Next Destination: Ireland

April 6 – 15, 2014

Details will be posted soon.

Call 800-239-5233, ext. 135

Visit the Land of Downton Abbey
featuring England, Scotland and Wales

November 07 - November 16, 2013
10 Days • 13 Meals
8 Breakfasts • 5 Dinners
Highlights: London, London Theatre Performance**, Cambridge, York, Edinburgh Castle, Lake District, North Wales, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cotswolds, Stonehenge
Rates Per Person

$3279  Single: $3729  Triple: $3249

Deposit:  $250 per person deposit due at booking.

*Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport,Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges,Hotel Transfers.
*Not Included in Price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $220 per person.
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Day 2 - 3 Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London
Day 4 Marriott York, York
Day 5 - 6 Mercure Edinburgh (Mount Royal Ramada Jarvis), Edinburgh
Day 7 Ruthin Castle, Ruthin
Day 8 - 9 Falcon Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon
On some dates alternate hotels may be used.
Essential Experiences
  • Visit the historic town of Cambridge, home of the elite university.
  • Discover the beauty of the picturesque Lake District.
  • See the Crown Jewels of Scotland during your guided tour of Edinburgh Castle.
  • Enjoy an overnight stay in a beautiful castle situated in the north of Wales.

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Next Destination: Ireland

April 6 – 15, 2014

Details will be posted soon.
Call 800-239-5233, ext. 135

Included Meals Key
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Day 1: Thursday, November 07, 2013 Overnight Flight
Fly from the Birmingham Airport and arrive to feel the vibrant energy of England, hear the unique sounds of Scotland and see the rolling countryside of Wales on a trip that combines the exploration of dramatic history and natural wonders.

Day 2: Friday, November 08, 2013 London, England - Tour Begins
Your tour begins in London, the cosmopolitan and historic capital of Britain. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Saturday, November 09, 2013 London
This morning, see the quintessential sights of London hosted by a local guide. View Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the changing of the guard (if held)*. London has one of the best live theatre scenes in the world. Later today, enjoy one of London's spectacular theatre performances**. (B)

Day 4: Sunday, November 10, 2013 London - Cambridge - York
Today you visit Cambridge, home of the famous university which is more than 800 years old. Later, stroll through the medieval city of York. See the famous Minster and walk on the "Shambles," a quaint, narrow street that appears today almost as it did during the Middle Ages. Here you'll find great shopping and a street that is so narrow in parts that you can almost reach both sides with your outstretched arms. (B, D)

Day 5: Monday, November 11, 2013 York - Border Region - Edinburgh, Scotland
Head north through the rolling fields on your way to Bonnie ("lovely" in Scottish) Scotland. Stretching across the country you will find Hadrian's Wall, which once marked the northern border of the Roman Empire. Stop to see this ancient fortification that was begun in AD 122 to protect Roman Britain from the tribes of Scotland. Next, drive through Scotland's Border region before arriving in Edinburgh, the "Athens of the North." Enjoy discovering Scotland's exciting capital city which is rich in scenic beauty and culture. (B, D)

Day 6: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Edinburgh
Enjoy a locally-guided tour of Edinburgh that includes a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish crown jewels. You will get a glimpse at what life is like for the royals during your visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse***, the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and once the home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Your evening is at leisure to sample one of Edinburgh's fine restaurants and perhaps take an evening stroll through Princes Street Gardens to view the illuminated castle. (B)

Day 7: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Edinburgh - Lake District, England - Wales
Your final stop in Scotland is at the border town of Gretna Green, where generations of runaway couples came to be married. Later, return to England and travel through the picturesque Lake District. In the heart of the Lake District, visit the charming village of Grasmere, home of the poet William Wordsworth. End your day with an overnight stay in beautiful Ruthin Castle situated in the north of Wales. Tonight, enjoy a typical Welsh-style dinner followed by traditional entertainment. (B, D)

