In a world full of exotic and unique destinations waiting to be explored, we sometimes forget about the riches we have on our own doorstep. The UK packs in a huge amount of variety, from dramatic mountains and unspoilt beaches to bustling cities and ancient historical sites. We all have that list of places that we’ve never quite got round to visiting, and an escorted tour is a great way to see the best that our country has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a long weekend, an in-depth tour or a relaxing staycation, there are so many options when it comes to touring in the UK...
If you’re planning a short break then the UK is an obvious choice, avoiding all the hassle of long-distance air travel. Escorted tour specialists Newmarket Holidays offer a great selection of short breaks by coach, including London theatre breaks and 3-day tours of the Lake District, while Titan operate short escapes to destinations including Stratford-upon-Avon, Cornwall and the Isle of Wight.
Britain’s cultural calendar is packed full of fantastic festivals and events all year round, and visiting as part of an organised tour provides a number of benefits, including expert guides and the chance to meet like-minded travellers. The likes of Leger Holidays and Newmarket Holidays offer tours showcasing events such as the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Chelsea Flower Show and Blackpool Illuminations, to name just a few.
Although the UK may be relatively small in size, we’re blessed with some truly spectacular scenery, and an escorted tour allows you to explore some of the country’s most beautiful regions. From the rugged coastlines of western Scotland and Northern Ireland to the gently rolling hills of the Cotswolds, there’s sure to be an itinerary to tempt you.
Whether you’re a railway enthusiast or you just enjoy taking the scenic route, the UK is home to some fantastic train journeys. Top tour choices include Travelsphere’s ‘Great Railways of the Scottish Highlands’, which features iconic journeys such as the Jacobite Steam Train over the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Cairngorm Funicular Railway.
For an invigorating taste of the great outdoors, a walking holiday is hard to beat. You could opt for a guided hike across the Peak District with Ramblers Walking Holidays, a gentle stroll through the Cotswolds with solo travel specialists Just You, or a self-guided sojourn to the Lake District with Headwater.
A cycling tour is another great way to see the UK, whether it’s a leisurely jaunt along idyllic back roads or a more strenuous pedal over hills and dales. Headwater offer some interesting options, including a 5-night ride along the stunning Jurassic Coast and a 7-night whisky tour of the Moray coast in northern Scotland, visiting local distilleries along the way!
Once considered something of a culinary backwater, the UK is now home to some of the world’s most exciting restaurants, along with fantastic fresh produce, foodie markets, craft breweries, artisan distilleries and a growing number of vineyards. For a tantalising taste of the best of Britain, head for the South West on Backroads Touring’s fantastic Cornwall Food Tour and sample cheese and wine from local producers. If gin’s more your thing, how about a festive break in Winchester with solo specialists Just You, featuring a tour of the nearby Bombay Sapphire distillery.
The British Isles are steeped in history, and delving into the past can teach us a lot about modern Britain. Battlefield tours are a popular choice, and coach specialists Leger Holidays offer special themed departures such as their ‘Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth’ tour. Backroads Touring’s ‘Battle of Britain’ itinerary includes visits to key sites such as Bletchley Park, while Trafalgar’s ‘Castles and Kilts’ tour gives more of an overview of British history, taking in everything from Hadrian’s Wall to The Beatles.
Whatever your interests and however you prefer to travel, there’s sure to be a UK escorted tour that fits the bill, so why not take a look around on the TourHound website - simply Search, Compare and Select.