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St Andrews to Land's End

Soldiers in red jackets and bearskins parading past the gates of Buckingham Palace/

Buckingham Palace (VisitEngland/Diana Jarvis)

The tall stone circle of Stonehenge/

Stonehenge (VisitEngland/English Heritage/Iain Lewis)

Half timber house of Shakespeares birthplace in Stratford/

Shakespeare's House, Stratford (VisitEngland/Shakespeares Birth Trust/Amy Murrell)

View across a calm lake to grassy hills in Ullswater, Cumbria/

Ullswater (VisitEngland/Alex Hare)

View of the entrance to Windsor Castle/

Windsor Castle (VisitEngland/Doug Harding)

Day 1: London Arrival & Windsor Castle
You will start your holiday at your hotel in Windsor where you will meet your tour director at 2:30pm. You will then visit residence of the Queen, Windsor Castle and get to see the beautifully decorated State Apartments and courtyards. Before dinner at your hotel, you will meet again with your tour director who will go through the tour itinerary with you. After dining in the hotel, enjoy a short walk around the town with a local guide. (D)

Day 2: Stonehenge & Salisbury
Today you will visit Stonehenge and discover the history behind its creation, then on to the old city of Salisbury whose cathedral has the tallest spire in England. You will then arrive in Plymouth where you can check into your hotel. (B, D)

Day 3: Lanhydrock House & Dartmoor National Park
Explore the late-victorian Lanhydrock House with its many grand rooms before a drive through Dartmoor National Park, the largest area of open country in Southern England with stunning scenery. You will get chance to explore one of the surrounding villages before dinner back in Plymouth. (B, D)

Day 4: Cornwall & Land’s End
Travel to Marazion, a beautiful village on the coast with long, sandy beaches. Here you will be able to see the outline of St Michael’s Mount which provides a great photo opportunity. You will then continue on to Land’s End, the most westerly point of Britain. Here you can visit the Minack Theatre, an open-air arena used for plays that dates back to the 1930’s. See the stunning array of plants and flowers in the gardens before returning for dinner in Plymouth. (B, D)

Day 5: Roman Baths & Cardiff Castle
Today you will head to Bath, famous for its natural hot springs used by the Romans 2,000 years ago. Explore the Roman Baths and Pump Room here before travelling to Cardiff for a sightseeing tour and walk around the bay. See Cardiff Castle and enjoy a Welsh evening meal accompanied by Welsh music and entertainment. (B, D)

Day 6: Hay-on-Wye & Shrewsbury
View the majestic scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park and stop in Hay-on Wye, famous for its many bookshops. Continue on through the Shropshire Hills to Shrewsbury, close to the Welsh border. The Town Crier will then take you on a walking tour to view the black and white buildings lining the narrow streets and to discover the area’s history. You will then travel to your hotel, situated near Holmes Chapel to the east of Chester. (B, D)

Day 7: North Wales & Chester
Enjoy the stunning views as you travel through Llangollen and the Horseshoe Pass on your way to Conwy, known for its large castle. Walk around the streets on a guided tour, visiting the smallest house in Britain. Enjoy another walking tour in Chester to see the medieval black and white buildings and Roman Walls. Return to Holmes Chapel for dinner. (B, D)

Day 8: Lake District & Scottish Evening
Journey through the magnificent Lake District and stop in Grasmere, the charming village where William Wordsworth lived and is buried. Stop at the Old Blacksmith’s Shop in Gretna Green, a popular shopping venue where you can purchase quality Scottish goods. Check into your hotel in Edinburgh before enjoying a Scottish evening with local food and entertainment. (B, D)

Day 9: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Explore Edinburgh in the morning, starting in the “New Town” which was home to many famous writers and inventors. See the Royal Mile with its narrow medieval houses and take a tour around Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. You can then spend the afternoon at leisure. Experience the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo if travelling between 31st July and 14th August. (B)

Day 10: Excursion to St Andrews
Head north to St Andrews, location of Scotland’s oldest University. View the sights both on a walking tour and a drive around the town visiting the ruins of St Andrews Castle and Cathedral. The rest of the day is free to spend at leisure. (B)

Day 11: Scottish Borders & York
Travel south from Edinburgh stopping in Jedburgh on the way where you will find the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Continue south to York for a walking tour of its narrow streets, especially the Shambles, where the medieval houses almost touch from one side of the street to the other. Visit York Minster in the city centre, famous for its stained glass windows. Enjoy your evening meal in a traditional, old English pub. (B, D)

Day 12: Historic Train Ride & Castle Howard
Today you will travel by vintage locomotive on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Enjoy a walking tour of Whitby, visiting its winding streets and quaint buildings. Tour the elaborate chambers of Castle Howard, an imposing 18th century mansion where Evelyn Waugh’s celebrated novel, “Brideshead Revisited” was filmed. (B, D)

Day 13: Shakespeare’s Birthplace & London
Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and see an exhibition of his life and work. Here you will get the chance to go inside the house where he was born. Drive through the Cotswolds and onwards to your hotel in London. (B)

Day 14: Tower of London & City Sightseeing
Take a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks such as Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column flanked by huge lions in 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. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 15: Independent Tour of London Experience the sights of London from an open-top bus. There are many different bus routes for and also a walking tour and a River Thames cruise. (B)

Day 16: Depart for Home Enjoy a final breakfast before heading home. (B)

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