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UK tours

Drawing on their in-depth knowledge, our specialists have put together a range of sample itineraries to show how you could spend your time exploring the rich culture and wild landscapes of the United Kingdom.

Follow in the footsteps of royalty with visits to castles and palaces, whet your appetite at oyster farms and historic whisky distilleries, track rare wildlife on a Scottish estate or trace literary history in the Lake District. Whatever your interests, our UK specialists will use their first-hand knowledge to craft an itinerary especially for you so you can discover the major sights as well as the lesser-known highlights.

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Our recommended tours in the UK

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the UK, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

  • Bathsheba coastline, Barbados

    Barbados and Bequia

    St Vincent and the Grenadines and UK
    • Experience Bridgetown on foot with a guided walking tour

    • Join the locals on a Friday evening for Oistins Fish Fry

    • Visit Bequias small, quaint Capital town, Port Elizabeth

    • Navigate your way along the Belmont coastal walkway

    13 days from $3,070pp

  • Old Midleton Distillery

    Distilleries of Scotland & Ireland

    UK and Ireland
    • Walk the quirky streets of Glasgow on an orientation tour.

    • Experience the whiskey reputation of Islay.

    • Explore the castles and Glens around Oban.

    • Taste a variety of whiskey in Speyside.

    • Marvel at the dramatic coastline of the Antrim Coast.

    • Experience a unique distillery tour in Dublin.

    10 days from $3,555pp

  • Islay coastline

    Family Scottish adventure

    UK
    • Marvel as dancers and musicians perform cultural numbers inspired by Scotland's history and legends.

    • Spend the night in a castle.

    • Visit a traditional working farm to witness trained sheepdogs lead sheep through a variety of obstacles.

    • Watch out for Nessie on a Loch Ness boat trip.

    11 days from $3,865pp

  • Kildalton Cross, Islay

    West coast whisky, wildlife & castles

    UK
    • Explore Glasgow's vibrant street art with a local.

    • Visit some of Islay's iconic whisky distilleries for tastings.

    • Embark on a wildlife cruise around Islay's rugged coastline.

    • Drive through the mountains of Argyll, visiting several picturesque castles along the way.

    • Cycle along the shores of beautiful Loch Lomond.

    9 days from $4,080pp

  • Glencoe

    Self-drive wild Scotland & Ireland

    Scotland and Ireland
    • Explore the mountainous Nevis Range and Glencoe.

    • Taste a dram of whisky in a Scottish Castle.

    • Wonder at the beauty of the Isle of Skye’s unique landscape.

    • Hike in Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains.

    • Visit the iconic Cliffs of Moher where you can spot puffins.

    • Explore the rugged landscape of Connemara National Park.

    10 days from $5,145pp

  • Buckingham Palace Guards

    Royal Britain

    England and Scotland
    • Watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

    • Whiz around London on a Mini Cooper tour.

    • Stroll the UNESCO protected cobbled streets of Edinburgh’s Old and New town.

    • Visit Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s Scottish residence.

    • Admire Scone Palace, where former Scottish kings were crowned.

    7 days from $5,410pp

  • Avebury stones

    Southern England Explorer: London, Bath and Oxford

    UK
    • Explore Westminster and the Tower of London by boat.

    • Whizz around London on a Mini Cooper tour.

    • Visit the historic city of Bath and admire the Roman Baths.

    • Marvel at the unspoilt village of Lacock and the mysterious ancient site of Avebury.

    • Wander the streets of the university city of Oxford.

    6 days from $5,690pp

  • Highclere Castle

    Downton Abbey experience

    UK
    • Explore the city in an iconic black cab.

    • Visit Highclere Castle and filming locations of Downtown Abbey.

    • Walk the cobblestone lanes of Bath with a private, local guide.

    • Experience two of London’s landmarks, the Tower of London and Kensington Palace.

    6 days from $5,975pp

  • Edinburgh

    Capitals & countryside of England and Scotland

    UK
    • Whizz around London in a traditional black cab.

    • Explore Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.

    • Marvel at the unspoilt villages in the Cotswolds.

    • Walk the cobblestone streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

    • Experience a traditional Scottish music and dance show.

    • Kayak on Loch Lomond while on the lookout for wildlife.

    8 days from $6,370pp

  • Leonardo Da Vinci's House, Clos Lucé

    The Leonardo da Vinci grand tour of Europe

    Italy, UK and France
    • Examine the Mona Lisa with an expert local guide in the Louvre in Paris.

    • Stroll through Leonardo’s chateau and gardens in the Loire valley where he died.

