Ultimate UK Experience

12 DAY TOUR

Tour Only Price from £700

Tour with Hotel Price from £1720


Tour Description

Day 1

Meet the rest of your small group and begin the journey south west through the South Downs National Park to Winchester, home to one of the biggest cathedrals in Europe. We will then continue through the New Forest to Corfe Castle*, an impressive 1,000 year old ruin. Next, we visit one of England’s most impressive natural wonders; Lulworth Cove. This area is world famous for its unique geology and crystal clear water. Remember to bring comfortable shoes so you can enjoy a coastal walk to take in the unforgettable views. Our overnight stop is Exmouth**, a traditional coastal resort - with two miles of golden sandy beach and some delicious seafood available, this is a wonderful place to rest after a day exploring South West England.

 **Please note if Exmouth is exceptionally busy we may move our overnight stop to Exeter.

Day 2

After a leisurely start, we will journey to Dartmoor National Park. With stunning views, deep wooded valleys, medieval farmhouses and Bronze Age stone circles, this is an incredible park to spend a few hours exploring. Look out for the famous Dartmoor ponies! We’ll make a stop at the famous Clapper Bridge at Postbridge for pictures! We’ll enjoy a lunch stop in the market town of Tavistock, which historians have discovered is the birthplace of the cream tea! Sir Francis Drake, the famous sea captain, was also born here. The old streets radiate from Bedford Square and offer shops for every taste and need - venture behind the Town Hall and discover the award winning and historic Pannier Market. Your day will continue through Bodmin Moor, one of Cornwall’s designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as we make our way to the coastal town of Falmouth, where we’ll spend the next 2 nights.

Day 3

After a restful night in Falmouth we’ll make our way to Mousehole where you’ll have a chance to explore this beautiful little fishing village, popular as it has retained its original character and charm. We then continue to Porthcurno and the Minack Theatre* - an unforgettable stop, this open-air theatre has breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll then continue west to Land’s End, England’s most westerly point. You can enjoy a cliff-top walk here and take in the striking views. Our final stop of the day is in St Ives, before we return to Falmouth.

Day 4

This morning you’ll say goodbye to Falmouth as we make our way to Port Isaac, the filming location for Doc Martin. Even if you’re not a fan of the show you’ll love this stunning village with its picturesque white washed cottages. Next, we visit Tintagel, legendary birthplace of King Arthur, this is a place to get lost in the myths of the past. Then it’s on to Boscastle for lunch, home to an unspoilt harbour village and the perfect place to enjoy a Cornish pasty! We continue to Ilfracombe for more impressive coastal views. Our overnight stop is Bristol**, home to Clifton’s iconic suspension bridge – free to walk and offering stunning views of the Avon Gorge. Bristol is also home to the SS Great Britain Brunel’s ground-breaking steamship and various murals left behind by the world’s most famous street artist, Banksy. This bustling city is a perfect overnight stop with numerous restaurants and bars to enjoy in the evening.

 **Please note if Bristol is exceptionally busy we may move our overnight stop to the city of Bath.

Day 5

Day five takes us into the Cotswolds, first to Cirencester, the largest town in the Cotswold District. We will also visit some of the smaller Cotswold villages, so you have a chance to immerse yourself in the sleepy beauty of these limestone villages. We’ll continue on to Ironbridge, a village perched on the River Severn. The bridge the village is named after is a magnificent piece of historic engineering in a leafy setting. Cars no longer cross the bridge, so it’s perfect for a stroll across to enjoy the stunning views. Our overnight stop is the pretty English city of Chester. Here you can walk the Roman walls to get your bearings and a bird’s eye view of the city, it takes about an hour to complete the full route, however, there are loads of stopping points and distractions such as Roman ruins, Chester Cathedral and the River Dee to admire along the way.

Please note on this day you will join a new group of travelling companions in the Cotswolds and meet your new driver-guide.

Day 6

 

We'll have a leisurely start and then we'll head west to Wales driving through the wild landscapes of Snowdonia National Park and revel in the mountainous scenery through the Llanberis Pass, taking in the peaks, waterfalls, lakes and historic villages.

We'll also visit Conwy, a walled market town home to Conway Castle and a lovely harbour. You can explore narrow cobbled streets and take in views of the Thomas Telford Suspension Bridge that leads up to the Castle before we return to Chester for a second night.

 

Day 7

Today is all about The Peak District National Park, known for its stunning views and small but bustling market towns. We’ll be stopping in the pretty spa town of Buxton, the highest elevated market town in England! We’ll then make our way to Bakewell, famous for Bakewell pudding; a delicious English dessert with a flaky pastry base, a layer of sieved jam, and a topping of egg and almond paste. Perfect for an afternoon snack! Another highlight of Bakewell is the lavish stately home of Chatsworth House - set in idyllic gardens, there’s plenty to explore inside and out. We’ll spend our third evening in York, which has been named the most haunted city in Europe, but don’t worry our guide will get you safely to your accommodation for the night.

Day 8

You have the whole day to explore York, an ancient walled city founded by the Romans. You can choose what you ‘d like to visit, perhaps York Minster*, a 13th century Gothic Cathedral. Or the Shambles, made up of pretty cobbled streets and old-fashioned shops. We’d love you to join us on a guided walking tour of the city, but the day is free for you to do as you please!

Day 9

You’ll say goodbye to York, and meet your new travel companions and driver-guide as we make our way north to stop at the pretty market town of Richmond, it’s a short walk to the Castle from the centre of town, or you can enjoy afternoon tea and a wander. We then head to Alnwick, where you can opt to visit the beautiful Alnwick Castle* (you may recognise it from the Harry Potter flying scenes!) or explore the town of Alnwick itself. It’s home to the incredible Barter Books, a magical second-hand book shop in a converted Victorian railway station. We continue up the East Coast and can enjoy stunning coastal views before we reach the city of Edinburgh. You’ll have an evening in Edinburgh to enjoy the city before you begin your journey north.

Please note on this day you will join a new group of travelling companions and meet your new driver-guide.

Day 10

You’ll meet a new group of travel companions and driver guide and begin the spectacular route north. We journey through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, offering stunning views of the UK’s largest expanse of fresh water, Loch Lomond. We will cross the brooding expanse of Rannoch Moor and journey through Glen Coe where you will learn the brutal story of the MacDonald Clan massacre and take in the weeping waterfalls that inhabit this incredible glen. We will also enjoy a stop at Eilean Donan*: Scotland’s most photographed castle. Here you have the chance to take photographs and explore the castle which featured in the film Highlander. Then it’s time to cross the bridge to Skye for your overnight stop. Please note on this day you will join a new group of travelling companions and meet your new driver-guide.

Day 11

Enjoy a full day exploring the Isle of Skye. Your experienced and knowledgeable guide will ensure you get the most out of your day and enjoy sights such as the craggy Cuillin Mountains, the outstanding beautiful Trotternish Peninsula, The Kilt Rock and Mealt Waterfall, The Old Man of Storr and the iron age Dun Beag Broch. Portree is your lunch time stop, where you can enjoy delicious fish and chips next to the harbour – just watch out for the seagulls! Before heading back to your accommodation for a second restful evening you will be able to try an array of different whiskies - yum!

Day 12

You’ll visit the most famous Loch in the entire world, Loch Ness. You can tour Urquhart Castle then hop on a Jacobite Cruise to Nessie spot on the loch itself. Our next stop is at Culloden Battlefield, site of the last stand of the Jacobites against the British government forces on 16 April 1746. You can experience everything about the events leading up to, during and after the battle in the impressive visitor centre and interactive exhibition. We’ll then continue south to Pitlochry; a pretty town perched next to the river Tummel before returning to Edinburgh.

Inclusions

  • Professional driver-guide
  • Transportation on a mini-coach with air-conditioning (16 passengers or less)
  • Free Bottle of Water
  • Accommodation: 1 night Exmouth, 2 nights Falmouth, 1 night Bristol, 2 nights Chester, 2 nights York, 1 night Edinburgh, 2 nights Skye
  • 11 breakfasts
Luggage limit 15KGMAX 15kg 55 x 40 x 20cm

Ultimate UK Experience Route Map

Tour Highlights

Cornwall villages & Land’s End Cornwall villages & Land’s End

Coastal beauty


Cotswold VillagesCotswold Villages

Cirencester & sleepy villages


Wales, Snowdonia National Park Wales, Snowdonia National Park

Llanberis Pass & Conwy Castle


YorkYork

A day to explore this historic city


The Isle of Skye & Loch Ness The Isle of Skye & Loch Ness

Stunning Scottish scenery



Tour Details

Availability:
Summer
Departure Days:
Alternate Thursdays from 12th April - 27th September
Departs/Returns:
09:00 / 19:00
Reference:
Tour 110

   Check-in Closes 15 mins prior to departure at pick-up point



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