A week is long enough to experience not only the highlights of London but also the English countryside and the Scottish Highlands. One option is a family tour that will take you and the clan to Buckingham Palace, on Harry Potter tours, and boat rides on Loch Ness. If you're jonesing for outdoor adventure, consider a weeklong hike in the wilds of Scotland's Cairngorms National Park, or hit the road on a trip through the incomparable Cotswolds region of southern England.

Itinerary #1: Family-Friendly Adventure in England & Scotland 

Wrangle the kids for a week of fun that includes the highlights of London, Scotland, and rural England. 

See London's most famous sights, like Buckingham Palace
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in London & Explore on Hop-on, Hop-off Bus London
Day 2 Enjoy a "Harry Potter" Walking Tour & Kensington Palace London
Day 3 Tour Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge London
Day 4 Go on a Food Tour Around Edinburgh  Edinburgh
Day 5 Explore Cairngorms National Park on a Wildlife Tour  Inverness
Day 6 Ride the Jacobite Train & Cruise on the Canal in Lochness Fort William
Day 7 Depart Edinburgh   

There's no time to waste because, upon arrival in London, you'll hop on an open-topped bus to see famous sights like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and Piccadilly Circus. Cap the day with a film screening on a rooftop amid London's iconic skyline. The kids will love a "Harry Potter"-themed walking tour around London's alleyways, the Globe Theatre, and Diagon Alley. Following a ride on the River Thames, you'll visit Kensington Palace, home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Then you'll tour the 11th-century Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world.

Next, head to the city of Bath, famous for both its ancient Roman Baths and for being the home of Jane Austen. The day ends with a journey to the Neolithic monument of Stonehenge. Then enjoy a first-class train trip north to Edinburgh and sample incredible cuisine on a foodie tour. A wildlife safari is next as you venture into Cairngorms National Park to spot exotic animals like the elusive red deer. On day six, you'll hop on the historic Jacobite steam train to experience some of the Scottish Highlands' most incredible scenery, followed by time spent on legendary Loch Ness. On day seven, you'll depart Edinburgh. Learn more

Itinerary #2: History & Fantasy Tour of Southern England

This seven-day adventure in southwest England covers historic regions like the Cotswolds plus locations used in the filming of popular TV series and movies like "Bridgerton" and "Harry Potter."

The Cotswolds' charming Arlington Row awaits
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in London & Transfer to Bath, Literary Tour Bath
Day 2 "Bridgerton" Tour of Bath Bath
Day 3 Bath to Moreton-in-Marsh Moreton-in-Marsh
Day 4 Day Trip to the Cotswold Falconry Centre Moreton-in-Marsh
Day 5 Visit Cotswolds Gardens & Transfer to Oxford, University Tour Oxford
Day 6 Bodleian Library Tour, Punting & Picnic in Oxford Oxford
Day 7 Oxford to London & Depart  

From London, transfer to the southwestern city of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over two days, you'll immerse yourself in its history on a Jane Austen-themed walking tour, plus stops at the incredible Georgian buildings used in the filming of the hit Netflix series "Bridgerton." You'll travel to another UNESCO site on day three: the Cotswolds. This unspoiled bucolic paradise is home to historic medieval villages and stunning landscapes—overnight in a charming B&B in Moreton-in-Marsh, one of the most romantic villages in the northern Cotswolds.

Get ready to spend time with raptors at the Cotswold Falconry Centre. You'll not only learn the secrets to the time-honored art of falconry, but you'll also fly these incredible animals yourself. After touring the well-manicured gardens of a historical manor, you'll visit the 11th-century Oxford University. Here you'll see some locales that served as inspiration for the "Harry Potter" books and movies, like the medieval Divinity School. On day six, tour Oxford's Bodleian Library before ending the week with a leisurely ride down the River Cherwell on a flat-bottomed boat. On day seven, you'll return home. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Road Trip Through Southern England

Hit the road over seven event-filled days as you visit the most historical regions and cities in southern England, plus take a VIP tour of Stonehenge.

Discover Oxford as you punt down the River Cherwell
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in London & Transfer to Oxford, Library Tour & Punting on the River Oxford
Day 2 Oxford to the Cotswolds, Hidcote Gardens & Horseback Ride Chipping Campden
Day 3 Free Day in Chipping Campden Chipping Campden
Day 4 Cotswolds Discovery Trail South & Transfer to Bath Bath
Day 5 Visit the Roman Baths, Thermae Spa Package Bath
Day 6 Literary Tour of Bath Bath
Day 7 Stonehenge VIP Tour & Transfer to London, Depart  

From London, transfer to the medieval city of Oxford and go punting down the River Cherwell. There are many beautiful sights on the riverbanks, like the Botanic Garden, the fields of Magdalen College School, and the gardens of St. Hilda's College. On day two, head to the town of Chipping Campden, which will be your base for two days of excursions into the Cotswolds. First up is a horseback ride down bridleways offering stunning countryside views, then perhaps a walk from Chipping Campden to Broadway Tower, an 18th-century folly on a hill overlooking the Cotswolds. 

