England, Scotland & Wales

See the best that the British Isles have to offer. Travel from Edinburgh to the English Lake District; explore medieval Wales, Bath, Stonehenge and more; and spend three nights in London at the incomparable The Savoy. Select small group departures, specially priced, include an exclusive presentation by Carolyn Robb, former Executive Chef to the royal family.



Pageantry and poetry are forever intertwined in all that is Great Britain... timeless traditions have been a hallmark of the cultural landscapes of England, Scotland and Wales for millennia and on this journey, you are part of the story. Explore the best that the British Isles have to offer: Scottish castles; tastings of regional food and drink; Stratford-upon-Avon & Oxford; lunch at The Pump Room in Bath's Roman-era baths complex; 3 nights at London's stylish The Savoy and a choice of live theatre performances... just a few of the fabulous experiences you'll enjoy when you explore the British Isles. Discover royal history & architectural treasures in Edinburgh, Stirling, Caernarfon, Blenheim & Hampton Court... literary history and learned traditions in Chester, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon... and multiple-night stays in each destination. On select small group departures, specially priced, you'll enjoy an exclusive farewell evening presentation in London by Carolyn Robb, co-founder of The Royal Touch and former Executive Chef to the royal household of TRH Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

Pageantry and poetry are forever intertwined in all that is Great Britain... timeless traditions have been a hallmark of the cultural landscapes of England, Scotland and Wales for millennia and on this journey, you are part of the story. Explore the best that the British Isles have to offer: Scottish castles; tastings of regional food and drink; Stratford-upon-Avon & Oxford; lunch at The Pump Room in Bath's Roman-era baths complex; 3 nights at London's stylish The Savoy and a choice of live theatre performances... just a few of the fabulous experiences you'll enjoy when you explore the British Isles. Discover royal history & architectural treasures in Edinburgh, Stirling, Caernarfon, Blenheim & Hampton Court... literary history and learned traditions in Chester, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon... and multiple-night stays in each destination. On select small group departures, specially priced, you'll enjoy an exclusive farewell evening presentation in London by Carolyn Robb, co-founder of The Royal Touch and former Executive Chef to the royal household of TRH Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

Traveling Well Includes:
  • A choice of West End theatre during a three-night stay in London at The Savoy
  • Select August departure dates include the evening performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an extraordinary display of Scottish traditions
  • Two nights in Wales include a guided tour of stately Caernarfon Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and site of the investiture of the Prince of Wales
  • Royal history & architectural treasures on guided visits in Edinburgh, Stirling, Caernarfon, Blenheim & Hampton Court
  • In-depth insights about literary history and learned traditions at landmark sites in Chester, Stratford-upon-Avon & Oxford

  • Call (603) 995-4019 for more information or to book today! Mention code 18576787

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2024
    Duration
    14 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1EdinburghArrive Edinburgh

    Tour begins: 1:00 PM, Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa. A transfer from Edinburgh Airport or Edinburgh Waverley train station to the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh, is included. Your journey starts with a guided visit to Stirling Castle, where memories of the historic struggle between the Scots and the English for control of the kingdom live on. Inside, you'll find elaborately restored color and craftsmanship, reflecting the importance of the arts to its Renaissance-era royal occupants. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner tonight.



    Lodging: Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa

    Meals: D
    Day 2EdinburghA Private Visit to Holyroodhouse

    A sightseeing tour of historic Edinburgh with a local guide is the perfect place to begin any Scotland and England travel; enjoy an introductory tour to this city of cobbled streets, Georgian architecture and trendy lifestyles. Your tour includes a private visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the King's official residence in Scotland (if he is not in residence), and a tour of famed Edinburgh Castle, built into rugged rock above the city skyline. The remainder of your day is free; select August departure dates will attend an outdoor evening performance of the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.



