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8 Day England and Scotland Tour

This truly is a tour encompassing a broad spectrum of both England and Scotland. You will be shown a vast array of castles, historic landmarks and places of interest. You will experience an array of differing and often contrasting places of interest and have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the very different cultures of the British Isles. You will take home with you memories of iconic and famous places which will stay with you forever.




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Tour Highlights

  • Bath, visit the Georgian spa town.
  • Chester, view the Tudor architecture and the half-timbered buildings known as the 'Rows'.
  • Edinburgh Sightseeing with your local specialist includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building as well as the castle Fort William.
  • See the Commando Memorial and Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through Glencoe, the infamous Glen of the Weeping Glasgow. View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour.
  • See the Blacksmith's shop, a wedding venue in Gretna Green since 1754 when eloping couples would exchange their vows over the anvil Hadrian’s Wall. View the remains of the Roman wall
  • Visit the village of Grasmere and view the grave of Wordsworth
  • See the freshwater lake in Loch Lomond with the largest surface area in Britain.
  • View the 18th green on St. Andrews Old Course.
  • Visit the town of Shakespeare's Birth and see Anne Hathaway's cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • York View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. See the city walls.
  • View Windsor castle
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

London, Windsor, Bath and Gloucester

Day 2

Gloucester, Chester and Liverpool

Day 3

Liverpool, Lake District, Gretna Green and Glasgow

Day 4

Glasgow and Scottish Highlands

Day 5

Scottish Highlands, St. Andrews and Airth

Day 6

Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 7

Edinburgh, York and Bradford

Day 8

Bradford, Stratford-Upon-Avon and London

Day 1

On the first day, you will visit the home of the royals where you will see the magnificent Windsor castle, the largest and oldest lived in castle in the world.

Then onto the Georgian city of Bath where you can immerse yourself in the setting of Jane Austin’s novels. You will have some free time to wander Bath’s streets where you can shop, admire the sandstone architecture or even visit the famous Roman Baths.

In the afternoon, you will travel to Gloucester where you will be able to relax at your hotel for the night.

Includes Dinner.

Optional Experiences

North Wales Excursion
Our excursion to Wales takes us to Llangollen, the home of the International Music Eisteddfod. Here you’ll see wonderful sights including the River Dee and the Victorian railway station. You’ll also travel through the Valley of the Cross and up to the Horseshoe Pass, to enjoy views of the Welsh hills.

Day 2

On the morning of your second day you will travel northwards to the town of Chester. A town abound with roman walls, a lovely cathedral and the half-timbered black and white buildings known as ‘The Rows’ which so embody British architectural ancient history.

In the afternoon, there is an opportunity to join an excursion into North Wales to visit Llangollen to view the International Eisteddford before arriving at your hotel.

Includes Full Breakfast.

Optional Experiences

North Wales Excursion
Our excursion to Wales takes us to Llangollen, the home of the International Music Eisteddfod. Here you’ll see wonderful sights including the River Dee and the Victorian railway station. You’ll also travel through the Valley of the Cross and up to the Horseshoe Pass, to enjoy views of the Welsh hills.

Day 3

Heading ever northwards you will pass the beautiful Lake Windermere in the Lake District as you head to Grasmere, home of the poet William Wordsworth. Wordsworth wrote his acclaimed ‘Daffodils’ poem whilst living here in this most scenic and peaceful surround.

On to Gretna Green, famous for eloping sweethearts wishing to marry often in secret and often in opposition to their parents bidding.

Carrying on to the lively city of Glasgow, now the city of architecture with its beautiful parks and botanical gardens.

Includes full breakfast.

Optional Experiences

Private Cruise On Lake Windermere
Enjoy an exclusive cruise on a private boat on England’s most beautiful and largest lake, taking in the northern coastline, beautiful houses, gardens and Wray Castle. You’ll see deserted islands, boats and bird life as you explore the area loved by Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.

Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride
A chance to view the glorious scenery of the Lake District as we cruise across England’s largest lake. Then step back in time as we board the steam train for a short journey from Lakeside to Haverthwaite.

Glasgow
You’ll enjoy a chance to experience a night out in the city of Glasgow. Your Travel Director will take you for an evening of good food, a drink, and undoubtedly interesting conversation.

Day 4

Today you will see the city before skirting the banks of Loch Lomond and driving into the Scottish Highlands. On the way to Fort William you will drive through Glen of the Weeping and Glencoe. Arriving at Fort William, a delightful Scottish town situated at the bottom of the UK’s highest mountain standing at 4,411ft, Ben Nevis.

