Sleepy villages where sheep wander the grassy hillsides, lakes set amidst mountains that inspired centuries of literature, and cities thriving with arts and culture – these are the landscapes of Britain. Discover them on this memorable journey through England, Scotland and Wales. Sleep in a historic castle. Enjoy medieval York and its historic Minster. Soak up the pastoral landscapes of the Cotswolds. Walk in the footsteps of William Shakespeare and enjoy dinner at Hall’s Croft, a 400-year-old Shakespearean family home. Explore London and Edinburgh. Personalize your tour with a choice of included excursions in Stratford and Edinburgh. Experience the wonder of Stonehenge.
- Itinerary Type : Standard
- Activity Level : 2
- Number of Days:10
- Number of Meals:12
- Hotels:Ruthin Castle (Ruthin), Doubletree by Hilton (York), Doubletree by Hilton (Stratford-upon-Avon), Apex Grassmarket Hotel (Edinburgh), Leonardo Royal Hotel London City (London)
- Experiences:Behold the Crown Jewels of Scotland on a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle.
Discover the picturesque Lake District.
Overnight in a historic Welsh castle.
- Must Sees:See the quintessential sights of London with a local guide.
Venture to mystical, ancient Stonehenge.
- Culinaries:Enjoy a private dinner at Hall's Croft, a 400-year-old Shakespeare family home.
Dine like a Londoner with dinner at an English pub.
Itinerary (9 days)
London, England - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in London, the cosmopolitan and historic capital of England. This evening, join your fellow travelers for an ale and pie tasting at a traditional English pub.
London’s quintessential sights await you this morning. Alongside a local guide, view the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. This afternoon, enjoy some time at leisure to explore this iconic city on your own.
London - York
It’s time to say farewell to London and travel to the medieval city of York, stopping in the 800-year-old university town of Cambridge along the way. Upon arriving in York, join your Tour Manager for a brief orientation tour. Or, choose to arrive in York earlier by way of an optional high speed rail.* Climb aboard at London’s King’s Cross and sit back and relax as you travel 125mph through England’s stunning countryside; arriving in York just over two hours later, meet up with a local expert at York Station and embark on a walking tour of this remarkable city where you’ll see its famous Minster and walk the labyrinth of quaint narrow streets that still appear as they did in the Middle Ages. Tonight, stay within the city’s historic walls.
York - Borders Region, Scotland - Edinburgh
Enjoy a leisurely morning in York before traveling north through the rolling fields to bonnie (“lovely” in Scottish) Scotland. Stretching across the country you will find Hadrian’s Wall, once the mark of the northern border of the Roman Empire. Stop to see this ancient fortification that was begun in A.D. 122 to protect Roman Britain from the tribes of Scotland. Next, drive through Scotland’s Borders region before arriving in Edinburgh, the "Athens of the North." Discover Scotland's exciting capital, and one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, alive with history and culture. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Today it’s your choice! Get acquainted with this regal city on a locally guided all-encompassing tour of the city via coach -OR- join a local expert and explore the city on foot. Both tours include visits to Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse,** the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and the former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. The rest of today is yours to explore the city independently.
Edinburgh - Lake District, England - Ruthin Castle, Wales
Our final stop in Scotland comes at the border town of Gretna Green, where generations of runaway couples came to get married. Later, return to England and travel through the picturesque Lake District. Here in the district’s heart, visit the charming village of Grasmere, home of the poet William Wordsworth. End your day with an overnight stay in beautiful Ruthin Castle, situated in the north of Wales.
Wales - Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Step back in time to the birthplace of the bard, William Shakespeare, on a journey to Stratford-upon-Avon – your home for the next two nights. Then, it’s your choice! Tour Anne Hathaway's thatch-roofed cottage, the childhood home of the author's wife -OR- choose to enjoy a leisurely cruise along the picturesque Avon River.
Stratford - Stonehenge - Cotswolds - Stratford
Complete your visit to Britain with a journey to mystical Stonehenge – an incredible entrée to some of England’s most gorgeous countryside. Explore the arrestingly beautiful villages of the Cotswolds region. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a private farewell dinner at Hall’s Croft, a 400-year-old Shakespeare family home. Toast the end of a wonderful journey while actors in traditional costume perform some of Shakespeare’s most renowned scenes.
Stratford-upon-Avon - Tour Ends
Your journey through Britain concludes today.
A world in a city is a common way to describe the capital of England and its 9 million inhabitants. A cultural melting pot of over 230 nationalities, London is the financial, political and cultural capital of the UK and has a history dating before the Romans in A.D. 43.
The historic walled city of York in North Yorkshire is located in the northern part of England. Today York is still encircled by its ancient medieval walls. York was founded by the Romans in A.D. 71 and is considered to be one of the great cities of the medieval world.
Edinburgh Castle is a historic castle and fortress located in Edinburgh, Scotland. It sits atop Castle Rock in the city center and is an integral part of Edinburgh’s skyline. In present day the castle is a major tourist attraction for the city. It is the most visited paid visitor attraction in Scotland.
Choice on Tour
Get acquainted with Edinburgh on a locally guided all-encompassing tour of the city via coach -OR- join a local expert and explore the city on foot.
Choice on Tour
Tour Anne Hathaway's thatch-roofed cottage -OR- choose to enjoy a leisurely cruise along the picturesque Avon River.
The Lake District is a mountainous region in northwest England. This region is famous for its lakes, mountains and forests. In this region hiking the mountain trails and boating on the lakes is a popular activity.
Ireland features many historic castles throughout the different regions of the country. Enjoy a stay on the grounds of the castle.
North Wales is the northernmost unofficial region of the country of Wales. North Wales is a popular vacation spot for the British. It has many towns and villages to explore in addition to beautiful beaches and lush countryside.
Stratford-upon-Avon is a town located in south Warwickshire, England on the River Avon. It is most famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare, one of the world’s great playwrights. Stratford is home to the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Walk in the footsteps of so many before you when visiting prehistoric Stonehenge. This mysterious rock formation dates back to the Stone Age and remains one of the world’s most famous sites. Standing in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, Stonehenge is perhaps the most important prehistoric monument in England. And now, updates at the site will make it more accessible than ever! New galleries and visitor facilities will enhance the overall experience and understanding of Stonehenge for visitors of all ages and interests. Construction has started on three Neolithic houses which will be the focal point of the outdoor gallery at the new visitor center. These houses offer visitors a glimpse into the lifestyle of the people who built Stonehenge. The experience of seeing this timeless monument is not to be missed – it will surely be a highlight of your tour.
The Cotswolds is an area in south central England that includs parts of 6 different counties, mainly though the counties of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. The region is known for its small towns and villages, made from golden colored Costwold stone, as well as lush greenery and rolling hills.