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Take the ultimate vacation through Britain by rail! You’ll uncover world-famous landmarks in London and Edinburgh, discover the prehistoric rocks of Stonehenge, spot quaint English villages on scenic cruises and experience one of the most scenic train journeys on earth aboard the Jacobite Steam Train through the Scottish Highlands. This is truly a bucket list adventure for anyone with a love for all things British.

Highlights

  • Explore royal residences and iconic monuments in the British capital with a London Pass
  • Stroll down the cobbled streets of York and explore with a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour
  • Gaze over Edinburgh and discover Scottish history with Skip the Line entrance to the hilltop Edinburgh Castle
  • Wind through the Scottish Highlands with a return journey on the Jacobite Steam Train
  • Admire the Roman walls and Tudor-style houses of Chester, and enjoy a scenic cruise down the River Dee

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • 4 nights' hotel stay with breakfast in London
  • 2 nights' hotel stay with breakfast in York
  • 2 nights' hotel stay with breakfast in Edinburgh
  • 1 night hotel stay with breakfast in Fort William / Glencoe
  • 2 nights' hotel stay with breakfast in Chester
  • 1 night hotel stay with breakfast in Bristol
  • 1 night hotel stay with breakfast in Bath
  • Rail travel in standard class throughout
  • London Pass
  • Stonehenge Day tour from London
  • York Pass with hop-on, hop-off tour
  • Skip the Line: Edinburgh Castle Admission
  • Roundtrip journey on the Jacobite Steam Train
  • Cruise on the River Dee in Chester
  • Cruise on the River Avon in Bath
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN LONDON
Arrive in London today and check into your hotel, located right in the heart of the city. Settle in and head out to explore - the unique blend of history and cosmopolitan vibrancy in the English capital makes it one of the world's best tourist destinations. (Overnight in London)

DAY 2 - LONDON
Explore London to the fullest today with a London Pass included in your vacation. Discover the parts of London that interest you - from Shakespeare's Globe to Westminster Abbey, the Churchill War Rooms or the Tower of London. Use your pass to take a scenic cruise down the River Thames - the perfect way to see the famous landmarks of the city from a new perspective. (Overnight in London) B

DAY 3 - DAYTRIP TO STONEHENGE
Today you'll have the chance to see one of the world's most breathtaking landmarks - Stonehenge! Travel from London in comfort and observe the prehistoric monument in all its glory, discovering the monument's Neolithic heritage with an expert guide. (Overnight in London) B

DAY 4 - LONDON TO YORK
Head north today, through the verdant English countryside to the pretty cathedral city of York. Check in at your hotel and begin to explore. Quite the contrast to London, York boasts quaint cobbled streets and a laid back, romantic atmosphere. Spend the rest of the day exploring and enjoy some traditional Yorkshire cuisine come the evening. (Overnight in York) B

DAY 5 - YORK
Create your own sightseeing tour with a York Pass! The city's official tourist card makes exploring as easy as it is fun. Gaze out on spectacular views over the city from Clifford's Tower, indulge your cultural side at the York Art Gallery, visit York Minster - the city's crowning jewel - and discover the city's legacy for sweets with a visit to York's Chocolate Story. (Overnight in York) B

DAY 6 - YORK TO EDINBURGH
Catch the train from England to Scotland today, riding the rails from York to Edinburgh. Check in at your hotel for a two-night stay and start exploring the city. If the train journey has left you with boundless energy, why not walk up to Arthur's Seat, the main mountain in the city which offers fantastic views from the top. (Overnight in Edinburgh) B

DAY 7 - EDINBURGH
Explore a fascinating slice of Scottish history today, with a skip the line entrance ticket included with your vacation. Explore the historic attraction at leisure, visiting St Margaret's Chapel, the Crown Jewels, Royal Palace and fascinating National War Museum. Keep an eye out for performers in costume around the site, who are sure to bring the past to life! (Overnight in Edinburgh) B

DAY 8 - DAYTRIP ON THE JACOBITE STEAM TRAIN
Fans of historic experiences and gorgeous scenery will be in their element today! Get an early start and travel north through the exceptional vistas of the Scottish Highlands to Fort William, where you'll board none other than the Jacobite Steam Train, one of the world's most scenic railway journeys. Pass Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, skirt the shores of deep lochs and winding rivers and catch glimpses of Loch Nevis on the way to Mallaig, a quaint but busy fishing port. Enjoy free time to explore before catching the train back to Fort William and transferring to Glencoe for an overnight stay. (Overnight in Glencoe) B

DAY 9 - FORT WILLIAM TO CHESTER
Check out of your hotel and transfer back to Fort William station, where you will catch a train bound for Chester. Founded as a Roman fortress as far back as the 1st century BC, Chester boasts myriad history to discover. Settle in at your hotel for a two-night stay and set out to explore the city. Admire the well-preserved Roman Walls, Tudor-style buildings and the Roman amphitheater. (Overnight in Chester) B

DAY 10 - CHESTER
Today you'll enjoy a cruise on the River Dee. Meander along the water past Chester's waterfront sights and marvel at the historic skyline, attractive Georgian homes and wetlands as you listen to commentary as you go. Return to the city for an overnight stay. (Overnight in Chester) B

