Day 1: London
Arrive at London, Transfers to your hotel, Check in and since you are staying near central London it is the perfect opportunity to walk through the nearby area,be sure to check out some of key spots, like Kensington Palace, the Round Pond (where there are geese and swans waiting to be fed), the Italian fountains, the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain and the Peter Pan statue, commissioned by the author J.M. Barrie.This is also a good time to take care of things and exploring the area that you're staying in.Overnighta at hotel.
Day 2: London Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with london eye
Your day starts with a private tour of the Tower of London, led by your very own Beefeater. Leading you into this World Heritage site before it opens to the public, your Beefeater will take you to Traitors' gate, the Crown Jewels in the Jewel House, the Scaffold site and Torture exhibition.Departing the Tower, you'll head to the Mall to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. When the Changing of the Guard is not held, you'll see Buckingham Palace and visit the Horse Guards Parade instead.
Next, you'll take a short cruise on the River Thames to enjoy excellent views of St. Paul's Cathedral and Shakespeare's Globe before heading to a traditional pub for lunch (not included in tour price).
After lunch there will be plenty of time to take photos of Westminster Abbey before heading to St. Paul's Cathedral. Your tour with a professional guide highlights the current restoration program and allows you to test the unique acoustics of the Whispering Gallery.
Take a flight on the London Eye, offering spectacular views of London from high above the River Thames. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: London with London Pass
Today after breakfast discover London with the London Pass, save both time and money as you skip admission lines with fast-track entrance and enjoy free entry to more than 60 top London attractions. There is no need to use cash - simply show your London Pass for fast and easy entry to London's most popular sites.
London Pass includes:
A 120-page London guidebook
Public transport in travel zones 1-6 for the validity of your pass
Free entry to 60 attractions
Discounts and benefits at selected London restaurants, theaters and shops
Fast-track entrance to many top London-area attractions, like St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London.Also you have free time for shopping.Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: London - Edinburgh (Approx 4:30 minutes)
Today after breakfast check out from hotel and board train for Edinburgh check in at hotel day is free for leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Edinburgh Day Trip to Loch Lomond and Trossachs Park
After breakfast take a day trip from Edinburgh Discover Scotland's Loch Lomond, Trossachs National Park on a day trip from Edinburgh. Meet your guide in Edinburgh and head north in a mini-coach through the former capital of Scotland, Stirling, to get a glimpse of magnificent Stirling Castle and see the Wallace Monument, the impressive tower built to honor Scotland's famous hero, Sir William Wallace. Then, continue through the picturesque Scottish Highlands to Loch Lomond.
Here, take in the panoramic views of the loch surrounded by magnificent mountains. Spend time at this breathtaking site walking along the banks, relaxing and exploring the visitor and shopping complex Loch Lomond Shores, or go on a boat cruise (own expense). The one-hour cruise on the loch is one of the best ways to explore the area and discover what makes it so magical. The boats have a nice indoor area with a bar and feature onboard commentary by TV historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver.
Then, spend some time exploring the Trossachs National Park, famous for some of Scotland's most iconic Highland scenery, before driving south to the quaint village of Aberfoyle, where you have the opportunity to grab lunch in a local restaurant (own expense).Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Edinburgh - Inverness (Approx 3:30 minutes)
Today after breakfast board train for Inverness, after check in at hotel it is time for a self intro to your current city a nice thing to do is walk from the town along the river to an area known as the 'Islands'. Start your walk from below the castle and head west along Castle Road then Ness Bank. En route there is Bellfield Park which has an interesting bandstand. You can then cross the river further along once you're in the Islands and walk back along the other side to the town centre again. Inverness Cathedral is on that side of the river and you will pass it as you walk back. Another idea would be to walk along the canal side at the end of Glenurquhart Road - if you do walk to the Islands you will be very close to this area. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Isle of Skye Day Trip from Inverness
Explore the romantic Isle of Skye on a full-day trip from Inverness. Leave Inverness and head southwest to Loch Ness, the legendary freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands. As you travel by minibus along the shore-side road, your expert guide will talk you through the myth of 'Nessie' - the fabled Loch Ness Monster. Stop at the wee village of Invermoriston to stretch your legs and see the delightful Thomas Telford Bridge
Continue traveling through pretty glens like Glen Moriston, and then pass alongside the Five Sisters mountain range. Stop outside Eilean Donan Castle to admire its incredibly picturesque ruins sprawled across the banks of three spectacular lochs.
At the Kyle of Lochalsh, cross the famous Skye Bridge to reach the Isle of Skye itself. First stop is at the island's second-largest settlement, Broadford, where you'll visit a charming local inn for lunch (own expense). Then your tour of this beautiful island begins! Following the coastal road to Glen Suardal, pass the iconic Red Cuilin Hills and enjoy sweeping views of pretty Bla Bhein (Blanven Mountain) from the village of Torrin. Take a stroll with your guide around the banks of Loch Slappin - one of Scotland's most photographed lochs. As you amble around this picturesque spot, your guide will indulge you in the local pastime of beachcombing - scouting the shores for interesting rocks and fossils. After walking along the shores, enjoy a steep walk up Strathaird Peninsula to reach the tiny village of Egol. Spend time at leisure here, soaking up the stunning sea views across to Rum.
Your journey back passes the little island of Eilean Ban, home to a large colony of otters and a wealth of wildlife. The famous British writer Gavin Maxwell calls Eilean Ban home, and the wildlife here influenced his best-selling novel, Ring of Bright Water. Head back to Inverness via the village of Achnasheen and the dramatic Black Isle, arriving in the early evening. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Inverness - Overnight train to London (dep20:44 arr 07:47)
Today after breakfast day is free in Inverness and evening overnight train to London
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Tour cost per person from £975
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- 3 nights in London with breakfast
- 2 nights in Inverness with breakfast
- 2 nights in Edinburgh with breakfast
- 1 day London tour with London eye
- London Edinburg tran tickets
- Day Trip to Loch Lomond and Trossachs Park
- Edinburgh Inverness train tickets
- Isle of Skye Day Trip from Inverness
- Overnight train from Inverness to London