Great Britain is a country of strong attraction for tourists. During our tour you will see that Great Britain is the country with a long and exciting history and a rich cultural heritage. People from different corners of our planet go there to see University City of Cambridge, Loch Hess and its legendary monster, the Royal residence, numerous castles, Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare was born.
Arrival at London Heathrow at 21:05. Meeting with the guide. Transfer to the hotel. If you arrive by flight different from the specified one, we suggest you to use an individual transfer. This modern hotel is 10 minutes from Heathrow Airport and opposite Feltham Train Station (25 minutes to central London or Windsor). From here you can comfortably reach Heathrow Airport and central London.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by a comfortable bus to the north of England with a stop in the city of Cambridge, which is one of the oldest university cities in England. A walking tour of Cambridge with a guide on the main street of the city, where you can see the Royal College, famous for its chapel, and Trinity College, in the yard of which the apple fell on Isaac Newton which led to the formation of the law of gravity. At leisure, you can take an unforgettable walk on the Cambridge punt along the River Cam, see the mathematical bridge which is the first bridge built without nuts and bolts, and admire the beautiful backyards of several colleges. A visit to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. Chatsworth House is one of the most magnificent "treasure houses" in England, which for centuries served as the main residence of the Dukes of Devonshire from the Cavendish family.
Founded in 1441 by Henry VI Royal College is worth a visit for the vast expanse of lawn stretching to the river. Prominent graduates include the writer Horace Walpole, the poet Rupert Brooke and the economist Lord Keynes. It also houses the Royal College Chapel, known for its interior in the style of the perpendicular interior for 12 compartments.
Chatsworth House is a rare example of baroque aesthetics in England, rivaling Blenheim Palace and Howards Castle in terms of sophistication of architectural and decorative solutions.
Generation after generation of the Dukes of Devonshire filled the family nest with priceless works of art. After World War II, it turned out that the estate was burdened with 7 million pounds of debt, and a significant part of the meeting had to be auctioned off. At present, the content of Chatsworth House is funded by attracting tourists and renting out territory for the filming of films and TV shows (of the latter “Pride and Prejudice”, “Duchess”, “Wolfman”, and “Crown”).
Breakfast at the hotel. Moving to the city of York - the most charming cathedral city of medieval England, the city of the Vikings, built on the ruins of the capital of the northern province of the Roman Empire. It is famous for its cathedral - it is the largest early Gothic church in Northern Europe, a repository of magnificent artistic treasures. You will take a walk along the unique walls of York of the XI century, which is like a journey through a museum of medieval culture and visit the famous Shambles Street. You can also visit the Viking Museum and Clifford Towers, where more than 100 people were burned alive during times of persecution of the Jews. Visiting Alnwick Castle - a castle in the north of England in Northumberland County near the southern borders of Scotland, the main residence of the Duke of Northumberland. Moving to Scotland across the official border, marked by a huge boulder, which traditionally must have a bagpiper guarding the integrity of ancient Alba.
The main symbol of the city is the Cathedral, whose construction began in the 13th century and lasted more than 400 years. It was erected on the site of a small Christian church, because of the lengthy construction of the cathedral is a mixture of various architectural directions. The Vikings had a great influence on the history and development of the city, today a museum called Yorvik-Viking Center will tell about those difficult times for the British Isles
One of the remarkable buildings is the Clifford’s fortress, from the towers of which you can see the panorama of the city. Several halls of the fortress were set aside to store collections of historical artifacts.
Northumberland is the promised heaven for all lovers of castles. In this northern county more than a dozen impressive fortresses. All thanks to centuries of tense opposition between England and Scotland.
Some scenes of Harry Potter films were filmed in the castle; moreover, it was he who became the prototype of the Hogwarts castle.
Breakfast at the hotel. Guided tour of Edinburgh with a visit to the official residence of the British monarchs in Scotland - Holyroodhouse Palace. Next to Edinburgh Castle is the eerie underground city, the former Mary King Lane, where all the tenants died during the plague of 1645. Afternoon - free time to visit museums, galleries, shops. In the evening, for an additional fee, you can visit the most popular Scottish show “Scottish Evening”, where you can taste national dishes prepared according to traditional recipes. Return to the hotel.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland. Holyroodhouse, made in the Baroque style, located on the famous Royal Mile. The palace, like many ancient buildings in Edinburgh, is closely linked with the history of Scotland. He is known primarily for the fact that the Scottish Queen Mary lived here. It was a stormy reign, accompanied by conspiracies and murders. For example, Maria saw in her chambers jealous husband Lord Darnley killed the royal secretary Rizzio.
