Elegance of Great Britain
11 day / 10 night
This leisurely tour combines the beautiful and varied scenery of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales with relaxed visits to four of Britain’s great heritage cities - Edinburgh, York, Stratford-upon-Avon and Bath. As this very special tour winds its way towards London make visits to impressive stately homes, experience a cruise on Lake Windermere and visit the impressive monoliths of Stonehenge. This vacation is the perfect choice for the discerning traveller.
Price range: £2,395 - £3,385
Edinburgh - join a local expert for a tour of Edinburgh and visit to Edinburgh Castle
Yorkshire Dales - discover the story of the Bronte family in charming Haworth
York - enjoy a full-day exploration of this famous city
Blenheim Palace - explore the history and splendour of this great house
Bath - visit the 2,000 year old Roman Baths
Movie locations - Spectre, Calendar Girls and Les Miserables
Hotel accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Welcome to Scotland!
Ceud Mile Failte – A Hundred Thousand Welcomes to Scotland! On arrival at Edinburgh Airport meet your tour director and join the transfer to your hotel departing at 09:00, 11:00 and 13:00. The remainder of today is at leisure so you can relax before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 17:30 for a Welcome Dinner and the opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening.
Overnight: Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 2 - Edinburgh City Tour & Edinburgh Castle
Today we discover Edinburgh in the company of a Local Expert. We start with a drive along Princes Street to the ornate Scott Monument, then meander through the 18th century New Town with its Georgian facades and grand squares. Later we travel to the ancient Old Town, where we explore Edinburgh Castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and the Scottish Crown Jewels, known as The Honours of Scotland. At the opposite end of the Royal Mile, next to the modern Scottish Parliament Building lies the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen. This afternoon is at leisure, so why not take time out to visit the art treasures in the Scottish National Gallery? On select departures, you will also attend the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo - a colourful mix of tartan, music and dance, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Day 3 - Edinburgh - Gretna - The Lake District
Depart Edinburgh and travel westwards to visit Ardgowan Estate which extends to 10,000 acres and sits overlooking the estuary of the River Clyde. Meet The Laird, Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart, for a personal greeting and tour of the house. During your visit learn the histories of the area, the family, the domain and its contents - you may even hear about the ghost! Enjoy morning tea with delicious freshly-baked scones. Continue to Gretna Green to see the famous spot where runaway lovers were married over the anvil at the blacksmith's shop. We cross the border into England and make our way into the picturesque Lake District. Dinner is served at your hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere.
Hotel: Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, Bowness on Windermere (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 4 - Lake District Excursion
We spend today exploring the “the most beautiful corner of England”. The Lake District National Park is an area of rugged mountains and tranquil lakes. It’s been an inspiration for poets and authors for Centuries. We visit the last resting place of William Wordsworth in the small churchyard at Grasmere. Later we board a cruiser for a scenic sail on Lake Windermere along the way admiring the magnificent views of soaring peaks, varied wildlife and the little islands that are sprinkled across the lake. On our arrival we board a steam-hauled train for a nostalgic journey following the banks of the beautiful River Leven.
Day 5 - Lake District - Haworth - York
Enjoy a relaxed start to the day with the morning at leisure. We leave the Lake District behind and head for the harsh magnificence of the Yorkshire Dales. Haworth has a unique charm with its steep cobbled main street and, of course, its connection to The Bronte Family. We will visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum, created within the actual home of the Brontë family so you can discover more about the family’s literary legacy. The last part of today’s journey takes us to York, one of the oldest cities in England.
Overnight: Hilton York (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 6 - Discovering York
Today we spend the whole day exploring York, one of England’s most historic cities. It has strong Viking connections having been inhabited by them in the 9th and 10th century. Join a Local Expert to explore the historic jewels that are contained within the historic city walls including massive York Minster, Britain's largest medieval cathedral. Explore the tangle of quaint, narrow, cobbled streets and see The Shambles. There is plenty of time to further explore on you own, perhaps visit the National Railway Museum housing over 300 years of history, or take a stroll along the well-preserved city walls? In the evening, take the opportunity to mix with the locals over dinner and drinks.
Day 7 - York - Lincoln - Stratford-upon-Avon
Travel to visit William the Conqueror’s Castle at Lincoln, one of the finest Norman castles in England. Here you will have the opportunity to see one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta. Continue on to pretty Stratford, attractively situated on the River Avon. Your hotel is set in its own private grounds, just a short walk from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the town's wealth of black and white timber-framed buildings.
