Arrive in London and take your optional arrival transfer to your hotel. You will receive your London TripBuilder Guidebook and your London Oyster Card (Transportation Pass) which will allow you to start exploring the city at your leisure.
This morning after breakfast, embark on a whirlwind tour of London's most famous and iconic historical sites. From Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, you'll trace the buildings that host the pageantry and day-to-day life of the modern Royal Family. Journey through this global city, spotting landmarks like Big Ben and the London bridges as you learn the stories of London past. Following your tour, engage in an optional afternoon tea experience, sampling an array of teas and quintessential delicacies from scones with jam and clotted cream to Yorkshire puddings.
(Breakfast & Accommodations, London)
Join your guide, Celia, to discover the secrets and delights of London's oldest and most renowned food market. Kick things off with a meet and greet session over drinks and pastries at a chic restaurant within the Market, before accompanying Celia on an exclusive tasting tour.
As a passionate food expert, Celia will show you the best that Borough has to offer and spoil you with bespoke tastings of the unique foods and wines on offer here. You will taste an array of treats, including rare breed meats, fine cheeses from Britain and beyond, super food juices, fresh scallops, olives and antipasti, homemade Turkish meze, plus many more, while hearing the stories behind the creation of these fabulous artisan foods. Two tutored wine tastings are also included in this this educational, delicious, and demystifying Borough Market experience.
(Breakfast & Accommodations, London)
After breakfast, check out of your hotel for your trip by 1st-class rail with seat reservations to York. Be sure to have a light breakfast to prepare for your indulgent afternoon food tour. After arriving in York, you'll meet your guide for a culinary and cultural adventure at five independent eateries. Make your way through York's city center, tasting amazing food that is globally influenced but locally sourced.
(Breakfast, London; Accommodations, York)
After breakfast, check out of your hotel for your trip by 1st-class rail with seat reservations to Edinburgh. Upon arrival, enjoy a private, guided tour with an Edinburgh local who will help you discover the sights that tourists so often miss. From fairies to unicorns, hear the intriguing backstories and fantastical stories which bring Scotland to life. There is no substitute for spending an afternoon with a true Scot, who will not only help you swerve the tartan-splashed tourist traps and overpriced wool-ware, but who can show you the best places to pick up authentic mementos and one-of-a-kind whiskies.
(Breakfast, York; Accommodations, Edinburgh)
Discover the Broughton Street area of Edinburgh, a slightly unconventional and eclectic side to the city. Over the last ten years, the street has experienced a wave of small, independent shops, bars, restaurants, and cafes and your tour will start at the top and work your way down. Graze all afternoon during your tour, stopping at least five food and drink stops. Sample veggie haggis, flavored marshmallows, scones with jam and cream, a single malt scotch and more!
You'll also have the option to add on a Scotch Whisky Experience where you'll hear the stories behind the magical craft from expert tour guides and whisky advisors. They will discover the aromas and flavors that appeal to their individual palate and lead them to their perfect Single Malt Whisky.
(Breakfast & Accommodations, Edinburgh)
After your breakfast, depart for home or your next Avanti destination!