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Key Features
Duration: 15 days / 14 nights
Tour feature: Maximum group size 16 passengers
Starting: London
Ending: London or York
  1. Day 1 Wilton House, Stonehenge and Historic Salisbury

    This morning we set out from London to gain a taste of English Aristocracy as we make our way to Wilton House, the family home of the Earl and Countess of Pembroke. This historic estate has been used in the filming of both Netflix series of “The Crown” and “Bridgerton”. We’ll then traverse the Salisbury Plain pausing to visit the enigmatic stone circle at Stonehenge to try to unravel its secrets. Later, we arrive in the historic city of Salisbury where we enjoy free-time to explore; wander the cobbled streets to the impressive cathedral which boasts Europe’s oldest operating clock and an original copy of the Magna Carta.

    Overnight: Milford Hall Hotel (or similar), Salisbury

  2. Day 2 Dorset and the Jurassic Coast

    Departing Salisbury, we’ll pause to visit one of England’s most photographed streets before continuing South to explore the bays and cliffs of the Dorset coast; this area is named the Jurassic Coast owing to its abundance of prehistoric fossils which can be found on the beaches. We’ll spot some of the impressive coastal geological features such as the sea arch at Durdle Door. Then we’ll follow the coast visiting one or more of Dorset’s elegant seaside resorts such as Dorchester or Lyme Regis – this charming region inspired literary works by Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy. Later we cross the county border in to Devon before reaching our hotel in Dartmoor where we dine together as a group.

    Overnight: Moorland Hotel (or similar), Dartmoor

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  3. Day 3 Dartmoor, Plymouth and the Dart Valley Railway

    This morning we’ll spot wild ponies and rocky tors as we take a leisurely journey across the eerie landscapes of the Dartmoor National Park. After pausing in one or two of the quaint moorland villages we’ll make our way to the seafaring city of Plymouth. Here we’ll take time to wander the famous Plymouth Hoe and see the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers departed for the New World. Then it’s onward to explore South Devon where we enjoy a steam railway journey along the scenic valley of the river dart before returning to our overnight base on Dartmoor.

    Overnight: Moorland Hotel (or similar), Dartmoor

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  4. Day 4 Tintagel Castle, Port Isaac and Falmouth

    Today we cross the county border in to Cornwall. Arriving on the North Cornish coast, we’ll visit Tintagel Castle, a dramatic cliffside fort steeped in Arthurian Legend and reputedly home to Merlin’s cave beneath. Then we’ll pass South along the coast to visit the charming fishing village of Port Isaac, better known as Port Wen, the stomping ground of television’s ”Doc Martin”. Here we’ll enjoy a brief walk through the village before free-time to explore and take lunch. By afternoon, we’ll cross the Cornish Peninsula to the South heading for the seaside resort of Falmouth home to sweeping sandy bays and our overnight base for the next two nights.

    Overnight: St Michaels Hotel (or similar), Falmouth

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  5. Day 5 The Cornish Peninsula

    Today we embark on an epic excursion to explore the farthest reaches of the Cornish Peninsula. We’ll explore craggy coastlines and fishing villages such as the charming seaside town of St Ives where we’ll enjoy free-time to wander the harbour or visit the renowned Tate Art Gallery. We’ll gain views of the island monastery of St Michaels Mount and visit the enchanting Minack Theatre – an amphitheatre carved in to the Cornish cliffs over-looking the churning waters of the Atlantic Ocean. After our enjoyable day we’ll return to Falmouth where your evening is free to dine at your leisure.

    Overnight: St Michaels Hotel (or similar), Falmouth

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  6. Day 6 The Eden Project, Charlestown and Exeter

    Departing Falmouth, we’ll make our way to the magnificent Eden Project; set in the colossal crater of a former china clay pit the site consists of a collection of diverse contemporary gardens and tropical biodomes. Then it’s to nearby Charlestown for lunch; you may recognise this charming 18th century harbour town from the hit BBC show ”Poldark”. By afternoon, our journey takes us back through the Devonshire countryside to the county’s principal town of Exeter before we arrive in rural Somerset and our final hotel. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner together.

    Overnight: Castle Hotel (or similar), Taunton

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  7. Day 7 Glastonbury, Wells and Bath

    Today we enjoy a relaxing journey through the rolling landscapes of the Somerset hills. Our journey will take us to England’s smallest “city” Wells to marvel at the elegant cathedral and nearby Glastonbury whose historic Abbey is steeped in Arthurian legend. Then it’s back to Bath where you bid farewell to your dedicated driver for the South West. Enjoy free-time in Bath to explore the Regency streets such as the Royal Crescent which featured in Bridgerton and visit the magnificent Roman Baths. By evening you’ll meet your new driver-guide who will be ready to take you North – first though, time for an evening dinner at a local restaurant.

    Overnight: The Bird Hotel (or similar), Bath

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  8. Day 8 The Cotswolds and English Ale Tasting

    Boarding the mini-coach, our first stop today will be the historic town of Lacock; seemingly frozen in time this charming village has been used in TV and film productions including "Pride and Prejudice", "Downton Abbey" and "Harry Potter". After time to wander the cobbled streets we’ll venture deep in to the Cotswolds countryside stopping in one or more of the charming villages with their traditional honey-coloured cottages. By afternoon we head for a local brewery to learn about the brewing process and sample some innovative English beer. Then its onwards to our base for the next two nights in the heart of a Cotswolds village.

