Destination

England, Wales, Scotland

Duration

14 Days

Price

From $4,998 pp*

Experience profound history and spectacular vistas as you journey back in time to the most enthralling sites of the United Kingdom. Marvel at the breath-taking views of Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath and find yourself at the feet of legendary castles in Wales. Hike through the hills of Snowdonia National Park where glorious peaks await and travel to Liverpool to visit the greatest Beatles exhibition in the world, the “Beatles Story.” Explore the magical Celtic castles of Scotland before boarding a steam train that will take you all through the Scottish highlands to the west coast. Here, a boat will be waiting to take you to the mythical Isle of Skye. Sample premium whiskey and discover the charming streets of Edinburgh before bringing your picture perfect vacation to a Travelous end. *Note: Pricing based on a group of 4 travelers.

Days Activities Accommodations
Day 1
London
  • Airport Transfer (Arrival)
  • Get to know London
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury - Standard Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 2
London
  • Windsor, Stonehenge, Bath (Shared)
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury - Standard Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 3
Chester
  • Aristocracy, Ironbridge, Chester
Macdonald New Blossoms - Classic Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 4
Chester
  • Wales & Snowdonia National Park
Macdonald New Blossoms - Classic Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 5
Windermere
  • Manchester & Liverpool: Football & The Beatles
Macdonald Old England - Classic Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 6
Windermere
  • The English Lake District (Shared)
Macdonald Old England - Classic Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 7
Glasgow
  • Train: Oxenholme - Glasgow
  • Glasgow Hop On Hop Off
The Carlton George - Superior Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 8
Fort William
  • Braveheart & the Highlands
Iverlochy Castle - Standard Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 9
Isle of Skye
  • Steam Trains & Boat Rides
Duisdale House - Classic Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 10
Isle of Skye
  • Discover the Isle of Skye
Duisdale House - Classic Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 11
Inverness
  • Castles, Monsters & the Capital of the Highlands
Rocpool Reserve Hotel - Hip Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 12
Edinburgh
  • Forests, Whisky & Coronations
The Balmoral Hotel - Classic Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 13
Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Walking Tour
  • Dinner at Prestonfield House
The Balmoral Hotel - Classic Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 14
Edinburgh
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)

Day 1
London

Welcome to London. A Travelous representative awaits your arrival holding a sign with your name printed on it. Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance to your centrally located hotel.

Your day is at leisure so be sure make use of your included Hop on Hop Off ticket with complimentary Thames River Cruise to see all those "must see" attractions the capital has to offer: Tower of London, Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, Buckingham Palace, St Paul"s Cathedral & much more.

Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury - Standard Room

Day 2
London

This morning after breakfast you wil be collected by a courtesy service to join your shared tour to visit some of the most iconic sites in England: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath. This tour, on-board a modern coach with A/C, and using the unique VOX live guiding system includes entrances to Windsor Castle, the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge and the world famous hot springs at Bath.

Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury - Standard Room

Day 3
Chester

Depart London, and begin your journey north through the midlands of England. Stopping mid-morning in the historical town of Warwick to visit the imposing Warwick Castle, home to the Earl of Warwick who at one point in English history was one of the most powerful names in the country.

Continuing north, you will head to another powerhouse of the country, the Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution: Ironbridge. This UNESCO World Heritage site played a vital role in the 18th Century and is now recognised for its contribution as one of the most technologically advanced areas in the world. Experience first-hand how this tiny town became the center of the Industrial Revolution and walk across the world"s first cast iron bridge!

End your day in the picturesque city of Chester after a leisurely drive along the English/Welsh border. Enjoy a short orientation tour of the city with your guide to learn about its Roman connections and walk among the 700 year old "Rows" with their classic black & white style buildings.

Macdonald New Blossoms - Classic Room

Day 4
Chester

With the close proximity, today is the ideal opportunity to experience Wales. Home to legendary castles, male voice choirs and the favourite afternoon cake "Bara Brith", Wales is a fascinating country to visit. Begin by heading west to Llandudno, a classic Victorian seaside town. The town of Conwy is next on the list with one of the most imposing castles you are ever likely to see. Built by Edward I during the English conquest of Wales it is a masterpiece of castle building.

Continue along the costal road and take a sharp turn south leaving the sea behind driving deep into one of the highlights of your trip: Snowdonia National Park. Peak after peak awaits with staggering beauty. Taking a particularly nice stroll around the lake of Llyn Idwal surrounded by the giants of Tryfan and Glyder Fawr is highly recommended. Alternatively, just sit back and enjoy the scenery stopping in the mountain town of Betws-y-Coed, a pretty Victorian resort where you can also take a walk to see the spectacular Swallow Falls. Return to Chester via Llangollen in the Dee Valley, where you will have a chance to stop and see the magnificent Pontcysyllte Aqueduct still in use to this date.

