Best expert-led trips in the UK for 2024
You will set sail on this full-board small ship experience as it journeys through the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in the company of proud Scotswoman and weather presenter, Carol Kirkwood, who will be hosting a private talk and Q&A session. As you sail from Inverness, navigate the Caledonian Canal and Scotland's hidden lochs, before calling at its islands: Iona, Mull and Skye. Further highlights include the impressive Glenfinnan viaduct and imposing Eilean Donan Castle.
8 days - departing May 2024
This one's for horticulturists and fans of English country gardens, as there are no fewer than seven visits on this four-day trip. The highlight of the tour will be a day in the company of Sarah Raven, as you visit her garden in Perch Hill, East Sussex and listen to an exclusive talk about the 25-year transformation from a dairy farm into 90 acres dedicated to flowers and colourful gardens. You'll aldo have a private tour accompanied by the gardeners and enjoy a two-course lunch. Other botanical highlights include the gardens at Sissinghurst, Lullingstone Castle and Scotney Castle.
4 days - departing June 2024
One for slow-paced travel advocates and history-buffs alike, you will enjoy journeying through Norfolk's glorious scenery, famed for its wide skies, serene rivers and gorgeous coastline, it's no wonder the Royal Family head here to unwind. You'll be joined by acclaimed historian Lucy Worsley, who will give a fascinating talk about 'Sandringham and the Modern Monarchy' before joining you on a visit to the Royal Family's country retreat, and there's also plenty of time to enjoy all Norfolk has to offer.
5 days - departing April, May and September 2024
Royal enthusiasts can expect insightful knowledge from author and tudor historian Dr Tracy Borman, whilst exploring London's magnificent royal palaces. Start your tour at Westminster Abbey, where King Charles III was crowned, while enjoying tours of the Tower of London, Kensington Palace and Hampton Court Palace. Finally, visit Windsor Castle, where you'll get a private tour and enjoy a glass of sparkling English wine.
4 days, departing May 2024
Known for their sub-tropical climate, wonderful wildlife and impressive landscapes, this five-day tour is the perfect introduction to the beauty of the Scilly Isles. Head of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, Julian Branscombe, will give a talk to explain the trust's work and share more about the Isles' native flora and fauna. But the real highlight will be a visit to Tresco Abbey Gardens - often referred to as "Kew without the glass". You'll explore four islands: St Mary's, Tresco, St Agnes and St Martin's.
5 days, departing April & September 2024
Horticulturists will love this trip, taking in some of England's loveliest gardens, including Hardwick Hall, Haddon Hall and Easton Walled Gardens - while accompanied by Arthur Parkinson, one of Britain's most inspiring young gardeners. Enjoy a special visit to Easton Walled Gardens, where you'll be welcomed by owner Lady Cholmeley, and enjoy a tour, as well as time at leisure exploring the beautiful gardens. Arthur will also join you for lunch, where he'll give an exclusive talk and Q&A session.
4 days, departing June 2024
Embark on a truly nostalgic four-day trip to the stunning Scottish Highlands in the company of broadcaster and journalist Kirsty Wark. During your tour, travel on the famous Jacobite steam train and the world's last ocean-going paddle steamer, PS Waverley. Look on as you traverse through wooded hills, glens and crystal-clear lochs - and even take in the impressive sight of Ben Nevis. This is a wonderful opportunity to travel over land, sea and loch.
4 days, departing July 2024