Key Features
Tour type: Coach Tour
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Group size: Maximum group-size of 40. Premium Hotels. Tour Pace: Comfortable
Starting: Central London
  1. Day 1 Shakespeare's Stratford and Medieval York

    Departing London, we pass north through the patchwork hills of the Cotswolds on route to Stratford-upon-Avon; here we visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare to learn about his life and times. Then continuing north to York, we walk inside the ancient city walls to see the crooked houses of the 'Shambles' before visiting York Minster, England's largest gothic cathedral. Tonight, we enjoy a Welcome Reception including drinks and dinner.

    Overnight: Hilton York Hotel, York

    Meals: Dinner included

  2. Day 2 Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish Borders

    Today our route winds north through the Yorkshire hills to the place which was once the ancient northern edge of the Roman Empire; we'll have an opportunity to view parts of Hadrian's Wall which remain intact to this day. Then we cross the Northumberland Moors and in to the rolling hills and understated beauty of the Scottish Borders region; here we'll pause for views of Jedburgh Abbey, one of Scotland's most impressive monastic ruins which dates back to the 12th century.

    Overnight: Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 Edinburgh City and Edinburgh Castle

    This morning, we are joined by a local expert to visit to the majestic Edinburgh Castle home to St Margaret's Chapel, the Stone of Destiny and the Scottish Crown Jewels. Afterwards, we descend the Royal Mile for an orientation of the city; we'll enjoy views of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queens official Scottish residence, and travel along the renowned Princes Street passing the Princes Street Gardens and the Sir Walter Scott monument before arriving in the elegant 18th century New Town. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the Scottish Capital independently perhaps taking in some of the city's world class museums and galleries. Selected departures attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

    Overnight: Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included

  4. Day 4 Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and Glasgow

    Departing Edinburgh, we make our way north passing Bannockburn, site of the famous battlefield, and historic Stirling where we gain views of the beautiful Stirling Castle. We'll then continue on a scenic drive through the glorious landscapes of the Trossachs National Park, known as the Highlands in miniature, and along the "Bonny Banks" of Loch Lomond. We then descend in to Scotland's most populous urban centre, the thriving city of Glasgow; here we enjoy an orientation tour taking in the city's key sites such as the magnificent cathedral and the Victorian monuments of George Square.

    Overnight: Hilton Glsagow Hotel, Glasgow

    Meals: Breakfast included

  5. Day 5 Gretna Green and the English Lake District

    Today we make our way south through the rolling hills of the Scottish Lowlands and stop in Gretna where eloping English couples would cross the border to marry over a blacksmiths anvil. We then continue in to the stunning scenery of the Lake District which inspired artists, authors and poets alike. We visit the charming lake-land village of Grasmere and the final resting place William Wordsworth at St Oswald's Church before making our way to our lake-side hotel.

    Overnight: Old England Hotel and Spa, Bowness-on-Windermere

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  6. Day 6 Ludlow, the Welsh Marches and Cardiff

    Continuing south, we make our way to the border town of Ludlow, one of England's most attractive towns, which is dominated by its castle and rich and tragic royal history. Explore the half-timbered Jacobean houses or the traditional market square. This afternoon we cross the Welsh border marches and pass south to the stunning Welsh Capital in Cardiff.

    Overnight: Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff

    Meals: Breakfast included

  7. Day 7 Georgian Bath, Glastonbury and Cornwall

    A short drive over the Severn Bridge takes us back in to England and to the Georgian city of Bath with its 15th century Abbey, elegant sandstone streets and crescents; here we visit the gloriously preserved Roman Baths and Pump Room. Continuing South, we pass in to the Somerset hills and on to Glastonbury, spiritual capital of England and steeped in legend including connections to King Arthur and the Isle of Avalon. Later we continue to your resort hotel in the Cornish countryside.

    Overnight: St Mellion International Resort, Saltash

    Meals: Breakfast included

  8. Day 8 Plymouth and the Cornish Coast

    Today is dedicated to exploring the beautiful coastal county of Cornwall as we head firstly to one of the peninsula's many traditional seaside villages. We then continue along the coast to the seafaring city of Plymouth where we see the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the new World. We also see the town's other sites including the Barbican, Citadel and Plymouth Hoe. Later we return via the rugged hilly countryside of Dartmoor. This evening we enjoy a last evening celebration dinner with wine tonight.

    Overnight: St Mellion International Resort, Saltash

    Meals: Breakfast and celebration dinner included

  9. Day 9 Stonehenge and the Salisbury Plain

    Today we return East through Dorset and in to the Wiltshire countryside; arriving on the eerie Salisbury Plain we make our way to the mysterious standing monoliths of Stonehenge. Here we explore the new visitor centre to try to uncover the secrets of this ancient monument before viewing the enchanting stones themselves. By afternoon we make our way back to London where our tour ends in the heart of the city.

    Meals: Breakfast included

*Journey times and distances are estimates and are based on the direct route between the start location and end location for each day of the itinerary, where applicable. They do not include detours or stops for sightseeing.

Unique experiences

  • Visit the timber-framed building where Shakespeare was born and grew up.
  • Walk with a local expert within the walls of the majestic Edinburgh castle.
  • For a limited time in August, you are witness to the breath-taking spectacle of the Military Tattoo.
  • Visit the ancient Roman Baths dating back to the first century AD.
  • See the mysterious standing monoliths of Stonehenge.

Sightseeing highlights

  • Appreciate the architecture of Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • See York Minster, its Roman city walls and medieval "Shambles".
  • View Hadrian's Wall and Jedburgh Abbey.
  • Enjoy a guided city tour of Edinburgh.
  • Enjoy views of Stirling Castle.
  • Discover Glasgow on an orientation tour.
  • Learn about the life of the poet William Wordsworth and visit his grave in Grasmere.
  • Explore historic Ludlow.
  • Admire Bath's Georgian architecture.
  • Drive past Glastonbury Abbey ruins.
  • Visit a beautiful Cornish fishing port.
  • Enjoy an orientation tour of Plymouth Hoe and see the Mayflower Steps.
  • Scenic drives – Cotswolds, the Trossachs, Loch Lomond, Lake District, Severn Bridge, Dartmoor, Welsh Marshes.

Dining

  • 8 x full breakfasts.
  • 3 x evening meals including a Welcome Dinner, one hotel dinner and a celebration dinner.

Accommodation highlights

  • Stay in a traditional country house hotel located on the shores of Lake Windermere at the MacDonald Old England Hotel.
  • Experience the best of Cornish hospitality at the plush St Mellion International Resort, a unique blend of contemporary style spread over 450 acres of peaceful countryside.

Included First Class services

  • The services of your professional Tour Director.
  • All overnight accommodation in premium hotels, as per the tour itinerary, featuring twin rooms and private facilities. All service charges, taxes and porterage are included.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of a luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom.
  • Free wi-fi in most hotel rooms or lobbies and available on most touring coaches. • Maximum group-size of 40 passengers on board.
  • Personal radio headsets for all guided visits allowing you to wander without missing any commentary.
  • A travel wallet with your tour documentation.

Tour feature

  • Maximum group-size of 40 passengers on board.

Optional extras

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in central London.
  • Airport transfers or transport to/from your departure/return cities.
  • Your tour already includes a comprehensive sightseeing program however some additional excursions may be available to enhance your trip further - these are fully optional and bookable during your tour.

Departure Dates 2017/18

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Pricing 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£) for approximate costs in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however are subject to change.
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