One of the world’s most visited cities, London has something for everyone: from history and culture to fine food and good times.
A Tale of Two Cities
London is as much about wide-open spaces and leafy escapes as it is high-density, sight-packed exploration. Central London is where you will find the major museums, galleries and most iconic sights, but visit Hampstead Heath or the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to escape the crowds and view the city’s greener hues up close. Or venture even further out to Kew Gardens, Richmond or Hampton Court Palace for excellent panoramas of riverside London.
London is immersed in history, with more than its share of mind-blowing antiquity and historic splendour. London’s buildings are eye-catching milestones in the city’s unique and compelling biography, and a great many of them – the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben – are familiar landmarks. There’s more than enough innovation (the Shard, the London Eye, the planned Garden Bridge) to put a crackle in the air, but it never drowns out London’s well-preserved, centuries-old narrative. Architectural grandeur rises up all around you in the West End, ancient remains dot the City and charming pubs punctuate the banks of the Thames. Take your pick.
Despite its small size, Scotland has many treasures crammed into its compact territory – big skies, lonely landscapes, spectacular wildlife, superb seafood and hospitable, down-to-earth people.
An increasing number of visitors have discovered that Scotland’s restaurants have shaken off their old reputation for deep-fried food and unsmiling service and can now compete with the best in Europe. A new-found respect for top-quality local produce means that you can feast on fresh seafood mere hours after it was caught, beef and venison that was raised just a few miles away from your table, and vegetables that were grown in your hotel’s own organic garden. And top it all off with a dram of single malt whisky – rich, evocative and complex, the true taste of Scotland.
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Visits to Stamford, Hadrian’s Wall, Jedburgh, Melrose, Edinburgh Castle, tickets for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (departure numbers August 6, 13, 20), Gretna Green, Grasmere, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, Broadway, Bath, Stonehenge; orientation drive in Cardiff; walking tours in York and Chester.London & Scotland Tour Package
Northumberland National Park, Scottish Lowlands, Lake District National Park, Cotswold Hills, Salisbury Plain.
Local Guide for city sightseeing in Edinburgh; host service in London; professional Tour Director while touring.
LONDON Novotel London West (F)
LEEDS Mercure Leeds Parkway (F)
EDINBURGH Novotel Edinburgh Park (F)
WREXHAM Ramada Plaza (F)
CARDIFF Park Inn (F)
LONDON Kensington Close (ST) or Novotel London West (F)