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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  4 days (approx.)
Get acquainted with a collection of must-visit British cities on an action-packed 5-day tour from London! Including overnight stays in York, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Cardiff, the tour also visits to Stratford-upon-Avon, Chester, Bath and Stonehenge — England’s famous UNESCO-listed stone circle. Combine walking tours with visits to top attractions such as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and enjoy ample free time to explore independently, too.

Highlights

  • 5-day tour of England, Scotland and Wales from London
  • Visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Learn about British history on walking tours of York, Edinburgh, Chester and Bath
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stonehenge on the Salisbury Plains
  • Enjoy 4-star overnight hotel accommodation in central York, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Cardiff

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What You Can Expect

5-Day Best of Britain Tour: Edinburgh, Stonehenge, York, Bath, and Cardiff from London

Take a stroll down the narrow, cobbled streets of York

Your 5-day tour introduces you to some of the top cities in England, Scotland and Wales. See the sights on walking tours, and enjoy overnight stays in York, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Cardiff. As a bonus, if you travel on August 3, 10 or 17, a standard-seat ticket to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is included. Taking place annually, the evening event draws people from all over the world and features ceremonial marches, traditional music and dancing at the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

Breakfasts are included daily (with the exception of Day 1) and ample free time is allocated for any other meals that are not included. All of your 4-star hotels are located centrally, so you can explore each city with ease in between traveling and excursions.

Itinerary

Day 1: London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York (D)
Leave London’s Marble Arch by luxury coach and travel north to the pretty market town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare — the renowned English poet and playwright — and hear tales of his popular sonnets, stanzas and plays. After exploring the town with your guide, travel north to York, capital of the county of Yorkshire.

Stretch your legs on a stroll around the city, and pay a visit to York Minster and the pretty cobblestone streets of the Shambles. Check in to your York hotel, and then get to know your guide and fellow group members over a welcome dinner and 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, a 12th-century stately home built for Augustinian monks.

Your journey to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, takes roughly four hours, meaning your estimated arrival time is around midday. First stop is Edinburgh Castle for a tour of the impressive historical landmark that towers on a rocky crag above the city. Learn of pivotal events in the castle’s history such as the Jacobite Rebellion, and see meticulously preserved rooms like the 16th-century Great Hall.

Return to your coach for a short drive down the Royal Mile to see Holyroodhouse Palace, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh. After viewing the historical palace from the outside, take a walk down Princes Street, passing its busy high street shops and independent boutiques, before a photo stop by the Sir Walter Scott Monument. Enjoy free time to shop, eat and sightsee at leisure. Check into your hotel in the late afternoon, and then spend your evening in the city independently. If traveling on August 3, 10 or 17, a ticket to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is included. Head to Edinburgh Castle with your guide in the evening, and enjoy a performance of ceremonial marching, drumming, dancing and music that culminates in a dazzling firework display.

Overnight: 4-star Missoni Hotel, Edinburgh

Day 3: Edinburgh – Lake District – Liverpool (B)
Enjoy breakfast, and travel southwest by coach, past the southern Scottish village of Gretna Green. The village is a popular British wedding venue, made famous from eloping English couples during the 18th and 19th centuries. Cross the border into England’s northeast and travel through the Lake District, a region so picturesque that it inspired several of Britain’s best-known 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. Your tour then continues south to Liverpool, the lively northern city with a famous musical heritage.

After checking into your hotel, the remainder of your afternoon and evening is spent at leisure. Get recommendations for top attractions to visit independently from your guide; the Beatles Story exhibition and Albert Dock are well worth visiting at your own expense.

Overnight: 4-star Atlantic Tower Hotel, Liverpool

Day 4: Liverpool – Chester – Cardiff (B)
Relax over breakfast in your hotel, and then leave Liverpool 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 days. See Chester’s majestic Eastgate Clock — one of the most photographed clocks in Britain— and then admire Chester Cathedral from the outside.

Resume your journey and travel southwest through Wales to the country’s capital of Cardiff: your final destination of the day. Check in to your hotel on arrival, and then enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening doing whatever you wish.

Overnight: 4-star Mercure Cardiff Holland House, Cardiff

Day 5: Cardiff – Bath – Stonehenge – London (B)
Leave your Cardiff hotel after breakfast, and travel to the historical spa town of Bath, back in England. Learn about Bath’s heritage as a spa resort on a walking tour, and admire its Georgian architecture, resplendent in the local honey-hued stone. Your tour includes a visit to the Roman Baths, and a photo stop outside the 15th-century Bath Abbey.

Use your free time to enjoy lunch, and then travel out of Bath to the Salisbury Plains, home to the UNESCO-listed stone circle of Stonehenge. Believed to date around 5,000 years old, the ancient monument boasts an intriguing past, built from rare Welsh stone at a time when transporting such heavy material would have been near impossible.

The stones are roped off from the crowds for preservation, but a footpath around the outside of the circle lends itself to clear and close-up views. Learn all about the stone circle from your guide, and pose for photos in front of its megalithic stones.

From Stonehenge, travel back to London, and finally finish your 5-day tour with a drop-off at the Marble Arch start point.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

This tour was all I expected and more. Our tour guide Caroline Huyshe was excellent. She provided many interesting bits of information at our different stops and along the way in the coach. The stops along the route were well planned and the hotels provided a restful evening and night. Ian our driver was very proficient and drove the coach with skill. Although Ian was very quiet he was very helpful with the luggage and getting our bags to the rooms. I believe Caroline made the trip very enjoyable on all fronts. She was patient with us and answered all our questions. I enjoyed this trip from start to finish and the extras- The Scottish Show in Edinburgh and the Welsh Evening at the The Blue Anchor Inn were very welcome additions. Thank-you for a well planned and informative trip. Phyllis Umpherville,Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

4 star rating: Recommended June 2013

The tour was excellent! Tour guide and driver were great too.. except for the last night in Liverpool which i think is not worth the time. We should either spend one more night in Edinburgh or Lake district. There is nothing much in Liverpool unlike Edinburgh and Lake District. On the final day back to London, there should also be a stop for photos at Cotswold.. One comment on Thistle Marble Arch Hotel in which we stayed for 2 nights. One night before and after the tour respectively. We chose to stay there as the pick up is convenient. We told the hotel staff we will be coming back to stay in the hotel after our tour, however they refuse to keep some of our luggage. As such 2 of us took our 4 pieces of luggage with us all the way up north UK and back! As we have done much shopping in London before our land tour, we have more than 1 luggage each. If only the hotel can be more considerate given that we will still be their customer when we returned. Unfortunately they insisted on a charge of 30 pounds per day per luggage if we were to leave our bags with them. I find this not acceptable as we will be returning to stay with them. Appreciate Viator or Insights can speak to them to avoid disappointment of future tour customers. If its not because of Viator or Insight tour, Thistle Marble Arch will not necessary be chosen..

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