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A Capital Adventure: London & Edinburgh

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A Capital Adventure: London & Edinburgh

Thirteen Days

This specially designed programme showcases the very best of London and Scotland, combining stays at luxury hotels with special visits and exclusive experiences.

The first part of your journey takes you to London, many-layered metropolis where an amazing array of attractions – big and small, lavish and low-key, ancient and modern – are waiting to be discovered. A short flight takes you north to Scotland: a land of castles and cashmere renowned for its rugged landscapes and enduring traditions. Beginning in the Highlands, the journey takes you through Perthshire then concludes in the heart of Edinburgh with a stay in an iconic 5* hotel.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



Day One: Arrival, London

Day Two: London Highlights

Day Three: Windsor Castle & Great Park

Day Four: London at Leisure

Day Five: London to the Scottish Highlands

Day Six: The Jacobite Steam Train

Day Seven: Lovely Loch Ness

Day Eight: Highland History

Day Nine: The Highlands to the Lowlands

Day Ten: The Capital City

Day Eleven: Edinburgh’s Old Town

Day Twelve: Edinburgh at Leisure

Day Thirteen: Onward Travel

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Day One: Arrival, London

A chauffeur will provide a transfer from London Heathrow into Central London. Your chauffeur will take you on a panoramic orientation tour, incorporating many of the city’s most famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, and the Houses of Parliament.

Before making your way to the hotel, board a capsule on the London Eye. It’s a spectacular way to enjoy views across the city and will deliver the perfect introduction to the capital.

Check-in to your accommodation, a grand 5-star hotel which overlooks the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace.

 

Day Two: London Highlights

The day begins with a visit to the Tower of London. This UNESCO World Heritage Site dates to the early 1080s and has borne witness to many defining events in British history. See the Beefeaters who guard the tower and the spectacular British Crown Jewels which you can find in the Jewel House.

The next part of the day will involve a cruise on the River Thames. Sit back and relax as you pass under mighty bridges, one after another, seeing iconic landmarks at every bend in the river.

The day concludes with a visit to Westminster Abbey. This stunning Gothic church is intertwined with the very fabric of English history and has done for more than 1,000 years. It has been the scene of every Royal Coronation since 1066 and in 2011 the spectacular wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton was held here.

Day Three: Windsor Castle & Great Park

Travel Royal Berkshire. Here, board a sight-seeing cruise on the River Thames. Highlights will include views of Windsor Castle and of famed Eton College which was established in 1440 by King Henry VI and has educated many royals alongside future leaders and luminaries.

Next, visit Windsor Castle which was established by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. Today, the private apartments are still HM, The Queen’s preferred weekend retreat from the capital and her presence is signified by the Royal Standard flying from the Round Tower.

A highlight for many is a visit to St. George’s Chapel which played host to the wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Day Four: London at Leisure

The day is yours to spend at leisure, exploring the city on your own.

 

Day Five: London to the Scottish Highlands

A chauffeur will provide a transfer to London Heathrow for your flight to Scotland. On arrival at Glasgow Airport you will be met and welcomed by your touring-chauffeur. Travel north along the shores of Loch Lomond and onwards into the Highlands to Glencoe.

A local ranger will be privately reserved to take you on a gentle walk in Glencoe, Scotland’s most famous glen. It lies in the heart of an ancient volcano and is one of the most dramatic and beautiful places in Scotland. The glen has also attracted many filmmakers and has featured in James Bond’s Skyfall, several Harry Potter films, Mary Queen of Scots, and Netflix’s Outlaw King.

Your accommodation is a beautiful suite in a historic mansion. This elegant lodging, situated in 10 acres of private garden, offers spectacular view. Enjoy candlelit dinners in the privacy of your suite during your stay.

 

Day Six: The Jacobite Steam Trai

Board the Jacobite Steam Train to experience what has been described as one of the world’s great train journeys.

Pass Loch Shiel and see the towering Glenfinnan Monument. Your journey takes you over the Glenfinnan Viaduct which is perhaps now best known from the Harry Potter films. Continue west to a beautiful stretch of Highland coast where, on a clear day, the enchanting Small Isles are visible across the water.

At the end of the line, re-unite with your touring-chauffeur and make the return journey by road. It is equally as scenic as via train and allows you to stop and explore as you wish.

Day Seven: Lovely Loch Ness

Travel along the Great Glen to Loch Ness. A lone piper, resplendent in uniform, will be waiting to greet you. He and a traditional Highland dancer will entertain with a performance before you set off to explore the loch from aboard a luxury motor cruiser which, with a capacity for just eight guests, would be reserved exclusively.

Sumptuous platters of Scottish delicacies are served as you sit back and admire your surroundings, including impressive ruins of Urquhart Castle, which dates from the 13th century.

Your touring-chauffeur will then take you to Inverness to check-in to your next hotel, a discreet boutique hotel housed in a renovated Georgian mansion only a few moments from the centre of Inverness.

 

Day Eight: Highland History

The Highlands is a truly inspiring region; heather clad hills and ancient landscapes combine with castles, clans and culture to very much embody the Scotland of your imagination.

You may like to visit the windswept Culloden Battlefield, site of the infamous 1746 battle where the heavily outnumbered Jacobites lost to the Duke of Cumberland’s government troops.

Alternatively delve deep into ancient history at the Clava Cairns. It is one of Scotland’s most evocative prehistoric sights. Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series may recognise the site as the inspiration for the “Craig na un” stone circle through which Outlander’s Claire Randall travels back in time.