Day 8: Thursday, November 14, 2013 Wales - Stratford-upon-Avon
Journey to Stratford-upon-Avon, your home for the next two nights and birthplace of William Shakespeare, England's most famous playwright. Walk in Shakespeare's footsteps, visiting his birthplace as well as Anne Hathaway's thatch-roofed cottage, the childhood home of the author's wife. (B)

Day 9: Friday, November 15, 2013 Stratford - Stonehenge - Cotswolds - Stratford
No visit to Britain would be complete without a visit to Stonehenge of Celtic and Druid lore. Start your day at this mystical and fascinating site. Then, travel through some of England's most beautiful countryside. Explore the picturesque villages of the idyllic Cotswolds region, including Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner as you toast the conclusion of a wonderful trip. (B, D)

Day 10: Saturday, November 16, 2013 Stratford-upon-Avon - Tour Ends
Your journey through Britain ends today as you fly back across the ocean and arrive in Birmingham. (B)

A Scottish Night Out • $85.00
Join us for a rollicking evening of classic Scottish entertainment while dining on a banquet prepared from a selection of local recipes. Your tastebuds will savor the true flavor and goodness of this special country. The evening is full of entertainment including Highland pipers & dancers - the very best in Scottish music, song and dance. A highlight of the evening is the Ceremony of the Haggis, and, of course, you may try this national dish. Be prepared for a Scottish night of food, fun and many fond memories!
Warwick Castle with Dinner • $70.00
Visit one of Britain's most treasured Castles with over 1,000 years of amazing history. Walk among the spectacular landscapes and formal gardens and if you are lucky you may see the beautiful peacocks that stroll the grounds. Enjoy an expertly guided tour of the Great Hall, the staterooms and other key attractions. Your visit will conclude with a private three course dinner at the castle including wine. Experience a regal evening of medieval history as you dine in one of England's most formidable landmarks.


