Key Features
Tour type: Coach Tour
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Tour feature: 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 Aug 4 to Aug 18 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

    Overnight: Norton House Hotel, near Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 Glamis Castle and St Andrews

    Today we take a tour of Glamis Castle, the famous setting of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and childhood home of the Queen mother. We cross over the Tay Bridge to the picturesque medieval town of 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 tour around the town, after enjoying free time to explore and visit the ancient ruins of St Andrews Castle and Cathedral and browsing the quaint boutiques. Later we return to Edinburgh where we make our way to a nearby traditional pub 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, Abbotsford House and York

    Pass south from Edinburgh through the rolling hills of the lowlands to Abottsford House, a grandiose country manor which was formerly the home of historical novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott. Later we cross the border in to England and make our way to the historic city of York where we’ll 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 retiring to our hotel.

    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, by heading to Pickering or Goathland Station, which served as “Hogsmeade” station in the famous Harry Potter series. We then board the train and travel through the rugged landscapes of the North Yorkshire Moors to the remote North-East coast by vintage locomotive. After, we explore 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”. Enjoy an evening meal with your group today.

    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 followed by a brief live performance where we will see Shakespeare’s works comes to life. Later we continue through the patchwork fields and honey-coloured villages of the Cotswolds on route to our hotel in central London where you have a night free to explore this magnificent city.

    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 Tour ends 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 in Britain.

    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).

What's included

  • 7 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
    • Edinburgh Castle
    • Tour of St Andrews
    • Orientation of York
    • York Minster
    • Castle Howard
    • 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 2019/20

Please select your preferred tour date from the list below.

Start DateEnd DateStatusPrice
(per person)*
October 27, 2019
November 3, 2019
Guaranteed departure
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* Prices are per person based on two people sharing either a double room or twin room. A single supplement will apply for those bookings where a single room is required.

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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