Drive the southern-loop portion of the scenic Cotswolds Discovery Trail on day four. Your included trail pack will point you to sights like ancient Roman amphitheaters, the historic towns of the Coln Valley, and the stunning hilltop village of Minchinhampton. End the day in Bath, whose Circus and Royal Crescent are known for their rows of Georgian townhouses. On day five, you'll visit the Roman Baths and enjoy a personal spa treatment. After a stroll around the 18th-century Sydney Gardens, you'll take a VIP tour of Stonehenge. The following day transfer to London for your flight home. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Hiking the Scottish Highlands 

This epic week-long hike through Scotland's Highlands and national parks is perfect for anyone who wants to challenge themselves amid the world's most wild and beautiful landscapes.

Hike the untamed wilds of Cairngorms National Park
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Edinburgh Edinburgh
Day 2 Edinburgh to Inverness, Castles & Lochs Inverness
Day 3 Cairngorms National Park Hike & Speyside, Whiskey Tour Inverness
Day 4 Cairngorms National Park Hike & Abernethy Nature Reserve Aberlour
Day 5 Cairngorms National Park Hike, Glen Feshie Pitlochry
Day 6 Pitlochry & Countryside Excursions Pitlochry
Day 7 Trossachs National Park & Transfer to Edinburgh, Depart  

You'll arrive in Edinburgh and warm up for your long-distance hikes with a self-guided walking tour of the city. See historic landmarks like the 12th-century Edinburgh Castle, and admire the Gothic architecture as you stroll down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Palace, the home of the British monarch in Scotland. The next day, leave Edinburgh for Inverness, the capital city of Scotland's Highlands region. From here, you'll visit the 14th-century Cawdor Castle and take a boat tour of Loch Ness.

Then it's off to rugged Cairngorms National Park. The UK's largest national park is filled with towering mountains and Caledonian Forest and is home to wildlife like the Scottish wildcat and mountain hare. Spend the first day hiking Speyside, an area known for its whiskey distilleries. Then head to Abernethy National Nature Reserve, a protected area home to over 70 species of birds. You'll learn about re-wilding programs at the Glen Fishie private nature estate and then enjoy additional hikes around wooded glens and lochs in Trossachs National Park. On day seven, you'll return home. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Highlights of Western England

Spend a week discovering the countryside of western England, including a trip through the Cotswolds, visiting Bath, tours of the Welsh coast, and a one-of-a-kind Beatles experience in Liverpool.

Conwy Castle
Explore Wales' 13th-century Conwy Castle
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in London, Literary Tour of Bath Bath
Day 2 "Bridgerton" Tour of Bath Bath
Day 3 Cotswolds Discovery Trail South Chipping Campden
Day 4 Cotswolds Discovery Trail North & Shakespeare Tour Chipping Campden
Day 5 Transfer to the Coast of Wales, Conwy Guided Tour Conwy
Day 6 Transfer to Liverpool, Beatles Tour Liverpool
Day 7 Depart London  

On day one, head from London to Bath. After "Bridgerton" and literary tours of its most famous Georgian locales, you'll hit the road on the Cotswolds Discovery Trail South. This is a self-drive tour in which you can visit any village you like, plus see Roman archaeological sites like villas and amphitheaters. On day four, head north on the Cotswolds Trail, where you can stop at Neolithic monuments and picture-postcard villages like Bourton-on-the-Water. You'll eventually arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon, another medieval village famous for being William Shakespeare's birthplace. 

Then continue north to Wales. This country is known for its stunning coastline, which you'll see when you arrive in the port town of Conwy. You'll also visit three 13th-century castles: Caernarfon, Conwy, and Beaumaris. A walking tour reveals other historical gems like the Town Walls (medieval defensive fortifications) and the Smallest House in Britain, which is a mere 122 inches tall and 72 inches wide. Rock out on day six with a Beatles tour of Liverpool as a driver takes you to historic locales and offers anecdotes on the Fab Four. On day seven, you'll return to London and head home. Learn more

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Map of 1 Week in The United Kingdom - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas