Great Britain Bucket-List #2!

Ding Ding! Round two! If you didn’t manage to find your list-topping bucket-list idea last round, read on to see if it features this time round. Alternatively, get inspired by the many fantastic experigleences available to our guests in 2018 throughout the stunningly beautiful countries of England, Scotland and Wales

Walk Along Hadrian’s Wall

Built as a defensive fortification by Roman Emperor Hadrian during AD 122 Britannia, parts of the originally 80-mile-long Wall have stood the test of time for the modern-day tourist to enjoy. Conveniently located just North of Carlisle and the Lake District National Park, park up at Birdoswald Roman Fort and enjoy a leisurely stroll back through time, discovering the history of the 16 forts designed and constructed to prevent the Picts from heading South.

If visiting Hadrian’s Wall takes your fancy, check-out our most popular self-drive tour, The Great Britain Tour by clicking here.

Watch a Premiership Soccer Game Live

Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, the list of top-English soccer teams each with their own special sporting history is endless. Due to the ever-increasing popularity of the sport, getting those elusive match tickets can prove tricky. Being based on the ground here at adeo Travel, we have increased chances of getting great seats at the best games. Grab a pint of ale, order a pie and sit back and watch some of the world’s best players on show; from Manchester City’s Belgian playmaker Kevin de Bruyne, to Spurs’ English sensation Harry Kane. With Tottenham Hotspur currently playing at the iconic Wembley Stadium, there has never been a better time to attend a match. Alternatively, many stadiums offer tours on non-match days for a reasonable price.

For the best chance of getting match tickets, we recommend one of our London city-breaks!

Attend the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

From May 22 to Saturday 26, 2018, one of London’s greatest events returns for another fabulous showcase. Hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society and situated within the grounds of the Royal Hospital in the affluent borough of Chelsea, Britain’s best horticultural show features multiple award-winning exhibits, such as last year’s fantastic display of 300,000 individually crocheted poppies, covering nearly 2,000 square metres and designed by talented Phillip Johnson.

With visits to Saville House, Wisley Gardens and of course the main event itself, why not board our small-group, unique experience, the Chelsea Flower Show, available for once week only in May.

Take the Skye Bridge to the Isle of Skye

With record numbers of guests visiting the Isle of Skye each year, a quick Google Images search will reveal the unimaginable beauty of this peaceful and idyllic island. Arriving onto the Isle across the Skye Bridge, explore the many corners of the landscape from the quaint port town of Portree, to the Trotternish Peninsula with its natural features such as “Kilt Rock” and “the Old Man of Storr”. Spend the balance of your time visiting Dunvegan Castle, or by strolling through the coastal waters where you can spot seabirds, dolphins and seals.

Many of our tours visit the Isle of Skye, Scotland’s best attraction! Look no further than our Skye and the Highlands driving tour, or for those who like to sit back and relax check-out our appropriately named Isle of Skye Tour, one of our many Scotland small-group experiences.

Stay in a Castle

A common bucket-list idea, embrace your British ancestry with a stay in a traditional castle. With the vast history Britain withholds, castles built in previous eras can be found sprinkled around the whole of the England, Scotland & Wales. Frozen in time, these castle hotels stand regal, often set within beautiful gardens engulfed in breath-taking surroundings. Even in this day they have the most original features still intact, creating a truly fascinating and authentic experience!

Celebrating something special? A wedding anniversary, honeymoon, birthday milestone, retirement or perhaps just looking for a vacation with a difference? Whatever your special moment, why not consider experiencing a night in a castle hotel in the UK, which could be the perfect way to mark the occasion and make your vacation truly special. Our Castles and Manors tours feature England, Wales and Scotland individually or combined, and offer some of the best castle accommodation across Britain.

