Two countries with very different geography and cultures, sources of many of the universal myths, stories, passions and cultural battles.
Surrounded by the cold waters of the Atlantic, the North Sea and the English Channel, Great Britain is the most famous island in the world. It was the political center of one of the most significant colonial and commercial empires that mankind has ever known and remains a universal beacon in subjects as different as literature, music, language, architecture, gardening, cinema, theatre, painting, etc. This destination is a journey through the history, culture and landscape of Scotland and England. The Lowlands have traditionally been Scotland’s industrial powerhouse and, recently, a platform for the arts. The Highlands and their islands are a territory dominated by myth: clans, bagpipes, whiskey, lake monsters and all the romance that the novels of Walter Scott and the city of Edinburgh give off. In England, we set foot in Northumbria, the beautiful eastern coastline where Celtic heritage can be felt, before exploring the heart of the island: the famous Yorkshire Dales and picturesque villages of Yorkshire, with its spectacular Gothic cathedrals, Roman remains and the literary landscape of the Brontë sisters. In Liverpool, the memory of the Industrial Revolution and the Beatles await us. Stop off at the Wedgewood Museum near Stoke on Trent, home of the Potteries.
A little further down, on the tree-lined banks of very idyllic Stratford-upon-Avon, everything revolves around Shakespeare and his universal work. In Oxford, the university, colleges, and monastic buildings erected in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance make up one of England’s most glorious urban profiles. Wessex combines Europe’s most famous prehistoric monument of Stonehenge with the aristocratic serenity of Bath and the multicultural effervescence of Bristol. The journey concludes by following the Thames Valley to the west of London. By then, we will have talked about Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans, monarchs and empires, religious and cultural wars, music, fashion, urban planning, literature and politics.