England, Scotland & Wales

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Flights Included

Countries Visited:

  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland

Description

Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Special Departure

military tattoo

Our August 08, 2020 departure will experience the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. With 1,400 performers made up from British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands, this performance has a long running history deeply rooted in Scottish tradition, and aims to promote a sense of identity and untiy in Scotland.

★ NEW TOUR!

Discover the Queen’s land on a grand adventure through England, Scotland and Wales. Explore the Lake District, the National Parks of Dartmoor and Snowdonia, the towering Brecon Beacons of Wales, and the Scottish battlefields of Bannockburn and Culloden. Learn the myth of Loch Ness and enjoy a wee dram in a Scottish distillery.

Regal palaces, crumbling castles and Roman ruins

Palaces and castles are aplenty on our United Kingdom small group tour. From the Royal Residence of Buckingham Palace through to the baroque Blenheim Palace, the history of the British royal family and the myriad of supporting nobles is inbuilt to the very fabric of this country. We'll see Bath's Royal Crescent and the crumbling castles that dot the Cornish, Welsh and Scottish countryside, from the Welsh Caerphilly and Conwy Castles, to the Scottish castles of Urquhart, Inverness and Edinburgh. Witness the far-reaching hand of the Roman empire in Bath at one of the best-preserved ancient Roman Spas, the Roman Baths, and again in Brampton where we wander a portion of the ruins of Hadrian's Wall.

World-class gardens, craggy peaks and windswept moors

Manicured gardens and expansive national parks greet us across the countryside. First up is our visit to the National Trust's Trelissick Garden, lying within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We continue across the countryside through Dartmoor National Park, renowned for its moorlands before we travel to the stunning Lydford Gorge and Cheddar Gorge and Caves. Throughout our small group tour we'll also travel through some of the finest landscapes in Wales, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Snowdonia National Park. We'll take time to smell the roses in the world-famous Bodnant Gardens before continuing to Windermere where we'll cruise the calm waters of England's largest natural lake. 

Bonny lochs and battlefields

Scotland, home to a fiercely proud people is sure to win our hearts with an engaging history and stunning countryside. We'll explore the bonny lochs of Loch Lomod and Trossachs National Park, and cruise upon the chilly waters of Loch Ness. Discover the bloody history of the battlefields of Bannockburn and Culloden, home to the final uprising of the Jacobites and journey to Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. We explore historic sites, towering cathedrals and sample whisky at a local distillery.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive London

Welcome to England and its lively capital, London! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.

Day 3. London

A capital filled with history and culture, London is one of the world's most visited destinations. See the sights today, including Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square and St Paul's Cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure before tonight's group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 4. London - Plymouth

Today we witness one of England's most iconic sites, Stonehenge. This prehistoric monument consists of a ring of standing stones, at around 4 metres high! We'll then travel via East Devon to Plymouth, seeing the sights of Sidmouth and Exmouth along the way. [B]

Day 5. Plymouth

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Special Experience: Visit the National Trust's Trelissick Garden, boasting extraordinary views over the riverine and a huge variety of plant species.

We then enjoy lunch at Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm before departing for St Michael's Mount, a small tidal island in Mount's Bay. Our last stop today is St Ives, famous for its surf beaches and art scene. We'll take a guided tour here, including the Tate St Ives, the working harbour and Smeaton's Pier. [B,L]

Day 6. Plymouth - Dartmoor National Park - Bath

We venture north-east to Bath today, stopping along the way at Lydford Gorge in Dartmoor National Park. Here we'll take a scenic walk and enjoy tea or coffee and a slice of cake at a local tearoom. Next, we stop at the Cheddar Cheese Visitor Centre for a tasting before heading to Cheddar Gorge, where we'll explore its astounding caves. [B]

Day 7. Bath

This morning we'll explore Bath on a walking tour. Highlights include the Pulteney Bridge, Royal Crescent and the famous Roman Baths. Set alongside a temple designed to heal, and surrounded by 18th and 19th century buildings, these baths now stand as one of the best-preserved ancient Roman spas. The afternoon is then free for you to explore at your own pace. [B]

Day 8. Bath - Cardiff - Llandovery

We depart for the capital of Wales, Cardiff, crossing the Severn Bridge on the way. Here we'll take a city tour including City Hall, Cardiff Castle and the harbour. We then continue to Caerphilly Castle for a tour before making our way through Brecon Beacons National Park, with one of the finest landscapes in Wales. [B]

Day 9. Llandovery - Devils Bridge - Llandudno 

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Special Experience: This morning we take a steam train on the Vale of Rheidol Railway to Devils Bridge, also known as Pontarfynach.

We then venture through the idyllic Snowdonia National Park, to see the 'Ugly House' known as Ty Hyll.

