Key Features
Tour type: Coach Tour
Duration: 11 days / 10 nights
Tour feature: Maximum group-size of 40 - Premium Hotels - Tour Pace: Comfortable/Active
Starting: Central London
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Scotland

    This morning, arrive in to Scotland, the land of legends and romance, famed for the cultural cities of the South and dramatic mountains and misty lochs of the Highlands, this country never fails to deliver jaw-dropping monuments vistas. If you arrive at Edinburgh Airport, today you’ll benefit from complementary shared transfers to your Edinburgh hotel (available at 09:00, 11:00 and 13:00). After checking-in at your centrally located hotel, the rest of your first day is yours to relax or begin exploring Edinburgh before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travel companions at 17:30 for a Welcome Dinner. Enjoy this first opportunity to get to know each other over food and drink ahead of our first day exploring Scotland.

    Overnight: MacDonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh

    Meals: Dinner included (with wine)

  2. Day 2 Edinburgh City and Edinburgh Castle

    On the first day of our tour together we join up with a local expert, a resident of Edinburgh, to see the highlights of the city. Sit back and relax as we drive along the central hub of Edinburgh, Princes Street to the ornate Scott Memorial, commemorating the literary figure Sir Walter Scott. After, we take a stroll through the 18th Century New Town, famed for its neoclassical Adam facades. Switching over to the Old Town, we enjoy a visit to the stunning Edinburgh Castle, perched high over the city. Here, see the Stone of Destiny and Scotland’s Crown Jewels, commonly referred to as The Honours of Scotland. Moving down the Royal Mile East, we come to the majestic Holyrood House, the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen. The afternoon is yours free to explore the city; perhaps a visit to the National Gallery and the art treasures inside? On selected departures throughout August, you will also attend the Military Tattoo, a spectacularly colourful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, beautifully set against the backdrop of the Castle.

    Overnight: MacDonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 Ardgowan Estate and the Scottish Borders

    Departing the Scottish capital, we continue our adventure together with a visit to Ardgowan, beautifully set among a 10,000-acre coastal estate along Scotland’s dramatic Western county of North Ayrshire. Here, meet Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart for a fantastic tour of the expansive house, taking in the histories of the area, from the family, the domain, and perhaps most importantly, the famous ghost! Afterwards, delight in freshly-made, traditional Scottish Tea and Scones. Moving on, we visit world-famous Gretna Green to see the famous spot where runaway lovers from England crossed the border to Scotland to marry over the anvil in the blacksmith’s shop. Leaving Scotland behind us, we continue to the picture-perfect region of the English Lake District. Arriving at the hotel, dinner is served.

    Overnight: Macdonald Old England Hotel, Bowness-on-Windermere

    Meals: Breakfast, morning tea and dinner included

  4. Day 4 The English Lake District

    Today we devote the day to the picturesque landscapes of the Lake District, famed for its rugged mountains and tranquil waters. As a result of its natural beauty, the area has become synonymous with English poetry, art and literatrue, providing the perfect inspiration for many famous works. First, we visit William Wordsworth’s grave at St Oswald’s Church in Grasmere, a traditional Cumbrian lake-land. Next, we get a true Lake District experience with a relaxing cruise on Lake Windermere. While floating on the water, appreciate the scenic beauty of the area, admiring the magnificent views of the secluded bays and wooded islands. Finally, we embark on a traditional steam train, travelling along the banks of the stunning River Leven.

    Overnight: Macdonald Old England Hotel, Windermere

    Meals: Breakfast included

  5. Day 5 Haworth and Scenic Yorkshire

    Enjoy a morning of leisure today in Bowness-on-Windermere a charming Cumbrian village before meeting up with the group to continue our journey. Today we pass South, travelling across the Yorkshire Dales to arrive into the quintessentially English village of Haworth. Here, we visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum, created within the home of the Brontë family; study the iconic family’s literary legacy, and how the rugged landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales inspired their many best-selling works. Later, we make our way to historic York, one of the oldest and grandest cities in England, for our first night in the walled city.

    Overnight: Hilton York Hotel, York

    Meals: Breakfast included

  6. Day 6 York City and York Minster

    Waking up in York, we spend today exploring one of Britain’s most historic and popular cities, known for its exquisite architecture and its links to the Vikings, who controlled the city during the ninth and tenth centuries. Stroll through the town with a Local Expert to see the impressive walls and the towering York Minster, the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. Next, we walk to the Shambles, a quaint, narrow, cobbled street where the rickety buildings lean over the lane below; home to a host of with traditional shops this is reputedly England’s first shopping street. By afternoon, there will be plenty of time to further explore York independently; perhaps visit the National Railway Museum or continue picking up those souvenirs. In the evening, we get an opportunity to mix with the locals over dinner and drinks.

    Overnight: Hilton York Hotel, York

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner (with wine) included

  7. Day 7 Historic Lincoln and the Magna Carta

    Today, we continue our journey South, making our first stop at the city of Lincoln, known for its stunning medieval cathedral. Here, we visit one of the finest Norman castles in England. The castle also houses a Victorian prison and one of the few remaining copies of the Magna Carta. Moving on from Lincoln, we travel to our next overnight stay in Stratford-upon-Avon home beautifully set on the banks of the river Avon. Your hotel is located within its own private grounds just a short walk along the River Avon to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the town centre famous for its wealth of black and white timber-framed buildings, synonymous with Tudor Britain.

