MORRISTOWN, N.J., June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The fairy tale wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton may have been an event fit for royalty. But people of all kinds can experience the pageantry and historical tradition of Britain for themselves with the Olde England & Heritage Tour offered by CIE Tours International, the leading packager of escorted tours to the U.K.
From Stonehenge to Balmoral Castle to the future site of the 2012 Summer Olympics, the land of kings and queens offers castles, cathedrals and stunning landscapes rich in centuries of history. Whether walking in the footsteps of Shakespeare, J.K. Rowling or Beatrix Potter, or visiting the recording studios made famous by The Beatles, the British Isles offer a lavish dose of literary and musical legacy.
And there's no need to go it alone. There's a tour package for "whatever takes your fancy," as they like to say across the "pond." For example, CIE Tours' Olde England & Heritage Tour offers excursions that focus on The Beatles, "Braveheart," Beatrix Potter and "Brideshead Revisited."
One tour blends England's historic, literary and scenic regions with Beatrix Potter's Lake District, the magnificent York Minster, a vintage train ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, a walk around the walled city of Chester, and an optional stay in London.
Or visitors can marvel at The Beatles' Liverpool; the stately Castle Howard of "Brideshead Revisited" fame; Bronte Parsonage, where the three sisters produced their literary masterpieces; the U.S. historical connections at Sulgrave Manor and other famous attractions. The tour includes a taste of Scotland with visits to Edinburgh and Stirling Castle.
Or you can start your tour in Edinburgh and travel south via the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, York and Liverpool to end in Manchester or extend your tour to London.
While in Edinburgh, visitors will receive tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This annual series of drum and military displays is performed by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands and display teams in the Scottish capital. The event takes place annually as part of the wider Edinburgh Festival. Tour goers can also enjoy fine dining and Scottish cabaret.
Vacationers are urged to take advantage of the excitement of Britain while the royal post-nuptials excitement is still at its peak. After all, it could be quite a while before there is another royal wedding.
Prices for the 2011 Olde England & Heritage Tour start at $1,258. CIE Tours International has conducted trips through England, Scotland and Ireland for nearly 80 years. In addition to escorted group tours, the company also helps construct tour itineraries for individuals.
For more information, call (800) 243-8687 or visit www.cietours.com/FairyTale.
SOURCE CIE Tours International