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Real England & The Great British Beer Festival

Trip Deposit (per person)


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July 28 - August 7, 2022
Departs every year in August


Discover Real England while discovering some of the UK's best Real Ales with the Great British Beer Festival!


Start in York, after an easy rail trip from London, to explore classic pubs and meet many friendly locals in this walled city. Next we head further north to Masham and and the Yorkshire Dales, for a couple breweries and scenery, before making our way south towards the GBBF. Along the way we'll stop in Burton-upon-Trent and the Cotswolds to see breweries large and small and take in a few great pubs, spectacular countryside, rich history, castles, and some special beer meals. And all this before we even hit London for the Great British Beer Festival.We'll start in York, after an easy rail trip from London or another airport, to explore classic pubs and meet many friendly locals in this walled city.


Beer Highlights & Brewery Visits


York: A city of historical treasures and a lot of good, old pubs, situated amongst the castles and abbeys of rugged northern England


London: The Real Ale capital of the world and one of the world's great cities: packed with history, architectural splendor and countless beer engines.


Cotswolds: Fairy tale landscapes, unique villages, local history and country pubs make it one of England's classic regions


Beer, Breweries, Beer Cuisine: Cask Conditioned Ales, beer engines, museums, city pubs, country pubs, visits to cool breweries old and new and the GBBF!


Fine Hotels: Hand selected from our assortment of quality, well-located hotels, all in the 3- to 4-star category.


The Beer Bus: A traveling tasting room of local products of all types and good folks to travel with and share the adventure!


 Trip Price (Land-only, Based on double occupancy)

$3,399 per person | Single Room add extra $685


 Beer Highlights & Brewery Visits

York | London | Cotswolds | Beer, Breweries, Beer Cuisine | Fine Hotels | The Beer Bus


 Included Tours

Escorted Pub Crawls | Guided City Tours | Train and Private Coach Transportation


 Include Meals

Breakfasts Daily/4 Beer Dinners and 3 Beer Lunches


 Arrival & Departure

Trip Begins in York, England | Trip Ends in London, England

Daily Itinerary*


Day 1 - Thursday, July 28

Fly to the United Kingdom

Depart the US, bound for the UK - we'll start in York, after an easy rail trip from London or another airport, to explore classic pubs and meet many friendly locals in this walled city.


Overnight on a plane.  


Day 2 - Friday, July 29

Arrive York, Walking/Pub Tour, Welcome Dinner Pies and Ales

Arrive in York and transfer to our well-located hotel, an easy walk from the train station. Meet the group this afternoon ready to explore historic York on foot, with two beer stops along the way for a bit of banter and history. Tonight we'll enjoy Pies and Ales in one of York's many lauded pubs.


Overnight in York


Day 3 - Saturday, July 30

Free Day in York, Late PM York brewery tasting session

Today is totally free to explore York's museums, historic pubs, movie-set streets, andwalk the city ramparts. Meet at the York Brewery this afternoon for an informal tasting session. This evening is free to visit a "famous" pub or two.


Overnight in York



Day 4 - Sunday, July 31

Yorkshire Dales, Richmond Castle, Tan Hill Pub Lunch, Theakston's Tour

This morning we head north for a busy day. Our fist stop will be the beautiful ruins, castle grounds and fortified keep at Richmond Castle, a huge 13th century Norman stronghold set on a riverside cliff. After time to explore and contemplate, we will drive through a bit of the Yorkshire Dales National Park on our way to the highest (and possibly most isolated) pub in England, the Tan Hill Inn. Sunday Roast will be on, as well as other menu items, and several real ales. We won't linger too long as we need to depart for Masham and head directly to Theakston's Brewery for a tour and tasting of their beers in optimum at-the-brewery condition. The remainder of the evening is free to explore and dine and drink as you wish. The hotel has a nice pub and dinners.


Overnight Masham (pronounced Massum).



Day 5 - Monday, August 1

Black Sheep Brewery Tour w/lunch and beers, Travel South, Pub Dinner

Explore or sleep in this morning until our brewery tour and lunch at Black Sheep. We'll tour the brewery and have lunch in their brewery bistro. After lunch, we will travel south to Derbyshire, in proximity to the 2 famous breweries in Burton-upon-Trent. Excellent beer dinner tonight in the hotel pub. 


Overnight in Tutbury.



Day 6 - Tuesday, August 2

National Brewery Centre Tour & Lunch , Marston's Tour, To the Cotswolds

Today, the short drive to Burton-on-Trent, home of the National Brewery Centre and former home to Bass Brewery. After a tour through the history of local, regional, and national brewing, we'll have lunch and sample some beers from their museum brewery, as well. Next we drive across the Trent River to Marston's for a 2:00 PM tour of the brewery and their unique Burton Union System, with a tasting of course. After the tour we drive to Bourton-on-the-Water, our home for the next two nights and a chance to slow down a bit before we hit the bustle of London. The evening is free to explore this charming Cotswold village. 


Overnight in Burton-on-the-Water



Day 7 - Wednesday, August 3

Full Free Day in Burton-on-the-Water

Lot's to do and explore in and around this classic Cotswolds town. Lovely archicture, antiques, walking trails, shops, pubs, a maze, museums, a brewery, buses to other scenic spots, there are many choices! Enjoy!


Overnight in Burton-on-the-Water



Day 8 - Thursday, August 4

Hook Norton Brewery Tour, Sun Inn Lunch, To London, Evening Walking Tour

This morning we visit a truly classic Victorian tower brewery – Hook Norton. A tour and tasting to start, meet the horses, see brewing history first hand in this once very innovative gravity aided brewing system. We'll have lunch in a nearby pub. Continue to London, where we will check-in at our hotel, and re-gather in the hotel lobby for a guided walk / pub crawl with a local guide. Prepare to learn all sorts of silly historical stuff! The tour will end near food trucks or food pubs for a late-ish dinner. Late evening is free.


Overnight in London



Day 9 - Friday, August 5

Fuller's Tour, Great British Beer Festival, Evening Free

This morning we will Tube and walk to the Fuller's Griffin Brewery for a tour of the old brewery and a thorough tasting in their cool cellar. After the tour it will be time to travel to the Olympia for the Great British Beer Festival; and with any luck we will beat most of the evening crowds. Set a giant hall, the festival features a huge range of beers from all over the UK, and beyond. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy the festival or explore the never ending diversions of London.


Overnight in London



Day 10 - Saturday, August 6

Free Day in London, Farewell Beer Dinner

Today is totally free to explore the city until we meet in the hotel for the final celebratory dinner of our trip. London offers a huge array of museums, parks, public space and pubs to explore. And, of course the GBBF will be on its final day. The object tonight will be to discover some new beers, great food and special ambience. After dinner is free for a final crawl, or maybe a night cap near the hotel!


Overnight in London



Day 11 - Sunday, August 7

Airport Transfer, Fly Home

Many ways to get to the airport, ask us for more information


Overnight at your house.


Please Note:

The overall style of the trip is best suited for somewhat adventurous, beer-loving travelers who want the camaraderie and structure of a tour, as well as the opportunity to explore independently. Planned events and excursions will, for the most part, be informal. Guided touring is generally the exception, though travelers can always rely on the support and assistance of the trip leader.


This itinerary is subject to change based on brewery or hotel availability, force majeur, acts of dieties, common sense or bad weather, etc. Smaller breweries, as well as the Trappists, are often unable to commit to hosting groups until a couple of weeks before we arrive. Substitutions, when necessary, will be as good or better than what we replaced. And, don't worry, the beer is always good!