30 Nights - England & Scotland
30 Nights - England & Scotland
This is a firm favourite with our American friends. Covering traditional sites, fortified structures, natural wonders, Clan history and of course our past and present Monarchy. This includes Hever Castle, Portsmouth Dockyard, St Michael’ Mount, Stonehenge, Chatsworth House, Shakespeare’s sites, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Fountains Abbey, York and Lincoln Cathedral.
From pre-historic wonders to rich arable land, touring Cornwall is a different experience to what Scotland can offer. The itinerary has been designed to give you a taste of each area of the two countries.
The trip includes London favourites, such as Tower of London, British Museum and Westminster Abbey.
Our aim is always to be an ‘upgrade’ to anything else available, but without going ‘over the top’ with our prices. You may want to stay in a range of different accommodations, such as castles and manor houses.
Your Tour Details
Day 1. Arrival Day. Chauffeur Service from London Heathrow Airport to London Hotel.
Our chauffeur will meet you inside the terminal building and assist with luggage and escort you to the vehicle.
Day 2. The Classic Tour of London with a Driver-Guide, includes Westminster Abbey, Changing of the Guard and Tower of London.
Enjoy a private tour inside Westminster Abbey, famous for the coronations and royal weddings. The abbey is one of London’s most impressive buildings architecturally, with its breathtaking chapels and monuments
Tour Tower of London, an ancient royal palace and castle. Individuals of significance were detained inside the Tower of London, including Anne Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell, Princess Elizabeth and Guy Fawkes. See the Execution Site and meet the residential ravens which ‘patrol’ the grounds.
See the collection of Crown Jewels on display inside the Tower of London, including the Imperial State Crown. Also on display is the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross, which contains the Cullinan diamond at 530.2 carat, also known as the Great Star of Africa.
Stop by Buckingham Palace and see the magnificent residential home of the Royal Family. See the palace balcony where Prince William famously kissed his new wife, Catherine in 2011. Watch Changing of the Guard, subject to army schedule.
Sightseeing tour en-route: Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Harrods, Tower Bridge, London Eye, Kensington Palace, Shakespeare’s Globe, Covent Garden, HMS Belfast, royal parks and hidden streets and squares not normally seen on standard tours.
Day 3. Full Day Walking Tour of the National Gallery and the British Museum.
Boats, buses, taxi and tubes…and your own two feet! Explore the city like a real Londoner with an expert tour guide by your side. Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel at 9.00 am and conduct the tour using different modes of transport.
See the highlights of the British Museum, including the Elgin Marbles, the mummies of ancient Egypt, the Rosetta Stone, the key to the mysterious hieroglyphs, Anglo-Saxon treasures and also Greek and Roman artefacts. Your guide can tailor a tour of the museum that will focus on your interests.
The National Gallery, based in Trafalgar Square, houses one of the greatest collections of European painting in the world. Boasting of over 2,300 masterpieces ranging from Duccio, Leonardo, Claude, Cézanne, Van Gogh and Monet. The most popular painting is ‘Sunflowers’ by Van Gogh, ‘The Fighting Temeraire’ by Joseph Mallord William Turner and ‘The Arnolfini Portrait’ by Jan Van Eyck. Our guides are authorised to offer you a private guided tour inside the gallery. This tour will give you an insight into the power of art and its effect on us.
Evening Service - Chauffeur Service and Dinner Thames River Cruise
Your chauffeur will pick you up and take you to your Thames River Cruise and return you back to your hotel at the end of the evening.
Signature Thames Dinner Cruise includes champagne welcome drink, five course meal, wine served at dinner, after dinner liqueur and coffee along with a live band on board.
Day 4. Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace.
The inspiration for historical novels and location for films, Hampton Court has it all. There is much to see and do for both adults and children. Enjoy a private guided tour inside Hampton Court Palace, with architecture and furnishings reflecting the tastes of kings and queens over a period of some 300 years. Tour the authentic Tudor kitchens; they would have had the capacity to cater for a court of 600 people – a huge daily operation without modern appliances such as microwaves or electric whisks! Visit the great hall with its hammer-beamed roof and tapestries. Travel into another century and see the Baroque State Apartments, built during the reign of King William and Queen Mary.