Worry-Free Cancellation
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British Landscapes
Listed below is important information to assist you in preparing for your upcoming trip. This information provided will help you have a more enjoyable experience while you are on your tour.
On some programs, there are a limited number of single and triple rooms. Double rooms usually consist of 2 beds. Triple rooms are normally a standard double room with 2 beds. A cot or rollaway bed may be added to the double room at some hotels, based on room size and fire codes. When triples are not available, appropriate charges for single and twin accommodations will be assessed. We make every effort to accommodate your specific requests and forward them to the hotels. These requests cannot be guaranteed as hotels may not always be able to honor them. Check-in times are set by individual hotel properties and vary by hotel. Depending on your arrival time, there may be a delay in gaining access to your room as most hotels offer afternoon check-in. We ask guests to observe check-out times at all properties as designated by the hotel. Some hotels require a credit card imprint or your passport information upon check-in in order to activate telephones in the rooms and for potential incidental charges. Most hotels charge an access fee for using phones in hotel rooms. Please check with the front desk personnel at each hotel for specific policies. Hotel membership programs are not applicable. In certain countries, hotel rooms tend to be smaller than standard U.S. accommodations. Please be assured that we use high quality properties throughout each country.
The Americans with Disabilities Act does not apply outside of the United States. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the special needs of tour participants. Persons requiring individual assistance must be accompanied by a companion who is capable of, and totally responsible for, providing the necessary assistance. Neither our personnel nor its suppliers may physically lift or assist clients onto transportation vehicles. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to a tour member who has special mobility, dietary or other like needs.
Arrival Day Suggestions
Due to varied flight schedules and different arrival times of our tour guests, your tour will not have any scheduled activities prior to dinner on Day 1. Should your flight schedule allow for an earlier arrival time that day, enjoy the great opportunity for some independent exploration.
Clothing & Packing Tips
If you are taking prescription medication, please be sure to take an adequate supply for your tour and a few additional days, in original prescription containers. Medication should be packed in your carry-on baggage. Do not place it in your checked luggage. You may want to carry an extra prescription in a separate bag in case medication is lost.
Your personal bank card may work at local ATM machines in the destination you are traveling to and would dispense local currency. Please contact your bank to determine if this option is available, that your PIN number will be accepted, to inform them that you are traveling and to determine if any charges apply for each transaction. You may exchange your money at airports, banks, exchange bureaus, and at most hotels. In most cases, a commission charge will be assessed to exchange your money. At the hotel or in the city usually offer a better currency exchange rate than airports. We recommend carrying only a few major credit cards. Credit card purchases often provide an extra guarantee on your purchase (check with your specific credit card company for details and fees). It is advisable to contact any credit card company you intend utilizing while on tour before you depart to notify them where you will be traveling, to avoid any rejection of services. Currency in England, Scotland and Wales is the British Pound. Please note that many places in Europe will not accept 100 USD bills as there has been a high rate of counterfeit notes circulating. Local currency will be needed for lunches, gratuities and small items such as postcards and postage. Pubs and small tea rooms, where you will have lunch generally do not accept credit cards. If optional tours are made available to purchase, please note that credit cards must have an expiration date of greater than 30 days from the start of the tour.
An adaptor (which changes the physical plug) and/or converter (which changes the electric current) are necessary if you plan to use an appliance with voltage different from the standard within the country you are visiting. Please note, if your appliance has dual voltage you may still need an adaptor for the plug. When packing your electronic items for travel, please review the converter electric current level to make sure it is the same or greater than the items you are planning on using. If you plan on utilizing or transporting a sleep apnea machine, please remember to pack an extension cord and adapter plug to ensure proper function.
Elevation on this tour will not exceed 1,500 feet.
Helpful Hints
Bring a camera, memory cards, film, and batteries and be sure to bring enough photography supplies for your entire trip. If you have a video camera, bring an extra battery, plus proper recharging equipment. Due to security screening, we recommend storing your equipment in your carry-on luggage. Bring a travel alarm clock, travel sewing kit and an alcohol based gel hand sanitizer when soap and water is not accessible. Pack items that may leak in plastic bags. Do not pack any articles of value in your checked luggage. As a precaution, we suggest that you divide the contents of your suitcase with your traveling companion. Avoid over packing and leave room for souvenirs that you plan to take back home.
Bring a copy of your passport/identification and pack it separately from the original. Leave a copy of your tour itinerary at home with your emergency contact and a copy of your passport. Remember when flying you can only take one quart size bag with no more than 3 ounces of any one liquid. Liquids that do not fit in the one quart size bag and are larger than 3 ounces will be discarded by security. Remember to hydrate and get up and stretch while flying. If you are considering using your cell phone while traveling internationally, you should check with your cell provider concerning their access and charges for overseas calls, texting and emailing for the specific destination you are traveling to.
