Highlights of Britain - 11 day tour
Highlights of Britain
11 day / 10 night
Join this relaxing small-group tour from London to Edinburgh to discover Britain’s captivating history and culture. Follow in the footsteps of famous authors and poets and explore the landscapes that inspired them. Get off the beaten track to visit the Snowdonia, Yorkshire Dales, and Lake District National Parks. Enjoy two night stays in Stratford-upon-Avon and the Viking city of York for in-depth discovery. Visit grand houses, including luxurious Castle Howard and Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott. This tour has it all!
Small Group Tour - travel in an intimate group of just 16-18 passengers
The Cotswolds - explore the rolling countryside and quaint honey-coloured villages
Stratford-upon-Avon - enjoy a walking tour to see the birthplace of "The Bard"
Lake District - visit Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm and Dove Cottage, home to William Wordsworth
Abbotsford House - tour the delightful Scottish Border home of Sir Walter Scott
Movie locations - Who dares wins, Harry Potter and The Da Vinci Code
Hotel accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrival in London
On arrival in London, make your way to your hotel in the heart of Westminster.
After checking in, head out to enjoy the sights. Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey are just a short walk away.
Tonight, meet your fellow passengers and guide and enjoy a delicious welcome dinner.
Overnight: Wellington Hotel by Blue Orchid, London (or similar)
Day 2 - London - Oxford - Cotswolds
There is no better introduction to England than Oxford, the ‘city of dreaming spires. We enjoy an orientation tour and have time for a walk through the city.
Later, head to the Cotswolds, where we’ll spend some time exploring charming villages full of honey-coloured cottages.
We then drive to the delightful Three Ways House Hotel, home of the world-famous Pudding Club.
Overnight: Three Ways House Hotel (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 3 - Stratford-upon-Avon Excursion
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and a morning at leisure.
Later travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, the attractive Tudor town where “The Bard”, William Shakespeare was born.
After time to explore on our own, we return to our hotel through more honey-coloured hamlets.
Tonight enjoy an evening at leisure.
Day 4 - Cotswolds - Worcester - Llangollen
The historic tower of Worcester Cathedral dominates the cityscape as it rises from the banks of the River Severn. During our visit, we discover the resting place of King John and Prince Arthur, the ancient Norman crypt and the stunning Victorian stained glass windows.
Later we’ll tour through the craggy and varied landscapes of Wales as we make our way to our hotel.
Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner together.
Overnight: Mulberry Inn, Llangollen (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 5 - Snowdonia National Park Excursion
In North Wales, we have a whole day to explore the amazing Snowdonia National Park, an area famed for its outstanding natural splendour.
During our tour, discover some of the 823 square miles of diverse landscapes, including stone monuments, ancient castles, and, of course, Snowdon – the highest mountain in England and Wales.
Tonight we’ll enjoy a splendid dinner at our hotel.
Day 6 - Llangollen - Liverpool - York
After breakfast, we’ll leave Wales behind us and head to Liverpool by the River Mersey.
This vibrant city gave birth to The Beatles, and a popular style of music in the 1960’s called The Mersey Beat. What better way to get into the ‘Beatlemania’ spirit than a visit to The Beatles Story museum that tells the fascinating story of the “Fab Four”?
Later, we take the “Long and Winding Road” to York, the historic capital of Northern England.
Overnight: Churchill Hotel, York (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 7 - York Walking Tour and free time
This morning join your tour leader for a fascinating walking tour through the historic streets of York.
Enjoy superb views from the ancient city walls and see the impressive York Minster, the largest medieval church in England.
This afternoon is entirely free, so you can explore York on your own.
Day 8 - York - Castle Howard - Lake District
Drive to the magnificent 18th century Castle Howard, Yorkshire’s finest historic house and estate. Discover how life was lived upstairs and downstairs on a fascinating self-guided tour.
