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Arrive Birmingham

Arrive in Birmingham; be transferred to your hotel. After you check in at your hotel, you have the day free. Take a trip to Cadbury World in Bournville, just 15 -20 minutes away by train, and a short walk from the city centre of Birmingham. Start your journey at the world’s Biggest Cadbury Shop, as you stroll through its Aztec jungle over boardwalks and waterfalls, in search of the elusive cocoa bean. Meet fearsome Emperor Montezuma, discover who brought the secret of chocolate back to Europe. Unravel the heritage of Cadbury at the themed auditorium. Learn about their Quaker principles, important factors in the development of a new and different type of factory. Get a taste of the fascinating story of how liquid chocolate is made, complete with special effects. Unwrap the secret ingredients of milk chocolate, and how Cadbury combines them to create a magical taste. Meet 'Flex6' the robot, as he brings to life the Cadbury pack & wrap process on a mesmerizing 3D cinema screen. Make your way through a section of the moulded factory, witness how the famous Cadbury chocolate bars are wrapped.

Overnight in Birmingham.

Birmingham

Today promises to be completely wild, not least because you have a trip to the West Midland Safari and Leisure Park lined up. Situated in the heart of rural Worcestershire, the Park covers an area of almost 200 acres, which includes a four mile self-drive which takes you within a whisper of the fastest, tallest, largest and cutest animals you’ve ever seen. A lively pack of African Wild Hunting Dogs in their own reserve, a magnificent display of rare and exotic White Tigers, elegant Giraffes, a friendly Rhino family, which includes two youngsters, Wallabies by the dozen, a the herd of mischievous ‘teenage’ Elephants, to name but a few. With 28 rides and attractions, there’s something for everyone here. Test your skills on the Dodgems, whizz down the slides or trundle along in the ghost train, plummet from a height of 30 m, spin high above the ground, or round and round, swing like Tarzan himself. Rest assured, there won’t be a single dull moment.

Overnight in Birmingham.

Birmingham

The day is free for you to shop and explore the area to your heart’s content. You could choose to visit the National SEA LIFE Centre and embark on a spectacular undersea voyage in which giant green sea turtles, black tip reef sharks and tropical reef fish swim inches away as you gingerly make your way through a glass tunnel. There’s good reason why Birmingham is called a shopper’s paradise. From head-turning chic to eye-catching value, it steals a march over London. Birmingham’s amazing markets, be it the 850-year old Bullring markets or the regular Farmers Markets that visit the city, never fail to put a smile on your face. The Custard Factory, now with 30 independent shops, is another must-visit. Shopping centres like the glamorous Bullring, sophisticated Mailbox, cosmopolitan Pavilions and bargain rich Pallasades each have their own, unique atmosphere and irresistible draws.

Overnight in Birmingham.

 

Birmingham – Liverpool

Make your way to Birmingham train station for a journey to Liverpool, home to the Beatles. Of course, Liverpool shopping is also world-class, and you will be hard put to decide between slick shopping centres to elegant boutique arcades, bohemian streets and bustling farmers markets. Shopping heaven at Liverpool ONE - shopping, residential and leisure complex as it offers a multitude of high-profile stores with more than 160 famous high street shops, ultra-hip fashion brands and cool independent boutiques. Bring in the evening with a refreshing drink at Panoramic on Brook Street, one of the top bars in Liverpool, and sip on cool cocktails or hearty real ale as you imbibe the breathtaking views of Liverpool at night from the West Tower, 34 floors high.

