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  Improved Itinerary  

  1. Day 1 Bath City and Roman Baths

    Arriving in London Heathrow or Gatwick Airports, validate your rail passes and join the Britain rail network. After a brief connection in central London glide through the English countryside to the elegant Regency city of Bath. An opulent Georgian city granted UNESCO World Heritage Status, Bath is home to a host of historic, cultural and architectural highlights including the Elizabethan Abbey, the Jane Austen Centre, Pulteney Bridge and the Royal Crescent not to mention the spectacular Roman Baths and Pump Room.

    Overnight: Bath

    Journey details: 20 minutes to London (via Gatwick/ Heathrow Express) followed by 1 hour 30 minutes to Bath (approx.)*

  2. Day 2 Stonehenge and Cotswold Villages Excursion

    Today, join a local driver on a small-group day tour through the villages and countryside of Wiltshire. Enjoy a journey of discovery as you visit “England’s prettiest village” at the historic market town of Castle Combe, walk amongst the ancient standing stones at Avebury village and spot striking features of the local landscape such as Silbury Hill and Cherhill White Horse. Undoubted highlights of the day include visits to the iconic site at Stonehenge and Lacock Village whose pretty cobbled streets you may recognise from television and film including Pride and Prejudice, Downton Abbey and Harry Potter.

    Overnight: Bath

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 Cardiff Castle and Cardiff Bay

    A short train ride West takes you from Bath beneath the Severn Estuary and over the Welsh border to Cardiff, the Capital city of Wales. After dropping your bags at your hotel begin by wandering the Edwardian baroque architecture of Cathays Park, home to the national museum and gallery of Wales, the Victorian market and shopping arcades or tour the famous Millennium Stadium home of the Welsh national rugby team. Not to be missed is the city's magnificent centrepiece at Cardiff Castle which combines Roman walls and Norman tower with a gloriously lavish Victorian mansion.

    Overnight: Cardiff

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 2 hours (approx.)*

  4. Days 4 Cardiff Bay and Caerphilly Castle

    A short train ride from the centre is the cosmopolitan Cardiff Bay; once the largest coal port in the world the rejuvenated “bay” is now home to a host of sites including the seat of Welsh government, the Millennium Centre, the Victorian Pierhead building and Norwegian Church. By afternoon you may choose to take a local bus or taxi to the open-air museum at St Fagans which showcases Welsh life through the ages, or take a short train ride to nearby Caerphilly to see the magnificent ruins of the 13th century fortress at Caerphilly Castle complete with concentric moat and leaning tower.

    Overnight: Cardiff

    Meals: Breakfast included

  5. Day 5 Shakespeare's Stratford and Warwick Castle

    Today, take the rails through the Welsh border Marches and into the heart of England to arrive in vibrant city of Birmingham which will be your base for two days. As England’s central rail hub, there are plenty of options for places to visit from here; make the short journey South to the medieval market town of Warwick to see the imposing Warwick Castle or visit Stratford-upon-Avon, a picturesque, town of Tudor timberwork buildings, abundant in heritage sites dedicated to its most famous resident the great bard himself, William Shakespeare.

    Overnight: Birmingham (Central England Rail Hub)

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 2 hours (approx.)*

  6. Day 6 Oxford and Oxford University

    Dedicate today to visiting the medieval university town of Oxford just over an hour by rail from your central England base; here you can soak up the unique academic ambience and explore the lawns, quads and spires of renowned Oxford University which once inspired the likes of Tolkien and Oscar Wilde. By evening return to Birmingham, itself a vibrant city with an historic town hall and cathedral and fashionable canal side bars and restaurants.

    Overnight: Birmingham (Central England Rail Hub)

    Meals: Breakfast included

  7. Day 7 Rail to Lake Windermere

    This morning board the train for a journey to the North of England and the rustic landscapes of Cumbria. Arriving in the beautiful market town of Windermere on the shores of the famous Lake Windermere make your way to your hotel to drop your bags. Spend the afternoon exploring this charming lakeside town – wander the local boutiques, visit the “World of Beatrix Potter” exhibition, hike along the shores of the lake or take a private boat or leisurely cruise along on the tranquil waters of Lake Windermere.

    Overnight: Bowness-on-Windermere

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)*

  8. Days 8 Lake District Excursion

    Today is dedicated to exploring the rugged landscapes of the Lake District with a local guide on a small-group tour of this spectacular region. Your journey will take you off the beaten track over mountain passes, through deep valleys and passing sparkling lakes. Along the way you’ll stop at one or more the traditional Lakeland towns or villages such as Grasmere or Keswick and take in some of the region’s most iconic spots such as Borrowdale Valley, Thirlmere and Castlerigg Stone Circle. The highlight will be an included boat trip on one of the lakes itself.

