Highlights of Britain 2021

Start: London Finish: Edinburgh

Visiting: London, Cotswolds, Denbighshire, York, Lake District, Scottish Borders, Edinburgh


Duration: 10 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Please contact Back-Roads with any specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Back-Roads Touring

Group size: 10 - 18

Age range: 13-80

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $3755 $3379

-£270

Tour Overview

Join us for a classic Back-Roads journey that delves deep into Britain’s fascinating history and culture. In England we’ll trace the footsteps of famous writers and poets, uncovering the scenic countryside that inspired their greatest works. While in North Wales and Scotland, our journey will take in evocative scenery and dramatic castles – immersing ourselves in age-old traditions as we go. Experience it all on this unforgettable 11-day journey.

Highlights

  • iconDiscover Britain’s literary greats at the Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm and Rydal Mount – William Wordsworth’s family home
  • iconExplore some of Britain’s most spectacular regions including the Cotswolds, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District
  • iconExplore the medieval Shambles and Snickelways of York
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  • iconImmerse yourself in the grandeur and opulence of Castle Howard

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1: London

Location: London

Accommodation: Wellington Hotel by Blue Orchid (or similar)

Meals: Dinner

An epicenter of rich history and innovation, London is where we’ll meet for the start of our incredible journey. Tonight, we’ll get to know one another over a delicious welcome dinner.

icon Day 2: London – Oxford – Cotswolds

Location: Cotswolds

Accommodation: Three Ways House Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, we’ll leave the capital behind us and set a course for the ‘dreaming spires’ of Oxford – where an orientation tour of this medieval university town awaits. Then: it’s off to the Cotswolds, where we’ll spend some time exploring charming villages full of honey-coloured cottages.

icon Day 3: Cotswolds – Stratford-Upon-Avon – Cotswolds

Location: Cotswolds

Accommodation: Three Ways House Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

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. We’ll have some time to follow in the Bard’s footsteps on an orientation tour before pressing on to the rolling hills and panoramic views of the Cotswolds.

icon Day 4: Cotswolds – Worcester – Denbighshire

Location: Denbighshire

Accommodation: The Mulberry Inn (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

icon Day 5: Denbighshire – Snowdonia National Park – Denbighshire

Location: Denbighshire

Accommodation: The Mulberry Inn (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Prepare for a soul-stirring sight this morning – the magnificent Snowdonia National Park (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) is our next stop. Boasting 823 square miles of captivatingly diverse landscapes, Snowdonia National Park is an area steeped in culture and local history. We’ll spend the day exploring the park together before returning to the hotel for a sumptuous dinner.

icon Day 6: Denbighshire – Liverpool – York 

Location: York

Accommodation: The Churchill Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

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 a visit to The Beatles Story museum? Toes still tapping, we’ll round off the day in York where we’ll have the evening to spend at our leisure.

icon Day 7: York

Location: York

Accommodation: The Churchill Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

We’ve a full day to spend getting to grips with York, starting with an orientation tour of the Old Town. There are centuries of history to uncover along the medieval Shambles and Snickelways – and plenty of photo opportunities to be claimed! This evening is ours to spend at leisure in town or back at the hotel.

icon Day 8: York – Castle Howard – Lake District

Location: Lake District

Accommodation: The Waterhead Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we’ll rewind to the glory days of the English country estate with a self-guided tour of the 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. Tonight, we’ll come together to share a delicious meal at the hotel.

icon Day 9: Lake District

Location: Lake District

Accommodation: The Waterhead Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

What better way to spend the day than discovering the Lake District’s historic highlights? 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. This afternoon, we’ll visit the charming Rydal Mount and Gardens, the historic family home of William Wordsworth. Later, a scenic lake cruise awaits. We’ll take to the water to soak up the awe-inspiring scenery of this spectacular region before returning to our accommodation for the evening.

icon Day 10: Lake District – Scottish Borders

Location: Scottish Borders

Accommodation: Woodland House Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we’ll visit Birdoswald Roman Fort in Cumbria. Located on the longest continuous stretch of Hadrian’s Wall, here we’ll take some time to uncover centuries-old history and admire the awe-inspiring vistas before pressing on to the Scottish Borders. This evening we have a cultural treat in store! A traditional haggis dinner and bagpipe demonstration will provide us with a grand ending to our final night.

icon Day 11: Scottish Borders – Abbotsford House – Rosslyn Chapel – Edinburgh 

Location: Edinburgh

Meals: Breakfast

Before we say our goodbyes, there’s still plenty of time to round things off with a visit to the grand Abbotsford House and beautiful Rosslyn Chapel. Our tour will conclude upon arrival in Edinburgh.

What's Included

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    Meals

    10 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 5 dinners

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    Accommodation

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    Guide

    Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver

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    Entrance Fees

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    Fully Guided

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    Transport

    Premium mini-coach transportation

What's Not Included

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    International Travel

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    Country Entry Visas

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    Back-Roads Touring requires a deposit of 150 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Reviews

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Highlights of Britain 2021
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Anonymous

21-Dec-2019

Highlights of Britain 2021
Excellent Excellent;
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Anonymous

29-Aug-2019

Highlights of Britain 2021
Most educational and informative for all interests when going into the back areas of a country to experience the village type lives and history of the various regions. Being in ....more Most educational and informative for all interests when going into the back areas of a country to experience the village type lives and history of the various regions.

Being in the boutique accommodation and seeing the wonderful items we visited is gold.

I must admit that not all of the sights had my full attention or interest but others enjoyed them more then me in some cases.

Nevertheless it was great to visit them.

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Alan J

20-Jul-2019

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Anonymous

28-Jul-2019

Highlights of Britain 2021
We loved all the quaint villages, history, castles, and different places of interest that we visited. Hotels and food was good and good company We loved all the quaint villages, history, castles, and different places of interest that we visited.

Hotels and food was good and good company;
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Anonymous

21-Jul-2019

Highlights of Britain 2021
Best Tour we have ever done, exquisite accommodation. Fantastic locations. Friendly helpful tour guides. Off-the-beaten-track loved it Best Tour we have ever done, exquisite accommodation.

Fantastic locations.

Friendly helpful tour guides.

Off-the-beaten-track loved it;
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Deborah F

02-Jan-2020

Highlights of Britain 2021
Excellent Excellent;
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Anonymous

27-Jul-2019

Highlights of Britain 2021
Very good tour, great experiences. 5 star Very good tour, great experiences.

5 star;
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Frank K

01-Aug-2019

Highlights of Britain 2021
Value for money given all the inclusions. Value for money given all the inclusions.

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Anonymous

21-Jul-2019

Highlights of Britain 2021
Only thing due to the weather conditions the rooms were too hot. Only thing due to the weather conditions the rooms were too hot.

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Anonymous

22-Jul-2019

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