10 Day Tour: August 7-16, 2020
- Base Pricing is always calculated for double occupancy.
- $1,100 supplemental for Solo Travelers.
Places to see
before you die
of the world
- Edinburgh Military Tattoo
- Inverness, York, London & Jersey
- Loch Ness
- Tower of London & the Crown Jewels
- Small towns & Big cities
- Buckingham Palace Tour
- Round trip airfare from Chicago
- Internal Flights
- First Class Hotel Accommodations
- All Breakfasts
- 6 Dinners
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- Admissions to all listed Attractions
- Round trip airport transfers in the Chicago land area
- Guided by Bill Ball,
- Baggage Handling
- All Gratuities
Day One: We fly to the land of Harry’s—-Harry & Meghan and Harry Potter. Great Britain is full of history and natural beauty. This unconventional tour covers the great sights that everyone knows about—Buckingham Palace, Yorkminster Cathedral, London Bridge, the Crown Jewels and the greatest outdoor show —the Edinburgh Tattoo. It also includes smaller towns rich in history, beautiful drives in Scotland and the English countryside.
Day Two: We land in the beautiful highlands of Scotland in the far northern city of Inverness. Here Scottish history unfolds like few other cities. This is the traditional capital of the Highlands. Inverness Castle was the site of many hanging and Cromwell’s Clocktower is a reminder of its role in the English Civil War. This was the center of the Jacobite rebellion Scots still recall with despair.
Day Three: Monster hunting is on the agenda today. We cruise the great Loch Ness looking for Nessie. Later in the day, Bill has a surprise for you that will simply amaze you beyond words. We end the day in Edinburgh.
Day Four: This is a massive highlights day starting with a tour of the Royal Mile. The history of Scotland is so tied to this walk that you will be astonished at what you will learn and see. From the great castle to Holyrood Palace—this is an unbelievable dive into Scottish history, architecture, and culture. We will give you some free time in the afternoon to explore some of the many museums along the “Mile”, shop in the multitude of local stores or take in a Fringe Festive show—many are free. The Fringe Festival, the biggest entertainment festival in the world will literally be going on all around us. This evening, though, you will be treated to the famous Edinburgh Tattoo—a bagpipe, dance, specialty act extravaganza like no other in the world.
Day Five: We head to York—not New York—the original (originals are always better than remakes). Before we arrive, we will visit some incredible sights along the way. The UNESCO Hadrians Wall will be a dip into the ancient past and a clue why Scotland is so independent-minded. Our next stop is the little town/village of Richmond. This ancient market town is dominated by the huge 11th century Norman castle, priory ruins, heritage market place, and charm, charm, charm. We venture next into the nearby village of Ripon. This lovely little city has one of the oldest cathedrals in England, streets still lined by 13th-century buildings and one of the most historic city centers. We end in York.
Day Six: We tour one of the greatest cities in England. The cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unbelievable magnificence. Nowhere else will you find a religious building of this magnitude in Britain. And no wonder, York is the center of Christianity—at least in a historic sense. York has had many masters, so learning about Vikings and the Normans and seeing what they left behind is no surprise. Also, one of the most photographed streets in the world is here—The Shambles. There is so much to see and do here so we have set aside some free time to do just that.
Day Seven: We head to London but not before we visit two world-class destinations first. Lincoln (town— not President) is a picture postcard with its triple towered cathedral, medieval streets and the numerous Roman ruins. This city sums up England’s history as no other. Next, we visit the UNESCO World Heritage Blenheim Palace—the home to the Dukes of Marlborough. This is the only non-royal residence to be called a palace. It is absolutely superbly furnished and to top it off, is the birthplace of Winston Churchill. A marriage to a Vanderbilt saved the home, so we Americans have pride here too.
Day Eight: We tour one of the great cities of the world including Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London where we will see the Crown Jewels. Tonight we will enjoy a top West End theater production that will be a highlight amongst many highlights.
Day Nine: We start the day with one of the most incredible tours—we will get inside Buckingham Palace and see how the Queen lives. This is the most incredible “home” you will ever see. This afternoon, you have some free time to people watch, museum hop, shop or just take in the London atmosphere.
Day Ten: We depart the UK today with the memories of the wonders of land were scenery, history, architecture, culture and performing arts all come together to make this a trip of a lifetime.