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Salta Tours International Ltd will assist you in booking best available tour for your group. Here follow some samples of traditional tours, with a brief description, of premier luxury tours with English speaking professional tour-guides in and around London, in England, in Scotland, in Wales and Ireland. Multi-lingual tours are also available.

Far from the conventional, we provide exclusive, tailor-made excursions, each unique to suite your clients needs and group of people whether on business or conference trip, incentive programmes or specialist breaks.



LONDON

ENGLAND & SCOTLAND


PARIS, FRANCE



TOUR DESCRIPTIONS


TOUR 1 - Half Day Morning

THE ESSENTIAL LONDON: WESTMINSTER ABBEY, CHANGING OF THE GUARD, TRAFALGAR SQUARE
Highlights include: Professional Blue Badge Guide, Visit to Westminster Abbey and an opportunity to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column and London’s West End.

The tour starts with a professional guide showing you the architectural masterpiece that is Westminster Abbey* where Kings, Queens, statesmen, poets and writers whose lives altered the course of British history are buried, together with the hushed secrets they took to their graves… The scene of 38 coronations and 14 Royal weddings, the very walls of Westminster Abbey resonate with the pulse of Britain! Among the many priceless treasures here you’ll see the 700 year old Coronation chair, and the shrine of the Abbey’s 11th Century founder Edward the Confessor, its surface worn smooth by a thousand years of pilgrims’ reverent hands. Find out who’s buried standing up, and whose body was dug up, hanged and beheaded (and why!)

As the tour continues your Guide will show you other famous London sights, including Big Ben, its world-famous chimes ringing out the hours, as well as the breathtaking Gothic wonder that is the Houses of Parliament. We travel along Whitehall and Downing Street - the London residence of the Prime Minister - to Trafalgar Square, the proud Victorian centre of London watched over by Lord Nelson from the top of the 202 foot Nelson’s Column towering above London’s skyline.

You’ll then see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in all its colourful pageantry and ceremony set to the stirring tunes of the Regimental band - don’t forget your camera!

Back on the coach we travel through the splendidly aristocratic area of Mayfair with its exclusive clubs and restaurants, and head for the bold and brash lights of Piccadilly Circus, the heart of London’s West End where cinemas, historic theatres, nightclubs, restaurants and bars jostle for space on the streets of the City reputed to be paved with gold!

The tour ends at around 12.30 in Trafalgar Square where you are free to explore the area – the National Gallery on the Square houses a unique collection of paintings by world renowned artists, or you might choose to visit St Martins-in-the-fields on the Square, where the Brass Rubbing Centre is situated.

*On rare occasions a service at the Abbey means we will be unable to make a visit. In this case we will instead visit St Paul’s or the Chapter House

**Occasionally there may not be a Changing of the Guard. On these occasions we will visit Horseguards Parade, built on the site of the jousting yard of the old Whitehall Palace and the scene of reviews, parades and ceremonies.

DAYS OF OPERATION: ALL YEAR – DAILY
TOUR STARTS: MORNING
TOUR FINISHES: MIDDAY

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TOUR 1P - Half Day Morning

THE ESSENTIAL LONDON: WESTMINSTER ABBEY, CHANGING OF THE GUARD, TRAFALGAR SQUARE: PLUS ENTRANCE TO ONE OF LONDON’S MAJOR ATTRACTIONS.

Highlights include: Professional Blue Badge Guide, Visit to Westminster Abbey and an opportunity to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column and London’s West End. PLUS Entrance to one of the following London attractions: Madame Tussaud’s, London Eye, London Aquarium, Tower of London, London Dungeon, St Paul’s Cathedral or Kensington Palace. Also, Buckingham Palace during August and September 2006.

The tour starts with a professional guide showing you the architectural masterpiece that is Westminster Abbey* where Kings, Queens, statesmen, poets and writers whose lives altered the course of British history are buried, together with the hushed secrets they took to their graves… The scene of 38 coronations and 14 Royal weddings, the very walls of Westminster Abbey resonate with the pulse of Britain! Among the many priceless treasures here you’ll see the 700 year old Coronation chair, and the shrine of the Abbey’s 11th Century founder Edward the Confessor, its surface worn smooth by a thousand years of pilgrims’ reverent hands. Find out who’s buried standing up, and whose body was dug up, hanged and beheaded (and why!)

As the tour continues your Guide will show you other famous London sights, including Big Ben, its world-famous chimes ringing out the hours, as well as the breathtaking Gothic wonder that is the Houses of Parliament. We travel along Whitehall and Downing Street - the London residence of the Prime Minister - to Trafalgar Square, the proud Victorian centre of London watched over by Lord Nelson from the top of the 202 foot Nelson’s Column towering above London’s skyline.

You’ll then see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in all its colourful pageantry and ceremony set to the stirring tunes of the Regimental band - don’t forget your camera! **

Back on the coach we travel through the splendidly aristocratic area of Mayfair with its exclusive clubs and restaurants, and head for the bold and brash lights of Piccadilly Circus, the heart of London’s West End where cinemas, historic theatres, nightclubs, restaurants and bars jostle for space on the streets of the City reputed to be paved with gold!

The tour ends at around 12.30 in Trafalgar Square where you are free to explore the area – the National Gallery on the Square houses a unique collection of paintings by world renowned artists, or you might choose to visit St Martins-in-the-fields on the Square, where the Brass Rubbing Centre is situated.

*On rare occasions a service at the Abbey means we will be unable to make a visit. In this case we will instead visit St Paul’s or the Chapter House

**Occasionally there may not be a Changing of the Guard. On these occasions we will visit Horseguards Parade, built on the site of the jousting yard of the old Whitehall Palace and the scene of reviews, parades and ceremonies.

DAYS OF OPERATION: ALL YEAR – DAILY
TOUR STARTS: MORNING
TOUR FINISHES: MIDDAY

*Attraction tickets will be distributed at the time of boarding this tour and may then be used at the client’s convenience.
* Buckingham Palace tickets will be available during August / September 2006


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TOUR 2 - Half Day Afternoon

TOWER OF LONDON & THAMES RIVER CRUISE

Highlights include: Professional Blue Badge Guide, Entrance to Tower of London and the Crown Jewels, Thames River Cruise, see St Paul's Cathedral and the City of London.

London was built along the shores of the Thames 2,000 years ago – what better way to experience the city than to travel along its river on a Thames River Cruise!

You’ll get stunning uninterrupted views of the Gothic style Houses of Parliament, the London Eye perched high over the River, the South Bank Arts Complex built for the 1951 Festival of Britain and of course many of London’s famous bridges the way they were meant to be seen – passing under them! A Thames Waterman will point out places of interest along the way.

Then it’s onto the Tower of London Jet black ravens guard this ancient fortress steeped in centuries of murder, treason and the untold secrets of the condemned... Hear the tragic story of Lady Jane Grey - Queen for 9 days, and the story of the 2 young Princes who were never seen again, as well as other tales of royals and noblemen meeting their end within the cold cruel walls of the Tower. A hallowed spot even before the fortress was ever built, it’s hardly any surprise the ghosts of the Tower linger long after you leave... The splendidly dressed Beefeaters will tell you about the Tower’s history, and of course you must visit the Crown Jewels including the 6,000 year old Koh-I-Noor diamond worn by all the Queens of England since Victoria as well as the other regalia used during coronation ceremonies.

On by coach to the City of London, which packs into its square mile bold, brash award-winning new architecture towering above dignified, confident Victorian masterpieces to create a kaleidoscope of styles along narrow streets that still follow their medieval street plan. 2,000 years ago the Romans founded Londinium here, and the City’s square mile to this day jealously guards its ancient ceremonies and traditions. Hear about some of these arcane traditions, and see the glorious dome of St Paul’s Cathedral watching over the hustle and bustle of City merchants, the elegant Mansion House, home to the Lord Mayor of London, and the nearby Bank of England, known as The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street, at the heart of the City.

