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HIGHLIGHTS OF BRITAIN

This journey takes you from London to Edinburgh providing the full British history and culture experience. See Oxford and the Cotswolds, shop at Chester's Rows, wind through Wales' stunning Snowdonia National Park, sample local Welsh cuisine, enjoy medieval York and explore Wordsworth's Lake District before finally visiting mysterious chapels and stately homes in the Scottish Lowlands.

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KEY FEATURES

Duration:
10 days/ 9 nights

Regions visited:
All of Britain

Start point:
Central London

End point:
Edinburgh

Customizable:
No

Additional information:
Maximum group size 18 passengers.

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ITINERARY

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DAY ONE

University City Oxford and the Cotswolds

Highlights of Britain Tour - Oxford University

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.

accommodationAccommodation: Three Ways House Hotel (or similar), Cotswolds - dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Oxford City, the Cotswolds and the world famous Pudding Club.

DAY TWO

Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon

Highlights of Britain Tour - Cotswolds

Bibury, The Cotswolds, England

This morning we enjoy a free morning to relax in Chipping Campden, one of the Cotswolds most characterful and traditional of towns bustling with honey coloured buildings, thatch cottages, quaint tea-rooms and antiques and gift shops. Later, we travel North to Stratford-upon-Avon, a picturesque, medieval town of Tudor timberwork buildings, open greens and boats bobbing on the river Avon. Stratford was of course also once home William Shakespeare and the town is still setting for a wealth of heritage sites dedicated to the great Bard himself.

accommodationAccommodation: Three Ways House Hotel (or similar), Cotswolds.

attractionsHighlights: the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare's birthplace.

DAY THREE

Worcester Cathedral and Ironbridge

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. Next we take 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.

accommodationAccommodation: Mulberry Hotel (or similar), Llangollen – dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Worcester Cathedral and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge.

DAY FOUR

The Snowdonia National Park and Bodnant Food Centre

Highlights of Britain Tour - Snowdonia

Snowdonia at dusk, Wales

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.

accommodationAccommodation: Mulberry Hotel (or similar), Llangollen – lunch and dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Snowdonia National Park and the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre.

DAY FIVE

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.

accommodationAccommodation: Churchill Hotel (or similar) York.

attractionsHighlights: Roman Chester, the Bronte parsonage at Haworth and the Pennines.

DAY SIX

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.

accommodationAccommodation: Churchill Hotel (or similar) York.

attractionsHighlights: Explore York, taking in York Castle Museum, the Jorvik Viking Centre and the National Railway Museum.

DAY SEVEN

Castle Howard and the Yorkshire Dales

Highlights of Britain Tour - Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Dales, England

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.

accommodationAccommodation: Waterhead Hotel (or similar) Lake District – dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Castle Howard, Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District.

DAY EIGHT

The English Lake District and Lake Windermere

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. Next, we head to Hawkshead Grammar School, which houses historic artefacts relating to ancient schools. 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.

accommodationAccommodation: Waterhead Hotel (or similar) Lake District.

attractionsHighlights: Lake District National Park, home to Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth, and lake cruise.

DAY NINE

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 accommodation where a traditional Scottish dinner awaits.

accommodationAccommodation: Friars Carse Hotel (or similar), Scottish Borders region – dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Hadrian's Wall, Birdoswaid Fort and the beautiful Scottish Borders.

DAY TEN

The Scottish Lowlands, Abbotsford House 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 destination is Edinburgh, where our tour comes to an end (5.30pm approx.).

attractionsHighlights: Abbotsford House and Rosslyn Chapel.

MAP

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INCLUSIONS

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arrowUNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Discover Britain's literary greats at the Brontë Parsonage, Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm and William Wordsworth's home.
  • Indulge your sweet tooth and become a dessert connoisseur at the world-famous Pudding Club.
  • Explore the scenic roads of some of Britain's most spectacular 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.

arrowWHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 9 nights in charming accommodation
  • All transportation by luxury mini-coach
  • The services of your professional driver and tour leader
  • Full English breakfast daily
  • 5 x evening meals
  • Welsh cookery demonstration and lunch
  • Guided walking tour of Oxford
  • Cruise on Lake Windermere
  • A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
    • Worcester Cathedral
    • Bronte Parsonage, Haworth
    • Castle Howard
    • Beatrix Potter's Hilltop Farm
    • Wordsworth's Dove Cottage
    • Abbotsford House
    • Rosslyn Chapel
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack.

arrowOPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in London or Edinburgh.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Rail travel from Edinburgh back to London.

