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  New tour for 2020  

  1. Day 1 Arrival and Rail to Oxford

    After arriving in to Heathrow or Gatwick travel, validate your Britrail Passes and travel by rail to the historic university city of Oxford, your base for the next two nights. 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. Perhaps visit one or more of the famous colleges such as Magdalene and Christchurch or the Bodleian Library and New College Hall which were used as parts of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies.

    Overnight: Oxford

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

  2. Day 2 Cotswolds Excursion

    Today is dedicated to exploring the quintessential English landscapes and villages of the Cotswolds – take a short rail ride from Oxford to the market town of Moreton-on Marsh. Meet your local driver to begin your scenic journey through the country lanes and rolling hills of the heart of England – your day will be packed with rustic Cotswold views and we’ll pause regularly to enjoy some of England’s prettiest settlements. Visit eccentrically named villages such as Upper Slaughter, Stow-on-the-Wold and Broadway each bustling with local markets, honey-coloured homes and thatch cottages.

    Overnight: Oxford

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 Historic York and York Minster

    Hop back on the rails today for a journey in to the North of England and the grandiose city of 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: 3 hours and 30 minutes (approx.)*

  4. Day 4 Rail to Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle

    Continue North passing through the rugged landscapes of Northumberland and over the border through the rolling hills of the Scottish Lowlands to Edinburgh, the picturesque Scottish capital. 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: 2 hours and 30 minutes (approx.)*

  5. Day 5 Explore Edinburgh 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.

    Overnight: Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included

  6. Day 6 Rail to Lake Windermere

    This morning board the train for a journey South once more through the Scottish Lowlands, over the border to England and in to 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 and 15 minutes (approx.)*

  7. Day 7 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

  8. Day 8 Historic Chester and Liverpool

    Board the train southbound to the charming city of Chester to discover the many historic sites including the medieval City walls and gate towers, the stunning excavated Roman Amphitheatre and an impressive cathedral before wandering along the unique Tudor Facaded “Rows” offering some unique boutique shopping. Time-permitting you may choose to take a short rail ride to the contrasting but equally enchanting city of Liverpool. Achieving the accolade of European City of Culture in 2008, Liverpool is a thriving destination bustling with heritage sites dedicated to its most famous residents – the Beatles.

    Overnight: Chester

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 3 hours (approx.)*

  9. Day 9 Cardiff City and Cardiff Castle

    Continuing South your rail journey today takes you through the rolling hills of the Welsh border Marches and in to Wales to Cardiff, the nation’s capital city. 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: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)*

  10. Day 10 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

  11. Day 11 Bath City and Roman Baths

    A short train ride East takes you from Cardiff beneath the Severn Estuary and over the English border 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

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 1 hour 20 minutes (approx.)*

  12. Day 12 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

  13. Day 13 Rail to London and Icons of London

    Today you’ll be whisked Eastwards on the direct line to London; 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 40 minutes (approx.)*

  14. Day 14 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

  15. Day 15 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?

  • 14 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked regional breakfast each morning.
  • Britrail Consecutive Passes (15 day) – Passes offer 15 consecutive days of travel on the British National Rail Network from day of validation. Travel is fully flexible and completely unlimited for the period of validity 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:
    • Famous Cotswolds or Cotswold Highlights tour from Moreton-in-Marsh.
    • Stonehenge and Cotswolds Villages Tour from Bath (excludes admission to Stonehenge – please pay locally).
    • Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour from Windermere, Lake District.
  • Admission to the following attractions on your itinerary:
    • Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh.
    • Cardiff Castle in Cardiff
    • Roman Baths in Bath
  • 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

  • Malmaison Oxford Hotel, Oxford x 2 nights
  • Grange Hotel, York x 1 night
  • Bonham Hotel, Edinburgh x 2 nights
  • Lindeth Howe Hotel, Bowness-on-Windermere x 2 nights
  • Queen Hotel, Chester x 1 night
  • Lincoln House Hotel, Cardiff x 2 nights
  • Abbey Hotel, Bath x 2 nights
  • Mornington Hotel, London x 2 nights

 

As our rail tours are fully customizable we can tailor the suggested accommodations for your particular quotation based on your preferences, budget etc.

 

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 a small group day-tour from Cardiff or Edinburgh to explore the Welsh and Scottish countryside.
  • Purchase London Oyster travel cards for flexible travel around London on its underground rail network.

Customize this tour!

  • Add an extra night in York and enjoy a day-tour to the Yorkshire Moors or Dales.
  • Add an extra night in Chester and add a day-tour to North Wales and the Snowdonia National Park.
  • 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.
  • 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 – 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 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 £1,650 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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