A focus on the Scottish Highlands is certainly prominent on this fantastic tour; a rugged and beautiful country with unforgiving winter weather, endless skies and stunning lochs all waiting to be explored. This itinerary is one that will keep you in awe and engaged for the duration. The places we visit and the people you meet will simply make for a journey that you will never forget.Book Now
A focus on the Scottish Highlands is certainly prominent on this fantastic tour; a rugged and beautiful country with unforgiving winter weather, endless skies and stunning lochs all waiting to be explored. Sublimely rich in heritage and architecture, the highlands is home to the largest national park in Britain; tales of monsters lurking in the depths of its waters, and history of conflict and wars, make for a mysterious and unique destination; and one of which we cant wait to showcase.
Your journey first takes a southernly approach, with a start very much in the UKs capital London; giving you time to settle in and explore all that London has to offer, before your itinerary then takes you in a westerly direction, as you snake along the Southerly edges of Britain fitting in some essential visits on the way. We stop to ponder at perhaps the most famous piece of stonemasonry in the world; Stonehenges monoliths, to this day no one is sure how they got there! Plus, a stop in the picturesque city of Bath, where visit to the roman baths, is of course a must.
Beginning your climb northwards, tour through Wales, and witness some of the most dramatic scenery imaginable, with miles of sandy beaches and craggy coastlines. The dominance of Conwy castle announces our arrival into North Wales where the cobbled streets are yours to explore. This exciting itinerary carries you ever north where the quintessential towns and villages of England dot the landscape until we reach the Lake district and the doorway to Scotland and beyond. Here we take our time to take in three very different cities, all unique and captivating, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness will enchant and spark a love for all things Scottish. As we approach the end of our journey, again we dont waste an opportunity, with a visit to the home of William Shakespeare; Stratford-upon-Avon; a medieval town, complete with ancient heritage and thatched cottages; and one of the most important tourist destinations in Britain.
This itinerary is one that will keep you in awe and engaged for the duration. The places we visit and the people you meet will simply make for a journey that you will never forget.
Highlights of this 11 day tour include: London, Stonehenge, Bath, Conwy, Liverpool, Lake District, Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh, York and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Arrive in London (2 nights)
Simply an amazing city, vibrant in colour and pageantry. Perhaps one of the most famous cities in the world, and today its yours to explore. There's so much to see and take in, from the imposing dome of St Pauls Cathedral, the tower of London, and the Shard which rises high into the sky. Don't waste a minute of this fabulous city; with a fun and flexible 'hop on hop off' bus tour. A perfect casual introduction to the UK's historical capital.
Hotel: Park Grand Kensington Hotel
Optional Experience: Hop On Hop Off Open Top Bus Tour - $45
Spend an unforgettable day visiting all the best treasures of London. This fantastic hop on and off tour gives you unlimited access to a open top bus which includes over 60 stops and easy access to everything you would want to see whilst an audio guide tells you fascinating facts and myths about London that you might not know! Sightseeing in London couldn't be easier.
London Sightseeing and Time at Leisure
This morning take the opportunity to explore London's more historical monuments under the superb guidance of a local expert. Take in the stunning architecture of perhaps the most well-known landmarks of Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. A big favourite is Buckingham Palace; the official residence of the Royals and of course the queen's guards with their impressive bearskin hats. Your guiding expert will have a font of knowledge and feel free to ask as many questions as you like. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure. If shopping is your thing….a visit to the famous Oxford Street is not to be missed. Amble the 300 shops which adorn just over a mile of shopping heaven!
Hotel: Park Grand Kensington Hotel
London - Stonehenge - Bath - Bristol
Meet your tour director this morning; an essential point of contact and someone to rely on during your time spent on this amazing tour. After breakfast we leave the hustle and bustle of London heading west to perhaps the most famous piece of stonemasonry in the world! Stonehenge's monoliths are still to this day a thing of wonder; myths surrounding this centuries-old site remain a mystery.
Onwards to the World Heritage site of Bath, where typical Georgian architecture is epitomised through its abbey and bridges; a visit to the Roman baths is of course a must.
We end our day in Bristol, with a look at the Clifton Suspension Bridge which spans the Avon Gorge and the river Avon and finally SS Great Britain, once the longest passenger steamship in the world. Tonight enjoy a welcome reception and look forward to the journey ahead.
Hotel: Marriott City Centre
Bristol - Conwy
We say goodbye to the south and head north taking you through some of the most dramatic scenery imaginable; en-route we stop in the heart of mid wales at Rhayader famous for its Welsh Royal Crystal workshops, a piece of which was created and presented to Prince William and Kate Middleton in celebration of their wedding. Take time to browse the shop or enjoy cake and coffee before continuing our journey through the Brecon beacons and Snowdonia National Park to Conwy, a UNESCO Heritage walled town.
