Highlights of Britain
Northern England & Scotland Tea Tour May 15 - 28, 2022
Delve deep into Britain's fascinating history and culture on this 'off the beaten track'
small group journey.
We'll trace the footsteps of famous writers and poets, uncover scenic countryside and dramatic castles and experience age-old traditions on this unforgettable 14 day journey.
Two years in the planning, this tour is worth the wait!
• Discover Britain's literary greats at the Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm and Rydal Mount -
William Wordsworth's family home.
• Explore some of Britain's most spectacular regions including the Cotswolds,
Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake Distric.t
• Explore the medieval Shambles and Snickelways of York, along with the option to enjoy
Lady Betty's afternoon tea in the Belmont Room York.
• Immerse yourself in the grandeur and opulence of Castle Howard.
• Cross over the Scottish Borders into Edinburgh exploring lochs and castles.
• An optional grand finale of afternoon tea in the Palm Court tea room Balmoral Edinburgh.
Day 1: Begin your journey in London and meet your fellow tea travelers over an included dinner at our Westminster area hotel. St. James Park and Westminster Abbey are within a short walking distance of the hotel, as well as Buckingham Palace.
Day 2: After a good night's rest and breakfast in the morning, we begin our journey towards Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, for an orientation tour of the city. Then it's onto the Cotswolds to explore the quintessential charming villages this area of natural beauty is known for.
Day 3: There will be plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning and perhaps a morning stroll through the gardens or village before we head to the picturesque market town of Stratford Upon Avon where William Shakespeare was born. We'll spend some time in the Bard's footsteps before further exploring the panoramic views of the Cotswolds.
Day 4: This morning we'll learn more about the crusades of saints and kings when we visit the Worcester Cathedral dating from 1084, before heading into the rugged and ancient landscapes of Wales. Tonight we dine on Welsh specialties.
Day 5: Prepare for a soul-stirring sight this morning – the magnificent Snowdonia National Park (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) is our next stop. Boasting 823 square miles of captivatingly diverse landscapes, Snowdonia National Park is an area steeped in culture and local history. We’ll spend the day exploring the park together before returning to the hotel for a sumptuous dinner.
Day 6: Today’s itinerary has a distinctly musical theme. After breakfast, we’ll leave Wales behind us and move on to Liverpool – the welcoming city that gave birth to The Beatles. What better way to get into the ‘Beatlemania’ spirit than a visit to The Beatle's Story museum? Toes still tapping, we’ll round off the day in York where we’ll have the evening to spend at leisure.
Day 7: We'll spend a full day exploring York starting with an orientation tour of the Old Town. There are centuries of history to uncover along the medieval Shambles and Snickelways – and plenty of photo opportunities! The evening is at leisure to enjoy or join an optional Afternoon Tea at the Belmont Room as we indulge in the famous Lady Betty's Afternoon Tea. (Reservations required before arrival)
Day 8: Bridgerton fans rejoice! Today we’ll rewind to the glory days of the English country estate with a self-guided tour of the magnificent Castle Howard , the filming location of the 2020 period drama, Bridgerton. Our path will then take us through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, passing by rivers, tiny villages and centuries-old stone walls. The invigorating Lake District will be the spectacular conclusion to the day’s journey. Tonight, we’ll meet to share a delicious meal at our hotel on the shores of Lake Windemere.
Day 9: This morning after breakfast, we set out to explore the highlights of the historic Lake District. Our first stop on the shores of Lake Windermere, will be Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm – the place where she wrote many of her beloved children’s stories. This afternoon, we’ll visit the idyllic Rydal Mount and Gardens, the historic family home of poet William Wordsworth. We'll have the opportunity to pop into the tea cafe for an afternoon snack and refresh before we embark on a scenic lake cruise. We’ll take to the water to soak up the breath-taking scenery of this spectacular region before returning to our accommodation for the evening to reminisce on a perfect day.
Day 10: Today we’ll visit Birdoswald Roman Fort in Cumbria. Located on the longest continuous stretch of Hadrian’s Wall. Here we’ll take some time to uncover centuries-old history and admire the awe inspiring vistas before pressing on to the Scottish Borders. This evening we have a cultural treat in store! A traditional Scottish dinner and bagpipe demonstration will provide us with a grand welcome to Scotland in our grade II listed historic mansion in Dumfries.
Day 11: After breakfast we delve into Scottish culture and literature with a visit to Abbotsford House, home of novelist and playwright, Sir Walter Scott, which celebrates 250 years of Scott's legacy from 2021 to 2022. Next we visit Roslyn Chapel which took over 40 years to build and was incomplete when Sir William St Clair, the founder, died in 1484. The beauty of its setting and the mysterious symbolism of its ornate stonework have inspired, attracted and intrigued artists, writers and visitors ever since. Later we head to the vibrant capital city of Edinburgh to check into our hotel on Carlton Hill. This evening explore the city on a Hop-on, Hop-off bus tour that takes in all the sites along the Royal Mile and more. The rest of the evening is at our leisure.
Day 12: After a full Scottish breakfast, we set out this morning to travel west, past Stirling Castle for a stop at Doune Castle. Next, we cross into the Highlands and on to Kilchurn Castle situated at the head of Loch Awe. The next stop is the town of Inveraray, home of the Duke of Argyll's Baronial style castle. We then continue over the Rest and be Thankful pass to Loch Lomond, stopping in the village of Luss before returning to Edinburgh. Evening at leisure.
Day 13: Today we enjoy a leisurely Scottish breakfast and have the morning on our own to sightsee or shop for souvenirs. This afternoon, we have the option to indulge in afternoon tea for the finale of our tour in the Palm Court tearoom at the Balmoral Hotel, an Edinburgh institution. (Reservations required prior to arrival).
Day 14: This morning we enjoy a final Scottish breakfast and say our goodbye's before our tour ends and we depart for home with wonderful memories.
Inclusions: 13 nights accommodation in boutique 3*- 4* hotels based on double occupancy in London, Cotswolds, Denbighshire (Wales), York, Ambleside (the Lake District) Dumfries and Edinburgh (Scotland), Daily buffet breakfast (except upon arrival), 5 Table d'Hote dinners, Admissions & Sightseeing per itinerary, Transportation by private vehicle (unless otherwise stated) Local guides, Porterage.
Land Rate: From $4027 per person, double occupancy. Single Supplement available. Air not included. Flights and transfers can be quoted as scheduling becomes available. Deposit: $450 per person to reserve space and be deducted from final invoice, refundable for future travel voucher, otherwise purchase of travel insurance to determine at time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure.
Eileen Donan Castle
Isle of Skye
One of the most photographed historic castles in the world dating from the 12th-13th century, now restored to former glory and a sentinel where three lochs meet to welcome visitors onto Skye in the Scottish Highlands. From the first visit, Scotland beckons you to return.