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Special Experience: Visit Snowdon Honey Farm & Winery and taste the delicious local mead.

We'll have a quick photo stop in the village with the longest name in Wales, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, before we arrive in Llandudno. [B]

Day 10. Llandudno

See the highlights of Conwy this morning including the fascinating smallest house in Britain and the impressive Conwy Castle. The world-famous Bodnant Gardens is next, where we will take a tour and enjoy some free time to explore. [B]

Day 11. Llandudno - Windermere   

As we make our way to Windermere today, we'll stop in Liverpool, where The Beatles formed. [B]

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Special Experience: Explore Liverpool's famous sites on a Beatles tour, including a visit to the iconic museum, The Beatles Story.

Day 12. Windermere

Enjoy a cruise on Windermere, the largest natural lake in England. We'll cruise the calm waters and take in the expansive English countryside views on the way. [B]

Optional Walking Discovery: Why not join your guide to explore Holme Wood, a peaceful English woodland with beautiful blends of oak, chestnut and ash, and home to the adored red squirrel? Learn more

Day 13. Windermere - Stirling

Our first stop today is Gretna Green, home to an old blacksmith shop. We'll then continue to Lanark, visiting the New Lanark Visitors Centre and learn the fascinating history of the 18th century cotton mill village. Our next stop is Bannockburn Battlefield, an interactive centre based on a momentous battle that formed the history of Scotland. We finish our day in Stirling. [B]

Day 14. Stirling - Inverness

Making our way through the Scottish countryside this morning, we'll pass through Trossachs National Park, home to bonny Loch Lomond. Enjoy some free time to explore Fort Williams after a quick photo stop in Scotland's most famous glen, Glencoe. We'll then admire the ruins of Urqhart Castle in Drumnadrochit before boarding a scenic cruise on the renowned Loch Ness. [B]

Day 15. Inverness

Enjoy a morning of sightseeing in Inverness, the largest city in the Scottish Highlands, located on Scotland's northeast coast. We will explore its many sights including Inverness Castle, the Victorian Markets, the Cathedral and Tolbooth Steeple. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore at your own pace. [B]

Day 16. Inverness - Edinburgh

Venturing east, we stop in the village of Culloden at the historic Culloden Battlefield. Cairngorms National Park is next, where we visit Carrbridge and enjoy a guided walk through the largest national park in Britain.

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Special Experience: Have a wee dram of single malt scotch whisky and discover the production process at the Blair Athol Distillery. 

We then continue to Edinburgh, the compact capital of Scotland. [B]

Day 17. Edinburgh

Home to a medieval Old Town, and an elegant New Town, Edinburgh is filled with amazing and historic sites, and today we will explore these on a city tour. We'll see St Giles Cathedral and visit the emblematic Edinburgh Castle. The afternoon is then free for you to explore. [B]

Day 18. Edinburgh

Spend the day at leisure to enjoy this delightful city at your own pace. [B]

Day 19. Edinburgh - York

As we make our way to York today, we will venture to Melrose to see Melrose Abbey. From here we stop in Brampton and walk along the Roman-built Hadrian's Wall. We'll then enjoy some free time in Durham before visiting the Rievaulx Abbey. Tonight we'll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 20. York

This morning we'll take a quick orientation tour of York. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore this beautiful walled city. [B]

Day 21. York - Oxford

Our first stop today is Warwick where we enjoy free time to explore. We'll then travel to Woodstock and tour the grand Blenheim Palace before continuing to the university city of Oxford. [B]

Day 22. Oxford - London

After a morning city tour of Oxford, we'll have some free time to explore before returning to London. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 23. Depart London

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 24. In Transit

Day 25. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to England. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $245pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 21 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • 21 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners 

