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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 2,984

Head on a first-class holiday that’s perfect for the whole family. Begin in London, where you’ll explore the filming locations of the Harry Potter series before heading north to the region that inspired Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit stories. End your tour in Edinburgh, where you’ll discover the city’s haunted history and take a day trip to Loch Ness.


This 9-day England vacation takes you on a family-friendly adventure across the United Kingdom, from London to Newcastle to Edinburgh. It features first-class accommodations, shared and private tours, and is a perfect family trip for Harry Potter fans.

Your family vacation through England begins in London, one of the most visited cities on the planet and the capital of the United Kingdom. With history reaching back to Roman times, you’ll find plenty of great historical sites and culture in London. Take advantage of the Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour and its convenient kids club to zip between popular sites in the city, such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace. The next day, take a walking tour through the city to explore the filming locations of the Harry Potter series, heading from the real-life Diagon Alley to Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station. That afternoon, head to Madame Tussauds to see wax figures of some of your kids’ favourite movie characters. Keep the magic alive the next day as you tour Warner Brothers Studios and see the sets of the Harry Potter films. Take a behind-the-scenes tour to see props and learn how the magical films came to life.

From London, head north to the picturesque Lake District and Bowness-on-Windermere, where you’ll head to Hill Top Farm and explore the stories of Beatrix Potter. See the gardens and farmlands where Peter Rabbit was invented before heading through the medieval village of Hawkshead and the Yewdale Valley.

Cross the border into Scotland and reach the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. Edinburgh is a lovely city awash with medieval and Georgian architecture. That first night, head on a walking tour to discover some of the ghostly secrets of the city and descend into the underground vaults of Blair Street. The next day, take a day trip into the highlands, visiting the valley of Glencoe and Loch Ness, where your kids can search for Nessie during a cruise. Return to Edinburgh for a walking tour that’ll showcase the streets of Old Edinburgh as well as Edinburgh Castle, where you’ll discover its remarkable history in the company of an expert guide.

At the end of your stay, head to the airport to continue your onward journey.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 2,984

Itinerary

Day 1

London Heathrow to London Central Hotel Zone 2

Duration1 Hour

Novotel London City West

Discover the contemporary elegance of Novotel London West. Whether you choose this hotel for business or leisure, you are sure to be tempted by the international cuisine. Just minutes from three of London's main tube lines, it is the perfect location for successful meetings. Experience West London at Novotel.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Novotel London City West

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    Discover the contemporary elegance of Novotel London West. Whether you choose this hotel for business or leisure, you are sure to be tempted by the international cuisine. Just minutes from three of London's main tube lines, it is the perfect location for successful meetings. Experience ...

    Discover the contemporary elegance of Novotel London West. Whether you choose this hotel for business or leisure, you are sure to be tempted by the international cuisine. Just minutes from three of London's main tube lines, it is the perfect location for successful meetings. Experience West London at Novotel.

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The Original London Sightseeing Tour (Hop On and Hop Off)

The Original London Sightseeing Tour provides more than just a great way to travel around London. Founded in 1951 it has now become established as the essential introduction to London. It is the only sightseeing tour to offer you total choice and flexibility. The Hop-on Hop-off service allows you to board any of our tour routes at over 80 different stops with a commentary in English or a wide choice of other languages. The Kids' Club provides an educational but fun alternative for 5-12 year olds. The services are frequent and reliable with tours running daily, every 15-20 minutes. The Original Tour allows you to experience all the magical sights and sounds of London in a comfortable and secure environment. Sit back, relax and take in the sights, sounds and iconic views of the city, both ancient and modern. The fantastic value 24-hour ticket offers a truly comprehensive London sightseeing experience: on foot, by boat and on board a marvellous fleet of London’s famous red buses.

Duration3 Hours
Day 2

Harry Potter Walking Tour

The Harry Potter books and film series have enthralled and captivated the world - now you can follow in the footsteps of the world's most famous wizard and take a magical journey throughout London with this Harry Potter themed walking tour. Your expert guide will take you on a spellbinding tour of the city and London Underground to show you the exact locations where Harry filmed key scenes of this epic tale, whisking you through. Starting at Westminster, you'll make your way to the Ministry of Magic; find the entrance to the 'Leaky Cauldron' before taking a walk down the real 'Diagon Alley', then stand in the very spot where the Death Eaters destroyed the famous Millennium Bridge. You'll not only see the locations where the films were shot, you'll discover the magic behind locations such as Cecil and Goodwin Courts, and how these enchanting locations provided the inspiration for this wizarding adventure to unfold. Your tour will conclude at Platform 9 3/4- where you can make your own way to Hogwarts! Please note that admission(s) to the London Underground is/are not included. An Oyster Card or Travel Card is required to participate on this tour. Oyster Cards can be pre-booked or purchased in destination.

