Itinerary ideas: Best of England Tour
Off the shelf, flexible tours of the UK and Ireland
Best of England Tour
What's it all about?
This fast paced tour doesn't allow for time to sit around in pubs but does allow your group to see just about everything their friends will ask them about upon return home! The tour includes everywhere from Portsmouth to Oxford to Stonehenge to Bath to Liverpool, York, Manchester and much much more! Ideal for those who have limited time and want to take in as much as they possibly can, this 8 day tour can be extended to include some time to visit London as well.
Region: England, Wales
Length: 10 days / 9 nights
Transport options: Vehicle hire
Start and End: Flexible
Price: Enquire for details
Inclusions: 9 nights B&B and hotel, car hire with insurance, Entrance fees, Info Pack, maps, taxes, fees and financial protection.
Exclusions: GPS system, meals other than breakfast, optional activities unless stated, Flights, Tips, Visa's
Best of England Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Canterbury and Hastings
The day begins by making your way from London south to Leeds Castle. After a short visit it's on to Canterbury and the world famous Canterbury Cathedral before moving to the south coast and the significant battle site of Hastings. Overnight stay is in Hastings.
Day 2: Portsmouth and Winchester
You have the whole morning in Portsmouth to see Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, scale the Spinnaker Tower or shop in the modern Gunwharf Quays! After lunch here it's on to the small city of Winchester where you can see Winchester Cathedral before heading to Britain's most iconic site, Stonehenge.
Day 3: Salisbury and Bath
Today starts with a guided tour of Salisbury. It includes the option to visit Salisbury Cathedral and Georgian Monpesson House. Next it's onto the Roman city of Bath for a guided tour. The original Roman Baths are next and in the evening you may visit the Thermae bath Spa to take a dip in the hot natural spring water yourself.
Day 4: Cotswolds and North Wales
This morning you're off on a tour through the Costwolds. The first stop is the old historical Hailes Abbey followed by a tea stop in a Cotswolds village. After the break you will head north into the mountain region of Snowdonia where you will stay overnight in a historic ancient castle.
Day 5: Snowdonia
Spending the day in Snowdonia, you will catch the old Ffestiniog Railway Steam Train and take a stunning journey through the mountains and on to Porthmadog where you will have a little time to explore before the return journey. Overnight you will make your way to Manchester and stay there
Day 6: Liverpool and Manchester
There's a little time to see a site or 2 in Manchester this morning. This could include one of the great museums, a little shopping or a tour of the world's most famous football club Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium. Later it's onto the nearby city of Liverpool. You will have chance here to visit a number of museums and attractions including the Beatles Museum and the Tate North Gallery.
Day 7: Lake District
It's an early drive to England's Lake District. The first stop is a Lake Windermere cruise followed by a tour of the Lake District. There's chance to stop for photo's and the famous Grasmere Gingerbread as well as a little walk in the mountains if the weather allows for it.
Day 8: York
This morning you will head east and onto the Viking city of York. Your stops here may include the phenomenal York Minster Cathedral, the Jorvik Viking Centre or even the National Railway Museum to name but a few. In the evening you will head south to the
Day 9: Peak District and Stratford
Today you will be visiting the home of Mr Darcy himself, Chatsworth House. The gardens and house here are incredible and well worth a visit. Afterwards it's further south still and into Shakespeare's Stratford on Avon. You will have time here to visit the
Day 10: Oxford and Windsor
It's the final leg of this epic journey but that doesn't mean we're cutting it short. The first stop is Oxford where you will take a tour of this famous university city and visit one of the universities. Next it's onto another magnificent stately home, Bl