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Highlights of England tour

Highlights of England

Great Value Vacations
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
9 days
From: $ 2,242 $ 249 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Discover York's history rooted in ancient Roman and Viking civilizations!
  • Treat yourself to a ride on Europe's largest Ferris Wheel, the London Eye, and be treated to sweeping views of the city below.
  • In Bath, explore the well-preserved remnants of the ancient civilization of Rome.
  • Discover the secrets of the famous Oxford University; see if you can recognize any of the landmarks from your favorite Hollywood blockbusters!
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise along the River Thames, included with your London Pass.

Short Description

England is calling! Embark on this 8 or 9-night journey exploring the diverse cities and regions of the country. Enjoy multiple sightseeing tours and views of the picturesque countryside as you self-drive your way from location to location.

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Manchester
End City London

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Manchester (MAN) and out of London (LHR)
  • Manual car rental for 7 days- upgrade to automatic available
  • 2 nights in York at the Mercure York Fairfield Center Hotel
  • 2 nights in Oxford at the Jurys Inn Oxford Hotel or Macdonald Randolph Hotel
  • Oxford City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Pass (24-hour)
  • 2 nights in Bath at the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel or Hilton Bath City Hotel
  • Bath City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Pass (24-hour)
  • 2 nights in London at the Amba Hotel Marble Arch or similar
  • London Pass (2-day)
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Manchester!

Accommodation: Mercure York Fairfield Manor Hotel and The Grand York

Arrive in Manchester Airport and pick up your rental car. Make your way to your first accommodation in York, a city whose history goes back to the time of the Romans and Vikings!

Once settled, head over to Clifford's Tower and hike the short path; you'll be treated to panoramic views of the old Viking City below!

Day 2: York

Enjoy a full day in York on your own. One of the finest walled cities in Europe, York bursts with history and culture at every corner. Head this morning to York Minster, a huge 13th-century Gothic cathedral with stained glass windows and two working bell towers.

Get a history lesson at the Yorkshire Museum, the York Castle Museum or National Railway Museum. Leave time to stroll The Shambles, a cobbled medieval street lined with timber-framed houses dating back to the late 14th and 15th centuries!

Day 3: York - Oxford

Accommodation: Jurys Inn Oxford and MacDonald Randolph Hotel

After breakfast, it's time to depart York. You might want to stop in Stratford and visit Shakespeare's Birthplace; then it's on to the iconic city of Oxford! Once you settle in, head into town for a leisurely dinner.

Day 4: Oxford

Spend the day discovering the secrets of Oxford today!

In the evening, head to the famous Cowley Road and experience the vibrant nightlife of this university town.

Oxford City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour (24 Hours)

Home to the oldest University in Britain, Oxford is an architectural marvel. On this 24-hour City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off tour, you'll get fantastic views of its honey-colored buildings as well as stunning glimpses of the hushed courtyards of its many Colleges. Gaze at the beautiful buildings comprising Worcester College, St. Peter’s College, Brasenose College, Oriel College, St. Hilda’s College and many more. There are two tour routes in Oxford: Historic City & University and Meadows & Bridges.

The full loop on either route last approximately 60 minutes, however, you can hop-on and off wherever and whenever you like. Visit the International award-winning Oxford Castle Heritage area, and travel by the Ashmolean, the Sheldonian and the historic Carfax junction. Let City Sightseeing Oxford introduce you to this vibrant and cultured city. With numerous stops along the tour route, you are free to hop on and off at your leisure so that you can make the most of your stay.

Learn more about the city as you visit Pitt Rivers Museum, William Morris’ Original Workshop and the Bodleian Library. Gaze at Hertford Bridge, which is often referred to as The Bridge of Sighs because of its supposed similarity to the bridge of the same name in Venice. (However, Hertford Bridge bears a closer resemblance to the Rialto Bridge in the same city). Hop off at Gloucester Green Bus Station for city center shopping and the market, or at the Covered Market or Westgate Shopping Center. Amble along the River Thames Walk, relax by Oxford Canal or visit the Botanic Gardens. Punting activities can be found at Magdelan Bridge. Vouchers can be exchanged at the tour originating point (City & University Route - Railway Station, Meadows & Bridges Route - Roger Bannister Running Track) Beginning at 9:30 am daily. Typical hours of operation are 9:30am - 5:25pm. Depending on the season, times of the first bus and last bus, along with the tour frequency may vary. Meadow & Bridge Route only operates between March 25th - October 31st. Please confirm dates of operations and times for both routes, with your local provider upon arrival.

