The Grand Tour of Great Britain

- 21 Days -
From £4950 per person, Dinner Bed & Breakfast

Our Grand Tour explores the best of the British Isles on an epic journey of a lifetime.

You will begin your adventure in one of the most exciting cities in the world London, before taking the trip north to Scotland via the rolling scenery of the Yorkshire dales. Scotland's historic capital Edinburgh will welcome you to the land of the brave. A hop across the border takes you to the Lake District National Park considered as one of England's most outstanding areas of natural beauty. Then journey into Wales through Snowdonia along the wild west coast to Pembrokeshire, its jewel by the sea. On the homeward leg, your scenic drive through the Brecon Beacons, the Wye Valley to the Cotswolds is one of the best in the UK. Bath and then Oxfordshire complete your trip of a lifetime.

At a glance

  • A journey filled with adventure exploring the best this Island has to offer
  • Explore the stunning countryside of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, the Scottish Highlands, Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire and the Cotswolds
  • Experience the history and culture of London, Edinburgh, Bath and Oxford
  • Stay with some of our leading accommodation providers in the land including elegant city hotels, charming country house hotels and the finest inns
  • Taste delicious food that showcases regional dish specialties and the best local ingredients

Day 1, 2 & 3

London

Time to discover London's highlights. Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, and even explore the splendour of the Queens state rooms inside. Enter the Gothic edifice of Westminster Abbey with 1,000 years of history. This is where William the Conqueror and Queen Elizabeth II were crowned, and William and Kate exchanged vows. Experience the controversial and unmissable Tate Modern housing the country's most important modern art collection from Picasso to Lichtenstein in the vast former power station. Walk across the Millennium Bridge to Sir Christopher Wren's 17th-century Renaissance masterpiece St Pauls Cathedral, with the second-largest dome in the world. Take in the skyline and spot London's landmarks from the Shard, London's highest viewing platform where its skydeck transforms into a garden in the summertime.

Your Accommodation

The Goring

Crafted over a century by one family, The Goring is the genuine article – a grand hotel with impeccable manners and a subtle streak of wit and wonder. The supremely elegant Dining Room at The Goring has retained its Michelin star for two years with a focus on traditional British classics and lighter, more modern…

5 AA red Star Hotel
3 AA Rosettes
1 Michelin Star

Day 4 & 5

Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales offers some of the finest scenery in the UK. Explore its unique lush green valleys criss-crossed with white drystone walls built by sheep farmers from long ago. Its towering limestone cliffs, gorges, and dramatic waterfalls hidden in deep wooded ravines offer plenty of opportunities to escape. Be inspired by the riverside beauty of Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale, like artists Turner and Ruskin. Sample 'Old Perculier' ale at Theakston Brewery. Founded in 1827, it is one of Britain's oldest established family brewing companies. Visit the quaint towns of Wensleydale, famed for its cheese, and the 14th-century stronghold Bolton Castle, renowed for imprisoning Mary Queen of Scots.

Your Accommodation

Yorebridge House

Set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, with the breath-taking landscape unfolding all around you, Yorebridge House is the perfect retreat to return to following a long romantic windswept walk. The graded II listed, former Headmaster’s house and school buildings have been lovingly restored to a cosy contemporary oasis of calm. Watch head Chef…

5 AA gold Star Restaurant with Rooms
3 AA Rosettes

Day 6 & 7

Edinburgh

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland since the 15th century is a World Heritage Site that begs to be discovered. A beautiful town built amongst rocky hills and crags, is filled with quirky charm and enticing nooks that tempt you to explore. Start at Holyrood Palace, the official residence of Kings and Queens since the 16th Century. Stroll the Old Town's picturesque jumble of medieval tenements piled high along the Royal Mile. Discover Edinburgh Castle and its many treasures, a royal fortress since the 12th century, which dominates the townscape from its position on Castle Rock. Seek out the characterful old world subterranean drinking dens and street life. A city of high culture, art and literature, each summer the world's biggest arts festival draws people from far and wide.

