13 Nights of Wales, England & Scotland
13 Nights of Wales, England & Scotland
This tour is customisable and private. We can provide a driver-guide with Luxury Sedan (3 PAX) or Van (8 PAX). For larger families and groups we can provide coaches from 16 to 49 seats with driver AND guide.
First time visitors will quickly discover that there is much more to Britain than can ever be explored in a single trip. But our 2 week tour is a wonderful way to explore the highlights of each country.
It is a diverse nation full of contrasts; whichever direction you travel you will find a wide variety of landscapes and differing cultures to explore.
Discover Great Britain, including the Cotswolds, Wales, the Heart of England, Northumberland, Lowlands & Highlands.
Stop at Lake Vyrnwy, the hills of the Peak District, Hadrian’s Wall, Mount Snowdon, Cairngorms National Park and Glen Coe.
Your Tour Details
Day 1. Cotswold, Tintern Abbey, Ludlow Town and Mountain Tour.
Castle Combe, visit this wonderful Cotswold village, a real film maker’s dream. The parish church is complete with 15th century clock and the burial of a Crusader knight.
We snake our way through the beautiful Wye Valley to Tintern Abbey. The Abbey is one of the finest relics of the monastic age. These romantic ruins stand in the heart of the Wye valley surrounded by wooded hillsides.
Ludlow, one of Britain’s loveliest towns. Harmonious mix of medieval, Tudor, and Georgian buildings. The perfect place for afternoon tea in traditional English tearooms. The town has a great 11th century castle rivalled by the huge 15th century church.
Overnight: Mid Wales.
Day 2. Lake Vyrnwy and Bodnant Gardens.
Lake Vyrnwy is a landscape like no other. The water reaches the lake through many routes, one course is via Rhiwargor Falls; a beautiful waterfall which creates natural music through the water hitting the rocks. Many come to this area to cycle, sail and rock climb.
Bodnant Gardens, the finest garden in Wales, renown for its lily ponds, Italianate terraces and remarkable collection of rhododendrons. Williams-Ellis in the late 1920’s. Fountains, statues, waterfalls and buildings of all different styles, quiet amazing.
Overnight: North Wales.
Day 3. Conwy Castle and Snowdonia National Park.
Conwy, one of the best-preserved medieval fortified towns in Britain with battlemented walls and narrow gateways. See the town and the frowning bulk of King Edward I’s great castle. Climb the towers and explore the interior.
Craggy mountains, steep valleys and jewels like lakes make up Snowdonia National Park. We can reach the summit by the famous mountain railway, weather permitting.
Overnight: North Wales.
Day 4. Peak District and Chatsworth House.
Tour the Peak District National Park. We see the patchwork countryside that makes English countryside famous. Caves, Iron Age hill top forts, delightful towns and villages characterize this region.
See Chatsworth House, the palatial home of the Dukes of Devonshire, featuring the grandest of landscaped gardens with maze, sunken gardens, and the 290ft jet of the emperor fountain. Chatsworth’s gardens have been used as a film location for the film of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride & Prejudice’.
Overnight: Lake District.
Day 5. Lakes, Dove Cottage and Beatrix Potter.
Tour the Lake District, including Lake Windermere and Ullswater. See the mountains, lakes, towns and villages that inspired the poet William Wordsworth.
Dove Cottage was the family home of William Wordsworth, one of Britain’s much-loved poets. See the family’s belongings and the rooms where little has changed since Wordsworth lived there.
Beatrix Potter’s Gallery at Hawkshead contains original artwork of her most famous drawings and watercolours. Also on display are some of Beatrix’s personal possessions. Visit Hill Top Farm, the home of Beatrix, purchased after the success of the Tales of Peter Rabbit. (Please note, Hill Top Farm is closed every Friday).
Overnight: Lake District.
Day 6. Transfer to Edinburgh via Hadrian’s Wall.
Tour Hadrian’s Wall. The wall is 73 miles long and whilst a large portion still stands, it would have run from the western shore to the east, now known as the Central Belt. Despite efforts, they failed to permanently triumph over the northern territories. Once the Romans finally abandoned their cause it became a ruin and the stone taken to be used elsewhere. The Housesteads Roman Fort is the most famous site along the wall, also the Birdoswald Roman Fort which is the longest continuous stretch of the wall.
Day 7. Tour of Edinburgh City with a guide-only service.
Tour the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Palace was once the home of Mary, Queen of Scots and was the setting for many dramatic episodes in her short life. The state-of-the-art Queen’s Gallery opened in 2002, which enable exhibitions of the most delicate works from the Royal Collection to be shown. Enjoy a walking tour of the famous Royal Mile with your guide - cobbled streets, tiny shops, mysteries and the stories of Scotland’s great figures of literature.
Enjoy a walking tour up the famous Royal Mile with your guide - cobbled streets, tiny shops, mysteries and the stories of Scotland’s great figures of literature.
Tour Edinburgh Castle, dominating Edinburgh’s skyline and giving stunning views across the city and countryside. Home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, the legendary Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg, a giant cannon. Leave the Old Town and explore the New Town. Visit the Georgian house, built in the late 18th century and furnished as it would have been in 1796, presenting a fascinating insight into the past.
Day 8. Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond, Glen Coe and Glen Nevis.
Perched high and proud on impressive cliffs, Stirling Castle has played a key role in Scottish history; the battles of Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn were fought within its shadow and Mary, Queen of Scots lived here as a child.
Made up of mountains, forests, rivers and lochs, the Trossachs National Park is a miniature version of the Highlands with historic connections to Rob Roy. The Corbetts, mountains between 2,500 and 3,000 feet, break the horizon in a zigzag manner.