In the palace of the Scottish kings are stored their portraits, including the sullen, haughty Stuarts. It also exhibits the ancient regalia of the Scottish kings: a sword decorated with precious stones, a scepter and a crown. Next to the royal regalia lies the “Stone of Destiny”, on which the first Scottish kings were crowned. According to legend, the stone has a unique gift: he is able to distinguish the true monarch from the false pretender to the throne and in this case, the stone will split, making a terrible sound.
The impasse Mary King is part of Edinburgh, which during the plague epidemic that raged in Britain at the end of the XVII century, played the role of an insulator for infected people. Adults and children were sent here, leaving them for certain death. There is a legend that the ghost of a little girl Annie, whom in 1645 her parents sent to die here when she became infected, wanders through the local streets. Attempts to settle empty houses were not crowned with success - despite the huge housing shortage in the Old City, new tenants left this place in fear, saying that at night they hear terrifying moans and see pale faces and hands of former tenants extended to them.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from the hotel and transfer through Perth shire National Park, famous for its amazing fauna. A visit to the Palace of Scone, the ancestral residence of the Counts of Mansfield, which in antiquity served as the coronation site of the first monarchs of Scotland. Here once was the famous Stone of Destiny. A visit to Blair Castle is the only white castle in Scotland, which contains amazing collections of weapons, porcelain, embroidery and more. After lunch in the restaurant with home cooking (for an additional fee) you can walk through the magnificent park, where the largest trees of the kingdom are located. Moving to the Blair Atoll whiskey factory, familiarity with the production, visiting the warehouse and tasting brand malt whiskey. Moving to the north of Scotland. Accommodation in a hotel in the north of Scotland.
Palace Scone now belongs to Earl Mansfield. 15 centuries ago, it was the capital of the Picts and the center of the ancient Celtic church. Currently, it is one of the most visited palaces with rich decoration. There are the portraits of the ancestors of the Mansfields around the halls and the now living Mansfields, unique collections of all works of art. For centuries, this palace was the site of the coronation of the Scottish kings. Charles II was crowned last in 1651.
One of the most beautiful castles in Scotland is Blair Castle, located in Perth shire. In the middle of the XVIII century, in the Georgian period, the castle was completely rebuilt and turned from a gloomy medieval building into an elegant house. In the era of Queen Victoria, under the guidance of architects David Bruce and William Burne, the castle was reconstructed again. Turrets and decorations that have disappeared in the Georgian period are returning, a magnificent ballroom has been built, which has survived to our days. Even today it serves for holding balls, meetings and banquets. Visitors are allowed into the castle, and the entrance to the castle grounds and the garden is free.
Breakfast at the hotel. Journey through the Scottish highlands. On this day, you will take a trip through the Great Valley and see the mysterious Loch Ness Lake, visit the Kodor castle, the magnificent fortress of the XIV century. According to Shakespeare, here was the residence of King Macbeth. It is also interesting that Kodor is the only castle in the world built around a tree - and the “valley of tears” by Glencoe, where the Campbell clan dealt cruelly with the leader of the MacDonald clan, as well as his wife and children. Then we cross the Rannoch Moor area in the direction of the border village of Gretna Green, world-famous for its forge, the only place where lovers could lawfully marry without parental consent. There is also the famous Tartan Shop, where the Lady Diana memorial tartan first appeared. Hotel accommodation in Gretna Green.
The Kodor medieval manor is located about 26 km east of the Scottish port city of Inverness and about 13 km south-west of the city of Nairn. The castle did not become another apathetic medieval structure, as it happened to many of its only partially preserved brethren. On the contrary, this castle is a beautiful and cozy large palace, still remaining the home of the Kodor family. Originally consisting of only one large tower, the Kodor castle in the following centuries experienced many extensions, and additional buildings appeared from 17 to 19th century. A curious feature of the castle was that it was built almost on a small, lively holly, the remains of which can still be seen on the lower, underground level of the tower, once used as a prison. Modern scientific studies have shown that the tree died around 1372, and this suggests that the construction of the castle began at about the same time.
Breakfast at the hotel. Moving through England's most visited national park, the Lake District to Chester, famous for its black and white houses. Walk around the city with a guide. Moving to Wales on the border of the largest national park “Snowdonia”. Accommodation at a hotel in the city of Llangollen.
Chester, the county town of Cheshire, is known for its vast array of historical monuments, including its magnificent medieval city walls. The roots of Chester date back to Roman times, and the Vikings, Danes, Saxons, Scots and Normans also occupied the settlement at different times. The greatest influence on the city, however, was its maritime trade from the 12th to the 14th centuries, which brought it commercial and cultural prosperity.
