England, Scotland & Wales

On Tauck's two-week tours of England, Scotland & Wales, travel from Edinburgh to the English Lake District; explore medieval Wales, Bath, Stonehenge and more; and end with three nights in London at The Savoy. Select small group departures, specially priced, include an exclusive presentation by Carolyn Robb, former Executive Chef to the royal family; see Pricing & Availabilty for details.

Our tours of England, Scotland & Wales feature the best that the British Isles have to offer: Scottish castles; tastings of whisky, ale and Welsh farm-to-table cuisine; 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 theatre performance... just a few of the fabulous experiences you'll enjoy when you explore the British Isles with Tauck. Discover royal history & architectural treasures in Edinburgh, Stirling, Caernarfon, Blenheim... ancient roots at Hadrian's Wall, Wales' walled cities, Stonehenge & Bath's Roman Baths... literary history and learned traditions in Shottery, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon... tasting discoveries such as Scottish whisky and a showcase of traditional Welsh foods... and multiple-night stays in each destination. Select small group departures, specially priced, include 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; see Pricing & Availabilty for details.

Scottish castles; tastings of whisky & Welsh farm-to-table cuisine; Stratford-upon-Avon & Oxford; lunch at The Pump Room in Bath's Roman-era baths complex; 3 nights at London's stylish The Savoy, dinner with a former member of Parliament & a choice of live theatre performances, Royal history & architectural treasures: Edinburgh, Stirling, Caernarfon, Blenheim & Windsor, Ancient roots: Wales' walled cities, Stonehenge & Bath's Roman Baths

Traveling Well Includes:
  • In-depth U.K. exploring along Tauck's Yellow Roads, from Scotland's capital city to England's Lake District, coastal Wales and across the heart of England to London
  • Royal history & architectural treasures: Edinburgh, Stirling, Caernarfon, Blenheim & Hampton Court
  • Ancient roots: Wales' walled cities, Stonehenge & Bath's Roman Baths
  • Literary history & learned traditions: Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon & Oxford
  • Tasting discoveries: Scottish whisky and a showcase of traditional Welsh foods
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • 27 meals (13 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 10 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

  • Call (800) 979-2266 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14346744

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2019
    Duration
    14 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1EdinburghArrive Edinburgh

    Tour begins: 1:00 PM at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh. 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. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner tonight.

    Lodging:Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

    Meals: D
    Day 2EdinburghScottish castles, capital sights & whisky

    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 visits to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official residence in Scotland (if Her Majesty is not visiting), and famed Edinburgh Castle, built into rugged rock above the city skyline. Next up is a journey through the aromas and flavors that lead to the perfect Single Malt Whisky. At the Scottish Whisky Experience, you'll learn the history of Scotland's most famous export, hear the stories behind the craft, and enjoy a tasting. Journeys departing August 3 - 24 will attend an outdoor evening performance of the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

    Lodging:Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

    Meals: B, D
    Day 3LangdaleExtraordinary landscapes en route to England's Lake District

    Departing Edinburgh, you'll travel south through landscapes of forest, rivers, castles and country houses to Cumbria, England's northwestern-most county. In contrast to the long-ago scenes of skirmishes between the Scottish and British that once took place here, Cumbria today is 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, Williams Wordsworth, was laid to rest. Or visit tiny Dove Cottage, where Wordsworth wrote some of his most famous poems before continuing on to your Lake District resort.

    Lodging:The Langdale Hotel

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4LangdaleTopiary magic at Levens Hall & pub visit

    Living sculpture inspires the imagination today at Levens Hall, a manor house on the banks of the River Kent. Fine furnishings and paintings adorn this stately home, a family residence throughout its history and one of the best preserved Elizabethan interiors in the U.K. 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). Spend the afternoon at leisure at your country club hotel before going to a local pub to learn the finer points of pairing your favorite ale with pub fare. Have dinner back at your hotel this evening.

    Lodging:The Langdale Hotel

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 5ConwyWalled cities of yore & a taste of modern 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. After lunch on your own, you'll 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. Evening brings an outing to Furnace Farm, part of the Bodnant Estate in the Conwy Valley - a place of tranquil mountains, lakes and moorlands. The farm's 18th-century buildings have been lovingly restored as a home for the Bodnant Welsh Food Center, whose artisan chefs are devoted to sharing the best of Welsh cuisine using locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy a Tauck-only cooking demonstration, followed by dinner (and stories) with the chef.