    Overnight: Bowness-on-Windermere

    Meals: Breakfast included

  9. Day 9 Glasgow City

    Board the train once more and head north through the rolling hills of the Scottish Lowlands on route to Scotland's largest city, Glasgow. By contrast to the lakes, Glasgow is a vibrant city; explore the Victorian monuments of George Square, the bustling Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow Cathedral and necropolis, Kelvingrove Park and Museum before enjoying a vibrant Scottish nightlife around the fashionable bars of the Merchant City or the West End.

    Overnight: Glasgow

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)*

  10. Days 10 Rail to Inverness, Capital of the Highlands

    Today’s rail journey takes you on an epic journey through the heart of Scotland and the Cairngorm mountains to the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. Your destination is Inverness, renowned capital of the Highlands. Straddling the banks of the river Ness, explore this picturesque Highland town from the cobbled Mercat Cross and St Andrews Cathedral to the hill-top castle and museum. You might find time for a spot of Highland shopping or indulging in the local pub scene.

    Overnight: Inverness

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 4 hours (approx.)

  11. Days 11 Isle of Skye Excursion from Inverness

    Join a local guide on a small-group adventure taking you through the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands to the remote Isle of Skye. Your journey will take you along the shores of Loch Ness and over the Northern Highlands to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle before crossing to the majestic Isle of Skye via Skye Bridge. You’ll see many of the islands highlights including the bustling fishing village of Portree and the striking geological features of the Trotternish Peninsula such as Kilt Rock and the Old Man of Storr. (Tour duration 12hrs approx – if you’d prefer shorter tour you can choose from a Loch Ness tour or Speyside whisky day-tour both subject to availability).

    Overnight: Inverness

    Meals: Breakfast included

  12. Day 12 Rail to Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle

    Return South by rail to the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh. Explore this magnificent city from the winding streets of the cobbled old town to the wide avenues of the opulent Georgian new town. Stroll past the gothic Burns Monument and through Princes Street Gardens before climbing the Royal Mile to the city's centrepiece at the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and St Margaret's Chapel.

    Overnight: Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 4 hours (approx.)

  13. Day 13 Explore Edinburgh City and Stirling Castle

    Today explore Edinburgh in more depth; perhaps enjoy a spot shopping along Princes Street, visit Scotland’s national museums and galleries or discover “Royal” Edinburgh with visits to the Palace of Holyrood House, the Queens Edinburgh residence, or the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith Docks, the official Royal yacht for over forty years. By afternoon, take a short rail journey from Edinburgh to the historic town of Stirling, whose impressive castle was once the Royal seat of Scotland. Alternatively, you could take an optional small group tour to St Andrews and the Fishing Villages of Fife.

    Overnight: Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included

  14. Day 14 Rail to York and York Minster

    Hop on the train and head South once more through the rolling hills of the Scottish Lowlands and rugged landscapes of Northumberland to York. This historic city is home to a wealth of historic and cultural sites to explore; wander the city from the cobbles of the famous Shambles, Britain’s first shopping street, to the medieval city walls, gates and towers. The highlight of course will be exploring the gothic masterpiece at the iconic York Minster which dominates the city and marks York as the ecclesiastical capital of the North of England.

    Overnight: York

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

  15. Day 15 Explore York and Harrogate

    Today explore magnificent York in more depth; discover the city’s Viking history at the Jorvik Center, visit the opulent Georgian era townhouse at Fairfax House or see the Flying Scotsman itself at the National Railway Museum. A short train ride from York you’ll find the elegant Victorian spa town of Harrogate where you can shop in classic boutiques or take afternoon tea in one of the town’s many traditional tea-rooms. Alternatively enjoy an optional small group day-tour to either the Yorkshire Dales or Yorkshire Moors National Parks – subject to availability.

    Overnight: York

    Meals: Breakfast included

  16. Day 16 Rail to London and Icons of London

    Today you’ll be whisked South to London on the high-speed line; this will be your base for your final two nights offering you time to explore the stunning English Capital. London is a thriving metropolis with a vibrant modern culture and rich history and heritage. Explore world renowned sights including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. In the East of the city you’ll find the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. By evening why not take a flight on the London Eye for spectacular views of the city skyline.

    Overnight: London

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 2 hours (approx.)

