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England/Scotland

Quintessential Britain

Find out why Britain has fascinated generations of travelers as you explore Roman ruins in London, castles in North Wales, Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon and iconic Christ Church.
Rating (5)
Program No. 1218760MEADV-0217-60
Length
19 days
Starts at
6,899
Flights start at
900
England/Scotland

Quintessential Britain

Find out why Britain has fascinated generations of travelers as you explore Roman ruins in London, castles in North Wales, Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon and iconic Christ Church.
Length
19 days
Starts at
6,899
Length
19 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
6,899
Flights start at
900
Program No. 1218760MEADV-0217-60

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DATES & starting prices
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Aug 15 - Sep 2, 2022
Starting at
6,899
Sep 5 - Sep 23, 2022
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6,899
Sep 19 - Oct 7, 2022
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6,899
Oct 10 - Oct 28, 2022
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6,899
Apr 17 - May 5, 2023
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7,799
May 8 - May 26, 2023
Starting at
8,099
May 22 - Jun 9, 2023
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8,099
Jun 19 - Jul 7, 2023
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8,099
Jul 17 - Aug 4, 2023
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8,099
Aug 14 - Sep 1, 2023
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8,099
Sep 4 - Sep 22, 2023
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8,099
Sep 18 - Oct 6, 2023
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8,099
Oct 9 - Oct 27, 2023
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8,099
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 15 - Sep 2, 2022
Starting at
8,079
Sep 5 - Sep 23, 2022
Starting at
8,079
Sep 19 - Oct 7, 2022
Starting at
8,079
Oct 10 - Oct 28, 2022
Starting at
8,079
Apr 17 - May 5, 2023
Starting at
9,299
May 8 - May 26, 2023
Starting at
9,899
May 22 - Jun 9, 2023
Starting at
9,899
Jun 19 - Jul 7, 2023
Starting at
9,899
Jul 17 - Aug 4, 2023
Starting at
9,899
Aug 14 - Sep 1, 2023
Starting at
9,899
Sep 4 - Sep 22, 2023
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9,899
Sep 18 - Oct 6, 2023
Starting at
9,899
Oct 9 - Oct 27, 2023
Starting at
9,899

At a Glance

Piece together storied histories, rivalries and landscapes to experience quintessential Britain — from London to Bath, the villages of the Cotswolds to the dreaming spires of Oxford, the “bonnie banks” of Loch Lomond and the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. In each city and village, uncover the surrounding history, geography, culture, literature, houses and gardens, cathedrals and castles with local experts.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles; standing on city sidewalks. Stairs in historic buildings.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • View the recently rediscovered amphitheatre and ruins of Roman London.
  • Explore the castles and history of mountainous Snowdonia in North Wales.
  • Visit Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Westminster Abbey
by Richard Jenkyns, Mary Beard (Editor)
In a highly original pocket book, classicist and cultural historian Richard Jenkyns looks afresh at the celebrated church complex -- national cathedral, coronation church, royal mausoleum, burial place of poets, resting place of the great and of the Unknown Warrior, former home of parliament, place of Princess Diana's funeral.
Exploring English Castles, Evocative, Romantic and Mysterious True Tales of the Kings and Queens of the British Isles
by Edd Morris
A picturesque, coffee-table tour through the grandest castles in England, including Bodiam, Framlingham and Kenilworth. Morris' color photos are accompanied by legends and tales about each structure.
A Journey Through Tudor England
by Suzannah Lipscomb
Through visits to Tudor England’s historic palaces, castles, theaters and abbeys, Suzannah Lipscomb brings to life the rich history of the Tudors.
A Writer's House in Wales
by Jan Morris
In this extended essay, Morris uses her much-loved 18th-century house as a point of departure for a meditation on Welsh identity.
A Traveller's History of Oxford
by Richard Tames
A compact history of Oxford from settlement to the present, including its importance in medieval England, founding of the different colleges and brief period as Royalist capital. Tames also discusses the architecture of the colleges and includes biographies of illustrious alumni.
The Highland Clans
by Alistair Moffat
This excellent compact history of the Scottish Highland clans brings to life their leaders, traditions, families and heroic deeds with color illustrations, photos, a clan map and an alphabetical family list.
101 Beautiful Small Towns Britain
by Tom Aiken
A lavishly illustrated and informative tour of Britain's beautiful and historic towns.
The Brontes, Wild Genius on the Moors: The Story of a Literary Family
by Juliet Barker
Hailed as the first distinctive account of the Brontes, this tome incorporates information gleaned from manuscripts and never-before-used historical documents to present an accurate and fascinating portrait of one of England’s most famous literary families.
Notes from a Small Island
by Bill Bryson
A farewell walking tour of England by an American expatriate who has decided to return home after two decades. Like all of Bryson's books, it's full of rich conversations, humorous anecdotes and amusing interactions.
Stone Voices, The Search for Scotland
by Neal Ascherson
Ascherson writes with verve and insight on the centuries-old impulse toward nationhood in Scotland in this absorbing portrait.
Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster
by William W. Starr
Beginning and ending in Edinburgh and making stops at Glasgow, Culloden, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye and more, William Starr follows hilariously in the footsteps of Boswell and Johnson across Scotland.
The Age of Shakespeare
by Frank Kermode
A remarkably concise, elegant overview of the world of Shakespeare in the Modern Library Chronicles series by the eminent British critic and scholar.
Londoners, The Days and Nights of London Now As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Have Left It, and Long for It
by Craig Taylor
Drawing on the unforgettable stories of nearly 100 Londoners, Taylor provides a rich and vivid kaleidoscopic view of modern-day London through the diverse voices of the city's citizens who, regardless of whether they love or hate it, capture the heart and soul of one of the world's greatest cities.
Rob Roy
by Sir Walter Scott
Adventure in the highlands of 18th-century Scotland starring the dashing outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. Part of the "Penguin Classics" series, this book contains explanatory notes and an introduction that sets it in its historical context.
The Story of England
by Christopher Hibbert
Beautifully illustrated with color pictures, chronological charts, royal genealogies and maps, this popular history of English politics, economics and culture from the Neolithic Age to the 1990s is an excellent travel companion.





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