Whatever the weather, the Tudor maze and gardens ought to be visited as they are renowned throughout the world. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee your guide will know how to negotiate the famous maze! Make sure you look up high to see the decorative Tudor brick chimneys which give the exterior of Hampton Court Palace real character.
Windsor Castle is a working palace and the oldest and largest continuously inhabited castle in the world, making it a real must-see for royal enthusiasts. See the State Apartments which represent Gothic, Classical, Rococo and Jacobethan styles of architecture. Visit St George’s Chapel, a 15th century building on the lower ward of the castle. It is the last resting place of royalty such as Edward IV, Henry VIII and Charles I. You can still see the original wooden choir stalls. The oriel window on the north side was a present to Catherine of Aragon from her husband, Henry VIII. Completed in 1924, the Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House is over 3 feet tall and was built as a gift to Queen Mary. The miniature house is perfect in every detail; it has electric lighting and running water. Many craftsmen and artists contributed to the presentation such as the furniture, carpets and walls. Even the bottles in the cellar are filled with wine.
See Eton College, the exclusive and famous boys’ school once attended by Princes William and Harry.
Day 5. Dover Castle and Canterbury.
Visible from the English Channel, Dover Castle is one of the largest castles in England and has proved to be a worthy defence structure for the country. Perched on the white cliffs of Dover, the castle displays traces of history from the Saxon and Norman times to Napoleonic and the 20th century World Wars. Explore the top-secret World War II tunnels, it was here that “Operation Overlord” was masterminded for the allied invasion of Normandy. Relive the drama of these events, then climb to the battlements where views of France can be enjoyed on clear days. There is a Roman Lighthouse at the castle which is 24 metres high. Its original purpose was to protect against invasion, but since then it has been modified to be a bell tower
See the picturesque village of Chilham before driving to medieval Canterbury. Home to St Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury is knee-deep in history. The University has helped the city to become a lively and vibrant place.
Enjoy a personal guided tour inside Canterbury Cathedral, one of the most beautiful and important places of Christian worship in the world. Canterbury Cathedral is infamously remembered as the place where Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered; he dared to dispute the monarch’s rights over the church. The cathedral is home to 21 bells in total, the oldest being Bell Harry which is struck every day for the opening and closing times of the cathedral. The cathedral currently holds nearly 2,000 services each year.
Day 6. Hever Castle and Chartwell.
Nestled down an old country lane is Hever Castle and Garden, a small romantic castle surrounded by spectacular Italian style gardens. The castle was the childhood home of Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII. The main building and estate fell into disrepair and was eventually renovated by the famous American millionaire, William Waldorf Astor. He was able to rebuild the Tudor village, construct the gardens and completely restore the castle into a comfortable home with enchanting historic items on display. The gardens are special and feature a huge man made lake and traditional yew hedge maze.
Chartwell gives the visitor a real insight into Britain’s great war time leader. The location and view from the house is what Churchill loved, he had a great interest in landscapes. Many of the rooms remain as much as they were when he lived there, pictures, books and an exhibit of gifts.
Day 7. Portsmouth and Dorset Countryside.
Travel through the Hampshire countryside to England’s only island city, Portsmouth. A significant navel port for centuries and home to the world’s oldest dry dock, still in use today. See famous ships including HMS Warrior, Lord Nelsons flagship HMS Victory and The Mary Rose The navel base remains a major dockyard and base for the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Commandos.
The Dorset countryside has been designated as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and as you drive through its easy to see why, with its magnificent and varied landscape of rolling hills, chalk downlands, colourful heathlands, tranquil woodlands and water meadows.
Day 8. Jurassic Coast and Montacute House.
The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site strewn with fossils and rocks millions of years old.
On the borders of Devon, the view from the front lawn of Montacute House demonstrates Elizabethan Renaissance architecture at its finest. One of the grandest rooms in the house is the library, the ceiling is spectacular. For a breath of fresh air, visit the gardens and surrounding parkland.
Day 9. Castle Drogo and Dartmoor National Park.
Drive through the misty moors of Dartmoor. It is not surprising that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was inspired by the deep valleys and windswept granite tors to write his novel ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’. See wild Dartmoor Ponies, wooded valleys with quaint thatched cottages and heather clad moors which glow purple and maroon in the evening sun.
Castle Drogo built in the 1910’s and 1920’s was the ‘ last castle to be built in England’. This remarkable granite building is set above the Teign Gorge with manificant views over Dartmoor National Park.
