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Contiki Sounds Reading Festival 10 Day

Is there a better way to do a music festival? We think not. Meeting your fellow music lovers and festival fanatics in London town, you'll bond over all the quaint villages and buzzing cities that Britain has to offer, with included street art tours, a stopover at Stonehenge, and heaps of amazing music-focussed experiences like a Beatles Magical Mystery tour and live music in the legendary Cavern Club. And that's all before the true headliner: Reading Festival, where you'll enjoy 3 days of music and mayhem with your new besties, with VIP camping, hot breakfasts and the most glorious festival vibes in the world.

  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Easy
  • Supplier Tour ID: 320/250689
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: London, United Kingdom
  • Finishes: Reading, United Kingdom
  • Age requirement: 18 - 35
You will Visit
  • London
  • York
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Reading



Day 1: Arrive London

Check in to your hotel after 2:00pm and head out into the humming capital of Britain for a sneak peek at what’s to come. At 4:00pm meet up with your Trip Manager and get to know your fellow travellers.


Day 2: London to York via Cambridge

It's time to meet and greet your fellow music lovers and future festival crew in the bustling hub of London. We can feel the excitement bubbling already; we've got one hell of an adventure ahead of us.From London, we'll head straight up to Cambridge, a city known for its historic university (founded in 1209!), and ridiculously pretty riverside photo ops. Once you've been thoroughly charmed by this gorgeous city it's time to hit the road towards another historical beauty, York.Time to treat yourself to some authentic English grub with an included 3 course dinner at a local pub (a pint of proper ale is an optional accompaniment).


Day 3: York to Manchester

On the northern road again and we've got our eyes firmly set on a UK city icon.Today we'll venture to the city of Manchester, the metropolis that's as famous for its football teams as its iconic music scenes. You'll have a chance to explore the home town of Oasis, the Stone Roses and the Smiths, as well as witness the so called Theatre of Dreams: the legendary football ground of Old Trafford. In the evening, you'll have free time to explore this buzzing city and learn why it's famous worldwide for its eclectic musical nightlife.


Day 4: Manchester to Liverpool via the Lake District

Saying ta-ra to Manchester this morning, it's time to head west towards Liverpool, another cultural and musical behemoth (anyone heard of The Beatles?).But first, we'll stop off in the serenely beautiful mountains and woodlands of the UK's most naturally protected area: the Lake District. Once here, you can choose to soak up all that dreamy scenery on an optional Lake Windamere cruise, or simply kick back and find your zen, preparing for the night's main event.Finally, we'll reach the city of Liverpool and dive right into this iconic city's significant musical heritage with a Beatles Magical Mystery tour, a delicious local dinner and live music at the world-famous 'Cavern Club'. Music lovers everywhere - you've found your paradise.


Day 5: Liverpool to Birmingham

You'll have this morning to yourselves as you get to soak up everything the eccentric city of Liverpool has to offer. Check out the Beatles museum - dedicated to all things fab-four - or head over to the iconic Anfield football stadium.This evening we'll get to enjoy the killer nightlife of Birmingham, where indie rock nights and thrumming electronic dancefloors are all on offer.


Day 6: Birmingham to Bristol via Stratford-Upon-Avon and Bath

Leaving Birmingham behind, next up we're headed to the home of Britain's most famous bard...This morning we'll head to Stratford Upon Avon, the birthplace of the most famous writer of all time, England's cherished Bard: William Shakespeare. We'll get to see the famous Shakespeare house, and admire the quaint beauty of the town, before heading towards yet another stunning historical haven.Arriving in the ancient Roman spa town of Bath - the only UK city designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site - we'll get to appreciate the crumbling Roman statues, gorgeous Georgian architecture and honey-coloured stones, before heading to our final destination for the day, the countercultural hub of Bristol. before we head to our final destination for today: Bristol.Arriving in this brilliantly bohemian city, we'll treat ourselves to an included dinner, check out some of the local bars or simply kick back with some much deserved TLC. We've got a whole day of adventures awaiting us tomorrow.


Day 7: Bristol to Reading Festival via Stonehenge

Famed for its counter-cultural vibes and for being the birthplace of trip-hop, Bristol is the perfect place to immerse yourself our included Banksy street art tour, spotting some of his most iconic artworks and checking out some of the artists he inspired.Then it's time to head a decidedly less modern cultural artefact...En-route to Reading, we'll drop by the prehistoric, mysterious site of Stonehenge. If you like, you can opt to walk in the footsteps of our neolithic ancestors with a full Stonehenge tour. Whether or not you decide to tap into your inner druid, we'll all feel our excitement beging to bubble as we prepare ourselves for the true headliner of the trip: the legendary Reading Festival.This evening we'll pull up to our campsite excitedly anticipating the reason we came - Reading Festival. This is how you do an English music fest in style.


Day 8-10: Reading Festival

Get ready for three days of magical musical mayhem and living that festival life - camping, included hot breakfasts, and the very best festival foods keep things nice and comfortable, with the killer headliners alongside one of the most raucous and legendary festival atmospheres in the world will make this the most insanely memorable weekend of your life. This is how you do a festival properly. Reading, we're so ready for you.


Day 11: End Reading Festival

After a whirwind weekend, our throats hoarse from singing and laughing, it's time for some much needed R&R. Reading Festival; Contiki Sounds - it's been emotional. Over and out.

    • We'll keep you fuelled throughout your musical odyssey with included hot breakfasts (even in the festival) as well as 3 delicious regional dinners
    • A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do
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Tour Highlights:
  • Bristol to Reading Festival via Stonehenge: Banksy Street Art tour of Bristol