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 Gatwick airport, you will be welcomed by your first class tour guide who will transfer to your luxury hotel for the first night. This afternoon you will visit Windsor Castle, a Royal Residence and the Queen’s favourite weekend retreat. In the evening you will have a welcome drink followed by welcome dinner in your hotel.
Dinner/Overnight—Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow
Oxford & Stratford
After breakfast you will drive on to the ‘city of dreaming spires’, Oxford, where you will have a walking tour of this famous university city and visit Merton College or New College. You will then drive on to Stratford upon Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. Here you will visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
You will also visit the Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the thatched farmhouse where the young William Shakespeare courted his future bride Anne Hathaway at her picturesque family home.
Overnight— Doubletree by Hilton, Stratford-upon-Avon
After breakfast you will drive north to Yorkshire and on to York. Your guide will take you on a walking tour of this historic city, 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.
Overnight—Hotel Indigo, York
Liverpool & Chester
After breakfast you will drive to Liverpool, birthplace of The Beatles, where you will discover the greatness of this trading city on a panoramic tour. Liverpool was founded on the cotton and slave trade with highlights such as stunning Victorian architecture, the Northern Tate Modern Art Gallery, the famed ferry across the Mersey River and the restored Albert Docks. You will have some free time for lunch in Liverpool before driving on to visit historical Chester where your guide will give you a short walking tour of this Roman city. You will then drive on to North Wales.
Dinner/Overnight—The Imperial Hotel, Llandudno
Today enjoy a stunning visit to Snowdonia National Park. The Park is dominated by Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, and is characterized by rugged scenery and breathtaking views. Your tour will also include a ride on the Ffestiniog Railway, a narrow-gauge railway which takes a scenic 13.5-mile route from Porthmadog Harbour to the mountains and slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. You will also visit Conwy Castle, a gritty dark stoned fortress commanding a rock above the Conwy Estuary.
Overnight—The Imperial Hotel, Llandudno
Ludlow & Cardiff
Today you will drive to South Wales and en route 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 unspoilt and beautiful hilly countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh border country. The town came to existence when Ludlow Castle was started in 1086 and the medieval town walls were built shortly after. The town has over 450 listed buildings. You will then drive to the Welsh capital, Cardiff. In the evening you will attend the Spirit of Wales, an evening of Welsh culture and humour in the Welsh Millennium Centre, an iconic building in the fashionable Cardiff Bay area. After a welcome reception with Mead and Welsh nibbles, enjoy a first class meal with wine, including seasonable Welsh specialties.
Dinner / Entertainment / 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 for your final night, where you can enjoy the sights in a city filled with iconic landmarks.
Overnight—Dorsett Shepherds Bush, London
Today we bid farewell to England and fly to Glasgow. Meet your tour guide at Glasgow Airport, before a panoramic tour of Glasgow. You will explore Saint Mungo’s Cathedral and visit Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow’s oldest house. Transfer to your hotel where you will enjoy a welcome drink and some free time.
Dinner/Overnight — Principal Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow (NEW for 2019)
Depart for Ayrshire, where the first stop of the day is Culzean Castle. Culzean is surrounded by surging seas, lush forests and secret gardens. Later, continue to Rabbie Burns Country and the Burns National Heritage Park. The museum is the focal point of this beautifully landscaped park where visitors can cross the Brig o’Doon and visit the poet’s birthplace.
Overnight — Principal Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow (NEW for 2019)
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, where you will sample hand-crafted single malt whisky. On arrival at your hotel, you will be welcomed with another “wee dram!”
Dinner/Overnight — Dunkeld House, 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. It became a favourite retreat of the Stuart Dynasty including Mary Queen of Scots.
Overnight — The Principal Hotel, Edinburgh
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. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the city further. 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
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
- 6 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, Liverpool & Chester
- Admissions to: Windsor Castle, Oxford College visit, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Conwy Castle, Roman Baths, Saint Mungo’s Cathedral, Culzean Castle, Burns National Heritage Park, Eilean Donan Castle, Urquhart Castle, Culloden Moor Visitor’s Centre, Falkland Palace
- All entrance fees, admissions & baggage handling
- Visit William Shakespeare’s birthplace
- Follow in the footsteps of the Beatles in Liverpool