With travel abroad limited for the foreseeable future, now is the perfect time to rediscover the incredible countryside around us, right here in the UK.
That's why we've selected the best country getaways for you to explore Britain in style, including historic steam train tours, group coach trips and a guided tour with an expert.
From the coast to the countryside, there are so many ways to get to know the UK's wild side. Norfolk, the Scottish Highlands and Sussex are just a few of the loveliest spots for country breaks.
Whether it's short breaks you're after or something longer to spend more time in the country, our weekend trips and week-long holidays are just the answer for discovering the wonderful scenes on our doorstep. These are the country breaks that will inspire you to discover beautiful Blighty.
Our exclusive holidays take you to the countryside destinations we know you'll love and in the comfort of trains and coaches, where social distancing and Covid safe measures are in place.
Ride a delightful steam train in Sussex
The Sussex countryside is arguably England's prettiest. It’s home to the famous South Downs National Park, with sheep grazing in green fields stretching out to the sea, and grand stately homes, including mansions and castles dotted across the classically English landscape.
The best way to experience the Sussex countryside is to chuff along on a classic steam train. The Bluebell Railway has an amazing collection of vintage steam locomotives and carriages. Fans of Downton Abbey will recognise the 1930s-style Horsted Keynes station, aka 'Downton' station, and will enjoy visits to two National Trust properties: Petworth House and the 18th-century Sheffield Park.
During the country getaway, you’ll stay in a manor house-cum-four-star Hilton hotel, dating back to 1756 and Prima has also thrown in a boat cruise around bustling Chichester harbour to spot the resident seals.
Go on a solo island adventure in Jersey
Separate to the United Kingdom but very close, Jersey is only a short flight from the UK. From the rugged cliffs of the north to the long beaches of the south and west, Jersey is a beautiful island with a fascinating history.
If you've always fancied a solo adventure in the UK but are sick of single supplements getting in the way, there’s no need to worry thanks to Prima's adventure where you can meet like-minded readers as you take in stunning scenery, sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine.
You'll travel in a small group on the country getaway – a great opportunity to be independent and make new friends along the way – but there’ll also be plenty of time to explore on your own should you wish. You’ll be based at a three-star hotel in St Saviour, close to the buzzing capital of St Helier, with dinner included each evening, indoor and outdoor pools, restaurants and evening entertainment.
Steam through the Scottish Highlands by rail
You might recognise the grand Glenfinnan Viaduct from the Harry Potter films, when Harry whizzed through magnificent scenery on the Hogwarts Express. This railway really does exist and you can take the epic journey yourself – as well as rides on two other scenic Scottish railways – on an epic country getaway with Prima.
You can travel over land, sea and loch on this four-day adventure, all powered by steam. There are boat trips on the historic PS Waverley paddle steamer, on the Falkirk Wheel Boat lift, and on the Lady of the Water over on Loch Katrine, with breathtaking scenery throughout.
Discover Britain's highlights by coach
Hand-picked accommodation in some of Britain’s greatest cities, a luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi, audio headsets that allow you the freedom to explore at your own pace, and included experiences with a tour group – this is the ultimate coach tour of Britain.
The adventure starts in London, before you head west to Stonehenge, ancient Bath, Cardiff, Ludlow and up to musical Liverpool. Medieval Edinburgh then awaits, home to the famous Royal Mile, historic Old Town and epic Arthur's Seat.
Take a leisurely drive through the picturesque Lake District and enjoy views that inspired literary greats. Plus, delve into Shakespeare's life in Stratford-upon- Avon before returning to London to end your fascinating holiday. This is the country break that takes in some fascinating cities, too.
Explore Norfolk like royalty on four fabulous railways
This is a part of the UK where life moves at a slower pace; even the royal family go to Norfolk to wind down at the Sandringham Estate for their country breaks. We think the perfect way to enjoy Norfolk’s scenery is on a railway adventure: you can't help but relax when you're travelling by steam train and fans of nostalgic travel and the golden age of rail will love this tour.
You'll pass through unspoiled countryside, poppy fields, thatched cottages and windmills and you’ll stop off at pretty market towns and historic houses. There's time set aside for a visit to the royal Sandringham Estate and exclusive entrance to the 17th-century Jacobean manor, Felbrigg Hall, and its lovely estate.
With a cruise on the Norfolk Broads and free time to explore the villages of Wroxham and Horning, this trip offers everything you need to relax and unwind in style.
Scotland’s magical castles, mountains and lakes by coach
The wild and remote landscapes of Scotland have been inspiring travellers for centuries and its breathtaking views are almost as legendary as the country's famous single malt whiskies. With plenty of whisky to taste along the way, you’ll have time to explore Britain’s largest freshwater lake, Loch Lomond, and Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis.
You’ll also cross the barren expanse of Rannoch Moor and drive through Glencoe, a hauntingly beautiful valley. The spectacular drive from Fort William to Oban will show off the scenic West Highland coastline and you’ll stop in the pretty village of Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne.
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