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Europe | Discover London & Edinburgh: An England & Scotland Cultural Experience

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London, England; Edinburgh, Scotland

Trip Duration

8 nights / 9 days

With expertly-curated getaways and handcrafted itineraries, see the wonders of London and Scotland just as you desire. From a celebrated monarch and famed theatre scene in London, England to medieval castles, glacial glens and stunning lochs of Scotland, our Destination Specialists will transform your UK dreams into reality.

Below is just a sample of the immersive itineraries our Destination Specialists can create. Click on the experiences links in the itinerary to see other curated excursion choices offered by Journese. Our Destination Specialists are happy to book our hotels and excursions highlighted in the itinerary below, or let them know if you would like something customized. And, feel free to offer our non-hyperlinked suggestions to your clients to further explore the destination.


Day 1 - 2: USA / London, England |

Arrive in London and meet your private transfer bound for London Hilton on Park Lane where you will spend four nights in an Executive King guestroom. With unrivaled views of Hyde Park, Mayfair and the city, guests will delight in daily breakfast and exclusive benefits, including special amenities and access to the Executive Lounge. Savor chocolate afternoon tea, three dining venues featuring everything from Michelin-starred French haute cuisine to Polynesian-inspired fare and seasonal contemporary offerings, plus head-to-toe pampering at Spa to You.

Day 3: London |

This morning, explore this remarkable royal city with your own Private Royal London with Changing of the Guards. Experience West End's vibrant culture featuring world-class shops and elegant parks. Your private guide will entertain you with tales as you visit Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, before witnessing the pomp and circumstance of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

Day 4: London |

After a divine English breakfast, embark on a full day of wonder and exploration on the Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath Excursion. Immerse in the splendor of St. George's chapel and opulent state apartments in Windsor Castle. Discover the shops and pubs of Windsor before heading to the 5,000-year-old prehistoric Stonehenge monument, home to pagan religion and worship. Then, explore the beautiful Georgian city of Bath, with stops at Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge before your return to the hotel. Celebrate your final evening in England with an elegant French dinner and panoramic view of the city on the 28th floor of the hotel at Galvin at Windows Restaurant and Bar, as you reminisce about your exciting days in London.

Day 5: London / Edinburgh, Scotland |

Enjoy your last cup of English tea before your private transfer to Heathrow Airport for your flight to Scotland. Upon arrival in Edinburgh, your private transfer awaits to whisk you away to Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian where you will stay for four nights in a Premier guestroom. With two exquisite restaurants operated by Michelin-starred brothers, Chris and Jeff Galvin – The Pompadour by Galvin and Galvin Brasserie de Luxe – luxurious bedrooms and the largest bathrooms of any hotel in Edinburgh, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian provides a magical setting for your vacation. This hotel is also home to the UK's only Guerlain Spa, a relaxing haven in which one can unwind and escape with many exclusive and indulgent treatments as well as state-of-the-art fitness facilities.

Day 6: Edinburgh |

Embark on a day of wonderment on the informative St. Andrews & Fishing Village of Fife Excursion. Travel over the Forth Rail Bridge to the Kingdom of Fife and traditional village of Anstruther, adorned with cobbled lanes and lovely seafront harbor. Continue to the medieval town of St. Andrews, its cliff side castle, winding streets and golf's famous Old Course. Then, journey through the countryside to Falkland Palace, once home to the royal family, and its charming village, before your scenic return to Edinburgh.

Day 7: Edinburgh |

The next day, experience Scotland at your leisure. Once home to the Mary Queen of Scots, visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, its gardens and 12th-century abbey. Just a 10-minute walk from the hotel, stroll to the Edinburgh Castle and uncover the stories and legends of its rich history. Perhaps indulge in some luxury shopping on Princes Street or relax with a little pampering at the Zen Lifestyle day spa, finishing the day with a spot of tea or dram of whiskey.

Day 8 - 9: Edinburgh/USA |

Immerse in the spirit of the Western Highlands today as you explore its lochs, castles and villages on the full-day West Highland Lochs & Castle Excursion. Begin as you uncover the secrets of 15th-century Doune Castle, a popular film location for movies and television shows such as Monty Python and The Holy Grail and Game of Thrones. Continue through verdant farmlands to the mountains of the Highlands along the banks of Loch Awe and Kilchurn Castle. Following lunch, explore the picturesque 18th-century town of Inveraray and its Baronial-style castle before meandering around Loch Long to the "Bonnie, Bonnie Banks" of Loch Lomond, concluding at the quaint village of Luss.

In the morning, following a delicious breakfast, bid "heerio for nou" to your remarkable getaway to the United Kingdom before boarding your private transfer to the airport for your homebound flights.

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