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12 days 11 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Unlimited

Languages

English

About this tour

Uncover the Essence of England & Scotland

A captivating 12-day self-drive odyssey through England and Scotland, brimming with breathtaking landscapes, historic landmarks, and vibrant culture. From the architectural wonders of London to the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands, immerse yourself in the essence of these iconic destinations. Explore picturesque Cotswolds villages, delve into Oxford’s historic charm, and wander Edinburgh’s atmospheric streets. Traverse the mystical Isle of Skye and conclude your adventure in Glasgow, with free days to tailor your journey to your own interests.

Destination: England & Scotland

Duration: 12 days

Travel Period: 01 May – 31 Dec 2024

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NOTE: NOTE: Package’s price is for 1 adult in Low Season.

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Join Us for the Ultimate Self-Drive Adventure Through England and Scotland!

Package expires at on 31st, December 2024

Highlights

  • Venture to the rugged landscapes of the Isle of Skye. Marvel at iconic landmarks like the Old Man of Storr and the Fairy Pools, and soak in the breathtaking scenery.
  • Explore prominent locations such as Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.
  • Admire the majestic architecture of St. Paul's Cathedral and the futuristic Shard skyscraper.
  • Immerse yourself in the gorgeous beauty of little villages and hills.
  • Visit traditional Cotswold towns like Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold.
  • Explore the historic university town, which is home to prestigious colleges and the Bodleian Library.
  • Wander along the cobblestone streets and take in the intellectual atmosphere.
  • Experience the lovely atmosphere of Scotland's capital city. Explore Edinburgh Castle, walk down the Royal Mile, and see the Georgian architecture of the New Town.
  • Cruise the mystical waters of Loch Ness and see the remnants of Urquhart Castle. Keep a lookout for the famous Loch Ness Monster.

Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation is based on a shared Double room including breakfast unless otherwise mentioned
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Local English-speaking guide during tours as outlined (supplements may apply for other languages and group national guides)
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Activities as outlined in the itinerary
  • Car hire (Standard SUV for max 5 pax & 3 bags per vehicle, inclusion: Damage waiver, GPS)
  • Service charge and current government VAT/GST tax
  • Peak season surcharge (to be confirmed at time of booking)
  • Visa (we can help with visa on arrival in certain destination upon request)
  • Unless stated, transfers are not included
  • Services and meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • All drinks; including water, soft drinks and alcohol
  • Early/late check in/out service at hotels (surcharge if requested)
  • Optional excursion/tours
  • International and Domestic Flights unless mentioned
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Camera/video entrance fees

Itinerary

Upon arrival, pick up your car hire and make your own way to your hotel.
 
Meals: Nil4* Hotel: The Montague on the Gardens Hotel or similar 5* Hotel: Rubens at the Palace or similar

Enjoy a guided walking tour around the City of London to discover the many architectural styles of this world city. Meet your Blue Badge guide outside Barbican underground station and admire the adjacent Brutalist architecture of the Barbican Centre, an arts and entertainment centre dating back in part to the 1940s. From here, walk past the old London Wall to St Paul's Cathedral, one of the city's most iconic and recognisable skyline sights. Designed by Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London in 1666, St Paul's is a Grade I listed building designed in the English Baroque Style and is one of the most visited attractions in London. Next, continue to the Guildhall, dating back to the 15th century before visiting the Bank of England, the central bank of the United Kingdom dating back to the late 17th century and the eighth oldest bank in the world. Walk a brief distance to enter the modern skyscraper landscape of the City as you learn about one of London's most iconic skyscrapers, the Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe), a neo-futuristic building designed by esteemed British architect, Norman Foster. Continue past 20 Fenchurch Street skyscraper, also known as the 'Walkie Talkie' due to its unique shape. From here, gain your first glimpse of the iconic Shard as you enjoy some tranquility in the centre of the city at St Dunstan in the East. Dating back orignally to the 12th century, St Dunstan in the East was a Church of England parish church destroyed largerly during World War 2; it is now a relaxing public garden. Head over London Bridge as you admire panoramic views across the Thames, giving sight to the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Tate Modern. Walk along the banks of the Thames to the Greater London Authority building, home of the Mayor of London and known locally as the 'Helmet'. End your tour and look up at the Shard, the tallest building in the United Kingdom. For lunch, why not head to nearby Borough Market, home to a myriad of delicious food stalls (own expense) Start time 9:00 Finish time 13:00
Optional Tour
HALF HITCH GIN SCHOOL Head to Half Hitch Gin micro distillery, located in the heart of Camden Lock, for an exciting gin making experience. Be welcomed with a complimentary Gin and Tonic made up of Half Hitch Gin, before enjoying an introduction to the history of gin and the production technique. Next, as a group work with the Half Hitch distiller, Chris, to create your own gin recipe using a modern still. You will be shown how to make the gin before having a go yourself! Afterwards, take a 10cl flask of the gin you have made to take home and enjoy later! BOD: Weekend, 20th December - 02nd January 2021/2022
 
