April 2022 / October 2022
Detailed day by day description
This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.
Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.
The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.
Scenery: Picturesque countryside with hills and woods.
07:30 hrs - London –Departure-. We cross the city and travel towards the north of England. Attractive countryside in the English countryside.
10:00 hrs - Cambridge –Arrival-. We have time to admire the beautiful main colleges and have lunch.
12:30 hrs - Cambridge –Departure-. We continue our journey towards the north, with views over agricultural fields and Sherwood Forest, former home of the legendary Robin Hood.
15:30 hrs - York –Arrival-. Passing along the walls that date to Roman times, we walk towards the cathedral. Time to stroll around its lively shopping streets.
17:30 hrs - York -Departure- We continue our journey northwards.
19:30 hrs - Durham –Arrival-. Impressive medieval city. Time to stroll around its cobbled streets in the centre and to discover its cathedral and castle, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Accommodation.
Scenery: Cross into Scotland. Castles, views over the sea.
08:30 hrs - Durham –Departure-. We travel north through England, and pass by the edge of the city of Newcastle.
09:45 hrs - Alnwick .- Medieval town dominated by its large castle. Attractive gardens. This was one of the backdrops for the Harry Potter film. Time to visit the castle (admission not included) or to stroll around. Note: the castle will be shut during the winter months (01 October-31 March).
11:15 hrs - Alnwick –Departure-. Cross into Scotland.
13:15 hrs - Edinburgh –Arrival-. We are now in the capital of Scotland, in one of the liveliest cities in the north of Europe, whose spectacular centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The castle dominates the city centre, with its cobbled streets and parks. In the summer, the Edinburgh Festival is held, and the city brims with life and its many shows. Free time.
17:30 hrs -Scenic visit round the city with a local guide (occasionally, this could be earlier, being undertaken on our arrival in the city). Later on, we provide a transfer to return to the hotel.
Scenery: Beautiful landscapes all the stage; Especially in the afternoon as we passed the Cairngorms Mountains.
08:00 hrs. - Edinburgh - Departure. We travel to another historic city near Edinburgh.
09:15 hrs. Stirling. A time for a stroll in its historic center dominated by the great castle. After that we will trek the trail that goes to the foot of the tower (ticket not included) which was built in memory of William Wallace, a 13thcentury Scottish military hero who became famous thanks to the film Braveheart.
11:00 hrs. - Stirling / Wallace Monument - Departure.
12:45 hrs.- Pitlochry.- picturesque town where we know on arrival a traditional whisky distillery , Blair Athol, where Bell´s is produced. Entrance included . Time for lunch in town.
15.00hrs- Pitlochry- Departure.
15:15 hrs.- Blair Castle .- We include the entrance to this beautiful palace with its impressive gardens.-
16:45 hrs.- Blair -Departure. We travel to the north of Scotland, beautiful mountainous landscapes follow our route.
18:45 hrs.- INVERNESS , arrival, maritime city very close to Loch Ness. Dinner included and accommodation.
NOTE: The hotel network in northern Scotland is quite limited. For some tours (normally in the month of August), we may offer accommodation in towns around Inverness.
Scenery: Magnificent landscapes, lakes, high mountains sometimes snowed on their tops.
Notes: We recommend you to bring some warm clothing; You may need it during the boat ride. The schedules of the stage can be modified according to the assigned time of crossing by the Loch Ness.
08.00 hrs.- Inverness -Departure. We will enjoy a stage full of excitement amid quite beautiful landscapes, forests, lakes, deserted lands and fjords from northern Scotland.
10.30hrs- CASTLE OF EILEAN DONAN, a very picturesque castle is located over the fjord’s waters ( ticket included ). This castle will make us remember the ghosts that populate the castles of Scotland.
11.30 hrs. - Castle of Eilean - departure. Mountains and lakes follow our route.
12.45 hrs.- FORT AUGUSTUS where we will know its sluice gate system. Time to walk and have lunch.
14.00 hrs. - Fort Augustus - departure. We skirt the NESS LAKE. We will visit by the lake the ruined medieval castle of URQUHART (entrance included).
About 15.30hrs we includ a 30 minute boat tour around the lake´s dark waters from Urquhart Castle through to Clansman.
17.00 hrs.- Inverness. Arrival to the capital of the Highlands and unique city of the region at the mouth of the river Ness. Dinner included.