Your Accommodation

The Balmoral

In the heart of the city The Balmoral occupies Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, 1 Princes Street. A landmark location enjoying stunning views of the city skyline and historic castle. For over a century this iconic hotel delivers warm hospitality and provides a perfect retreat. With a roman style health spa, choice of bars and 2…

5 AA red Star Hotel
4 AA Rosettes
1 Michelin Star

Day 8 & 9

Highlands

Perthshire's scenery is truly awe-inspiring. Experience serene glens, endless expanses of lush forest, beautiful moors, rushing rivers and tumbling waterfalls. Escape into this beautiful wilderness where awesome peaks like Schiehallion and Ben Lawers can be scaled, and watch some of Scotland's most iconic species from majestic red deer stags to soaring ospreys. Don the coarse tweed and take to the hills, to immerse yourselves in traditional country pursuits. Casting a fly for local salmon, falconry or clay pigeon shooting opportunities are plenty. Be sure to explore this great whisky producing region with the legendary Glenturret Distillery, Scotland's oldest close by.

Your Accommodation

Cromlix

Scottish tennis superstar Andy Murray acquired Cromlix, close to his hometown, with the aim to reinvent the glorious era of this grand country house living. Following extensive refurbishment, the house has been transformed into an elegant Victorian mansion with a luxury 15-bedroom and Gate Lodge, five-star destination. Situated in beautiful countryside, Cromlix is set in…

5 AA Star Country House Hotel
3 AA Rosettes

Day 10 & 11

Cumbria & the Lake District National Park

Cumbria contains the Lake District National Park, a World Heritage Site considered one of England's most outstanding areas of natural beauty. This most romantic of landscapes is laced with beautiful lakes, unspoilt shorelines and lofty peaks, which are a rich source of inspiration for artists, poets and musicians alike. Take a spectacular cruise on Lake Windermere wrapped by magnificent mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands. Visit poet William Wordsworth's family's home Rydal Mount, or Beatrix Potters idyllic Hill Top farmhouse. Walk a lakeside trek or for the real adventurer, head west to the stark beauty of Wasdale and the timeless views and Roman history of Eskdale.

Your Accommodation

Gilpin Lodge

Gilpin Hotel is a family run business with a big heart offering superb fine dining, extraordinary service and true seclusion. Warmth and friendliness prevails with a touch of home. Many of their rooms have cedarwood hot tubs, whilst others have their own treatment area, steam room, stone bath, sauna and hydrotherapy hot tub. With a…

5 AA Star Hotel
3 AA Rosettes
1 Michelin Star

Day 12 & 13

Snowdonia and the Cambrian Coast

Snowdonia has a unique place in Welsh history, tradition and culture. Surrounded with magnificent medieval castles, its unique mountainscapes spring tumbling rivers that roll down to a dramatic coastline. Embrace a traditional British seaside experience and walk the Victorian Llandudno Pier which reaches seemingly forever into the sea. Explore the fortresses of Conwy Castle, one of the finest of its kind, and the wonder of Harlech perched high above the Irish Sea. Embrace the eccentricities and architectural whimsy of Portmeirion. If you're not one for hiking to Wales's tallest peak, then enjoy the mountain railway to the top of Mount Snowdon to view the extraordinary panorama across this historic land of myth and legend. As the adventure capital of Wales, Snowdonia offers the adrenalin activities of mountain biking, canoeing, gorge scrambling, canyoning and abseiling to mention just a few.

Your Accommodation

Bodysgallen Hall

Bodysgallen Hall & Spa is a charming country house retreat near the Victorian Seaside town of Llandudno on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park. With 13th-century origins, this house, its glorious gardens and follies, is sure to impress your senses. Set in 200 acres of wooded parkland, its offers spectacular views of castles and…

4 AA red Star Country House Hotel
3 AA Rosettes

Day 14 & 15

Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire is world renowned for its breath taking seascapes along its 186 miles of coastal path. Ramble through Stackpole estate blessed with soft sandy beaches, wooded valleys and the famous lily ponds. Find the romance of St Govan's Head with its tiny Chapel tucked into the cliffs. Take a boat to Skomer island to experience the Atlantic puffin colony or to the enchanting Caldey, a holy island where Cistercian monks continue the Celtic tradition which began in the 6th Century. Make time to visit tiny St David's, de facto ecclesiastical capital of Wales, a magical city with a spectacular Cathedral. Trek an ancient 8 mile track along the top of the rugged Preseli hills dotted with prehistoric sites, and be rewarded with panoramic views across Pembrokeshire and the coastline. For those looking for coastal inspired adventure, there is coasteering, surfing, diving and sea kayaking.