Visit the award-winning the Beatles Story is the world's largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles. Located in the Fab Four's hometown of Liverpool on the stunning UNESCO World heritage site at the Albert Dock, the Beatles Story takes visitors on an atmospheric journey through the lives, times and music of the world's greatest band. The Beatles Story incorporates informative displays, exclusive memorabilia, a stunning White Room tribute to John Lennon, a replica of the famous Cavern Club and Going Solo exhibition with an in-depth look at the solo careers of John, Paul, George and Ringo Go on a magical history tour and see how four young lads from Liverpool were propelled to the dizzy heights of worldwide fame and fortune to become the greatest band of all time. Visitors to the attraction will take a personal journey from the Fab Four's Liverpool childhood, through the early days of the band, to world domination and on to their solo careers. Find out how they met, go behind the scenes at the famous Abbey Road Studios and take an underwater trip on the Yellow Submarine. Experience first-hand the place where it all started by hanging out at the Casbah Coffee Club and explore a stunning exact replica of the Cavern Club. With a rolling programme of special exhibitions, visitors can return time and time again and always discover something new. Finish the perfect historical experience in our Beatles Themed 'Fab4 Cafe ' or browse through a fantastic range of products available from the 'Fab4 Store'.

Later visit the special exhibition at Beatles Story Pier Head "The British Invasion: How 1960's beat groups conquered America" It looks at the wave of British artists that took over the Billboard Top 100 in the 1960s and 1970s. Co-curated by the established GRAMMY Museum, L.A., the exhibition shows memorabilia that has never been seen outside of the USA and also photographs of bands such as The Rolling Stones that have never been seen before worldwide. Key pieces of memorabilia include The Supremes Dresses; James Brown's Jumpsuit; BB King's "Lucille" Gibson; The Beach Boys Handwritten "God Only Knows" Lyrics and Keith Moon's drum kit. Visitors can also enjoy a number of interactive experiences including a map of Great Britain allowing you to explore musical roots across the country, a video history booth to record your own memories and an exclusive Ringo Starr interactive drum lesson. Also at Beatles Story Pier Head - a Hidden Gallery of photographs from Paul Berriff. Education and family fun is also incorporated with the interactive Discovery Zone and an amazing Fab4D Experience.

Evening you must visit the Cavern Club nightclub which is the birth place of the Beatles. It is a nightclub at 10 Mathew Street. The iconic stage beneath the brick arches in the front of the club is the image most people associate with the Cavern Club - and this is where visitors can enjoy live music from soloists and cover bands most evenings. A great place for a drink and a meal for you and your loved one.

Overnight in Liverpool.

Liverpool

The day is yours to enjoy and explore the sights and sounds of this vibrant, yet historical city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich maritime heritage - Liverpool Waterfront. See all the must-do sights and travel around the city at an unbeatable price. 'Hop-on' and 'Hop-off' round the city on the City Explorer Open Top Bus Tour, step inside the Liverpool Cathedral for spectacular city wide panoramas from the UK's tallest cathedral tower and then hop on board a Mersey Ferry for unrivalled views of the ever-evolving UNESCO world heritage waterfront. We can organise a dedicated open top bus which can meet your group following the river cruise at Pier Head Ferry Terminal or from Liverpool Cathedral. Advanced booking is required. The Cathedral Tower is accessible by two consecutive lifts followed by 108 stairs.

We recommend you to be a part of and experience The Liverpool FC Story, the Club's interactive museum, plus the brand new exhibition, The Steven Gerrard Collection and grab a bite at Bootroom café - the restaurant offers freshly prepared food including favorites such as steaks, grills, pizzas, burgers, salads and pasta dishes all served in a unique and family friendly environment.

Overnight in Liverpool.

Liverpool – York

Make your way to the train station this morning for a pleasant 2 hours train journey to York. Later it’s time for you to discover the city at your own pace by hopping aboard the Hop-on Hop-off bus. Founded by the Romans, York soon became England's Second City and has witnessed wars, peace agreements and prosperity throughout its 2000 years of existence. King George VI reflected on the City's central role throughout the years when he commented that: "The history of York is the history of England". Visit the magnificent York Minster, with its priceless display of stained glass; walk in Medieval streets or on the 800 year old Bar Walls; visit award-winning museums or sample our excellent restaurants and shopping facilities. Armed with the Hop-on Hop-off 24 hour ticket & York Pass which gives you entry to the main attractions of the city, such as York Minster, Jorvik Viking centre, York Castle Museum, Clifford's Tower, York Dungeon and much more. Receive a complimentary full colour guidebook and free booklet of discounted dining, shopping and evening entertainment offers.

