London and Edinburgh are among the most cosmopolitan cities in the UK, offering a perfect blend of history, culture, and breathtaking scenery. Begin this 10-day luxury tour in London with day trips to Blenheim Palace and Bath before visiting Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands. Enjoy the convenience of private tours and knowledgeable guides as you visit ancient Roman ruins, historic castles, and legendary lochs.

Highlights

  • 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

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
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 10 Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in London

London skyline
The sprawling London skyline

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

Big Ben and Houses of parliament with Westminster bridge
Discover London: Big Ben and Houses of Parliament with Westminster Bridge

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

Blenheim Palace
Discover Blenheim Palace's charm

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

Pulteney Bridge and Weir on the River Avon, Somerset, England
Explore Roman history in 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

Classical London afternoon tea with english breakfast in a luxury hotel
Mingle over afternoon tea at a luxury hotel

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

Scotland - Edinburgh, Royal Mile
Stroll the Royal Mile in 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

Salisbury crags over Edinburgh, Scotland. Church Canongate Kirk with graveyard
Canongate Church and graveyard with the cliffs of the Salisbury Crags in the background

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

Loch Ness
Explore the secrets of Loch Ness

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

Edinburgh
Tour the chambers beneath Edinburgh's South Bridge

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

Cityscape of the Old Town Edinburgh, Scotland
Cityscape of Edinburgh's Old Town

Complete any last minute gift shopping along the Royal Mile, before catching your transfer to the airport for your return journey home.

Map

Map of Luxury Tour of London & Edinburgh - 10 Days
Map of Luxury Tour of London & Edinburgh - 10 Days