DAYS OF OPERATION: ALL YEAR – DAILY
TOUR STARTS: MIDDAY
TOUR FINISHES: 18:00

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TOUR 3 - Evening Tour

AN EVENING PANORAMIC INCLUDING HISTORICAL LONDON PUBS

An opportunity to see, hear and feel the vibrancy, which is London. As the working day draws to an end and the lights are switched on to reflect the London that never sleeps.

History holds a corner bar stool at the Historic London pubs visited on this tour - battles have been planned by legendary heroes, plays penned by budding writers, and plots hatched by scoundrels - all over a pint of ale in a half-timbered public house with sawdust on the floor and bottles glinting through the smoke and fog of Victorian London. The smoke's gone now, but the atmosphere's still there - our expert Guide will take you to the pubs off the tourist trail where you step into another world of timbered buildings, low roofs, and fine hospitality. The story of each of the pubs you'll visit weaves in and out of the story of this great, brave City, which once stood at the heart of the British Empire - spend a relaxing, atmospheric evening on the Historic London Pubs tour.
You will visit 2 or 3 pubs, and your first drink is on us!

TOUR STARTS: 18:45
TOUR FINISHES: 22:30

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TOUR 4 - Full Day

DISCOVERING LONDON: WHERE HISTORY, PAGEANTRY AND TRADITION COME TO LIFE!

Highlights include: Professional Blue Badge Guide, Entry to Tower of London & Crown Jewels, Westminster Abbey, and an opportunity to see Houses of Parliament, Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace. A Thames River Cruise, lunch at a traditional London Pub, City of London, St Paul's Cathedral.

In one day you’ll experience all that London has to offer – the sights, the sounds, the tradition, the ceremony and the splendour of this majestic capital city.

You’ll visit the architectural masterpiece that is Westminster Abbey, where Kings, Queens, statesmen, poets and writers whose lives altered the course of British history are buried, together with the hushed secrets they took to their graves… The scene of 38 coronations and 14 Royal weddings, the very walls of Westminster Abbey resonate with the pulse of Britain! *

You’ll also see other famous London sights, including Big Ben, the breathtaking Gothic wonder that is the Houses of Parliament. We travel along Whitehall and Downing Street - the London residence of the Prime Minister - to Trafalgar Square, the proud Victorian centre of London watched over by Lord Nelson from the top of the 202 foot Nelson’s Column towering above London’s skyline.

You’ll then see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in all its colourful pageantry ** Time for a hearty well-earned lunch in a lovely traditional London Pub, soaking up the atmosphere of Victorian-era surroundings and decorations. Enjoy your 2 courses of traditional English food and tea or coffee.

After lunch we join a Thames River Cruise where you’ll get stunning uninterrupted views of the Gothic style Houses of Parliament, the London

Then it’s onto the Tower of London Jet black ravens guard this ancient fortress steeped in centuries of murder, treason and the untold secrets of the condemned. The splendidly dressed Beefeaters will tell you about the Tower’s history, and the Crown Jewels.

Then it's on by coach to the square mile of the City of London, see the glorious dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, the elegant Mansion House, home to the Lord Mayor of London, and the nearby Bank of England, known as The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street, at the heart of the City.

*On rare occasions a service at the Abbey means we will be unable to make a visit. In this case we will instead visit St Paul’s or the Chapter House

**Occasionally there may not be a Changing of the Guard. On these occasions we will visit Horseguards Parade, built on the site of the jousting yard of the old Whitehall Palace and the scene of reviews, parades and ceremonies.

DAYS OF OPERATION: ALL YEAR - DAILY
TOUR STARTS: MORNING
TOUR FINISHES: 18:00

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TOUR 4P - Full Day

DISCOVERING LONDON PLUS: WHERE HISTORY, PAGEANTRY AND TRADITION COME TO LIFE! PLUS ENTRANCE TO ONE OF LONDON’S MAJOR ATTRACTIONS.

Highlights include: Professional Blue Badge Guide, Entry to Tower of London & Crown Jewels, Westminster Abbey, and an opportunity to see Houses of Parliament, Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace. A Thames River Cruise, lunch at a traditional London Pub, City of London, St Paul's Cathedral.

PLUS Entrance to one of the following London attractions: Madame Tussaud’s, London Eye, London Aquarium, Tower of London, London Dungeon, St Paul’s Cathedral or Kensington Palace. Also, Buckingham Palace during August and September.

In one day you’ll experience all that London has to offer – the sights, the sounds, the tradition, the ceremony and the splendour of this majestic capital city.

You’ll visit the architectural masterpiece that is Westminster Abbey, where Kings, Queens, statesmen, poets and writers whose lives altered the course of British history are buried, together with the hushed secrets they took to their graves… The scene of 38 coronations and 14 Royal weddings, the very walls of Westminster Abbey resonate with the pulse of Britain! *

You’ll also see other famous London sights, including Big Ben, the breathtaking Gothic wonder that is the Houses of Parliament. We travel along Whitehall and Downing Street - the London residence of the Prime Minister - to Trafalgar Square, the proud Victorian centre of London watched over by Lord Nelson from the top of the 202 foot Nelson’s Column towering above London’s skyline.

You’ll then see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in all its colourful pageantry ** Time for a hearty well-earned lunch in a lovely traditional London Pub, soaking up the atmosphere of Victorian-era surroundings and decorations. Enjoy your 2 courses of traditional English food and tea or coffee.

After lunch we join a Thames River Cruise where you’ll get stunning uninterrupted views of the Gothic style Houses of Parliament, the London Then it’s onto the Tower of London Jet black ravens guard this ancient fortress steeped in centuries of murder, treason and the untold secrets of the condemned. The splendidly dressed Beefeaters will tell you about the Tower’s history, and the Crown Jewels.

Then it's on by coach to the square mile of the City of London, see the glorious dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, the elegant Mansion House, home to the Lord Mayor of London, and the nearby Bank of England, known as The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street, at the heart of the City.

*On rare occasions a service at the Abbey means we will be unable to make a visit. In this case we will instead visit St Paul’s or the Chapter House

**Occasionally there may not be a Changing of the Guard. On these occasions we will visit Horseguards Parade, built on the site of the jousting yard of the old Whitehall Palace and the scene of reviews, parades and ceremonies.

DAYS OF OPERATION: ALL YEAR - DAILY
TOUR STARTS: MORNING
TOUR FINISHES: 18:00
*Attraction tickets will be distributed at the time of boarding this tour and may then be used at the client’s convenience.

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TOUR 5 - Evening Tour

JACK THE RIPPER’S SINISTER LONDON

1888 : the first Sherlock Holmes story by Arthur Conan Doyle has just been published, the first cheap Kodak cameras are in the shops, the first trams are running and electric lighting is starting to make the streets safer at night – or so they thought in the crowded, poverty-stricken East End of London. All of a sudden terror grips the population of Whitechapel, a short distance from the City of London and yet a world away. Five women are butchered in the most grotesque fashion by the world’s first recognised serial killer, Jack the Ripper. We re-trace the footsteps of this infamous and surely deranged lunatic through narrow alleyways, derelict corners and Victorian pubs following a trail that some experts say leads to Queen Victoria herself!

Your professional Blue Badge Guide will talk you through the suspects that sparked the biggest Whodunit of its time – you’ll be as gripped as the Ripper’s victims! You’ll also get the chance to see parts of London in the shadow of the financial district that have barely changed since Victorian times, with long-forgotten streets, secret squares, and quiet corners where time stands still.

* Round off the evening with a delicious fish and chip supper in a lovely traditional London pub surrounded by Victorian style decorations and furniture. Comfortable walking shoes and a strong stomach recommended!

* Meal not included

TOUR STARTS: 18:45 approx.
TOUR FINISHES: 22:30

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TOUR 14 – Full Day – Late Departure

ROYAL RESIDENCIES: WINDSOR CASTLE AND HAMPTON COURT GARDENS

Highlights include: Professional Blue Badge Guide, Entry to Windsor Castle, visit to State Apartments, Entry to Hampton Court Gardens including Privy Gardens.

