Missouri Life invites you to join Publishers Greg & Danita Wood on a festive and immersive travel adventure as we bike through the heart of scenic England, Scotland and Wales. You’ll visit medieval, imperial and literary landmarks, as well as experience some of the United Kingdom’s most spectacular countryside biking routes.
- City tours of Oxford and Glasgow
- Visit Dove Cottage & Garden, home to poet William Wordsworth
- View an impressive sheepdog demonstration
- See Conwy Castle, among Britain's finest surviving medieval fortifications
- Cruise through the beautiful islands of Loch Lomond
- Experience Snowdownia and Lake District National Parks
- Friendly expert bike guides
- Good quality, modern bikes well-equipped with tools, accessories, and safety equipment
DAYS 1/2–WELCOME TO ENGLAND
After an overnight flight from the U.S., arrive into Heathrow Airport. Meet with your driver and guide before departing for Coventry. En-route, stop in Oxford for a walking tour through the city. Oxford is England’s oldest center for learning, known as the home and inspiration of such famous authors as Lewis Carroll, CS Lewis, and JRR Tolkien. Continue to Coventry and check into your hotel. D
DAY 3–CYCLE TOUR OF THE COTSWOLDS
Visit the Cotswolds to pick up your bikes and enjoy a lovely cycling tour through the area. The Cotswold’s honey-colored limestone houses, historical market towns and rolling green hills framed by drystone walls represent an unspoiled idyll of quintessential England. In the afternoon visit Stratford-upon-Avon where we will enjoy lunch in a local pub. Return to Coventry for a free evening to explore. B, L
DAY 4– COVENTRY TO LLANDUDNO
Today travel from Coventry to Llandudno in North Wales. We’ll stop en-route to walk a small part of the Offa’s Dyke Path. Following the English/Welsh border for 177 miles alongside the 8th Century Offa’s Dyke, this National Trail takes you through changing landscapes offering amazing opportunities to catch a view of our native wildlife. We’ll drive through the beautiful National Park of Snowdonia in North Wales known in Welsh as Eyri – land of the eagles. Covering half the National Park are nine mountain ranges with Wales and England’s largest mountain – Mount Snowdon – standing at 3,650 feet tall. B, L, D
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a cycling tour along the coast from Llandudno to Conwy. Built for Edward I, by Master James of St George, the Conwy Castle is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain. Return to Llandudno to enjoy the evening at leisure. B, L
DAY 6–LLANDUDNO TO THE LAKE DISTRICT
Today we will travel from Conwy to the Lake District. In the morning attend an exclusive sheepdog demonstration. We’ll watch as these pedigreed, trained sheepdogs work on the hills above Llangollen. Enjoy lunch in a local pub or restaurant and continue travelling north to the Lake District for relaxing free time this afternoon. B, L, D
DAY 7–LAKE DISTRICT
This morning, enjoy a cycling tour in the Lake District. The Lake District, a stunning National Park in the north of England, is home to sixteen lakes and Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England. The Lakes, famous for their dramatic landscape, lush forests and mist-capped mountains are the perfect place to explore England’s outdoors. In the afternoon visit Dove Cottage and garden. It was in this little cottage that William Wordsworth wrote some of the greatest poetry in the English language. B, L
DAY 8–LAKE DISTRICT TO GLASGOW
Today, leave the Lake District and travel north towards Glasgow. On the way enjoy a cycling tour from Ayr to Irvine. This mostly flat-surface seaside route provides great views over the Isle of Arran. The route at the start has lovely front beach cycling with several photographic opportunities. Continue to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city. From the magnificent St Mungo Cathedral to the People’s Palace and Glasgow Green, we’ll explore Glasgow’s rich past as a religious center, and one of the most important industrial cities in Britain. B, L, D
DAY 9–ISLE OF BUTE
Take the short ferry ride over to the Isle of Bute for a great day of cycling. Bute offers a wide range of cycling options, featuring truly splendid views and scenery. Enjoy lunch in a local pub or restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Mount Stuart House, a 19th century country manor house with extensive gardens. At the end of the afternoon take the ferry back to the mainland and return to the Glasgow area for our overnight. B, L
Drive along Loch Lomond to the town of Luss where we embark on the Loch Lemond Island Explorer Cruise. Sail from Luss through Loch Lomond’s island jewels and visit the beautiful Inchcailloch –‘Isle of the Cowled Woman’. There will be time ashore for a picnic on the beach and woodland walks on this National Nature Reserve. The island supports wildlife including otter and fallow deer, as well as native and migrant birds including woodpecker, siskin, gold crest, crossbill, osprey and even capercaillie. After returning to Luss, drive to back to Glasgow for your overnight. B, L, D
After breakfast at our hotel in Glasgow, transfer to Glasgow Airport for your journey home. B
Depart/Return: Kansas City, MO
Price Per Person: Double: $4,997; Single: $5,481
*Land-only pricing available; other departure cities available upon request. Please call.
ABOUT THE BIKING
There are 6 days of biking and 1 day of hiking on your visit to the United Kingdom. You will have a hybrid or mountain bike, and we include a helmet, fenders, bell, tail light, pump and lock. Your bike guide will assist should there be any repairs needed along the way.
Rides range from 25-45 kilometers per day (15 to 28 miles), and are considered “easy to moderate” in regard to hills. The majority are on bike paths and at times we will ride on lightly traveled roads. Travel will be at a comfortable pace. If you are not a biker, it would be a good idea to ride some beforehand in accordance with these specifications.
high 60-64°/ low 46-49°
+6 hours from Central Time
Available 90 days prior to the tour.
Available 90 days prior to the tour.
Pre/Post Hotel offers complimentary shuttle service.
A park and stay rate in conjunction with Pre/Post lodging in Kansas City can be requested.
In addition to biking requirements, moderate to extended walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking will be on uneven paths.
Hair dryers, TV/cable, telephone, coffee makers, laundry available at hotels.
Land Only tours begin one day later. Airport transfers not included with Land Only Tours. Air & Land Tours include government imposed taxes, fees and
airline fuel surcharges at time of printing.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing all your final documents.
Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/ESW.
Travel Protection Available?
Yes, see About Travel Protection at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/TravelProtectionPlan.
Terms & Conditions
Tour reservations are subject to the Terms & Conditions outlined by Country Travel DISCOVERIES on our website at CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/terms.
Have a group? We can make your group's vacation cost-effective and easy, with discounts for groups as small as five and other benefits. Learn more at Country Travel DISCOVERIES for Groups.