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UK – Home of Amazing Moments - 9 Days

It might be small, but UK packs a lot of scenery into its pint-sized shores: green fields and rumpled hills, chalk cliffs and breezy plains, ancient woods and moody moorland. There are 10 national parks, 34 Areas of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB) and miles of craggy, beach-fringed coastline – 2795 miles, in fact, making England’s coast one of Europe’s longest, and the only one to have a public coast path the whole way round. Whether you’re tramping over the South Downs, climbing Lake District fells or wandering above Dover’s fabled White Cliffs, England is a never-ending feast for the eyes.

Most visitors to Great Britain arrive in London, the capital of the United Kingdom and a global financial centre. Its wealth of sites, stores, restaurants and theatres is world famous, offering the visitor countless iconic attractions to explore. The surrounding countryside of Southern England has a gentle landscape with country lanes, rolling hills and shimmering fenlands interspersed with historic cities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Bath. The southern coast stretching down to Cornwall is known for its picturesque towns, beaches and resorts.

Further afield, Northern England and Wales boast historic towns, moorlands, dramatic coastlines and majestic National Parks. The largest park is the Lake District, which incorporates a landscape of jagged mountains, shimmering lakes and charming villages. Wales is a land of contrasts; often known as ‘the land of castles’, it contains some of the most varied scenery in Europe. Discover its rich historic culture based around the sensual Welsh language.

Best time to go to the UK

The months from April to October are the traditional time to visit the British Isles. As well as being the warmest time of the year, it is also when British Summer Time extends daylight long into the evenings. It is during this period that visitor attractions are fully operational, and when many social and sporting occasions take place.

During the months from April to June, the countryside bursts into bloom. Wild daffodils and bluebells herald the start of the season when gardens are at their most colorful.

July and August are the hottest months in the year, both in terms of temperature and events! The abundance of thrilling competitions, breathtaking festivals and plenty of other colorful events, some of which are detailed below, cater for all tastes. However, if you fancy a family vacation or a relaxing retreat from everyday life in one of the stunning resorts, there's a great variety to choose from.

During the winter months, days are short and the temperatures are often cold. Many attractions in the countryside close for the season. However, the city museums and sights remain open, and their restaurants and theatres will be in full swing.Visitors who travel over Christmas or New Year may enjoy these celebrations in the cities. But this is also a time when the country house hotels offer festive programs which make an excellent addition to a city break.

Day 1
Arrive at London

Upon arrival at the London Heathrow airport, you will be met by your representative and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel in London, where you will be assisted with check-in.

Places to visit:

Twiggy

Nobody knows fashion like the original supermodel, and nowhere does fashion quite like the UK. Let Twiggy be your guide to Britain’s top designers and the UK shopping scene.

Department stores

If there was an Olympic prize for shopping, there’s no doubt the Brits would win it every time. Discover the art of retail therapy with our department stores and shopping centres.

Britain’s markets

There's nothing like spending afternoon rifling through racks of exclusive, one-off designs or vintage fashions at the market. Whether you're buying unusual antiques or fresh flowers, you're bound to find a bargain.

Royal shopping

They may be the most important people in the kingdom, but even the royal family need to shop. Only the finest will do for our royals, and companies that have been providing goods or services to the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh or the Prince of Wales for at least five years are rewarded with a Royal Warrant – the mark of quality, excellence and recognition.

There are currently around 850 Royal Warrant Holders, ranging from grocers, chemists and jewelers to plumbers, barbers and pest control services. But they all have one thing in common – they all provide the highest standard of service.

Rupert Everett

Join the actor Rupert Everett for a romp through London’s Theatre land, the historic, glamorous and fabulous centre of UK theatre.

Free museums

History, design, science, nature, football, giant stuffed walruses – whatever your passion, you’ll find a museum to match it in Britain.

Britain on film

Set jetters rejoice - Britain is one glorious, gorgeous movie set. Don't just take our word for it: filmmakers, cast and crew have filmed some true classics here. Here's a list of top Brit flicks, complete with great British locations.

Free galleries

World-famous masterpieces by the legends of the art world and controversial installations and creations by modern-day geniuses. See them all at Britain’s art galleries without spending a penny.

