8 day / 7 night
This comprehensive tour will introduce you to the highlights of England and Scotland. Experience Britain of a very different era as you visit Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Stately Edinburgh Castle, the Roman spa in Bath and the magical stone circle that is Stonehenge. Also visit the handsome cities of York, Durham, St. Andrews and Liverpool. On this tour you’ll discover the Britain you’ve always dreamed of seeing.
Price range: £1,325 - £2,075
Stratford-upon-Avon - see Anne Hathaway’s cottage and visit William Shakespeare’s birthplace
Edinburgh - explore the city in the company of a local guide and visit its impressive castle
Scottish Highlands - spend a night in the heart of the scenic Cairngorm National Park
Lake District - discover the picturesque landscape that inspired poets and painters
Bath - visit the ancient Roman baths
Movie locations - The Duchess, Shirley Valentine and Rob Roy
Hotel accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - London - Stratford upon Avon - York
This morning travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to view Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare's birthplace and Visitor Centre. In your free time explore the charming cobbled streets of the town or walk along the banks of the River Avon. In York view the ancient city walls, picturesque Shambles and the magnificent York Minster during your orientation walk through the Roman town. This evening get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical British pub meal and drink.
Overnight: Holiday Inn, York (or similar)
Day 2 - York - Durham - Edinburgh
Set around the picturesque River Wear, Durham enjoys a long and varied history. View the 11th century Durham Cathedral and the castle overlooking Palace Green. Photograph Hadrian's Wall before a scenic drive through Northumberland National Park. Admire spectacular views of the Cheviot Hills as you cross the Scottish border. Stop to admire the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey before arriving in Edinburgh, Scotland's bustling capital.
Overnight: Holiday Inn/Jurys Inn, Edinburgh (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 3 - Edinburgh City Tour and Edinburgh Castle
Set in rugged landscape and containing a vast array of medieval and Georgian architecture, Edinburgh is a fascinating city. This morning your local guide takes you on a sightseeing tour which includes the Royal Mile, views of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Arthur's Seat, Princes Street and the Scottish Parliament. A real highlight is a visit to Edinburgh Castle to see the stunning Scottish Crown Jewels and to admire the views of the city. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore the city at your own pace or join your Travel Director on an Optional Experience to Rosslyn Chapel, famous for its association with the Knights Templar. During the Edinburgh Festival your visit includes tickets to the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Day 4 - Edinburgh - St. Andrews - Scottish Highlands
Enjoy wonderful views of the Forth Bridges as we make our way into the ancient Kingdom of Fife. On arrival in St Andrews see the famous Old Course and stop to take photographs at the 18th green. Drive over the River Tay into the Scottish Highlands. Enjoy an included Cultural Insight at a whisky distillery to sample a ‘wee dram'. Arrive at Pitlochry a charming village on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. A picturesque drive brings you to your hotel. Dine tonight in your hotel.
Overnight: Highlander Hotel, Newtonmore (or similar)
Day 5 - Scottish Highlands - Glen Coe - Glasgow
Start the day with a scenic drive through the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands. View the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge and see views of Britain's highest mountain – Ben Nevis. Drive to Glen Coe, the site of a bloody and cruel massacre in 1692. Travel south through picturesque landscapes to Scotland's prettiest loch, Loch Lomond. Later you arrive in Glasgow where your orientation includes George Square and Glasgow Cathedral.
Overnight: MacDonald Crutherland House Hotel, Glasgow (East Kilbride) (or similar)
Day 6 - Glasgow - Lake District - Liverpool
Visit Gretna Green where eloping couples would make their vows over the anvil. Return to England and enjoy a light lunch in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside. Later visit the Lake District where the great poet William Wordsworth once lived. Visit Grasmere where he wrote his most famous poem ‘Daffodils' and see his final resting place in the churchyard of St. Oswald's Church. View Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England before arriving in Liverpool.