Macdonald New Blossoms - Classic Room

Day 5
Windermere

Today, we visit two contrasting cities whose rivalries go far beyond that of football! Liverpool was once the jewel in the crown for Northern England. Its deep international sea port played a key role in cementing it's importance in trade links worldwide. However, when the Manchester Shipping Canal was built in the late 1800's, it gave the cotton mills of Manchester a direct route to the sea and the city took much of the trade from Liverpool. Combine that with two of the most famous football clubs in the world, the home of the Beatles in Liverpool, two of the largest Chinese communities in the UK and a foodies paradise; makes for a very interesting mix! The day will end in the town of Windermere in the Lake District, where your driver/guide will leave you as you prepare for the next stage of your journey.

Macdonald Old England - Classic Room

Day 6
Windermere

Today, you will join a shared small group tour on board a comfortable mini-bus to discover the wild and rugged landscape of the Lake District. This "Ten Lakes Spectacular" provides the ultimate tour of the "most beautiful corner of England". Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Lakeland fells, valleys and lakes from the south to the north. The tour includes a lake cruise in the summer months, a visit to the 4,000 year old Castlerigg Stone Circle set high on the fells, and time in Keswick for lunch, with plenty of stops for admiring the views and taking photographs.

Macdonald Old England - Classic Room

Day 7
Glasgow

After breakfast, transfer in private vehicle to Oxenholme train station for direct train service to Glasgow. Enjoy the scenery as you speed north across the border on this 2 hour journey. On arrival in Glasgow your local private transfer will be waiting to take you to your hotel.

The rest of the day is at your leisure to do as much or as little as you wish should you need to recharge. You have a Hop On Hop Off ticket of the city included. Either stay on the bus for a guided orientation or jump off and explore. Recommended stops include Kelvingrove Art Gallery and the spectacular Glasgow Cathedral.

The Carlton George - Superior Room

Day 8
Fort William

This morning, meet your local Scottish driver/guide who will be with you for the next few days of your Scottish adventure. Leave Glasgow behind, heading north to Stirling and the first of several impressive Scottish Castles. Learn about the Guardian of Scotland, Sir William Wallace, his battles with the English, his victories and ultimately, his defeat & death. He did however pave the way for an Independent Scotland and his leadership led to the rise of Robert the Bruce who led the Scottish armies to a spectacular victory at Bannockburn, within view of the castle. You will soon realise that the topic of Scottish Independence isn"t quite finished.

Passing along the edges of the largest of Scotland"s Lochs, Loch Lomond, and through the forests of the Trossachs, you will begin to notice the change in landscape as the dramatic highlands approach. By the time you reach Glencoe and hear about the infamous massacre that took place there, the lowlands will be long gone and you"ll be well and truly in the highlands of Scotland. Your accommodation for the evening will be as grand as your surroundings!

Iverlochy Castle - Standard Room

Day 9
Isle of Skye

Today, will be another highlight as you ride the classic Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig. Dubbed the "greatest railway journey in the world" this is a classic, vintage steam train passing through some of the most stunning scenery on the Isles including crossing the 21 arch Glenfinnan viaduct (of Harry Potter fame) & Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain. Transfer in private vehicle from your hotel to the train station to start your journey while your driver guide and luggage goes on ahead ready to meet you on arrival at Mallaig.

Arrive at Mallaig on the West Coast of Scotland at mid-day, where depending on ferry timings you should have time for lunch before heading onto the car ferry, crossing over to the Isle of Skye. This is a mystical Island with deep connections to the Nordic days of old and the romance of the Jacobite rebellions. Explore some of Southern part of the Island before reaching your hotel for the night.

Duisdale House Hotel - Classic Room

Day 10
Isle of Skye

Set off for the day and discover the slower pace of island life as your guide takes you on a fully guided tour of the Isle of Skye. Spend the day exploring the island, its incredible rock formations, scenery and the historic Dunvegan Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Macleod for over 800 years. Visit Portree, Kilt Rock, Trotternish & the Old Man of Storr to name but a few. A highly recommended lunch stop is the fabulously remote "Three Chimneys Restaurant" (pre-booking essential).

Duisdale House Hotel - Classic Room

Day 11
Inverness

The adventure continues this morning as you drive over the Skye Bridge back onto the mainland, travelling past the Kyle of Lochalsh to one of the most wildly romantic spots on the planet: Eilean Donan Castle. Dating back to a Celtic age when castles were built to defend the sea, not the land; this is one of the most photographed castles in the world. You will see many examples of Scottish "sea castles" in this part of the country, a symbol of their glorious Celtic past. Head towards your next overnight stop, Inverness: the capital of the highlands. Drive alongside Loch Ness, Scotland"s deepest loch and home to the legendary "Nessie". There will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the countryside including a stop at Urquart Castle.