Hotel: The Quay Hotel or Lake Vyrnwy Hotel
Conwy - Liverpool
Enjoy exploring the truly fascination town of Conwy at your own pace. A coastal medieval walled town lined with age old cobblestones; Conwy is simply enchanting. The town has an historical backdrop domineered by the historic Conwy Castle, it's streets are lined in age old cobblestones and surrounded by castle walls that are almost complete. The Conwy Suspension Bridge is also worth a stroll along, the grade I-listed structure is one of the first road suspension bridges in the world, and now in the care of the National Trust.
In the afternoon we leave Wales and head over the border to Liverpool; a maritime city where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea. Also more famously the hometown of The Beatles. Enjoy the evening at leisure with perhaps a visit to the Cavern Club, where the Beatles once played.
Hotel: Mercure Atlantic Tower
Liverpool - Lake District - Gretna Green - Edinburgh
Climbing ever North today, meander through picturesque towns and villages; the rural landscape becoming increasingly rugged and wild as Scotland draws closer. Our leisurely drive takes in the ever changing scenery of the Lake District; Lake Windermere is exceptionally beautiful, with a stunning backdrop of mountains, the shimmering waters are breath-taking.
A stop is planned at Gretna Green, a parish just over the border of England into Scotland. In years gone by, Gretna's Blacksmith Priests could marry runaway couples on the spot, in a simple 'marriage by declaration', or 'handfasting' ceremony, only requiring two witnesses and assurances from the couple that they were both free to marry.
Continue further into Scotland, until we reach our home for the evening, Edinburgh. This evening why not join in the optional tour and try a dram or two of whisky.
Hotel: MacDonald Holyrood Palace Hotel or Doubletree by Hiton
Evening Optional Experience: Whisky and Scottish Legend - $39
Scotch whisky and the capital go hand and hand, and as you'd expect by the sheer numbers of bars and shops dedicated to Scotland's national drink, there are plenty of places to sample a dram or two. If you are a whisky fan then Edinburgh is simply the place to be. A short walk sees us sit down with a local expert and share a whisky or few! A truly immersive experience, you'll learn all about the story of whisky and enjoy tales of history and why it is now ingrained into Scottish culture. A minimum of 10 people is required for this experience, so try and round the troops a few days before to avoid disappointment.
Edinburgh Sightseeing and Time at Leisure
Edinburgh boasts an array of opportunities and many attractions, shopping, bars and restaurants. Famous for its vibrant atmosphere and nightlife, this city is truly exceptional. Today is spent exploring all that is Scottish under the superb guidance of a local expert and a fantastic city tour, including the castle. Edinburgh's beauty is obvious and inimitable, but there so much more than just a façade! Edinburgh has a feel to it, the history and warm welcome almost tangible. Take a closer look and there's much more to discover. This afternoon the streets and parks are there to be explored under your own steam. The shopping ranges from designer brands to local, independent artisans just waiting to be discovered. Food be it high end, a pop-up restaurant or street-food; all delicious and certainly impressive. History is on every corner with green spaces scattered around the city centre. Great for a picnic in the summer months. Take today, and discover your own Edinburgh. There are several exciting and optional experiences to consider No matter which you chose, then a fantastic evening awaits of fun and a true Scottish welcome.
Hotel: MacDonald Holyrood Palace Hotel or Doubletree by Hiton
Afternoon Optional Experience: Royal Yacht Britannia - $30
Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia, also known as the Royal Yacht Britannia, is the former royal yacht of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, which served use from 1954 until 1997. Step aboard this former floating palace and follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences. Discover why this vessel was so famous across the globe for hosting magnificent state receptions, banquets, and grandeur. The Royal Apartments were an elegant setting to entertain world leaders such as Sir Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Ronald Reagan and Rajiv Gandhi.
Evening Optional Experience: Evening and Dinner and Drive to Historic Torphichen - $60
Enjoy a wonderful evening of Scottish hospitality and entertainment in this delightful Scottish Inn, here in the historic village of Torphichen. On arrival, you will be met by our local bagpiper, who plays a selection of Scottish songs, old and new, as you make your way into the Inn. Receive a complementary drink, before staff begin taking dinner orders. Dinner consists of a three course authentic and home-cooked meal together with the opportunity to taste haggis following the famed 'Address to the Haggis' ceremony. The menu is entirely made up of traditional Scottish fare, and all meat and fish are locally sourced.
Edinburgh - Pitlochry - Inverness
Climbing ever north today we head towards the Highlands of Scotland; this regions turbulent and history has left behind some amazing architectural buildings and castles nestled in the sprawling and vast landscape, where skies never seem to end. Famous for mountains and lochs our journey will see us pass through Britain's largest national park The Cairngorms.
Our first stop is a visit to Glamis Castle, the residence of The late Queen mother in her early years; as you approach the castle grounds, there is certainly some beautiful photo opportunities and a chance to meander through the gardens. This castle famed for being most haunted, is said to contain a secret room, bricked up hundreds of years ago where a lady in white, said to be the spirit of the Lady of Glamis, imprisoned for years before being burned at the stake on a made-up accusation of witchcraft has been sighted; Glamis Castle has a mysterious air, and certainly one of Scotland's most impressive castles.
