Accessible Connoisseur Class touring
lift equipped vehicles.
- Private professional drivers.
- Private professional guides.
- Exclusive 5 & 6 star hotels.
- Accessible accommodations.
- Daily "English" tea.
- Gourmet meals.
- Vehicle size based on participation
Sample Connoisseur Itinerary
Day 1 -
Arrive in Great Britain
Arrive at Heathrow Airport and meet your driver/guide. Transfer by accessible
vehicle to a sixteenth century country house hotel on the outskirts
of Cheltenham. As you have much time on your way to Cheltenham, your
travels divert you through the city of Oxford and on to Blenheim Palace
at Woodstock. Blenheim is a superb property given to the Duke of Marlborough
by the country in gratitude for his military service. Blenheim was also
the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Blenheim is wheelchair accessible
throughout, and the grounds are superb...ideal for a picnic by the lake.
Leaving Blenheim you leisurely travel to your hotel arriving early afternoon
where the balance of the day and evening will be for rest and relaxation.
Your hotel tonight is very comfortable and has gained three rosettes
for the cuisine of the kitchen.
Day 2 -
The day begins at your convenience for today is a very leisurely day
driving through some of the most beautiful villages England has to offer.
The Cotswolds are an area of Britain famous throughout the world for
the quintessential Englishness of the towns and villages. Amidst the
country lanes and byways, one constantly comes upon thatched cottages
in small hamlets, and small villages built of the yellow warming limestone
of the area. There are tea rooms and trout streams, pubs and gardens,
and wooded valleys amongst the rolling hills that took away the melting
waters of the glaciers some ten and a half thousand years ago. You begin
today's journey by visiting some of the smaller villages that are off
the beaten track and not accessible to the larger tour bus companies.
You stop at Burford, then travel on to villages with names like Upper
Slaughter, Bourton on the Water, and Upper and Lower Swell. In the late
afternoon you stop in Stratford upon Avon, the home of William Shakespeare
and the Bard where you stop and spend time by the river Avon. Return
to your hotel at Cheltenham for the evening.
Day 3 - Journey
A visit to South Wales and the Wye Valley on your way to Tintern Abbey
is today's journey. As you leave Cheltenham and drive through the Forest
of Dene, simply beautiful at any time of year, you stop at Symonds Yat,
an interesting place beside the river Wye. Next you visit the Welsh border
town of Monmouth as you head south for Tintern and the Cistercian abbey,
which is now in ruins after the dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry
VIII in the fifteen hundreds. On your return journey you once again travel
through the forest of Dene returning to your hotel for the evening.
Day 4 - The
Today's journey is to The Lake District of Wordsworth's. Along the way
you stop at Wigan Pier, a great place for lunch. The fully accessible
pier is a display of life in a Lancashire coal and cotton town earlier
this century. From here you travel to Ambleside set amid the beauty of
the lakes and mountains. Your hotel tonight is cozy and very comfortable,
with purpose built rooms for disabled visitors.
Day 5 - The
Today you drive through the forest at Grisedale to tour the spectacular
mountain and Lake scenery of the English Lake District Weather permitting
today the highlight of today is a mountain picnic. Following your picnic
lunch your travels take you to Wast Water, England's deepest lake, at
the foot of Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain, where you find England's
smallest church. Return to your hotel for the evening.
Day 6 - The
A day in the Yorkshire Dales of James Herriot. The scenery is breathtaking
and the high passes over the bleak Pennine hills are an experience in
themselves. Today the guide will take you to some of his favorite places
in all the world where the lanes and byways can not be seen by a tour
bus. After a morning drive you stop at the Wensleydale Creamery, a working
dairy where famous Wensleydale cheese is made in a totally accessible
factory. After your dairy tour and a tasty snack of fresh bread and cheese
you travel back over the high Pennines through the villages of Dent and
Sedburgh to your hotel in the Lake District.