Overnight: DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 8 - Exploring Stratford-upon-Avon
Discover how William Shakespeare and his extraordinary works continue to entertain audiences to this very day when you explore his birthplace, full of interesting memorabilia and relics relating to his life. Later, join your Travel Director for a traditional Sunday Roast Dinner, served with Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings.
Day 9 - Stratford-upon-Avon - Blenheim Palace - Bath
A captivating day awaits in the morning. We start by crossing the stunning Cotswold hills, a picture-perfect scene of golden stone villages with roses round the doors. Visit the splendid stately home and gardens of Blenheim Palace, the greatest building of the English Baroque. Continue to the elegant Georgian city of Bath, built in amphitheatre-style on the surrounding hills. On your city tour see the imposing Royal Crescent and Pulteney Bridge, designed by Robert Adam. See the angels climbing Jacob's Ladder on Bath Abbey.
Overnight: Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 10 - Discovering Bath
The City of Bath is built above Britain's only thermal, mineral springs and the highlight of our time in this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a visit to the Roman Baths. See amazingly well-preserved remains of one of the greatest spas of the ancient world, still flowing with the natural hot water from the springs. The rest of the day is at leisure, why not soak and relax with a visit to Thermae Spa? Alternatively, you may wish to follow in the steps of the author, Jane Austen, with a visit to the Jane Austen Centre. In the evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers as you raise a glass over your Celebration Dinner to celebrate your wonderful journey.
Day 11 - Bath - Stonehenge - London
Travel across Salisbury Plain to visit the pre-historic and mysterious Stonehenge, where the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths are reputed to be up to 5,000 years old. Continue on to Salisbury where there is free time to explore this delightful city and visit the medieval cathedral. Our journey ends on arrival in Central London.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Premium Escorted Tour?
If you enjoy the art of travelling in comfort and style then a Premium Escorted Tour is for you. You’ll travel in a group that is restricted to around 40 fellow travellers. Travel is aboard a state of the art motorcoach with air-conditioning, on-board WiFi, reclining seats and oversized windows. For your comfort there is an emergency washroom on-board too. 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 fully inclusive of first class/superior class accommodation, transportation, admission fees and most meals. Savvy travellers appreciate that these tours have no hidden extras – all the ingredients needed for a great tour are included in the tour price. There are no optional extras for you to budget for during your holiday.
Can I reserve specific seats on the coach?
Seats cannot be pre-booked however your tour director will implement a seat rotation system which will allow all passengers the opportunity of experiencing spectacular views from different seats on the motorcoach.
What meals are included?
One of the great things about travelling on an Escorted/ Premium Escorted Tour is the generous number of meals included as standard. Start the day with a freshly cooked breakfast or, if you prefer, there’s always a lighter continental option available too. You’ll find a number of evening dinners included which will give you the opportunity of sampling some local delicacies. Check the “What’s Included' list on the relevant tour page for the exact number of meals that are featured on your tour.
What kind of accommodation do you use?
The group will stay together in first class or superior tourist class hotels. Each has been carefully selected for comfort, quality and ambiance located in the best locations close to the shopping areas and the key sights. You will discover a pleasant balance of familiar brand hotels such as Hilton, Marriott and Accor together with locally owned family-run hotels. In rural locations your accommodation will be in the best available hotels. A full hotel list will be provided as part of your EDocumentation.
Do I need to follow the complete tour itinerary?
Subject to the itinerary it may be possible to join the tour late; leave early or miss a day to pursue your own itinerary (proving the tour is staying in the same hotel for two nights, of course). Please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements - we’ll do our best to help. Unfortunately we can’t discount the price of the tour to compensate for any unused portions of the tour.
- 10 nights hotel accommodation
- Location: Edinburgh (2); Lake District (2); York (2); Stratford-upon-Avon (2) and Bath (2)
- Cooked/Continental breakfast (10)
- Welcome reception and dinner with wine
- Table d’hote dinners (2)
- Private dinner at Birdsall Hall
- Farewell celebration dinner
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Admission to Edinburgh Castle, Bronte Parsonage Museum, Lincoln Castle, Shakespeare’s Birthplace Museum, Blenheim Palace,
Bath Roman Baths and Stonehenge
- Private tour of Ardgowan House with traditional Scottish tea and scones
- Cruise on Lake Windermere
- Steam train journey in the Lake District
- City tours of Edinburgh and York
- Tickets are included for the World-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 9 to 23 August, 2020 departures
- Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with extra-legroom, 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 documention for the commencement time of the tour
From The MacDonald Holyrood Hotel
81 Holyrood Road
Edinburgh EH8 8AU
Tour will end in central London on day 11
Check-in: 17:15 hrs
Tour Departs: 17:30 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.