PURPLE LINE 9 – DAY TOUR
ENGLAND • SCOTLAND
TOUR STARTING FROM APRIL 2017 WITH GUANRANTEED WEEKLY DEPARTURES
TOUR TYPE : Purple Line
TOUR PACE: Comfortable
TOUR TYPE : Escorted group tour. English/Seat-in-Coach. (Private tours available on request)
PRICE : Seasonal. (plus mandatory tip of €5 per person per day), land-only price
PURPLE LINE – TOUR ITINERARY
Saturday: Paris – London (470 km)
We gather in the morning to travel to Port of Calais. Our coach will be driven onto the ferry or Eurotunnel, crossing the English Channel, arriving in Port of Dover, England. Then you can enjoy the drive across the beautiful scenery as we go into London. (B)
Note: Ferry Fee/ Terminal Tax involved:
English Channel Ferry (Tunnel) fees and terminal tax
(Ferry Fees/ Terminal Tax must be paid prior to joining the tour, otherwise the customer is not allowed to take the coach to cross the English Channel and enter England for tourism. Fees is the same for Adult for Child.) €10
After having breakfast, we start a walking tour passing through London attractions: Big Ben, House of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, St James’ Park, Buckingham Palace and River Thames. In the afternoon, we will visit the famous British Museum, enter St Paul’s Cathedral if we have enough time. You can also enjoy the scene of Tower Bridge and Tower of London while sitting on the coach. The Tower of London is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. It has been played a prominent role in English history and served variously as a palace, an armoury, a treasury, a prison, the home of the Royal Mint, the home of the Crown Jewels of England and has been setting to many bloody battles among the British Monarchs. We stay overnight in London, where you can experience the dazzling night scene, or head for a Thames Cruise or musical with a group of friends. (Musical tickets, boat reservation and more activities can be arranged by us.) (B)
Monday: London – Cambridge – York (350 km)
After breakfast, it is time to visit the nation’s acclaimed educational institution: Cambridge University. In addition to a strong academic atmosphere, Cambridge is where many luminaries started their dreams and hopes for the future with the sight of the pastoral landscapes, picturesque rivers and architecture. The university of Cambridge, a majestic old University group includes: King’s College, Queens College, set among the most rural of bridges.
We proceed our journey to York, a true medieval melting pot of Roman, Saxon and Viking culture. The city is mostly intact from the middle ages and shows the rustic side of Britain. We visit York Minster, the largest gothic cathedral in northern Europe. Then we will step up onto York city walls, dating back to Roman times. For those keen to discover the little grass-roots shops, there will be time to wander around. (B)
Tuesday: York – Edinburgh – Glasgow (400 km)
After leaving York, Edinburgh is next on our places to visit. We are expected to arrive in Edinburgh in the afternoon. Edinburgh is Scotland’s compact, hilly capital. It represents the best in Scottish heritage. Wooden barrows of gold single malt whiskey, checked kilts and Scottish bagpipes will make you grow fond of this warm and lively nation of quirky characters. Upon arrival, we first visit Edinburgh Castle, set on the stunning view of volcanic rock structures, where once inside we will admire the oldest royal crown and jewellery. We then continue this royal trail with a visit to Holyrood Palace, City Hall and the Royal Parks. Optional is a visit to JK Rowling’s Ivory Café where Harry Potter was authored, to enjoy a cup of coffee. (B)Hotel: 3* in Glasgow or city nearby
Note: Attraction Fee involved:
Edinburgh Castle £16.5
Wednesday: Glasgow – Gretna Green – Lake District – Manchester (360 km)
In the morning, we drive straight to Lake District, located in the west side of the north of England. On the way, we will stop in Gretna Green, where is a village in the south of Scotland famous for ‘runaway marriages’ began in 1754. Due to its romantic wedding traditions dating back over centuries, Gretna Green is one of the world’s most popular wedding. After that we continue our journey to Lake District. The Lake District National Park is the most visited national park in the United Kingdom. Each year tens of thousands of visitors travel here to see the thousands of years of geological changes reflected in the intricate natural beauty, lakes, valleys, mountains, waterfalls and natural carved out planning. You can choose our optional to join boat cruise of Lake Windermere, or hop off to the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction.
From the onwards we are driving to Manchester, a fashionable, social buzz and dynamic city. This city is not only well known for being a city of sport, the headquarters of Manchester United, but also England’s most productive industrial city. Football fans can enjoy a pilgrimage to the Manchester United Old Trafford grounds or catch a training game. Food lovers can pick a scrumptious restaurant in the nearby Chinatown. (B)
Note: Attraction Fee involved:
Windermere Lake Cruise 45 minutes £7.7
Thursday: Manchester – Stratford-upon-Avon – Bicester Village – London (380 km)
A breath-taking drive will take us to the famous English playwright and poet William Shakespeare’s hometown, Stratford-upon-Avon. This is also where acclaimed Hollywood blockbuster movie – ‘Shakespeare in Love’ was filmed. From the cobble-stoned streets to the drinking dens, theatres and road signs, everything is to do with Shakespeare. It is a heaven for those romantically inclined. Our big anticipated outing for today must be the now infamous outlet shopping centre – Bicester Village.