Scenery: Beautiful landscapes again of lakes, mountains, desolate moors, isolated areas, deep forests.
07:30 hrs.- Inverness - Departure. We travel again via Aviemore towards isolated regions, subarctic flora, mountains. On our route we made a brief stop at Spean Bridge , next to the monument to the commandos who trained here before the Normandy landing in World War II. We can take a photo of Ben Nevis, the highest summit of the British Isles.
10:00 hrs. - Fort William - Time for a coffee in this tourist town.
10:45 hrs. - Fort William - departure. We follow the coast, fjords bordering the ocean. - On our route we will pass next to Kilchurn Castle. A ruined castle that projects its image on a beautiful lake.
13:30 hrs.- Inveraray . a quite picturesque historic village by Loch Fyne with a large castle and quiet streets. Time to walk and have lunch.
15:30 hrs.- Inveraray -exit. We will return contouring Loch Lomond, one of the most popular lakes in Scotland.
17.30hrs- Glasgow. Arrival. Time for a stroll around the centre of this lively city.
Scenery: Seaside, hills, woods.
Notes: Remember to keep your passport; it will be requested at the point of embarkation. It is helpful if you can travel with some Scottish bank notes. Scotland mint their own notes, as does the North of Ireland. These Scottish or Northern Irish bank notes can be used easily in Scotland and Ireland respectively, but they may not be accepted in England and they are not valid in international banks. That is, if you have any Scottish or Irish notes left over, you will not be able to exchange them outside the United Kingdom. We recommend that you make sure you don´t have any Scottish bank notes left over on leaving Scotland and especially after our crossing to Belfast.
The schedules for this whole stage may vary depending on the boat.
08.00 hrs -Glasgow - Brief tour on the coach while leaving the city and then we travel toward the east coast of Scotland.
In Cairnryan we board a modern ferry to Ireland . Normally the boat leaves at 11.30 hrs. Crossing. The boats are very modern; you can shop in its stores or have lunch in its bars.
13.45 hrs - We get off the boat in Belfast. Arrival in this city of Victorian architecture which reminds us of the difficult coexistence between Protestants and Catholics in this area.- After a look round the Catholic and Protestant neighbourhoods that remind us of their troubled past, we visit the famous murals. Free time in the city centre.
16:30 hrs - Belfast –Departure-. We continue to the Republic of Ireland (Eire).
18:30 hrs - Dublin –Arrival at hotel-.
(Note: Occasionally, depending on our time of arrival in Dublin, the sightseeing tour of the city may be made on the previous afternoon).
Scenery: We pass through Wales: beautiful maritime landscapes along the Irish Sea. Remember to have your passport to hand; it may be required to enter the United Kingdom.
07:00 hrs Departure from the hotel to board the modern high-speed ferry that departs at 08.45 hrs. Crossing of approximately two hours (occasionally, due to technical reasons or because of bad weather, we may take the 08.00 hrs ferry, in which case the crossing will take three and a half hours).
10:45 hrs Disembark in Holyhead, a port situated on an island in north Wales.
11:30 hrs Caernarfon .- After crossing the Britannia bridge, we arrive at this town, which is a World Heritage Site situated on the seashore, with its spectacular castle that dominates the bay and its medieval streets. This is where those who are in line for the throne have been crowned since the Fourteenth Century ("the Prince of Wales"). Time to walk around and have lunch.
13:00 hrs Caernarfon –Departure-. We follow the coast towards England.
16:00 hrs Liverpool –Arrival at hotel.- At around 16:45, we suggest a visit to the Beatles Museum (admission not included) so that you can discover this fascinating place and the Albert Dock.
Scenery: Picturesque hilly countryside.
07:45 hrs- Liverpool –Departure-. Brief bus tour round this World Heritage Site, taking in some of the iconic sites in the city. Travel towards the heart of England.
11:00 hrs- Stratford Upon Avon .- The small town where Shakespeare was born, with its beautiful gardens and Tudor houses. Time, if you wish, to visit the house where Shakespeare was born (admission not included), to stroll around and have lunch.
13:00 hrs - Stratford –Departure-. We cross beautiful landscapes of the Cotswolds, with its hills and cottages with thatched roofs.
14:30 hrs- Oxford –Arrival-. Free time in this prestigious University city and to visit one of its spectacular main colleges. Time to stroll around.
16:30 hrs - Oxford –Departure-.
18:00 hrs - London –Arrival-.