London and Edinburgh Educational Tour
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London and Edinburgh

8 Days London 3 • Edinburgh 3


Accommodations in centrally-located three-star or four-star hotels. Rooming on a triple basis. Double rooms: $240 per person.


Round-trip transportation on scheduled airline.


All breakfasts. All dinners.


Services of a specially-trained passports Tour Director throughout.


Entrances and activities as noted on itinerary.

Travel Protection

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Days 1-2: Arrival London

Arrival transfer

Day 3: London

London City Sightseeing: Local guide

Day 4: London

Optional Excursion to Windsor Castle (by train): Round-trip train London-Windsor Central

Day 5: London - Edinburgh

Departure transfer, Fast train London-Edinburgh, Arrival transfer

Ghost Walking Tour

Day 6: Edinburgh

Half-day city sightseeing: Local Guide, Visit to Edinburgh Castle

Visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Day 7: Edinburgh

Optional Excursion to Roslin: Visit to Rosslyn Chapel

Day 8: Departure

Departure transfer

Days 1-2: Arrival

You head east, into a short night, and suddenly it's morning, and you're in England. Londontown: the hub and focus for theatergoers worldwide!

Settle into your hotel, then venture into your surroundings. Red, double-decker buses groan along the "wrong" side of the road, escorted by innumerable black taxicabs with engines that sound like sewing machines.

Day 3: London City Sightseeing

Enjoy a tour of the sights and sounds of the British capital. See such sights as St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Kensington, and Trafalgar Square.

A local guide will accompany your group.

Free time in London

The afternoon is unscheduled.

Consider a visit to the Tower of London to view Traitors' Gate, the Bloody Tower, the Block (where two of Henry VIII's ill-fated wives lost their heads), the White Tower and the Crown Jewels. If you choose to follow one of the Beefeaters, you'll also be able to visit the Royal Chapel.

Day 4: London, Optional Excursion to Windsor

Enjoy some free time in London today.

Make plans with your tour director.

Optional Excursion to Windsor Castle (by train)

A forty-minute ride aboard a commuter train will take you from London to the town of Windsor, which has been the location of royal residences for almost a thousand years, ever since William the Conqueror settled there in 1070.

A visit to Windsor Castle includes the State Apartments, Queen Mary's Dolls' House (a palace-within-a-palace with functioning lights, running water and Lilliputian-size books written by famous authors of the 1920s) and St. George's Chapel, one of the country's finest churches in the typically English style known as Perpendicular Gothic.

Day 5: Train to Edinburgh, Ghost Walking Tour

Today, use the fast rail connection from London's King's Cross Station to Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city.

Welcome to Scotland. There'll be time to start exploring Edinburgh, birthplace of Sir Walter Scott, Alexander Graham Bell, David Hume, James Boswell, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Scottish national poet Robert Burns, who called it home for several years.

Ghost Walking Tour

Tonight, a guided ghost tour through Auld Reekie's atmospheric streets and wynds will send shivers down your spine.

Day 6: Edinburgh City Sightseeing, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Enjoy a coach tour along the ancient Royal Mile, through the narrow alleys of the city's medieval Old Town and into the 18th-century New Town. See the extinct volcano, Arthur's Seat, which looms over the city.

A half-day local guide, well-educated and specially-trained on the history and culture of Edinburgh, will accompany your group.

Visit to Edinburgh Castle

Visit the fortress which defines Edinburgh's skyline from its high-perched location on the granite core of an extinct volcano. This castle shelters the Scottish Crown and Regalia, and the Stone of Destiny, returned to Scotland in 1996 after a 700-year stay at Westminster Abbey. Within its walls stand several buildings, including the Palace where Mary, Queen of Scots, gave birth to King James I of England in 1566 and St. Margaret's Chapel, built in 1130 to honor the pious wife of King Malcolm III.

Visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse

If H. M. Queen Elizabeth is not in residence, you will visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the monarch's official residence in Scotland.

As you tour the Royal Apartments, rebuilt in the 17th century, you will hear about Mary Queen of Scots, who resided in the palace in the 16th century, as did Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745.

If visiting the Palace between April and October, you may join a free guided tour of Holyrood Abbey, an Augustinian Abbey now in ruins which was founded in 1128 and named after a relic of the True Cross (Holy Cross) also called Holy Rood, or Black Rood.

Holyrood Palace and Abbey are located near Holyrood Park, the largest park in Edinburgh, which includes meadows, a lake and rocky crags, notably the ancient volcano known as Arthur's Seat.

Free time in Edinburgh

The afternoon is unscheduled.

Museums include the Royal Museum of Scotland and the National Gallery of Scotland.

Day 7: Edinburgh, Optional Excursion to Roslin

Enjoy some free time in Edinburgh today and check out some of the wonderful museums and tourist attractions.

Lovers of nature and beauty may want to make their way to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, which is a free-of-charge feast for the eyes with its seventy acres of landscaped gardens. Its glasshouses, filled with exotic plants, can be visited for a fee.

Optional Excursion to Roslin

Set out for the small town of Roslin, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, which has two claims to fame: its unique Chapel and the National Institute of Bioscience where the first cloned mammal, Dolly the sheep, was born in 1996.

Visit to Rosslyn Chapel.

Enter the enigmatic sanctuary that figures prominently in Dan Brown's 2003 best-seller, The Da Vinci Code, and the 2006 blockbuster film inspired by the novel. Officially called the Collegiate Church of St. Matthew, the chapel dates back to 1446 and is regarded as an outstanding example of stone carving. Mysteries and legends represented in its stones attract a large number of visitors since the site has been linked to the Holy Grail, the Holyrood relic, buried treasures, ley lines, earth energy, medieval Knights Templar, Freemasonry, and more!

Day 8: Departure

Most good things must come to an end. Your suitcase full of memorabilia and of photos ready to be processed, you'll arrive home later today, eager to share your discoveries with family and friends.

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