Edinburgh, Scotland’s Capital
2 day / 1 night
Speed between London and Edinburgh by comfortable express train. On arrival check-in to your city centre hotel then head out to explore Edinburgh’s historic Old Town including a visit to Edinburgh Castle. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Next day discover more of Edinburgh on a hop-on, hop-off tour. Enjoy free time for shopping before catching a late afternoon train back to London.
Price range: £310 - £455
High Speed Train - travel from London to Edinburgh in just under 4.5 hours
Edinburgh Castle - see the Scottish Crown Jewels and admire the views over the city
Old Town - explore the ancient Royal Mile with its cobbled streets, narrow closes and hidden courtyards
New Town - discover the wide tree-lined streets, magnificent gardens and elegant squares
Hop-on, Hop-off Tour - get a different perspective on Edinburgh from the top deck of an open-topped bus
Movie locations - Trainspotting, Outlander and The Illusionist
Hotel accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 -
The whistle blows and you’re off on a fantastic two day Scottish adventure to Edinburgh, Scotland’s Capital City and one of the most beautiful in Europe. The high speed train will take you to the Viking city of York then onwards to Durham and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. At Berwick-upon-Tweed cross the border into Scotland and follow the coastal route towards Edinburgh. Arrive in the centre of Edinburgh and check-in to your hotel. Now you are ready to explore this cosmopolitan and cultured city where much of Scotland’s colourful history was written.
Join a hop-on, hop-off tour to discover the secrets of the historic old town. Edinburgh Castle, which sits on a strategic site on castle rock must be a highlight of your visit. See the Scottish Crown Jewels, known as the "Honours of Scotland” which contain the Crown, Sceptre and Sword. Also on display is Stone of Destiny on which the Kings of Scotland were crowned.
Later take a walk along the historic Royal Mile which connects the Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, HM The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. This atmospheric thoroughfare is packed full of historic buildings and mysterious closes (alleyways) that are just waiting to be explored.
Day 2 - Edinburgh Sightseeing Tour - Free time - London
Start the day with a hearty breakfast then head out to continue your sightseeing. Explore the New Town where you’ll find sweeping crescents and grand squares. Princes Street offers superb shopping and delightful gardens to enjoy. Stately George Street boasts designer label shops aplenty!
Edinburgh has a wealth of museums and art galleries to discover. Trace the development of Scotland as a nation from roman times to Dolly the sheep at the National Museum of Scotland. The National Portrait Gallery is devoted to displaying paintings of famous Scots from Mary, Queen of Scots to Sean Connery! The National Galleries complex is conveniently located at the foot of The Mound and contains exquisite old masters and impressionist works as well as touring exhibitions.
Later this afternoon head back to Edinburgh Waverley Station to catch your train. You’ll arrive back in London by mid-evening.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Freestyle Train Tour?
This carefully planned semi-independent tour will stretch your holiday time to the max, without making you feeling rushed. A unique combination of travel by train, comfortable accommodation and quality sightseeing will give you extra time to explore Scotland in greater detail. All the documentation you need, including your rail tickets, will be emailed to you. Just print these out and you are good to go. Any questions or if you need your documents early - just email or call us, we’re here to help. On the tour you’ll travel independently by train to and from London. We’ll make sure you have a reserved seat and we’ll send you a comprehensive itinerary, so you know what’s happening at any time during your tour, as well as helpful city guides for you to download to your smart-device. Accommodation in Edinburgh and Glasgow is provided in comfortable 3-star hotels that are just a short walk from the railway station and are convenient for sightseeing and the tour departure points. A buffet breakfast is included in the cost of the tour. The sightseeing tours that are included as part of this package are led by experienced driver/guides who will provide an entertaining and informative commentary in English.
What type of room should I choose?
There are different bedrooms types to choose from, here is what you can expect: Single room - one person sleeping in a single bed. Twin room - two people sleeping in two separate beds. Double room - two people sharing one large bed. Family room - three people sharing a room sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person). Please note that a family room can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.
How much luggage can I bring?
There are no restrictions on the amount of luggage that you can bring on this tour . Please bear in mind that luggage storage on the train is limited and you may be required to lift your case onto a shelf unaided.
Are your tours suitable for children?
Yes, the relaxed nature of our tours makes them uniquely appropriate for children aged 3 and upwards. Children, aged 3 to 15 inclusive , travelling and sharing a room with 2 adults are charged at 75% of the applicable adult rate.
Can I cancel or alter this tour?
We are sorry but once booked it is not possible to cancel or change this tour without incurring 100% cancellation charges. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance coverage in place.
- 1 nights hotel accommodation
- Location: Edinburgh (1)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (1)
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Admission to Edinburgh Castle
- Hop-on, Hop-off tour of Edinburgh
- Return standard class train tickets between London and Edinburgh with seat reservations
- Customised tour itinerary & Official Edinburgh Guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges unless otherwise stated above
- Mealls, snacks or items of a personal nature
From Kings Cross Railway Station
London N1 9AL
Check-in: 06:30 hrs
Tour Departs: 07:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 20:55 hrs
Child discount applies to children aged 5 to 15 years inclusive.
We can make special travel arrangements for children aged under 5 years of age please contact us for details.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
IMPORTANT: Once booked this tour cannot be changed or cancelled
The price of this tour includes hotel accommodation with en-suite bathroom.
The times shown above are for guidance only. The train times for your journey will be shown on your tickets and itinerary.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.
Rating:01 Oct 2019
It was the kind of tour we wanted. Everything was in order, all the information, instructions, vouchers were clear and we did not have any issue.Tanya from London, GB
Rating:13 Sep 2019
The features offered were exactly what was delivered. I had a beautiful train ride without any problems. The hotel room was very dated and there was no air conditioning. However since it was only one night, I was fine. The staff was very nice.Pamela from Henrico, US
Rating:13 Sep 2019
We had limited time to spend in Scotland so this tour was perfect. Loved Edinburg, don’t miss Holyrood House. Lovely scenery on the train ride. The accommodations were comfortable and perfectly located in walking distance to all attractionsHelena from Dunedin, US