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Journeys in Great Britain

England - London

Day 1

Be greeted on arrival at your hotel by a fleet of expert masseurs who are available for a quick after flight. Then enjoy a champagne flight on The Merlin Entertainments London Eye. One of the most dramatic features on London's skyline, The London Eye offers the perfect welcome to this magnificent city: experience breathtaking views while enjoying fine champagne and canapés. Since guests prefer not to venture off-property on their first night, a welcome function in-house offers buffet-style dining and drinks allowing guests to come and go as they please, while ensuring that their first evening in London is a memorable one. Popular themes include:

London Past, Present and Future

At the end of the evening return to your chosen hotel.

- London boasts a colourful past, an ever changing present and an exciting future and guests sample something of what London has to offer with the help of a time capsule and a number of famous faces.

An English Fantasy- Our toy box opens the world of children's English literature as we travel Through the Looking Glass into The Secret Garden, Narnia, Neverland and Wind in the Willows with characters from the classics, be they Austen, Dickens or Dahl, Harry Potter or King Arthur.

 

 

Kensington Palace was the home of Diana, Princess of Wales and the private residence of the monarch from 1689 to 1760. Guests start the day with a private tour of some of the state apartments, followed by a continental breakfast buffet in the Orangery.

This is followed by a half day West End tour by luxury motor coach, taking in the key sights of London's exciting centre including Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Clarence House, and Piccadilly Circus. An interior visit will be made to Westminster Abbey and the ceremonial Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace.

Enjoy an afternoon of leisure ahead of a VIP theatre evening that includes best seats for a top West End musical, a welcome from the theatre manager, a private champagne reception pre-show and during the interval followed by refreshments in the company of some of the key cast members post show. Dinner can be taken before or after in one of London's many fine restaurants.

 

                    

  Day 3

Spend the morning learning how to play polo.The Ham Polo Club, only eight miles (13 kms) from Hyde Park Corner, is the last surviving London polo club out of the 12 that existed in the London metropolitan area.

 

After coffee in the clubhouse, the group will be divided into teams, learning the basics of the game, how to ride and, of course, how to hit the ball. This is followed by instructional Chukkas, prize giving and a sumptuous three-course lunch with wine served in the clubhouse.

 

Following the exertions of the morning, chill out at one of London's most luxurious destination spas. Bloww is a sexy, stylish 21st-century salon experience with attitude, which combines hairdressing with well-being. It boasts a range of treatments suitable for both men and women.

 

The evening's gala dinner will take you to Tate Modern, Britain's national museum of modern and contemporary art from around the world, housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the river Thames.

 

Surrounded by iconic design pieces from the, enjoy a private tour of the permanent exhibition, followed by a beautifully presented dinner, and take in the astonishing panorama of the Thames and the spectacular skyline of the city.

 

 

 

Day 4

By now guests will be pretty familiar with this fantastic city and today is their chance to explore a little deeper. Groups will have a full briefing from their tour manager before setting out on The London Music Challenge. Tasks to complete include recreating the iconic Abbey Road album cover, with the final challenge to create a dream team line up from the array of famous faces at Madame Tussaud’s and prizes will be awarded at an awards lunch after this final stop.

On your final evening, you'll be treated to a private evening viewing of the Crown Jewelsfollowed by dinner in the new armouries at the Tower of London

 

Scotland - Edinburgh Luxury Tour Programs

Day 1

Guests will arrive at Edinburgh Airport this morning, where they will be met by our local Language speaking Guide who will escort the guests to their waiting coach. Transfer to Edinburgh City Centre for lunch on arrival. Today, lunch will be served at the beautiful restaurant, the Dome in Edinburgh.The Dome is a magnificent building, located in the heart of Edinburgh and which dates back over 200 years.

 

 

This afternoon, guests will get to know Edinburgh a little better enjoying a panoramic guided tour of Edinburgh by coach, followed by a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh Castle is one of the most famous castles in the world. From here, guests will also be able to enjoy superb views across the city of Edinburgh before transferring to their hotel. Transfer to the hotel late afternoon and check in for three nights.

This evening head to the Royal Mile, located in Edinburgh medieval Old Town where you will be met by a local storyteller. You will be taken on a short tour of the cities Old Town and discover some of Edinburgh's most haunted locations. The tour will end with a dinner in the unique Marlins Wynd. Set in the heart of Edinburgh's Historic Old Town, the splendid vaulted cellars of Marlin's Wynd provide a stunning venue for private functions.