    Overnight: Noel Arms Hotel (or similar), Chipping Campden, Cotswolds

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  9. Day 9 Historic Oxford and Chipping Campden

    This morning we head out for a scenic drive through the Cotswolds countryside to visit the historic university city of Oxford. After a brief orientation we’ll enjoy free-time to explore the cobbled streets and soak up the whimsical academic atmosphere. Wander the famous ivy-clad college quads, visit the Ashmolean Museum, climb Carfax Tower for unrivalled views of the city’s dreaming spires or simply relax on a river punt manned by one of the local students. By afternoon, we'll return to Chipping Campden for time at leisure to explore this traditional Cotswolds’ village.

    Overnight: Noel Arms Hotel (or similar), Chipping Campden, Cotswolds

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  10. Day 10 Stratford-upon-Avon and Severn Valley Railway

    Departing the Cotswolds we make our way north to visit the bustling town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of William Shakespeare. We’ll learn about the life and times of the great bard at Shakespeare’s Birthplace before taking time to stroll this pretty medieval town nestling on the River Avon. This afternoon we’ll board an historic steam train for a scenic rail journey along the Severn Valley to the historic town of Bridgnorth. Later we'll continue to the elegant city of Chester where your evening is free to dine independently.

    Overnight: Queen Hotel (or similar), Chester

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  11. Day 11 Chester and Liverpool’s Albert Docks

    Today we’ll enjoy a leisurely start with a stroll around central Chester with a chance to see the medieval town walls and unique Tudor Facades of The Rows. Then it’s all aboard the bus to visit nearby Liverpool, a city synonymous with the Beatles. We’ll enjoy plenty of free-time to explore the revitalised Albert Docks area and visit the Beatles Story exhibition. From the bright lights of Liverpool we continue to overnight base the heart of the Lake District.

    Overnight: Wordsworth House Hotel (or similar), Grasmere, Lake District

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  12. Day 12 The English Lake District

    Our day today is dedicated to exploring the enchanting natural beauty of the English Lake District. In the company of a local guide 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. Our day wouldn’t be complete without a relaxing cruise on one of the famous lakes before we return to our hotel for our dinner together.

    Overnight: Wordsworth House Hotel (or similar), Grasmere, Lake District

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  13. Day 13 The Yorkshire Dales and Fountains Abbey

    Departing the Lake District we traverse the North of England passing over the rustic landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales. We’ll pause in one of the typical Yorkshire villages and visit the beautiful Aysgarth Falls on route to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. Here we’ll enjoy free-time to explore the imposing monastic ruins and the pristine gardens which have enjoyed World Heritage status since 1986. Our final stop today will be the elegant Victorian Spa town of Harrogate, the perfect spot for afternoon tea. By evening we'll continue to the magnificent city of York, our base for the next two nights.

    Overnight: Grange Hotel (or similar), York

    Meals: Breakfast and afternoon tea included.

  14. Day 14 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 an afternoon at leisure to explore this magnificent historic city. Wander the cobbled alleyways, climb the steps to walk atop the medieval city walls or visit one of the many local museums and exhibitions. The highlight should be the magnificent York Minster – the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. Tonight we reconvene for a farewell dinner.

    Overnight: Grange Hotel (or similar), York

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  15. Day 15 York and Return Home

    Your tour leader will bid farewell after breakfast and your tour ends today after checking out from your hotel. You may choose to continue to explore York at your own pace before taking the train back to London (or onwards to Edinburgh) using your complimentary rail passes. Either journey is an easy direct rail trip taking around 2hrs. Either way you’ll return to the city with fond memories of rural England’s rustic charm.

    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

  • Visit one of England’s most photographed lanes and tour the Jurassic Coast.
  • See the southern-most tip of England as you tour the Cornish Peninsula.
  • Stay in the elegant city of Bath which featured in Netflix series “Bridgerton”.
  • Visit an English brewery in the heart of the Cotswolds.
  • Take an historic steam-train ride through the scenic Severn Valley.
  • Enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea in Yorkshire.
  • Maximum group-size of 16 passengers for that intimate touring experience.

What's Included

  • 15 nights in charming boutique accommodation.
  • Transportation by luxury mini-coach.
  • The services of your professional driver / tour leader.
  • Rail from York to London after your tour.
  • Full English breakfast daily.
  • 1 x Afternoon Tea.
  • 6 x evening meals.
  • A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
    • Wilton House Estate
    • Stonehenge
    • Dart Valley Historic Railway
    • Tintagel Castle
    • Minack Theatre
    • The Eden Project
    • Bath’s Roman Baths
    • Cotswold Brewery visit and tasting
    • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
    • Severn Valley Historic Railway
    • Beatles Story Exhibition
    • Scenic Lake Cruise
    • Fountains Abbey
    • Castle Howard
  • Expert local advice during planning your trip.
  • Postage of your travel documents pack.

Optional Extras

  • Additional pre-tour accommodation in London.
  • Post-tour accommodation in York or London to explore cities in more depth.
  • Private transfers in London or York.

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

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)*
 
March 8, 2022
March 22, 2022
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4345
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May 10, 2022
May 24, 2022
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£
4595
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June 7, 2022
June 21, 2022
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£
4595
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August 9, 2022
August 23, 2022
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£
4795
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September 6, 2022
September 20, 2022
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£
4595
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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 £1100 applies.

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