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The UK offers remarkable destinations in abundance, but how to make use of your cherished time away? From a small ship cruise through Scotland's hidden lochs or a Scottish steam train adventure, to touring some of the country's finest stately homes and exclusive access to royal palaces. Explore pockets of beauty like the Scilly Isles, the Norfolk Broads or the ‘Garden of England’, Kent. You'll find a plethora of outstanding trips to some of the UK's most incredible sites and experiences, so here’s our round-up of our best expert-led UK trips to book now.
Visit London’s royal palaces

Explore London's finest Royal Palaces on this illuminating four-day tour with Tudor historian, Dr Tracy Borman. Enjoy guided tours of Westminster Abbey, the Queen's State Apartments and King's Apartments Rooms at Kensington Palace, a tour of the Tower of London and a private tour of Windsor Castle. A highlight of the trip is a tour of Hampton Court Palace - where you'll meet Dr Tracy, who'll give an exclusive talk.

Kent & Sussex Country Gardens with Sarah Raven

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

a garden with flowers and a castle in the background
Visit Norfolk and Sandringham with Lucy Worsley

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 September 2024 and 2025

Explore the Isles of Scilly with Julian Branscombe

Known for their sub-tropical climate, wonderful wildlife and impressive landscapes, this six-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.

6 days, departing September 2024

a heather path leading to a beach
Scottish Highlands by Steam with Kirsty Wark

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

a train on a bridge