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London to Scotland Return Tour

London to Scotland Return Tour

Introduction

Time: 9 Nights / 10 Days

Accommodation: First Class Hotels

Start Date: Any Start Day

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and Small Groups

If you decide to fly into London, then our London to Scotland Return tour will take you from the incredible city of London to the beauty of Scotland. In between, you will see “The Best of British”. This tour offers the ultimate in touring experiences with stunning scenery, world famous attractions, places off the beaten track, top class hotels and wonderful food.

For a truly special experience we can add a hot air balloon and helicopter flight, excellent restaurants, theatre performances and themed nights together with boat trips and more. Just ask us!

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Starting with two days in London this tour will familiarise you with the majority of the famous British sites from prehistory to the modern day. Our main focus is to visit the World Heritage Sites such as Hadrian’s Wall and the Georgian city of Edinburgh. You will see a good cross-section of history, heritage and culture always keeping in mind the classic image of the countryside.

Depending on the time of year, we may change the itinerary so that you get the best out from the tour and attractions.  As with all our tours we aim to give you as full a day as possible so making the most of your vacation.

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Why not create your own tour? As with all our tours the attractions you see will take account of your interests and can be adapted to what you want to see. So, if you want to see places not on the list below, just let us know. Complete our enquiry form to find out more »


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Itinerary

We start out tour at the TOWER OF LONDON. William the Conquer began building the White Tower as a symbol of his power. Over the centuries, buildings have been added to form today’s large complex. You will see the Crown Jewels and meet the Beefeaters. Nearby, is the iconic TOWER BRIDGE over the River Thames. Both these are in the CITY, London’s main trading centre. Passing through the small streets, stopping at the site where the great fire of London started before we arrive at ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the cathedral became a symbol of defiance in WWII.

Day 1: London - Tower - City - St Paul's

We start out tour at the TOWER OF LONDON. William the Conquer began building the White Tower as a symbol of his power. Over the centuries, buildings have been added to form today’s large complex. You will see the Crown Jewels and meet the Beefeaters. Nearby, is the iconic TOWER BRIDGE over the River Thames. Both these are in the CITY, London’s main trading centre. Passing through the small streets, stopping at the site where the great fire of London started before we arrive at ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the cathedral became a symbol of defiance in WWII.

Day 2: Westminster - Galleries - British Museum

Day 2: Westminster - Galleries - British Museum

We start the day at WESTMINSTER, the resting place of English monarchs for over 1000 years. Just across the road from the Abbey is the seat of the Houses of Parliament and, the tower of BIG BEN. From here, we travel through St James’s Park to Trafalgar Square - now a fabulous pedestrian walkway and onto the NATIONAL GALLERY, home to many world famous paintings including Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Constable’s Haywain.The oldest public museum on the planet is the BRITISH MUSEUM. There are 94 galleries spanning 2 million years of World history.

Day 3: Cambridge - Burghley House

Day 3: Cambridge - Burghley House

The beautiful university city of CAMBRIDGE is our first stop today. Set in a series of parks and colleges we will visit KINGS COLLEGE and take a short guided tour of the city. You will then have a few hours to explore by yourself, to go punting or visit the world famous museums. About an hour north is BURGHLEY HOUSE. Described more as a town than a house, Burghley is the most opulent of Elizabethan palaces. Built by William Cecil, the interior displays a parade of collections of art from the C16-19th.

Day 4: York City - Castle Howard - Rievaulx

Day 4: York City - Castle Howard - Rievaulx

YORK is an ancient city transformed by the Vikings in the C9th. YORK MINSTER is one of the most inspiring buildings in the World and the city is a great place to wander the medieval streets. CASTLE HOWARD is a C18th baroque masterpiece by the legendary architect Vanburgh. Made famous in the TV production of Brideshead Revisited it houses one of the country’s premier art collections including paintings by Canaletto. RIEVAULX ABBEY was once the largest church in England until dissolved by Henry VIII. An exhibition creates an accurate impression of what life would have been like.