    • Visit the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace to view the Royal Collection of da Vinci drawings.

    • Explore a room dedicated to Leonardo’s work on a guided tour of Uffizi Gallery.

    12 days from $6,885pp

  • Stratford-upon-Avon

    Literary tour through England

    UK
    • Marvel at the unspoilt village of Lacock and the mysterious ancient site of Avebury.

    • Attend a performance at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

    • Explore the wild countryside of the Lake District.

    • Wander the streets of the university city of Oxford.

    9 days from $7,130pp

  • Roman Forum ruins, Rome

    London, Paris & Rome in a nutshell

    UK, France and Italy
    • Explore London aboard a vintage double-decker bus that serves afternoon tea.

    • Discover some of London's finest small businesses on a food walking tour that includes several tastings.

    • Enjoy visiting the iconic highlights in Paris, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, and the Louvre.

    • Explore the Vatican museums and Sistine chapel with a private guide.

    • Zip around Rome on a classic Vespa motorbike.

    10 days from $7,990pp

  • Black Rock Cottage, Glencoe

    Scenic Scotland

    Scotland
    • Fly over Loch Lomond and the Trossachs national park on a seaplane.

    • Explore the wild and wonderful landscapes of the Isle of Skye.

    • Go wildlife spotting on an estate in the Cairngorms National Park.

    • Enjoy some whisky tasting in a local distillery.

    12 days from $9,700pp

  • Bath

    Idyllic England

    England
    • Visit Buckingham and Windsor Palaces – both residences of the British royal family.

    • Explore the UNESCO world heritage city of Bath.

    • Travel through the rolling countryside and quintessential villages of the Cotswolds.

    • Visit the famous university town of Oxford and try your hand at chauffeured punting.

    • Explore the wild countryside of the Lake District.

    12 days from $9,925pp

  • Dover Castle

    Military history tour of England & France

    France and England
    • Visit the historic Churchill War Rooms and Imperial War Museum.

    • Explore the Dover Castle and its historically significant military tunnels.

    • Visit two American D-Day beaches: Omaha and Utah.

    • Tour Saint-Mère-Église, the first French town liberated by the Americans.

    • Walk among the gravestones at the American Cemetery.

    10 days from $10,065pp

  • Belmond Royal Scotsman

    Luxury train journey through Scotland aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman

    UK
    • Explore Edinburgh with a local on a private Mini Cooper tour.

    • Marvel at the striking Stirling Castle perched atop a craggy prominence.

    • Relax on the Belmond Royal Scotsman — an iconic overnight train.

    • Admire the rugged scenery of the Scottish Highlands.

    • Sip whisky in one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries.

    • Discover Edinburgh’s diverse food scene on a tasting tour of the city.

    8 days from $10,360pp

  • Inverlochy Castle, Fort William

    Deluxe castles of Scotland & Ireland

    UK and Ireland
    • Explore the castles and palaces surrounding Edinburgh as well as Edinburgh Castle itself.

    • Visit Scone Palace, a former stately home.

    • Sail along Loch Ness and enjoy a picnic lunch onboard.

    • Admire the waterfront Dunvegan Castle and its extensive gardens.

    • Stay overnight in Scottish and Irish castles.

    • Visit Blarney Castle and its fascinating gardens.

    11 days from $13,490pp

  • St Paul's Cathedral

    London & Paris luxury honeymoon

    UK and France
    • Cycle past royal palaces and historic sites on a private tour of London.

    • Delight in a full day cooking class at a well-respected Parisian cooking school.

    • Get to know the City of Light with a private driver in a 1960s vintage car tour.

    10 days from $15,115pp

  • Vegetable produce, Borough market

    Foodie tour of the British Isles

    England, Scotland and Ireland
    • Take afternoon tea lessons with a local.

    • Enjoy a secret cottage tour in the Cotswolds.

    • Experience rural farm life in the Lake District.

    • Sip a selection of fine Scottish whiskies in a local distillery.

    • Try your hand at Irish bread making.

    17 days from $17,270pp

  • Edinburgh skyline

    Grand tour of the British Isles

    England, Scotland and Ireland
    • Wander the fabled streets of Oxford’s prestigious university.

    • Explore the idyllic villages and quintessential English landscape of the Cotswolds.

    • Visit the Roman and Georgian highlights of the UNESCO protected Bath.

    • Reflect on Northern Ireland’s troubled past on a city tour.

    • Visit the iconic Cliffs of Moher.

    21 days from $19,625pp

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