2017 SEASON
Jul 2017 - Oct 2017
2018 SEASON
Mar 2018 - Oct 2018

9 Day Highlights of Britain

Back-Roads Small Group Tour starting in London and finishing in Edinburgh

Small Groups UK Tours Back-Roads UK & Ireland Tours
Read 6 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Back-Roads's 9 Day Highlights of Britain. This comprehensive journey is tailored to those who want to fully experience British history and culture. In England we celebrate 'Great British Puddings' at the world-famous Pudding...read more

Overview

Operator: Back-Roads
Type: Small Group Tour (Premium)
Duration: 9 Days
From: London to Edinburgh
Tour Code: BRLED
Visits: England, Wales, Scotland
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$ 3,499
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Day By Day

1

London - Oxford - Cotswolds

Our group meets in London, 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 takes in spectacular scenery and dramatic castles.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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
6

York - Castle Howard - Lake District

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)
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)
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 thewall, 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 ouradventure. (B/D)
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)

Day By Day

1

London – Oxford – Cotswolds

We leave the capital behind for the 'dreaming spires' of Oxford, where we have a guided walking tour. Then it's off to the Cotswolds where we visit an 18th century woollen mill to learn about an industry steeped in regional heritage. Tonight's dinner is at the world famous Pudding Club. (D)
2

Cotswolds - Stratford-Upon-Avon - Cotswolds

Enjoy this morning at your own leisure before a visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon; a medieval market town. (B)
3

Cotswolds – Ironbridge – Denbighshire

This morning we follow the crusades of saints and kings as we tour Worcester Cathedral. Our road then turns towards the rugged, ancient landscapes of Wales. En route, we stop to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ironbridge Gorge before we reach Denbighshire for an included dinner. (B/D)
4

Denbighshire – Snowdonia National Park – Denbighshire

It's time to soak up the splendour of North Wales' Snowdonia National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty and take part in a Welsh cooking demonstration. Tonight, meet back at the hotel for a delicious dinner. (B/D)  
5

Denbighshire– Chester – Haworth – York

A walking tour of Chester takes us along streets lined with striking black and white Tudor buildings. After paying homage to some of Britain's literary greats at the Brontë Parsonage at Haworth, we continue to York. (B)
6

York

This morning your Tour Leader will introduce the old town of York, before leaving you free to explore. (B)
7

York – Castle Howard – Lake District

Experience the glory days of the English country estate at the Castle Howard. Our path then takes us through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, where we pass rivers, tiny villages and centuries-old stone walls. The spectacular conclusion to the day's journey is the Lake District. (B/D)
8

Lake District

Our first stop on the shores of Lake Windermere is Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm, where she wrote many of her beloved children's stories and also visit Hawkshead Grammar School. Then we drop by Dove Cottage, once home to William Wordsworth. The afternoon sees us take to the water on a lake cruise, before returning to our accommodation for a relaxing evening. (B)
9

Lake District – Scottish Borders

Today we visit Birdoswald Roman Fort before arriving at the Scottish Borders. A traditional Scottish dinner of Haggis and a piper demonstration provides us with a grand ending to our final night. (B/D)
10

Scottish Borders – Abbotsford House – Rosslyn Chapel – Edinburgh

We visit Abbotsford House and Rosslyn Chapel before reaching Edinburgh where our tour ends. (B)

Trip Inclusions

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Delve into Welsh cuisine with a cookery demonstration and lunch at the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre
  • Indulge your sweet tooth and become a dessert connoisseur at the world famous "Pudding Club"
  • Explore the scenic back roads of some of Britain's most spectacular regions, including the Cotswolds, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District

Tour Inclusions

  • 8 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. 

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for Land/Cruise only. Flights not included

 

Trip Inclusions

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Discover Britain's literary greats at the Brontë Parsonage,  Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm and William Wordsworth home
  • Indulge your sweet tooth and become a dessert connoisseur at the world famous Pudding Club
  • Explore the scenic back roads of some of Britain's most spectacular regions, including the Cotswolds, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District

Tour Inclusions

  • 9 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Full English breakfast daily (B), 5 evening meals (D)
  • Welsh cookery demonstration and lunch (L)
  • Walking tour of Oxford
  • Cruise on Lake Windermere
  • Entrance included to: Cotswold Woollen Weavers, Worcester Cathedral, Brontë Parsonage, Castle Howard, Beatrix Potter's Hilltop Farm, Dove Cottage & Hawkshead Grammar School, Abbotsford House, Rosslyn Chapel.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for Land/Cruise only. Flights not included

Operator Details

Region: UK & Ireland
Style: Small Group Tour
Accommodation: Boutique
Location: Various
Guided: Driver Guide
Transport: Luxury Mini-Coach
Age Range: Open (min 12 years)
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: Not Available
Gratuities: Optional on Tour
Max Group Size: 18 (Avg. 18)
Free WiFi: No
* Source: Back-Roads for trips in UK & Ireland. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (6)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Highlights of Britain with Back-Roads.
Reviewer

Australia
  “Highlights of Britain”
Trip Date: 26/05/2016
One of the best tours we've ever done. Very good group of fellow travellers & David was an excellent guide/driver. Interesting itinerary plus lots of extras included. Flexible route chosen to give us the best viewing as we had wonderful weather & David obviously knew the area very well. Castle Howard, York Minister, Bodnant Welsh lunch as well as the full day in the Lake District were definite highlights. Farewell dinner at Comlongon Castle was very special.
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Australia
  “Could not fault the tour”
Trip Date: 24/05/2015
Backroads bus tour was excellent, far exceeded our expectations. The historical knowledge of our tour driver was exceptional. Accommodation superb, food great, all areas visited were interesting, countryside beautiful. Could not fault the tour.
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Australia
  “Would recommend this trip to others without hesitation”
Trip Date: 24/07/2014
Loved the Highlights of Britain trip in its entirety. The coach was extremely comfortable and the tour leader excellent and so full of interesting information. I would recommend this trip to others without hesitation.
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Australia
  “We never felt rushed and we all had a great time”
Trip Date: 29/05/2014
Backroads tour of Highlights of Britain was a pleasant surprise. The group was small, similar in age and outlook and worked well together. The guide come driver was very well informed and absolutely part of the team. We never felt rushed and we all had a great time. We would certainly consider booking another trip of this type with you.
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Australia
  “All hotels were good except for the one in the Lake District”
Trip Date: 24/10/2013
Our driver/guide was very good but didn't stop enough for us to take photos especially as we travelled through the Cotswolds. The hotels were all good except for the hotel in the Lake District where the service was very poor.
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