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Recommended Itineraries in the UK & Ireland

The United Kingdom & Ireland offer fantastically rewarding and diverse holidays from multi-destination cultural tours to romantic city breaks, rural adventures and family fun. You've got historical country houses, royal palaces, ancient castles, stunning landscapes and yes, even world-class food all jostling for your attention on these small isles!

Both UK & Ireland have some really special towns and cities that are worth seeing – from buzzing multicultural London to the beautiful Georgian cities of Edinburgh, Bath and Dublin, the university towns of Cambridge and Oxford and the birthplace of Shakespeare, Tudor Stratford-upon-Avon. In addition to centuries of history, these towns and cities have some of the finest museums, galleries and architecture in the world. The UK & Ireland also have some of Europe's most picturesque natural landscapes. Ampersand favourites include the wild Scottish Highlands and the vast lakes of the Lake District, the picture-perfect Cotswolds and the New Forest – the UK's last open area of unenclosed pasture land where horses and ponies roam freely. The UK & Ireland also boast fantastic wildlife. Go fishing in its rivers, loch and lakes, and ride, shoot or birdwatch to your heart's content in its many national parks, forests and countryside. Rich in urban, rural and gastronomical delights, the UK & Ireland also boast some of the world's best hotels. From grand country house hotels and small charming boutique properties to landmark institutions and luxury 21st century hotels, the UK & Ireland have something to offer everyone.

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Historical Houses and Gorgeous Gardens… A Luxury Tour of Southern England

9 days from £2,924 / $4,678 per person

This 9 day tour takes you to The Cotswolds, Somerset and Sussex to explore some of Southern England’s finest historical homes and influential arts and crafts gardens. Discover some of the United Kingdom's most beautiful countryside and picturesque villages, whilst delving into its fascinating heritage – from medieval castles to royal gardens.

The Best of Scotland & Ireland: The Ultimate Luxury Vacation

15 days from £7,365 / $11,784

Ampersand Travel Bestseller

This itinerary offers a perfectly balanced and varied taste of Scotland and Ireland. Stay in the finest hotels in the land whilst taking in two Georgian capital cities, stunning rural landscapes and an array of wildlife, such as dolphins, whales, basking sharks, puffins, eagles and sea birds.  

English Indulgence... Luxury London, Bath and the New Forest

9 days from £3,286 / $5,257

England has some of the world's most beautiful luxury hotels. This 9 day tour allows you to experience London's Corinthia, Lucknam Park outside Bath and the beautiful Lime Wood located in the New Forest, while seeing some of the country's most beautiful locations. Enjoy city tours of London and Bath with a private guide before relaxing and engaging in some country pursuits at Lime Wood.

Romantic Scotland.. A Stay at The Witchery and Loch Ness Lodge

7 days from £2,189 / $3,502

A perfect introduction to Scotland, this 7 day tour takes you to Edinburgh and Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. Spend 2 nights at the romantic restaurant and rooms, The Witchery, which is located mere seconds from Edinburgh's famous castle. Move onto the cosy Loch Ness Lodge, which is well located for day trips to many of the Highland's top sites.

Luxury Christmas in London

8 days from £3,191 / $5,105

Ampersand Travel Bestseller

This festive itinerary is perfect for families looking to make the most of the Christmas period in London. Split between Claridges and Coworth Park, a luxury country house hotel in nearby Berkshire, this seven day break will ensure a Christmas to remember and fun for all the family.

Four Seasons Tailor-made Town and Country

10 days from £3,100 / $4,960

Explore the best of what London, Hampshire and Dublin have to offer with this luxurious Four Seasons itinerary. Experience London’s many sites, including a West End show and a ride on the London Eye from your Four Seasons Park Lane base before transferring to the Four Seasons Hampshire, an idyllic countryside retreat. Finally, enjoy several days in cultural Dublin where you’ll have a private tour of the city’s best sites - from the Writer’s Museum, Trinity College, Pheonix Park and St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Literary Legends in Luxury... London, Oxford & Stratford Upon Avon

9 days from £2,924 / $4,678

This 9 day tour covers London, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Dublin, with specialised guides at all times. Visit the homes of some of Great Britain & Ireland's literary greats, the environments they lived in, the landscapes that inspired them and the museums that hold the fruits of their labour while staying at the finest hotels.

Best of British... A Luxury Tailor-Made Grand Tour of the British Isles

13 days from £4,344 / $6,950

Ampersand Travel Bestseller

This classic tour allows you to explore the British Isles staying in the best luxury hotels in each location. Over 13 days you will travel the length of Great Britain from London to Oxford, Cambridge, Stratford-upon Avon to Edinburgh and Perthshire before finishing your tour in Dublin.

Amazing Architecture... Luxury London Tailor-made Tour

6 days from £1,863 / $2,980

A perfect tour for architecture-lovers, this 6 day itinerary will allow you to explore London's architectural wonders - from Georgian and Victorian splendours to the works of 21st century star-chitects; all with your specialised private guide. Stay at Belgraves and the Boundary, two design-focused hotels that provide a beautiful setting for your time in both West and East London.

Boutique Blighty... Luxury Tailor-made Tour of England

12 days from £3,407 / $5,451

This 12 day tour allows you to enjoy England's highlights from the comfort of some of the country's best boutique hotels. Staying in smaller, more intimate and often historical properties will allow you to gain a great insight into England's greatest towns, cities, tumultuous history and beautiful natural landscapes.

Family Christmas at The Ritz

6 days from £1,581 / $2,529

For those looking for festive family fun in the capital, this 6 day stay in London's famous Ritz hotel is hard to beat. No hotel does Christmas quite like the Ritz and its perfect Green Park location means that London's parks, attractions, shops and restaurants are all on your doorstep. Enjoy ice-skating at Somerset House, a private tour of Hamleys, a visit from Santa Claus and Christmas lunch at the Ritz.

Fashion Forward: The Berkeley and The Bulgari

6 days from £1,690 / $2,704

This fashion focused itinerary allows to you sight-see, shop and relax in style from your temporary residences at both the Berkeley and the Bulgari, two of London's most stylish and fashion-forward luxury hotels. As well as indulging in their amazing spas and pools, a private guide will show you London's best most exclusive shopping enclaves. Once you've shopped till you've dropped, sit back and enjoy the Berkeley's famous Pret-a-Porter tea.

Grand Tour of Scotland

11 days from £2,564 / $4,102

Ampersand Travel Bestseller

This 11 day itinerary takes you on a tour of Scotland's highlights visiting whisky distilleries, world-class golf courses, scenic glens, ancient castles, crystal clear lochs and historic monuments. Along the way stay at a selection of Scotland's finest hotels from the luxurious Inverlochy Castle to Cameron House, on the banks of Loch Lomond and Gleneagles, future host of the Ryder Cup.

Learn to be an English Gentleman or Lady

6 days from £1,868 / $2,529

Ampersand Travel Bestseller

This 6 day town and country itinerary lets you experience the Connaught and the luxurious Coworth Park in Berkshire. Shop to your heart's delight with some of London's finest shops on your doorstep before leaving the big smoke behind for some fresh air, greenery and traditional country pursuits at the beautiful Coworth Park.

Art Attack... East versus West

6 days from £1,780 / $2,848

London has some of the best art in the world, from Renaissance classics, Turner Prize entries or raw and ready street art. This six day Art Attack tour will help you cover the diversity on offer, from classical West to exciting East. Go from 45 Park Lane, a glamorous hotel brimming with modern art greats like Damien Hirst and Sir Peter Blake, to the Boundary, a fun and exciting East London hotel with a chic rooftop bar.

Journey into The Scottish Highlands

11 days from £3,045 / $4,872

The Scottish Highlands are considered the last great wilderness of Europe and this 11 day tour takes you on a journey to many of its highlights. Starting in Edinburgh you will travel the length of the country, covering vast lochs, remote islands, snow-capped mountains, gorgeous glens and ancient pine forests along the way. End your tour in style by staying at the Alladale Wilderness Reserve where guests can walk, hike, fish and shoot to their heart's content.

Outdoors Lover's Paradise... A Luxury Tour of Lakes, Lochs and Brochs

10 days from £2,670 / $4,272

Ampersand Travel Bestseller

Great Britain has a great deal to offer lovers of the outdoors and this tailor-made itinerary allows you to explore some of the UK's finest scenery - from the Lake District to one of our last wildernesses, the Scottish Highlands. In each location stay in charming and luxurious hotels which allow you to make the most of your destination.

The Royal Scotsman: The County Homes and Gardens Journey

5 days from £4,660 / $7,456

Perfect for those who wish to experience the UK's finest country homes and gardens, this 5 day and 2 night itinerary allows you to do so in a unique way aboard the luxurious Royal Scotsman. Visit the 16th century Edzell Castle, Ballindalloch, one of Scotland's most romantic castles and Pitmuies Garden, a horticultural gem, amongst other country homes and their grounds, all in addition to the Kyle of Lochalsh, the Torridon Mountains and the picturesque village of Plockton.