Duration

  • 13 Days

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$7,695
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Greenwich in London is a splendid stretch of green with rose gardens and chestnut trees. Here you will find Queens Hall, the Royal Observatory, and the Cutty Sark Museum. A restored (£25 million) tea clipper ship, the Cutty Sark was one of the last to sail between England and China. Visit Leeds Castle, the “loveliest castle in the world.” Walk the maze of 2,400 perfectly-pruned yews and the underground grotto carved with macabre beasts. The castle has been lovely since 1086.

York is an extraordinary centre of cultural and historical wealth. Crypts and cafés, minsters and museums, ghosts and galleries draw York’s picture. A city overloaded with spectacular stonework, York tucks gems into narrow alleyways – like the Wall of Pots display in the York City Art Gallery.

Vibrant Edinburgh, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, is a loud and humble place packed with high culture. Above its rocky slopes, you’ll find Edinburgh Castle, a stirring highlight! South of Edinburgh, we’ll visit enigmatic Rosslyn Chapel, made famous in Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code. Ornate carvings of pagan ‘Green Men,’ Nordic dragons, Egyptian camels, and New World maize lead some to believe that Rosslyn Chapel is a secret Knights Templar repository. Could the vaults beneath hold the Holy Grail, sacred scrolls – even the body of Christ?

 

Discover York

Magnificent medieval York was founded on Roman and Viking legacy. The 13th-century stone walls and streets of England’s “Capital of the North” support shopping extravagance (The Shambles) and architectural grandeur (York Minster).

The Shambles: The Saxon word shamel, means slaughterhouse.
In 1862, 26 butcher shops on this row inspired its name. Today 15th-century Tudor buildings with steep overhangs replace meat shops, making The Shambles the most picturesque shopping gate in Britain – not to be missed!

York Minster Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece, was once a simple wooden chapel built in 627AD. The intricate stone and glass work of today’s immense structure began in the 1200s, embracing different architectural elements throughout the centuries.

The Bar Walls: Around York, 3.4kms of masonry provide an elevated view of the city within and without. The longest town walls in England, they were built in the 13th century of magnesian limestone, set on earthen ramparts, and surrounded by moats. Scan QR codes along the walls for interesting tidbits.

• Leeds Castle
• Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter
• Greenwich: Naval Museum, Queens Hall, Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, Greenwich Market
• London: Guided city tour, dinner and a Broadway show
• 1st class train tickets to York
• York: York Minster, guided walking tour, Jorvik Viking Centre, ghost walk tour
• Yorkshire: Fountains Abbey, Newby Hall
• Guided tour of Durham Cathedral
• Angel of the North
• Guided walking tour of Newcastle
• Alnwick Castle
• Edinburgh: Guided city tour, Edinburgh Castle, free day to explore
• Rosslyn Chapel
• Surgeons Hall dinner and entertainment

Return flight from Toronto, airport transfers in England and Scotland, motorcoach transportation, 11 nights accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 11 dinners, all highlights listed, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.

Greenwich: DeVere Davenport House (3 nights)
York: Doubletree by Hilton (3 nights)
Durham: Lumley Castle Hotel (2 nights)
Edinburgh: Apex Hotel (3 nights)

Day1 - 2

Flight to London, Leads Castle, Greenwich

We’ll fly from Toronto to London, arriving in Gatwick to board a coach for Leed’s Castle in Kent. Lunch on your own upon arrival at the Castle View Restaurant followed by a guided tour of the loveliest mazes and grottos in England (some of the oldest too)! Dinner at the hotel in Greenwich, where we will stay for three nights.

Stay: DeVere Davenport House, London
Nights: 3
Meals: B, D

Day3

London Guided City Tour, Warner Bros. Studio Tour

After breakfast, we’ll take in a guided tour of London and visit the Harry Potter Studio, where we’ll have lunch at the Studio Café. This afternoon we’ll head back to the hotel and enjoy some free time before dinner.

