Itinerary #1: Road Trip Around the Highlights of England & Wales
Embark on a 10-day road trip around southern England and Wales as you visit Stonehenge, the Cotswolds, Shakespeare's hometown, the Welsh coast, and more.
|Day 1||Tour Stonehenge & Bath||Bath|
|Day 2||"Bridgerton" Tour & Day-trip to Glastonbury||Bath|
|Day 3||Hike on the Cotswolds Discovery Trail||Chipping Campden|
|Day 4||Explore the Discovery Trail Independently||Chipping Campden|
|Day 5||Enjoy One of England's Most Inspiring Gardens||Chipping Campden|
|Day 6||Shakespeare Tour in Stratford-upon-Avon, Transfer to Wales||Conwy|
|Day 7||Discover the Northern Coast of Wales||Ambleside|
|Day 8||Visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre & Catch a Rooftop Film||London|
|Day 9||London Bus Tour & High Tea at the Savoy Hotel||London|
|Day 10||Depart London|
The adventure begins at the Neolithic monument of Stonehenge. After a tour to learn its secrets, you'll head to the nearby city of Bath to tour its stunning Georgian architecture, 1st-century Roman Baths, and the literary legacy of one of Regency England's most famous writers: Jane Austen. After a day trip to Glastonbury to hear some Arthurian legends, you'll hop in a car for a two-day road trip in the incomparable Cotswolds region. This protected area of England spans six countries and is known for its unspoiled countryside and charming cottage homes.
The splendor of England doesn't end there, as, on day five, you'll stroll the well-manicured gardens at Hidcote Manor, followed by a stop in the medieval village of Stratford-upon-Avon to see where William Shakespeare was born. Then it's off to Wales, a country known for its incredible coastline and historic castles. Afterward, head to London for more Shakespeare with a visit to his historic Globe Theatre and cap the evening with a rooftop film screening. The trip culminates with a tour of London's most famous sights on an open-topped bus, followed by high tea at the landmark Savoy Hotel. Learn more
Itinerary #2: Palaces, Castles, & Cathedrals of the United Kingdom
This 10-day tour of London's royal heritage includes everything from Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle to the hallowed halls of Oxford University and even Scotland's Edinburgh Castle.
|Day 1||Arrive in London & Sightsee||City of London|
|Day 2||Discover London's Royal Heritage||City of London|
|Day 3||Visit Windsor Castle||City of London|
|Day 4||Travel to Cambridge||Grantchester|
|Day 5||Stroll Cambridge University and Surroundings||Grantchester|
|Day 6||Tour the Ely Cathedral||Grantchester|
|Day 7||Travel to Edinburgh||Edinburgh|
|Day 8||Walk in the Footsteps of Royalty at Holyrood Palace||Edinburgh|
|Day 9||Discover Edinburgh Castle||Edinburgh|
This jaunt through the pomp and history of the UK starts in London, where you'll see famous landmarks like Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, home to the National Gallery art museum. The next day, you walk in the footsteps of royalty when you visit Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and St Paul's Cathedral, where Princess Diana married Prince Charles. After a visit to the 1,000-room Windsor Castle, you'll travel to the historic city of Cambridge. Here you'll tour not only the venerable university but also sample award-winning wines from Chilford Hall Vineyard.
Then it's off to the rural countryside to tour the 11th-century Ely Cathedral, a marvel of Romanesque and Norman architecture. The trip will take you far north on day seven to Edinburgh, where you can walk the Royal Mile (the city's main thoroughfare). Also, here is the 289-room Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, which you'll get to visit. On day nine, take a guided tour of the 12th century Edinburgh Castle and see the Royal Apartments, Great Hall, and Scottish Crown Jewels. The next morning transfer to the airport for your flight home. Learn more
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Itinerary #3: Historic England & the Highlights of Scotland
This 10-day journey through the UK covers a variety of unique highlights in England and Scotland, including countryside road trips, football stadium visits, architecture tours, whiskey tastings, and more.
|Day 1||Arrive in London & Transfer to Bath, "Bridgerton" Tour||Bath|
|Day 2||Bath Literary Tour & Day Trip to Glastonbury||Bath|
|Day 3||Bath to Stratford-upon-Avon & Cotswolds Discovery Trail South||Stratford Upon Avon|
|Day 4||Cotswolds Discovery Trail North & Transfer to Manchester||Manchester|
|Day 5||Manchester Football Tour||Manchester|
|Day 6||Transfer to Glasgow, City Tour||Glasgow|
|Day 7||Mackintosh Architecture Tour of Glasgow||Glasgow|
|Day 8||Glasgow to Isle of Skye, Whiskey & Chocolate Tour||Skye|
|Day 9||Guided Driving Tour of Skye||Skye|
|Day 10||Skye to Edinburgh, Depart|
Get ready to see the most beautiful and ancient sites in the UK. It starts back in the 1st century with England's famous Roman Baths. The journey continues with a Jane Austen tour of Bath plus stops at filming locations for the TV series "Bridgerton." Then it's off to Glastonbury (the purported burial place of King Arthur) and a tour of Shakespeare's hometown before hitting the road north to Manchester. You'll travel along the Cotswolds Trail and pass through medieval villages like Bourton-on-the-Water. In Manchester, you'll visit Old Trafford stadium, the hallowed ground for Mancunians.
