LONDON TO EDINBURGH ADVENTURE

8-days of touring featuring the featuring Shakespeare’s England, Wales, Yorkshire and the Lake District, plus an independent night in London and in Edinburgh


Highlights

London to Edinburgh Adventure

Start your tour independently discovering London. Join the tour and leave London. A fantastic combination of the "Heart of England" and "York, the Dales, and Lake District” tours to give you an memorable journey through some of the best scenic and historic locations in England and Wales, from Stratford upon Avon and Conwy to Chatsworth House, the Peak District, York and Hadrian’s Wall. End your tour with an independent night in Edinburgh!

Tour Highlights

  • Small intimate coaches.
  • Shakespeare country & Stratford-on-Avon.
  • Ironbridge World Heritage.
  • Mountains of Snowdonia.
  • Conwy Castle.
  • York & the Dales.
  • Robin Hoods Bay.
  • Lake Windermere.
  • Scottish Borders.

London to Edinburgh Adventure Tour Includes

  • Nine (9) nights accommodations; one (1) night in London (pre-tour) at pre-booked mid-ranged 3-4 * hotel. To be advised at time of booking.
  • Two (2) nights at your choice B&B or Hotel in Shrewsbury.
  • Three (3) nights at your choice of B&B or Hotel in York.
  • Two (2) nights at your choice of B&B or Hotel in Keswick.
  • One (1) night in Edinburgh (post-tour) at pre-booked mid-ranged 3-4 * hotel. To be advised at time of booking.
  • Breakfast daily (except for morning of arrival, continental self-serve at the Bowmore Cottages).
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Edinburgh.
  • Eight (8) days of custom touring.
  • All service charges and hotel taxes.

Itinerary

Day 01, U.S. - London

Depart the U.S. on overnight flight to London.

Day 02, London

Arrive London; Shared coach transfer included to your hotel is included. You are free to enjoy London independently today. (Please note, hotel check-in is generally between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. If you are arriving into London early - the hotel will be happy to hold your luggage until your room is ready).

Day 03, London - Touring Begins - Shrewsbury

Make your way to the London departure point. Tour departs from London at 9:15 am. We make our way to William Shakespeare's birthplace Stratford on Avon, home to the Tudor thatched cottage and gardens of his wife, Anne Hathaway. Continue onto the World Heritage site of Ironbridge. Set in a stunning forested gorge on the river Severn this historic valley boast the world's first ever iron bridge and a host of attractions to choose from. From here we travel to the beautiful riverside town of Shrewsbury for the next two (2) nights (on some dates the accommodation may be in Chester).

Day 04, Touring - Shrewsbury

Our tour takes us into the heart of North Wales. We travel through beautiful green valleys and lovely little towns and visit the picture book medieval castle of Conwy, built by Edward I in the late 13th Century. We will explore the impressive mountain scenery of the Snowdonia National Park including the huge Dinorwic slate quarries and the dramatic Pass of Llanberis in the shadows of Snowdon Wales' highest peak. We then travel back through the borderlands into England.

Day 05, Touring - York

To the northeast of Shrewsbury lie the hills of the Peak District National Park with a mixture of stunning scenery and beautiful little villages. We take a scenic route through the park to the village of Castleton. From here we travel east out of the hills to the wonderful historic city of York where you will spend the next three (3) nights.

Day 06, Touring - York

Today we have a choice of things to do. Spend the whole day at leisure exploring the medieval heart of York or alternatively you could join your guide on a half day excursion into the Yorkshire Dales visiting the historic market towns of Knaresborough or Ripon and some of the attractive little villages and beautiful countryside of the Eastern Dales, followed by a free afternoon in York. We will leave the London based tour here and be picked up tomorrow by the tour bus from Edinburgh. Our driver/guide will let us know all the details of pickup times for the next day.

Day 07, Touring - York

Our journey begins in the late morning when we head for the magnificent North Yorkshire Moors National Park. Lunch will be in Whitby, a bustling fishing port and the inspiration for the fertile imagination of author Bram Stoker. After lunch, and free time in Whitby, we travel to the fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay, a perfectly preserved conservation village of winding lanes and narrow alleys before returning towards York. *The minicoach cannot access the main village because of local restrictions. The coach will drop us at the top of the village and we must walk down (and back up!) a steep hill to reach the old village center.

Day 08, Touring - Keswick

Today we head west into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Continuing west we travel through the Northern Dales an area of outstanding natural beauty. Throughout the day we will have the opportunity to taste the flavors of Yorkshire when we visit the town of Masham, home to two of Yorkshires best known breweries, and the cheese-making center in historic Hawes. Our day then takes us high up into the remote hills of the Yorkshire Dales before descending into the lively market town of Keswick where we will be dropped off at our accommodations. Evening is free to explore this charming town (in July overnight may be in Windermere rather than Keswick).

Day 09, Touring - Keswick

After breakfast we head out of town to the mysterious Castlerigg standing stones, thought by many to have been built over 5,000 years ago and the scene of ancient rituals. We travel on to the shores of Ullswater before continuing south over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass. A stop in Windermere then on towards Coniston Water after which we arrive at the picturesque conservation village of Hawkeshead. After free time to explore the village we take the narrow country lanes north towards Grasmere, which Wordsworth described as “the loveliest spot that man hath found”. In the late afternoon we return to Keswick.

Day 10, Touring - Edinburgh

Leaving the lakes behind us we start our climb of Hartside Pass which stands at over 1900 ft. We follow the route of the old sheep drovers between England and Scotland. Stopping at Hadrian's Wall, built by Emperor Hadrian to keep the Scots out of the Roman Empire. We cross into Scotland and continue on to the Border town of Jedburgh for refreshments in the shadow of the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Our final stop is at the world famous Scott's View, encompassing outlooks of the River Tweed and the Cheviot Hills that broadly form the Scottish-English border before continuing north to Edinburgh arriving approx at 7:00 pm. Our tour ends at Waverly Bridge in Edinburgh, where you will make your own way back to your pre-booked hotel.

Day 11, Edinburgh - Home

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the Airport for your return flight to the U.S.

Optionals

Rates & Hotels

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2017Land Only
May 3; 10; 17 (Sold Out)   2409
May 24 (Sold Out)   2439
May 31 (Sold Out)   2539
Jun 7; 14; 21; 28; Jul 5   2539
Jul 12 (Sold Out)   2539
Jul 19   2539
Jul 26; Aug 2   2759
Aug 9 (Sold Out)   2759
Aug 16   2759
Aug 23; 30; Sep 6; 13; 20; 27   2539
Oct 4; 11   2439

Pricing

Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. There are no triple rooms for this tour.

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Tips to driver/guide
  • Visitor attractions

Airfare

Airfare is additional. Once you select your date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The dates shown will be the start / end date of your tour. However, you can alter these dates to arrive earlier or extend your stay as needed.

Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) month from date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date one would depart from the US. Tour begins in UK one day later.

Some departures may overnight in Chester versus Shrewsbury - and some July departures may overnight in Windermere rather than Keswick.

 
Hotels featured on this tour
London to Edinburgh Adventure 10-day tour - Based on B&B, plus 1 night Edinburgh and 1 night in London - [details] 
London to Edinburgh Adventure 10-day tour - Based on Hotels, plus 1 night Edinburgh and 1 night in London - [details] 

 

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