Edinburgh & the Castles of Scotland - 11 Days


Program Highlights & Inclusions

  • Professional ETA Tour Manager throughout your trip
  • Transportation throughout your trip
  • Double-Decker guided bus tour in Edinburgh
  • Free time in Edinburgh
  • Guided visit at the Edinburgh Castle
    • Visit the Crown Room, the Great Hall, St. Margaret's chapel & the Prisons of War exhibit
  • Guided tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh
  • Admission to the Edinburgh Dungeon
  • Admission and guided tour at York Minster
    • Climb the tower at York Minster
  • Free time in York
  • Guided walking tour in Oxford
  • Admission to Shakespeare’s Birthplace & Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • Admission to a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Admission to the Oxford Castle’s “Unlocked” tour
  • Free time in Oxford
  • Admission with self-guided audio tour at the Ancient Roman Baths
  • Free time at Piccadilly Circus
  • Double-Decker guided bus tour in London
  • Thames River Cruise in London
  • Ride the London Eye
  • Guided tour at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
  • Admission to the Tower of London


Daily Itinerary

Day 1- Departure
You’ll depart in the evening for your overnight flight to Edinburgh.

Day 2- Arrival, Edinburgh
Upon arrival you’ll meet your local tour manager and then head into town. When you arrive you’ll take a break for breakfast and then enjoy a ride on an open-top double-decker bus as you take a narrated tour of the city. You’ll see the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site at the heart of Edinburgh combining the medieval Old Town, the Georgian New Town and award winning modern architecture. During your tour you’ll see and learn about the city’s highlights. After the tour you’ll check into your hotel and a take a break. In the evening you’ll have dinner.

Overnight in Edinburgh

Day 3- Edinburgh
This morning you’ll head to the old city for a visit to the Edinburgh Castle. You’ll take a tour at this historic site that served as the residence for Scotland’s royal leaders for centuries. You’ll learn about the history of the site and then have a chance to visit some of the existing buildings including the Crown Room, the Great Hall, St. Margaret’s Chapel and the Prisons of War exhibit. After your visit you’ll stroll on the Royal Mile where you can shop and take a break for lunch. Then you’ll continue to the Queen’s residence in Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse where you’ll take a guided tour. After the tour you’ll see a different side of Scotland at the Edinburgh Dungeon. Here you’ll learn about the famous criminals that terrorized the people of Edinburgh throughout the ages. This fun and thrilling tour includes an optional thrill ride! In the evening you’ll have dinner and then return to your hotel.

Overnight in Edinburgh

Day 4- York
This morning you’ll check out of your hotel rooms and then head to the train station for the trip to York. When you arrive in the early afternoon, you’ll head to your hotel and store your luggage and then take a break for lunch. In the afternoon you’ll visit York Minster, Northern Europe’s largest gothic cathedral. You’ll take a guided tour and then have a chance to climb the tower. After your visit you’ll have some free time to explore. In the evening you’ll have dinner and then head back to your hotel.

Overnight in York

Day 5- Oxford
This morning you’ll check out of your hotel rooms and then head to the railway station where you’ll catch the train to Oxford. Upon arrival you’ll head to your hotel to store your luggage and then take a break for lunch. After lunch you’ll take a guided walking tour of the city. This fascinating city established in the 9th Century and home to many prestigious universities and colleges for the past 800 years has a multitude of interesting places to visit. You’ll learn about the history of Oxford and it’s university as you walk through the heart of the historic city center. You’ll also learn about the numerous famous authors that lived in Oxford including C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carroll. You’ll also see some of the well know “Harry Potter” sites which some of the movie sets were modeled from. After the tour you’ll have dinner and then head to your hotel.

Overnight in Oxford

Day 6- Stratford-Upon-Avon, Oxford
This morning you’ll take a drive from Oxford over to Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace and childhood home of William Shakespeare. Here you’ll visit and tour the home of Shakespeare. You’ll also see the childhood home of his wife, Anne Hathaway. In the evening you’ll have dinner and then see a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company. After you’ll return to your hotel in Oxford for the evening.

Overnight in Oxford

Day 7- Oxford, Bath
Today you’ll check out of your hotel rooms and then head into Oxford for a visit to the Oxford Castle for the “Oxford Castle Unlocked” tour. You’ll learn about the history of the centuries old prison and how it operated throughout the ages. After your tour you’ll have some free time to explore the town and have lunch. You’ll depart in the afternoon for the drive to Bath. When you arrive you’ll have dinner and then check into your hotel for the evening.

Overnight in Bath

Day 8- Bath, London
This morning you’ll head to the site of the Ancient Roman Baths for a self-guided visit including an audio tour. You’ll see the ancient Roman ruins built upon the natural hot springs that have supplied hot natural spring water to this area for thousands of years. You’ll tour the remains of the excavated bath houses built thousands ago by the Romans during their occupation of Britain. After your tour you’ll have some free time for lunch. In the late afternoon you’ll board the train and head to London. When you arrive, you’ll head to your hotel for check in. In the evening you’ll have dinner and then have some free time at Piccadilly Circus before heading back to your hotel.

Overnight in London

Day 9- London
This morning you’ll enjoy a tour of the city on an double-decker bus tour. You’ll have a hop on-hop off pass allowing you to get off at any point of interest. You’ll see Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, London Bridge and more. After your tour you’ll take a break for lunch and then enjoy a cruise on the Thames River. In the evening you’ll have dinner and then return to your hotel.

Overnight in London

Day 10- London
This morning you’ll head down to the South Bank of the Thames River for a ride on the famous London Eye. You’ll see fantastic views of city of London from this 443 foot tall Ferris wheel that is now the UK’s most popular paid attraction. After your ride you’ll take a walk along the South Bank to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. You’ll take a guided tour here and learn about Shakespeare’s career as a playwright in London. You’ll learn about how and why he became popular and how his legacy lives on today. After the tour you’ll take a break for lunch and then continue your walk to the Tower Bridge and then to the Tower of London. In the afternoon you’ll visit the Tower of London. This historic castle on the North Bank of the Thames River was founded in 1066. Throughout the centuries it has served as a castle, a prison, an armory, the Royal Mint and more. Today it is home to the Crown Jewels. After your tour you’ll have some free time before dinner in the evening.

Overnight in London

Day 11- Departure
This morning you’ll have breakfast, check out of your hotel and then head to the airport for your return flight home.





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