Hike the Lake District

Our second bucket-list article wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Lake District, as no visit to England is complete without a stay in the scenic county of Cumbria and the awe-inspiring landscapes it has to offer. Take time to explore the many lakes, their surrounding fells, woodlands, stone walls and the quaint lake-land villages such as Windermere and Grasmere. More and more we are receiving requests from guests who wish to base themselves in the beautiful area in order to hike England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike. Those that complete the trek are rewarded with breath-taking views of the area. Reward yourself with a traditional pub dinner after, along with perhaps an ale or two as the sun goes down over Lake Windermere.

Take a look at one of our many tours that visit the Lake District, our self-drive Yorkshire and the Lake District by clicking here.

Can’t find your bucket-list item? Check back soon for our final list of the most popular ideas in Britain. Alternatively, please feel free to get in touch here and we can help make any dreams a reality.

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Great Britain Bucket-List #1!

It’s almost time to start planning your dream 2018 vacation, which means one thing: time to tick-off a box or two from your bucket list! England, Scotland and Wales have a vast arrange of must-do attractions, with some truly special sights to see and do to make your trip as enjoyable and memorable as possible. Here is just a few of the many possibilities:

Board the Jacobite Steam Train across the Glenfinnan Viaduct:

Rail enthusiasts and Harry Potter fans rejoice! Many of our rail tours of Scotland offer the chance to ride the Jacobite through the Scottish Highlands and over the Glenfinnan Viaduct towards the fishing town of Mallaig. This locomotive attracts visitors from the world-over and is famous for offering some of the very best views Scotland has on offer. Ride along the famous track with Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain looming high in the backdrop. The two-hour Jacobite experience over the West Highland Line really is the greatest rail journey in the world.

For our popular Explore Scotland by Rail tour, click here.

Follow in Doc Martin’s Footsteps at Port Isaac:

Famed for being the home of the hit BBC drama Doc Martin, Port Isaac attracts both young and old with its quintessentially Cornish charm. Wander around this beautiful, quaint fishing village and stare-out over the Celtic Sea. Explore the narrow, winding streets lined with grade-A listed, white-washed houses before grabbing a truly authentic Cornish pasty and watching the fishermen and women take to the harbour for the evening catch.

Dreaming of a trip to Cornwall? Travel in style with our best-selling small-group tour, Corners of Cornwall, which visits Port Isaac alongside many other picturesque Cornish villages and towns.

Uncover the Mystery of Stonehenge:

Famed the world-over, no trip to Britain is complete without a visit to Stonehenge. Luckily, many of our self-drive, rail and escorted tours visit the attraction. Walk in the footsteps of our Neolithic ancestors and explore the history of the stone circle. With archaeologists dating Stonehenge as far back as 3000 to 2000 BC, the same age as the Pyramids of Giza, a stroll around the Salisbury-based attraction really is a step-back in time. Take time to visit the new interaction exhibition centre, before perhaps heading on to visit the lesser-known stone circle at Avebury.

For more information regarding our tours that visit Stonehenge, look no further than our new Country Pubs of England tour.

Go “Nessie” Hunting in Scotland:

Despite the infamous Loch Ness Monster picture being proved a fake in 1975, thousands of people a year visit Scotland’s most famous loch in search of finding the mythical creature. Incredibly, around 20 sightings are recorded every single year, so a visit to the Scottish Highlands comes with the chance to be the one to get that elusive and authentic photograph of the country’s recently named “most famous Scot”. You may arrive seeking the famed beast, although perhaps may leave the most famous person in Britain! Be sure to head out on a Loch cruise for an even better chance of success.

The vast majority of our tours visit Loch Ness. Why not check-out our many of our small-group tours of Scotland here.

Gaze Upon the White Cliffs of Dover:

A beacon of the South East of England, the White Cliffs of Dover offer stunning views out over the English Channel. Join our many visitors each year looking to brave the howling winds atop the cliffs with an ice-cream in tow. Make sure to bring your camera for that album covering photograph of the Beachy Head Lighthouse that guards the Cliffs. A walk along the Coast will bring you to another popular attraction, the majestic Dover Castle, complete with a military museum and labyrinthine war-time tunnels.

