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British Royale

Operated by: Luxury Gold

10 Days from $6,495 per person
APR - SEP 2022
British Royal Edinburgh guard with kilt and sword, Scotland

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  1. Day 1 Welcome to London.

    On arrival at London Heathrow Airport, you will begin your journey with a transfer in an executive car, along with other guests arriving at a similar time, to the luxurious Rubens at the Palace, an exquisite five-star hotel overlooking Buckingham Palace. A part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, the Rubens is your home base to explore London, as you spend the day at leisure. At 18:00, meet your Travelling Concierge and travel companions for a Welcome Dinner hosted at English Grill restaurant.

    hotel The Rubens at the Palace, London.
  2. Day 2 Traditions and Treasures of London.

    A modern-day hub of culture and commerce, and once the centre of an empire, London is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest cities, teeming with millions of stories. Your Travelling Concierge will introduce you to a Local Expert, a passionate resident who will share fascinating stories about the city, as you explore the city to see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. You will then continue past Downing Street, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. Visit the Household Cavalry Museum, uncover the secret messages hidden within a cavalryman's uniform and try on the royal uniform for yourself. Spend the afternoon shopping at Harrods, listening to the soapbox orators of Speaker’s Corner or viewing the masterpieces in the National Gallery. Enjoy dinner as you please. Should you want to venture beyond your hotel, ask your knowledgeable Travelling Concierge for restaurant recommendations. In the evening, once the crowds have gone home, experience a private tour of the Tower of London. A serving Yeoman Warder will greet you on arrival, accompanying you through the grounds and regaling you with stories of the history and importance of this seat of British power. You will then learn about the Ceremony of the Keys, carried out every night by the Yeoman Warder, without fail, for the past 700 years. The Yeoman Warder provides a history of the tradition and explains the etiquette of handling the keys before you are privy to witnessing this ancient gate-closing ritual.

    hotel The Rubens at the Palace, London.
  3. Day 3 Stonehenge and Georgian Bath. Relaxed Start

    Journey out of London this morning to arrive at the mysterious Stonehenge and stand in awe of arguably Britain's best-known UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue your travels to the Georgian city of Bath where people have been indulging in the healing waters for millennia. Take a walk along streets lined with exquisite architecture and immerse yourself within the city's contemporary atmosphere. This evening unwind in chic cocktail bars and welcoming traditional pubs, or explore the evening scene that embraces comedy, live music and theatre. Ask your Travelling Concierge for recommendations.

    hotel Francis Hotel, Bath.
  4. Day 4 Explore Bath. Relaxed Start

    Start the day by joining a Local Expert who will take you on a tour revealing the town's history. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to visit the immersive Jane Austen Centre dedicated to the writer who lived here in the early 1800s and used the city as a setting for two of her novels. Learn about her life, her works and the Regency period from entertaining actors. Alternatively, visit the Roman Baths and Georgian Pump Room, one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. The rest of the day is yours to explore the charming Georgian town. Tonight, enjoy a spectacular Highlight Dinner at Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park, a Michelin-starred restaurant.

    hotel Francis Hotel, Bath.
  5. Day 5 Cotswolds, Stratford-Upon-Avon and York.

    Journey through the Cotswolds, famous for gentle rolling hillsides known as "wolds", green river valleys and historic market towns. Arrive in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare, with time to explore this famous market town. Your journey continues to the medieval city of York. York is like nowhere else in England with cobbled streets, quaint tearooms and gothic buildings.

    hotel The Grand Hotel & Spa, York.
  6. Day 6 Medieval Wonders of York. Relaxed Start

