Best of Britain: A Majestic Journey Through the United Kingdom

Throughout this rail journey, relish the picturesque landscapes and the convenience of train travel, connecting you seamlessly to the best of Britain
Embark on a captivating rail journey through the best of Britain, starting in London with iconic landmarks like the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and the British Museum. Travel west to Bath for its UNESCO World Heritage charm and Roman Baths. Head north to Oxford, renowned for its prestigious university and historic colleges. Continue to Liverpool, birthplace of The Beatles, exploring the Beatles Story Museum. Venture north to York, surrounded by medieval walls. Conclude in Edinburgh, exploring the iconic Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile
13 Days, 12 Nights from $5,999/person CAD
Family
Rail & Train
Self-Guided
UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Primary Location

England & Scotland, UK

Departures

Available all year

Included:

  • 2 nights in London
  • 2 nights in Bath
  • 2 nights in Oxford
  • 2 nights in Liverpool
  • 2 nights in York
  • 2 nights in Edinburgh
  • Accommodation based on 3-star or 4-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • Private Airport transfer from London Heathrow Airport to your hotel in London in a Traditional Black Cab
  • London Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames
  • Private transfer from your hotel in London to London Victoria Station
  • Train ticket from London to Bath (anytime flexible ticket)
  • Entrance tickets to the Roman Baths
  • Train ticket from Bath to Oxford (anytime flexible ticket)
  • Entrance tickets to the Christ Church, University of Oxford
  • Train ticket from Oxford to Liverpool (anytime flexible ticket)
  • Entrance tickets to The Beatles Story Museum, Liverpool
  • Train ticket from Liverpool to York (anytime flexible ticket)
  • Boat Cruise in York including a Fish & Chips lunch
  • Train ticket from York to Edinburgh (anytime flexible ticket)
  • Entrance tickets to Edinburgh Castle
  • Spirit of Scotland Show including dinner
  • Private transfer from your hotel in Edinburgh to Edinburgh airport

Not Included:

  • International or domestic airfare
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional meals when not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Local city tax for overnight stays
  • Visas required for entry into the country as necessary
  • Anything of a personal nature or that is not mentioned in included

Pricing Details

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  • The itinerary is subject to change based on the availability. If a particular service is not available, an alternative option will be provided
  • Additional charges may apply during fairs, holidays, and special events
  • From price is CAD per person, based on double occupancy in low season
  • The final price will vary and is also based on the month of travel
  • Prices are subject to change

Optional Extras:

  • Enhance your trip with additional options and upgrades available in the UK. You have the flexibility to customize your experience by adding extra nights, opting for the convenience of private airport or train station transfers, selecting from a variety of additional shared, small-group, or private activities, and upgrading your accommodation to perfectly suit your preferences

Custom Itinerary

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Itinerary

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Your train tickets are a standard class, one-way ticket with flexibility for the following journeys:

Day 3: London to Bath
Day 5: Bath to Oxford
Day 7: Oxford to Liverpool
Day 9: Liverpool to York
Day 11: York to Edinburgh

The Anytime Single ticket allows you to travel at any time of the day. It is valid for a single journey, and though you may need to follow a specific route or use a particular train company, this will be stated on the ticket. If you wish to upgrade to first class, you can do so on request. Please note that seats cannot be reserved, and your train tickets will be sent via email.

Please keep in mind that missed trains and lost tickets will not be refunded. It is your responsibility to check the train timetable and arrive at the station on time.

DAY 1: LONDON ARRIVAL

Upon arriving at the London airport, a black cab driver will be ready to pick you up and transport you to your accommodation in London. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing walk around St. James Park and Hyde Park. Additionally, you might consider taking a quick look around the renowned luxury department store, Harrods.

These iconic locations offer a taste of London's charm and elegance. St. James Park and Hyde Park provide peaceful green spaces to unwind, while Harrods offers a world-class shopping experience. Make sure to check your schedule and explore these attractions at your own pace.

If you have any specific preferences or need further assistance with your itinerary, feel free to let me know. Enjoy your time in London!