Our exploration of the highlands continues with a lunch stop at Pitlochry which is one of Scotland's most beautiful and vibrant places to visit and the home to one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland, Blair Athol Distillery.
This afternoon we investigate on of Scotlands most unsolved mystery as Loch Ness awaits. Tales and grand stories of a large aquatic monster living deep within the dark waters of this stunning lake are regaled by local people and visitors alike. Loch Ness contains more water than all the lakes of England and Wales combined. Hop on-board a cruise with views to beautiful Urquhart castle and keep a look out yourself for a large creature with a long neck protruding the inky depths; there have been over 1,000 eye-witness accounts, sightings and unexplained evidence, which continue to baffle scientists as to the existence of Nessie. Of course it could just be a large log that you spot!
We finish or day in Inverness, and our home for the night. Located on Scotland's northeast coast, this vibrant city is certainly the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands. Take time to explore the old town, 19th-century Inverness Cathedral, the Old High Church and an indoor Victorian Market selling food, clothing and crafts. For those looking to find out all the facts and features of the Highlands, then the museum and Art Gallery traces all the local and Highland history you need.
Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott
Inverness - Spean Bridge - Glencoe - Loch Lomond - Glasgow
This morning we head south travelling the full length of Loch Ness until we reach Fort Augustus. Sit back and relax as the rugged and dramatic landscape rolls by. The scenery in this part of the world is truly inspiring no matter what the weather, even on a dark and windy day, you can really appreciate the unforgiving harshness of this terrain.
Our first stop is a visit to world war II commando memorial at Spean Bridge, and view the trails winding up to Ben Nevis, the UK's highest peak. Turning in a southernly direction we then aim for Glencoe; a village which lies in a steep valley and known for waterfalls and trails that climb peaks such as Buachaille Etive Mor. Keep an eye out for wildlife in the area which includes red deer and golden eagles.
A must seen location is the stunning Loch Lomond, where we spend some time on the shore of the lake and visitor centre finding out how this beautiful national park is preserved and cared for. Finally we head for Glasgow, a port city in the western lowlands nestled on the River Clyde. Glasgow is home to institutions such as the Scottish opera, and national theatre. It has a vibrant night life with a thriving music scene; and a huge array of restaurants and bars to frequent.
Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Strathclyde
Glasgow - Hadrian's Wall - York
This morning we continue south, leaving the Scotland behind us. Crossing the line of Hadrian's Wall; a defence that was once built to guard the wild north-west frontier of the Roman Empire, and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we head for a location that is perfectly balanced half-way between London and Edinburgh. York is a walled city founded by the ancient Romans. A medieval walled town rich in heritage, and hosts a wealth of historic attractions, of which York Minister is prominent. Romantic in ambience, York offers a vibrant café culture; watching the world go by whilst enjoying a drink by the river a popular pastime. The cobbled streets are lined with buildings of ancient architecture, and entertainers show off their talents in hope of a few pence. Shopping is in abundance, from national chain stores to boutique artesian shops, perfect for picking up something a little bit different. York is a food lover's paradise, with plenty of restaurants to choose from, plus relaxed bars and cafes. Spend your evening at leisure to perhaps while away over dinner and a stroll by the river, or visit a few homely English pubs to sample the real ale's on offer.
Hotel: Hampton by Hilton
York - Stratford-upon-Avon - London
What better way to end this fantastic tour that to visit the birthplace of one of the world's most famous 'A lister' of his time William Shakespeare. Stratford Upon Avon; perched on the river Avon, this idyllic town is simply beautiful. One of the most important tourist destinations in England; Stratford invites you to travel back in time, to meander through its cobbled streets, or picnic by the river, a visit to Shakespeare actual birth place and Anne Hathaway's thatched cottage is obviously a must, before we say goodbye to this place of romance and theatre before returning to London this evening.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Heathrow
2 Nights in London at the Park Grand Kensington 4*
1 Night in Bristol at the Marriott 4*
1 Night in Conwy at the Quay Hotel 4* / Lake Vyrnwy Hotel 4*
2 Nights in Edinburgh at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel 4* / Doubletree by Hilton 4*
1 Night in Inverness at the Courtyard by Marriott 4*
1 Night in Glasgow at the Doubletree Strathclyde 4*
1 Night in York at the Hampton by Hilton 4*
1 Night in London at the Radisson Blu Heathrow 4*
Half Day Tour of London
Welsh Royal Crystal Workshops
Gretna Green Museum
Glamis Castle and Gardens
Cruise on Loch Ness
London - Hop On Hop Off Open Top Bus Tour - $45
Whisky and Scottish Legend Evening - $39
Royal Yacht Britannia - $30
Evening, Dinner and Drive to Historic Torphichen - $60
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