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  1. Day 1 Arrival in Oxford

    This morning, make your way to the elegant university town of Oxford. The city is just a short hop from London using your complimentary rail passes. Upon arrival in Oxford, you can drop your bags at your hotel and the afternoon is free to relax or explore the city at your own pace. Oxford is a picturesque university city nestled on the banks of the River Thames, home to cobbled squares and parades and elegant medieval architecture, particularly present in the chapels, spires, lawns and ivy-clad cloisters of the college quadrangles. Tonight convene with your driver guide and the rest of the group for an evening dinner together.

    Overnight: Oxford

    Meals: Dinner included.

  2. Day 2 Oxford and Blenheim Palace

    This morning we’ll take an orientation walk around Oxford with our driver to see some of the historic colleges and soak up the whimsical academic ambience of the city which once inspired the likes of Tolkien, CS Lewis and Oscar Wilde. Then it’s all aboard the mini-coach for a journey to nearby Blenheim Palace; this opulent English stately home was the childhood home of Winston Churchill and today hosts interesting exhibitions which showcase the wartime legacy of England’s best-known prime ministers. Later we head in to the heart of the Cotswolds for our overnight stay and dinner together with the group.

    Overnight: Cotswolds

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  3. Day 3 The Cotswolds and English Ale Tasting

    Today we enjoy a day dedicated to exploring the beautiful Cotswolds region; we’ll meander winding country lanes between patchwork fields and take time to pause in several of the eccentrically named, honey-coloured villages each characterized by cobbled market squares, lofty church spires and chocolate-box thatch cottages. By afternoon we head for a renowned local brewery to enjoy a tour of the farm-based brewing facility to learn the secrets of the brewing process and, of course, to sample some of the innovative English beer and cider before returning to our base in the central Cotswolds for an evening at leisure.

    Overnight: Cotswolds

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  4. Day 4 Historic Worcester and Severn Valley Railway

    Departing the Cotswolds, we turn north. We’ll head firstly for the hidden gem of Worcester, a charming medieval town of timberwork buildings, rich in Tudor history and home to a glorious cathedral. We’ll enjoy plenty of free-time to explore and take lunch. Then it’s all aboard board an historic steam train for a scenic rail journey along the Severn Valley to the charming town of Bridgnorth. Later we'll continue to the elegant city of Chester where your evening is free to dine independently.

    Overnight: Chester

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  5. Day 5 Chester and Liverpool’s Albert Docks

    Today we have a leisurely start; after breakfast we’ll enjoy a brief stroll around Chester to see some of the highlights of this charming city such as the old medieval town walls, cathedral and the unique Tudor Facaded shopping arcades. Then we board the bus for nearby Liverpool and its famous Albert Docks. The Birthplace of the Beatles, here you can see the statue of the fab four in front of the famous Liver Buildings and enjoy plenty of free-time to wander the revitalised docklands, visit the Tate Art Gallery, the Merseyside Maritime Museum or the Beatles Story exhibition. By afternoon, we'll continue north from the bright lights of Liverpool to our overnight base, the heart of the Lake District.

    Overnight: The Lake District

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  6. Day 6 The English Lake District

    Our day today is dedicated to exploring the enchanting natural beauty of the English Lake District. We’ll head off the beaten track to the lesser known corners of England’s favourite National Park; our journey will take us through winding country lanes, over mountain passes and past sheep scattered fells to charming villages, ancient stone-circles and look-out points where we can drink in the views. It will be easy to see how this region has inspired poets, authors and artists alike. Your evening is free to dine at leisure.

    Overnight: The Lake District

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  7. Day 7 The Yorkshire Dales

    Departing the Lake District we traverse the North of England exploring the rustic landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales. We’ll pause in one or more of the typical Yorkshire villages, visit the peaceful Fountains Abbey and Water Gardens, learn about locally produced cuisine and spot some of the natural highlights such as the beautiful Aysgarth Falls. By afternoon, we’ll pause in the elegant Victorian Spa town of Harrogate, the perfect spot for afternoon tea before continuing to the magnificent city of York, our base for the next two nights.

    Overnight: York

    Meals: Breakfast and afternoon tea included.

