This amazing trip features England, Scotland and Wales. We are flying in one day before the tour begins to give you time to rest or explore on your own. Arrive on Day two for a three night stay in London. Day three enjoy your day in London, the historic capital of England. Tonight join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a traditional English pub. Day four see the sights of London with your local guide. View the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard (if held). The afternoon is at leisure. Day five begins at London King’s Cross, one of England’s most historic railway stations. Board a train and journey to the medieval city of York. There, a local guide takes you on a walking tour of the city. See the famous York Minster and walk on the “Shambles,” a quaint, narrow street that appears today almost as it did during the Middle Ages. Tonight, stay within the city’s historic walls. Day six head to Scotland. Stop at Hadrian’s Wall, which once marked the northern border of the Roman Empire. This ancient fortification begun in A.D. 122 to protect Roman Britain from the tribes of Scotland. Next, drive through Scotland’s Borders region before arriving in Edinburgh. Day seven it’s your choice! Select either a locally guided panoramic city tour via coach or join a local expert to explore the city on foot. Both tours include visits to Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels; and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Day eight stop 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. Visit Grasmere, home of the poet William Wordsworth. End your day with an overnight stay in beautiful Ruthin Castle, situated in the north of Wales. Day nine journey to Stratford-upon-Avon, your home for the next two nights and birthplace of William Shakespeare, England’s most famous playwright. Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace. Afterward, it’s your choice. You may choose to tour Anne Hathaway’s thatch-roofed cottage, the childhood home of the author’s wife; or, a leisurely cruise along the picturesque Avon River. Day ten visit the mystical and fascinating Stonehenge before traveling through the beautiful countryside. Tonight, toast the end of a wonderful journey at a private farewell dinner at Hall’s Croft, a 400-year-old Shakespeare-family home. Enjoy traditionally costumed actors perform some of the playwright’s most renowned scenes. Day eleven the tour ends and you head home.