2014 English & Scottish Discovery 8 Days/7 Nights
Start your trip at Heathrow Airport with an independent transfer to your hotel. At 2:00 pm take a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column and lions of Trafalgar Square, Big Ben towering over the Houses of Parliament and Hyde Park. Visit the mighty St. Paul’s Cathedral to admire the many monuments and memorials to prominent people. In the evening meet your tour director for a welcome drink and briefing followed by dinner.
Today you may schedule your 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 the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels, guarded by Beefeaters in distinctive Tudor uniforms or Kensington Palace, birthplace of Queen Victoria and home to Princess Diana. You are free to choose a restaurant to dine independently.
Drive through the Cotswolds, a delightful hilly region with mellow-hued stone houses. Take a panoramic tour around Stratford-upon-Avon to see places associated with William Shakespeare. Continue to Liverpool with a visit to The Beatles Story, a museum that will immerse you in the lives of the “Fab Four.” Check in to your hotel.
Travel through the glorious Lake District, associated with the children’s author, Beatrix Potter, and stop in Bowness-on-Windermere to look around the charming village in its lakeside setting. Near the Scottish border stop at the Old Blacksmith’s Shop in Gretna Green, one of the world’s most popular wedding destinations. Drive to Edinburgh for dinner at a popular restaurant followed by a fun ghost walking tour through ancient streets.
Explore central Edinburgh this morning, starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with its planned streets and elegant Georgian houses where many famous writers and inventors lived. See the Royal Mile where old 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 August 1 to 15 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Travel north to St Andrews, famous for golfing and Scotland’s oldest university. Take a walking tour around the town with a local guide who will tell you about the famous people and happenings here. Drive to Inverness, a major town in the Highlands and check in to your hotel beside the River Ness in the center of the town. After dinner, take part in a ceilidh, a musical evening, in your hotel.
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, to admire panoramic views. Drive into Glasgow for a short orientation tour.
Tour ends with a transfer to Glasgow Airport.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner