A small group tour of Britain – discover what makes Britain Great on this small group journey through the diverse cultures and landscapes of England, Scotland and Wales. This comprehensive itinerary takes you from the peaceful coasts and mountains of Wales, through rustic landscapes of rural England and north in to remote wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. We’ll see iconic landmarks and hidden gems, visit Britain’s quaint villages and heritage cities and enjoy a host of local experiences from steam train rides through the English countryside to whisky tasting in the Highlands. In the company of your local guides, the Great British Journey is the ultimate way to explore Britain.
- Enjoy a mountain railway journey in the Snowdonia National Park.
- Visit the historic harbour town of Tenby and Italianate village of Portmeirion.
- Stay in the elegant city of Bath which featured in Netflix series “Bridgerton”.
- Visit an English brewery in the heart of the Cotswolds.
- Take an historic steam-train ride through the scenic Severn Valley.
- Enjoy a full day dedicated to exploring the Lake District with a local guide.
- Visit the childhood home of the Queen Mother at Glamis Castle.
- Enjoy a distillery tour and whisky tasting in the Speyside region of Scotland.
- Spend two nights on the beautiful Isle of Skye.
- Maximum group-size of 16 passengers for that intimate touring experience.
Arrival in Wales and Cardiff Castle
This morning, make your way to Cardiff, the Welsh Capital (just 2hrs from London by direct rail). After checking in to your central hotel the afternoon is yours to explore the city at your own pace. With your included tickets, you can visit the unique Cardiff Castle whose history stretches from Roman times right through to the industrial revolution and an illustrious Victorian manor house. By evening meet your tour leader and the rest of the group where we’ll enjoy a hearty Welsh dinner together at a local restaurant.
Overnight – The Coal Exchange Hotel (or similar), Cardiff (DBB).
Museum of Welsh Life and Cardiff Bay
Boarding the mini-coach, a short ride from central Cardiff, we’ll visit the Museum of Welsh Life; set in the expansive grounds of the Elizabethan manor house of St Fagan’s Castle you can trace Welsh life through the centuries. We’ll then head for the cosmopolitan Cardiff Bay area to see the vibrant Mermaid Quay which is now a hub of Welsh heritage and politics and is home to a host of waterfront cafes, bars and eateries. Your afternoon is free to explore the Bay or return to central Cardiff to see more of the historic city.
Overnight – The Coal Exchange Hotel (or similar), Cardiff (BB).
Big Pit, Laugharne and Tenby
Today we leave Cardiff for a day of contrasts; we’ll ascend the renowned South Wales valleys to visit to experience Wales’ industrial heritage at Big Pit where we’ll have the opportunity to descend a an operational coal mine. We then pass West in to the Welsh countryside – we’ll pause at Laugharne the picturesque home-town of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, before continuing to the beautiful seaside town of Tenby. There’ll be time to wander the within the 13th century town walls, see the sweeping golden bays or climb the rocky headland overlooking the harbour before taking dinner together at our hotel.
Overnight – Heywood Hotel and Spa (or similar), Tenby, Pembrokeshire (DBB).
St Davids and Cardigan Bay
This morning we continue to explore the natural scenery of the protected Pembrokeshire Coast. We’ll head for St Davids, namesake of Wales’ patron saint. This tiny village enjoys city status owing to its beautiful cathedral and Bishop’s Palace. From here we’ll turn North and follow Wales’ scenic west coast past the sweeping sands of Cardigan Bay and in to rural mid-Wales. We’ll pause in one or more of the bustling harbour towns before arriving in Aberystwyth, our overnight destination. In the evening we enjoy our dinner together.
Overnight – Nanteos Mansion Hotel (or similar), near Aberystwyth (DBB).
Portmeirion and Snowdonia Mountain Railway
After a hearty Welsh breakfast we’ll enjoy a scenic drive North to the intriguing town of Portmeirion. Nestling in a sheltered position on an enclosed estuary this beautiful Italian style village was uniquely designed by Sir William Clough Ellis and has since been used for various television productions. After plenty of time to explore, we’ll head for the local train station – here it’s all aboard a narrow gauge steam train for an epic mountain railway journey of breath-taking views in to the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. Later we retire to our base in Llandudno on the North Wales coast.
Overnight – Dunoon Hotel (or similar), Llandudno (BB).