    Step back in time as you explore the medieval streets of York and learn about its lively characters. Once an important centre of Roman occupation in England, this is a storybook city surrounded by a large stone wall. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to join a Local Expert and embark on a leisurely guided tour to the grand York Minster, an excellent example of Gothic architecture. Alternatively, get active and follow a Local Expert as you walk on the 13th century city walls and you soak up the spectacular views of River Ouse and the Old Town. This afternoon, journey to the elegant stately home Castle Howard, one of Britain's finest historic houses. On arrival you are escorted to the Grecian Hall for a delicious, traditional English afternoon tea.Your Journey, Your Way. Receive VIP treatment once the castle has closed its doors to the general public. Choose to join a guided tour of the house and admire its intricate architecture. Alternatively, join one of the gardeners and explore the best parts of the landscaped gardens.

    hotel The Grand Hotel & Spa, York.
  7. Day 7 The Wild and Poetic Lake District.

    The rugged and dramatic beauty of the English Lake District famously inspired 19th century writers such as Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. Journey to the town of Penrith to visit the Dalemain mansion and gardens. Meet Jane Hasell-McCosh, whose ancestors have been living at the manor since the 17th century and join her on a tour of their gardens. Learn about local history and the prestigious international Homemade Marmalade Award founded by Jane herself. Indulge in a private, homemade and sustainably sourced lunch in the Medieval Hall, one of the oldest parts of the house. Continue to your lakeside hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere for an evening at leisure.

    hotel The Belsfield Hotel, English Lake District.
  8. Day 8 Alnwick Castle.

    Journey to majestic Alnwick Castle and explore its magnificent interiors. Join a Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of the 11th century castle, with its striking medieval architecture and see why it was featured in the Harry Potter films. Your travels continue to the beautiful Scottish capital of Edinburgh where you have an evening to enjoy at your leisure. Your Travelling Concierge is a treasure-trove of knowledge and will happily guide you to the best local restaurants and attractions. During August, you’re invited to witness The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of the most spectacular military concerts on earth and a celebration of the history, heritage and colours of Scotland’s regiments both near and far. Hosted every August, this renowned international showcase of military pageantry boasts performers from forty-eight countries. Enjoy the sounds and sights of bagpipes rising, drums cracking through the night air and performers dressed in tunics, kilts and tartans with Edinburgh Castle, lit up in colour, providing a dramatic backdrop.

    hotel Kimpton Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.
  9. Day 9 Highlights of Beautiful Edinburgh. Relaxed Start

    Join a Local Expert and visit Edinburgh Castle. Skip the queue and explore the grounds as you learn about its tumultuous history. Take a moment to appreciate the panoramic views over the city. Travel along Princes Street, past the Gothic Sir Walter Scott Monument, and continue down the Royal Mile to the gates of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official residence the home of Scottish royal history. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to visit the 17th century Mary King's Close with a Local Expert, walk in the footsteps of former residents and unlock fascinating stories from Edinburgh's sometimes dark past. Alternatively, try a wee dram of whisky as you embark on a tasting experience of this Scottish staple. Tonight take part in a special Celebration Dinner as you arrive to the Scottish Arts Club. Founded in 1873 it has been the social hub for Scottish artists ever since, acting as a cultural haven for its members and the public alike. Indulge in a beautifully composed meal, and in true Gaelic style, meet a professional bagpiper who is said to have been the Queen Mother's favourite. Be enchanted as you listen to iconic music and fascinating tales of Scottish culture. Raise a glass to your memorable journey and to new friendships.

    hotel Kimpton Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.
  10. Day 10 Farewell Edinburgh.

    Bid farewell to your travel companions and continue your onward journey with transfers timed to meet your flight.

Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • Complimentary, airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travellers that arrive on the same flight. Complimentary, private train station transfers are included when train travel is included within the itinerary. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Bath: Visit the historic Roman Baths, which draw from Britain’s only natural mineral springs and gave the Georgian city its name. This remarkably preserved historic site was once a gathering spot for Romans to bathe and socialise over 2,000 years ago.
  • Bath: Visit the immersive Jane Austen Centre dedicated to the writer who lived here in the early 1800s and used the city as a setting for two of her novels. Learn about her life, her works and the Regency period from entertaining actors.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • York: Embark on a leisurely guided tour to the grand York Minster, an excellent example of Gothic architecture.
  • York: Get active and follow a Local Expert as you walk on the 13th century city walls and you soak up the spectacular views of River Ouse and the Old Town.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Edinburgh: Visit the 17th century Mary King's Close with a Local Expert, walk in the footsteps of former residents and unlock fascinating stories from Edinburgh's sometimes dark past.
  • Edinburgh: Try a wee dram of whisky as you embark on a tasting experience of this Scottish staple.

Well-being

  • : Your Well-Being Director takes a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met. On tours fewer than 15 guests, your Traveling Concierge will act as your Well-Being Director.
  • : Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travelling Concierge's, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Exceptional Dining

  • London: Dine in style at the lavish English Grill Restaurant, just across the road from Buckingham Palace. Enjoy your Welcome Dinner prepared by executive chef Ben Kelliher using only the finest English produce and the same suppliers who serve the Queen’s kitchen.
  • Bath: Experience an exquisite Michelin-starred dinner at Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park, where a special tasting menu will take you through a journey for the taste buds. Enjoy the relaxed elegance of this charming stately home that dates back several centuries.
  • York: Visit one of Britain's finest historic houses, Castle Howard. Enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea in the Grecian Hall.
  • Dalemain: Visit the Dalemain Mansion and indulge in a private, homemade and sustainably sourced lunch in the Mediaeval Hall, one of the oldest parts of the house. Meet Jane Hasell-McCosh, whose ancestors have been living at the manor since the 17th century and join her on a tour of their gardens. Learn about local history and the prestigious international Homemade Marmalade Award founded by Jane herself.
  • Edinburgh: Try a wee dram of whisky as you embark on a tasting experience of this Scottish staple.
  • Edinburgh: Take part in a special Celebration Dinner as you arrive to the Scottish Arts Club. Founded in 1873 it has been the social hub for Scottish artists ever since, acting as a cultural haven for its members and the public alike. Indulge in a beautifully composed meal and in true Gaelic style meet a professional bagpiper, who is said to have been the Queen Mother's favourite. Be enchanted as you listen to iconic music and fascinating tales of Scottish culture. Raise a glass to your memorable journey and to new friendships.
  • Dining Summary: 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 9 Breakfast (B), 3 Dinner with Wine (DW), and 1 Lunch with Wine (LW)

VIP Experiences

  • London: You’re invited to the Tower of London to experience the Ceremony of the Keys, the oldest practiced military ceremony in the world. At your special after-hours visit you’ll get an inside look at the 700-year-old tradition that stood the tests of even the most tumultuous times.
  • York: Receive VIP treatment once the castle has closed its doors to the general public and join one of the gardeners to explore the best parts of the landscaped gardens. Alternatively, join a guided tour of the house and admire its intricate architecture.

