UK Universities Tour 2020 – England & Scotland
Tour Departs Australia 03 August 2020
The United Kingdom Universities Tour 2020 will be a real adventure exploring Living British Heritage. Returning to the most famous and historical Universities, staying in many buildings of significant importance with stunning architecture steeped in history.
Our Sage Travel Tours have No Single Supplement, staying in your own room with en suite. Double/Twin rooms may be available on request for couples. Return Chauffeur transfers from home to/from the airport will be provided*
(* conditions apply)
You will be enjoying some of your meals in the Great Halls found at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Daily breakfasts and dinners (or occasionally lunch) are included, with the exception of No dinners in London.
The 2020 tour is a leisurely tour staying three or four nights at major University locations. Daily local tours are relaxed with no early starts or late returns. This 20 Night tour departs Australia on 3rd of August, 2020.
Oxford, Cambridge, London, Stonehenge, Bath and the enchanting Cotswolds. The walled cities of Exeter and York, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Stirling Castle.
Return international airfares
All sightseeing and guided tours as per itinerary,
All accommodation (no single supplement, private facilities),
Home to airport return transfers (conditions apply),
London airport transfers,
Taxes, Tips and entrance fees as per itinerary.
Day One: Depart Australia. Private transfers to the airport *conditions apply
Day Two: Arrive at Heathrow Airport where you will be meet by your private coach which will take you to Oxford University. Stay at the famous Christ Church College founded by Henry V111 and Cardinal Woolsey in 1524. The grandiose buildings include highlights such as Christopher Wren’s Great Torn Bell Tower and The Great Hall where King Charles 1 held court during the English Civil War. The Great Hall was used for the Harry Potter films. Included in the complex is Oxford Cathedral with its famous stained-glass windows. You will be staying in living history.
Welcome Dinner Tonight (B,D)
Staying three nights at Christ Church College Oxford University.
Day Three: A walking tour of Oxford. Free afternoon. (B,D)
Day Four: A day of touring the golden stone and natural beauty of the Cotswolds, including an unforgettable visit to Highgrove Royal Gardens, HRH The Prince of Wales’s private gardens. (B,D)
Day Five: Explore Exeter. Enjoy a drive to Devon and Cornwell, experience a Bath Walking Tour along the way. (B,D)
Our stay is at the old Roman Town of Exeter. Exeter is an ancient city, dating back to the Roman days. City walls surround the centre and the Gothic Cathedral. Ancient passageways are found under the city. J.K Rowling of Harry Potter fame studied at Exeter University. You will be staying four nights at Exeter University.
Day Six: Today we visit the Dartmoor market town of Tavistock, home to Sir Francis Drake. Travelling on to Port Isaacs, home to Doc Martin TV series. Returning to Exeter to explore this Roman Town with its underground passages and ancient walls, and the famous 12th century Norman Cathedral. (B,D)
Day Seven: Free Day to explore. (B,D)
Day Eight: Today we will be visiting some of the historical market towns and well know Ports including St Ives, then onto St Michael’s Mount and the villages of Mousehole. Dinner at a local Pub. (B,D)
Day Nine: A pleasant drive to London. Visiting on the way Stonehenge, the remarkable circle of stone once used for worship by the Druids.
London, one of the world’s greatest cities, the magnificent capital city of England and the United Kingdom. Experience first-hand the pomp and pageantry of Buckingham Palace, and many other cultural icons.
Staying three nights at Imperial College London. Full English Breakfast included, NO Dinners. (B)
Day Ten: A tour of London’s highlights with Blue Badge Guide, including of Parliament House, Buckingham Palace and The Tower of London, home to the crown jewels. (B)
Day Eleven: Free Day to explore London. (B)
Day Twelve: Transfer to the University city of Cambridge, famous as the home of many of history’s greatest thinkers.
Situated in central Cambridge St Catherine College is close to Kings College world famous Chapel. Founded by the people of Cambridge and established in 1352 by the Guild of Corpus as one of the ancient colleges of Cambridge.
Cambridge offers amazing architecture, a rich history with green spaces and wonderful walks, or drift along the River Cam in a punt. See Trinity College founded by Henry V111 in 1546, and St John’s with its 16th Century Great Gate.
Staying three nights at St Catherine College Cambridge with Full English Breakfast and Dinner. (B,D)
Day Thirteen: A visit to Colchester and Constable Country. Founded in 50 AD with its wealth provided by the Romans and Normans. The main streets still follow the old Roman plan and part of the Roman walls and Norman Keep survive today. From a towpath opposite the Stour it is possible to view Flatford Mill the scene of Constable’s famous painting. (B,D)
Day Fourteen: Walking tour of Cambridge by local Blue Badge Guides, including a visit to Kings College Chapel the 15th Century Gothic masterpiece. Enjoy a Sunday Roast Lunch. Afternoon Free to explore. (B,L)
Day Fifteen: All About York!. Transfer to the walled city of York, founded by the Romans. Its huge 13th century Gothic Cathedral the York Minster with its medieval stained-glass windows.
Staying three nights at York University with daily full English Breakfast and Dinner. (B,D)
Day Sixteen: Tour of York including York Minister the ancient Roman walls followed by a visit to the Jorvik Viking Centre. (B,D)
Day Seventeen: A visit to Castle Howard, the location for Brideshead Revisited. Stopping off in Goathland Village the setting for the series Heart Beat. Then on to Whitby famous port and seaside town where Captain Cook learned his seamanship. Oswy, the Christian King of Northumbria, founded the first abbey under the Abbess Hilda which was destroyed by Viking raiders. You can see on the hill the ruins of the abbey re built in 1078, and look for the statue of Captain Cook in the town. (B,D)
Day Eighteen: Today we visit the beautiful centre of Durham including the Romanesque Cathedral. We then journey through The Borders area between England and Scotland to Edinburgh. The Borders are scattered with castles and fortified abbeys.
Founded in 1582 Edinburgh University is the sixth oldest university in the English speaking world. The city has a medieval Old Town with gardens and elegant neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s Crown Jewels and the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Staying three nights at Edinburgh University with daily Scottish Breakfast and Dinner. (B,D)
Day Nineteen: Visiting Stirling Castle Scotland, one of the largest and most important Castles in Scotland. View the National Wallace Memorial and the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, June 1314 a Scottish victory by the King of the Scots Robert the Bruce against the English army of King Edward II.
Then an enjoyable journey to Scone Palace where the ancient Scottish Kings such as MacBeth and Robert The Bruce were crowned.
In the evening excellent reserved seats at the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B,D)
Day Twenty: Tour of Old Edinburgh including a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Afternoon Free. Evening Farewell Dinner. (B,D)
Day Twenty One: Transfer to Edinburgh Airport for flights home to Australia, or on to Dublin for those joining Sage Travel’s Magic of Ireland extension.
Price $12,890 per person (including airfare from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane)
For other departure points including New Zealand please ask.