This delightful tour starts at the home of the Royal Family for 900 years: Windsor Castle - the largest and oldest occupied Castle in the world. Its proud, strong walls dominate the delightful town that has grown around the castle over the years. Generations of Kings and Queens have conducted their business here and enjoyed its grounds, and you get a real sense of British history breathing through the walls of Windsor Castle, first founded by William the Conqueror a day’s march from London. You’ll see the lavishly decorated State Apartments* containing priceless furniture in glorious colours and St George’s Chapel, home to the 14th Century Order of the Royal Garter, our senior chivalric order.

Departing Windsor we make our way to the magnificent Hampton Court via Runnymede, where King John met his barons in 1215 and agreed to seal the Magna Carta, that was to have a profound influence on rights and freedoms, not only in England, but across much of the civilised world. We also see the memorial to John F Kennedy on an acre of land given to America by the people of Britain.

Then we make our way through the green and pleasant Berkshire and Surrey landscape to a Tudor marvel set in sixty acres of spectacular gardens: Hampton Court - a living tapestry of history through the ages. The formal gardens of Hampton Court reflect centuries of careful cultivation resulting in a symphony of regal splendour, symmetry and intricacy. You’ll marvel at the 300 year old yew trees, and savour the fragrance of flowers wafting by as you enjoy the elegance and splendour of this historic royal palace. You’ll be able to visit the South Gardens, historically the private gardens that provided the palace with its produce. These include the Privy Gardens – the manicured masterpieces of garden design completed in 1702 for William III, the Lower Orangery originally built to house Mary II’s botanical specimens, and the more formal and grand East Front Gardens.

All entrances included

*On rare occasions the State Apartments may be closed we will visit the State Apartments at Hampton Court. Viewing is restricted on Sundays.
*During winter, this tour will not visit Hampton Court Gardens and will instead; have an afternoon tea in Windsor.

TOUR STARTS: 10:00 approx.
TOUR FINISHES: 18:00

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TOUR 15 - Half Day Morning

ROYAL WINDSOR, RUNNYMEDE & JOHN F KENNEDY MEMORIAL

Highlights include: Professional Blue Badge Guide, Entry to Windsor Castle, Visit to State Apartments, Changing of the Guard, Runnymede (site of Magna Carta sealing) and John F Kennedy Memorial

On our way to Windsor we travel via Runnymede, where King John met his barons in 1215 and agreed to seal the Charter that came to be known as the Magna Carta. This historic document was to have a profound influence on rights and freedoms, not only in England, but also across much of the civilised world. Nearby, the Kennedy Memorial stands in its own acre of land, given by the people of Britain to the USA, honouring the memory of the assassinated President. A little piece of America by the Thames.

We then make our way to the home of the Royal Family for 900 years: Windsor Castle - the largest and oldest occupied Castle in the world. Its proud, strong walls dominate the delightful town that has grown around the castle over the years. Generations of Kings and Queens have conducted their business here and enjoyed its grounds, and you get a real sense of British history breathing through the walls of Windsor Castle, first founded by William the Conqueror a day’s march from London. You’ll see the lavishly decorated State Apartments* containing priceless furniture in glorious colours and St George’s Chapel, home to the 14th Century Order of the Royal Garter, our senior chivalric order.

You'll also see the Windsor Changing of the Guard in all its colourful pageantry and splendour - don't forget your camera! **

*On rare occasions the State Apartments may be closed –we will visit Queen Mary’s Dolls House Viewing is restricted on Sundays.
**At certain times during the summer there may not be a Changing of the Guard

TOUR STARTS: MORNING
TOUR FINISHES: 13:30

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TOUR 15P - Half Day Morning

ROYAL WINDSOR, RUNNYMEDE & JOHN F KENNEDY MEMORIAL PLUS ENTRANCE TO ONE OF LONDON’S MAJOR ATTRACTIONS.

Highlights include: Professional Blue Badge Guide, Entry to Windsor Castle, Visit to State Apartments, Changing of the Guard, Runnymede (site of Magna Carta sealing) and John F Kennedy Memorial PLUS Entrance to one of the following major London attractions:

Madame Tussaud’s, London Eye, London Aquarium, Tower of London, London Dungeon, St Paul’s Cathedral or Kensington Palace. Also, Buckingham Palace during August and September 2006.
On our way to Windsor we travel via Runnymede, where King John met his barons in 1215 and agreed to seal the Charter that came to be known as the Magna Carta. This historic document was to have a profound influence on rights and freedoms, not only in England, but also across much of the civilised world. Nearby, the Kennedy Memorial stands in its own acre of land, given by the people of Britain to the USA, honouring the memory of the assassinated President. A little piece of America by the Thames.
We then make our way to the home of the Royal Family for 900 years: Windsor Castle - the largest and oldest occupied Castle in the world. Its proud, strong walls dominate the delightful town that has grown around the castle over the years. Generations of Kings and Queens have conducted their business here and enjoyed its grounds, and you get a real sense of British history breathing through the walls of Windsor Castle, first founded by William the Conqueror a day’s march from London.
You’ll see the lavishly decorated State Apartments* containing priceless furniture in glorious colours and St George’s Chapel, home to the 14th Century Order of the Royal Garter, our senior chivalric order. You'll also see the Windsor Changing of the Guard in all its colourful pageantry and splendour - don't forget your camera! **
*On rare occasions the State Apartments may be closed –we will visit Queen Mary’s Dolls House Viewing is restricted on Sundays.
**At certain times during the summer there may not be a Changing of the Guard
TOUR STARTS: MORNING
TOUR FINISHES: 13:30
*Attraction tickets will be distributed at the time of boarding this tour and may then be used at the client’s convenience.
* Buckingham Palace tickets will be available during August / September 2006

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TOUR 20 - Full Day
THE WEST COUNTRY: WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL, STONEHENGE AND GEORGIAN BATH.
Highlights include: A magnificent view of Winchester Cathedral, Alfred the Great Statue, entrance to Stonehenge, Georgian Bath panoramic tour, Roman Baths
We start the day making our way across the chalk downs of Hampshire to Winchester, a delightful city that basks in an atmosphere of beauty, antiquity and tranquility! You'll see the mighty 11th Century Winchester Cathedral, the site of the burial of generations of Wessex Kings, their stories lost in the midst’s of time and overshadowed by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Winchester was once a major fortification against the Vikings and King Alfred the Great who was buried at Winchester in 899 is commemorated in a magnificent statue in the City centre that has become a landmark in itself.
Going even further back in time we then make our way through the rolling Wessex landscape to Stonehenge, a collection of stones dragged 5000 years ago to this lonely windy plain near Salisbury. Who built it? Why? These questions have haunted the minds of centuries of scholars, but what we do know is that Stonehenge must have had some astronomical function. Set in a landscape dotted with prehistoric mounds and carvings, Stonehenge continues to enthrall the imagination and captivate the heart of every visitor. You’ll have the opportunity to walk around these magical stones and contemplate the landscape in which they were built so many centuries ago.
Our final stop for the day is Bath, the jewel of the West Country and a City famous for its elegant Georgian architecture and greenery. Enjoy your panoramic tour of Bath: you’ll be enchanted by its beautifully proportioned streetscapes and lovingly cultivated flowerbeds that are a feast to the eye at every turn. You'll see the 'lantern of the West' Bath Abbey, the often-photographed Pulteney Bridge, modelled on the Florentian Ponte Vecchio, and the marvellously symmetrical and perfectly proportioned Georgian Crescents that helped make Bath so famous.
Don't forget your camera! During the tour we'll visit the Roman Baths that made the City famous, the best preserved Roman spa from the ancient world stunningly restored during the Victorian era. You'll also have time to shop around and explore at your leisure this compact and largely pedestrianised City centre. All Entrances included.
DAYS OF OPERATION: ALL YEAR – DAILY
TOUR STARTS: MORNING
TOUR FINISHES: 18:45

