The United Kingdom is a truly compelling blend of identities and local customs. The island nation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, to use its full name, actually encompasses four different countries – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. On the whole, it's a land of castles and kings; haggis, puddings and curry; overflowing gardens; revitalized modern cityscapes; heaps of tradition and history; and a society with a disarming ability to poke fun at themselves. This is a popular destination for many North Americans for ease of communication, and some choose to do self-driving tours of the country (just remember to stay left!). See the regal royal residences and prehistoric stone circles that have defined the culture for centuries, venture across the striking wild landscapes, visit the newer museums and art galleries, eat at flourishing local-food restaurants, and stay in upmarket urban hotels and quaint countryside B&Bs.
Windsor – York – Edinburgh – Liverpool/Chester – Cardiff – London
This classic one-week "Grand Tour" of Great Britain is great for first-time visitors.
Windsor (1 night) – Windsor Castle, St George's Chapel and Queen Mary's Dolls' House
York (1 night) – Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon
Edinburgh (2 nights) – Northumbrian Coast, Hadrian's Wall, Alnwick or Bamburgh Castle, Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle & Holyrood House
Liverpool/Chester (1 night) – Gretna Green, Lake District, Cavern Club
Cardiff (1 night) – Shropshire, Hay-on-Wye, Tintern Abbey, Cardiff Castle
London (1 night) – Bath, Stonehenge
Stirling – Ft William/Oban – Isle of Skye – Inverness – Perth – Edinburgh
This is a classic one-week tour through Scotland's highlights.
Stirling (1 night) – Stirling Castle, Bannockburn Visitor Center, Wallace Monument
Ft William/Oban (1 night) – Loch Lomond, Inveraray Castle, Glencoe
Isle of Skye (1 night) – Isle of Skye
Inverness (1 night)- Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Inverness
Perth (1 night) – Cairngorm National Park, Pitlochry
Edinburgh (2 nights) – St. Andrews, Fife, Firth of Forth, Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle & Holyrood House
Southampton – Exeter – Falmouth – Barnstaple – Bath/Bristol
This is one-week itinerary introduces you to South England's Devon and Cornwall.
Southampton (1 night) – Stonehenge or Salisbury
Exeter (1 night) – Jurassic Coast and Exeter
Falmouth (2 nights) – Devon and Cornwall region, Dartmoor National Park, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Falmouth, St. Ives, Land's End, St Michael's Mount
Barnstaple (2 nights)- Tintagel Castle, Bodmin Moor, Clovelly or Exmoor National Park
Bath or Bristol (1 night) – Somerset region, Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury and Bath, Lacock village, Cotswolds
Kent – London
This itinerary is especially designed for English Garden and Gourmet enthusiasts.
Kent (4 nights) - Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Chapel Down vineyard, Hever Castle, Riverhill Gardens, Shepherd Neame Brewery, Macknade Fine Foods Hall & Mt Ephraim Gardens
London (2 nights) - London city sightseeing & Kew Gardens
Regions of United Kingdom
The itineraries outlined above are just a few of the possibilities for your trip! Each request for a tailor-made itinerary is different and prices will vary based on your travel dates, group size, hotel and room type preferences, tour and transfer choices, etc. Private trip prices start at $1750 per person (double occupancy) per week.
Please call us for a detailed day-by-day itinerary for any of the programs above. Or, jump straight to the planning form and send us a request! After speaking with one of our expert travel specialists, you will receive your own custom-designed travel plan.
In general, our custom travel itineraries include everything needed to ensure a smooth trip. This can always be modified according to your needs and where you are in your stage of planning:
- - Hotel accommodation with breakfast daily
- - Airport transfers
- - Transfers between destinations (whether by car, van, boat, train, ferry, etc.)
- - Private or group sightseeing as requested (including entrance fees)
- - Personalized support, with contact before, during and after your trip
We are also happy to provide when requested:
- - Flights between North America and Europe
- - Travel insurance
- - Visa assistance
Our programs do not include:
- - Optional gratuities to guides, drivers, etc.
- - Laundry and personal items
- - Bottled beverages or alcohol, and meals where not listed
- - Hotel city tax