England and Scotland

August 1, 2020 - August 13, 2020
13 days / 23 meals
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A custom Sunrise itinerary featuring a visit to Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle and the world-famous Edinburgh Tattoo

Day 1: Overnight flight (D, B included in flight)

Day 2: London
Arrive this morning and begin a British extravaganza with a guided panoramic tour of London. See Big Ben, Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and much more before checking into the Lancaster Gate Hotel, located just steps from Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, for a two-night stay. D

Day 3: London
Visit Westminster Abbey. An integral part of London’s history for almost 1,000 years, it has been the site of every coronation since 1066, numerous royal weddings and the funeral of Princess Diana. Enter the Tower of London to learn of its fascinating (and sometimes bloody) history and get an up-close view of the Crown Jewels. B, D

Day 4: Stonehenge and Highclere Castle
Mysterious and magical, Stonehenge is Europe’s most famous prehistoric monument, built in stages from 3,000 BC. Enjoy a tour of Highclere Castle and Gardens, site of the PBS hit TV series and movie, Downton Abbey. The privately-owned castle is open for tours on a very limited schedule – don’t miss out! Continue to the Georgian town of Bath for an overnight at the four-star Abbey Hotel. B, D

Day 5: Bath – Stratford Upon Avon
Located on the site of ancient springs, extensive Roman Baths offer a glimpse into the ancient civilization’s impact on southern England. Explore Shakespeare’s hometown, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and see the house and impressive gardens where the famous bard was born and grew up. Check into the Marriott Liverpool City for a two-night stay. B, D

Day 6: “The Beatles”
An immersive journey at The Beatles Story Museum explains how four young lads from Liverpool were propelled to dizzying heights of fame and fortune from humble beginnings. Visit the Cavern Club, where the Beatles made their first appearance in February 1961 after playing extensively in Germany. They would play the Cavern Club 292 times from 1961-1963. Board the Mersey Ferry for views of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage riverfront. B, D

Day 7: Lake District
A scenic drive through England’s Lake District National Park features incredible views of Lake Windermere, made famous in the writings of Beatrix Potter. Cross into Scotland at Gretna Green, the first village in Scotland on the old coach route from London to Edinburgh and site of countless “runaway marriages” over the years. Overnight at the Village Hotel Glasgow. B, D

Day 8: Loch Ness
Continue north to the Scottish Highlands, a land of romance and dramatic landscapes, where sharp eyes will come in handy on a cruise of Loch Ness, the inky home of mythical Nessie. Enjoy a three-night stay in the Highlands at the Craiglynne Hotel, located just a short walk to the town center of Grantown-on-Spey. The hotel dates back to Victorian times and is located just outside Cairgorns National Park, a perfect location from which to explore the region. B, D

Day 9: Eilean Donan Castle
Dating back to 1214, Eilean Donan Castle stands on an islet connected to a causeway in Loch Duich. One of the most famous in Scotland, the completely restored castle has been featured in many movies (including Highlander) and displays fine furniture and paintings from its storied history. B, D

Day 10: Glenlivet Distillery
Taste a bit of Scotland on a visit to the Glenlivet Distillery, set high in the foothills of the Cairngorm Mountains in one of the most scenic glens in the Scottish Highlands. Feel the ancient history of Scotland with a visit to Clava Cairns, a circular chamber tomb from the Bronze Age common to the region. B, D

Day 11: Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Explore Blair Castle, the traditional seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home of the only private army in Europe – the Atholl Highlanders. The interactive British Golf Museum tells the story of the national game and some of its most famous champions. A sure highlight of your vacation, the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an unforgettable spectacle! Performed by British Armed Forces and international military bands, the Tattoo is televised in over 40 countries and watched by hundreds of millions, but nothing compares to the sounds and sights of experiencing it in person! Spend two nights at the Leonardo Hotel Edinburgh Murrayfield. B, D

Day 12: Edinburgh
Housing the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny, Edinburgh Castleis one of the most imposing fortresses in the world. Explore the Royal Yacht Britannia, launched in 1953 and host to the Royal Family for 968 official voyages until its retirement in 1997. The official residence of the Queen in Scotland, The Palace of Holyroodhouse, was the home of Mary, Queen of Scots for six years and where Prince Charles Edward Stewart held court in 1745. Cap your Scottish experience with another night of entertainment at the Taste of Scotland Showat Prestonfield House. B, D

Day 13: Fly home from Edinburgh

Per person rates*
double $4999
single $5799
* Includes round-trip airfare from IND

Important Note:
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$350 per person deposit required

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