England and Scotland Heritage
8 day / 7 night
Let us introduce you to Britain's past and present on this amazing tour through England, Scotland and Wales. There are so many highlights to savour including Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and the Tudor architecture of Chester. See the inspirational lakes and mountains of the Lake District. In Scotland spend time the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh as well as the picturesque Highlands region. All of this and much more at a very affordable price!
Price range: £795-£1,125
Windsor - see the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the World
Lake District - visit picturesque Grasmere, home to William Wordsworth
Scottish Highlands - spend a night in the heart of the scenic Cairngorm National Park
Edinburgh - explore this historic city in the company of a local expert
York - take a walk through the quaint narrow streets to see York Minster
Movie locations - Les Miserables, Film stars don’t die in Liverpool and Rob Roy
Hotel accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 -
This morning visit Windsor and view Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the World. In the city of Bath, where two of Jane Austen's novels were set, admire the Georgian architecture and enjoy free time to shop or visit the Roman Baths. Arrive later at your hotel in Gloucester.
Day 2 - Gloucester - Chester - Liverpool
This morning travel north to the town of Chester where you view the Roman walls, Cathedral and the black and white half-timbered buildings known as ‘The Rows'. Why not join your fellow travellers on an excursion to North Wales to visit the town of Llangollen, home of the International Eisteddfod. Later arrive at your hotel.
Overnight: Ibis Centre Albert Dock, Liverpool (or similar)
Day 3 - Liverpool - Lake District - Glasgow
Enjoy spectacular views of Lake Windermere as you head north to visit the village of Grasmere where the poet, William Wordsworth lived and wrote his most acclaimed poem, ‘Daffodils'. Stop at Gretna Green, where eloping couples married against their parents' wishes. Cross the Southern Uplands to Glasgow, one of Europe's liveliest cities.
Overnight: Ibis City Centre, Glasgow (or similar)
Day 4 - Glasgow - Glen Coe - Scottish Highlands
See the sights of Glasgow during your orientation tour including the grand City Chambers, attractive parklands and ancient Glasgow Cathedral. Drive north into the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and follow the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Travel into the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands and head for Glen Coe, the Glen of the Weeping. We travel on to Fort William, which lies in the shadow of the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, whose summit stands at 4,409 feet above sea level. Dine tonight at your Highland hotel.
Overnight: Gaskmore Hotel, Laggan (or similar)
Day 5 - Scottish Highlands - St. Andrews - Near Edinburgh
Visit picturesque Pitlochry on the banks of the River Tummel. Famous for salmon fishing, a ‘fish ladder' on the dammed river helps the salmon to swim upstream to spawn. Take time to shop, explore, or join an Optional Experience to Blair Castle, home to the Duke of Atholl. In St. Andrews, where Prince William went to university, stop to take a picture of the 18th green of the Old Course. Known as the home of golf, the game has been played here for over 600 years. Our journey to Edinburgh will take us over the River Forth where we'll get great views of the iconic Forth Bridge. Tonight why not attend a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes?
Overnight: Airth Castle Hotel, Airth (Edinburgh) (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 6 - Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time
This morning's sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes views of the Georgian New Town, Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Spend free time exploring on your own or join your Travel Director on an Optional Experience to the Royal Yacht Britannia in nearby Leith. During the Edinburgh Festival tickets to the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included.
Day 7 - Edinburgh - York - Bradford
Cross the Scottish Borders back into England. Drive through Northumberland National Park and view part of Hadrian's Wall. Begun in 122 AD, the wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is among the most important monuments built by the Romans in Britain. Continue south and arrive in York, a city of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth. During your orientation your Travel Director takes you on a walk through the web of quaint, narrow streets and shows you York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic buildings in the world. Finish the day in Bradford, where you dine tonight at your hotel.
Overnight: Holiday Inn, Bradford (or similar)
Day 8 - Bradford - Stratford-upon-Avon - London
This morning visit Stratford-upon-Avon, where you have time to see the sights and shop for souvenirs. In your free time why not visit Shakespeare's Birthplace and visitor centre for an in-depth look at the great man's life? Say goodbye to your Travel Director and new found friends at the end of an exciting and memorable holiday as you return to London.
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 you cater for special dietary needs?
Yes, it is possible to cater for passengers who are vegetarian or have medically-recommended diets. Please advise any special dietary requirements that you may have at time of booking. Unfortunately it is not possible to arrange meals in accordance with strict religious requirements.
How much luggage can I bring?
You can bring one suitcase and one carry-on bag per person. The maximum weight allowance and luggage dimensions varies by tour so you should check the tour documentation for the luggage policy that applies to your tour.
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- Location: Gloucester (1); Liverpool (1); Glasgow (1); Scottish Highlands (1); Airth (near Edinburgh) (2) and Bradford (1)
- Cooked/Continental breakfast (7)
- Table d’hôte dinners (3)
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- City tour of Edinburgh
- Orientation tour of Glasgow
- Walking tour of York
- Tickets are included for the World-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 31 July to 14 August 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.