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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Edinburgh touring, including Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood House, and Royal Mile
  • England’s pastoral Lake District
  • Boat ride on Lake Windermere
  • Wales’ Bodnant Garden and unspoiled Snowdonia National Park
  • Shakespeare’s birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Bath touring: Roman Baths, Assembly Room, Circus, Bath Abbey
  • Stonehenge visit
  • Free time in Windsor
  • Cosmopolitan London
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Edinburgh, Scotland

Day 2: Arrive Edinburgh We arrive in the Scottish capital and transfer to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities planned during the day; though our tour director will lead an orientation walking tour of the neighborhood surrounding our hotel late this morning. Later we meet for a briefing about the journey ahead; tonight we gather for a welcome dinner. D

Day 3: Edinburgh Our morning tour of this stately city built on seven hills includes the 18th-century “New Town” and the medieval “Old Town,” where we visit Edinburgh Castle, symbolic heart of Scotland. This afternoon is at leisure to discover Edinburgh as we wish; museums, galleries, and shops abound. Dinner tonight is on our own, and Edinburgh boasts a robust culinary scene. Guests on August departures will enjoy an evening performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. B

Day 4: Edinburgh This morning we encounter the Royal Mile, the historic boulevard connecting Edinburgh Castle with the Palace of Holyrood House. We tour Holyrood, as it is called, and see where British royalty schemed and slept as we tour the State Apartments. After lunch at a local restaurant, the remainder of the day is free for independent exploration and dinner on our own. B,L

Day 5: Edinburgh/Lake District Today we’re bound for the beautiful – and beloved – Lake District of northwest England, a national park and diverse landscape of lakes, rivers, ancient woodlands, and small towns and villages. On arrival we stop at Dove Cottage, where English Romantic poet William Wordsworth penned some of his most memorable lines. Late afternoon we reach our hotel on the shores of Lake Windermere. B,L,D

Day 6: Lake District Today’s explorations begin with a cruise on idyllic Windermere, England’s largest lake at 10 ½ miles long. After lunch on our own in the charming town of Ambleside, we visit Hill Top, the 17th-century farmhouse and garden that author Beatrix Potter purchased with the proceeds from her beloved book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Late afternoon we return to our hotel and dine there tonight. B,D

Day 7: Lake District/North Wales We travel through splendid Lake District scenery today en route to Wales, with its rugged natural beauty and distinct culture. Our first stop is at Bodnant Garden, the historic 80-acre National Trust property with a lovely hillside setting and ever-changing displays, from manicured lawns to flower-filled terraces. After our visit, we continue on to the seaside town of Llandudno, dubbed “Queen of the Welsh Resorts” and our home for the next two nights. We dine tonight at our hotel. B,D

Day 8: North Wales/Snowdonia National Park Wales is a land of fierce natural beauty, as we see for ourselves on this morning’s visit to Snowdonia National Park. Named for Snowdon, at 3,560 feet the tallest mountain in England and Wales, the park comprises some 840 square miles of unspoiled wooded valleys, mountains, moorlands, lakes, and rivers, which we see during a scenic train ride through the park. Then we head to Caernarfon for lunch and a visit to 13th-century Caernarfon Castle, a medieval fortress whose brute appearance symbolized English domination over the Welsh. Mid-afternoon we return to our coastal retreat, with time at leisure before dinner together tonight. B,L,D

Day 9: North Wales/Stratford-upon-Avon/Bath Returning to England today, we visit Stratford-upon-Avon, where our touring includes a visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace, a restored 16th-century half-timbered house where the Bard is believed to have been born in 1564. We also tour Anne Hathaway’s Cottage & Gardens, the thatched farmhouse of Shakespeare’s bride that still contains some original furnishings. Then we have time in this 800-year-old market town for lunch on our own and to explore independently before we continue on to Bath. We reach our hotel late this afternoon and dine there tonight. B,D

Day 10: Bath We set out on a morning tour of this storied and graceful city where the ancient Romans first “took the waters” at England’s only hot springs. Today the historic Roman Baths count among the city’s most popular sites, along with Bath Abbey, the 18th-century Assembly Room, The Circus, and the Royal Crescent, all of which we see on our tour. The afternoon is free to explore as we wish. B

Day 11: Bath/The Cotswolds Today we encounter the Cotswolds, England’s south central region of gently rolling hills dotted with villages of honey-colored limestone, market towns, and unspoiled countryside, looking much as it did 300 years ago. We return to Bath and our hotel mid-afternoon, with the remainder of the day and this evening at leisure. B,L

Day 12: Bath/London We leave our pastoral days behind as we travel today to London, stopping en route to see Stonehenge, the 4,500-year-old Neolithic monument that remains something of a mystery today. That the prehistoric circle of stones is a masterpiece of engineering and building is undisputed; exactly why it was created is less certain. Next we visit Windsor, site of British royalty’s Windsor Castle, where we have free time to explore on our own before we continue on to London, arriving late this afternoon. B

