London & Scotland Private Tour

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Why You Should Go

As you make your way down the cobblestones streets, passed buildings ranging from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, one feels intrinsically European within the global city of London. However, London is not just an ‘old city’, but is constantly changing with the times visible in the avant-garde Shard and the Tate Modern extension. Within Central London, one becomes completely immersed in the hustle and bustle, yet peace and open, green expanses are not far away in Hampstead Heath or the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Scotland, home of some of the largest areas of wilderness left in Western Europe, provides a welcome contrast from the furor that can be found in London. Here, hiking opportunities abound as you cross fields that once were host to battles fought to wrestle control of this nation.  Many great castles still stand, providing a look into what royal life was like in the Middle Ages. The natural beauty of the expansive Scottish landscape is most impressive with hills covered in colorful heather and bracken.

Best Travel Time: Spring Summer Fall

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View of Argyll Forest Park in the Scottish Highlands

Sample Itinerary

12 Days

Please note that all of the itineraries listed on our website are actual private tour itineraries we have prepared for clients over the past 12-18 months. By the very nature of what we do, each private tour itinerary is custom, exclusive and unique unto itself. Our over-riding goal is to create lifelong memories that you and your family will forever carry deep within your hearts.

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Day 1

Fly to London
Through our sister company, premium air provider TRAVNET, we may assist with your international airfare, as well as with mileage points conversion.

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Big Ben, London
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Day 2

Arrive London
Upon arrival in London, you will be privately transferred to The Goring with the remainder of the afternoon free for you to relax.

Meals:
Accommodations: The Goring

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The Goring Hotel
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Day 3

London Private Tour
Your touring today begins with a stop at the London Eye for a private capsule experience including two rotations on the wheel and a delicious truffle/chocolate tasting from Hotel Chocolat. You will continue on to Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Downing Street, the Palace of Westminster, and Buckingham Palace. Following lunch, you will get a chance to see the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London before ending the day at St. Paul’s Cathedral, built atop the highest point in London.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: The Goring

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Westminster Abbey
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Day 4

Cotswolds Private Tour
South of London, Cotswolds is famous for its range of rolling hills and meadows along the upper Thames; it is quite easy to see why this place has been designated an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. You will continue to Bourton-on-the-Water, best known for the River Windrush that runs through it, crossed by several arched, stone bridges that have earned this town the nickname,  “Venice of the Cotswolds”. Your day ends at Hidcote Manor Garden, which predominately features hedges of yew, holly, and beech to create a series of outdoor “rooms” with various characters and themes.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: The Goring

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A Small Village in Cotswolds
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Day 5

London Private Touring 
You touring begins at the British Museum, the first national public museum in the world that now hosts many notable and historic artifacts among these halls, including the Rosetta stone, the key to unlocking Egyptian hieroglyphics; and the Parthenon sculptures that once decorated the Athens Parthenon nearly 2,500 years ago. You will then have the opportunity for a private cruise along the River Thames before continuing to Kew Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Suite, featuring worldwide flora form the 18th to 20th centuries over 75 acres. For a casual, yet fun dining experience, we recommend Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub, known for the many famous patrons that have enjoyed pints here, including Mark Twain, Sir Alfred Lord Tennyson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, and P. G. Wodehouse.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: The Goring

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the British Museum
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Day 6

Train London/Edinburgh
In the morning you will board a train from London’s King Cross Station for your first class train to Scotland. Once in Edinburgh, you will be transferred to the Balmoral.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: The Balmoral

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Th Scone Suite at the Balmoral
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Day 7

Edinburgh Private Touring
Your touring begins with Edinburgh Castle, a historic fortress that rests atop Castle Rock, which archaeologists have found to have been inhabited since the Iron Age of the 2nd Century. You will continue to the Golden Mile, a succession of streets forming the main thoroughfare of the Old Town, stretching from Edinburgh Castle to St. Giles Cathedral, with Holyrood Palace at its foot.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: The Balmoral

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Edinburgh Castle
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Day 8

Drive Edinburgh/Fort William
As you drive from Edinburgh to Fort William, you will reach Loch Lomond, the largest inland lake in Great Britain, before continuing to Bonnie Banks, and the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ mountain pass, offering a panoramic view of Glen Coe Valley. You will visit the Scottish Islands including the Isle of Skye and the Isle of Mull, where you can stop at a distillery and sample fresh Irish whiskey, before being taken to Iverlochy Castle.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Iverlochy Castle

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The Glen Coe Valley, Scotland
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Day 9

Nevis Gorge Half-Day Hike
Among the many geological wonders, you will see the stunning slopes of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Scotland; the 400-foot cascading Steall Falls; and the highest peak in the Mamores mountain range, Binnein Mor.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Iverlochy Castle

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Trail Marker for Ben Nevis
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Day 10