 

Day Nine: The Highlands to the Lowlands

Depart Inverness. Travel south into the Cairngorms National Park to visit Dalwhinnie Distillery to elevate your senses at the highest working distillery. Enjoy a tour followed by a tasting of a range of classic single malts, each paired with specially selected luxury Highland chocolate.

Travel to Killiecrankie where you will meet a privately reserved local Ranger who will take you on a guided walk at the Pass of Killiecrankie, a magnificent wooded gorge with the River Garry flowing along its base. In 1689 The Battle of Killiecrankie was fought here between Highland Scottish clans supporting King James VII of Scotland and Government troops supporting King William of Orange.

Continue to your accommodation for the evening. This family-owned castle was first built in 1892 and has been impeccably restored to combine its historic past with contemporary design.

Day Ten: The Capital City

Travel south to Edinburgh. The city has two distinct areas: The Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress, and the Georgian New Town which dates from the 18th century. The harmonious connection of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character and what saw it be awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Your final accommodation is a luxury hotel in the true sense of the word. Complete with a Michelin-starred restaurant, tranquil spa and kilted doormen, the hotel is the city’s premier property. While many Edinburgh hotels claim to have Edinburgh’s landmarks on their doorstep, few can say their own doorstep is a landmark.

Day Eleven: Edinburgh's Old Town

A local guide will take you on a walking tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The Old Town is brimming with cobbled streets, tightly-packed buildings, narrow closes and hidden courtyards, all steeped in history and many astonishingly well-preserved.

Explore Edinburgh Castle this afternoon. Step inside the ancient walls and learn of the royalty who lived and died here, the battles fought over it and the struggles for control of the nation; it is rumoured to be the most besieged place in Britain.

Day Twelve: Edinburgh at Leisure

Discover the city on your own. Your guide from the previous day will ensure you set off in the right direction, with advice for visits that might interest you and helpful hints for off-the-beaten-track experiences.

Day Thirteen: Onward Travel

A chauffeur will provide a transfer to Edinburgh Airport for your departure flight.

 

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THINGS TO DO

LONDON EYE

The London Eye is an extraordinary symbol for an extraordinary city. The world’s largest observation wheel offers a spectacular way to take in over 55 of London’s most famous landmarks in just 30 minutes

WESTMINSTER ABBEY

The remarkable Gothic structure of Westminster Abbey is like a huge memorial to one of our most pious Anglo-Saxon Kings.

WINDSOR CASTLE

Windsor Castle is a glorious 13-acre complex of medieval, Restoration and Georgian buildings.

THE TOWER OF LONDON

This famed UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the early 1080s and has borne witness to many defining events in British history.

EDINBURGH CASTLE

Known as the “Jewel in Scotland’s Crown”.

CLAVA CAIRNS

A Neolithic burial site and standing stones said to be one of Scotland’s most evocative sacred prehistoric sights.

CULLODEN BATTLEFIELDS

The moving site of the infamous 1746 battle where in less than 60 minutes.

THE JACOBITE STEAM TRAIN

Travel over the 21 arches of the Glenfinnian Viaduct, now best known from the Harry Potter films

LOCH NESS MOTOR CRUISE

Extending 23 miles, the loch provides spectacular views – the scenery is breath-taking regardless of the time of year.

PLACES VISITED

LONDON

London, with its unique blend of history and culture, is constantly changing, with new landmarks, stylish restaurants and clubs opening up all the time. Recently voted as the gourmet capital of the world, London is the European capital to stay in touch with all that’s new and exciting, while enjoying its wealth of historic buildings and eclectic mix of museums and art galleries. With its unique blend of history and culture, the bustling metropolis of London has long been considered a must-see destination. The city is constantly changing, offering a wealth of historic buildings and monuments, as well as an eclectic mix of museums, art galleries and world famous attractions.

WINDSOR

Windsor lies in Royal Berkshire, whose Royal associations date back to the establishment of Windsor Castle by William the Conqueror in the 11th The oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, it saw King John ride out from its walls to sign Magna Carta at nearby Runnymede in 1215. In 1850 Queen Victoria designated it Royal Berkshire and it was at Windsor Castle in 1839 that the young queen proposed to her beloved Albert.

The town of Windsor is a haven for shopping. Encased within the Victorian railway station are a wealth of high-end outlets. It’s a pleasant stroll from here across the river to Eton High Street. Noted for its art and antique shops, this charming thoroughfare also leads to Eton College, the country’s most famous school.

EDINBURGH

Scotland’s historic capital city. Edinburgh, sometimes referred to as the “Athens of the North”, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It has two distinct areas: the Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress; and the neo- classical New Town, dating from the 18th The harmonious connection of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character and saw it awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1995.

The Royal Mile, which lies at the heart of the Old Town is arguably one of the most famous streets in the world. Today, it is peppered with stores selling cashmere goods and hand crafted silver jewellery. However, in centuries gone by it was a different story: delving into the Old Town is like leafing through the pages of a dusty historical novel, as each era unfolds with its own legends and characters.

GLENCOE

Scotland’s most famous glen.  It is often considered one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in the country and certainly one of the most dramatic; thundering waterfalls tumble down the sides of mountains into sparkling lochs. Scenery and geology aside, the glen has its place firmly in the history books due to its savage history. It was the site of the infamous massacre of Clan Macdonald of Glencoe by government troops in 1692.

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    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

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