- 4-day tour of England and Scotland with overnight accommodation in York, Edinburgh and Liverpool
- Visit the university city of Cambridge on the way to York
- Tour Edinburgh Castle and see the Royal Mile, Princes Street and Holyroodhouse Palace in Scotland’s capital city
- Travel through the popular wedding village of Gretna Green and visit William Wordsworth’s grave in the Lake District
- Explore Chester with its well-preserved Roman city walls and check out Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
- Three nights of accommodation in 4-star hotels included
Set off from London’s Marble Arch by luxury coach and head to Cambridge – one of England’s most prestigious university cities. Less than two hours from central London, the historic city is a joy to explore and you’ll do just that on a stop with your guide. Walk around the city, seeing famous King’s College, and then stop for lunch at your own expense. Hop back on board your coach and head north to York – a historical walled city in scenic north Yorkshire. After a relaxing journey (roughly three hours) you’ll be glad of the chance to stretch your legs, so head out with your guide to visit York Minster – England’s largest medieval cathedral (entrance at your own expense). Spend free time exploring the pretty cobblestone streets of the Shambles and then check into your hotel. In the evening, relax with your guide and other guests during a welcome dinner with drinks.
Overnight: 4-star Hilton York Hotel, York
Day 2: York – Edinburgh (B)
After breakfast, leave York and travel north through the rugged countryside of the Northumberland Moors, passing the romantic ruins of Jedburgh Abbey – built as a home for 12th-century Augustinian monks.
Your journey to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, takes roughly four hours, meaning you’ll arrive around midday. First stop is Edinburgh Castle (own expense) for a guided tour of the building -- perched high on a rocky crag overlooking the city. Learn about defining events in the castle’s history like the Jacobite Rebellion and see meticulously preserved rooms like the 16th-century Great Hall.
Hop back on board your coach for a short drive down the Royal Mile to see Holyroodhouse Palace – the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh. After a look at the historic palace from the outside, take a walk down Princes Street, passing its busy high street shops and independent boutiques, before stopping for photos by Scott Monument – also known as the Sir Walter Scott Monument. Enjoy free time to shop, have lunch (own expense) and sightsee at leisure. Check into your hotel in the late afternoon with your guide and then spend the night in the city independently.
Overnight: 4-star George Hotel, Edinburgh
Day 3: Edinburgh – Lake District – Liverpool (B)
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and then head southwest by coach, passing through Gretna Green -- the southern Scottish village famous as a wedding venue for eloping English couples during the 18th and 19th centuries. From Gretna Green, cross the border into England’s rugged northeast and drive through the Lake District – a region so picturesque that it's no wonder it was the inspiration behind some of Britain’s best poets. Stop to visit the grave of one such poet, William Wordsworth, in the pretty limestone town of Grasmere, and then take a break for lunch (own expense). Your tour then continues south to Liverpool – England’s lively northeastern city that’s famous for its musical heritage.
After checking into your hotel, the rest of your afternoon and evening is spent at leisure. Your guide will give you recommendations for top attractions to visit at your own expense – perhaps check out the Beatles Story exhibition or Albert Dock.
Overnight: 4-star Atlantic Tower Hotel, Liverpool
Day 4: Liverpool – Chester – Stratford-upon-Avon – Cotswolds (B)
Relax over breakfast in your hotel, and then leave Liverpool by coach to visit the former Roman fortress town of Chester – only a short drive away. Walk around the almost-intact city walls with your guide and learn about their use during medieval times. See Chester’s majestic Eastgate Clock -- one of the most photographed clocks in Britain after Big Ben – and then admire Chester Cathedral from the outside.
Continue your tour south to the pretty market town of Stratford-upon-Avon for lunch (own expense). While in the town, visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare -- the renowned English poet and playwright – hearing tales of his popular sonnets, stanzas and plays. After exploring the delightful town with your guide, return south to London, passing through the picture-perfect villages of the Cotswolds. Your tour finishes at Marble Arch, central London, in the early evening.