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Story Land & Sea®

Story's Uniquely British Small Group Tour Delights.

England, Scotland & Wales Tour


Day-by-Day Itinerary

Leave the Herd Behind and discover Slow and Small Travel through the United Kingdom.

Our tour of England, Scotland & Wales features the very best of the British Isles with castle visits, Story Exclusives® including whisky tastings, fine ales, and farm-to-table dining at unique restaurants and venues.

Story Land & Sea® extends a personal invitation for you to join us on the England, Scotland & Wales Tour - it's the trip of a lifetime, and one tour you won't soon forget. 


Board Your International Flight
Day 1: DEPART NORTH AMERICA ON YOUR OVERNIGHT FLIGHT
Italy's Small Group Tour

Depart Your Home Airport on your Trans-Atlantic flight to Edinburgh ~ Flight not included, but inquire for special fare with our Air Service. We can help you with your flight arrangements.

Can we help you with your Airfare?
Yes, we can arrange your air travel from the Story Land & Sea® air department. We'll work with you to get the absolutely lowest fare available based on your travel preferences. Remember, airfare is a completely separate arrangement from your land tour. It is your responsibility to arrive at the point of tour origination (Venice) on time regardless of whether Story Land & Sea® has arranged your air.

  We very much encourage trip cancellation and interruption insurance.




Welcome to Scotland

Day 2: ARRIVE EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

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WELCOME TO ENGLAND, SCOTLAND & WALES TOUR
One of Story Land & Sea
®'s most popular tour vacations commences at 3:00PM at our Deluxe hotel in Edinburgh. Our deluxe hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Edinburgh and is where your Tour Captain meets you for the included Orientation Tour.

INCLUDED ORIENTATION WALKING TOUR: At 3:00 pm, join your Tour Captain for an Orientation Walk on your arrival day in Edinburgh. Learn the major landmarks and the lay of the land in relation to our hotel. We'll introduce you to the best ATM machines and other helpful information for your stay in Edinburgh. 

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace. Volume: Light

Story Way® Dining: Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight with your Tour Captain in the incredible city of Edinburgh.

Accommodation in Edinburgh, 2 Nights
Deluxe: Radisson Blu Royal Mile or similar
Classic: Hotel Mercure or similar
Budget: Budget Hotel

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Edinburgh

Day 3: EDINBURGH CASTLE, HOLYROODHOUSE, ROYAL MILE, STIRLING CASTLE

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Daily Breakfast is served on all Story Land & Sea® Tours.

EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION
Our wonderful and experienced local guide will join us this morning and will unwrap Edinburgh's secrets and the principal sights of Scotland's Capital City.

Experience the contrast of the compact medieval section along Edinburgh's Royal Mile, with the wide streets of the 200-year-old Georgian New Town. All of this comes into view asd we walk and drive along the bustling Princes Street. Dominating the city center, Edinburgh Castle contains the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone.

We enjoy a panoramic journey on the way to Stirling Castle and on the way see Holyroodhouse House and other sites.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS Sightseeing Immersion Tour with our local Expert Guide.
ENJOY ADMISSION & SIGHTSEEING TO:

    • Tour of Edinburgh - Scotland's Capital City.
    • Royal Mile - View the Royal Mile all the way to the Georgian New Town and see history unfold in the contrast.
    • Admission to the Edinburgh Castle to see the Scottish Crown Jewels and Stone of Scone.
    • Special Access: Skip-the-Line Entrance to Stirling Castle
    • As Governor of my country, I have been an enemy to its enemies; I have slain the English; I have mortally opposed the English King; I have stormed and taken the towns and castles which he unjustly claimed as his own. —  William Wallace
    • Holyrood House

We return to Edinburgh afternoon for the balance of your day on your own for an opportunity to discover more of this enchanting city and an optional dinner.


