2016 SEASON
Apr 2016 - Oct 2016

9 Day Highlights of Britain

Back-Roads Small Group Tour starting in London and finishing in Edinburgh

This comprehensive journey is tailored to those who want to fully experience British history and culture. In England we celebrate 'Great British Puddings' at the world-famous Pudding Club, shop at Chester's Rows and explore Bronte and Wordsworth country. In north Wales we wind our way through the hidden valleys of Snowdonia...read more

Overview

Operator: Back-Roads
Style: Small Group
Duration: 9 Days
From: London to Edinburgh
Tour Code: BRLED
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Day By Day

1

London - Oxford - Cotswolds

There is no better introduction to England than Oxford, the 'city of dreaming spires'. We visit one of its imposing university colleges and enjoy a walk through the city. Later, at a traditional 18th century woollen mill, we learn about the industry that is the cornerstone of Cotswold heritage. We then drive to the delightful Three Ways House Hotel. Tonight's dinner is at the world famous Pudding Club. (D) Stay: Three Ways House Hotel (or similar)
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03-Dec-15 & 13-Dec-15: London – Oxford – Cotswolds

There is no better introduction to England than Oxford, the 'city of dreaming spires'. We visit one of its imposing university colleges and enjoy a walk through the city to the Christmas market located in the heart of the city. Local choirs and bands will perform Christmas carols throughout the 11 days, adding to the festive atmosphere. Later, at a traditional 18th century woollen mill, we learn about the industry that is the cornerstone of Cotswold heritage. We then drive to the delightful Three Ways House Hotel. Tonight's dinner is at the world famous Pudding Club. (D) Stay: Three Ways House Hotel (or similar)
2

Cotswolds - Worcester - Ironbridge - Llangollen

In Worcester visit one of England's quietest but most interesting cathedrals, then explore the town of Much Wenlock. Later see the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ironbridge before driving to Llangollen where we stay two nights at Bryn Howel Hotel, or similar. (B/D) Stay: Bryn Howel Hotel (or similar)
3

Llangollen - Snowdonia National Park - Llangollen

In north Wales we explore Snowdonia National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. At the Bodnant Food Centre's Cookery School, a professional chef will demonstrate how to make two Welsh themed dishes, which we will then enjoy for lunch. Back in Llangollen enjoy an evening at leisure. (B/L) Stay: Bryn Howel Hotel (or similar)
4

Llangollen - Chester - Haworth - York

Enjoy a walking tour of Chester this morning. We then continue east across England's backbone, the Pennine Hills, to the Bronte Parsonage at Haworth. Next we continue to York, the historic capital of northern England. Stay two nights at the Churchill Hotel. (B) Stay: Churchill Hotel (or similar)
5

York

This morning our tour leader takes us through the old city, pointing out its highlights. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore York independently. (B) Stay: Churchill Hotel (or similar)
5

07-Dec-15 & 17-Dec-15: York

This morning our tour leader takes us through the old city, pointing out its highlights. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore York independently. We recommend visiting York's Christmas Market, one of the most atmospheric in the country, with different market stall specialising is different goods from food and drink to sparkles and toys. Be sure to try a pint of traditional ale or a glass of mulled wine at the Medieval bar in Barley Hall! (B) Stay: Churchill Hotel (or similar)
6

York – Castle Howard – Lake District

Drive to the magnificent 18th century Castle Howard, Yorkshire's finest historic house and estate. Later enjoy a scenic drive through the wonderful Yorkshire Dales National Park, before arriving at the Waterhead Hotel in Lake Windermere, our base for the next two nights. (B/D) Stay: Waterhead Hotel (or similar)
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24-Nov-15, 08-Dec-15 & 18-Dec-15: York – Castle Howard – Lake District

Drive to the magnificent 18th century Castle Howard, Yorkshire's finest historic house and estate. During the festive season see the house decked out in Christmas decorations personally chosen each year by the Honourable Simon and Mrs Howard. Live music and roaring log fires add to the seasonal celebrations in the house, with special Christmas markets in the Stable Courtyard on selected dates. Later enjoy a scenic drive through the wonderful Yorkshire Dales National Park, before arriving at the Waterhead Hotel in Lake Windermere, our base for the next two nights. (B/D) Stay: Waterhead Hotel (or similar)
7

