1. Day 1 Bath City and Roman Baths

    After arrival in to Heathrow or Gatwick join the rail network and glide to Regency city of Bath. An opulent Georgian city granted UNESCO World Heritage Status, Bath is home to historic highlights including the Elizabethan Abbey, Pulteney Bridge and the Royal Crescent not to mention the spectacular Roman Baths and Pump Room.

    Overnight: Bath

    Meals: Bed & Breakfast

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

  2. Day 2 Cardiff City, Cardiff Bay and Cardiff Castle

    A short train ride takes you over the Welsh border to the Capital city of Wales, Cardiff. Discover this charming welsh city from the Edwardian baroque architecture of Cathays park and the Victorian market and shopping arcades of the city centre or the Welsh Assembly building and cultural centres at the modern Cardiff Bay. The highlight is the city's stunning centrepiece at Cardiff Castle.

    Overnight: Cardiff

    Meals: Bed & Breakfast

    Journey details: 1 hour 10 minutes (approx.)*

  3. Day 3 Conwy Castle and Llandudno

    Travelling north along the England/Wales border then along the beautiful north Wales coastal rail line you'll arrive in the stunning medieval market town of Conwy. Explore this historic market town with stunningly preserved medieval town walls and an imposing 13th century fortress. A short rail trip away and you can take a stroll along the promenade of the beautiful Victorian resort town of Llandudno.

    Overnight: Conwy

    Journey details: 4 hours (approx.)*

  4. Days 4 and 5 Roman Chester and the Beatles' Liverpool

    Crossing back over the border in to England arrive in Roman city of Chester, home to an excavated Roman Amphitheatre, city walls and gate towers, an impressive cathedral and the unique Tudor Facaded "Rows". A short train ride away is the vibrant city of Liverpool which was designated as European City of Culture in 2008 and is home to a wealth of Beatles Heritage including Matthews Street, the Cavern Club and the Beatles Story Exhibition.

    Overnight: Chester x 2 nights

    Journey details: 1 hour (approx.) - not including any day excursions

  5. Day 6 Windermere and the Lake District

    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: Lake District

    Journey details: 2 hours 45 minutes (approx.)*

  6. Day 7 Glasgow City, Glasgow Cathedral and Kelvingrove Museum

    A rail journey through the rolling hills of the Scottish Lowlands takes you to Scotland's largest city, Glasgow. Explore the Victorian monuments of George Square, the bustling Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow Cathedral and necropolis, Kelvingrove Park and Museum before enjoying a vibrant Scottish nightlife around the fashionable bars of the Merchant City or the West End.

    Overnight: Glasgow

    Journey details: 3 hours 45 minutes (approx.)*

  7. Day 8 Inverness City, Culloden and Loch Ness

    Contrasting to the lively Glasgow today travel north in to the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands on route to Inverness. After checking in to your hotel you may choose to take a bus ride to nearby Culloden Moor or boat trip down the river Ness to Scotland's most famous Loch at Loch Ness. On the shores of the loch you may choose to visit the iconic Urquhart Castle, and ideal lookout for some Nessie spotting.

    Overnight: Inverness

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

  8. Days 9 and 10 Edinburgh City, Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Yacht Britannia

    Returning south arrive in the romantic Scottish capital city of Edinburgh. Spend the next two days exploring the city, from the twisting alleys of the cobbled old town to the sweeping avenues of the opulent Georgian new town. Possible visits include the queen's residence at the Palace of Holyrood House, the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Scottish Parliament building, a host of museums and the crowning glory at Edinburgh Castle.

    Overnight: Edinburgh

    Journey details: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.) - not including day excursions

  9. Day 11 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

    Journey details: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)*

  10. Days 12 and 13 Shakespeare's Stratford and Oxford University

    Continue south in to the heart of England and arrive in vibrant city of Birmingham which will be your base for two days. From here you may choose to visit historic Oxford and Oxford University, the medieval market town of Warwick and Warwick Castle or Stratford-upon-Avon, a picturesque, town of Tudor timberwork buildings, abundant in heritage site dedicated to its most famous resident thegreat bard himself, William Shakespeare.

    Overnight: Birmingham x 2 nights

    Journey details: 2 hours 20 minutes (approx.) - not including day excursions

  11. Days 14 and 15 London City and Sights

    Returning to London 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.

    Overnight: London x 2 nights

    Journey details: 2 hours (approx.)*

  12. Day 16 Return home

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

*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?

  • 15 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked regional breakfast each morning.
  • Britrail Consecutive Passes (15 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

  • Abbey Hotel, Bath x 1 night
  • Angel Hotel, Cardiff x 1 night
  • Dunoon Hotel, Llandudno x 1 night
  • Westminster Hotel, Chester x 2 nights
  • Burnside Hotel, Windermere x 1 night
  • Jurys Inn Hotel, Glasgow x 1 night
  • Royal Highland Hotel, Inverness x 1 night
  • Parliament House Hotel, Edinburgh x 2 nights
  • Monkbar Hotel, York x 1 night
  • Burlington Hotel, Birmingham x 2 nights
  • The Phoenix, 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 your rail passes for First Class Travel.
  • Enjoy City Sightseeing Open Top Bus Tours in many of your destination cities.
  • Purchase a London Visitor Travel card for your London travel needs.
  • Enjoy pre-paid tickets to the Royal Yacht Britannia, Shakespeare's Houses, Madame Tussaud's, the London Eye or the Tower of London.

Customize this tour!

 

  • Add extra nights in any of your destination cities to explore further.
  • Add extra nights in Aberdeen or Durham to explore these interesting cities.
  • 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!

Please select your preferred tour date from the list below.

Start Date End Date Status Price
(per person)*
 
October 19, 2017
November 22, 2017
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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 2017/18

Twin/Double - from GBP £1,509 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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