Town with its neoclassical Adam facades. Over in the Old Town, visit Edinburgh Castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and Scotland’s crown jewels, known as The Honours of Scotland. At the bottom of the Royal Mile stands the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen. With the afternoon at leisure, why not visit the art treasures in the National Gallery? On select departures, you will also attend the spectacular Military Tattoo - a colourful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Ardgowan, Gretna Green and the English Lakes.
Depart the majestic Scottish capital and journey to Ardgowan, set in a stunning 10,000-acre coastal estate. Meet Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart for a tour of the expansive house and learn the histories of the area, the family, the domain and its contents - you may even hear about the ghost! Delight in freshly-made, traditional Scottish Tea and Scones. Continue to Gretna Green to see the famous spot where runaway lovers were married over the anvil at the blacksmith's shop. Your travels continues to the picturesque English Lake District and dinner is served at your hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere.
English Poets and the Lake District Experience.
Devote the day to a scenic wonderland of rugged mountains and tranquil waters - inspiration to a host of English poets. Visit Wordsworth's grave in the small churchyard at Grasmere. Appreciate the scenic beauty of the English Lake District on a relaxing cruise admiring the magnificent views of rugged mountains, secluded bays and wooded islands. Then, embark on a nostalgic steam train ride along the banks of the beautiful River Leven.
Windermere to York.
Enjoy a morning at leisure before travelling through the Yorkshire Dales to arrive at the charming village of Haworth. Visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum, created within the actual home of the Brontë family. Learn about the family's literary legacy and what inspired them from the surroundings of their own home. Your journey continues to York, one of the oldest cities in England. In the evening, take the opportunity to mix with the locals over dinner and drinks.
The Viking city of York.
Enjoy an exploration of one of Britain’s most historic cities, controlled by the Vikings during the 9th and 10th century and now renowned for its exquisite architecture. Walk within the town walls with a Local Expert to see the huge York Minster, Britain’s largest medieval cathedral. Explore the tangle of quaint, narrow, cobbled streets and see the Shambles. There is plenty of time to further explore on you own, perhaps visit the National Railway Museum housing over 300 years of history, or continue wandering the well-preserved city walls?
Lincoln’s Magna Carta and on to Stratford.
Visit Lincoln Castle, one of the finest Norman castles in England. Your tour will include a chance to see one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta. Continue to pretty Stratford, beautifully situated on the River Avon. Your hotel is set in its own private grounds, just a short walk from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the town's wealth of black and white timber-framed buildings.
Discover how William Shakespeare and his incredible works continue to delight audiences today when you visit his birthplace, full of interesting memorabilia and artefacts relating to his life. Later, join your Travel Director for a traditional Sunday Roast Dinner, served with Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings.
The Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace and Bath.
An enchanting day awaits in the morning. Cross the beautiful Cotswold hills, a chocolate box scene of golden stone villages with roses round the doors. Visit the magnificent stately home and gardens of Blenheim Palace, the greatest building of the English Baroque. Continue to the elegant Georgian city of Bath, built in amphitheatre-style on the surrounding hills. Your Travel Director introduces you to the impressive Royal Crescent and Pulteney Bridge, both built in mellow local stone. See the angels climbing Jacob's Ladder on Bath Abbey.
The City of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built above Britain's only thermal, mineral springs and the key highlight is of course a visit to the Roman Baths. See incredibly well-preserved remains of one of the greatest spas of the ancient world, still flowing with the natural hot water from the springs. With the rest of the day at leisure, why not soak and relax with a visit to Thermae Spa? Alternatively, you may wish to follow in the steps of Jane Austen with a visit to the Jane Austen Centre? In the evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers as you raise a glass over your Celebration Dinner to commend your wonderful journey.
Ancient Stonehenge to London.
Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the pre-historic and mysterious Stonehenge, where the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths are reputed to be up to 5,000 years old. Your journey concludes upon arrival at the Amba Hotel Marble Arch in London.
Your journey comes to an end after breakfast.
Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trips. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.