Take a look at our fantastic Garden of England tour here which spends the afternoon at the Cliffs.

Can’t find your bucket-list item? Check back soon for more of the most popular ideas in Britain. Alternatively, please feel free to get in touch here and we can help make any dreams a reality.

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Guest Feedback 2017

After record numbers of guests travelling this summer, it is time to share just some of the feedback we have recevied from our guests. Those that have travelled so far have offered fantastic feedback, both constructive and helpful, allowing for further development of our tours and an even better experience for those looking to travel in 2018.

Here’s what some of our adeo Travel guests have had to say so far:

  1. “Thank you so much for planning such an incredible trip… it was exceptional”.

Teresa Larada Horner-Miller, London and Beyond, New Mexico, USA

  1. “Your service and advice was great”.

Tim Ross, Best of Britain, West Virginia, USA

  1. “Service was very good and the pre-travel advise helpful, very good information, all events we attended we were very happy with”.

Diane Hinton, Heart of England Tour, New Zealand

  1. “All in all, a great trip. Thank you so much”.

Cate Root, England by Rail, Canada

  1. “We would definitely use your services if the need arises and would recommend these to others”.

Sudha Kalyanpur, Scotland Small Group Tours, New Jersey, USA

  1. “Everything went well on our self-drive in the UK recently which you organised for us… the Hotels you selected were great and we enjoyed our stay in all of them… all in all we had a great time and once again thank you for organising all this for us-we really appreciated your expertise”.

John Whimpey, England Self-Drive, Australia

  1. “Hotel accommodation was generally of a high standard… on the whole, I thoroughly enjoyed the tour”.

Judith Merryweather, Outer Hebrides and Skye Tour, Australia

  1. “I must thank you for the wonderful organization of our holiday…. we had a wonderful holiday thanks to you and I want to say how much we appreciated all the work you put into giving us a great schedule”.

Louise Pilon, Multiple Small Group Tours, Canada

  1. “Our trip was fantastic! The rail pass worked perfectly! The itinerary plus trips to the Lake District and Orkney Islands were fabulous!”

Lauren Clarke, Great Britain by Rail, Oregon, USA

  1. “We had a wonder tour of Great Britain. Our travel contact was Darryl Walters, I spoke with him several times while planning this trip. He was very helpful, and kept in contact with us as the trip got closer… the printed information was very helpful and we relied upon it throughout the trip… we had a great time, and hope to work with you again in the future on another tour”.

Michael Benson, Highlights of Britain, Illinois, USA

  1. “If we travel to the UK again which is our intention we will certainly be in touch”.

Sean O’Sullivan, England Self-Drive, New Zealand

  1. “We had a fantastic trip. We certainly saw a lot of Scotland and the weather was actually very cooperative”.

Julie George, Scotland Self-Drive, New Hampshire, USA

  1. “We thoroughly enjoyed touring through Wales and its wonderful monuments and landscapes”.

Diane Bissen, Wales Explorer, Germany

  1. “A big thank you for arranging the trip for us – it was certainly a “trip of a lifetime”. There are NO complaints whatsoever – everything went well and smoothly with all the trip… and we were lucky enough to see Obama and the Queen”.

Nigel van Cuylenburg, Great Britain Tour, Australia

  1. “Overall great… adeo and Darryl did great job and offered continual support through trip…”

Pippa Wiley, England Self-Drive, Texas, USA

  1. “We really enjoyed the trip to Scotland. The services that adeo provided were very good, the printed info was helpful”.

Marcia Parry, A Scottish Journey, New York, USA

  1. “Everything was satisfactory. Prior to tour all communication was excellent. We appreciated all the prompt emails and tour itinerary as well as the literature received from our guide. Itinerary, coach and guide were excellent”.

David Stahl, Private Group Tour, Florida, USA

  1. “Thanks again for all of your help. The trip was fantastic and we will have many beautiful memories for years to come”.

