British Highlights - 15 day tour
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: £3,250 - £5,075
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
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Welcome to Britain!
Your vacation starts at your Windsor hotel at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director. Close to your hotel, visit Windsor Castle, favoured retreat of The Queen and the largest inhabited fortress 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 discover more about this historic town when you join a local guide for a brief walking tour.
Overnight: M Gallery Castle Hotel, Windsor (or similar)
Day 2 - Windsor - Stonehenge - Tavistock
Drive to Salisbury Plain to marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge. The fascinating Visitor Centre will provide insight into the construction of this iconic monument and its mysterious bronze-age builders. It’s a short drive to the delightful city of Salisbury which is dominated by Salisbury Cathedral whose graceful spire is the tallest in England. Later travel on to Tavistock, a market town on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park.
Overnight: The Bedford Hotel, Tavistock (or similar) (3 nights)
Day 3 - Dartmoor National Park Excursion
Today travel across Bodmin Moor, an area famed for its natural beauty. Make a photo stop at Jamaica Inn, made famous by Daphne du Maurier's tale of smugglers. Later stop to visit Lanhydrock House to learn the history of this magnificent late-Victorian country house. During your tour see the grand family rooms and discover how life was lived “downstairs”. Head to Plymouth to view the Mayflower Steps then take a cruise from the Barbican, a popular waterfront district. Tonight is free for independent dining.
Day 4 - Cornwall & Land’s End Excursion
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. Travel through wonderful Cornish scenery to visit St Ives. Take a walking tour through the maze of narrow streets and soak up the old-world charm of this delightful town. Enjoy free time here to admire the sea views and picturesque sandy beaches. Later return to Tavistock in time for dinner.
Day 5 - Tavistock - Roman Baths - Cardiff
Travel north to tour Bath, celebrated for its natural hot springs since Roman times 2,000 years ago. Visit the perfectly-preserved Roman Baths and Pump Room, famous for the mineral-rich hot springs. Cross the River Severn into Wales and make for Cardiff, the Welsh Capital. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the City Centre before arriving at Cardiff Castle for a Welsh evening with dinner with a performance of traditional Welsh music and entertainment.
Overnight: Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel and Spa (or similar)
Day 6 - Cardiff - Hay-on-Wye - Chester
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 on the outskirts of Chester.
Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel and Spa, Chester (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 7 - North Wales & Chester Excursion
Today travel through Llangollen and the Horseshoe Pass for wonderful views at every turn. Next stop off at a local farm to marvel at the highly-trained dogs herding sheep under the watchful eye of an experienced shepherd. Conwy, is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Britain. The town sits in the shadow of imposing Conwy Castle. Enjoy a guided walking tour through the attractive streets and see the smallest house in Britain. Tour back to Chester where another walking tour will introduce you to the medieval black-and-white Rows and fortified Roman walls. Tonight dinner is served in your hotel.
Day 8 - Chester - Lake District - Edinburgh
Head northwards into the un-rivalled scenery of the Lake District National Park. This attractive part of England was home to the popular children’s author, Beatrix Potter, and the poet, William Wordsworth. Visit the charming village of Grasmere, where Wordsworth lived and is buried. Near the Scottish border visit the Old Blacksmith’s Shop in Gretna Green, a favourite retail outlet for quality Scottish goods. Travel through the rolling countryside of the Scottish Border country to reach your hotel situated in its own grounds, just a short distance from Edinburgh. Tonight enjoy a fun-packed Scottish evening with special dishes and entertainment.
Overnight: Norton House Hotel and Spa, Edinburgh (or similar) (3 nights)
Day 9 - Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
After breakfast make the short drive into Edinburgh for a city tour. First see the grand squares and impressive architecture of the Georgian “New Town”. Built 200 years ago these streets were home to some of Scotland’s most notable authors and inventers. Cross into the medieval Old Town for a drive along the famous Royal Mile. See the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the modern Scottish Parliament building before visiting impressive Edinburgh Castle to see the ancient buildings and the Scottish Crown Jewels. The afternoon is completely free so you can explore more of Edinburgh on your own. On 2 to 16 August departures tickets are included to the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Day 10 - Glamis Castle and St Andrews Excursion
Leave Edinburgh behind and view the impressive Forth Bridges before travelling through the ancient Kingdom of Fife. Visit stately Glamis Castle, the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and the famous location of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Later travel over the River Tay to visit 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. Enjoy spending some free time browsing around the town before returning to Edinburgh, where dinner is served in a traditional tavern.
Day 11 - Edinburgh - Scottish Borders - York
Drive south from Edinburgh stopping at Abbotsford House, the former home of Sir Walter Scott, the famous poet and novelist. Travel through the Border countryside then cross back into England to tour through the ancient Kingdom of Northumbria. On our arrival in York visit York Minster, which dominates the city centre and is famous for its stained glass windows. This impressive gothic cathedral dates from the 13th Century and is the largest medieval church in Northern Europe.
Overnight: Marriott Hotel, York (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 12 - Excursion to Castle Howard & North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Step back in time today when you take a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway by vintage locomotive. Board your train at Goathland Station, which played the part of Hogsmeade Station in the “Harry Potter” movies. Next discover the picturesque harbour, winding streets and quaint buildings of Whitby on a walking tour. End the day at impressive Castle Howard, where the Evelyn Waugh’s famous novel, “Brightshead Revisited” was filmed. During your tour see the elegant rooms and artworks by Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Reynolds. End your visit with a traditional English cream tea.
Day 13 - York - Stratford-upon-Avon - London
We make for the attractive town of 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 beautiful Cotswold Hills, famous for the charming towns and villages built of honey-coloured stone. On arrival in London enjoy a free evening.
Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton London - Victoria (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 14 - London City Tour & Tower of London
This morning take a panoramic tour of central London with a local expert 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.
Day 15 - Depart for Home
Your tour ends after breakfast. Airport transfers to London Heathrow Airport are available.
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 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.
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.
What is a typical tour schedule?
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.
- 14 nights hotel accommodation
- Location: Windsor (1); Tavistock (3); Cardiff (1); Chester area (2); Edinburgh (3); York (2) and London (2)
- Cooked/Continental breakfast (14)
- Welcome drink and dinner with your Tour Director
- Table d’hote dinners (5)
- Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet
- Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
- Traditional tavern dinner in Edinburgh
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Admission to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lanhydrock House, Roman Baths and Pump Room, Cardiff Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Glamis Castle, Abbotsford House, York Minster, Castle Howard, Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Tower of London
- North Yorkshire Moors Railway vintage train journey
- Walking tours of Windsor, Shrewsbury, Conwy, Chester and Whitby
- Sheepdog trial in Wales
- Boat trip in Plymouth
- City tours of Cardiff, Edinburgh, St Andrews and London
- Tickets are included for the World-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 02 to 16 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 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.