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: £895 - £1,275
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 north to York and walk inside the city walls to see the crooked ‘Shambles' a picturesque street full of warped overhanging timber-framed houses. See glorious 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
Cross the border into Scotland and see ruined Jedburgh Abbey, en route to Edinburgh. Sightseeing with a Local Expert shows Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace at the end of the Royal Mile. Cross over to Princes Street, past the Sir Walter Scott Monument, to explore the elegant Georgian New Town.
On August 5 to 19 departures enjoy a visit to the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.
Overnight: Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, Edinburgh (or similar)
Day 3 - Edinburgh - Lake District - Liverpool
Drive through the rolling Border country to Gretna Green, where many eloping English couples have married, then continue to the beautiful English Lake District. Learn about the life of the poet, William Wordsworth and visit his grave in the picturesque stone-built village of Grasmere.
Later arrive in the lively city of Liverpool where you’ll hear the Beatle’s story and see the famed Liver building.
Overnight: Radisson Blu 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.
Overnight: Clayton Hotel, Cardiff (or similar)
Day 5 - Cardiff - Stonehenge - London
Cross the Severn Bridge back into England and journey to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. Visit the ancient Roman Baths and see the 15th century Abbey.
Drive across Salisbury Plain for a visit to Stonehenge before enjoying a smooth journey back to 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.
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 (5)
- 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 4 to 18 August 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.