Itinerary #1: Classic England: London, Oxford & Bath
This classic itinerary is a great option for first-time visitors that want to experience the lively city of London with the tranquility of the Cotswolds. Tour the popular sites, including the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey in London, then cruise the countryside and immerse in the history—and bathhouses—of the Cotswolds.
|Day 1||Arrive in London, Tower of London, Afternoon Tea||London|
|Day 2||Borough Market, St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey||London|
|Day 3||Drive to Bath, Guided Walking Tour, Cross Bath Spa||Bath|
|Day 4||Explore the Cotswolds, Highgrove House Gardens & Oxford||Oxford|
|Day 5||Drive to London, Depart|
Visit some of London's sites on arrival, including the Tower of London, with a hop-on, hop-off bus tour before sitting down to an afternoon tea at one of the city's luxury hotels. Take a walk along the River Thames, then pay a visit to Borough Market, where you can peruse the artisan stalls and taste local cheeses, seafood, and wine. Continue to St. Paul's Cathedral, followed by Westminster Abbey, a resting place for more than 3,000 well-known people, including Jane Austen and Queen Elizabeth.
Head to Bath, a historic UNESCO-listed city where you'll find Georgian architecture and one of the best-preserved Roman bathhouses in the world. Next, join a walking tour to some of the significant sites, including the Jane Austen Center, the Royal Crescent, and the Roman Baths, before experiencing the open-air thermal pool at the Cross Bath. On your final full day, tour the Cotswolds: see the traditional stone houses in Bourton on the Water, have a pint at a pub in Stow-on-the-Wold, visit Broadway Tower, tour the gardens at Highgrove House & Gardens, and spend the night in Oxford. Learn more
Itinerary #2: Historical Highlights of Yorkshire & Northumberland
With visits that include York Minster, Holy Island, and Newcastle upon Tyne, this historical highlights tour is well-suited to travelers interested in history and the arts in England. If you're traveling as a family, kids will especially enjoy playing Dracula in Whitby and spotting puffins in the Farne Islands.
|Day 1||Arrive in Manchester, Drive to York, Explore York Minster Cathedral||York|
|Day 2||Drive to Whitby, Discover Yorkshire's Abbeys & Cathedrals||Whitby|
|Day 3||Drive to Newcastle upon Tyne via Tynemouth Castle||Newcastle|
|Day 4||Drive to Bamburgh, Explore the Castle & the Holy Island of Lindisfarne||Bamburgh|
|Day 5||Farne Islands Boat Tour, Dunstanburgh Castle, Drive to Edinburgh & Depart|
Start your UK experience with a visit to York Minster, the UK's largest Gothic cathedral, then enjoy a meal along a medieval street known as the Shambles. Hit the road toward the seaside town of Whitby on Day 2, with a stop at Helmsley Castle and Rievaulx Abbey en route, then sink your teeth into some of the UK's best fish and chips while taking in views of the harbor on arrival. Wake early to see the morning light at Whitby Abbey—the Benedictine abbey featured in Bram Stoker's "Dracula"—on Day 3 before driving north toward Newcastle upon Tyne.
Take a break at Tynemouth to tour the castle and snap some photos with views of the River Tyne and the North Sea. On arrival in Newcastle upon Tyne, visit the art galleries or catch a performance at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Head for Bamburgh on Day 4 and spend some time at one of the largest inhabited castles in England. Take a day trip to Lindisfarne (also known as Holy Island), where you'll learn about the Viking attacks and visit the castle and priory. On your final day, take a wildlife boat tour to the Farne Islands, where you may find dolphins, puffins, and seals. Learn more
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Itinerary #3: Self-Drive Scotland: Inverness, Isle of Skye, the Trossachs & Edinburgh
If you want to go north of the England border, this self-drive Scotland itinerary offers opportunities to hike in Trossachs National Park and scenic spots such as Neist Point on the Isle of Skye. Photographers, active families, and couples will love the outdoor adventures, castle visits, and rugged scenery.
|Day 1||Arrive in Dundee, Drive to Inverness via Balmoral & the Cairngorms||Inverness|
|Day 2||Drive to the Isle of Skye via Loch Ness & Eilean Donan Castle||Isle of Skye|
|Day 3||Explore the Isle of Skye||Isle of Skye|
|Day 4||Drive to the Trossachs National Park||The Trossachs NP|
|Day 5||Drive to Edinburgh, Guided Walking Tour & Depart|
Journey through the Scottish Highlands to Inverness, with stops that include a viewpoint overlooking Loch Tummel, a visit to Balmoral Castle, and a whiskey tasting at an Aberlour distillery. Search for "Nessie" on a Loch Ness cruise before driving to Skye on Day 2. Allow time for Eilean Donan Castle en route; it's the most photographed castle in Scotland and uniquely located on a tidal island. Day 3 is dedicated to experiencing the Isle of Skye: check out the Old Man of Storr rock pinnacles, hike the Quirang loop, enjoy the views at Neist Point Lighthouse, and visit Dunvegan Castle before sitting down to a seafood dinner.
