Family Vacation Tour to England & Scotland

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Total Trip:

11 Days
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Countries Visited:

England, Scotland
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Places Visited:

London, Edinburgh, Perthshire, Fort William, Loch Ness, Great Glen, Glen Coe, Stonehenge
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Departure Dates:

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
Nothing is more enrapturing than a story filled with kings and queens, knights and battles, as you’re family will experience firsthand on this custom family vacation tour to England and Scotland. Castles stand against imposing cliffs and look out to the sea. Palaces are filled with unimaginable luxuries, from crystal chandeliers to gold-trimmed windows. Double-decker busses roam through the streets and the family wanders through hidden tunnels beneath an ancient city. From the myths of Stonehenge

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Day 1

Monumental Arrivals

London is an international city with roots that predate the Roman occupation. The city streets hum with the stories of Peter Pan and legends of knights. The skyline lights up with Big Ben and the rotating colors of the London Eye. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and escorts the family to your fabulous accommodation in the heart of the city. London has a particularly infectious energy that overtakes the family. The British Museum hums with remnants of England’s imperial past and vibrant history. Kensington Gardens retains its graceful air with trimmed hedges, blossoming white roses, and pristine teahouse. British elite would stroll through the grounds on sunny days and indulge in the good weather. The kids are immediately fascinated with the idea of royalty and the fact they are visiting a city as famous as London.

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Day 2

London’s Allure

The day begins with the aromas of a full English breakfast. Fresh brewed tea steams from warm mugs. Bacon, beans, eggs, sausage, and toast fill your plates. The children’s eyes grow wide at the amount of food positioned on their plates. Your private guide meets you at your hotel ready to show you the continuous wonders of the city. London Tower Bridge stands as an image of the city, almost as famous as Big Ben. The bridge was constructed in the 19th century.

Two towers stand 213 feet tall and are connected by an upper walkway. The lower bridge rises and falls to allow ships to pass. The architectural splendor of the city ranges from the elegance of historic creation, such as West Minster Abbey, to the sheen of modern design, like the Gherkin. The longer you tour the more wide-eyed the family gets, embracing the beauty and rush of the city. At the Tower of London the children will see the celebrated Beefeaters, also called Yeoman Guards. The guards began duty around the 1500s.

They are known for their specific dress, from black flowing robes with red stitching to flamboyant red robes with gilded stitching. The Tower of London captures people imaginations. The White Tower’s peak stands at almost 89 feet over the street. The oldest walls date back to the 11th century. The children are attentive as the guide describes the history of the castle and its fortified walls. They stare at the open arched windows in St. John’s Chapel. You can’t help but be encouraged by their enthusiastic awe during the tour. Walk along the ramparts for a view of the inner ward on one side and the Thames on the other.

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Day 3

Continuous Marvels

The Tube fills with people on their morning commute. The streets are filled with energy and King’s Cross Railway Station is filled with people entering the city for work and a line of visitors wanting to photograph the marked platform of 9 ¾ from the world renowned Harry Potter Series. Your private guide meets you at the hotel once more for your half-day tour of the city. The air is cool and refreshing. Red double-decker busses meander around the streets. The fragrant leafy aroma of brewing tea mixes with the fragrance of fresh brewed coffee. Buckingham Palace has a stately appearance. In the foreground the grass is decorated with sections of blossoming roses and tulips.

The principal façade was completed in 1850 and remodeled in 1913. The kids are excited to see the residence of an actual royal family. They marvel at the guards with tall, furry hats and bright red coats with golden buttons. You are equally excited to enter a palace that has always seemed emblematic of luxury. 19 staterooms are used to entertain heads of state with ornate banquets. The Royal Collection decorates the rooms, which includes paintings by Poussin and Rembrandt. The wall trimmings are gilded and lavish chandeliers dangle from the ceiling. The air contains a floral essence. It is the exact image of elegant royalty that you imagined.

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Day 4

Into the Countryside

The day begins early as the family is whisked into the countryside to begin your full day of an English historical tour. Stonehenge is located on the verdant grasslands of the Salisbury Plain. It is an iconic image of Britain and a reminder of the mystical history that dates back at least 5,000 years. You kids point into the distance before you reach the Visitor Center. They can see the boulders standing in formation from the roadway. The stones are positioned in a large circle with four-ton blocks hauled from over 160 miles away. The aroma of fresh, verdant grass fills the air. The cool breeze brushes through your hair.

The ethereal aura of the plains and the site continue to mystify and enchant visitors. Certain stones are meant to be touched. The visitor center presents two boulders side by side, one from the same material as Stonehenge, the other from another area. When you touch the same material as Stonehenge you can feel that the stone is smoother and maintains an element of warmth. The contrast of the towering stones to the surrounding flatlands is palpable. Although on one knows the meaning of the construction it is no less alluring, and in fact adds to the possible mythology of the area. After your visit you continue to Windsor Castle.

