The Gin Experience England Tour
Departs London UK September 13 – 21
Our unique adventure starts in the cosmopolitan city of London., famous for Gin. After three high-spirited days our unique journey continues to the slower pace of life in picturesque Yorkshire, famous for its fine Ales and amazing scenery.
The London Gin craze of 300 years ago is back. Today, the selection of ‘quality’ gin is enormous and at the center of this global gin explosion is England and its capital city.
Yorkshire continues to brew some of the finest Beers in the world, with their cask hand pulled draft continuing to dominate the awards each year.
Pick up at your Hotel for a full day of sightseeing in the center of London.
Evening: Dinner in Soho and visit The London Gin Club.
The London Gin Club opened in March 2012 in the famous Soho area of central London. On a constant quest for fine and remarkable gin they have over 350 of the best premium and super premium gins available including micro-distilleries and small batch producers from around the world. They also pride themselves on making an amazing Gin & Tonic.
Portobello Road Distillery & The Gin Institute
Nestled away in the beneath an 19th century drinking den turned working distillery at No.186 on London’s world-famous Portobello Road is the gin blending & history experience, The Ginstitute.
Since opening its doors in late 2011, The Ginstitute has welcomed over 20,000 gin lovers from around the world with open arms and provided them with a chance to sample not just the gins themselves but also the exciting story of gin in London from 300 years ago to present time.
Patrons also get the unique opportunity to create their own individual gin recipe, which they keep on file forever more, allowing them to replenish their personal collection time and time again.
Evening: London Cocktail Club Masterclass
The London Cocktail Club runs masterclasses that cater for everyone from the total rookie to the home-bartending pro. Enjoy a cocktail on arrival while you meet and greet your bartender who will teach you how to make three cocktails, sharing tips, secrets and top techniques, as well as a little history of cocktails.
Day 3: A day Trip to Bombay Sapphire Distillery in Hampshire.
Step back in time to uncover the fascinating history behind Laverstoke Mill in the Heritage Room of the Bombay Distillery.
Discover the exotic botanicals in Bombay Sapphire gin in the Glasshouses and Botanical Dry Room and then join our hosts as they immerse yourself in the history of gin and Bombay Sapphire in the Gin Academy. Each guest receives a drink ‘on the house’ in the Mill Bar alongside the beautiful River Test.
The afternoon will be free to explore the Roman town of Winchester. Famous for its magnificent cathedral, which is home to King Arthur’s round table and the many quaint shops in the narrow-cobbled streets.
Evening: We will return late evening to our hotel in London.
We will travel via motor coach to the Roman city of York with scheduled stops on the way. Check in late afternoon into the Hotel Du Vin Hotel (or similar). A wonderful boutique hotel in the ancient section of the city
Nowhere in northern England says ‘medieval’ quite like York, a city of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth that has lost little of its pre-industrial lustre.
A magnificent circuit of 13th-century walls encloses a medieval spider’s web of narrow streets. At its heart lies the immense, awe-inspiring York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world. Relax in the evening and explore this splendid city. The York Minster is a magnificent cathedral dating back to the 7th century. It’s the second largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. The present building dates from 1230 to 1472
Evening: Relax in your hotel in the historic city of York. Nowhere in northern England says ‘medieval’ quite like
York, a city of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth that has lost little of its pre-industrial lustre.
A magnificent circuit of 13th-century walls encloses a medieval spider’s web of narrow streets. At its heart lies the immense, awe-inspiring York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world.
Day 5: A Day in York
So much to see in York! We will visit the Minister, Shambles and the Jorvik Viking Centre.
There will be ample time to stroll down the streets known as Shambles. One of most famous streets in England dating back to the 14th century.
Evening dinner at the boutique Hotel Du Vin & bistro for a selection of cocktails with our meal.
Day 6: A day on a steam train journey.
Our steam Train journey will take us from the market town of Pickering to the coastal town of Whitby in North Yorkshire. This is a breathtaking journey through the majestic North Yorkshire Moors, whilst enjoying a pint of
Yorkshire Real ale or a classic cocktail. Two hours in Whitby to enjoy the best Fish & Chips in the world and time to admire the town with its quaint shops and harbor.