Toby Mandelman, Great Britain Tour, Canada

  1. “We had the most fabulous time in the UK… your suggested itinerary pointers were very helpful in conjunction with our own list of “must see” places to go… we were blown away by the quality and nature of the accommodations you booked on our behalf… we will definitely make contact for our future trips to the UK”.

Joanne Link, Castles and Manors of England and Wales, Australia

  1. “I was really happy with the itinerary you provided and the suggestions for things to see or do. As far as I was concerned it was just right… the hotels were great, all handy to everything, well done. Keep doing it the way you are, it is obvious you know what you are doing, your experience and knowledge shows. You respond promptly to messages and emails and I felt like a valued customer… thanks for helping to make Scotland so enjoyable for me”.

Jack Barker, Explore Scotland by Rail, Australia

  1. “We so enjoyed the trip that we would certainly use you again… the pre-tour pack arrived on time and was relevant and useful, especially the maps, and your communication in response to queries was very quick”.

John Crocker, Wonders of Wales, New Zealand

  1. “We had a wonderful time and agreed that even after 18 days, we weren’t really ready to come home and that is definitely a first. I have already recommended Adeo to several acquaintances who are interested in doing something similar. We had a wonderful time”.

Susan Sieloff, Great Britain by Rail, Massachusetts, USA

  1. “Our trip was great, thanks to your planning. Used all your planning info and appreciated your input into side trips etc… hotels were all great locations, clean and very helpful staff… thank you again for a well-planned holiday in your beautiful country”.

Louise Stafford, England and Wales by Rail, Canada

  1. “The trip went very well. Car hire service was excellent could not be faulted. Likewise, the accommodation you selected was first class and very enjoyable and thank you for booking Rick Steins in Padstow it was all we expected and more”.

Allan Hilless, West Country Legends, Australia

  1. “I am pleased to report that our trip to Scotland and England was a great success! All four of our traveling party were impressed with the accommodations and services provided through adeo Travel, and would give a highest rating to our travel package”.

Leland Anderson, Scottish Dream Coach-Tour, Idaho, USA

  1. “Patti and I would like to sincerely thank you for the superior customer service and attention to detail your team provided for our recent vacation in the U.K. adeo Travel provided an affordable, exciting vacation to beautiful and unforgettable locations while always making themselves available for questions and concerns. I’ve travelled a lot over the past 30 years… adeo Travel is second to none! 4 Stars! Thanks so much!”.

Barbara Hurt, Great Britain Tour, Idaho, USA

  1. “I would like to thank you for all your efforts in arranging all aspects of this trip. We had a great time… our travel contact was outstanding in their efforts to provide all we wanted and accommodated all our additional requests during the planning stage and gave us helpful advice”.

Allan Wilcock, Great Britain Tour, Australia

  1. “We received fantastic service from our Adeo travel contact, Amy, who answered all of our questions patiently. She gave accurate and comprehensive information about the tour, sights and travel information. She also went the extra mile to provide additional guidance for getting from place to place, which turned out to be absolutely essential for us”.

Shin Min Thng, Wales Self-Drive, Singapore

  1. “We really had a great time in Scotland!… overall with the entire trip we are WELL satisfied and happy with the services you and your company provided. I thank you and your team for everything you have done. We will definitely be in need of your assistance on our next trip. Thank you adeo and thank you on a very personal level to Shane. Amazing!”.

Sherry McNett, Scotland Self-Drive, Florida, USA

  1. “The trip was great, long drives along the countryside with pitstops to take photos. We had an amazing time and we truly wouldn’t have been able to plan it all without your help”.

Sara Cheong, British Journey, Hong Kong

  1. “Your booking process and correspondence prior to our trip was exceptional. Very efficient and thorough. The suggested itinerary and directions were great… overall we had a great time and plan to go back to Wales in the future. We are also likely to book one of your Scottish Tours and would certainly recommend Adeo Travel to our family and friends”.

