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Great Britain for Families: London, Windermere & Edinburgh

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,149

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Look no further for a holiday that’s perfect for the whole family! Begin in London, where you’ll explore the filming locations of the Harry Potter series before heading north to the region that inspired Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit stories. End your tour in Edinburgh, where you’ll discover the city’s haunted history and take a day trip to Loch Ness.


This 9-day England vacation takes you on a family-friendly adventure across the United Kingdom, from London to Newcastle to Edinburgh. It features first-class accommodations, shared and private tours, and is a perfect family trip for Harry Potter fans.

Your family vacation through England begins in London, one of the most visited cities on the planet and the capital of the United Kingdom. With history reaching back to Roman times, you’ll find plenty of great historical sites and culture in London. Take advantage of the Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour and its convenient kids club to zip between popular sites in the city, such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace. The next day, take a walking tour through the city to explore the filming locations of the Harry Potter series, heading from the real-life Diagon Alley to Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station. That afternoon, head to Madame Tussauds to see wax figures of some of your kids’ favourite movie characters. Keep the magic alive the next day as you tour Warner Brothers Studios and see the sets of the Harry Potter films. Take a behind-the-scenes tour to see props and learn how the magical films came to life.

From London, head north to the picturesque Lake District and Bowness-on-Windermere, where you’ll head to Hill Top Farm and explore the stories of Beatrix Potter. See the gardens and farmlands where Peter Rabbit was invented before heading through the medieval village of Hawkshead and the Yewdale Valley.

Cross the border into Scotland and reach the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. Edinburgh is a lovely city awash with medieval and Georgian architecture. That first night, head on a walking tour to discover some of the ghostly secrets of the city and descend into the underground vaults of Blair Street. The next day, take a day trip into the highlands, visiting the valley of Glencoe and Loch Ness, where your kids can search for Nessie during a cruise. Return to Edinburgh for a walking tour that’ll showcase the streets of Old Edinburgh as well as Edinburgh Castle, where you’ll discover its remarkable history in the company of an expert guide.

At the end of your stay, head to the airport to continue your onward journey.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,149

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Day 1

London Heathrow to London Central Hotel Zone 2

Duration1 Hour

Novotel London City West

Discover the contemporary elegance of Novotel London West. Whether you choose this hotel for business or leisure, you are sure to be tempted by the international cuisine. Just minutes from three of London's main tube lines, it is the perfect location for successful meetings. Experience West London at Novotel.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Novotel London City West

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    Discover the contemporary elegance of Novotel London West. Whether you choose this hotel for business or leisure, you are sure to be tempted by the international cuisine. Just minutes from three of London's main tube lines, it is the perfect location for successful meetings. Experience …

    Discover the contemporary elegance of Novotel London West. Whether you choose this hotel for business or leisure, you are sure to be tempted by the international cuisine. Just minutes from three of London's main tube lines, it is the perfect location for successful meetings. Experience West London at Novotel.

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Tootbus London - 24 hour Hop-on-hop-off Discovery Tour

Check out all the wonderful things London has to offer in a day when you hop on board the Tootbus London Discovery tour! Make your way around, experience the heart of the city, and see London's top landmarks from the open-top deck of the bus including the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, St. James Palace and many more. Take advantage of the incredible views of the capital from above to pinpoint all the places you want to see up close. Follow your hit list, hop off the bus at the nearest stop and explore more in-depth. Choose to see the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace or climb the dome of St Paul's Cathedral. Food lovers may find a piece of paradise at Borough Market, one of the best food markets in London. As the day falls, opt for a ride on the London Eye or enjoy a fun night out in Soho. If you are traveling with children, try our child-friendly channel, it will keep them entertained! Upon first validation, your ticket is valid for 24 hours. You can hop on and hop off, an unlimited number of times within the validity period. Download the Tootbus app to easily find your way around, follow the buses in real-time, and follow self-guided walking tours to help you explore further. The validity of the pass starts at the point of redemption and you can use it an unlimited number of times until the pass is no longer valid.

Duration3 Hours
Day 2

Harry Potter Walking Tour

The Harry Potter books and film series have enthralled and captivated the world - now you can follow in the footsteps of the world's most famous wizard and take a magical journey throughout London with this Harry Potter themed walking tour. Your expert guide will take you on a spellbinding tour of the city and London Underground to show you the exact locations where Harry filmed key scenes of this epic tale, whisking you through. Starting at Westminster, you'll make your way to the Ministry of Magic; find the entrance to the 'Leaky Cauldron' before taking a walk down the real 'Diagon Alley', then stand in the very spot where the Death Eaters destroyed the famous Millennium Bridge. You'll not only see the locations where the films were shot, you'll discover the magic behind locations such as Cecil and Goodwin Courts, and how these enchanting locations provided the inspiration for this wizarding adventure to unfold. Your tour will conclude at Platform 9 3/4- where you can make your own way to Hogwarts! Please note that admission(s) to the London Underground is/are not included. An Oyster Card or Travel Card is required to participate on this tour. Oyster Cards can be pre-booked or purchased in destination.

Duration3 Hours

Madame Tussauds

Millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened over 200 years ago, and it remains as popular as ever. There are many reasons for this enduring success, but at the heart of it all is good old-fashioned curiosity. Today's visitors are sent on a unique, emotionally-charged journey through the realms of the powerful and famous. The museum-style ropes and poles have gone so guests can truly get up-close and personal with A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights and historical icons, reliving the times, events and moments that made the world talk about them.

Duration2 Hours
Day 3

Warner Brothers London Studio Tour - Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London provides a thrilling new opportunity to explore the magic of the world-renowned Harry Potter film series - the most successful of all time. This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and breathtaking animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world. Refreshments are available from the Studio Cafe freshly prepared hot soups and snacks, salads, sandwiches and afternoon treats are available (own account). There's also a Studio Shop stocked with a wide range of gifts and souvenirs to remind you of the day you spent immersed in The Making of Harry Potter. A wonderful day out for the entire family, and fully accessible to all!

Duration7 Hours
Day 4

London Central Hotel to London Train Station

Duration30 Minutes

Oxenholme Train Station to Windermere

Duration25 Minutes

Macdonald Old England Spa

The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, which is used only in summer; snooker and a table tennis table are also available. 09/08db) The hotel is has one of the best locations in the area. It is based in the centre of Bowness and on the shores of the Lake Windermere. With it's own extensive gardens, fantastic view of the lake and its village centre location it's convenient whether you want peace and quiet or a piece of the action.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Macdonald Old England Spa

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    The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, which is used only in summer; snooker and a table tennis table are also available. 09/08db) The hotel is has one of the best locations in the area. It is based in the centre of Bowness and on …

    The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, which is used only in summer; snooker and a table tennis table are also available. 09/08db) The hotel is has one of the best locations in the area. It is based in the centre of Bowness and on the shores of the Lake Windermere. With it's own extensive gardens, fantastic view of the lake and its village centre location it's convenient whether you want peace and quiet or a piece of the action.

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    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Conference Facilities
    • Health Centre
    • Meeting Facilities
    • Spa
    • Valet Parking

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Day 5

Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside Half Day Small Group Tour

This tour is the ideal way to explore the favorite places associated with Beatrix Potter. The first part of the journey takes you to Hill Top Farm where she wrote many of her famous children's stories in this 17th-century cottage. You will have the opportunity to go into the house (additional charge required please check with National Trust - not open on Fridays), explore the garden and visit the shop.

Continue onto the medieval village of Hawkshead with a little time to explore its many delightful features. There is plenty of photo opportunities as William Wordsworth's old Grammar School is located here.

Onwards then, to the renowned beauty spot of Tarn Hows before descending to Coniston for the lake cruise to Brantwood. The final part of the tour takes you through the spectacular Yewdale Valley.

Highlights of the Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside Tour are Beatrix Potter's Hilltop Farm Hawkshead, Tarn Hows, Cruise on Coniston and Tour through Yewdale Valley.

Duration4 Hours
Day 6

Windermere to Oxenholme Train Station

Duration25 Minutes

Edinburgh Train Station to Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket

The hotel is located in the historical heart of the city, right next door to Haymarket station and only 4 minutes away on foot to Edinburgh International Conference Center. Varied selection of cafes, bars and restaurants are situated next to the hotel. Explore the numerous sights and events of the city such as Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Zoo, Murrayfield Stadium and much more. The hotel offers many modern rooms equipped with free Wi-fi. Have a refreshing start to the day with a an abundant Scottish breakfast buffet and enjoy traditional and modern dishes at the restaurant. Modern and well-equipped meeting room venues are available for business meetings.