 
Meals: Breakfast4* Hotel: The Montague on the Gardens Hotel or similar 5* Hotel: Rubens at the Palace or similar

Today is at your leisure. Optional Tour
City Cruises London Evening Cruise Begin your evening with a glass of bubbly in one hand and sumptuous canapés in the other, then sail off into the evening to see London's riverside landmarks at their most glistening. Experience the city's magic from the main saloon or upstairs on the open-air panoramic deck while listening to a live performer. During the two-hour cruise, you will see all of the city's major landmarks from the river, including the London Eye, the Illuminated River by artist Leo Villareal, Westminster, the magnificent Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London.
 
Meals: Breakfast4* Hotel: The Montague on the Gardens Hotel or similar 5* Hotel: Rubens at the Palace or similar

The picturesque Cotswolds are full of traditional English charm and our Quintessentially Cotswolds tour will take you to the best locations. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide you will visit Bourton on the Water, famous for its low bridges and stone houses. You will then take a light walk between Lower Slaughter, known for its 19th century water mill and Upper Slaughter on the banks of the River Eye. After your walk past the pictureque Slaughters you will be driven onto Bibury, one of the most photographed Cotswolds villages to see the amazing architecture of the cottages of Arlington Row. Your tour will end in Burford, the gateway to the Cotswolds. Here you can soak up the wonderful atmosphere on the main street, lined with ancient cottages, individual shops and traditional cosy English pubs. Start time 9:00 Finish time 13:00. Optional Tour
Baking Scones in a Cotswold Cottage Step inside a 16th century Cotswold thatched cottage to learn how to bake English scones while also touring the village church and castle with the locals. This must-do experience will have you making your own English scones in a traditional Cotswold kitchen, using locally sourced ingredients and, of course, a local recipe. While the scones cool, you'll take a short guided walking tour around the Cotswold ironstone village of Hanwell, stopping at a 13th century church and a castle where King James I and Oliver Cromwell both stayed, before enjoying your cream tea with homemade jam and clotted cream inside the Cotswold cottage. Come hungry for history, heritage, and scones with homemade jam and clotted cream!
 
Meals: Breakfast4* Hotel: The Lygon Arms or similar 5* Hotel: Ellenborough Park or similar

Join your guide for a tour of Oxford, the city of Dreaming Spires. Begin at Carfax Tower, a landmark 12th century bell tower, once part of a church. Next, see the Saxon Tower of St Michael at the North Gate, one of the city’s oldest buildings dating back to Saxon times. Next see Martyr’s Memorial, a homage to protestant protestors burnt at the stake for heresy under the reign of Queen Mary I. Next visit the Ashmolean, the first university museum in the world dating back to the 17th century and home to many fantastic exhibitions, including one focussed on the ancient Egyptians. Pass the Marty’s Cross to see Balliol College and Trinity College. See Blackwell’s Bookshop and see the Sheldonian Theatre, built based on the design of Christopher Wren, the architect of London’s St Paul’s Cathedral. Next walk under the Bridge of Sighs, named due to its resemblance to the bridge of the same name in Venice and continue to Bodleian Library, the main library centre for Oxford university and one of the oldest libraries in Europe. Pass Radcliffe Camera and see All Soul’s College and St Mary’s Church. Next, see Magdalen, founded in 1458. Pass Christ Church College before ending your tour at the historical Covered Market, a great place to grab a bite to eat!
Optional Tour
OXFORD PUNTING Punting in Oxford is a timeless, slightly eccentric and quintessentially Oxford activity. Take to the water and after getting your bearing you can take a leisurely punt upstream through the beautiful rural countryside. Alternatively, downstream, you'll pass through the lovely University Parks, which are ideal for picnics and family games. If you want more of a challenge and to get further into Oxford you must navigate the rollers to portage your punt to the lower Cherwell and then on to Magdalen College. Notes: On arrival, by tapping your contactless card you authorize access to the £100 deposit. When you return, we charge the hire fee from that deposit, the rest is returned within 3 working days. Each punt should be equipped with 2 large cushions + 2 small cushions + 1 metal pole + 1 paddle. The way the hire is structured you don’t need to commit to an amount of time. Upon arrival you leave a deposit (or card), we make a note of the time and you go for as long as you like. On your return we’ll stop the clock, calculate how long you’ve been and charge accordingly. We charge a minimum of 1 hour then break it down into quarter hours and call it a day rate of 5 hours if you’re longer. pay on the day or 13 days in advance via the link https://cherwellpunting.co.uk/ . Tour may not be able to operate if the weather is bad. Black Out Dates: October - March
Then travel back to London to drop your car hire and catch the overnight train to Edinburgh (Classic Twin room)
 
