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Capitals and Castles of the UK
A 10-day Customized Itinerary
- The British capital is alive and well and culturally more vibrant than it has been in years. The music scene is jumping, the theater district is hot, and even the chefs are reinventing the bland dishes England is known for. London was never down, but it is certainly on top of its game today.
- This is one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals, and in 3 days you can do it royally, taking in the highlights of the Old Town and the New Town, which include some of the country’s major museums. Edinburgh is surrounded by major attractions like the village of Cramond, the ancient town of Linlithgow, and Dirleton, the “prettiest village in Scotland.”
- Glasgow’s origins are ancient, making Edinburgh seem comparatively young. Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of Roman settlements. Glasgow is situated at a convenient point on the mighty Clyde River before it widens on its way to the sea some 20 miles away. Glasgow is also a modern city, however, and boasts lively culture and Victorian splendor.
- Day 1—London
- Arrive in London, and enjoy begin your journey with a City Tour of Londonto familiarize yourself with your surroundings and prepare to experience the variety London has to offer.
- Day 2—London
- Enjoy the day at leisure in the city, perhaps shopping for souvenirs or taking a closer look at historic sights such as the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey.
- Day 3—Cotswolds
- Venture out of the city today with a visit to the Cotswolds an area is famed for its picturesque villages and beautiful rolling hills. Picturesque villages include Broadway, Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden and Moreton-in-Marsh. Return to London for the evening before heading to Scotland in the Morning.
- Day 4—Edinburgh
- Board the high speed train for Edinburgh this morning. This afternoon you will enjoy a private city tour of Edinburgh including a visit to Edinburgh Castle. The evening is open to spend at your leisure.
- Day 5—Edinburgh
- Continue discovering Edinburgh today with a tour of the city's New Town. Begin with the Princes Street Gardens and then move on to George Street, with its panoply of shops and stylish bars. Take in Charlotte Square or wander down to Stockbridge on the Water of Leith.
- Day 6—Edinburgh
- Today you will visit St Andrews, the home of Golf, approximately 1.5 hours north. Visit the ruins of St Andrews Castle and Cathedral, which was once the largest and most magnificent church in Scotland before being destroyed. Wander around this historic city, or visit the British Golf Museum, before returning to Edinburgh.
- Day 7—Glasgow
- Departing from Edinburgh today on your way to Glasgow, you will visit the historic Stirling Castle. Known as “Scotland’s grandest Castle” and has been associated with many great historic figures including William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots and Robert the Bruce. Continue on to Glasgow, where you have the remainder of the day at your leisure.
- Day 8—Glasgow
- Disover the charm of Glasgow today with a private half-day tour of Glasgow. See George Square, the city’s main plaza as well as Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow University, and trendy Byres Road.
- Day 9—London
- Return to London today via train, and perhaps enjoy some final shopping for souvenirs, or a last visit to a favorite landmark on your final day in the UK.
- Day 10—Departure Day
- Return Flight to the USA