- Soak in the centuries of history in captivating London
- Wander the expansive manicured grounds of Blenheim Palace
- Shop along the Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon in Bath
- Walk the Royal Mile in charming Edinburgh
- Explore the Scottish Highlands with a trip to Loch Ness
|Day 1||Arrive in London||London|
|Day 2||Explore London||London|
|Day 3||Day trip to Blenheim Palace||London|
|Day 4||Day trip to Bath||London|
|Day 5||Afternoon tea experience||London|
|Day 6||Train to Edinburgh||Edinburgh|
|Day 7||Enjoy Edinburgh’s top attractions||Edinburgh|
|Day 8||Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands||Edinburgh|
|Day 9||Edinburgh Castle; Evening ghost-walk tour||Edinburgh|
Day 1: Arrive in London
Welcome to London! England's capital is the perfect place to start your vacation in the UK. Meet your private transfer at the airport and drive to your accommodation in central London.
Day 2: Explore London
Today, you will fully immerse yourself in London, stopping to visit a number of popular attractions on a private driving tour. As a part of this luxury experience, you will see Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and London Bridge.
Day 3: Day trip to Blenheim Palace
Rise bright and early this morning for a day trip to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. A magnificent historic house built in the early 18th century, you will join your guide for a private tour around the palace. Discover the significance of the grand rooms and the palace’s intriguing history. You will also enjoy a tour of the vast grounds, which boast manicured gardens and precious fountains.
Day 4: Day trip to Bath
Today, you will head three hours west to enchanting Bath in southwest England. The city is surrounded by rolling countryside and is best known for its natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture. Bath has Roman roots and features Roman-era baths, statues, and temples. Enjoy this UNESCO-protected site as you explore Bath Abbey, the Royal Crescent, and the Roman Baths.
Day 5: Afternoon tea experience
Today you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in English culture with a refined afternoon tea. Pinkies up as you treat yourself to traditional cucumber sandwiches, Victoria sponge cakes, and Earl Grey tea, in the beautiful setting of an elegant central London hotel.
Day 6: Train to Edinburgh
Board the high-speed train today to the charming city of Edinburgh in Scotland. Take in the pretty views of the English countryside as you work your way north and to Scotland. Check into your hotel before venturing out to familiarize yourself with this historic city.
Day 7: Explore Edinburgh’s top attractions
This morning you will meet your guide at your hotel for a driving tour of the main attractions, starting at the top of the Royal Mile. Here, you will explore Old Town and see the 17th-century high-tenement house, Gladstones Land, St. Giles Church, the Mercat Cross, John Knox House, and the Kirk (Church) of the Canongate, all while your guide entertains you with fascinating facts and anecdotes. Finally, you will arrive at the Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Palace, before enjoying panoramic vistas from a vantage point on Arthur’s Seat.
The driving tour ends with a visit to New Town, featuring sublime examples of Georgian architecture, including the childhood home of Robert Louis Stevenson.
Day 8: Day trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands
Today, you will travel ever north toward Inverness, stopping to visit one of Scotland’s most famous attractions, the mythical Loch Ness, in the center of the mountainous Scottish Highlands. This famous lake is thought to be home to a secretive sea monster known as “Nessie,” but its existence has never been confirmed. As a part of this full-day experience, you will enjoy a tour of the lake and a cruise with live sonar, allowing you to learn all the eerie secrets and perhaps even spot Nessie.
Day 9: Edinburgh Castle - Evening ghost-walk tour
This morning you will visit Edinburgh Castle. This historic fortress dominates the Edinburgh cityscape and is thought to date back to the 2nd century. It was once a royal residence, and on your private tour, you will be able to learn more about the secrets of this evocative castle with an expert guide.
In the evening, your journey into Edinburgh’s past continues with a ghost walk tour that takes you beneath the city streets. With your guide, walk through Old Town, learning about the tortured history of the souls that are thought to haunt the city streets. Explore the underground network of vaults or chambers that lie underneath the arches of Edinburgh’s South Bridge. Here, by candlelight, your guide will entertain you with stories about the characters that linger here.
Day 10: Depart
Complete any last minute gift shopping along the Royal Mile, before catching your transfer to the airport for your return journey home.