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Castles and Kilts

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,426 per person

Countries Visited

UK ...more UK

Locations Visited

London, Bath, Oxford, Ruthin, Lancaster, Knutsford, Hexham, Edinburgh ...more London, Bath, Oxford, Ruthin, Lancaster, Knutsford, Hexham, Edinburgh
  1. Day 1 Arrive London (3 Nights)

    Delight in the magic and mystery of an ancient land of kings and queens, knights and magical creatures. Your springboard to an unforgettable Family Experience through Britain is the lively capital of London, which you will have an opportunity to explore with your clan before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a memorable Kick-Off bash.

    meals Kick-Off Party
    hotel Crowne Plaza Kings Cross
  2. Day 2 London Sightseeing

    March down the grand boulevards and secret lanes of London, exploring the city's iconic sights with a 'Local Specialist'. Practice your royal wave at Buckingham Palace, snap a selfie in front of Big Ben and see where Britain's royalty has been crowned since the 11th century. Enjoy some 'Family Fun' and head to platform 9¾ to see if you can catch a glimpse of the Hogwarts Express. Then shrug off your Muggle mantle and see the red telephone box where Harry Potter and Mr. Weasley descended into the secret Ministry of Magic in 'Order of the Phoenix'. Admire the pomp and ceremony of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (subject to the event taking place), before enjoying free time for a leisurely lunch at St. Katherine's Dock near Tower Bridge. Our last stop today is the brooding Tower of London where we'll rub shoulders with the Beefeaters and see the Crown Jewels.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 London Free Day

    Soak up the buzzing multicultural atmosphere of London on this full day at leisure. Explore the wonders of science and centuries of natural history at the city's fascinating museums, delve into the dark depths of the London Dungeon or take a spin on the London Eye. Wander through the colourful array of toys at Hamleys on Regent Street or take a day trip to 11th-century Windsor Castle - the choice is yours.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 London – Oxford – Lacock – Bath

    Imagine yourself as an Oxford scholar as you enjoy a quick visit (as long as students are not sitting exams) to the imposing historic hall of one of Oxford's Divinity School. This was used as the film location for the Hogwarts hospital wing. Later, we continue to the pretty Wiltshire village of Lacock for some 'Family Fun' to see Harry Potter's house. Perhaps visit the 13th-century Lacock Abbey, or devour a traditional afternoon tea and cake in one of the local tea rooms before arriving in Bath for your overnight stay.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton City
  5. Day 5 Bath – Llangollen – Ruthin Castle (2 Nights)

    Gain insights into the elegant city of Bath during Roman times, enjoying an orientation that will include beautiful Pulteney bridge. Visit the Roman Baths, then visit the Pump Room and view the 15th-century Bath Abbey before crossing the border into Wales. We stop in the historic town of Llangollen, famous for its annual Eisteddfod, and then cross the Horseshoe Pass to a medieval castle and one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories', where we'll spend the next two nights. Dine like lords and ladies this evening enjoying a delicious Welsh dinner with your new travel friends.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Ruthin Castle
  6. Day 6 Excursion to Liverpool

    Twist and shout your way through Liverpool, home of the 'Fab Four', enjoying a full day to explore this fun-filled city. Discover treasures from across the world at the World Museum and consider joining an Optional Experience past Liverpool's iconic sites, including the Cathedral and Mathew Street, birthplace of the Beatles. We return to our regal home-away-from-home this afternoon for free time to relax, or ramble along its ancient walls and through the beautiful castle grounds.

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Ruthin Castle – Tatton Park – Lancaster

    Discover centuries of history at Tatton Park, set within a 400-hectare deer park. We'll join the butler and housekeeper of this elegant medieval manor house and 'Dive Into Culture', gaining insights into the day-to-day of English aristocrats once upon a time. We continue north to the Lake District, whose enchanting landscapes have inspired poets and writers for centuries. Consider boarding a steam train and cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Windermere before arriving at your hotel, where you'll dine tonight.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Lancaster House
  8. Day 8 Lancaster – Hadrian’s Wall – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

    Start today with some 'Family Fun' to experience life as a brave Roman soldier on Emperor Hadrian's northern frontier, exploring the treasures of the Roman Army Museum and Hadrian's Wall. We cross into 'Bonnie Scotland' and arrive in the charismatic capital of Edinburgh which we have an opportunity to explore tonight at leisure. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Marriott
  9. Day 9 Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