Your Oxford City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour includes:

Unlimited travel ticket for 24 hours (during hours of operation)

Day 5: Oxford - Bath

Accommodation: Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel and Hilton Bath City Hotel

Make your way to Bath today; on the way you might like to stop in the picturesque Cotswolds region with its quaint villages and charming thatched-roofed cottages. The rest of your day is to enjoy at leisure; you may want to make your way to Alexandra Park for sweeping views of the city which is especially beautiful as the sunset dominates the sky.

Day 6: Bath

Today embark on a sightseeing adventure with help from the hop-on/hop-off bus!

Bath City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour (24 Hours)

Spend time sightseeing in Bath and be thrilled by this renowned Georgian city. Few places share such impeccable historic credentials with the diversity of museums, irresistible shopping and quality restaurants – you will never be short of things to do in Bath.

Sightseeing in this amazing city is an incredibly enjoyable experience for all ages so sit back, relax and let this 24-hour City Sightseeing show you the sights! Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Bath is home to some of the finest architectural sights and fascinating things to do in Europe; such as the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and the Circus alongside one of the largest tourist attractions in South West England – The Roman Baths.

In addition to the Red Line City Route, your ticket includes access to the spectacular Skyline Route that takes you via the Abbey on to the University of Bath and the nearby American Museum, then around the beautiful Claverton Downs with some amazing views of the city to Prior Park Landscape Garden. The full Red Line loop takes approximately 50 minutes, and the Skyline Route takes approximately 45 minutes - however you can hop on and off wherever and whenever you'd like, along the way.

Day 7: Bath - London

Accommodation: Amba Hotel Marble Arch (Formerly Thistle Marble Arch)

Today you can depart Bath and visit iconic Stonehenge, steeped in mystery.  Then its on to London to drop off your car rental and make your way to your hotel. Celebrate your first night in England's capital city by indulging in a plate of fish & chips!

London Pass (2-day)

The London Pass provides FREE entry to over 60 of London’s top attractions, tours, museums and sights - including Fast Track Entry to a selection of the most popular attractions – plus a 160-page guidebook packed with useful information about the attractions, including directions and maps and a one day Hop-on/Hop-off bus ticket.

You’ll have complimentary access to such “must-see” sights and activities as Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Wembley & Arsenal Stadiums, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and a Thames River cruise – with fast track entrance to some of the most popular attractions - the Tower of London, London Bridge Experience, Windsor Castle, London Zoo, Kensington Palace and Hampton Court Palace!

London Pass (2-day) Includes:

  • Free entry to over 60 of London’s top attractions, tours, museums and sights
  • Fast Track Entry to a selection of the most popular attractions
  • One day Hop-on/Hop-off bus ticket
  • 160-page guidebook packed with useful information about the attractions, including directions and maps
  • Access to a free London Pass Travel Guide App

Day 8: London

Being your sightseeing adventure in London by heading to Buckingham Palace in time for the Changing of the Guard! Then, continue using the benefits of your London Pass; enjoy a ride on the hop-on/hop-off bus and hop off at the Tower of London, where you can enjoy a guided tour with the Beefeaters.

In the evening, consider treating yourself to a ride on the London Eye, which offers sweeping views of the city below.

A Tip For Your Trip: Changing of the Guard takes place daily at 11:30 AM April-July, and then on alternating days the rest of the year. Check the official website for information regarding the schedule.

Day 9: Depart England

To day you will be transferred to London Heathrow Airport (LHR) in accordance with your departure flight.

Transfer to London airport (LHR)

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This was my first time planning a trip out of the country. I read previous reviews who had a good experience with Great Value Vacation. Our trip was amazing! The booking and reservations were easy to use with the vouchers provided. The staff was helpful. The only downside was I upgraded to have an automatic vehicle and they gave me a stick shift. It took a while to get sorted out but other than that I loved my trip! I will definitely use great value vacations again when I book my next trip. I opted for the additional wine tasting package and I did not regret it! I recommend adding those additional tours to get a more complete experience.
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