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British Bites (by Rail):
Manchester and Edinburgh
Cuisine and culture combine on this exploration of Manchester and Edinburgh. In energetic Manchester you'll take in the city's most famous attractions from the Victorian Gothic Town Hall to the Manchester United stadium on a bus tour and learn the stories of the city through its food and famous Manchester Gin. Traveling north to Edinburgh, you'll explore the city on a Mini Cooper tour of the highlights from Edinburgh Castle to Arthur's Seat and explore Scottish specialties such as beer, cheeses, haggis, and of course, whisky.
•3 Nights Manchester
•2 Nights Edinburgh
•Private Arrival Transfer
•Manchester Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
•Eat the City - Scranchester Food Tour
•Small Group Manchester Distillery Tour and Guided Tasting
•Small Group Street Art Walking Tour
•Small Group Craft Beer Tour
•Edinburgh Food Safari
•Private Tour of Edinburgh by Mini Cooper
•Small Group Scotch Whisky Experience
•Private Departure Transfer
•Daily Breakfast
Arrive Manchester:
Arrive in Manchester, a youthful, diverse, energetic city, bursting with character. Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts, and sport. Today the city combines this heritage with a progressive vision to be a city that delivers surprise and delight in equal measures.

After checking in to your hotel, explore Manchester on a 90-minute bus tour where you'll discover the city's heritage and learn its history. You'll see highlights such as the Manchester Town Hall, a magnificent Victorian Gothic building steeped in history, as well as Piccadilly Gardens and Manchester Cathedral which features the finest medieval woodwork in the north and beautiful modern glass details. Football fans will delight in learning the history of Old Trafford stadium which has welcomed millions of Manchester United fans over the years while history buffs will enjoy the Imperial War Museum North which explores how lives have been, and still are, shaped by war and conflict. Following your tour, the rest of the day will be at your leisure.

(Accommodations, Manchester)

Head out on a gastronomic adventure, sampling some of the best food and drink the city has to offer and learn how the food and drink provides an insight into the city's past, present, and future. The 3.5 - 4-hour food tour will offer eight tastings across the city (which adds up to a huge meal, come hungry!) and take you to some favorite local haunts.

On the tour you will uncover fascinating facts about Manchester and England's food history, touch on food science, and take in some magnificent local food along the way. From the ice cream vendors of Ancoat's Little Italy and the diet of the Victorian mill worker to the birth of vegetarianism. Both your brain and belly will be fed!

Continuing with the theme, the next tour explores Manchester Gin at The Spirit of Manchester Distillery. The guided tour will provide an insight into the in-house production and development of one of the most awarded gins in the country. At the end of the tour, sample some of their gins to understand the flavor profiles and to help you choose your favorite.

Afterwards why not have a drink under the watchful eye of Wonder Wend, the 1,000-litre still.

(Breakfast & Accommodations, Manchester)

Today, embark on a street art tour and discover how ceramic art transformed the Northern Quarter into the city's coolest district. Find out the major names behind some of the area's oldest street art and those behind the most recent installations such as the Cities of Hope exhibition. You'll also have an insight into lesser-known heritage sites and the modern art movement within this very unique neighborhood. This street art tour is a one of a kind in the city.

Then it is time to discover the city's best breweries on an afternoon pub crawl and an unforgettable journey through Manchester, introducing you to local experts who will offer a fascinating insight into their craft. Visit both craft beer bars and breweries, and sample a variety of locally produced beers.

(Breakfast & Accommodations, Manchester)

Manchester to Edinburgh:
Leave England behind and travel by rail to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, with its medieval Old Town and the elegant gardens and neoclassical buildings of its Georgian New Town. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland's crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers, Arthur's Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill is topped with monuments and memorials.

After checking into your hotel, it is time to say hello to the classic Mini Cooper on this speedy private Edinburgh tour for no more than three people. Let your guide take to the wheel and navigate as you zoom around some of the city's best-known areas-Calton Hill, Dean Village, Grassmarket, and Arthur's Seat-plus a few lesser-known spots. Your guide will share historical facts and insight along the way.

(Breakfast, Manchester; Accommodations, Edinburgh)

Are you ready to see Edinburgh through the city's diverse and tasty cuisine on this food-lover's walking and tasting tour? Follow your guide through central Edinburgh and discover the best places to savor treats like scones fresh from the oven. Meet makers such as butchers, fishmongers, and more, and find out for yourself what makes their fresh produce so special. Along the way, taste locally made beer, cheeses, haggis, and whisky.

No trip to Edinburgh would be complete without a sensory trip into all things whisky, right in the heart of Edinburgh. Learn about Scotch whisky production on a barrel car ride which will whisk you through the history and production process with your enthusiastic guide, taste a dram, get a specially designed whisky tasting glass, and visit the World's Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky - home to 3500 individual bottles. You'll learn about the aromas and flavors in your chosen dram of single malt or blended Scotch whisky while your whisky expert uncovers the history, mystery, and romance of Scotland's best-known export.

(Breakfast & Accommodations, Edinburgh)

Depart Edinburgh:
Sadly, today is departure day, your driver will pick you up in plenty of time to transfer you to the airport, for your flight home or on to your next Avanti Destination.

(Breakfast, Edinburgh)

** Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change