  8. Day 8 Castle Howard and York City

    Boarding the bus, we’ll take the short drive to one of the North of England’s finest country estates, Castle Howard. Dating back to the 17th century we’ll have the opportunity to stroll magnificent house and gardens which have featured in various television productions also including the Netflix series ”Bridgerton”. Then it’s back to York for a stroll around the highlights before an afternoon at leisure to explore this magnificent historic city independently. Climb the steps to walk atop the medieval city walls, visit one of the many local museums and exhibitions or simply gaze in awe at the magnificent York Minster – the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. Tonight we reconvene for a farewell dinner.

    Overnight: York

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  9. Day 9 Rail to Scotland and Edinburgh Castle

    Today, enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel and then bid farewell to your England driver. After checking out from your hotel, use your inclusive rail passes to take the train north to Edinburgh in Scotland (journey time approx. 2hrs). After checking-in at your hotel your day is free to explore this historic city at your leisure. You’ll have complimentary tickets for admission to Edinburgh Castle which is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels and St Margaret's Chapel. By evening meet your tour leader and the rest of the group where we’ll enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant.

    Overnight: Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  10. Day 10 Exploring Edinburgh and Scottish History

    After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll get together to enjoy a brief drive through Edinburgh spotting the city’s many highlights from the elegant avenues of the Georgian New Town to the rambling alleys and stacked town houses of the medieval old town. Then we head for the National Museum of Scotland for to gain an insight into Scotland’s turbulent history. The balance of your day is then free to explore Edinburgh further – perhaps visit the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith Docks or the Queen’s residence at Holyrood Palace.

    Overnight: Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  11. Day 11 St Andrews and Glamis Castle

    This morning we board the mini-coach and head into the Scottish countryside. We’ll pass through the rolling hills of Fife on route to St Andrews, a charming seaside town that is the renowned spiritual home of golf and where Prince William and Kate Middleton first met at the historic university. Later, we’ll head for Glamis Castle; this elegant country house has an intriguing history with connections to Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and more recently as the childhood home of the Queen Mother. We round off our day passing north in to Aberdeenshire and to our hotel on the banks of the River Dee, where we’ll enjoy an included dinner.

    Overnight: Aberdeenshire

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  12. Day 12 Royal Deeside and Scotch Distillery Tour

    Today we leave the coast and head in to the heart of Scotland; meandering along the course of the River Dee we’ll pass through Royal Deeside and pause at various points of interest such as scenic waterfalls, unique castles and a church attended by the Royal family when they’re in residence in Balmoral. Later we turn north in to the dramatic landscapes of the Cairngorms National Park. Reaching the renowned Speyside Whisky region, we’ll visit one of the many Scotch distilleries to tour the facilities, learn about the Scottish “Water of Life” and of course sample a dram or two. Later we continue to Inverness and our overnight base for the next two nights, where we dine together.

    Overnight: Inverness

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  13. Day 13 Inverness at Leisure

    Today is completely free for you to spend at your leisure. Equipped with your complimentary open-top-bus tour tickets you can discover the “Capital of the Highlands” at your own pace. Take in the historic cathedral, hill-top castle or simply indulge in some souvenir shopping in the many gift shops and boutiques of the town. Using public transport you may choose to visit the nearby Culloden Moor Visitor Centre, site of the infamous battle which played a crucial role in Scottish history. Your evening is free to dine in one of Inverness’ many restaurants.

    Overnight: Inverness

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  14. Day 14 Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and the Highlands

    Today we board the mini-bus for an epic journey over the Scottish Highlands. Departing Inverness we’ll follow the scenic shores of Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle whose weather beaten ruins hide an intriguing history and whose ramparts offer a perfect lookout for legendary Nessie. We then continue across the barren landscapes of the Highlands pausing at Eilean Donan Castle for a photo-stop and stretching our legs in a traditional highland village. The final leg of our journey today takes us over the bridge to the scenic Isle of Skye, our destination and base for the next two nights. In the evening enjoy dinner together as a group.

    Overnight: Isle of Skye

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  15. Day 15 The Enchanting Isle of Skye

    Today is dedicated to exploring the enchanting Isle of Skye. We’ll head through the heart of the island past the imposing Cuillin Mountains to the northern territories. Passing along the picturesque Trotternish Peninsula we’ll take in dramatic landscapes and seascapes as we spot the region’s unique geological features such as Kilt Rock and the Old Man of Storr. There’ll be plenty of time to visit Portree, the island’s principle town, where pastel fishermen cottages bustle around the harbour. A day on Skye is one to remember.

