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Castles And Kilts

10 Days 1 Country 10 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

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

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

    • Roman Britain Revisited
      Experience life as a Roman soldier on the dramatic front line of Emperor Hadrian's British frontier.

    • 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


Castles And Kilts

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive London (3 Nights)

Day 2

London Sightseeing

Day 3

London

Day 4

London – Oxford – Lacock – Bristol

Day 5

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

Day 6

Excursion to Liverpool

Day 7

Ruthin Castle – Tatton Park – Lancaster

Day 8

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

Day 9

Edinburgh Sightseeing

Day 10

Depart Edinburgh

Day 1

Arrive London (3 Nights) Day 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.

Hotel

Crowne Plaza Kings Cross Bloomsbury

Meals

  • Kick-Off Party

Hotel

Crowne Plaza Kings Cross Bloomsbury

Meals

  • Kick-Off Party

Day 1

Day 2

London Sightseeing Day 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

London Day 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Windsor Visit Including Castle Tour

We’ll take a short drive to Windsor where you'll enjoy a private guided tour of Windsor Castle, with entrance to the State Apartments included. Inside the apartments you’ll also have the use of an individual audio guide. On Sundays, St George's Chapel is closed to the public.

Adult Price: £41.00

London Eye Experience

You’ll experience incredible views of London with a ride on the famous London Eye. Open from 10am - 6pm.

Adult Price: £22.50

London Eye and Thames Cruise

There's no better way to experience London than from a cruise along the Thames. You’ll also experience incredible views of London from the world-famous London Eye. Open from 10am - 6pm.

Adult Price: £41.00

Day 3

Day 4

London – Oxford – Lacock – Bristol Day 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.

Hotel

Mercure Holland House

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Mercure Holland House

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Guided Tour of Bristol

The centre of the British aeronautics industry since WWII, Bristol was also a great seafaring port and England's second city until not long ago. There's a wealth of history to be discovered and John Cabot, Brunel, the Plimsoll Line, John and Charles Wesley, Wills Tobacco, Archibald Leach (who's he?), Banksy, and Robinson Crusoe are all names that have unique links with Bristol. Find out how they all fit together on a rip-roaring tour of the town with Bristol's number-one local specialist.

Adult Price: £15.00

Day 4

Day 5

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

Hotel

Ruthin Castle Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

Ruthin Castle Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 5

Day 6

Excursion to Liverpool Day 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Famous Sights and the Fab Four

Come along on a guided tour of Liverpool. From its glorious maritime past to its famous cultural present, you’ll discover the two magnificently different cathedrals, see Mathew Street, birthplace of The Beatles, and admire the Mersey Sound.

Adult Price: £16.50

Day 6

Day 7

Ruthin Castle – Tatton Park – Lancaster Day 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.

Hotel

Lancaster House

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Lancaster House

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Windermere Cruise And Steam Train Ride

A chance to view the glorious scenery of the Lake District as we cruise across England’s largest lake. Then step back in time as we board the steam train for a short journey from Lakeside to Haverthwaite.

Adult Price: £17.50

Day 7

Day 8

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

Hotel

Holiday Inn

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Holiday Inn

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Scottish Show With Dinner

Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There's even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.

Adult Price: £54.00

Day 8

Day 9

Edinburgh Sightseeing Day 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Royal Yacht Britannia

You’ll explore this magnificent ship, which has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. Now berthed in Leith, you’ll be welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences – the former honeymoon sanctuary for four royal couples.

Adult Price: £16.50

Day 9

Day 10

Depart Edinburgh Day 10 - Depart Edinburgh

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

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 10

Available Departures

Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/nz/tours/castles-and-kilts for the latest discounts & departure information.

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    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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Highlights

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

    • Roman Britain Revisited
      Experience life as a Roman soldier on the dramatic front line of Emperor Hadrian's British frontier.

    • 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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