Dame Judi Dench

Discover why Judi Dench and her family love Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and the place where Henry VIII first wooed the doomed queen.

World Heritage Sites

Did you know that Britain has 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites? These range from sites of natural beauty like the Dorset and East Devon Coast to cultural riches such as the Tower of London and Stonehenge

Britain's castles

Want to know a secret about British castles? They really are the stuff of your wildest dreams. Dramatically situated, packed with history and scattered throughout the land, there's a castle for you whatever your particular interest. Here’s a look at some of our famous British castles

Stately homes

Once upon a time, stately homes were the exclusive privilege of royalty and landed gentry. Today, these spectacular country pads make for a perfect day out, with their unique mix of history, culture and modern-day glamour.

Day 2
Royal Westminster

Today you will be met by a London Guide who will take you on a tour of the City of Westminster where you will see the sites associated with the Royal Family. Start in Parliament Square where you will visit Westminster Abbey, the National Church of England and scene for many state occasions including the Queen's Coronation in 1953 following her accession to the throne in February 1952, and the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

From here you will continue past the iconic Houses of Parliament and Downing Street into Whitehall. This street was once the site of Whitehall Palace built by King Henry VIII. Subject to availability, you will visit the only part of the palace to survive, the Banqueting House, built by Inigo Jones and decorated by Peter Paul Rubens.

At the top of Whitehall is Trafalgar Square where you turn into the Mall, the royal route that leads to Buckingham Palace. On the north side of the Mall is Clarence House, the official London residence of the Prince of Wales.

Buckingham Palace, the Queen's official residence in London, is one of the most iconic sites in the world. In August and September you will be able to take a tour of the opulent state apartments where many functions are held each year. At other times, you may visit the Queen’s Gallery where important items from the Royal Collection are on display, and the Royal Mews where the ceremonial carriages are maintained.

Day 3
The City of London

Your guide and chauffeur will be waiting to meet you for a further full day sightseeing tour. Today you will visit the Tower of London, the ancient royal fortress guarding the City of London. Here the Yeoman Warders – the ‘Beefeaters’ - guard the dazzling Crown Jewels that are still used for royal ceremonies to this day. Visit the White Tower, the central and oldest block of the complex; then see the reconstruction of the Medieval Palace that aims to show the style in which the medieval kings of England would have lived when they had apartments at the Tower.

You will also visit St. Paul's Cathedral, the baroque masterpiece that was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London in 1666. It has also been used for state occasions, most notably the wedding of the Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.

This afternoon, you may visit Kensington Palace, where you can take time to explore the state apartments of this ornate house that was a favorite royal home before Buckingham Palace was chosen to be the official residence. It was also here where Diana, as Princess of Wales lived her last years. After your tour of the palace, take a walk across Kensington Gardens to visit the fountain that was created in her memory.

Day 4
The Cotswolds – Royal Associations

ve of the towns in the region that is known for its myriad of antiques shops. It is very close to Highgrove House, the home of the Prince of Wales and where Princes William and Harry spent time during their childhood. Visit the High grove Shop, where a wide range of organic foods and other items promoted by the Prince of Wales are on sale.

You will take a southern route back to London, on which you will pass by Marlborough College, the private school where Kate Middleton was educated; you will then travel by the quaint village of Bucklebury in Berkshire which is Kate’s home town.

Day 5
Windsor and Eton – Flight to Edinburgh

This morning you will leave your London hotel with your driver-guide and head west out of London to Windsor, the town to the west of London that has long been associated with royalty. You will enjoy a tour of Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world, and the Queen's favorite residence. Visit the State Apartments, including St. George’s Hall that has been beautifully reconstructed following the fire of 1992. Here you will see Queen Mary's Doll's House, a stunning miniature house with beautiful furnishings and fittings. You will also see the beautiful St. George’s Chapel, the home of the Order of the Garter and one of the royal sepulchres in England.

This afternoon you will cross the River Thames to visit Eton College, the famous private school that was attended by Princes William and Harry. On your tour of the college you will see the School Yard and the grandiose chapel, built in perpendicular gothic style. You will also visit the Museum of Eton Life where you can see how the school has evolved since its foundation by King Henry VI in the 15th century.

