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Best of England Tour

From $1499 (was $1749)

10 Days

Includes 15 meals on tour

Passport Required

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Best of England Tour

Tour Starts: London

Tour Ends: London

Day 1

Depart for London, England

Your trip to England begins with an overnight trans-Atlantic flight to London.

Day 2

London

Arrive in London, capital city of England and the United Kingdom. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers over a welcome dinner in the hotel. Overnight in London. (D) ✦Novotel London West or similar

Day 3

London

Enjoy a morning panoramic city tour where you will see many of London’s renowned sights and landmarks including: Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the River Thames Embankment. This afternoon you are free to explore the city on your own or take an optional tour to see the Tower of London, famous home to the Crown Jewels, and this evening you may choose to enjoy an optional tour to view central London from the world famous London Eye. Overnight in London. (B) ✦Novotel London West or similar

Day 4

Stonehenge & Bath

Today we head west to Stonehenge, the unique 4,500 year old stone circle. You’ll learn about its history at the visitor center and will take the short shuttle bus ride to see the legendary stones. Later, visit the spa city of Bath, nourished by natural hot springs and designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. We’ll visit the Roman Baths, a magnificent temple and bathing complex that still flows with natural hot water. Overnight in the Worcestershire area. (B, D) ✦Holiday Inn Bromsgrove or similar

Day 5

The Midlands

Surely a tour highlight today is a heritage steam train ride on the Seven Valley Railway from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth. The sixteen-mile journey takes just over an hour along the line first opened in 1862 - prepare to venture back in time as you experience the sounds and smells of a real steam train. Later we visit Blists Hill, a Victorian town living museum where you will travel back 100 years to experience the sights and sounds of Victorian England. Overnight in the Cheshire area. (B, D) ✦Best Western Everglades Park Hotel or similar

Day 6

Liverpool & York

Today we visit Liverpool, a port city from where over 9 million emigrants left England for a new life in America. You’ll see Liverpool Cathedral and Albert Dock, where we stop to visit The Beatles Story to see how four young lads were propelled from the tiny Cavern Club to becoming one of the world’s most popular bands. This afternoon we arrive in the city of York, where you’ll have free time to explore - take a guided tour of York where you will see the famous York Minster and the medieval walls that surround the city. We will also have time to explore the picturesque cobbled street ‘Shambles,’ lined with 600-year-old wooden framed buildings with roofs that almost touch. Overnight in York. (B, D) ✦Park Inn York City Centre or similar

Day 7

Sherwood Forest & Stratford-upon-Avon

Sherwood Forest, famous for its association with the legendary Robin Hood, is where you’ll see some of the oldest trees in Europe, with many veteran oaks over five centuries old. Take a 15-minute walk to see ‘Major Oak,’ thought to be over 800 years old. Next it’s Stratford-upon-Avon, where we will visit the half-timbered house where William Shakespeare was born in 1564. We continue into the Oxfordshire countryside where we will stay for two nights. Overnight in the Oxford Area. (B, D) ✦Heythrop Park or similar

Day 8

Blenheim Palace & The Cotswolds

Today we visit Blenheim Palace, home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough, birth place of Sir Winston Churchill. Visit the gilded State Rooms and also see The Churchill Exhibition, taking you on a journey of his life. This afternoon, we’ll tour some of the ‘chocolate box’ Cotswold villages known for their local limestone cottages and individual character. Overnight in the Oxford area. (B, D) ✦Heythrop Park or similar

Day 9

Oxford & Windsor Castle

Your day will start with a panoramic and walking tour of Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires and home to one of the world’s most famous and oldest Universities. After lunch there’s an included visit to Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II. You’ll take a self-guided tour, which will include the magnificent State Apartments furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection and St. George’s Chapel, the burial place of 10 monarchs. There will be a short period of free time for exploring the old town of Windsor before we travel the short distance to your hotel near London Heathrow. Tonight, enjoy an included farewell dinner with all your new friends. Overnight in the London Heathrow area. (B, D) ✦Copthorne Hotel Slough or similar

Day 10

Depart London for Home

Bid Farewell to England and depart for home. On select tour dates, you may choose to combine your England Tour with Scotland or even Scotland and Ireland. (B) Note: This tour is not suitable for those who have difficulty walking. The included sightseeing and optional tours will involve walking and standing, steps, stairs and uneven ground at ancient sites and other locations.

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.