1. Day 1 Arrival and Windsor Castle

    Arriving in to London Heathrow make your way (airport transfers available) to nearby Windsor. Your journey begins at your Windsor hotel at 2:30 pm when you meet your tour director. A short stroll away we visit Windsor Castle, residence of The Queen and the largest inhabited castle in the world; see the lavishly decorated State Apartments and cobbled courtyards. By evening enjoy a welcome drink and dinner in your hotel, after which we take a brief walk around this compact and historic town with a local guide.

    Overnight: MGallery Castle Hotel, Windsor

    Meals: Dinner included

  2. Day 2 Salisbury and Stonehenge

    This morning we make our way on to the Salisbury Plain to marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at the iconic Stonehenge to try and uncover its mysteries; the visitor centre will provide a unique insight on its creation and possible purpose. Then to nearby Salisbury, a charming historic city that is dominated by the cathedral home to both England's tallest spire and Europe's oldest working clock. After continuing in to the South West of England we arrive in Plymouth and check in to your hotel, close to the harbour where the Pilgrim Fathers sailed from in 1620.

    Overnight: Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  3. Day 3 Bodmin Moor, Lanhydrock House and Plymouth

    This morning, we drive through the eerie Bodmin Moor, an area of Cornish countryside of wild and unspoiled natural beauty. High on the moor we'll make a photo-stop at the renowned Jamaica Inn; made famous by Daphne du Maurier's tale of smugglers and which later featured in film and television adaptations. Later we visit the glorious Lanhydrock House to explore this magnificent late-Victorian country manor and see the contrast of the grand family rooms and the "below stairs" life in the kitchens and servant quarters. We then return to Plymouth to see the Mayflower Steps and cruise to Royal William Yard, former Royal Navy buildings, where you can choose from a host of restaurants for your evening dining.

    Overnight: Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  4. Day 4 Cornwall Coast, St Michael's Mount and Land's End

    Today our drive takes us firstly to the picturesque village of Marazion located on the Cornish coast with magnificent golden beaches. From here enjoy views of the majestic St Michael's Mount, a tidal island and important pilgrimage destination throughout the ages. Then onwards to Land's End, the most westerly point of Britain where nothing except the ocean separates the headland from the Americas. Finally, we visit the unique Minack Theatre; carved in to the Cliffside this open-air arena enjoys panoramic views and exotic gardens with a stunning blend of overseas and native plants.

    Overnight: Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  5. Day 5 The Roman Baths and Cardiff, Capital of Wales

    Returning north, we head for Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage City; see the elegant Regency architecture before visiting the wonderfully-preserved 2000 year-old Roman Baths and Pump Room, renowned for mineral-rich hot springs. A short onward drive takes us over the border to Wales and to Cardiff, the nation's capital where we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city's key sights. By evening we tour the magnificent Cardiff Castle before sitting down for a Welsh evening with dinner and some lively Welsh music and entertainment.

    Overnight: Clayton Hotel, Cardiff

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner (Welsh gala evening) included

  6. Day 6 The Brecon Beacons, Hay-on-Wye and Shrewsbury

    Our journey today takes us through the majestic scenery of mid-Wales as we pass through the Brecon Beacons National Park on route to Hay-on-Wye; Hay is the self-proclaimed second-hand-book capital of Britain where you can browse the cluster of local and specialist bookstores in this unique town. Then through the Shropshire Hills to medieval border town of Shrewsbury, where we enjoy a walking tour with the local town crier to see the timberwork architecture, pleasant gardens and learn about the history of the area. Later we continue in to Cheshire to our hotel for dinner.

    Overnight: Carden Park Hotel, near Chester

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  7. Day 7 North Wales, Conwy and historic Chester

    Today we enjoy a journey in to North Wales; we pass through Llangollen and the Horseshoe Pass for wonderful vistas and where we visit a working farm and view the resident sheep-dogs in a demonstration of their skill and training. We then continue through the foothills of the Snowdonia National Park to Conwy, a charming historic town dominated by it 13th century fortress; we enjoy a walking tour through the labyrinth of cobbled streets and harbour. Finally, we head to Chester where another walking tour will reveal the unique medieval black-and-white buildings (or Rows), a wonderful cathedral and ancient Roman city walls.

    Overnight: Carden Park Hotel, near Chester

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  8. Day 8 The Lake District and traditional Scottish evening

    Continuing North we make our way through the glorious Lake District, a region associated with the children's author, Beatrix Potter, and the poet, William Wordsworth. We stop in the charming village of Grasmere, where Wordsworth lived and see his final resting place at St Oswald's Chapel. We then cross the border in to Scotland where we stop at the Old Blacksmith's Shop in Gretna Green, once a destination for eloping English couples, today it is a popular shopping venue for quality Scottish goods. After a drive through the Scottish borders regions we check in to our hotel on the outskirts of Edinburgh and head out to a Scottish evening with speciality dishes and lively music.

