London Arrival & City Tour
Your vacation starts at your London hotel at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director. Head out on a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
. Along the way your guide will highlight some of London's rock-and-roll history. In the evening meet your tour director to discuss your trip over a welcome drink and dine in your hotel.
Overnight: Park Plaza Hotel, Riverbank, London (or similar) (2 nights)
Tower of London & City Sights
Today you can schedule your own London sightseeing when you take an open-top bus tour around the many famous landmarks. There are a number of different bus routes as well as a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames. Visit either the Tower of London
to view the magnificent Crown Jewels or Kensington Palace
, home of Princess Diana. You are free to choose a restaurant to dine independently.
London - The Cotswolds - Liverpool
Drive through the Cotswolds
, a delightful hilly region with mellow-hued stone houses. Enjoy a traditional pub lunch then continue to Liverpool where a local guide will show you around places associated with various aspects of the lives of the "Fab Four
.Ē Check in to your hotel.
Overnight: Hilton Hotel, Liverpool (or similar)
Liverpool - Lake District - Edinburgh (Uphall)
Travel through the glorious Lake District, associated with the childrenís author, Beatrix Potter
, and the poet, William Wordsworth. Enjoy a cruise on Lake Windermere, the largest lake in England, then cross the border into Scotland. Stop at the Old Blacksmithís Shop in Gretna Green
, a popular shopping venue for quality Scottish goods. Check in to your hotel near Edinburgh and head out to a Scottish evening with special dishes and lively music.
Overnight: Macdonald Houston House Hotel, Edinburgh (Uphall) (or similar) (2 nights)
Edinburgh City Tour & Edinburgh Castle
Explore central Edinburgh
this morning, starting in the 200-year-old "New TownĒ with its planned streets and elegant Georgian houses where many famous writers and inventors lived. See the Royal Mile where medieval houses are clustered and tour Edinburgh Castle
to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is free for independent activities.
On 3 to 17 August departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Edinburgh (Uphall) - Scone Palace - Inverness
A warm welcome awaits us at Scone Palace
, a fairytale castle set in 100 acres of grounds. In ancient times this was the crowning place of the Scottish Kings. The Palace contains remarkable treasures including Marie Antoinette's writing desk and embroidery worked on by Mary, Queen of Scots herself. At Dalwhinnie Distillery we'll stop to discover how Scotch Whisky is lovingly produced and even enjoy a wee sample! Continue to Inverness
, the "Capital of the HighlandsĒ. Check in to your hotel beside the River Ness in the City Centre.
Overnight: Columba Hotel, Inverness (or similar)
Inverness - Loch Ness Glasgow
Travel south through more wonderful Highland scenery today, passing the shoreline of Loch Ness with views of this deep lake. Drive past Ben Nevis, Britain's highest peak, and through the towering mountains of Glen Coe, which is famous for the Massacre of Glen Coe in 1692. Take a scenic cruise on Loch Lomond, Britain's largest lake. Enjoy a brief drive around Glasgow before checking in to your hotel.
Overnight: Glasgow Marriott Hotel, Glasgow (or similar)
Depart Glasgow for Home
Your tour ends after breakfast.