Built mainly of red sandstone, the walls of the city of Chester follow the older Roman walls, except when they extend to the river. It was here, in 1645, that Charles I witnessed the defeat of his troops at Wroughton Moore during the English Civil War (the tower houses a small museum of civil war and evidence of the conflict can still be seen in places along the wall).
Breakfast at the hotel. A trip to North Wales with a visit to the largest national park “Snowdonia”, which occupies almost 1,350 sq. Km in north-west Wales, where the most impressive mountains and wastelands of Britain are located. Its pearl is Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, according to legend, this is where a giant lies, killed by King Arthur. Another Welsh legend says that it is precisely in one of the lakes of Snowdonia that the legendary sword of King Arthur, Excalibur, is safely hidden. You will also visit the ancient capital of Wales - the city of Carnarvon, the castle of Carnarvon - massive octagonal towers and walls with loopholes which, according to the ideas of Edward I, were designed to personify the power in which the 13th century Princes of Wales crowns. Return to the hotel.
Snowdonia is a national park, the first national park in Wales and one of the first three in the UK, after the Rocky Land and Lake District. It is located in northern Wales. The name Snowdonia comes from the name of Mount Snowdon, the highest in Wales (1085 m), originally it meant only the vicinity of the mountain, but with the creation of the national park in 1951, the whole park was called that way.
Carnarvon is an old town in Wales, located on the banks of the Menai Strait, which separates the coast of Wales from the island of Anglesey. The first people settled here before our era. Before the arrival of the Romans, a tribe of Ordovics lived on these lands. The Romans built a fort here, which after their departure from Britain turned into ruins. The Normans built a castle here, around which the city was born. Carnarvon Castle is one of the largest castles in Europe, the greatest building of King Edward I, which bound all of Wales with an “iron ring” of castles and fortresses. This ring also includes such famous castles as Beaumaris, Harlech and Conwy. A distinctive feature of the castle consists of nine multi-faceted towers; each has its own name.
Breakfast at the hotel. Moving to England. А visit to the castle of Warwick, which since 1978 is a branch of Madame Tussauds, which created here a number of high-quality wax figures, among which King Henry VIII and his 6 wives. In the arsenal of the castle, complete sets and separate weapons, including the pointed helmet of Oliver Cromwell, are hung on the walls. Moving to the city of Stratford - on - Avon - the birthplace of William Shakespeare, which ranks second after London for attractiveness for tourists interested in cultural monuments. Sightseeing tour of the city of Stratford-upon-Avon. A visit to the Shakespeare Center. Moving to London. Accommodation at a hotel in central London.
Warwick Castle can be safely called the most beautiful castle in England. It is located in its central part, not far from Stradford-upon-Avon, the hometown of William Shakespeare. The construction of the fortress began long before the Norman conquest of Great Britain. According to the chronicles, it was founded in 914 by the Saxon Queen Ethel field, the widow of King Ethelred. Like most of the fortresses of the Saxon period, it was wooden. Two decades after the Norman Conquest, Warwick was completely rebuilt, but even then, its fortifications remained wooden-earthen. The center of the fortress was a tall tower. Since the XII century, Warwick Castle belonged to the powerful family of earls of Warwick. It was their share to build the first stone buildings of the castle in 1260.
Stratford-upon-Avon is a historic city in the Warwickshire county in the UK, located on the River Avon and famous for the birth and birth of the famous English playwright and poet William Shakespeare. In fact, the city is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. In Stratford-upon-Avon, you can visit the house-museum of Shakespeare, a wonderful two-storey half-timbered complex, Anne Hathaway's cottage, which was Shakespeare’s wife, Nash’s house is named after Thomas Nash, the first husband of Shakespeare’s granddaughter.
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing bus tour of London with a guide. You will have the opportunity to get acquainted with different areas of London, to see its main attractions, such as the Tower, the Parliament building, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the famous Piccadilly Street, Trafalgar Square, etc. The tour will be an exciting and informative event and will remain in memory for many years. At the end of the sightseeing tour, bus excursion to Windsor Castle (the main private royal residence, visiting the St. George Chapel as part of the excursion is the place where the burials of many English kings are located, the public reception apartments decorated with tapestries and works by Van Dyck, Rembrandt). Recommendations: in the evening (for an additional fee) a visit to the medieval banquet BIFITER (feast at the court of King Henry VIII) with dinner and show, unlimited wine and beer served.
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