Highlights of Britain

11 Day Small Group Tour from London to Edinburgh with Back-Roads

Read 9 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Back-Roads 11 Day Highlights of Britain. 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...read more

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Small Group Tour Starts In
Starts In
London
Small Group Tour Ends In
Ends In
Edinburgh
Accomodation
Accomodation
Boutique
18
Max Group Size
18
Small Group
Trip Style
Small Group
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
England, Wales, Scotland
Trip Operated By:
Back-Roads
Back-Roads
89 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.8 out of 5
9 Reviews
Trip Code:
BEHHBLE

Itinerary

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1 London
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. Stay: Wellington Hotel by Blue Orchid (or similar) (D)
2 London – Oxford – Cotswolds
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. Stay: Three Ways House Hotel (or similar) (B)
3 Cotswolds – Stratford-Upon-Avon – Cotswolds
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. Stay: Three Ways House Hotel (or similar) (B)
4 Cotswolds – Worcester – Denbighshire
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. Stay: The Mulberry Inn (or similar) (B/D)
5 Denbighshire – Snowdonia National Park – Denbighshire
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. Stay: The Mulberry Inn (or similar) (B/D)
6 Denbighshire – Liverpool – York
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. Stay: The Churchill Hotel (or similar) (B)
7 York
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. Stay: The Churchill Hotel (or similar) (B)
8 York – Castle Howard – Lake District
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. Stay: The Waterhead Hotel (or similar) (B/D)
9 Lake District
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. Stay: The Waterhead Hotel (or similar) (B)
10 Lake District – Scottish Borders
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. Stay: Woodland House Hotel (or similar) (B/D)
11 Scottish Borders – Abbotsford House – Rosslyn Chapel – Edinburgh
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. (B)

Back-Roads Touring Inclusions

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Sightseeing Highlights
  • Discover Britain's literary greats at the Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm and Rydal Mount - William Wordsworth's family home
  • Explore some of Britain's most spectacular regions including the Cotswolds, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District
  • Explore the medieval Shambles and Snickelways of York
  • Immerse yourself in the grandeur and opulence of Castle Howard
Trip Inclusions
  • 10 nights in hand-picked accommodation
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
Included Meals
  • 10 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Reviews (9)

11 Day Highlights of Britain reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Great British Tour”
- ACT, Australia Jun 2019

Our “Highlights of Britain” ten day tour was an excellent experience. The tour was very well paced and we had enough time to enjoy ourselves at each place we visited. All of the accommodation was first class with our stay at The Mulberry Inn in Wales a special treat.
Harriet is a lovely caring person and very knowledgeable guide. Chris made the whole tour feel safe and secure as he drove us through the back roads of Britain. A big thank you to the entire Back-Roads...read more

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“10days highlights of Britain Back-roads”
- QLD, Australia May 2019 2 Helpful Votes

Wonderful way to see England and Scotland, great scenery, lots of photo stops and flexible on places and times. Our driver and guide worked together and were part of the tour, extra walks before dinner. Stopping and looking at some of the family history on the way. Highly recommend Back-Roads.

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“Amazing tour - some great highlights including some I hadn’t expected”
- ACT, Australia Sep 2018 5 Helpful Votes View Photo

My first tour with Back-Roads and I was very impressed - group of 15 with a great guide and driver. We visited the highlights as outlined in the tour description but it was some of the additional things suggested by the guide which really elevated the tour - additional stops in small villages in the Cotswolds, a suggestion to walk up the hill above the accommodation in Wales (which was amazing in itself), or to attend a church service at York Minster on a free day. Lots of back roads (single lane...read more

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“Highlights of Britain”
- Australia May 2016 10 Helpful Votes

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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“Could not fault the tour”
- NSW, Australia May 2015 6 Helpful Votes

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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