United Kingdom: A British Royal Journey 9D/8N

| United Kingdom | London | Edinburgh | Cotswolds | England | Scotland |
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Summary

Discover the locations and landmarks that make up Britain’s royal heritage. From the Scottish Wars of Independence to the Tower of London, learn the secrets of the monarchy and uncover the histories of royal residences past and present. Royal privileges can also be yours, such as Champagne Afternoon Tea aboard a beautiful floating hotel, and insider-access to palaces before the official opening times.  

Itinerary

Day 1 - 2

Arrive London, England

Start your royal journey with a day in London. The Goring Hotel will be your base, a historic luxury hotel in the affluent Belgravia district.

ACCOMMODATION: The Goring

Day 2 - 3

Tower of London and Westminster

Meet your guide for a private tour of the Tower of London. Here the Yeoman Warders – the 'Beefeaters' - guard the dazzling Crown Jewels. Visit the White Tower and the reconstruction of royal living apartments in the Medieval Palace.

Next, your guide will escort you to Westminster Abbey, the scene of the Queen’s Coronation. Head over to Whitehall, where you will enjoy insider-access to the only surviving part of King Henry VIII’s Whitehall Palace.

During August or September, you may visit Buckingham Palace’s opulent state apartments where functions are held each year. Otherwise, visit the Queen’s Gallery where items from the Royal Collection are displayed. 

ACCOMMODATION: The Goring

Day 3 - 4

City of London

Enjoy a private early morning tour of Kensington Palace, instead of the usual, regular entrance time. These unique opportunities are not to be missed, for that exceptional insider-access. Walk over to see the fountain in Kensington Gardens that was created in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.

You will also visit St. Paul's Cathedral, the baroque masterpiece that was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London. It has also been used for state occasions, most notably the wedding of the Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.

ACCOMMODATION: The Goring

Day 4 - 5

Tetbury, Cotswolds

Head out into the rural English countryside with your guide to see the beautiful Cotswold Hills. Visit Cirencester and Avening, where the home of the Princess Royal is located. Stop off in Tetbury, one of the most attractive towns in the region, and enjoy browsing the antique shops. It is very close to Highgrove House, the home of the Prince of Wales, and you can explore Highgrove Shop, known for its wide range of organic foods and gifts. Finally, your driver will take a southern route back to London.

ACCOMMODATION: The Goring

Day 5 - 6

London - Edinburgh, Scotland

Your driver-guide will take you to Windsor Castle, the Queen’s favourite residence. Visit the state apartments and St. George's Chapel, home of the Order of the Garter. You will then transfer to the airport for a domestic flight to Edinburgh. Check in to The Balmoral, a stylish five-star property right in the heart of the city, known for its majestic clock tower.

ACCOMMODATION: The Balmoral

Day 6 - 7

Edinburgh

This morning, meet your guide to walk around Edinburgh and see sites including Edinburgh Castle, where the Scottish Crown Jewels are held, St. Giles Cathedral, the Canongate and Holyrood Palace, the official residence for the Queen in Scotland. Enjoy an insider look into the staterooms – if no member of the royal family is present during your visit. 

In the afternoon, hop on board The Fingal, a luxurious floating hotel, and enjoy Champagne Afternoon Tea, watching the world go by. Afterwards, step aboard Royal Yacht Britannia, with private behind-the-scenes access. 

ACCOMMODATION: The Balmoral

Day 7 - 8

St. Andrews

Your guide will drive north of Edinburgh, crossing the mighty Forth Bridge en route to Scone Palace, home of the Earls of Mansfield. In the palace grounds is Moot Hill, the ancient coronation place of Scottish kings, who sat on the Stone of Destiny during the ceremony. Next, cross the River Tay to Fife, and explore the town of St. Andrews. Discover the ruins of the cathedral and Scotland’s oldest university, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met. 

ACCOMMODATION: The Balmoral

Day 8 - 9

Stirling

The final day will take you to Stirling, the site where both William 'Braveheart' Wallace and Robert the Bruce defeated the English armies during the Scottish Wars of Independence. See Stirling Castle – one of the most important royal fortresses in Scotland. 

On your return back to Edinburgh, visit the ruins of Linlithgow Palace. This was one of the favourite residences of the Stuart Kings of Scotland. Even though a ruin, the stout remains indicate how majestically the medieval monarchs lived, with a backdrop of a beautiful lake.  

ACCOMMODATION: The Balmoral

Day 9 -

Depart Edinburgh

Take a private transfer back to Edinburgh airport for your departure flight.

- This is a guide itinerary and can be modified to suit. It is subject to availability and price at the time of booking. Other conditions may apply -

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