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Highlights of Britain Back Roads: London to Edinburgh

Duration
9 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
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,778

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Day 1

London to Oxford and Cotswolds

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 woolen 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.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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The Kings Hotel

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    The Kings Hotel



    The Kings Hotel is a charming 18th century town house boasting distinctive and stylish accommodation. Sympathetic and careful renovation means guests can enjoy all the modern day comforts they need yet still soak up the character and history of a Cotswold stone building. Nestled in ...

    The Kings Hotel is a charming 18th century town house boasting distinctive and stylish accommodation. Sympathetic and careful renovation means guests can enjoy all the modern day comforts they need yet still soak up the character and history of a Cotswold stone building. Nestled in the heart of picturesque Chipping Campden, it is the perfect location to experience the beauty of the Cotswolds. The Kings combines traditional character with contemporary style to create a relaxed and welcoming home away from home for every guest, whether for business or pleasure. The dedicated team at Kings draw on a wealth of experience to ensure your stay will be memorable and comfortable.

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    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Non Smoking Property
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 2

Cotswolds to Worcester, Ironbridge and 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.

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 3

Snowdonia National Park

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.

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Day 4

Llangollen to 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.

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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 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.

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Day 6

York to Castle Howard and the 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 crisscrossed with centuries-old stone walls. The spectacular conclusion to the day's journey is the Lake District, where we enjoy a two-night stay.

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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.

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    • 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 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.

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Day 8

Lake District to the 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.

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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 9

Scottish Borders to Abbotsford House, Rosslyn Chapel and Edinburgh

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.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Aug 1, 6, 8, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29; Sep 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 24, 26; Oct 1, 15, 22
2018: Mar 18; Apr 22, 26, 29; May 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31; Jun 3, 5, 7, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26; Jul 1, 8, 10, 15, 22, 29, 31; Aug 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28; Sep 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 30; Oct 7, 14, 18

PRICE INCLUDES:

The Back-Roads Difference

  • 8 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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