Edinburgh has more eateries per head than any other city in the UK and your Tour Director knows which ones shine and which ones to shun! Join your fellow companions for a fun evening out in this vibrant city. Visit a prized local restaurant for a delicious three course dinner with a glass of wine, beer or soft drink included.
Adult Price: GBP 38.00
Join us for a lively and memorable evening of traditional Scottish song, dance, tartan and bagpipes. In addition to wine and dinner, your kilted hosts will lead you through some of the best-loved Scottish music and songs. You'll learn a Highland dance or two and sample Scotland’s national dish - haggis. An exceptional Scottish experience!
Adult Price: GBP 60.00
This magnificent ship has hosted some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. For four royal couples, Britannia was to provide a honeymoon sanctuary before the onset of married life in the world's most photographed family. Now berthed in Leith, you are welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.
Adult Price: GBP 23.00
Enjoy a guided visit to an authentic 19th-century farm. We'll see Shire horses and explore the largest collection of Steam Engines/Vintage Tractors in the Lake District. We'll learn the technique for milking their prized Jersey Cows and also how they make butter from the milk. Then, we'll have free time to wander around the farm before indulging in some "Homemade Refreshments". A truly unique experience awaits.
Adult Price: GBP 22.00
Beginning with a drink and a delicious meal in a local restaurant, you'll then discover tales of murder and mystery from the 2000-year-old Roman city of York as you take a stroll with the local ghost hunter.
Adult Price: GBP 40.00
Enjoy an evening of cosy comfort in an historic country English pub that dates back to the 1600s. Dinner includes a three-course menu with some traditional favourites washed down with a local ale or glass of wine.
Adult Price: GBP 32.00
Discover the fascinating history of the Royal Shakespeare Company. We'll explore the private and public areas of this storied theatrical institution and then enjoy afternoon tea.
Adult Price: GBP 24.00
As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Bath is a unique city bursting with history from the Romans to 18th-century Georgians. There's no better way to bring the history of this beautiful city to life than with a knowledgeable Local Expert. You´ll discover some of Baths most celebrated landmarks, beautiful Georgian houses, and charming cobbled alleyways. Complete the experience in true British style with an afternoon tea in the oldest house in Bath dating back to 1482. Try a local speciality - the famous Sally Lunn bun - a favourite of residents and visitors alike, including Jane Austen!
Adult Price: GBP 28.00
London (Traditional) - England
Located at the west end Oxford Street and just 2 minutes' walk from Hyde Park, Amba Hotel Marble Arch (formerly the Thistle Marble Arch) is less than a mile from London's famed West End.
Edinburgh (Traditional) - Scotland
The hotel is situated in Edinburgh’s beautiful old town, within walking distance of the Scottish Parliament building.
Windermere (Traditional) - England
This hotel, contained in a 17th century building, rests on the shores of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake.
York (Traditional) - England
Situated in the walls of York, close to the minster and the best York has to offer.
Stratford (Traditional) - England
The Stratford is an award-winning boutique hotel in the centre of this historic town.
Bath (Traditional) - England
Our guests rate us
10940 independent user reviews received during the past year.
14 August, 2018
Trip: it covered wide area in a short time you could choose what you wanted to do
Service: good organisation of the tour the problems I had are beyond your control
09 August, 2018
Trip: So many great sites and lots of time to explore on our own.
Service: Rose, who met us at the hotel in London was friendly and helpful and assisted us the following day with a smooth transition onto the train to Edinburgh! Matt, our tour director was the best! Knowledgable, friendly, helpful, generous and a great sense of humour!! Thank you Matt :)
19 July, 2018
Trip: Birdsall, Ardgowan and Sr Ludie, and Blenham Palace alone made the itenery. Birdsall was excellent in particular. Only real disappointment was the train ride which was described in glowing terms in the description of the tour. I suggest you only say there is a train ride and then there is less disappointment. Even with train ride I can recommend the itinerary. I also suggest that you talk to dining people at McDonald Hotel at Windmere for poor service. They said we couldn’t have dinner napkins because we were a tour group. Again this was NOT Insight people but hotel staff. Please do not make my name available publically. Please let Insight know my name so I can be reimbused for transfer to airport to go home which Insight misscheduled. Our flight left before when the transfer was scheduled.