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To York

Day 4: TO ROSSLYN'S CHAPEL, HADRIAN'S WALL & YORK

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Welcome Dinner (with Deluxe or Dinner upgrade package)

After breakfast, we make our way to the “Wall” built by Roman Emperor Hadrian on the way to the Lake District of England.

The splendors of the English Lake District include an exquisite experience complete with the region's tranquil waters, emerald meadows dotted with sheep, and heather-clad hillsides.

TODAY'S SIGHTSEEING INCLUDES: 

  • Rosslyn's Chapel - Rosslyn Chapel was founded on a small hill above Roslin Glen as a Catholic collegiate church (with between four and six ordained canons and two boy choristers) in the mid-15th century.
  • Hadrian's Wall - Hadrian’s Wall was the north-west frontier of the Roman empire for nearly 300 years. It was built by the Roman army on the orders of the emperor Hadrian following his visit to Britain in AD 122. At 73 miles (80 Roman miles) long, it crossed northern Britain from Wallsend on the River Tyne in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in the west. The most famous of all the frontiers of the Roman empire, Hadrian’s Wall was made a World Heritage Site in 1987.
  • England's Lake District

Story Way® Dining: Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight with your Tour Captain in York.

Accommodation in York, 1 Night
Deluxe: Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa or similar
Classic: York Hotel or similar
Budget: Budget Hotel

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To Wales

Day 5: TO LIVERPOOL, LAKE DISTRICT, CAERNARFON WALES

food icon   Included Dining: Breakfast.
Tonight for dinner you may explore on your own, however, the Tour Captain will invite you to join them to a special restaurant that is close to their heart.


This morning after breakfast we're off through the Lake District bound for Liverpool, home to the Beatles. Experience a stop in Liverpool before we arrive Wales.

Arrive the village of Chester and check in, freshen up and enjoy an orientation walk with the Tour Captain. You will be invited to an optional dinner tonight with the Tour Captain.

Accommodation in Lake District, 2 Nights
Deluxe: Chester Grosvenor or similar
Classic: Chester House or similar
Budget: Budget Hotel

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Wales

Day 6: CAERNARFON

We begin with a tour of Caernarfon and a visit to the 13th Century riverside castle where the investiture of the Prince of Wales occurs. Caernarfon is a walled town with a royal palace built by King Edward I.

TODAY'S SIGHTSEEING INCLUDES: 

  • Walled City of Caernarfon
  • Castle of the Prince of Wales - The first fortifications at Caernarfon were built by the Romans with their fort, named Segontium, located on the outskirts of the modern town. The fort sat near the bank of the River Seiont and it is highly likely that the fort was positioned here due to the shelter the position provided and as a river traffic stop to supply Segontium.

The balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight you are invited to an optional dinner with the Tour Captain.

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Avon

Day 7: TO BE OR NOT TO BE, STRATFORD UPON AVON

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After breakfast we’re bound for Stratford-upon-Avon, city of Sir Williams Shakespeare. We arrive Stratford-upon-Avon mid-day. We check in to our hotel and enjoy an afternoon exploration of ‘the Bard’ and his home city including the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Option: Inquire about tickets to the Theatre to see productions such as Hamlet (based on availability at time of reservation). Inquire for details.

Accommodation in Stratford-Upon-Avon, 1 Night
Deluxe: Mercure Stratford-Upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel or similar
Classic: Classic Hotel
Budget: Budget Hotel


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Bath

Day 8: TO THE ROMAN CITY OF BATH

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Mid-day we’re off to the Roman town of Bath (originally called Aquae Sulies or “the waters of Sulis”), an ancient city founded on account of its hot springs. The architecture of Bath is renown as some of the finest in all of the Kingdom of Britain. Enjoy an orientation walk with the Tour Captain upon arrival.