Llandudno and Conwy at Leisure
Today is a free day to enjoy at leisure; equipped with your complimentary open-top bus tour tickets you can explore the contrasting towns of Llandudno and nearby Conwy at your own pace. Llandudno is an elegant Victorian seaside resort with a long promenade whilst Conwy is a cobbled medieval market town nestled on the shores of the Conwy estuary. Between the two there are a host of leisure and visitor attractions to enjoy including a Victorian cable tramway and the medieval ramparts of the imposing 13th century fortress at Conwy Castle.
Overnight – Dunoon Hotel (or similar), Llandudno (BB).
Llangollen, Powis Castle and the Brecon Beacons
Today we make our way south along the course of the Conwy Valley to the charming Welsh town of Llangollen home of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a stunning waterway which carries boats more than 100 feet above the valley floor. By afternoon we’ll continue south pausing at the beautiful National Trust Powis Castle where we’ll admire the interior collections of the Herbert family and explore the manicured gardens. Finally, we arrive in the barren landscapes of the Brecon Beacons National Park where wild ponies roam the hillsides. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner together at our village hotel.
Overnight – Bear Hotel (or similar), Crickhowell (DBB).
Tintern Abbey, the Wye Valley and Bath
After a leisurely start our journey will take us south along the scenic Wye Valley where we’ll visit the haunting riverside ruins of Tintern Abbey which is said to have inspired Wordsworth himself. By afternoon we return to Cardiff where you bid farewell to Welsh tour leader and board the train for a brief rail journey over to English Bath. After hotel check-in, the balance of the day is yours to explore as you wish. Using your complimentary tickets, be sure to visit the magnificent Roman Baths which date back to Roman times. By evening, meet with your England tour leader and the rest of the group to dine together at a local restaurant.
Overnight – The Bird Hotel (or similar), Bath (DBB).
The Cotswolds and English Ale Tasting
Boarding the mini-coach, our first stop today will be nearby Lacock; seemingly frozen in time this historic village has been used in TV and film productions including ”Pride and Prejudice”, ”Downton Abbey” and ”Harry Potter”. After time to explore we’ll venture deep in to the Cotswolds countryside stopping in one or more of the charming villages with their traditional honey-coloured cottages. By afternoon we head for a local brewery to learn about the brewing process and sample some innovative English beer. Then its onwards to our base for the next two nights in the heart of a Cotswolds village.
Overnight – Noel Arms Inn (or similar), Chipping Campden, Cotswolds (BB).
Historic Oxford and Chipping Campden
This morning we head out for a scenic drive through the Cotswolds countryside to visit the historic university city of Oxford. After a brief orientation we’ll enjoy free-time to explore the cobbled streets and soak up the whimsical academic atmosphere. Wander the famous ivy-clad college quads, visit the Ashmolean Museum, climb Carfax Tower for unrivalled views of the city’s dreaming spires or simply relax on a river punt manned by one of the local students. By afternoon, we’ll return to Chipping Campden for time at leisure to explore this traditional Cotswolds’ village.
Overnight – Noel Arms Inn (or similar), Chipping Campden, Cotswolds (BB).
Stratford-upon-Avon and Severn Valley Railway
Departing the Cotswolds we make our way north to visit the bustling town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of William Shakespeare. We’ll learn about the life and times of the great bard at Shakespeare’s Birthplace before taking time to stroll this pretty medieval town nestling on the River Avon. This afternoon we’ll board an historic steam train for a scenic rail journey along the Severn Valley to the historic town of Bridgnorth. Later we’ll continue to the elegant city of Chester where your evening is free to dine independently.
Overnight – The Queen at Chester Hotel (or similar), Chester (BB).
Chester and Liverpool’s Albert Docks
Today we have a leisurely start; after breakfast we’ll enjoy a brief stroll around Chester to see some of the highlights of this charming city such as the old medieval town walls, cathedral and the unique Tudor Facaded shopping arcades. Then it’s all aboard the bus to visit nearby Liverpool and its famous Albert Docks. The Birthplace of the Beatles, here you can see the statue of the fab four in front of the famous Liver Buildings and enjoy plenty of free-time to wander the revitalised docklands, visit the Tate Art Gallery, the Merseyside Maritime Museum or the Beatles Story exhibition. By afternoon, we’ll continue north from the bright lights of Liverpool to our overnight base, the heart of the Lake District.
Overnight – Wordsworth House Hotel (or similar), Grasmere (BB).