Overnight: Mecure Atlantic Tower Hotel, Liverpool (or similar)
Day 7 - Liverpool - Wye Valley - Bristol
Travel through beautiful Welsh countryside this morning and stop in an area of outstanding natural beauty - the Wye Valley. At the village of Tintern, view the spectacular ruins of the world-famous Cistercian Tintern Abbey. Later arrive in Bristol and see the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain during your orientation. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Mercure Holland House, Bristol (or similar)
Day 8 - Bath - Stonehenge - London
Visit the ancient city of Bath. See the splendid Georgian architecture and enjoy an included visit to the Roman Baths. Visit the mysterious prehistoric monoliths at Stonehenge. A scenic drive through Wiltshire and Hampshire brings you back to London where your amazing holiday ends.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Escorted Tour?
If you enjoy the art of first class travel whilst enjoying amazing value then an Escorted Tour is just for you. All these tours are carefully researched and combine quality hotels, luxury travel, informative visits and leisure time. You’ll find our Escorted Tours to be memorable - for all the right reasons! You will travel aboard a state of the art motorcoach with air-conditioning, on-board WiFi, reclining seats, oversized windows and emergency washroom. An experienced tour manager will lead the tour and your coach will be expertly driven by a professional driver. In certain cities you’ll be joined by a local guide who will provide local insight and show you the highlights. These tours are inclusive of superior tourist class accommodation, transportation, selected admission fees and many meals. You’ll have the chance to personalise your touring experience by participating in some carefully planned optional excursions. These are at additional expense and details will be provided with your tour documentation.
What are optional extras?
The extended tours we offer are the perfect blend of discovery and free time. To enhance your tour and to add to your enjoyment a specially crafted programme of optional extras will be offered. These could include evening diversions such as a Scottish Banquet with music and entertainment or a speciality visit to a historic castle. A list of the options available on your tour will be included in your tour documentation together with information on how you can purchase them.
What type of room should I choose?
There are different bedrooms types to choose from, here is what you can expect: Single room - one person sleeping in a single bed. Twin room - two people sleeping in two separate beds. Double room - two people sharing one large bed. Family room - three people sharing a room sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person). Please note that a family room can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.
Can I get laundry done?
Most hotels offer a laundry service. Where the tour itinerary includes a two-night stay in the same hotel you should be able to use the laundry service. Included in your tour documentation will be a confirmed hotel list: we would strongly suggest that you contact the hotel to check what facilities they offer and to check any restrictions that may be in place during your stay.
Who travels on an escorted tour?
These tours are immensely popular so expect to be travelling in the company of like-minded travellers from around the world. It’s a great way to make new friends! Age-wise it’s really difficult for us to give an accurate figure for any given tour departure, but experience has taught us to expect the median age to be between 45 and 50.
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- Location: York (1); Edinburgh (2); Scottish Highlands (1); Glasgow (1); Liverpool (1) and Bristol (1)
- Cooked/Continental breakfast (7)
- Welcome pub reception and dinner with your Tour Director
- Table d'hote dinner (1)
- Light lunch in Cumbria
- Farwell dinner in Bristol
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Admission to Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Edinburgh Castle, Roman Baths (Bath) and Stonehenge
- Tour and tasting at a Malt Whisky Distillery
- City tour of Edinburgh and Liverpool
- Orientation tours of York, Durham, Glasgow, Bristol and Bath
- Tickets are included for the World-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 8 to 22 August, 2020 departures
- Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats, on board washroom and Wifi
- All baggage handling and hotel tips are included
- Services throughout the tour of a professional Tour Director
- Service charges and taxes
Please check your tour documentation for the commencement time of the tour
From 79 York Road
London SE1 7NJ
Check-in: 06:30 hrs
Tour Departs: 07:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 19:00 hrs
Child discount applies to children aged 5 to 17 years inclusive on the basis that they share a room with an adult.
We’re sorry but children aged under 5 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
The price of this tour includes hotel accommodation with en-suite bathroom.
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Selected departures include a visit to this famous celebration of music, dancing and culture performed against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.