Highlights of Britain

Lake Steamer

This adventure delves deep into Britain’s history and culture. In England, we celebrate ‘Great British Puddings’ and trace the footsteps of writers and poets. While in North Wales and Scotland, our journey takes in spectacular scenery and dramatic castles.

  • Discover Britain’s literary greats at the Brontë Parsonage, Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm and William Wordsworth home
  • Indulge your sweet tooth and become a dessert connoisseur at the world famous Pudding Club
  • Explore the scenic back roads of some of Britain’s most spectacular regions, including the Cotswolds, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District
  • Tour Includes: • 9 nights in boutique accommodation • Experienced Driver & Tour Leader • Premium mini-coach transportation • Full English breakfast daily (B), 5 evening meals (D) • Welsh cookery demonstration and lunch (L) • Walking tour of Oxford • Cruise on Lake Windermere • Entrance included to: Cotswold Woollen Weavers, Worcester Cathedral, Brontë Parsonage, Castle Howard, Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop Farm, Dove Cottage & Hawkshead Grammar School, Abbotsford House, Rosslyn Chapel.

DAY 1 LONDON – OXFORD – COTSWOLDS
We leave the capital behind for the ‘dreaming spires’ of Oxford, where we have a guided walking tour. Then it’s off to the Cotswolds where we visit an 18th century woolen mill to learn about an industry steeped in regional heritage. Tonight’s dinner is at the world famous Pudding Club. (D)

Accommodation: (Three Ways House Hotel)

DAY 2 COTSWOLDS - STRATFORD-UPON-AVON - COTSWOLDS
Enjoy this morning at your own leisure before a visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon; a medieval market town. (B)

​Accommodation: (Three Ways House Hotel)

DAY 3 COTSWOLDS – IRONBRIDGE – DENBIGHSHIRE
This morning we follow the crusades of saints and kings as we tour Worcester Cathedral. Our road then turns towards the rugged, ancient landscapes of Wales. En route, we stop to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ironbridge Gorge before we reach Denbighshire for an included dinner. (B,D)

​Accommodation: (The Mulberry Inn)

DAY 4 DENBIGHSHIRE – SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK – DENBIGHSHIRE
It’s time to soak up the splendor of North Wales’ Snowdonia National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty and take part in a Welsh cooking demonstration. Tonight, meet back at the hotel for a delicious dinner. (B,D)

​Accommodation: (The Mulberry Inn)

DAY 5 DENBIGHSHIRE– CHESTER – HAWORTH – YORK
A walking tour of Chester takes us along streets lined with striking black and white Tudor buildings. After paying homage to some of Britain’s literary greats at the Brontë Parsonage at Haworth, we continue to York. (B)

​Accommodation: (Churchill Hotel)

DAY 6 YORK
This morning your Tour Leader will introduce the old town of York, before leaving you free to explore. (B)

​Accommodation: (Churchill Hotel)

DAY 7 YORK – CASTLE HOWARD – LAKE DISTRICT
Experience the glory days of the English country estate at the Castle Howard. Our path then takes us through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, where we pass rivers, tiny villages and centuries-old stone walls. The spectacular conclusion to the day’s journey is the Lake District. (B,D)

​Accommodation: (Waterhead Hotel)

DAY 8 LAKE DISTRICT
Our first stop on the shores of Lake Windermere is Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm, where she wrote many of her beloved children’s stories and also visit Hawkshead Grammar School. Then we drop by Dove Cottage, once home to William Wordsworth. The afternoon sees us take to the water on a lake cruise, before returning to our accommodation for a relaxing evening. (B)

​Accommodation: (Waterhead Hotel)

DAY 9 LAKE DISTRICT – SCOTTISH BORDERS
Today we visit Birdoswald Roman Fort before arriving at the Scottish Borders. A traditional Scottish dinner of Haggis and a piper demonstration provides us with a grand ending to our final night. (B,D)

​Accommodation: (Frairs Carse Hotel)

DAY 10 SCOTTISH BORDERS – ABBOTSFORD HOUSE – ROSSLYN CHAPEL – EDINBURGH
We visit Abbotsford House and Rosslyn Chapel before reaching Edinburgh where our tour ends. (B)

On rare occasions, we may be required to substitute a property previously listed in our itineraries. Please note that any hotel changes will be consistent with our high standards.

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This tour departs multiple times per month from March 18 to October 18, 2018. Priced from $2899*.

* Prices quoted are per person, double occupancy (land only). Single rates are available, and typically add about $800 to the cost.

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