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TOUR 21 - Full Day
ENGLAND'S FINEST: WINDSOR CASTLE, STONEHENGE AND GEORGIAN BATH
Highlights include: Windsor Castle, State Apartments, Stonehenge, Panoramic Tour of Georgian Bath, Roman Baths and Pump Room.
Our day starts at the home of the Royal Family for 900 years: Windsor Castle - the largest and oldest occupied Castle in the world. Its proud, strong walls dominate the delightful town that has grown around the castle over the years. You get a real sense of British history breathing through the walls of Windsor Castle, first founded by William the Conqueror a day’s march from London.
You’ll see the lavishly decorated State Apartments* containing priceless furniture in glorious colours and St George’s Chapel, home to the 14th Century Order of the Royal Garter, our senior chivalric order. You'll also see the Windsor Changing of the Guard in all its colourful pageantry and splendour - don't forget your camera! **
Going even further back into the mists of time we make our way West through rolling green Wiltshire landscape to Stonehenge, a collection of stones dragged 5000 years ago to this lonely windy plain near Salisbury. Who built it? Why? These questions have haunted the minds of centuries of scholars, but what we do know is that Stonehenge must have had some astronomical function. Set in a landscape dotted with prehistoric mounds and carvings, Stonehenge continues to enthrall the imagination and captivate the heart of every visitor.
On to Bath, the jewel of the West Country and a City famous for its elegant Georgian architecture and greenery. During the panoramic tour of Bath you will be enchanted by its beautifully proportioned streetscapes and lovingly cultivated flowerbeds that are a feast to the eye at every turn. You'll see the 'lantern of the West' Bath Abbey, the often-photographed Pulteney Bridge, modelled on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, and the Georgian Crescents that helped make Bath so famous. During the tour we'll visit the Roman Baths that made the City famous, the best preserved Roman spa from the ancient world stunningly restored during the Victorian era.
*On rare occasions the State Apartments may be closed – It shall be replaced by a visit to see Queens Mary’s doll collection.
**At certain times during the summer there may not be a Changing of the Guard
TOUR STARTS: MORNING
TOUR FINISHES: 19:30

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TOUR 22 - Full Day
TREASURES OF KENT: GREENWICH, LEEDS CASTLE, CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL, WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER & AFTERNOON TEA
Highlights include: See the ‘Cutty Sark’, Fairytale Leeds Castle, Gothic Canterbury Cathedral, Kent 'Garden of England', White Cliffs of Dover, Afternoon Tea in an old English pub.
Greenwich. We will see the Cutty Sark, the most famous tea clipper ever built, and the only one to survive. She is now in dry dock at Greenwich.
Leeds Castle is famous for the shimmering lake that surrounds it lending it an air of serene grandeur. On your Evan Evans Tour you'll be allowed in before the doors open to the public to experience its magic in an atmosphere of still tranquility. Leeds Castle has inspired countless artists with its picture-perfect medieval Castle in 500 acres of parkland and gardens. Discover the superb collection of medieval furnishings, tapestries and Impressionist art, the aviary of rare birds, the vineyard and of course the delightful maze. The Guides will be at your disposal to enhance your appreciation of this extraordinary fortification.
Travelling through Kent, the County known as 'the garden of England', we make our way to Canterbury, the birthplace of English Christianity. The City's magnificent Cathedral in the eleventh century and is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Cathedral is linked to many great church figures, the most famous being St Thomas Becket, who was gruesomely murdered there in 1170. Canterbury Cathedral's Gothic style architecture is a lasting testament to its seat as the birthplace of English Christianity, and a monument to the enduring power of its first Christian missionaries.
We continue our tour through the picturesque landscape of Kent dotted with unusual buildings and quaint little villages to Dover, where you'll see the famous White Cliffs standing 400 feet above sea level. Brooding above the White Cliffs is the sprawling Dover Castle still watching over the town 800 years on. En route back to London we stop for afternoon tea in a lovely little 17th Century pub. A perfect way to round off a day exploring the treasure of Kent, the Garden of England!
TOUR STARTS: MORNING
TOUR FINISHES: 18:45

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TOUR 23 - Full Day
SHAKESPEARE COUNTRY: OXFORD, SHAKESPEARE’S STRATFORD & WARWICK CASTLE
Highlights include: Professional Blue Badge Guide, quads and courtyards of Oxford Colleges, Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare's birthplace, Medieval Warwick Castle
We begin our day travelling across the Chiltern Hills to Oxford, the 'City of Dreaming Spires', whose hushed courtyards and elegant, dignified timeworn buildings have inspired generations of scholars (including Bill Clinton in the 1970s!). Find your own inspiration in the sense of tradition and intellectual curiosity that pervades this lovely City you’re your walking tour you'll see Christchurch College, where Harry Potter scenes were filmed and where Albert Einstein studied - bring your camera! You will also see the Bodleian library and the picture-perfect College courtyards for which Oxford is justifiably famous.
We then travel through the rolling Warwickshire hills to Stratford-upon-Avon, a market town at the edge of the Forest of Arden made famous for being the birthplace of the world-famous playwright William Shakespeare. We'll visit the Tudor-style birthplace of William Shakespeare, gaining a fascinating insight into his childhood with its typical parlour, bedrooms, kitchen, buttery and of course the glove-maker's workshop used by John, Shakespeare's father.
Then it's a short drive over to the medieval Warwick Castle, most of whose magnificent towers and ramparts are still intact. Warwick Castle will take you back through its 1,000 year history as you enter over the footbridge to a bygone world of banquets, battles and ceremony. Visit the Tussaud’s waxwork, or if you're feeling brave visit the spine-chilling dungeons where prisoners were tortured. You might wish to stroll through the Castle's delightful and lovingly tended gardens set in the peaceful surroundings of England's finest medieval Castle. During the summer months archery, falconry and jousting take place. After Warwick Castle we head back through the Warwickshire countryside to London.
All entrances included
TOUR STARTS: MORNING
TOUR FINISHES: 18:45

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TOUR 24 - Full Day
OXFORD, SHAKESPEARE'S STRATFORD & THE ENCHANTING COTSWOLDS
Highlights include: Professional Blue Badge Guide, Oxford, Christchurch College, The Cotswolds, Stratford-on-Avon, Shakespeare's Birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage.
We begin our day travelling across the Chiltern Hills to Oxford, the 'City of Dreaming Spires', whose hushed courtyards and elegant, dignified timeworn buildings have inspired generations of scholars (including Bill Clinton in the 1970s!) and writers, including Lewis Carroll who wrote 'Alice in Wonderland' here. Find your own inspiration in the sense of tradition and intellectual curiosity that pervades this lovely City - you'll visit Christchurch College, where Harry Potter scenes were filmed and where Albert Einstein studied - bring your camera! On your walking tour of Oxford you'll see the Bodleian library and the picture-perfect College courtyards for which Oxford is justifiably famous.
Steeped in history and heritage the area of England known as the Cotswolds is a charming blend of cottages with honey-coloured walls and thatched roofs, market towns with crooked half-timbered houses lining the High Street, and ancient stone crosses, all set in the gently rolling hills ('wolds') that are so typically English in character. The Costwolds landscape has been shaped by its long history as a centre of wool production, your Guide will tell you all about the 'Cotswold Lion'!
Stratford-upon-Avon, made famous for being the birthplace of the world-famous playwright William Shakespeare. We'll visit the Tudor-style Birthplace of William Shakespeare, gaining a fascinating insight into his childhood with its typical parlour, bedrooms, kitchen, buttery and of course the glove-maker's workshop used by John, Shakespeare's father. There'll be time to explore this charming market town, its streets lined with unusual shops and boutiques. We'll then take the short drive out for our visit to Ann Hathaway's Cottage, the picture-postcard half-timbered childhood home of William Shakespeare's wife set in lovely surroundings and containing a treasure-trove of historic domestic artefacts.
All Entrances included
TOUR STARTS: MORNING
TOUR FINISHES: 18:45

