UK Discovery Tours

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British Culture

2 Countries - 6 Days

See and taste the best of British culture, taking in London, Bath, Cardiff, Edinburgh and more.


DAY 1 – LONDON - CARDIFF
LONDON - STONEHENGE – BATH - CARDIFF
Experience first-hand what's "great" about Great Britain on this mesmerising sojourn past the peaks of Wales and the rolling hills and lush farmlands of England to "bonnie" Scotland. We kick-start our adventure in the cosmopolitan capital of London, heading west to Stonehenge's stone monoliths, whose centuries-old myths have yet to be fully revealed. 

The elegant Georgian architecture of Bath takes center stage during our visit to this famous spa town. Here, we'll see the Abbey and visit the Roman Baths, before crossing the Severn Estuary to Cardiff. Delve into the proud culture and heritage of the Welsh as you embark on an orientation of the city to see the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle, in the heart of the city.


DAY 2 – CARDIFF - LIVERPOOL
CARDIFF - LUDLOW - LIVERPOOL
The half-timbered Tudor houses of Ludlow feature today on our exploration of this market town with its medieval walls and historic castle. We journey north through the Shropshire Hills and Cheshire landscapes to the bold British city of Liverpool, hometown of the 'Fab Four'. 

A guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural present, you’ll discover the two magnificently different cathedrals, see Mathew Street, birthplace of The Beatles, and admire the Mersey Sound.


DAY 3 – LIVERPOOL – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS)
LIVERPOOL – LAKE DISTRICT – GRETNA GREEN - EDINBURGH
The enchanting views of Britain's Lake District provide a scenic backdrop for our leisurely drive north to Scotland. Skirt the romantic shores of Lake Windermere and enjoy views that inspired literary greats like William Wordsworth. Enjoy an exclusive cruise on a private boat on England's most beautiful and largest lake, taking in the northern coastline, beautiful houses, gardens and Wray Castle. You’ll see deserted islands, boats and birdlife as you explore the area loved by Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.

We stop at the runaway wedding capital that is Gretna Green where "Blacksmith Priests" would marry couples over the Marriage Anvil. 

Later, we arrive in enchanting Edinburgh - our home for the next two nights. If your visit coincides with the Edinburgh Festival, enjoy rousing performances at the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo in the city's striking castle grounds.


DAY 4 – EDINBURGH 
SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Ramble up the Royal Mile in the mesmerising medieval city of Edinburgh, where you'll join a Local Specialist on an included city sightseeing tour. Stroll through the Old Town and view Arthur's Seat and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, for centuries the seat of the kings and queens of the Scots. Visit Edinburgh Castle perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city. 

Spend the rest of the day exploring Auld Reekie's medieval relics and elegant Georgian and Gothic façades on your own, or join your Travel Director on an Optional Experience to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. 

This evening, consider attending a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes - an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two.

OR - Dinner And Drive To Historic Torphichen
Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Hospitaller. At the haunted Torphichen Inn your arrival will be toasted by our convivial host before enjoying an excellent dinner of local specialties and entertainment.

DAY 5 – EDINBURGH - YORK
EDINBURGH – HADRIAN’S WALL - YORK
Trace the northern frontier of the Roman Empire at Hadrian's Wall before crossing the River Tyne and venturing south to the ancient cathedral city of York, whose origins hark back to Roman times. Walk along the famous Shambles and view the York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world. 


DAY 6 – YORK - LONDON
YORK - STRATFORD-UPON-AVON - LONDON
Delve into the fascinating story of Shakespeare's life at his Birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon, and view Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage. We return to London this evening where our memorable encounter with Britain's icons comes to an end. 


ACTIVITIES
•    Buckingham Palace
•    The Tower of London
•    Westminster Abbey 
•    Follow in the footsteps of The Beatles 
•    Guided walking tour of York
•    See York Minster and Clifford's Tower 
•    Visit Bowness & see Windermere 
•    See Edinburgh Castle 
•    Holyrood Palace 
•    The Royal Mile
•    Entrance to Gretna Green Museum 
•    Edinburgh Castle Experience
•    Whisky Tastes and Tales 
•    Spot 'Nessie' on a boat cruise of stunning Loch Ness
•    Visit St. Andrews, the home of golf 
•    See the spectacular Eilean Donan castle
•    See Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain
•    Visit the seaside town of Portree 
•    See the William Wallace Monument 
•    Jameson's Whiskey Distillery tour
•    Guided bike tour of Kilkenny 
•    Galway Walking Tour
•    Visit Blarney Castle
•    See the Cliffs of Moher (weather dependent)
•    See the 17th century city walls of Londonderry 
•    City tour of Belfast with a Local Guide
•    Visit the Giant's Causeway 
•    Entry into the Titanic Museum

 

 

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