ENGLAND, WALES & SCOTLAND

Highlights of Britain

This adventure delves deep into Britain’s history and culture. In England, we celebrate ‘Great British Puddings’ and trace the footsteps of writers and poets. While in North Wales and Scotland, our journey highlights grand castles and plenty of spectacular scenery.

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The Lake District.

DESTINATIONS

LONDON
OXFORD
COTSWOLDS
WORCESTER
IRONBRIDGE
DENBIGHSHIRE
SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK
CHESTER
HAWORTH
YORK
LAKE DISTRICT
SCOTTISH BORDERS
EDINBURGH

Tour Highlights

The history and charm of Great Britain come alive on this relaxing ten-day tour.

Highlights of Britain.Experience the best of England, Scotland and Wales with Back-Roads Touring. From London and Oxford to the Lake District and Edinburgh, this memorable tour highlights all the top attractions.

In true Back-Roads style, travellers will enjoy the tour from a relaxing country road perspective. The small group tours are interspersed with plenty of free time for you to explore on your own.

Highlights of Britain


Day 1 – London, Oxford, Cotswolds

Enchanting buildings of York.
Enchanting buildings of York.

Our group meets in London, but we soon leave the capital behind for the ‘dreaming spires’ of Oxford. A guided walking tour provides the perfect introduction to this most English of cities, taking in the hallowed halls of one of the historic colleges. Then it’s off to the rolling green hills and honey-stone villages of the Cotswolds – England’s bucolic heartland. We visit a working 18th century woollen mill to learn about an industry steeped in regional heritage. As a welcome treat, tonight’s dinner is at the world famous Pudding Club, where we become classic dessert connoisseurs. (D)

Day 2 – Cotswolds, Worcester, Ironbridge, Denbighshire

This morning we follow the crusades of saints and kings as we tour Worcester Cathedral. Founded over 1,000 years ago, the cathedral houses ancient medieval texts, as well as the tomb of the infamous King John. Our road then turns towards the rugged, ancient landscapes of Wales. En route, we stop to explore the town of Much Wenlock and UNESCO protected Ironbridge Gorge. We continue to Denbighshire where we settle in for a two-night stay in the Welsh countryside. (B, D)

Overnight: The Mulberry Inn (or similar)

Day 3 – Denbighshire, Snowdonia National Park, Denbighshire

Soaring mountains. Deep, green valleys. Shimmering lakes. It’s time to soak up the splendour of North Wales’ Snowdonia National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. After working up an appetite, we visit the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre for a tour and cookery demonstration, followed by lunch. We stop in Llangollen, a small town situated on the River Dee, before we return to our hotel for a delicious dinner. (B, L, D)

Overnight: The Mulberry Inn (or similar)

Day 4 – Denbighshire, Chester & Haworth

Today we swap beautiful countryside for timeless towns and cities. A walking tour of Chester takes us along streets lined with striking black and white Tudor buildings. Then we journey east across the Pennine Hills, with glorious views waiting around every bend in the road. After paying homage to some of Britain’s literary greats at the Brontë Parsonage at Haworth, we continue to York – historic capital of northern England and our home for the next two nights. (B)

Overnight: The Churchill Hotel (or similar)

Day 5 – York

From the Romans to the Vikings, York has been an important pin in the map for thousands of years. This morning your tour leader introduces the old town, before leaving you free to explore at leisure in the afternoon. You could browse the boutiques lining The Shambles. Stroll the Roman city walls. Or climb to the roof of York Minster for a birds-eye view over the city rooftops. (B)

Overnight: The Churchill Hotel (or similar)

Day 6 – York , Castle Howard & Lake District

Cotswolds gardens.
Cotswolds gardens.

Experience the glory days of the English country estate at 18th century Castle Howard – renowned as one of the country’s finest historic houses. Our path then takes us through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, where we pass rivers and dells, tiny villages and hills criss-crossed with centuries-old stone walls. The spectacular conclusion to the day’s journey is the Lake District, where we enjoy a two-night stay. (B, D)

Overnight: Waterhead Hotel (or similar)

Day 7 – Lake District

Today we trace the literary heritage of one of Britain’s most beautiful national parks. Our first stop, on the shoes of Lake Windermere, is Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm, where she wrote many of her beloved children’s stories. Then we drop by Dove Cottage, once home to William Wordsworth. It was on one of the poet’s walks from here that he came across the sight that inspired his famous poem, Daffodils. Afternoon sees us take to the water on a lake cruise, before returning to our accommodation for a relaxing evening. (B)

Overnight: Waterhead Hotel (or similar)

Day 8 – Lake District & Scottish Borders

The lakes disappear in the rear-view mirror as we journey from Cumbria along Hadrian’s Wall. We explore Birdoswald Fort, one of the finest Roman sites on the wall, before travelling through the sweeping scenery of the Scottish Borders. A traditional Scottish dinner provides us with a warm welcome to the third and final country on our adventure. (B, D)

Overnight: Friars Carse Hotel (or similar)

Day 9 – Scottish Borders, Abbotsford House, Rosslyn Chapel & Edinburgh

Our tour may end today, but there are still plenty of sites to enjoy. Morning sees us strolling through the walled gardens of Abbotsford House, the former home of writer Sir Walter Scott. And afternoon has us uncovering the mysteries of Rosslyn Chapel, immersed in legend and featured in The Da Vinci Code. That brings us to Edinburgh, where our tour comes to a close in style in Scotland’s historic capital. (B)

Pick-Up & Drop-Off

  • This tour commences from the Grange Wellington Hotel, 71-72 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PA at 8.30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.
  • The tour finishes at 5.30pm at Nira Caledonia Edinburgh, 10 Gloucester Pl, Edinburgh EH3 6EF.

INCLUSIONS

  • 9-nights accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Experienced Back-Roads tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • Full English breakfast daily (B)
  • Five evening meals (D)
  • Welsh cookery demonstration and lunch (L)
  • Guided walking tour of Oxford
  • Cruise on Lake Windermere
  • Entrance fee included to: Cotswold Woollen Weavers, Worcester Cathedral, Brontë Parsonage, Castle Howard, Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop Farm, Dove Cottage, Birdoswald Roman Fort, Abbotsford House and Rosslyn Chapel.

EXCLUSIONS

  • Unless otherwise specified in the listed inclusions, airfares are not included in the tour price.
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights, items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
  • Pre and post tour accommodation.
  • Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.

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