8 ways to tour the UK

8 fantastic ways to tour the UK

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...

1. UK short breaks

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.

UK Short breaks

2. Festivals and events by coach

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.

3. Scenic UK tours

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.

Scenic UK tours

4. UK rail tours

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.

5. Walking holidays

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.

UK walking  tours

6. UK cycling holidays

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!

7. UK food and drink tours

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.

8. UK history tours

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.

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Chartwell & Leeds Castle

Kent, the Garden of England, is famous for its orchards, agricultural produce and magnificent gardens

Starts:Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells, UK
Ends:Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells, UK
Group Size:15- 25
Operator:Just You

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Australian Highlights

Iconic cities, famous landmarks and natural wonders are yours to discover on an incredible journey from Sydney to Melbourne

Starts:United Kingdom
Ends:United Kingdom
Group Size:15- 35
Operator:Just You

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Chile - The Atacama to Patagonia

Journey into the Atacama Desert, cruise on sparkling lakes and lagoons, marvel at the towering Andes and dramatic volcanoes and see exceptional wildlife

Starts:United Kingdom
Ends:United Kingdom
Group Size:15- 30
Difficulty:Classic Touring
Operator:Just You

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Tour du Mont Blanc Week

Trek famous circuit in one week from Switzerland to France ad enjoy on this tour.

Starts:Col de la Forclaz
Ends:Chamonix
Group Size:4- 14
Difficulty:Challenging
Operator:Exodus

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Croatia's Istrian Coast

Istria is Croatia's beautiful northern region, boasting a brilliant combination of intriguing history, idyllic scenery and picturesque coastlines – discover it all from your seafront hotel

Starts:United Kingdom
Ends:United Kingdom
Group Size:15- 35
Difficulty:Relax & Discover
Operator:Just You

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Grand Tour of India

This is an all-out exploration of India, from the Golden Triangle in the north to Kerala's peaceful backwaters in the south

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Ends:United Kingdom
Group Size:15- 35
Difficulty:Classic Touring
Operator:Travelsphere

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Pompeii, Sorrento & the Bay of Naples

Discover the ruins of Pompeii and marvel at Mount Vesuvius from the comfort of your 4-star hotel in the beautiful Bay of Naples

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Ends:United Kingdom
Group Size:15- 25
Difficulty:Leisurely Touring
Operator:Just You

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Croatian Island Explorer

From chic towns and secluded beaches to exquisite wine and delicious cuisine, discover it all on this island-hopping cruise

Starts:United Kingdom
Ends:United Kingdom
Group Size:15- 20
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Operator:Just You

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Ultimate South Africa Whale-Watching Special Departure

Discover the very best of South Africa on this all-encompassing tour

Starts:United Kingdom
Ends:United Kingdom
Group Size:15- 35
Difficulty:Classic Touring
Operator:Travelsphere

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Croatia & the Makarska Riviera

Soak up the beauty of Croatia’s coast, explore the ancient walled cities of Zadar and Dubrovnik and discover the idyllic islands of Hvar and Brac

Starts:United Kingdom
Ends:United Kingdom
Group Size:15- 35
Difficulty:Leisurely Touring
Operator:Just You

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Pembrokeshire Coast Walking

Explore the magnificent Pembrokeshire Coast in Britain's only truly coastal National Park to discover the stunning coastal scenery with towering cliffs, secluded coves, traditional fishing harbours, Neolithic burial chambers and unspoilt beaches.

Starts:Mathry
Ends:Mathry
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:None
Operator:Explore!

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Cycling Coast To Coast

This classic coast-to-coast cycle challenge in the north of England.

Starts:Whitehaven
Ends:Tynemouth
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Challenging
Operator:Explore!

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8 Nights

Toronto & Niagara Winter Escape

Discover Toronto's fantastic highlights and the magic of Niagara Falls of this wonderful winter break

Starts:United Kingdom
Ends:United Kingdom
Group Size:15- 35
Difficulty:Classic Touring
Operator:Travelsphere

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Sun-kissed Sardinia

Enjoy a relaxing week in one of Sardinia’s loveliest coastal resorts, and get out and about to discover the island’s local traditions

Starts:United Kingdom
Ends:United Kingdom
Group Size:15- 35
Difficulty:Relax & Discover
Operator:Just You

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The Best of Costa Rica

Nature-lovers will be enchanted by Costa Rica, taking in wonderful wildlife to volcanoes

Starts:United Kingdom
Ends:United Kingdom
Group Size:15- 35
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Walking Offa's Dyke Path (South)

Enjoy and explore the adventure on this Walking Offa's Dyke Path (South) tour.

Starts:Knighton
Ends:Chepstow
Group Size:1- 6
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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Rockies, Rail and an Alaskan Cruise

The ultimate way to discover the west, this holiday includes both a ride on the Rocky Mountaineer and an Alaskan cruise

Starts:United Kingdom
Ends:United Kingdom
Group Size:15- 35
Operator:Travelsphere

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Group Size:15- 30
Operator:Just You

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A Classic Scottish Steam Break

A Classic Scottish Steam Break

Starts:Lime Rd, Falkirk FK1 4RS, UK
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Operator:Brightwater Holidays

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Grand Tour of the Outer Hebrides (5 Days)

This extended tour has proved extremely popular, offering as it does a unique opportunity to travel the length and breadth of the Western Isles.

Starts:Mallaig, UK
Ends:Various pick-up points available - please contact us for details
Group Size:6- 25
Operator:Brightwater Holidays

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