Key Features
Tour type: Coach Tour
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Group size: Full sightseeing programme - no extra excursion costs!
Starting: Edinburgh
  1. Day 1 Edinburgh Arrival and traditional Scottish evening

    Arriving in to Scotland by air or land make your way to Edinburgh (Edinburgh Airport transfers available). Head for your manor house hotel which is located outside of the city; here you may choose to spend the afternoon relaxing and making use of the leisure and spa facilities. Alternatively, a taxi ride in to the city will give you the opportunity to explore independently. At 6:30pm meet your tour director and fellow travellers before enjoying a traditional Scottish evening including dinner and entertainment of traditional music on the bagpipes and a Ceilidh dance; a great way to kick-start your tour.

    Overnight: Norton House Hotel, near Edinburgh

    Meals: Dinner included at your Scottish evening

  2. Day 2 Edinburgh City and Edinburgh Castle

    Today is spent in the magnificent Scottish capital – travel in to the city with your tour-director to explore central Edinburgh on a brief orientation taking you from the elegant avenues of the Georgian "New Town" to the cobbled Royal Mile and its tangle of medieval houses. We then tour Edinburgh Castle to see St Margaret's Chapel, the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the mysterious Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free for further exploration at leisure. On August 6 to August 20 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

    Overnight: Norton House Hotel, near Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 St Andrews Excursion

    From our base in Edinburgh we head north to picturesque St Andrews, famously known as the world's "Home of Golf" and location of Scotland's oldest university, where Prince William and Kate Middleton first met. We take a panoramic drive around the town and visit the ancient ruins of St Andrews Castle and Cathedral before enjoying free time to explore the medieval town and browse the quaint boutiques. Later we return to Edinburgh where we make our way to a nearby traditional tavern for dinner together as a group.

    Overnight: Norton House Hotel, near Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner (at local tavern) included

  4. Day 4 Scottish Borders and York

    Pass south from Edinburgh through the rolling hills of the lowlands to the border town of Jedburgh to see the town and see the picturesque ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. We then continue across the border to the historic city of York for a walking tour; see the city gates, or "bars", and the tangle of medieval streets including the Shambles, where the rickety houses lean and almost touch from one side of the street to the other. Visit York Minster, which dominates the city skyline and is famous for its expansive stained glass windows. In the evening dine in an atmospheric centuries-old pub before a light-hearted "ghost-tour" to hear spooky tales of the York of old.

    Overnight: York Marriott Hotel, York

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner (at local pub) included

  5. Day 5 The Yorkshire Moors, Whitby and Castle Howard

    Today we enjoy a unique excursion through the rugged landscapes of the North Yorkshire Moors to the remote North East coast. Firstly, we cross the moors aboard a vintage locomotive before exploring the quaint harbour town of Whitby whose cliff-top abbey inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula. Then to the elegant mansion at Castle Howard where we tour the elaborate chambers and grounds which you may recognize from the TV adaptation Evelyn Waugh's celebrated novel, "Brideshead Revisited" before enjoying a traditional cream-tea.

    Overnight: York Marriott Hotel, York

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  6. Day 6 Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds

    Continue south in to the heart of England and to Stratford-upon-Avon a town of timberwork buildings set on the banks of the river Avon. We visit Shakespeare's Birthplace where we explore an intriguing exhibition about his life and works. Later we continue through the patchwork fields and honey-coloured villages of the Cotswolds on route to our hotel in central London.

    Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton London Victoria, London

    Meals: Breakfast included

  7. Day 7 London City and the Tower of London

    This morning we take a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Nelson's Column flanked by huge lions in Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Then we visit the mighty Tower of London to see the many turrets & towers, Beefeaters, ravens and the priceless Crown Jewels. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore the English Capital at leisure and dine independently at one of the city's many restaurants and eateries.

    Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton London Victoria, London

    Meals: Breakfast included

  8. Day 8 Open Top Bus Tour and London at Leisure

    Today you are free to discover London independently. You'll be provided with vouchers for the open-top busses which circulate the city, an excellent way to get around and explore the key sights and landmarks. Your voucher is valid for use on multiple routes as well as a complimentary walking tour and a Thames River Cruise. You may choose to spend some of your time visiting one or more of London's internationally acclaimed museums or galleries such as the British Museum, home of the Rosetta Stone, or the National Portrait Gallery which hosts paintings of England's Monarchs throughout history. Alternatively, shopaholics can indulge in some retail therapy in the famous departments stores of Oxford Street or at one of London's many markets.

    Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton London Victoria, London

    Meals: Breakfast included

  9. Day 9 Tour end in London

    Your tour ends after breakfast this morning. There are transfers available to return you to Heathrow however alternatively you may choose to continue exploring London independently or make onward travel to other destinations.

    Meals: Breakfast included

*Journey times and distances are estimates and are based on the direct route between the start location and end location for each day of the itinerary, where applicable. They do not include detours or stops for sightseeing.

Unique experiences

  • Enjoy a traditional Scottish Evening and a local tavern dinner in Edinburgh.
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle.
  • Enjoy a vintage rail journey across the Yorkshire Moors.
  • Hear spooky tales on a Ghost Walk of York.
  • See the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo (selected departures).
  • Spend three nights in the English and Scottish Capitals

What's included

  • 8 nights hotel accommodation, as detailed on itinerary
  • Full breakfast each morning
  • All transportation by luxury motor-coach
  • The services of your professional tour director
  • 4 x evening dinners including: Scottish Evening dinner in Edinburgh, local tavern dinner in Edinburgh, traditional pub dinner in York and 1 x table d'hote dinner at your hotel per the itinerary
  • Complimentary welcome drink on the first day of your tour
  • Full Sightseeing tour programme and admissions to include:
    • Tour of Edinburgh o Edinburgh Castle
    • St Andrews Cathedral
    • St Andrews Castle
    • Walking Tour of York
    • York Minster
    • Castle Howard and Cream Tea
    • North Yorkshire Moors Railway vintage train ride
    • Walking Tour of Whitby
    • Ghost walk of York
    • Shakespeare's Birthplace
    • Tower of London
    • London open-top bus tour tickets
    • Tickets for the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo (selected July/August departures, please see pricing tab)
  • Personal headsets for walking tours
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack

Tour feature

  • This tour includes a complete sightseeing programme - there are no unexpected costs for extra excursions during your tour!
  • Accommodation is in superior first class hotels.
  • Leisurely pace, two or three night stays in each location.

Optional extras

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in Edinburgh, London or other UK destinations.
  • Rail travel to Edinburgh prior to your tour (from any other Britain destination).
  • Airport transfers.

Departure Dates 2017/18

We have 2018 tour dates and pricing available and are in the process of updating our website. Please contact us with your preferred dates and we will send you a quotation.

Pricing Notes

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
  • Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
  • Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
  • Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP£) for approximate costs in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however are subject to change.
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