Day 10. St Ives and St Michael’s Mount.
Tour south western Cornwall. St Ives is an old fishing village with narrow alleyways, steep slopes and lovely fish restaurants. Artist flock to St Ives to take advantage of the unusually bright light. You can take time to visit the studios of working artists. St Ives is also a perfect stop for lunch.
See St Michael’s Mount where, according to Cornish legend, the Archangel St Michael appeared. The mount has become the icon for Cornwall. The Castle and church whose origins date from the 12th century, have at various times acted as a Benedictine priory, a fortress and a mansion house.
Day 11. Padstow and Tintagel.
Tour the picturesque fishing village of Padstow. The harbour is often crowded with fishing boats and yachts. The tiny houses seem to tumble over each other toward the harbour. Sample the local delights of Cornish ice-cream. Tour Tintagel, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. The castle is set high on the cliff face and below the North Atlantic crashes against the jagged rocks.
Day 12. Tour Exmoor National Park.
Drive through the stunning landscapes, where you may see a glimpse of wild red deer or the native Exmoor pony. Several areas of the moor have been declared a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’ due to the flora and fauna.
Day 13. Stonehenge and Highlights Tour of Bath.
Visit the world heritage city of Bath with its grandiose Georgian architecture, boasting more listed buildings than London. The Circus and Royal Crescent represent Georgian architecture at its finest. Tour the ancient Roman Baths. Built over 2,000 years ago, the Romans harnessed the hot local springs and were able to engineer a magnificent complex of plunge pools, steam rooms and saunas. See Bath Abbey. The Gothic fan vault over the nave in the abbey is quite simply majestic.
Enjoy a private guided tour of the long-standing heritage site of Stonehenge. The ancient temple was built around 5,000 years ago, making it older than the pyramids of Egypt. One of the most famous prehistoric structures in the world, Stonehenge is a ring of stones standing upright, creating an ancient temple. It is a mysterious and fascinating monument. Explore the visitor centre which has various exhibitions relating to Stonehenge. See the objects discovered in the local areas such as an axes, arrows and domestic objects such as cups.
Day 14. Cotswold and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Take a journey through England’s timeless countryside. Visit the village of Burford and Chipping Campden which are lined with antique shops and tearooms. Stop at the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter and visit the old mill to pick up a souvenir.
Arrive at the market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of the famous poet and playwright, William Shakespeare. Visit Anne Hathaway’s cottage, the marital home of Shakespeare. Stop by Holy Trinity Church which is where the famous writer was baptised and buried.
Day 15. Peak District and Chatsworth House.
The Peak District was the first National Park to be established in Britain and one of the most visited in the world. From upland peaks, covered in peat to rolling lowland hills, the scenery is a patchwork landscape of moors, woods and pastoral valleys.
Chatsworth House is one of Britain’s greatest treasure houses, renowned for the quality of its paintings and sculptures. The gardens features a maze, 200 metre cascade and the Emperor Fountain, one of the tallest gravity-fed fountains in the world.
Overnight: Lake District.
Day 16. The Lakes and Beatrix Potter.
There is more to the Lakes District than its world famous natural environment. There are many towns and villages to explore, whether nestled in valleys or on the side of a lake. Coniston, Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere each have their own story to tell.
Beatrix Potter’s Gallery at Hawkshead contains original artwork of her most famous drawings and watercolours. Also on display are some of Beatrix’s personal possessions. Visit Hill Top Farm, the home of Beatrix, purchased after the success of the Tales of Peter Rabbit.
Overnight: Lake District.
Day 17. Transfer to Glasgow, via Hadrian’s Wall.
Tour Hadrian’s Wall. The wall is 73 miles long and whilst a large portion still stands, it would have run from the western shore to the east, now known as the Central Belt. Despite efforts, they failed to permanently triumph over the northern territories. Once the Romans finally abandoned their cause it became a ruin and the stone taken to be used elsewhere. The Housesteads Roman Fort is the most famous site along the wall, also the Birdoswald Roman Fort which is the longest continuous stretch of the wall.
Day 18. Tour of Glasgow.
Scotland’s largest city was once a major centre of shipbuilding. Despite its industrial heritage, the city has a large collection of museums and galleries and more green space per head than any other European city.
Day 19. Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Inveraray Castle & Jail.