Enjoy a scenic drive through the wonderful Yorkshire Dales National Park, famed for its unspoilt landscapes and abundant wildlife, before arriving at Lake Windermere, our base for the next two nights.
Overnight: Waterhead Hotel, Lake Windermere (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 9 - Lake District Excursion
Today we enjoy one of Britain's most beautiful national parks, the picturesque Lake District.
From Lake Windermere, our first stop is Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm, where she wrote many of her famous children's tales.
This afternoon, we visit Rydal Mount and Gardens, once the favoured home of the poet William Wordsworth. Still owned by his descendants, this family home is largely unchanged from the time the poet arrived here in 1813.
We take to the water for a relaxing cruise to savour the spectacular scenery of this picturesque region.
Later we return to our hotel for the evening.
Day 10 - Lake District - Hadrian’s Wall - Scottish Borders
Enjoy awe-inspiring views as we travel through the rolling countryside of the Scottish Borders.
Tonight, gather in our hotel to enjoy a traditional three-course Scottish banquet, with a wee taste of haggis and bagpipe demonstration on our final night together.
Overnight: Woodland House Hotel (or similar)
Day 11 - Scottish Borders - Abbotsford House - Edinburgh
After a drive through the Southern Uplands, we reach Abbotsford House, the beloved former home of the author and Scottish patriot, Sir Walter Scott.
This afternoon we visit one of the most mysterious sites in Scotland, Rosslyn Chapel, which featured in the best-selling film The Da Vinci Code.
Our final destination is Edinburgh, where our tour concludes.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Premium Small Group Tour?
Many of our customers choose a small group tour for a more intimate and flexible travelling experience.
Comprising of no more than 18 passengers, these tours are carefully planned to travel off the highways, so you’ll discover quaint villages and picturesque vistas that other tours just drive on by.
All the small group tours we feature are operated by purpose-built luxury mini-coaches that feature air-conditioning, panoramic windows and comfortable seating.
Each group is led by an experienced driver/guide who will entertain and inform you with stories of our history, nature and folklore.
Admission fees to the key attractions are included in the price of your tour.
Comfortable accommodation has been arranged in carefully selected small hotels, manor houses and inns. Carefully chosen for their quality and ambience, they provide an authentic experience yet boast modern amenities.
A tasty breakfast will get each touring day off to a delicious start.
Many dinners are included so you can join your newfound friends for a delicious meal carefully prepared using local ingredients - it’s a great way to end your day of discovery.
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.
Can children travel on a Small Group Tour?
These tours are designed specifically for adults.
Children aged 12 years and above can travel on request, but we regret that reduced child rates are not available on this tour.
Please email us for details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How much luggage can I bring?
Luggage space on the tour is restricted so the amount of luggage that you can bring is limited. Please check the relevant tour web-page for details.
Can I reserve specific seats on the coach?
Seats cannot be pre-booked however your driver/guide will normally implement a seat rotation system which will allow all passengers the opportunity of experiencing spectacular views from different seats on the minicoach.
- 10 nights hotel accommodation
- Location: London (1); Mickleton (2); Llangollen (2); York (2); Lake Windermere (2) and Dumfries (1)
- Cooked/Continental breakfast (10)
- Table d’hôte dinners (4)
- Farewell Scottish dinner with entertainment
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Admission to Worcester Cathedral, The Beatles Story Museum, Castle Howard, Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop Farm, Rydal Mount and Gardens, Birdoswald Roman Fort, Abbotsford House and Rosslyn Chapel
- Orientation tour of Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and York
- Touring by luxury air-conditioned minicoach
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges unless otherwise stated above
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
Please check your tour documention for the commencement time of the tour
From Wellington Hotel by Blue Orchid
71-72 Vincent Square
London SW1P 2PA
The tour will end on arrival in Edinburgh (Day 11)
Check-in: 14:30 hrs
Tour Departs: 15:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 17:30 hrs
Children aged 12 years and older can be considered for travel on this tour.
The price of this tour includes hotel accommodation with en-suite bathroom.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.