Day 5: Durham - Alnwick - Lindisfarne

Day 5: Durham - Alnwick - Lindisfarne

DURHAM is dominated by the stunning CATHEDRAL and CASTLE, both relics of the Norman Conquest. The castles of the coast are visible for miles around and they provide a vivid impression of the past. ALNWICK CASTLE, seat of the influential Percy family. The castle has a magnificent garden and extensive state apartments, remodelled by Robert Adam in the C19th. Finally, to one of Christendom most important sites at LINDISFARNE ISLAND. Founded in AD635 as a small wooden church, this small island became the focal point for the early expansion of the Christian faith in England.

Day 6: Hadrian's Wall - Edinburgh

Day 6: Hadrian's Wall - Edinburgh

Travelling towards Scotland, HADRIAN'S WALL, which lies on a volcanic escarpment, dominates the scenery. The Romans built the wall, probably as a formal way to collect taxes. Some of the best preserved roman artefacts have been discovered here. HOUSESTEADS is the best preserved Roman fort in Europe with great views of the Wall. Then, into Scotland and the capital; Edinburgh. A World Heritage City with a huge variety of attractions. For the afternoon, we will walk the ROYAL MILE, starting at the high point of the CASTLE, strolling down hill to ST GILES Cathedral – home to the Order of the Thistle.

Day 7: Edinburgh - Lake District

Day 7: Edinburgh - Lake District

We will complete our tour of Edinburgh with a visit to the Queen’s Edinburgh home, the PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE. A couple of hours south is The Lake District. This is an area of glacial erosion that created an awe inspiring set of lakes, interspersed with tumbling rivers and rugged mountains. We take a steam boat trip along the areas best lake, ULLSWATER. You can then explore the market town of GRASMERE, famous for the home of William Wordsworth at your leisure or visit his home – a typical house of the Lakes and his time, DOVE COTTAGE.

Day 8: Stratford - Cotswolds - Hidcote

Day 8: Stratford - Cotswolds - Hidcote

A drive south ends at STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Anne Hathaway was Shakespeare’s wife and her COTTAGE is the perfect English thatched cottage. For the rest of the day, we travel through THE COTSWOLDS. This most quintessentially English of regions has beautiful villages presenting an exquisite view of England. Possible stops include THE SLAUGHTERS. The best garden in England is generally regarded as HIDCOTE MANOR. This is a spectacular arts and crafts garden created as a number of outdoor rooms each with their own plants and features.

Day 9: Bath - Roman Baths - Lacock

Day 9: Bath - Roman Baths - Lacock

We will discover the World Heritage City of BATH with a walking tour. Here you will see the three phases of architecture that make this city so unique: Queens Square, the Circus and Royal Crescent. At the heart of the city are the ROMAN BATHS, Britain’s only hot springs at a temperature of 46 C. Close by is the ABBEY. This fantastic building is the last gothic church to be built in England. You then have free time to visit some of the other attractions like the JANE AUSTEN CENTRE or shops. Alternatively, LACOCK, a whole village preserved as it was over 200 years ago, is 30 minutes drive away.

Day 10: Avebury - Stonehenge - Oxford

Day 10: Avebury - Stonehenge - Oxford

The largest pre-historic stone circles surviving in England is AVEBURY. Built over 4500 years ago, the stones form a series of ceremonial avenues and are surrounded in mystery. Close by is Silbury Hill and Long Barrow is a prehistoric burial site. STONEHENGE is an awe inspiring stone circle and one of the wonders of the World. Built in stages over 1500 years our tour will bring the stones to life. Finally we head to OXFORD, England’s premier seat of learning and a fantastic ending to our tour. You will see some of the colleges which students such as Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher studied.

Extensions and Other Options

Extensions and Other Options

In the summer months BUCKINGHAM PALACE STATE ROOMS, the HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT are many other Royal houses are open to the public. These can be included and added.

Other choices in LONDON could include visiting the THEATRE, MARKETS, HELICOPTER FLIGHTS and FINE DINING.

Why not extend your tour further into SCOTLAND to visit some of the HIGHLANDS and ISLANDS or, travel back through WALES or, England's favourite holiday desination, CORNWALL.


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