Royal Tour of Britain

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Visit Britain like a Royal

9 DAY TOUR WITH BACK-ROADS TOURING CO FROM $4,899*pp

Following the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, London, and much of the United Kingdom, is absolutely buzzing with royalty fever and there has never been a more lively time to visit the lovely land that is Britain. To travel Britain is to travel through a land with rich history and tradition, metropolitan cities and quaint villages, rolling green hills and jagged coastlines, just to name a few. Explore this diverse land on this tour which has been specially designed to include Royal connections from the historic streets of Edinburgh to the excitement of London, one breath-taking step at a time!

The tour will cover Edinburgh, York, Oxford and London.

THE TOUR
All inclusive 9 day / 8 night escorted tour from $4,899* per person.

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE
See Balmoral Castle, the summer residence of the Queen
Visit Kensington Palace, the home of Queen Victoria & Princess Diana
Visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former royal yacht of the British monarch

INCLUDES:
8 nights in boutique accommodation
Experienced Back-Roads Driver/Tour Leader
Premium mini-coach transportation
Breakfast daily (B), 5 evening meals (D)
Entrance included to: St Andrews University & Golf course, Balmoral Castle, Crathie Church, Crathie Graveyard, Edinburgh Castle & Royal Mile Walk, Royal Yacht Britannia, Rosslyn Chapel, Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace & Clarence House, Braemar Castle, Lochnagar distillery. Kensington Palace, York Minster, Princess Diana & Albert Memorial, Windsor Castle and Hampton Court.

ITINERARY

DAY 1
Edinburgh – St Andrews – Ballater

Home to endless natural beauty, history and cobbled streets begging to be discovered, Scotland will not disappoint. Your first stop includes a visit to St Andrews University and free time to stroll around the university’s golf course before continuing to Loch Muick in Ballater – the picnic site of Queen Victoria and where some of the Royal family still frequent. In the evening, sit down for dinner and enjoy an included bagpipe performance before retiring for the night.

DAY 2
Ballater – Balmoral – Ballater

Sensational architecture and breath-taking scenic views set the tone for the day as you enter the Balmoral Castle, the summer residence of the Queen, Crathie Church and the Crathie Graveyard. Next, journey to Braemar Castle for more jaw-dropping beauty. In the afternoon, walk around the site of the Highland Games and after, head to Lochnagar Distillery for a dram of whisky if you wish. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

DAY 3
Ballater – Edinburgh

After breakfast, embark on a tour of Edinburgh Castle and Royal Mile walk. In the afternoon, head to the Royal Yacht Britannia – which was used by the Royal family until it was de-commissioned and later transfer back to our hotel. In the evening, enjoy an evening meal together.

DAY 4
Edinburgh – Rosslyn – York

Turning the attention away from stunning Edinburgh, you’ll travel to the Rosslyn Chapel (featured in the film The Da Vinci Code) before going to York in the afternoon. With no set agenda, it’s your turn to write the itinerary today with free time to explore as you wish before the group meets for dinner in the evening.

DAY 5
York – Fossgate – York

The day begins with a city tour of York where you can discover the York Minster and Tower. Later, the afternoon is yours to explore this gorgeous city.

DAY 6
York – Stratford-Upon-Avon – Shipston on Stour – Leamington Spa

Your first stop today is one for the literary buffs with a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon; the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Before the day is out, we depart for our hotel and indulge in dinner in a local restaurant.

DAY 7
Leamington Spa – Oxford – London

With your eyes set on Oxford today, enjoy a tour of the surrounding colleges where members of the Royal family studied before driving to London.

DAY 8
London

A trip to England wouldn’t be complete without a sightseeing day in London. Start the day with a tour of Buckingham Palace, before passing by St. James’s Palace, Clarence House, the Banqueting House and more. Then, take a tour of Kensington Palace and visit the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain and Albert memorial. In the evening, meet for the farewell dinner at Goring, a Michelin-starred restaurant adorned with Swarovski chandeliers – frequented by royalty.

DAY 9
London – Windsor – Hampton Court – London

Before you say goodbye, there is one final tour of Windsor Castle before exploring Hampton Court Palace. En route back to London, pass by Eton College and say farewell in the afternoon.

Please note: When the Royal Family are in residence at Balmoral Castle (usually in Aug and Sept), it will not be possible to enter the castle although you can still see the building from the gates. Also, Buckingham Palace is open to the public usually from 5 Aug to 24 Sept (when the Queen is in Balmoral). Any departures that are not during this period will have a tour of the Royal Mews instead. A tour of Braemar Castle is included.

TOUR DATES
Saturday 7 July – Sunday 15 July 2018
Saturday 8 September – Sunday 16 September 2018

FLIGHTS
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