Graeme Carpenter, Castles and Manors of Wales, Kent, England

If the above comments have made you dream of following in their footsteps, why not get in touch and we can discuss a potential trip to Britain? We cater to both guests looking for self-drive tours, and those who would prefer to travel to rail, small-group or coach.

New to 2017, we now have city breaks in locations such as Cardiff, London and Edinburgh!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Discovering the “Wonders of Wales” – #adeoOnTheRoad

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend three nights on the small-group Wonders of Wales Tour, a comprehensive tour of the great nation of Wales! Whilst researching itineraries helps us to provide a nice overview of the tour for our guests, nothing beats experiencing first-hand the quality of such trips to help us with our knowledge and expertise. And, with just 14 passengers, it was the ideal group-size for exploring.

We departed from Cardiff in Wales on a bright Sunday morning (the hottest day of the year, only to be beaten by the following day). Heading North to the Big Pit, we were sent far underground for a crash course in Wales’ coal industry, which, of course, helped a boom in the South Wales economy and helped develop cities such as Cardiff, where we at adeo Travel are based. From the Big Pit, we travelled to the open-air museum of Saint Fagans to learn about Welsh culture and life. Hidden away were some great gardens and a tea room. Finally, we headed to our overnight stay in the Bear Hotel, Crickhowell. The Hotel offers great tasting food (massive portions), and has managed to preserve the charm and draw of a country hotel in such a stunning location, largely due to the great characterful features and top hospitality.

Our next day saw us drive to Tintern Abbey, in the heart of the Wye Valley. The Abbey is famed for its connection to Dylan Thomas and J.M.W. Turner. After lunch, we drove further into the Valley and made a stop at the idyllic White Castle Vineyard. Owned by a married couple who dreamt of such an adventure, we learnt about the production of wine, and the difficulties of growing grapes in the rather harsh South Wales climate (hard to believe for our overseas guests when it was 35 degrees!). Having the evening free, we returned to the Bear Hotel to sample more of their great menu, filled with tasty home comfort foods in addition to luxury items.

On day three, my final day, we began our journey to the North Wales base of Conwy. Our first stop was the impressive Powys Castle. Most castles in Wales are historical ruins, whereas Powys Castle showed off Victorian décor with stunning views across Powys and Mid Wales. Next, we drove the short distance to the Llangollen Aqueduct. Seventy metres in the air, and for those less afraid of heights, the attraction serves as a crossing to the other side of the canal, whilst offering spectacular views across the landscape. Before heading to our new hotel, we made a quick stop at the beautiful Tu Hwnt Ir Bont tearoom. This quaint house has retained its charm and offers a great food stop for guests. From there, we checked in to our second hotel, the Castle Hotel, an old coaching inn in Wales, standing on the site of a Cistercian abbey within the UNESCO World Heritage walled town of Conwy. Finally, the balance of the day was spent in the seaside resort of Llandudno, listening an all Welsh choir. A must-see experience!

The Wonders of Wales Tour gave me an in-depth look at the way small groups are run, in addition to valuable knowledge of attractions, destinations and accommodations used. I would recommend the trip to anyone interested in a hands-free experience of Wales. Attractions I missed out on were as follows: Snowdonia, Welsh Slate Museum, Pembrokeshire Coast, St Davids, Welsh language lesson and Caernarfon Castle, to name a few. In summary, I wish I had stayed longer!

For more information on the Wonders of Wales Tour click here.

To enquire or book click here.

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Filming Locations in the UK

You may have wondered around New York City or Monument Valley and felt like you had stepped into the silver screen. Here in Britain, this feeling is frequently felt all around our country. Whether it be from the mesmeric Cornish Coast and the setting of Poldark, to the rolling hills and shimmering lochs of Scotland used as the backdrop for some of the Harry Potter movies’ most famous shots, you are never too far from a piece of movie history.

