Key Features
Tour type: Small Group Tour
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Group size: Maximum group size 18 passengers
Starting: Central London
  1. Day 1 University City Oxford and the Cotswolds

    Departing London (8.30am) we head for traditional England in Oxford, the 'city of dreaming spires'. We see the famous colleges of Oxford's famous university, which were once the home of renowned British figures from Prime Ministers to writers such as Tolkein and Lewis Carroll, but more recently have been used in film and TV such as in the Harry Potter films. Enjoy a guided walk of the city. After lunch we drive to a traditional 18th century woollen-mill in the Cotswolds, to learn about the industry that represents the cornerstone of Cotswold heritage. We then continue through quaint villages to our delightful Cotswolds accommodation. Tonight we will have dinner together at the world famous Pudding Club where we become dessert connoisseurs.

    Overnight: Three Ways House Hotel (or similar), Cotswolds

    Meals: Dinner included

  2. Day 2 Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon

    This morning we enjoy a free morning to relax in Chipping Campden, one of the Cotswolds most characterful and traditional of towns bustling with honey coloured buildings, thatch cottages, quaint tea-rooms and antiques and gift shops. Later, we travel North to Stratford-upon-Avon, a picturesque, medieval town of Tudor timberwork buildings, open greens and boats bobbing on the river Avon. Stratford was of course also once home William Shakespeare and the town is still setting for a wealth of heritage sites dedicated to the great Bard himself.

    Overnight: Three Ways House Hotel (or similar), Cotswolds

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 Worcester Cathedral and Ironbridge

    This morning we follow the crusades of saints and Kings as we drive to Worcester to visit one of England's quietest but most interesting cathedrals, where you can see the tomb of the infamous King John. Next we take a short drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge to see the first arch bridge in the world to be made out of cast iron. We finish today by crossing the border in to the scenic landscapes of North Wales.

    Overnight: Mulberry Hotel (or similar), Llangollen

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  4. Day 4 The Snowdonia National Park and Bodnant Food Centre

    Today we explore the splendour of Snowdonia National Park; an area of outstanding natural beauty Snowdonia is home to shimmering lakes, deep green valleys and soaring mountains including the highest peak in England and Wales. We traverse narrow mountain passes and sheep-covered uplands before visiting some traditional Welsh towns and villages. Having worked up an appetite, we visit the renowned Bodnant Welsh Food Centre for a tour and a Welsh cookery demonstration, followed by lunch.

    Overnight: Mulberry Hotel (or similar), Llangollen

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

  5. Day 5 Chester, the Bronte Parsonage and the Pennines

    Crossing back over the border in to England, we explore historic Chester, seeing its medieval walls, the old Roman amphitheatre and Chester's Rows, unique dual level timberwork shop fronts. Our journey continues east across England's backbone, the Pennine hills, to the Bronte parsonage at Haworth where we can see what inspired the famous literary sisters to write the likes of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. We then continue through the Yorkshire countryside and market towns and villages on route to the grandiose city of York, the historic capital of northern England.

    Overnight: Churchill Hotel (or similar) York

    Meals: Breakfast included

  6. Day 6 York City and York Minster

    This morning your guide will introduce you to York with a stroll through the city to see some of the highlights before you enjoy a day at leisure to explore this magnificent city. From the Romans to the Vikings, York has been shaped by all eras of England's long history; spend the day exploring some the historic hallmarks which remain today from the city walls and gate towers (or bars), the famous Shambles, Britain's first shopping street and the magnificent York Minster, Northern Europe's largest gothic cathedral. Perhaps visit the York Castle Museum, the Jorvik Viking Centre, Clifford's Tower or the National Railway Museum.

    Overnight: Churchill Hotel (or similar) York

    Meals: Breakfast included

  7. Day 7 Castle Howard and the Yorkshire Dales

    Today we revel in the glory days of the English country estate as we head to the magnificent 18th century Castle Howard, one of Britain's finest baroque mansions and estates, which has been home to the Howard family for over 300 years. We then enjoy a scenic drive through the rustic landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, home of winding lanes, glistening rivers, dells and criss-crossed with ancient stone walls; this region was the setting of James Herriott's tales of rural England. Our final destination is the beautiful Lake District, our base for the next two nights.

    Overnight: Waterhead Hotel (or similar) Lake District

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  8. Day 8 The English Lake District and Lake Windermere

    Today we enjoy one of Britain's most beautiful national parks. This morning we explore the region's literary heritage; our first stop is Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm, still as she left it and where some of her famous characters were created. Next, we head to Hawkshead Grammar School, which houses historic artefacts relating to ancient schools. Afterwards, we wind our way through the beautiful back roads of this striking region on route to Dove Cottage; once home to William Wordsworth it was on a walk from here that the poet found inspiration for his most famous of works with his Daffodils poem. By afternoon we take to the waters and enjoy a lake cruise before returning to our accommodation.

    Overnight: Waterhead Hotel (or similar) Lake District

    Meals: Breakfast included

  9. Day 9 Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish Borders

    The lakes disappear in the rear-view mirror as we journey North through Cumbria to the ancient frontier of England and the Roman Empire at Hadrian's Wall. Large sections of the wall remain intact to this day and we'll head for Birdoswald Fort, one of the finest Roman sites along its length. We then cross over the current border and in to Scotland, the third and final country on our tour of Britain; we'll experience the understated natural beauty and sweeping scenery of the Scottish Borders region before arriving in our Scottish accommodation where a traditional Scottish dinner awaits.

