England and Scotland New Years Celebrations V1

Paul & Ingrid Devarennes

Thursday 28th December – Friday 5th January 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Thursday 28th December - Welcome to London

On arrival in London, transfer to your centrally located hotel and take some time to relax ahead of your first evening in England. An unmissable destination for travellers, the capital city is an international melting pot that brims with culture, history and iconic landmarks. With a well-known and well-deserved reputation for an eclectic and globally diverse food scene, your dinner this evening is sure to be a thoroughly enjoyable affair. Later, draw the curtains on the twinkling lights of the city to enjoy a good night’s sleep ahead of an exciting day of exploring tomorrow.

Overnight: London | Marylebone
Room Type: Studio Suite King
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Friday 29th December - Free Day in the City

Embrace the sense of freedom and adventure as you wake up to a day of endless possibilities in the vibrant city. Set out to explore the enchanting streets, each corner holding a new discovery. Wander through bustling markets, where colourful stalls showcase local crafts and delectable treats. Allow the city’s rhythm to guide you, whether it’s stumbling upon hidden art galleries, tasting exotic street food, or simply soaking in the local atmosphere at a cosy cafe. Dive into the city’s history by visiting museums, gardens, or historic landmarks, immersing yourselves in the rich culture that surrounds you.

Overnight: London | Marylebone
Room Type: Studio Suite King
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Saturday 30th December - Windsor Castle - Guided

Leave the bustling streets of London behind and set off on a delightful day trip to Windsor. With a private driver at your service, you’ll journey through the scenic English countryside, wrapped in a cosy blanket of winter charm. Upon reaching Windsor, your experienced guide will lead you through the enchanting corridors of Windsor Castle, where history comes to life amidst grand halls and royal chambers. The castle, adorned with festive decorations, exudes a magical ambience during the holiday season. Explore the rich heritage, marvel at the breathtaking architecture, and immerse yourself in the captivating stories of royalty. Returning to London enjoy a relaxing evening at your hotel on the build-up to the new year.

Overnight: London | Marylebone
Room Type: Studio Suite King
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Sunday 31st December - New Years Eve - Free Day

Absorb the serene charm of December in London as you plan your tranquil day. Perhaps start your morning with a leisurely stroll in the iconic Kew Gardens, where the winter air carries a subtle scent of blooming flowers, and the pathways are adorned with a peaceful atmosphere. Lose yourself amidst the greenery, taking in the beauty of nature in its quiet winter slumber. Later, as the sun sets and the city begins to buzz with anticipation, indulge in an exquisite evening meal at one of London’s cosy restaurants, savouring delectable cuisine that warms your soul. Afterwards, head to a stylish bar, where you can enjoy some drinks and cocktails, building up the excitement for the grand New Year’s Eve celebrations. As the clock ticks closer to midnight, step into the heart of the city, where the vibrant energy of the crowd blends with the dazzling display of fireworks illuminating the night sky.

Reservations: Plans for the New Year festivities have not yet been released by most establishments in the city. As soon as these plans become available, we will be able to promptly secure reservations for you. However, please be aware that the cost of these reservations, be it for special events, dinners, or activities, will need to be settled by the client on the day or in some cases in advance. Suggestions from 2023 festivities include Black-tie evening at the Ritz with a regimental marching band, an evening Meal at the Sky Garden overlooking the city, an evening Meal at Aqua Shard followed by a New Year’s Eve party and An Evening at Somerset House followed by fireworks and Ice Skating.

Overnight: London | Marylebone
Room Type: Studio Suite King
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Monday 1st January - New Years Day - Free Day

Embrace the first day of the new year with the freedom to explore at your own pace. Consider spending a delightful day at Kew Palace and Gardens, where history and nature converge in a harmonious blend. Wander through the intimate chambers of Kew Palace, delving into its rich heritage, and then lose yourself in the enchanting gardens that surround it. Despite the winter chill, Kew Gardens offers a serene retreat, with blooming flowers, ancient trees, and quiet corners waiting to be discovered. Let the day unfold organically; take leisurely strolls along the winding paths, stop to admire the seasonal blooms, and find solace in the tranquil ambience. With no set agenda, allow yourself the freedom to fully immerse in the beauty of Kew, creating a day of memories in this historic and picturesque haven.

