English and Scottish Discovery
This relaxing one way journey from London to Scotland visits many of Britain’s must-see sights. There’s time to explore London, Edinburgh and Glasgow plus the scenic beauty of England’s famed Lake District and the Scottish Highlands.
Welcome to London (2 nights)
Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton Islington Hotel, London (or similar)
London Bus Tour & Tower
Today explore London at your own pace on an open-top bus tour to see the highlights. There are several routes to enjoy and you'll enjoy unobstructed views of the passing attractions from your upper-deck vantage point. You may also take a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames. Also visit the Tower of London to see the magnificent Crown Jewels in the strongly-fortified White Tower and the Beefeaters, guardians of the Tower in their distinctive uniforms or Kensington Palace, home of Princess Diana.
Stratford-upon-Avon & Beatles’ Liverpool
Drive through the Cotswolds, a delightful hilly region with medieval villages where houses are built from the mellow honey-coloured local stone. Stop in Stratford-upon-Avon for a look around on your own to view the many black-and-white buildings that date back to Shakespeare’s time. If you wish, you may visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace in the centre of the town. Continue your drive to Liverpool and visit the Beatles Story to learn all about the Beatles’ lives and enjoy their music and activities. Check in to your hotel in the city centre.
Overnight: Hilton Hotel, Liverpool (or similar)
Liverpool to Edinburgh (2 nights)
Drive through the wonderful Lake District for stunning views of lakes, gentle hills and valleys. Take a break in Grasmere to visit William Wordsworth's home, Dove Cottage. Near the Scottish Border stop at the Old Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green, a popular shopping venue for quality goods. and on to Edinburgh. In the evening dine at a popular restaurant and take a ghost walking tour around historic streets.
Overnight: Macdonald Houston House Hotel, Edinburgh (Or similar)
Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Tour Edinburgh city centre to see the medieval town and the 200-year-old Georgian "New Town” with its wide streets and elegant squares. See the bustling Princes Street with excellent shopping. Take a short walk along the narrow Royal Mile to view the old houses, some of which are 11 stories in height. Tour Edinburgh Castle to see the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny and enjoy great views from this massive fortress that towers over the city. The afternoon and evening are at leisure and there’s no shortage of great places to visit.
St Andrews and the Highlands
Take a look around St Andrews, famous as the "home of golf" as well as its university, which is Scotland's oldest. Take a walking tour around the town with your tour director who will tell you about the famous people and happenings here. There is time to explore the picturesque ruins of St Andrews Cathedral before we board our coach and drive into the Highlands. Enjoy the splendid scenery with majestic peaks as we make for Inverness, the major city in the Highlands. Check-in to your downtown hotel situated by the banks of the River Ness. Tonight enjoy a special ceilidh with Scottish music after dinner.
Overnight: Columba Hotel, Inverness (or similar)
Scottish Highlands & Loch Lomond Cruise
See more great scenery as you drive along the beautiful shores of Loch Ness, famous for its monster. Journey through Glen Coe, a spectacular glen made famous by the Campbells’ massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Take a scenic cruise on Loch Lomond to admire the tranquil waters and view Ben Lomond. Say farewell to the Highlands as you head to Glasgow for a short orientation tour around this city set on the River Clyde and renowned for its shipbuilding industries.
Overnight: Menzies Glasgow Hotel, Glasgow (or similar)
Tour Ends in Glasgow
Your tour ends with a transfer to Glasgow Airport.