GREAT BRITISH THINKERS with Fred Watson - 27 August - 11 September 2016 // SOLD OUT

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  • Duration: 16 Days
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Day 1 

Saturday 27 August 2016 - LONDON

We commence our Great British Thinkers tour with a guided tour of the city of London like you’ve probably never had before. Meeting Fred’s brother David, a former Life Guard with Buckingham Palace, Dave has an unparalleled insight into the city. Visit to the Greenwich Observatory and the National Maritime Museum this afternoon and see Harrison’s chronometers before a late afternoon flight on the London Eye. A welcome dinner is included at our hotel. (D)

Day 2

Sunday 28 August 2016 - CAMBRIDGE

Travelling North to Cambridge we take a detour to Bletchley Park. This is no Imitation Game, but another Watson – Fred’s brother John. See Colossus and the Enigma Machine with technical tales from the war. Leaving the park behind, we enter the Whipple Museum which holds an internationally important collection of scientific instruments and models, dating from the Middle Ages to the present. (B)

Day 3

Monday 29 August 2016

Kings College Chapel is commonly used symbol of the city of Cambridge. Built in the period of the War of the Roses,it is recognised as finest examples of late Perpendicular Gothic English architecture. After taking a first hand-visit Institute of Astronomy with Fred’s colleagues, we have some free time in Cambridge to stroll the promenades of academia. (B)

Day 4

Tuesday 30 August 2016 - YORK

All aboard for our first train from Leicester North to Loughborough. The Great Central Railway is the UK's only double track, main line heritage railway. It’s the only place in the world where full size steam engines can be seen passing each other – just as it was when steam ruled the rails. Wending our way from Cambridge to York we arrive in time to view the masterpiece of stained glass in the York Minster - one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe – then the York Rail Museum. I know it's tempting, but don’t get locked in overnight! (B)

Day 5

Wednesday 31 August 2016 – ROBIN HOODS BAY

Pickering is an ancient market town and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire. Entering the North Yorkshire Moors via this town, we take a self-proclaimed steam train adventure on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway including 18 miles of spectacular scenery. Visiting the sea-farers home in Whitby, our day ends at the Captain Cook Museum before overnighting at Robin Hoods Bay. (B,D)

Day 6

Thursday 1 September 2016 - MALHAM

A visit to Ripon Cemetery may not be on every tourist’s list of must-dos, but how could we go past seeing the intriguing grave of Piazzi Smyth’sIn complete contrast, we then enter Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. The abbey is a Grade I listed building owned by the National Trust and is UNESCO World Heritage Listed. (B,D) 

Day 7

Friday 2 September 2016
The train journey from Keighley to Oxenhope on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is a train enthusiasts dream. We make this come true en route to the charming town of Haworth including entrance to the Bronte Parsonage – the lifelong home of Charlotte, Emily and Anne is now museum celebrating their works. (B,D)

Day 8

Saturday 3 September 2016 - GRASMERE

Malham lies at the upper end of the valley of the River Aire, known above Airton as Malhamdale, in the Yorkshire Dales. The surrounding countryside is well known for its limestone pavements created by glacial retreats leaving behind a flat, bare surface. The Ribblehead Viaduct or Batty Moss Viaduct is next on our list. This 45km long Midland Railway-built line, carries the Settle-Carlisle Railway across Batty Moss in the valley of the River Ribble at Ribblehead. Ending the day, we cruise on the Ullswater Steamer before dinner and bed in the Grasmere Hotel (B,D)

Day 9

Sunday 4 September 2016

Taking another train today we go from Ravenglass the only coastal village in the Lake District via the estuary through the hills to Eskdale. Windermere, hosts the largest natural lake in England fed by numerous rivers. The Romans built their fort of Galava at its northern end (Waterhead), and it has been an important waterway for movement of heavy materials ever since. We lunch here, before heading back to Grasmere for visit to Dove Cottage – the home of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy.  (B,D)