Overnight: London | Marylebone
Room Type: Studio Suite King
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Tuesday 2nd January - Arrive in Edinburgh

As you bid farewell to the enchanting city of London, meet oruprivate driver for a transfer to Heathrow Airport, ready to start your thrilling journey northward to the historic and magical city of Edinburgh in December. After a swift journey through the clouds, land in Edinburgh and be greeted by your private driver who will whisk you into the city centre. Once settled in, immerse yourself in the rich Scottish heritage by indulging in a Whisky Tasting Experience. Edinburgh, renowned for its whisky traditions, offers you a chance to explore the complex and smoky flavours of Scotland’s famous spirit. In a cosy, dimly lit whisky bar, you’ll be guided through a tasting adventure, sampling a selection of fine Scotch whiskies, each with its unique story and character. Let the warmth of the whisky and the friendly company of fellow enthusiasts wrap you in a comforting embrace, creating a memorable and authentic Scottish experience in the heart of Edinburgh’s spirited ambience.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Kimpton Charlotte Square
Room Type: King Premium
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Wednesday 3rd January - Exploring Edinburgh - Guided

After breakfast, meet your guide in the foyer of your hotel and head out for a day spent exploring the beautiful cobblestone streets of the city. Full of history, the capital is very accessible by foot. Wander up the Royal Mile, stopping to visit the architecturally stunning St Giles Cathedral, and enjoy panoramic views from Edinburgh Castle. Pick up a coffee and a pastry from one of the wee artisan shops, dipping into local galleries, cheesemongers and bookshops. If you fancy an afternoon with a twist, head to the Surgeons’ Hall Museums, which holds one of the largest collections of surgical pathology in the world. This evening enjoy dinner under the twinkling lights of the city.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Kimpton Charlotte Square
Room Type: King Premium
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Thursday 4th January - Exploring Edinburgh - Guided

Leaving Edinburgh, weave through the picturesque Scottish countryside for a day trip to Stirlingshire. Stirling Castle, perched majestically on a hill, awaits your exploration, offering a glimpse into Scotland’s storied past. With your guide leading the way, delve into the castle’s rich history, wandering through grand halls, ancient battlements, and regal chambers. The castle, adorned with festive December decorations, exudes a magical ambience, feel immersed in the spirit of the season. As you traverse the castle grounds, you can almost feel the whispers of history in the winter breeze. After your day filled with awe-inspiring architecture, intriguing tales, and the enchanting allure of Scotland’s heritage return to Edinburgh and the delights of your hotel.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Kimpton Charlotte Square
Room Type: King Premium
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Friday 5th January - Depart Edinburgh

After breakfast, meet your private driver to head to the airport and depart for the next leg of your adventure, with fond memories of England and Scotland resting in your mind. .

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 9
  • Most meals as indicated above
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable UK qualified guide on Day 3 and Day 7
  • Ground transportation on Day 1, 3, 6 and Day 7
  • Entry to Windsor Castle
  • Entry to the Tower of London
  • Whisky Tasting Experience – Edinburgh
  • Entry to Stirling Castle
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • Map and trip dossier
  • 24 hour 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
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The total NET price for this itinerary, based on 2 clients on a twin-share basis:

  • £10,390 GBP NET
  • £12,468 GBP INC VAT
  • This includes a £12 per person conservation & community contribution which can be opted out of if wished, please see notes below.

Conservation & Community Contribution

This voluntary donation of £12 per person goes towards conservation & community projects in the locations we operate.  If you would like to opt out just let your trip designer know.

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