Scenic Highlights of Britain - London to Edinburgh via Wales

England - Wales - Scotland
From London to Edinburgh via Wales

Go off the beaten path as you explore the whole of Britain including Devon and Cornwall in England, the medieval heritage of Wales, and Scotland’s delights. One of our favorites




LondonDay 1 London Arrival | Windsor Castle Your tour departs at 2:00 PM from your Windsor hotel. Venture to see the splendors of Windsor Castle, home to royalty and 1,000 years of royal history. Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Then take a walking tour around the medieval town of Windsor with a local guide. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group, and dine and explore as you wish this evening.


Day 2 Stonehenge | Salisbury Marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge and learn about the primitive builders who managed to create such an enduring monument. Stop in Salisbury, a charming old city where the cathedral boasts the tallest spire in England. Arrive in Tavistock, a market town on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. (B, D)

Day 3 St Michael's Mount | St Ives Travel through the unspoiled beauty of Bodmin Moor; stop for photos at Jamaica Inn, built in 1750 and immortalized in Daphne du Maurier's tale of daring smugglers. Visit the coastal village of Marazion to see the romantic outline of St Michael's Mount, an island topped by a spectacular castle. In the old fishing town of St Ives, take a walking tour to see its cobbled streets, quaint cottages, art galleries, and surrounding sandy beaches. Enjoy time to explore before returning to a free evening in Tavistock. (B)

Day 4 Roman Baths | Cardiff Castle Explore Bath, a city of elegant Georgian buildings in a distinctive golden stone. Tour the wonderfully preserved Roman Baths. Head to Cardiff, where you'll take a sightseeing tour of the city before touring Cardiff Castle, a medieval castle fabulously renovated in Victorian Gothic style. Dine in your hotel this evening. (B, D)


Day 5 Hay-on-Wye | Shrewsbury Travel through the Brecon Beacons National Park to Hay-on-Wye, a town famous as a book store capital. Continue to Shrewsbury, a picturesque town near the English/Welsh border. Take a walking tour with the town crier to see black-and-white buildings that line the narrow streets. Travel through Cheshire to your hotel in Chester. (B, D)

Day 6 North Wales | Chester Drive through the countryside of north Wales as you journey to Conwy, a medieval walled town dominated by a huge castle. Enjoy a walking tour around the picturesque streets and see the smallest house in Britain, followed by free time for lunch on your own. In Chester, take another walking tour to see medieval buildings and Roman walls. (B, D)

Day 7 Lake District | Scottish Evening* Travel through the glorious Lake District, which inspired many of Beatrix Potter's children's books. Visit the village of Grasmere, where Wordsworth lived and is buried. Pass through the village of Gretna Green as you cross the border into Scotland. At your hotel, enjoy a lively Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment. (July 31 - August 14 departures will have a free evening instead). (B, D*)

Day 8 Edinburgh Castle | City Tour Explore central Edinburgh starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with planned streets and elegant Georgian houses where many famous writers and inventors lived. See the Royal Mile with its narrow medieval houses, then tour Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The rest of the day is free for you to explore. On July 31 - August 14 departures, attend the world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B)

Day 9 Glamis Castle | St Andrews Tour Glamis Castle,(pronounced Glams) the legendary setting of Shakespeare's “Macbeth” and childhood home of the Queen Mother. Cross the modern Tay Bridge to the medieval town of St Andrews, the “Home of Golf.” Take a panoramic tour of this scenic university town by the sea. Have lunch with your group and enjoy some time to explore. (B,L)

Day 10 Abbotsford House | York Visit Abbotsford House, the rambling and picturesque former home of Sir Walter Scott, the internationally famed 19th-century novelist; one of Scotland's greatest historic characters, he played a large role in the modern popularity of tartan. Head to York, an ancient city of narrow cobbled streets, charming tearooms and quaint old pubs, and fantastic medieval churches. Here you'll have the rest of the day free to explore and dine as you wish. (B)

Day 11 Historic Train Ride | York Minster Head to Goathland Station, which served as Hogsmeade Station in the “Harry Potter” series, and travel on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway by vintage locomotive. Visit the old fishing town of Whitby, known as the setting for Bram Stoker's “Dracula”. Your tour director will take you on a stroll around the picturesque harbor and winding streets. Return to York to tour magnificent York Minster, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe. (B, D)

Day 12 Shakespeare's Birthplace | London Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare's Birthplace. Discover the world that shaped the man as you look through an exhibition about his life and work, and take in a short performance to see his words come to life. Drive through the scenic Cotswolds region, renowned for picturesque villages built of honey-colored stone with charming gardens. Arrive in London and enjoy dinner with your group. (B, D)

Day 13 Tower of London | City Sightseeing Take a panoramic London tour with a local guide to see some of the famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Visit the mighty Tower of London to see the many fortresses, Beefeaters in their elaborate uniforms, and the dazzling Crown Jewels. The afternoon and evening are free for independent activities. (B)


Day 14 Tour Ends in London Your tour ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner *Meal counts vary on Tattoo departures, as the Scottish Evening is replaced with the Tattoo and an independent dinner. >

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