Overnight in York.

York

Day is free for you to explore York as you continue to explore York with the day 2 of the York card and explore the city with a rich heritage and numerous attractions.

Overnight in York.

 

York – Edinburgh

This morning another picturesque train ride, this time to beautiful Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, awaits. Check in at your hotel, after which the rest of the day is free for you to meander through the winding cobbled streets of this popular city, as you admire the breathtaking architecture, and soak in its sights and sounds. Embark on a Witchery Tours 'Murder & Mystery Tour'. You will be met at the meeting point by your guide, Adam Lyal (deceased) - a highwayman who was executed in Edinburgh's Grassmarket on 27th March 1811. Mr Lyal leads you through the haunted alleyways and dark courtyards of the Old Town, telling tales of witchcraft, plague, torture, hangings, body-snatching, etc.... Some of Mr Lyal's ghostly chums lurk around the Royal Mile, waiting to leap out and frighten you. Although the subject matter is dark, Mr Lyal's approach is fairly light-hearted, and there will be a few laughs, as well as a few scares, while you hear about Edinburgh's sinister past.

Overnight in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh

Wake up to a sumptuous Scottish breakfast, & later embark on a walking tour of Edinburgh to unearth the Secrets of the Royal Mile, a treasure-chest of historic gems. The best way to explore Edinburgh is to follow your feet. Where the buses can't take you, and the guide books don't show you is where our real stories can be found, the closes, wynds, courtyards and homes of Old Edinburgh. We'll paint a vivid picture of our colourful past and people - see the secrets and tell the tales - the culture, crime and politics of Scotland's capital. An experience shared by local professional historians. Fascinating and Revealing.

Early evening a must do is UK's no.1 attraction - The Royal Yacht Britannia which was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. The Britannia experience begins in the Visitor Centre on the second floor of Ocean Terminal. Here you will discover Britannia's fascinating past through exhibits, displays and photographs, before you collect your complimentary audio handset and step on board Britannia, a privilege previously reserved for guests of Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. You will get to see all areas of the Britannia including The Royal Apartments, The Sun Lounge, The Royal bedrooms, The Drawing room, The State Dining Room, The Chief Petty Officers' Mess, The Sick Bay, The Engine Room, The Bridge, The Laundry and The Naafi. The Royal Yacht Britannia is a truly unique five-star visitor experience.

Overnight in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh

Wake up to breakfast this morning and it’s time for you to discover the city at your own pace by hopping aboard the Hop-on Hop-off bus. The 24 hour ticket allows you to see all top sights and attractions in a day. Capital of Scotland since the 15th Century, Edinburgh stands on seven hills creating the dramatic skyline of this lively cosmopolitan city. What better way to see this fantastic city than from the top of a City Sightseeing Tour Bus. Marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock and hear about the attempts to capture Edinburgh Castle, see the Royal Mile which joins Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood House and discover the fascinating history of this amazing city!

In the afternoon, embark on a unique Scotch Whisky Experience. This visitor attraction brings 300 years of Scotch Whisky history to life. This unique interactive visitor attraction in Edinburgh, allows you to experience the sights, sounds and smells of whisky, and the opportunity to discover how scotch whisky is made. Scotch whisky dates back to the 15th century and probably long before. On the Whisky Heritage Tour you will learn the origins of malt whisky distilling in Scotland. To get you in the mood we offer a "wee dram" (taste) of Scotch for the over 18 years old or a soft drink for the children. Using a specially constructed model you can see how a distillery is laid out. We will show you how all the processes fit together to produce the unique product known as Scotch whisky. The tour is guided by audio visual presentations throughout each stage of the tour.