The waterfalls of Glen Nevis and the rugged views of Glen Coe are a must-see when visiting the Highlands. Glen Coe featured in James Bond’s Skyfall. From the road you can see the legendary rocky ridge of the Devil’s Staircase.
Overnight: Fort William.
Day 9. Cairngorms National Park, Blair Castle and Edradour Distillery.
Travel through the Cairngorms National Park, the largest national park in Britain. The Park contains 25% of Britain’s threatened birds, animals and plants and includes moorlands, forests, rivers, lochs and glens.
Home of the Earls of Atholl since the 13th century, Blair Castle is situated in a beautiful wooded valley. The 30 state rooms contain a unique collection of furniture and armoury. The Cummings Tower is the oldest and tallest part of the castle, making it a historic landmark.
Whisky distilleries are located near the highest quality ingredients; pure, clear spring water and fragrant golden barley. A warm welcome and an invitation to see, smell, taste and absorb the magic of whisky. Visit Edradour Distillery, the smallest distillery in Scotland.
Day 10. Glamis Castle and transfer to Edinburgh.
Built in the Scottish baronial medieval style, Glamis Castle was the childhood home of Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and the birthplace of the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret. Legends and fables are bountiful here, so whatever the weather why not tour the scenes of these traditional myths.
There may be time for a stop at St Andrew’s.
Day 11. Bamburgh Castle, view of Lindisfarne and Alnwick Castle.
Bamburgh Castle was built as a fortress high on a cliff overlooking the sea, still remains a formidable structure today. The beautiful and remote Northumberland coast can be viewed from the castle walls.
Also known as Holy Island, Lindisfarne is cut off from the mainland by the twice-daily tide. The monastery was founded in 635 AD by Irish monks and was an important centre of early Christianity. With the right tide time, see the sea cover the only road to and from the island.
Home for 700 years to the Dukes of Northumberland, Alnwick Castle was built to protect the border with Scotland.The State Rooms contain generations of furniture and artwork. The Percy Tenantry Museum and Fusiliers Museum shows a collection of war memorabilia such as weapons, paintings and uniforms. The castle has a type of dungeon called an oubliette which only has one trapdoor; a secret nightmare for the ill-fated.
Alnwick Castle appears in all the Harry Potter films, one noticeable scene is the quidditch lesson in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The castle also appears in a scene from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
Day 12. Yorkshire Dales, Fountains Abbey and Castle Howard.
Tour the Yorkshire Dales National Park, ‘James Herriot Country’. Pass villages such Hawes and stop for photos in the valleys and mountains tops.
Visit Fountains Abbey, a huge 12th Century ruined monastery, now part of a sublime landscape garden with temples, ponds and monuments.
Tour the North York Moors National Park to Castle Howard. This Baroque gem is home to paintings by Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Reynolds.
Day 13. Discover York, Shopping and York Minster.
Tour York, enjoy a private walking tour of this great medieval city. The wall surrounding the city contains 45 towers, including the Multangular Tower which is part of the Roman Wall and remains intact despite its age.
Visit York Minster, Europe’s largest Church north of the Alps. Portions of the cathedral’s stained glass dates back to the 12th century. The Great East Window is the largest medieval stained glass in Britain.
Explore the city’s narrow lanes, snickets and famous tea and antique shops.
Day 14. Ancient Lincoln and Cambridge City.
Tour Lincoln, a city with pre-historic origins. The triple-towered Gothic cathedral stands on a 200 ft limestone plateau among medieval buildings.
Cambridge with its fascinating architecture of all styles and perfect lawns. See magnificent Kings College Chapel. Tour the beautiful Suffolk countryside studded with ancient towns suspended in time.
Return to London.
VW & Mercedes-Benz passenger vans
Our range of passenger vans are suitable to fulfil a number of different roles, depending on the number of people travelling, the amount of luggage and the length of the journey. Our Mercedes vans have 7 passenger seats, plenty of head and leg room. Our VW vans have more space and more luggage capacity and therefore are ideal for extended touring with groups up to 7 people. Luggage capacity: 8 medium suit cases plus 2/3 small carry-ons OR 5 large suit cases plus 2/3 carry-ons.
Our new SUVs are perfect for city and countryside touring. Panoramic roof, large seats and easy access are all key features of our fleet. This vehicle is ideal for long distance touring, especially when including Britain’s National Parks. This vehicle makes easy work of mountain passes, country lanes along with being supremely comfortable. Luggage capacity: 2 medium cases plus 2 small carry-ons.
BMW Grand Tourer
This vehicle is super comfortable for 2 people, touring the countryside on an extended tour or day trip is a breeze. This Grand Tourer has a long wheel base, which means more leg room than your average sedan, higher seating position making getting in out of the car easier. Another nice feature is a full panoramic roof This BMW also has a smooth and quiet ECO engine and a certain amount of style too! Luggage capacity: 2 medium cases plus 2 handbag sized pieces of luggage.
This vehicle is ideal for small corporate groups or large families. Large windows, cool boxes and quiet modern engines will enhance the touring experience. These vehicles have 15 passenger seats and rear area with tables. Luggage capacity: 15 medium bags plus carry-ons.
Our luxury motor coaches can cater for every group size from 21 to 49 passengers. All of our luxury coaches are air-conditioned, have radio/pa systems and are fitted with seat belts. Some have a refrigerator, monitors and washroom facilities. Luggage capacity varies.
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Since 2002, we have created British travel experiences for individuals, families, groups and corporations. Driver-Guided Tours, Chauffeur-Driven Transfers and Behind-the-Scenes Tours, Unique Accommodation, Customised Group Programmes and VIP Experiences, Premium Tickets to Theatres, Sporting and Cultural Events
And why we do it!
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