LONDON TO EDINBURGH ADVENTURE

Bringing you the best of Britain; exploring Shakespeare country, the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, North Wales and the scenic beauty of the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales with time to discover the historic cities of York and Cambridge. The best of northern England - with highlights including Alnwick Castle, York Minster, Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay, Lake Windermere, Wordsworth's Cottage, Hadrian's Wall. Includes one night (Hotel) in London, one night (Hotel) in Edinburgh, with touring and your choice of B&B or Hotel in Shrewsbury, York, and Keswick.

LONDON TO EDINBURGH ADVENTURE

Bringing you the best of Britain; exploring Shakespeare country, the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, North Wales and the scenic beauty of the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales with time to discover the historic cities of York and Cambridge. The best of northern England - with highlights including Alnwick Castle, York Minster, Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay, Lake Windermere, Wordsworth's Cottage, Hadrian's Wall. Includes one night (Hotel) in London, one night (Hotel) in Edinburgh, with touring and your choice of B&B or Hotel in Shrewsbury, York, and Keswick.

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, Thursday: Arrive London

Arrive in London. A private transfer is included to take you to your pre-booked hotel. 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 02, Friday: London - Touring Begins - Shrewsbury

Make your way to the London departure point. Tour departs from London at 9:15 am. Departing London, we make our way to William Shakespeare's birthplace Stratford- upon-Avon, home to the Tudor thatched cottage and gardens of his wife, Anne Hathaway. We have time to explore the magnificent village of Stratford and enjoy lunch (not included), before continuing to the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge. Set in a stunning forested gorge on the River Severn this historic valley boats the world's first ever iron bridge and a host of attractions to choose from. It was once described as the most extraordinary district in the world! From here we travel to the beautiful riverside town of Shrewsbury for the next 2 nights.

Day 03, Saturday: Touring - Shrewsbury

This morning our tour will take us into the heart of North Wales. We travel through beautiful green valleys and lovely little towns and villages then visit the picture book medieval castle of Conwy, built by Edward I in the late 13th Century. We 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 hear tales of Owain Glyndwr and the Welsh struggles for independence before travelling back through the borderlands into England. Return to Shrewsbury for overnight.

Day 04, Sunday: 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 then in the afternoon we can visit the famous mansion house and gardens of Chatsworth, home to the Cavendish family, Duke of Devonshire. Chatsworth is often named the UK's favorite country house and a visit will reveal some of the finest collections of furniture, priceless paintings, Old Master drawings and neo-classical sculptures. From here we travel east out of the hills to the wonderful historic city of York where we spend the next 3 nights.

Day 05, Monday: Touring - York

Today you have a choice of things to do. You can spend the whole day at leisure exploring the medieval heart of York, a city whose rich history goes back to the time of the Romans, Vikings and Normans. Visit some of the fascinating museums, the amazing York Minster or just lose yourself in the maze of narrow streets and ancient city walls. 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 leave the London based tour here and will be picked up tomorrow by the a new driver/guide as our tour bus makes its way north. Our driver/guide will let us know all the details of pickup times for the next day.

Day 06, Tuesday: Touring - York

This is a leisurely day that gives us the flexibility to spend time exploring the medieval heart of York, a city whose rich history has been shaped by the Romans, Vikings and Normans before joining our excursion to the North Sea coast of Yorkshire. 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, who stayed in the Royal Hotel on the western side of Whitby while writing his famous novel Dracula. 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. Overnight in York. 

Day 07, Wednesday: Touring - Keswick

We are collected from our accommodation and head west into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Established in 1954, the Yorkshire Dales National Park has outstanding scenery, a range of wildlife habitats and a rich cultural heritage. It's a special place; a fantastic outdoor arena for recreation and peaceful relaxation and a haven for wildlife. Continuing west our route takes us through the Northern Dales an area of outstanding natural beauty that is the centre of the Dales cattle trade. Our final leg of today's journey takes us high up into the remote hills of the Yorkshire Dales before descending into the lively market town of Keswick where we are dropped off at our accommodations and are then free to explore this charming town. (**During July this tour may stay in Windermere instead).

Day 08, Thursday: Touring - Keswick

After breakfast we head a short distance 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, described as England's most beautiful lake, where we can take a forest walk to see the mighty Aira Force waterfall. Continuing south over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass we stop at Windermere where we have the option to take a leisurely cruise on the water or simply eat lunch while enjoying views of the mountains and lakes. After lunch we travel around the southern tip of Windermere and on towards Coniston Water after which we arrive at the picturesque conservation village of Hawkeshead, where the poet William Wordsworth attended Grammar School. 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”. There is free time to visit Wordsworth's Dove Cottage or enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden by the River Rothy. In the late afternoon we return to Keswick for overnight.

Day 09, Friday: Touring - Edinburgh

Leaving the Lakes behind us we start our climb of Hartside Pass which stands at over 1,900 ft. On a clear day the hills and mountains of Scotland and the English Lake District are clearly visible as 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, there is an opportunity to explore some of the Roman remains and walk in the footsteps of the Roman Centurions who patrolled this desolate frontier. Following the ancient Roman Dere Street, 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, where our tour ends. Make your way independetly to your pre-booked Edinburgh hotel for your final night.

Day 10, Saturday Edinburgh - Home

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

Rates & Hotels

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Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

Based on B&B, plus 1 night London and 1 night in Edinburgh
Based on Hotels, plus 1 night London and 1 night in Edinburgh

Tour Details

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(As most International flights are overnight flights - please book air accordingly)

Flight Details


Accommodation Details

UK Hotel

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Pre and post nights booked at a mid-level hotel [more]

Accommodations booked by Rabbies UK

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Depending on package booked, accommodations can be BB/Guesthomes, 3* Hotels/Inns (and some packages may include 4* Hotels) [more]

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 the date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date the tour starts in London. One would depart from the US. one day prior to the date noted.

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