Dillon Family UK Adventure

Thursday 6th June – Monday 17th June 2024

Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights


Overview

A wonderful twelve day adventure experiencing the very best of the UK. From the bright lights of London with its Royal connections, history and incredible shopping experiences to indulgent spa treatments and Edwardian splendour in Bath. Then onwards to the Highland of Scotland where you join your expert private guide who will show you the very best of this small but mighty country. Explore the majestic mountains and atmospheric valleys, discovering some of the most iconic scenery from the big screen.  Enjoy time as a family exploring, relaxing and indulging as you soak up the atmosphere and culture of the UK, taking treasured memories with you when you leave.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Thursday 6th June - Welcome to London

On arrival at the airport you will be met by a private driver who will transfer you to your city centre hotel. Depending on your arrival time you can choose to relax at the hotel or head out to start exploring this unique city.

Overnight: London | The Soho Hotel
Room Type: Richmond Suite

Day 2 - Friday 7th June - Retail Therapy, Peter Pan and the West End

This morning, meet your expert guide and experience the finest toys in the world at Hamleys. You’ll walk the red carpet, watch the entertainers perform and have all seven floors all to yourself before the store opens to the public. Spend the rest of your morning shopping to your hearts content as you explore Liberties, a tudor revival building full of luxurious treasures and Carnaby Street of Soho. In the afternoon, experience a magical Peter Pan Afternoon Tea, inspired by his adventures on the island of Neverland, all while experiencing panoramic views of the London skyline. This evening, watch a performance of Six, an uplifting musical comedy about the six wives of Henry the VIII, bringing to life each Queen’s distinct personality and story to life.

Overnight: London | The Soho Hotel
Room Type: Richmond Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Saturday 8th June - Exploring the City & Harry Potter Studios

This morning, you’ll meet your guide to learn about the home of Royal coronations and weddings at arguably the UK’s most famous church, Westminster Abbey. Admire the English architecture and the beauty of the Lady Chapel before venturing inside the Palace of Westminster, the home of modern democracy. In the afternoon, you’ll be whisked to the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio for a Tour. Enter the magical wizarding world to explore authentic sets, costumes and props from all the Harry Potter films. Step aboard the Hogwarts Express, window shop down Diagon Alley and stop at Professor Sprouts greenhouse to pull out a potted Mandrake! After your extraordinary encounters, your private transfer will take you back to the hotel for a relaxed evening.

Overnight: London | The Soho Hotel
Room Type: Richmond Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Sunday 9th June - Exploring Bath

After breakfast, your private transfer will escort you to your next destination, the Georgian gem of Bath. With your guide, enjoy a wonderful walking tour of the city. As the beautiful Georgian architecture presses honey-yellow against the blue sky, soak in the sights and sounds of a city founded by the Romans for well-being and relaxation. Discover culinary delights, local specialities and gastronomic history of the city as you wind through this World Heritage City.

Overnight: Bath | Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
Room Type: Master Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Monday 10th June - Roman Baths

This morning, discover Roman life and learn about the fascinating history at the Roman Baths. Walk in the shadows of Romans who once bathed in the Great Bath, chat to the Roman characters and learn about the lives of real people who lived here 2000 years ago. Spend the afternoon at your leisure, indulge in some shopping, perhaps climbs the Bath abbey steps or watch as the boats cruise down the canals.

Overnight: Bath | Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
Room Type: Master Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Tuesday 11th June - Journey to the Valley of Glencoe

After breakfast, your private transfer will take you to Bristol airport for your onward journey to Scotland. When you land in Edinburgh, your private guide, who will also be your driver will meet you and take you on a spectacular journey through awe inspiring scenery to the the valley of Glencoe. Stopping off at some of the most photographed spots and famous filming locations from Harry Potter and Outlander. On arrival at your luxury castle accommodation amongst the mountains, it’s time to settle in and relax before enjoying dinner and resting ahead of your Scottish adventures.

Overnight: Glencoe | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: 2 x Walled Garden Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Wednesday 12th June - 'Road to the Isles'

Ready your wands this morning as you embark on a journey known as the ‘Road to the Isles’, a magical road trip to the coast following the route of steam train that featured in the Harry Potter films. Drive through glorious mountain scenes stop to hear the tales of the Glenfinnan Monument and see if you can spot the Jacobite Steam Train puffing its way along the tracks, hopefully with no flying cars though! On arrival at Mallaig you take a stroll around this quaint fishing village, before heading back to Fort William, stopping for more photos and a walk on white sand beaches of Arisaig and hear the tales of Jacobite rebellions in the area as you go.

