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

    A bright and early start as you meet your travel director in central London and depart England’s capital for central England. Firstly, we pass north through the patchwork hills of the Cotswolds on route to Stratford-upon-Avon where we visit the historic 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 the towering 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 (with wine)

  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. Before continuing to Scotland’s capital, the majestic city of Edinburgh.

    Overnight: MacDonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 Edinburgh City and Edinburgh Castle

    This morning, we’ll enjoy a brief orientation of Edinburgh enjoying 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. Afterwards 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. 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: MacDonald Holyrood 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 and towering Wallace Monument. 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. Descending in to Scotland’s most populous urban centre, the thriving city of Glasgow, we enjoy an orientation tour taking in the city’s key sites such as the magnificent St Mungoes Cathedral and the Victorian monuments of George Square. Later, we check in to our modern centrally located hotel.

    Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner 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 Green 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. Here 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 hotel nestled on the shores of Lake Windermere itself.

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

    Meals: Breakfast 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 where we enjoy a brief orientation of this port city, located on the banks of the River Taff. We’ll enjoy views of the impressive Principality Stadium and the city’s centrepiece at the stunning Cardiff Castle.

    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. Visit the Roman Baths, with the fantastically well-preserved remains of one of the greatest spas of the ancient world, still flowing with the hot water from the natural springs below. 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, the Isle of Avalon and the Holy Grail. Later we continue to your resort hotel in the Cornish countryside.

    Overnight: St Mellion International Resort, Saltash

    Meals: Breakfast included

  8. Day 8 Plymouth, the Cornish Coast and Dartmoor

    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 where wild ponies roam on the hillsides. This evening we enjoy a last evening celebration dinner with wine.

    Overnight: St Mellion International Resort, Saltash

    Meals: Breakfast and Celebration Dinner (wine 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 Marches.

Dining

  • 8 x full breakfasts.
  • 3 x evening meals (x2 including wine) 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 (subject to availability and signal).
  • 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 2018/19

We are very sorry, there are no available dates for this tour at this time.

Please contact us to discuss similar tours which may still be available or for dates into the 2018/19 travel season.

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.
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  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however are subject to change.
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