This nine-day food-related tour takes you to Edinburgh, London, Cardiff, and Cornwall and combines cultural and historical highlights with local dishes and fine cuisine. Enjoy national favorites like fish and chips, as well as lesser-known eats including Welsh laverbread, Cornish pasties, and Scottish haggis. Along the way, you will explore the Scottish Highlands, visit royal palaces, and tour ancient castles.

Highlights

  • Sample fine Scottish whisky on a whisky distillery tour
  • Drive through the Scottish Highlands on your way to Loch Ness
  • Dine in luxury at The Shard, with striking views over London
  • Eat laverbread and cockles in Cardiff
  • Explore the Cornish countryside

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Edinburgh; Whisky distillery tour and tasting Edinburgh
Day 2 Day trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands Edinburgh
Day 3 Train to London London
Day 4 Explore London - Afternoon tea experience London
Day 5 Drive to Cardiff Cardiff Bay
Day 6 Welsh foodie tour Cardiff Bay
Day 7 Drive to Cornwall Cornwall
Day 8 Camel Valley wine tasting Cornwall
Day 9 Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Edinburgh - Whisky distillery tour and tasting

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Catch a sunset over Edinburgh

Welcome to Edinburgh! Your UK food tour begins in Scotland's historic city of Edinburgh, where you will enjoy Scottish staples including haggis with neeps and tatties (yellow turnip or rutabaga and potatoes), and buttery shortbread. Meet your private transfer at the airport and drive to your hotel in central Edinburgh. After taking some time to settle in, you will join your guide to tour a local brewery, followed by a unique whisky-tasting experience.  Sample single malts and rare blends, while learning everything there is to know about the "water of life."

Day 2: Day trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

Scotland - Loch Ness - Urqhart Castle
Urquhart Castle sits pretty on Loch Ness

Today, you will venture north toward Inverness, stopping to visit one of Scotland’s most famous attractions, the mythical Loch Ness, in the center of the mountainous Scottish Highlands. This famous lake is thought to be home to a secretive sea monster known as “Nessie,” though its existence is not confirmed. As a part of this full-day experience, you will enjoy a tour of the lake with live sonar, allowing you to learn all the eerie secrets and perhaps even spot Nessie.

Day 3: Train to London 

London city skyline aerial view at sunset with The Shard tower shadow, UK, Great Britain
Aerial view of the London skyline with The Shard tower shadow over Tower Bridge

After enjoying the delights of Edinburgh, you will board a high-speed train today to lively London. Take in the pretty views of the English countryside as you work your way to southern England. In the evening, after you have had time to relax in your hotel, find your way to The Shard, which is one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers, for a delicious dinner. This unique landmark is home to several refined eateries, where you can experience the diversity of British cuisine in front of epic views of the cityscape.

Day 4: Explore London - Afternoon tea experience

Tea, London, UK
Experience afternoon tea 

Today, you will fully immerse yourself in London, stopping to visit a number of iconic attractions on a private driving tour. As a part of this luxury experience, you will see Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and London Bridge. This tour ends with a quintessentially English experience: afternoon tea at a luxury London hotel. Pinkies up as you treat yourself to traditional cucumber sandwiches, Victoria sponge cakes, and Earl Grey tea.

Day 5: Drive to Cardiff

Wales - Cardiff - Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle

Meet your driver and venture four hours west to Cardiff in Wales. Here you will explore the charming way of Cymru (Welsh for Wales) life with cuisine at its heart. 

Day 6: Welsh foodie tour

Welsh food, Wales, UK
Welsh cawl, rarebit, and oggie

Today you will join a food-tasting tour of Cardiff, visiting some of the city’s best eateries as well as a vibrant indoor market. Sample fresh cockles and laverbread, a local delicacy made with seaweed and oats, as well as traditional Welsh drinks, all while enjoying the city scenery.

Day 7: Drive to Cornwall

Cornwall coastline
Cornwall coastline

This morning you will journey along the coast to Cornwall in southwest England (3.5 hours). Immerse yourself in the rugged beauty taking in the beautiful vistas of rustic villages and sublime beaches. Break up the drive with a stop in Trebetherick for a great road trip snack, Cornish pasties.

Day 8: Camel Valley wine tasting

Vineyard
Camel Valley

Make your way to the famous Camel Valley Vineyards for a tour of the winery and learn about the vineyard’s history as well as the unique cultivation of English wines. Take the afternoon to relax on the winery's veranda overlooking stunning views of the vineyard and rural Cornish landscape, all the while sipping unique sparkling wines.

Day 9: Depart

England - Padstow - North Cornwall
The village of Padstow in north Cornwall

Enjoy your last morning in the Cornish countryside before catching the train to the airport for your onward journey home.

Map

Map of UK Food Tour - 9 Days
Map of UK Food Tour - 9 Days