Day 2

Guests will transfer to a private estate for a traditional Scottish Highland Games. The games arena would be located in the grounds of your chosen country estate with some beautiful picturesque views. Watch a 15 minute demonstration by your instructors or professional games men called 'Heavies' who will perform 'highland' activities. Now it's your turn! It is fun to watch your colleagues try their skills at the various traditional games. Enjoy a morning of highland activities in the arena involving participation or simply watching the demonstrations.

Enjoy a rustic and informal BBQ with a traditional spit roast and beers. Return to Edinburgh where the afternoon is at leisure.

This evening dinner will take place at the Scotch malt Whisky Society. The Society's newest venue is a beautifully restored Georgian townhouse on one of the New Town's main thoroughfares. The group will enjoy their very own private whisky tasting in this Edinburgh's finest whisky club where the group can relax and enjoy the Scotch Malt Whisky's best whisky and their fine Scottish cuisine.

 

Day 3

Today, our guests will get to experience some of the beautiful scenery that Scotland has to offer during as well as participating in a range of activities. Depart Edinburgh and head north to Perthshire an area of stunning scenery. The group will enjoy clay target shooting and instruction amidst this fantastic backdrop where guests will be taken through an exciting range of targets to test their shot and with expert tuition, guests will see their aim improve rapidly.

Climb aboard your Safari Land Rover with a kilted driving Instructor and head into the hills high above Highland Perthshire. Experience the thrill of this 4 x 4 Off Road Trailing at heights of 2000 - 3000 feet. Learn new skills as you forge your way through mountain burns and up heather clad slopes.

 

Armed with our binoculars and telescope, you may be lucky enough to see the Golden Eagle high overhead searching for mountain Hares and Red Grouse. At a scenic outcrop, sample a memorable dram' of Dewars whisky. The trailing course is exciting, adventurous and fun and leads guests to the lunch venue which is a cosy Marquee set in a wooded glade of old pines at 1600ft. Return to Edinburgh via a local whisky distillery.

Discover the fine qualities of the single malt whisky and how this is carefully mixed to also form the blended brand. During the visit we will see the fascinating manufacturing processes involved in making whisky and of course there will be an opportunity to taste the whisky, which is made here.

This evening a full Scottish Kilt outfit will be delivered to each room for the men and a tartan sash and Celtic brooch for the ladies. Tonight a gala dinner will take place at the Royal Yacht Britannia.

 

For over forty years The Royal Yacht Britannia proudly served the British Royal Family and sailed over one million miles on nearly a thousand official visits. Dinners and receptions are hosted in the elegant State Apartments on board, where an exceptional level of cuisine, service and hospitality is offered. Entertaining on board Britannia is no different today from when she was on state duty welcoming royalty and world leaders. From the moment they receive their invitation cards, embossed with Britannia's crest, the group will feel privileged and you can be assured that the memory of the time they spend on board will stay with them long after the event has passed. After a sumptuous meal, you may choose to entertain your guests with a former admiral's stories or a spectacular Beat the Retreat from a military band on the quayside.

Day 4

Leave the city centre and go west towards the picturesque coastal town of South Queensferry. Here the guests will have the opportunity to take a boat cruise out on the Firth of Forth. During your tour you'll find plenty of opportunities to see a wide variety of marine wildlife including many seabirds, seals and watch out for the occasional porpoise. Use our on-board binoculars available from the bar to get a close-up view!

Lunch will take place at Orocco Pier. Orocco Pier, a wonderful location overlooking the Forth road and rail bridges, which link Edinburgh to Fife.

 

Transfer to Edinburgh airport for the return flight.

Wales - Anglesey Excursions

Historical Wales - From the Hollywood hills to Welsh mountain high

Wales is famed for its natural beauty and the natural talent of its acting and musical stars. From Catherine Zeta Jones to Tom Jones, this small nation has a great deal to offer and we invite you to join one of Hollywood’s rising stars a top the roof of Wales, Mount Snowdon.

9.00      Depart Holyhead and take a helicopter ride over the impressive Snowdonia Massif

9.30     Land at the National Slate Museum in Llanberis. This museum is a living celebration        of this most Welsh of Welsh industries. You can still see the blacksmith at work and slate being split. You can watch the only working incline in the UK carry wagons up        and down the quarry face. The Museum is like being on a big time machine. You will        believe the workmen only just downed their tools. You personal guide, a former    slate worker, will also show you the largest working water wheel in mainland Britain at more than 15 metres wide.

11.00   Join Welsh actor Matthew Rhys, famed for his role in US TV series Brothers and   Sisters, on the summit of Snowdon – the highest mountain in England and Wales - as she takes you on a personal guided tour of this, his favourite part of north Wales.     Matthew’s ancestors were once farmers on the slopes of this giant of Welsh     mountains and he was at the forefront of the campaign to raise money for the new      summit visitor centre, Hafod Eryri.

12.30   Matthew will then join you as you head to Portmeirion by helicopter for a   champagne reception and locally sourced gourmet lunch in the company of the village’s owner, Robin Llywelyn. Portmeirion, made famous by the iconic Prisoner    television series in the 1960s, is a fantastical Italianate folly taking full advantage of    its breathtaking estuary location.

2.30      Fly back to Holyhead

Snowdonia from the Air

Location: Portmeirion

You will be picked up by helicopter and transported to the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, one of the most beautiful locations in the UK. It has the evocative Welsh name of “Eryri”, meaning “the place of the eagles” and is an area of outstanding natural beauty covering 838 square miles and containing some of the most magnificent scenery in Wales. Panoramic Snowdonia casts its own unique spell on the visitor.

Your next destination is renowned the world over and instantly recognisable from its starring role as the location for one of the most iconic television shows ever broadcast. Built by Clough Williams-Ellis, Portmeirion was catapulted to fame as “The Village” in The Prisoner, Patrick McGoohan’s 60s cult TV series (recently remade for the big screen).

In 1926 he opened the main house on the shore as the Hotel Portmeirion to finance his venture. Over the years Williams-Ellis added many buildings to the Italianate village, completing his work in 1976, when he was over 90 years old. Some buildings were designed by Williams-Ellis, others dismantled, shipped and reassembled from other parts of the UK.

Lunch: The Dining Room at The Hotel Portmeirion. Head Chef Wayne Roberts is the proud holder of two AA Rosettes for cooking. The Dining Room has an outside lawned terrace for drinks and snacks during the summer season. After champagne  cocktails, choose from such specialities as smoked black pearl scallops or Menai  Straits ‘moules mariniere’ from the starter menu, to Loin of Portmeirion estate lamb for your main course, followed by the sumptuous treat of white chocolate souffle, grand marnier ‘hot chocolate’. A fine selection of wines will accompany your meal with cheese board, coffee and petits fours to conclude this gourmet repast.

After lunch take time to explore the extensive gardens and woodland that surround Portmeirion

Pony Trekking & Kayaking Adventure Day

Introduction

Explore Anglesey’s green lanes on horseback during a 1 hour pony trek, which is an ideal

duration for complete novices or those who just looking to see the countryside from another perspective. The horses are well trained and you are accompanied by experienced guides. The green lanes are traffic free and allow a gentle pedestrian pace for the horses, a very unrushed journey.

 

After a short break and refreshments we transfer to our kayak departure point where our instructors carry out a briefing and an introduction to paddling, the simple skills and echniques required to manoevre your craft through the water. Our 2 hour paddle follows the north bank of the Menai Strait around to Beaumaris our destination. Here we disembark and leave the kayaks to explore Beaumaris village and its famous castle. We transfer direct from Beaumaris to Holyhead by coach.

 

Beaumaris Castle

Beaumaris Castle is an awesome sight, regarded by many as the finest of all the great Edwardian castles in Wales. Begun in 1295, it was also the last. The king's military architect, the brilliant James of St George, brought all his experience and inspiration to bear when building this castle, the biggest and most ambitious venture he ever undertook.

Itinerary

09.00am     Collection from Holyhead and 40 minute transfer to Pony Trek Centre

10.00am     Briefing and introduction to your horse before departing for 1 hour trek

11.30am     Refreshments & snack in local caf.

12.00pm     Transfer to kayaking departure point

Briefing and skills/technique introduction

14.00pm     Arrive at Beaumaris disembark

Free time to explore Beaumaris and its castle

15.30 pm    Return to Holyhead

16.15pm     Arrive Holyhead

included

Return transfers to Holyhead

1 hour pony trek including a hard hat

Refreshments & snacks

2 hour kayak activity with equipment and instructors

Buoyancy aids, helmets and cagoules