Drive Fort William/Perth
The route from Fort William to Edinburgh runs right through the heart of the Scottish highlands, passing Loch Laggan and Ardverikie House, the setting for the BBC series, ‘Monarch of the Glen’. As you continue south into the heart of the Grampian Mountains, you come upon the romantic site of the white-turreted Blair Castle, which you have the chance to tour, learning the history of the major Highland clans. You will follow the River Tay downstream toward the quaint town of Dunkeld, before ending your day at your luxury hotel/resort.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Luxury Golf Course Manor/Resort (Greywalls, Gleneagles or Old Course)

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Blair Castle
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Day 11

Free Day
Today you will have the opportunity to explore the surroundings of your resort.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Luxury Golf Course Manor/Resort (Greywalls, Gleneagles or Old Course)

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Gleneagles
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Day 12

Fly Perth/Edinburgh + Fly Edinburgh/Home

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Bunratty Castle

Hotels

Located just around the corner of Buckingham Palace and situated in one of the finest areas of central London called Belgravia, The Goring is London’s oldest and last remaining family-owned luxury hotel. With a boutique-sized 69 suites and rooms, The Goring offers a quintessentially English and impeccably individual experience. While rooms are smaller in size, the lack of space is made up by The Goring’s incomparable and timeless service. The Goring’s dining experience is first-rate with Executive Chef Shay Cooper heading the Michelin-starred restaurant and Head Sommelier, Jean-Baptiste Lemoine providing wine pairings if desired. The Goring serves as an excellent starting point, as it is within a good strolling distance to visit London’s most prominent cathedrals, palaces, museums, shopping streets, and pubs. For families in particular, The Goring offers babysitting services, a children’s library, children’s sightseeing recommendations, and nursery items. If opting to stay in a suite, you will be assigned your own dedicated footman to fulfill any request or indulgence at any hour of the day. While the highest standards in service and upkeep are expected at The Goring, the hotel emits a true family atmosphere rather than of pretentiousness or haughtiness.

The Goring

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Located just around the corner of Buckingham Palace and situated in one of the finest areas of central London called Belgravia, The Goring is London’s oldest and last remaining family-owned luxury hotel. With a boutique-sized 69 suites and rooms, The Goring offers a quintessentially English and impeccably individual experience. While rooms are smaller in size, the lack of space is made up by The Goring’s incomparable and timeless service. The Goring’s dining experience is first-rate with Executive Chef Shay Cooper heading the Michelin-starred restaurant and Head Sommelier, Jean-Baptiste Lemoine providing wine pairings if desired. The Goring serves as an excellent starting point, as it is within a good strolling distance to visit London’s most prominent cathedrals, palaces, museums, shopping streets, and pubs. For families in particular, The Goring offers babysitting services, a children’s library, children’s sightseeing recommendations, and nursery items. If opting to stay in a suite, you will be assigned your own dedicated footman to fulfill any request or indulgence at any hour of the day. While the highest standards in service and upkeep are expected at The Goring, the hotel emits a true family atmosphere rather than of pretentiousness or haughtiness.

Though we have never been big fans of large 150-room hotels, we certainly make an exception with the 5-star 188-room Balmoral. The best hotel location in all of Edinburgh (in the heart of the city at the east end of Princess Street), the property was completely renovated in 2012. Originally opened in 1902, the architecture is quintessentially Victorian. The rooms here are large, with the Deluxe Castle View Rooms being our favorite! Amenities include a 5-room treatment spa, nice gym with weights, 50-foot indoor pool, and two restaurants.

The Balmoral

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Though we have never been big fans of large 150-room hotels, we certainly make an exception with the 5-star 188-room Balmoral. The best hotel location in all of Edinburgh (in the heart of the city at the east end of Princess Street), the property was completely renovated in 2012. Originally opened in 1902, the architecture is quintessentially Victorian. The rooms here are large, with the Deluxe Castle View Rooms being our favorite! Amenities include a 5-room treatment spa, nice gym with weights, 50-foot indoor pool, and two restaurants.

Located in the picturesque Fort Williams and built in 1863, this luxury 17-room castle/country house is set in truly among the most beautiful grounds and scenery in all of Scotland. The lavishly designed Victorian rooms are spacious, though perhaps a bit too colorful for many of our Mies friends. In addition to amazing views of the grounds and surrounding mountains, all rooms are individually designed with elaborate furnishings, many preserved as gifts from the king of Norway (plus updated amenities and 40 inch TV’s for your BBC fix!). Among our favorite areas at Iverlochy are its colorful walled gardens and the lovely paths for you and Arlene to walk. Please note a jacket is required for dining the castle’s renowned Albert and Michel Roux Jr. restaurant. We enjoyed reading Queen Victoria’s quote from her 1873 visit to Iverlochy: “I never saw a lovelier and more romantic spot.