Relax and dine in comfort at your hotel in the highlands.

Includes Full Breakfast and Dinner.

Optional Experiences

Loch Lomond Boat Trip
Discover the wild beauty of the ‘Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond’. As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point out Rob Roy’s cave as you relax and savour the stunning scenery.

Day 5

Start the day by visiting Pitlochry by River Tummel. The River Tummel is famous for salmon fishing, if you look carefully you may see the salmon leaping up the specially designed ‘fish ladder’ as they swim up river to spawn. If you like you can take an optional tour to see Blair Castle, home to Duke Atholl.  Otherwise take time out to shop and explore the lovely town.

In the afternoon, you will visit St Andrews where golf has historically been played for over 600 years, a photo of the 18th green is a must. Prince William went to university here and is it a nice, small town in which to stay the night.

Evening entertainment could be a Scottish banquet complete with bagpipes and traditional Scottish haggis.

Includes full Breakfast.

Optional Experiences

Highland Farm Experience
Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each dog to carry out different tasks. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your hand at sheep shearing, feeding the pups and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.

Pitlochry – Visit Of Blair Castle
Set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, you’ll visit the castle and find out more about the home of the Duke of Atholl – the only man in Britain to have a private army.

Day 6

On to Edinburgh today where you will enjoy views of Edinburgh Castle, the Georgian New Town, the place of Holyroodhouse and see the Royal Mile. You will enjoy the knowledge and expertise of a local specialist today to complete your experience of Scotland’s capital.

For the afternoon you can have some free time exploring the city and the magnificent array of shops on offer or join your guide for an optional tour to see the Royal yacht Britannia on the outskirts of the city in Leith. During the month of August which is the famous Edinburgh festival tickets to the spectacular Tattoo are included.

Includes Full Breakfast.

Optional Experiences

Scottish Show With Dinner
Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There’s even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.

Royal Yacht Britannia
You’ll explore this magnificent ship, which has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. Now berthed in Leith, you’ll be welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences – the former honeymoon sanctuary for four royal couples.

Dinner And Drive To Historic Torphichen
Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Templar. At the haunted Torphichen Inn you’ll be welcomed by a piper and a drink before enjoying an excellent dinner of local specialities, then an evening of traditional pipe music.

Day 7

Heading south over the border back into England you will drive through the Northumberland National Park where you can see part of the famous Hadrian’s Wall. Hadrian’s Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Building began in 122 AD and is regarded as being one of the most important monuments built by the Romans.

Continuing south you will come to York, a city of extraordinary historical abundance and culture.  Your experienced travel director will take you on a walk through the maze of quaint, narrow streets towards York Minster, one of the most fantastical Gothic structures in the world.

Your day will finish in Bradford where you can recuperate for the night at your hotel.

Includes full Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8

Begin your day by visiting Stratford-upon-Avon, the birth place of William Shakespeare. Visit the visitor centre and immerse yourself in the life and works of this hugely influential, literary genius. You will have plenty of time to shop for souvenirs and see the myriad of sights in this wonderful town.

As you travel back to London you will have time to say good bye to your travel director and your new friends as you look back and reflect on your trip of a lifetime.

Includes Full Breakfast


Sightseeing Highlights

  • Bath: Visit the Georgian spa town
  • Chester : View the Tudor architecture and the half-timbered buildings known as the 'Rows'
  • Edinburgh : Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building as well as the castle Fort William
  • Glasgow : View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour of Glasgow
  • Grasmere : Visit the village of Grasmere and view the grave of Wordsworth
  • Loch Lomond : See the freshwater lake with the largest surface area in Britain
  • St. Andrews : View the 18th green on St. Andrews Old Course
  • Stratford-upon-Avon : Visit the town of Shakespeare's Birth and see Anne Hathaway's cottage
  • Windsor : View the castle
  • York : View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. See the city walls
  • Chester : North Wales Excursion : Our excursion to Wales takes us to Llangollen, the home of the International Music Eisteddfod. Here you’ll see wonderful sights including the River Dee and the Victorian railway station. You’ll also travel through the Valley of the Cross and up to the Horseshoe Pass, to enjoy views of the Welsh hills.

Dining Highlights

  • 7 full breakfasts
  • 3 three course dinners

Important Information

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • London airport transfers available


FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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Why stop there?


The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

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