Included Features
The following are included in your tour package: transportation via motorcoach, accommodations, hotel luggage handling, meals, sightseeing, admission charges (as outlined in your itinerary), and applicable gratuities for bellmen, doormen and dining room wait staff. Customary gratuities for hotel housekeeping staff, local sightseeing guides, drivers and tour managers have not been included.
Due to the limited motorcoach capacity, one carry-on (36 inches in length, height and width; not to exceed 11 lbs. /5.2 kg.) and one checked luggage (62 inches in length, height and width; weight not to exceed 23kg/50lbs) are allowed. Please consult with your scheduled airline as luggage fees and restrictions vary by carrier and destination. Wheeled carry-ons are not suitable for coach tours. If you exceed the limit of 2 bags, we cannot guarantee that your additional luggage will be able to fit in the touring vehicle. Storage or shipment of additional luggage will be at your own expense. If we are able to accommodate your additional luggage, we will assess a fee of 4 USD per bag per hotel. Please remember to label your luggage and important items with your name, home address and telephone number. We recommend labeling your luggage on both outside and inside of the bag. Please attach only the plastic luggage tag included in this mailing to your checked luggage before checking in for your flight. Your paper luggage tag is to be attached at the first hotel. We cannot assume liability or accept claims for loss or damage to luggage and personal effects due to breakage, theft or normal wear and tear that results from hotel, airline and group carrier handling. It is in your best interest to have adequate insurance (such as our comprehensive "No Worries Travel Protection") to cover these eventualities.
Most meals are included as indicated in your itinerary. Guests with special dietary requirements must advise their travel counselor at the time of booking and also the tour manager upon joining the tour. When information is provided, every effort will be made to accommodate these requests. Please be advised that the average cost of meals (not inclusive of tax and gratuity) that are not included in your tour are as follows: breakfast 10 to 20 USD, lunch 15 to 30 USD and dinner 20 to 50 USD.
Any person entering or leaving the EU and carrying cash of a value of €10,000 or more must declare it. The term "cash" includes currency notes, coins, bankers' drafts, cheques and travelers' cheques. Travelers who fail to declare any amount over €10,000 will face stiff sanctions and could face penalties of as much as €8,000.
Reading List
Interested in reading about your destination before you depart? We have pre-selected travel guides, novels and books on history, nature and art to help enhance your total vacation experience. You can access the complete list by typing the following into your web browser. Select the region of the world to find your tour:
Smoking Restrictions: Our tours are non-smoking throughout. If you require a smoking room, please alert your agent upon tour booking. Please be mindful of locations where smoking is prohibited: the motorcoach, at dining venues and other restricted areas on tour including most hotels. Customers are responsible for any fines incurred for failure to comply with smoking restrictions.
Time Zone
Britain is 5 hours ahead of (EST) Eastern Standard Time.
Flight Information, Departure Taxes & Fees Land Only Vacations: If you chose to purchase a land only vacation, pay particular attention to flight segments that occur during the tour which are not included in your land only rate. You must purchase these internal flight segments and the schedule must match the flights that we utilize on the group tour. Please provide us with your flight schedules for the entire tour six weeks prior to departure so we may secure services if you purchased transfers from us, as well as maintain emergency contact. Air Inclusive Vacations Air inclusive vacations cover air transport to and from your origin gateway as well as all internal air segments on tour. In order to comply with Homeland Security's "Secure Flight" mandate, all passengers must provide full name, date of birth and gender at time of reservation. Your airline ticket must match the name on your valid, non-expired, government issued photo ID to be shown at the airport (including middle name, first or middle initial). If you are a member of a participating frequent flyer program, provide the number upon booking and retain the passenger copy of your ticket and boarding pass to ensure that you receive proper credit of your mileage. Some air tickets are not eligible for mileage accrual. Whenever possible, we will add charges for air departure taxes to your invoice. Some international arrival and departure fees are not included in your air ticket and must be paid by you on tour in local currency.
Transfers We are pleased to provide you with complimentary airport to hotel, and hotel to airport transfers at the beginning and end of an escorted tour when you purchase an air-inclusive vacation. Land-only clients who have purchased round trip transfers will be accommodated at the same times as air inclusive clients. Arrival meeting locations and transfer departure times are provided on your document booklets. On some programs there may be a waiting period at the airport due to varying flight schedules of other arriving passengers. If you have secured your own transfer, you may meet your tour manager at the hotel. Motorcoach Information: We do not own or operate vehicles. We charter quality coaches that are temperature controlled vehicles. Coach size may vary based upon the number of tour patrons. In certain countries, lavatory equipped motorcoaches are not available or the lavatory is for emergency use only. Frequent stops will be made en route for comfort and convenience. Seat Rotation: Seats are rotated for the benefit of our tour guests. This fosters communication, and enables our guests to enjoy a variety of vantage points on the motorcoach. Guests will rotate seats at least once a day, as directed by the tour manager. In fairness to all, there will be no exceptions to this policy.