Made up of mountains, forests, rivers and lochs, the Trossachs National Park is a miniature version of the Highlands with historic connections to Rob Roy. The Corbetts mountains are between 2,500 and 3,000 feet, break the horizon in a zigzag manner.
The Gothic stone castle of Inveraray sits alone surrounded by 16 acres of greenery. Episodes of Downton Abbey were partly filmed at Inveraray Castle.
Within the town is Inveraray Jail, a 19th century prison with 3 foot thick walls. The jail holds 4345 former prisoner records, so there are many stories to be told by the costumed characters walking around the jail.
Day 20. Oban and Wildlife Boat Trip.
The seaside town of Oban is a popular destination for holidaymakers. Surrounded by mountains, the horseshoe bay is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Enjoy a boat trip and see some of Scotland’s treasured wildlife. Expect to see dolphins, basking sharks and porpoise not to mention sea eagles, puffins and otters. The boat will circle around the rocks allowing you to see the heart-warming seals lazing around. The Corryvreckan Whirlpool is one of the largest whirlpools in the world.
Day 21. Views of Castle Stalker, Glen Nevis & Glen Coe, Fort William and transfer to Isle of Skye.
Standing on an island in Loch Laich surrounded by water, this charming castle is only accessible by boat. Built in the 14th century, Castle Stalker is a rectangular tower with walls up to 9 foot thick.
The waterfalls of Glen Nevis and the rugged views of Glen Coe are a must-see when visiting the Highlands. Glen Coe featured in James Bond’s Skyfall. From the road you can see the legendary rocky ridge of the Devil’s Staircase.
Stop by Fort William for a break before heading to Mallaig for the ferry crossing.
Overnight: Isle of Skye.
Day 22. Explore Isle of Skye.
Isle of Skye has it all - ancient structures, natural miracles, unspoiled countryside and magnificent coastlines broken by lochs. Portree is the main town and a working harbour.
Tour Dunvegan Castle; owned by the MacLeod clan since the 13th century. A wall surrounds the property, except for the sea gate entrance which was used in times of siege. The Fairy Flag is one of the castle’s most notable relics, legend states it has magical properties.
Explore the spectacular rock formations of the Old Man of Storr and the Quaraing and visit the enchanted Fairy Glen.
Overnight: Isle of Skye.
Day 23. Eilean Donan Castle and Loch Ness.
Protected by the Western Highland hills, Eilean Donan Castle is situated on its own rocky island and is one of the most photographed castles in Scotland. An attractive stone causeway leads over the loch, connecting the mainland to the castle.
Loch Ness is a freshwater loch, 23 miles long and up to 700 feet deep. Loch Ness became famous when the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ was photographed.
Day 24. Cairngorms National Park, Grampian Mountains and Whisky Distillery.
Travel through the Cairngorms National Park and Grampian Mountains, before arriving at the Victorian town of Pitlochry for lunch. The town became a popular destination after the appearance of the railway.
In the afternoon, Visit Edradour Distillery. The surviving farmhouse distillery opened in 1825 and is the smallest distillery in Scotland. With everything made by hand, the distillery produced eighteen casks a week.
Day 25. Dunkeld, Kingdom of Fife and St Andrew’s.
The last day takes us through Dunkeld, the ancient religious capital of Scotland and out to the Kingdom of Fife. Discover the home of golf, St Andrews. Visit this ancient university town steeped in history with its amazing silver sands.
Travel south through the coastal fishing villages with their own unique beauty. Cross the Firth and see perfect views of the Forth Rail Bridge, thought by many to be among the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century.
Day 26. Walking Tour of Edinburgh.
Tour the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Palace was once home to Mary, Queen of Scots and the setting for many dramatic episodes in her short life. The state-of-the-art Queen’s Gallery opened in 2002, which enable exhibitions of the most delicate works from the Royal Collection to be shown.
Enjoy a walking tour up the famous Royal Mile with your guide - cobbled streets, tiny shops, mysteries and the stories of Scotland’s great figures of literature.
Tour Edinburgh Castle, dominating Edinburgh’s skyline and giving stunning views across the city and countryside. Home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, the legendary Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg - a giant cannon.
Tour the New Town and visit the Georgian house, built in the late 18th century and furnished as it would have been in 1796, presenting a fascinating insight into the past.
