Medieval Britain - a time of castles and cathedrals, knights and archers, clans and kilts, pipes and cannons … and war.
Who would wear the crown? Mary Queen of Scots or Elizabeth? Charles or Cromwell? Lancaster or York? Or Arthur? Did Robin Hood really exist? Was Macbeth a real person or did Shakespeare invent him? And Merlin - was he real or “such stuff as dreams are made of?”
Britain is a land of fact, myth and magic. Stonehenge, Guy Fawkes, Magna Carta, Hadrian's Wall, Loch Ness, The Tower of London - each have their place in this storied history.
Join us as we visit the sights of London, then tour the Channel coast, turning north through Stratford, York and Edinburgh, and all the way up into the mystical Scottish Highlands. Fifteen glorious days, with many local experts, bringing Britain’s fabled past to life.
Hastings ● Culloden●Bannockburn●Warwick Castle●Scone Palace● Fountains Abbey ●Salisbury Cathedral Eilean Donan Castle●Stonehenge●Hadrian's Wall● Magna Carta●Bosworth Medieval Festival Dalwhinnie Distillery●free time in London and Edinburgh●... and much more!
The timing of this tour will coincide with the Edinburgh Tattoo. We have acquired prime hotel space on the Grassmarket within walking distance to the castle!
Day 1 Tuesday August 13 Depart for your overnight transatlantic flight to London, except for those who may choose to leave for London sooner to extend their trip. Where available, guests will enjoy the luxury of a premium airport departure lounge.
Day 2 Wednesday August 14 Upon arrival in London we will transfer to our hotel - your room is pre-booked so that you can check in immediately to take some rest should you wish. Otherwise, the city is yours to explore! In the mid-evening we gather together with our fellow travelers for our evening Welcome Reception Dinner. Overnight London - Park Plaza Riverbank. Dinner.
Day 3 Thursday August 15 Enjoy a full free day at your leisure in London. Overnight London - Park Plaza Riverbank. Breakfast.
Day 4 Friday August 16 We begin the day with a visit to the battlefield of Hastings. It was here in 1066 the Norman invasion began, which would forever change the course of history of the British Isles. After lunch we travel to Portsmouth to see Lord Nelson's flag ship, HMS Victory, launched in 1765 and perhaps the most famous ship afloat. Overnight Portsmouth - The Queen's Hotel. Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 5 Saturday August 17 In the morning we travel to the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, a prehistoric marvel built ~2500 BCE. We travel into nearby Salisbury to enjoy lunch, with free time to visit the marvelous cathedral and catch a glimpse of the Magna Carta, and later we carry onward to the historic district of Warwickshire. Overnight Stratford-Upon-Avon - Crowne Plaza. Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 6 Sunday August 18 The day begins with a visit to the enchanting 1,000 year old Warwick Castle. Then, with the mood of history well established, we travel to the Bosworth Medieval Festival - one of the largest such annual gatherings in Europe and a highlight on the tour schedule. Overnight Stratford-Upon-Avon - Crowne Plaza. Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 7 Monday August 19 Day Seven begins with a drive north into the forested countryside of England. We take a guided tour of a famous English country manor house, Haddon Hall, which concludes with a special lunch within. In the mid-afternoon we drift into the backroads to visit the battlefield at Towton, considered "probably the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil" as part of the Wars of the Roses of the 15th century. We wind up our day in York. Overnight York - Novotel Centre. Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 8 Tuesday August 20 The Norman Invasion of 1066 was preceded by a great battle, which we'll discuss at Stamford Bridge in the morning. Our journey then finds us among the ruins of the enchanting Fountains Abbey, seemingly hidden away in the valley. Following lunch we explore the imposing Middleham Castle, childhood home of King Richard III, before winding our way to northern England for the evening. Overnight Newcastle - Jurys Inn Hotel. Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 9 Wednesday August 21 We begin the day with the Roman ruins at Hadrian's Wall, along with lunch in the valley nearby. Having stopped at the border we cross into Scotland and head north to see Melrose Abbey. The day ends in the magical Scottish capital for two nights stay. Overnight Edinburgh - Apex Grassmarket Hotel. Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 10 Thursday August 22 Enjoy a full free day at leisure in the capital city of Edinburgh. Guests may choose to visit the Edinburgh Tattoo or stroll the shops along the Royal Mile. Overnight Edinburgh - Apex Grassmarket Hotel. Breakfast.
Day 11 Friday August 23 Our tour travels north, stopping first for a tour and lunch at Scone Palace, the place where Scottish kings were crowned. We dine in the historic palace before continuing our journey farther north. We make a stop for a tour of a local Scotch distillery, on our way deep into the Highlands’ capital city. Overnight Inverness - Best Western Palace & Spa. Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 12 Saturday August 24 Day Twelve opens with the battlefield at Culloden. We then journey to the west to visit perhaps the most iconic landmark in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle. Overnight Inverness - Best Western Palace & Spa. Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 13 Sunday August 25 Our travels today bring us to the monument at Glenfinnan, and then to Glencoe to discuss the massacre of 1692. After lunch in Glencoe we make our way through the picturesque forests to the Stirling area for the night. Overnight Dunblane - DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro. Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 14 Monday August 26 Stirling Castle starts our day, including time for lunch-on-the-go at the castle cafeteria. We'll visit the battlefields of Bannockburn of 1314, and then carry onward to Edinburgh where we'll conclude our amazing journey with our Farewell Dinner. Overnight Edinburgh - Apex Grassmarket Hotel. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 15 Tuesday August 27 Morning departure via Edinburgh or Glasgow Airport for those returning home, while others may extend their stay at their option. Box or buffet breakfast depending on departure time.
Note: This itinerary is substantially complete but minor changes are possible prior to the booking deadline. Clients should also keep in mind that minor variances are always possible during the actual tour based on the need to adapt to circumstances we encounter during our travels.
PRICING $7350 CAD Land Only, based on Double Occupancy (U.S. customers note ... pricing in USD is roughly $5900!) $2200 CAD Single Supplement (limited spaces available)
13 nights accommodation in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities
Canadian guests on the group flight will enjoy gathering at a premium departure lounge (where available) ... an exclusive benefit not offered by other battlefield tours
Upon arrival in London in the early morning your hotel room is reserved for you and available for immediate early check-in should you wish to take some rest after your flight ... an exclusive benefit not offered by other battlefield tours
Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats, facilities and free on-board Wi-Fi
Buffet breakfast (cold and/or hot) at the hotel each morning, plus select lunches & dinners as outlined in the itinerary
All hotel service charges, local taxes, baggage handling (one bag per person) are included
Gratuities to Coach Driver, On-Board Agent and Local Guides are included! ... these costs are extra on most other tours and can add up to $150 CAD or more per person at the end of your trip, requiring an awkward search for a bank machine in the final days of your vacation ... we eliminate this. Be sure to compare!
Group pick-up at London Heathrow Airport on August 14, 2019 and return group transfer to Edinburgh airport on August 27, 2019; individual transfers are the responsibility of the client
PRICING DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Airfare - optional group booking: 13Aug AC856 depart Toronto 1835 arrive London Heathrow 0630 27Aug AC1939 depart Glasgow 0830 arrive Toronto 1045 $545 plus taxes of ~$622 = ~$1167
Meals other than stated on the itinerary
Travel / Cancellation / Medical Insurance, Passport & related fees
Any optional excursion not specifically stated
Items of a personal nature
Hotels have been pre-booked but are subject to change
This tour requires a minimum of 20 passengers to operate
$500 Non-Refundable Deposit due with booking. Balance of Payment due on or before May 10, 2019.