Journey Highlights

  • London: Your passionate Local Expert will lead you from Westminster to Piccadilly Circus as they recount fascinating tales of London and its famous landmarks. Pass by the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, and Trafalgar Square as you explore the English capital.
  • London: Step through history at Horse Guards Parade, the ceremonial grounds of St James Park in the shadow of Buckingham Palace. Discover the secrets of a cavalryman’s uniform in the Household Cavalry Museum before trying on the royal clothes yourself.
  • Stonehenge: Visit the mysterious circle of upright stones, the best known prehistoric site in Europe. Experience the lives led by Neolithic builders 3,500 years ago and admire the selection of archaeological treasures that have been unearthed in this place.
  • Bath: Be taken through the grand historic sights of Bath with a private orientation tour. See the majestic Royal Terrace, the inspiring architecture of Bath Abbey, and, the stately Pulteney Bridge, completed in 1774.
  • Bath: Visit the historic Roman Baths, which draw from Britain’s only natural mineral springs and gave the Georgian city its name. This remarkably preserved historic site was once a gathering spot for Romans to bathe and socialise over 2,000 years ago.
  • Bath: Visit the immersive Jane Austen Centre dedicated to the writer who lived here in the early 1800s and used the city as a setting for two of her novels. Learn about her life, her works and the Regency period from entertaining actors.
  • Bath: Join a Local Expert for an insightful tour revealing the town's history.
  • Cotswolds: Journey through the Cotswolds, one of the most quintessential and unspoiled regions of England, famous for gentle, rolling hillsides known as ‘wolds’, green river valleys and historic market towns, where time has stood still for over 300 years.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: Fans of the famous playwright, William Shakespeare, will love exploring this vibrant town where he was born. This cultural centre still has many rows of attractive half-timbered houses that date back to the 16th century.
  • York: Embark on a leisurely guided tour to the grand York Minster, an excellent example of Gothic architecture.
  • York: Get active and follow a Local Expert as you walk on the 13th century city walls and you soak up the spectacular views of River Ouse and the Old Town.
  • Bowness-on-Windermere: Led by your Travelling Concierge, enjoy the chance to explore this lakeside town.Take a wander through the quaint streets of this lakeside town, admiring the period buildings and scenic views. Why not grab a coffee from one of the quirky cafés?
  • Windermere: All aboard for a nostalgic ride on a historic steam train through the Leven Valley to the southern tip of Windermere. Locomotives have been running on this line since 1790, and the picturesque route will prompt lots of photo-taking.
  • Alnwick Castle: Join a Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of the 11th century castle, with its striking medieval architecture and see why it was featured in the Harry Potter films.
  • Edinburgh: Skip the queues as a Local Expert guides you around magnificent Edinburgh Castle, perched on a black basalt outcrop. Discover the site’s 900-year history and take in the spectacular panoramic views over the city’s most famous landmarks.
  • Edinburgh: Wander along Princes Street with your Local Expert, past the Gothic Sir Walter Scott Monument, and continue down the old-world Royal Mile to the gates of Holyrood Palace, the principal residence of Scottish royalty since the 16th century, and the Queen’s official Edinburgh lodgings.
  • Edinburgh: Visit the 17th century Mary King's Close with a Local Expert, walk in the footsteps of former residents and unlock fascinating stories from Edinburgh's sometimes dark past.
  • Edinburgh: In true Gaelic style, meet a fabulously entertaining bagpiper, playing pipes passed down since 1888. Hear fascinating tales from the time he played for the Queen Mother, to riotous nights at Edinburgh Castle.

Chairman's Collection

  • Alnwick: If you are travelling on a Chairman's Collection departure, on Day 8 you will meet Her Grace, The Duchess of Northumberland as she personally welcomes you for a private tour of her beloved garden. You are also introduced to the Head Gardener, who will lead you past a labyrinth, the serpent garden and ornate fountains, as you listen to the fascinating story of how The Duchess restored this exquisite garden to its former 18th century glory over the last twenty years. Admire this masterpiece of passion and dedication, which remains a work in progress, before indulging in a seasonal lunch. This experience will be in addition to the existing itinerary.

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Kristine Virtue
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
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This is my 4th tour with Grand European and Alyssa our specialist did a great job facilitating our booking. She provided all the information we required and made the booking a very easy process.
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Thank you for your repeat business and confidence in us to help plan your vacations. We hope to see you for the next big trip!
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
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We had a great time and saw a wonderful overview of England and Edinburgh. This is a very busy tour as is indicated by the itinerary but we were prepared for that and enjoyed every minute. Our tour director, Darren, was quite good and amusing. The local tour guides were excellent. The Chairman's Collection opportunities and unique experiences offered by Luxury Gold were well worth it. The Michelin Star restaurant was fabulous. My only recommendations would be a different hotel in Bath to match the other great choices and perhaps eliminating the steam train trip to free up more time at the beautiful Lake district area and hotel.
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