Day 7 - The
Today you travel to the Gleneagles Hotel...one of the most famous hotels
in the world. Your journey takes you north into Scotland through the beautiful
border country. As you journey through the Borders you stop at Abbotsford,
the very interesting home of Sir Walter Scott. Continuing North you drive
to Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, for a visit to Edinburgh Castle
and the Scottish Whisky Heritage Centre. Following your visit and a wee
taste of Irish Whiskey you travel over the Forth road bridge for Gleneagles.
Day 8 - Exploring
Surrounded by spectacular beauty today is a day to explore more off the
beaten track locations. Today you explore remote glens and take time to
picnic by the loch. You return to Gleneagles in time to take afternoon
tea, with the balance of the afternoon and evening for independent activities,
rest, of a continued touring around the highlands.
Day 9 - Glasgow
Traveling through even more spectacular scenery, your destination today
is Glasgow. Enroute you travel through an area known as The Trossachs,
(pronounced Trosacks) which is home to the famous Rob Roy McGreggor. Traveling
on through Crianlarich, towards Loch Awe, you stop for tea by the road
overlooking Loch Awe. Today's activities also include a stop at the Pass
of Brander to visit the Cruachan power station (a unique power station
offering a great view across the loch). Leaving Cruachan you travel through
Glen Array to Inverary, a small pleasant Scottish town at the head of
Loch Fyne. From Inverary you cross the mountain pass of Rest and be Thankful
then descent to travel along the bonny bonny banks of Loch Lomond. In
the late afternoon your journey ends as you travel into Glasgow to the
Beardmore Hotel, in Clydebank.
Day 10 -
Following breakfast at the hotel and a morning tour of Glasgow you transfer
to the airport for your return flight home.
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"Northern England with ease"
Arrive in Britain:
personal guide/driver at the Manchester Airport and transfer to the
Yorkshire Dales (base for two nights) by way of the Ribble Valley. The
balance of the day is for rest, or independent activities, however your
personal guide is available if you feel up to some light touring.
A full day of touring in the Yorkshire Dales, visiting quiet villages,
traveling through green valleys and over high moorland. Return to hotel
in the evening.
Transfer to Cumbria and the Lake District (base for two nights) through
the Northern Yorkshire Dales.
Full Day in the Lake District, home of William Wordsworth and Beatrix
Potter, touring high mountain passes, peaceful lakesideÊvillages and
vibrant market towns. Return to hotel in the evening.
Transfer to Northumberland (base for two nights) by way of the rugged
North Pennines and Hadrien's Wall, the most northerly Roman Outpost
A day spent exploring Northumberland's breathtaking Coast and Castles.
Visits include the fishing villages of Seahouses, Bamburgh and Craster,
where fresh caught crab sandwiches can be bought from the quayside.
Return to hotel in the evening.
North Yorkshire Moors National Park
Transfer to the North Yorkshire Moors National Park (base for two Nights)
by way of the pretty villages of the vale of York.
The Day is spent in York visiting the magnificent Minster, the excellent
Castle museum and exploring the narrow medieval streets. Return to the
hotel in the evening.
Transfer to Manchester Airport via, Bronte Country and the industrial
heritage of the South Pennines.
Accessible transfer to the Manchester Airport for your return flight
2 persons: $8995.00 per person
4 persons: $6495.00 per person
6 persons: $5695.00 per person
2 persons: $10,395.00 per person
4 persons: $8095.00 per person
6 persons: $6995.00 per person
in tour costs:
Professional driver/guide throughout program, exclusive use of private
accessible vehicle, road tolls, vehicle fuel, parking expenses, baggage
assistance throughout program, daily breakfast at your hotel or guest
house, picnic lunches where available, Value Added Tax, administration
fees in USA and Britain, driver/guide expenses.
in tour price:
International airfare from your home to Manchester Airport and return,
passports, visas, meals except daily breakfast, admission to attractions,
items of personal nature, telephone & postage, beverages, gratuities
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