Meal Plan BED, AND and BREAKFAST
Duration3 Nights

Edinburgh Walking Tour - Ghosts and Ghouls

Entertainment - 17th Century style! An evening of spine-tingling storytelling awaits you. How best to experience our grim and ghostly past? Just as our ghoulish ancestors did... with gusto! The infamous 'Edinburgh mob' loved the 'entertainment' of blood, guts and gore. And there was plenty provided! Especially at the Mercat Cross. Hear grisly tales of witchcraft, torture and restless spirits as you venture down medieval closes and descend into the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults. As night darkens, savour a welcome drink by candle-light, as you weave tales in your atmospheric, underground cellar. Visit where the ghosts of Edinburgh's past still haunt her present...

Duration2 Hours
Day 7

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands

You depart Edinburgh and travel past Linlithgow palace and Stirling Castle. To the north is the National Wallace Monument, which commemorates Scotland's great hero, William Wallace.

You pass close to the location where William Wallace defeated the English army in 1297, and after this take a short stop for coffee at Callander.

The scenery changes dramatically as you venture further into the Highlands. The flat plains of the lowlands transform into shimmering lochs, rugged mountains, and forest-filled glens. The alluring beauty makes it easy to forget this was once a battleground of the fiercely territorial Highland clans.

You then head down to Scotland's most famous valley, Glencoe, where you'll be mesmerised by the beautiful cliff faces and steep slopes.

After Glencoe, you enter a deep glacial valley, known as the Great Glen. Passing through the town of Fort William you travel in the shadow of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, before arriving at Fort Augustus on the shore of Loch Ness.

At 23 miles long and over 700ft deep, Loch Ness is the largest loch by volume in Scotland. The loch is best known for the legendary Loch Ness Monster ("Nessie"), and you can take the opportunity to go in search of the monster on a fantastic boat cruise. Or you can simply enjoy the beautiful scenery on the banks.

Fort Augustus boasts the Caledonian Canal, which is a great spot to relax and watch the boats sail by. You stop here with time to eat lunch and take in the scenery around Scotland's most famous loch.

From Loch Ness, you head south through the mountains of the Cairngorms National Park. Your route travels alongside Loch Laggan (the setting for the BBC series 'Monarch of the Glen'), over the Drumochter Pass and past 13th century Blair Castle.

You continue south through the forests of Perthshire and make a short refreshment stop on the way. South of Perth you drive past Loch Leven. Then it's over the Queensferry Crossing before returning to Edinburgh.

Duration12 Hours
Day 8

Secrets of Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle - Walking Tour

The beautiful city is waiting for you. The best way to explore Edinburgh is to follow your feet. Where the buses can't take you, and the guide books don't show you is where the real stories can be found - the closes, wynds, courtyards and homes of Old Edinburgh. This walking tour will paint a vivid picture of the colourful past and people - see the secrets and tell the tales - the culture, crime and politics of Scotland's capital. This is an experience shared by Mercat historians.

Your experience of the medieval city is then completed with a visit to Edinburgh Castle. The Castle dominates Scotland's capital city from its great rock. Its story has helped shape the nation's story. Battles and sieges were fought over it, royalty lived and died within its walls, and countless generations have been and inspired by it. Visit the Castle and let your Mercat guide reveal its remarkable history.

Duration2 Hours
Day 9

Edinburgh Hotel to Airport

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 3 nights in first-class accommodations in London
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodations in Windermere
  • 3 nights in first-class accommodations in Edinburgh
  • 1-day Original London hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour pass
  • Shared Harry Potter walking tour (max 25 guests)
  • Admission to Madame Tussauds wax museum
  • Shared Warner Brothers Harry Potter London Studio tour (max 30 guests) 
  • Private train station transfers in London and Windermere
  • Small group tour of "Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside" (max 12 guests)
  • Private train station transfers in Windermere and Edinburgh
  • Shared "Ghosts and Ghouls" walking tour of Edinburgh (max 30 guests)
  • Shared Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands tour (max 30 guests)
  • Shared "Secrets of the Royal Mile" walking tour in Edinburgh (max 30 guests)
  • Breakfast daily (excluding Day 1)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Train tickets
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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8 Sep 2023
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