    Lodging:The Quay Hotel & Spa

    Meals: B, D
    Day 6ConwyMighty 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 7OxfordEngland: Shakespeare's Stratford & the spires of Oxford

    It's eastward England travel today, where literary history takes the lead. 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. Dine tonight at Oxford University before returning to your elegant hotel - the bar was frequently used as the film setting for television's famed detective Inspector Morse's pondering crime conversations.

    Lodging:Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Oxford

    Meals: B, D
    Day 8OxfordFrom Blenheim Palace glory to a Cotswolds village

    A first stop at St. Martin's Church in Bladon offers an opportunity to visit the gravesite of Sir Winston Churchill. He explicitly chose to be quietly buried here, near his parents' graves. hen discover a world of Baroque contrast at 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. After lunch, choose between spending time here to explore further on your own, or depart for nearby Woodstock Village. There you'll find the charm of the Cotswolds: dove-grey cottages, a church, a village green and a park said to have once been Henry II's royal hunting grounds - and a place of seclusion for his mistress. Back at the hotel, enjoy the evening as you please.

    Lodging:Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Oxford

    Meals: B, L
    Day 9BathAncient Savvy 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 in time for lunch (and live music) 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 Regency-period townhouse hotel located on historic Queen Square, and enjoy dinner.

    Lodging:Francis Hotel Bath - MGallery Collection

    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 this inviting city as you choose.

    Lodging:Francis Hotel Bath - MGallery Collection

    Meals: B
    Day 11LondonWindsor Castle & special evening in London

    On a morning's drive toward London your first visit will be 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 of landmark sights before arriving for three nights at your iconic hotel, The Savoy. The remainder of the day is free to spend as you please.

    Lodging:The Savoy

    Meals: B
    Day 12LondonLondon sights & West End delights

    London is filled with history, culture and diversity. On this morning's city tour you'll experience the British capital's most iconic sights: 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 and a centerpiece for formal affairs of state; 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 Sir Christopher Wren, Britain's most famous architect. After an afternoon spent as you please pursuing what interests you most, this evening you'll enjoy the dual pleasures of dining at a West End restaurant followed by an evening at the theatre - your choice from selections of restaurants and shows.

    Lodging:The Savoy

    Meals: B, D
    Day 13LondonWestminster Abbey & a special London farewell

    Experience monumental London today on a guided visit to Westminster Abbey, site of England's coronations since 1066, 16 royal weddings, and the final resting place of 17 kings and queens. The church houses not only remarkable tombs and memorials to statesmen, poets, scientists, musicians and others, but is a treasure trove of paintings, stained glass and artifacts. Following the tour, your afternoon is free to pursue what interests you most in London. There are abundant opportunities to pursue art, history, architecture, Shakespeare, Bobbies or simply people-watching. But please save some energy and room for our farewell dinner at The Savoy, where you'll definitely want to share your thoughts about this amazing journey. Note: Select 2018 small group departures, specially priced, include an exclusive presentation this evening by Carolyn Robb, co-founder of The Royal Touch and former Executive Chef to the royal household of TRH Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

    Lodging:The Savoy

    Meals: B, D
    Day 14LondonJourney home

    Your Scotland, Wales and England discoveries conclude today with an included transfer from The Savoy 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
    Dates/Pricing

    Click Quote or call (800) 979-2266 to get additional information on your chosen travel date. Special offers or competitive pricing may be available!

    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    06/16/2019$7,190.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    06/30/2019$7,190.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    08/02/2019$7,690.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    08/11/2019$7,690.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    08/16/2019$7,690.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    08/21/2019$7,690.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    08/30/2019$7,190.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    09/04/2019$7,190.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
    09/20/2019$8,290.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    09/22/2019$7,190.00* (USD) / AvailableQuote
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    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.

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    • England, Scotland & Wales

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      On Tauck's two-week tours of England, Scotland & Wales, travel from Edinburgh to the English Lake District; explore medieval Wales, Bath, Stonehenge and more; and end with three nights in London at The Savoy.

     
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