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London & The Highlands

14 Days

Beginning at a luxury hotel in the heart of London, spend the first part of your journey exploring metropolis of London. Home to a rich tapestry of history and cultural heritage, the sheer variety of attractions is unrivalled;  from the infamous Tower of London to hidden gastronomic gems waiting to be sampled at Borough Market.

 A short flight takes you north to the wilds of the Scottish Highlands, an area renowned for its enduring traditions and spectacular, otherworldly landscapes before taking you south to conclude in the vibrant city of Edinburgh with a stay in an iconic 5* hotel.

 You will gain a behind the scenes appreciation of Britain, whether taking a private tour of the Houses of Parliament, cruising on the River Thames or on one of Scotland’s most famous lochs. This amazing array of experiences will create lasting memories.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



Dream Escape’s recommended programme could include the following experiences:

 

  • Embark on an exciting tour of the rooms where Sir Winston Churchill and his inner circle hatched master strategies during the Blitz that helped to win the War

 

  • House Rules! Combining 1,000 years of history, majestic architecture and the daily unfolding drama of modern-day politics, a visit to the seat of British government is quite an experience

 

  • ‘Tate-á-tête – Privately guided curator-led tours at the Tate Modern and its younger sibling, the Tate Britain; see gorgeous renaissance paintings by contrast, inspiring contemporary artwork

 

  • Soak up the mouth-watering aromas and flavours on a private foodie tour around one of London’s oldest markets

 

  • For fans of the water – two tremendous cruises:
    • On the River Thames, sauntering past a plethora of pretty towns and picturesque villages
    • On Loch Ness, admiring the stunning scenery and keeping an eye out for the loch’s most elusive resident
  • Stretch your feet as you explore one of the most dramatic and beautiful places in the Scottish Highlands.

 

  • Indulge in a dram of whisky at Scotland’s highest working distillery alongside a platter of specially selected artisan chocolate produced by the award-winning Highland Chocolatier

 

  • Traverse the winding, cobbled streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town in the company of a friendly and knowledgeable local guide

 

  • Relish the feeling of getting up close to a magnificent bird of prey, watching as it comes down to land on your gloved fist.

 

During your two week-long adventure, we suggest a variety of  delightful properties.

In London, stay in a luxury hotel, overlooking Buckingham Palace. Continuing across the border into the Highlands, enjoy local hospitality at a gorgeous historic hotel in one of the most hauntingly beautiful glens in Scotland.

Stay at the decadent hotel near Inverness and a real-life castle in Perthshire and in Edinburgh stay at a world-renowned, luxurious property boasting a Michelin-starred restaurant as well as a kilted doorman to greet you on arrival.

 

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THINGS TO DO

BOROUGH MARKET

The Borough Market is rich with history, but it remains as relevant now as it has ever been. As London’s oldest food market, it has been serving the people of Southwark for 1,000 years, and that extraordinary heritage is an important part of its appeal.

CABINET WAR ROOMS

Shortly after becoming Prime Minister in May 1940, Winston Churchill visited the Cabinet War Rooms, to see for himself what preparations had been made to allow him and his War Cabinet to continue working throughout the expected air raids on London. It was there, in the underground Cabinet Room, that he announced ‘This is the room from which I will direct the war’. This is where Churchill and his inner circle not only took shelter during the Blitz, but also where master strategies were hatched and top-secret conversations were whispered late into the night.

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.

FALCONRY

Experience first-hand the art of falconry. Known as the “sport of kings”, this is a wonderful opportunity to see magnificent birds of prey up close. Often including Falcons, Owls, Hawks and Eagles; in full flight, they are spectacular.

HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT

The Houses of Parliament, officially called the Palace of Westminster is home to the British government; it is here that political debates take place and history is made. Highlights include the magnificent Westminster Hall which dates from 1097, and the instantly recognisable Commons Chamber.

 

JACOBITE STEAM TRAIN

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

WHISKY & CHOCOLATE TASTING

Dalwhinnie Distillery is the highest working distillery in the country. Whisky and chocolate is a match made in heaven. Here enjoy a tour followed by a tasting of a range of classic single malts, paired with specially selected luxury Highland chocolate.

 

LOCH NESS MOTOR CRUISE

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

TATE BRITAIN

Is one of the capital’s most popular art museums.

TATE MODERN

Hosts a renowned collection of international modern and contemporary art

HIGHLAND CHOCOLATIER

Enjoy a special visit to the picturesque base of the internationally-renowned Highland Chocolatier. This award-winning chocolatier is the creator of the Velvet Truffle; it took over three years to perfect and went on to be judged the “Best Dark Chocolate Truffle in the World”.

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.

 

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.

THE HIGHLANDS

The Highlands very much embody the romance of Scotland; they really are the Scotland of your imagination, a beautiful and inspiring region of ancient landscapes with a fascinating history. Spend the day exploring with your chauffeur-guide. There is a wealth of places to visit

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.

LOCH NESS

Extending 23 miles, Loch Ness provides spectacular views regardless of the time of year.The loch’s cold, deep waters are said to be home to the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as Nessie. It is said that the first sighting of the monster was in the 6th century by St. Columba, and sporadic sightings have been reported ever since.

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