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A Capital Adventure: London & Edinburgh

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A Capital Adventure: London & Edinburgh

Thirteen Days

Uncover two of the United Kingdom’s grandest cities; London and Edinburgh, on a trip that showcases the contrasting beauty of these very different, yet equally striking capitals. You will also get a chance to explore the rugged, rural landscapes of the Scottish countryside for a taste of life away from the city.

Combining stays at luxury accommodations with special visits and exclusive experiences, Dream Escape aims to deliver the trip of a lifetime.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



Your bespoke programme, which will be tailored to your preferences, could include the following experiences:

  • Travel in style through London by cruising up the Thames on a private boat, taking in the iconic landmarks from a unique vantage point.

 

  • Enjoy a guided tour of most besieged site in Britain, a mighty fortress that towers over the city from its perch atop an extinct volcano.

 

  • Explore Royal Berkshire; including a tour of one of the oldest royal palaces, and have a look inside the intimate chapel which played host to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

 

  • Take a ride on a steam train and enjoy one of the world’s great train journeys down the coastline of Scotland, passing through the broad glens and stunning natural scenery of the Highlands.

 

  • Sample sumptuous platters of Scottish delicacies aboard a private, luxury motor cruiser as you sail along Scotland’s most famous stretch of water.

 

  • Dine by candlelight in the privacy of your own suite at a historic mansion tucked away in the Scottish countryside.
  • Be guided through the historic sites of London and walk in the footsteps of the kings and queens of old, your tour will cover thousands of years of history and some of the most monumental events in English history.

 

  • Walk through the a magnificent wooded gorge, led a local Ranger as they regal you with the historical natural site.

 

  • Visit the world’s oldest museum and walk the two and a half miles of galleries that house a vast treasure trove of relics and artefacts.

 

  • Discover the beautiful Georgian New Town of Edinburgh, filled with historical monuments as well as being Edinburgh’s premier shopping destination.

 

The accommodation during your stay will range from:

An impeccably restored, family-owned castle built in 1892, with interiors that seamlessly combine the old with the new.

A grand 5-star hotel which overlooks the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. Perfectly placed for sight-seeing, this magnificent building has over 100 years of experience in providing world-class hospitality and service.

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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

Edinburgh Castle, perched on ancient volcanic rock, has stood guard over the city for 900 years and is brimming with tales, from it near destruction on the order of King of Scots, Robert the Bruce to its role as a garrisoned fortress through the Glorious Revolution and the Jacobite Risings.

CLAVA CAIRNS

 

Clava Cairns is a Neolithic burial site and standing stones said to be one of Scotland’s most evocative sacred prehistoric sights, believed to be around 4000 years old. Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series may recognise the site as the inspiration for the “Craigh na Dun” stone circle through which Claire Randall travels back in time in.

CULLODEN BATTLEFIELDS

The moving site of the infamous 1746 battle where in less than 60 minutes the Jacobite forces were outnumbered and defeated.

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.

A RANGER GUIDED WALK IN 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. Reserved privately, a local guide will take you on a guided walk.

 

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