    Overnight: Friars Carse Hotel (or similar), Scottish Borders region

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  10. Day 10 The Scottish Lowlands, Abbotsford House and Rosslyn Chapel

    Our final day takes us north through the rolling hills of the Scottish Lowlands. First stop will be Abbotsford House, once home of Sir Walter Scott. Designed by Scott himself, the house holds an impressive collection of historic relics including Rob Roy's gun and sword, we'll stroll through the elegant walled gardens. Later we make our way to one of the most mysterious sites in Scotland, Rosslyn Chapel. We'll hear about the myths and legends which shroud this small private chapel which was catapulted to fame by Dan Brown's book and subsequent film, The Da Vinci Code. Our destination is Edinburgh, where our tour comes to an end (5.30pm approx.).

    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

  • Discover Britain's literary greats at the Brontë Parsonage, Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm and William Wordsworth's home.
  • Indulge your sweet tooth and become a dessert connoisseur at the world-famous Pudding Club.
  • Explore the scenic roads of some of Britain's most spectacular regions, including the Cotswolds, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.
  • Maximum group-size of 18 passengers for that intimate touring experience.

What's included

  • 9 nights in charming accommodation
  • All transportation by luxury mini-coach
  • The services of your professional driver and tour leader
  • Full English breakfast daily
  • 5 x evening meals
  • Welsh cookery demonstration and lunch
  • Guided walking tour of Oxford
  • Cruise on Lake Windermere
  • A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
    • Worcester Cathedral
    • Bronte Parsonage, Haworth
    • Castle Howard
    • Beatrix Potter's Hilltop Farm
    • Wordsworth's Dove Cottage
    • Abbotsford House
    • Rosslyn Chapel
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack.

Optional extras

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in London or Edinburgh.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Rail travel from Edinburgh back to London.

Departure Dates 2017/18

Please select your preferred tour date from the list below.

Start Date End Date Status Price
(per person)*
 
March 18, 2018
March 27, 2018
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£
2,219
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April 26, 2018
May 5, 2018
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£
2,319
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April 29, 2018
May 8, 2018
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2,319
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May 1, 2018
May 10, 2018
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£
2,419
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May 6, 2018
May 15, 2018
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2,419
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May 8, 2018
May 17, 2018
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2,419
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May 13, 2018
May 22, 2018
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2,419
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May 15, 2018
May 24, 2018
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2,419
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May 17, 2018
May 26, 2018
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2,419
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May 20, 2018
May 29, 2018
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£
2,419
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May 22, 2018
May 31, 2018
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2,419
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May 24, 2018
June 2, 2018
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2,419
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May 27, 2018
June 5, 2018
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2,419
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May 29, 2018
June 7, 2018
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£
2,419
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June 3, 2018
June 12, 2018
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2,419
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June 5, 2018
June 14, 2018
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£
2,419
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June 7, 2018
June 16, 2018
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2,419
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June 12, 2018
June 21, 2018
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2,419
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June 17, 2018
June 26, 2018
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2,419
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June 19, 2018
June 28, 2018
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2,419
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June 24, 2018
July 3, 2018
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£
2,419
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June 26, 2018
July 5, 2018
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2,419
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July 1, 2018
July 10, 2018
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2,419
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July 8, 2018
July 17, 2018
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2,419
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July 10, 2018
July 19, 2018
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2,419
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July 15, 2018
July 24, 2018
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2,419
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July 22, 2018
July 31, 2018
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£
2,419
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July 29, 2018
August 7, 2018
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£
2,419
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July 31, 2018
August 9, 2018
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£
2,419
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August 5, 2018
August 14, 2018
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£
2,419
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August 7, 2018
August 16, 2018
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£
2,419
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August 12, 2018
August 21, 2018
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£
2,419
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August 14, 2018
August 23, 2018
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2,419
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August 19, 2018
August 28, 2018
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2,419
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August 21, 2018
August 30, 2018
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£
2,419
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August 26, 2018
September 4, 2018
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£
2,419
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August 28, 2018
September 6, 2018
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2,419
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September 2, 2018
September 11, 2018
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2,419
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September 4, 2018
September 13, 2018
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£
2,419
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September 6, 2018
September 15, 2018
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£
2,419
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September 9, 2018
September 18, 2018
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£
2,419
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September 11, 2018
September 20, 2018
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2,419
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September 13, 2018
September 22, 2018
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£
2,419
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September 16, 2018
September 25, 2018
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£
2,419
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September 18, 2018
September 27, 2018
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£
2,419
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September 20, 2018
September 29, 2018
-
£
2,419
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September 23, 2018
October 2, 2018
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£
2,419
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September 25, 2018
October 4, 2018
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£
2,419
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September 30, 2018
October 9, 2018
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£
2,419
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October 7, 2018
October 16, 2018
-
£
2,319
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October 14, 2018
October 23, 2018
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£
2,319
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October 18, 2018
October 27, 2018
-
£
2,319
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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

Single Supplement: £700.

All tours commence in central London (close to Victoria Station) at 8.30am on the Start Day and finish in Edinburgh at around 5.30pm (approx) on the End Day.

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£) currency for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however due to the nature of small group tours the itinerary is flexible and is subject to change based on a variety of factors.
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