Duration3 Hours

Madame Tussauds

Millions and millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened over 200 years ago and it remains just as popular as it ever was. There are many reasons for this enduring success, but at the heart of it all is good, old-fashioned curiosity. Today's visitors are sent on a unique, emotionally-charged journey through the realms of the powerful and famous. The museum-style ropes and poles have gone so guests can truly get up, close and personal with A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights and historical icons, reliving the times, events and moments that made the world talk about them...

Notes:
Madame Tussauds all inclusive rates include unrestricted admissions into the main Madame Tussauds attraction, "Scream" and "Marvel 4D" experience shown at the Auditorium.

Priority access (Fast track) does not mean immediate entry to the attraction; it means that these customers are given priority entry over the other guests who buy their tickets on the day.

Duration1 Hour
Day 3

Warner Brothers London Studio Tour - Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London provides a thrilling new opportunity to explore the magic of the world-renowned Harry Potter film series - the most successful of all time. This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and breathtaking animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world. Refreshments are available from the Studio Cafe freshly prepared hot soups and snacks, salads, sandwiches and afternoon treats are available (own account). There's also a Studio Shop stocked with a wide range of gifts and souvenirs to remind you of the day you spent immersed in The Making of Harry Potter. A wonderful day out for the entire family, and fully accessible to all!

Duration7 Hours
Day 4

London Central Hotel to London Train Station

Duration30 Minutes

Oxenholme Train Station to Windermere

Duration25 Minutes

Macdonald Old England Spa

The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, which is used only in summer; snooker and a table tennis table are also available. 09/08db) The hotel is has one of the best locations in the area. It is based in the centre of Bowness and on the shores of the Lake Windermere. With it's own extensive gardens, fantastic view of the lake and its village centre location it's convenient whether you want peace and quiet or a piece of the action.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Macdonald Old England Spa

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    The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, which is used only in summer; snooker and a table tennis table are also available. 09/08db) The hotel is has one of the best locations in the area. It is based in the centre of Bowness and on ...

    The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, which is used only in summer; snooker and a table tennis table are also available. 09/08db) The hotel is has one of the best locations in the area. It is based in the centre of Bowness and on the shores of the Lake Windermere. With it's own extensive gardens, fantastic view of the lake and its village centre location it's convenient whether you want peace and quiet or a piece of the action.

    Facilities

    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Conference Facilities
    • Health Centre
    • Meeting Facilities
    • Spa
    • Valet Parking

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Day 5

Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside Half Day Small Group Tour

This tour is the ideal way to explore the favourite places associated with Beatrix Potter. Our first part of the journey takes us to Hill Top Farm where she wrote many of her famous children's stories in this 17th century cottage. You will have the opportunity to go into the house (additional charge required, please check with National Trust, not open Fridays), explore the garden and visit the shop.
We then continue onto the medieval village of Hawkshead with a little time to explore its many delightful features. There is plenty of photo opportunities as William Wordsworth old Grammar School is located here.
Onwards then, to the renowned beauty spot of Tarn Hows before descending to Coniston for the lake cruise to Brantwood. The final part of the tour takes us through the spectacular Yewdale Valley.

Highlights on the Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside Tour are:
Beatrix Potter's Hilltop Farm
Hawkshead
Tarn Hows
Cruise on Coniston
Tour through Yewdale Valley

Duration4 Hours
Day 6

Windermere to Oxenholme Train Station

Duration25 Minutes

Edinburgh Train Station to Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace

The elegant Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace hotel is surrounded by sprawling gardens, sitting on a quiet residential street on the edge of Edinburgh's New Town. Just a 20-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, many other attractions are much closer, with the National Museum of Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the city's main shopping streets nearby. Wi-Fi is complimentary, there is a gym on-site, and 24-hour room service is offered. Start your day with a generous breakfast buffet and also keep in mind that delectable dinners are served at the Terrace Restaurant, which opens onto a courtyard garden. When the day is done, sip whisky or Scottish beer in the Lounge Bar.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace

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    The elegant Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace hotel is surrounded by sprawling gardens, sitting on a quiet residential street on the edge of Edinburgh's New Town. Just a 20-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, many other attractions are much closer, with the National Museum of ...

