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Highlights of Britain

Back-Roads Touring

Highlights of Britain

9 days / 8 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £1611

This comprehensive journey is tailored to those who want to fully experience British history and culture. This adventure delves deep into Britain’s history and culture. In England, we celebrate ‘Great British Puddings’ and trace the footsteps of writers and poets. While in North Wales and Scotland, our journey takes in spectacular scenery and dramatic castles.

To book this wonderful 9 day Highlights of Britain tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 ref: T55BR to receive the 5% discount. 

Highlights of Britain
Your Tour Itinerary

Your Tour Itinerary

Day 1 London – Oxford – Cotswolds

Our group meets in London, This adventure delves deep into Britain’s history and culture. In England, we celebrate ‘Great British Puddings’ and trace the footsteps of writers and poets. While in North Wales and Scotland, our journey takes in spectacular scenery and dramatic castles. but we soon leave the capital behind for the ‘dreaming spires’ of Oxford. A guided walking tour provides the perfect introduction to this most English of cities, taking in the hallowed halls of one of the historic colleges. Then it’s off to the rolling green hills and honeystone villages of the Cotswolds – England’s bucolic heartland. We visit a working 18th century woollen mill to learn about an industry steeped in regional heritage. As a welcome treat, tonight’s dinner is at the world famous Pudding Club, where we become classic dessert connoisseurs. (D)

Day 2 Cotswolds – Worcester – Ironbridge – Denbighshire

This morning we follow the crusades of saints and kings as we tour Worcester Cathedral. Founded over 1,000 years ago, the cathedral houses ancient medieval texts, as well as the tomb of the infamous King John. Our road then turns towards the rugged, ancient landscapes of Wales. En route, we stop to explore the town of Much Wenlock and UNESCO protected Ironbridge Gorge. We continue to Denbighshire where we settle in for a two-night stay in the Welsh countryside. (B, D)

Day 3 Denbighshire - Snowdonia National Park - Denbighshire

Soaring mountains. Deep, green valleys. Shimmering lakes. It’s time to soak up the splendour of North Wales’ Snowdonia National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. After working up an appetite, we visit the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre for a tour and cookery demonstration, followed by lunch. We stop in Llangollen, a small town situated on the River Dee, before we return to our hotel for a delicious dinner. (B, L, D).

Day 4 Denbighshire – Chester – Haworth – York

Today we swap beautiful countryside for timeless towns and cities. A walking tour of Chester takes us along streets lined with striking black and white Tudor buildings. Then we journey east across the Pennine Hills, with glorious views waiting around every bend in the road. After paying homage to some of Britain’s literary greats at the Brontë Parsonage at Haworth, we continue to York – historic capital of northern England and our home for the next two nights. (B)

Day 5 York

From the Romans to the Vikings, York has been an important pin in the map for thousands of years. This morning your tour leader introduces the old town, before leaving you free to explore at leisure in the afternoon. You could browse the boutiques lining The Shambles. Stroll the Roman city walls. Or climb to the roof of York Minster for a birds-eye view over the city rooftops. (B)

Day 6 York – Castle Howard – Lake District

Experience the glory days of the English country estate at 18th century Castle Howard – renowned as one of the country’s finest historic houses. Our path then takes us through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, where we pass rivers and dells, tiny villages and hills criss-crossed with centuries-old stone walls. The spectacular conclusion to the day’s journey is the Lake District, where we enjoy a two-night stay. (B, D)

Day 7 Lake District

Today we trace the literary heritage of one of Britain’s most beautiful national parks. Our first stop, on the shores of Lake Windermere, is Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm, where she wrote many of her beloved children’s stories. Then we drop by Dove Cottage, once home to William Wordsworth. It was on one of the poet’s walks from here that he came across the sight that inspired his famous poem, Daffodils. Afternoon sees us take to the water on a lake cruise, before returning to our accommodation for a relaxing evening. (B)

Day 8 Lake District – Scottish Borders

The lakes disappear in the rearview mirror as we journey from Cumbria along Hadrian’s Wall. We explore Birdoswald Fort, one of the finest Roman sites on the wall, before travelling through the sweeping scenery of the Scottish Borders. A traditional Scottish dinner provides us with a warm welcome to the third and final country on our adventure. (B, D)

