Thursday 3 November 2011

Soak up British backdrops and literary legends with Anonymous and Insight Vacations

Millions have read his plays, viewed performances and studied his history, but now the new motion picture Anonymous, released nationally by Sony Pictures on 3 November, calls Shakespeare's legacy into question.

Did the famous playwright pen his own prose or…was Shakespeare a fraud? See the movie and decide for yourself, then discover Britain, where the film is set and where Shakespeare's legend lives on, on one of seven premium itineraries offered  in the region by Insight Vacations.

Be inspired by the richness of the literary landscapes in Britain and the charm of the bygone eras portrayed in Anonymous and let Insight Vacations help you re-create your own set-jetting experience. Especially designed to evoke a sense of nostalgia, the 11-day Elegance of Great Britain takes you on a true Tudor experience through archetypal villages, stately homes, historic castles and beautiful gardens.

On this premium tour you'll spend two nights in Stratford upon Avon, birthplace of Anonymous' protagonist, William Shakespeare. Here you'll have the opportunity to soak up fascinating memorabilia and artefacts relating to the Bard's life such as a visit to his birthplace and the world-renowned Swan Theatre, paying homage to his work with regular performances. This trip also comprises other inspiring literary locations such as the Lake District and Bronte Country, in between discoveries of regal regions including Hever Castle in the 'Garden of England' in Kent, Blenheim Palace on the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds, historic Edinburgh and of course London - home of the revered Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Blenheim Palace
Insight Vacations' 11-day Elegance of Great Britain is priced from $2699 per person, twin share, land only (single supplement priced at $450) . Departing London this tour visits the New Forest, Avebury (for Stonehenge and Salisbury), Stratford upon Avon, the Cotswolds, Ludlow, Lake District, Edinburgh and Yorkshire's Brontë Country amongst others.

Or perhaps you would prefer to explore Britain's romantic landscapes, no doubt an inspiration while Shakespeare was penning the tales of his most famous lovers - Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Ophelia, Orlando and Rosalind to name just a few – on Insight Vacations' 18-day Romantic Britain and Ireland.

Heady experiences available on this tour include a visit to the Yorkshire Dales, which inspired some of the most romantic tales ever penned including the Bronte classics, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights; crossing the border into Scotland via Gretna Green, famous for its runaway weddings and a visit to St. Andrew's, location of modern day's most famous love story, that of William and Catherine.

Insight Vacations' 18-day Romantic Britain and Ireland is priced from $4325 per person, twin share, land only (single supplement priced at $1000). Departing London this tour visits Oxford, Stratford upon Avon, Lincoln, York, Leeds, Yorkshire Dales, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Loch Ness, Oban, Mull & Iona, Loch Lomond, Troon, Isle of Arran, Belfast, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Dingle, Killarney, Waterford, Cardiff and Bath.

For those who prefer medieval over modern day, the nine-day Best of Britain is packed with historical highlights including a visit to York Minster and the Tudor 'Shambles', exploring the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms in Bath, a cruise to the harbour and the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth and the mythical megaliths of Stonehenge.

Insight Vacations' Nine-day Best of Britain is priced from $2025 per person, twin share, land only (single supplement priced at $390). Departing London this tour visits Stratford upon Avon, York, Edinburgh, the Trossachs, Glasgow, Gretna, Lake District, Ludlow, Cardiff, Bath and Plymouth.

Other itineraries in Britain offered by Insight Vacations include the four-day Gems of Britain, the seven-day Scenic Britain, the 13-day Britain and Ireland Explorer and the 22-day Britain and Ireland Discovery.

All prices include premium hotels in desirable central or scenic locations, authentic dining experiences, transport by luxury coach with business class legroom, the services of an experienced Tour Director and much more. For more information on Insight Vacations visit or on Anonymous visit

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