Private tour to England and Scotland

Private tour to England and Scotland

Essence of England and Scotland
Essence of England and Scotland
Essence of England and Scotland

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Trip Overview

Experience the highlights of Britain while traveling from London to Edinburgh via York with the comprehensive 8-day private tour. See the iconic clock tower Big Ben, the magnificent York Minster, the famous Bolton Abbey, and of course the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.87 / 5, Based on
  • HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    Standard roms
    9 nights
  • TRANSPORT
  • Private airport/railway station - hotel transfers
    2 trips on a train
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • Guided tours in 4 cities
    Stonehenge
    Exceptional tour guides
  • MEALS
  • 9 breakfasts

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Arrival to London

Welcome to the incredible capital of the United Kingdom - London! Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the airport and assists you to your hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

For the afternoon activity, we would recommend visiting The British Museum or the National Gallery.

 

Day 2

Royal London

Following breakfast in your hotel, you begin to explore the iconic landmarks of London. We have booked a 2-day pass for London tube for you, so you can experience famous London transportation system and save time on traffic.

Together with your professional guide, you begin your tour with the legendary Tower of London. Your tour continues with a walk to the absolutely un-missable must-sees of the city: the 700-year-old Westminster Abbey and one of London's most famous landmarks - the Houses of Parliament's iconic clock tower Big Ben, officially known as Elizabeth Tower.

After the tour, you return back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore London.

 

Day 3

Free Day to Explore London

Today is a free day for you to explore London on your own! There is still plenty to see, and one of the suggestions would be to visit The Shard skyscraper, which opens great panoramic views of the city.

Or, visit Windsor Castle, located about an hour away from the city. We can plan your optional tour with a professional guide and train/tube ($243 per person)

 

Day 4

Train to York

This morning after breakfast you check out from the hotel. You are then taken to the train station for your short train ride to York. The duration of the train ride is approximately 2 hours.

Upon arrival to York, you are transferred to your downtown hotel for check-in.

Today you get to learn about the architecture, important characters, and brutal battles that have made York a cultural pilgrimage. Nearly becoming the capital of England, it was first found by Romans in 71 AD.

During the guided orientation walking tour of York you explore the ancient city walls, see the picturesque Shambles and the magnificent York Minster.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at your leisure.

 

Day 5

Tour Around Yorkshire

Today is a day to explore Yorkshire! After breakfast, you are going to visit famous Bolton Abbey and Skipton Castle.

On your way back to York City you stop at Ripley Castle and the town of Harrogate.

Upon arrival to York at about 4 pm you have the rest of a day at leisure.

 

Day 6

Edinburgh Royal Mile

This morning after breakfast you take a train to the capital of Scotland - Edinburgh! Upon arrival, you check in to your hotel and meet your guide and start with a tour of the Royal Mile.

Your tour includes a tour inside of the Edinburgh Castle to explore this famous fortification and enjoy great panoramic views of the city. After the tour (around 4 hours) you return to your hotel.

  • Optional activity: Royal Yacht Britannia Tour
    Explore Edinburgh's number one attraction, the Royal Yacht Britannia which was the sea-bound home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years

Day 7

Free day in Edinburgh

Today is free for you to enjoy and explore Edinburgh. We recommend visiting the Scottish Gallery of Arts, the Queens Gallery, or the famous "Our Dynamic Earth" exhibition.

Or, take a day-long optional trip to Lockness with a local group tour, to explore the famous lake and its surroundings.

 

Day 8

Departure from Edinburgh

Today is the last day of your adventure to Great Britain. Your driver meets you at the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport for your departure. We wish you a safe flight and hope to see you again on our tours!

  • Recommended extension: If you would like to continue your trip, extensions to Northern Ireland or Ireland are available.


Hotels

9 nights in centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Always included:

  • Central location close to major sights
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • Free WiFi
  • Spacious beds

  • Accommodation in centrally located hotels in London, York, Edinburgh;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Train tickets London - York; York-Edinburgh;
  • Professional English-speaking guides and drivers;
  • Sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • Airport and railway station transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses

Tour Highlights

  • Guided tours in Edinburgh, Bath, York and London
  • A trip to Stonehenge
  • A tour inside of the Edinburgh Castle
  • A tour around Cotswolds
  • Free time to explore Edinburgh, London and York on your own

What to Know

  • Many of the tours will require a lot of walking, make sure to pack comfortable shoes
  • It rains a lot in the UK throughout the year, so it is worth bringing a water-resistant jacket and an umbrella
  • Currency in the UK is British Pound, also known as Pound Sterling. Most of the places accept credit/debit card payments, and there are plenty of ATMs available. Although, to avoid any local currency exchange fees we suggest withdrawing some cash prior the trip

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Regular package
based on double occupancy
$2,699
Deposit $540
Single traveler
$3,859
Deposit $772
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Package type Price
Regular package
based on double occupancy
$2,699
Deposit $540
Single traveler
$3,859
Deposit $772

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Reviews

Maggie Dylann

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October 16, 2016

We had a top-notch tour to the UK. Even more than top-notch, "ace" as the locals say!

We had a top-notch tour to the UK in June 2016. Even more than top-notch, "ace" as the locals say! The Treasures of Britain tour my husband and I took was everything we wanted. We really liked the hotels we stayed in, each with its own charm and history. Particularly we would like to note breakfasts in the hotel in ...

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Regina Mayer

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October 16, 2016

Superb tour to Italy! You really deserve a round of applause

I wasn't sure what to expect from our trip to Italy but my mom and I were very surprised with how smoothly everything went. Only a few minor hiccups that were too minor to even mention. We enjoyed the guided tours because all the views were really great and the buildings so old. The sites were a bit crowded but still ...

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George Smart

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October 16, 2016

London, Brussels, Amsterdam Tour (May 2017)

Overall, very good. The group did not like starting off on a crowded 20-stop subway journey instead of the Heathrow Express. Guides were great. Brussels was 50/50 with the group. If we had more interior visits, it would have been better. We will eliminate the Hague next time, and spend more time in Rotterdam. ...

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Maggie Dylann

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October 16, 2016

We had a top-notch tour to the UK. Even more than top-notch, "ace" as the locals say!

We had a top-notch tour to the UK in June 2016. Even more than top-notch, "ace" as the locals say! The Treasures of ...

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Regina Mayer

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October 16, 2016

Superb tour to Italy! You really deserve a round of applause

I wasn't sure what to expect from our trip to Italy but my mom and I were very surprised with how smoothly everything went. ...

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George Smart

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October 16, 2016

London, Brussels, Amsterdam Tour (May 2017)

Overall, very good. The group did not like starting off on a crowded 20-stop subway journey instead of the Heathrow Express. ...

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