This self-drive vacation tour to London and Scotland is an exciting way to explore at your own pace and see all of the sites and landmarks that exist throughout these great lands!
You will have luxurious accommodations arranged in cities that will allow you to discover the beautiful countryside, bustling city life and everything in between. You'll have three nights in London at the Kensington Close Hotel at the start of your vacation. You'll be able to see Big Ben, Tower of London, the London Eye and more! Take the train from London to Edinburgh and pick up your rental car. You'll spend two nights enjoying this iconic city. From there you will drive to the cities of Perthshire, Inverness, Oban and others. The combination of carefully selected accommodations in dynamic cities will have you feeling like royalty throughout this 10 night vacation.
Royal Scotland extension includes:
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Royal Scotland extension includes:
3 nights at the Kensington close hotel (breakfast included)
2 nights at the Ten Hill Place or Roxburghe Hotel in Edinburgh
1 night at the Moness Country House or Crieff Hydro Hotel in Perthshire
1 night at the Ardoe House in Aberdeenshire or the Norwood Hall in Royal Deeside
1 night at the Knockomie House or Golf View Hotel in Inverness
1 night at the Knipoch Hotel in Oban
1 night at the Airth Castle or Roman Camp Hotel in the Trossachs area
Round-trip economy class airfare from New York (JFK) to London (LHR)/Edinburgh (EDI) to New York (JFK)
Rail fare from London to Edinburgh
Automatic economy car rental for the duration- Pick up at 12 Annandale Street in Edinburgh (5 minute cab ride/15 minute walk from Waverly Station)
Entrance voucher to Royal Yacht Brittania
Service charges and 20% VAT
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Kensington Close Hotel in London is an elegant property situated in one of the most sought after areas in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This well-placed, unique Kensington accommodation blends chic and efficiency in perfect harmony, and is ideal for shopping, with High Street Kensington on its doorstep.
Simple elegance springs up in your mind when you enter the Kensington Close Hotel, where comfort and character blend seamlessly with style and sophistication. It offers a unique blend of contemporary style, designer classiness and calm, yet airy ambiance, along with a landmark London location. Recently fully refurbished, the hotel boasts comfortable and well-equipped accommodations, outstanding dining and lounge options, and the eMotion health club and spa, with a state-of-the-art fitness center and the largest indoor heated swimming pool in the Kensington area.
The Roxburghe enjoys an ideal location on George Street, overlooking Charlotte Square Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Edinburgh’s city center. It is a short two-minute walk from Princes Street, near many of the most popular shops and restaurants, and within easy reach of Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Zoo and many other important attractions.
Location: Situated near the airport, in Forres, this romantic inn is close to Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery, Ben Romach Distillery, and Suenos Stone. Local attractions also include Brodie Castle.
This innovative Edinburgh hotel is within easy walking distance of Princes Street, the historic Old Town and the city centre’s main tourist, shopping and business districts; yet peacefully situated away from the main thoroughfares. The best of Edinburgh opens up before you right outside our front door. The Festival Theatre is across the road, the National Museums are round the corner and the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, and Holyrood Palace are just a stone’s throw away. Whether on business or a short city break in Edinburgh, make Ten Hill Place your first choice.
Ten Hill Place Hotel is one of Edinburgh’s premier city centre hotels. From airy public places to each of our 77 smart bedrooms, the mood of Ten Hill Place Hotel is one of quiet sophistication, and one we believe sets us apart from other Edinburgh hotels.
The quality of the original building is reaffirmed throughout the hotel’s interior, with a modern elegance appropriate to each space. This has resulted in a unique Hotel based in a quiet Georgian Square, Hill Square, which provides a peaceful location in the City Centre, but still within walking distance of all the main attractions. Ten Hill Place has recently been upgraded to a Full Four Star Service Hotel and we pride ourselves in living up to this standard in the service and quality we provide.
The resort is in the beautiful Strathearn Valley just a one hour drive from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Crieff Hydro Hotel is on a 900-acre estate with a Victorian spa, 18-hole golf course and over 60 indoor and outdoor activities. The impressive facilities include 2 swimming pools, off-road driving courses, tennis courts and a rifle range. Horseback riding, four-wheeling and water sports are also available. The luxury adults-only spa at Crieff Hydro has an indoor pool, steam room, sauna and spa bathtub. Guests can sample indulgent beauty treatments in the salon, or relax in the pool-side lounge chairs.
The 4-star accommodations include satellite TVs and private bathrooms. The family-friendly rooms have work desks and tea/coffee facilities, and all are stylishly decorated. Creiff Hotel has a range of dining options, including a Mediterranean-style family restaurant and snack bar. The Meikle Restaurant offers fine dining in the grand Victorian dining room.
Norwood Hall Hotel is situated in the West End of Aberdeen, 20 minutes’ drive from Dyce Airport. Robert Gordon University is a 5-minute walk away and the University of Aberdeen is 5 miles away.
Norwood Hall features log fires, and wooded and secluded grounds. It serves award-winning cuisine and afternoon tea and retains many of its original Victorian features including sweeping staircases and colonnaded entrances. The Library is open to guests and there are seating areas on the grounds. The Tapestry Restaurant features fresh seafood from nearby ports and game from Highland estates. It also has an extensive wine list. The Georgian Lounge serves a selection of malt whiskeys and light meals. Rooms are decorated in a classic style and feature modern facilities including plasma TVs and Wi-Fi internet access.
Nestling beside Loch Feochan in Argyll, Scotland, lays Knipoch Hotel. This four star country house hotel is privately owned and run by the Craig family.
We opened Knipoch as a hotel in 1981 when the original building was refurbished with the reception, kitchen and bedroom wing being added. Prior to this it was our family home with a history. In 1592, Campbell, Thane of Cawdor was assassinated here at the "house of Knipoch in Lorne".
In England as well as Scotland, hotels vary and individually owned hotels each have a personality. At 22 rooms (including suites), Knipoch Hotel is small enough to care for our guests personally, yet large enough to be a hotel.
Day 1: Relax on an overnight flight to London Heathrow Airport.
Days 2-4: The first three nights of your vacation will be spent in London at the Kensington Close Hotel. London is an exceptionally cosmopolitan city with so much to do. You will be located so centrally where you can visit sights such as the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower Bridge. Be sure to visit Buckingham Palace and see the changing of the guard ceremony. You can also visit the Royal Albert Hall for a show and finish up with a stroll along the River Thames.
Days 5 and 6: Following London you will spend two nights in Edinburgh, Scotland. While in Edinburgh you will want to visit the Edinburgh Castle. There is so much Scottish history running through the streets of Edinburgh you will learn and see a lot during your two nights here.
Day 7: Enjoy the night in Perthshire before moving on to the Royal Deeside tomorrow.
Day 8: You will spend one night in the Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire. It is said that Queen Victoria loved this area.
Day 9: Next up is Inverness. Inverness is home to the village of Culloden where the battle of Culloden took place. Inverness is also known for its excellent traditional Scottish music- bag pipers!
Day 10: You’ll spend tonight in Oban, the Seafood Capital of Scotland. During your time here you will experience some awesome nightlife, delicious cuisine and sightseeing!
Day 11: The final night of your royal vacation will be in the Trossachs area. This area is home to the Trossachs National Park. You will be surrounded by natural beauty and romance. Day
12: Return to America today.