Quintessential England, Scotland strong & free, and the rugged beauty of Wales bring you the very best of Britain. Visit Shakespeare birthplace, Edinburgh Castle once refuge to Mary Queen of Scots and Windsor Castle home to the Tudor monarchs. Explore the vibrant city of London, cobblestone streets of York; listen to a Welsh harpist while dinning. This 15 day first class tour is not to be missed.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by your driver & guide who will transfer you to your hotel. This afternoon, a visit to Windsor Castle—a royal residence and the Queen’s favourite weekend retreat.
Dinner/Overnight—Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow (NEW for 2018)
Oxford & Stratford
After breakfast, we make our way to the “city of dreaming spires,” Oxford, where we will have a walking tour of this famous city and visit one of the colleges. This afternoon, we make our way to Stratford-upon-Avon— birthplace of William Shakespeare. We also visit Anne Hathaway’s cottage.
Overnight—Alveston Manor, Stratford-upon-Avon
Your guide will take you on a walking tour of the historic city of York, renowned for its exquisite architecture and tangle of quaint cobbled streets known as “The Shambles.” You will also visit the iconic York Minster, one of the great cathedrals of the world.
Dinner/Overnight—Aldwark Manor, Yorkshire (NEW for 2018)
Liverpool & Chester
After breakfast we drive to Liverpool, birthplace of The Beatles, with highlights such as stunning Victorian architecture and the Northern Tate Modern Art Gallery. We will then drive on to Chester with its Roman Amphitheatre and medieval half-timbered houses. We will have a walking tour of this historic city with a Roman Soldier as our guide.
Dinner/Overnight—Quay Hotel & Spa, Conwy (NEW for 2018)
Enjoy a stunning visit to Snowdonia National Park. The park is dominated by Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. Your tour will also include a ride on the Ffestiniog Railway and a visit to Conwy Castle.
Overnight—Quay Hotel & Spa, Conwy (NEW for 2018)
Ludlow & Cardiff
We will have a lunch stop and free time at the historic market town of Ludlow. Perched on a cliff above the River Teme, Ludlow is surrounded by the unspoiled and beautiful hilly countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh border country. This evening, feature dinner with entertainment at the Wales Millennium Centre.
Dinner/Overnight—New House Country Hotel, Cardiff
Bath & London
After breakfast you will drive to Bath. Here you will view the magnificent Royal Crescent, perhaps the most attractive street in the country, and visit the preserved and fascinating Roman Baths. You will then drive to London, where you can enjoy the sights in a city filled with iconic landmarks.
Overnight—Dorsett Shepherds Bush, London (NEW for 2018)
Today we bid farewell to England and fly to Glasgow. You will explore Saint Mungo’s Cathedral and visit Provand’s Lordship. Transfer to your hotel where you will enjoy a welcome drink and some free time.
Dinner/Overnight—Hallmark Hotel, Glasgow
Depart for Ayrshire, where the first stop of the day is Culzean Castle. Later, continue to Rabbie Burns Country and the Burns National Heritage Park.
Overnight—Hallmark Hotel, Glasgow
Loch Ness & Inverness
Depart Glasgow for Inverness travelling along Scotland’s West Coast and Loch Ness. Highlights of the day include Loch Lomond, dramatic Glencoe, a visit to Urquhart Castle and a cruise on Loch Ness in search of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster.
Dinner/Overnight—Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
Isle of Skye
Today a day trip to the Isle of Skye, one of Scotland’s most beautiful islands. First stop is Portree, capital of the island. You can enjoy some free time here, exploring the multi-coloured harbour, or warming up by a real coal fire in a local pub. On our return to Inverness, you will visit Eilean Donan Castle.
Dinner/Overnight—Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
Culloden & Speyside
Today we head to Perthshire via Culloden Moor, site of the 1746 Battle of Culloden. Before leaving Speyside, stop at Kincraig for an impressive display from the Working Sheepdogs. Continue onto Perthshire for a distillery visit.
Dinner/Overnight—Hilton Dunkeld, Dunkeld
St Andrews & Falkland
Depart Perthshire for Edinburgh via the Kingdom of Fife. You will stop at St Andrews, home of Scotland’s oldest university and capital of golf. After lunch, head to Falkland to visit the village and the Palace, built by King James V in 1539.
Overnight—The Principal Hotel, Edinburgh (NEW for 2018)
After an early breakfast in the hotel, you will enjoy an exclusive, pre-opening tour of Edinburgh Castle. You will then enjoy a panoramic city tour of Edinburgh which features the “New” and the “Old” towns. Tonight, you will attend the Spirit of Scotland Show, an evening of traditional entertainment and dinner at the Jam House.
Dinner/Entertainment/Overnight— The Principal Hotel, Edinburgh (NEW for 2018)
Sadly your tour ends today after a final hearty breakfast.
- Culzean Castle
- Loch Ness
- Urquhart Castle
- Culloden Moor
- Burns Country
- Eilean Donan Castle
- St Andrews
- Falkland Palace
- Shakespeare Country
- Transportation throughout by modern touring coach
- Experienced driver and local touring guide
- 14 nights accommodation in first class hotels
- Full breakfast daily
- 7 table d'hote evening meals
- 2 x Signature evenings with dinner & entertainment
- Working Sheepdog performance at Kincraig
- Guided tour of a whisky distillery & Cruise on Loch Ness
- Visit Eilean Donan Castle, the famous 13th century castle in the Highlands
- Exclusive, pre-opening tour of Edinburgh Castle
- Panoramic tours of Glasgow, Edinburgh & Cardiff
- Train ride on the famous Ffestiniog Railway
- Walking tour of York and York Minster & Chester
- Admissions To: Windsor Castle, Oxford College visit, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Conwy Castle, Roman Baths, Edinburgh Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, Culloden Moor, Falkland Palace, Urquhart Castle & more
- All entrance fees, admissions & baggage handling