10 days/ 9 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.
Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon
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.
Accommodation: Three Ways House Hotel (or similar), Cotswolds.
Highlights: the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare's birthplace.
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.
Accommodation: Mulberry Hotel (or similar), Llangollen – dinner included.
Highlights: Worcester Cathedral and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge.
The Snowdonia National Park and Bodnant Food Centre
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.
Accommodation: Mulberry Hotel (or similar), Llangollen – lunch and dinner included.
Highlights: Snowdonia National Park and the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre.
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, the Bronte parsonage at Haworth and the Pennines.
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: Explore York, taking in York Castle Museum, the Jorvik Viking Centre and the National Railway Museum.
Castle Howard and the 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.
Accommodation: Waterhead Hotel (or similar) Lake District – dinner included.
Highlights: Castle Howard, Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District.
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.
Accommodation: Waterhead Hotel (or similar) Lake District.
Highlights: Lake District National Park, home to Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth, 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 accommodation where a traditional Scottish dinner awaits.
Accommodation: Friars Carse Hotel (or similar), Scottish Borders region – dinner included.
Highlights: Hadrian's Wall, Birdoswaid Fort and the beautiful Scottish Borders.
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.).
Highlights: Abbotsford House and Rosslyn Chapel.
Small group tours: Highlights of Britain tour
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.