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ENGLAND WALES AND SCOTLAND

Ancient cities, castles and cathedrals feature on this tour of three countries, each with a different atmosphere and very different, yet equally spectacular highlights.

DAY
1

Arrive into Dover on early morning ferry from Calais. Transfer via the town of Canterbury in Kent, known as the 'Garden of England', to London. Possibility to visit Canterbury Cathedral, or travel along the south coast to the town of Hastings or visit Leeds Castle before reaching London. Overnight London.

DAY
2

Cambridge imageMorning sightseeing in London including a ride on the London Eye and a view of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.  Afternoon free time. Overnight London.

DAY
3

Travel north to visit one of the world's oldest universities - Cambridge University, visiting some of its colleges and chapels. Continue north to visit the fine medieval town of York, founded by the Romans and the capital of Viking kingdom in the 9th century, with its famous Minster. Overnight York / Leeds area.

DAY
4

Visit the small Cathedral city of Durham, and then either take the scenic coastal route along the Northumberland coast with its beaches and castles (eg Alnwick and Bamburgh) to Berwick, or visit Hadrian's Roman Wall,  Melrose and Melrose Abbey. Then continue north to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Overnight Edinburgh.

DAY
5

This morning sightseeing in Edinburgh with a visit to Edinburgh Castle. The castle is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels and dominates the city - no visit to Edinburgh is complete without seeing this grand castle. Then walk along medieval Royal Mile. Afternoon free time for shopping and sightseeing in Edinburgh. This evening why not enjoy a traditional Scottish evening ?. Overnight Edinburgh.

DAY
6

Urquhart Castle imageThis morning we head north again into the Highlands of Scotland with the chance to visit Blair Castle and a whisky distillery at Blair Atholl. Continue north, visiting the legendary Loch Ness. Time allowing visit Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness or the official Loch Ness Monster Exhibition. Overnight Inverness area.

DAY
7

Travel south through Glen Coe and the Nevis mountain range, home to the UK's highest mountain Ben Nevis, and see the rugged beauty of west Scotland. Then it's further south to explore the beautiful areas of the Trossachs and Loch Lomond, taking a cruise on this romantic loch, and a visit to Glengoyne whisky distillery just north of Glasgow. Overnight Glasgow area

DAY
8

Travel back into England.  A visit to Liverpool, the home of the Beatles and one of the largest ports in Britain, and a short visit to Chester, an old town with traces of Roman and medieval history.  Enjoy stylish shopping in the unique medieval two-tier shopping galleries called The Rows, or follow the Roman city walls along a 2 mile (3km) stretch and see the Roman Garden or the Roman amphitheatre.  Overnight in Birmingham area

DAY
9

This morning we travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, which is the birthplace and home of William Shakespeare. His house can still be visited in the centre of the town and the local church contains his grave. The river with its pleasure boats is a colourful focal point of the town in summer. Next we go to Wales with the first stop in Caerphilly to see Caerphilly Castle - the first concentric castle in Britain (walls within walls) and the largest castle in Wales.  The castle is surrounded by artificial lakes and islands and is the second largest castle in Britain after Windsor Castle. Overnight Cardiff area.

DAY
10

Cardiff Millennium Stadium imageIn the morning sightseeing in Cardiff, the capital of Wales, where you can see its Castle as well as the newly developed Cardiff Bay area and the stunning Millennium Stadium. Continue back into England to visit the Roman city of Bath, famous for its Georgian architecture and the visitor attractions of the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms. Time permitting you can also explore the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare. Overnight Bath/Bristol area.

DAY
11

Travel to Salisbury with its magnificent cathedral and Stonehenge, the ancient mystical site in the heart of rural Wiltshire, before heading back across the south of England to Dover. Departure home.