Trip Overview…

Explore the wonders of Great Britain by train! Travel from the modern, Thames-side capital of London through lush scenery, uncovering historical monuments in Edinburgh, dramatic rugged landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, the rolling hills and quaint villages of the Yorkshire Dales in Leeds and the thriving industrial charm of Manchester, with handpicked sightseeing tours to help you get the most out of your vacation!

Package Includes

Highlights

  • Cruise down the Thames and gaze over the city from the top of the London Eye in the English capital city
  • Uncover some of the country’s oldest monuments at the ancient Edinburgh Castle
  • Marvel at the serene beauty of the Highlands of Scotland on one of the world’s most scenic train journeys aboard the Jacobite Steam Train
  • Enjoy the warmth of Yorkshire in Leeds
  • Explore cosmopolitan Manchester

Rail & Hotel Included:

  • 4 nights’ total hotel stay with breakfast in London
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Edinburgh
  • 1-night hotel stay with breakfast in Fort William / Glencoe
  • 1-night hotel stay with breakfast in Glasgow
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Leeds
  • 2 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Manchester
  • Rail travel in standard class throughout (please enquire for 1st class fares)

Tours & Inclusions:

  • London Pass
  • Skip the Line: London Eye
  • Skip the Line: Edinburgh Castle
  • Roundtrip journey on the Jacobite Steam Train

At a glance

13 days
Departing May 22 – Aug 23
From AUD$
3636
pp

Your Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive In London

London-Big-Ben-Parliament

Your journey begins in London, the Great British capital. Check in at your hotel for a three night stay and head out to explore the city! Nowhere in the world combines ancient historical importance and cosmopolitan vibrancy quite like London. Spend the evening at the theatre on the West End, or visit one of London’s many fine dining establishments. (Overnight in London)

Day 2 – London

Spend the day at leisure in London today, exploring the most popular sights with a London Pass, included with your vacation. Use it to take a scenic cruise down the River Thames, visit Shakespeare’s Globe or explore Westminster Abbey. The Pass even includes a hop-on, hop-off bus tour so you can navigate the city’s most important landmarks easily. (Overnight in London) B

Day 3 – London

Spend another day exploring London. Check out some of the city’s quirky neighborhoods, and don’t miss a stroll down the South Bank of the River Thames, famed for its street performers and musicians. Here, you will also find the iconic London Eye. Your vacation includes a sightseeing ride, where you will be able to gaze over the rooftops of the city from an iconic vantage point. (Overnight in London) B

Day 4 – London To Edinburgh

edinburgh

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and catch the train up from London to Edinburgh. Cross the border into Scotland and arrive in the country’s capital, where you’ll check in at your hotel for a two night stay. Spend the rest of the day exploring Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town, strolling down the cobbled lanes, or stretch your legs after the train journey with a walk to Arthur’s Seat, a dramatic peak in Holyrood Park that offers rewarding views of the city. (Overnight in Edinburgh) B

Day 5 – Edinburgh

Spend a full day exploring Edinburgh’s sights, sounds and delicious cuisine. Your vacation includes skip the line entrance to Edinburgh Castle, the city’s crowning gem that occupies a fantastic vantage point over the city. Visit St Margaret’s Chapel, one of Edinburgh’s oldest buildings, and unearth fascinating Scottish history with a walk through the Royal Palace and a visit to the Crown Jewels Exhibition. (Overnight in Edinburgh) B

Day 6 – Edinburgh To Fort William

Fort William Scotland

From Edinburgh, head north to Fort William, the terminus station for none other than the Jacobite Steam Train. Embark on one of the most scenic journeys in the world, an 84 mile round-trip that passes Ben Nevis mountain, lochs, rivers and along the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous in the Harry Potter films. Spend a little time in Mallaig between journeys and, when you return to Fort William, transfer to your Glencoe hotel for an overnight stay. (Overnight in Glencoe) B

Day 7 – Fort William To Glasgow

Transfer back to Fort William station today and board a train to Glasgow. Relax on board as the train heads south through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Upon arrival in Glasgow, check in at your hotel for an overnight stay and being exploring. A bustling port city set on the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow’s rich ship-building history and Victorian architecture make the city an interesting place to visit. Proudly Scotland’s cultural hub, the Scottish Opera is here and would make a nice addition to your vacation. (Overnight in Glasgow) B

Day 8 – Glasgow To Leeds

Leeds United Kingdom

Continue south along the track today, crossing back into England and winding along the rails to Leeds in Yorkshire. Check in at your hotel for a two night stay. When in Leeds, don’t miss a visit to the Royal Armouries, or a wander around Kirkgate Market for interesting street food and great shopping opportunities.

Day 9 – Leeds

Spend the day enjoying all Leeds has to offer from great shops, amazing museums, and art galleries, or speak to any of our Travel Consultants about a day trip to historic York perhaps?  (Overnight Leeds) B

Day 10 – Leeds To Manchester

Manchester

Catch the train from Leeds to Manchester today and check in at your hotel for a two night stay. A major city and vibrant hub in the northwest of England, Manchester is proud of its industrial heritage, based around the 18th-century canal system. Explore the sights with a walk along the dockyards. (Overnight in Manchester) B

Day 11 – Manchester

Explore Manchester today, the home of soccer in the UK and a city with a rich musical heritage.  (Overnight Manchester) B

Day 12 – Manchester To London

London-Big-Ben-Parliament

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and make the journey back to London. Check in for an overnight stay and tick any sights of your London bucket list that you didn’t get around to at the beginning of your trip. (Overnight in London) B

Day 13 – London

Your Journey Ends In London.  Please enquire if you would like us to arrange your onward travel or another rail journey.

MEAL GUIDE: B – BREAKFAST, BR – BRUNCH, L – LUNCH, AT – AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

Disclaimer:
Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards.
Price based on 30 June 2022 departure.
Maximum Flexibility
With Maximum Flexibility, we give travellers who book new reservations through 30 September 2021, the option to change their travel dates or cancel their rail holiday up to 5 days prior to departure without incurring any change or cancellation fees. Any existing reservations can be rescheduled up to 5 days prior to departure without incurring any change or cancellation fees.
Customers will be issued a future travel credit, which is valid for 24 months and can be used toward a new reservation with any of our brands, destinations, and itineraries for any travel date and length of trip without penalty*.
*Additional restrictions may apply for any rail vacations that include Cruises, Belmond, Rocky Mountaineer, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions, The Blue Train, El Transcantábrico, Tsars Gold, or other luxury trains. Please be aware that certain arrangements, may not be amended after they have been confirmed and any alteration could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that portion of the travel arrangements.
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