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Let us hear the stories of British emperors while listening to British music in Liverpool, the home of the Beatles. Spend the day discovering London’s attractions on your own with an open-top bus tour. Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach will be a special experience for you. An extensive range from historical to natural sights in the Britain tour will a great way to sample what Britain has to offer!
* Depart Bandaranayake International Airport, and arrive at London (LHR), England
* You will meet & greet our representative at London
* You will be transferred to the Hotel at London
* Once you check-in at the Hotel, you will retire there.
We start the morning with a well-paced London Historical Walking Tour which will accompany you to see the London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall, St James’ Park, Buckingham Palace and the River Thames.
In the afternoon, we will visit the famous British Museum before taking lunch in the city centre with plenty of choices whether China Town or Little Italy.
On our way back, we pass Tower Bridge and Tower of London, a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. It has played a prominent role in English history and served as palace, arsenal, treasury, and even a prison. It is home to the Royal Mint, Crown Jewels of England and having survived many bloody battles and outlived many British Monarchs.
We stay overnight in London, where you can experience the dazzling night scene, or head for a Thames Cruise or West end musical with a group of friends.
After breakfast, it is time to visit the national educational treasure: Cambridge University. In addition to a strong academic atmosphere, Cambridge is the spiritual home of many dignitaries who started their dreams and hopes for the future amid the pastoral landscapes, picturesque rivers and imposing architecture.
We proceed our journey to York, a medieval melting pot of Roman, Saxon and Viking culture. The city is mostly kept immaculate from the middle ages and shows the agricultural heritage of Britain. We visit York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe. Then we will step up onto York city walls dating back to Roman times. For those keen to buy local produce and craftworks, there will be time to wander around.
After leaving York, Edinburgh is next on our places to visit. We are expected to arrive in Edinburgh in the afternoon.
Edinburgh is Scotland’s compact, hilly capital. It represents the best in Highlander heritage: Wood barrows of golden single malt whisky, checkered kilts and Scottish bag pipes will make you grow fond of this warm and lively nation of friendly characters.
Upon arrival, we set foot on the stunning view of volcanic rock structures to climb to Edinburgh Castle, where once inside, we will admire the oldest of royal crown and jewellery. This royal trail is continued with a visit to Holy rood Palace and City Hall. During free time, our Tour Manager can show you the now infamous Ivory Café where JK Rowling penned the Harry Potter books over cups of coffee.
In the morning, we drive straight to Lake District, west to the north of England.On our way, we will stop by Gretna Green, a village made famous for its ‘runaway marriages’ since 1754. Due to its romantic wedding traditions dating back over centuries, Gretna Green is one of the world’s most popular wedding locations.
After that our coach continues on to the Lake District. The Lake District National Park is the most cherished and popular national park in the United Kingdom. Each year tens of thousands of visitors choose this destination to hike and admire the thousands of years of geological changes reflected in the picturesque lakes, rolling valleys, mountain tops. Here, you can option to join a boat cruise on Lake Winder mere, or enter into the World of Beatrix Potter .
Our next stop will be Manchester, the no. 2 capital of England; fashionable, buzzing and dynamic, this city is not only well known for being home to Manchester United , but also launched musical international superstars, Robbie Williams, Oasis and Take That.
Football fans can visit Manchester United Old Trafford grounds upon arrival, while foodies can pick a scrumptious but cheap meal in nearby Chinatown.
A breath-taking drive will take us to the famous English playwright and poet William Shakespeare’s hometown, Stratford-upon-Avon. A desirable location which was also the back drop of Hollywood blockbuster movie – ‘Shakespeare in Love’. From the cobble-stoned streets to the drinking holes, theatres and road signs, everything breathes and lives Shakespeare. It is a heaven for romantics at heart.
Next on our schedule is the UK’s must-visit designer outlet mall, Bicester Village. Once, our tour group even spotted the Duchess of Cambridge shopping here with her younger sister. With over 130 designer labels in fashion, sporting goods, jewellery, household items and children’s clothing from the likes of Gucci, Armani, Prada, Calvin Klein, Dunhill, DKNY, Burberry, Paul Smith, Bally, Clarks and more.
We can guarantee this is a great place to go gift hunting before we go back to cosmopolitan (and expensive!) London.
* You will have Breakfast at hotel, and be ready at the lobby to check-out afternoon
* You will be transferred to Depart London Airport,for your return flight to Colombo