The English Lake District
Our day today is dedicated to exploring the enchanting natural beauty of the English Lake District. In the company of a local guide we’ll head off the beaten track to the lesser known corners of England’s favourite National Park. Our journey will take us through winding country lanes, over mountain passes and past sheep scattered fells to charming villages, ancient stone-circles and look-out points where we can drink in the views. It will be easy to see how this region has inspired poets, authors and artists alike. Our day wouldn’t be complete without a relaxing cruise on one of the famous lakes before we return to our hotel for our dinner together.
Overnight – Wordsworth House Hotel (or similar), Grasmere (DBB).
The Yorkshire Dales and Fountains Abbey
Departing the Lake District we traverse the North of England passing over the rustic landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales. We’ll pause in one of the typical Yorkshire villages and visit the beautiful Aysgarth Falls on route to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. Here we’ll enjoy free-time to explore the imposing monastic ruins and the pristine gardens which have enjoyed World Heritage status since 1986. Our final stop today will be the elegant Victorian Spa town of Harrogate, the perfect spot for afternoon tea. By evening we’ll continue to the magnificent city of York, our base for the next two nights.
Overnight – Grange Hotel (or similar), York (BB).
Castle Howard and York City
Boarding the bus, we’ll take the short drive to one of the North of England’s finest country estates, Castle Howard. Dating back to the 17th century we’ll have the opportunity to stroll magnificent house and gardens which have featured in various television productions also including the Netflix series ”Bridgerton”. Then it’s back to York for an afternoon at leisure to explore this magnificent historic city. Wander the cobbled alleyways, climb the steps to walk atop the medieval city walls or visit one of the many local museums and exhibitions. The highlight should be the magnificent York Minster – the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. Tonight we reconvene for a dinner together.
Overnight – Grange Hotel (or similar), York (DBB).
Rail to Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle
Today, enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel and then bid farewell to your England driver. After checking out of your hotel you may choose to continue to explore York at your own pace before using your inclusive rail passes to take the train north to Edinburgh in Scotland (journey time approx. 2hrs). After arrival in Edinburgh your day is free to explore this historic city at your leisure. You’ll have complimentary tickets for admission to Edinburgh Castle which sits at the head of the Royal Mile and is a home to the Scottish Crown Jewels. By evening meet your Scottish tour leader and the rest of the group where we’ll enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant.
Overnight – Bonham Hotel (or similar), Edinburgh (DBB).
Exploring Edinburgh and Scottish History
After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll get together to enjoy a panoramic city tour of Edinburgh spotting the city’s many highlights from the elegant avenues of the Georgian New Town to the rambling alleys and stacked town houses of the medieval old town. Then we head for the National Museum of Scotland for a private tour of the exhibitions to gain an insight into Scotland’s turbulent history. The balance of your day is then free to explore Edinburgh further – perhaps visit the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith Docks or the Queen’s residence at Holyrood Palace.
Overnight – Bonham Hotel (or similar), Edinburgh (BB).
St Andrews and Glamis Castle
This morning we board the mini-coach and head into the Scottish countryside. We’ll pass through the fishing villages of Fife on route to St Andrews, a charming seaside town that is the renowned spiritual home of golf and where Prince William and Kate Middleton first met at the historic university. After time for lunch we’ll head for Glamis Castle; this elegant country house has an intriguing history with connections to Shakespeare’s ”Macbeth” and more recently as the childhood home of the Queen Mother. Finally we pass north in to Aberdeenshire and to our hotel on the banks of the River Dee, where we’ll enjoy an included dinner.
Overnight – Maryculter House Hotel (or similar), Aberdeenshire (DBB).
Royal Deeside and Scotch Distillery Tour
Today we leave the coast and head in to the heart of Scotland; meandering along the course of the River Dee we’ll pass through Royal Deeside and pause at various points of interest including scenic waterfalls, unique castles and a church attended by the Royal family when they’re in residence in Balmoral. Later we turn north in to the dramatic landscapes of the Cairngorms National Park. Reaching the renowned Speyside Whisky region, we’ll visit one of the many Scotch distilleries to tour the facilities, learn about the Scottish “Water of Life” and of course sample a dram or two. Later we continue to Inverness and our overnight base for the next two nights, where we dine together.
Overnight – Kingsmills Hotel (or similar), Inverness (DBB).
Inverness at Leisure
Today is completely free for you to spend at your leisure. Equipped with your complimentary open-top-bus tour tickets you can discover the “Capital of the Highlands” at your own pace. Take in the historic cathedral, hill-top castle or simply indulge in some souvenir shopping in the many gift shops and boutiques of the town. Using public transport you may choose to visit the nearby Culloden Moor Visitor Centre, site of the infamous battle which played a crucial role in Scottish history. Your evening is free to dine in one of Inverness’ many restaurants.