DAY 11 - CHESTER TO BRISTOL
Catch the train from Chester to Bristol after breakfast today, checking in at your Bristol hotel for an overnight stay. Nestled on the banks of the River Avon, there is plenty to see and do in Bristol, which is famous for its maritime history. Discover the museum on board the SS Great Britain, enjoy the views from the top of the Cabot Tower, and wander through the harbor's 19th-century warehouses, which now contain fantastic restaurants, shops and galleries. (Overnight in Bristol) B

DAY 12 - BRISTOL TO BATH
From Bristol, take the train to Bath, just a short 15-minute ride away! Check in at your hotel and stroll the cobbled streets of Bath, regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. Your vacation includes a cruise down the scenic River Avon, perhaps treating yourself to a traditional pub lunch afterwards! Glide downstream on a vintage 1960s boat and enjoy the relaxing journey. When you return to Bath, don't miss a visit to the famous Roman Baths - the city is built on natural hot springs. (Overnight in Bath) B

DAY 13 - BATH TO LONDON
Head back to the English capital city by train today and check in at your hotel for an overnight stay. If there are any sights remaining on your ‘London bucket list', now is the time to check them off! (Overnight in London) B

DAY 14 - YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN LONDON
Check out of your London hotel after breakfast and continue with your travels. If you'd like to extend your vacation to explore Europe, just speak to one of our Rail Experts for more information. B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

BEST WESTERN Braid Hills Hotel

BEST WESTERN Braid Hills Hotel

This traditional Edinburgh hotel also has ample free parking and sits on a main bus route to the city center. In addition to the breathtaking views of Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat and the Firth of Forth, you’ll be within easy reach of the city’s other beauty spots. Just a short trip away, you can find iconic attractions like Holyrood Palace and the Royal Yacht Britannia. You’ll also be able to take in Princes Street Gardens, top class museums and plenty of shops at the heart of Edinburgh. It’s also a city where there is always a festival happening – and not just the world-renowned comedy festival in late summer. Please note: Hotel ground floor rooms are only accessible by stairs.

The Grand York

The Grand York

A Luxury 5 Star Hotel In The Heart of York City Centre
Built in 1906, The Grand boasts a stately character. The extravagance and grandeur is all a reminder of the buildings former status as an icon of the golden age of railway travel. Located a few minutes’ walk from the station. The hotel has an award-winning concierge team and offers free pre bookable porterage from the station.

Hilton London Euston

Located in a wonderful Victorian building just a stone’s throw from Euston station, the Hilton Euston is in an ideal central London location, and just a 10 minute walk from St Pancras Railway station. Guests can dine in a choice of two restaurants, or make use of the stylish lounge bar or sun terrace. The hotel’s 150 rooms all feature marble bathrooms, air conditioning and Wi-Fi internet access.

Hilton London Euston

Located in a wonderful Victorian building just a stone’s throw from Euston station, the Hilton Euston is in an ideal central London location, and just a 10 minute walk from St Pancras Railway station. Guests can dine in a choice of two restaurants, or make use of the stylish lounge bar or sun terrace. The hotel’s 150 rooms all feature marble bathrooms, air conditioning and Wi-Fi internet access.

Megaro London

The Megaro London is a unique hotel located in the heart of London's Kings Cross area. The hotel features 49 comfortable bedrooms and an on-site restaurant offering a menu of English and Italian cuisine. The sophisticated Megaro Bar is perfect for relaxing with a drink after a day's sightseeing. The Megaro is located opposite St Pancras station and just minutes from bus, tube and Eurostar.

Megaro London

The Megaro London is a unique hotel located in the heart of London's Kings Cross area. The hotel features 49 comfortable bedrooms and an on-site restaurant offering a menu of English and Italian cuisine. The sophisticated Megaro Bar is perfect for relaxing with a drink after a day's sightseeing. The Megaro is located opposite St Pancras station and just minutes from bus, tube and Eurostar.

Doubletree By Hilton London Victoria

Situated just a stone’s throw from Victoria Train Station, the DoubleTree by Hilton London Victoria is the perfect base for exploring the English capital. Just five minutes’ from Westminster Cathedral, or a 15-minute stroll down to St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace, the property combines an enviable location with warmly furnished rooms and wonderful amenities. Guests enjoy private bathrooms, satellite TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel boasts a stylish restaurant serving seasonal European dishes.

Doubletree By Hilton London Victoria

Situated just a stone’s throw from Victoria Train Station, the DoubleTree by Hilton London Victoria is the perfect base for exploring the English capital. Just five minutes’ from Westminster Cathedral, or a 15-minute stroll down to St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace, the property combines an enviable location with warmly furnished rooms and wonderful amenities. Guests enjoy private bathrooms, satellite TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel boasts a stylish restaurant serving seasonal European dishes.

The Grand Hotel & Spa

Originally built in 1906 as a ‘Palace of Business’ for the North Eastern Railway Company, then one of the richest businesses in Britain, the building is bursting with original features and architecture. The Grand was restored to the splendour of its Edwardian heyday during its transformation to The Grand Hotel in 2010, a time when the railways were central to the life of the nation. Look carefully and you will see reminders of this proud history everywhere. The interior of the building is typified by high ceilings, tall windows, lofty arches and wide open corridors and spaces.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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