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Highlights of Britain : London to Edinburgh

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12 Days
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Travel through the idyllic English and Scottish countryside visiting the iconic and historic cities of Oxford, Chester and York as well as enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Cotswold’s, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District and the Scottish Lowlands.


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Depart from London and travel to Oxford, famous for its university and known as the “City of Dreaming Spires”. Enjoy a guided walking tour taking in some of the colleges here. Afterwards, continue to a traditional 18th Century woolen mill in the Cotswold’s after which drive through beautiful rolling countryside and quaint villages to your overnight stop in this region. Dinner tonight will be at the famous Pudding Club.

The next morning, leave for the city of Worcester with its 12th Century cathedral where you will find the tomb of King John. Arrive later at the idyllic village of Much Wenlock with its thatched roofed cottages and then at Ironbridge where the first bridge made of cast iron was manufactured. Continue to Chester for a 2 night stay.

The following day brings you to the rugged Snowdonia National Park with its outstanding natural beauty in the form of mountains, streams, cascading waterfalls and verdant valleys. Also visit Caernarfon Castle, an imposing 13th Century fortress situated on the waterfront.

Spend the next morning discovering the charms of Chester, one of the best preserved walled cities in Britain with its medieval centre and other parts dating back to the Roman era. Leave Chester later and cross over the wild backbone of England, the Pennine Hills to Haworth, a quaint town and home of the Brontes who were inspired to write novels such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights here. Continue to York for 2 nights’ accommodation.

Your day in York gives you time to explore all the highlights of this old city including the city walls, the outstanding York Minster, the Castle Museum, the Jorvik Viking Centre with its reconstructions from the Viking era and the Shambles, the narrow thoroughfare of timbered houses and shops.

Depart from York and call in at Castle Howard, a large stately home and scene of many TV and movie programmes. After this, enjoy a scenic ride through the Yorkshire Dales to the Lake District in North West England and a 2 night stay on Lake Windermere.

A tour of the Lake District includes Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm, some of the many picturesque villages to be found here and Dove Cottage, former home of the famed poet, William Wordsworth. Later, enjoy a short cruise on Lake Windermere.

Depart from the Lake District and travel through Cumbria to Hadrian’s Wall. Visit Birdoswald Roman fortress before crossing the border into Scotland where you will spend overnight in the Scottish Lowlands.

Your final day brings visits to Hermitage Castle, a sinister atmospheric eerie ruin, Abbotsford House, former home of Sir Walter Scott with its historic relics and Rosslyn Chapel before arriving in Edinburgh to complete your tour.

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,405

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Day 1

London Heathrow to London Central Hotel Zone 1

Duration1 Hour

Hilton Paddington

Hilton London Paddington is one of London's grandest Victorian hotels, and offers a full range of modern facilities in a fantastic location. The world's first palatial terminus hotel, this was the vision of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a 19th century versatile, audacious engineer whose designs revolutionized public transport and modern engineering. With four London Underground lines at its doorstep - Circle, Hammersmith and City, District, and Bakerloo - this is one of London's best-connected hotels. With the capital, and the south and west of England conveniently accessible by rail and road, Hilton London Paddington is ideally positioned to connect those staying for business or leisure.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Hilton Paddington

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    Hilton Paddington



    Hilton London Paddington is one of London's grandest Victorian hotels, and offers a full range of modern facilities in a fantastic location. The world's first palatial terminus hotel, this was the vision of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a 19th century versatile, audacious engineer whose designs revolutionized ...

    Hilton London Paddington is one of London's grandest Victorian hotels, and offers a full range of modern facilities in a fantastic location. The world's first palatial terminus hotel, this was the vision of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a 19th century versatile, audacious engineer whose designs revolutionized public transport and modern engineering. With four London Underground lines at its doorstep - Circle, Hammersmith and City, District, and Bakerloo - this is one of London's best-connected hotels. With the capital, and the south and west of England conveniently accessible by rail and road, Hilton London Paddington is ideally positioned to connect those staying for business or leisure.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Elevator
    • Fitness Centre
    • Foreign Exchange
    • Lounge
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 2

London - Oxford - Cotswolds

After meeting the group, we'll leave the capital behind us and set a course for the 'dreaming spires' of Oxford - where a walking tour awaits.

