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Discover the delights of two capital cities on one vacation by rail! First, experience the winding alleyways and classic landmarks of London, visiting royal homes, world-class museums and taking a boat down the River Thames. Then, ride the rails through the green English countryside up to Edinburgh, the hilly Scottish capital with a vibrant medieval Old Town and astonishing natural beauty.

Highlights

  • See London's favorite landmarks and monuments with a London Pass
  • Cruise down the Thames from Windsor, stopping to check out Windsor Castle along the way
  • Immerse yourself in history with a skip-the-line ticket to Edinburgh Castle
  • Uncover the beauty of the Scottish Highlands with a guided trip - including a visit to Loch Ness

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • 4 nights' hotel stay with breakfast in London
  • 3 nights' hotel stay with breakfast in Edinburgh
  • Rail travel in standard class throughout
  • The London Pass
  • London Eye Ticket with Skip the Line
  • Scenic Thames Riverboat Return Journey from Windsor
  • Skip the Line: Edinburgh Castle Entrance Ticket
  • Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Trip from Edinburgh
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
Welcome to London! Arrive in the history-steeped, cosmopolitan English capital and check in at your hotel for a four-night stay. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city, perhaps enjoying some traditional fish and chips for dinner. (Overnight in London)

DAY 2 - LONDON
After breakfast this morning, spend the day exploring! Your vacation includes a London Pass, which will serve as your gateway to the city. Make use of the hop-on, hop-off bus tour to navigate the city, stopping off at Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Trafalgar Square to see some of London's most iconic sights. Gain entry to the Tower of London, Shakespeare's Globe or Westminster Abbey and tick off your London bucket list. This afternoon, why not take the Thames River Cruise included in your London Pass? Enjoy the city skyline from the water as you relax along one of the world's most famous waterways. There are 60 attractions to choose from, so you certainly won't be bored! (Overnight in London) B

DAY 3 - LONDON
Spend another day at leisure in London. Head to the South Bank for an iconic London experience. Watch street musicians and artists perform, gaze out at the Thames and take a ride on the London Eye, an experience included with your vacation! The views over London's rooftops are quite spectacular - you'll be able to see St Paul's Cathedral, the British Museum, Royal Opera House and Tower Bridge from a fantastic perspective! (Overnight in London) B

DAY 4 - LONDON
From London, it's just a short hop on the train to Windsor! Explore the vast green areas, stop in at a quaint pub for lunch or check out the boutique shops. You'll also be treated to a relaxing journey along the Thames, this time past the gorgeous English countryside towards Boveney. Keep an eye out for Eton College Chapel, Royal Windsor Racecourse and - of course - the magnificent Windsor Castle! Windsor's royal heritage dates back centuries and is definitely a must see when you're in England! (Overnight in London) B

DAY 5 - LONDON TO EDINBURGH
All aboard the train to Edinburgh! Make your way to London's Kings Cross Station, made world-famous in the Harry Potter series - in fact, you can see a replica of Platform 9 ¾ before you board the train! Travel through lush, rolling countryside north, crossing the Scottish border and arriving in Edinburgh about four and a half hours later. Make your way to your hotel and check in for a three-night stay. (Overnight in Edinburgh) B

DAY 6 - EDINBURGH
Edinburgh is certainly a treat to explore! Fill your lungs full of fresh air on a scenic walk up to Arthur's Seat, visit HMY Britannia - a massive ocean liner used by Britain's royal family, and enjoy skip the line entrance to Edinburgh Castle included with your vacation. This amazing, historic fortress dates back to the 12th century, and dominates Edinburgh's skyline. (Overnight in Edinburgh) B

DAY 7 - EDINBURGH
No visit to Scotland is complete without exploring the magnificent beauty of the Highlands! Take a small group day-trip to the rugged, mythical corners of the country, stopping off at Loch Ness - famously the home of the elusive monster of the same name! Explore the historic battle sites of Glencoe, Stirling Castle and Fort Augustus and spend free time exploring the wonderful wilderness to your heart's content before returning to Edinburgh for another night at your hotel. (Overnight in Edinburgh) B

DAY 8 - YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN EDINBURGH
Your vacation ends today in Edinburgh. Continue on with your journey, or why not extend your trip? Speak to one of our Rail Vacation Specialists about taking the train to explore the Scottish Highlands further, perhaps including a daytrip over the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct to Mallaig, often named one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. 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.

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton

•City centre location, close to main shopping streets and attractions
•211 rooms and suites, all with complimentary WiFi access
•7 event rooms including a ballroom with city views for 300 guests
•Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Restaurant and a lounge area
•Executive Lounge with complimentary breakfast and refreshments
•Modern fitness room

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.

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.

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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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