V2 – Ciao Bambino -Pickel Rosen Family UK Adventure

Friday 26th July – Wednesday 7th August 2024

Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights


Overview

A wonderful thirteen day adventure exploring the beating heart of UK as well as getting off the beaten track to find the hidden gems only known to the locals. From the bright lights of London with its Royal connections and incredible museums to the Highland of Scotland where you can spend the day with just the sound of bird song for company.  Enjoy time as a family experiencing the best that the UK has to offer and take a small part of this ancient land home with you when you leave.

Highlights

  • Have a private viewing of Shakespeare’s First Folio - published in 1692
  • Explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter on a day out to Warner Bros Studios
  • Hike in some remote parts of Scotland with only the sound of Wildlife for company

Day by Day

Day 1 - Friday 26th July - Welcome to London

On arrival into Heathrow you will be met by the VIP team and seamlessly whisked through security and immigration to your waiting cars to transfer you into the heart of the city and your 5* hotel opposite Hyde Park.

Later on you will head out to enjoy a pub lunch and a Beatles tour (both self arranged) before heading back to your hotel for the night to relax for the evening.

Overnight: London | Self Arranged
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Saturday 27th July - Highlights of London

It’s an early start this morning as you meet your expert guide and head out to the Tower of London for an exclusive pre opening tour.  Enjoy seeing the Crown Jewels without any other members of the public around and hear the legends of the tower from the expert guides.  There will be time after the tour to continue exploring the tower and the grounds with your guide once the Tower opens to the public.  After a wonderful morning, you’ll step aboard your private boat and cruise along the Thames, seeing the city from a different angle whilst some snacks on board.  Back on dry land you will spend the afternoon exploring some more of London,  The first stop will be the cool, calm and impressive Westminster Abbey. Sitting in the Nave, with the light shimmering through the stained glass windows, take a beat to just be in the moment where Royalty were married and buried and British history is etched into the towering stone pillars and smooth flagstone floors.  Your final stop today will be the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben where you can admire the architecture and hear the iconic bell resonate along the river as it marks the time with each stroke.

Overnight: London | Self arranged
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 3 - Sunday 28th July - Buckingham Palace and Shakespeare’s Globe

Start the day with a visit to one of the most iconic buildings in London – Buckingham Palace.  Take a tour of the state rooms, which are only open to the public for a couple of months each year, with a private guide and learn more about the home of the Royal Family.  Later on, you will visit replica of the Globe theatre that was built by Shakespeare and his fellow players in 1599 on the banks of the Thames. Head to parts of the theatre that are not normally accessible to the public and listen to the history of this incredible building.

This evening there is the opportunity to spend the evening cross examining the Witness for the Prosecution – a classic Agatha Christie play which is set in a court room!  As you enter the room you will feel you are right there with the actors as they reveal who they think did it!

Overnight: London | Self arranged
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 4 - Monday 29th July - The Magical World of Harry Potter

Leaving the hustle and bustle of London behind, you embark on a magical journey to the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios, situated just outside the city. As you enter the enchanting world of wizardry, iconic sets, costumes, and props from the beloved film series greet you. Walking through the Great Hall and exploring the intricacies of Diagon Alley, it feels like stepping into the pages of J.K. Rowling’s imagination. The behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of the films adds a layer of appreciation for the craftsmanship involved. After a day filled with wizardry wonders, you transition to the serene countryside and arrive at Lucknam Park. This elegant estate, nestled amidst picturesque landscapes, provides the perfect retreat for you to unwind. The luxurious surroundings, impeccable service, and fine dining at Lucknam Park cap off your day with a touch of sophistication, creating lasting memories of a day filled with both magic and tranquility.

