England, Wales & Scotland Tours - Cosmos®

England, Scotland & Wales (9000)

13 Day Tour from London to London

2017 Tour Details

Experience some of Britain’s fascinating towns as you travel through England, Scotland, and Wales, stopping for overnights in London, Leeds, Edinburgh, Grantown-on-Spey, Glasgow, Liverpool, Cardiff, and Plymouth.

Part of the charm of traveling through Britain is seeing the spectacular scenery, and on this Britain tour, you’ll get the opportunity to witness some of its most scenic areas. Travel through Northumberland National Park, with its wide-open spaces and landscapes of endless beauty; Brecon Beacons National Park, with its dramatic landscapes; Dartmoor National Park; and incomparable Snowdonia National Park in Wales, with picturesque villages, mountains, and lakes. Drive through the serene Lake District, England’s largest and finest natural park, and stop for photos at Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake. Keep an eye out for the Loch Ness monster in the Scottish Highlands, with some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery, including vast areas of unspoiled wilderness and gorgeous lochs (lakes).

On this Britain tour, you’ll also travel to some of Britain’s charming towns. In Stratford-upon-Avon, explore the town that Shakespeare called home and get a glimpse into life in 16th-century England. Walk through York’s quaint streets with your Tour Director and marvel at England's most complete medieval city. In Chester, enjoy a walking tour of this city famed for its Roman remains and black and white half-timbered buildings. In Bath, explore the elegant city famed for its excavations of the 2,000-year-old Roman baths. In Plymouth, see the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked in 1620. Enjoy an orientation drive in Cardiff, the capital of Wales, and sightseeing in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital.

These are just some of the many highlights of this value-minded Britain tour through England, Scotland, and Wales. Be sure to grab your camera so all you have to do is sit back and relax as you experience these wonderful destinations.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
Visits to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, Coventry, Hadrian’s Wall, Jedburgh, Edinburgh Castle, tickets for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (departure numbers July 31 through August 21), St. Andrews, Pitlochry, Culloden Moor, Fort William, Gretna Green, Liverpool, Betws-y-Coed, Caernarvon, Ludlow, Bath, Glastonbury, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Plymouth, Stonehenge; orientation drive in Cardiff; walking tours in York and Chester. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Local Guide for city sightseeing in Edinburgh; host service in London; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Northumberland National Park, Scottish Highlands and Lowlands, Loch Ness, Glen Coe, Loch Lomond, Lake District National Park, Lake Windermere, Snowdonia National Park, Brecon Beacons National Park and “The Valleys,” Dartmoor National Park, Salisbury Plain

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • City of Bath
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  • Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City
  • Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
  • Stonehenge

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full English breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with choice of menus

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in London, England

Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, there’s time to rest or to start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 2 London

Today is devoted to exploring on your own or enjoying our exciting program of optional activities. You may choose to join a Local Guide for an optional morning sightseeing tour of the city’s famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Highlights include a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard (if held). Later on, maybe visit Windsor Castle or the Tower of London with its spectacular Crown Jewels. Tonight, a leisurely cruise on the Thames River would be fun!

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 London–Stratford-upon-Avon–Coventry–Leeds

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart at 8 am for Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. Take photos of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, then explore the town at your own pace. After lunch, visit Coventry, and hear the tale of Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom. Finally, head northwards out of the Midlands to tonight’s destination.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 4 Leeds–York–Jedburgh, Scotland–Edinburgh

In York, stand in awe in front of the great structure of York Minster, then follow your Tour Director through a maze of quaint streets, including the narrow Shambles. Continue through wild Northumberland National Park and see a section of Hadrian’s Wall. Then, at Jedburgh, see the abbey ruins. Late-afternoon arrival in Edinburgh. A suggestion for this evening: enjoy a traditional Scottish night out, with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and, of course, the Ceremony of the Haggis.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Edinburgh

A full day to enjoy the Scottish capital. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town,” home to famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the “Old Town,” drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Afternoon at leisure. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia. Tour five decks and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds out this optional evening. For departure numbers July 31 through August 21, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO, a vast spectacle of massed Scottish pipe bands that takes place in an arena on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Edinburgh–St. Andrews–Pitlochry–Grantown–on–Spey

A day of memorable sightseeing: take the elegant Forth Road Bridge to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing, then cross the Firth of Tay and via Dundee and Perth, head into the Highlands. Stop in the Victorian mountain resort of Pitlochry before continuing to your overnight destination of Grantown-on-Spey.