Accommodation at The Rembrandt, London, or similar

DAY 2: LONDON

London is a dynamic and historically rich metropolis, boasting a plethora of attractions and activities. We highly recommend exploring iconic landmarks like Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard ceremony, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben. Enjoy a stroll along the banks of the River Thames or venture to Piccadilly Circus to delve into the vibrant neighborhoods of Soho, Chinatown, and Covent Garden.

In the afternoon, indulge in a delightful tea experience on the River Thames. Savor a cup of tea while marveling at Big Ben, select delectable sandwiches en route to the London Eye, and relish scones, clotted cream, and jam as you glide past the Tower of London during your afternoon tea river cruise in London.

Accommodation at The Rembrandt, London, or similar

DAY 3: LONDON TO BATH

Following breakfast, you'll be transferred to Victoria Train Station, where you'll embark on a captivating journey to the ancient town of Bath, a scenic ride lasting approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Immerse yourself in a day of exploration in this enchanting and majestic city, which holds the distinction of being the only UK city designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bath's timeless charm is evident, and much of its allure has remained unchanged since the days of Georgian gentleman Ralph Allen and renowned writer Jane Austen, both captivated by this city designed for pleasure.

Embark on a journey through time as you explore the architectural marvels of Bath, such as the Royal Crescent and the Circus, reminiscent of the Georgian era. Dive into the pages of one of Jane Austen's classic novels as you stroll through the streets, and pay homage to Bath's most celebrated resident at the Jane Austen Centre. Enjoy the unique atmosphere and historical richness of this remarkable city.

Accommodation at Premier Inn Bath City Center, Bath, or similar

DAY 4: BATH

Start your day with a visit to The Roman Baths, where admission is included. Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the thermal hot spring water built by the Roman Empire. Explore the well-preserved remains and gain insights into the ancient bathing rituals that took place here.

For the afternoon, indulge in relaxation at The Thermae Bath Spa, an award-winning Natural Spa. Follow in the footsteps of the Romans as you explore one of the finest spas of the ancient world. Enjoy the rejuvenating effects of the thermal waters and the modern spa facilities, creating a perfect blend of tradition and contemporary well-being.

As the day transitions to evening, soak in the local atmosphere by spending time in one of the charming local pubs. Whether it's to savor traditional British fare, sample local brews, or simply unwind in the cozy ambiance, the evening promises a delightful experience in the heart of Bath.

Accommodation at Premier Inn Bath City Center, Bath, or similar

DAY 5: BATH TO OXFORD

Following breakfast, embark on a stroll to the train station, where you'll board a train destined for Oxford. The journey promises picturesque views and lasts approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Oxford, a venerable seat of scholars for 800 years, boasts Britain’s oldest university, along with botanical gardens and charming pubs. Take in the beauty of galleries, canals, libraries, and museums that adorn this historic city. For fans of the Magical Wizard world, globally renowned, keep an eye out for some of the film’s iconic locations. We highly recommend exploring Oxford University and the University Church of Saint Mary the Virgin for a glimpse into the city's rich academic and architectural heritage.

As the evening descends, treat yourself to a delightful meal paired with a refreshing beer. Oxford's diverse culinary scene offers an array of dining options, providing the perfect ending to a day filled with exploration and cultural immersion.

Accommodation at Premier Inn Oxford City Centre, Oxford, or similar

DAY 6: OXFORD

Begin your day with a visit to Christ Church College in Oxford, an experience included in your package. Christ Church is not only one of the largest constituent colleges of Oxford University but also a significant church in the Diocese of Oxford, known as Christ Church Cathedral. Explore the impressive college grounds and the beautiful cathedral, soaking in the rich history and architectural splendor.

Following your tour, make your way to one of the city's highlights—the spectacular Covered Market. Built in the 1770s, this market has earned fame as one of the oldest continually operating markets in the country. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere as you wander through the market's charming alleys, showcasing a diverse array of shops and stalls. From local produce to handmade crafts, the Covered Market offers a delightful shopping experience in the heart of Oxford.

Accommodation at Premier Inn Oxford City Centre, Oxford, or similar

DAY 7: OXFORD TO LIVERPOOL

Prepare for an exciting journey to Liverpool, the Capital of the Beatles. Board the train for a scenic 4-hour ride. Upon arrival, soak in the vibrant atmosphere of this UNESCO-designated city of music and cultural heritage.

