- Trip Outline
- Trip Includes
England, birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles, is a country in the British Isles bordering Scotland and Wales. The capital, London, on the River Thames, is home of Parliament, Big Ben and the 11th-century Tower of London. It’s also a multicultural, modern hub for the arts and business. Other large cities are Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol and the university centres of Oxford and Cambridge.
Population: 53.01 million (2011)
Sovereign state Legal jurisdiction: United Kingdom; England and Wales
Currency: Pound sterling
Scotland, the U.K.’s northernmost country, is a land of mountain wildernesses such as the Cairngorms and Northwest Highlands, interspersed with glacial glens (valleys) and lochs (lakes). Its major cities are Edinburgh, the capital, with its iconic hilltop castle, and Glasgow, famed for its vibrant cultural scene. Scotland is also famous for golf, the game first played at the Old Course at St Andrews in the 1400s.
National animal: Unicorn
Currency: Pound sterling
Population: 5.295 million (2011)
Once your flight has landed in England our driver would be waiting to assist you with your luggage before transferring you to your city centre hotel. Once you have freshened up and relaxed from the journey the rest of the day could then be spent exploring your new surroundings. There are many wonderful places for you to see from well-known landmarks to beautiful buildings which have survived for centuries. In the evening there are many wonderful restaurants for you to choose from serving dishes from all around the world.
Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis
Today you could see the sights of the city which are of interest to you including some of the most iconic sights in the city. There are many interesting places for you to visit including the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben and Trafalgar Square where Nelson stands on his column. You could take a walk up The Mall towards Buckingham Palace where you could join the crowds to watch the age old ceremony of the Changing of the Guard where the old guard is replaced by the new accompanied by a military band. Other places for you to visit could include St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey which are too of the most iconic churches in London. There is also the magnificent Tower of London where you can learn about the history of this magnificent building which has stood on the bank of the River Thames for almost a thousand years. During your visit you could also see the stunning Crown Jewels which are displayed in all their splendour.
London Pass including travel card
A chance to do some sightseeing out of London as you take the train to visit the university city of Oxford. This is the city of Dreaming Spires and home to the world’s most famous university. Its colleges date back to the 13th century, an inspiration to generations of scholars including President Bill Clinton, and the authors J R R Tolkien, Lewis Carroll and C S Lewis. During your time in Oxford you could see Christ Church College, the Bodleian Library and the Sheldonian Theatre. Your days sightseeing would end as you take the train back to London for your final night.
London to Oxford return train tickets
Once breakfast is over it would be time to check out of your hotel and head to the station, this time taking the train to Scotland. Once you have arrived you would be able to make your way to your hotel before heading out for your first glimpse of the city. The history of Edinburgh dates back hundreds of years to the first stone settlements found in the area from the Iron and Bronze Ages. The city is now spilt by its cobbled spine into the Old Town and the New Town. The Old Town can be traced back to medieval times and if walls could speak would tell tales of the tragic plagues which blighted the occupants until, at one point in 1645, there were only about 60 men left to defend the town from incursions. Tales would also be told of Burke and Hare, the most infamous murderers Edinburgh has ever seen. In the evening there are many wonderful restaurants for you to try where you could have your first taste of the traditional haggis, neaps and tatties.
London to Edinburgh train tickets
Edinburgh hotel on a bed & breakfast basis
Days 5 & 6
The next two days can be spent exploring the sights of this fabulous city. There are many ways to explore the city and one of the best ways is a hop on hop off tour bus which also gives you access into 3 of the best attractions, Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Royal Yacht Britannia (the tickets last for 2 days). Edinburgh Castle was built on the top of the basalt remains of an extinct volcano and has been looking over the city for hundreds of years. The oldest parts of the castle date back to the Normans but there are buildings and fortifications that cover every period since that time. The Palace of Holyroodhouse which has been the official residence of the Queen for many years and stands at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat. This wonderful example of baroque architecture is closely associated with Scotland’s rich history. The state apartments are still used by the Queen and other members of the royal family for state ceremonies and official entertaining. The Royal Yacht Britannia is a magnificent ship and has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. First commissioned 11th January 1954 this floating palace served the royal family for over forty years conveying them to 696 foreign visits, 272 visits in British waters and steamed an unbelievable 1,087,623 nautical miles!
Royal Edinburgh sightseeing tickets
Heading out of the city today you would have the chance to enjoy gentle woodland walks, waterfalls and a red deer encounter on an organised mini coach tour. The route heads north, across the Forth Road Bridge, past Loch Leven and the fair city of Perth, arriving at the Hermitage where the lovely woodland walk takes you past one of the tallest trees in Britain to a spectacular waterfall and viewpoint where salmon can often be seen leaping the falls.. A scenic drive then takes you to Queen’s View for the much-admired Highland view and photo opportunity of Loch Tummel, Schiehallion Mountain and the distant peaks of Glen Coe. After lunch the tour makes the short trip to Aberfeldy for a beautiful walk through birch woods (the ‘Birks’ of Aberfeldy). Popularised in song by Robert Burns, this nature trail alongside the Moness burn reveals several lovely waterfalls and there are numerous photo opportunities as you go. Then it is on to Scone Palace, once the crowning place of Scottish Kings, Scone Palace occupies a unique position in the history of Scotland and is the final stop. Scone Palace is where one of Scotland’s greatest heroes and kings, Robert the Bruce, was crowned in 1306.
Organised small group tour
Once you have checked out of your hotel our driver would be waiting to assist you with your luggage before transferring you to the airport in time to catch your ongoing flight.
Departure airport transfer
• 7 overnights in good 4* touristic hotels;
• Transport for the whole tour according to the programe;