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England and Scotland Heritage

Delve deeper into the history and heritage of Britain, from Windsor Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon to the bonnie birthplace of kilts and clans. Let centuries-old architecture inspire you, fall in love with the beauty of the Lake District and engage with the best of Britain when you visit Bath, York, Edinburgh and Glasgow, topping it all off with a leisurely stroll in the footsteps of the golfing gods at St. Andrews.
Tour details
Tour Provider Costsaver
Price From
$2,036
Number of Days
8
Start Location
London, United Kingdom
End Location
London, United Kingdom
Age Range
Avg. 35+
Group Size
20 to 45
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
No specific theme
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Open all
London – Windsor – Bath – Cardiff
Begin and end your journey back in time on the busy streets of London. The British capital won���t keep you from your exploration of the island’s colourful history. This morning you’ll travel west for a memorable encounter with royalty and the Roman Empire. Start with a visit to Windsor, home to the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, then continue to UNESCO-listed Bath. View the city’s beautiful Georgian façades before continuing to Cardiff for your overnight stay.
Cardiff – Chester – Liverpool
The Romans left their magic touch on the pretty town of Chester. You’ll view the city walls that they built in the first century to defend their fortress and the black and white half-timbered buildings, famously known as 'The Rows'. Take some time to explore Chester your way or join an Optional Experience to Llangollen in North Wales. Home of the International Eisteddfod, Llangollen has a tiny population but punches well above its weight when it comes to serene scenery and an array of cafés, bars and restaurants. Our home for the night is the haunt of the 'Fab Four', with an evening at leisure to explore Liverpool’s legendary nightlife.
Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow
Settle in for a scenic drive north to the Lake District. Here you’ll see first-hand why the rugged and untamed beauty of the Lake District inspired William Wordsworth to wander 'lonely as a cloud' in his acclaimed piece of ptry, 'Daffodils'. There’s no better way to embrace the area’s heritage than to join an Optional Experience and chug between Haverthwaite and Lakeside in an old-world steam train followed by a cruise on Lake Windermere. Crossing the Scottish border, you’ll stop at Gretna Green, where eloping couples would exchange their vows over the Blacksmith’s anvil and be bound to each other forever. Resist the urge to tie the knot yourself and continue to the bold city of Glasgow, where you’ll have an opportunity to join an Optional Experience for a night on the "toon".
Glasgow – Scottish Highlands
Kickstart your day with an introduction to Glasgow’s industrial past and modern revival that has given the city its characteristic gallus strut. Channel your inner Highlander next, embarking on a journey north to the banks of Loch Lomond, where a cruise to Rob Roy’s cave could be on the cards should you choose to join this Optional Experience. Later, the breathtakingly beautiful scenery of Glenc, 'Glen of Weeping', will stir all your emotions – not least as you remember the brave clansmen who fought relentlessly for their beliefs. Local shepherd Neil and his enthusiastic border collies are ready to welcome guests on their Highland sheep farm for an Optional Experience this afternoon. You can perfect your sheep-shearing skills before settling into your Highland hotel.
Scottish Highlands – St. Andrews – Edinburgh
Robert Burns once wrote of his beloved hills of the Highlands. Your scenic drive through its mystical landscapes will leave you similarly inspired as you venture to picturesque Pitlochry on the banks of the Tummel. There’s time to explore this salmon fishing centre on your own or join an Optional Experience to Blair Castle, home of the Duke of Atholl and Europe's last remaining private army. The fairways and greens of St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf, beckon and you’ll have an opportunity to snap a selfie against the backdrop of the famous 18th green.
Edinburgh sightseeing and free time
Tuck into a hearty Scottish breakfast with tattie scones and all the trimmings. Today you’ll need some extra sustenance as there’s much to see and do in Scotland’s hilly capital. The Georgian New Town, Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle all wait to be viewed in the company of your Local Specialist, so grab your camera and prepare for a memorable sightseeing tour revealing all the highlights of Auld Reekie. You’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own or consider joining an Optional Experience to Rosslyn Chapel or an in-depth tour of Edinburgh Castle.