Tour Guides 

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available 

Sightseeing

Explore the unique cities and countryside of the United Kingdom

  • Explore London on a city tour as you enjoy views of Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Trafalgar Square & St Pauls Cathedral where entrance is included.
  • Visit Stonehenge and be amazed by this ancient monument of standing stones.
  • Discover the charm of East Devon as we stop at the pretty seaside towns of Sidmouth and Exmouth.
  • Visit the National Trust’s Trelissick Gardens, a stunning country house, manicured gardens and rambling countryside.
  • Journey to Cornwall, indulging in lunch and a visit to Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm. 
  • Visit the idyllic tidal island of St Michael’s Mount and explore seaside town of St Ives. We’ll embark on a guided tour that includes the Tate St Ives, the working harbour and Smeaton’s Pier.
  • Visit Dartmoor National Park, enjoying a landscape of vast moors. Walk one of the trails around Lydford Gorge, famed for its Whitelady Waterfall and tunnel falls. A visit at the tea-room afterwards is included.
  • A tour for the cheese lovers as we visit the Cheddar Cheese Visitors Centre. We then visit the limestone Cheddar Gorge and Caves.
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of Bath. We’ll visit the Roman Baths, see Pulteney Bridge and the Royal Crescent, once home to Jane Austen.
  • Step back to the mod times of 1960s Liverpool on a Beatles Tour. Explore Liverpool’s famous sites including a visit to the iconic museum, The Beatles Story. We’ll also see the former schools and childhood homes of the Fab Four, St Peters Church hall and the Cavern Club.
  • Relax on a morning cruise on Lake Windermere.
  • A walking discovery optional hike awaits those feeling energetic. Hike in Holme Wood, a peaceful English woodland with beautiful blends of oak, chestnut and ash, and home to the adored red squirrel.
  • Hadrian’s wall in Brampton dates back to 122 AD and we have the opportunity to walk along a portion of it where it cuts across the countryside. 
  • Continue to Durham, famed for its cathedral and castle, and enjoy free time for lunch.
  • Travel to Rievaulx and visit the Rievaulx Abbey, its ruins are still impressive today!
  • Journey south to York and embark on a city tour that includes entry to the York Minster. We’ll see Clifford’s Tower and walk down the Shambles and Snickelways - small laneways some of which date back to medieval times.
  • Enjoy free time to explore Warwick, famed for its Warwick Castle.
  • Visit Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and one of England’s largest houses.
  • Discover Oxford’s Bodleian Library and visit Trinity College on a city tour.

Be welcomed to Wales

  • Explore the Welsh capital of Cardiff. On a city tour we’ll see City Hall, Cardiff Castle and the harbour.  
  • Visit the medieval Caerphilly Castle and marvel at its extensive water defences.
  • Stay in the area of the Brecon Beacons, some of Wales’ finest landscapes of towering mountains.  
  • Ride the steam train from Aberystwyth to Devils Bridge (Pontarfynach)
  • Drive through Snowdonia National Park, home to craggy peaks and dotted with more than 100 lakes. We visit Ty Hyll (the Ugly House), reputed to have been built overnight.
  • Taste the delicious local mead at Snowdon Honey Farm and Winery.
  • Stop for a photo opportunity at the Welsh village with the longest name, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
  • Explore Conwy on a city tour and visit the smallest house in Britain. We’ll visit Conwy Guild Hall and Town Hall before a tour of Conwy Castle. Built in the 13th century its watchtowers overlook the North Wales coastline.
  • Visit Bodnant Gardens, with its abundance of blue poppies, magnolia, rhododendrons, roses and daffodils.

Scotland’s stunning scenery

  • Stop at Gretna Green, the United Kingdom’s most popular wedding destination due to a centuries-old elopement tradition. We’ll visit the Famous Blacksmith’s Shop which still operates as a wedding venue today.
  • Learn the fascinating story of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed cotton mill village of New Lanark at the New Lanark Visitors Centre.
  • Visit the multi award-winning Battle of Bannockburn experience, interacting with medieval warriors on either side of the battle. We’ll see the statue of Robert the Bruce and the battlefields.
  • Drive through bonny Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. We’ll have a photo stop at Glencoe, renowned for its thatched cottages and pretty waterfalls.
  • Enjoy free time in Fort Williams, located on the shores of Loch Linnhe.
  • Explore the village of Drumnadrochit, where we visit the nearby ruins of Urquhart Castle.
  • Cruise one of the world’s most famous lakes, Loch Ness.
  • Take a tour of Inverness with highlights including Inverness Castle, Victorian Market, Cathedral & Tollbooth Steeple.
  • Stand on the battlefield of Culloden, the site of the final Jacobite Rising and one of the bloodiest battles in Scottish history.
  • Journey to Cairngorms National Park and visit Carrbridge. Here we embark on a guided walk through the park to Kinveachy.
  • Have a wee dram of single malt scotch whisky and discover the production process at the Blair Athol Distillery.
  • Edinburgh, the Scottish capital offers us many sights on a city tour. Highlights include a visit to the Old Town with the St. Giles Cathedral, a walk over the famous Royal Mile and a visit to Edinburgh Castle.
  • August 2020 departure only: Our 8th August 2020 departure will be in Edinburgh for the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo. Witness the spectacle of the annual series of military tattoos performed by the British Armed Forces on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.
  • Enjoy a full free day at leisure to explore Edinburgh.
  • Depart Edinburgh and journey to the Scottish border to explore Melrose Abbey. Scottish kings and nobles are buried at the abbey, along with the heart of Robert the Bruce.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Special Departure

military tattoo

Our August 08, 2020 departure will experience the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. With 1,400 performers made up from British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands, this performance has a long running history deeply rooted in Scottish tradition, and aims to promote a sense of identity and untiy in Scotland.

