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7-Night English & Scottish Discovery

This inspirational itinerary can be tailor-made just for you. To get started planning your trip, please provide us with some personal specifications.

On this seven night tour, you'll travel the length of Britain - from London to Edinburgh, taking in the best highlights of England & Scotland en route. Begin with two nights at a central hotel in Europe's most visited city - London. After discovering London's many spectacular sights, strike northwest to the Beatles' Liverpool, visiting the Cotswolds and Stratford-Upon-Avon along the way. Your next four nights are in Scotland, where you'll spend time in Edinburgh, St Andrews, the scenic Highlands, Inverness & Glasgow. You'll have the opportunity to spot Nessie on Loch Ness, as well as taking a scenic cruise on wonderful Loch Lomond. Tours and visits include St Paul’s Cathedral, Dove Cottage, Famous Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle and St Andrews Cathedral and much, much more!

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Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • Seven Nights of Superior Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Sightseeing by Luxury Coach
  • Services of a professional Irish Driver/Guide

DINING OPTIONS

  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Full Breakfast Daily except on Day of Arrival
  • 5 Dinners Including: 
    - Welcome dinner in London
    - Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
    - 3 table d'hote dinners

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Walking Tours of St Andrews
  • Guided Tours of London, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Edinburgh & Glasgow
  • Reserved Seats at The Edinburgh Military Tattoo (August 4 to 18 Departures)
  • Beatles Tour of Liverpool
  • Scenic Cruise on Loch Lomond
  • London Open-Top Bus Tour with Tower of London or Kensington Palace visit

ENTRANCES AND ADMISSIONS

  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Dove Cottage
  • Famous Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • St Andrews Cathedral

London (ESD), UK

Arrive at

London Arrival (CIE), UK

Arrive at London Airport after your overnight flight from the U.S.
Airport Transfers: If you also book your flight with us when reserving your tour, transfers from/to the airport at the start/end of your tour are included free of charge. If you book your flights independently, a $30.00 per person transfer fee will be added to your tour cost (which covers arrival and departure transfers). Please note that transfers cannot be provided for flights arriving after 12:00 noon. In the unlikely event that your flight arrives after 12:00 noon, we recommend taking a taxi to your hotel.


Accommodation

Park Plaza Riverbank - London (ESD), UK

4 Star Hotel
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

London (ESD), UK

London Arrival & 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. Stop at St Paul’s Cathedral, with its world-famous dome, to tour the awe-inspiring interior. Join your tour director to discuss your trip over a welcome drink and dinner.

London (ESD), UK

Accommodation

Park Plaza Riverbank - London (ESD), UK

4 Star Hotel
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

London (ESD2), UK

Tower of London & City Sights
Today plan your own day of discovery around London’s attractions when you take an open-top bus tour. There is a choice of routes, a walking tour and a River Thames cruise. Visit the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels, guarded by Beefeaters in distinctive Tudor uniforms or you may prefer to visit Kensington Palace, former home of Princess Diana. Dine independently this evening.

Liverpool (ESD), UK

Accommodation

Liverpool Hilton Hotel - Liverpool (ESD), UK

4 Star Hotel
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Liverpool (ESD), UK

Stratford-upon-Avon & Beatles’ Liverpool
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 and view charming black-and-white houses dating back hundreds of years. Continue to Liverpool and a local guide will show you around places associated with the “Fab Four.”

Edinburgh (ESD), Scotland

Accommodation

MacDonald Houstoun House Hotel - Edinburgh (ESD), Scotland

4 Star Hotel
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Edinburgh (ESD), Scotland

Lake District & Scottish Evening
Travel through the glorious Lake District, associated with the children’s author, Beatrix Potter, and the poet, William Wordsworth. In the charming village of Grasmere visit Dove Cottage, where Wordsworth lived and wrote. Near the Scottish border stop at the Famous Blacksmith’s Shop in Gretna Green, a popular shopping venue for quality Scottish goods. Enjoy a Scottish dinner and ceilidh, a fun show at your hotel near Edinburgh.

Edinburgh (ESD), Scotland

Accommodation

MacDonald Houstoun House Hotel - Edinburgh (ESD), Scotland

4 Star Hotel
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Edinburgh (ESD2), Scotland

Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Explore central Edinburgh, starting in the 200-year-old “New Town” with its planned streets and elegant Georgian houses. 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 August 04 to 18 departures, experience the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Inverness (ESD), Scotland

Accommodation

Columba Hotel - Inverness (ESD), Scotland

4 Star Hotel
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Inverness (ESD), Scotland

St Andrews & Highland Scenery
Travel north to St Andrews, famous for golfing and Scotland’s oldest university. Take a walking tour around the town with your guide who will tell you about the famous people and happenings here. Visit the picturesque ruins of St Andrews Cathedral. Take a break in Pitlochry and continue to Inverness, a major town in the Highlands. Check in to your hotel beside the River Ness in the town center.

Glasgow (ESD), Scotland

Accommodation

Glasgow Marriott - Glasgow (ESD), Scotland

4 Star Hotel
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Glasgow (ESD), Scotland

Loch Ness & Loch Lomond Cruise
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 in time for dinner.

Depart From

Glasgow Departure, Central Scotland

Depart Glasgow for Home:
Your tour ends after breakfast, when you head for Glasgow Airport and your flight home.


"Amazing!!"

Your Hometown: Dayton

Amazing!! Every single detail was taken care of for us! Heather did a great job! It was so nice to not have to worry about logistics and we could just enjoy Ireland. I would highly recommend if you are renting a car to get an automatic. I drive a standard in the states, but it would have been way to much to think about and would have prevented me from enjoying the county side.

Honeymoon

byElizabeth TravisAuthentic Ireland Travel
Your Hometown: Blacksburg

My husband and I went to Ireland for our honeymoon and it was AMAZING! Heather helped us and honestly, we had such a fun time. We didn't do a lot of the mentioned or planned items because we tend to just like to explore places but the set up to be able to do that if we wanted to or not was amazing!

Ireland

Your Hometown: Knoxville, TN

I am a travel agent and I had the opportunity to work with Tim LeGris which was a wonderful experience . The trip was for a 10 day chauffeured trip for an older couple who wanted to see and stay at castles and manors in Ireland. Tim put together the perfect trip. I had lunch with the couple when they returned. They said it was the best trip ever. Tim, thank you for your expertise and the amazing job you did on such a short notice trip to Ireland!

Holiday to Ireland & Scotland

Your Hometown: Sag Harbor

Just wanted to share with all who are interested in booking with Authentic Vacations what a truly wonderful experience we had with our Destination Expert, Michael Erickson... He gave us a wonderful itinerary , with great ideas ,and was quick to email us back when we had questions and last minute revisions ..He was knowledgeable,kind,and made arranging our holiday to Ireland & Scotland a pleasure.. So thank you Michael Erickson & thank you Authentic Vacations.....

Beyond Expectations and Wonderfully Unreal

Your Hometown: AUSTIN

The phrase "Holy F**k" was used on a regular basis as most of the time we spent there paralyzed us from making more sophisticated phrases. Maggie killed it, everything was sorted all we had to do was show up. There were enough plans to keep us on a nice schedule and enough down time to do our own thing. The trip really didn't sink in until day 5 when a few Guinness in we decided to stop into a small tattoo shop next to the pub in the middle of beautiful Doolin. After a few hours chatting and laughing with our artist we left in the midst of a classic evening storm leaving us with one option, back to the pub! As our tattoos healed we drowned ourselves in more Guinness, an incredible dinner and live traditional music. This was my first go at international travel and it was the best decision I've ever made, can't wait for my next trip.

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