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Journey through Britain

England, Scotland & Wales

From $5,371
total price from Newark
$4,695 air & land inclusive plus $676 airline taxes and fees
Tour Days
14 days
Tour Membership
12-24 guests
Post-Tour Extension

Overview

On this wide-ranging tour, we travel from city to country and back again: from gracious Edinburgh to England’s legendary Lake District, from spectacular Snowdonia to the rural Cotswolds and Roman Bath, ending in cosmopolitan London. As we see history and legend come to life on our journey, we also enjoy the region’s timeless hospitality.

Tour Details

Journey through Britain

England, Scotland & Wales

From $5,371

total price from Newark
$4,695 air & land inclusive plus $676 airline taxes and fees

Tour Days
14 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Tour Days
14 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Overview

On this wide-ranging tour, we travel from city to country and back again: from gracious Edinburgh to England’s legendary Lake District, from spectacular Snowdonia to the rural Cotswolds and Roman Bath, ending in cosmopolitan London. As we see history and legend come to life on our journey, we also enjoy the region’s timeless hospitality.

Small Group Highlights

  • Edinburgh touring, including Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood House, and Royal Mile
  • England’s pastoral Lake District
  • Boat ride on Lake Windermere
  • Wales’ Bodnant Garden and unspoiled Snowdonia National Park
  • Shakespeare’s birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Bath touring: Roman Baths, Assembly Room, Circus, Bath Abbey
  • Stonehenge visit
  • Windsor Castle
  • Cosmopolitan London

Day-by-Day Itinerary

B
= Breakfast Included
L
= Lunch Included
D
= Dinner Included
1
Depart U.S. for Edinburgh, Scotland
Depart U.S. for Edinburgh, Scotland
2
Arrive Edinburgh
D
D
Arrive Edinburgh

We arrive in the Scottish capital and transfer to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities planned during the day. Late this afternoon, we meet for a briefing about the journey ahead; tonight we gather for a welcome dinner.

We arrive in the Scottish capital and transfer to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities planned during the day. Late this afternoon, we meet for a briefing about the journey ahead; tonight we gather for a welcome dinner.

3
Edinburgh
B
B
Edinburgh

Our morning tour of this stately city built on seven hills includes the 18th-century “New Town” and the medieval “Old Town,” where we visit Edinburgh Castle, symbolic heart of Scotland. This afternoon is at leisure to discover Edinburgh as we wish; museums, galleries, and shops abound. Dinner tonight is on our own, and Edinburgh boasts a robust culinary scene.

Our morning tour of this stately city built on seven hills includes the 18th-century “New Town” and the medieval “Old Town,” where we visit Edinburgh Castle, symbolic heart of Scotland. This afternoon is at leisure to discover Edinburgh as we wish; museums, galleries, and shops abound. Dinner tonight is on our own, and Edinburgh boasts a robust culinary scene.

4
Edinburgh
B
L
B
L
Edinburgh

This morning we encounter the Royal Mile, the historic boulevard connecting Edinburgh Castle with the Palace of Holyrood House. We tour Holyrood, as it is called, and see where British royalty schemed and slept as we tour the State Apartments. After lunch at a local restaurant, the remainder of the day is free for independent exploration and dinner on our own.

This morning we encounter the Royal Mile, the historic boulevard connecting Edinburgh Castle with the Palace of Holyrood House. We tour Holyrood, as it is called, and see where British royalty schemed and slept as we tour the State Apartments. After lunch at a local restaurant, the remainder of the day is free for independent exploration and dinner on our own.

5
Edinburgh/Lake District
B
L
D
B
L
D
Edinburgh/Lake District

Today we’re bound for the beautiful – and beloved – Lake District of northwest England, a national park and diverse landscape of lakes, rivers, ancient woodlands, and small towns and villages. Upon arrival we stop at Dove Cottage, where English Romantic poet William Wordsworth penned some of his most memorable lines. Late this afternoon we reach our hotel on the shores of Lake Windermere.