Day 27. Bamburgh Castle, views of Lindisfarne and Alnwick Castle.
Bamburgh Castle was built as a fortress high on a cliff overlooking the sea, still remains a formidable structure today. The beautiful and remote Northumberland coast can be viewed from the castle walls.
Also known as Holy Island, Lindisfarne is cut off from the mainland by the twice-daily tide. The monastery was founded in 635 AD by Irish monks and was an important centre of early Christianity. With the right tide time, see the sea cover the only road to and from the island.
Home for 700 years to the Dukes of Northumberland, Alnwick Castle was built to protect the border with Scotland. The outer walls were used for the exterior shots of Hogwarts in Harry Potter.
Day 28. Yorkshire Dales, Fountains Abbey and Castle Howard.
Tour the Yorkshire Dales National Park, ‘James Herriot Country’. Pass villages such Hawes and stop for photos in the valleys and mountains tops.
Visit Fountains Abbey, a huge 12th Century ruined monastery, now part of a sublime landscape garden with temples, ponds and monuments.
Tour the North York Moors National Park to Castle Howard. This Baroque gem is home to paintings by Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Reynolds.
Day 29. Discover York, shopping and York Minster.
Tour York, enjoy a private walking tour of this great medieval city. Visit York Minster, Europe’s largest Church north of the Alps. Explore the city’s narrow lanes, snickets and famous tea and antique shops.
Day 30. Lincoln and Cambridge.
Lincoln Cathedral is a Gothic triple-towered building that stands out magnificently above the surrounding countryside. The famous stone carved ‘Lincoln Imp’ sits above the Angel Choir.
The university city of Cambridge is full of different architectural styles; Kings College Chapel was founded by King Henry VI and is one of the most impressive Gothic buildings in England. Archaeological evidence links the city to the Roman and Bronze Age
Day 31. Departure Day. Chauffeur Service from your Hotel to London Heathrow.
Your chauffeur will drop you outside your terminal 2 hours prior to your flight.
BMW Grand Tourer
This vehicle is super comfortable for 2 people, touring the countryside on an extended tour or day trip is a breeze. This Grand Tourer has a long wheel base, which means more leg room than your average sedan, higher seating position making getting in out of the car easier. Another nice feature is a full panoramic roof This BMW also has a smooth and quiet ECO engine and a certain amount of style too! Luggage capacity: 2 medium cases plus 2 handbag sized pieces of luggage.
Our new SUVs are perfect for city and countryside touring. Panoramic roof, large seats and easy access are all key features of our fleet. This vehicle is ideal for long distance touring, especially when including Britain’s National Parks. This vehicle makes easy work of mountain passes, country lanes along with being supremely comfortable. Luggage capacity: 2 medium cases plus 2 small carry-ons.
Our luxury motor coaches can cater for every group size from 21 to 49 passengers. All of our luxury coaches are air-conditioned, have radio/pa systems and are fitted with seat belts. Some have a refrigerator, monitors and washroom facilities. Luggage capacity varies.
This vehicle is ideal for small corporate groups or large families. Large windows, cool boxes and quiet modern engines will enhance the touring experience. These vehicles have 15 passenger seats and rear area with tables. Luggage capacity: 15 medium bags plus carry-ons.
VW & Mercedes-Benz passenger vans
Our range of passenger vans are suitable to fulfil a number of different roles, depending on the number of people travelling, the amount of luggage and the length of the journey. Our Mercedes vans have 7 passenger seats, plenty of head and leg room. Our VW vans have more space and more luggage capacity and therefore are ideal for extended touring with groups up to 7 people. Luggage capacity: 8 medium suit cases plus 2/3 small carry-ons OR 5 large suit cases plus 2/3 carry-ons.
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Since 2002, we have created British travel experiences for individuals, families, groups and corporations. Driver-Guided Tours, Chauffeur-Driven Transfers and Behind-the-Scenes Tours, Unique Accommodation, Customised Group Programmes and VIP Experiences, Premium Tickets to Theatres, Sporting and Cultural Events
And why we do it!
Our aim is always to be an ‘upgrade’ to anything else available, but without going ‘over the top’ with our prices. We started our business by offering simple day tours and deliver them well. It was not long before our clients were asking us to include more services and events – this we took as a compliment and felt it showed they trusted us and had confidence that we would deliver to a high standard, without the fuss.