Imbued with centuries of history and culture, the UK is one of
the most rewarding nations to explore by train. We discover the
length and breadth of Britain, experiencing ancient attractions,
modern cities, and wild landscapes.
Uncover the historic city of York of a guided tour, seeing its spectacular Gothic minster and cobbled Shambles
Explore Edinburgh, Scotland's enticing capital, with its enticing blend of old and new.
Discover some of England's best cities with visits to Liverpool, Bristol, and Bath.
Enjoy a visit to one of England's most fascinating sites, mysterious Stonehenge.
Explore London, seeing the opening ceremony at the iconic Tower of London.
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Days 1-2 -York and Edinburgh
We meet at our hotel in York where we enjoy a welcome drink and
dinner. We discover much of the city's long and fascinating story
on a guided walking tour on Day 2. We see the
incomparable Minster, one of Europe's largest and most ornate
Gothic cathedrals, and the Shambles, a quaint street that has
remained almost unchanged since the Middle Ages. Following the
tour, you have time to take in this marvellous city at your own
pace before we take the train to Edinburgh, where we stay for two
nights. This evening we're welcomed in true Scottish style,
enjoying a Great Scot's Dinner experience, complete with
Day 1 - Dinner
Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Edinburgh
Today we enjoy a guided walking tour of Edinburgh, taking in the
city's main sights. We pass the 16th century Palace of
Holyroodhouse, more commonly known as Holyrood Palace. Home of the
British monarchy in Scotland, the Queen typically spends some of
the summer here.
The centre of Edinburgh is also a UNESCO World Heritage site,
containing a beautiful medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town,
complete with fantastic modern architecture that mixes and melds
with its surroundings in a marvellous melting pot of both old and
Days 4-5 - For William and the Jacobite Steam Train
We travel to historic Fort William on Day 4,
where we spend the night.
On Day 5, we make our way back to Fort William,
where we transfer to the station for a journey on the Jacobite
Steam Train* to Mallaig. On arrival in Mallaig, we are free to
explore before returning to Fort William by coach. Later this
evening, we transfer to the station for our on the Scotrail service
to Glasgow, where we spend the night. Our hotel in Glasgow is the
*Please note: On some early departures, the Jacobite Steam
Train may not operate, and we make this excursion on the Scotrail
Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Breakfast
Days 6-7 - Discovering Liverpool
On Day 6 we transfer to the station for
our rail service to Preston, then continue by coach to Liverpool
for 2 nights.
Day 7 begins with some sightseeing around
Liverpool, home of The Beatles. We take in the Waterfront Pier
Head, the Cavern Club, Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields; made
famous by John, Paul, George and Ringo in 1967. We also see
Liverpool's vibrant China Town. Following our tour you are free to
explore Liverpool further at your leisure.
Day 6 - Breakfast
Day 7 - Breakfast
Days 8-9 - Onwards to Bristol
We travel by coach to the station today, catching the rail
service to Bristol, for a two-night stay. We enjoy a wonderful
excursion by rail to the historic city of Bath, on Day
9. The UNESCO protected city is famous worldwide for its
natural hot springs. We embark on a guided tour, taking in the
city's main sights, including the stunning Abbey and the
architecturally wonderful Royal Crescent. The Crescent, a row of 30
18th-century terraced houses, is one of the finest examples of
Georgian architecture in the country.
Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - Breakfast
Day 10 - Stonehenge
We begin the journey to London, by coach. En route, we stop off
at the famous prehistoric monument of Stonehenge. One of the most
impressive Bronze Age monuments in the country, this ring of
standing stones has long provided archaeologists with the mystery
of what the complex design really represents.
We arrive in London later checking into the NH Kensington. We
enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Days 11-12 - London
We arrive at the iconic Tower of London in time to witness the
famous Opening Ceremony. We are given a short talk by a Yeoman
Warder before witnessing the ceremony first-hand. The morning is
then free to explore the famous landmark at your own pace. Built by
William the Conqueror in the 11th century, the Tower has been
utilised for a number of purposes, including a prison and most
recently, a tourist attraction and home of the Crown Jewels.
The rest of the day is at leisure in the capital. You may like
to take advantage of the city's wealth of wonderful museums and
galleries including the fantastic Natural History Museum and the
ever popular British Museum, both possessing a vast collection of
some of the finest archeological finds in world history. We enjoy a
final dinner in the hotel together this evening.
On Day 12 our tour concludes, and you're free
to depart at your own pace
Please note that while every departure of this tour features the
same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be
found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices
& Availability' button. We write to all booked customers
approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise
the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.
There was just a little too much UK in 14 days. I looked forward to visitng Glasgow, but arriving n the evenimg and departing the next mornng diddn't give much time to do that.
Mrs M Feaver
Very well organised travel arrangements excellent tour guide very good we were impressed with it all
Mr D Berry
The holiday just flowed, everybody mixed, no problems with anything all down to wonderful work by tour manager Richard Hare
Mrs T Skeen
The tour was a nice sample of all that there is to see. I knew I didn't have the time to really explore everything that could take months to do it the way I would want to. The tour was fun we had a great group of people and our tour manager Peter Scott was terrific. Taking care of every need and really bringing to life the history of each stop.
Mrs T Skeen
The tour guide Peter Scott was in my opinion the biggest reason the tour was such a great experience. The accommodations were very nice. I was very pleased with the tour we got to see a nice sample of the sights in the UK. The tour helped form a new bucket list of places I would like to go back to and spend more time in. Peter our tour manager was terrific he made sure we were all very happy and was a wonderful wealth of knowledge about the history of the UK.
Great except for the hotels
Europe & UK by Rail 2021
The definitive guide to our 2021 summer & winter rail holidays to a wide range of destinations in Europe.