London with ScotlandPlaces Covered : London – Edinburgh - Loch Ness - Scottish Highlands - London
DAY 1 – ARRIVE LONDON AIRPORT, TRANSFER TO HOTEL
Arrival at London Airport, and transfer to your city center hotel by Pvt. Car.
Check In to your hotel, and rest of the day will be at leisure to explore the London City.
Overnight stay in London
DAY 2 – LONDON: THE ORIGINAL LONDON CITY TOUR WITH CHANGE OF GUARDS CEREMONY
AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE AND ENJOY THAMES RIVER CRUISE
Today after breakfast, visit to Buckingham Palace, for Change of Guard or Guard Mounting ceremony. In this process a New Guard exchanges duty with the Old Guard and both Guards are drawn from one of the regiments of Foot Guards. Continue to explore The Original London city sightseeing tour. Admire the outside views of several popular sights like Tower Bridge, Leicester Square, Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, Lambeth Palace, Hyde Park, Temple Church, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Cathedral, Houses of Parliament, Kensington Gardens, Royal Opera House, Westminster Abbey and more.
Later by evening enjoy river cruise ride on Thames River of London.
Overnight stay in London
DAY 3 – LONDON - EDINBURGH - EDINBURGH CASTLE
After a swift journey by high speed train from London to Edinburgh settle in to your city-centre hotel for your two-night stay in Scotland.
This afternoon discover the history and architecture of Edinburgh’s medieval Royal Mile. For centuries this famous thoroughfare was the hub of life in Edinburgh. A gentle stroll along any part of this historic street will take you in the footsteps of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and a host of colourful Scottish characters.
The highlight is a visit to Edinburgh Castle which sits on a crag and provides a striking backdrop to Edinburgh’s skyline. Join a guided tour led by one of the castles warders to hear dramatic tales of siege, warfare, dark deeds and intrigue! On your tour you’ll see the Scottish Crown Jewels, Mons Meg (a giant cannon) and St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh. There are also spectacular views of Edinburgh to enjoy from the battlements. A short stroll from the castle you'll find the popular Scotch Whisky Experience which tells the story of Scotland's national drink.
Edinburgh has lots of quality restaurants to choose from with many specialising in Scottish fish and seafood. Look out for popular "pre-theatre” menus where you can enjoy good food at great savings, if you eat early. There will be plenty of choices available, just a short walk from your hotel.
Overnight stay in Edinburgh
DAY 4 – LOCH NESS AND THE HIGHLANDS EXCURSION
The Loch Ness Monster - fact or fiction? We’ll find out on this splendid tour through the glorious Scottish Highlands. From Edinburgh our journey northwards starts with a drive to Stirling, with it’s dramatically sited castle overlooking the surrounding countryside. Through Rob Roy Macgregor Country to haunting Glen Coe, the "Glen of Weeping”, where in 1692 forty of the resident MacDonald clan were massacred in cold blood by the Campbells for not foreswearing the Jacobite cause. They say you can still hear their cries!
We’ll spend time at Loch Ness, where you can enjoy a cruise on the loch and a visit ancient Urquhart Castle or you can simply enjoy a relaxing break
Overnight stay in Edinburgh
DAY 5 – EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING TOUR - FREE TIME - LONDON
Today enjoy an open-top bus tour of Edinburgh to explore the city at your own pace. You can hop-off to visit the places that interest you then catch the next bus to continue your tour.
You'll discover the New Town with its grand squares and sweeping crescents that feature some of the finest Georgian architecture in Europe. There are dark tales to be told of executions and two of Edinburgh’s most infamous citizens, Burke and Hare, as you tour through the Grassmarket. Hear the tale of Greyfriar’s Bobby and see the statue of the little Skye terrier after touring the new Quartermile area. At the foot of the Royal Mile sits the iconic Scottish Parliament building and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, HM The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Finally there are wonderful views of Arthurs Seat and Holyrood Park to enjoy as we make our way back to the city centre.
If you fancy some retail therapy you’ll find the designer label shopping aplenty in fashionable George Street whilst grand Princes Street provides world-class shops and department stores including Jenners, Edinburgh’s very own version of Harrods! If you’re looking for antiques or quirky souvenirs try friendly Stockbridge or Victoria Street, just off the Royal Mile. Visit our Scotland Travel Tips page for helpful planning information.
All too soon it’s time to head to Waverley Station to board your comfortable train for the return journey to London.
Tour Price Includes
- 2 Nights hotel stay in London, room with private facilities.
- 2 Nights hotel stay in Edinburgh, room with private facilities.
- Daily Breakfast at your hotel
- The Original London City Sightseeing Tour
- Thames River Cruise
- Visit Buckingham Palace, with Change of Guards Ceremony
- Admission to Edinburgh Castle
- Full day tour to Loch Ness and the Highlands
- Full Day Edinburgh City Sightseeing Bus Tour
- Transportation by luxury air-conditioned mini/midi coach
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
Tour Price Excludes
- Meals other than those indicated above, drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls & expenses of personal nature.
- Local City tax or Resort fee are to be paid directly at hotel/resort if applicable.