I made an earlier post here at the beginning of the year. This is the link : tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g186216-i15-k33608…
Unfortunately a few things cropped up and we shall be staying in UK for only 11 days (Inclu. day of arrival and departure). Most of us were keen on tour packages and therefore we were going to book one with a local tour operator which met our budget. However, its fully booked and we've scouted around for others but are not quite happy with what we have found. So it appears that we may have to tailor our own private tour and submit it to the smaller/specialised tour companies in the UK!
Personally I like this because its like an adventure compared to the tour packages which bundle you off in a coach and you spend several hours in the bus just travelling and ' seeing' sights rather than visiting them.However,all of us want to see as much as we can out of this tour and cover lots of ground. We are looking at a sample itinerary prepared by one of the big tour companies in the UK.
Theirs is a 8 day trip covering (Day 1 )Stratford-Coventry-York-Harrogate (Day 2) Harrogate-Durham-Edinburgh (Day 3) Edinburgh, (Day 4) Edinburgh-St. Andrews-Scottish Highlands, (Day 5) Scottish Highlands-Culloden-Loch Ness-Glasgow (Day 6) Glasgow-Gretna Green-Grasmere-Lake District, (Day 7) Lake District-Chester-Tintern/ Wye Valley,Wales-Bristol(Day 8) Bristol-Bath-Stonehenge-Salisbury-London.
We are planning to use this itinerary as a guide and therefore would be grateful for the feedback on this itinerary as it seems to cover a lot of ground.
On a side note , all of us have agreed that we must include a trip to the lake District and also Edinburgh.