Your Accommodation

Grove of Narberth

You will fall in love with the Grove of Narberth. This wildly romantic privately owned country house hotel is nestled in the heart of the rolling Pembrokeshire countryside with stunning views of the Preseli Hills. At the Grove you can be assured of a warm Welsh welcome and the perfect base to explore everything this…

4 AA red Star Hotel
3 AA Rosettes

Day 16, 17 & 18

Cotswolds & Stratford-upon-Avon

Be taken back in time in the rolling hills of the Cotswolds dotted with ancient honey-hued limestone villages and market towns that date back to the middle ages. Scale a unique Capability Brown folly, Broadway Tower perched on the Cotswold escarpment with unrivalled views. Explore the Cotswold Way and its delightful scenery to stumble across historic thatched inns that offer the best of local hospitality washed down with the finest English ales. Visit some of England's finest gardens like Hidcote or for a real treat, why not take a hot-air balloon and glide serenely over this most perfect of West Country landscapes. Experience Olde England at Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Embrace the great bard with the help of the Royal Shakespeare Company, with the finest actors working in some of the best theatre spaces in the world.

Your Accommodation

Dormy House

This 17th century farmhouse has become one of the most loved hotels in the Cotswolds, renowned for its personal service and luxuriously laid-back atmosphere. Recently refurbished offering the ultimate in farmhouse chic, it is also perfectly located to enjoy nearby villages of Broadway and Chipping Campden. The sleek spa is a chance to pamper yourself…

4 AA red Star Hotel
3 AA Rosettes

Day 19 & 20

Bath and Stonehenge

Bath is an historic spa town renowned for its Roman built baths and is designated a World Heritage site. Beautifully established in the valley of the River Avon, the city has been the ultimate thermal spring spa destination for thousands of years. Visit Bath Abbey founded in the 7th century, and take time to explore the town to properly appreciate its renowned Regency and Georgian architecture in creamy limestone that inspired Jane Austin who was a resident here. The prehistoric and iconic standing stones of Stonehenge are a short day trip south from Bath. Nearby 14th century market village of Castle Combe, which has been the location for countless films is also worth a visit.

Your Accommodation

Lucknam Park Hotel

One of England’s finest country house hotels located just six miles from the historic city of Bath. Lucknam Park is a Palladian mansion dating from 1720, set in 500 acres of listed parkland and beautiful gardens. The house has been lovingly restored to the elegance and style of a past era with a great choice…

5 AA red Star Country House Hotel
3 AA Rosettes
1 Michelin Star

Day 21

Oxfordshire

Visit the city of Oxford, where life revolves around its prestigious university, established in the 12th century. Wander through the quadrangles and dreaming spires of Britain's oldest university, and visit some of the country's most important museums. Try your hand at punting on the willow-lined banks of the Thames. Be sure to take a picnic hamper with English strawberries and Champagne. Pop to Blenheim Palace, arguably the country's finest stately home and take in the magnificent Capability Brown designed landscaped gardens. The palace itself is a World Heritage site containing a spectacular collection of art and artefacts, a butterfly house and the famous Marlborough Hedge Maze.

Your Accommodation

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Tucked away in the picturesque countryside, this 15th-century manor sets the standard for others to follow in the UK. World renowned Chef Raymond Blanc’s passion permeates through every aspect of the hotel-from the individually-designed suites to the menus in their two Michelin-starred restaurant. Lush gardens are an abundance of colour in summer, while its kitchen…

5 AA red Star Hotel
5 AA Rosettes
2 Michelin Stars

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