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Day 5

Before the Highlands

The sunrise washes over the statue of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. The bronze image was constructed in the 1902 and placed in the gardens ten years later. It commemorates the original story by James Berrie as told in The Little White Bird. After breakfast the family has a private transfer to the airport for your flight to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Narrow lanes wind through the cityscape and add to the old mystique. Small hills rise and fall, opening up to revealing panoramas of green hillsides, red bluffs, and the glowing blue sea. The city is a combination of the elements that inspired Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with modern shops and world-class restaurants, all situated beneath the gaze of the 11th century Edinburgh Castle. The city is both charming and powerful. The family is delighted and eager to explore.

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Day 6

Lanes and Vistas

Old stone walls capture the morning light. Balmoral Hotel Clock Tower is tall and strong against the background of Edinburgh Castle. The Meadows is a large park with a central tree-lined path. The pink leaves flutter in the breeze and practically pave the walkways. Arthur’s Seat, the peak of a nearby group of hills, rises in the background over 823 feet above sea level. Your guide meets you at the hotel and tours you through the historic cobblestone streets. The kids are ready to visit Edinburgh Castle. The military stronghold gave the military a view over the lowlands and stronghold against invaders on the cliff of Castle Rock.

Two statues decorate the sides of entry gates. One statue depicts Robert the Bruce and the other depicts William Wallace. The cobblestone lane takes you beneath the Portcullis Gate that was constructed in the 16th century. You have an expansive view of New town. The kids can imagine the active history that took place within the castle walls. The vaults beneath the Great Hall were used as bakeries and a prison. The air is cooler and the stones are cold. The light is dim and the air damp, which adds to the historic walk of the lower grounds. Your footsteps echo against the stone. A strongroom in the Royal Palace houses the Scottish Crown Jewels that were once forgotten. They remain the oldest crown jewels on the continent.

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Day 7

The Depths of the Highlands

The country outside of Edinburgh is unique in its landscape. Its people are emblematic of Scotland’s history, friendly and strong, shaped by legend and the natural elements. Venture through the countryside and into Scotland’s most famous valley, known as Glen Coe. The area is surrounded by the breathtaking power of the landscape. A natural pyramid-shaped rock known as the Great Shepherd of Etive leads into the narrow upper valley. Three mountain peaks tower over the roadway and dominate the sky border the south.

The scenery is enough to stop the family in their tracks just so you can stare a little longer at the effervescent greenery and otherworldly mountains. Small streams flow through the grasslands and lead to trundling waterfalls. The fresh, crisp air flows around you. When you reach Stirling Castle the kids audibly gasp. Trees rise up the cliff but leave the top of the bluff exposed. The 14th century castle watches over the lowlands with grace. The adage said Stirling Castle was the key to capturing Scotland. The castle as it stands was built to impress the king’s French wife. The edifice continues to impress the visitors today.

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Day 8

In Search of Legend

Everyone knows the myth of the Loch Ness Monster, known to the locals as Nessie. Today the family has a chance to search the waters of the deep and narrow loch. You can feel the palpable excitement that emanates from the children and yourself. Stories of sightings have been passed down by locals, enhanced in tabloids, and polished in children’s books and fiction. For an exceptional, endless view of the waterway, which stretches 23 miles from Inverness to Fort Augustus, your guide takes you counterclockwise along the route.

The water undulates between shimmering purple and rich blue, imitating the color of the sky on any given day. The landscape that surrounds the edges of the water is verdant. Mountains rise and fall against the lake’s edges. The kids are glued to the windows in search of Nessie. When the water ripples they swear it’s from a long fin or a disappearing graceful neck. Fishing boats drift across the water. Even though you may not spot the famous Loch Ness monster, the chance to explore the celebrated countryside is equally as magnificent.

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Day 9

Scottish Variety

Your private transfer meets you in the morning and takes you to the inspiring town of Perthshire. The landscape varies from moor to meandering loch, from picture-perfect villages to transcendent forest. Glen Lyon is a 34-mile long gorge of indisputable beauty in a rarely visited area. Cattle graze on the lush grass. The foothills climb up into imposing peaks. The aroma of fresh grasslands mixes with the crisp breeze that rushes off of the reservoir. Thatched cottage decorate the village of Fortingall. The facades are painted pristine white and the doors shine with red paint.

