Real Britain - 6 day tour
6 day / 5 night tour
This popular tour will take you to visit the ancient cities of York and Chester. Explore the Neolithic monuments of Stonehenge and the Roman Baths in stately Bath. Travel through spectacular countryside to see Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon, Wordworth’s Lake District and historic Edinburgh. Britain’s fascinating history will be revealed in depth on this fabulous journey through England, Scotland and Wales.
Price range: £950 - £1,630
Cardiff - explore the Welsh Capital to see the famous Principality Stadium and medieval Cardiff Castle
Lake District - enjoy a scenic drive through the landscape that inspired authors and poets
Edinburgh - tour along the Royal Mile to visit the mighty castle
York - see massive city walls, half-timbered buildings and impressive York Minster
Stratford-upon-Avon - visit the birthplace of “The Bard”, William Shakespeare
Movie locations - Shakespeare and Hathaway, Vanity Fair and Miss Potter
Hotel accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - London - Stratford upon Avon - York
Enjoy a scenic drive and visit Shakespeare's birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon. View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage. Later in York, view York Minster and walk along the famous Shambles. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Reception with a traditional pub meal. It's the ideal opportunity to get to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers.
Note: Selected departures may operate the tour itinerary in the reverse direction.
Overnight: Novotel Centre, York (or similar)
Day 2 - York - Hadrian’s Wall - Edinburgh
Head north and cross the River Tyne at Newcastle. Stop and view Hadrian's Wall before crossing into ‘Bonnie Scotland'. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Scottish border country before arriving at your hotel in central Edinburgh.
Overnight: Holiday Innl, Edinburgh (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 3 - Edinburgh City Tour and Free Time
This morning discover the elegance of Edinburgh with your local guide on an included city sightseeing tour. See the Royal Mile in the Old Town. View the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Arthur's Seat. Your choice of sightseeing means you could chose to visit either Edinburgh's Camera Obscura or Edinburgh Castle. Spend free time exploring on your own or join your Travel Director on an Optional Experience to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. Tonight why not attend a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes? During the Edinburgh Festival your visit includes tickets to the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Day 4 - Edinburgh - Lake District - Liverpool
Stop at Gretna Green, a town popular with eloping couples. Here the marriage ceremony was traditionally performed across a blacksmith's anvil. Admire the views throughout the scenic Lake District. These scenes provided William Wordsworth with the inspiration to write the poem ‘Daffodils'. Visit the town of Grasmere and see St. Oswald's church where the poet is buried. Later arrive in Liverpool, hometown of The Beatles, affectionately known as the 'Fab Four'.
Overnight: Mercure Atlantic Tower Hotel, Liverpool (or similar)
Day 5 - Liverpool – Ludlow – Cardiff
Visit the Tudor market town of Ludlow with its historic castle and timbered buildings. See the Malvern Hills as you cross into Wales and visit its capital, Cardiff. See Cardiff Bay, the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle before arriving at your hotel. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local vineyard with beautiful views of the Welsh countryside.
Overnight: Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff (or similar)
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Escorted Tour?
If you enjoy the art of first-class travel whilst enjoying amazing value then an Escorted Tour is just for you. All these tours are carefully researched and combine quality hotels, luxury travel, informative visits and leisure time. You’ll find our Escorted Tours to be memorable - for all the right reasons! You will travel aboard a state of the art motorcoach with air-conditioning, reclining seats, oversized windows and emergency washroom. Many coaches are equipped with WiFi too. An experienced tour manager will lead the tour and your coach will be expertly driven by a professional driver. In certain locations you’ll be joined by a local guide who will provide local insight and show you the highlights. These tours are inclusive of superior tourist class accommodation, transportation, selected admission fees and many meals. You’ll have the chance to personalise your touring experience by participating in some carefully planned optional excursions. These are at additional expense and details will be provided with your tour documentation.
What are optional extras?
The extended tours we offer are the perfect blend of discovery and free time. To enhance your tour and to add to your enjoyment a specially crafted programme of optional extras will be offered. These could include evening diversions such as a Scottish Banquet with music and entertainment or a speciality visit to a historic castle. A list of the options available on your tour will be included in your tour documentation together with information on how you can purchase them.
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 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.
Do I need to follow the complete tour itinerary?
Subject to the itinerary it may be possible to join the tour late; leave early or miss a day to pursue your own itinerary (proving the tour is staying in the same hotel for two nights, of course). Please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements - we’ll do our best to help. Unfortunately we can’t discount the price of the tour to compensate for any unused portions of the tour.
- 5 nights hotel accommodation
- Location: York (1); Edinburgh (2); Liverpool (1) and Cardiff (1)
- Cooked/Continental breakfast (5)
- Welcome pub reception and dinner with your Tour Director
- Farewell dinner
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Admission to Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Edinburgh Castle, Roman Baths (Bath) and Stonehenge
- City tour of Edinburgh
- Orientation tours of York, Liverpool, Cardiff and Bath
- Tickets are included for the World-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 10 to 24 August, 2020 departures
- Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with 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 79 York Rd
London SE1 7NJ
Check-in: 06:30 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.
Selected departures may operate the tour itinerary in the reverse direction.
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.