Be met on arrival in London and transfer to your hotel. Get to know your fellow guests and APT Tour Director at a lovely Welcome Reception later this evening.
Stay: London, The May Fair Hotel
Call in at Oxford before continuing to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Upon arrival, enjoy a walking tour of the town, and see Hall’s Croft, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, and Shakespeare’s childhood home. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at your country retreat.
Stay: Stratford-upon-Avon, Hallmark Hotel The WelcombeDaily :
Travel to the Peak District National Park and visit Chatsworth House, a magnificent home that boasts an impressive art collection. This estate has featured in many films, including the acclaimed ‘Pride & Prejudice’. Your journey then continues to York.
Stay: Two Nights: York, The Grand Hotel & SpaDaily :
Enjoy a walking tour of York this morning. One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, York’s streetscape has hardly changed since the middle ages. After your tour, perhaps visit York Minster, the biggest medieval cathedral in England and the pride of York. Or you can learn about the city’s Viking heritage at the Jorvik Viking Centre, where you can explore 9th-century Jorvik as you experience the reconstructed Viking settlement that was unearthed here in the 1970s. Another option is to travel back in time for a spine tingling experience and hear the remarkable Victorian tragedies and true accounts surrounding York's ghostly history.Daily :
Set out across the English countryside to Edinburgh. Stop in the charming town of Hexham to view a section of Hadrian's Wall, built to separate Roman and Scottish Picts. Continue through Northumberland National Park to Jedburgh, before crossing the Scottish border to arrive in Edinburgh. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Stay: Two Nights: Edinburgh, Waldorf Astoria CaledonianDaily :
On a guided tour of Edinburgh, see the Old town, the Georgian-era New Town and the Scottish Parliament building, then wander along Princes Street. Afterwards, take a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle, the crowning glory of the Scottish capital. In the afternoon you’ll enjoy your selected activity. Perhaps explore the Royal Yacht Britannia as you embark the British royal family's floating home and explore one of the few places where they could enjoy complete privacy. Alternatively, gain a behind-the-scenes look into the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty The Queen. On select departures, you will also see the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.Daily :
Head to the Scottish Highlands today and visit Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Explore the impressive residence on a tour, then savour a special lunch of Scottish delights. Later, enjoy an exclusive private falconry display, where birds of prey will delight you with spectacular free-flying. Continue through the Highlands and visit one of the most awarded whiskey distilleries in the world, Glenfiddich. During your tour, enjoy tastings of their finest drop. Arrive at your hotel later tonight in time for dinner.
Stay: Kingsmills Hotel, InvernessDaily :
Take a scenic drive along the shores of Loch Ness and stop to visit Urquhart Castle. Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart's remains include a tower house, which afford splendid views of the famous loch and Great Glen. Later, admire Glen Coe before reaching Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park – Scotland’s first national park. Settle in to Cameron House, a five-star Scottish baronial mansion perfectly positioned on the banks of Loch Lomond, before enjoying dinner at your hotel.
Stay: Two Nights: Loch Lomond, Cameron HouseDaily :
Perhaps enjoy a guided walk through Loch Lomond's stunning scenery, participate in the ancient art of archery or enjoy some of the finest greens with a round of golf.Daily :
After a tour of Glasgow, continue to uncover the most spectacular emerald and cerulean landscapes of the Lake District. Later, enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at your hotel, which also overlooks Windermere.
Stay: Lake District, Macdonald Old England Hotel & SpaDaily :
Board a cruise on Windermere and enjoy views of the surrounding mountains. Continue to Chester and on arrival, join a walking tour. See its Roman ruins and the medieval shopping arcades called the ‘Rows’.
Stay: The Chester GrosvenorDaily :
Travel into Wales where you’ll explore the acclaimed Bodnant Garden, one of the most beautiful gardens in the United Kingdom. Spanning some 80 acres above the River Conwy. Later, take the ferry across the Irish Sea to Dublin. Tonight, step back in time to 1198 as you enjoy a traditional dinner and a pint of Guinness at one of Ireland's oldest pubs, which is also one of Dublin's best live music venues.
Stay: Two Nights: Conrad DublinDaily :
Few cities wear its history on its sleeve like Dublin, and on a city tour this morning, your guide will show you the best of the Irish capital. As you explore Dublin’s Georgian architecture, you’ll see the incredible Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle, St Stephen’s Green and Temple Bar. Later this afternoon, perhaps enjoy a tour of Ireland's most famous university, Trinity College, and see the ninth-century Book of Kells in the Old Library. Otherwise, you may wish to visit the Guinness Storehouse, home of the distinctive dark stout since 1759. Located in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery, navigate your way up seven floors as you learn how to ‘pull the perfect pint’. Once you reach the top, you'll be rewarded with a pint of perfection in their world-famous rooftop Gravity Bar.Daily :
Cross over Sally's Gap to Wicklow Mountains National Park, which offers Ireland's most beautiful landscapes interrupted only by forestry plantations and winding mountain roads. Stop in Glendalough to see the early Monastic settlement, then visit the Irish National Stud. Embark on a guided tour of the estate and enjoy afternoon tea in the Japanese Gardens. Afterwards, continue to your hotel in Athlone.
