9 days/ 8 nights
All of Britain
Maximum group size 18 passengers.
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Small group tour: Highlights of Britain tour
University City Oxford and the Cotswolds
University of Oxford
Departing London (8.30am) we head for traditional England in Oxford, the 'city of dreaming spires'. We see the famous colleges of Oxford's famous university, which were once the home of renowned British figures from Prime Ministers to writers such as Tolkein and Lewis Carroll, but more recently have been used in film and TV such as in the Harry Potter films. Enjoy a guided walk of the city. After lunch we drive to a traditional 18th century woollen-mill in the Cotswolds, to learn about the industry that represents the cornerstone of Cotswold heritage. We then continue through quaint villages to our delightful Cotswolds accommodation. Tonight we will have dinner together at the world famous Pudding Club where we become dessert connoisseurs.
Accommodation: Three Ways House Hotel (or similar), Cotswolds - dinner included.
Highlights: Oxford City, the Cotswolds and the world famous Pudding Club.
Worcester Cathedral, Much Wenlock and Ironbridge
Ironbridge, Shropshire, England
This morning we follow the crusades of saints and Kings as we drive to Worcester to visit one of England's quietest but most interesting cathedrals, where you can see the tomb of the infamous King John. We continue our journey north to the town of Much Wenlock - the birthplace of the modern Olympics, followed by a short drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge to see the first arch bridge in the world to be made out of cast iron. We finish today by crossing the border in to the scenic landscapes of North Wales.
Accommodation: Mulberry Hotel (or similar), Llangollen - dinner included.
Highlights: Worcester, Much Wenlock, Ironbridge (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Ironbridge.
The Snowdonia National Park and Bodnant Food Centre
Today we explore the splendour of Snowdonia National Park; an area of outstanding natural beauty Snowdonia is home to shimmering lakes, deep green valleys and soaring mountains including the highest peak in England and Wales. We traverse narrow mountain passes and sheep-covered uplands before visiting some traditional Welsh towns and villages. Having worked up an appetite, we visit the renowned Bodnant Welsh Food Centre for a tour and a Welsh cookery demonstration, followed by lunch. Later we stop in Llangollen, a charming Welsh town straddling the River Dee and home to a steam train before returning to our hotel for our evening meal.
Accommodation: Mulberry Hotel (or similar), Llangollen – lunch and dinner included.
Highlights: Snowdonia National Park, Bodnant Food Centre Cooking School and Llangollen.
Chester, the Bronte Parsonage and the Pennines
Crossing back over the border in to England, we explore historic Chester, seeing its medieval walls, the old Roman amphitheatre and Chester's Rows, unique dual level timberwork shop fronts. Our journey continues east across England's backbone, the Pennine hills, to the Bronte parsonage at Haworth where we can see what inspired the famous literary sisters to write the likes of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. We then continue through the Yorkshire countryside and market towns and villages on route to the grandiose city of York, the historic capital of northern England.
Accommodation: Churchill Hotel (or similar) York.
Highlights: Roman Chester, Bronte parsonage and the Yorkshire Countryside.
York City and York Minster
This morning your guide will introduce you to York with a stroll through the city to see some of the highlights before you enjoy a day at leisure to explore this magnificent city. From the Romans to the Vikings, York has been shaped by all eras of England's long history; spend the day exploring some the historic hallmarks which remain today from the city walls and gate towers (or bars), the famous Shambles, Britain's first shopping street and the magnificent York Minster, Northern Europe's largest gothic cathedral. Perhaps visit the York Castle Museum, the Jorvik Viking Centre, Clifford's Tower or the National Railway Museum.
Accommodation: Churchill Hotel (or similar) York.
Highlights: Historic York, the famous Shambles, York Minster, the Jorvik Viking Centre and National Railway Museum.
Castle Howard and the Yorkshire Dales
Today we revel in the glory days of the English country estate as we head to the magnificent 18th century Castle Howard, one of Britain's finest baroque mansions and estates, which has been home to the Howard family for over 300 years. We then enjoy a scenic drive through the rustic landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, home of winding lanes, glistening rivers, dells and criss-crossed with ancient stone walls; this region was the setting of James Herriott's tales of rural England. Our final destination is the beautiful Lake District, our base for the next two nights.
Accommodation: Wild Boar Hotel (or similar) Lake District - dinner included.
Highlights: Castle Howard and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The English Lake District and Lake Windermere
Lake District, Cumbria, England
Today we enjoy one of Britain's most beautiful national parks. This morning we explore the region's literary heritage; our first stop is Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm, still as she left it and where some of her famous characters were created. Afterwards, we wind our way through the beautiful back roads of this striking region on route to Dove Cottage; once home to William Wordsworth it was on a walk from here that the poet found inspiration for his most famous of works with his Daffodils poem. By afternoon we take to the waters and enjoy a lake cruise before returning to our accommodation.
Accommodation: Wild Boar Hotel (or similar) Lake District.
Highlights: Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm, Dove Cottage and lake cruise.
Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish Borders
The lakes disappear in the rear-view mirror as we journey North through Cumbria to the ancient frontier of England and the Roman Empire at Hadrian's Wall. Large sections of the wall remain intact to this day and we'll head for Birdoswald Fort, one of the finest Roman sites along its length. We then cross over the current border and in to Scotland, the third and final country on our tour of Britain; we'll experience the understated natural beauty and sweeping scenery of the Scottish Borders region before arriving in our Scottish Castle accommodation where a traditional Scottish dinner awaits.
Accommodation: Comlongen Castle (or similar), Scottish Borders region - dinner included.
Highlights: Hadrian's Wall and Birdoswald Fort.
The Scottish Lowlands, Melrose Abbey and Rosslyn Chapel
Our final day takes us north through the rolling hills of the Scottish Lowlands. First stop will be Abbotsford House, once home of Sir Walter Scott. Designed by Scott himself, the house holds an impressive collection of historic relics including Rob Roy's gun and sword, we'll stroll through the elegant walled gardens. Later we make our way to one of the most mysterious sites in Scotland, Rosslyn Chapel. We'll hear about the myths and legends which shroud this small private chapel which was catapulted to fame by Dan Brown's book and subsequent film, The Da Vinci Code. Our final destination is Edinburgh, where our tour comes to an end (5.30pm approx).
Highlights: Abbotsford House and Rosslyn Chapel.
Small group tours: Highlights of Britain tour
- See one of England's quietest but most interesting cathedrals in Worcester
- Sample Welsh Cuisine with a cookery demonstration and lunch at the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre
- Indulge your sweet tooth and become a dessert connoisseur at the world famous "Pudding Club"
- Stay overnight in a restored 15th century medieval Scottish Castle
- Explore the back roads of some of Britain's most iconic regions including the Cotswolds, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.
- Maximum group-size of 18 passengers for that intimate touring experience.
- 8 nights in charming accommodation
- All transportation by luxury mini-coach
- The services of your driver/tour leader
- Full English breakfast daily
- 5 x evening meals
- Welsh Cookery School experience
- Guided walking tour of Oxford
- Cruise of Lake Windermere
- A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
- Cotswold Woollen Weavers
- Worcester Cathedral
- Conwy Castle
- Bronte Parsonage, Haworth
- Castle Howard
- Beatrix Potter's Hilltop Farm
- Wordsworth's Dove Cottage
- Birdoswald Roman Fort
- Abbotsford House
- Rosslyn Chapel
- Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
- Postage of your vacation documents pack.
- Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in London or Edinburgh.
- Airport transfers.
- Rail travel from Edinburgh back to London.
Small group tours: Highlights of Britain tour
2017 DEPARTURES AND PRICING
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||PRICE PER PERSON
(sharing twin/ double)
|Sun 20 Aug, 2017||Mon 28 Aug, 2017||Limited availability||£ 1,815|
|Sun 27 Aug, 2017||Mon 04 Sep, 2017||Guaranteed Departure||£ 1,815|
|Tue 29 Aug, 2017||Wed 06 Sep, 2017||Limited availability||£ 1,815|
|Sun 03 Sep, 2017||Mon 11 Sep, 2017||Fully booked||£ 1,815|
|Tue 05 Sep, 2017||Wed 13 Sep, 2017||Limited availability||£ 1,815|
|Thu 07 Sep, 2017||Fri 15 Sep, 2017||Guaranteed departure||£ 1,815|
|Sun 10 Sep, 2017||Mon 18 Sep, 2017||Fully booked||£ 1,815|
|Tue 12 Sep, 2017||Wed 20 Sep, 2017||Fully booked||£ 1,815|
|Thu 14 Sep, 2017||Fri 22 Sep, 2017||Guaranteed departure||£ 1,815|
|Sun 17 Sep, 2017||Mon 25 Sep, 2017||Guaranteed departure||£ 1,815|
|Tue 19 Sep, 2017||Wed 27 Sep, 2017||Fully booked||£ 1,815|
|Sun 24 Sep, 2017||Mon 02 Oct, 2017||Limited availability||£ 1,815|
|Tue 26 Sep, 2017||Wed 04 Oct, 2017||Limited availability||£ 1,815|
|Sun 01 Oct, 2017||Mon 09 Oct, 2017||Guaranteed departure||£ 1,715|
|Sun 08 Oct, 2017||Mon 16 Oct, 2017||Guaranteed departure||£ 1,715|
|Sun 15 Oct, 2017||Mon 23 Oct, 2017||Guaranteed departure||£ 1,715|
Single Supplement: £400 April/Oct, £450 May-September.
All tours commence in central London (close to Victoria Station) at 8.30am on the Start Day and finish in Edinburgh at around 5.30pm (approx) on the End Day.
- Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
- Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
- Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
- Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP£) currency for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
- All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however due to the nature of small group tours the itinerary is flexible and is subject to change based on a variety of factors.
2018 DEPARTURES AND PRICING
We have 2018 tour dates and pricing available and are in the process of updating our website. Please contact us with your preferred dates and we will send you a quotation.