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UK Literary Trail

Duration 15 days

Destinations visited :
  • England

Walk in the footsteps of some of England’s most renowned authors. Take in a play at Stratford-upon-Avon, walk part of the ‘Agatha Christie Mile’, and visit the homes of Thomas Hardy, Beatrix Potter, Jane Austen and more.

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Welcome to London
On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel. This evening, join your Travel Director for a welcome drink, followed by dinner and wine.
Hotel: Amba Grosvenor
Meal: Dinner with Wine


Discover London’s Literary History
Join your Local Expert to see famous landmarks and discover some of London’s literary history. On your visit to Westminster Abbey, visit Poets Corner and see the tombs of literary luminaries such as Chaucer, Dickens, Tennyson and see the memorials to Milton, Keats, and Shelley amongst others. We continue to the Bloomsbury area and hear tales of the Bloomsbury Group whilst walking through its picturesque streets and squares. During your visit to The Dickens Museum, discover the family life of Dickens, see the writer’s desk and handwritten drafts from the novels he wrote whilst living there. This evening visit London’s West End, home of theatreland and enjoy a performance of Agatha Christie’s “The Mouse Trap”.
Meal: Breakfast


Austen’s Hampshire and Salisbury
Depart London and journey into the county of Hampshire. Hampshire was not only the birthplace of Jane Austen, but its people and the society in which she moved provided inspiration for many of her novels, classics such as Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility. Here you visit Chawton House and discover the ‘Great House’ referred to in Austen’s letters. You also visit nearby Winchester, where she was finally laid to rest in Winchester Cathedral, in 1817 – at the age of just 41. Then onto your accommodation in the cathedral city of Salisbury, otherwise known as Melchester in in Thomas Hardy’s “Jude the Obscure”.
Hotel: Mercure White Hart, Salisbury
Meal: Breakfast


Hardy’s Dorset
Travel to Dorset to visit Thomas Hardy’s Cottage. Thomas Hardy was born here in 1840, the cottage was built of cob and thatch by his greatgrandfather and has been little altered since the family left. It was from here that he wrote several of his early short stories, poetry and novels including ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ and ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’. Tour the cottage and then take a short stroll in Thorncombe Woods next door. This is an ancient woodland and nature reserve that opens out onto heathland and the beginning of Hardy’s Egdon Heath. The historic market town of Dorchester nearby was used as the fictional base for his novel “The Mayor of Casterbridge”. Enjoy some free time before we continue to Torquay where we stay at the hotel where Agatha Christie spent her honeymoon.
Hotel: The Grand Hotel, Torquay
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine


Follow in Christie’s Footsteps
The Queen of Crime was born in Torquay in 1890, and the town has several landmarks which are associated with her. With your Local Expert, walk part of the The Agatha Christie Mile, which takes in 10 landmarks – all dotted around the Torquay harbour and seafront. Look out for clues which spell out the name of a character linked with Dame Agatha’s books. Travel by ferry to Greenway, the beloved holiday home of Agatha Christie and walk from the pier to the house where she would spend summers and Christmas with family and friends. During your visit we stop and see the Boathouse, scene of the crime in “Dead Man’s Folly”. Upon your return to Torquay we enjoy a delicious Devonshire Tea.
Meal: Breakfast,Afternoon Tea


Dartmoor and Georgian Bath
Travel via Dartmoor National Park to Bath. Its stunning honey coloured Georgian architecture is straight out of a Jane Austen novel. With your Local Expert we visit the Roman Baths and the Jane Austen Centre. Austen lived in Bath between 1801 and 1806 and it provided the backdrop for two of her novels – Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion.
Hotel: Francis Hotel MGallery, Bath
Meal: Breakfast


Cotswolds and Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon
Journey through the picturesque Cotswolds, stopping in Bibury, one of the most picturesque villages to admire the cottages of Arlington Row. Later we arrive into Stratford-upon-Avon, synonymous with William Shakespeare. A walking tour with your Local Expert includes a visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace and finishes with a visit to the beautiful riverside church of Holy Trinity, where he is buried. This evening after dinner attend a performance at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Hotel: Double Tree by Hilton, Stratfordupon-Avon
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine


Medieval Chester and the Lake District
A leisurely drive brings you to the medieval city of Chester, enjoy views of the city walls and red sandstone cathedral, before continuing your journey to the enchanting Lake District, whose stunning scenery has inspired many writers and poets.
Hotel: Lowood Bay Hotel, Windermere
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine


English writers and the Lake District
William Wordsworth proclaimed the Lake District “The loveliest spot that man hath ever found”. We visit Dove Cottage where Wordsworth and his family once lived, and during your tour, imagine how their life would have been. Later enjoy the tales of Beatrix Potter with a visit to her home of Hill Top. Potter used the surrounding countryside and house as inspiration for many of her books. Full of her favourite things, every room contains a reference to a picture in a “tale”, which you can spot during your visit.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 10

The Brontes and York Minister
Travel into Bronte Country, visiting Haworth village. Your Local Expert introduces you to the world of the Brontes, including a tour of the Parsonage, where the sisters wrote in the dining room. Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and Agnes Grey were all written here. Your day ends in historic York, where you will join your Local Expert for a walking tour and visit the York Minster, and see the Five Sisters window, described by Charles Dickens in Nicholas Nickleby.
Hotel: Grand Hotel and Spa, York
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 11

Cambridge’s Storied Past
The university city of Cambridge has many famous literary connections. From EM Forster to modern day novelists such as Zadie Smith. Joining your Local Expert, you visit Trinity College whose alumni include the poets Lord Byron and Lord Tennyson.
Hotel: Clayton Hotel, Cambridge
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 12

Oxford University
Oxford, home of the world’s oldest university in the English-speaking world, and where many literary greats studied and worked. With your Local Expert we visit colleges connected with the writers CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien who taught at Magdalen and Trinity. Enjoy some free time to explore the city also featured in the Inspector Morse series by Colin Dexter before we head into the Chiltens where you will be staying.
Hotel: Danesfield House Hotel, Marlow
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 13

Highclere Castle
History comes to life with a visit to Highclere Castle today, home of the Earl and Lady Carnarvon. It houses an incredible Egyptian Antiquities collection started by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, the main financial backer of Howard Carter’s 1922 discovery of Tutankhamen’s Tomb. But, nowadays it is more recognized as being featured in the television series created by the novelist Julian Fellows, Downton Abbey. Enjoy the grounds before returning to Marlow with a stop in Henley-upon-Thames, well known for its Royal Regatta. This evening, join your Travel Director for a Celebration Dinner with wine.
Meal: Breakfast,Celebration Dinner

DAY 14

Royal Windsor and London
A leisurely start brings you to riverside royal Windsor, where you visit the historic castle’s state apartments and St George’s Chapel, scene of recent royal weddings, and also the burial place of King Henry VIII. Later we arrive back into London with time to maybe visit Foyles or Hatchards and pick up some books by which to remember your trip.
Hotel: Amba Grosvenor Hotel, London
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 15

Depart London
Your trail through England ends this morning after breakfast. Transfers to the airport are available.
Meal: Breakfast

Authentic Dining

  • Dining Summary: 14 breakfasts (B), 6 dinners with wine (DW), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT)

Top Rated Highlights

  • London: Take in a play in London’s famous West End theatre district, and attend a performance of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratfordupon-Avon.
  • Torquay: Walk part of the ‘Agatha Christie Mile’ in her hometown of Torquay.
  • London: Visit the homes of famous authors including Thomas Hardy, Beatrix Potter, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare.
  • Cambridge and Oxford Universities: Visit the academic home of many great British authors with visits to both Cambridge and Oxford Universities.
  • Downton Abbey: Visit Highclere Castle, featured in Downton Abbey.
  • Windsor Castle and St. George’s Chapel: Take a peak at royal life with a visit to Windsor Castle and St. George’s Chapel.


  • Accommodation in hand picked hotels in the best locations
  • Escorted by an expert Travel Director throughout
  • Business class legroom onboard your 40 seater luxury air conditioned coach
  • Included airport transfer service on first and last day of the trip (selected times)
  • Hotels and restaurant tips included
  • Concierge service and luggage handling throughout
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UK Literary Trail

Walk in the footsteps of some of England’s most renowned authors. Take in a play at Stratford-upon-Avon, walk part of the ‘Agatha Christie Mile’, and visit the homes of Thomas Hardy, Beatrix Potter, Jane Austen and more.