Stay: Sheraton Athlone HotelDaily :
Travel to a picturesque local farm, where you will learn about traditional Irish farming practices, including a fun scone making tutorial. Hear stories on the land from the farm owners, then sit down to some of the best tea and scones Ireland has to offer. Later, visit Bunratty Castle, an exceptionally complete medieval castle and fortress that dates back to the 15th century. The ancient stronghold was restored in 1954 and more recently, a folk park has been erected in the grounds surrounding the castle, offering an insight into Ireland’s history. Afterwards, continue to Killarney.
Stay: Two Nights: Killarney, The MaltonDaily :
Follow the south shore of the Dingle Peninsula, once cited as ‘the most beautiful place on earth’ by National Geographic magazine. Visit the town of Dingle then drive to Slea Head, the westernmost tip of mainland Ireland. Enjoy excellent views as you learn about the heritage of this Gaelic-speaking region. Later, enjoy dinner accompanied by musical performances at Ballyseede Castle, one of Ireland’s most famous castles. Set within 30 acres of spectacular woodlands, the property’s history spans back to the 1590s. A unique place to stay, your elegant accommodation offers a mixture of old world decadence complimented by modern luxury.Daily :
Travel to Moll's Gap along the Ring of Kerry, where you will stop to capture some of the world's most stunning scenery. Enjoy the charming town of Kenmare, then arrive in Waterford, where you will visit the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal.
Stay: Waterford, Granville HotelDaily :
Today, take a ferry across the Irish Sea to the British mainland, then travel through Pembrokeshire, a beautiful and unspoilt part of Wales. Continue to Bath where you’ll enjoy some free time on arrival.
Stay: Two Nights: Bath, Francis HotelDaily :
Explore the city of Bath on a tour before visiting the beautiful Roman Baths. Later, travel to Bristol, home to the SS Great Britain, the world’s first iron steamship. Today, a visit to the SS Great Britain allows you to learn stories of its passengers during the early years when the ship was a luxury liner.Daily :
Discover Stonehenge, one of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world. Marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design. The Stonehenge you will see today is the final stage that was completed about 3,500 years ago. Afterwards, continue to London. The central location of The May Fair Hotel became the home of London’s aristocracy following the Great Fire of 1666, where the dukes’ former grand mansions and parks now form the basis of your elegant quarters. Tonight, reflect upon the days that have just gone by as you sit down to a Farewell Dinner with your APT Tour Director and your new-found friends.
Stay: London, The May Fair HotelDaily :
Transfer to the airport after breakfast and board your included flight to Amsterdam. Upon arrival, board your ship.
Stay: 14 Nights: a Concerto River ShipDaily :
Choose from two activities today. Perhaps cruise Amsterdam’s canals aboard a glass-top boat or visit Zaanse Schans, a lovely village famous for its wooden windmills. Tonight, attend a Gala Welcome Dinner.Daily :
Be joined by a local guide for a tour around the historic city of Cologne or travel to Bonn for a tour. Later, explore Namedy Castle, before sitting down to a lavish banquet held in the ballroom.Daily :
Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or ride a gondola for panoramic views over the Rhine Valley.Daily :
Arrive in Miltenberg and stroll along the winding cobblestone lanes, explore quaint half-timbered shops, mingle with friendly residents and sample delicious local fare.Daily :
The architectural beauty of Würzburg is on show today as you stroll through the city to Würzburg Residence. Or, travel along the Romantic Road to medieval Rothenburg for a tour.Daily :
Explore Bamberg’s World Heritage-listed Old Town with a guide to discover a range of historic churches and buildings.Daily :
Delve into the history of Nuremberg on a city tour that includes a selection of World War II sites, including the Reich Party Rally Grounds.Daily :
Walk the lovely streets of Regensburg with a local guide today.Daily :
Take an exquisite rail journey aboard the Majestic Imperator to Salzburg today. On board your privately chartered train, relax amid luxurious surrounds and savour refreshments while you wind your way through graceful alpine countryside.Daily :
Tour Melk Abbey, one of the world’s most famous monastic sites, or enjoy a walking tour through the town. Then, either ride a bicycle or cruise to Dürnstein.Daily :
Soak up the elegance of the city during a guided tour. See the exquisite Hofburg Palace, St Stephen’s Cathedral and much more. After dinner, head to the City Palace and attend an exclusive Cocktail Reception and a private concert featuring members of the Mozart Boys’ Choir.Daily :
On your second day in Vienna, perhaps tour Schönbrunn Palace, join an excursion to Bratislava or visit the Spanish Riding School.Daily :
Join a local guide for a tour of Budapest. Among many highlights, you’ll see Heroes’ Square and the superb Fisherman’s Bastion. This evening, set off on a twilight cruise.Daily :
Disembark your luxurious river ship for the final time, before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
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