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Key Features
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Tour feature: Maximum group size 15 passengers
Starting: Oxford
Ending: York
  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: The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels Oxford (or similar)

    Meals: Dinner included.

  2. Day 2 Oxford Walk 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: Noel Arms Hotel Cotswolds (or similar)

    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: Noel Arms Hotel Cotswolds (or similar)

    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: The Queen at Chester Hotel Chester (or similar)

    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: Rothay Garden Hotel The Lake District (or similar)

    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: Rothay Garden Hotel The Lake District (or similar)

    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: The Grand York York (or similar)

    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: The Grand York York (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  9. Day 9 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.

Touring Highlights

  • 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.
  • Maximum group-size of 14 passengers for that intimate touring experience.


  • 8 nights in charming boutique accommodation.
  • Transportation by luxury mini-coach.
  • A two day rail pass for travel to and from your tour start/end points (Oxford and York).
  • The services of your professional driver / tour leader.
  • Full English breakfast daily.
  • 1 x Traditional Afternoon Tea.
  • 4 x evening meals.
  • 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
  • Expert local advice during planning your trip.
  • Postage of your travel documents pack.


Please note your itinerary and accommodations are subject to change due to operational reasons.

Optional Extras

  • Additional pre-tour accommodation in London.
  • Pre-tour accommodation in Oxford to explore this elegant city in more depth.
  • Additional post-tour nights hotel accommodation in London.
  • Private transfers in London.
  • Combine this tour with one of our other boutique small group tours to explore "Enchanting Wales", "Treasures of West Country" or "Secrets of Scotland".


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, 12 August 2024
Tuesday, 20 August 2024
Guaranteed departure
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Monday, 9 September 2024
Tuesday, 17 September 2024
Limited availability
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Monday, 23 September 2024
Tuesday, 1 October 2024
Guaranteed departure
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Monday, 14 October 2024
Tuesday, 22 October 2024
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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 £850 applies.

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