Scenic Britain - 11 day tour
11 day/10 night
This spectacular journey will take you to romantic Cornwall to discover its picturesque harbours, smugglers’ coves and ghostly moors. Cross into the Principality of Wales to see Cardiff Castle and explore the natural beauty of Snowdonia. Later visit Roman Chester and the beautiful English Lakes before arriving in Scotland. Enjoy Edinburgh and tour to St Andrews, the home of golf. The ever-changing beauty of Britain is waiting to be discovered!
Price range: £2,400 - £3,630
Windsor - visit Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the World
Cornwall - tour through the breath-taking scenery to visit the charming fishing town of St Ives
Chester - enjoy a walking tour to see the medieval buildings and Roman Walls
Lake District - discover the landscape that inspired poets and authors
Edinburgh - explore the Georgian “New Town” and drive along the famous Royal Mile to visit Edinburgh Castle
Movie locations - Outlaw, Miss Potter and Macbeth
Hotel accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Welcome to Britain!
Our tour commences at 2:00 pm. Join your tour director and your fellow passengers at your Windsor hotel for a visit to Windsor Castle, residence of HM The Queen and home to over 900 years of Royal history. Later enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. This evening enjoy a short evening walk around this historic town in the company of a local expert.
Overnight: M Gallery Castle Hotel, Windsor (or similar)
Day 2 - Windsor - Stonehenge - Tavistock
Wonder at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge and discover more about the primitive builders who succeeded in creating such an enduring monument. Visit Salisbury, a delightful historic city whose cathedral boasts the tallest spire in England and is home to a copy of the 1215 Magna Carta. Later travel to Tavistock, a market town on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park.
Overnight: The Bedford Hotel, Tavistock (or similar) (3 nights)
Day 3 - Dartmoor National Park Excursion
Tour across Bodmin Moor, an area of outstanding natural beauty, stopping for photos at Jamaica Inn, made famous by Daphne du Maurier's tale of audacious smugglers. Explore Lanhydrock House, a late-Victorian manor house with impressive rooms and servants’ quarters. In Plymouth visit the Mayflower Steps where the pilgrims are believed to have boarded their ship in 1620 bound for America. End the day with a cruise from the Barbican before enjoy a free evening to dine as you wish.
Day 4 - Cornwall & Land’s End Excursion
Discover the seaside village of Marazion to see the imposing form of St Michael’s Mount, an important place of pilgrimage. In St. Ives enjoy a walking tour of the key attractions and learn more about the town’s nautical heritage. Stop to savour the view of the beautiful sandy beaches that surround the town. Explore this delightful town on your own before returning to your hotel in Tavistock.
Day 5 - Tavistock - Roman Baths - Cardiff
Arrive in Bath and visit the amazingly preserved Roman Baths famous for its mineral-rich hot springs that have attracted visitors for over 2,000 years. Head into Wales and make for Cardiff, the Capital City, for a sightseeing tour of the city centre. Explore Cardiff Castle before enjoying a Welsh banquet with dinner and traditional entertainment.
Overnight: Mercure Cardiff Hoilland House Hotel, Cardiff (or similar)
Day 6 - Cardiff - Hay-on-Wye - Chester
Journey through the attractive Brecon Beacons National Park to reach Hay-on-Wye, a town famous for its literary connections. Next is Shrewsbury, a pleasant town near the border of England and Wales. Join the town crier for a walking tour to see the famous black-and-white buildings that are typical of this area. Later make the journey to your hotel in Chester.
Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel and Spa, Chester (or similar) (2 nights)
Day 7 - North Wales & Chester Excursion
Tour through the Horseshoe Pass for spectacular views then visit a local farm to see a fascinating demonstration of sheep herding. Marvel at the teamwork between shepherd and their highly-trained sheepdogs. Later travel to Conwy, a medieval town that is dwarfed by imposing Conwy Castle. Take a walking tour around the attractive streets and see the smallest house in Britain. In Chester, another walking tour will introduce you to the medieval buildings and Roman walls.
Day 8 - Chester - Lake District - Edinburgh
Journey through the beautiful Lake District National Park, which was the inspiration for many of Beatrix Potter’s famous children’s books. Visit the village of Grasmere, home to Wordsworth and the location of his grave. Make a fun visit to the Famous Blacksmith’s Shop in Gretna Green where eloping couples would get married in days gone by. Tour through the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders to reach your hotel on the outskirts of Edinburgh. On arrival enjoy a drink with your fellow travellers before enjoying a lively Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment.
