Highlights of Britain 2024

Highlights of Britain 2024

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Highlights of Britain 2024

11 Days Starting in London and ending in Edinburgh

Visiting: London, Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Worcester, Denbighshire, Eryri National Park (Snowdonia), Liverpool, York, Castle Howard, Lake District, Scottish Borders, Abbotsford The Home Of Sir Walter Scott, Rosslyn Chapel, Edinburgh

Tour operator:

Back-Roads Touring

Tour code:

BHBLE4

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

7 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-90

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
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Tour Overview

Join us for a classic 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

  • Explore some of Britain’s most spectacular regions including the Cotswolds, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District

  • Discover the medieval Shambles and Snickelways of York

  • Immerse yourself in the grandeur and opulence of Castle Howard

  • Get better acquainted with the Fab Four at The Beatles Story museum

Itinerary

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Day 1: London (England)
Location: London
Accommodation: Wellington Hotel by Blue Orchid (or similar)
Meals Included: Dinner

An epicentre 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.

Day 2: London – Oxford – Cotswolds
Location: London, Oxford, Cotswolds
Accommodation: Hotel, Three Ways House (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we’ll leave the capital behind us and set a course for the ‘dreaming spires’ of Oxford – where we'll discover the highlights of this medieval university city on an orientation walk with our expert Tour Leader. Then: it’s off to the Cotswolds, where we’ll spend some time exploring charming villages full of honey-coloured cottages.

Day 3: Cotswolds – Stratford-Upon-Avon – Cotswolds
Location: Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cotswolds
Accommodation: Hotel, Three Ways House (or similar)
Meals Included: 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.

Day 4: Cotswolds – Worcester – Denbighshire
Location: Cotswolds, Worcester, Denbighshire
Accommodation: The Mulberry Inn (or similar)
Meals Included: 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.

Day 5: Denbighshire – Snowdonia National Park – Denbighshire
Location: Denbighshire, Eryri National Park (Snowdonia), Denbighshire
Accommodation: The Mulberry Inn (or similar)
Meals Included: 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.

Day 6: Denbighshire – Liverpool – York
Location: Denbighshire, Liverpool, York
Accommodation: Hotel, The Churchill (or similar)
Meals Included: 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.

Day 7: York
Location: York
Accommodation: The Churchill Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: 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.

Day 8: York – Castle Howard – Lake District
Location: York, Castle Howard, Lake District
Accommodation: Resort, Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa (or similar)
Meals Included: 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.

Day 9: Lake District
Location: Lake District
Accommodation: Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

What better way to spend the day than discovering the Lake District’s highlights? Our first stop will be charming Rydal Mount and Gardens, the historic family home of William Wordsworth. With its flower-filled gardens and glorious views of Lake Windermere, it’s easy to see why Wordsworth was inspired by this tranquil spot. 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.

Day 10: Lake District – Scottish Borders (Scotland)
Location: Lake District, Scottish Borders
Accommodation: Hotel, Woodland House (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We’ll commence our day of culture this morning with a visit to The Bowes Museum in the market town of Barnard Castle. Showcasing an eclectic mix of art and antiques, there’s something for everyone in this treasure trove! Next, we’ll turn our attention to 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 local treat in store! A traditional haggis dinner and bagpipe demonstration will provide us with a grand ending to our final night.

Day 11: Scottish Borders – Abbotsford House And Rosslyn Chapel – Edinburgh
Location: Scottish Borders, Abbotsford The Home Of Sir Walter Scott, Rosslyn Chapel, Edinburgh
Meals Included: 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

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Fully Guided

  • Entrance Fees

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

What's Not Included

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • International Travel

  • Drinks with Meals

Check out our Q&As

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No they are not.

  • 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)

  • 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.

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

    Ample free time due to low drive days

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Guests from all over the world could be joining you

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

    This will be provided on final documentation

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes the Coach is air-conditioned

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, All guides are English speaking

  • What is the tipping policy?

    At the discretion of the guest

  • 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

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

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

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    From the Age of 13

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Hand Picked and Boutique

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    A Small supplement, but dedicated allocation on every tour

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    All Entrance fees listed are included

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    Euro

  • What is the maximum group size?

    18 is the maximum on any tour

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    We have solo capacity, however no single share.

  • 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 policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have our COVID Assurance Policy, Book now and relax knowing you are covered under our new COVID-19 Assurance Policy. At no additional cost to you, new bookings are now 100% refundable in the unfortunate event you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or unable to travel due to government-enforced lock downs prior to your scheduled departure date.

  • 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.

  • What is the minimum age for any Back-Roads Touring trip?

    The minimum age on all of our trips is 18 years.

  • 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.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Generally no, but in extraordinary circumstances it can be looked at.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Catherine L  

Highlights of Britain 2024

11-Aug-2019

testuser3 *  

Highlights of Britain 2024

26-Feb-2019

Esta marvillioso por que llamo bragas

Anonymous  

Highlights of Britain 2024

03-Jun-2019

Fantastic selection of locations visited.

Anonymous  

Highlights of Britain 2024

22-Jul-2019

Only thing due to the weather conditions the rooms were too hot.

David W  

Highlights of Britain 2024

11-Jun-2019

Great and informative tour. Tour Guide knew her stuff and kept us interested

Anonymous  

Highlights of Britain 2024

03-Jun-2019

Loved everything about the tour especially being able to go to places large bus tours can’t get too.

Anonymous  

Highlights of Britain 2024

27-Jul-2019

Wait until we finish our tour before asking for a review

Kevin H  

Highlights of Britain 2024

28-Aug-2019

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C.Longmire  

Highlights of Britain 2024

27-Jul-2019

I haven't completed this tour yet..

Anonymous  

Highlights of Britain 2024

20-Jul-2019

Travelling on my own, I was given much smaller rooms than the other guests.

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    Back-Roads Touring requires a minimum deposit of 150 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

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