Archer England & Scotland Explorations V3

Sally, Durann, Steve, Richard & Lindsey

Monday 8th April – Monday 15th April 2024

Number of Travellers: 5
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Monday 8th April - Journey North and Thornborough Henges

This morning, meet your driver to transport you North through the heart of England. You’ll make a stop at the Thornborough Henges and marvel at this unique Neolithic Site of three huge circular henges dubbed ‘the Stonehenge of the North’. Many people have gathered here for over 2,000 years as a place of pilgrimage, an iconic site since the Bronze Ages. To end the day, you’ll be transferred to your accommodation in York.

Overnight: York

Day 2 - Tuesday 9th April - Exploring the City, York Minster and Museums

This morning, meet your expert guide in York, one of England’s most beautiful historic cities. Ribbon your way through the snickelways , admiring the stunning medieval architecture and magnificent Georgian townhouses. Hear fascinating tales about the past inhabitants from your guide as you stroll down Shambles Street, considered one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval shopping streets, and admire the breathtaking stained glass windows of York Minster Cathedral. Delve deeper into one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals and explore the magnificent gothic architecture, stunning stained glass windows and brave the tower for panoramic views at Yorks highest point.

In the afternoon, stand on the incredible excavation site of Vikings and learn about the fascinating legacies left by the Vikings during the 10th Century. Continue your historical journey at the British Railway Museum, home of iconic locomotives, and marvel at the collection of engineering brilliance. End the day with tea at the famous Betty’s Tea Room and admire the Queen Mary ocean liner inspired interior whilst you sip on British speciality tea’s.

Overnight: York
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 3 - Wednesday 10th April - Durham Castle, Hadrian's Wall and Arrival into Edinburgh

After breakfast your guide will meet you and transfer you North as you embark on your Scottish explorations to Edinburgh. Along the way stop to explore Durham Castle, a World Heritage Site occupied since the 11th Century. Built on the order of William the Conqueror, experience the history and tales of how this became a palace to showcase the wealth of Prince-Bishops and is now home to a Durham University college. As you journey closer to the border, stretch your legs at Chesters Roman Fort. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you admire this fine view of Hadrian’s Wall. Onwards to Edinburgh to arrive at the grand Balmoral hotel, this evening, relax and settle into before your Scottish Adventures begin!

Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 4 - Thursday 11th April - Exploring Historic Edinburgh

After breakfast, meet your private 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. Pick up a coffee and a pastry from one of the wee artisan shops before enjoying a private tour of Kings Close, one of Edinburgh’s hidden streets. the tour will take you on a stroll through the underground alleyways, where you’ll get to know the everyday lives of the people who once called these streets home. After some lunch, enjoy a private tour of Edinburgh Castle, learn the gory and fascinating past of the city and it’s iconic castle. This evening enjoy dinner at the Witchery, one of Edinburgh’s most famous and historic restaurants.

Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 5 - Friday 12th April - Exploring Stirling's Past

Your next stop is Stirling, a small city packed full of Scottish history. Take a tour of Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle which is steeped in royal tales. Final stop on your tour of Stirling, visit the site of the Battle of Bannockburn to walk in the footsteps of Robert the Bruce. After a full day of exploration, head back to the city for dinner and a restful evening.

Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 6 - Saturday 13th April - Glasgow, Falkirk & Royal Yacht Britannia

Today your guide will take your on a journey to the the city of Glasgow, you will be lead on a fascinating walking tour of some of the key highlights of ‘Scotland’s friendliest city’. Discover layers of history in the Cathedral and maze of the Necropolis, as well as varied and elegant architecture at every turn. Keep your eyes open for the vibrant street art too, it’s a flourishing and ever-changing theme of this bustling city. On the way back to Edinburgh, you will stop in Falkirk, the home of The Kelpies – the largest equine sculptures in the world. 

This evening you will step on board the Royal Yacht Britannia for a private champagne reception and a tour which will give you a unique insight into the history of the Royal Yacht and how the Royal Family and crew lived and worked on board.

Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 7 - Sunday 14th April - Wandering & Curator's Tour of National Gallery

After a busy few days of exploring, this morning is your time to immerse yourselves in the winding cobbled streets or relax in the hotel. If you still have the urge to learn more about Edinburgh’s history, you can request a morning with your guide at Holyrood Palace as well as a bit of shopping for souvenirs. Later in the afternoon, you will spend a few hours exploring the National Gallery of Scotland with a private curator led tour. Enjoy a celebratory meal this evening to celebrate your wonderful adventure together.

Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 8 - Monday 15th April - Depart

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and take you to the airport to make your onward connections. Waving farewell to the UK for now but taking with you special memories and wonderful stories of your explorations.

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide from Day 2 to Day 9
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
  • Private Transfers to and from Airport
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Entry to Jorvik Viking Museum
    • Entry to the British Railway Museum
    • Entry to York Minster
    • Entry to Durham Castle
    • Entry to Chesters Roman Fort
    • Private Tour of Edinburgh Castle
    • Private Tour of May King’s Close
    • Entry to Stirling Castle
    • Entry to Wallace Monument
    • Tour of Bannockburn
    • Private Champagne Reception on Royal Yacht Britannia
    • Private Curator Led Tour of The National Gallery Scotland
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
Exclusions Read More
  • Accommodation
  • 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
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