Lake District

Today we enjoy one of Britain's most beautiful national parks. Crossing Lake Windermere, our first stop is Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm. This afternoon, we visit Dove Cottage, once home to the poet William Wordsworth and the inspiration for his Daffodils poem. After a short cruise on the lake we return to our accommodation. (B) Stay: Waterhead Hotel (or similar)
8

Lake District - Scottish Borders

Driving through Cumbria, we follow Hadrian's Wall until we reach Birdoswald Roman Fort, one of the best Roman sites on the wall. We then travel to the Scottish Borders and enjoy a traditional three-course Scottish banquet together tonight. Stay overnight at Comlongon Castle, or similar. (B/D) Stay: Comlongon Castle (or similar)
9

Scottish Borders - Abbotsford House - Rosslyn Chapel - Edinburgh

Explore Abbotsford House, the former home of Sir Walter Scott. This afternoon we visit one of the most mysterious sites in Scotland, Rosslyn Chapel, which was featured in the best-selling film The Da Vinci Code. Our final destination is Edinburgh, where our tour concludes. (B)

Trip Inclusions

A Tour For All Seasons:

Britain is a year round destination so why not discover the highlights of England, Wales and Scotland when there are fewer visitors around? During the festive season this tour will visit York's bustling Christmas market and Castle Howard, which is decked out in Christmas decorations personally chosen each year by the Honourable Simon and Mrs Howard. At the end of each day, relax by the fire in one of Britain's traditional pubs, as you enjoy hearty food and tasty beers.

The Back-Roads Difference:

  • Visit a traditional 18th century Cotswold woollen mill
  • See one of England's quietest but most interesting cathedrals in Worcester
  • Explore the back roads of some of Britain's most iconic regions including the Cotswolds, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District
  • Enjoy a traditional Scottish banquet

Tour Inclusions:

  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Driver/tour leader
  • Mini-coach transportation
  • Full cooked breakfast daily
  • 4 x evening meals
  • 1 x Welsh cooking experience including lunch
  • Included Entrances: College in Oxford, Cotswold Woollen Weavers, Bronte Parsonage, Castle Howard, Beatrix Potter's Hilltop Farm, Dove Cottage, Birdoswald Roman Fort, Abbotsford House & Rosslyn Chapel

Pick-up and Drop off

  • This tour commences from the Grange Wellington Hotel, 71-72 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PA at 8.30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure. The tour finishes at 5:30pm at The Place, 34-38 York Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3HU.

Trip Notes

  • 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. 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.

Operator Details

Region: UK & Ireland
Style: Small Group
Accommodation: Various
Hotels: Central - Mostly
Guided: Driver Guide
Coach: 4 Star
Average Age: 40-60
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: Available
Tips: Optional on Tour
Max Group Size: 18 (Avg. 10)
Free Coach WiFi: No
* Source: Back-Roads for tours in UK & Ireland . Some variances may occur on this tour and information is provided as a guide only.

Reviews (5)

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Australia
Trip Date: 24/05/2015

“Could not fault the tour”

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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Australia
Trip Date: 24/07/2014

“Would recommend this trip to others without hesitation”

Loved the Highlights of Britain trip in its entirety. The coach was extremely comfortable and the tour leader excellent and so full of interesting information. I would recommend this trip to others without hesitation.

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Australia
Trip Date: 29/05/2014

“We never felt rushed and we all had a great time”

Backroads tour of Highlights of Britain was a pleasant surprise. The group was small, similar in age and outlook and worked well together. The guide come driver was very well informed and absolutely part of the team. We never felt rushed and we all had a great time. We would certainly consider booking another trip of this type with you.

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Australia
Trip Date: 24/10/2013

“All hotels were good except for the one in the Lake District”

Our driver/guide was very good but didn't stop enough for us to take photos especially as we travelled through the Cotswolds. The hotels were all good except for the hotel in the Lake District where the service was very poor.

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2016 SEASON
Apr 2016 - Oct 2016

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