    The elegant Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace hotel is surrounded by sprawling gardens, sitting on a quiet residential street on the edge of Edinburgh's New Town. Just a 20-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, many other attractions are much closer, with the National Museum of Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the city's main shopping streets nearby. Wi-Fi is complimentary, there is a gym on-site, and 24-hour room service is offered. Start your day with a generous breakfast buffet and also keep in mind that delectable dinners are served at the Terrace Restaurant, which opens onto a courtyard garden. When the day is done, sip whisky or Scottish beer in the Lounge Bar.

    Facilities

    • Fitness Centre
    • Gym
    • Lounge Bar
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi

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Edinburgh Walking Tour - Ghosts and Ghouls

Entertainment - 17th Century style! An evening of spine-tingling storytelling awaits you. How best to experience our grim and ghostly past? Just as our ghoulish ancestors did... with gusto! The infamous 'Edinburgh mob' loved the 'entertainment' of blood, guts and gore. And there was plenty provided! Especially at the Mercat Cross. Hear grisly tales of witchcraft, torture and restless spirits as you venture down medieval closes and descend into the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults. As night darkens, savour a welcome drink by candle-light, as you weave tales in your atmospheric, underground cellar. Visit where the ghosts of Edinburgh's past still haunt her present...

Duration2 Hours
Day 7

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands

You depart Edinburgh and travel past Linlithgow palace and Stirling Castle. To the north is the National Wallace Monument, which commemorates Scotland's great hero, William Wallace.

You pass close to the location where William Wallace defeated the English army in 1297, and after this take a short stop for coffee at Callander.

The scenery changes dramatically as you venture further into the Highlands. The flat plains of the lowlands transform into shimmering lochs, rugged mountains, and forest-filled glens. The alluring beauty makes it easy to forget this was once a battleground of the fiercely territorial Highland clans.

You then head down to Scotland's most famous valley, Glencoe, where you'll be mesmerised by the beautiful cliff faces and steep slopes.

After Glencoe, you enter a deep glacial valley, known as the Great Glen. Passing through the town of Fort William you travel in the shadow of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, before arriving at Fort Augustus on the shore of Loch Ness.

At 23 miles long and over 700ft deep, Loch Ness is the largest loch by volume in Scotland. The loch is best known for the legendary Loch Ness Monster ("Nessie"), and you can take the opportunity to go in search of the monster on a fantastic boat cruise. Or you can simply enjoy the beautiful scenery on the banks.

Fort Augustus boasts the Caledonian Canal, which is a great spot to relax and watch the boats sail by. You stop here with time to eat lunch and take in the scenery around Scotland's most famous loch.

From Loch Ness, you head south through the mountains of the Cairngorms National Park. Your route travels alongside Loch Laggan (the setting for the BBC series 'Monarch of the Glen'), over the Drumochter Pass and past 13th century Blair Castle.

You continue south through the forests of Perthshire and make a short refreshment stop on the way. South of Perth you drive past Loch Leven. Then it's over the Queensferry Crossing before returning to Edinburgh.

Duration12 Hours
Day 8

Secrets of Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle - Walking Tour

The beautiful city is waiting for you... The best way to explore Edinburgh is to follow your feet. Where the buses can't take you, and the guide books don't show you is where the real stories can be found - the closes, wynds, courtyards and homes of Old Edinburgh. This walking tour will paint a vivid picture of the colourful past and people - see the secrets and tell the tales - the culture, crime and politics of Scotland's capital. This is an experience shared by Mercat historians.

Your experience of the medieval city is then completed with a visit to Edinburgh Castle. The Castle dominates Scotland's capital city from its great rock. Its story has helped shape the nation's story. Battles and sieges were fought over it, royalty lived and died within its walls, and countless generations have been and inspired by it. Visit the Castle and let your Mercat guide reveal its remarkable history.

Duration2 Hours
Day 9

Edinburgh Hotel to Airport

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Return hotel to train station transfers
  • 8 nights' first class accommodations
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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