OUR ORIENTATION WALKABOUT INCLUDES: 

  • Orientation to Bath
  • Leisure Time to Explore

Accommodation in Bath, 2 Nights
Deluxe: Francis Hotel Bath, MGallery Collection or similar
Classic: Queensberry Hotel or similar
Budget: Budget Hotel

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Bath

Day 9: BATH, ROYAL CRESCENT

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After breakfast, we enjoy an in depth tour including the Roman Baths and the Royal Crescent. We will finish early afternoon for the balance of the day at leisure.

SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION TODAY INCLUDES: 

  • Walking tour of Bath - The Romans developed Bath as a city of recreation, rather than a garrison, and built around the hot springs a sophisticated series of baths used for bathing and curative purposes.
  • Royal Crescent - A row of 30 terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent in the city of Bath, the Royal Crescent was designed by architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774.

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London

Day 10: TO LONDON, SALISBURY PLAIN, STONEHENGE, WINDSOR CASTLE LONDON

food icon   Included Dining: Breakfast.
Welcome Dinner (with Deluxe or Dinner upgrade package)

After breakfast we’re headed through the Salisbury Plain and over to Stonehenge. Explore this mysterious circle of standing stone monoliths placed by a still unknown people. Then we arrive Windsor Castle for a complete tour immersion. The home of British Royalty for nearly 900 years greets us today we tour St. George’s Chapel, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, and the State Apartments (schedule permitting).

We arrive into the heart of Old London to check into our accommodation early evening.

Story Way® Dining: Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight with the Tour Captain in London at a local favorite.

Accommodation in London, 3 Nights
Deluxe Amba Charing Cross Hotel or Similar
Classic: Classic Hotel
Budget: Budget Hotel


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London Immersion

Day 11: BIG BEN, WESTMINSTER ABBEY, PARLIAMENT, #10 DOWNING, PICCADILLY CIRCUS, TRAFALGAR SQUARE, BUCKINGHAM, THE TOWER OF LONDON & CROWN JEWELS

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Start your morning sightseeing in style as your Tour Captain and our local Guide escorts you throughout London. 

Historic London Panoramic Tour
The romance of this historical city of London Town is apparent every step of the way. London England on the Small Group TourOur experience in London with our official Blue Badge Guide will include views of Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Hyde Park, the Houses of Parliament, St. James Palace and Buckingham Palace. We will enjoy certain perspectives by foot with our local guide.

We will have time for lunch independently near the Tower of London.

Guided Tour: Tower of London 
We enjoy a visit and admission to the Tower of London. Upon arrival to the Tower of London, the Beefeaters guide us through this special venue. A completely included experience that takes us back in time to the early 1080s. William the Conqueror began to build a massive stone tower at the center of his London fortress and nothing like it had ever been tried or seen before. Through the centuries that followed, successive monarchs added to the fortifications.

The balance of the day is yours at leisure to explore London Town perhaps like the locals with our included Tube Pass. There are several venues and sites located around the Tower of London that you may want to optionally visit including St. Paul's Cathedral (free admission) or take a ride on the London Eye. The Tower Bridge is also nearby.

Maybe a Full Afternoon Tea at Montague on the Gardens or the now famous, Harry Potter Walking Tour. You may also consider the Royal Mews (carriage house) at Buckingham. Or consider a shopping trip to world famous Harrod's or simply stroll Hyde Park.

Return to the hotel at your leisure using your new knowledge of the London Tube (this routing is very easy!).

OPTIONAL DINNER IN LONDON, ANYONE?
You may opt to join your Tour Captain tonight for dinner (departs from lobby usually about 7:45pm) or opt to explore on your own throughout London.