After checking in, explore The Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, home to the Tate Gallery and the Beatles Museum (included in your package). Immerse yourself in the story of the iconic rock group from its humble beginnings to global fame.

If time allows, visit the Merseyside Maritime Museum with free entry, exploring Liverpool's maritime history. Liverpool offers a perfect blend of musical magic, cultural richness, and maritime heritage for an unforgettable experience.

Accommodation at Premier Inn Liverpool City Centre, Liverpool, or similar

DAY 8: LIVERPOOL

After enjoying a delightful breakfast, consider exploring Liverpool Cathedral in the morning. This iconic landmark offers a captivating blend of architecture and history, providing a unique perspective on the city.

In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the rich history of Liverpool at The Museum of Liverpool. Opened in 2011 as the newest addition to the National Museums Liverpool group, it tells the compelling story of Liverpool and its people. The museum reflects the global significance of the city and replaces the former Museum of Liverpool. Explore exhibits that showcase the diverse and dynamic nature of Liverpool, offering a comprehensive understanding of its cultural heritage.

This combination of visits to Liverpool Cathedral and The Museum of Liverpool ensures a day filled with exploration and insights into the city's rich history and cultural significance.

Accommodation at Premier Inn Liverpool City Centre, Liverpool, or similar

DAY 9: LIVERPOOL TO YORK

Prepare for an unforgettable experience in York, renowned as the eternal medieval walled city. We highly recommend exploring the captivating old walled city, adorned with its famous Minster. The York Minster is considered one of Europe’s finest medieval Gothic buildings, offering a mesmerizing glimpse into the historical and architectural splendor of the region. Take your time to wander through the charming streets, absorb the medieval atmosphere, and marvel at the cultural treasures that York has to offer.

Accommodation at Premier Inn York City Centre, York, or similar

DAY 10: YORK

Today, explore some of the beautiful attractions of York. Visit Shambles, one of York's most famous landmarks and one of the best-preserved medieval shopping streets in Europe. With its cobbled streets and overhanging buildings, it is believed to have inspired Diagon Alley from the famous magician series.

Afterward, enjoy a wonderful experience on a city cruise with a fish & chips lunch included (1h30m). Relish the great British tradition of Fish & Chips as you relax along the beautiful riverside of the majestic Minster city. Departing from the City Centre, savor your Fish & Chips freshly wrapped and delivered by the award-winning Mr Chippy, with the option of complementing your meal with a variety of refreshments available at the on-board bar.

Accommodation at Premier Inn York City Centre, York, or similar

DAY 11: YORK TO EDINBURGH

Today, embark on a journey to Scotland, with a travel time of approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Board the train to Edinburgh, where you will arrive and make your way to your accommodation. Once settled, commence your exploration of the Scottish capital.

Take a stroll along the historic Royal Mile and the bustling Princess Street, absorbing the charm and history that Edinburgh has to offer. Visit the majestic Palace of Holyrood House, a significant royal residence with a rich history.

As the evening unfolds, immerse yourself in Scottish culture with a Scottish show, complete with dinner, a delightful inclusion in your package. Experience the vibrant traditions, music, and cuisine that make Scotland unique, creating a memorable evening in the heart of Edinburgh.

Accommodation at Premier Inn Edinburgh City Centre, Edinburgh, or similar

DAY 12: EDINBURGH

After breakfast, head to Edinburgh Castle, an ancient fortress atop Castle Rock that dominates the city skyline. This historic landmark, included in your package, is one of Scotland's most significant attractions, welcoming around one million visitors annually as the second most visited tourist site in the country.

In the afternoon, explore the UNESCO World Heritage site Calton Hill for breathtaking views of Edinburgh. This elevated vantage point offers a picturesque setting to appreciate the city's beauty, with iconic landmarks and panoramic vistas. Capture the essence of Edinburgh in the serene atmosphere of Calton Hill.

Accommodation at Premier Inn Edinburgh City Centre, Edinburgh, or similar

DAY 13: EDINBURGH DEPARTURE

It's time to bid farewell to the capital of Scotland. Our driver will pick you up from your hotel and ensure you reach the airport smoothly. Goodbye! We sincerely hope you've enjoyed your trip and have wonderful memories from your time in Scotland. Safe travels!

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