9 day / 8 night
Discover the very essence of Britain on this carefully crafted tour. Travel in style to enjoy VIP experiences like private visits to Edinburgh Castle and the Tower of London. Meet iconic British characters including a Royal Horse Guard in London and a Bagpiper in Edinburgh. Stay at only the best hotels and enjoy sophisticated dining including a signature meal in a Michelin-starred restaurant. This de-luxe tour is the epitome of British style!
Price range: £3,825 - £6,405
London - join a local expert to discover Britain’s Capital City including a private visit to the Tower of London
Castle Howard - experience an after-hours VIP tour of this magnificent historic house
Lake District - enjoy nostalgic steam -train ride through the Leven Valley
Alnwick - discover stately Alnwick Castle star of Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter movies.
Edinburgh - join a local expert for a tour of Edinburgh and visit mighty Edinburgh Castle
Movie locations - Sliding Doors, Vanity Fair and The Angels’ Share
Hotel accommodation - included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Welcome to London!
On arrival at London’s Heathrow Airport you’ll be met by your chauffeur who will transfer you in executive luxury to your luxurious five-star hotel overlooking Buckingham Palace and Gardens. This afternoon is at leisure so you can relax. Why not unwind in the hotel’s spa or enjoy a traditional afternoon tea? At 6:00 pm meet your Travelling Concierge and travel companions for a grand Welcome Dinner hosted at your hotel. Savour classic British cuisine and take in the old-world ambiance of your surroundings.
Overnight: The Rubens at the Palace Hotel, London (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 2 - Exploring London
After a sumptuous breakfast it’s time to explore London, one of the World’s greatest cities. Join a local expert guide for insider knowledge as your tour takes you to see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Continue past Downing Street, the home of Britain’s Prime Minister, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. We’ll stop at the Household Cavalry Museum, where we learn more about the royal uniform - you can even try one on for yourself. Meet a real-life Royal Horse Guard at the Horse Guards Parade then stop at Buckingham Palace to view the colourful Changing of the Guard ceremony (if taking place). This afternoon why not undertake some retail therapy at Harrods, enjoy a walk in Hyde Park or view the masterpieces in the National Gallery. Tonight dinner is at leisure, your Concierge will be able to assist you with suggestions. In the evening, once the crowds have gone home, visit the great Tower of London to witness the Ceremony of the Keys. Join the warden for this ancient gate-closing ritual, which has been carried out every night by the Beefeaters, without fail, for the past 700 years.
Day 3 - London - Stonehenge - Bath
We leave London behind and travel to visit the ancient stones at Stonehenge, a prehistoric UNESCO World Heritage site. Later our travels take us onwards to the Georgian city of Bath where people have been indulging in the healing waters for millennia. Tonight enjoy a memorable dinner at a gourmet Michelin-star rated restaurant.
Overnight: Francis Hotel Bath (or similar)
Day 4 - Bath - Stratford-upon Avon - York
Enjoy a leisurely start with a visit to the famous Roman Baths, one of the greatest spas of the ancient world and imagine how Romans once gathered to relish the good life. Enjoy a scenic drive through the picture-perfect Cotswolds famous for gentle, rolling hillsides, gently flowing rivers and attractive market towns. Stop in beautiful Bibury, described by the revered William Morris as the ‘prettiest village in the Cotswolds.’ Travel to Burford nestled on the meandering River Windrush, its main street has a collection of honey-coloured stone, chocolate-box cottages and Tudor buildings. After exploring the tea houses and quaint shops, a leisurely drive brings us to the sleepy limestone villages of Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold, two of the most picturesque towns of the northern Cotswolds. Arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of the Bard, William Shakespeare for free time before continuing to York.
Overnight: The Grand Hotel & Spa, York (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 5 - Discovering Viking York and Castle Howard
We travel in the footsteps of famous characters as we explore the medieval streets of York. Once an important centre of Roman dominance of England, this colourful city is surrounded by a mighty stone wall dating back to the 13th century. You have a choice of two amazing experiences today. Either join a local expert for an informative stroll along the historic walls - the longest medieval fortifications in England - and appreciate spectacular views of the River Ouse and the City Centre. Alternatively, embark on a leisurely guided tour to York Minster, the largest medieval cathedral in northern Europe and one of the most outstanding Gothic buildings in the World.
This afternoon travel to Castle Howard, one of the grandest historic houses in Britain. First, you'll be shown to the grand Grecian Hall where a delicious afternoon tea will be served. When the general public have gone for the day join an expert guide for a private tour to learn the history of this stately home and see the ornate rooms. Enjoy a stroll in the extensive grounds before returning to York.