INCLUDED GUIDED TOUR WITH OUR LOCAL EXPERT GUIDE ~ Today ENJOY our SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION:

Panoramic Sightseeing Experience throughout London to enjoy views and commentary by our Blue Badge Guide. Our panoramic drive with selected stops include:

  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Big Ben
  • Hyde Park
  • London Bridge
  • Houses of Parliament
  • St. James Palace
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Tower of London Tour
  • Walking Level: Moderate, Leisurely Pace: Volume: Moderate


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OF PALACES & ABBEYS
Rome Tour

Day 12: Enjoy Buckingham Palace or Westminster Abbey

food icon   Dining: Breakfast Included.
Included Farewell Dinner (with Deluxe or Dinner upgrade package)

Your Tour Captain continues with our immersion tour of London this morning with a special Story Land & Sea® Tours' Exclusive with special admission to either Buckingham Palace or Westminster Abbey (entrance is based on season: Buckingham Palace is not open year round and when closed due to season or ceremony, we will include a tour of Westminster Abbey with guided admission).

Exclusive Access: Westminster Abbey or Buckingham Palace ~ entrance is based on seasonal openings. You will enjoy an exclusive access tour with admission of Westminster Abbey or of Buckingham Palace, the Queen's home, where she has the world's finest private art collection.

INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION TOUR WITH OUR LOCAL EXPERT GUIDE:

• Westminster Abbey or Buckingham Palace (based on season)

Walking Level: Moderate, Leisurely Pace. Volume: Moderate

The balance of the day is yours at leisure.


Perhaps enjoy the London Eye or the now famous, or inquire with reservations for the Harry Potter Walking Tour. You may also consider the Royal Mews (carriage house) at Buckingham. Or consider a shopping trip to world famous Harrod's or simply stroll Hyde Park.

TONIGHT: OPTIONAL PLAY IN WEST END: Inquire with Reservations. 

Story Way® Dining: Enjoy a farewell dinner with the Tour Captain or you may opt out to experience an optional activity such as a play.


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DEPARTURE DAY

Day 13

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Optional departure transfers to the airport for your returning flight to the USA (flights not included) are available for $94/person.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inquire with reservations for pricing and details.

To reach us by telephone, call toll free 1-877-865-6711
Story Land & Sea® | 12835 East Arapahoe Road, Tower 1, Suite 550, Centennial, CO 80112


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Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

Edinburgh Hotels - 2 Nights

There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story Land & Sea®'s Heart of City hotels. No taxis or shuttles required when you're in the historical heart of the cities and villages. Our Deluxe tour hotels feature a full, hot breakfast included daily with cappuccino, tea, juice and an assortment of meats, fresh, local vegetables, fresh-baked pastries and fruit. Classic Budget guests will enjoy a continental breakfast.



York, Lake District Hotels - 1 Night



Lake District Hotels - 2 Nights



Stratford Upon Avon Hotels - 1 Night

Bath Hotels - 2 Nights

London Hotels - 3 Nights


13 Days England, Scotland & Wales True Small-Group® Tour


  • We've tried to include everything! However, make note of the following:

    Arrival Transfers in Edinburgh
    $89 per person (2 guest minimum)

    Departure Transfers in London
    $94 per person (2 guest minimum)

    Full Hot Daily Breakfast Included on Deluxe Tour
    1 Lunch Included
    4 Unique Dinners Included: Our Tour Captains will invite you to join them to unique restaurants each night even when dinner is optional.

    Continental Daily Breakfast Included on Classic and Budget Tour
    1 Lunch Included
    1 Unique Dinner in EdinburghOur Tour Captains will invite you to join them to unique restaurants each night even when dinner is optional. Upgrade to the 5 total dinners for $390 per person.

    International Airfare is not included. International Airfare arrangements made by Story Land & Sea are a completely separate booking from your land vacation. We highly recommend trip cancellation and interruption insurance.

