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Highlights of Scotland & England: Edinburgh to London

with London extension
  • Duration: 10 or 12 days
  • Group size: 15-38
A little island—with a lot to discover.

Take time to uncover the amazing sights Great Britain has to offer. Start in Edinburgh, soaking in the Scottish city's Georgian charms, before setting off into the English countryside for everything from Shakespeare to Stonehenge. Then, end in London, where you'll see iconic landmarks and get a glimpse into the royal life outside Buckingham Palace.

Your tour package includes
  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 6 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • The Royal Mile
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • York Minster
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Roman Baths
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Scotland today.

Edinburgh3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Edinburgh
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Scotland! Settle in to your hotel before meeting your fellow travelers at tonight's welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know Edinburgh in all its medieval beauty on a tour led by a local expert.

• View the elegant Georgian-style New Town and the Royal Mile, two UNESCO World Heritage sites

• Pass the Sir Walter Scott Monument, the largest monument to a writer in the world

• Enter Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish crown jewels and Stone of Scone

Enjoy a free afternoon in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Free day in Edinburgh
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

Coastal Scotland & St Andrews Pub Lunch
Excursion (additional cost)
York1 night
Day 5: Transfer to York & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to York and soak in the city's medieval charms on a sightseeing tour.

• Enter York Minster, home to the world's largest collection of medieval stained glass

• View the Roman wall, the oldest section of the city’s historic fortifications

• Visit the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey and the Shambles, a historic street in York lined with timber-framed houses

Bath2 nights
Day 6: Bath via Stratford-upon-Avon
Included meal: Breakfast

Drive through the Cotswolds countryside to Stratford-upon-Avon, the town of Shakespeare’s birth. Here, you’ll step inside the Shakespeare family home with a local guide. Then, continue on to the town of Bath.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Bath
Included meal: Breakfast

On a guided sightseeing tour, get to know the charming city of Bath, named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.

• See the city’s most famous architectural sites, including the Roman Baths, the Royal Crescent, and the Circus

• Enter Bath Abbey to view its fan vaulting and striking stained glass window

Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Bath on your own or add an excursion.

No.1 Royal Crescent Museum & Afternoon Tea
Excursion (additional cost)
London2 nights
Day 8: London via Lacock Village & Stonehenge
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to London today. En route, visit the charming village of Lacock and stop to admire the mysterious monoliths at Stonehenge.

• Walk through the beautifully preserved medieval town of Lacock, stopping to enjoy coffee and cake

• Continue on to Stonehenge, where you'll learn about the ancient site at the visitor center before making your way to the monument

Enjoy a free evening in London when you arrive.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of London
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

View the regal landmarks of England’s vibrant and cosmopolitan capital on a guided sightseeing tour.

• Pass the grand Trafalgar Square and Baroque-style St. Paul’s Cathedral, perched atop Ludgate Hill

• See Westminster Abbey, the setting for royal coronations, weddings, and funerals

• View icons like Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London

• Stop by Buckingham Palace, where you may catch the Changing of the Guard

Spend a free afternoon in London or add an excursion.

Tonight, celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

Windsor Castle
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 10: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to continue exploring London.

Extension to London

A city that loves to be explored, London beckons with world-class museums and galleries, quirky shops, outstanding restaurants, charming neighborhoods, and more than 2,000 years of history.

London2 nights
Day 10: Free day in London
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in London or add an excursion.

London Eye & Pub Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 11: Free day in London
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend another free day exploring London at your leisure or add an excursion.

Tower of London & Thames River Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket

This modern hotel is located in Edinburgh’s West End. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you'll find Edinburgh Castle, the Nation...

Holiday Inn York City Centre

This contemporary hotel is located in downtown York. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and lounge. Nearby you’ll find the York Castle Museum, York Shamb...

Flights

Round-trip flights are one more thing we handle to make your journey as smooth as possible. Our team of travel experts will find the best flight itinerary for you at a competitive rate, thanks to our partnerships with top airlines.

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  • Round-trip flight for your tour
  • Airport transfers at your destination
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  • 24/7 support from our dedicated service team
  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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FAQ
Passport & visa requirements
  • In order to enter the United Kingdom, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Edinburgh and depart from London. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at [cdc.gov](https://www.cdc.gov).
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • Scottish cuisine relies on readily available ingredients like game, dairy, and fish, with little use of exotic spices. Pickled kippers and smoked salmon are popular, as well as hearty dishes like Scotch broth (stew of meat and root vegetables) and haggis (a savory pudding of sheep innards). Scotch whisky is a legendary local spirit, and Scottish ales are world-famous.
  • For traditional English fare at a reasonable price, try a pub meal of fish and chips or bangers and mash. Stilton cheese, steak and kidney pie, and Cumberland sausages are also worth a try.
  • Modern-day London boasts an array of diverse international restaurants. Popular options for the adventurous palate include Indian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, Greek, and West African cuisine. Sip afternoon tea with delicious finger sandwiches and scones at Harrods for the ultimate in English tradition.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • The United Kingdom operates within 230–240 volts and uses a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • The United Kingdom is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm in London.
Currency
  • You will use the Pound sterling in the United Kingdom.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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19 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Jun 8–Jun 17, 2019
Extension available
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$2,949$2,849
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Jun 29–Jul 8, 2019
Extension available
$2,949$2,549
Jul 20–Jul 29, 2019
Extension available
$2,949$2,699
Sep 7–Sep 16, 2019
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Oct 5–Oct 14, 2019
Extension available
$2,749$2,449
Mar 28–Apr 6, 2020
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$2,549$2,449
Apr 11–Apr 20, 2020
Extension available
$2,649$2,549
May 16–May 25, 2020
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$2,949$2,849
May 30–Jun 8, 2020
$2,949$2,849
Jun 6–Jun 15, 2020
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$2,949
Jun 27–Jul 6, 2020
$2,949
Jul 11–Jul 20, 2020
Extension available
$2,949
Jul 18–Jul 27, 2020
Extension available
$3,149
Aug 15–Aug 24, 2020
Extension available
$2,949
Sep 5–Sep 14, 2020
Extension available
$2,849
Oct 3–Oct 12, 2020
Extension available
$2,749$2,599
Nov 14–Nov 23, 2020
$2,549$2,449
Mar 27–Apr 5, 2021
Extension available
$2,549
Apr 10–Apr 19, 2021
$2,649
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