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TOUR 26 - Full Day
THE GREAT STATESMEN'S TOUR: SULGRAVE MANOR, BANBURY AND BLENHEIM PALACE
Highlights include: Sulgrave Manor the ancestral home of George Washington (exclusive to Evan Evans), Banbury Market Town, Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace: the birthplace of Winston Churchill.
A bit of America in deepest green and leafy Northamptonshire, this is an exclusive opportunity to visit the picturesque Sulgrave Manor, home to generations of George Washington's ancestors. Built in the 1500s with money made in the flourishing English wool trade, Sulgrave Manor is where it all began! Look for the family coat of arms carved in walls and doorways around the manor and decide for yourself what it reminds you of - it won't be the only surprise you'll get...
You'll see items of furniture, equipment and clothing that would have actually been used by George Washington's direct ancestors as well as intimate artefacts relating to George Washington himself. The oak-panelled parlour, the Elizabethan four-poster bed, the kitchen filled with authentic cooking implements - this is where they lived, ate and slept! Ensure you make time to wander round the delightful gardens, filled with the scent of the world-famous Sulgrave lavender and enjoy the elegant and carefully cultivated plants and bushes.
We then make our way to the charming market town of Banbury for lunch where you can find out what you would see if you rode a cockhorse to Banbury Cross! The pleasant town of Banbury is on the edge of the Cotswolds, an area steeped in history, rich in heritage and awash with natural beauty.
We'll enjoy a relaxing drive through the gently rolling hills ('wolds') of the Cotswolds to Blenheim Palace, birthplace of today's other great statesman Winston Churchill. Built in the early 1700s Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture designed by Sir John Vanbrugh. The stunning State Rooms are brimming with priceless pictures, exquisite porcelain collections and magnificent tapestries. You'll also have the opportunity to see the room where Churchill was born. We'll visit the grounds of Blenheim Palace with its lakes spanned by stone bridges, woodlands, follies and of course the Marlborough Maze, the world's largest hedge maze.
All Entrances included
TOUR STARTS: MORNING
TOUR FINISHES: 18:45

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TOUR 27 - Full Day
THE TOWNS & GOWNS TOUR: OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE, TWO UNIVERSITY CITIES
Highlights include: Oxford 'City of Dreaming Spires', Christchurch College, Bodleian Library, Cambridge, King's College & famous Chapel, 'Bridge of Sighs', Cambridge College Quads.
We begin our day travelling across the Chiltern Hills to Oxford, the 'City of Dreaming Spires', whose hushed courtyards and elegant, dignified timeworn buildings have inspired generations of scholars (including Bill Clinton in the 1970s!) and writers, including Lewis Carroll who wrote 'Alice in Wonderland' here. Find your own inspiration in the sense of tradition and intellectual curiosity that pervades this lovely City - you'll visit Christchurch College, where Harry Potter scenes were filmed and where Albert Einstein studied - bring your camera! On your walking tour of Oxford you'll see the Bodleian library and the picture-perfect College courtyards for which Oxford is justifiably famous.
Through scenic countryside to Cambridge, bridging - in a couple of hours - centuries of scholarly rivalry between these two venerable institutions! Cambridge's stately Gothic style College buildings rise spectacularly from the greenery along the River Cam where students and visitors enjoy punting along the River. We visit the magnificent perpendicular chapel of King's College, founded in 1441, it’s the finest and grandest example of late medieval Gothic architecture in England and is a fitting tribute to the great minds that have studied here. During your walking tour of this City filled with beautiful buildings and historical quirks you'll visit the so-called 'Bridge of Sighs', named after its look-a-like in Venice and several other Colleges that make up the University, each with their own stories to tell.
All Entrances included
TOUR STARTS: MORNING
TOUR FINISHES: 18:45

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TOUR 28 - Full Day
THE ENCHANTING COTSWOLDS & BLENHEIM PALACE GARDENS
Highlights include: Professional Blue Badge Guide, Visit to picturesque Cotswolds Villages, Blenheim Palace Gardens and afternoon Tea.
Steeped in history and heritage the area of England known as the Cotswolds is a charming blend of cottages with honey-coloured walls and thatched roofs, market towns with crooked half-timbered houses lining the High Street, and ancient stone crosses, all set in the gently rolling hills ('wolds') that are so typically English in character. The Costwolds landscape has been shaped by its long history as a centre of wool production, This tour takes you through some picturesque villages: Burford, Bourton on the Water and Broadway, where you'll see crooked little houses, leaning walls and gabled cottages, and surprisingly large Market squares harking back to the area's importance in the wool trade.
The magnificent park and gardens of Blenheim Palace are set in over 754 hectares of land, with 7 themed gardens including the water garden reminiscent of the grand chateaux of France and Italy, the Secret Garden with its unusual trees and shrubs, the Italian Garden with it’s mermaid fountain and the very English Rose Garden.
Then its time for a traditional afternoon tea before heading back to London
All Entrances and afternoon tea included
• During the winter period, this tour will not visit Blenheim Palace Gardens afternoon tea will be in a Cotswolds village.
TOUR STARTS:MORNING
TOUR FINISHES: 18:45

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TOUR 29 - Full Day
ENGLAND'S FINEST: WINDSOR CASTLE, SALISBURY AND STONEHENGE
Highlights include: Professional Blue Badge Guides, Entry to Windsor Castle, Entry to Salisbury Cathedral, Magna Carta, Entry to the ancient monoliths of Stonehenge
Home to the Royal Family for 900 years, Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied Castle in the world. Its proud, strong walls dominate the delightful town that has grown around the castle over the years. Generations of Kings and Queens have conducted their business here and enjoyed its grounds. You get a real sense of British history breathing through the walls of the Castle, first founded by William the Conqueror a day’s march from London. You’ll see the lavishly decorated State Apartments containing priceless furniture in glorious colours, and St George’s Chapel, home to the 14th Century Order of the Royal Garter, our senior chivalric order.
Onto Salisbury Cathedral the spire is the tallest in England, 123 metres (404feet). Controversial in its time for its vaulting grandeur, the Cathedral stands tall and proud, its pale luminous stone set off against the lush greenery surrounding it. Once you step inside you’ll be awed by the Cathedral’s graceful, elegant proportions. In the Chapter House you’ll see one of only 4 surviving copies of the document that came to be known as the Magna Carta, which codified some of the basic principles of the English legal system. Look upon this 790 year old document and you are looking the past in the face - sealed under duress by King John in 1215, the Magna Carta in these surroundings is truly a piece of history brought to life.
Going even further back into the mists of time we make our way across the green rolling Wiltshire landscape to Stonehenge, a collection of stones dragged 5000 years ago to this lonely windy plain near Salisbury. Who built it? Why? These questions have haunted the minds of centuries of scholars, but what we do know is that Stonehenge must have had some astronomical function. Set in a landscape dotted with prehistoric mounds and carvings, Stonehenge continues to enthral the imagination and captivate the heart of every visitor. You’ll have the opportunity to walk around these magical stones and contemplate the landscape in which they were built so many centuries ago, and to explore some of the theories about how this extraordinary monument came to be built by our ancestors.
TOUR STARTS: MORNING
TOUR FINISHES: 19:15