Today we’re bound for the beautiful – and beloved – Lake District of northwest England, a national park and diverse landscape of lakes, rivers, ancient woodlands, and small towns and villages. Upon arrival we stop at Dove Cottage, where English Romantic poet William Wordsworth penned some of his most memorable lines. Late this afternoon we reach our hotel on the shores of Lake Windermere.

6
Lake District
B
D
B
D
Lake District

Today’s explorations begin with a cruise on idyllic Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake at 10½ miles long. We continue to the village of Hawkshead, where we have time for lunch on our own followed by a visit to Hawkshead Grammar School, famously attended by poet William Wordsworth. Next, we visit the Armitt, a museum, gallery, and library that’s home to a vast collection of books, records, photographs, artwork, and more showcasing the social history of the Lake District. Late afternoon we return to our hotel and dine there tonight.

Today’s explorations begin with a cruise on idyllic Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake at 10½ miles long. We continue to the village of Hawkshead, where we have time for lunch on our own followed by a visit to Hawkshead Grammar School, famously attended by poet William Wordsworth. Next, we visit the Armitt, a museum, gallery, and library that’s home to a vast collection of books, records, photographs, artwork, and more showcasing the social history of the Lake District. Late afternoon we return to our hotel and dine there tonight.

7
Lake District/North Wales
B
D
B
D
Lake District/North Wales

We travel through splendid Lake District scenery today en route to Wales, with its rugged natural beauty and distinct culture. Our first stop is at Bodnant Garden, the historic 80-acre National Trust property with a lovely hillside setting and ever-changing displays, from manicured lawns to flower-filled terraces. After our visit, we continue on to the seaside town of Llandudno, dubbed “Queen of the Welsh Resorts” and our home for the next two nights. We dine tonight at our hotel.

We travel through splendid Lake District scenery today en route to Wales, with its rugged natural beauty and distinct culture. Our first stop is at Bodnant Garden, the historic 80-acre National Trust property with a lovely hillside setting and ever-changing displays, from manicured lawns to flower-filled terraces. After our visit, we continue on to the seaside town of Llandudno, dubbed “Queen of the Welsh Resorts” and our home for the next two nights. We dine tonight at our hotel.

8
North Wales/Snowdonia National Park
B
D
B
D
North Wales/Snowdonia National Park

Wales is a land of fierce natural beauty, as we see for ourselves on this morning’s visit to Snowdonia National Park, where we enjoy a scenic train ride. Then we head to the port town of Conwy for a visit to 13th-century Conwy Castle, a medieval fortress whose brute appearance symbolized English domination over the Welsh. Strategically set at the mouth of its namesake river as it empties into Menai Strait, the castle was built starting in 1283 by King Edward I of England. This UNESCO World Heritage Site ranks as one of the finest pieces of 13th century military architecture remaining in Europe, with some of the UK’s best-preserved medieval chambers in store for us once we enter the castle. Mid-afternoon we return to our coastal retreat, with time at leisure before dinner together tonight.

Wales is a land of fierce natural beauty, as we see for ourselves on this morning’s visit to Snowdonia National Park, where we enjoy a scenic train ride. Then we head to the port town of Conwy for a visit to 13th-century Conwy Castle, a medieval fortress whose brute appearance symbolized English domination over the Welsh. Strategically set at the mouth of its namesake river as it empties into Menai Strait, the castle was built starting in 1283 by King Edward I of England. This UNESCO World Heritage Site ranks as one of the finest pieces of 13th century military architecture remaining in Europe, with some of the UK’s best-preserved medieval chambers in store for us once we enter the castle. Mid-afternoon we return to our coastal retreat, with time at leisure before dinner together tonight.

9
North Wales/Stratford-upon-Avon
B
D
B
D
North Wales/Stratford-upon-Avon

Returning to England today, we travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, where our touring includes a visit to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage & Gardens, the thatched farmhouse of Shakespeare’s bride that still contains some original furnishings. We also tour Shakespeare’s Birthplace, a restored 16th-century half-timbered house where "The Bard" is believed to have been born in 1564. Then we have time in this 800-year-old market town for lunch on our own and to explore independently before we dine together at our hotel this evening.