With a stop at Goathland station on the return journey, famous for being Hogsmeade, the final stop on the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films.
A leisurely 10-minute stroll to the village of Goathland. Time for a rest break in the pub serving real ale or British creamed teas. Evening free to explore the city and say goodbye until next time.
Day 7: Tour of the Majestic Yorkshire Dales & Black Sheep Brewery
Our day will begin with a one-hour drive via motor coach to Black Sheep Brewery in the picturesque town of Masham. This is Mike’s favorite beer! A One-hour brewery tour followed by a short break in the town.
Continue our journey in the afternoon with a visit to Fountains Abbey and the Roman Spa town of Harrogate. Fountains Abbey is an iconic landmark built by the Normans in 1132. Plenty of time to admire the architecture and be in awe!
We return via our motor coach to London. Our overnight stay will be at the Shangri-La Hotel in London (or similar).
In the evening we will have our farewell dinner at the Ting Restaurant with its panoramic views over London. Enjoy British fare with Asian Infusion perhaps with a gin cocktail. Bon appetite.
Your Tour Guide
Your special Tour Manager throughout your stay is Michael J Gill.
Michael has spent his entire career in the drinks industry. Originally from Yorkshire, he’s worked in three countries, initially in the beer category before moving to spirits in 2000. Michael educates enthusiasts regularly in Halifax, Canada on Gin including the history, botanical recipes, the Perfect Gin & Tonic and cocktails.
Michael is a Certified WEST Professional Spirits Certificate & holder of the Diploma in Gin from EWS in Edinburgh Scotland.
The gin tours are a way for him to share his passion and knowledge for these interesting and remarkable drinks while showcasing his original home country.
Michael’s hobbies include travel, photography, writing and the preservation of steam locomotives in the UK.
Our trip to London and Yorkshire is in his backyard, so to speak, with extensive knowledge of these interesting, beautiful and historical areas of England.
Join him on a trip of a life time!
2019 price is $ 3,895 excluding air fare. For more details please contact Mike or call Kyra Rose Travel Specialist at Merit Travel Halifax 902.482.8000,2308
Whisky Paradise Scotland Tour
Join Michael on a unique Escorted tour of Scotland’s finest single malt whisky distilleries. Michael will be your host throughout this tour.
This is a perfect tour for those whisky enthusiasts and trade professionals looking to learn more about Scotch single malt, first hand and up close!
“In my whisky classes over the years we have discussed at depth what is the most important aspect in defining a single malt whisky. The casks, water, barley or the unique geographical terroir where each distillery is located.
Over twenty years of selling and promoting single malts from Scotland I have come to this conclusion – all the above however, it’s the people that make it and how they make it! Sill size, lyne arms and condenser, length of the distillation and when they take the precious middle cut.
This tour will give you more appreciation on why a scotch single malt is so complex and delicious and meet some of the people involved in making it!
I will take you behind the scenes at many of the distilleries to meet key distillery staff and will be on hand throughout the trip. Special exclusive tastings have been arranged for this remarkable tour.
If you ever dreamed of being in whisky paradise, now is your opportunity.”
Depart Glasgow to Aberfeldy for a behind the scene look at this famous distillery, followed by a special tasting. This will include the amazing Dewar’s Last of the Great Mat Series.
A visit to Edradour. The distillery with the shortest stills.
Visit the famous Glenfiddich distillery and The Speyside Cooperage
Dalmore & Tomatin Highland distilleries. A special tasting and meet the team at Tomatin. 2016 Whisky icon best distillery.
Visit Dalwhinnie Distillery and drive the scenic route to the ferry crossing for Islay. A break at Inveraray with an opportunity to visit Loch Fynne whisky shop.
Bruichladdich, Kilchoman and Ardbeg distilleries on the island of Islay. Farewell to Islay- evening whisky dinner.
Return to Glasgow via Oban and the Trossachs National Park.