Castles & Kilts

Scottish Piper
11 Days from $2,228 per person

Uncover the mystery and magic of a land of kings and queens, musicians, magicians and muggles. See Harry Potter's London, stay in a castle and learn about life as a Roman soldier at Hadrian's Wall. 

You'll tour the university city of Oxford, see the birthplace of the Beatles and hear tales of bravery, treason and intrigue in Edinburgh.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to London – one of the most exciting capital cities in the world. After check-in the rest of the day is free for you to explore. This evening meet with your fellow travelers and Travel Director at the hotel. Tonight we will take you out for a fun evening at a popular London restaurant for your Kick-off Party. Your Travel Director will explain all the cool things you can do in London.
    hotel:Crowne Plaza Kings Cross Bloomsbury
  3. Your Local Specialist shows you the city's sights including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. See the location of the red telephone box where Harry Potter and Mr. Weasley descend into the secret Ministry of Magic in the ‘Order of the Phoenix'. Admire the magical platform 9¾ sign where Harry catches the Hogwarts Express. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (subject to event taking place). After free time for lunch at St. Katherine's Dock near Tower Bridge, visit the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels.
  4. Today you are free to explore the city on your own. Perhaps visit the Tate Modern or the scary London Dungeon. Shop for fashions in the West End, pop into the most famous toy store in the world – Hamleys on Regent Street – or take a day trip to Windsor Castle. The options are endless and your Travel Director will be happy to help.
  5. Travel west to Oxford for an orientation of this famous university city. Kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers have all studied here, and you may even have the chance to look inside one of the historic halls (if students are not sitting exams). Later travel to picturesque Lacock in rural Wiltshire – one of England's most beautiful villages. See Harry Potter's house and other historic buildings used as locations in recent films. Perhaps take time to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea and cake in one of the local tea rooms before arriving in Bristol for your overnight stay.
    hotel:Mercure Holland House
  6. Your orientation of Bath includes the Pulteney Bridge and famous Georgian architecture. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room and view Bath Abbey, founded in 1499. Cross the border into Wales and visit the town of Llangollen, famous for its annual Eisteddfod. Travel over the picturesque Horseshoe Pass before arriving at your castle hotel for the next two nights. This evening enjoy a Welsh-themed dinner with your travel companions.
    meal(s):FB, RM
    hotel:Ruthin Castle Authentic Accommodations
  7. There are many things to see and do in Liverpool. Perhaps visit the World Museum or the Merseyside Maritime Museum featuring a gallery devoted to the story of the Titanic. Consider joining an Optional Experience which takes in sites further afield from the city center including Liverpool Cathedral and Mathew Street, birthplace of the Beatles. Later return to your castle for free time to relax and explore the castle grounds.
  8. Visit Tatton Park for a Cultural Insight into an elegant mansion house set in an 1,000 acre deer park, where the butler and housekeeper take you on a guided tour. Continue north to the Lake District and see some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Perhaps take a ride on a steam train or cruise across Lake Windermere before reaching your hotel, where you dine tonight.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Lancaster House
  9. Visit the Roman Army Museum for an insight into life as a Roman soldier during the time that they occupied parts of the country. Visit Hadrian's Wall, built by order of the Emperor Hadrian in 122 AD, the most important Roman monument in Britain. Later in Edinburgh – Scotland's capital – your Travel Director will propose a fun night out. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo in the castle grounds are included.
    hotel:Vacation Inn
  10. Experience the beautiful sights of Edinburgh during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist, including the Royal Mile, the famous Scott Monument followed by your choice of sightseeing to the Edinburgh Castle or Edinburgh's Camera Obscura. See the Scottish Crown Jewels during your visit to Edinburgh Castle and hear tales of bravery, treason and intrigue. Spend the afternoon exploring on your own or join your Travel Director for an Optional Experience. Celebrate the end of your journey this evening with your fellow travelers and Travel Director at a special Farewell Dinner.
    meal(s):FB, FD
  11. Say goodbye to your new friends at the end of an amazing vacation. Transfers are available to Edinburgh Airport. Conditions apply.

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We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

9 nights, 9 full breakfasts, 4 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Authentic Accommodations

  • Stay in the 13th century Ruthin Castle in North Wales with its original moat and acres of parkland

Cultural Insight

  • Enjoy a butler and housekeeper tour at the stately 18th century National Trust property, Tatton Park Mansion house

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in London and Edinburgh

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in London, Edinburgh
  • Orientation of Oxford, Bristol, Liverpool
  • Visit the Tower of London, one of the famous Oxford University halls, picturesque Lacock village, the Roman Baths of Bath, Llangollen, Tatton Park to meet the butler and housekeeper, the Lake District, the Roman Army Museum, Hadrian's Wall, Edinburgh Castle
  • View the scenic Lake District
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
31 May 17 10 Jun 17 $2,495$2,246pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,495 $2,246 pp
14 Jun 17 24 Jun 17 $2,495$2,246pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,495 $2,246 pp
21 Jun 17 1 Jul 17 $2,550$2,295pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,550 $2,295 pp
28 Jun 17 8 Jul 17 $2,550$2,295pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,550 $2,295 pp
5 Jul 17 15 Jul 17 checkmark $2,550$2,295pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,550 $2,295 pp
asterisk 2 Aug 17 12 Aug 17 checkmark $2,695$2,426pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,695 $2,426 pp
asterisk 9 Aug 17 19 Aug 17 $2,695$2,426pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,695 $2,426 pp
30 Aug 17 9 Sep 17 $2,475$2,228pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,475 $2,228 pp
20 Sep 17 30 Sep 17 $2,475$2,228pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,475 $2,228 pp

Edinburgh Military Tattoo, August 4-26, 2017: Tattoo tickets are included for tours that visit Edinburgh during these dates.

 Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Young Traveller Discount: $250

Single Room Supplement: from $700 p.p.

Triple Discount: $250 p.p.

Quad Discount: $380 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $68 per person.

Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip. Single rooms are not available unless traveling as part of a family group.

Airport transfers: Transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Edinburgh Airport at 7:00 am and 9:00 am.

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Frequent Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation.

  • U.S. citizens traveling to UK must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering the UK.

  • The currency in the UK is the Pound (£).  While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in the UK, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • The climate in the UK is temperate, with regular rainfall throughout the year. We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress.  A few important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping is less common in the UK than in the U.S. When dining out, some restaurants will add a service charge of 12.5 percent to your bill, especially for groups.  If a service hasn’t been added, it’s appropriate to leave 10 – 15 percent gratuity.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation. 

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 
    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions. 


The Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place every year in August and is included on two departures in 2017:  

August 2 and August 9.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, often referred to as "the most spectacular show on earth," is an exciting celebration showcasing the best of Scottish music, dance, and military pageantry.  In 2017 it will take place in Edinburgh from August 4th to August 26th, and is sure to draw entertainers and spectators from around the world. 

Tickets and arrangements have been included on these select departures. Book early as they will sell out quickly!

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