15 day / 14 night
This all-embracing tour will take you to discover the essential sights such as mystical Stonehenge, Roman Bath and historic Edinburgh Castle. These have been blended with unique experiences like a trip on a vintage steam railway or a Welsh banquet, served in stately Cardiff Castle, to provide the complete British experience. The carefully crafted itinerary provides relaxing multi-night stays in most locations too so you are free to explore your new surroundings at leisure. This is a truly magical vacation.
Price range: £3,015 - £4,930
Windsor - visit the residence of HM The Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the World
St Ives - enjoy a walking tour of the town to see the famous surf beaches
Chester - discover the ancient half-timbered houses and Roman walls
Edinburgh - tour the Georgian “New Town” and drive along the famous Royal Mile to visit Edinburgh Castle
York - explore the narrow shambles and see towering York Minster
Movie locations – Harry Potter, Brideshead Revisited and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Hotel accommodation included
Your vacation starts at your Windsor hotel at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director. Close to your hotel, visit Windsor Castle, residence of The Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the World. See the lavishly decorated State Apartments and courtyards. In the evening meet your tour director and trip participants over a welcome drink to discuss your itinerary before dining in your hotel. After dinner take a brief walk around this compact and historic town with a local guide.
Overnight: M Gallery Castle Hotel, Windsor (or similar)
Drive to Salisbury Plain to marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge and learn about the primitive builders who managed to create such an enduring monument. The Visitor Centre will give you background information on its construction. Stop in Salisbury, a charming old city that is dominated by Salisbury Cathedral famed as having the tallest spire in England. Arrive in Tavistock, a market town on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park.
Overnight: The Bedford Hotel, Tavistock (or similar) (3 nights)
Today drive through Bodmin Moor, an area of unspoilt natural beauty. Stop for photos at Jamaica Inn, made famous by Daphne du Maurier's tale of smugglers. Visit Lanhydrock House to explore this magnificent late-Victorian country house as you tour grand family rooms as well as the downstairs world. Back in Plymouth see the Mayflower Steps and cruise to Royal William Yard, former Royal Navy buildings which now host restaurants for independent dining.
Drive to the picturesque village of Marazion located on the coast with magnificent long, sandy beaches. From here view the majestic outline of St Michael’s Mount, an important pilgrimage destination throughout the ages and provides a wonderful photo opportunity. Drive to Land’s End, the most westerly point of Britain. Visit the Minack Theatre, an open-air arena for staging plays that was first opened in the 1930’s. Enjoy the lovely views and gardens with their stunning blend of exotic and native plants. Return to Tavistock in time for dinner.
Travel north to explore Bath, popular for its natural hot springs with the Romans 2,000 years ago. Tour the wonderfully-preserved Roman Baths and Pump Room, renowned for mineral-rich hot springs. Drive to Cardiff and for a sightseeing tour around the City Centre. Tour Cardiff Castle before sitting down for a Welsh evening with dinner and some lively Welsh music and entertainment.
Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff (or similar)
Drive through the Brecon Beacons National Park to view some majestic Welsh scenery. Stop in Hay-on-Wye, a town that specialises in second-hand books. You will see bookstores everywhere, making a browse around the town centre great fun. Continue your drive north through the Shropshire Hills to Shrewsbury, a picturesque town that is close to the Welsh border with England. Take a walking tour with the town crier to see black-and-white buildings that line the narrow streets and learn about the history of the area. Travel through Cheshire to your hotel, located near Chester.
Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel and Spa, Chester (or similar) (2 nights)
Today drive through Llangollen and the Horseshoe Pass for wonderful vistas. Visit a farm to see trained dogs herding sheep and travel to Conwy, a medieval town dominated by impressive Conwy Castle. Take a walking tour around the picturesque streets and see the smallest house in Britain. Drive to Chester where another walking tour will reveal medieval black-and-white buildings and Roman walls. Return to Holmes Chapel for dinner.
Travel through the glorious Lake District National Park, associated with the children’s author, Beatrix Potter, and the poet, William Wordsworth. Stop in the charming village of Grasmere, where Wordsworth lived and is buried. Near the Scottish border stop at the Old Blacksmith’s Shop in Gretna Green, a popular shopping venue for quality Scottish goods. Continue northwards to your next hotel, set in spacious grounds just a few miles outside of Edinburgh, for a lively Scottish evening with special dishes and entertainment.
Overnight: Norton House Hotel and Spa, Edinburgh (or similar) (3 nights)
Explore central Edinburgh this morning, starting in the 200-year-old "New Town” with its planned streets and elegant Georgian houses where many famous writers and inventors lived. See the Royal Mile where narrow medieval houses are clustered and tour Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free for independent activities. On 29 July to 12 August departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Impressive Glamis Castle was the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and the legendary setting of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Today it is ours to discover. Later we travel to St Andrews, famously known as the "Home of Golf”. On our orientation tour we'll see the iconic Old Course as well as St Andrews Cathedral and the University, Scotland’s oldest. Later enjoy a short walking tour before spending some free time browsing around the town. Back in Edinburgh, head for a nearby tavern for dinner with your fellow guests.
Drive south from Edinburgh stopping at Abbotsford House, the former home of Sir Walter Scott, the famous poet and novelist. Continue south to Hadrian's Wall which was built in 122AD to mark the northern boundary of the vast Roman Empire. On our arrival in York visit York Minster, which dominates the city centre and is famous for its stained glass windows. In the evening dine in a centuries-old pub with plenty of atmosphere followed by a light-hearted ghostly walking tour.
Overnight: Marriott Hotel, York (or similar) (2 nights)
Travel on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway by vintage locomotive. Discover the picturesque harbour, winding streets and quaint buildings of Whitby on a walking tour. Tour the elaborate chambers of Castle Howard, an imposing 18th century mansion where Evelyn Waugh’s celebrated novel, "Brideshead Revisited,” was filmed. During the visit enjoy a traditional Cream Tea.
Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace to see an exhibition about his life and work. Walk through the furnished house where he was born and see how the family would have lived. Drive through the Cotswolds and onwards to your hotel in London.
Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton London - Victoria (or similar) (2 nights)
This morning take a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column flanked by huge lions in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Visit the mighty Tower of London to see the many fortresses, Beefeaters, ravens and the priceless Crown Jewels. The afternoon and evening are free.
Your tour ends after breakfast. Airport transfers to London Heathrow Airport are available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Usually the tour will depart the hotel between 08:00 hrs and 08:30 hrs in the morning. During the course of the day you’ll normally be travelling for no more than 2 hours at a time before making a stop to enjoy a visit to an attraction or for a comfort break/meal stop. Usually the coach will arrive at the overnight stop between 16:30 and 17:00 hrs each day. In some cases, due to ferry or other travel connections, the tour may depart earlier or arrive later – your tour director will advise you if this will be happening on your tour.
Please check your tour documention for the commencement time of the tour
From Castle Hotel Windsor - MGallery by Sofitel
18 High Street
Windsor SL4 1LJ
The tour will end in London after breakfast on day 15
Check-in: 13:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 14:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 09:00 hrs
Child discount applies to children aged 8 to 18 years inclusive on the basis that they share a room with an adult.
We’re sorry but children aged under 8 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.