Iverlochy Castle

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Located in the picturesque Fort Williams and built in 1863, this luxury 17-room castle/country house is set in truly among the most beautiful grounds and scenery in all of Scotland. The lavishly designed Victorian rooms are spacious, though perhaps a bit too colorful for many of our Mies friends. In addition to amazing views of the grounds and surrounding mountains, all rooms are individually designed with elaborate furnishings, many preserved as gifts from the king of Norway (plus updated amenities and 40 inch TV’s for your BBC fix!). Among our favorite areas at Iverlochy are its colorful walled gardens and the lovely paths for you and Arlene to walk. Please note a jacket is required for dining the castle’s renowned Albert and Michel Roux Jr. restaurant. We enjoyed reading Queen Victoria’s quote from her 1873 visit to Iverlochy: “I never saw a lovelier and more romantic spot.

Only a 30-minute drive east of Edinburgh, this 1901 stone manor house was designed by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. The structure was later converted to a 23-room luxury inn overlooking the ninth and 18th greens of the championship Muirfield Golf Course. Most of the notably Edwardian-style decorated rooms offer uninterrupted views over the golf course or the lush four-acre Gertrude Jekyll-designed gardens and rolling farmland. Amenities include fine dining, tennis courts, a croquet lawn, and a nice spa with massage services.

Greywalls

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Only a 30-minute drive east of Edinburgh, this 1901 stone manor house was designed by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. The structure was later converted to a 23-room luxury inn overlooking the ninth and 18th greens of the championship Muirfield Golf Course. Most of the notably Edwardian-style decorated rooms offer uninterrupted views over the golf course or the lush four-acre Gertrude Jekyll-designed gardens and rolling farmland. Amenities include fine dining, tennis courts, a croquet lawn, and a nice spa with massage services.

Just an hour from Edinburgh Airport, we feel the 5-star luxury Gleneagles Estate is a fitting end to your London/Scotland private tour. Despite its 232-room size, the Gleneagle’s service and attention to detail are truly remarkable. When looking at the various rooms here, past clients have given special praise to the resort’s Estate Rooms. Just below the Suite level, Estate Rooms are spacious with updated amenities and offer spectacular views of the gardens, grounds, and Perth countryside. In addition to several restaurant choices, amenities include a 2014 renovated ESPA spa, two indoor pools, and a well-equipped gym. The wellness areas offer several fitness classes: palates, yoga, and cardio. Outside activities include falconry, cycling, hiking, horseback riding, tennis, and more.

Gleneagles

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Just an hour from Edinburgh Airport, we feel the 5-star luxury Gleneagles Estate is a fitting end to your London/Scotland private tour. Despite its 232-room size, the Gleneagle’s service and attention to detail are truly remarkable. When looking at the various rooms here, past clients have given special praise to the resort’s Estate Rooms. Just below the Suite level, Estate Rooms are spacious with updated amenities and offer spectacular views of the gardens, grounds, and Perth countryside. In addition to several restaurant choices, amenities include a 2014 renovated ESPA spa, two indoor pools, and a well-equipped gym. The wellness areas offer several fitness classes: palates, yoga, and cardio. Outside activities include falconry, cycling, hiking, horseback riding, tennis, and more.

Overlooking the Royal & Ancient Clubhouse and the 17th fairway of the iconic St Andrews Old Course, your stay here may be your trip highlight. The 144-room Old Course Hotel is decorated in a contemporary style, with room options featuring modern interior design or classic elegance. There are several bars and restaurants, with the Road Hole Restaurant being the favorite among clients who have stayed here (great views!). We are excited to mention that the hotel’s Kohler Waters Spa has been relaunched, following an expansive renovation. The 25,000 square foot spa includes 13 treatment rooms, a 65-foot indoor swimming pool, steam room, ice fountain, and cold plunge pool. Enjoy this special place!

Old Course

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Overlooking the Royal & Ancient Clubhouse and the 17th fairway of the iconic St Andrews Old Course, your stay here may be your trip highlight. The 144-room Old Course Hotel is decorated in a contemporary style, with room options featuring modern interior design or classic elegance. There are several bars and restaurants, with the Road Hole Restaurant being the favorite among clients who have stayed here (great views!). We are excited to mention that the hotel’s Kohler Waters Spa has been relaunched, following an expansive renovation. The 25,000 square foot spa includes 13 treatment rooms, a 65-foot indoor swimming pool, steam room, ice fountain, and cold plunge pool. Enjoy this special place!

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Location

Overview

England
Population
55.3 Million
Language
English
Currency
Pound Sterling
Temperature
Highs: Mid 60’s
Lows: Low 40’s
Area
130,279 SQ KM
50,301 SQ MILES
Capital
London
Scotland
Population
5.4 Million
Language
English, Scots, Scottish Gaelic
Currency
Pound Sterling
Temperature
Highs: High 50’s
Lows: Low 40’s
Area
77,933 SQ KM
30,090 SQ MILES
Capital
Edinburgh

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