Tour: GC - 2013 (GC) - 2013 / 2014

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Buckingham Palace in London
Buckingham Palace in London

Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in London, England

Welcome to London! Uniformed Globus Hosts will be waiting to welcome you. After checking into your hotel and an afternoon at leisure, we recommend our optional Taste of London excursion, with dinner followed by a guided illumination cruise on the River Thames.

Marvel at the architecture of the infamous Big Ben in London Ride the iconic double decker bus in London Pomp-and-ceremony in London London’s Tower Bridge over the River Thames 
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DAY 2London–Stonehenge–Salisbury–Plymouth

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and depart London at 8 am. First, visit prehistoric STONEHENGE before taking a stroll in picturesque Salisbury with its vast cathedral. Continue on through Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, and head for Plymouth for the next two nights. Spend some time at the historic Barbican to see the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked in 1620, and hear about historical figures such as Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

London’s Tower Bridge over the River Thames Pomp-and-ceremony in London Ride the iconic double decker bus in London The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel 
Stonehenge

Stonehenge


"Built in several stages starting around 3,000 BC, Stonehenge remains one of humankind’s biggest mysteries. While science is still trying to determine the purpose behind this famous prehistoric monument, it is generally assumed to be some sort of astronomical observatory that reflects the changing trajectory of the sun through the sky and the seasons"
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DAY 3Plymouth. Cornwall Excursion

A day full of West Country sights as you head through Daphne du Maurier’s Cornwall. After viewing St. Michael’s Mount, take your photos at Land’s End before exploring the popular seaside resort of St. Ives, where you will be treated to an authentic Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite CORNISH PASTY. Back in Plymouth, why not join an optional excursion into Dartmoor National Park for an evening of storytelling at a local pub? (Breakfast)

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DAY 4Plymouth–Glastonbury–Bath–Cardiff, Wales

At Glastonbury, hear about its associations with King Arthur, and in elegant Bath, see the amazing excavations of the ROMAN BATHS with time to explore further on your own. Stay the night in Cardiff, the Welsh capital. Tonight’s optional is to Cardiff Castle for an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner. (Breakfast)

Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading attractions The Roman Baths once served as a complex for public bathing 
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DAY 5Cardiff–Llandrindod Wells–Chester, England–Liverpool

Your journey through Wales takes you north along the Taff Valley and Brecon Beacons National Park, and via Llandrindod Wells to Chester. On your walking tour, see the Roman remains, the characteristic black and white half-timbered buildings, and the famous two-tiered arcades called the “Rows.” Spend the night in Liverpool; you may wish to join an optional city tour this evening. (Breakfast)

Enjoy the historic architecture of downtown Liverpool Flags along the windy streets of Liverpool 
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DAY 6Liverpool–Lake District–Glasgow, Scotland

Start the day with a visit to the award-winning BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four,” and take home your Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BEATLES STORY SOUVENIR. Later, focus on the tranquil Lake District, considered to be the finest of England’s national parks. After a break in Wordsworth’s beloved Grasmere, head north for the Scottish border and stop at Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Overnight in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow, Scotland 
Gretna Green

Gretna Green


"There are many legends of love that surround Gretna Green – the first town encountered across the Scottish border. For centuries, Gretna Green has been synonymous with elopement and blacksmith marriages, although marriage by a blacksmith is more legend than fact. Until the 18th century, church marriages among the lower classes in Europe were almost unheard of. Instead, lower class weddings were usually looked at as “marriage by declaration.” When England passed the Marriage Act of 1754, establishing church weddings as the only legal form of marriage, a sudden industry began over the border in Scotland, where couples could still wed by declaration. Scottish “blacksmith priests” began working in pubs and inns and the eloping couples came in droves."
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DAY 7Glasgow–Isle of Skye–Inverness

Follow the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, then proceed via Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, Fort William, and the “Road to the Isles.” At Mallaig, board your FERRY for the crossing to the Isle of Skye, where you visit the MUSEUM OF THE ISLES at the Clan Donald Centre, and enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TEA and CAKE at the Stables restaurant. Return to the mainland and trace the shores of Loch Ness on the way to the Highland capital. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Loch Lomond Enjoy the panoramic views of Scotland from the Isle of Skye Loch Lomond 
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DAY 8Inverness–Braemar–St. Andrews–Edinburgh

Main features today: the battlefield of Culloden Moor; Braemar, home of the Royal Highland Games; St. Andrews; and over the elegant Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. Tonight, an optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. For departure numbers July 27 through August 17, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (Breakfast)

View over Auld Reekie in Edinburgh, Scotland Enjoy the sounds of bagpipes and drums at the Military Tattoo performance Culloden Moor 
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DAY 9Edinburgh

Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the “Old Town,” drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (except when the Queen is in residence). Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia to see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. (Breakfast)

For over forty years, the Royal Yacht served the British Royal Family.  Britannia is now a unique five-star visitor experience; come and tour five decks of this historic ship. The Edinburgh Castle dominating the skyline of Edinburgh, Scotland The Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh serves as the offical residence of the Queen Atop the famous Edinburgh rock, the Edinburgh Castle provides panoramic views 
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DAY 10Edinburgh–Alnwick, England–York

This morning at ALNWICK CASTLE the choice is yours: visit the CASTLE itself, the opulent ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, or explore ALNWICK GARDEN, where the fountains and waterfalls are a breathtaking feature. Next, pass a section of Hadrian’s Wall on your way to York, England’s most complete medieval city. Here, stand in front of the great structure of York Minster, then follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 11York–Stratford-Upon-Avon–London

On the last leg of your journey, stop at Stratford-upon-Avon to take pictures of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and visit SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE. On return to London at about 3:30 pm, a Shownight Theater Evening would be an incredible finale to your vacation. (Breakfast)

The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel Ride the iconic double decker bus in London Marvel at the architecture of the infamous Big Ben in London Pomp-and-ceremony in London 
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DAY 12London

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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