Overnight: Cotswolds | Lucknam Park
Room Type: Grand Master Suite connecting to a Classic Twin Room
Meals Included: None

Day 5 - Tuesday 30th July - Activities at Lucknam Park

Spend the day enjoying the activities on the estate of your hotel, from equine adventures to rejuvenating spa experiences.  There may also be an opportunity to experience some sheep dog herding and learn the tricks of this ancient trade.  Your guide will be on hand today should you wish to venture out for some walks in the local area but after a busy few days today is all about reconnecting as a family and relaxing before the next part of your adventure.

Overnight: Cotswolds | Lucknam Park
Room Type: Grand Master Suite connecting to a Classic Twin Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Wednesday 31st July - Exploring the Cotswolds

A wonderful day of explorations awaits today as you celebrate Stephanie’s birthday.  There are plenty of options for you to explore the Cotswolds and immerse yourselves in the history and culture of one of the prettiest parts of England.  Perhaps head to the mythical Avebury, where ancient standing stones whisper tales of a bygone era. Wander through the mystical stone circles and absorb the enigmatic energy that permeates the surroundings. Alternatively, set out to explore the charming villages and rolling hills of the Cotswolds, where quintessential English beauty unfolds at every turn.  Of course, no trip to the Cotswolds is complete without a delicious lunch in a country pub where you can raise a glass of traditional English ale to the birthday girl (or some champagne of course!)

Overnight: Cotswolds | Lucknam Park
Room Type: Grand Master Suite connecting to a Classic Twin Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Thursday 1st August - Transfer to Scotland

It is time to head north for the last part of your UK adventure.  Your guide will drop you off at Bristol airport this morning in time for you to board your flight north of the border.  Arriving into Glasgow the VIP team will meet you and you’ll be escorted to meet your Scottish guide who will be with you for the next few days.  Heading out of the city you will transfer to your castle hotel in the shadow of the UK’s tallest mountain.  On the way, there will be the option to stop off for a leg stretch at the scenic Loch Lomond or perhaps in the dramatic Glen Coe that holds the mysteries of days gone past in the very heart of the jagged peaks.

Overnight: Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: 2 x Suites interconnecting
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Friday 2nd August - Exploring Loch Ness

Loch Ness – a deep, dark and mysterious loch where myths and legends of monsters from the deep are sown into the very fabric of the earth here.  Spend the day exploring this fascinating place – starting with a private boat trip to see if you can see the elusive creature.  Keep your eyes peeled for the tell tail sign of air bubbles on the water or the sound of the swish of a tail as she dives down into the depths below.  Back on dry land, you can either explore the ruins of Urquhart castle which is the most besieged castle in Scotland, or enjoy a wander along the Caledonian Canal which is part of the famous Great Glen Way.  Your guide will make sure you get away from the crowds and off the beaten path to make the most out of your day.

Before returning to your hotel you will end the day at a local walkers tavern, where you can sit back with a wee dram and let the myths and legends of the area wash over you as a local storyteller weaves their magic about days gone by and the fascinating history of this incredible place.

Overnight: Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: 2 x Suites interconnecting
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Saturday 3rd August - Steam Trains & Sea Kayaking

All aboard the Hogwarts Express this morning as you take to the rails to be transported from the mountains to the sea.  Sit back in your first class carriage as the train thunders along through some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Scotland.  Your guide will meet you at the station and after lunch you’ll head to the coast.  Here you will paddle out into the turquoise water to explore. Sea kayak around hundreds of tiny islands, spotting seals, otters, and a host of coastal birds. The seal colony here is friendly and curious, often slipping beneath your boat only to pop up on the other side to peer at you with their big dark eyes.  With only the sounds of the water lapping against your kayak and the sea birds calling to each other in the sky above your head, this is truly a unique experience to unwind and connect with the nature of Scotland that is all around you.

