CHRISTMAS IN UK!
RATE: P108,888 | DP: P10,000 NON REF
7-Day UK Tour from London: Cambridge | York | Edinburgh | Windsor | Stonehenge | Bath
TRAVEL DATE: DEC 18-26, 2020
Day 01 London
We’ll begin our enchanting UK tour at St Pancras Railway Station where we’ll introduce ourselves to the rest of the group and start things off with a walking tour of London’s major attractions (exterior only): Big Ben, House of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, St James Park, Buckingham Palace and River Thames.
In the afternoon, we’ll visit the famous British Museum, and if time allows, St Paul’s Cathedral. You’ll enjoy the scene of Tower Bridge and Tower of London while on board the motorcoach.
We’ll stay overnight in London or a neighboring city.
Day 02 York, England
London – Cambridge – York
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll depart London to visit one of England’s most prestigious educational institutions: Cambridge University, comprising King’s College and Queen’s College, among many other world-famous faculties.
After exploring this historic city we’ll journey to York, a true medieval melting pot of Roman, Saxon and Viking heritage. Mostly intact from the Middle Ages, the city is emblematic of England’s more bucolic side. We’ll visit York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe. Then we’ll step up onto the York city walls, dating back to Roman times.
For those keen to discover the little grass-roots shops, there will be ample time to explore.
Day 03 Edinburgh
York – Edinburgh – Glasgow
Today we’ll cross the border into Scotland and visit the country’s compact but fascinating capital, Edinburgh, the perfect representation of Scottish heritage. Wooden barrows of gold single malt whiskey, checked kilts and Scottish bagpipes will make you grow fond of this lively nation full of quirky characters.
First up on the agenda is a visit to Edinburgh Castle (admission not included) where we will admire the oldest royal crown and jewelry. From here we’ll continue down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Palace, City Hall and the Royal Parks. You may also opt to join us for a visit to JK Rowling’s Ivory Cafe, where Harry Potter was penned, to enjoy a cup of coffee (own expense).
Accommodations for the evening are in Glasgow or a neighboring city.
Day 04 Manchester
Glasgow – Gretna Green – Lake District – Manchester
In the morning, we’ll head back across the border to the Northwest of England. Here we’ll drive straight to Lake District, and en route we’ll make a stop in Gretna Green, a village in the south of Scotland famous for ‘runaway marriages’ dating back to 1754.
The most famous and visited national park in England, the Lake District National Park is a picturesque landscape of rolling hills, stunning lakes, and beautiful foliage. Each year tens of thousands of visitors travel here to see thousands of years of geological changes reflected in the lakes, valleys, mountains, and waterfalls. You may opt to join a cruise on Lake Windermere (own expense), or hop off at the World of Beatrix Potter.
We’ll end the day with a drive to Manchester, the headquarters of Manchester United, as well as England’s most industrial metropolis. Football fans will enjoy a pilgrimage to the Manchester United Old Trafford grounds.
Day 05 Stratford Upon Avon
Manchester – Stratford-Upon-Avon – Bicester Village – London
From Manchester we’ll take a breath-taking drive to the famous English playwright William Shakespeare’s hometown: Stratford-Upon-Avon. From the cobblestone streets to the drinking dens, theatres and road signs, everything is to do with Shakespeare – a heavenly place for the romantically inclined.
The most anticipated outing of the day is the Bicester Village outlet shopping center, home to more than 130 fashion and lifestyle boutiques, including Gucci, Armani, Prada, Calvin Klein, Dunhill, DKNY, Burberry, Paul Smith, Bally, and Clark’s, offering savings of up to 60% year round.
Accommodations for the evening are near London.
Day 06 Bath
London – Stonehenge – Bath
In the morning we’ll depart for Stonehenge (admission fee not included), a cultural relic of prehistoric times. Built in a place called Amesbury, the origin and method of this monolith are still a mystery in the archaeological world. After our visit to Stonehenge, we’ll continue to Bath, whose ancient bathing site is the most well-preserved structure of the Roman era. Accommodations for the evening are in or near Bath.
Day 07 Windsor, Berkshire
Bath – Bibury – Windsor – London
In the morning, we’ll drive to Bibury on the banks of the Coln. Upon arrival, you are free to stroll through the small village. We’ll then continue to Windsor Castle (entrance fee not included), housing a number of British royal family treasures, including masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens, and Rembrandt, as well as furniture and decorations from the Middle Ages.