Our 11-day England and Scotland Explorer holiday is perfect for families looking to explore London, along with the charming towns and cities of Scotland. You start in London and explore the city as well as Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge. Then, you move to the Windermere Lake District and explore the stunning countryside landscape around. Your next part of the trip takes you to charming Scottish terrains covering Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
You arrive in London and from the Heathrow airport you take a cab or taxi and you transfer to the hotel on your own. The rest of the day you have at your own leisure. You stay overnight in London, England.
After breakfast in the hotel, you go on a day’s hop-on hop-off tour of London. You will see some important sights of the city like the London Bridge, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Tower Bridge etc. You should visit the Buckingham Palace just in time to see the ceremony of changing of guards (if this is part of the palace schedule at that time, you can witness it).
After breakfast, you should go on a guided tour of Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath. On arrival in Windsor, check out the beautiful Windsor Castle and learn more about why it is the Queen’s favourite weekend residence! Windsor Castle is said to be the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, and it has been the home of the royal family for over 900 years. It is situated in such a way that it overlooks the historic Windsor town. You can also visit the St George’s Chapel here and visit the royal memorials. Now, as you visit Stonehenge, you can literally feel the excitement because of the air of mysticism around it. These interestingly seated rocks in the Salisbury Plains are said to have been around for over 5000 years.
As you go sightseeing, your visit now takes you to Bath which is the first city in England to be designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its beautiful Roman architecture and natural hot springs this was once a public bathing space back in the Roman era. To date, these Roman Baths are still a charming historic attraction and this also gave the city its namesake. You then head back to London.
You stay overnight in London, England.
You travel to Windermere today by train. Later, you head towards the Windermere Lake District and the stunning countryside landscape around here. After which, enjoy a relaxing cruise for about 35 to 40 minutes from Bowness to Ambleside. And then, you stay for the night in a hotel in Windermere.
After breakfast, you will proceed on your own to explore the Lake District region. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Lake District’s mountains, waterfalls, lakes and villages. Explore some of the famous Lake District lakes including Windermere, Buttermere, Crummock Water, Grasmere and Brothers Water etc. You stay overnight in a hotel in Windermere, England.
After breakfast, you now proceed to Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland. Glasgow is renowned for its culture and style. Glasgow has on offer many museums, galleries, a vibrant nightlife and a lot of shopping areas. On arrival, you proceed on a Glasgow city orientation tour. Explore some of the important places of interest here like George Square, Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow University, Riverside Museum and Botanical Gardens.
You then check into the hotel and you stay overnight in Glasgow, Scotland.
After breakfast, you proceed to Inverness, a relatively small city in Scotland. The city has a lot to offer in terms of historic buildings in the old town, great places to eat and drink. The city is by itself small and easy to get around. You spend the rest of the day at leisure or you explore the place on your own. You stay overnight in Inverness, Scotland.
After breakfast, depart to the Isle of Skye for a guided tour. It includes a visit to Scotland’s most iconic scenic places which includes Loch Ness, the Eilean Donan Castle and Skye. Drive along the Loch Ness, visit Glen Shiel to see the Five Sisters and then proceed to visit the Eilean Donan Castle. You cross the bridge to Skye and enjoy the stunning views of Cuillin Hills and then visit Portee, the capital of Skye. As you head back to the mainland, you get to tour around Glen Carron, the Black Isle and Achnasheen.
Later, in the evening, you return to your hotel and you stay overnight in Inverness, Scotland.
After breakfast, you depart to the Scottish capital city, Edinburgh. On arrival, go on an Edinburgh city tour. Explore some of the important sights here such as the Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Grass market, the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish National Gallery. Visit the city’s Old Town and Georgian New Town - both of which are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Later, proceed to the famed Edinburgh Castle. Many battles and wars were fought to capture this castle and many kings laid siege to the castle too. The palace was home to many a royalty who lived and died within its walls. After the visit, you return to the hotel.
You stay overnight in Edinburgh, Scotland.
After breakfast, depart on a Loch Ness, Glencoe and Highlands tour. As you head towards the Highlands you will see the amazing Forth Railway Bridge a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then you will have time to purchase coffee or engage in some delicious home baking in the beautiful Highland town of Pitlochry. Enjoy the stunning scenery as you travel through the spectacular and unique wilderness of the Cairngorms National Park. Loch Ness is famous all over the world for its beauty and air of mystery. You can have lunch and then go on a thrilling monster spotting boat cruise in the waters of the loch which offers great views of the Urquhart Castle.
Glen Coe is broodingly beautiful and steeped in history. As you stand at the mouth of the Glen, you feel like you are transported to another world altogether. And while you stand here, your guide shares stories from the past about the terrible massacre of the MacDonald clan that happened right here. The route back home takes you past the beautiful city of Stirling and its stunning castle. It is here the exploits of William Wallace as dramatized in the film Braveheart happened. You learn more about him and the turbulent times in which he lived.
You stay overnight in Edinburgh, Scotland.
After breakfast, checkout and then an airport transfer takes you to the airport for your flight back to India and you take home with you wonderful memories of your UK trip.