1. Days 1 & 2 Oxford, Shakespeare's Stratford and Warwick Castle

    After arriving in to Heathrow or Gatwick travel by rail to the city Birmingham your base in the heart of England for two nights. From here you can visit historic town Warwick and Warwick Castle or the University city of Oxford where you'll experience the academic ambience of the college quads of Oxford University which once inspired the likes of Tolkien, CS Lewis and Oscar Wilde. A short train ride South from Birmingham you'll find Stratford upon Avon home to Tudor timberwork buildings and the abundant Shakespeare Heritage including Shakespeare's Birthplace and Anne Hathaway's Cottage. Birmingham itself is a vibrant city with its historic town hall and cathedral and fashionable canal side bars and restaurants, ideal for your evenings.

    Overnight: Birmingham (2 nights)

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 20 minutes to London (via Gatwick/ Heathrow Express) followed by 1 hour 30 minutes to Birmingham (approx.)*

  2. Day 3 The Lake District and Windermere

    From the city of Birmingham travel north and in to one of England's most scenic corners in the Lake District. After arriving in Windermere, travel by local bus or take a tour to explore some of the country's most spectacular natural beauty including the lakes and their surrounding fells, woodlands, stone walls and quaint villages ideal for walking, hiking or tranquil boat trips soaking up the scenery. Possible cultural visits include Wordsworth's Rydal Mount and Beatrix Potter's Hilltop.

    Overnight: Windermere, Lake District

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 3 hours 20 minutes (approx.)*

  3. Day 4 Glasgow City, Glasgow Cathedral and Kelvingrove Museum

    Crossing the ancient border in to Scotland arrive in the nation's largest city, the thriving centre of Glasgow home to modern Scottish culture. Explore the Victorian monuments of George Square, the bustling Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow Cathedral and necropolis, Kelvingrove Park and Museum and the new Riverside Museum of travel and transport where you'll find some real locomotives. By night enjoy a vibrant nightlife around the fashionable bars of the Merchant City or the West End.

    Overnight: Glasgow

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 3 hours 50 minutes (approx.)*

  4. Day 5 Inverness City, Culloden and Loch Ness

    Departing Glasgow travel north in to the wilderness of the Cairngorms National Park on route to Inverness, capital of the Scottish Highlands. After checking in to your hotel you may choose to take a bus ride to nearby Culloden Moor or along the shores of Scotland's most famous Loch, Loch Ness to the iconic Urquhart Castle on a rocky outcrop from where many sightings of Nessie have been reported. By evening enjoy the lively atmosphere of Inverness City.

    Overnight: Inverness

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)*

  5. Days 6 & 7 Edinburgh City, Edinburgh Castle and Royal Yacht Britannia

    Enjoy a scenic train ride into one of England's most renowned areas of countryside in the Lake District. After arriving in Windermere, travel by local bus or take a tour to explore the lakes and their surrounding fells, woodlands, stone walls and quaint market towns and lakeland villages. Possible cultural visits include Wordsworth's Rydal Mount and Beatrix Potter's Hilltop.

    Overnight: Edinburgh (2 nights)

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 3 hours 40 minutes (approx.)*

  6. Day 8 York City and York Minster

    Cross the border back in to England on the high speed rail link to York. Discover this magnificent city home to a wealth of historic and cultural sites such as the famous Shambles, Britain's first shopping street, the medieval city walls, gates and towers and the National Railway Museum current home of the Flying Scotsman. The highlight of course will be exploring the iconic York Minster.

    Overnight: York

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 3 hours (approx.)*

  7. Days 9 & 10 London City and Sights

    Continue south on the high-speed line to London and take two days to explore the English capital. London is a thriving metropolis with a vibrant modern culture and rich history and heritage. Explore world renowned sights including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square and the London Eye on the banks of the River Thames or enjoy the abundance of shopping opportunities, museums and galleries the city has to offer. BY evening you may choose to enjoy a show in the West End.

    Overnight: London (2 nights)

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 2 hours (approx.)*

  8. Day 11 Return home

    Make your way to the airport for your return flight from Heathrow or Gatwick.

    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.

What's included

  • 11 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked regional breakfast each morning.
  • Britrail Flexi Passes (8 day).
  • Adeo travel rail information including station details, journey durations and departure times.
  • Toll-free calls to your Britain vacation specialist whilst planning your trip.
  • Expert assistance during the planning of your trip and local number for advice during travel.

Suggested accommodations

  • Burlington Hotel, Birmingham x 2 nights
  • Burnside Hotel, Windermere x 1 night
  • Jurys Inn Glasgow, Glasgow x 1 night
  • Royal Highland Hotel, Inverness x 1 night
  • The Place Hotel, Edinburgh x 2 nights
  • Monkbar Hotel, York x 1 night
  • Phoenix Hotel, Bayswater, London x 2 nights

As our rail tours are fully customizable we can tailor the suggested accommodations for your particular quotation based on your preferences, budget etc.

Unless otherwise requested all suggested accommodations for our rail tours will be within walking distance or a short taxi journey from the local railway station.

Optional extras

  • Upgrade to your rail passes for First Class Travel.
  • Enjoy City Sightseeing Open Top Bus Tours in the cities of Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh, York and London.
  • Purchase a London Visitor Travel card for your London travel needs.
  • Enjoy a West End theatre show in London.
  • See the skyline of London on a flight on the London Eye.

Customize this tour!

  • Add a stop in Liverpool or Chester to on route from central England to the Lake District to explore these characterful cities.
  • Take a bus tour in the Lake District to really experience the beauty of this region.
  • Combine this tour with one of our other Britain rail tours.
  • Have your own rail travel expert accompany you on your tour.

Departure Dates 2017/18

This self-guided tour is customizable and can be taken at any time throughout the year and starting and ending on any day of the week - simply let us know your preferred dates of travel!

Pricing 2017/18

Twin/Double - from GBP £1,179 per person.

Single supplements apply for solo travellers – please contact us for details.

Pricing Notes

  • Above pricing is an estimated "from" price based on mid-season travel (March/April).
  • As this tour can be taken at any time pricing will vary dependent on departure day, date of travel, selected accommodations etc.
  • Above pricing is based on suggested accommodations listed however please note that we can tailor your specific quote to accommodate your budget and preferences.
  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room with one adult Britrail pass per person as specified.
  • Prices are for land only travel and do not include flights.
  • Prices are in GBP£ currency, for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
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