    Delve into the magic of Edinburgh's iconic sights and stunning landscapes as you join a sightseeing tour with a 'Local Specialist'. Ramble up the Royal Mile and see the tall spires of the Scott Monument, visit Edinburgh Castle, where you will hear tales of bravery, treason and intrigue. Get lost in Auld Reekie, strolling through its secret lanes and past medieval façades or join your Travel Director for an Optional Experience. Our epic family adventure is almost at its end. Celebrate a memorable holiday with new friends and your Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. Day 10 Depart Edinburgh

    It's time to say bye for now, but not goodbye forever, as the curtain falls on an unforgettable Family Experience through Britain. Transfers are available to Edinburgh Airport. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
Castles And Kilts
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host in London
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Oxford, Bath and Liverpool
  • VIEW the scenic Lake District
  • VISIT the Tower of London, Divinity School in Oxford, 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 and Edinburgh Castle

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
  • Edinburgh Tattoo
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Start Date: Thu, May 28, 2020
Return Date: Sat, Jun 6, 2020
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Start Date: Thu, Jun 11, 2020
Return Date: Sat, Jun 20, 2020
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Start Date: Thu, Jun 18, 2020
Return Date: Sat, Jun 27, 2020
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Start Date: Thu, Jun 25, 2020
Return Date: Sat, Jul 4, 2020
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Start Date: Thu, Jul 2, 2020
Return Date: Sat, Jul 11, 2020
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Start Date: Thu, Jul 9, 2020
Return Date: Sat, Jul 18, 2020
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Edinburgh Tattoo
Start Date: Thu, Jul 30, 2020
Return Date: Sat, Aug 8, 2020
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Edinburgh Tattoo
Start Date: Thu, Aug 6, 2020
Return Date: Sat, Aug 15, 2020
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Start Date: Thu, Aug 27, 2020
Return Date: Sat, Sep 5, 2020
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Start Date: Thu, Sep 17, 2020
Return Date: Sat, Sep 26, 2020
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Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place every year in August.

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 2020 it will take place in Edinburgh from August 7th to August 29th, 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!

Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

London

Windsor Visit Including Castle Tour

We’ll take a short drive to Windsor where you'll enjoy a private guided tour of Windsor Castle, with entrance to the State Apartments included. Inside the apartments you’ll also have the use of an individual audio guide. On Sundays, St George's Chapel is closed to the public.
Adult Price: £41

London Eye and Thames Cruise

There's no better way to experience London than from a cruise along the Thames. You’ll also experience incredible views of London from the world-famous London Eye. Open from 10am - 6pm.
Adult Price: £41

Liverpool

Famous Sights and the Fab Four

Come along on a guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural present, you’ll discover the two magnificently different cathedrals, see Mathew Street, birthplace of The Beatles, and admire the Mersey Sound.
Adult Price: £16.50

Windermere

Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

A chance to view the glorious scenery of the Lake District as we cruise across England’s largest lake. Then step back in time as we board the steam train for a short journey from Lakeside to Haverthwaite.
Adult Price: £19

Edinburgh

Dinner And Drive To Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Hospitaller. At the haunted Torphichen Inn your arrival will be toasted by our convivial host before enjoying an excellent dinner of local specialties and entertainment.
Adult Price: £46

Scottish Show With Dinner

Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There's even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.
Adult Price: £60

Royal Yacht Britannia

You’ll explore this magnificent ship, which has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. Now berthed in Leith, you’ll be welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences – the former honeymoon sanctuary for four royal couples.
Adult Price: £23

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Wayne Castro
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Service
The reservations for flights and hotels were wonderful, 5 stars. I especially enjoyed the stay at Ruthin Castle. the Military Tatoo was an uplifting and inspirational experience, 5 stars. The trip to Oxford was rushed and disappointing. I would have liked to spend more time in Oxford, and the Harry Potter connection was minimal, at best. I would definitely recommend the tour. My wife and I are planning follow-on tours.
Vacation
I felt the experience was well worth the price. The trip through Wales was very minimal. I would have preferred to spend a day in Cardiff and explored Caraphilly Castle. All in all, a wonderful and memorable experience.
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