Highlights of Britain CIE Tours International

Highlights of Britain

This comprehensive tour of Britain features all of the best that Britain has to offer. The tour takes guests from London, to Stonehenge, to Bath and into Wales. Continuing along the dramatic Welsh coast onto the stunning Lake District of Scotland. After exploring Edinburgh continue onto St. Andrews, York and Stratford-upon-Avon before ending back in London.

The 15 day Highlights of Britain tour from CIE Tours is one of our most comprehensive travel tours to England. In just over two weeks you'll experience many sides of Britain, making this well-rounded tour attractive for beginners or even the most experienced of travelers. Your 15 day Highlights of Britain tour from CIE Tours will be full of moments you won't soon forget.


15 Daysfr. $4,299

  • Castle Howard
  • Famous Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green
  • Lanhydrock House
  • North Yorkshire Steam Vintage Train
  • Roman Baths & Pump Room
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Stonehenge
  • St Andrews
  • Tower of London
  • Windsor Castle
  • Step back in time when you visit a North Yorkshire Moors Railway Station -- each station represents a different steam era. See Yorkshire’s amazing scenery as you travel by vintage locomotive.
  • See Plymouth Hoe by sea as you take a short boat trip to Royal William Yard, host to a variety of restaurants and bars, each with their own unique vibe.
  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theater and dance with reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 29 to August 12 departures.
  • Handling of one piece of luggage per person is included in the cost of all coach tours. Size should not exceed 30 x 20 x 10 inches and weight should be under 50 lbs. Luggage is carried at owner's risk throughout the tour unless insured.
  • Tips for personal services and to tour directors and drivers are not included in tour cost and left to your discretion.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • Full daily breakfasts (except Day 1)
  • 10 dinners including a welcome dinner in Windsor, a Cardiff Castle Welsh banquet, a festive Scottish evening in Edinburgh, a cozy tavern dinner in Edinburgh, and dinner at an historic pub in York.
  • MGallery Castle Hotel in Windsor (1 night)
  • The Bedford Hotel in Tavistock (3 nights)
  • Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff (1 night)
  • Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Chester in Chester (2 nights)
  • Norton House Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh (3 nights)
  • York Marriott in York (2 nights)
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London in Victoria, London (2 nights)

LONDON ARRIVAL & WINDSOR CASTLE

Windsor, United Kingdom

Tour begins at 2 PM in your hotel. Visit Windsor Castle, residence of the Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. Then take a brief walk around this compact and historic town with a local guide.

Dinner

Castle Hotel

STONEHENGE & SALISBURY

Stonehenge, United Kingdom

Marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge and learn about the primitive builders who managed to create such an enduring monument.

Salisbury, United Kingdom

Stop in Salisbury, a charming old city where the cathedral boasts the tallest spire in England.

Tavistock, United Kingdom

Arrive in Tavistock, a market town on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park.

Breakfast, Dinner

The Bedford Hotel

BODMIN MOOR & LANHYDROCK HOUSE

Bodmin, United Kingdom

Travel through Bodmin Moor, an area of unspoiled natural beauty, stopping for photos at Jamaica Inn, made famous by Daphne du Maurier's tale of smugglers.

Cornwall, United Kingdom

Explore Lanhydrock House, a late-Victorian country house with grand rooms and servants’ quarters.

Plymouth/England, United Kingdom

In Plymouth, see the Mayflower Steps and take a cruise from the Barbican, before enjoying a free evening.

Tavistock, United Kingdom

Overnight in Tavistock.

Breakfast

The Bedford Hotel

ST MICHAEL’S MOUNT & ST IVES

Marazion, United Kingdom

Visit the coastal village of Marazion to see the majestic outline of St Michael’s Mount, an important pilgrimage destination.

Saint Ives, United Kingdom

In St. Ives, enjoy a walking tour of the main sights and admire the array of beautiful sandy beaches surrounding the town. Enjoy some free time before returning to your hotel in Tavistock.

Tavistock, United Kingdom

Overnight in Tavistock.

Breakfast, Dinner

The Bedford Hotel

ROMAN BATHS & CARDIFF CASTLE

Bath, United Kingdom

Explore Bath, popular with the Romans for its natural hot springs 2,000 years ago. Tour the wonderfully-preserved Roman Baths.

Cardiff, United Kingdom

Head to Cardiff for a sightseeing tour around the city center. Tour Cardiff Castle before sitting down for a Welsh banquet with dinner and lively entertainment.

Breakfast, Dinner

Radisson Blu Hotel

HAY-ON-WYE & SHREWSBURY

Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Travel through the Brecon Beacons National Park to Hay-on-Wye, a town famous for books. Continue to Shrewsbury, a picturesque town near the English/Welsh border. Continue to Shrewsbury, a picturesque town near the English/Welsh border. Take a walking tour with the town crier to see black-and-white buildings that line the narrow streets.

Chester, United Kingdom

Travel through Cheshire to your hotel in Chester.