Day 12
Edinburgh

Leaving Inverness, travel south through the magnificent Cairngorm Mountain range & Speyside to the charming Victorian town of Pitlochry for a visit to Edradour, the smallest distillery in Scotland. Enjoy a guided tour of the working distillery while sampling a couple of their unique whiskys. Continue on through village after village each one more picturesque that the other, including Dunkeld lying on the banks of River Tay. If it's more whisky you are after just let your guide know, this is prime distillery country! You will also learn about the "Stone of Destiny", the coronation stone of Scottish Kings originally found at Scone Palace near Perth. Removed by the English to Westminster Abbey at the height of the wars with Scotland but now returned home to Edinburgh Castle. Arrive into Scotland's capital early evening where your guide will escort you to your hotel before bidding you farewell.

Note: A common misconception is that Glasgow is the capital of Scotland when it is actually Edinburgh. Also, it's not a typo, the Scots spell do spell it "Whisky".

The Balmoral Hotel - Classic Room

Day 13
Edinburgh

Enjoy a leisurely morning breakfast before meeting your local guide around midday for a fascinating walking tour of Edinburgh's Old Town.

The town is a maze of backstreets, alleyways, hidden courtyards and spectacular views with Edinburgh Castle looming overhead. Your discovery of Edinburgh includes entrance to the castle where you can explore the inner sactum on this private tour. A few steps away from the castle, also on the Royal Mile you will find the Tartan Weaving Mill. Why not get measured you up for your own kilt?

Still looking for a Whisky fix? All the pubs along the Royal Mile do whisky tastings and the barman will be more than pleased to recommend his favourites!

Return to your hotel before a farewell Scottish evening at Prestonfield House with a sumptuous 4 course dinner including the address to the haggis "Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o the puddin' race!" Robert Burns. (Ask your guide to explain)

The Balmoral Hotel - Classic Room

 

Day 14
Edinburgh

Unfortunately, we say goodbye to you today. Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance to the airport for your flight home. Keep the memories alive and we hope to see you again soon in Scotland. Stay Travelous!

Lift history off the pages and explore historic England. With hundreds of award-winning heritage attractions, museums, memorials and UNESCO World Heritage Sites all crammed into one small country, you'll trip over history & culture at every turn. It's virtually impossible to ignore this country's mythical and fabled characters, horrible histories, legendary monarchs and influential leaders as you discover Neolithic mounds and Roman ruins, thatched Tudor houses, Victorian squares, prehistoric remains, spooky medieval gaols and historic towns. Welcome to the birthplace of Shakespeare & The Beatles.

Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury

Close by the chic boutiques of Covent Garden and Oxford Street's celebrated stores, this beguiling Bloomsbury landmark brings style and comfort together beautifully. In the shadow of the British Museum, the hotel's atmospheric ambience reminds you this is a real one off.

The luxury 4 star deluxe Bloomsbury Street hotel bedrooms are generously spacious, each one accented by calming, muted shades and plush, tactile fabrics. With richly-appointed public areas, the hotel is the ultimate blend of luxury and contemporary style. Each of the 174 bedrooms has an elegant blend of lavish furnishings, marble bathrooms and cutting edge technology, including flat screen televisions and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Macdonald New Blossoms

The Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel is a classical boutique hotel in the heart of Chester, situated on the famous City Walls and near the Eastgate Clock Tower, said to be the second most photographed clock in England. First opened in 1650, you won't find another more historical hotel in Chester but you will find out hotel's period charm blends perfectly with modern luxury, creating the perfect environment to relax and unwind.

Situated right in the heart of Chester, with all the shopping delights and attractions of Chester around you, your boutique Classic bedroom will be a welcome sight. Unravel yourself in your really comfortable bed with snug duvet and drift off to your favourite music or TV programs.

Macdonald Old England

The Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa is one of the finest 4-star Lake District hotels. Set on the shores of Lake Windermere, the hotel offers the most breathtaking scenery and exceptional facilities. From unrivalled views of the grounds, to private jetties and moorings on the lake, the Macdonald Old England proves a popular choice for family holidays, business and weddings.

The Classic bedrooms at Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa offer you just that and are mainly located in the historic Georgian house section of the hotel. Thick duvets to snuggle into and fine Egyptian cotton, not to mention your own fluffy bathrobe to use during your stay. The perfect retreat to prepare for another day's adventure.

The Carlton George

The Carlton George Glasgow is an upscale boutique hotel in the centre of the city is 4 minutes' walk from both George Street station and the Gallery of Modern Art.

