England, Scotland and Wales
August 20 - September 1, 2017
$4,799 from Baton Rouge
Escorted by Wayne Barnes
Final Payment: July 2, 2017
A Piece of History Across the Pond
Discover the history of England. visit the birthplace of Shakespeare, tour "Downton Abby", and look for the Loch Ness monster.
*Passport or Passport Card required.
Day 1, Sun., Aug. 20 – Depart Baton Rouge for overnight flight.
Day 2, Mon., Aug. 21 - Stratford – Morning arrival in London. Motor coach to Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace of Shakespeare. Visit his birthplace as well as Anne Hathaway’s thatch-roofed cottage, the childhood home of the author’s wife.
Day 3, Tues., Aug. 22 - Stratford – Morning drive across some of England’s most beautiful country (the Cotswolds) on our way to visit mysterious Stonehenge, a center of spiritual activities since prehistoric time. Guided tour of “Downton Abbey”
Day 4, Wed., Aug. 23 - Chester – Today is an enchanted journey through beautiful Wales. Enjoy the Snowdonia Mountains and the village of Betws-y-Coed. Overnight in Chester, a well-preserved, walled medieval town of half-timbered buildings.
Day 5, Thurs., Aug. 24 – Glasgow, Scotland – Morning visit to the beautiful English Lake District – a favorite of writers – Wordsworth, Ruskin and Beatrix Potter (Peter Rabbit). On the Scottish border we stop at Gretna Green where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Overnight in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city.
Day 6, Fri., Aug. 25 – Oban, Scotland – Let your mind’s eye envision a painting of Scotland…that is today. We drive along the shoreline of Loch Lomond, the largest and most beautiful of the lakes. We will visit the Isle of Skye off the west coast.
Day 7, Sat., Aug. 26 – Inverness, Scotland – Visit Fort William, nestled at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Drive along Loch Ness of monster fame. Keep an eye peeled. On to Inverness, capital of the Highlands.
Day 8, Sun., Aug. 27 - Edinburgh – Morning visit to Culloden Battlefield, significant in British history. Here the Scottish forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie were defeated by the English in 1746, the last battle fought on British soil. Drive through the Eastern Highlands. Visit Saint Andrews where the game of golf was born. Cross the Firth of Forth Bridge which takes us to Scotland’s capital, Edinburg, our home for two nights.
Day 9, Mon., Aug. 28 - Edinburgh – Our morning sightseeing tour of this handsome city includes Princes Street, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle, built in the 11th Century and commanding a strategic site on Castlerock overlooking the city. Afternoon is free time.
Day 10, Tues., Aug. 29 – York, England – Morning journey out of Scotland and into England. We visit a section of Hadrian’s Roman Wall, built by the Romans 2000 years ago and stretching from coast to coast as a defense from northern raids. On to ancient York, one of the most attractive medieval towns in England. Visit York Minster and the Shambles.
Day 11, Wed., Aug. 30 - London – Morning drive south through Cambridge to London for 2 nights.
Day 12, Thurs., Aug. 31 - London – Guided sightseeing includes all the famous landmarks – House of Parliament, Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, changing of the Guard (if held), and inside visits to Tower of London, St, Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.
- Price is per person, double occupancy and includes transportation from Baton Rouge
- First class hotels and all entrance fees
- Breakfast daily
- Three dinners
- Baggage handling
- Taxes and tips including tips for guides, escort and driver