    Overnight: Isle of Skye

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  16. Day 16 Glenfinnan, Fort William and Glencoe

    Today we head for the south of the Isle of Skye to board the ferry for a journey over the water back to the mainland at Mallaig. Enjoying scenic Highlands landscapes on our journey to Glenfinnan, we’ll climb to a viewpoint, for stunning vistas overlooking the Glenfinnan Monument, Loch Shiel and the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct which featured in the “Harry Potter” movies. There’ll be time for lunch in Fort William before pass through the beguiling landscapes of Glencoe to our overnight base where we enjoy a farewell dinner together.

    Overnight: Ballachulish / Glencoe Area

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  17. Day 17 The Trossachs and Doune Castle

    The final leg of our journey takes us through more dramatic landscapes as we pass South over the desolate Rannoch Moor and through the wilds of the Trossachs National Park; we’ll pause at various view points for some final stunning photo opportunities. After lunch we’ll visit the imposing Doune Castle which you may recognize as Winterfell from “Game of Thrones” or from the “Outlander” series. We’ll pause briefly to view the magnificent modern sculptures of the Kelpies arriving back in Edinburgh where our tour ends by early evening.

    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

  • Explore the charming country estates of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard.
  • Visit an English brewery in the heart of the Cotswolds.
  • Take an historic steam-train ride through the scenic Severn Valley.
  • Enjoy a full day dedicated to exploring the fells and dales of the Lake District.
  • Enjoy a traditional English Afternoon Tea.
  • Visit the childhood home of the Queen Mother at Glamis Castle.
  • Enjoy a distillery tour and whisky tasting in the Speyside region of Scotland.
  • Journey through the dramatic landscapes of the Highlands.
  • Spend two nights on the beautiful Isle of Skye.
  • Visit Doune Castle which featured in "Outlander" and "Game of Thrones".
  • Maximum group-size of 14 passengers for that intimate touring experience.

What's Included

  • 16 nights in charming boutique accommodation.
  • Transportation by luxury mini-coach.
  • The services of a professional driver / tour leader throughout.
  • A two day rail pass for travel to and from your tour start/end points (Oxford and York).
  • Ferry crossing from Isle of Skye to the Scottish mainland.
  • Full English or Scottish breakfast daily.
  • 9 x evening meals.
  • 1 x Traditional Afternoon Tea.
  • A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
    • Blenheim Palace.
    • Cotswold Brewery visit and tasting.
    • Severn Valley Historic Railway.
    • The Beatles Story Exhibitions.
    • Fountains Abbey.
    • Castle Howard.
    • Edinburgh Castle.
    • National Museum of Scotland.
    • Glamis Castle.
    • Speyside Whisky Distillery.
    • Inverness City Sightseeing Tour.
    • Urquhart Castle.
    • Doune Castle.
  • Expert local advice during planning your trip.
  • Postage of your travel documents pack.

Optional Extras

  • Additional pre-tour accommodation in London.
  • Pre-tour accommodation in Oxford to explore this elegant city in more depth.
  • Additional nights hotel accommodation in London.
  • Private transfers in London.
  • Post-tour accommodation in Edinburgh or Glasgow.

This tour is a combination of our other British tours “England’s Rustic Charm” and “Secrets of Scotland”.

Exclusions

Our tours are fully land inclusive but there are some things we do not include as standard:

  • Trip Insurance – we ask that our guests purchase suitable cover in case planned travel is affected or disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances. More information on the benefits of trip insurance can be found here.
  • Flights – adeo Travel do not book air travel but are happy to offer advice on where to seek competitive airfare.
  • Meals and/or sightseeing other than that outlined above.

Departure Dates

Please select your preferred tour date from the list below.

Start DateEnd DateStatusPrice
(per person)*
 
Monday, 13 May 2024
Wednesday, 29 May 2024
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£
6050
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Monday, 27 May 2024
Wednesday, 12 June 2024
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£
6050
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Monday, 17 June 2024
Wednesday, 3 July 2024
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£
6050
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Monday, 8 July 2024
Wednesday, 24 July 2024
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£
6050
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Monday, 12 August 2024
Wednesday, 28 August 2024
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£
6550
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Monday, 9 September 2024
Wednesday, 25 September 2024
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£
6050
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Monday, 23 September 2024
Wednesday, 9 October 2024
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£
5950
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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

A single supplement from £1,700 applies.

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