Superior rooms at the Carlton George, Glasgow are contemporary, yet warm and comfortable, and come with great features. Catch up with work, or friends, with free WiFi internet access and free local calls, relax and enjoy a complimentary drink from your Minibar or decanters of spirits, and enjoy a good night's sleep in your King size bed. There's even a splash of tartan in the ensuite bathroom to show off our Scottish side!

Iverlochy Castle

Inverlochy is Scotland's finest luxury hotel and restaurant uniquely located amongst the glens, lochs and mountains of the West Highlands of Scotland. At Inverlochy you will experience one of the most relaxing and exciting vacations of a lifetime, where every detail for your comfort and enjoyment has been carefully considered.

Each of the 17 bedrooms, all with private bathroom, have their own individual design and character, along with splendid views of the grounds and surrounding mountains. Room facilities include 30 inch Phillips mirror televisions, personal safe, cd player, radio, iron/ironing board. DVD player available upon request.

Duisdale House Hotel

Enjoy a unique highland getaway at the chic and elegant Duisdale House Hotel on the Isle of Skye. Situated on the Sleat peninsula at the South tip of Skye, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views and peaceful, picturesque gardens at this luxurious, contemporary retreat. Built in 1865 as a Hunting Lodge, Duisdale House was given a new lease of life when it was taken over by Anne Gracie and Ken Gunn, who have delivered an immaculate, stylish boutique hotel, where guests are offered the highest level of service to ensure a memorable stay.

Your comfort and convenience is paramount and each room has been equipped with everything you need for your stay. Sumptuous fabrics contrast with the crisp, white bedlinen. Fluffy towels and luxury toiletries complement the modern bathrooms, each with a high pressure shower. The bedroom includes a television, wifi, hairdryer and a hospitality tray. All rooms other than petite rooms include a fridge minibar.

Rocpool Reserve

Think of everything you know about hotels, then forget it all instantly. Rocpool Reserve will redefine the experience forever. It's about elegance, not exhibitionism. Glow, not glitter. Quality, not quantity. This discreet new boutique hotel, bar and restaurant offers you wonderful luxury in the heart of Inverness. Here's your invitation to come and indulge.

The Balmoral Hotel

The Balmoral Hotel is a luxurious 5-star property conveniently located only 4.8km (3mi) from the centre of Edinburgh. Local tourist attractions such as Princes Mall, Edinburgh Waverley Station and Fruitmarket Gallery are not far from the hotel. Also easily within reach are Multrees Walk, Edinburgh Dungeon and Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

The hotel offers 188 comfortable and well-equipped, air-conditioned guestrooms. Room facilities include in-room safe and i-line phone. Other room amenities include desk and minibar. Bathroom amenities include bathrobes, designer toiletries and hair dryer. Entertainment: In-room entertainment options at The Balmoral Hotel include satellite television service. Internet connection options: Additional charges are applied for television Internet access and wired high-speed Internet access. Housekeeping services are also available.

Terms and Conditions

What's Included:

  • Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, and Fees as indicated on your itinerary. Local and international traveler assistance during your tour. Specialised and personalised services.

What's not Included:

  • Airfare to/from the Tour start point, including domestic or inter-country connecting flights, unless otherwise stated in itinerary.
  • tips and gratuities
  • items of a personal nature such as incidentals, excess baggage charges
  • airport taxes/entrance fees, port charges, foreign government departure taxes
  • Visas (unless otherwise indicated), Inspection, Customs, Immigration and Naturalization fees Additional fuel surcharges on cruises
  • Travel Insurance including Medical, Lost Baggage and Trip cancellation
  • Optional activities (golf, watersports, etc.)
  • any other activities or items not explicitly advertised as included in the price of a Tour

 

Reservations/Booking and Deposits:  To book a Tour, each Traveler (or leader of a Group of Travelers) must submit:

 

A.     A completed booking form signed electronically by the main Traveler. By submitting the booking form on the payments page, the traveler accepts our full Terms and Conditions.  

B.     A deposit of 30% of the Tour price (minimum $250 per person), is due immediately upon booking.

C.     The full balance of the trip cost is due ninety days (90) before the trip departure date.

D.      If you book your trip with us ninety days (90 days) or less before the departure date, the full cost of the trip is due at that time.

E.       In the instance payment is made by certified check or wire transfer, reservations will only commence once the check is cleared.

F.       Availability of Services and Accommodations cannot be guaranteed until a Tour is booked.  We will exercise our best efforts to book the Services and Accommodations described in the Tour Itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of Tour date, we may be forced to offer substitutes.  In this instance we will notify you as soon as possible and try to substitute comparable Services and Accommodations based on availability.

G.      Ticketing & credit card processing for international transport and other select domestic airfare pertaining to a specific country is done by a 3rd party and not included in your total land package price unless otherwise stated.

H.      Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $250 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.

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