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  • 8 August 2020 departure will experience Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
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Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
Our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently-minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

DoubleTree by Hilton Islington, London

Conveniently located in trendy Islington and just a short walk from Angel underground station and King's Cross St Pancras rail station, this property features modern, stylish guest rooms including a pillow selection and the famous DoubleTree choc chip cookies on arrival.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; mini fridge; safe deposit box

Jurys Inn, Plymouth

Situated near Plymouth's Historic Quarter and just a 10 minute walk from the city centre, this property is the ideal base for exploring this harbour city. Rooms are comfortable and stylish and include all the modern conveniences.

Facilities: air-conditioning, free wifi; tea & coffee making facilities; laundry service available

Abbey Hotel, Bath

Housed in three stunning Georgian townhouses and overlooking Parade Gardens in Bath's older quarters, this boutique property boasts beautiful, eclectically-designed rooms and super comfortable beds.

Facilities: heating; free wifi; tea & coffee making facilities

The Castle Hotel, Llandovery

A historic building in the peaceful Welsh countryside is the charming home of this boutique hotel. With just 15 guest rooms you'll definitely feel at home at its traditional bar and in the comfortable and bright rooms.

Facilities: heating; free wifi; laundry service available

Llandudno Bay Hotel, Llandudno

Sitting proudly on Llandudno's famous esplanade and offering unspoilt views across the bay, this property boasts a delightful combination of traditional Victorian elegance and modern comforts.

Facilities: heating; free wifi; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

Briery Wood Country House Hotel, Windemere

Sitting on seven acres of beautiful gardens and woodland, this property is the perfect place to enjoy a typical country house atmosphere. Rooms are uniquely styled, comforting and a welcoming sanctuary after a day of enjoying the stunning Lake District.

Facilities: heating; free wifi in public areas

Hotel Colessio, Stirling

Housed in a magnificently transformed Victorian landmark and located just a stone's throw from historic Stirling Castle, this hotel features modern and stylish rooms with contemporary furnishings and comfortable beds.

Facilities: heating; free wifi; tea & coffee making facilities

Best Western Palace Hotel & Spa, Inverness

Nestled on the banks of the River Ness, opposite Inverness Castle, this property boasts traditional 19th century history, updated and stylish guest rooms, a 50ft indoor swimming pool and bubbling spa.

Facilities: heating; free wifi; tea & coffee making facilities; indoor swimming pool

Jurys Inn Edinburgh

Just off Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile in the city's Old Town, this hotel is the perfect base for exploring all the Scottish capital has to offer. Rooms are stylish and comfortable, boasting large soft beds.

Facilities: heating; free wifi; laundry service; tea & coffee making facilities

Principal Hotel, York

This stunning property blends the grandeur of late-Victorian architecture and interiors with all the comforts of modern travel. Just steps from the train station in the heart of city, and offering views of the Minster, this hotel is the perfect base from which to discover historic York.

Facilities: heating; free wifi; mini fridge; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

Royal Oxford Hotel, Oxford

Ideally located just two minutes from the heart of Oxford, this hotel offers comfortable and well-appointed rooms making it the perfect starting point for discovering the city's historic centre.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; tea & coffee making facilities

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Weather

Weather

London

Summer: June to August

Autumn: September to November

Winter: December to February

Spring: March to May

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Currency

Currency

Pound Sterling

The official currency of the United Kingdom is the Pound Sterling (GBP; £).

  • 1 Pound = 100 pence
  • Notes are in denominations of £50, 20, 10 and 5
  • Coins are in denominations of £2, 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pence

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Special Experiences!

  • Visit the National Trust's Trelissick Gardens, boasting extraordinary views over the riverine and a huge variety of plant species.
  • Take a steam train on the Vale of Rheidol Railway to Devils Bridge, also known as Pontarfynach.
  • Visit Snowdon Honey Farm & Winery and taste the delicious local mead.
  • Explore Liverpool's famous sites on a Beatles tour, including a visit to the iconic museum, The Beatles Story.
  • Have a wee dram of single malt scotch whisky and discover the production process at the Blair Athol Distillery.

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Bus, boat & steam-train

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $245pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Witness the iconic prehistoric site of Stonehenge • Explore the tidal island of St Michael's Mount, crowned by a medieval castle and church • Spend the night on the fringe of stunning Brecon Beacons National Park • Cruise Lake Windermere and admire the calm, natural beauty of the English countryside • Cruise famous Loch Ness, home to Nessie the 'Loch Ness Monster' according to Scottish folklore • Tour heritage-listed Blenheim Palace, boasting over 300 years of history and home to the Duke of Marlborough

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