Meals: Breakfast4* Hotel: Hotel Indigo Edinburgh or similar 5* Hotel: The Balmoral or similar

Upon arrival in Edinburgh, pick up your car hire and drive to hotel. Your Atmospheric Edinburgh experience is the perfect way to explore this most beautiful of cities. You begin with a walk through Edinburgh’s Old Town with your local guide, ready to learn about the history of Edinburgh. Start at Holyrood Abbey before passing by the Scottish Parliament building. Then you will continue to St Giles’ Cathedral, Greyfriars Kirkyard and the vibrant area of Grassmarket before exploring the National Museum of Scotland. After your walking tour you will head to magnificent Edinburgh Castle, located in the centre of the city, where you will enjoy an hour’s tour of the castle. The rest of the day is yours to explore Edinburgh independently and at leisure. Start time 9:00 Finish time 13:00 Not available on: 25th-26th December, 1st January
Optional Tour
JOHNNIE WALKER JOURNEY OF FLAVOUR If you love a good story and want to explore flavour in new ways, this is the tour for you. Join us on a journey through Johnnie Walker’s epic search for flavours that bring people together for enjoyment and move us forward. Discover how, rather than settling for the status quo, Johnnie Walker’s pioneering spirit, resiliency and bold aspirational creativity continue to set us apart as drivers of innovation, social connection, and downright delicious drinks. Your full-sensory adventure culminates in a flavour-filled celebration of the legendary Johnnie Walker taste and the special moments we create and share together. Includes 3 personalised drinks Block Out Dates: Saturdays
 
 
Meals: Nil4* Hotel: Hotel Indigo Edinburgh or similar 5* Hotel: The Balmoral or similar

Head to Dalwhinnie Distillery, Scotland's highest altitude distillery. Dalwhinnie is part of the Diageo Group and has been in operation since 1898. Dalwhinnie is known for its production of single malt whisky and produces both Highland and Speyside whisky. Today enjoy a whisky and chocolate tasting masterclass experience. You will begin with a guided tour through the Dalwhinnie Distillery to understand the whisky production process. After, your guide will take you through six Dalwhinnie single malts, including the Distillery Exclusive Bottling & Special Release. Your whisky will be individually paired with chocolates from the HIghland Chocolatier. Optional Tour
CAIRNGORMS LANDROVER SAFARI Conducted by a safari specialist, you will be taken out into the Cairngorms National Park in a luxury Silver Land Rover Discovery in search of the wildlife in the region. Keep a look out for a plethora of animals including: Red Grouse, Dipper, Goldeneye, Goosander, Red Squirrel, Red Deer, Mountain Goat along with many other more common species, with a chance of Crested Tit, Crossbill and birds of prey including Red Kite, Buzzard and Eagles. You will be provided with a pair of binoculars each so you can really see your animal sightings up close. Your guide will also provide you with an iPad which includes wildlife apps, wildlife reference books, hand sanitizer, universal phone charger, picnic chairs/blankets, all of which are cleaned before and after a safari. Start time: 08 am or 1pm Finish time: 17:00 Block out dates: 24th-26th December, 01st January, Sundays Notes: Please bring your own face mask If you would like to bring any food and drinks with you, please do Please check the weather the day before to ensure you dress appropriately.
 