At the end of your visit to Eton you will transfer to nearby Heathrow Airport for your flight to Edinburgh. Upon arrival at Edinburgh airport, you will be met by your Guardian Angel and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel in Edinburgh, where you will be assisted with check-in.

Day 6
Royal Edinburgh

This morning, you will meet an expert local guide for a full day sightseeing tour of Scotland's capital city, on which you will see the landmarks that are associated with the city’s royal heritage. You will first head up to Edinburgh Castle, where you will see the 'Honors of Scotland', or the Scottish Crown Jewels, and obtain stunning views of the city. You will then continue down the Royal Mile to St. Giles Cathedral, home to the Order of the Thistle of which the Queen is the head. The lower end of the Royal Mile is called the Canongate; here you will see the royal church in Edinburgh, the venue of the wedding of Zara Phillips, the Queen’s granddaughter. At the end of the Royal Mile, and opposite the magnificent Scottish Parliament building, is Holyrood Palace, the Queen's Official Residence in Scotland. (You will tour the staterooms of the palace if no member of the Royal Family is staying here at the time.)

This afternoon, you will drive down to the city docks at Leith, where you will board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, now permanently moored here. Built in Scotland, this ship was used by the Royal Family for many official voyages during her working life. See the elegant staterooms where the Queen hosted dinners. You will see the intimate private quarters where the Royal Family relaxed, and also the ‘behind the scenes’ areas where the crew lived and worked.

Day 7
Scone and St. Andrews

Today you will have a full day excursion to the north of Edinburgh with your driver-guide. Cross the mighty Forth Bridge and head to Scone Palace, home of the Earls of Mansfield. In the grounds of the palace is Moot Hill, the ancient coronation place of the Scottish kings, who sat on the Stone of Destiny during the ceremony. This stone was taken to Westminster Abbey by the English King Edward I, but is now housed in Edinburgh Castle.

You will then cross over the River Tay into the region known as Fife. On the far eastern side of Fife is the delightful town of St. Andrews that overlooks the North Sea. This town is known throughout the world as the home of golf, it was here that the first modern golf course developed. However St. Andrews was originally the ecclesiastical capital of Scotland, and you will visit the ruins of the cathedral, destroyed during the Reformation.

The town is also the home of Scotland’s oldest university, and it is here that Prince William and Kate Middleton met while they were both students at the university. Take time to explore the quadrangles that house the present university departments and facilities before returning to Edinburgh.

Day 8
Stirling and Linlithgow

Your final day of touring with your driver-guide will take you to the west of Edinburgh along the valley of the River Forth. Your destination is Stirling, the strategic site at a bridging point on the river where both William ‘Brave heart’ Wallace and Robert the Bruce defeated the English armies during the Scottish Wars of Independence. Stirling Castle developed as one of the most important royal fortresses in Scotland; it boasts a fine Great Hall, and a Chapel Royal where Mary Queen of Scots was crowned when just an infant.

On your return back to Edinburgh you will visit the ruins of Linlithgow Palace. With a delightful setting on the banks of a lake, and a convenient location between Edinburgh and Stirling, this was one of the favorite residences of the Stuart Kings of Scotland. It was here that Mary Queen of Scots was born in 1542; although it is now a ruin, the stout remains indicate how majestically the medieval monarchs of Scotland lived.

Day 9
Final departure

You will be transferred to Edinburgh airport for your departure flight to Kathmandu.

Inclusion

  • Royal Westminster
  • The City of London
  • The Cotswolds – Royal Associations
  • Windsor and Eton – Flight to Edinburgh
  • Royal Edinburgh
  • Scone and St. Andrews
  • Stirling and Linlithgow

Exclusion

  • Tips for guides, escort, drivers etc.
  • Optional shows and meals mentioned in the itinerary, which will be added up if the clients desire to take the activities.
  • Personal expenses such as excess luggage fees, postage, communications and beverages.
  • Travel insurance
  • Any other changes caused by the acts of god, natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority orders, political change , strikes, war, riot, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or injury caused by accident.
  • Any items not specified in the plan.
  • Visa fee
  • Airfare

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