Returning to England today, we travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, where our touring includes a visit to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage & Gardens, the thatched farmhouse of Shakespeare’s bride that still contains some original furnishings. We also tour Shakespeare’s Birthplace, a restored 16th-century half-timbered house where "The Bard" is believed to have been born in 1564. Then we have time in this 800-year-old market town for lunch on our own and to explore independently before we dine together at our hotel this evening.

10
Stratford-upon-Avon/The Cotswolds/Bath
B
L
B
L
Stratford-upon-Avon/The Cotswolds/Bath

Today we encounter the Cotswolds, England’s south central region of gently rolling hills dotted with villages of honey-colored limestone, market towns, and unspoiled countryside, looking much as it did 300 years ago. We arrive in Bath mid-afternoon, with the remainder of the day and this evening at leisure.

Today we encounter the Cotswolds, England’s south central region of gently rolling hills dotted with villages of honey-colored limestone, market towns, and unspoiled countryside, looking much as it did 300 years ago. We arrive in Bath mid-afternoon, with the remainder of the day and this evening at leisure.

11
Bath
B
D
B
D
Bath

We set out on a morning tour of this storied and graceful city where the ancient Romans first “took the waters” at England’s only hot springs. Today the historic Roman Baths count among the city’s most popular sites, along with the 18th-century Assembly Room, Bath Abbey, The Circus, and the Royal Crescent, all of which we see on our tour. The afternoon is free to explore as we wish before we dine together at our hotel this evening.

We set out on a morning tour of this storied and graceful city where the ancient Romans first “took the waters” at England’s only hot springs. Today the historic Roman Baths count among the city’s most popular sites, along with the 18th-century Assembly Room, Bath Abbey, The Circus, and the Royal Crescent, all of which we see on our tour. The afternoon is free to explore as we wish before we dine together at our hotel this evening.

12
Bath/Stonehenge/Windsor/London
B
B
Bath/Stonehenge/Windsor/London

We leave our pastoral days behind as we travel today to London, stopping en route to see Stonehenge, the 4,500-year-old Neolithic monument that remains something of a mystery today. That the prehistoric circle of stones is a masterpiece of engineering and building is undisputed; exactly why it was created is less certain. Next, we visit Windsor Castle, home to British royalty for more than a millennium.  We tour the castle, including St. George’s Chapel, burial place of British monarchs since the 15th century.  Then we continue on to London, arriving late afternoon. Dinner tonight is on our own in this world-class city.

We leave our pastoral days behind as we travel today to London, stopping en route to see Stonehenge, the 4,500-year-old Neolithic monument that remains something of a mystery today. That the prehistoric circle of stones is a masterpiece of engineering and building is undisputed; exactly why it was created is less certain. Next, we visit Windsor Castle, home to British royalty for more than a millennium.  We tour the castle, including St. George’s Chapel, burial place of British monarchs since the 15th century.  Then we continue on to London, arriving late afternoon. Dinner tonight is on our own in this world-class city.

13
London
B
D
B
D
London

A panoramic city tour this morning passes such celebrated London landmarks as the infamous Tower of London, grand Parliament and Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Hyde Park. Our afternoon is at leisure to explore this wondrous city as we wish; London offers an embarrassment of riches from which to choose. Tonight we celebrate our journey through Britain at a farewell dinner.

A panoramic city tour this morning passes such celebrated London landmarks as the infamous Tower of London, grand Parliament and Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Hyde Park. Our afternoon is at leisure to explore this wondrous city as we wish; London offers an embarrassment of riches from which to choose. Tonight we celebrate our journey through Britain at a farewell dinner.

14
Depart for U.S.
B
B
Depart for U.S.

We transfer this morning to Heathrow Airport for our flights home.

We transfer this morning to Heathrow Airport for our flights home.

