Tour Great Britain with us and uncover the rolling green countryside, incredible ancient history and quaint charm of England, Scotland and Wales. Set off from London and head north, exploring Cambridge, York, Edinburgh, the Highlands, Liverpool, the Lake District, Wales, Stonehenge and much more
Day 1: London – Cambridge – York
Welcome to this incredible 7-day tour of Great Britain! Today, head to the English countryside for fresh air and scenic landscapes. Arrive in Cambridge and embark on a punting trip along the river in a traditional riverboat, taking in the stunning scenery and historic buildings in the most relaxing way. The final stop for the day is York. This city is a mecca for history buffs and lovers of fine architecture and culture. Enjoy an orientation walking tour with your tour leader and gain a fascinating insight into the stories and history of the city. Tonight, enjoy a traditional roast dinner at a local restaurant in York – toast to the first night of this week-long tour of Great Britain!
Day 2: York – Hadrian’s Wall – Jedburgh – Edinburgh
Depart York and arrive at today’s first stop: the impressive Angel of the North statue. Next stop is Hadrian’s Wall – an ancient Roman fortification built in 122 AD during Emperor Hadrian’s reign. Not too far away lies the border town of Jedburgh, famed for its links to royalty and historical warfare. Visit this Scottish border town and take in the amazing architecture. Travel on through Scotland – the capital city is waiting! Arrive in Edinburgh, and set off on an evening driving and walking orientation tour of the city with your tour leader. It’s a great introduction to a wonderful city! Enjoy an included dinner at an award-winning Italian restaurant with the group in Edinburgh tonight.
Day 3: Edinburgh: Free Day
Today, the city is yours to explore. Known as the cultural capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is blessed with stunning architecture, art galleries and memorials. Take a step back in time, and wander around the unchanged cobbled streets of the Royal Mile. If there are clear skies, hike up to Arthur’s Seat for some incredible views. Or, join your tour leader on a Conquer the Capital optional excursion for an unforgettable exploration of Edinburgh! This full-day tour takes you to Edinburgh Castle, the Falkirk Wheel, Calton Hill and more. Tonight, you have the option of joining a traditional Scottish dinner and show for a taste of Scottish culture and maybe even a bite of haggis!
Day 4: Loch Ness – Whisky Distillery – Glencoe – Scottish Highlands
Just over halfway through this Great Britain tour, it’s time to journey into the Scottish Highlands. The first stop is the historic Culloden Battlefield. Next, visit Loch Ness – home to the mythical Loch Ness monster. During the visit, join an optional one-hour cruise of Loch Ness, take in the impressive ruins of Urquhart Castle and see if you can spy ‘Nessie’ in the water! Once back on the road, spot Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Whilst in the region, visit one of Scotland’s oldest, licensed whisky distilleries in Fort William for a distillery tour and whisky tasting. Next, visit Glen Coe – a spectacular glen (Scottish word meaning deep valley) with a bloody past – before continuing on to the hotel in the Scottish Highlands for the night.
Day 5: Gretna Green – Lake District – Liverpool
Today, travel towards Liverpool, home of The Beatles and world-famous football clubs! En route, drive through Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, enjoy a visit to Greta Green and a stop in the picturesque Lake District. Next up, Liverpool! Enjoy a driving tour of the city on the way to the hotel and arrive in the late afternoon. Enjoy free time this evening or join in the optional Beatles Story excursion. For Beatles fans, there are many significant locations in the city including spots that inspired songs such as ‘Strawberry Fields’ and ‘Penny Lane’. The Beatles played hundreds of shows at the Cavern Club, the perfect place to enjoy a good meal tonight! Liverpool is home to a number of great restaurant and pub options for dinner.
Day 6: Stratford-Upon-Avon – Wales
This morning, see some top sights connected to The Beatles before departing Liverpool. Next, venture on to the birthplace of William Shakespeare; Stratford-upon-Avon. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own. For those who wish to delve into the life of Shakespeare more intimately, join the optional excursion to visit the home where he grew up as a child and lived with his wife as newlyweds. Sliding into south Wales, take the chance to see a medieval Welsh castle before heading onwards to the Welsh capital of Cardiff for a driving tour en route to the hotel. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner with the group.
Day 7: Bath – Stonehenge – London
The last day of the tour is jam-packed with excitement! The first stop is the historic town of Bath. Take an orientation tour of the town, learn about its history, and see popular sights. You’ll have free time to explore, or take an optional tour of the Roman Baths. Next up is a trip to the mysterious Stonehenge! Join the Stonehenge optional excursion for a closer look at these stones shrouded in myth and legend. Afterwards, board your Expat Explore coach for the last time, and take this chance to exchange contact details and share photos with new friends and fellow travellers, before the tour finishes in London.