  17. Day 17 London City and Museums

    Today explore London in more depth; culture vultures will delight in some of the world’s most prestigious museums and galleries including the Tate Modern, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum and the Imperial War Museum. You may choose to stroll through Hyde Park to the elegant Kensington palace or simply enjoy the abundance of shopping opportunities, the city has to offer from the department stores of Oxford Street to the host of traditional street markets such as the one in Covent Garden.

    Overnight: London

    Meals: Breakfast included

  18. Day 18 Return Home

    Today bid farewell to the UK as you board the Heathrow or Gatwick Express rail links to take you back to your departure airport.

    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.

What's included?

  • 17 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked regional breakfast each morning
  • Britrail Flexi Passes (15 day) – Passes offer 15 separate days of travel on the British National Rail Network within a one-month period. Travel is fully flexible and completely unlimited on each day of use and will cover all outlined rail journeys including transit on the Heathrow or Gatwick Express rail links.
  • Our hand-picked small-group day-tours to explore more rural regions which cannot be easily reached by rail, as follows:
    • Stonehenge and Cotswolds Villages Tour from Bath (excludes admission to Stonehenge – please pay locally).
    • Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour from Windermere, Lake District.
    • Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Tour from Inverness.
  • Admission to the following attractions on your itinerary:
    • Roman Baths in Bath
    • Cardiff Castle in Cardiff
    • Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
    • Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh.
  • London hop-on-hop-off bus tour to explore the city.
  • Adeo travel documents pack and suggested rail schedule information for each of your point-to-point journeys including journey durations and departure stations and travel departure times etc.
  • Toll-free calls (from USA and Canada) to your Britain vacation specialist whilst planning your trip.
  • Expert assistance during the planning of your trip and local out-of-hours number for use during travel.

Suggested accommodations

  • Abbey Hotel, Bath x 2 nights
  • Lincoln House Hotel, Cardiff x 2 nights
  • Burlington Hotel, Birmingham x 2 nights
  • Glenburn Hotel, Windermere x 2 nights
  • Hotel Indigo, Glasgow x 1 night
  • Royal Hotel, Inverness x 2 nights
  • Bonham Hotel, Edinburgh x 2 nights
  • Hedley House Hotel, York x 2 nights
  • Mornington Hotel, London x 2 nights

 

As our rail tours are fully customizable we can adjust the quoted accommodations for your particular quotation based on your preferences, budget etc. however choice may be restricted as a central location for sightseeing is recommended on our rail tours.

 

Unless otherwise requested all suggested accommodations for our rail tours will be within walking distance or a short taxi journey from the local railway station.

Optional extras

  • Upgrade your rail passes for First Class Travel – first class carriages are available on many inter-regional services across Britain.
  • Add small-group day tours to the countryside in selected locations such as Cardiff, Edinburgh and York.
  • Purchase London Oyster travel cards for flexible travel around London on its underground rail network.

Customize this tour!

  • Add extra nights in any of your destination cities to explore further or add extra day tours to the countryside. Our tip – add a night in Glasgow and take a tour to the Loch Lomond region of Scotland.
  • Combine this tour with one of our other Britain rail tours.
  • Have your own rail travel expert accompany you on your tour.

Exclusions

  • Travel on the London Underground, the Glasgow Subway rail networks – these are separate to the national rail network and your Britail Passes will not be valid.
  • Admission to Stonehenge – please pay locally.
  • Taxis / transfers from train stations to your hotels – taxis are readily available at all major train stations in the UK and hotel receptions / concierges will be happy to call local taxi firms for collection on days of departure.
  • Trip Insurance – it is strongly recommended that all travellers ensure that they have adequate travel / trip insurance in case your planned travel is affected or disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Flights / Airfare – adeo Travel only manage all land aspects of travel in Britain and therefore do not book flights however we are more than happy to offer advice on where to seek competitive airfare.
  • Meals and/or sightseeing other than that outlined above.

Departure Dates 2020

This self-guided tour is customizable and can be taken at any time throughout the year and starting and ending on any day of the week - simply let us know your preferred dates of travel!

Pricing 2020

Twin/Double - from GBP £2,295 per person.

Single supplements apply for solo travellers – please contact us for details.

Pricing Notes

  • Above pricing is an estimated "from" price based on mid-season travel (March/April). As this tour can be taken at any time pricing will vary dependent on departure day, date of travel, selected accommodations etc.
  • Above pricing is based on suggested accommodations listed however please note that we can tailor your specific quote to accommodate your budget and preferences.
  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room with one adult Britrail pass per person as specified. (Please enquire for single supplement)
  • Prices are for land only travel and do not include flights.
  • Prices are in GBP£ currency, for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
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