Special Event
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Departures
Aug 5, 2024
Aug 10, 2024
Aug 12, 2024
Aug 17, 2024
Aug 19, 2024
Aug 2, 2025
Aug 4, 2025
Aug 11, 2025
Aug 16, 2025

Includes reserved seating at an evening performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 12 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class and First Class hotels
  • 23 meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Average Daily High by Month (°F )

  Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Edinburgh 54 57 63 65 65 61 54
Llandudno (Wales) 55 60 63 69 67 62 56
London 59 63 69 73 73 67 59

Average Temperature (°F )

  Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Edinburgh 54 57 63 65 65 61 54
Llandudno (Wales) 55 60 63 69 67 62 56
London 59 63 69 73 73 67 59

Dates & Prices

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Post-Tour Extension

London – On Your Own

3 days, 2 nights
From
$495
+ from $345 Single Supplement

London – On Your Own

3 days, 2 nights
From
$495
+ from $345 Single Supplement

Theater, art, shopping, restaurants – London has it all, in abundance. Enjoy this world capital in your own style, at your own pace.

Post-Tour Extension Price Includes

  • 2 nights’ accommodations at The Clermont, Charing Cross  (Superior First Class)
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Transfer to airport

Pricing: $495 in 2024; $595 in 2025. Single Supplement: $345 in 2024; $395 in 2025.

Accommodations

Tour Directors

Andrew Sandilands

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Max di Leva

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Andrew Pottinger

“Andrew was perfect for this tour…He is a natural and unassuming teacher who imparted a wealth of information in interesting and digestible segments.”

Anna Day
Bradenton, FL

Silvia Sarsano

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Harriet Powell

“Perfect for this trip. She fit right into surroundings and cared very well for us.”

Robert & Barbara Ziel
Wilsonville, OR

Tim Godby

“Tim is a kind, patient, and very likeable guide.”

James White
Warsaw, IN

Giulia Tamarri

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Jacky Paterson

“I think Jacky was the best tour director I have ever had. VERY knowledgeable! Wonderful personality.”

Thelma Taylor
Fayetteville, NY

Sonia Beck

“Loved her! Sonia was delightful and delivered quality, interesting information. She made sure everyone was considered. Went out of her way to be helpful!”

Pamela Hopkins
The Villages, FL

Marina Scott

“This was our third Odysseys Unlimited tour; all of our tour directors were great but Marina went above and beyond.”

Nancy & Bill Sondervan
Sherrills Ford, NC

Antonio "Tony" Russo

“Tony was a wealth of information, energetic, and funny.”

Kenneth & Linda Hammond
Andover, NJ

Tour Directors

Silvia Sarsano

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Harriet Powell

“Perfect for this trip. She fit right into surroundings and cared very well for us.”

Robert & Barbara Ziel
Wilsonville, OR

Tim Godby

“Tim is a kind, patient, and very likeable guide.”

James White
Warsaw, IN

Andrew Sandilands

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Sonia Beck

“Loved her! Sonia was delightful and delivered quality, interesting information. She made sure everyone was considered. Went out of her way to be helpful!”

Pamela Hopkins
The Villages, FL

Andrew Pottinger

“Andrew was perfect for this tour…He is a natural and unassuming teacher who imparted a wealth of information in interesting and digestible segments.”

Anna Day
Bradenton, FL

Jacky Paterson

“I think Jacky was the best tour director I have ever had. VERY knowledgeable! Wonderful personality.”

Thelma Taylor
Fayetteville, NY

Marina Scott

“This was our third Odysseys Unlimited tour; all of our tour directors were great but Marina went above and beyond.”

Nancy & Bill Sondervan
Sherrills Ford, NC

Antonio "Tony" Russo

“Tony was a wealth of information, energetic, and funny.”

Kenneth & Linda Hammond
Andover, NJ

Giulia Tamarri

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Max di Leva

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

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Guest Photos & Testimonials

I really enjoyed the English countryside. I think the Lake District was my favorite, but I also enjoyed Wales and the Cotswolds . . . It was nice that we had a small group of 16 guests and it was a great group of people.
Jane Lai
San Francisco, CA
We thought [the tour] was fantastic and it exceeded our expectations.
Robert & Janet Kenny
Lombard, IL
I really enjoyed the English countryside. I think the Lake District was my favorite, but I also enjoyed Wales and the Cotswolds . . . It was nice that we had a small group of 16 guests and it was a great group of people.
Jane Lai
San Francisco, CA
We thought [the tour] was fantastic and it exceeded our expectations.
Robert & Janet Kenny
Lombard, IL
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