  • Enjoy a True Small Group of never more than 16 Travelers. Guaranteed. No waiting on big groups on big buses.
  • Hotels in the heart of the cities and towns.
    Not on the outskirts of town so no shuttles or special transfers needed.
  • We Never Upsell while On Tour.
    See any of the mainstream tour operator itineraries to the UK and you will see very quickly how their "tour directors" make extra revenue.
  • Story Land & Sea® Tours provides gratuities for your Local City Tour Guides, Tour Drivers, Restaurant and Hotel Staff.
  • Customary gratuities for your Tour Captain are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis...
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path and unique Restaurants throughout the itinerary. 
    A authentic restaurants that fit our group size.
  • Daily Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 5 Unique Dinners (1 Dinner on Budget Option)
    Our dinners are at real restaurants (not buffets at the hotels).
  • All Admissions and Sightseeing as defined on itinerary
  • Portage Included through your Small Group Tour.
  • Services of professional Tour director called a Tour Captain. 
    The Tour Captain serves as your host throughout the trip to ensure everything goes according to the journey's plan.
  • Services of Professional Guides
    We use professional, certified guides for our sightseeing at select venues and sites throughout the Small Group Tour. 

TOUR CONDITIONS:

Services of a full-time, experienced guides and professional Tour Captain.

SIGHTSEEING
Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

DAILY BREAKFAST, SOME LUNCHES AND DINNERS
Full, hot breakfast daily. Lunches and dinner included per itinerary. Coffee or tea included with breakfast only; all other beverages are extra. Select dinners are included at unique restaurants. Classic Budget includes welcome dinner in Edinburgh and breakfast, 1 lunch. 

PORTAGE
Portage (one suitcase per person) and all tipping (driver, restaurant, hotel and guide staff) included. Extra bag portaged for $USD119 per bag. Story Land & Sea® luggage tags upon arrival first hotel.

SOLO TRAVELERS 
Single Supplement applies. See Dates & Rates Tab.

PASSPORTS & VISAS
Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office.

LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are based on your itinerary.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: All departure taxes and tipping are included. 

INSURANCE
Story Land & Sea® highly recommends trip cancellation and interruption coverage. We recommend www.Travelex-Insurance.com. Enter location code of 06-0051 to associate any purchase with your Story Land & Sea® vacation.

 

Our England, Scotland & Wales Tour
From $5,379 for 13 Days


Departures


2017
— Small Group Tour Prices —

Enjoy small group touring from 6 to 16 guests.
Guaranteed departures with official Story Tour Captain® or Story Local Host® for groups of 5 or less. Inquire for your departure.

True Small-Group® Tours up to 16 Guests
Published Date Tour
Size
Deluxe
Classic
Departures in May - September 2017
May 11 Max 16 Guests $6,379 $5,379
May 25 Max 16 Guests $6,479 $5,479
June 12
Max 16 Guests $6,579 $5,579
June 26 Max 16 Guests $6,579 $5,579
July 6
Max 16 Guests $6,579 $5,579
July 20 Max 16 Guests $6,479 $5,479
Aug 3
Includes Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Max 16 Guests $6,679 $5,679
Aug 15
Includes Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Max 16 Guests $6,679 $5,679
Sep 8
Max 16 Guests $6,579 $5,579
Sep 23 Max 16 Guests $6,579 $5,579

2018
— Small Group Tour Prices —

Enjoy small group touring from 6 to 16 guests.
Guaranteed departures with official Story Tour Captain® or Story Local Host® for groups of 5 or less. Inquire for your departure.

True Small-Group® Tours up to 16 Guests
Published Date Tour
Size
Deluxe
4-5 Star
Classic
Budget
Departures in May - September 2017
May 15 Max 16 Guests $6,379 $5,379
May 22 Max 16 Guests $6,479 $5,479
June 14
Max 16 Guests $6,579 $5,579
June 24 Max 16 Guests $6,579 $5,579
July 2
Max 16 Guests $6,579 $5,579
July 12 Max 16 Guests $6,479 $5,479
Aug 2
Includes Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Max 16 Guests $6,679 $5,679
Aug 16
Includes Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Max 16 Guests $6,679 $5,679
Sep 5
Max 16 Guests $6,579 $5,579
Sep 19 Max 16 Guests $6,579 $5,579

 

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