Day 10

Monday 5 September 2016 - EDINBURGH

Finishing our Settle to Carlisle Railway service we board our train in Appleby-in-Westmorland for a short trip to Carlisle. We then continue to the UNSECO World Heritage city of Edinburgh by coach via Alnwick Castle & Gardens. Make sure everyone gets back on the coach after entering the sinister Poison Gardens. Travelling north, we arrive in the afternoon to visit the Scottish Parliament for an evening literary tour of Edinburgh. We leave you to your own devices to explore the many wonderful restaurants of this thriving town.  (B)

Day 11

Tuesday 6 September 2016 – ST ANDREWS

With Fred Watson as host, a visit to the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh is compulsory. Guided by Karen Moran, we get up-close and personal with the Crawford Collection. Gifted by the 26th Earl of Crawford, the collection is of outstanding international significance and has been acknowledged as one of "four truly great collections of astronomical books" in the world. We continue on to the Falkirk Wheel and the Wallace Monument and then on to the home of Golf, St Andrews. (B,D)

Day 12

Wednesday 7 September 2016

Spend some time this morning to stretch your legs and walk along the Migh Street of St Andrews. Grab a coffee in William and Kate’s favourite café, stroll along the historic ruins of the cathedral or visit the Museum of Golf (not included). We meet this afternoon for a visit St Andrews Observatory with Fred’s colleague astronomer Andrew Collier-Cameron. (B,D)

Day 13

Thursday 8 September 2016 - AVIEMORE

Heading further north today, we enter Perth and see the Stone of Scone. Also referred to as the Coronation Stone and the Stone of Destiny, the oblong red sandstone seat has been used to coronate Scottish monarchs for centuries and is shrouded in mystery. In the home of whiskey, it is only fair to take in a dram, and we do so this afternoon at the Blair Athol Distillery in Pitlochry. (B,D)

Day 14

Friday 9 September 2016 - INVERNESS

Fort Augustus is in the historic and scenic Highland region of Scotland, situated between Fort William and Inverness on the shores of Loch Ness. The legend of the Lochness monster, makes the small town a popular tourist destination. You’re your eyes peeled for her as we cruise a portion of the Caledonian Canal. The canal runs some 97 km along a geological fault. There are 29 locks, four aqueducts and 10 bridges in the course of the canal.(B,D)

Day 15

Saturday 10 September 2016 – GLEN MORANGIE

A day of three historic sites awaits us today; the magical fairy-tale Cawdor Castle, associated with Macbeth; Clava Cairns a well-preserved Bronze Age complex of graves with an astronomical alignment; and the Culloden Battlefield. With over 1,200 dead in just one hour our last stop for the day, saw a short and bloody battle – the last on British soil. Our final night includes dinner bed and breakfast in the home of Glenmorangie whiskey. (B,D)

Day 16

Sunday 11 September 2016

Our Great British Thinkers tour ends with a transfer to Inverness airport. (B)


Millennium Bailey's, London

Hilton Doubletree Cambridge, Cambridge

The Grand Hotel & Spa, York

Grasmere Hotel, Grasmere

Lister Arms Hotel, Malham

G&V Royal Mile Hotel, Edinburgh

Rufflets Hotel, St Andrews

Boat Hotel, Aviemore

Best Western Inverness Palace, Inverness

Glenmorangie House 


• Fred Watson to accompany throughout
• Accommodation, 15 nights first class hotels or manor houses

• Breakfast (B) daily, Dinner (D) and Lunches (L) as listed

• Visits, excursions and entrances as mentioned in the program.

• Sightseeing tours with local English speaking guide as per program.

• Local Tour guides

• Transfers and sightseeing by first class coaches or train

Price Per Person: 
Twin / Double share - $8,995
Single supplement - SOLD OUT

Not Included:

·       Flights,  taxes and fees      

*      Personal items such as emails, laundry, room service

·      Drinks with meals

·      Tips

·      Visas