Overnight – Kingsmills Hotel (or similar), Inverness (BB).
Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and the Highlands
Today we board the mini-bus for an epic journey over the Scottish Highlands. Departing Inverness we’ll follow the scenic shores of Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle whose weather beaten ruins hide an intriguing history and whose ramparts offer a perfect lookout for legendary Nessie. We then continue across the barren landscapes of the Highlands pausing at Eilean Donan Castle for a photo-stop before stretching our legs and enjoying free-time in a traditional highland village. The final leg of our journey today takes us over the bridge to the scenic Isle of Skye, our destination and base for the next two nights. In the evening enjoy dinner together as a group.
Overnight – Skeabost House Hotel (or similar), Isle of Skye (DBB).
The Enchanting Isle of Skye
Today is dedicated to exploring the enchanting Isle of Skye. We’ll head through the heart of the island past the imposing Cuillin Mountains to the northern territories. Passing along the picturesque Trotternish Peninsula we’ll take in dramatic landscapes and seascapes as we spot the region’s unique geological features such as Kilt Rock and the Old Man of Storr. There’ll be plenty of time to visit Portree, the island’s principle town, where pastel fishermen cottages bustle around the harbour. A day on Skye is one to remember.
Overnight – Skeabost House Hotel (or similar), Isle of Skye (BB).
Glenfinnan and Fort William
Today we head for the south of the Isle of Skye to board the ferry for a journey over the water back to the mainland at Mallaig. Enjoying scenic Highlands landscapes on our journey to Glenfinnan, we’ll climb to a viewpoint, for stunning vistas overlooking the Glenfinnan Monument, Loch Shiel and the famous Glenfinnan viaduct which featured in the “Harry Potter” movies. There’ll be time for lunch in Fort William before we continue to our overnight stay in the Glencoe area and we enjoy a farewell dinner together.
Overnight – Ballachulish Hotel OR Isles of Glencoe Hotel (or similar), Ballachulish Area (DBB).
Loch Lomond and Glasgow
The final leg of our journey takes us through more dramatic landscapes as we pass South through the heart of Glencoe, over the Rannoch Moor and along the shores of Loch Lomond; we’ll pause at various view points for some final photo opportunities. Then as the landscapes mellow we’ll return to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city where we’ll visit the leafy West End and see Kelvingrove Museum and Gallery. You may leave the tour here in Glasgow mid-afternoon or enjoy a transfer back to Edinburgh where the tour officially ends.
- 23 nights in charming hotel accommodation.
- Transportation by luxury mini-coach.
- The services of your professional driver / tour leader.
- Independent Rail travel as outlined (London to Cardiff, Cardiff to Bath and York to Edinburgh)
- Ferry crossing in Scotland as required.
- Full Welsh / English / Scottish breakfast daily.
- 1 x Afternoon Tea.
- 12 x evening meals
- A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
- Cardiff Castle
- St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life
- Big Pit working mine
- St Davids Bishops Palace
- Snowdonia Mountain Railway Journey
- Llandudno and Conwy City Sightseeing Tour Ticket.
- Powis Castle and Gardens
- Tintern Abbey
- Bath’s Roman Baths
- Cotswold Brewery visit and tasting
- Shakespeare’s Birthplace
- Severn Valley Historic Railway
- Beatles Story Exhibition
- Scenic Lake Cruise
- Fountains Abbey
- Castle Howard
- Edinburgh Castle
- National Museum of Scotland
- Glamis Castle
- Speyside Whisky Distillery
- Inverness City Sightseeing Tour
- Urquhart Castle
- Loch Lomond boat trip
- Expert local advice during planning your trip.
- Postage of your travel documents pack.
Our tours are fully land inclusive but there are some things we do not include as standard:
- Trip Insurance – we ask that our guests purchase suitable cover in case planned travel is affected or disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances. More information on the benefits of trip insurance can be found here.
- Flights – adeo Travel do not book air travel but are happy to offer advice on where to seek competitive airfare.
- Meals and/or sightseeing other than that outlined above.
- Additional pre-tour accommodation in London or Cardiff.
- Post-tour rail pass and accommodation in London to explore cities in more depth.
- Additional post-tour accommodation in Glasgow or Edinburgh.
- Private transfers in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow or London.
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