Overnight: Glencoe | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: 2 x Walled Garden Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Thursday 13th June - Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle

This morning you will bid farewell to Glencoe to travel to Perthshire, your next destination. On your journey, you will stop at Loch Ness, setting out by boat onto the deep secretive waters to enjoy a scenic cruise, keeping your eyes peeled for ‘Nessie’ herself! Enjoy a tour of the magnificent ruins of Urquhart Castle, situated on the shores of the moody loch. This was once one of Scotland’s largest castles and due to its strategic position, it played a key role during the Wars of Independence. Onward travel will take you to your next castle hotel, relax in the luxurious spa facilities and wander the grounds of the hotel situated in beautiful ancient forest.

Overnight: Perthshire | Fonab Castle
Room Type: 3 x Woodland Lodge Doubles
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Friday 14th June - Cookery Workshop and Whisky Tasting

After coffee overlooking the tranquil grounds, head out with your expert guide to experience a one of a kind day. Prepare to delve deeper into the wilderness as you embark on a private culinary safari on a 2,000-acre estate, overlooking Lochs Voil and Doine. Join a local chef to forage, taste and cook from the land and enjoy a whisky workshop as you go. As you explore, look out for the russet red coats of red deer and the soaring silhouettes of golden eagles. Listen out for the chattering disapproval of grouse as they flap comically above the heath, chatting to your guide about the land’s topography.

Overnight: Perthshire | Fonab Castle
Room Type: 3 x Woodland Lodge Doubles
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 - Saturday 15th June - A Magical Tour of the Capital City

After breakfast, your private guide will whisk you away to your final destination, Edinburgh. Drop your bags at your luxurious and iconic hotel in the centre, take a moment for some refreshments and then head out to explore this historic city. Follow your curiosity as you discover the twisting cobbled alleyways and hidden courtyards of the ‘old town’. Hear the tales of the people who lived there from your expert guide as you make your way up to the ancient castle with fabulous views atop a volcanic rock and admire the oldest crown jewels in Europe. Your guide will leave you to finish your day with a tour of the castle at your own pace before heading back to your hotel to settle in. After working up an appetite, enjoy the cities delicious cocktails and restaurant options for dinner.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Balmoral Hotel
Room Type: 1 x Deluxe Castle View Suite and 1 x Castle View Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 - Sunday 16th June - A Magical Tour of the Capital City

This morning you will meet your guide in the foyer of your hotel and head out to join a private lively walking tour that celebrates all things Harry Potter. Wind your way through the streets that inspired JK Rowling’s famous books, testing your wizarding knowledge as you visit Tom Riddle’s grave and the real-life Diagon Alley. After lunch enjoy some time exploring, there will be plenty time for shopping in some of Edinburgh’s iconic department stores and independent shops. As the shadows lengthen, head out this evening for a private tour of Edinburgh’s dark underbelly, discovering hidden streets, eerie dwellings and listening to spooky tales of both fact and fiction.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Balmoral Hotel
Room Type: 1 x Deluxe Castle View Suite and 1 x Castle View Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 12 - Monday 17th June - Depart

It’s time to bid farewell to Scotland as your UK adventure comes to an end. A private transfer will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to the airport to make your onward connections. Saying goodbye for now but taking with you special memories and wonderful stories of your explorations.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 11 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide from Day 1 to Day 11
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
  • All private airport transfers
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Private Hamleys pre-opening Tour
    • Peter Pan Afternoon Tea at The Shard
    • Theatre Tickets to Six the Musical
    • Entry to Westminster Abbey
    • Entry to House of Parliament
    • Tickets to Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour
    • Private guided tour of Bath
    • Entry into the Roman Baths
    • Private Loch Ness Cruise
    • Urquhart Castle
    • Food & Whisky Experience
    • Edinburgh Castle
    • Harry Potter Trail
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-Country Support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
Notes Read More
  • All suggested accommodations and services are subject to availability at the time of booking
  • A 20% deposit is required before any accommodation and services will be confirmed
  • This quote is valid for 14 days from the date quoted, after this time pricing may be subject to revision
Terms & Conditions Read More

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