6 Day Real Britain
Cityscapes and scenic lakes, this lively round-trip goes from London to York, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Cardiff for a fast-paced taste of British culture and craftsmanship. It's Insider moments like… feeling the history that seeps through the timbered houses, as you explore the medieval lanes of the The Shambles in York. And discovering the wynds and alleys and hearing the secrets hidden behind the walls of the Old Town, in Edinburgh
Our adventure map
Day by day
First Day London to Stratford-Upon-Avon and York
Enjoy a scenic drive and visit Shakespeare's birthplace and Visitor Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon and see Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage. Later, in York, see York Minster and walk along the famous Shambles. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception with a traditional pub meal. It's the ideal opportunity to get to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers.
Hotel: Hotel 53
Second Day go from York to Hadrian’s Wall and Edinburgh
Head north and cross the River Tyne at Newcastle. Stop and view Hadrian's Wall before crossing into ‘Bonnie Scotland'. Enjoy the scenery of the Scottish borders before arriving into Edinburgh.
Third Day enjoy Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time
This morning, discover the elegance of Edinburgh with your Local Specialist on an included city sightseeing tour. See the Royal Mile in the Old Town. View the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Arthur's Seat. Your guided visit inside Edinburgh Castle is informative and engaging. Your choice of sightseeing means you could chose to visit Edinburgh's Camera Obscura instead of the castle. Spend free time exploring on your own or join your Travel Director on an optional experience to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. Tonight, why not attend a lively Scottish banquet with traditional haggis and bagpipes? During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit includes tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo on the castle grounds.
Fourth Day visit Gretna Green, Lake District and Liverpool
Stop at Gretna Green, a town popular with eloping couples. Here the marriage ceremony was traditionally performed across a blacksmith's anvil. Admire the views throughout the scenic Lake District. These scenes provided William Wordsworth with the inspiration to write the poem ‘Daffodils'. Visit the town of Grasmere and see St. Oswald's church where the poet is buried. Later arrive in Liverpool hometown of the 'Fab Four'.
Hotel: Novotel City Centre
Fifth Day its onto Ludlow and Cardiff
Visit the Tudor market town of Ludlow with its historic castle and timbered buildings. See the Malvern Hills as you cross into Wales and visit its capital, Cardiff. See Cardiff Bay, the Millenium Stadium and the castle before arriving at your hotel. Tonight enjoy a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner with beautiful views of the Welsh countryside.
Sixth Day Travel to Bath, Stonehenge and return to London
Visit Bath and view the Abbey before visiting the Roman Baths. At Stonehenge visit the mystical stone monoliths before returning to London where your memorable holiday ends.
- City tour of London and Edinburgh
- Orientations of York, Grasmere, Liverpool, Cardiff and Bath
- See the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff
- View Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage, York Minster, the Lake District's magnificent scenery, the Chester Rows, Cardiff Castle and Bath Abbey
- Visit Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Hadrian's Wall, Edinburgh Castle, Gretna Green, the Roman Baths in Bath and Stonehenge
- Your choice of sightseeing in Edinburgh, visit either Edinburgh Castle or Edinburgh's Camera Obscura
5 full breakfasts. 2 dinners (including Welcome Reception and Farewell Be My Guest).
Our excursion to Wales takes us to Llangollen, the home of the International Music Eisteddfod. Here you'll see wonderful sights including the River Dee and the Victorian railway station. You'll also travel through the Valley of the Cross and up to the Horseshoe Pass, to enjoy views of the Welsh hills.
A chance to view the glorious scenery of the Lake District as we cruise across England’s largest lake. Then step back in time as we board the steam train for a short journey from Lakeside to Haverthwaite.
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.
Join us and your travelling companions for a delicious traditional dinner and drink at a local restaurant.
Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for 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. There's even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.
You’ll explore this magnificent ship, which has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. Now berthed in Leith, you’ll be welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences – the former honeymoon sanctuary for four royal couples.
Be enthralled by Edinburgh's sinister and unsavoury past exploring the shadowy closes of the Old Town. Experience the famous haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults of Edinburgh by candle-light and relish one of a selection of fine malt whiskies and learn the story of your dram. After your tour enjoy free time for dinner on the Royal Mile.
Come along on 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.
Where you stay
All hotels included in your tour package are hand-picked, of an outstanding standard and far better value than if booked individually. Our valued travel partners who organise these tours also own the Red Carnation Hotel Group and where possible Red Carnation Hotels are used and please see our link for further details.
- Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
- Hand-picked Insider Experiences
- Optional Experiences and free time
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
- All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- VIP entry to many sights
Guarantees, Bonds and Awards
- This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are multi-award winning Globe Best Tour operator in the world 2013, 2014 and 2015.
- Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
- ABTA, IATA and ATOL protected
- Part of the Trade Right Foundation
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