Delve deeper into the history and heritage of Britain, from Windsor Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon to the bonnie birthplace of kilts and clans. Let centuries-old architecture inspire you, fall in love with the beauty of the Lake District and engage with the best of Britain when you visit Bath, York, Edinburgh and Glasgow, topping it all off with a leisurely stroll in the footsteps of the golfing gods on the lawns of St. Andrews.
Chester View the Tudor architecture and the half-timbered buildings known as the 'Rows'
Loch Lomond See the freshwater lake with the largest surface area in Britain
Stratford-upon-Avon Visit the town of Shakespeare's birth and see Anne Hathaway's cottage
Fort William See the Commando Memorial and Britain's highest mountain Ben Nevis and enjoy a scenic drive through Glencoe, the infamous 'Glen of Weeping'
Windsor View the castle
Lake District Visit this picturesque region
Gretna Green See the Blacksmith's shop, a wedding venue since 1754 where eloping couples would exchange their vows over the anvil
Edinburgh Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes the famous Princes Street, the Royal Mile and views of the new Parliament Building as well as the Castle
Bath Visit the Georgian spa town
Hadrian’s Wall View the remains of the Roman wall
York View York Minster and stroll along the Shambles. See the city walls
St. Andrews View the 18th green on St. Andrews Old Course
Glasgow View Glasgow Cathedral and George Square on your orientation tour of Glasgow
Day 1: London – Windsor – Bath – Cheltenham (1 Night)
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express City Centre
Begin and end your journey back in time on the busy streets of London. The British capital won't keep you from your exploration of the island's colourful history. This morning you'll travel west for a memorable encounter with royalty and the Roman Empire. Start with a visit to Windsor, home to the oldest- and largest-inhabited castle in the world, then continue to UNESCO-listed Bath. You'll want to sink your toes into the milky warm waters of its Roman Baths, as you imagine a time, centuries ago, when this ancient bath complex stood at the centre of the city's social life. Its steaming spring water once brought wellness and relaxation to well-heeled patrons. View the city's beautiful Georgian façades before continuing to Cheltenham for your overnight stay.
Day 2: Cheltenham – Chester – Liverpool (1 Night)
Location: Chester, Liverpool
Accommodation: Ibis Albert Dock
The Romans left their magic touch on the pretty town of Chester. You'll view the city walls that they built in the first century to defend their fortress and the black and white half-timbered buildings, famously known as 'The Rows'. Take some time to explore Chester your way or join an Optional Experience to Llangollen in North Wales. Home of the international Eisteddfod, Llangollen has a tiny population but punches well above its weight when it comes to serene scenery and an array of cafés, bars and restaurants. Our home for the night is the haunt of the 'Fab Four', with an evening at leisure to explore Liverpool's legendary nightlife.
Day 3: Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow (1 Night)
Location: Lake District, Gretna Green
Accommodation: Ibis City Centre
Settle in for a scenic drive north to the Lake District. Here you'll see first-hand why the rugged and untamed beauty of the Lake District inspired William Wordsworth to wander 'lonely as a cloud' in his acclaimed piece of poetry, 'Daffodils'. There's no better way to embrace the area's heritage than chugging along between Haverthwaite and Lakeside in an old-world steam train before joining an optional cruise on Lake Windermere. Crossing the Scottish border, you'll stop at Gretna Green, where eloping couples would exchange their vows over the Blacksmith's anvil and be bound to each other forever. Resist the urge to tie the knot yourself and continue to the bold city of Glasgow, where you'll have an opportunity to join an Optional Experience for a night on the toon.
Day 4: Glasgow – Scottish Highlands (1 Night)
Location: Glasgow, Glencoe
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Kickstart your day with an introduction to Glasgow's industrial past and modern revival that have given the city its characteristic gallus strut. Channel your inner Highlander next, embarking on a journey north to the banks of Loch Lomond, where a cruise to Rob Roy's cave could be on the cards should you choose to join this Optional Experience. Later, the breathtakingly beautiful scenery of Glencoe, 'Glen of Weeping', will stir all your emotions - not least as you remember the brave clansmen who fought relentlessly for their beliefs. Local shepherd Neil and his enthusiastic border collies are ready to welcome guests on their Highland sheep farm for an Optional Experience this afternoon. You can perfect your sheep shearing skills before settling into your Highland hotel.
Day 5: Scottish Highlands – St. Andrews – Edinburgh (Airth) (2 Nights)
Location: St Andrews
Accommodation: Airth Castle
Robert Burns once wrote of his beloved hills of the Highlands. Your scenic drive through its mystical landscapes will leave you similarly inspired as you venture to picturesque Pitlochry on the banks of the Tummel. There's time to explore this salmon fishing centre on your own or join an Optional Experience to Blair Castle, home of the Duke of Atholl and Europe's last remaining private army. The fairways and greens of St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf, beckon and you'll have an opportunity to snap a selfie against the backdrop of the famous 18th green.
Day 6: Edinburgh sightseeing and free time
Tuck into a hearty Scottish breakfast with tattie scones and all the trimmings. Today you'll need some extra sustenance as there's much to see and do in Scotland's hilly capital. The Georgian New Town, Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle all wait to be viewed in the company of your Local Specialist, so grab your camera and prepare for a memorable sightseeing tour revealing all the highlights of Auld Reekie. You'll have plenty of time to explore on your own or consider joining an Optional Experience to the Royal Yacht Britannia or an in-depth tour of Edinburgh Castle.
Day 7: Edinburgh (Airth) – York – Bradford (1 Night)
Location: York, Bradford
Accommodation: Jurys Inn
Cheerio the nou and wave goodbye to Scotland. It's time to venture south on your return journey through England to London, but not before you come face-to-face with Hadrian's first-century attempt to keep the 'barbarians' out of his Roman Empire. You'll not see an ancient Roman wall like it anywhere else on earth. Continue to the walled city of York, where an orientation tour will guide you through its narrow medieval streets to the 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, which dominates the city. You'll have some time to admire the structure's beautiful stained glass before an evening on your own, although York's alluring history may keep you on the edge of your seat. Delve into its tales of pirates, Romans, roses and ghosts. It's the stuff great books are made of.
Day 8: Bradford – Stratford-upon-Avon – London
Location: Stratford Upon Avon
Your return journey to London is almost at its end, but not before a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of the famous bard, William Shakespeare, who became England's most beloved playwright. It's time for one last group picture as you say a fond farewell to your Travel Director and new friends in the capital of the United Kingdom.
City orientation tours
London airport transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page.
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
2 Three-course dinners
Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
The services of a Local Host if you stay at Costsaver's recommended London hotel.
An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Variety of Optional Experiences
All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
Luxury air-conditioned coach
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