Continue north to Scotland and tour the metropolitan gem of Glasgow. There's much art, culture, and history here. Over two days you'll admire classic architecture like the 12th-century Cathedral, the Necropolis, and the Glasgow School of Art. Then head west to the Isle of Skye, an island as famous for its otherworldly landscapes as it is its premier whiskeys. For a couple of days, you'll sample fine single malts paired with artisanal chocolate and visit incredible landmarks like Kilt Rock, the Old Man of Storr, and the Black Cuillin Mountains. On day 10, you'll transfer to Edinburgh for your flight home. Learn more
Itinerary #4: Family Fun in London & Highland Adventures in Scotland
Take the entire brood on a 10-day family tour of the UK that includes the highlights of London, palace and castle visits, "Harry Potter"-themed city walks, and even a trip on the famous Hogwarts Express.
|Day 1||Arrive in London & City Tour via the Hop-on, Hop-off Bus||London|
|Day 2||"Harry Potter" Walking Tour & Kensington Palace||London|
|Day 3||Day Trip to Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge||London|
|Day 4||Globe Theatre, Tower of London & High Tea at the Savoy||London|
|Day 5||Ride the Caledonian Sleeper to Scotland & Edinburgh Food Tour||Edinburgh|
|Day 6||"Outlander" Castle Tour||Edinburgh|
|Day 7||Edinburgh Free Day||Edinburgh|
|Day 8||Edinburgh to Inverness & Full-Day Loch Ness Tour||Inverness|
|Day 9||Ride the "Hogwarts Express"||Fort William|
|Day 10||Transfer to Edinburgh, Depart|
Kick things off with a ride on an open-topped tour bus that passes Buckingham Palace, Sea Life Aquarium, and Madame Tussauds. Then take the family on a "Harry Potter" tour and stroll down Diagon Alley, visit the Leaky Cauldron, and stop at Gringotts Wizarding Bank. After visiting the 17th-century Kensington Palace and 11th-century Windsor Castle, you'll head west to Bath and Stonehenge. Return to London for a visit to the Globe Theatre, tea at the lavish Savoy Hotel, and a stop at the 11th-century Tower of London, a prison fortress where some of Henry VIII's wives met their end.
Then hop on a first-class overnight train to Edinburgh and hit the ground running with a delicious food tour of the city. Venture into the gorgeous Scottish Highlands to see ancient castles used as filming locations for the hit TV series "Outlander." After a free day in Edinburgh, take the family to legendary Loch Ness for a mythical safari to spot the monster. On day nine, everyone will board the Jacobite, a historic steam train that runs along Scotland's west coast and features scenery so beautiful both it and the engine were featured in the "Harry Potter films. The next day you'll return to Edinburgh and depart. Learn more
Itinerary #5: Luxury London, Edinburgh, & Dublin Tour
See the UK in style on this 10-day UK luxury trip that includes private guided city tours, high tea at five-star hotels, visits to royal palaces, exclusive whiskey tastings, and more.
|Day 1||Arrive in London||London|
|Day 2||Explore London||London|
|Day 3||Afternoon Tea Experience||London|
|Day 4||Train to Edinburgh||Edinburgh|
|Day 5||Explore Edinburgh||Edinburgh|
|Day 6||Edinburgh Castle & Evening Ghost-Walk Tour||Edinburgh|
|Day 7||Flight to Dublin||Dublin|
|Day 8||Explore Dublin||Dublin|
|Day 9||Whiskey Tasting||Dublin|
Enjoy the good life when a personal driver meets you at the London airport and whisks you off to your luxurious hotel. Hit the road on a private driving tour to see icons like Big Ben, the Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace. After enjoying high tea in an elegant hotel, you'll board a high-speed train to Edinburgh. Here, another chauffeur will drive you around the main attractions like Old Town, Holyrood Palace, and Arthur's Seat, a volcanic hill overlooking Edinburgh. Your Scotland experience ends with a visit to Edinburgh Castle and a guided "ghost walk" in the ancient catacombs beneath the city.
Then, on day seven, you'll jet off to Dublin for a few days touring the streets of Ireland's capital in style. After your personal driver transfers you to your hotel, spend the day strolling the banks of the River Liffey and walking over lovely bridges like Ha'penny. The next day you'll take a private walking tour of highlights like the 13th-century Dublin Castle, 16th-century Trinity University, and the Temple Bar District, Dublin's "cultural quarter" (i.e., nightlife area). On day nine, you'll head to a top distillery for a sampling of fine whiskeys, and the next morning you'll depart. Learn more
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