Insight Vacations®, the leader in premium and luxury escorted journeys, continues to expand its new portfolio of Luxury Gold Special Events with “The British Royale ,” a one-time-only foray into Britain at its most noble and venerated. Guests on this 11-day tour depart on Aug. 11, 2016 to explore the most exclusive private clubs, properties and restaurants from London to Edinburgh, witnessing unforgettable performances and mingling with aristocracy along the way.
“Insight’s Luxury Gold collection delivers the ultimate in luxury and refinement, and ‘The British Royale’ is a prime example,” said Phil Cappelli, president, Insight Vacations. “Our guests stay in the country’s best five-star hotels – like The Milestone Hotel in London, overlooking Kensington Palace – and enjoy a collection of exclusive VIP experiences that truly set us apart from other tour operators.”
The tour begins in London, featuring Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the pomp and pageantry of the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. At the Tower of London, a Yeoman Warder leads an exclusive private viewing of the Crown Jewels before drinks and canapés are served in the Hall of Monarchs. Guests enjoy exquisite accommodations at The Milestone Hotel, rated TripAdvisor’s “Best Hotel in the UK.” Guests will enjoy gourmet experiences at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze restaurant, Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, and the ‘In and Out’ Naval Military Club – a St. James’s private members club where imaginative cuisine is guaranteed.
Guests explore the peaceful Kent countryside and its fairytale Leeds Castle before continuing on to Canterbury’s glorious 11th century cathedral, the inspiration for Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales.” Highclere, “The Real Downton Abbey,” opens its doors to Insight Vacations, where guests can admire its elegant staterooms and the downstairs, where much of the TV series is filmed. The next experience is the ancient town of Bath, and then on to the unparalleled views, luxurious hideaways and gentle rolling hillsides of the Cotswolds in the tranquil English Lake District.
Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family for more than 700 years, is one of the United Kingdom’s most significant heritage destinations and is featured in the Harry Potter films and Downton Abbey’s 2014 Christmas special. Guests are welcomed by Her Grace The Duchess of Northumberland, for a personal and exclusive tour of her gardens before enjoying a locally-inspired lunch on the grounds.
In Edinburgh, Scotland the tour highlights elegant 18th century neoclassical façades of the “New Town” and visit the magnificent Edinburgh Castle in “Old Town.” The Royal Yacht Britannia provides an exclusive view into what life was once like aboard the Queen’s floating royal residence. The tour culminates in a grand finale of an opulent evening at the Rhubarb Restaurant, followed by a spectacular performance of the traditional Military Tattoo set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
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