Meals: Breakfast4* Hotel: Kingmills Hotel or similar 5* Hotel: Ness Walk Hotel or similar

Cruise the Canal & Loch, with castle views as you follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria on this three-hour tour. Boarding at Clansman Harbour, you’ll experience a breathtaking journey that takes you along Thomas Telford’s famous Caledonian Canal and, of course, across the legendary waters of Loch Ness. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Great Glen, and panoramic views of Aldourie Castle, Bona Lighthouse and the spectacular Urquhart Castle. Cameras at the ready! At Urquhart Castle, disembark your boat for a one-hour visit to Urquhart Castle. Urquhart Castle today is a ruined castle and the ruins we see today date back to the 13th to 16th centuries. An important strategic castle, the ruins we see today are mainly a result of being destroyed to prevent occupation of the castle by Jacobite forces during the Jacobite Uprising. During your cruise, you’ll hear about the colourful history of the Loch, including the crash site of a World War II Wellington Bomber. And not forgetting some stories about the world’s shyest monster. Black Out Dates: 25th December, 26th December, 1st January
 
Meals: Breakfast4* Hotel: Skeabost House Hotel or similar 5* Hotel: Edinbane Lodge or similar

This morning, drive to the Isle of Skye, one of Scotland’s most beautiful and magical islands. En Route, visit the exterior of Eilean Donan Castle. Eilean Donan Castle sits on a tidal island just off the banks of Scotland’s mainland and is one of the regions best picture opportunities. The castle originally dates back to the 13th century and has been involved in many clan feuds during Scottish history. Next, continue your journey to the Isle of Skye and cross over the Skye Bridge to visit this mystical place. Head to the main town of Portree, known for its beautiful harbour and colourful houses. You will meet your driver-guide here. Enjoy a guided walk in the town and have some free time to enjoy lunch. next take a walk along the scorrybreac hike to enjoy further harbour views of Portree and on a clear day enjoy views out to the Isle of Raasay. Next your guide will drive you through the splendour of Skye with a drive around the beautiful Trotternish Ridge which is home to the magnificent Quiraing landslips, including some distinctive mounds including The Needle and The Table. For those feeling more active, we can provide a hike through The Quiraing which takes approx. 2 hours. After your visit to The Quiraing, return back south through Skye and enjoy a visit to the Fairy Pools and Waterfalls at the foot of the Black Cuillins hills, beautiful crystal-blue pools. If you are feeling brave, bring your swimming costume for some real-Scottish wild swimming. Return to Portree to carry on your journey independently. Black Out Dates: 24-26 December
 
Meals: Breakfast4* Hotel: Nevis Bank Inn or similar 5* Hotel: Inverlochy Castle Hotel or similar

 Then heading to Glasgow for 2-night stay.
 
 
Meals: Breakfast4* Hotel: Voco Grand Central or similar 5* Hotel: Kimpton Blythswood Square or similar

Today is at your leisure. Optional Tour
RENNIE MACKINTOSH EXPERIENCE This is the perfect experience for you if you are a lover of fine architecture as you will discover the works and life of the legendary architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. First up you will meet your guide outside the Glasgow School of Art and enjoy an overview on the history of Mackintosh and the building. This is followed by a walk to the Mackintosh at the Willow tea rooms for tea and some time for you to explore the exhibition centre independently. You then continue on foot to the Lighthouse, Glasgow’s extraordinary centre for design and architecture where you have time to enjoy visiting the exhibitions. Next you travel by train to Helensburgh to enjoy lunch (this is at your own expense but we can give you recommendations). After lunch, walk to Hill House to marvel at Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece, built at the turn of the 20th century before you return to Glasgow by train. Start time 9:00 Finish time 16:00 Not Available on: 23rd Dec - 31st Dec, 1st Jan-3rd Jan
 
Meals: Breakfast4* Hotel: Voco Grand Central or similar 5* Hotel: Kimpton Blythswood Square or similar

After breakfast and check out, make your way to airport to drop your car-hire and take flight back home.
 
Meals: Breakfast

Durations

12 Days 11 Nights

Languages

English

Frequently asked questions

LAND PRICE PER PERSON in AUD: High season: May to September Low season: October to December   4* hotel option:

No of pax2345678910Single supp
High season 104271022379438351784782177327743668024324
Low season 8358746658735869577858515258513847332255

  5* hotel option:

No of pax2345678910Single supp
High season 12228126289746105169651102779128943986036126
Low season 9846945173617656726875526746679162213743

    OPTIONAL TOUR & ACTIVITIES  

Tours & ActivitiesPrice per person in GBP, min 2 pax
Half Hitch Private Gin School Class202
City Cruises London Evening Cruise89
Baking Scones in a Cotswold Cottage213
Oxford Punting66
Johnnie Walker's Jounrey of Flavor70
Cairngorms Landrover Safari275
Rennie Mackintosh Experience806

 

Check-in time is usually 3pm and check-out time is 12pm for Portugal and 11am for the UK and Ireland. This is subject to individual hotel regulations. Early or late service is subject to availability, often with a surcharge.

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