2016英国优雅之旅

October 2017
2017-10-23
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About 2016英国优雅之旅

Day 1 From London to Chartwell, Hever and Winchester
Leave London and make your way into the Kent countryside. At the pretty village of Westerham, Winston Churchill watches over the neat village green and you visit his nearby residence of Chartwell. Then continue through brilliant yellow and green pastures to Hever Castle, home to the tragic tale of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. Cross the moat to explore the fortified manor house and stroll in the delightful gardens. Move on to your hotel in the cathedral town of Winchester, where King Alfred stands guard in the High Street. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception, with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
Hotel: Mercure Wessex/Winchester Royal, Winchester
Welcome Reception and Dinner

Day 2 Excursion through the New Forest to Beaulieu
Take a scenic drive through the woods and glades of the New Forest to Beaulieu Abbey (once a Cistercian Abbey), the stately home of Lord Montagu. Tour the Palace House, Abbey ruins, and visit his lordship's collection of cars in the National Motor Museum. Return to your hotel, where the rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps walk down to the Norman cathedral containing Jane Austen's grave or visit the Great Hall with King Arthur's legendary Round Table?
Hotel: Mercure Wessex/Winchester Royal, Winchester
Full Breakfast

Day 3 Salisbury, Avebury and Shakespeare’s Stratford
In Salisbury enjoy a visit to the 13th century cathedral. Discover over 750 years of history, witness Britain's tallest spire and see the world's best preserved original copy of the Magna Carta. The country roads of Wiltshire lead you past pretty villages to Avebury, which is partially situated in a huge prehistoric henge monument of several stone circles. Wander among the stones of the inner circles and the great outer circle and witness the immense bank and ditch. Next, continue on to pretty Stratford, beautifully situated on the River Avon. Your hotel is set in its own grounds, just a short walk from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the town's wealth of black and white timber framed buildings.
Hotel: Alveston Manor, Stratford-upon-Avon
Full Breakfast

Day 4 Blenheim and the Villages of the Cotswolds Experience
(Relaxed Start) An enchanting day awaits in the morning. Cross the beautiful Cotswold hills, a chocolate box scene of golden stone villages with roses round the doors. Tour the magnificent house and gardens of Blenheim Palace, the greatest building of the English Baroque. Return to Stratford for a look through the birthplace of William Shakespeare, full of interesting memorabilia and artefacts relating to his life. In the evening, you are offered a fine selection of restaurants for your dining pleasure, each with its own special ambience and cuisine.
Hotel: Alveston Manor, Stratford-upon-Avon
Full Breakfast, Dine-Around

Day 5 Llangollen then across the Welsh Marches to the Lake District
Cross the border to the small Welsh town of Llangollen. Situated on the River Dee and seeped in myth and legend, spend time exploring the Victoria Promenade and its delightful shops and cafés. Cross back into England and continue north to the English Lake District, where your traditional country style hotel is set in the pretty village of Bowness-on-Windermere, right on England’s largest lake.
Hotel: Old England Hotel & Spa, Windermere
Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 English Poets and the Lake District Experience
(Relaxed Start) Devote the day to a scenic wonderland of rugged mountains and tranquil waters - an inspiration to a host of English poets. Visit Wordsworth's grave in the small churchyard at Grasmere, then enjoy some free time to relax and admire the vast expanse of Windermere. Perhaps even consider a cruise on its limpid waters? Across the road from your hotel is St. Martin's Church built in 1483, well worth a look and don't miss the area behind the church, the oldest part of Bowness, a delightful web of narrow streets known as Lowside.
Hotel: Old England Hotel & Spa, Windermere
Full Breakfast

Day 7 Over the Border to Edinburgh
Cross the Scottish border at Gretna – for years the destination of eloping English lovers - before continuing through the Southern Uplands to Edinburgh. In the afternoon, a Local Expert guides you through Edinburgh Castle containing the Honours of Scotland, the oldest Royal regalia in the British Isles. Follow the Royal Mile to Holyroodhouse Palace where Mary Queen of Scots lived. Drive along Princes Street, past the ornate Scott Memorial, to the 18th century ‘New Town' with its classical Adam facades.
Hotel: Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh
Full Breakfast

Day 8 Edinburgh, Scotland’s Capital of Culture
(Relaxed Start) A day of free time. Why not choose to discover the Botanical Gardens, visit the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art or just spend the day browsing the shops and getting a feel for this vibrant city? In the evening, selected departures attend the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Hotel: Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh
Full Breakfast

Day 9 Alnwick Castle and Yorkshire
Travel through the Borders region over to Northumberland to visit Alnwick Castle, steeped in history and used as the location for many films and TV productions, most famously Hogwarts in Harry Potter and Downton Abbey. Then head over the border to visit Hadrian's Wall, the boundary of the civilised world in Roman times. Stay for the next two nights in a grand Victorian hotel, set amidst a landscape that fuelled the imagination of the Brontë sisters in writing their classic novels.
Hotel: Marriott Hollins Hall, Shipley
Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 Excursion to York
Journey to York, one of Britain's most historic cities. Walk within the town walls with a Local Expert to see the huge Minster, Britain's largest medieval cathedral, and explore the maze of narrow streets, including the Shambles. In the afternoon, why not visit Harewood House, one of Britain's finest stately homes, magnificently set in the Yorkshire countryside. Later in the evening, raise your glasses with friends at your finalé Celebration Dinner.
Hotel: Marriott Hollins Hall, Shipley
Full Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

Day 11 Past Robin Hood Country to Cambridge and on to London
Hear legendary tales as you journey towards ‘Robin Hood Country' even though little remains of his beloved Sherwood Forest. Get a glimpse of Britain's ancient tradition of learning as you visit Cambridge. Enjoy free time to explore the tranquil quadrangles of the colleges, stroll beside the River Cam for superb views of King's College Chapel or spend time in the colourful and historic open-air market. Your journey concludes in London's Grosvenor/Amba Hotel Marble Arch.
Full Breakfast

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