Join us on the back-roads for an adventure that delves deep into Britain’s history and culture. In England we’ll trace the footsteps of writers and poets, while in North Wales and Scotland, our journey will take in spectacular scenery and dramatic castles. Ready to experience it all?

Operated by: Back-Roads Touring Co.

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20 March 2020 to 11 October 2020$4149 Twin/Double share, $4939 Single

  • Indulge your sweet tooth at the world-famous Pudding Club
  •  Discover Britain’s literary greats at the Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm and William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage
  •  Explore some of Britain’s most spectacular regions including the Cotswolds, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District

Day 1: 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! Accommodation: Three Ways House Hotel (or similar). (D)

Day 2: 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. Accommodation: Three Ways House Hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 3: 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. Accommodation: The Mulberry Inn (or similar). (B, D)

Day 4: 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. Accommodation: The Mulberry Inn (or similar). (B, D)

Day 5: 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. Accommodation: The Churchill Hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 6: 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! Accommodation: The Churchill Hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 7: 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. Accommodation: The Waterhead Hotel (or similar). (B, D)

Day 8: 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. Accommodation: The Waterhead Hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 9: 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. Accommodation: The Friars Carse Hotel (or similar). (B, D)

Day 10: 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. (B)

9 nights in boutique accommodation

Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver

Premium mini-coach transportation

Daily full English breakfast (B), 5 dinners (D)

Bagpipe demonstration during farewell dinner

Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Worcester Cathedral, The Beatles Story museum, Castle Howard, Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm, Hawkeshead Grammar School, Dove Cottage, Birdoswald Roman Fort, Abbotsford House, Rosslyn Chapel.

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10 Day Highlights of Britain Tour
10 Day Highlights of Britain Tour