Imbued with centuries of history and culture, the UK is one of
the most rewarding nations to explore by train. Discover the length
and breadth of Britain on this outstanding tour and experience
ancient attractions, modern cities, and wild landscapes from
Inverness - the 'Capital of the Highlands' - to mind boggling
Join the group at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
then travel by First Class rail to York where we stay at The
Day 2 - Historic York
We discover much of the city's long and fascinating story on a
guided walking tour of its main attractions. These include the
incomparable Minster, which is 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 the chance to take in the sights of this marvellous
city at your own pace.
Day 3 - Rail to Edinburgh
This morning we transfer to the station for the train north to
Edinburgh in First Class.Upon arrival we check into our hotel for a
two night stay. That evening we are welcomed in true Scottish
style, enjoying a traditional Great Scot's Dinner experience at the
hotel, complete with exciting and traditional forms of
Day 4 - Exploring 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 center 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
Day 5 - On to Inverness
Today we board the rail service to Inverness. After checking
into the Macdonald Hotel Drumossie, you are free to explore.
Situated at the north end of the Great Glen, this beautiful and
historic town is known as the 'Capital of the Highlands', and has
been used as a base for much of Scotland's travel, trade and
communication for hundreds of years. Why not visit the incredible
Inverness Castle? Although not open to the public, this is a
picturesque 19th century sandstone building that overlooks the
River Ness, and is a delight to behold.
Day 6 - Loch Ness and Fort William
We travel to historic Fort William today, taking the coach from
Inverness. Along the scenic route, we briefly stop at iconic Loch
Ness. Upon arrival in Fort William, we have time for lunch, then
transfer to our hotel, stopping en-route at Glencoe and the Three
Sisters Mountains for a photo opportunity.
Day 7 - Jacobite Steam Train and Mallaig
This morning 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 Jury's Inn.
*Please note: On some early departures, the Jacobite Steam
Train may not operate, and we make this excursion on the Scotrail
Day 8 - Discovering Liverpool
On Day 8 we transfer to the station
for our rail service to Preston, then continue by coach to
Liverpool for 2 nights.
Day 9 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 8 - Breakfast
Day 9 - Breakfast
Days 10-11 - Onwards to Bristol
We travel by coach to the station today, catching the rail
service to Bristol, via Stafford, for a two-night stay. We enjoy a
wonderful excursion by rail to the historic city of Bath,
on Day 11. 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 10 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11 - Breakfast
Day 12 - 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.
Day 13 - The Tower of 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.
Day 14 - Home
After breakfast the tour concludes, and you are free to
Please note that while every departure of this tour features the
same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed
We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to and from
London Gatwick or London Heathrow, approximately 30 or 19 miles
from central London respectively.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport,
visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your
itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot
travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with
any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses
which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any
passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
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.
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
Submitted Oct 04, 2018
Very well organised travel arrangements excellent tour guide very good we were impressed with it all
Mr D Berry
Submitted Jun 16, 2018
The vacation just flowed, everybody mixed, no problems with anything all down to wonderful work by tour manager Richard Hare
Mrs T Skeen
Submitted Oct 11, 2017
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
Submitted Oct 06, 2017
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.
Submitted May 31, 2017
Great except for the hotels
Europe, UK & Cruising by Rail 2019
The definitive guide to our 2019 rail tours to a wide range of destinations in Europe.