Overnight: Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: 2 x Suites interconnecting
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 - Sunday 4th August - Exploring the Nevis Range

Matt will breathe in the crisp Highland air this morning as he swings his clubs at the local golf course which is nestled in the shadow of Ben Nevis.  For the girls, you can head up in the gondola to the top of the Nevis Ski Range (don’t worry there won’t be snow in August!) where you can see the famous peak of The Ben as she peaks her head out of the clouds.  Laid out before you, the ever changing scenery of Scotland from the mountains to the coast and you may even catch a glimpse of a red deer stalking their way through the heather or a golden eagle circling in the sky above your head.  Meeting up again at lunchtime, you will head out this afternoon to enjoy a distillery tour for a wee taste of the famous golden liquid before retiring to your hotel for your final night in the Highlands of Scotland.

Overnight: Fort William | Inverlochy Castle
Room Type: 2 x Suites interconnecting
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 - Monday 5th August - South to Edinburgh & The Royal Military Tattoo

Leaving the jagged peaks of the Nevis Range behind and head to the bright lights of the city this morning to enjoy your last few days in the capital of this ancient land.

You can take your time heading back to Edinburgh, with plenty of stops to break up the journey – perhaps at Blair Castle, which is home to the UKs only private army, or maybe stop in at the pretty town of Dunkeld for a delicious lunch and a walk along the river.  Once in Edinburgh, your guide will drop you off at your iconic accommodation in time for you to freshen up ready for tonight.

This evening make your way to the castle for a night to remember as you experience the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  Enjoy dinner in the Gatehouse of the Castle before heading to the Royal Gallery to take your seats for the spectacular of Scottish dancing and music. The evening will end with fireworks that will light up the Edinburgh sky.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Self Arranged
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 - Tuesday 6th August - The Fringe Festival

The streets of Edinburgh will be buzzing with energy due to the various festivals running this month and you will pass street performers and entertainment on every corner as you explore. Follow your curiosity through the twisting cobbled streets of the Old Town and enjoy the vibrant ambience. Your expert Fringe guide will be on hand to take you off the beaten path to show you some of the hidden gems away from the crowds and tickets can be secured to various shows should you wish. Soak in the atmosphere as you walk along – this is truly a spectacle that you will never forget.

Overnight: Edinburgh | Self Arranged
Meals Included: None

Day 13 - Wednesday 7th August - Depart

A private transfer will take you to the airport today where you will be met by the VIP team for a seamless transfer through the airport to your plane. As you lift off into the sky you can sit back and let the memories from your fantastic trip wash over you as you head home.

Meals Included: None

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 12 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of qualified and experienced guides from Day 2 to Day 12
  • VIP services on arrival and departure at Heathrow, Glasgow and Edinburgh airports
  • Private transfers to and from the airport
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-Country Support from the Wilderness Team
  • Private Highlights of London tour with a local city guide
  • Private tour of the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels
  • Private tour of Buckingham Palace
  • Tour of the Houses of Parliament
  • Private tour of Shakespeare’s Globe and viewing of the First Folio
  • Private trip on the River Thames with champagne and canapes
  • Entry to Westminster Abbey
  • Tickets to the Making of Harry Potter at Warner Bros studios
  • Private Boat Trip on Loch Ness
  • Private Storyteller Experience
  • Entry to Urquhart Castle
  • Green Fees, Clubs & Buggy Hire for 1 Pax for 1 Round of Golf
  • Gondola Tickets at Nevis Range
  • Jacobite Steam Train Tickets – First Class
  • Private Sea Kayaking Afternoon, includes all equipment hire
  • Private Distillery Tour and Tasting
  • Shows at the fringe festival and backstage insights from an expert guide
  • VIP tickets to The Royal Military Tattoo including seats in the Royal Gallery.
Exclusions Read More
  • On site activities at Lucknam Park – these can be added in at a later date once the clients have decided what they would like to do
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
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
Arrival & Departure Read More

Your guide will meet you at London Airport TBD at on the first day of your trip.

You will be returned to London Airport TBD at on the final day of your trip.

Pricing Read More

The NET price for this itinerary is 12,400 GBP and is based on 8 clients on a twin-share basis including a £12 per person conservation contribution*

Total NET cost for the trip £ 99,200 GBP

Room Upgrades are available in some locations, subject to availability. Pricing on request.

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