Grand Tour of the UK UKS20

Resort: Grand Tour of the UK UKS20
Operator: Great Rail Journeys
Destination: United Kingdom
Price From: £2695.00

Overview

Imbued with centuries of history and culture, the UK is one of
the most rewarding nations to explore by train. Discover the length
and breadth of Britain on this outstanding tour and experience
ancient attractions, modern cities, and wild landscapes from
Inverness – the ‘Capital of the Highlands’ – to mind boggling
Stonehenge.

Highlights

  • Bristol
  • York
  • Edinburgh
  • Loch Ness
  • Bath
  • Tower of London
  • Jacobite Steam Train
  • Stonehenge

whats Included

  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
  • 13 nights’ hotel accommodation
  • Luggage transfers from London
  • West Highland Line
  • Standard Class rail travel unless otherwise described
  • All coach travel as described
  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras

Itinerary

Day 1 – London to York

Join the group at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
then travel by First Class rail to York where we stay at The
Principal.

Day 2 – Historic York

We discover much of the city’s long and fascinating story on a
guided walking tour of its main attractions. These include the
incomparable Minster, which is one of Europe’s largest and most
ornate gothic cathedrals, and the Shambles, a quaint street that
has remained almost unchanged since the Middle Ages. Following the
tour, you have the chance to take in the sights of this marvellous
city at your own pace.

Day 3 – Rail to Edinburgh

This morning we transfer to the station for the train north to
Edinburgh in First Class.Upon arrival we check into our hotel for a
two night stay. That evening we are welcomed in true Scottish
style, enjoying a traditional Great Scot’s Dinner experience at the
hotel, complete with exciting and traditional forms of
entertainment.

Day 4 – Exploring Edinburgh

Today we enjoy a guided walking tour of Edinburgh, taking in the
city’s main sights. We pass the 16th century Palace of
Holyroodhouse, more commonly known as Holyrood Palace. Home of the
British monarchy in Scotland, the Queen typically spends some of
the summer here.

The centre of Edinburgh is also a UNESCO World Heritage site,
containing a beautiful medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town,
complete with fantastic modern architecture that mixes and melds
with its surroundings in a marvellous melting pot of both old and
new.

Day 5 – On to Inverness

Today we board the rail service to Inverness. After checking
into the Macdonald Hotel Drumossie, you are free to explore.

Situated at the north end of the Great Glen, this beautiful and
historic town is known as the ‘Capital of the Highlands’, and has
been used as a base for much of Scotland’s travel, trade and
communication for hundreds of years. Why not visit the incredible
Inverness Castle? Although not open to the public, this is a
picturesque 19th century sandstone building that overlooks the
River Ness, and is a delight to behold.

Day 6 – Loch Ness and Fort William

We travel to historic Fort William today, taking the coach from
Inverness. Along the scenic route, we briefly stop at iconic Loch
Ness. Upon arrival in Fort William, we have time for lunch, then
transfer to our hotel, stopping en-route at Glencoe and the Three
Sisters Mountains for a photo opportunity.

Day 7 – Jacobite Steam Train and Mallaig

This morning we make our way back to Fort William, where we
transfer to the station for a journey on the Jacobite Steam Train*
to Mallaig. On arrival in Mallaig, we are free to explore before
returning to Fort William by coach. Later this evening, we transfer
to the station for our on the Scotrail service to Glasgow, where we
spend the night. Our hotel in Glasgow is the Jury’s Inn.

*Please note: On some early departures, the Jacobite Steam
Train may not operate, and we make this excursion on the Scotrail
service.

Days 8-9 – Discovering Liverpool

On Day 8 we transfer to the station for our
rail service to Preston, then continue by coach to Liverpool for 2
nights.

Day 9 begins with some sightseeing around
Liverpool, home of The Beatles. We take in the Waterfront Pier
Head, the Cavern Club, Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields; made
famous by John, Paul, George and Ringo in 1967. We also see
Liverpool’s vibrant China Town. Following our tour you are free to
explore Liverpool further at your leisure.

Days 10-11 – Onwards to Bristol

We travel by coach to the station today, catching the rail
service to Bristol, via Stafford, for a two-night stay. We enjoy a
wonderful excursion by rail to the historic city of Bath, on
Day 11. The UNESCO protected city is famous
worldwide for its natural hot springs. We embark on a guided tour,
taking in the city’s main sights, including the stunning Abbey and
the architecturally wonderful Royal Crescent. The Crescent, a row
of 30 18th-century terraced houses, is one of the finest examples
of Georgian architecture in the country.

Day 12 – Stonehenge

We begin the journey to London, by coach. En route, we stop off
at the famous prehistoric monument of Stonehenge. One of the most
impressive Bronze Age monuments in the country, this ring of
standing stones has long provided archaeologists with the mystery
of what the complex design really represents.

We arrive in London later checking into the NH Kensington. We
enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 13 – The Tower of London

We arrive at the iconic Tower of London in time to witness the
famous Opening Ceremony. We are given a short talk by a Yeoman
Warder before witnessing the ceremony first-hand. The morning is
then free to explore the famous landmark at your own pace. Built by
William the Conqueror in the 11th century, the Tower has been
utilised for a number of purposes, including a prison and most
recently, a tourist attraction and home of the Crown Jewels.

The rest of the day is at leisure in the capital. You may like
to take advantage of the city’s wealth of wonderful museums and
galleries including the fantastic Natural History Museum and the
ever popular British Museum, both possessing a vast collection of
some of the finest archeological finds in world history.

We enjoy a final dinner in the hotel together this evening.

Day 14 – Home

After breakfast the tour concludes, and you are free to
depart.

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the
same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed
above.

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