Then: it's off to the Cotswolds, where we'll spend some time exploring charming villages full of honey-coloured cottages. Tonight's dinner at the world-famous Pudding Club promises to be a memorable one!

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Three Ways House Hotel

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    Three Ways House Hotel



    Located in a charming village in the Cotswolds, close to Broadway and Stratford-upon-Avon, Three Ways House Hotel offers 48 individually styled rooms. The bar-brassiere offers light meals and refreshments throughout the day and the award winning restaurant serves a weekly changing menu utilizing fresh, seasonal ...

    Located in a charming village in the Cotswolds, close to Broadway and Stratford-upon-Avon, Three Ways House Hotel offers 48 individually styled rooms. The bar-brassiere offers light meals and refreshments throughout the day and the award winning restaurant serves a weekly changing menu utilizing fresh, seasonal produce, locally sourced where possible. The hotel is also the home of the world famous Pudding Club, where traditional British puddings such as Jam Roly Poly, Syrup Sponge, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Spotted Dick are enjoyed.

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Day 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.

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Day 4

Cotswolds - Worcester - Denbighshire

We'll discover more about the crusades of saints and kings on a tour of Worcester Cathedral before our road turns towards the rugged ancient landscapes of Wales this afternoon.

This evening, we'll dine together in Denbighshire.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Mulberry Inn

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    Mulberry Inn



    Welcome to The Mulberry Inn in the quiet setting of Llwynmawr village in the beautiful Ceiriog Valley - only five scenic miles from the A5 between Wrexham and Llangollen and tucked in the valley beyond the border town of Chirk. A 'once discovered, never forgotten' ...

    Welcome to The Mulberry Inn in the quiet setting of Llwynmawr village in the beautiful Ceiriog Valley - only five scenic miles from the A5 between Wrexham and Llangollen and tucked in the valley beyond the border town of Chirk. A 'once discovered, never forgotten' place to stay -- a delightful country inn where the warmth and friendliness of your hosts Allan and John is always apparent.

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    • Bar
    • Conference Room
    • Restaurant

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Day 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.

Tonight, we'll meet back at the hotel for a sumptuous gastropub dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 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 with a bus tour and visit to The Beatles Story museum? Toes still tapping, we'll round off the day in York.

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Duration2 Nights
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The Churchill Hotel

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    The Churchill Hotel



    The Churchill Hotel is a luxury hotel situated in York city centre. The building is a superb example of a late Georgian mansion built around 1827. The Churchill is one of the finest hotels in York. This historic hotel, filled with original features and grandeur, ...

    The Churchill Hotel is a luxury hotel situated in York city centre. The building is a superb example of a late Georgian mansion built around 1827. The Churchill is one of the finest hotels in York. This historic hotel, filled with original features and grandeur, offers visitors to York a unique experience combining luxury accommodation, fine dining and exceptional service.

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Day 7

York

We've a full day to spend getting to grips with York, starting with a walking tour of the Old Town. There's centuries of history to uncover along the medieval Shambles and Snickelways - and plenty of photo opportunities to be claimed!

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Day 8

York - Castle Howard - Lake District

Today, we'll rewind to the glory days of the English country estate with a tour of 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Waterhead Hotel

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    Waterhead Hotel



    Known for its friendly, relaxed 'home from home' feel, the Waterhead Hotel in Coniston makes the perfect Lake District retreat. Guests can relax in the comfortable lounge bar and enjoy the view across the hotel lawns down to Coniston Water and beyond. The hotel's restaurant, ...

    Known for its friendly, relaxed 'home from home' feel, the Waterhead Hotel in Coniston makes the perfect Lake District retreat. Guests can relax in the comfortable lounge bar and enjoy the view across the hotel lawns down to Coniston Water and beyond. The hotel's restaurant, Brasserie 21, looks out onto magnificent mountain scenery and offers excellent local cuisine. The hotel makes a good base from which to explore the ever popular Lake District National Park whether your interests lie in the many literary connections the area has to offer or in outdoor pursuits on water or land.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Garden
    • Heating
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Newspapers
    • Non-Smoking Throughout
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Terrace

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Day 9

Lake District

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. We'll then visit Hawkshead Grammar School, which was attended by none other than William Wordsworth, before dropping by his former home: Dove Cottage. This afternoon, there will be just enough time to take to the water on a lake cruise before we return to our accommodation for the evening.

