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British Royale

9 Days from $4,586 per person

Style: Luxury | Pace: Comfortable

Uncover the very essence of Britain, as we introduce you to knowledgeable experts and passionate locals who will bring stories from the past and present to life. Meet iconic personalities, such as a Royal Horse Guard in London and a bagpiper in Edinburgh, and go to significant destinations that were once frequented by the likes of Shakespeare and notorious kings. As you travel in elegant style, stay at the most sought-after addresses in Britain, dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant and savor local specialties, such as English cream scones served in dramatic Scottish dining hall. Enjoy a selection of exclusive VIP Experiences, including a private visit to RHS Garden Harlow Carr and the Tower of London for a viewing of the Ceremony of the Keys. From the beautiful Georgian city of Bath to the mesmerizing Lake District, this is a journey of a lifetime.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Uncover the very essence of Britain, as we introduce you to knowledgeable experts and passionate locals who will bring stories from the past and present to life. Meet iconic personalities, such as a Royal Horse Guard in London and a bagpiper in Edinburgh, and go to significant destinations that were once frequented by the likes of Shakespeare and notorious kings. As you travel in elegant style, stay at the most sought-after addresses in Britain, dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant and savor local specialties, such as English cream scones served in dramatic Scottish dining hall. Enjoy a selection of exclusive VIP Experiences, including a private visit to RHS Garden Harlow Carr and the Tower of London for a viewing of the Ceremony of the Keys. From the beautiful Georgian city of Bath to the mesmerizing Lake District, this is a journey of a lifetime.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport.

    Meet your personal chauffeur on arrival at London Heathrow Airport and enjoy an escorted drive in a chic Mercedes Benz to the award-winning Milestone Hotel, an exquisite five-star hotel overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, the Milestone Hotel is yours to explore, as you spend the day at leisure. Perhaps enjoy the most quintessential of English rituals, afternoon tea, hosted at the Milestone Hotel. At 6:00 meet your Travelling Concierge and travel companions for a grand Welcome Dinner hosted at Cheneston's Restaurant in your hotel. Savor classic British cuisine and take in the old-world ambiance of your Victorian-styled surroundings.

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:The Milestone Hotel
  2. A modern-day hub of culture and commerce, and once the center of an empire, London is no doubt one of the world’s greatest cities, teeming with millions of stories. Your Traveling 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. At the Household Cavalry Museum, uncover the secret messages hidden within a cavalryman's uniform and try on the royal uniform for yourself. Meet a serving Royal Horse Guard at the Horse Guards Parade and discover what it takes to be part of HM The Queen's Mounted Bodyguard. Stop at Buckingham Palace to witness the colorful Changing of the Guard ceremony, when available. 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 Traveling Concierge for restaurant recommendations. In the evening, once the crowds have gone home, experience a private tour with a serving Yeoman Warder. After being greeted on arrival, you will be lead through the grounds with stops made at the quarters, chapel, place of beheading and prison towers where the Yeoman Warder explains the history and importance of each place. You will then learn about the Ceremony of the Keys, carried out every night by the Beefeaters, 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:The Milestone Hotel
  3. Windsor Castle, famous for its long-standing association with the British Royal family, dates back to the 11th century and is a spectacle of period architecture, manicured gardens and rich history. Visit the grounds with a Local Expert before you are then at leisure to explore the castle at your own pace, discovering the secrets that this royal residence has been keeping for over 900 years. Perhaps wander through the enfilade of suites in the State Apartments, marveling at the phenomenal Queen Mary’s Doll’s House or admire the endless armor collection in the Grand Vestibule. Your journey then continues to visit mysterious Stonehenge, a prehistoric UNESCO World Heritage burial site, and on to the Georgian city of Bath where people have been indulging in the healing waters for millennia. Enjoy a spectacular Highlight Dinner at a Michelin-star rated restaurant. With each Michelin-starred restaurant around the world meticulously selected based on outstanding food quality, you are in for an unrivaled indulgence.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Francis Hotel
  4. Visit the original Roman Baths and Georgian Pump Room, one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world, and imagine how Romans once gathered to relish the good life. Continue your journey through the Cotswolds which is among the most 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. Stop in picture-perfect Bibury, described by the esteemed William Morris as the ‘prettiest village in the Cotswolds.’ Head to Burford nestled on the meandering River Windrush, its high street an eye-pleasing mix of honey-colored stone, chocolate-box cottages and Tudor buildings. After browsing the tea houses and quaint shops, a leisurely drive brings you to the sleepy limestone villages of Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold, two of the most picturesque towns of the northern Cotswolds. Arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare, and continue on to York.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Grand Hotel & Spa
  5. Step back in time as you meet the lively characters and explore the medieval streets of York. Once an important center of Roman occupation in England, this is a storybook city surrounded by a large stone wall dating back to the 13th century. Experience York Your Way with a choice of two outstanding experiences today. Either join a Local Expert for a pulse-raising walk on the famous city walls—the longest medieval walls in England—and appreciate spectacular views of the river and the Old Town. Alternatively, embark on a leisurely guided tour to the York Minster, the largest medieval cathedral in northern Europe and one of the most outstanding Gothic buildings in the world. Spend free time this afternoon exploring York’s many hidden gems. At sunset, join a senior gardener for a VIP, after-hours visit to the RHS Garden Harlow Carr, a prestigious member of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). In the same league as the iconic RHS Chelsea Flower Show, RHS Garden Harlow Carr boasts a wide variety of indigenous plants. Uncover the many hidden gems of the garden, before picking up a picnic bag to enjoy at your leisure on one of the garden's secluded benches. After a wander through the 57-acre garden, enjoy strawberries and cream and a refreshing, traditional Pimm’s cocktail.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Grand Hotel & Spa
  6. The rugged and dramatic beauty of the English Lake District famously inspired 19th-century writers such as Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. Experience the charms of a bygone era, as you step onboard a historic steam train at the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway Station for a short ride along the southern banks of the lake. Wonder at views of soaring mountain ranges, mystical forests and emerald-green waters, as you journey past vast Windermere to reach your hotel. Disembark to explore the lakeside town of Bowness-on-Windermere. This evening, dinner is served at a charming restaurant, Bistro at The Lakes Distillery, located on the picturesque Bassenthwaite Lake.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Leeming House, Ullswater
  7. Journey to majestic Alnwick Castle and explore its magnificent interiors. Join a Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of the 11th Castle, with its striking medieval architecture and see why it was featured in the Harry Potter films. Travel up to the beautiful Scottish capital of Edinburgh where you have an evening to enjoy at your leisure. Your Traveling Concierge is a treasure-trove of knowledge and will happily guide you to the best local restaurants and attractions.