    Overnight: The Stratford Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

    Meals: Breakfast included

  8. Day 8 Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon

    After a relaxed start, we re-group to discover how Shakespeare and his incredible, timeless works continue to delight audiences today. We walk the short distance to his birthplace, full to the brim with interesting historical artefacts and memorabilia relating to the great playwright. Come the afternoon, enjoy free time to explore further this great town; perhaps take a ride along the River Avon, or take local transport to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. In the evening, join your Travel Director for the highlight of the stay in Stratford-upon-Avon, a feast of a traditional Sunday Roast Dinner, served with fluffy Yorkshire puddings and complete with all the trimmings.

    Overnight: The Stratford Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  9. Day 9 Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds

    This morning we depart for a truly enchanting day, travelling across beautiful, rolling Cotswolds hills, and through picture-perfect chocolate-box villages of golden stone cottages with thatched rooves. Our first stop of the day is the magnificent and grandiose Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home and birthplace of the “Greatest Ever Briton”, Winston Churchill. Explore the house and gardens before we continue to the elegant Georgian town of Bath in the farming county of Somerset. The town, once a haven for the Romans, was built in amphitheatre-style on the surrounding hills. Upon arrival, your Travel Director introduces you to the impressive residence of the Royal Crescent and Pulteney Bridge, both built with the same mellow local stone found across the town.

    Overnight: Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath

    Meals: Breakfast included

  10. Day 10 Bath City and the Roman Baths

    The town of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built on Britain’s only geothermal, mineral springs and the highlight of the stay here is unquestionably a visit to the Roman Baths. Inside the Baths, view the incredibly well-preserved remains of one of the greatest spas of the ancient world from above before stepping inside to the extensive exhibit and information centre to study the ancient history of the Baths. With the afternoon at leisure, we recommend a visit to the nearby Thermae Spa for a relaxing soak. Alternatively, explore this charming town including historic Abbey, the Royal Crescent or visit the Jane Austin Centre to follow in the footsteps of the great author. In the evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers to think back over your wonderful journey together over dinner and wine.

    Overnight: Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner (with wine) included

  11. Day 11 Salisbury Plain and Stonehenge

    On our final day, we depart Bath and travel across the mysterious Salisbury Plain to possibly Britain’s most iconic attraction, the pre-historic standing stones of Stonehenge. Here we view the standing monoliths themselves, wandering around the awe-inspiring stone circle before visiting the new interactive visitor centre; here we’ll learn about the 5,000 year old history of the site and try to unravel the mysteries surrounding it’s construction and purpose. Later, we continue East to London, the magnificent capital of England, where our journey together ends at Marble Arch in the heart of the city. From here you can make onward travel within London or the South of England or let us know and we can add extra post-tour nights in London and onward rail travel back to Edinburgh if required.

    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

  • Meet Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart for a tour of the expansive Ardgowan Estate, with Scottish Tea and Scones.
  • See Lincoln Cathedral and an original copy of the Magna Carta.
  • Explore the priceless art and tapestries of the Baroque masterpiece at Blenheim Palace.
  • Relax in the scenic Lake District with a lake cruise and steam train ride.
  • For a limited time in August, you are witness to the breathtaking spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo (selected departures).

Sightseeing highlights

  • Explore the ancient Roman Baths in Bath.
  • Visit the mysterious stone circle of Stonehenge.
  • Learn about the life of poet William Wordsworth in the Lake District.
  • See Holyroodhouse Palace and the 18th century ‘New Town’ of Edinburgh.
  • See York Minster, city walls and medieval “Shambles”.
  • Scenic drives: Cotswolds, the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District.

Signature dining

  • 10 x buffet breakfasts
  • 1 x morning tea
  • 5 x Evening meals (3 include wine) including:
    • 1 x welcome dinner
    • 2 x restaurant dinners
    • 1 x roast dinner
    • 1 x celebration dinner

Accommodation highlights

  • Bowness-on-Windermere: Nestled on the shore of England's largest lake, experience traditional country house charm at The Old England Hotel.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: The Stratford is an award-winning boutique hotel in the centre of this historic town.

Included First Class services

  • The services of your professional Tour Director.
  • All quality overnight hotel accommodation, as per the tour itinerary, featuring twin rooms and private facilities. All service charges, taxes and porterage are included.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom.
  • Complimentary WiFi in the majority of hotels either in the lobby or bedroom areas and available on most touring coaches (subject to signal).
  • 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

  • Rail travel to Edinburgh from London or other UK destinations before your tour.
  • Additional nights in London after your tour has concluded.
  • Onward rail travel back to Edinburgh if required.
  • 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

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.

Please select your preferred tour date from the list below.

Start Date End Date Status Price
(per person)*
 
August 19, 2018
August 29, 2018
Tattoo tickets
£
2695
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August 26, 2018
September 5, 2018
-
£
2615
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September 2, 2018
September 12, 2018
-
£
2545
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September 9, 2018
September 19, 2018
Guaranteed
£
2545
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September 16, 2018
September 26, 2018
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£
2545
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September 23, 2018
October 3, 2018
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£
2545
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* Prices are per person based on two people sharing either a double room or twin room. A single supplement will apply for those bookings where a single room is required.

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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