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English Masterpiece

Departs: 8/12/2018 Returns: 8/22/2018

11 Days | All Airfare Included

Join us for an intimate adventure in England to explore the cities, palaces, and countrysides celebrated in classic literature and popular historic television dramas.
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Daily Itinerary Items

Day 1 : Depart USA
Joined by our Tour Director, we relax during an overnight flight to Great Britain.


Day 2 : Hampton Court Palace
We arrive in London, warmly welcomed by our British Blue Badge – the UK’s most experienced tour guides. We then depart for Hampton Court, Henry VIII’s favorite palace. Located on the River Thames, Hampton Court Palace was one of England’s most modern, sophisticated, and magnificent homes of its time. Explore Henry’s opulent State Apartments, tour the vast Tudor Kitchens, and feel the eerie chill of the Haunted Gallery before strolling the glorious gardens. In the evening we settle into our accommodations in central London and get to know our fellow travelers during a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner. L,D


Day 3 : London City Tour
After an included English Breakfast, we are joined by our Blue Badge Guide whose enthusiastic passion for British history and traditions enhance our introduction to London. We arrive at the Tower of London and learn about its legendary past, see Britain’s Crown Jewels, the armory, and much more. View the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Prime Minister’s Office on Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Look forward to views of the city from the Thames on a Thames River Cruise. The tour ends with a full afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, expertly brewed tea, freshly baked pastries, and scones with jam at Harrods, a department store with more than 160 years of history. B,T


Day 4 : Buckingham Palace & London Leisure
n the morning we travel to the borough of Westminster for a tour of Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the royal family for more than 180 years. We tour the famous palace, including the throne room, State Apartments, and magnificent back garden where the Queen hosts her annual garden party. Then savor a fish and chips lunch at the Anchor Bankside Pub. The remainder of the day is ours to realize everything London has to offer. B,L


Day 5 : Highclere Castle & Bampton 
Today we travel north through the English Countryside to be dazzled by Highclere Castle. Familiar to Public Television viewers as the setting to a critically acclaimed historic period drama. We’ll tour the rooms made famous by the series, as well as the recreation of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the basement. The 5th Earl, along with Howard Carter unearthed this fabulous find in 1922. The afternoon takes us to the charming village of Bampton in the lower edge of the Cotswolds where several outdoor scenes from the series are filmed. Tonight we will rest in the Dreaming City of Spires – Oxford! B


Day 6 : Oxford & Bletchley Park 
This morning we will enjoy a walking tour of Oxford with our Blue Badge guide. We will explore the city market, Christchurch Cathedral and much more while marveling at this historic treasure. In the afternoon we will visit Bletchley Park, where Alan Turing and many others worked in secret to unlock to codes of the German Enigma Machine during World War II. Here we will explore the visitor center and the code breakers huts while we learn about the life of these “listeners.” B


Day 7 : Bath & Devon
Travel to the city of Bath this morning, a UNESCO World Heritage Site best known for the hot springs that the Romans built a thermal spa upon, and were featured in several Jane Austen novels. These baths would later make the city England’s destination for leisure in the Georgian era. Tour the Roman Baths with free time for lunch and shopping after. In Devon, we acquaint ourselves with the Greenway House, the vacation home of famous mystery author Agatha Christie. B,D


Day 8 : Port Isaac & Cornwall
Today we travel to Cornwall. Take a walking tour of the picturesque village of Port Isaac, the setting to a popular British medical drama-comedy, with our local guide, who is also an extra in a famous public television series. Enjoy a Cornish pasty lunch, then relax during a scenic drive along Cornwall’s scenic coasts and rugged moorlands, once a haven for smugglers and shipwreck looters. B,L,D


Day 9 : Stonehenge
One of the most recognized prehistoric monuments in the world, few places have generated more speculation than the mysterious circle of standing stones known as Stonehenge. After breakfast at our leisure we travel to the Salisbury Plain for a tour of the fascinating landmark. We have the afternoon to learn about the site,
then we travel east to the historic town of Windsor. B


Day 10 : Windsor Castle & Farewell Dinner
Today we visit Windsor Castle, the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen, and the oldest and largest continuously occupied castle in the world. Prominently situated on 26 acres high above the River Thames, the castle features magnificent state apartments, St. George’s Chapel and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, a masterpiece in miniature. We have the rest of the afternoon on our own in Windsor. Tonight, we feast with our fellow travelers at a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner, celebrating our final evening on the Sceptered Isle. B,D


Day 11 : Fly Home
We return home with fantastic memories of our spectacular tour of England. B


B - Breakfast; CB - Continental Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner; T - Tea

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes
All airfare
All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes (minimum value of $660 per person)
• Holiday Vacations Tour Director
• Experienced Local Guides
• Motorcoach with professional driver
• Baggage handling at hotels
$100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour


17 Excellent Meals Featuring
• Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner
• Afternoon Tea at Harrods in London
• Authentic Cornish Pasty lunch


All Accommodations Featuring
 3 nights at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London
 1 night at the MacDonald Randolph Hotel in Oxford
 1 night at the Doubletree Hotel in Newbury
 2 nights at the Cornwall Hotel in St. Austell
 2 nights at the Castle Hotel Windsor


Attractions & Highlights
• Hampton Court Palace
• London city tour
• Tower of London
• Thames River cruise
• Buckingham Palace
• Bletchley Park
• Oxford walking tour
• Christchurch Cathedral
• Bampton walking tour
• Highclere Castle
• Roman Baths tour
• Agatha Christie’s home, Greenway
• Port Isaac walking tour
• Cornish coast scenic drive
• Stonehenge
• Windsor Castle

Tour Pricing

Category - Occupancy Price (Per Person)
Airports - Double $5599
Airports - Single $6999

Final Payment Date: 5/10/2018

Guaranteed Airport Departure Cities

All tour prices include airfare from the guaranteed airports listed below. Additional cities, including flights from states not listed, are availible on request. Additional fees may apply. for more information, please call 1-800-826-2266 and one of our friendly Tour Consultants will be happy to assist.


TSA'S SECURE FLIGHT PROGRAM

The requirement to collect your date of birth, gender and full name as it appears on the government issued photo identification you will use on your tour is federally mandated by the Transportation Security Administration. TSA's privacy policy as well as additional details can be found at www.tsa.gov using the keywords Secure Flight.


Alabama

Birmingham

Arizona

Phoenix

Arkansas

Little Rock, Fayetteville

California

Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco

Colorado

Denver

Connecticut

Hartford

District of Columbia

Washington D.C.

Florida

Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonvillle, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa/St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach

Georgia

Atlanta

Idaho

Boise

Illinois

Chicago, Moline/Quad Cities

Indiana

Indianapolis, Evansville, Fort Wayne, South Bend

Iowa

Des Moines, Cedar Rapids

Kansas

Wichita

Kentucky

Louisville, Lexington

Louisiana

New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Shreveport

Maryland

Baltimore

Massachusetts

Boston

Michigan

Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Saginaw

Minnesota

Duluth, Minneapolis/St.Paul, Rochester

Mississippi

Jackson, Gulfport/Biloxi

Missouri

St.Louis, Kansas City, Springfield/Branson

Montana

Billings, Bozeman, Missoula

Nebraska

Omaha, Lincoln

Nevada

Las Vegas

New Jersey

Newark

New Mexico

New York

New York City, Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse

North Carolina

Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh/Durham

North Dakota

Fargo, Bismark, Grand Forks

Ohio

Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Tulsa

Oregon

Portland

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Allentown, Harrisburg/Middleton, Pittsburgh

South Carolina

Charleston, Greenville/Spartanburg

South Dakota

Sioux Falls, Rapid City

Tennessee

Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis

Texas

Houston (IAH) George Bush InterContinental Airport, Austin, Dallas/Ft.Worth, San Antonio

Utah

Salt Lake City

Virginia

Norfolk, Richmond

Washington

Seattle/Tacoma, Spokane

West Virginia

Charleston

Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Appleton, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison, Central WI/Wausau/Mosinee


AIRFARE, TAXES, & FUEL SURCHARGES INCLUDED

Tour prices are guaranteed and include airfare, federal taxes, airport security charges, airline segment fees, airport passenger facility charges and fuel surcharges, if applicable. International airfare also includes applicable airport fees and taxes assessed by individual countries. Airline luggage fees are an additional charge and are payable directly to the airlines at check in.

AIRLINE SEATING

Seat assignments are controlled by the airline. We will no longer solicit requests and seating cannot be guaranteed by Holiday Vacations

AWARD MILES

PLease be advised that some commercial airlines offer reduced award miles to travelers booked on a group reservation. Holiday Vacations is happy to submit your frequent flyer number to the airlines, but makes no guarantee that full mileage will be awarded.

AIRPORT DEPARTURE CITIES

Departue cities are subject to change due to limited or discontined airline service. The availablility of airline seats may be limited from each departure city. Holiday Vacations reserves the right to provide ground transportation to or from a larger or alternate airport.

DEPARTURE FROM CITIES NOT LISTED

You may request a departure from a city not listed. Holiday's air department will determine the feasibility of your request and advise you of any additional cost, if applicable.

LAND ONLY PRICE

You may request a land only price. If the tour is purchased as land only, it will be your responsibility to meet the group at the arrival airport at the time designated by Holiday Vacations. If you prefer, you can join the tour at the first night's hotel. Taxi or other airport transfer costs are not included for independant arrival or departure.

Itinerary ID:25472298 | Tour Code: INEM0812181
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