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TOUR 36 - Full Day Rail Tour
EDINBURGH - THE ROYAL CITY
Highlights include: Round-trip Train tickets to Edinburgh with reserved seats, sightseeing open-top tour of Edinburgh, Entrance to Edinburgh Castle. Also a FREE city map and information guide.
The train from London's King's Cross Station whizzes you due North from London passing through the Midlands with its canals and market towns, past old mill towns built during the Industrial Revolution. Skirting England's East coast the train arrives at the Royal City of Edinburgh at around 11.30. Right by the station you board your open-top sightseeing bus where you'll get a bird's eye view of this majestic City! The hop-on hop-off ticket allows you the freedom to leave and re-join the bus as often as you like. Frequent departures throughout the day mean you have total flexibility to plan your day the way YOU choose!
You will see all the main sights, attractions and landmarks of this lovely City, including the Old Town quarter, the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, the gloriously intricate Scott Monument decorated with 64 statues of characters from Walter Scott's novels, the Palace of Holyrood House where state ceremonies and official entertaining take place when the Queen is in Scotland (though it has its own murderous history!), and the brand new Scottish Parliament Building. You might want to wander through the cobbled City centre streets, visit St Giles's Kirk or John Knox's House or stroll along Princes Street checking out the tartan, whisky and shortbreads that have made Scotland famous!
Your tour includes tickets to Edinburgh Castle where you can live like a King for a day! The Royal apartments include a tiny room in which Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to the boy who was to become King of Scotland and England upon the death of Queen Elizabeth in 1603. The dazzling Scottish Crown Jewels are also on view in this Castle perched on an extinct volcano with spectacular views across the City and beyond.
The train back to London leaves Edinburgh in the late afternoon returning to London's King's Cross at around 22.15.
TOUR STARTS: EARLY MORNING– KINGS CROSS RAIL STATION – Main ticket office
TOUR FINISHES: 22:15 – KINGS CROSS RAIL STATION

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TOUR 40 - Full Day Rail Tour
SCENIC LAKE DISTRICT WITH AFTERNOON TEA AT THE ‘WORLD OF BEATRIX POTTER’
Highlights include: Round-trip Train tickets to Lake District National Park with reserved seats, scenic Lake cruise, medieval Hawkshead village, visit to Hill Top (home of Beatrix Potter), tour through the picturesque Langdale Valleys, visit to Grasmere the inspiration for the English Romantic Poets and Afternoon Tea at the ‘World of Beatrix Potter’.
Your day starts with a relaxing train journey to the spectacular Lake District National Park Area. You'll travel through the Midlands passing canals, market towns and past old mill towns built during the Industrial Revolution before breaking out into the landscape dotted with lakes, rolling green spaces and monastic ruins nestling in the shadow of the brooding peaks of Cumbria, a world away from the hustle and bustle of London.
On your arrival in Oxenholme you'll be met by our Professional Guide who will take you on your tour of the Lake District. You'll go on a Lake Cruise gliding through the waters of one of the Lakes for which this area is justly famous, against the fabulous and dramatic backdrop of the District's still, silent mountains. You'll then be taken to the picturesque medieval village of Hawkshead, an enchanting combination of whitewashed houses, cobbled streets and narrow alleyways overlooked by a lovely 16th Century Church.
We make our way to Hill Top, the inspiration for many of Beatrix Potter's winsome and delicate illustrations. The author's home remains exactly as she left it and in each room there's something that appears in one of her books. The cottage garden contains the same pleasing mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables as grown by Beatrix. We experience the stunning views from Tarn Hows, one of the Lake District's most picturesque beauty spots, as we travel through the majestic mountain scenery of the Langdale Valleys to Grasmere, inspiration for the Romantic poet Wordsworth, who extolled its serene lake and mountain setting in his poetry. Afternoon tea is provided at the ‘World of Beatrix Potter’
We make our way back to the station through the sprawling Victorian town of Bowness-on-Windermere in time to make the 17.07 train back to London, arriving back at Euston Station at around 20.30.
TOUR STARTS: 06:15 – EUSTON RAIL STATION – Main ticket office
TOUR FINISHES: 20:30 – EUSTON STATION

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TOUR 42 - Full Day Rail Tour
VIKING BRITAIN: A DAY IN YORK & YORK MINSTER
Highlights include: Round-trip Train tickets to Historic York, sightseeing bus round historic York (hop-on hop-off), visit to York Minster and a FREE city map and information booklet.
Your day starts with a train ride leaving London's King's Cross Station at 0700 for your scenic journey to the historic City of York, capital of the North. You'll travel through the Midlands passing canals and market towns, then past old mill towns built during the Industrial Revolution before breaking out into the landscape of Yorkshire shaped by dry stone walls and sheep farms - you'll understand why they call it 'God's own country'!
Arriving at York you'll be able to jump on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour of York, where you'll get a bird's eye view of the City that was once a Viking stronghold! Your hop-on hop-off ticket allows you the freedom to leave and re-join the bus as often as you like throughout the day - there are regular departures all day so you can explore York at your own pace. On your sightseeing tour you'll see the main attractions in York and visit York Minster, the largest Medieval Gothic Cathedral north of the Alps and a treasure house of 800 years of stained glass. Visit the Shambles, one of the best preserved medieval streets in Europe, and the 14th Century Clifford's Tower perched high on a grassy mound. A visit to the Jorvik Viking Centre is a must! Built on the very site where archaeologists uncovered remains of the Viking-age city of Jorvik. Step aboard a 'time capsule' and travel through the reconstruction of a complete Viking settlement.
A bustling market, dark, smoky houses and a busy wharf have all been recreated in accurate detail so you can experience in sight, sound and smell what it was like to live and work in Jorvik with its pungent smells and narrow alleyways!
TOUR STARTS: 06:30 – KINGS CROSS STATION – Main ticket office
TOUR FINISHES: 20:30 – KINGS CROSS STATION

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TOUR 45 - Full Day rail tour
THE MERSEY BEAT: LIVERPOOL & THE BEATLES
Highlights include: Round-trip train tickets to Liverpool with reserved seats, Entry to Beatles Story Exhibition, time to explore Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008, Beatles 'Magical Mystery Tour' including the Cavern Club, Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. Also a FREE city map and information booklet.
Your day starts with a relaxing train journey to the historic City of Liverpool, chosen to be European Capital of Culture 2008. You'll travel through the Midlands passing canals, market towns, then pass by the industrial heartlands of England, the engine room of the Industrial Revolution.
Arriving at Liverpool Lime Street, you'll have time to explore this Victorian City: - stroll along the world-famous waterfront admiring the stunningly refurbished Albert Dock Complex housing the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Tate Liverpool. These beautifully restored dock warehouses are now home to a dazzling collection of bars, cafes, restaurants, shops and other unique attractions. Your tour includes tickets to The Beatles Story, where you can experience the most sensational story the pop world has ever known! Re-live the Fab Four's meteoric rise to fame where you'll be taken from the cobbles of Matthew Street and the Cavern Club, through the hysteria of Beatlemania finishing up on the Apple rooftop and beyond!
The Cavern Quarter is a vibrant city centre area at the focus of Beatle history - there's the Cavern Club, where the lads played 292 times, and the actual pubs where the Moptops drank during the early 60s. Also worth visiting is the impressive circular Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, a real City landmark.
Options for lunch in Liverpool are many and varied and you'll be spoilt for choice among the top quality bars, restaurants and cafes in the City centre.
In the afternoon your 'Magical Mystery Tour' is waiting to take you away! This two hour tour takes you round all the landmarks in the lives of the Fab Four including their homes, schools, birthplaces, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and many other significant spots.
TOUR STARTS: 06:30 – EUSTON RAIL STATION – Main ticket office
TOUR FINISHES: 20:40 – EUSTON STATION

