Exploring The Wonders Of Britain By Train

Family Holiday | Active Vacation | Culture Immersion
Exploring The Wonders Of Britain By Train

Itinerary

 Day 1 - Arrive in London

Welcome to London! Upon your arrival, independent transfer to your accommodation.
Overnight in London.

 Day 2 - London in a day

Discover the essence of London in a single day! Your journey begins with early access to Westminster Abbey, where its rich history unfolds. Explore ancient chivalric orders, famous tombs, and royal treasures. Learn about Trafalgar Square's secrets and savor lunch at recommended eateries. Enjoy a scenic river cruise past iconic landmarks, concluding with a Tower of London exploration, rich in dark history and royal intrigue. Your day culminates with the Crown Jewels, making London an unforgettable experience.
Overnight in London.

 Day 3 - Windsor Castle, Bath and Stonehenge

Embark from London to Windsor Castle, perched elegantly on a hill by the Thames. Explore grand State Apartments adorned with Rembrandt and da Vinci works. Visit St. George's Chapel, a royal resting place. Admire Queen Mary's Dolls' House, a tiny marvel. Then, venture to mystical Stonehenge, pondering its ancient mystery. Continue to UNESCO-listed Bath with its captivating sights, including Bath Abbey and Roman Baths. Conclude with a torch-lit ceremony (except in summer) and a sip of Bath's healing waters at the Pump Room.
Overnight in London.

 Day 4 - London to Manchester

Reach London Station on your own to catch your train to Manchester, where you will arrive in about 2 hours and 20 minutes, passing a marvelous landscape.
The afternoon is free for leisure.
● Manchester has a rich industrial heritage, a thriving arts scene, and a passion for football. If you have just one afternoon in Manchester, here's a condensed itinerary to experience a bit of what the city has to offer:
● Manchester Art Gallery: Begin with a visit to this prominent gallery, which houses a fine collection of art, including many works by British artists.
● John Rylands Library: This neo-Gothic building is not just a library but an architectural marvel. Inside, you'll find a beautiful historic reading room and some of the world's most ancient books and manuscripts.
● Stroll along Canal Street: Located in the city's heart, this is the epicenter of Manchester's LGBTQ+ community and offers a range of cafes, bars, and restaurants along the canal.
● Afflecks: Located in the Northern Quarter, this iconic indie department store is a hub of creativity and a haven for all things alternative. You'll find vintage clothing, records, art, and more.
● Manchester Cathedral: Explore this medieval Gothic church, which has been a focal point of the city for more than 600 years.
● National Football Museum: This is a must-visit for football (soccer) enthusiasts. Dive into the rich history of the sport and explore interactive exhibits.
● Albert Square: This public square in the heart of Manchester is surrounded by architectural marvels like the Manchester Town Hall. It's a great spot for people-watching and soaking in the city's atmosphere.
Overnight in Manchester.
 

 Day 5 - The Lake District

Embark on a day trip to the Lake District National Park from Manchester, experiencing its breathtaking landscapes. Departing Manchester, the journey heads north via the M6 Motorway, reaching the Lake District in approximately two hours. Explore the region with a narrow gauge railway ride from Haverthwaite to Lakeside (available from 1st April to 29th October), followed by a scenic Windermere lake cruise. Discover Wray Castle, Tarn Hows, and the medieval village of Hawkshead, known for its ties to Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. Conclude the Lake District tour with a return journey to Manchester.
Overnight in Manchester.

 Day 6 - Manchester to Edinburgh & Tour of Edinburgh

Reach the train station in Manchester and catch a comfortable train to Edinburgh. Once in Scotland. Embark on a unique journey in the early afternoon with a walking tour revealing the "Secrets of the Royal Mile." Go beyond the tourist path and guidebooks to explore the hidden gems of Edinburgh, led by an expert guide. Traverse the wynds, closes, courtyards, and homes of the Old Town, where history was forged. Discover captivating stories involving figures like Mary Queen of Scots, David Hume, Adam Smith, and Robert Burns, unearthing the lesser-known aspects of Edinburgh's and Scotland's past. Explore diverse facets of Edinburgh life, from crime and culture to politics and daily events. Overnight in Edinburgh.

 Day 7 - Alnwick Castle, the Northumberland Coast & the Borders

Discover the incredible world of Harry Potter's Hogwarts and uncover the historic and stunning Borders. You can imagine kings and queens; think of epic sieges, wizards, and dragons: Alnwick Castle is a playground for your imagination that combines make-believe with actual events. Let your imagination fly on this trip through the historic towns, intriguing tales, and beautiful views of the borders of Scotland and England. Return late afternoon in Edinburgh.
Overnight in Edinburgh.

 Day 8 - West Highlands, Lochs & Castles, by coach

Experience the enchanting landscapes that have graced countless postcards and documentaries in Scotland. Explore the iconic and hidden treasures, from misty castles to sparkling lochs, quaint coastal villages, and heather-covered mountains. Discover Inveraray, an 18th-century town boasting a beautiful castle and ancient jail, and Doune Castle, famous for its role in 'Monty Python's stories. Delight in Loch Awe, intimately linked to Scottish clans. Visit the picturesque village of Luss on Loch Lomond's shores and capture postcard-worthy photos in Loch Lomond National Park.
Overnight in Edinburgh

 Day 9 - Departure

Independent departure transfer

Photo Gallery

Other Information

  • Tour Code : SMT016.24
  • Duration : 8 Nights/9 Days
  • Departure City : London, England
  • Ending City : Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Type : Private Tour
  • Departure : Guaranteed Departure
  • Grade/Difficulity : Moderate
  • Transport Mode : Train
  • Children Allowed : Yes
  • Max Group Size : 15
  • Language Offered : English
Departure Dates
May 2024 - 31
June 2024 - 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
July 2024 - 5, 12, 16, 19, 26, 30
September 2024 - 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
October 2024 - 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
Blackout Dates
27,29 June 2024, 2,4,6,9,11,23 July 2024
Tour Includes
  •  3 nights in Hotel in London
  •  2 nights in Hotel in Manchester
  •   3 nights in Hotel in Edinburgh
  •  FD Small Group tour - London in a Day / Meet the guide at a meeting point
  •  FD Coach tour to Windsor Castle, Bath and Stonehenge / Meet the guide at a meeting point
  •  Small Group Tour to Lake District from Manchester / Pick up and drop off in the heart of the city
  •  Walking tour of Edinburgh - Small Group / Meet the guide at a meeting point
  •  Excursion to Alnwick Castle, the Northumberland Coast & the Borders - Small Group / Meet the guide at a meeting point
  •  Guided Tour West Highlands, Lochs & Castles, by coach / Meet the guide at a meeting point
  •  Direct Train from London to Manchester
  •  Direct Train from Manchester to Edinburgh
  •  Digital Remote Briefing 7 days before arrival
  •  24/7 Emergency Phone to assist you during your stay
Tour Excludes
  •  Everything that is not mentioned in “Inclusions”
  •  Breakfast
  •  City Tax to be paid at the hotels
  •  Transfer to meet the guide for your guided visits, unless differently specified
  •  Return transfer at your hotel after the guided visits, unless differently specified
  •  Flights are not included
  •  Personal Insurance
Notes
  •  London - Hotel CitizenM / Riu Plaza or similar
  •  Manchester - Hotel Whitworth Locke or similar
  •  Edinburgh - Hotel Voco or similar