Overnight in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh – Inverness

From Edinburgh, check out of your hotel and take a train to Inverness - the capital of the highlands. On arrival in Inverness, you will be transferred to your hotel. See the delightful town of Inverness in the heart of the Highlands, the principal crossroads of the Scottish Highland region. This hop on, hop off coach tour will give you ample opportunity to explore the city centre attractions at your leisure, and will take you along the banks of the River Ness. Let us take you to see the historic buildings of Church Street, through the shopping area and along the River Ness to the leisure facilities at Bught Park. We continue to see Tomnahurich Hill, grand views of Inverness and the Caledonian Canal Locks. The name Inverness comes from the Scottish Gaelic “Inbhir Nis” meaning the mouth of the River Ness. The Burgh of Inverness was granted a Royal Charter by King David of Scotland in the 12th century and has grown steadily ever since. It has always been the administrative, distribution and cultural centre of Northern Scotland. Through the last quarter of the 20th century it was one of the fastest growing towns in Western Europe. This was rewarded by Inverness being granted City status at the millennium. Overnight in the Inverness.

Inverness

Today you will be taken on an Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle tour. Your day starts with a bit of monster spotting as you drive along the shore of Loch Ness. You'll then stop close to the loch at the little village of Invermoriston, where you can take in the views and see a delightful ruined bridge which was designed by Thomas Telford, the engineer behind the Caledonian Canal. Your journey then winds through pretty Glen Moriston and Glen Shiel and on past the Five Sisters, a stunning range of mountains that dominates the surrounding landscape. We'll then make a stop so that you can see Eilean Donan Castle. This is one of Scotland's most picturesque castles and is perched on its own island at the head of Loch Duich. Next you'll cross over the bridge to Skye and head for Broadford, where there'll be a stop for lunch. Your tour of this magical island takes in the stunningly beautiful road through Glen Suardal. You'll also see the iconic Red Cuillin Hills and, as you reach the little village of Torrin, you'll be able to enjoy views of Bla Bhein (Blanven) - considered by many to be Scotland's prettiest mountain. The road then drops to hug the banks of Loch Slappin where you'll be able to stop and enjoy some beach combing. The next part of your journey involves a steep climb over Strathaird to reach the little community of Elgol. Here you'll have an extended stop and be able to enjoy the superb views of the Black Cuillin Hills and the stunning seascapes towards Rum and other small isles. Your journey then heads back to the mainland past the little island of Eilean Ban, where Gavin Maxwell, the author of the "Ring of Bright Water", lived for a while. You'll stop at the lonely village of Applecross and then be driven home via the scenic Black Isle. Finally, there are fabulous views over the Moray Firth to savour as you reach Inverness by way of the Kessock Bridge.

Overnight in the Inverness.

Depart Inverness

Following breakfast this morning its time for you to make your way to the airport / train station for your onward journey.

  • 3 nights stay in Birmingham at Novotel Centre
  • 2 nights stay in Liverpool at Hilton
  • 2 nights stay in York at Hilton
  • 3 nights stay in Edinburgh at Hilton Carlton
  • 2 nights stay in Inverness at Mercure
  • Three in One Experience - River Cruise, Open Top Bus Tour & Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Tower Tour - Liverpool
  • The Beatles Story and British Invasion Exhibition - Liverpool
  • Hop on Hop off Tour - 24 hours - York
  • 2 days York PASS
  • Witchery Tours 'Murder & Mystery Tour' - Edinburgh
  • Secrets of the Royal Mile - Edinburgh
  • The Royal Yacht Britannia entrance ticket - Edinburgh
  • Hop on Hop off Tour - 24 hours - Edinburgh
  • The Scotch Whisky Experience - Edinburgh
  • Hop on Hop off Tour - 24 hours - Inverness
  • Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle – Inverness
  • Train fare from Birmingham to Liverpool
  • Train fare from Liverpool to York
  • Train fare from York to Edinburgh
  • Train fare from Edinburgh to Inverness
  • Airfares and ticket taxes
  • Visa Charges
  • Meals not specified above
  • Transfers (airport / station – hotel and back) unless mentioned
  • Surcharges applicable (especially during Christmas, New Year etc)
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Tips and Porterage
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions above
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