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London Exclusive

England Sampler

Scotland Sampler

Ancient Sites

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London Exclusive (seven days)

London is a fascinating city, with historic attractions, an exciting theatre district, and world-class museums. We can base an entire trip in London, highlight the sights there, and create day tours to the outskirts of the city. We can also create a “shopping tour” based around Harrod’s, Selfridge’s, and the great number of London markets. We have included a few “must-see” attractions below to give you an idea of what you could do in a week.

  • Arrive at Heathrow in the morning, and meet your driver, who will take you to your hotel to freshen up before you head out for your first day. You can decide to have a driver at your disposal for the entire stay, or we can help you to navigate the extensive public transport system. Head to the South Bank, where you can find the London Eye, the Sea Life Aquarium, or catch a Shakespeare performance at the Globe Theatre. Nearby you’ll find the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London, which houses the Crown Jewels and has several resident ravens.
  • You can spend a day wandering through the delightful museums of London, many of which have free admission, including the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, or the Science Museum. The British Museum is a must see, and houses the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles, and the world’s largest collection of Egyptian antiquities. You can even have high tea in the afternoon in the museum’s Great Court.
  • Relax a bit the next day with a leisurely boat cruise on the River Thames, and after you disembark, catch some of the sights you might have missed on day one, including the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. For something a bit more unusual, head to the London Fire Museum in Lambeth, or take in some art (with free admission) at the Tate Britain…both located on the banks of the Thames.
  • On day four, visit The City in the morning. This original center of London is home to both the Tower Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral. It’s well worth the climb up into the cathedral dome to visit the Whisper Gallery, and then peek outside for amazing views out over the city. In the evening, head over to the theatre district and have dinner, then catch a show in one of the West End’s 52 theatres.
  • The next morning, why not choose a trip to the outskirts of London proper? One easy destination is Royal Greenwich, the place which sets the time for the entire world. While there, you can visit the National Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Naval College, and the Royal Observatory. Or, you can head north to Hampton Court Palace, the oldest tudor palace in England, where you can wander extensive gardens and their famous hedge maze. Either destination is within easy reach of London by train.
  • On day six, why not take a day for shopping? No visit to London is complete without a trip to Harrod’s, which occupies a 5-acre site and has 330 departments covering one million square feet of retail space. If your feet aren’t tired after that, head over to Covent Garden, where you can visit the historic market square, Selfridge’s, and a great number of boutique shops. Or, the famous markets at Portobello Road and Buck Lane offer up acres of antiques.
  • On day seven you’ll head back to Heathrow for a morning flight back to the States.

England Sampler (Ten Days)

An overview of some of the highlights of England could include the following:

  • Four luxury hotels in or near London, Oxford, Bath and Salisbury.
  • Arriving in the early morning of the first day, you will spend two days in the bustling city of London, with possible visits to the British Museum, the Tower of London, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, or a boat tour on the River Thames.
  • Three days spent venturing West from London, where you’ll tour Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, and an official residence of Queen Elizabeth II. You’ll also visit the dreaming spires of Oxford, and take a guided walking tour of the renowned university city. From your base in Oxford, you’ll visit the ancient sites of Avebury, Silbury Hill, and marvel at the Uffington Horse, a prehistoric figure carved into the chalk hillside. You’ll also visit Strafford on Avon, legendary birthplace of Shakespeare. There are many wonderful tea shops in the area – an England must-do!
  • Two days visiting the Roman town of Bath, where you can bathe in the healing waters and marvel at the Roman architecture. From your base near Bath, you’ll also visit the medieval city of Wells, with its magnificent cathedral and ancient animated clock. You can climb nearby Glastonbury Tor and visit the magical Chalice Well Gardens at its base. Two days spent in the tiny village of Teffont Evias, during which you’ll head to the ancient sites of Stonehenge and Salisbury. You can also visit Hycliffe Castle in Christchurch, or one of the supposed locations for King Arthur’s Camelot - the Iron Age hill fort Cadbury Castle.
  • On day ten you’ll head back to Heathrow for a morning flight back to the States.

Scotland Sampler (Ten Days)

An overview of some of the highlights of Scotland could include the following:

  • Three luxury hotels in or near Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh
  • From your luxury hotel just 45 minutes from Glasgow Airport, you can spend three days in the Trossachs – Rob Roy country. This is a beautiful area, surrounded by mountains, wooded hills and peaceful lochs. You can tour Loch Katrine by an old-fashioned steamer boat, or take a cruise on scenic Loch Lomand. Fans of Monty Python can visit the delightful Doune Castle, where scenes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail were filmed. Take a trip to the town of Inveraray, visit the local castle and the Inveraray Jail Museum. A drive north to Fort William will let you board a steam train to the West coast town of Mallaig, crossing the Glennfinnan viaduct on your way, a trip made famous by the Harry Potter movies.
  • From the Trossachs, you will head east for three days near Stirling, where you can climb the monument to William Wallace, or view the unicorn tapestries in Stirling Castle. From the castle grounds, you can look out over the fields where several of the battles shown in the movie Braveheart were fought. Visit the charming town Bridge of Allan, or take a trip to the Glengoyne Whisky Distillery, where you can take a variety of tasting tours. On your last day in the area, you can drive to the East coast and visit the town of St. Andrew’s. Whether you want to play a round of golf in the birthplace of the game, or simply want to wander the picturesque ruins of St. Andrews Castle, this makes for a perfect day out.
  • For the last leg of your trip, you’ll head to the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh. Visit Edinburgh Castle, set atop the core of an ancient volcano, see the Crown Jewels in the castle, and wander the streets of the Old Town. Take in the sights at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Don’t miss the fascinating Camera Obscura, with its panoramic 360° view of the city. For whisky lovers, you can’t skip The Scotch Whisky Experience, which boasts the “World's Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky” – almost 3,500 unique bottles! At night, a ghost tour of Edinburgh is a fun experience, or book an evening tour of the Royal Observatory. On your last two days in Scotland, journey just a few miles from Edinburgh to Rosslyn Chapel, one of the mysterious settings from Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code. You can also travel north to Scone, a palace with an unusual collection of albino animals wandering the grounds, and the traditional coronation site of Scottish kings. Or, take a day trip to the Holy Island of Lindsisfarne, off the border of England and Scotland, where you can visit the castle and priory, and pick up some locally brewed mead.
  • On day ten, you’ll fly out of Edinburgh Airport in the morning to head back to the States.

Ancient Sites

We can design tours specifically focused on the standing stones, monuments and landscapes of Neolithic Britain. Several locations work well for these types of explorations, and can be combined to suit longer visits:

  • Stonehenge, Old Sarum, and Avebury – Perhaps the most famous of the ancient sites, these three are not to be missed. The famous stone circle of Stonehenge is actually the center of a much larger complex of earthworks. South of Stonehenge, near the city of Salisbury, the ancient hill fort called Old Sarum is sure to impress. North of Stonehenge you’ll find Avebury, a site which contains three stone circles, including the largest stone circle in Europe. Near the site you’ll also find Silbury Hill and West Kennett Longbarrow. Further out, towards Oxford, you can visit the Uffington White Horse (a chalk figure) and Wayland’s Smithy, a Neolithic long barrow and chamber tomb.
  • Dorset and the Jurassic Coast – Dorset, a county to the southwest of London, contains a great number of Neolithic sites. Highly recommended are Maiden Castle (an Iron Age hill fort), the Cerne Abbas giant (a chalk figure), Nine Stones (a Bronze Age stone Circle, Hellstone (a large dolmen with chamber and roof intact), Corscombe (a Neolithic chambered tomb and outlying stones, and the beaches around Lulworth Cove, with a fossil forest and nearby ammonite finds.
  • The Southwest – The county of Somerset contains several important sites, including the Stanton Drew Stone Circle, Glastonbury Tor, and Cadbury Castle (an Iron Age hill fort said to be the site of Camelot). Further west brings you to the coastal area of Cornwall, where you can find the Merry Maidens stone circle, the Chysauster Ancient Village near Penzance, the Trethevy Quiot (a roofed chamber dolmen) and Men an Tol, an unusual upright round stone with a hole in the center, flanked by two standing stones. Legend has it that passing through the circle will cure you of illness.
  • The Heart of Neolithic Orkney – The windswept Mainland island of Orkney, located at the far north of Scotland, contains some of the most important prehistoric monuments in the world. The four main site include Skara Brae (a well-preserved Neolithic village), Maeshowe (a large burial chamber with a passage which aligns with the winter solstice), the Standing Stones of Stenness, and the Ring of Brodgar (a stone circle with 60 stones). Other nearby sites make Mainland Orkney a memorable place to spend several days.

Specialty Itineraries

In addition to the “top attractions” in England and Scotland, we can arrange trips based around a multitude themes, such as the following:

  • The Whisky Trail - visiting distilleries of any or all types of Scotch
  • Highlands and Islands of Scotland – Visit some of the wildest and most beautiful places on earth, with trips to Loch Ness, Inverness, the Isle of Skye, and the Orkney Islands with the World Heritage sites of Skara Brea and Maes Howe.
  • Ancient Sites – specifically focused on the standing stones, monuments and landscapes of Neolithic Britain
  • Scottish Textiles – great for knitters. Tours of woolen mills, sheep farms with handspun and hand dyed yarns, and various artisan studios.
  • Arthurian Sites – Places like Cadbury Castle, the supposed site of Camelot, Glastonbury Abbey, where Arthur is said to be buried, and Tintagel Castle on the coast of Cornwall
  • Gardens and Great Houses – Visit places like Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey was filmed, and other great houses and formal gardens.
  • Forests – For the more adventurous, we can design walking tours of famous forests, such as Sherwood Forest, Wistman’s Wood in Devon, Kingley Vale Nature Preserve (ancient yew trees) and the Forest of Dean.
  • London Only – We can base an entire trip in London, highlight the sights there, and create day tours to the outskirts of the city. We can also create a “shopping tour” based around Harrod’s, Selfridge’s, and the great number of London markets.
  • Family Friendly – We can specifically highlight family-friendly attractions for those traveling with young children.