Discover the best of London, York and Edinburgh by rail. Highlights of this locally-hosted vacation include a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral, a full-day excursion to Bath and Stonehenge, and a visit to Edinburgh Castle.
About the Tour
The United Kingdom is steeped in history. Enjoy stays in three of its impressive cities with ample time to explore each as you like. Explore London, England’s capital city, viewing its historic and famous sights on a guided sightseeing tour including a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Tour prehistoric Stonehenge. See the 2,000-year-old Roman Baths. Travel to York by train, where a hop-on/hop-off tour allows you to explore the city at leisure including the York Minster and the narrow Shambles. Continue your travels to Edinburgh by train, where a city tour showcases both the “New Town” and “Old Town,” following the Royal Mile for a visit to the imposing Edinburgh Castle.
- First-class express train travel between London/York and York/Edinburgh
- First-class accommodations for 9 nights
- Breakfast daily
- Visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral
- Excursion to Bath and Stonehenge
- Hop-on/hop-off tour of York
- Visit to Edinburgh Castle
- Services of local hosts in each city
Day 1 - London, EnglandWelcome to London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, and a leading and vibrant global city. Your local hosts will help you make the most of your time.
Day 2 - LondonThis morning's guided sightseeing includes all of London's famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall's mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister's Downing Street; and Piccadilly Circus; and Buckingham Palace. Take photographs of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the river bank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Then, visit St. Paul's Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London's skyline, and the awe-inspiring interior holds fascinating stories about its history.
Day 3 - LondonAsk your local hosts for suggestions to make the most of the day. You might consider a visit to Westminster Abbey, the traditional place of coronation and burial site for British monarchs.
Day 4 - London. Stonehenge & Bath ExcursionExplore the visitor center at Stonehenge and walk around the most famous prehistoric monument in the world, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, head to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. Following a scenic drive into the heart of the city, visit the Roman Baths, built nearly 2,000 years ago. You will also have time to enjoy coffee in the famous Pump Room, or just stroll past Bath Abbey and along the Avon River.
Day 5 - London to YorkToday travel to York by express train (first-class).
Day 6 - YorkYour hop-on/hop-off sightseeing ticket allows you to experience and discover in-depth one of the most inspiring cities in England. Your Local Host will be available for suggestions to enhance your time in York. Maybe afternoon tea at Bettys Café, a local tea-and-cake institution with an art deco interior, curved windows, and ornate mirrors.
Day 7 - York to EdinburghTravel to Edinburgh by express train (first-class) today.
Day 8- EdinburghMorning guided sightseeing introduces you to the 200-year-old elegant “New Town” with its original neo-classical and Georgian period architecture. In the “Old Town,” follow the Royal Mile and visit Edinburgh Castle, perched on top of a rocky crag, the remnants of an extinct volcano. Tour the castle and admire the “Honours of Scotland,” the oldest set of crown jewels in the British Isles and first used for the coronation of Mary Queen of Scots in 1543.
Note: Edinburgh sightseeing may take place on day 7.
Day 9 - Edinburgh at LeisureFull day at leisure to explore the vibrant Scottish capital. or you might like to visit to Rosslyn Chapel, one of the most mysterious places in Scotland and featured in Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code.
Day 10 - EdinburghYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Millennium Gloucester, London
This modern and luxurious hotel is located in fashionable South Kensington, a relaxed environment in the heart of London. Situated next to Gloucester Road underground station, it is perfectly placed for visiting London’s greatest attractions including Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The hotel offers a variety of dining options such as Bombay Brasserie and Bugis Street Brasserie for Indian and Oriental cuisine, South West 7 for breakfast and Humphrey’s Bar for light meals and drinks. 24-hour room service, concierge service, and a fitness room with cardiovascular equipment and weights is also available.
Hilton York Hotel
Conveniently located inside the city walls and opposite Clifford's Tower, the hotel is within walking distance of some of the town's most popular tourist attractions and the business district. With a choice of two fully serviced bars and restaurants, there is something on offer at the Hilton York hotel to satisfy all tastes. The hotel also features a 24-hour fitness suite with a range of cardio vascular equipment, weight, and stretching areas.
Radisson Collection Royal Mile Edinburgh
A stunning, contemporary landmark on the historic Royal Mile in the heart of the Scottish capital, offering iconic design characterised by the rich Scottish heritage. The award-winning signature restaurant Cucina serves dishes inspired by classic Italian cooking, using the finest, freshest ingredients, simply prepared; or taste creative cocktails in the glamorous Epicurean Bar mixes creative cocktails using quality spirits and unique glassware.
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