Travel by first class rail through the countryside of England starting in London and ending in Edinburgh. En route explore the Roman city of Chester before heading out for the day to visit the quaint villages and Snowdonia in North Wales. Continue to the nearby city of Liverpool, birthplace of the famous Beatles, then once again board your first class train across country to the medieval city of York. Spend the day enjoying the countryside and the Yorkshire Moors before crossing the border and into Edinburgh, where you can discover the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town, Edinburgh Castle, the fabulous Royal Mile and Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Day 1 – London
Upon arrival in London, after your overnight flight, you will be met by your local representative and privately escorted to your centrally located hotel. Relax and enjoy the balance of the day at your leisure.
The Kensington or similar
Day 2 – London to Chester
After breakfast this morning you will be privately transferred to the rail station to board your first class rail journey to Chester. Upon arrival, continue to your hotel. In the afternoon, with your private guide explore this pretty Roman city. Encircled by a glorious 2-mile ring of Roman and medieval walls, Chester is a rare blend of ancient and traditional. Take in the half-timbered Tudor buildings and the unique covered Rows – today packed with independent boutiques and high street stores. Your program will also include a visit the 16th Century Chester Cathedral.
Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel or similar – 2 Nights (B)
Day 3 – Chester
This morning by road, you will depart with your private driver-guide for Northern Wales. In the Welsh seaside town of Llandudno, take a cable car to the Great Orme for the jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Bay, the Little Orme, the Conwy Estuary and miles out over the Irish Sea. Visit the quaint town of Betws y Coed, and Snowdonia National Park. Watch a cooking demonstration of Welsh cakes and rarebit followed by afternoon tea before heading back to Chester for the evening.
Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel or similar (B)
Day 4 – Chester to York
Travel this morning by road to the city of Liverpool, famous for its musical heritage and where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea. Take in breathtaking 360° views from the rooftop of the towering Anglican Cathedral, the highest in the UK. Visit the Beatles Story museum, The Cavern Club, Penny Lane and see the houses where John Lennon and Paul McCartney grew up. Later you are accompanied to the rail station to board your first class train journey to York. Upon arrival and after checking into your hotel for the next two nights, explore this wonderful city with a guided walk on the city walls.
The Principal York or similar – 2 Nights (B)
Day 5 – York
Traverse the North York Moors National Park, a vast tract of purple moorland, steep, deep-sided valleys and clumps of thick forest. Visit Goathland, which is known as Hogsmeade in the Harry Potter films. Explore the charming village and enjoy tea in these stunning surroundings. Your journey continues by train on the stunning steam-hauled North York Moors Railway. Upon arrival in Whitby, explore the old seaside town and climb the steps to the famous Whitby Abbey. Enjoy lunch of fish & chips at one of the finest fish restaurants in Britain. Return to York via Castle Howard. Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, Castle Howard is a remarkable piece of the past, full of antiques, magnificent architecture and surrounded by acres of lush green parkland. Discover the stories behind its construction, its lavish decorations and the history of the Howard family themselves. The house featured in both the TV series and film versions of Brideshead Revisited.
The Principal York or similar (B, L)
Day 6 – York to Edinburgh
This morning you will visit York Minster and The Shambles with your guide. York Minster is the largest and finest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, and renowned for its outstanding stained glass. Climb the tower for an unparalleled view of the city. Later, you will be escorted to the rail station for your first class rain journey to Edinburgh. Upon arrival later afternoon, you will be met by your representative and accompanied to your hotel for next two nights. En route see the stunning architecture of 18th century Georgian New Town.
The Roxburghe or similar – 2 Nights (B)
Day 7 – Edinburgh
Join your guide on a tour of the “Jewel in Scotland’s Crown” – Edinburgh Castle. Also enjoy the amazing views from this striking castle above the Old Town. Spend time exploring the city – wander around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town, stroll down the Royal Mile, browsing through some of Scotland’s finest boutiques along the way. See Palace of Holyroodhouse, which is the grand, official residence of the Queen when visiting Scotland.
The Roxburghe or similar (B)
Day 8 – Depart Edinburgh
You will be met at the hotel and accompanied to the airport for your onward journey.
Dates & Pricing
January 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020
Price for two people: Starting at $3,995*
Price for airfare: depending on seasonality
*Price per person in US dollars based on two people traveling together, double occupancy and subject to availability.
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