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; see Pricing & Availabilty for details.



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 become part of the story. Explore 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 live theatre performances... 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 & Hampton Court... ancient roots at Hadrian's Wall, Wales' walled city, Stonehenge & Bath's Roman Baths... literary history and learned traditions in Chester, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon... tasting discoveries such as Scottish whisky... and multiple-night stays in each destination. And 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 become part of the story. Explore 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 live theatre performances... 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 & Hampton Court... ancient roots at Hadrian's Wall, Wales' walled city, Stonehenge & Bath's Roman Baths... literary history and learned traditions in Chester, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon... tasting discoveries such as Scottish whisky... and multiple-night stays in each destination. And 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 restaurants and West End shows 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
  • Enjoy a Tauck-only cooking demonstration, followed by dinner (and stories) with an artisan chef at the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre
  • Experience a taste of daily life in Edinburgh, from a royal castle visit to whisky tasting at a dinner that celebrates the national drink of Scotland and its #1 export
  • 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 (828) 345-5000 for more information or to book today! Mention code 16589420

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2022
    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 Queen's official residence in Scotland (if Her Majesty is not visiting), and a tour of famed Edinburgh Castle, built into rugged rock above the city skyline. Following a free afternoon in Edinburgh and lunch as you please, join us this evening for 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 and dinner. Journeys departing August 7 - 28 will attend an outdoor evening performance of the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.



    Lodging: Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa

    Meals: B, D
    Day 3Lake WindermereOn 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, stopping at Birdoswald Roman Fort, the ruins of a fort along Hadrian's Wall, built by Roman emperor Hadrian to guard the border of the province of Britannia, representing the wild northwestern frontier of the Roman Empire. Here, you can see the longest remaining portion of the wall, which stretched 73 miles from coast to coast. 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, William Wordsworth, was laid to rest. Or visit tiny Wordsworth Grasmere, where Wordsworth wrote some of his most famous poems before continuing on to your Lake District hotel on the southern end of Lake Windermere, where you'll dine this evening.



    Lodging: The Swan Hotel & Spa

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

    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 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). Return to the Swan Hotel & Spa, where the remainder of the day is free for you to spend 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 5ConwyWalled City of Yore & 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. 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 Centre, 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 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. Dinner this evening is as you please at your elegant hotel - the intimate wood-paneled Morse Bar, may seem familiar as it was frequently used as the film setting for television's famed detective Inspector Morse.



    Lodging: The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels

    Meals: B, D
    Day 8OxfordBlenheim Palace and the Cotswolds

    A first stop today explores 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. 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. Return to Oxford where tonight you'll attend a special hosted dinner at Oxford University.



    Lodging: The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels

    Meals: B, L
    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 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 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
    Day 12LondonLondon & West End Delights

    London is a city filled to the brim with history, culture and diversity... and the entire day is yours to enjoy it exactly as you please, pursuing what interests you most in the British capital. And 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 13LondonA Day in London

    Experience more of 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 to England, Scotland and Wales.



    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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    04/30/2023$7,890.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    05/07/2023$8,990.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    05/14/2023$8,390.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    05/21/2023$9,490.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    05/26/2023$9,490.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
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    06/04/2023$9,490.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    06/11/2023$8,390.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    06/18/2023$9,490.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    06/30/2023$9,490.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
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    08/04/2023$9,890.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
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    08/11/2023$9,890.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
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    08/18/2023$9,890.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    08/20/2023$8,890.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    09/03/2023$8,390.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    09/08/2023$9,490.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
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    09/17/2023$8,390.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
    09/22/2023$9,490.00* (USD) / AVAILABLEQuote
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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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