Head south to Trossachs National Park on Day 4, and you'll find pristine wilderness and endless outdoor adventures. Spend the morning hiking, have lunch in the village of Luss on Loch Lomond, and take a forest walk near Arrochar (or, if you have the time and prefer something a bit more challenging, book a climbing excursion in the Arrochar Alps). On Day 5, drive to Edinburgh to soak up the city life and hit some famous sights—including Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, and Calton Hill on a private walking tour, then savor one last Scottish meal (don't forget the shortbread!) before departure. Learn more
Itinerary #4: Wales & England: Coastal Culture, Cuisine & Castles
Travelers who like a balance of history, culture, wildlife, and a dash of quirk will love this itinerary that includes historic castles, a wildlife boat tour on Gower Coast, and a ghost walk. Those looking to fit in a visit to Wales and England will appreciate the quick pace, and foodies will enjoy the chance to sample the flavors of Cardiff and Manchester on culinary tours in both cities.
|Day 1||Arrive in Cardiff, Cosmopolitan Cardiff Food Tour||Cardiff|
|Day 2||Tour Tintern Abbey, Self-Guided Tour of Hay-on-Wye Bookshops||Hay-on-Wye|
|Day 3||Brecon Beacons Tour, Gower Coast Boat Trip & Tenby Ghost Walk||Tenby|
|Day 4||Tour Caldey Island, Free Time in Portmeirion & Caernarfon Castle||Caernarfon|
|Day 5||Llangollen Railway & Craft Beer Tasting & Eat the City Tour in England, Depart|
On arrival in Wales, taste your way around Cardiff on a guided food tour and experience the city's diverse cuisine while learning about local history and landmarks, including Cardiff Castle. Start Day 2 with a wander around the ruins of Tintern Abbey, then head for the riverside town of Hay-on-Wye to check out the quaint bookshops and walk along the River Wye (or rent a canoe and go for a paddle) or cycle some of the local trails. Spend Day 3 exploring the Brecon Beacons, including the Hillfort of Garn Goch and the ruins of Carreg Cennen Castle.
Spot porpoises and other wildlife on a Gower Coast boat tour, then join a ghost walk and hear haunted tales of Tenby. Start Day 4 with a guided visit to Caldey Island before embarking on an architectural walk through the Italian-inspired village of Portmeirion, followed by a stop at UNESCO-listed Caernarfon Castle. On your final day, take a journey in the Denbighshire countryside on the Llangollen Heritage Railway, then pop over to Chester in England for a craft beer tasting. Finally, sample the flavors of Manchester and learn about the evolution of the food scene here on the "Eat the City" tour. Learn more
Itinerary #5: English Pubs, Culture & Nature: York, Ambleside & Liverpool
This England-focused itinerary is suited to travelers seeking a mix of outdoor activities—including hiking, canoeing, and standup paddleboarding—and unique cultural experiences. Literature lovers will enjoy the Beatrix Potter tour, while sports enthusiasts will appreciate the behind-the-scenes look at Anfield Football Stadium, and fans of the Beatles will be happy to visit the sites of Liverpool on a Beatles-focused tour.
|Day 1||Arrive in London, Transfer to York & Guided Historic Pub Walk||York|
|Day 2||Haworth and Yorkshire Dales Day Trip||York|
|Day 3||Canoeing in the Lake District & Walking Tour in Buttermere||Ambleside|
|Day 4||Many Lives of Beatrix Potter: Full-Day, All-Inclusive Tour||Ambleside|
|Day 5||Lake District Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Tour Liverpool & Depart London|
Head for York on arrival and embark on a guided pub walk to learn about the area's history and sample some pub fare and spirits. Check out the staircase-style Bingley Five-Rise Locks, then visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum and the Brontë Memorial Chapel before taking in the views from atop Penistone Hill. Stop by Linton Falls, then spend an afternoon in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Explore the riverside ruins of the Priory Church at Bolton Abbey. On Day 3, immerse in the beauty of the Lake District with a guided canoe excursion and picnic followed by a hike in Buttermere.
Explore the world of Beatrix Potter on a full-day "Many Lives of Beatrix Potter" tour that begins at Wray Castle and continues to her home in Near Sawrey and the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead. Learn about her farming and conservationist work with visits to the Tarn Hows and Yew Tree Farm, then stop by Armitt Library and Museum to learn about her life as a researcher and illustrator. On your final day, join a standup paddleboarding tour in the Lake District, then head to Liverpool for a behind-the-scenes tour of Anfield Football Stadium, followed by a "Liverpool by The Beatles" tour. Learn more
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