    Lodging: Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa

    Meals: B
    Day 3Cumbria UKOn to England's Lake District

    Visit Hadrian's Wall this morning en route to England's Lake District and stop for lunch in a manor house. Living sculpture inspires the imagination today at Levens Hall, a manor house on the banks of the River Kent located at the gateway to the Lake District National Park. Fine furnishings and paintings adorn this stately home, a family residence throughout its history and one of the best preserved Elizabethan interiors in the UK. Best known for its gardens, Levens Hall is surrounded by an orchard, hedges, a pond, a willow maze, rose and herb gardens, and thousands of flowers plus the most extensive topiary garden in the world. Over 100 sculpted pieces, some several hundred years old, date back to their original planting in the 1690s, when this Dutch-style garden was all the rage (closed on Saturdays; alternate property is visited). Continue on to Swan Hotel & Spa, where the remainder of the day is free for you to spend as you please in the hotel's cozy atmosphere.



    Lodging: The Swan Hotel & Spa

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4Cumbria UKA day in the Lake District

    Cumbria is England's northwestern-most county a place of peaceful natural beauty. Sparsely populated, it is best known as the home of England's Lake District and many a charming town and village; enjoy lunch in a grand manor house surrounded by gracious gardens. Traveling on through landscapes of woods, hills and tranquil fields, you'll have time for a brief stop in the village of Grasmere. As you please, enjoy the sights of this pretty village of pubs, cafes and the churchyard where England's poet laureate, William Wordsworth, was laid to rest. Or visit tiny Wordsworth Grasmere, where Wordsworth wrote some of his most famous poems. Mid-afternoon, take a cruise on lovely Lake Windermere; if you wish, travel aboard a steam train for the return to your hotel and time as you please; your hotel is known for a cozy atmosphere along with its unique style of decor.



    Lodging: The Swan Hotel & Spa

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 5North WalesWalled city of Chester and on to Wales

    Huge, strong and first built by the Romans, discover the power of walls built to keep ancient invaders out on a visit to the small city of Chester, England. Strategically close to Wales and the Irish Sea, Chester is one of England's best preserved walled cities. The town is nearly completely encircled by broad walls which still offer grand views from atop. Head to Colwyn Bay, a seaside resort town on the north coast of Wales where you'll have time to get settled in at your hotel and take in the idyllic views. Enjoy a Welsh-themed dinner at the hotel this evening.



    Lodging: The Quay Hotel & Spa

    Meals: B, D
    Day 6North WalesMighty Caernarfon & medieval Conwy

    Mighty Caernarfon Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the setting for the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales in 1969, sets a remarkable scale this morning. Constructed to endure, the palace was begun circa 1283 by Edward I as a symbol of English power over the Welsh. Enjoy a privately guided tour of the castle and then time for lunch on your own in the adjacent town. En route back to your hotel, you may choose to stop to explore the walled city of Conwy, an earlier stronghold of Edward I, on your own. Or return to the hotel for relaxation and spectacular views. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening, where optional outdoor dining includes a view of Conwy Castle and the beauty of the bay.



    Lodging: The Quay Hotel & Spa

    Meals: B, D
    Day 7OxfordShakespeare's Stratford & Oxford

    In the village of Shottery, you'll visit the restored, timber-framed farmhouse and childhood home of Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare. Back in the Bard's day, it was known as Newlands Farm and had more than 90 acres of attached land; today it's a museum surrounded by gardens. From here, it's a short distance to Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare was born and raised. You'll visit his birthplace and have time to browse exhibits that tell the story of how his name came to be known around the world, as well as check out the surrounding town at leisure; Stratford-upon-Avon's favorite son is buried in the town's Holy Trinity Church. Late afternoon, it's off to the bookish world of Oxford, one of the world's most famous university towns. A guided orientation walk introduces its cobbled streets, guarded quadrangles, celebrated libraries and archaic traditions of learning. Continue to Oxford, where you'll have a guided orientation walk followed by the remainder of the day spent as you please.



    Lodging: The Store

    Meals: B
    Day 8OxfordBlenheim Palace and Oxford

    Today begins with a presentation by Carolyn Robb, the former personal executive chef to Princess Diana and King Charles, sharing stories (and recipes). Her travels with the Royal Family took her to many far flung and intriguing locations, and she is the author of several books including The Royal Touch: Simply Stunning Home Cooking from a Royal Chef. Next, explore a world of Baroque architecture at Winston Churchill's birthplace, Blenheim Palace and Park. The 18th-century palace was built as a celebration of the English victory over Louis XIV's French troops at the Battle of Blenheim. Since the early 1700s, it's been a home to 11 Dukes of Marlborough (Churchill was the grandson of the seventh). Your private guide will share the history and beauty of the palace and its extensive grounds. Spend some time in Oxford exploring as you please, returning to Oxford early afternoon. Tonight, you'll attend a special hosted dinner at Oxford University.