Breakfast, Dinner

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa

NORTH WALES & CHESTER

Conwy, United Kingdom

Drive through the town of Llangollen and across the Horseshoe Pass for wonderful vistas. Visit a farm to see trained dogs herding sheep and travel to Conwy, a medieval town dominated by a huge castle. Enjoy a walking tour around the picturesque streets and see the smallest house in Britain.

Chester, United Kingdom

In Chester, another walking tour will reveal medieval buildings and Roman walls.

Breakfast, Dinner

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa

LAKE DISTRICT & SCOTTISH EVENING

Lake District, United Kingdom

Travel through the glorious Lake District, which inspired many of Beatrix Potter’s children’s books.

Grasmere, United Kingdom

Visit the village of Grasmere, where Wordsworth lived and is buried.

Gretna Green, United Kingdom

Stop at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop in Gretna Green, a popular shopping venue for quality Scottish goods.

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

At your hotel, enjoy a drink with your fellow travellers before a lively Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment.

Breakfast, Dinner

Norton House Hotel & Spa

EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Explore central Edinburgh, starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with planned streets and elegant Georgian houses where many famous writers and inventors lived. See the Royal Mile with its narrow medieval houses, then tour Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The rest of the day is free. On July 28 to August 11 departures experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Breakfast

Norton House Hotel & Spa

EXCURSION TO GLAMIS CASTLE & ST ANDREWS WALK

Glamis, United Kingdom

Tour Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of Shakespeare’s "Macbeth" and childhood home of the Queen Mother.

Saint Andrews, United Kingdom

Cross the modern Tay Bridge to the medieval town of St Andrews, ”the home of golf”. Enjoy a panoramic tour and spend some free time browsing on your own.

ABBOTSFORD HOUSE & YORK MINSTER

Abbotsford, United Kingdom

Visit Abbotsford House, former home of Sir Walter Scott.

York, United Kingdom

Upon arrival in York, visit York Minster, which is famous for its stained glass windows. In the evening enjoy a pub dinner with your group.

York Marriott

HISTORIC TRAIN RIDE & CASTLE HOWARD

Goathland, United Kingdom

Head to Goathland Station, which served as "Hogsmeade" station in the Harry Potter series, and travel on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway by vintage locomotive.

Whitby, United Kingdom

In Whitby, take a guided stroll around the picturesque harbor, winding streets and quaint buildings.

York, United Kingdom

Tour the elaborate chambers of Castle Howard, an imposing 18th century mansion where “Brideshead Revisited” was filmed. Overnight in York.

Breakfast, Dinner

York Marriott

SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE & LONDON

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Discover the world that shaped the man as you look through an exhibition about his life and work, and take in a short performance to see his words come to life.

London, United Kingdom

Drive through the scenic Cotswolds region, renowned for picturesque villages built of honey-colored stone with charming gardens. Arrive in London where the evening is at leisure.

Breakfast

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel London - Victoria

TOWER OF LONDON & CITY SIGHTSEEING

London, United Kingdom

Take a panoramic London tour to see some of the famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Visit the mighty Tower of London to see the many fortresses, Beefeaters in their elaborate uniforms, and the dazzling Crown Jewels. The afternoon and evening are free for independent activities.

Breakfast

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel London – Victoria

TOUR ENDS IN LONDON

London, United Kingdom

Your tour ends after breakfast.

Breakfast

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Important information:

  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.

ALL guests must carefully verify the existing identification requirements for their particular travel situation DIRECTLY WITH THEIR LOCAL CONSULATES OR EMBASSIES or with a visa service, as these requirements may change. Guests without proper documentation may be denied entry and will not be entitled to a refund
  • 70 days or more prior to departure: Forfeiture of deposit
  • 69 - 46 days prior to departure: 25% per person
  • 45 - 8 days prior to departure: 35% per person
  • 7 - 1 days prior to departure: 50% per person
  • On day of departure: 100% per person
  • All cancellations must be received in writing prior to tour departure. The cancellation policy will apply according to the date that the cancellation notification is received. The MINIMUM cancellation penalty is the deposit amount.
  • The purchase to trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Land only “from price” is per person based on two people sharing a room together.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.
  • A non-refundable land deposit of $250 per person is required for coach tours. Deposits are required within 5 days of making the reservation. Early booking discounts require higher deposits.
  • The final payment must be made by credit card no later than 80 days prior to departure date. If payment is not received as scheduled, the reservation will automatically cancel and deposit payment become forfeit.
  • Once confirmed any revision to land tours will incur a $50 handling fee per booking. If clients cancel from one tour and rebook on another tour or another date, a cancellation fee may apply. Revisions are not permitted within 14 days of departure or once documents have been issued.
  • Documents will be shipped by U.P.S. ground service approximately 21 days prior to departure provided full payment has been received. If documents are required earlier, sufficient notice id required to arrange for early delivery by regular service. Late bookings will incur an express service delivery charge.
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