British Landscapes

PBS39 Presents British Landscapes featuring England, Scotland and Wales 

Departing October 16, 2014

Highlights...
London ● London Theatre Performance ● Cambridge ● York ● Edinburgh Castle ● Lake District ● North Wales ● Stratford-upon-Avon ● Cotswolds ● Stonehenge

10 Days ● 13 Meals: 8 Breakfasts ● 5 Dinners

BOOK NOW! Per Person Rates: Double $3,499; Single $4,099  ~  Included: Land & Air, Early Booking Bonus

  • Visit the historic town of Cambridge, home of the elite university.
  • Discover the beauty of the picturesque Lake District.
  • See the Crown Jewels of Scotland during your guided tour of Edinburgh Castle.
  • Enjoy an overnight stay in a beautiful castle situated in the north of Wales.

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Feel the vibrant energy of England, hear the unique sounds of Scotland and see the rolling countryside of Wales on a trip that combines the exploration of dramatic history and natural wonders.

Day 2: London, England - Tour Begins

Your tour begins in London, the cosmopolitan and historic capital of Britain. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. Today dinner will be included.

Day 3: London

This morning, see the quintessential sights of London hosted by a local guide. View Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the changing of the guard (if held)*. London has one of the best live theatre scenes in the world. Later today, enjoy one of London’s spectacular theatre performances**. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 4: London - Cambridge - York

Today you visit Cambridge, home of the famous university which is more than 800 years old. Later, stroll through the medieval city of York. See the famous Minster and walk on the “Shambles,” a quaint, narrow street that appears today almost as it did during the Middle Ages. Here you’ll find great shopping and a street that is so narrow in parts that you can almost reach both sides with your outstretched arms. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 5: York - Border Region - Edinburgh, Scotland

Head north through the rolling fields on your way to Bonnie (“lovely” in Scottish) Scotland. Stretching across the country you will find Hadrian’s Wall, which once marked the northern border of the Roman Empire. Stop to see this ancient fortification that was begun in AD 122 to protect Roman Britain from the tribes of Scotland. Next, drive through Scotland’s Border region before arriving in Edinburgh, the "Athens of the North." Enjoy discovering Scotland's exciting capital city which is rich in scenic beauty and culture. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6: Edinburgh

Enjoy a locally-guided tour of Edinburgh that includes a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish crown jewels. You will get a glimpse of what life is like for the royals during your visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse***, the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and once the home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Your evening is at leisure to sample one of Edinburgh’s fine restaurants and perhaps take an evening stroll through Princes Street Gardens to view the illuminated castle. Today breakfast will be included. 

Day 7: Edinburgh - Lake District, England - Wales

Your final stop in Scotland is at the border town of Gretna Green, where generations of runaway couples came to be married. Later, return to England and travel through the picturesque Lake District. In the heart of the Lake District, visit the charming village of Grasmere, home of the poet William Wordsworth. End your day with an overnight stay in beautiful Ruthin Castle situated in the north of Wales. Tonight, enjoy a typical Welsh-style dinner followed by traditional entertainment. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 8: Wales - Stratford-upon-Avon

Journey to Stratford-upon-Avon, your home for the next two nights and birthplace of William Shakespeare, England’s most famous playwright. Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps, visiting his birthplace as well as Anne Hathaway's thatch-roofed cottage, the childhood home of the author's wife. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 9: Stratford - Stonehenge - Cotswolds - Stratford

No visit to Britain would be complete without a visit to Stonehenge. Start your day at this mystical and fascinating site. Then, travel through some of England’s most beautiful countryside. Explore the picturesque villages of the idyllic Cotswolds region, such as Stow-on-the-Wold or Bourton-on-the-Water. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner as you toast the conclusion of a wonderful trip. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 10: Stratford-upon-Avon - Tour Ends

Your journey through Britain ends today. Today breakfast will be included.


Your itinerary at a glance

Day

1

Overnight Flight

Day

2, 3

Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London

Day

4

Marriott, York or Mercure Fairfield Manor, York

Day

5, 6

King James Thistle Hotel, Edinburgh

Day

7

Ruthin Castle, Ruthin

Day

8, 9

The Falcon Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.


Contact JenFor more information:

Contact Jennifer Marakovits
PBS39/WLVT
610.984.8100 or email at
jenniferm@wlvt.org 

Experience It! 
Walk in William's Footsteps
 

Birth records say he was born the son of a glover, a local leather merchant. He was the third of eight children, three of whom died in childhood. Little is known about the next few stages of his life – we know he was educated, but no one is certain as to where. We know he was married and had three children, but much of his life remains a mystery.

It is believed that during his late 20s he began to write plays – at least 37 of them. Although they were popular with the commoners at the time, his writing received very little praise from those in the educated circle. They called it "tawdry" and "vulgar entertainment." A fantasy taking place on a hot August evening…the story of a shady salesman from Italy…and a tale about the ill-fated lives of two star-crossed lovers. Four hundred years later, these plays are classics entitled, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, and Romeo and Juliet. In his day his works did not receive critical acclaim but William Shakespeare is undoubtedly one of the greatest literary forces of all time.

Join Collette Vacations as we rediscover Shakespeare. Walk in his footsteps through his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon and tour his birthplace as well as the childhood home of his wife.