Gems of Britain - 5 day tour
Gems of Britian
5 day / 4 night
This luxury tour includes a fantastic cross section of Britain's historical towns, traditional heritage, cultural figures and idyllic landscapes. During the journey visit Roman York and Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. In Scotland and Wales explore their Capital cities - Edinburgh and Cardiff. Enjoy the beauty of the Lake District and the superb Georgian architecture of Bath. In just five days you’ll explore so much of Britain.
Price range: £925 - £1,405
York - explore within the city walls to see mighty York Minster and the crooked “Shambles”
Edinburgh - enjoy a panoramic tour to see Edinburgh Castle and the ancient Royal Mile
Lake District - experience the scenery that inspired William Wordsworth
Chester - take a walk along the city walls to see the ancient “Rows”
Stonehenge - visit the mysterious circle of stones
Movie locations - Miss Potter, The Angels Share and Les Miserables
Hotel accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - London - Stratford upon Avon - York
After an early morning departure from London drive to Stratford-upon-Avon to enjoy the architecture of this pretty town on the River Avon. Discover the fascinating story of William Shakespeare’s early years when we visit his birthplace. See the timber-framed building where the World’s most famous playwright was born and grew up. Peruse the interesting artefacts and memorabilia that relate to the great Bard’s life.
Head northwards to reach historic York and take a stroll within the ancient city walls to see the topsy-turvy ‘Shambles', a delightful street with overhanging timber-framed houses. Some date back to the 14th Century. See magnificent York Minster, the largest medieval church in northern Europe. At night, enjoy a Welcome Reception with drinks and dinner.
Overnight: Hilton Hotel, York (or similar)
Day 2 - York - Jedburgh - Edinburgh
Start the day travelling through the ancient Kingdom of Northumbria then cross the border into Scotland. Enjoy a scenic drive through the rolling Scottish Border country to see ruined Jedburgh Abbey. On arrival in Edinburgh join a Local Expert for a sightseeing tour. See mighty Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the end of the Royal Mile. Head to bustling Princes Street, passing the Sir Walter Scott Monument, to explore the elegant Georgian New Town. Constructed in the 18th Century this elegant area of the city boasts grand squares, extensive gardens and traditional Georgian facades.
Tonight selected departures will enjoy attending a performance of the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.
Overnight: Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, Edinburgh (or similar)
Day 3 - Edinburgh - Lake District - Liverpool
Drive to Gretna Green, to see the Famous Blacksmiths Shop where eloping couples have got married since 1754. The picturesque English Lake District is our next treat and during our scenic tour see the magnificent countryside that has inspired poets and authors. Enjoy free time to explore one of the quaint villages on your own or take the chance for an optional cruise on Lake Windermere, England's largest lake, followed by a nostalgic steam train ride.
Later arrive in the lively city of Liverpool where, during a panoramic tour, you’ll hear the Beatle’s story and see the famed Liver building.
Overnight: Hard Days Night Hotel, Liverpool (or similar)
Day 4 - Liverpool - Chester - Cardiff
The first stop is the former Roman fortress town of Chester. Walk along part of the city walls, see the Eastgate Clock, cathedral and remains of the Roman Amphitheatre. Discover the unique black and white shopping arcades known as the ‘Rows' before crossing into Wales and heading for the capital of Cardiff. On arrival enjoy an orientation tour to see Cardiff Bay, the historic castle and City Hall.
Overnight: Clayton Hotel, Cardiff (or similar)
Day 5 - Cardiff - Stonehenge - London
Our last day takes us across the River Severn and back into England. The stately city of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and amongst the many attractions are the World-famous Roman Baths. During our visit see the extraordinarily well-preserved baths still fed by the thermal, mineral springs that sit below the city. Later move on to Bath Abbey to see the famous sculpture of angels climbing Jacobs ladder.
Our tour ends on a high as we tour across vast Salisbury Plain to visit the prehistoric site of Stonehenge. See the vast monoliths that are believed to be up to 5,000 years old. After time to reflect on the mysterious significance of this important landmark rejoin the coach to head into central London and journeys end.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are airport transfers included?
This tour will depart from a Central London departure point that can easily be reached by public transport. Airport transfers are not offered on this tour.
- 4 nights hotel accommodation - all rooms with private bathrooms
- Locations: York (1) Edinburgh (1); Liverpool (1) and Cardiff (1)
- Cooked/Continental breakfast (4)
- Welcome reception with drink and dinner with your Tour Director
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Admission to Shakespeare’s birthplace, Roman Baths, Bath and Stonehenge
- 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 documentation for the commencement time of the tour.
From The Grosvenor Hotel
101 Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1W 0SJ
Check-in: 06:45 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.