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ENGLAND, SCOTLAND
2020

$3,800 per person, ppdo Cash cost; credit card + 3% ($3,914)

Includes Transfers to and from airport, roundtrip transatlantic airfare, bus transportation, private ensuite accommodations, most breakfasts, most admissions

Saturday, 16 May
4:00 PM departure from Elite Coach, 1685 W. Main Street, Ephrata, PA.... charter bus to Philadelphia Airport… American Airlines Flight # 734 departs PHL at 9:15 PM… Meals served.

Sunday, 17 May
Arrival at 9:00 AM at Manchester, England… 2 hour drive to York (www.visityork.org) … York is a city of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth… its medieval spider’s web of narrow streets is enclosed by a magnificent circuit of 13th century walls… at its heart lies the immense, awe-inspiring Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world… Stay four nights at 4 star Grange Hotel (www.grangehotel.co.uk)

Monday, 18 May
relax and recover… all day sightseeing in York with and without guides… York is compact and eminently walkable… York has museums, cafes, and traditional pubs… York’s city walls walk (optional-walk as much as you wish) is 4.5 miles… the Shambles is a famous narrow, cobbled lane… evening walks… Overnight in York

Tuessday, 19 May 2012
7-8 hour day tour… visits to include Castle Howard...visits to James Herriot (“All Creatures Great and Small”) village at Thirsk… visits to North Yorkshire National Park villages of Malton and Helmsley… overnight in York

Wednesday, 20 May
7-8 hour day tour… visits to include Fountains Abbey, Studley, Royal, and Jervaulx Abbey, 12th Century monasteries...visits to Harrogate and Yorkshire Dales National Park villages of Pately Bridge and Masham… overnight in York

Thursday, 21 May
Two hour drive to the Lake District, home to England’s longest and deepest lakes and some of its most stunning scenery… visits along way will include Dales’ villages of Grassington, Hawes, and Sedbergh…we will spend the next 3 nights in the lake country… we will stay in Keswick, a picture perfect slate town nestled alongside one of the regions’ most idyllic lakes… we will Stay at the 4 Star Lakeside House (www.lakesidehouse.co.uk)

Friday, 22 May
7-8 hour day tour exploration of Lake District…opportunity for walking…bus will serve hikers and non-hikers… villages, towns, lakes to be explored in a relaxed manner… visit Grasmere where we will walk in town and visit Dove Cottage… walkers can hike the historic and easy Old Coffin Trail in to town… strolling in Hawkshead, where we will visit the well known pub, The Drunken Duck… possible picnic in Tarn Hows, …return through Langdell and Wasdale and other villages… overnight in Keswick…

Saturday, 23 May
7-8 hour day tour… more exploration of Lake District…opportunity for walking…bus will serve hikers and non-hikers… villages, towns, lakes to be explored in a relaxed manner… visit ancient Castlerigg Stone Circle, visit Borrowdale and Buttermere villages… visit Watendlath, Ashness Bridge, and the Haystacks, and other villages… overnight in Keswick

Sunday, 24 May
On way to Scotland, we will stop in Penrith and Carlisle, home to a beautiful castle… as we continue through southern Scotland, we will visit Dryburgh Abbey, the most beautiful and complete of the Border abbeys…we will visit Kelso, a prosperous market town with a broad, cobbled square…Kelso is at the junction of two rivers and is one of the most enjoyable places in the Borders. We will stay one night in Melrose at 3 star Burts Hotel (www.burtshoteshotel.co.uk)…Melrose has a classic market square and the most interesting of the Border abbeys.

Monday, 25 May
On our drive to central Scotland, we will visit well preserved 14th century Stirling Castle…Stirling’s old town is a treasure trove of historic buildings and cobbled street winding up to the ramparts of its impressive castle, which offers views from miles around…we will see the Wallace monument honoring the hero of the movie, “Braveheart”…we will visit Dunblane, home to a superb cathedral and Doune, whose 14th central castle was made famous by a Monty Python movie. We will visit the Falkirk Wheel, a modern engineering marvel, a rotating boat lift that raises vessels 115 feet from one canal to another…we will drive to the town of Crieff, our home for the next four nights… we will stay overnight at the 4-star Crieff Hydro Spa Hotel (www.crieffhydro.com) Crieff is an old resort-style town, known for golf, fishing and its whisky distillery, and it’s as popular with tourists today as it was in Victorian times. It sits in a valley amid some glorious Perthshire countryside and, with excellent eating and accommodation options, it’s a fine base for exploring this part of the country.

Tuesday, 26 May
6-8 hour day trip…we will visit St. Andrews, known for its cathedral, university, and for being the home of golf…we may have time to play mini golf on a course next to the famous 17th hole…visit charming stretch of coast called East Neuk with picturesque fishing villages such as Crail, Anstruther, and Pittenweem…these villages are great places to wander with boats bobbing along the harbor front and filled with cafes and craft shops…overnight in Crieff

Wednesday, 27 May
6-8 hour day trip…for sheer scenic variety, Perthshire is the pick of Scotland’s counties... we will visit Perth, beautifully situated along the river Tay…Perth is home to famous Scone Palace, the coronation place of Scottish monarchs… we will travel the Tay River valley into the beginning of the Highlands, a land of mountains, forest and lochs, with some of the finest scenery in the UK…we will visit Dunkeld, known for its cathedral and Beatrix Potter connections….travel the scenic route along Lochs Tummel and Rannoch …visit to Aberfeldy with its moody lochs and glens…overnight in Crieff.

Thursday, 28 May
6-8 hour day trip…visits will include Kenmore, a picturesque village on Loch Tay and Fortingall is one of the prettiest villages in Scotland, with 19th century thatched cottages in a tranquil setting beside an ancient church...we will visit the Trossachs region, offering outstanding natural beauty and excellent walking and cycling routes… overnight in Crieff

Friday, 29 May and Saturday, 30 May
We will see the places we missed on 25 May…then we will drive to Edinburgh… Edinburgh is a city that begs to be explored…from the narrow lanes in the old town, along the Royal Mile, its filled with nooks that tempt you to walk just a little bit further…half the fun is just exploring this medieval maze, but the Old Town is also home to the city’s most important historical sights – Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral, the Real Mary King’s Close and Greyfriars Kirkyard, along with the Museum of Edinburgh and the National Museum of Scotland…we will have 2 days to explore this beautiful city, with and without guides…you will have independent time to explore…we will stay 2 nights in a 3-star Rutland Hotel (www.therutlandhotel.com)

Sunday, 31 May
Shuttle to the Edinburgh airport… non-stop American Airlines flight#279 departs Edinburgh at 10:45 AM and arrives in Philadelphia at 1:35 PM…meals served…return to Ephrata

This itinerary is subject to change. Thank you.

Sources: Lonely Planet Guide to England
Lonely Planet Guide to Scotland
Rick Steves Guide to England

 

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