For your fix of designer clothes, sporting goods, jewellery, household items and children’s clothing etc.,
Bicester Village is the home to more than 130 fashion and lifestyle boutiques, including Gucci, Armani, Prada, Calvin Klein, Dunhill, DKNY, Burberry, Paul Smith, Bally, Clarks and so on, each offers savings of up to 60%, all year round. We dare you not to be persuaded. (B)
Note: Attraction Fee involved:
Shakespeare Birthplace £16.5
Friday: London – Paris (457 km)
Today we will drive back to the sea crossing Dover – Calais to board the ferry across the English Channel. After around one and a half hour by the ferry crossing, we will arrive in France and then drive back to Paris. (B)Hotel: 3* in Paris or city nearby (optional - if post tour hotel is chosen)
Note: Ferry Fee/ Terminal Tax involved:
- English Channel Ferry (Tunnel) fees and terminal tax
(Ferry Fees/ Terminal Tax must be paid prior to joining the tour, otherwise the customer is not allowed to take the coach to cross the English Channel and enter France for tourism. Fees is the same for Adult for Child.) €10
(1). Meal Basis: (B) = Continental Breakfast
(2). Whilst every effort is made to operate this tour as advertised, on occasion it may be necessary to make changes to the accommodation, the routing or order of an itinerary. Compensation will not be payable for alterations to the itinerary or nightly accommodation.
PURPLE LINE – ATTRACTIONS AND OPTIONALS PRICE LIST
- Cambridge Punting £16
- Visit Windermere by Cruise & Train £20
- River Thames Cruise £16.5
PURPLE LINE – HOTELS
The hotels we use are selected to provide your customers with a comfortable stay in a relaxing environment. All are three-star, with continental breakfast included. Hotel details are provided 24 hours before check-in date (including pre/post and tour hotels). A selection of our preferred partners in our main destinations is listed below.
|CITY||HOTEL DETAILS||HOTEL DETAILS|
|London (United Kingdom)||Ibis London Wembley South Way, Wembley, HA9 6BA London www.accorhotels.com||Holiday Inn London – Brentford Lock Commerce Road, Brentford, TW8 8GA Middlesex London www.ihg.com|
|York/ Darlington (United Kingdom)||Holiday Inn Harrogate Kings Road, Harrogate, HG1 1XX North Yorkshire www.ihg.com||Blackwell Grange Hotel Darlington, DL3 8QH County Durham www.sjhotels.co.uk|
|Glasgow (Scotland)||Days Inn Abington M74, J13, ML12 6RG Abinton, Lanarkshire www.daysinn.co.uk||Holiday Inn Express Glasgow City Riverside Stockwell Street, G1 4 LW Glasgow www.holidayinn.com|
|Manchester (United Kingdom)||Holiday Inn Express Manchester East Debdale Park Hyde Road, M18 7LJ Manchester www.holidayinn.com||Novotel Manchester West Worsley Brow, Worsley, M28 2YA Greater Manchester www.novotel.com|
|Paris (France)||Balladins Hotel Villejuif 8?10 Avenue de L Epi D Or, Villejuif www.balladins-villejuif.com||Comfort Hotel Airport CDG 1 bis Rue de Paris, 77990 Le Mesnil-Amelot www.comfort-roissy.com|
NOTE Please advise your customers that the list of hotels above covers some of the accommodation we use, and they may be accommodated in a different but equal three-star hotel in the city or a city nearby.
What’s included in the tour price
- Accommodation in a comfortable three-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities (please advise customers that on the last day of the tour and for daily tours, accommodation is not included).
- Pre or post tour hotel accommodation.
- Return airport Transfers.
- Convenient joining points throughout the tour (8 on the Red, 4 on the Green and 6 on the Blue lines).
- Sightseeing and orientation tours included in the itinerary - expertly planned to maximize their time to visit iconic and must-see sites in each city (optional excursions also available).
- Daily continental breakfast (for all other meals, we offer assistance with reservations and directions to local restaurants/cafés/service station restaurants).
- Daily transportation on modern air-conditioned coaches.
- Experienced and professional coach driver.
What’s not included in the tour price
- Mandatory tip for the tour manager and driver of €5 per person per day (€3 for the tour manager and €2 for the driver), which will be collected by the tour manager whilst on tour.
- Flights or other travel costs, visas and travel insurance.
- All optional activities, tours and attraction tickets not included in the itinerary
- Meals (including tips) and drinks not included in the itinerary.
- Personal expenses (laundry, internet, phone calls etc.)
Deposit : Full payment at the time of reservation after confirming availability.
Cancellations : In the event you cancel your tour, following voluntary amounts will be applicable
120 - 90 Days prior to departure - No Charge
90 - 60 Days prior to departure - 25%
60 - 45 Days prior to departure - 50%
45 - 21 Days prior to departure - 75%
21 Days prior to departure - No Refunds
Terms & Conditions
Surcharges apply for any trade fair/special event/weekend in any other event in city. We reserve the right to use alternative accommodation, sightseeing tours and transfer of equal or higher standers. No refunds either in part or full will be made for any unused services in above package like ground transportation, meals, accommodation, sightseeing tours. We are not responsible for any missed breakfast, lunch or dinner due to flight timings. No Intercity surface transfers are included unless specified in the package. We are not responsible for any baggage charges by any airlines for the clients. Payment for the tour must be made as per the invoice & payment terms and conditions. Changes to any part of the agreed itinerary cannot be made once partial and/or full payment has been made. Tour will not start on a weekend unless previously arranged.