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Day 10

Lake District - Scottish Borders

Today, we'll visit Birdoswald Roman Fort in Cumbria before pressing on to the Scottish Borders. A traditional haggis dinner and bagpipe demonstration will provide us with a grand ending to our final night.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Friars Carse Hotel

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    Friars Carse Hotel



    Set in a 45 acre Dumfriesshire estate including woodland extending down to the banks of the River Nith, this country house hotel offers guests a warm welcome. It has a magnificent panelled entrance hall and elegant staircase, a well-furnished spacious lounge with views over the ...

    Set in a 45 acre Dumfriesshire estate including woodland extending down to the banks of the River Nith, this country house hotel offers guests a warm welcome.

    It has a magnificent panelled entrance hall and elegant staircase, a well-furnished spacious lounge with views over the garden and river, a comfortable bar and a panelled snooker room with full sized table.

    The hotel's riverside setting and historic atmosphere make it a truly memorable wedding venue and its private fishing beat provides angling in season. In fact, Friars Carse is a great place for a leisure break for anyone who likes the outdoors in friendly surroundings. There are also self catering cottages within its grounds.

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    • Conference Room
    • Reception
    • Restaurant

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Day 11

Scottish Borders - Abbotsford House - Rosslyn Chapel - Edinburgh

We'll make stops at the grand Abbotsford House and beautiful Rosslyn Chapel before reaching Edinburgh, where our tour will finish.

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Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel

Overlooking one of Edinburgh's prettiest private garden squares, The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square - formerly The Roxburghe Hotel - consists of seven inter-connecting Georgian townhouses in the heart of the New Town, a UNESCO world heritage site.

As the newest Principal hotel, it has undergone a multi-million restoration and refurbishment: all of our bedrooms and suites have been given a smart, new look, inspired by the golden age of travel and a genuine sense of Scottish hospitality. Guests familiar with PRINCIPAL will find familiar touch points, including the red bedside telephone, tuck box of treats and a vintage post box.

Our beautiful internal courtyard, The Garden - an oasis of calm with a glass roof - is now open from breakfast through to the wee hours. Inspired by the flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean, our new restaurant, BABA is brought to you by the team behind Glasgow's award-winning Ox and Finch restaurant.

Meal Plan Continental Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel

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    Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel



    Overlooking one of Edinburgh's prettiest private garden squares, The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square - formerly The Roxburghe Hotel - consists of seven inter-connecting Georgian townhouses in the heart of the New Town, a UNESCO world heritage site. As the newest Principal hotel, it has undergone ...

    Overlooking one of Edinburgh's prettiest private garden squares, The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square - formerly The Roxburghe Hotel - consists of seven inter-connecting Georgian townhouses in the heart of the New Town, a UNESCO world heritage site.

    As the newest Principal hotel, it has undergone a multi-million restoration and refurbishment: all of our bedrooms and suites have been given a smart, new look, inspired by the golden age of travel and a genuine sense of Scottish hospitality. Guests familiar with PRINCIPAL will find familiar touch points, including the red bedside telephone, tuck box of treats and a vintage post box.

    Our beautiful internal courtyard, The Garden - an oasis of calm with a glass roof - is now open from breakfast through to the wee hours. Inspired by the flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean, our new restaurant, BABA is brought to you by the team behind Glasgow's award-winning Ox and Finch restaurant.

    Facilities

    • Banquet Facilities
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Restaurant

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Day 12

Edinburgh Hotel to Airport

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Jul 20, 27, 29; Aug 3, 5, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 26, 31; Sep 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18,
23, 25; Oct 5, 12, 16
2020: Mar 19; Apr 4, 17, 22, 25, 29; May 2, 5, 7, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27; Jun 1, 3
8, 10, 17, 20, 22, 26; Jul 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 21, 25, 27; Aug 1, 3, 12, 15, 19, 22, 24, 29, 31;
Sep 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 28; Oct 3, 6, 10

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 11 nights' accommodation
  • Driver/tour leader
  • Mini-coach transportation
  • Full English breakfast daily, 5 evening meals
  • Entrances fees as per the itinerary
  • Welsh cooking experience including lunch

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Item of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

OTHER INFORMATION:

Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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