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TOUR 48 - Rail tour with overnight stay
SCENIC LAKE DISTRICT AND AFTERNOON TEA AT THE ‘WORLD OF BEATRIX POTTER’ (OVERNIGHT IN LAKE DISTRICT)
Highlights include: Round-trip Train tickets to Lake District National Park with reserved seats, scenic Lake cruise, medieval Hawkshead village, visit to Hill Top (home of Beatrix Potter), tour through the picturesque Langdale Valleys, visit Grasmere the inspiration for the English Romantic Poets, B&B Hotel in picturesque Lake District
Your day starts with a relaxing train journey to the spectacular Lake District National Park Area. You'll travel through the Midlands passing canals, market towns, and old mill towns built during the Industrial Revolution before breaking out into the landscape dotted with lakes, rolling green spaces and monastic ruins nestling in the shadow of the brooding peaks of Cumbria, a world away from the hustle and bustle of London.
On your arrival in Oxenholme you'll be met by our Professional Guide who will take you on your tour of the Lake District. You'll go on a Lake Cruise gliding through the waters of one of the Lakes for which this area is justly famous, against the fabulous and dramatic backdrop of the District's still, silent mountains. You'll then be taken to the picturesque medieval village of Hawkshead, an enchanting combination of whitewashed houses, cobbled streets and narrow alleyways overlooked by a lovely 16th Century Church.
We make our way to Hill Top, the inspiration for many of Beatrix Potter's winsome and delicate illustrations. The author's home remains exactly as she left it and in each room there's something that appears in one of her books. The cottage garden contains the same pleasing mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables as grown by Beatrix.
We experience the stunning views from Tarn Hows, one of the Lake District's most picturesque beauty spots, as we travel through the majestic mountain scenery of the Langdale Valleys to Grasmere, inspiration for the Romantic poet Wordsworth, who extolled its serene lake and mountain setting in his poetry. Afternoon tea is included at the ‘World of Beatrix Potter.
You stay overnight in a Hotel (breakfast included) so you can savour the scenery of the Lake District and wander through the delightful picturesque streets, enjoying the restaurants and atmospheric pubs. Visit one of the many visitor attractions the following morning after breakfast, and after a leisurely morning join us as we make our way to the station through the sprawling Victorian town of Bowness-on-Windermere in time to make the 17.07 train back to London, arriving back at Euston Station at around 20.30.
TOUR STARTS: 06:15 – EUSTON RAIL STATION – Main ticket office
TOUR FINISHES: 20:30 – DAY 2, EUSTON STATION

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TOUR 90 – STRATFORD Overnight Tour
SHAKESPEARE COUNTRY: OXFORD, SHAKESPEARE’S STRATFORD & WARWICK CASTLE - OVERNIGHT IN STRATFORD
Highlights include: Professional Blue Badge Guide, Quads and courtyards of Oxford Colleges, Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare's birthplace, Medieval Warwick Castle, stay overnight in 3 star hotel Stratford Town Centre (breakfast included)
We begin our day travelling across the Chiltern Hills to Oxford, the 'City of Dreaming Spires', whose hushed courtyards and elegant, dignified timeworn buildings have inspired generations of scholars (including Bill Clinton in the 1970s!). Find your own inspiration in the sense of tradition and intellectual curiosity that pervades this lovely City - you'll see Christchurch College, where Harry Potter scenes were filmed and where Albert Einstein studied - bring your camera! On your walking tour of Oxford you'll see the Bodleian library and the picture-perfect College courtyards for which Oxford is justifiably famous.
We then travel through the rolling Warwickshire hills to Stratford-upon-Avon, a market town at the edge of the Forest of Arden, made famous for being the birthplace of the world-famous playwright William Shakespeare. We'll visit the Tudor-style birthplace of William Shakespeare, gaining a fascinating insight into his childhood with its typical parlour, bedrooms, kitchen, buttery and of course the glove-maker's workshop used by John, Shakespeare's father. There'll be time to explore this charming market town, the streets lined with unusual shops and boutiques.
We'll take you to your 3 star Hotel in Stratford Town Centre near all the major bars, cafes and restaurants so that you can enjoy your evening in Stratford taking in a play at one of the theatres, or strolling through the pedestrian-friendly town centre and enjoying a meal out at one of the many restaurants. The next morning, after breakfast at your hotel you spend the morning in Stratford where the choice is yours - visit Hall's Croft, the home of Shakespeare's daughter, or the comprehensive exhibition adjacent to the Birthplace or stroll along the banks of the River Avon by the Bancroft Gardens.
Your coach will pick you up, and then it's a short drive over to Warwick Castle, most of its magnificent towers and ramparts still intact. Warwick Castle will take you back through its 1,000 year history as you enter over the footbridge to a bygone world of banquets, battles and ceremony. Visit the Tussaud’s waxworks, or if you're feeling brave, visit the spine-chilling dungeons where prisoners were tortured! You might wish to stroll through the Castle's delightful and lovingly tended gardens set in the peaceful surroundings of England's finest medieval Castle. During the summer months, archery, falconry and jousting take place.
In the afternoon we'll then take you back to London.
All entrances on first day included
DAY 1, MORNING STRATFORD
AFTERNOON / OVERNIGHT STRATFORD DAY 2, MIDDAY PICKUP, WARWICK CASTLE AND RETURN TO LONDON
TOUR STARTS: MORNING
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TOUR 91 - Rail Tour 3 days
3 DAY TOUR OF ROYAL EDINBURGH, LOCH NESS & HIGHLANDS
Highlights include: Round-trip Train tickets to Edinburgh with reserved seats, hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Edinburgh, Entry to Edinburgh Castle, tour of the Highlands, Entry to Urquart Castle, Cruise on Loch Ness, panoramic tour of Inverness, visit Pitlochry. Also a FREE city map and information booklet.
Day 1: Your train from London's King's Cross Station whizzes you due North from London skirting England's East coast to arrive at the Royal City of Edinburgh at around 11.30. Right by the station you board your open-top sightseeing bus where you'll get a bird's eye view of this majestic City!
Your hop-on hop-off ticket allows you the freedom to leave and re-join the bus as often as you like over a 24 hour period - frequent departures throughout the day mean you have total flexibility to plan your day the way YOU choose! You'll see all the main sights, attractions and landmarks of this lovely City, including the Old Town quarter, the gloriously intricate Scott Monument, the Palace of Holyrood House where state ceremonies and official entertaining take place when the Queen is in Scotland and the brand new Scottish Parliament Building.
Your tour includes tickets to Edinburgh Castle where you can live like a King for a day! The Royal apartments include a tiny room in which Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to the boy who was to become King of Scotland and England upon the death of Queen Elizabeth in 1603. The dazzling Scottish Crown Jewels are also on view.
Day 2: Our coach tour takes you past the sprawling Stirling Castle, featured in 'Braveheart', and after a stop at Fort William in the shadow of Ben Nevis, we drive past the infamous Loch Ness, home of the Loch Ness Monster - probably! The scenery is lovely - shimmering water nestling in dramatic sweeping valleys. We make our way towards the North shore of Loch Ness to the picturesque ruins of Urquart Castle. Time to explore the castle, a short cruise on Loch Ness, and then a short panoramic tour of Inverness, the charming capital of the Highlands. We stop at the delightful Pitlochry en route back to Edinburgh.
Day 3: Enjoy some last minute shopping in Edinburgh, visit the attractions on your 'must-see' list, stroll through the City Centre - it's your day!
(Excursion to Loch Ness is operated by Scottish Tours Ltd)
TOUR STARTS: 06:30 – KINGS CROSS RAIL STATION – Main ticket office
TOUR FINISHES: 22:15 – DAY THREE – KINGS CROSS STATION

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TOUR 92 - Rail Tour with overnight stay
EDINBURGH - THE ROYAL CITY, OVERNIGHT EDINBURGH
Highlights include: Train to Edinburgh with reserved seats, sightseeing open-top tour of Edinburgh, Entrance to Edinburgh Castle, hotel Edinburgh City Centre (breakfast included)
Your train from London's King's Cross Station whizzes you due North from London passing through the Midlands and its canals and market towns, then past old mill towns built during the Industrial Revolution before skirting England's East coast to arrive at the Royal City of Edinburgh at around 11.30. Right by the station you board your open-top sightseeing bus where you'll get a bird's eye view of this majestic City!
Your hop-on hop-off ticket allows you the freedom to leave and re-join the bus as often as you like over a 24 hour period - frequent departures throughout the day mean you have total flexibility to plan your day the way YOU choose! You'll see all the main sights, attractions and landmarks of this lovely City, including the Old Town quarter, the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, The gloriously intricate Scott Monument decorated with 64 statues of characters from Walter Scott's novels, the Palace of Holyrood House where state ceremonies and official entertaining take place when the Queen is in Scotland (though it has its own murderous history!) and the brand new Scottish Parliament Building. You might want to wander through the cobbled City centre streets, visit St Giles's Kirk or John Knox's House or stroll along Princes Street checking out the tartan, whisky and shortbreads that have made Scotland famous!
Your tour includes tickets to Edinburgh Castle where you can live like a King for a day! The Castle was built high on a hill in the 11th Century, with spectacular rock face, so as to deter invaders and the view from the Castle walls across the City and beyond is spectacular. You'll also see the Scottish Crown Jewels, believed to be the oldest crown jewels in Europe.
Your 3 star Hotel is centrally located so you can choose your evening's entertainment - and what a choice there is! A wealth of cinemas, theatres, atmospheric bars and pubs and City events beckon...After breakfasting at your Hotel you spend the day in Edinburgh at your leisure exploring the City - your hop-on hop-off sightseeing ticket is still valid so you can get around the attractions more easily. The City is yours for the day!
*Please note this tour is unescorted.
TOUR STARTS: 06:30 – KINGS CROSS RAIL STATION – Main ticket office
TOUR FINISHES: 22:15 – DAY TWO – KINGS CROSS STATION

