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New Year’s in Edinburgh: London & Scotland Escape

8 days, 2 cities96
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From $2929 with flightsPayments as low as $323

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Why go?

This New Year's, dive into Britain to see what all the Great is about. Get things off to a royal start with London’s iconic sights and world-class pubs before moving on to medieval Edinburgh, where storybook castles and the Scottish Highlands will capture your imagination.

Picture yourself

  • Looking out at Big Ben from high atop the London Eye

  • Reading Harry Potter in the café where it was written

  • Hiking through the picturesque Scottish Highlands

  • Feeling like royalty as you explore Edinburgh Castle

  • Walking Abbey Road, harnessing your inner Beatle

What you'll get

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers

  • 6 nights in handpicked accommodations

  • 6 breakfasts

  • 2 dinners

  • Expert Tour Director

  • 24/7 Support

  • 2 insider tours with a local guide

  • Entrance to Edinburgh Castle

Full trip itinerary

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Overnight Flight

    Board your overnight flight, bound for Europe.

  • Day 2: Arrive in London + Welcome Dinner

    Welcome to London! It’s huge, it’s cosmopolitan, and it’s brimming with famous sights, fun pubs, great music venues and endless things to do. Arrive at your accommodations to meet up with your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

    In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!

  • Day 3: Sightseeing Tour of London + Optional London Eye & Tea

    Hit the highlights of London with an expert local guide giving you all the inside info. Most of the tour will be on a bus ride around the city—you'll see the famous sights like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. You'll also get a chance to walk around and explore on foot. If you're lucky you might even catch the Changing of the Guard, a classic London moment.

    Free time in London (night)
    Top 3 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Ministry of Sound – This club is an institution in London’s club scene, pumping out American house music on what’s been voted the World’s Best Sound System.
    2. Polo Bar – Open 24/7, Polo Bar is the place to get your breakfast on—morning or night. They’ve been serving fry-ups for almost 50 years.
    3. Hampstead Heath – The highest spot in central London, this park was founded in the 900s (no, that’s not a typo) and is one of the best places for stargazing.

    London Eye & Tea (extra cost)

    Fly high on the London Eye: Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel, providing panoramic views of all the iconic landmarks. Then, for a more traditional English experience, you’ll enjoy some tea & crumpets.

    This excursion is pre-book only; if your trip is less than fourteen days away, please call 800-766-2645 to purchase.

  • Day 4: Free Time in London

    Enjoy a free day in London.

    Free time suggestions

    Covent Garden: Seek out bargains at this bustling covered market; souvenirs, clothes, crafts and much more.
    Tower of London: Trace England’s bloody history and see the legendary Crown Jewels.
    Abbey Road: Probably the world's most famous crosswalk, this storied spot is a must-see for even the most casual Beatles fan.

  • Day 5: Travel to Edinburgh

    Hop a train to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city where old meets new. Its bright green hills (two extinct volcanoes!) are home to medieval stone buildings and taverns. Get lost in this city that celebrates art, music, and comedy.

    Introduction to Edinburgh
    Your Tour Director will take you on a quick walk to get to know the area.

    Free time in Edinburgh (Night)
    Top 3 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Sandy Bell – A lively old world pub, Sandy Bell is a popular local spot for folk and traditional Celtic music where the whole bar is known to join in singing and playing.
    ***2. Whiski ***– Traditional and fully stocked, this whisky bar on the Royal Mile offers more than 300 whiskies for your tasting pleasure and music every night of the week.
    3. Electric Circus – Part club, part gig venue, part karaoke bar (with seven private rooms specifically for it), this place is in a league of its own. Who knew hen nights and hip-hop gigs could coexist?

  • Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh + New Year's Eve Celebration!

    Hit the highlights of Edinburgh with a licensed local guide giving you all the inside info. Take the cobblestoned Royal Mile and experience the mix of past and present walking through New and Old Towns. You’ll see the centuries-old Princes Street Gardens in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle (which you might recognize as the one-and-only Hogwarts Castle from the Harry Potter series).

    Edinburgh Castle
    It’s impossible to go to Edinburgh and not see Edinburgh Castle; the medieval castle sits high on Castle Rock and dominates the city’s skyline. Iron Age warriors feasted here, Mary Queen of Scots lived in the Royal Palace, and rulers were crowned on the Stone of Destiny only recently returned from England after a 700-year custody battle (it was last used in Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in the 1950s). Oh, and the hilltop view isn’t too shabby either.

    Today's highlights:

    • Enjoy a celebratory New Year’s Eve Dinner with your group!
  • Day 7: Free Day in Edinburgh

    Free time suggestions

    Brew Lab: This specialty shop serves up delicious artisanal coffee. It’s also the perfect place to sample the wares of some other indie Edinburgh icons, including soup from Union of Genius and cakes from Lovecrumbs.
    Arthur’s Seat: Visible from pretty much everywhere in the city, this extinct volcanic peak is a relatively easy hike with a killer view.
    Old Town: Walk the winding streets lined with everything from candy-colored shops to local pubs to souvenir shops.

  • Day 8: Fly Home

    Goodbye, friends!
    Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?

    –OR–

    EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS

    1. Double the fun
    A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.

    2. Go ahead or stay behind
    Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.

    Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.

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Reviews


Overall rating: 4.6 out of 5
Based on 96 authentic traveler reviews
  • Absolutely wonderful!

      Ashley, traveled Mar.. 2020

    I just returned from a trip to England and Scotland - it was phenomenal! The experiences and itinerary alone were more than enough to recommend the tour. But more notable was the response to the declaration of a pandemic. Something I’m sure is always prepared for but never actually had to be implemented. The company offered several options to move and change... See more

  • Hopefully, the first of many!

      Danielle, traveled Jun.. 2022

    This was my first adventure out of the U.S. and I am ready for more!! Our tour director, Gavin, was amazing! The sights were incredible! The food...delicious!! (For real, if you go to Scotland, try. the. haggis!)

  • 15/10 would take this trip again

      Alexandra, traveled Jun.. 2022

    This trip was definitely all I hoped for! Our tour guide, Mark, was so helpful and knowledgeable and just generally excited about our trip. I'm sure I lost weight from all the walking we did! I was initially nervous that I'd be the only person in my group that didn't know anyone else but that was not the case. I made so many good friends from the trip and ha... See more

  • Best trip ever!!

      Anonymous, traveled Jun.. 2022

    It really was the best trip ever. I went by myself, and I had so much fun. Gavin was our guide, and he was so much help. London and Edinburgh were beautiful! Everything was so easy, you just show up and have fun. Will definitely go on another trip with EF.

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