Here is a top 6 of the best filming locations for you to enjoy:

6) CARDIFF – SHERLOCK, DOCTOR WHO, TORCHWOOD

Nestled on the South Wales coast, Cardiff is home to many iconic moments from the BBC in recent years. Housing one of the major studios for the British Broadcasting Corporation, Cardiff has seen its fair share of moments on the screen. From the beautiful Cardiff University main building being used as a backdrop for London in Sherlock, to the Cardiff Bay homing the Torchwood team in the highly rated Doctor Who spin-off, there’s something for everyone to see in this up-and-coming city receiving a modern upgrade, whilst still retaining the history and culture associated with South Wales. The Bay is also home to the Doctor Who Experience, a must for any fan of the show. If you’re lucky, you may even visit on a filming day. Our Capital City Tour allows you so see the highlights of this fantastic city.

5) PORTMEIRION – THE PRISONER

Hidden away between Mount Snowdon and the Welsh coast, Portmeirion is a gem that should not be missed. Multi-coloured buildings once played host to the filming of the Prisoner, an flagship show during the late 1960s. The series follows a British former secret agent who is held captive on a mysterious, albiet tranquill coastal village resort. Starring Patrick McGoohan, this classic should be watched in association with a trip to the resort, conveniently located for anyone visiting North Wales on one of our Welsh self-drive experiences.

4) PORT ISAAC – DOC MARTIN

Martin Clunes’ fantastic portrayal of a surgeon who has developed haemophobia is matched only by the incredibly stunning seaside town of Port Isaac, the filming location for this hit BBC show. In Port Isaac enjoy authentic Cornish Clotted Cream, scones, and traditional British fish and chips. The food and scenery go hand in hand. As the sun sets over the coast, watch as the fisherman descend on the port walls to catch their evening meal fresh. With our fully customisable trips to Cornwall/Devon, make sure to include Port Isaac as one of your top stops along the way.

3) NOTTINGHAMSHIRE – THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY

The Nolan Batman trilogy re-energised DC Comics from 2005-2012.  A short drive away from Nottingham you will find Wollaton Hall. The historic Elizabethan mansion is a popular attraction, hosting many scenes during the Dark Knight Rises, including the opening garden party scene in which Gary Oldman delivers a eulogy of Harvey Dent, some 8 years after his death. A visit today will see you looking around a constructed gravesite, in which Michael Caine delivers one of the more heart-warming scenes from the final movie. At Wollaton Park, also find the resident herd of red deer, which roam around the magnificent gardens and parkland.

2) CAMBRIDGE – THEORY OF EVERYTHING

At number two, we feature the recent Academy Award nominated film, the Theory of Everything. Starring British talents Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones as Mr and Mrs Steven Hawking, the film centres around the couple’s early years in amongst the early stages of ALS. Set in the stunningly gorgeous university city of Cambridge, the film utilises the stunning buildings (such as King’s College Chapel) in its backdrop. Local areas to visit range from the Roman fort of Duroliponte on Castle Hill, to St Bene’t’s Church, the oldest standing building in Cambridgeshire. When on one of our many fully-customisable self-drive tours of England, be sure to check out Cambridge, conveniently located between York and London. A perfect stop on the final day of a perfect trip to the UK.

1) SCOTLAND – HARRY POTTER

Iconic and magical, the filming locations for Harry Potter are primarily located in among the Scottish lochs and highlands. The standout, to begin, must be the Glenfinnan Viaduct, used in the filming of the famous Hogwarts Express vs flying car

Glenfinnan Viaduct on the West highland Rail Line.
Glenfinnan Viaduct on the West highland Rail Line.

scene from the Chamber of Secrets. If the earlier films are more to your taste, then how about a visit to Loch Shiel, where Buckbeak dips a toe into the water whilst Harry soars around the sky on his back. Departing Scotland, in the North of England find Alnwick Castle, the location for Harry’s first broom flight under the guidance of Madam Hooch. Visit Scotland and these locations today on one of our Scotland tours, booking now for 2017!

If the above filming locations have piqued your interest, enquire today either online or by phone regarding a trip to England, Scotland or Wales!