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TOUR 34 PU - Full Day Rail Tour (Unescorted)
THE MAGIC OF PARIS
A day trip to Paris by Eurostar! Check in by 0630 at the Britainshrinkers Desk on the main concourse at Waterloo International Station, collect your Travel Pack containing all the tickets you need for the day and then sit back and let the train take the strain! You'll speed through Kent, the 'Garden of England', then after 20 minutes under the Channel the train whizzes through the Normandy countryside arriving in Central Paris in just 2hours 40minutes.
Once you arrive at Paris's Gare du Nord Station you're right there in the centre of town. Take in all the main sights: the Eiffel Tower (of course!), the Cathedral of Notre Dame - the glory of the Gothic era -, the Arc de Triomphe, the grand sweeping Hotel des Invalides where you can view Napoleon's tomb, Paris's palace and gallery extraordinaire the Louvre (the setting for Dan Brown's 'Da Vinci Code') and of course you'll enjoy Paris's charming and unspoilt streetscapes wherever you go. Your Evan Evans Paris Day Trip Travel Pack includes a Paris Visite card that enables you to travel freely on the quick and efficient public transport services providing unlimited rides on the Central Paris transport network.
The options for lunch in Paris are many and varied - nearly every street corner is marked by one of Paris's famous cafes brimming with character - alternatively you might want to spoil yourself with a delicious gourmet meal in the country where it all started! Visit one of Paris's famous street markets, wander around the Left Bank quarter - the day is yours to spend as you please and with your Paris Visite Travelcard you'll be able to make your way quickly around this surprisingly compact City. !'
Your return Eurostar journey departs Gare du Nord at 19.19 local time arriving back at Waterloo International just before 21.00.
Your Travel Pack contains:
Your round-trip standard class Eurostar tickets and seat reservations
A 1-day Paris Visite Travelcard per person
Map of Paris including public transport information
TOUR STARTS: 06:30 – EUROSTAR TERMINAL - WATERLOO STATION – Group departure desk
TOUR FINISHES: 21.00 – EUROSTAR TERMINAL – WATERLOO STATION

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TOUR 37P - Full Day Rail Tour Fully Escorted
AN ESCORTED DAY IN PARIS
A day trip to Paris by Eurostar! Check in by 0630 at the Britainshrinkers Desk on the main concourse at Waterloo International Station.
Your guide will give you your Travel Pack containing all the tickets you need for the day. You'll speed through Kent, the 'Garden of England', then after 20 minutes under the Channel the train whizzes through the Normandy countryside arriving in Central Paris in just 2hours 40minutes.
Once you arrive at Paris's Gare du Nord Station you're right there in the centre of town. Your guide will show you to the waiting coach for a fully guided coach tour of the city including the Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower where an escorted visit the 2nd Level is included.
In the afternoon you are free to shop and explore independently or with your guide. You may choose to visit the Louvre, take a river cruise or just sit in one of the cafés Paris is famous for and watch the world go by.
Your return Eurostar journey departs Gare du Nord at 19.19 local time. Arriving back at Waterloo International just before 21.00 again your guide will be on hand to help.
TOUR STARTS: 06:30 – EUROSTAR TERMINAL – WATERLOO STATION – Group departure desk
TOUR FINISHES: 21.00 – EUROSTAR TERMINAL – WATERLOO STATION

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TOUR 95 4 Day Tour
GEMS OF BRITAIN
Highlights include: 4* Hotels- 2Dinners 3Full Breakfasts. Air-conditioned 40 seater coach with washroom. Visit Edinburgh Castle, Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Visit Wedgwood China Factory, See the ‘Shambles’ and York Minster, Watch the Anvil Ceremony at Gretna Green, Drive the Royal Mile past St Giles Cathedral to Holyrood house Palace, Scenic drives in the Lake District and Cotswolds.
DAY 1 – LONDON – CAMBRIDGE – YORK – DARLINGTON
We meet our Tour Director then drive to Cambridge, described as the ‘loveliest city in England’ and home of one of England’s finest universities. We walk among the colleges, including magnificent King’s College, then on to York. Exploring inside the ancient city walls, we see the maze of narrow medieval streets (including the quaintly-named ‘Shambles’) and the 13th century Minster, England’s largest Cathedral before we continue to our hotel for dinner. (D)
DAY 2 – DARLINGTON – JEDBURGH – EDINBURGH / SCOTLAND
Today, across the wild Northumberland moors, our route leads us past the romantic ruins of Jedburgh Abbey and across the River Tweed. Before arriving in Edinburgh Our afternoon guided tour shows us the best of the city – the stately Royal Mile and ancient St Giles Cathedral. We visit the castle, dominating the city from its rocky crag. Tonight, there may be the opportunity enjoy a grand Scottish night out, complete with haggis and the skirl of the pipes. (B)
DAY 3 – EDINBURGH – LAKE DISTRICT - CHESTER
Our first stop is Gretna to attend the Anvil Ceremony in the Blacksmiths shop, and then back into England. A scenic wonderland awaits us – the rugged mountains and tranquil dales of the Lake District, inspiration to a host of English poets, before arriving in Chester for our overnight stay. (BD)
DAY 4 – CHESTER – STRATFORD – LONDON
This morning we see the unique black and white ‘Rows’ and the town walls, which encircle them once manned by Roman legionnaires. We also see the remains of the Roman Amphitheatre. Our next a stop is the world famous Wedgwood China Factory, then on to picturesque Stratford upon Avon, home of William Shakespeare. We walk in the footsteps of the bard to visit his birthplace. Another scenic drive this afternoon takes us through the villages of the Cotswolds, with their thatched cottages, the prettiest part of the English countryside. Return to London at around 18.00hrs depending on traffic. (B)
TOUR STARTS: DAY 1 - 07.00
TOUR ENDS: DAY 4 - 18.30

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TOUR 71 Walking Tour
Royal London Walking Tour
Highlights include: Professional Blue Badge Guide, Entry to Westminster Abbey, and opportunity to see Scotland Yard, The Houses of Parliament, Whitehall, Downing Street, and Buckingham Palace.
From Victoria, we walk along Victoria Street, passing new Scotland Yard, to Parliament Square, to see the Houses of Parliament, otherwise known as The Palace of Westminster, it stands on the site where Edward the Confessor had the original palace build in the first half of the eleventh century. Ever since these early times, the Palace of Westminster has been home to the English Parliament, the centre of Governement. Then into Westminster Abbey for a guided tour of this architectural masterpiece, we will see the tombs of kings and queens as well as memorials to the famous and great.
Our walk continues along Whitehall which today is home to many government departments – such as the Foreign Office and Home Office, just off Whitehall is Downing Street, home of our Prime Minister.
Along the Mall passing Clarence House, to see Buckingham Palace, home to the Royal Family. From here it is just a short walk back to Victoria and the end of the tour.
TOUR STARTS: 14:00
TOUR FINISHES: 17:00

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