Edinburgh – York – Bradford
Cheerio the noo and wave goodbye to Scotland. It’s time to venture south on your return journey through England to London, but not before you come face-to-face with Hadrian’s first-century attempt to keep the ‘barbarians’ out of his Roman Empire. You’ll not see an ancient Roman wall like it anywhere else on earth. Continue to the walled city of York, where an orientation tour will guide you through its narrow medieval streets to the 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, which dominates the city. You’ll have some time to admire the structure’s beautiful stained glass before an evening on your own, although York’s alluring history may keep you on the edge of your seat. Delve into its tales of Romans, roses and ghosts. It’s the stuff great books are made of.
Bradford – Stratford-upon-Avon – London
Your return journey to London is almost at its end, but not before a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of the famous bard, William Shakespeare, who became England’s most beloved playwright. It’s time for one last group picture as you say a fond farewell to your Travel Director and new friends in the capital of the United Kingdom.
Inclusions
  • 2 Dinner (D)
  • 7 Breakfast (B)
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • The services of a Costsaver Local Host if you stay at Costsaver's recommended London hotel
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Many meals and daily breakfasts included
  • City orientation tours
  • Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
  • Extensive variety of Choice Optional Experiences
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
24 Apr 2024 01 May 2024 Available $2,036
08 May 2024 15 May 2024 onRequest $2,316
15 May 2024 22 May 2024 onRequest $2,725
22 May 2024 29 May 2024 Available $2,316
29 May 2024 05 Jun 2024 Available $2,359
05 Jun 2024 12 Jun 2024 onRequest $2,359
19 Jun 2024 26 Jun 2024 Available $2,359
26 Jun 2024 03 Jul 2024 Available $2,444
03 Jul 2024 10 Jul 2024 Available $2,444
10 Jul 2024 17 Jul 2024 Available $2,444
24 Jul 2024 31 Jul 2024 Available $2,444
14 Aug 2024 21 Aug 2024 Available $2,826
21 Aug 2024 28 Aug 2024 Available $2,571
04 Sep 2024 11 Sep 2024 onRequest $2,486
11 Sep 2024 18 Sep 2024 Available $2,486
18 Sep 2024 25 Sep 2024 Available $2,486
25 Sep 2024 02 Oct 2024 Available $2,486
02 Apr 2025 09 Apr 2025 Available $2,825
16 Apr 2025 23 Apr 2025 Available $2,850
23 Apr 2025 30 Apr 2025 Available $2,850
30 Apr 2025 07 May 2025 Available $2,875
07 May 2025 14 May 2025 Available $2,875
14 May 2025 21 May 2025 Available $2,875
21 May 2025 28 May 2025 Available $2,875
28 May 2025 04 Jun 2025 Available $2,925
04 Jun 2025 11 Jun 2025 Available $2,925
11 Jun 2025 18 Jun 2025 Available $2,925
18 Jun 2025 25 Jun 2025 Available $2,925
25 Jun 2025 02 Jul 2025 Available $3,025
02 Jul 2025 09 Jul 2025 Available $3,025
09 Jul 2025 16 Jul 2025 Available $3,025
16 Jul 2025 23 Jul 2025 Available $3,025
23 Jul 2025 30 Jul 2025 Available $3,025
30 Jul 2025 06 Aug 2025 Available $3,525
06 Aug 2025 13 Aug 2025 Available $3,525
13 Aug 2025 20 Aug 2025 Available $3,525
20 Aug 2025 27 Aug 2025 Available $3,195
27 Aug 2025 03 Sep 2025 Available $3,095
03 Sep 2025 10 Sep 2025 Available $3,095
10 Sep 2025 17 Sep 2025 Available $3,095
17 Sep 2025 24 Sep 2025 Available $3,095
24 Sep 2025 01 Oct 2025 Available $3,095