Arriving at the airport, meet your driver in the Arrivals hall for a private transfer to your centrally located hotel. After checking in, start exploring England's fascinating capital using your London Oyster Card and TripBuilder Guidebook. Many attractions are easily accessible by metro, and opportunities are endless. Enjoy the afternoon shopping in Soho or Covent Garden, visit the British Museum, and stop for dinner in the chic Mayfair neighborhood.
Enjoy a piquant breakfast and prepare for your first adventure. Today you will visit London's greatest attractions on a panoramic experience from the iconic black taxi. On this three hour ride, you will visit and take photos of some of the most famous and historic sites of the city. From Westminster Abbey to St Paul's Cathedral, and onto Buckingham Palace, this epochal capital will steal your heart with every turn.
The afternoon is free to explore at leisure, and you can continue unveiling more of London's beauty or return to your favorite locations for a more immersive experience.
Today, England's historic gems await outside of London. On this well-designed journey, reach the puzzling Stonehenge before the crowds in the mid-morning. Try to debunk some of the mysteries of these structures that have marveled visitors for over 5000 years, and continue westwards to Bath, the only hot springs in England. Frequented by the Romans over 2000 years ago, it flourished again in the 18th century when it became a fashionable place for the rich and famous.
Departing Bath, ride along the Cotswold edge onto Windsor Castle, one of the largest castles in the world. Walking through the royal apartments, admire the lavishly furnished rooms, the private art collection, and the last resting places of Henry VIII and Charles I in St. George's Cathedral. Finish at the historic Runnymede - the agreement location of the Magna Carta - before returning to London.
Check out from your hotel and head out to the train station, for a 2-hour ride to Liverpool. A port city on England's western coast, it has made commendable modernization efforts whilst maintaining the gritty industrial feel of past decades. After checking into your hotel, visit the imposing Liverpool Cathedral, or explore the city's art scene at the Walker Art Gallery, followed by the exquisite eateries of Ropewalks neighborhood.
Combine Liverpool's history with the legacy left behind by the iconic Beatles. On this leisurely walk surrounded by great architecture and the beauty of a reborn city, learn about the spots that inspired the band's legendary songs such as Penny Lane, or Strawberry Fields Forever. After a memorable experience, finish with a mini Magical History Walk along Matthew Street and the famed Cavern Club, where the Beatles would often perform in their early days. With great knowledge and a free map, continue exploring Liverpool and uncover more of the band's symbolism, or simply enjoy Liverpool as the youthful city it has become.
After a delightful breakfast, head to the train station and onto the next exciting destination: Edinburgh. The old walls of this beautiful city are filled with centuries worth of history from warring kings to unwanted unions and industrial revolution. During the Fringe Festival and the Military Tattoo, Edinburgh blooms with art and color. Outside these famous events, the Scottish Capital is a quirky destination with a renowned nightlife. Take your time to uncover the many pleasures that hide around the Auld Reekie.
Today, meet your guide at Mercat Cross on High Street to uncover the secret of the Royal Mile. The best introduction to Edinburgh's Old Town, this informative and entertaining walking experience will give you a local's in depth insight on the beauties that lie within. Marvel at the splendid Parliament Hall, learn about the origins of the Royal Mile, and explore the hidden gems of this area. Complete this tour with a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Looking over the city from its high Castle Rock, it is an important Scottish icon that has withstood sieges, housed famous kings, and to this day, it is the home of the Honours, the crown jewels of Scotland. The rest of the day will be at leisure to enjoy the marvelous city of Edinburgh. Set out on a foodie's journey to its best eateries, stop by the Scottish National Gallery, or stop by a local distillery.
Today is about history, the scenic beauties of Scotland, and life outside of Edinburgh. Pass through magnificent Glencoe, the scene of the Mac-Donalds clan massacre by the Campbells in 1692. Visit Fort William, the beginning of the Great Glen, a narrow valley that crosses the mountainous landscape all the way to Inverness. Pass by Fort Augustus along the same valley and reach Loch Ness, a tranquil lake that harbors the mythical creature that bears its name. After a delightful boat ride or walk along the lake, return to Edinburgh via Monarch of the Glen county and Highland Perthshire. End this amazing day with a great dinner at a local restaurant in old Edinburgh.
After breakfast, make your way to the airport or rail station and onto your next Avanti Destination!