Service: Whatever we asked for we either got or an explanation was provided. Hotel dining staff in Windemere demonstrated poor service but this was NOT Insight staff. They refused to give us dinner napkins because we were a travel group. Further there was a mix up on when our transfer to the airport for our flight back to the USA. Insight scheduled our transfer for 10:50 am when our flight left at 10:38 am. We figured out the error at the last minute and by just throwing our clothes in our luggage, skipping breakfast and shower, brush teeth etc and paying for a hotel car to take us to airport we just made the flight. We sure would like to get reimbursed for the transfer which was not scheduled right so we could not use it!!!
19 July, 2018
Trip: We loved having all 2 night stays. In fact, this is why we chose this tour. The only place that wasn't enjoyable was Stonehenge because it was so crowded. If another ancient site could be substituted, it would be much better.
Service: We took the Elegance of Great Britain tour in June 2018 and loved it! Everything was well planned and very enjoyable.
19 July, 2018
Trip: Loved the relaxed pace of this vacation. It was nice to have things to do, it was equally nice to have lots of free time in each city. 2 nights per city is now my preferred trip style.
Service: We had a great vacation, our tour director was great and very attentive to our needs and wants.
10 July, 2018
Trip: I really enjoyed all of the places we visited, however, there were some aspects of this itinerary that might have some people considering alternate vacation plans. We found most of the included dinners suffered from one or two problems. One appeared to be staff that was unprepared to handle the size of our tour group and/or the food was very substandard and in one location, downright inedible.
Service: Our Tour Direction and Bus Driver were excellent. The tour director was very knowledgeable about the places we visited and was readily available and willing to help with any situation or just to share information. The bus driver was pleasant, safety conscious, and kept the coach sparkling clean, inside and out!
07 July, 2018
Trip: Great itinerary loved, the Castles, Places, and learning more about the Authors and English history. Would love to see more of Scotland, like Sterling Castle & and Isle Of Skye. Maybe one more day in London to see Tower Of London. Loved the dinners & Lunchs at the estates.
05 July, 2018
Trip: I loved the Birdsall manor home that we toured and had dinner in, the Lincoln castle was great (altho we needed A LOT more time to see it), and the tour and tea at Ludo's manor was excellent.
Service: It was a well-planned trip, the guide was very good, and the sites were fun.
05 July, 2018
Trip: Wonderful tour, but I feel that we needed a full day in London.
Service: Always there, always to answer my questions and give helpful suggestions
05 July, 2018
Trip: We just enjoyed all of it. It was a good balance of Scotland and England. We liked the relaxed starts.
Service: Our guide and driver were both great.
01 July, 2018
Trip: Did not enjoy Ardgowan Estate as we were under the impression we were to see the gardens, spent a long time listening to a lecture instead. We were also rushed at Stonehenge, 2 hours didn't allow for a full experience.
Service: Overall the trip was good, our director was organized and attentive however, our taxi at the end of the trip (pre-booked) with you was 45 minutes late. We had to make several calls and were frustrated as we had a flight to catch. Someone dropped the ball. Meals were too late in the day and service was astonishingly slow.
23 June, 2018
Trip: Overall a wonderful arrangement of stuff to see and appreciate the time and distance factors that go into organising these trips.some of the tour talks could have been shorter,and would have loved to have walked from one village to another to grasp the closeness of the villages in some areas like we see on escape to the country on tv.
Service: David Parry was excellent and also Paul the coach driver.Both men very professional,punctual,caring.lovely coach,comfortable and overall I would recommend insight to others.I appreciate that going on a tour such as this there is a mix of people and personalities,but it does take the shine off the trip when certain customers don’t want to join in and complain about everything.It makes it hard on the tour guide but David did very well.
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