Visit England and Scotland, seeing the highlights of London; exploring the musical heritage of Liverpool, the home of the Beatles; traveling through the Lake District which inspired Beatrix Potter. Visit Edinburgh; enjoy a festive traditional dinner and Scottish ceilidh; taste whisky in the distillery where it is made, and more!
8 Day Tour
Journey into the heart of English culture and heritage with visits to castles, manor houses, storied cities, and Stonehenge.
• Kensington Palace
• London Eye Private Capsule
• Roman Baths
• Blenheim Palace
• Leeds Castle
• Canterbury Cathedral
2020 Best of Southern England – 8 Days/7 Nights/12 Meals
Day 1: Independent Sightseeing in London & Welcome Dinner
Begin your tour with a day of independent touring in London using your voucher for the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour. Choose your route to see famous London landmarks such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus, and more. Meet your group in the evening for a welcome drink and dinner at your hotel.
Day 2: Kensington Palace & London Eye
Visit Kensington Palace, former home of Princess Diana. Head to the National Gallery to savor a classic afternoon tea. Proceed on to the London Eye, Europe’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel, for a birds-eye view of the city from a private capsule. The evening is free to explore London and dine as you wish.
Day 3: Bristol & Bath
Journey to Bristol, where your tour director will take you on a walking tour to explore its thousand-year history. Travel on to the city of Bath, famous for its natural geothermal hot springs. Enjoy a walking tour with your tour director, then visit the Roman Baths. Dine with your group in your hotel this evening.
Day 4: Chavenage House & Blenheim Palace
Journey through the rolling countryside of the Cotswolds to visit Chavenage House, where you will enjoy a welcome drink. View this Elizabethan manor house, built in 1576 and frequently used as a location for film and television, such as the current “Poldark” series. Next, visit Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage site and birthplace of Winston Churchill. Enjoy a free evening in Bath.
Day 5: Stonehenge & Mary Rose Museum
Travel to Stonehenge to view one of England’s most famous landmarks. Believed to have been created between 3000 BC to 2000 BC, the massive stone monoliths of this UNESCO World Heritage site each stand 13 feet high, seven feet wide, and weigh approximately 25 tons. Journey on to Portsmouth to visit the Mary Rose Museum. Discover the history of this ship that was lost at sea in 1545 and recovered in 1982. Dine in your hotel in Brighton this evening.
Day 6: White Cliffs & Castle Garden
Travel to Birling Gap, part of the world famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. Head to the charming historic town of Royal Tunbridge Wells for independent exploration and lunch. The afternoon will be spent at either Sissinghurst Castle Garden, the country home and garden of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson, or at Scotney Castle, a 14th-century moated castle. Travel on to your hotel in Maidstone for dinner.
Day 7: Leeds Castle & Canterbury Cathedral
Visit Leeds Castle in Kent, a 900-year-old castle built on an island in a lake, then on to Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, followed by free time for lunch. Then go to Shepherd Neame Brewery for a tour and beer tasting. Return to London for dinner with your group.
Day 8: Tour Ends in London
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
All attractions are included - CIE Tours guides never sell optional excursions - We include more so your guide can focus on you.
All CIE Tours Include:
Full daily breakfast (except day 1)
Transportation (Buses, shuttles & ferries)
Welcome drinks with your group
Free Wi-Fi on luxury coaches
Comprehensive travel itinerary and documents
Our Welcome Pack at your first hotel includes:
A travel backpack
Luggage strap and tags
CIE Tours has over 80 years of experience in the travel industry. They continually work to develop their tours to deliver the highest quality holidays and offer the largest selection of trips across Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales and now expanding into Iceland, Italy and France. Each escorted journey is curated with a commitment to quality and value, with a product range designed to suit a variety of traveller budgets.
CIE’s local tour directors make the history and culture of their homelands come alive on tour. They share their insider knowledge, stories and passion with travellers so you can truly get to know the places you visit like a local. You’ll enjoy interesting narratives, commentary, and doses of humour delivered daily. They will also take care of all the finer details and be on hand to provide assistance during your journey, making for an enjoyable and worry free holiday. CIE Tours takes pride in the outstanding service provided by their local tour directors, which has earned them a 95%+ customer satisfaction rating.
Travelling with CIE Tours, you can rest assured that there are no hidden extras. All guided holidays include daily sightseeing for which admission is included, as well as unique visits and admissions throughout the itinerary. On your guided holiday you will also enjoy most meals and special evening shows/entertainment. With this all prepaid as part of your CIE tour, there is less you have to worry about budgeting for on your holiday so you get the most out of your time away and can simply relax and enjoy a holiday to remember.