10 Day Tour: August 15-24, 2023
- Base Pricing is always calculated for double occupancy.
- $2000 supplemental for Solo Travelers.
Combine with Ireland tour and save $1500
Places to See
Top 10 Events in the World
- Tower of London
- Buckingham Palace
- Blenheim Palace
- Loch Ness
- Military Tattoo
- Inverness & MORE!
- Roundtrip airfare from Chicago
- First Class Hotel Accommodations
- Daily Breakfast
- 6 Dinners
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- Admissions to all listed Attractions
- Roundtrip airport transfers in the Chicagoland area
- Guided by Bill Ball
- Baggage Handling
- All Gratuities
Day One We fly to the land of The Queen—The United Kingdom. Great Britain is full of history and natural beauty. This unconventional tour covers the sites that everyone knows about—Buckingham Palace, York Minster Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the Crown Jewels, and the greatest outdoor show—the Edinburgh Tattoo. It also includes the smaller towns rich in history, beautiful drives in Scotland and the English countryside.
Day Two 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 Three 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 Four We leave London today and we visit two world class destinations. Lincoln (the town, not President) is a picture postcard village with its triple towered cathedral, medieval streets and the numerous Roman ruins. This city sums up England’s history like 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 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. We end the day in York, not New York, but Old York.
Day Five 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 Six We head to Scotland—a land steeped in mystery. Before we arrive, we will visit some incredible sites along the way. The UNESCO Hadrian’s 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 marketplace 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.
Day Seven We arrive 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 hangings 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 Eight Monster hunting is on the agenda today. We cruise the great Loch Ness looking of 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 Nine 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 Festival 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 bag pipe, dance, specialty act extravaganza like no other in the world.
Day Ten We depart the UK today with the memories of the wonders of a land where scenery, history, architecture, culture and performing arts all come together to make this a trip of a lifetime.