The Old Post House was constructed with stones and continues to decorate the main street. Between the village and the glen, the family is overwhelmed with the wonderment of the highlands. Scone Palace towers over the manicured landscape with strong stone supports. In the autumn, the decorate vines that climb up the towers turn red and orange. The palace was constructed in the 16th century and once belonged to the Murray Family. The image of the palace offers insight into the intrinsic strength and beauty of the highlands and Scotland.

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Day 10

Small Place, Big Name

St. Andrews is home to the oldest university in Scotland and also holds the title of the birthplace of golf. People arrive from all over the world with golf clubs at the ready. However, there is much more to St. Andrews than a game. The town is quaint and beautiful. The surrounding countryside is filled with lush grass. Towers rise from the church and the old castle gates. The kids are the first to notice the castle. They never tire of the opulent facades of the newer palaces and the historic ruins of the older edifices.

St. Andrews’s castle was constructed in the 13th century. A network of tunnels was dug during as siege in the 16th century that is open to visitors. The kids wind their way through the tunnels. The air is cool and the walls are narrow. Parts of the old ramparts cling to the cliffs along the sea. The aroma of sea salt blends with the remnants of earthy stone. The medieval cathedral was consecrated in the 14th century but now, like the castle, watches over the coastline in ruin. St. Rule’s Tower offers a view of the entire town in one space.

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Day 11

Return to the Castle

The inherent beauty of Scotland has revealed itself to the family, filled with captivating scenery, vibrant history, and mesmerizing legend. After breakfast, your private transfer escorts you back to Edinburgh for your flight home. The sunlight spreads over the city and casts a spotlight on Edinburgh Castle. The kids stare out the window once more at the familiar structure that has watched over Scotland for almost a millennium. You have traversed the highlands and encircled Loch Ness, found castles on lavish display and others in opulent ruin. The children have been enchanted every step of the way and will always have a special place in their hearts for the sites of London and the beauty of Scotland.

For more itinerary ideas, visit the Scotland tours page.

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Trip Highlights

  • Experience the history and lavish décor of castles that once, and continue to, house royalty
  • Visit the mystical site of Stonehenge
  • Traverse the legendary lake known as Loch NessEnjoy private guided tours that will take you through historic ruins, opulent manors, and around exceptional landscapes
  • Spend time in picture-perfect villages that dot the Scottish Highlands
  • Wander through London Tower to see the treasured Crown Jewels
  • Venture through the sensational gorges and forests filled with fairytales
  • Indulge in a seamless travel experience with that family that allows you to enjoy every moment
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Detailed Description

The London Eye lifts you into the air for a remarkable view of the cityscape. The Thames rushes through the city alongside the familiar image of Big Ben. Edinburgh Castle watches over the entirety of Scotland on an imposing cliff at the center of Edinburgh. The highlands rise and fall with the mountains and gorges that offer breathtaking vistas and majestic landscape. This 11-day family vacation to London and Edinburgh will charm the children and the delight the parents. The images of historic Britain merge with the storybooks; imagination abounds and the family finds wonder.

Your family adventure begins in the famous city of London. The global city maintains a connection to the entire world, from a rich history of explorers and pirates to years of imperialism that brought back treasures from around the globe. Visit the delights of the city on a full day tour. Visit the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London and walk across the London Tower Bridge. Witness Egyptian mummies at the British History Museum and try your luck at entering Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station, as mentioned in the Harry Potter series.

There is never enough time to see all of London’s historic sites. On a half-day tour, you will visit Buckingham Palace and hear the students at the Royal College of Music perform in the euphonious open area at Covent Garden. Outside of London are the treasured landmarks of Stonehenge and Windsor Castle. Enjoy a day visiting both or venturing to the charming towns of Bath or Oxford. The surrounding areas are yours to explore before you make your flight to Scotland and arrive in Edinburgh. Steep hills and the sea border the capital of Scotland. Edinburgh Castle rises from the center of the city with a forceful and stoic look. Wonder the narrow laneways on your guided private tour. You can hear whispers of fabulous fiction from the home where Robert Louis Stevenson was born.

Your guide tells stories that the family can’t turn away from. Traverse the landscape of Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands and find Stirling Castle, along with the connected strategic town that sits at the edge of the high ground. Visit the fantastical area of Loch Ness and explore the Graet Glen. The stories that rise out of the highland are tales of stunning landscape and memorable battles that enchant both young and old. Outside of Perthshire you will visit St. Andrews, home to the oldest university in Scotland and the assumed birthplace of golf. You return to Edinburgh for your flight home and will always remember the time you spent with your family exploring the storybook splendor of London and Scotland.

Relevant information: Visit Zicasso travel's Europe tour packages page to plan your next trip.

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Starting Price

$3570 per person (excluding international flights)

This trip is customizable for your private travel.
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  • Accommodations
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The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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