    Overnight: Norton House Hotel, near Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner (Scottish gala evening) included

  9. Day 9 Edinburgh City and Edinburgh Castle

    Today is spent in the magnificent Scottish capital – explore central Edinburgh on a brief tour from the elegant avenues of the Georgian "New Town" to the cobbled Royal Mile and its tangle of medieval houses. We then tour Edinburgh Castle to see St Margaret's Chapel, the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the mysterious Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free for you to explore the city at your leisure. On Jul 30 to Aug 13 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

    Overnight: Norton House Hotel, near Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included

  10. Day 10 St Andrews Excursion

    From our base in Edinburgh we head north to picturesque St Andrews, famously known as the world's "Home of Golf" and location of Scotland's oldest university, where Prince William and Kate Middleton first met. We take a panoramic drive around the town and visit the ancient ruins of St Andrews Castle and Cathedral before enjoying free time to explore the medieval town and browse the quaint boutiques. Later we return to Edinburgh where we make our way to a nearby traditional tavern for dinner together as a group.

    Overnight: Norton House Hotel, near Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner (at local Tavern) included

  11. Day 11 Scottish Borders and York

    Pass south from Edinburgh through the rolling hills of the lowlands to the border town of Jedburgh to see the town and see the picturesque ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. We then continue across the border to the historic city of York for a walking tour; see the city gates, or "bars", and the tangle of medieval streets including the Shambles, where the rickety houses lean and almost touch from one side of the street to the other. Visit York Minster, which dominates the city skyline and is famous for its expansive stained glass windows. In the evening dine in an atmospheric centuries-old pub before a light-hearted "ghost-tour" to hear spooky tales of the York of old.

    Overnight: York Marriott Hotel, York

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner (at local Pub) included

  12. Day 12 The Yorkshire Moors, Whitby and Castle Howard

    Today we enjoy a unique excursion through the rugged landscapes of the North Yorkshire Moors to the remote North East coast. Firstly, we cross the moors aboard a vintage locomotive before exploring the quaint harbour town of Whitby whose cliff-top abbey inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula. Then to the elegant mansion at Castle Howard where we tour the elaborate chambers and grounds which you may recognize from the TV adaptation Evelyn Waugh's celebrated novel, "Brideshead Revisited" before enjoying a traditional cream-tea.

    Overnight: York Marriott Hotel, York

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  13. Day 13 Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds

    Continue south in to the heart of England and to Stratford-upon-Avon a town of timberwork buildings set on the banks of the river Avon. We visit Shakespeare's Birthplace where we explore an intriguing exhibition about his life and works. Later we continue through the patchwork fields and honey-coloured villages of the Cotswolds on route to our hotel in central London.

    Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton London Victoria, London

    Meals: Breakfast included

  14. Day 14 London City and the Tower of London

    This morning we take a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Nelson's Column flanked by huge lions in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Then we visit the mighty Tower of London to see the many turrets & towers, Beefeaters, ravens and the priceless Crown Jewels. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore the English Capital at leisure and dine independently at one of the city's many restaurants and eateries.

    Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton London Victoria, London

    Meals: Breakfast included

  15. Day 15 Depart for Home

    Your touring programme ends after breakfast this morning. There are transfers available to return you to Heathrow however alternatively you may choose to continue exploring London independently or make onward travel to other destinations.

    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

  • Scottish and Welsh dinner shows.
  • Visit English icons Windsor Castle and Stonehenge.
  • Spend three days exploring Devon and Cornwall.
  • Watch sheepdog trials in North Wales.
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle.
  • Enjoy a vintage rail journey across the Yorkshire Moors.
  • Hear spooky tales on a Ghost Walk of York.
  • See the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo (selected departures).

What's included

  • 14 nights hotel accommodation, as detailed on itinerary
  • Full breakfast each morning
  • All transportation by luxury motor-coach
  • The services of your professional tour director
  • 10 x evening dinners including: 1 x welcome dinner in Windsor, Cardiff Castle Dinner in Wales, Scottish Evening dinner in Edinburgh, local tavern dinner in Edinburgh, traditional pub dinner in York and 5 x table d'hote dinners at your hotels per the itinerary
  • Complimentary welcome drink on the first day of your tour
  • Full Sightseeing tour programme and admissions to include:
    • Tours of Cardiff Edinburgh and London
    • Walking tours of Windsor, Shrewsbury, Conwy, Chester, York and Whitby
    • Windsor Castle
    • Stonehenge
    • Lanhydrock House
    • Boat trip to Royal William Yard
    • Land's End o Minack Theatre
    • Roman Baths and Pump Room
    • Cardiff Castle
    • Sheepdog Trials in Llangollen, North Wales
    • Old Blacksmith's Shop at Gretna Green
    • Edinburgh Castle
    • St Andrews Cathedral
    • St Andrews Castle
    • York Minster
    • Castle Howard and Cream Tea
    • North Yorkshire Moors Railway vintage train ride
    • Ghost walking tour of York
    • Shakespeare's Birthplace
    • Tower of London
    • Tickets for the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo (selected July/August departures, please see pricing tab)
  • Personal headsets for walking tours
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack

Tour feature

  • This tour includes a complete sightseeing programme - there are no unexpected costs for extra excursions during your tour!
  • Accommodation is in superior first class hotels.
  • Leisurely pace, multiple two or three night stays.

Optional extras

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in Windsor, London or other UK destinations.
  • Rail travel to Windsor prior to your tour (from any other Britain destination).
  • Airport transfers.

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.

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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