    Chairman's Collection
    If you are traveling on a Chairman's Collection departure, 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 Gardner, Trevor Jones, 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. Join a Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of the 11th 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 Traveling 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 events on earth and a celebration of the history, heritage and colors of Scotland’s regiments both near and far. Hosted every August, this renowned international showcase of military pageantry boasts performers from 48 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 color, providing a dramatic backdrop.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Glasshouse Hotel, Edinburgh
  8. Enjoy a visit to magnificent Edinburgh Castle, the country’s most visited landmark. Skip the queue and join a Local Expert for a guided exploration of the castle grounds. Learn about the castle’s tumultuous history, see its Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny, and appreciate panoramic views of the city below. Travel along Princes Street, past the Gothic Sir Walter Scott Monument, and continue down the Royal Mile to the gates of Palace of Holyroodhouse, the principal residence of Scottish royalty since the 16th century. In true Gaelic style, meet a professional bagpiper, who is said to have been the Queen Mother’s favorite, and be enchanted as you listen to iconic music and fascinating tales about Scottish culture while enjoying tea and scones. Raise a glass this evening to new friendships and a memorable journey, as we celebrate our finale dinner at one of the city’s very best restaurants, Galvin Brasserie de Luxe.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Morning Tea, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Glasshouse Hotel, Edinburgh
  9. Bid farewell to your travel companions and continue your onward journey with transfers timed to meet your flight. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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  • Definite Departure
  • Edinburgh Tattoo
  • Special Small Group Departure
  • Chairman's Collection
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Chairman's Collection
19 Apr 19 27 Apr 19 $5,495$4,946pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
17 May 19 25 May 19 checkmark $5,250$4,725pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
7 Jun 19 15 Jun 19 $5,250$4,725pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
21 Jun 19 29 Jun 19 $5,250$4,725pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
5 Jul 19 13 Jul 19 checkmark $5,275$4,748pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
19 Jul 19 27 Jul 19 $5,150$4,635pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
Edinburgh Tattoo
Chairman's Collection
9 Aug 19 17 Aug 19 checkmark $5,895$5,306pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
23 Aug 19 31 Aug 19 $5,275$4,748pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
13 Sep 19 21 Sep 19 checkmark $5,095$4,586pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
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27 Sep 19 5 Oct 19 checkmark $5,775$5,198pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
  • Edinburgh Tattoo: This departure includes the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo event.
  • Special Small Group Departure: This departure indicates a tour limited to a small number of guests.
  • Chairman's Collection: This departure includes a special royal dinner as part of Luxury Gold's Chairman Collection.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,680 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Traveling Concierge and Driver $116 per person.