Day 6 - York - Windermere - Lake District
The stunning beauty of the English Lake District famously inspired 19th century writers such as Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. We board a historic steam train at the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway Station for a nostalgic journey along the banks of Lake Windermere. Discover the beauty of Bowness-on-Windermere, a bustling town on the banks of the lake. After free time to explore on your own head to our hotel on the banks of Ullswater, one of England's most picturesque lakes.
Tonight visit the atmospheric ruins of Lowther Castle. After time exploring the grounds and discover the history of this 19th Century gem head to the Sculpture Gallery, which overlooks the Parterre Tapestry Garden, for dinner.
Overnight: Leeming House, Ullswater (or similar)
Day 7 - Lake District - Alnwick Castle - Edinburgh
Journey to majestic Alnwick Castle and explore its magnificent interiors. Join a local expert for an in-depth exploration of the 11th Castle, with its striking medieval architecture so familiar to fans of the Harry Potter films. Chairman's Collection (9 August departure) If you are travelling on a Chairman's Collection departure (17 April and 7 August, 2020), you will meet Her Grace The Duchess of Northumberland as she personally welcomes you for a private tour of her beloved garden. You are also introduced to the Head Gardner, Trevor Jones, who will lead you past a labyrinth, the serpent garden and ornate fountains, as you listen to the fascinating story of how The Duchess restored this exquisite garden to its former 18th-century glory over the last twenty years. Admire this masterpiece of passion and dedication, which remains a work in progress, before indulging in a seasonal lunch. Join a local expert for an in-depth exploration of the 11th Castle, with its striking medieval architecture and see why it was featured in the Harry Potter films. Travel across the border into Scotland and travel to its picturesque capital city, Edinburgh. Today you are free to dine as you wish, Your Travelling Concierge will be happy to guide you to the best local restaurants and attractions. If you are travelling on the 7 August, 2020 departure, you will attend a performance of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Taking place on the Esplanade with the floodlit Castle as a backdrop it is a spectacular celebration of kilts, bagpipes and tartans.
Overnight: The Glasshouse Hotel, Edinburgh (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 8 - Edinburgh City Tour & Edinburgh Castle
Today we explore Edinburgh and start with a visit to impressive Edinburgh Castle. In the company of a Local Expert, we’ll skip the queue for a guided tour of Edinburgh’s most popular attraction. Learn about the castle’s tumultuous history, see the magnificent Scottish Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny, and marvel at the panoramic views of the city from the castle ramparts. Later take a stroll along Princes Street, past the Monument to Sir Walter Scott then head over to the “Old Town” to see the Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of HM The Queen in Scotland. In true Scottish style, meet a professional bagpipe player, who is said to have been the Queen Mother’s favourite, and be enchanted as you listen to iconic music and captivating tales about Scottish culture, whilst enjoying tea and scones. Raise a glass this evening to new friendships and a wonderful journey, as we celebrate our finale dinner at Grazing by Mark Greenaway located in the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Day 9 - Farewell to Scotland
After breakfast say farewell to your travel companions and join your transfer to Edinburgh Airport. Haste ye back!
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Deluxe Escorted Tour?
If you are planning the “trip of a lifetime' where every last detail is taken care of then joining a Deluxe Escorted Tour could be just for you. These amazing tours are the epitome of grand travel. You’ll travel in a smaller-sized group 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. You’ll stay at the very best addresses in de-luxe hotels and enjoy fine dining throughout. Special inclusions will enhance your experience such as enjoying a traditional afternoon tea at Gleneagles Hotel or meeting the bagpipe player who was a favourite of the late HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Savvy travellers appreciate that these tours have no hidden extras – all the ingredients needed for an extraordinary holiday are all included in the tour price.
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.
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.
Can I bring a wheelchair or walking aid with me?
Yes, it is possible to bring a folding wheelchair or walking aid with you which will be stored in the luggage compartment of the coach. Please note that this facility is only available if you are travelling with someone who can provide you with any personal assistance that you may require whilst on tour. The coaches used on extended tours are not adapted with wheelchair lifts so you must be able to negotiate several steps to gain access and egress to/from the coach. Please contact us for more information.
- 8 nights hotel accommodation
- Location: London (2); Bath (1); York (2); Ullswater (1) and Edinburgh (2)
- Cooked/Continental breakfast (8)
- Welcome reception and dinner with wine
- Table d’hote dinners with wine (2)
- Traditional afternoon tea
- Scottish tea and scones
- Farewell celebration dinner
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Admission to Household Cavalry Museum, Stonehenge, Bath Roman Baths, York Minster, Alnwick Castle and Edinburgh Castle
- Private tour of the Tower of London and Castle Howard
- Steam train journey in the Lake District
- City tours of Edinburgh, York and Bath
- Tickets are included for the World-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 7 August, 2020 departure
- 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 The Rubens at the Palace
39 Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1W 0PS
Tour will end in Edinburgh after breakfast on day 9
Check-in: 17:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 18:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 09:00 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.