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Historic Britain

12 days from $7,995pp

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    Places visited:

  • London
  • Oxford
  • York
  • Edinburgh
  • Visit Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London by boat.

  • Explore the historical university city of Oxford.

  • Stroll around the walled city of York.

  • Wander the cobbled streets of Edinburgh’s old and new town.

  • Visit the historic stately home of Scone Palace.

Audley Travel Country Specialist Emily

What our specialists say...

Your journey begins in the capital of London where you’ll visit the iconic sites of Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London as well as other lesser-known historic sites. Next you’ll visit the university city of Oxford before journeying onto the northern walled city of York. Your last destination is Scotland’s capital Edinburgh, where you’ll explore the old and new towns as well as nearby castles and palaces which can be found along the eastern side of the country.

We recommend this trip for:

  • London
  • Oxford
  • York
  • Edinburgh

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Day 1 London

London

Day 1: Upon arrival into London, your private driver will be waiting to pick you up and take you to your hotel. You begin your adventure by exploring the major sights of London in a private vintage Mini Cooper tour. In this two hour tour, you have a chance to see both the expected and unexpected, as your driver will show you iconic landmarks such as Big Ben, the Eye of London, and Tower Bridge, as well as other lesser-known sites that may pique your interest. At the end of your tour, your driver will either leave you at your hotel or at a nearby attraction to explore, if you'd prefer.

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Day 2 London

London

Today, a private guide takes you to see two of London's most famous historical attractions. Your expert greets you at your hotel, then accompanies you on a brief boat ride on the River Thames which bisects the city. From the river, you'll get a grand perspective of the city's unique skyline. You arrive first at Westminster Abbey for a guided tour of its many memorials and relics. Then make your way to the Tower of London, the city's most famous castle, to explore its grounds and see the Crown Jewels. This afternoon, you have tickets to the Churchill War Rooms, where you can explore at your own pace and learn more about the world leader, considered by many to be England's greatest.

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Day 3 London

London

This morning, meet your guide at your hotel and make your way to Greenwich by boat. Once there you can explore the Royal Museums including the Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum. In the afternoon, join a private guide for a tour of St Paul's Cathedral. The resting place and magnum opus of legendary architect Christopher Wren, here you have a chance to explore every level of the mammoth cathedral with your guide. Afterward, you're welcome to join an evensong service, led by a local boys' choir. At St Paul's you're right in the heart of the city, so your choices for dinner are countless.

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Day 4 Oxford

London , Oxford

This morning you bid farewell to London and make your way to the train station for a journey northwest to the university city of Oxford. Your hour-long train ride will be a comfortable, calm journey giving you your first taste of the rolling English countryside. After arriving at Oxford railway station you'll make your way to your hotel. In the afternoon, you embark on a guided tour with an Oxford University graduate. Your lively guide will give you plenty of insight into what makes Oxford one of the world's most unique and architecturally striking universities. This tour also gives you the chance to see how the city has developed around the university, with some of its own architectural and artistic quirks.

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Day 5 Oxford

Oxford

Your private driver takes you out this morning to the sprawling Blenheim Palace, just a brief drive out of Oxford. Outside, you have some good photo opportunities. Within the palace you take a guided tour of its grounds and heirlooms, including a detailed exhibit on Winston Churchill, who was born here. You have the rest of the day at leisure back in Oxford, where you may choose to hire a punter to take you on a leisurely cruise along the city's waterways.

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Day 6 York

Oxford , York

Check out your hotel this morning to make your way back to the train station, this time to head to York, a scenic journey of just over two hours. This afternoon, you can get acquainted with the history of York with your private guide on a three-hour walking tour. You have the opportunity to climb up and walk along the city walls, taking in views as your guide provides historical context on how York evolved into the modern city it is today while retaining its medieval character. Take the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps exploring some of the city's many independent, arty shops, before heading out for dinner.

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Day 7 York

York

Today is a full day with a private driver-guide to help you explore significant sites in the York area. You can visit Castle Howard and mystical Rievaulx Abbey, with a stop in the market town of Helmsley in between. Your day of exploration will conclude back in York where you'll have the evening at leisure.

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Day 8 Edinburgh

York , Edinburgh

Your next destination is Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, a train journey of about two and a half hours north. The train follows the shoreline toward the end as you approach the city, providing views of seaside towns and villages. Upon arrival in Edinburgh, make your way to your hotel. Once you have checked into your hotel, you have the afternoon and evening at leisure to explore the bustling city, or just relax.

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Day 9 Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Today, a walking guide takes you on a tour of Edinburgh's Old and New Towns. You have the chance to walk the cobbled streets of this intriguing city as your guide alerts you to the history and the secrets lying down the fabled 'closes' (alleys), as well as the over and underpasses. You can discover the stark contrast between the classical Old Town and the more modern, gridded New Town. Your guide takes you up to see the birds-eye views from Arthur's Seat, a hill overlooking the entire surrounding area.

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Day 10 Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Today you're picked up from your hotel by your driver-guide for a day out of the city exploring the castles and palaces of the Edinburgh area. You can spend the day touring historical sites including Rosslyn Chapel, Linlithgow Palace, and Hopetoun House, before returning to the city in time to discuss your journeys over dinner.

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Day 11 Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Your driver-guide picks you up from your hotel to head north to see two nearby attractions. You first get to explore the quaint seaside streets of St Andrews, one of the world's most famous golf destinations, and the home to the cafe where Prince William met Kate Middleton. After walking, shopping, and perhaps enjoying a bite for lunch, you head to the stately Scone Palace. Here, a local guide shows you around the grounds and provide a taste of the palace's vast art collection and exhibits. Your driver takes you back to Edinburgh when your tour concludes, giving you one last evening back in the city.

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Day 12 Return home

Edinburgh

Today you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport.

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