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Day 7 Grantown–on–Spey–Culloden Moor–Inverness–Fort William–Glasgow

Via the battlefield of Culloden Moor and Inverness, the Highland capital, skirt Loch Ness as you drive to Fort William beneath Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Enter haunting Glen Coe, where the MacDonald Clan was massacred in 1692, pass wild Rannoch Moor, and then drive along the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond to Glasgow.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 8 Glasgow–Gretna Green–Lake District, England–Liverpool

South through the history-steeped Lowland Hills and a visit to Gretna Green, where the blacksmith used to wed runaway couples. Drive through beautiful scenery in the Lake District, considered to be the finest of England’s national parks, and take your photographs of picturesque Lake Windermere. End the day in Liverpool, of Beatles fame, once the departure port of the great transatlantic liners. You may wish to join an optional city tour this afternoon.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Liverpool. North Wales Excursion

A day dedicated to the mountainous splendor of North Wales. After a stop in pretty Betws-y-Coed, drive over spectacular Llanberis Pass and through Snowdonia National Park to Caernarvon, where the castle saw the investiture of Charles as Prince of Wales. Then, follow the coast road via the walled town of Conway back to Liverpool.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Liverpool–Chester–Ludlow–Cardiff, Wales

In Chester, the historic county town on the Dee River, your walking tour includes the Roman remains, black and white half-timbered buildings, and the two-tiered arcades called the “Rows.” Pause in the pretty market town of Ludlow before heading back into Wales and Brecon Beacons National Park, land of salmon rivers and the Welsh mountain pony. Finally, head through “The Valleys,” whose iron ore and coal were the raw materials for the Industrial Revolution, to the Welsh capital. Here, an orientation drive introduces you to the major attractions: Cardiff Castle, Cathays Park, Millennium Stadium, and the stately civic buildings. Tonight, why not join an evening of Welsh entertainment and dinner?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 Cardiff–Bath, England–Glastonbury–Widecombe–Plymouth

Leaving Wales, cross the Severn Bridge for a visit to the elegant Georgian city of Bath, famed for its Roman relics, before heading into the romantically scenic West Country and Glastonbury with its King Arthur associations. In the heart of Dartmoor National Park, visit quaint Widecombe-in-the-Moor, ghostly setting for Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles. Finally, in Plymouth, hear about Sir Francis Drake and see the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked in 1620.

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Day 12 Plymouth–Stonehenge–London

On the final leg of your journey, take in Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, and visit prehistoric STONEHENGE. First, explore the visitor center with its imaginative exhibitions, then admire the magnificence of the monument from up close. Return to London around 3 pm. How about celebrating the success of your tour with a night out on the town?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 London

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

JULIAN CLEARY

Years of Experience: 36

Why did King John build a castle on the Shannon? Why is St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin protestant? How did James Watt change the world? My greatest pleasure is to answer those questions! When you travel to my country, I have the duty to show it to you properly!

Tour Director - JULIAN CLEARY

 Accommodations

LONDON Holiday Inn London Kensington (F) or Novotel London West (F)
LEEDS Mercure Leeds Parkway (F)
EDINBURGH Capital (F)
GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY Craiglynne (F)
GLASGOW Pond (F)
LIVERPOOL Holiday Inn Liverpool City Centre (F)
CARDIFF Novotel (F)
PLYMOUTH Jurys Inn (F)
LONDON Novotel London West (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


London
Edinburgh
Liverpool

London

London Eye
London Eye

London Eye

The London Eye is London's most popular attraction. Night or day the London Eye offers spectacular views of London from high above the River Thames. Famous landmarks to be seen include Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.

Price Range: $

Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds

Visit the famous wax models of the rich and famous.

Price Range: $

The London Dungeon
The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon

Delve into the blood-curdling parts of history that your teachers never wanted to tell you. Live actors, scary rides, shows and special effects, transport you back to those black, bleak times. Are you brave enough?

Price Range: $

Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace was once Princess Diana's home. Sir Christopher Wren lavishly improved the original house, turning it into a palace for William III and Mary II. It remained a royal home and was the birthplace of Queen Victoria. The splendid State Apartments and Court Dress Collection are on view to the public as well as special exhibitions.

Price Range: $

Harry Potter
Harry Potter

Harry Potter

This unique tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world.

Price Range: $$

Sea Life London Aquarium
Sea Life London Aquarium

Sea Life London Aquarium

The London Aquarium is one of Europe's largest displays of aquatic life and home to up to 400 species in over 50 displays, from sharks, stingrays and clownfish, to moray eels, lionfish and sideways walking crabs.

Price Range: $

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

A visit to the home of the old and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, that includes both the museum and a guided tour.

Price Range: $

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms
Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms

Visit the underground center of Britain's war effort, which contains the world's only museum dedicated to Sir Winston Churchill.

Price Range: $

River Cruise Experience
River Cruise Experience

River Cruise Experience

Take a London Eye River Cruise and see London from a different perspective. Enjoy a unique 40 minute circular sightseeing cruise on the River Thames with fascinating live commentary that brings the city to life, presented by specialist guides. Highlights include Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

Price Range: $

Edinburgh

Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion & Dinner
Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion & Dinner

Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion & Dinner

Enjoy a visit to the former Royal Yacht Britannia, which was used on over 700 overseas visits and sailed over a million nautical miles, most famously for the honeymoon of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Later dinner with wine and coffee at an excellent local restaurant is included.

Price Range: $$

Liverpool

Evening City Tour
Evening City Tour

Evening City Tour

Get a proper introduction to the splendid city of Liverpool on this entertaining private guided tour. Along the way, visit the magnificent cathedral, admire stunning historic civic buildings, hear about the legendary Beatles, and discover the city's glorious maritime history.

Price Range: $

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