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PRICING

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arrow2017 DEPARTURES AND PRICING

START DAY
(in London)
END DAY
(in Edinburgh)
ADDITIONAL FEATURES PRICE PER PERSON
(sharing twin/ double)
Sun 18 Mar, 2018 Tue 27 Mar, 2018   £ 2,219
Sun 22 Apr, 2018 Tue 01 May, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,319
Thu 26 Apr, 2018 Sat 05 May, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,319
Sun 29 Apr, 2018 Tue 08 May, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,319
Tue 01 May, 2018 Thu 10 May, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Sun 06 May, 2018 Tue 15 May, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Tue 08 May, 2018 Thu 17 May, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Sun 13 May, 2018 Tue 22 May, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Tue 15 May, 2018 Thu 24 May, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Thu 17 May, 2018 Sat 26 May, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Sun 20 May, 2018 Tue 29 May, 2018   £ 2,419
Tue 22 May, 2018 Thu 31 May, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Thu 24 May, 2018 Sat 02 Jun, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Sun 27 May, 2018 Tue 05 Jun, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Tue 29 May, 2018 Thu 07 Jun, 2018   £ 2,419
Sun 03 Jun, 2018 Tue 12 Jun, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Tue 05 Jun, 2018 Thu 14 Jun, 2018   £ 2,419
Thu 07 Jun, 2018 Sat 16 Jun, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Tue 12 Jun, 2018 Thu 21 Jun, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Sun 17 Jun, 2018 Tue 26 Jun, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Tue 19 Jun, 2018 Thu 28 Jun, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Sun 24 Jun, 2018 Tue 03 Jul, 2018   £ 2,419
Tue 26 Jun, 2018 Thu 05 Jul, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Sun 01 Jul, 2018 Tue 10 Jul, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Sun 08 Jul, 2018 Tue 17 Jul, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Tue 10 Jul, 2018 Thu 19 Jul, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Sun 15 Jul, 2018 Tue 24 Jul, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Sun 22 Jul, 2018 Tue 31 Jul, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Sun 29 Jul, 2018 Tue 07 Aug, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Tue 31 Jul, 2018 Thu 09 Aug, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Sun 05 Aug, 2018 Tue 14 Aug, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Sun 12 Aug, 2018 Tue 21 Aug, 2018   £ 2,419
Tue 14 Aug, 2018 Thu 23 Aug, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Sun 19 Aug, 2018 Tue 28 Aug, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Tue 21 Aug, 2018 Thu 30 Aug, 2018   £ 2,419
Sun 26 Aug, 2018 Tue 04 Sep, 2018   £ 2,419
Tue 28 Aug, 2018 Thu 06 Sep, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Sun 02 Sep, 2018 Tue 11 Sep, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Tue 04 Sep, 2018 Thu 13 Sep, 2018   £ 2,419
Thu 06 Sep, 2018 Sat 15 Sep, 2018   £ 2,419
Sun 09 Sep, 2018 Tue 18 Sep, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Tue 11 Sep, 2018 Thu 20 Sep, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Thu 13 Sep, 2018 Sat 22 Sep, 2018   £ 2,419
Sun 16 Sep, 2018 Tue 25 Sep, 2018   £ 2,419
Tue 18 Sep, 2018 Thu 27 Sep, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Thu 20 Sep, 2018 Sat 29 Sep, 2018   £ 2,419
Sun 23 Sep, 2018 Tue 02 Oct, 2018   £ 2,419
Tue 25 Sep, 2018 Thu 04 Oct, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Sun 30 Sep, 2018 Tue 09 Oct, 2018 Guaranteed Departure £ 2,419
Sun 07 Oct, 2018 Tue 16 Oct, 2018   £ 2,319
Sun 14 Oct, 2018 Tue 23 Oct, 2018   £ 2,319
Thu 18 Oct, 2018 Sat 27 Oct, 2018   £ 2,319

Single Supplement: £700.

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.

arrowPRICING NOTES

  • 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.

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