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Explore Britain on a 10-day Small Group Tour

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Join us on the back-roads for an adventure that delves deep into Britain's history and culture. Book by 30 September 2019 to save up to 10% on select 2020 departures!

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DURATION
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9 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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About this holiday

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In England we’ll trace the footsteps of writers and poets, while in North Wales and Scotland, our journey will take in spectacular scenery and dramatic castles. Ready to experience it all?

  •  Indulge your sweet tooth at the world famous Pudding Club
  •  Discover Britain's literary greats at the Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm and William Wordsworth's Dove Cottage
  •  Explore some of Britain's most spectacular regions including the Cotswolds, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District

Inclusions

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  • 9 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced tour leader and driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • 9 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners
  • Small group tour (max 18 passengers)

Accommodation

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Your tour will spend 9 nights in boutique accommodation.

Travel dates

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2020 Departures - Book before 30 Sep & SAVE up to 10% on the below prices!

05 Apr & 29 Sep:

  • Was $4,149pp NOW from $3,734 pp twin share

26 Apr, 6 May, 14 May, 2 Jun, 11 Jun, 23 Jun, 7 Jul, 22 Jul, 28 Jul, 4 Aug, 20 Aug, 1 Sep, 10 Sep, 17 Sep:

  • Was $4,419pp NOW from $3,977 pp twin share

For alternative dates and for prices with flights, please contact our friendly travel team on freecall 1300 414 198.

Itinerary

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Day 1 - London - Oxford - Cotswolds

After meeting the group, we’ll leave the capital behind us and set a course for the ‘dreaming spires’ of Oxford – where a walking tour awaits. Then: it’s off to the Cotswolds, where we’ll spend some time exploring charming villages full of honey-coloured cottages. Tonight’s dinner at the world-famous Pudding Club promises to be a memorable one!

Accommodation: Three Ways House Hotel (or similar)
Meals - Dinner

Day 2 - Cotswolds - Stratford upon Avon - Cotswolds

There will be plenty of time to enjoy this morning at your leisure before we board the mini-coach and make tracks to Stratford-upon-Avon – the picturesque Tudor market town where William Shakespeare was born.

Accommodation: Three Ways House Hotel (or similar)
Meals - Breakfast

Day 3 - Cotswolds - Worcester - Denbighshire

We’ll discover more about the crusades of saints and kings on a tour of Worcester Cathedral before our road turns towards the rugged ancient landscapes of Wales this afternoon. This evening, we’ll dine together in Denbighshire.

Accommodation: The Mulberry Inn (or similar)
Meals – Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 - Denbighshire - Snowdonia National Park - Denbighshire

Prepare for a soul-stirring sight this morning – the magnificent Snowdonia National Park (an area of outstanding natural beauty) is our next stop. Tonight, we’ll meet back at the hotel for a sumptuous gastropub dinner.

Accommodation: The Mulberry Inn (or similar)
Meals – Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 - Denbighshire - Liverpool - York

Today’s itinerary has a distinctly musical theme. After breakfast, we’ll leave Wales behind us and move on to Liverpool – the welcoming (and fiercely proud) city that gave birth to The Beatles. What better way to get into the ‘Beatlemania’ spirit than with a bus tour and visit to The Beatles Story museum? Toes still tapping, we’ll round off the day in York.

Accommodation: The Churchill Hotel (or similar)
Meals - Breakfast

Day 6 - York

We’ve a full day to spend getting to grips with York, starting with a walking tour of the Old Town. There’s centuries of history to uncover along the medieval Shambles and Snickelways – and plenty of photo opportunities to be claimed!

Accommodation: The Churchill Hotel (or similar)
Meals – Breakfast

Day 7 - York - Castle Howard - Lake District

Today we’ll rewind to the glory days of the English country estate with a tour of magnificent Castle Howard. Our path will then take us through Yorkshire Dales National Park, passing by rivers, tiny villages and centuries-old stone walls. The invigorating Lake District will be the spectacular conclusion to the day’s journey.

Accommodation: The Waterhead Hotel (or similar)
Meals – Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8 - Lake District

Our first stop on the shores of Lake Windermere will be Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm - the place where she wrote many of her beloved children’s stories. We’ll then visit Hawkshead Grammar School, which was attended by none other than William Wordsworth, before dropping by his former home: Dove Cottage. This afternoon, there will be just enough time to take to the water on a lake cruise before we return to our accommodation for the evening.

Accommodation: The Waterhead Hotel (or similar)
Meals – Breakfast

Day 9 - Lake District - Scottish Borders

Today we’ll visit Birdoswald Roman Fort in Cumbria before pressing on to the Scottish Borders. A traditional haggis dinner and bagpipe demonstration will provide us with a grand ending to our final night.

Accommodation: The Friars Carse Hotel (or similar)
Meals – Breakfast & Dinner

Day 10 - Scottish Borders - Abbortsford - Rosslyn Chapel - Edinburgh

We’ll make stops at the grand Abbotsford House and beautiful Rosslyn Chapel before reaching Edinburgh, where our tour will finish.

Meals - Breakfast

Questions

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How much luggage can I bring?

As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited. Each guest may bring one piece of main luggage of a standard size of no more than 158cm (when the length, width and height is added together) and weighing no more than 20kg. You may also bring one small carry-on bag per person. If you have more luggage, please make arrangements to store it prior to joining the tour. We are unable to carry extra luggage on the mini-coach.

What clothes should I bring?

A suggested packing list will be provided in your pre-departure information. We suggest packing for variable weather conditions. We also suggest a pair of good shoes for walking tours.

Top 10 items to bring:

  • Chargers and adapters
  • A waterproof jacket or umbrella
  • Towel
  • Medication
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Layers
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport

What level of mobility do I need?:

You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages. You also need to able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms. 

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate mobility scooter or wheelchair users. If you have any medical issues, please declare them to us in advance of your tour. If you are in any doubt as to whether our tours are suitable for you, please check with us.

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.