Day 9 Scottish Borders – Abbotsford House – Rosslyn Chapel – Edinburgh

Our tour may end today, but there are still plenty of sites to enjoy. Morning sees us strolling through the walled gardens of Abbotsford House, the former home of writer Sir Walter Scott. And afternoon has us uncovering the mysteries of Rosslyn Chapel, immersed in legend and featured in The Da Vinci Code. That brings us to Edinburgh, where our tour comes to a close in style in Scotland’s historic capital. (B)

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Tel Back-Roads Reservations on 0208 9870 990 and quote Travel 55 ref: T55BR + Tour Code

Date

Twin Double

Single

Date

Twin Double

Single

April 23, 27, 30 

£1695
£1611

£2095
£1991

July 23, 30

£1795
£1706

£2245
£2133

May 2, 7, 9

£1795
£1706

£2245
£2133

August 1, 6, 8

£1795
£1706
£2245
£2133

May 14, 16, 23

£1795
£1706

£2245
£2133

August 15, 20, 22

£1795
£1706
£2245
£2133

May 25, 28, 30

£1795
£1706

£2245
£2133

August 27, 29

£1795
£1706
£2245
£2133

June 1, 4, 8

£1795
£1706

£2245
£2133

September 3, 5, 7, 10

£1795
£1706
£2245
£2133

June 11, 18, 20

£1795
£1706

£2245
£2133

September 12, 14, 17

£1795
£1706
£2245
£2133

June 25, 27

£1795
£1706

£2245
£2133

September 19, 24, 26

£1795
£1706
£2245
£2133

July 2, 9, 16

£1795
£1706

£2245
£2133

October 1, 8, 15, 22

£1695
£1611
£2095
£1991

Prices are per person based on two sharing a twin room. Single supplemets as shown. 

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Back-Roads Touring

Highlights of Britain

9 days / 8 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £1611

This comprehensive journey is tailored to those who want to fully experience British history and culture. This adventure delves deep into Britain’s history and culture. In England, we celebrate ‘Great British Puddings’ and trace the footsteps of writers and poets. While in North Wales and Scotland, our journey takes in spectacular scenery and dramatic castles.

To book this wonderful 9 day Highlights of Britain tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 ref: T55BR to receive the 5% discount. 

You can claim a 5% discount on all Back-Roads tours. To book, call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote ref: T55BR to receive the Travel 55 discount price 

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The Back-Roads Difference

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Delve into Welsh cuisine with a cookery demonstration and lunch at the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre

  • Indulge your sweet tooth and become a dessert connoisseur at the world famous “Pudding Club”

  • Explore the scenic back roads of some of Britain’s most spectacular regions, including the Cotswolds, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District

Inclusions

Inclusions

  • 8 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels

  • Experienced Back Roads tour leader

  • Luxury mini-coach transportation

  • Full English breakfast daily (B)

  • 5 evening meals (D)

  • Welsh cooking demonstration and lunch (L)
  • Guided walking tour of Oxford
  • Cruise on Lake Windermere
  • Entrance fee included to: Cotswold Woollen Weavers, Worcester Cathedral, Brontë Parsonage, Castle Howard, Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop Farm, Dove Cottage, Birdoswald Roman Fort, Abbotsford House and Rosslyn Chapel.
Small groups of up to 18

Small groups of up to 18

With tour sizes of up to 18 guests,  (22 for French barge tours), our tour leaders can ensure a more personalised experience. Smaller group sizes also mean we can guarantee our tours will run once we have just four guests booked.

Why Back-Roads Touring?

Why Back-Roads Touring?

Mini-Coaches  

On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches. Think comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.

Along the way, your tour leader can offer intriguing insights about the sights we see over the onboard PA system. And, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.

Authentic Local Experiences

Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden-gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each region as well as its culture.

Scenic back roads not motorways

Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini-coaches that take us along scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles, the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination.

Culinary Discoveries

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.

Boutique Hotels

Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. We opt for accommodation that reflects the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings.

Leisurely Paced Travel

Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. We rarely leave before 8.30am and give each stop the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.