    Lodging: The Store

    Meals: B, D
    Day 9BathAncient Wisdom at Stonehenge & Bath

    At Stonehenge, this morning's self-guided walk around the famous ring of stone (bluestones from Wales and sarsens thought to be from the Avon River, some weighing as much as 50 tons) shares the mystery of its origins. Purposefully put into place some 5,000 years ago, Stonehenge was a massive undertaking requiring the labor of thousands. Bath, one of Britain's most beautiful cities, is your next destination. Arrive for lunch at the stylish Pump Room Restaurant, set within the city's ancient Roman Baths complex. Founded upon natural hot springs, the baths were built for bathing and socializing around 70 AD; they are among the world's best preserved as you'll see on your included tour. Afterward, check in to your tastefully restored hotel located near Bath city center. Dinner this evening is your choice from a selection of restaurants.



    Lodging: Hotel Indigo Bath

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 10BathGeorgian Bath: Early Urban Elegance

    Founded by the Romans as a thermal spa and developed more than a thousand years later into a lavish resort by the 18th-century British aristocracy, Bath today reigns as a magnificent Georgian townscape crafted from native limestone. Architecturally, it ranks among Britain's finest cities and enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status. You'll learn why on a city tour with a local guide that takes in the 18th-century terraced houses known as the Royal Crescent and the Circus, distinctive elements of British urban planning that were later incorporated in the city of London. View the elegant Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey, where the first king of England was crowned. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy the city of Bath as you choose.



    Lodging: Hotel Indigo Bath

    Meals: B
    Day 11LondonHampton Court & London Bound

    On a morning's drive toward London, stop for a visit to Hampton Court Palace, set in London's borough of Richmond upon Thames. Grand in every way, during the 16th century Hampton Court Palace first caught the eye of King Henry VIII... and a legacy of monarchs in ensuing centuries contributed to the palace's rich history and amazing artworks. Arrive in London mid-afternoon for an introductory sightseeing tour featuring some of the British capital's most iconic sights, including Big Ben, the famed clock face and bell atop Parliament's Elizabeth Tower; Buckingham Palace, housing the offices of those who manage the Queen's affairs; Hyde Park, one of the city's Royal Parks and home to the Memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales; and historic St. Paul's Cathedral, the masterpiece of the great British architect Sir Christopher Wren. Check in for a three-night stay at your iconic hotel, The Savoy. The remainder of the day and evening are free to spend in London as you please.



    Lodging: The Savoy

    Meals: B, L
    Day 12LondonWestminster Abbey and West End theatre

    Visit Westminster Abbey this morning on a guided tour; the final resting place of 17 kings and queens, this esteemed city landmark is the site of some of England's most famous stories. The afternoon is free for you to explore London's key sights as you wish before joining us for dinner at The Savoy followed by your choice from a selection of theatre performances in the West End theatre district.



    Lodging: The Savoy

    Meals: B, D
    Day 13LondonA day in London

    You have an opportunity to join us today for a walking tour of key London sites; following the tour, your afternoon is free to pursue what interests you most in London. Join us the evening for a farewell reception and dinner at the hotel. Note: Select small group departures, specially priced, include an exclusive presentation by Carolyn Robb, former Executive Chef to the royal household of TRH Prince Charles and Princess Diana.



    Lodging: The Savoy

    Meals: B, D
    Day 14LondonJourney home

    Tour ends: The Savoy. A transfer is included to London's Heathrow Airport or Gatwick Airport. Fly home anytime; please allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B
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      See the best that the British Isles have to offer. Travel from Edinburgh to the English Lake District; explore medieval Wales, Bath, Stonehenge and more; and spend three nights in London at the incomparable The Savoy.

     
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