Private Door to Door: Private door-to-door transfer service is available for guests traveling in a party of three or fewer on vacations to Europe, US, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and India. Private door-to-door transfers are not available on vacations to Australia and New Zealand. Private door-to-door transfers are limited from/to one address within a 50 miles radius of an international airport within the USA and include the gratuity for the driver with 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag per person permitted. No additional stops and/or drop-offs are permitted. All private door-to-door transfers are subject to availability and must be confirmed at time of booking. If private door-to-door transfers cannot be provided, a credit will be applied to the booking.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

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  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Michelin Dining Michelin Dining
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels

Included Dining

8 Breakfasts, 1 Morning Tea, 1 Lunch with Wine, 5 Dinners with Wine all with tea or coffee. 

Signature Experiences

London

  • You’re invited to the Tower of London to experience the exclusive Ceremony of the Keys. This ancient gate-closing ritual has been carried out every night by the Beefeaters, without fail, for the last 700 years.
  • Visit the Horse Guards Parade and learn about the importance of a cavalryman's uniform as you wander through the Household Cavalry Museum. You will also meet a serving Royal Horse Guard and hear what is required of HM The Queen's Mounted Bodyguard.
  • Meet a passionate resident, your Local Expert, who will share the city’s fascinating history, as you see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.
  • See British pageantry at its best, as you witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, when available. It’s a great privilege guarding the Sovereign and a quintessential British tradition that dates back to 1660.
  • Experience the Tower of London with a private tour led by a serving Yeoman Warder. See the quarters, chapel, place of beheading and prison towers where the Yeoman Warder explains the history and importance of each place.

Windsor Castle

  • Broadcast to the world to celebrate Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex's wedding, Windsor Castle is where your Local Expert shows you the castle precincts and introduces you to 1,000 years of history and its role today as an official residence of The Queen.
  • Make the most of your visit and search for the treasures and secrets that this royal residence has been keeping for over 900 years as you explore the grounds at your own pace. Perhaps wander through the enfilade of suites in the State Apartments, marvel at the phenomenal Queen Mary’s Doll’s House or admire the endless armor collection in the Grand Vestibule.

Stonehenge

  • Visit the mysterious circle of upright stones, which stand as strong today as they did 3,500 years ago.

Bath

  • The City of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built atop of Britain's only natural mineral springs. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room, built by the Romans over 2,000-years-ago as a place to wash and socialize.
  • During an orientation, you will see the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.

Cotswolds

  • Journey through the Cotswolds which is among 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. Admire the quaint towns of Bibury, Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold.

Stratford-upon-Avon

  • Venture inside the timber-framed building where the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare, was born and grew up.

Windermere

  • Enjoy a nostalgic ride on a historic steam train along the banks of Windermere.

York

  • Gain after-hours, VIP entry to the majestic RHS Garden Harlow Carr, a member of the Royal Horticultural Society. Join a senior gardener to learn about indigenous plant species, before enjoying an exclusive twilight picnic.
  • Appreciate the beauty of York Your Way, as you either join a Local Expert for an exploration of the city walls, or embark on a leisurely guided tour of York Minster.

Bowness-on-Windermere

  • Led by your Traveling Concierge, enjoy the chance to explore this lakeside town.

Alnwick

  • Explore majestic Alnwick Castle, steeped in history.

Edinburgh

  • Visit magnificent Edinburgh Castle, Scotland’s most-visited tourist attraction. Join a Local Expert, who will share tales about the castle’s tumultuous past and show you the Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny.
  • In true Gaelic style, meet a fabulously entertaining bagpiper and be enchanted as you listen to iconic music and fascinating tales about Scottish culture.
  • With a Local Expert, wander along Princes Street, past the Gothic Sir Walter Scott Monument, and continue down the Royal Mile to the gates of Holyrood Palace, the principal residence of Scottish royalty since the 16th century.
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to UK must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering the UK.

  • The currency in the UK is the Pound (£).  While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in the UK, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in the UK. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • English specialties include fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, sausages, stilton cheese, and scones with clotted cream. Culinary experiences to not to miss include a traditional pub meal, afternoon tea, and full English breakfast.  In larger cities like London you’ll also find restaurants serving a variety of international cuisine.

    Food and drink in Scotland goes far beyond haggis, porridge, and whiskey.  Specialties to try include kippers, fish and chips, Scotch broth, smoked salmon, sausages, shortbread, and Dundee cake.  For a meal that’s inexpensive and authentic, try a pub meal with a pint of Scottish ale.

  • The climate in the UK is temperate, with regular rainfall throughout the year. We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress.  A few important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping is less common in the UK than in the U.S. When dining out, some restaurants will add a service charge of 12.5 percent to your bill, especially for groups.  If a service hasn’t been added, it’s appropriate to leave 10 – 15 percent gratuity.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend £2.50 per person/per day for your driver and £4.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 pounds per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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