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Castles And Kilts

10 Days 1 Country 9 Cities

Experience the history, mystery and magic of England, Wales and Scotland on this Family Experiences trip of a lifetime.

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About this trip

Uncover the mystery and magic of a land of kings and queens, musicians, magicians and muggles. See Harry Potter's London, stay in a castle and learn about life as a Roman soldier at Hadrian's Wall. You'll tour the university city of Oxford, see the birthplace of the Beatles and hear tales of bravery, treason and intrigue in Edinburgh.


Trip type: Family Experience

Trip code: FCAS

9 Nights

accommodation

13 Meals
  • 9 full breakfasts

  • 4 dinners

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Castles And Kilts

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive London (3 Nights)

Welcome to London - one of the most exciting capital cities in the world. After check-in the rest of the day is free for you to explore. This evening meet with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the hotel. Tonight we will take you out for a fun evening at a popular London restaurant for your Kick-off Party. Your Travel Director will explain all the cool things you can do in London.

Meal(s)
Kick-Off Party
Hotel
Crowne Plaza Kings Cross Bloomsbury

2. London Sightseeing

Your Local Specialist shows you the city's sights including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. See the location of the red telephone box where Harry Potter and Mr. Weasley descend into the secret Ministry of Magic in the 'Order of the Phoenix'. Admire the magical platform 9 3/4 sign where Harry catches the Hogwarts Express. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (subject to event taking place). After free time for lunch at St. Katherine's Dock near Tower Bridge, visit the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

3. London

Today you are free to explore the city on your own. Perhaps visit the Tate Modern or the scary London Dungeon. Shop for fashions in the West End, pop into the most famous toy store in the world - Hamleys on Regent Street - or take a day trip to Windsor Castle. The options are endless and your Travel Director will be happy to help.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

4. London – Oxford – Lacock – Bristol

Travel west to Oxford for an orientation of this famous university city. Kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers have all studied here, and you may even have the chance to look inside one of the historic halls (if students are not sitting exams). Later travel to picturesque Lacock in rural Wiltshire - one of England's most beautiful villages. See Harry Potter's house and other historic buildings used as locations in recent films. Perhaps take time to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea and cake in one of the local tea rooms before arriving in Bristol for your overnight stay.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Mercure Holland House

5. Bristol – Bath – Llangollen – Ruthin Castle (2 Nights)

Your orientation of Bath includes the Pulteney Bridge and famous Georgian architecture. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room and view Bath Abbey, founded in 1499. Cross the border into Wales and visit the town of Llangollen, famous for its annual Eisteddfod. Travel over the picturesque Horseshoe Pass before arriving at your castle hotel for the next two nights. This evening enjoy a Welsh-themed dinner with your travel companions.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Regional Meal
Hotel
Ruthin Castle Authentic Accommodation

6. Excursion to Liverpool

There are many things to see and do in Liverpool. Perhaps visit the World Museum or the Merseyside Maritime Museum featuring a gallery devoted to the story of the Titanic. Consider joining an Optional Experience which takes in sites further afield from the city centre including Liverpool Cathedral and Mathew Street, birthplace of the Beatles. Later return to your castle for free time to relax and explore the castle grounds.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

7. Ruthin Castle – Tatton Park – Lancaster

Visit Tatton Park for a Cultural Insight into an elegant mansion house set in an 1,000 acre deer park, where the butler and housekeeper take you on a guided tour. Continue north to the Lake District and see some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Perhaps take a ride on a steam train or cruise across Lake Windermere before reaching your hotel, where you dine tonight.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Lancaster House

8. Lancaster – Hadrian’s Wall – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

Visit the Roman Army Museum for an insight into life as a Roman soldier during the time that they occupied parts of the country. Visit Hadrian's Wall, built by order of the Emperor Hadrian in 122 AD, the most important Roman monument in Britain. Later in Edinburgh - Scotland's capital - your Travel Director will propose a fun night out. During the Edinburgh Festival, tickets to the Edinburgh Tattoo in the castle grounds are included.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Holiday Inn

9. Edinburgh Sightseeing

Experience the beautiful sights of Edinburgh during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist, including the Royal Mile, the famous Scott Monument followed by your choice of sightseeing to the Edinburgh Castle or Edinburgh's Camera Obscura. See the Scottish Crown Jewels during your visit to Edinburgh Castle and hear tales of bravery, treason and intrigue. Spend the afternoon exploring on your own or join your Travel Director for an Optional Experience. Celebrate the end of your journey this evening with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at a special Farewell Dinner.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

10. Depart Edinburgh

Say goodbye to your new friends at the end of an amazing holiday. Transfers are available to Edinburgh Airport. Conditions apply.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

Guest Reviews and Ratings

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    Service rating : Rachael, our tour guide was very professional and friendly and addressed our every needs. In certain cities, we had locals giving us a guided tour of their cities. I particularly, enjoyed Tony our London guide. He was very knowledgeable about the history behind the Monarchy

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    Stay in the 13th century Ruthin Castle in North Wales with its original moat and acres of parkland

  • Cultural Insights
    Enjoy a butler and housekeeper tour at the stately 18th century National Trust property, Tatton Park Mansion house

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in London and Edinburgh

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in London and Edinburgh

    • Orientation of Oxford, Bristol and Liverpool

    • View the scenic Lake District

    • Visit the Tower of London, one of the famous Oxford University halls, picturesque Lacock village, the Roman Baths of Bath, Llangollen, Tatton Park to meet the butler and housekeeper, the Lake District, the Roman Army Museum, Hadrian's Wall and Edinburgh Castle


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 full breakfasts

    • 4 dinners


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host in London

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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    • Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip. Single rooms are not available unless travelling as part of a family group.
    • Experience life as a Roman soldier on the dramatic front line of Emperor Hadrian's British frontier.
    • Edinburgh Tattoo 04-26 August 2017: We've included Tattoo tickets when you're in Edinburgh on departure 03 August and 10 August 2017.
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