Overnight: Norton House Hotel and Spa. Edinburgh (or similar) (3 nights)
Day 9 - Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Today we discover Edinburgh, commencing with the 200-year-old “New Town” with grand squares, imposing crescents and elegant Georgian architecture where many famous writers and inventors lived. Later travel over to the ancient “Old Town” and discover the Royal Mile with its narrow medieval houses, and tour Edinburgh Castle to see the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny. The remainder of the day is at leisure. The 29 July to 12 August departures attend a performance of the magical Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.
Day 10 - Glamis Castle and St Andrews Excursion
Leave Edinburgh Behind and visit Glamis Castle, the fabled setting of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and childhood residence of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Travel over the silvery River Tay to the reach the medieval town of St Andrews, universally known as ”the home of golf.” On arrival there is an orientation tour so you can see the famous Old Course and then spend independent time for sightseeing or shopping. Return to Edinburgh and enjoy a traditional pub dinner with your new found friends.
Day 11 - Homeward bound
Sadly the tour ends after breakfast. Airport transfers are available.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Premium Escorted Tour?
If you enjoy the art of travelling in comfort and style then a Premium Escorted Tour is for you. You’ll travel in a group that is restricted to around 40 fellow travellers. Travel is aboard a state of the art motorcoach with air-conditioning, on-board WiFi, reclining seats and oversized windows. For your comfort there is an emergency washroom on-board too. An experienced tour manager will lead the tour and your coach will be expertly driven by a professional driver. In certain cities you’ll be joined by a local guide who will provide local insight and show you the highlights. These tours are fully inclusive of first class/superior class accommodation, transportation, admission fees and most meals. Savvy travellers appreciate that these tours have no hidden extras – all the ingredients needed for a great tour are included in the tour price. There are no optional extras for you to budget for during your holiday.
Can you arrange pre-tour accommodation?
If you are flying internationally to reach United Kingdom then it is worth considering arriving a day early to relax and let the jet-leg subside. Please email us for a quotation at firstname.lastname@example.org
How much luggage can I bring?
You can bring one suitcase and one carry-on bag per person. The maximum weight allowance and luggage dimensions varies by tour so you should check the tour documentation for the luggage policy that applies to your tour.
How much travelling time will there be between stops?
On a Premium Escorted Tour you’ll not be travelling for much more than two hours without a stop. There are washrooms/toilets at each stop and most coaches are equipped with on-board toilets, however for safety reasons their use is restricted whilst the coach is in motion.
Do I sit in the same seat on the coach all the time?
On all tours a policy of seat rotation is used. This gives everyone the opportunity to sit towards the front of the coach and experience the best views. Your tour director will explain how the rotation system works when you join the tour. Please note that whilst seated you must wear your seat belt.
- 10 nights hotel accommodation
- Location: Windsor (1); Tavistock (3); Cardiff (1); Chester area (2) and Edinburgh (3)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (10)
- Welcome drink and dinner with your Tour Director
- Table d’hôte dinners (4)
- Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet
- Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
- Traditional tavern dinner in Edinburgh
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Admission to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lanhydrock House, Roman Baths and Pump Room, Cardiff Castle, Edinburgh Castle and Glamis Castle
- Walking tours of Windsor, Shrewsbury, Conwy and Chester
- Sheepdog trial in Wales
- Boat trip to Royal William Yard
- Sightseeing tours of Cardiff, Edinburgh and St Andrews
- Tickets are included for the World-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 02 to 23 August, 2020 departures
- Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with extra-legroom, reclining seats, on board washroom and Wifi
- All baggage handling and hotel tips are included
- Services throughout the tour of a professional Tour Director
- Service charges and taxes
Please check your tour documention for the commencement time of the tour
From Castle Hotel Windsor - MGallery by Sofitel
18 High Street
Windsor SL4 1LJ
The tour will end in Edinburgh after breakfast on day 11
Check-in: 13:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 14:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 09:00 hrs
Child discount applies to children aged 8 to 18 years inclusive on the basis that they share a room with an adult.
We’re sorry but children aged under 8 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
The price of this tour includes hotel accommodation with en-suite bathroom.
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Selected departures include a visit to this famous celebration of music, dancing and culture performed against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.