Day 13: London A panoramic city tour this morning passes such celebrated London landmarks as the infamous Tower of London, grand Parliament and Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Hyde Park. Our afternoon is at leisure to explore this wondrous city as we wish; London offers an embarrassment of riches from which to choose. Tonight we celebrate our journey through Britain at a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 14: Depart for U.S. We transfer this morning to Heathrow Airport for our flights home. B

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Departures

Aug 2, 9, 16: These departures include reserved seating at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an entertainment extravaganza set against the backdrop of flood-lit Edinburgh Castle.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 12 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class and First Class hotels
  • 23 meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2018 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

May 7+
Sep 24
Oct 1
Jun 11
Jun 21
Jul 12
Sep 3, 6
Sep 13
Aug 2*
Aug 9*
Aug 16*
Boston, Phil$4,896$5,196$5,796
Atlanta, Balt, Chi,
Cincinnati, Cleve,
Detroit, Wash, DC
Charlotte, Dallas,
Denver, Houston,
Miami, Minneapolis,
Orlando, Tampa
Los Ang, Phoenix,
Port (OR), San Fran,

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $501, which are subject to change until final payment has been made.

Single travelers please add $1,495 Aug; $1,195 all other dates. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure. All 2018 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

*Includes reserved seating at an evening performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

+Accommodations in Lake District: Waterhead Hotel, Windermere

Business Class upgrade on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: $3,995 per person

A visa is not required for this tour.

    Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, Edinburgh / Days 2-4 / Superior First Class 

    Well-located near the heart of one of Europe’s great walking cities, the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel offers easy access to Princes Street, as well as the lively  Royal Mile, the heart of the Old Town’s shopping and dining district.  Hotel amenities include a restaurant and bar, gym, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, indoor pool, sauna, steam room, and spa. Each of the air-conditioned guest rooms offers private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel, Lake District / Days 5-6 / First Class 

    Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel sits on the shores of expansive Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake.  Amenities include three restaurants, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, and a variety of wellness facilities including a 50-foot indoor pool with vaulted ceiling, outdoor hot tub, gym, sauna, and steam room. Each guest room offers private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and phone.

    The Empire Hotel, Llandudno, Wales / Days 7-8 / First Class 

    Now in its third generation of family ownership, the elegant Empire Hotel sits on the outer edge of the town of Llandudno, close to several restaurants and a lovely bathing beach.  The hotel’s amenities include two restaurants, both indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, full-service spa with sauna and steam room, laundry and dry-cleaning service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each air-conditioned guest room has private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    The Abbey Hotel, Bath / Days 9-11 / First Class 

    Centrally located near such celebrated Bath attractions as Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, The Pump Rooms and the main shopping center, the Abbey Hotel comprises three Georgian Town Houses combined to create a singular accommodation.  Amenities include a restaurant, two bars, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, while each of the guest rooms includes a private bathroom, TV, and phone.

    Amba Hotel Charing Cross, London / Days 12-13, Extension / Superior First Class 

    Housed in a 150-year-old, Grade II-listed historical building, the Amba Hotel Charing Cross combines timeless architectural beauty with modern convenience.  Less than a mile from such historic landmarks as Trafalgar Square and Big Ben, the hotel boasts a host of amenities, including a restaurant and bar, afternoon tea room, gym, dry cleaning, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each of the air-conditioned guest rooms includes private bath with hair dryer, complimentary soft drink mini-bar and snacks, in-room safe, coffee machine, and in-room tablet computer.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Post-Tour Extension

London – On Your Own

3 days/2 nights for $465 total price
Single Supplement: $295

Theater, art, shopping, restaurants – London has it all, in abundance. Enjoy this world capital in your own style, at your own pace.


Your Tour Price Includes
  • 2 nights’ accommodations at Amba Hotel Charing Cross (Superior First Class)
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Transfer to airport

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

Tour Directors for this Journey
Paul Daley

“Our tour director, Paul Daley, was terrific! He was very organized, paid attention to detail and was attentive to people’s needs. He was also knowledgeable about Scotch, English, and Welsh history and was interesting to listen to. One of his best qualities was his sense of humor.”
Lynn Bafaloukos
Glendale, AZ

Conor Delaney

“Conor was great.”
Jane & Joseph Fuchs
Los Altos, CA

Tim Godby

“Tim is a kind, patient, and very likeable guide.”
James E. White
Warsaw, IN

Joe Harrower

“Joe was great. So very informative and helpful. One of the best.”
David & Sally Mendelson
Cornwall, NY

Charlotte Holworthy

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director


Jacky Paterson

“I think Jacky was the best tour director I have ever had. VERY knowledgeable! Wonderful personality.”
Thelma Taylor
Fayetteville, NY

Arnaud Sabard

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Marina Scott

“This was our third Odysseys Unlimited tour; all of our tour directors were great but Marina went above and beyond.”
Nancy & Bill Sondervan
Sherrills Ford, NC

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