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Accommodations in centrally-located three-star or four-star hotels. Rooming on a triple basis. Double rooms: $240 per person.
Round-trip transportation on scheduled airline. Deluxe touring motorcoach.
All breakfasts. All dinners.
Services of a specially-trained passports Tour Director throughout.
Entrances and activities as noted on itinerary.
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London City Sightseeing: Local guide
Optional Excursion to Windsor Castle
Visit to Oxford University and one of the colleges
Royal Shakespeare Theatre performance
Visits to Shakespeare's Birthplace and Anne Hathaway's Cottage: Visit to Holy Trinity Parish Church
Guided Ghost Walking Tour
Tour director-led walking tour: York Minster
Half-day city sightseeing: Local Guide, Visit to Edinburgh Castle, Visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse
Optional Excursion to Roslin: Visit to Rosslyn Chapel
You head east, into a short night, and suddenly it's morning, and you're in England. Londontown: the hub and focus for theatergoers worldwide!
Settle into your hotel, then venture into your surroundings. Red, double-decker buses groan along the "wrong" side of the road, escorted by innumerable black taxicabs with engines that sound like sewing machines.
Enjoy a tour of the sights and sounds of the British capital. See such sights as St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Kensington, and Trafalgar Square.
A local guide will accompany your group.
The afternoon is unscheduled.
Consider a visit to the Tower of London to view Traitors' Gate, the Bloody Tower, the Block (where two of Henry VIII's ill-fated wives lost their heads), the White Tower and the Crown Jewels. If you choose to follow one of the Beefeaters, you'll also be able to visit the Royal Chapel.
Head to the town of Windsor, the location of royal residences for almost one thousand years, ever since William the Conqueror settled there in 1070.
A visit to Windsor Castle includes the State Apartments, Queen Mary's Dolls' House (a palace-within-a-palace with functioning lights, running water and Lilliputian-size books written by famous authors of the 1920s) and St. George's Chapel, one of the country's finest churches in the typically English style known as Perpendicular Gothic.
If you have some free time, make your way to the Admissions Centre, or the Courtyard, to check whether you may join (at no extra cost) a thirty-minute guided tour of the Castle Precincts, which goes as far as Henry VIII's North Terrace.
Travel to the seat of one of the world's greatest universities, Oxford.
Images of ornate Gothic spires and professors on bicycles will etch your memory and camera film. A visit is included to one of the colleges, such as Christ Church, where visitors can see the stained-glass window depicting Alice in Wonderland, the charming creation of one of Christ Church's most famous professors, Lewis Carroll.
Travel on to the hometown of the most famous playwright of the Western World.
Enjoy a play by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Hear it the way he wrote it! Thrills and chills up and down your spine, here in Merry Old England.
Visit the main landmarks in Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare's Birthplace, on Henley Street, and Anne Hathaway's Cottage, the romantic thatched-roof dwelling on the outskirts of town where Shakespeare courted Anne before their marriage in 1582.
Find Shakespeare's grave in the parish church, inscribed with the date of April 23, 1616, and a few lines with a curse:
Blest be the man that spares these stones
And curst be he that moves my bones.
Travel to the old Roman fort city of York, a living museum of medieval times.
Along with a costumed guide, enjoy a "Ghost Tour" this evening! Discover the hidden magic of York through the real art of storytelling taken from the legends and folklore of days gone by.
On a walking tour with your tour director, you will see landmarks such as the medieval city walls, the remnants of York Castle, the Old Town's lanes known as The Snickelways and The Shambles.
You will also see the Multangular Tower and its well-preserved section of Roman stonework. York was founded by the Romans in AD 71 as Eboracum, which became a major city chosen as a home base by the emperor Hadrian in AD 122. A statue of Constantine the Great marks the spot where he was proclaimed "Augustus" (emperor) in AD 306.
Today's highlight is a visit to the largest Gothic church north of the Alps: York Minster. From 1154 onward, it took 250 years to build this amazing structure. Admire the cathedral's richly-decorated west front and its splendid nave (one of Britain's finest examples of the Decorated style), as well as the 120 stained glass windows, by far the largest collection of medieval stained glass in Britain.
Follow ancient trading routes through the Cheviot Hills to the city of Edinburgh, called the "Athens of the North" because of its rich literary and academic life.
Welcome to Scotland. There'll be time to start exploring Edinburgh, birthplace of Sir Walter Scott, Alexander Graham Bell, David Hume, James Boswell, and Robert Louis Stevenson, and which Scottish national poet Robert Burns called home for several years.
Enjoy a coach tour along the ancient Royal Mile, through the narrow alleys of the city's medieval Old Town and into the 18th-century New Town. See the extinct volcano, Arthur's Seat, which looms over the city.
A half-day local guide, well-educated and specially-trained on the history and culture of Edinburgh, will accompany your group.
Visit the fortress which defines Edinburgh's skyline from its high-perched location on the granite core of an extinct volcano. This castle shelters the Scottish Crown and Regalia, and the Stone of Destiny, returned to Scotland in 1996 after a 700-year stay at Westminster Abbey. Within its walls stand several buildings, including the Palace where Mary, Queen of Scots, gave birth to King James I of England in 1566 and St. Margaret's Chapel, built in 1130 to honor the pious wife of King Malcolm III.
If H. M. Queen Elizabeth is not in residence, you will visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the monarch's official residence in Scotland.
The afternoon is unscheduled.
Museums include the Royal Museum of Scotland and the National Gallery of Scotland.
Stop in a small town on the outskirts of Edinburgh that has two claims to fame: its unique Chapel and the National Institute of Bioscience where the first cloned mammal, Dolly the sheep, was born in 1996.
Enter the enigmatic sanctuary that figures prominently in Dan Brown's 2003 best-seller, The Da Vinci Code, and the 2006 blockbuster film inspired by the novel. Officially called the Collegiate Church of St. Matthew, the chapel dates back to 1446 and is regarded as an outstanding example of stone carving. Mysteries and legends represented in its stones attract a large number of visitors since the site has been linked to the Holy Grail, the Holyrood relic, buried treasures, ley lines, earth energy, medieval Knights Templar, Freemasonry, and more!
Most good things must come to an end. Your suitcase full of memorabilia and of photos ready to be processed, you'll arrive home later today, eager to share your discoveries with family and friends.
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