Meals: B, D

Day4

Free Day in Greenwich, Broadway Show

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a free day to explore the many attractions in Greenwich, within walking distance of the hotel: the Navel Museum, Queens Hall, the Royal Observatory, the Cutty Sark, and Greenwich Market. We’ll head to London this evening for dinner and a Broadway Musical!

Meals: B, D

Day5

Train to York, York Minster

After breakfast, we’ll check out and travel to King’s Cross to board the ScotRail 1st Class Train to York. After lunch in Glasgow, we’ll arrive in York. Guests will walk a short distance to York Minster for a guided tour. A coach will return you to the hotel for dinner in Fishergate, York.

Stay: Doubletree by Hilton, York
Nights: 3
Meals: B, L, D

Day6

York Sightseeing, Free Afternoon

A day to see York! We begin with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a guided walking tour and end with a free afternoon. Don’t miss York’s crypts and cafés, minsters and museums, ghosts and galleries. York is a city overloaded with spectacular stonework. Return to the hotel for dinner this evening.

Meals: B, D

Day7

Jorvik Viking Exhibit, Ghost Walk

After breakfast, we’ll walk the wall and then visit the Jorvik Viking Exhibit. Another free afternoon to explore York, followed by dinner at a local pub and an evening guided Ghost Walk. Be sure to stroll The Shambles and The Bar Wall!

Meals: B, D

Day8

Fountains Abbey, Newby Hall

After leaving York this morning, we’ll arrive at Fountains Abbey for a private, guided House Tour followed by a self-guided Garden Tour. We’ll have lunch at Newby Hall and spend time wandering around the house, gardens, and exhibits. We’ll arrive at Lumley Castle Hotel late afternoon and check in for two glorious nights!

Stay: Lumley Castle Hotel, Durham
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day9

Durham Cathedral, Angel of the North, Newcastle

We’ll spend the morning touring Durham Cathedral with a photo stop at award-winning Angel of the North, one of the most talked-about public artworks ever produced, seen by 33 million visitors every year. We’ll arrive in Newcastle for lunch on our own followed by a guided walking tour of the city. Return to the hotel for dinner this evening.

Meals: B, D

Day10

 Alnwick Castle, Lindesfarne (tides Permitting), Edinburgh

This morning we’ll exploring Alnwick Castle, including a guided tour, lunch, and free time. Alnwick is a realm of adventure, and one of Britain’s most iconic castles. Discover the State Rooms and Artisan’s Courtyard. We’ll end our day with dinner at our hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Stay: Apex Hotel, Edinburgh
Nights: 3
Meals: B, D

Day11

Edinburgh Sightseeing

Begin your day with a guided tour of vibrant Edinburgh, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. We’ll spend one hour walking about Edinburgh Castle, perched high on the rocky slopes. After lunch on our own, we head south to Rosslyn Chapel, made famous in Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code. Ornate carvings of pagan ‘Green Men,’ Nordic dragons, Egyptian camels, and New World maize lead some to believe that Rosslyn Chapel is a secret Knights Templar repository. Enjoy dinner and entertainment at Surgeons Hall this evening.

Meals: B, D

Day12

Free Day in Edinburgh

Enjoy a free day to explore endearing Edinburgh! The architecture, green hills, pretty view, thriving arts scene, and medieval Old Town make Scotland’s capital one of Europe’s most beautiful. Visit the medieval Old Town, the Georgian New Town, and Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano in Holyrood Park with sweeping views from its peak.

Meals: B, D

Day13

Return Flight Home

After breakfast at the hotel this morning, transfer to Glasgow Airport for your flight to Toronto.

Meals: B

Packing

  • Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
  • Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
  • Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
  • Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
  • Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
  • Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
  • Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
  • Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
  • Pack your bathing suit.
  • Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
  • Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
  • If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
  • If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
  •  Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
  • Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.

Medical

  • Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
  • Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.

Documents

  • Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
  • If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
  • Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
  • Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
  • Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
  • Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
  • Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
  • Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.

General Travel

  • Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
  • When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
  • To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
  • Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
  • An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
  • Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
  • Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
  • Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.

Gratuities

Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:

  • Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
  • Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
  • Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.

The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.

Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.

Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.

Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.

 

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