Highlights of Britain 2022

Highlights of Britain 2022

Start: London Finish: Edinburgh

Visiting: United Kingdom


Duration: 10 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour code: BEHHBLE-2

Tour operator: Back-Roads Touring

Group size: 10 - 18

Age range: 13-80

Tour operated in: English


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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
  • iconImmerse yourself in the grandeur and opulence of Castle Howard
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Itinerary

icon Day 1: 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

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

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

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

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 

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

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

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

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

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 

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.

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

Yes there is - 20kg and a max dimension of 158cm (W+D+L)

What is the tipping policy?

At the discretion of the guest

What currencies are required for this tour?

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Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

Guests from all over the world could be joining you

Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

A Tour Leader and separate driver will take you on your journey

    Are flights included in this tour?

    No they are not.

    Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, please request at time of booking

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No they are not.

    What is the maximum group size?

    18 is the maximum on any tour

    Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    A Small supplement, but dedicated allocation on every tour

    Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    From the Age of 13

    Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes the Coach is air-conditioned

    Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    All Entrance fees listed are included

    Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    This will be provided on final documentation

    Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Please see your local governments for rulings on destination Visa's

    Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, All guides are English speaking

    Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Ample free time due to low drive days

    What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Hand Picked and Boutique

    What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have our COVID Assurance Policy

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Upon final payments, we will distribute E-Documentation to all of our guests. Dont forget we also have our App to download as an added feature.

    Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like-minded travellers awaiting the opportunity to explore the less explored regions. Interests in food, wine, history, art as well as wartimes there will be a great mix of people to connect with on tour.

    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 be 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.

    Who goes on Back-Roads tours?

    The majority of our guests come from Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. All tour commentaries are in English. Our tours appeal to those looking for a more relaxing style of travel, and who enjoy culture, good food, meeting like-minded people and exploring destinations in depth.

    Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All Hotels in line with protocols following the World Health Organisation meet and exceed requirements for all Touring with us.

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Back-Roads Touring has been operating from the UK for over 30 years

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Inline with our booking flexibility policy, you are able to make as many changes as required up to 60 days from departue - with 1 last included up until 30 days out.

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Highlights of Britain 2022
Great tour and visited may interesting places Great tour and visited may interesting places;
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Keith B

29-Jul-2019

Highlights of Britain 2022
Good mix of sights and local tours. Reasonable time allotted for personal exploration. Most accomodation was good, a few hotels a bit rundown but in reasonable locations. Good mix of sights and local tours.

Reasonable time allotted for personal exploration.

Most accomodation was good, a few hotels a bit rundown but in reasonable locations.

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Anonymous

22-Jul-2019

Highlights of Britain 2022
Really enjoyed this tour Really enjoyed this tour;
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27-Dec-2019

Highlights of Britain 2022
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29-Aug-2019

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27-Jul-2019

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Wait until we finish our tour before asking for a review Wait until we finish our tour before asking for a review;
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Anonymous

27-Jul-2019

Highlights of Britain 2022
Really enjoyed the Highlights that we chose. Enjoyed the back roads. Really enjoyed the Highlights that we chose.

Enjoyed the back roads.

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Anonymous

05-Aug-2019

Highlights of Britain 2022
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 2022
David, our tour guide for the tour was fantastic and went out of his way to make it an enjoyable experience for us. David, our tour guide for the tour was fantastic and went out of his way to make it an enjoyable experience for us.

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Anonymous

24-Jul-2019

Highlights of Britain 2022
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

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