The best of England, Scotland and Wales

12 days, August 2 – 13, 2017
Arranged and guided by Collette Vacations
Escorted by Doug Jackson

Feel the vibrant energy of England, see the rolling countryside of Wales, and hear the sounds of Scotland at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo! Highlights include Hadrian's Wall, Edinburgh Castle, the Lake District, the Cotswolds, Stonehenge, and a scenic train excursion from London to York.

Our vacation begins in England with three nights in London, followed by one night in York. In Scotland we enjoy two nights in Edinburgh, and then continue to Wales for an overnight at Ruthin Castle. Returning to England we complete our tour with two nights in Stratford-upon-Avon, and a final night near the London Airport.

Day 1, Wednesday August 2 (depart home, board overnight flight)
Following our at-home-pickup-service, we transfer to the Vancouver Airport and depart this afternoon aboard our overnight flight, non-stop to London, England.

Day 2, Thursday August 3 (flight arrives London, England)
Arriving in London this afternoon, we check-in for three nights at the Grange Holborn Hotel, located midtown near shopping and restaurants. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3, Friday August 4 (London, a leisurely introduction)
This morning we introduce London with a neighbourhood walking tour. This afternoon is at leisure to explore on our own. Tonight we dine like Londoners at a traditional English pub. Meals BD

Day 4, Saturday August 5 (London, city tour, leisure time)
During this morning's guided tour we view the quintessential city sites: the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and (if held) the Changing of the Guard. This afternoon and evening are at leisure to explore on our own. Meals B

Day 5, Sunday August 6 (London via train to York)
This morning our train departs from London's historic King's Cross railway station, taking us on a relaxing journey through the English countryside to the medieval city of York. Upon arriving in York, we tour this remarkable city, seeing the famous York Minster, and walking and shopping on the Shambles, a quaint, narrow street that appears today almost as it did during the Middle Ages. We overnight at the city-centre Hotel 53 York. Tonight, dining in a family owned alehouse, we surround ourselves in an old-world ambiance and enjoy fresh farm-to-table dishes – including the famous Yorkshire Pudding. Meals BD

Day 6, Monday August 7 (York to Edinburgh, Scotland)
From York, travelling north through rolling fields we stop to see Hadrian's Wall, an ancient fortification begun in AD 122, to protect Roman Britain from the tribes of Scotland. Continuing north, we arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland's exciting capital city, which is rich in beauty and culture. We check-in for two nights at the G & V Royal Mile Hotel, located in the heart of Edinburgh on the historic Royal Mile. Meals BD

Day 7, Tuesday August 8 (Edinburgh, city tour & Military Tattoo)
Our morning tour includes Edinburgh Castle – the home of the Scottish Crown Jewels, and Holyroodhouse – the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty the Queen, and the former home of Mary Queen of Scots. Holyroodhouse may occasionally be closed when the Queen is in residence, or for official state functions. This afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, we attend one of Scotland's greatest events - the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This amazing pageant features talent from four continents including pipers, singers, dancers, and of course the music of the Massed Pipes and Drums and of the Massed Military Bands! Meals B

Day 8, Wednesday August 9 (Edinburgh to Ruthin, Wales)
This morning we make a stop in the south Scotland village of Gretna Green, famous for weddings due to its centuries-old tradition of cross-border elopements, stemming from differences between Scottish marriage laws and those of England and Wales. Returning to England through the picturesque Lake District, we visit the charming village of Grasmere, home of the poet William Wordsworth. We complete our day in the north of Wales, with an overnight stay at beautiful Ruthin Castle. Meals BD

Day 9, Thursday August 10 (Ruthin to Stratford-upon-Avon, England)
Today we travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, England's most famous playwright. Stepping back in time, we visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and Anne Hathaway's Cottage, the childhood home of Shakespeare's wife. Our home for two nights, situated in the heart of historic Stratford-upon-Avon, is the Mercure Shakespeare Hotel. Meals B

Day 10, Friday August 11 (Stratford, visit Stonehenge & Cotswolds)
Today we travel through some of England's most beautiful countryside, visiting mystical Stonehenge and exploring the picturesque villages of the Cotswolds region, before returning to Stratford-upon-Avon. Tonight, during our private dinner at Hall's Croft, a 400-year-old Shakespeare family home, traditionally costumed actors perform some of the playwrights most renowned scenes. Meals BD

Day 11, Saturday August 12 (Stratford-upon-Avon to London Airport)
Our leisurely morning in Stratford-Upon-Avon includes a cruise along the beautiful Avon River. This afternoon we travel to our overnight hotel near the London Airport. Tonight, a farewell dinner completes our British vacation. Meals BD

Day 12, Sunday August 13 (homeward bound)
Following breakfast, we transfer to the London Airport, to board our non-stop flight to Vancouver. Transfers included to home from the Vancouver Airport. Meals B

BRITISH LANDSCAPES
Tour Includes

Airfare and taxes Vancouver to London & return
Air conditioned motor-coach transportation
Gratuities to drivers and guides
At home pickup and return (lower mainland)
Hotel accommodations, baggage handling
16 Meals (10 breakfasts, 6 dinners)
All attractions as described in brochure
Collette Insurance (see page 29)

Tour Price (Canadian Funds) Reserve by Feb 2
Each person, 2 sharing room..$7490 Save $100 per person!
Single.....................................$9190 (in yellow starburst)

Documents A passport is required, valid until at least August 13, 2017.

Deposit Due: $600 per person, ten days after reservation Balance Due: May 26

Collette Vacations Waiver & Insurance Plan (included with your tour)
Payments for this tour are fully refundable until February 2. After February 2, in the event of cancellation for any reason prior to the day of departure, the Collette Cancellation Waiver, which is included with this tour, guarantees a full refund of all payments, less a cancellation fee of $350. On the day of departure the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price, unless the cancellation is for a medical reason supported by a doctor's letter, in which case only the $350 cancellation fee will apply.

The plan does not cover any single supplement charges. If your travelling companion cancels, you may continue by paying the single supplement, or cancel and receive a refund less the cancellation fee. After departure, the plan provides transportation home and a refund of unused services, if you are forced to cancel due to personal illness, or the personal illness or death of an immediate family member. You, your travelling companion, and any immediate family member booked to travel with you must be medically capable of travel when you pay your deposit.

The Collette plan also includes medical coverage without exclusions due to age or pre-existing medical conditions. Please note that you must have valid hospital and medical insurance under a Government Health Insurance Plan of a Province or Territory of Canada. For full details, please review the Description of Coverage information for the Collette Cancellation Waiver & Insurance Plan.

Guarantee
  • Jackson Tours Inc is a registered tour operator in the Province of British Columbia, registration #1347. Deposits by BC residents are secured by the British Columbia Travel Assurance Fund, through the Consumer Protection BC.
  • Jackson Tours is a member of the Better Business Bureau of Mainland British Columbia.

Credit Cards
We do not accept credit card payments. Avoiding credit card fees, allows us to put more value into your tour. Your personal cheque is welcome.

At Home Service, Door-to-Door Pickup and Return
Service included throughout the lower mainland from Chilliwack to Vancouver.

Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.